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Kallionpaa H.,University of Helsinki | Laajala E.,University of Helsinki | Laajala E.,University of Tartu | Laajala E.,Social Republic | And 51 more authors.
Clinical Immunology | Year: 2015

The prevalence of immune-mediated diseases, such as allergies and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise in the developed world. In order to explore differences in the gene expression patterns induced in utero in infants born in contrasting standards of living and hygiene, we collected umbilical cord blood RNA samples from infants born in Finland (modern society), Estonia (rapidly developing society) and the Republic of Karelia, Russia (poor economic conditions). The whole blood transcriptome of Finnish and Estonian neonates differed from their Karelian counterparts, suggesting exposure to toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands and a more matured immune response in infants born in Karelia. These results further support the concept of a conspicuous plasticity in the developing immune system: the environmental factors that play a role in the susceptibility/protection towards immune-mediated diseases begin to shape the neonatal immunity already in utero and direct the maturation in accordance with the surrounding microbial milieu. © 2014.

Paatero I.,University of Turku | Jokilammi A.,University of Turku | Heikkinen P.T.,Turku Doctoral Programme of Biomedical science | Heikkinen P.T.,Turku Center for Biotechnology | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Biological Chemistry | Year: 2012

The receptor-tyrosine kinase ErbB4 was identified as a direct regulator of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) signaling. Cleaved intracellular domain of ErbB4 directly interacted with HIF-1α in the nucleus, and stabilized HIF-1α protein in both normoxic and hypoxic conditions by blocking its proteasomal degradation. The mechanism of HIF stabilization was independent of VHL and proline hydroxylation but dependent on RACK1. ErbB4 activity was necessary for efficient HRE-driven promoter activity, transcription of known HIF-1α target genes, and survival of mammary carcinoma cells in vitro. In addition, mammary epithelial specific targeting of Erbb4 in the mouse significantly reduced the amount of HIF-1α protein in vivo. ERBB4 expression also correlated with the expression of HIF-regulated genes in a series of 4552 human normal and cancer tissue samples. These data demonstrate that soluble ErbB4 intracellular domain promotes HIF-1α stability and signaling via a novel mechanism. © 2012 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

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