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  • 1.
    Alexeyev, Oleg A
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Ganceviciene, Ruta
    Palmer, Ruth H
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    McDowell, Andrew
    Patrick, Sheila
    Zouboulis, Christos
    Golovleva, Irina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Medical and Clinical Genetics.
    Pattern of tissue invasion by Propionibacterium acnes in acne vulgaris2012In: Journal of dermatological science (Amsterdam), ISSN 0923-1811, E-ISSN 1873-569X, Vol. 67, no 1, p. 63-66Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Bodén, Ida
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Nyström, Josefina
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Unit of Biomass Technology and Chemistry.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Zazo, Virginia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.
    Geladi, Paul
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Unit of Biomass Technology and Chemistry.
    Lindholm-Sethson, Britta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Naredi, Peter
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
    Non-invasive identification of melanoma with near-infrared and skin impedance spectroscopy2013In: Skin research and technology, ISSN 0909-752X, E-ISSN 1600-0846, Vol. 19, no 1, p. e473-e478Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background/purpose: An early diagnosis of cutaneous malignant melanoma is of high importance for good prognosis. An objective, non-invasive instrument could improve the diagnostic accuracy of melanoma and decrease unnecessary biopsies. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of Near infrared and skin impedance spectroscopy in combination as a tool to distinguish between malignant and benign skin tumours.

    Methods: Near infrared and skin impedance spectra were collected in vivo on 50 naevi or suspect melanomas prior to excision. Received data was analysed with multivariate techniques and the results were compared to histopathology analyses of the tumours. A total of 12 cutaneous malignant melanomas, 19 dysplastic naevi and 19 benign naevi were included in the study.

    Results: The observed sensitivity and specificity of the proposed method were 83% and 95%, respectively, for malignant melanoma.

    Conclusions: The results indicate that the combination of near infrared and skin impedance spectroscopy is a promising tool for non-invasive diagnosis of suspect cutaneous malignant melanomas. 

  • 3.
    Fallah, Mahsa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Shen, Yue
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Brodén, Jessica
    Bäckman, Assar
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Johansson, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Blomqvist, Michael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Liu, Kui
    Wilczynska, Malgorzata
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Ny, Tor
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Plasminogen activation is required for the development of radiation-induced dermatitis2018In: Cell Death and Disease, ISSN 2041-4889, E-ISSN 2041-4889, Vol. 9, no 11, article id 1051Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Skin damage caused by radiation therapy (radiodermatitis) is a severe side effect of radiotherapy in cancer patients, and there is currently a lack of effective strategies to prevent or treat such skin damage. In this work, we show with several lines of evidence that plasminogen, a pro-inflammatory factor, is key for the development of radiodermatitis. After skin irradiation in wild type (plg+/+) mice, the plasminogen level increased in the radiated area, leading to severe skin damage such as ulcer formation. However, plasminogen-deficient (plg−/−) mice and mice lacking plasminogen activators were mostly resistant to radiodermatitis. Moreover, treatment with a plasminogen inhibitor, tranexamic acid, decreased radiodermatitis in plg+/+ mice and prevented radiodermatitis in plg+/ mice. Together with studies at the molecular level, we report that plasmin is required for the induction of inflammation after irradiation that leads to radiodermatitis, and we propose that inhibition of plasminogen activation can be a novel treatment strategy to reduce and prevent the occurrence of radiodermatitis in patients.

     

     

  • 4.
    Fallah, Mahsa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Viklund, Emil
    Shen, Yue
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Bäckman, Assar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Johansson, Mikael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Blomqvist, Michael
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences.
    Liu, Kui
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Wilczynska, Malgorzata
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Ny, Tor
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics.
    Plasminogen enhances the healing of radiation-induced wounds via decreased expression of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic factorsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Jahns, Anika C.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Dahlberg, Ida
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Tamayo, Natalia Curiche
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Mcdowell, Andrew
    Patrick, Sheila
    Alexeyev, Oleg A.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    No link between rosacea and Propionibacterium acnes2012In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, E-ISSN 1600-0463, Vol. 120, no 11, p. 922-925Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Rosacea is a common skin disease in adults affecting mainly the facial skin. Although inflammation appears to play a pathogenic role in rosacea, initiating factors are largely unknown. Microbial involvement in the development of rosacea has been suggested previously. We aimed to visualize Propionibacterium acnes in the skin compartments of rosacea patients. Facial skin biopsies from 82 rosacea patients and 25 controls were stained with a P. acnes-specific monoclonal antibody (QUBPa3). Seven of 82 patients (8.5%) tested positive for P. acnes which was present either as a biofilm (57% of positive) or a microcolony (43%) in colonized patients. Our results suggest that P. acnes does not play a major role in the pathogenesis of rosacea.

  • 6.
    Jahns, Anika C
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Ganceviciene, R
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Palmer, Ruth H
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Medical and Clinical Genetics.
    Golovleva, Irina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Medical and Clinical Genetics.
    Zouboulis, C C
    McDowell, A
    Patrick, S
    Alexeyev, Oleg A
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    An increased incidence of Propionibacterium acnes biofilms in acne vulgaris: a case-control study2012In: British Journal of Dermatology, ISSN 0007-0963, E-ISSN 1365-2133, Vol. 167, no 1, p. 50-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Summary Background  Acne vulgaris is a disorder of the sebaceous follicles. Propionibacterium acnes can be involved in inflammatory acne. Objectives  This case-control study aimed at investigating the occurrence and localization of P. acnes in facial biopsies in acne and to characterize the P. acnes phylotype in skin compartments. Methods  Specific monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies were applied to skin biopsies of 38 patients with acne and matching controls to localize and characterize P. acnes and to determine expression of co-haemolysin CAMP factor, a putative virulence determinant. Results  Follicular P. acnes was demonstrated in 18 (47%) samples from patients with acne and eight (21%) control samples [odds ratio (OR) 3·37, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1·23-9·23; P = 0·017]. In 14 (37%) samples from patients with acne, P. acnes was visualized in large macrocolonies/biofilms in sebaceous follicles compared with only five (13%) control samples (OR 3·85, 95% CI 1·22-12·14; P = 0·021). Macrocolonies/biofilms consisting of mixed P. acnes phylotypes expressing CAMP1 were detected in both case and control samples. Only four samples tested positive for the presence of Staphylococcus spp. and fungi were not observed. Conclusions  We have for the first time visualized different P. acnes phylotypes in macrocolonies/biofilms in sebaceous follicles of skin biopsies. Our results support the hypothesis that P. acnes can play a role in the pathogenesis of acne as acne samples showed a higher prevalence of follicular P. acnes colonization, both in terms of follicles containing P. acnes and the greater numbers of bacteria in macrocolonies/biofilms than in control samples.

  • 7.
    Jahns, Anika C.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Nosek, Daniel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.
    Killasli, H.
    Emtestam, L.
    Alexeyev, Oleg A.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Microbiology of folliculitis decalvans: a histological study of 37 patients2015In: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, ISSN 0926-9959, E-ISSN 1468-3083, Vol. 29, no 5, p. 1025-1026Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Jahns, Anika
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Killasli, Hassan
    Nosek, Daniel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Lenngren, Anna
    Muratova, Zhanna
    Emtestam, Lennart
    Alexeyev, Oleg
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Microbiology of hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa): a histological study of 27 patients2014In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, E-ISSN 1600-0463, Vol. 122, no 9, p. 804-809Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inverse) (HS) is a chronic skin disease primarily affecting hair follicles. The aetiology of HS is unknown, but infection is believed to play some role. This retrospective study investigated the microbial colonization directly in skin appendices in HS skin samples. Archival samples from 27 patients with HS were screened by immunofluorescence labelling with monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies against Gram-positive bacteria, Propionibacterium acnes and Propionibacterium granulosum. Fluorescence in situ hybridization was used for further species identification of Staphylococcus spp. Overall, 17 patients (63%) were found positive for bacterial colonization. Of these, 15 showed colonization in hair follicles and/or sinus tracts. The most commonly identified bacteria were DAPI labelled coccoids that were seen in 71% of the positive patients in the form of biofilms and microcolonies. P. acnes was found as biofilms in hair follicles of two patients. Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative staphylococci were not detected in any sample. The results of this study indicate a common bacterial presence in HS skin lesions. Bacterial biofilms are not uncommon and their pathogenic role needs further evaluation.

  • 9.
    Mahdavi, Jafar
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology.
    Sondén, B
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology.
    Hurtig, Marina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology.
    Olfat, Farzad O
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology.
    Forsberg, Lina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology.
    Roche, Niamh
    Ångström, Jonas
    Larsson, Thomas
    Teneberg, Susann
    Karlsson, Karl-Anders
    Altraja, Siiri
    Wadström, Torkel
    Kersulyte, Dangeruta
    Berg, Douglas E
    Dubois, Andre
    Petersson, Christoffer
    Magnusson, Karl-Eric
    Norberg, Thomas
    Lindh, Frank
    Lundskog, Bertil B
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences.
    Arnqvist, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Hammarström, Lennart
    Borén, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Odontology, Oral Microbiology.
    Helicobacter pylori SabA adhesin in persistent infection and chronic inflammation2002In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, E-ISSN 1095-9203, Vol. 297, no 5581, p. 573-578Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Helicobacter pylori adherence in the human gastric mucosa involves specific bacterial adhesins and cognate host receptors. Here, we identify sialyl-dimeric-Lewis x glycosphingolipid as a receptor for H. pylori and show that H. pylori infection induced formation of sialyl-Lewis x antigens in gastric epithelium in humans and in a Rhesus monkey. The corresponding sialic acid-binding adhesin (SabA) was isolated with the "retagging" method, and the underlying sabA gene (JHP662/HP0725) was identified. The ability of many H. pylori strains to adhere to sialylated glycoconjugates expressed during chronic inflammation might thus contribute to virulence and the extraordinary chronicity of H. pylori infection.

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