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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Specialist hospitals have reported an incidence of early deep infections of < 1% following primary knee replacement. The purpose of this study was to estimate the infection rate in a nationwide series using register-based data. METHODS The Finnish Arthroplasty Register (FAR) was searched for primary unicompartmental, total, and(More)
Neutrophil collagenase (matrix metalloproteinase-8 or MMP-8) is regarded as being synthesized exclusively by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN). However, in vivo MMP-8 expression was observed in mononuclear fibroblast-like cells in the rheumatoid synovial membrane. In addition, we detected MMP-8 mRNA expression in cultured rheumatoid synovial fibroblasts(More)
The problems of differentiation between environmental and genetic influences on the development of multiple sclerosis are well known. Twin studies may provide valuable information on this question. However, most published twin series are selected and no through clinical twin studies based on epidemiologic series have been carried out. In this study, all(More)
We report the ultramorphological characterization of the terminal-target relation of sensory peptidergic nerve fibers in healthy and diseased osseous tissues. Bone tissue sections were immunoelectronmicroscopically investigated for calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), a neuropeptide widely distributed in sensory peptidergic fibers. Ultramorphological(More)
The nervous system may be actively involved in bone repair and in remodelling of callous tissue in bone fractures, as well as in the regulation of nociceptive impulses from the site of the trauma. The aim of this study was to assess the distribution and nature of the periosteal innervation of normal control bone and during bone healing subsequent to(More)
A search for neuropeptide nerves in the healing of the experimentally ruptured medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the rabbit knee used specific antisera to the neuropeptides Substance P, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), and galanin. Sutured and unsutured MCLs were studied four and 14 weeks postoperatively. Both fluorescent thin nerve strands and(More)
Phytohemagglutinin-induced lymphocyte activation sequence was studied in monozygotic and dizygotic discordant multiple sclerosis (MS) twin pairs in a quiescent disease phase. The study group included all available 11 pairs listed in a nation-wide twin register. Lymphocyte activation markers, DNA synthesis and gamma-interferon secretion were studied using(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Five-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blockers (infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab, certolizumab pegol and golimumab) are available for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Only few clinical trials compare one TNF-blocker to another. Hence, a systematic review is required to indirectly compare the substances. The aim of our study is to(More)
OBJECTIVE To define the pattern of mRNA expression of all human matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) described to date in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and traumatic synovial membrane, in order to differentiate between a physiological tissue remodelling pattern and that associated with inflammatory tissue destruction. METHODS Analysis of SwissProt protein and(More)
Polycystic lipomembranous osteodysplasia with sclerosing leukoencephalopathy (PLOSL), Nasu-Hakola disease, is a globally distributed recessively inherited disease. PLOSL is characterized by cystic bone lesions, osteoporotic features, and loss of white matter in the brain leading to spontaneous bone fractures and profound presenile dementia. We have earlier(More)