• Image-based assessment of microvascular function and structure in collagen XV- and XVIII-deficient mice 

      Brekke, Cecilie; Løkka, Guro; Heljäsvaara, Ritva; Taxt, Torfinn; Pavlin, Tina; Sormunen, Raija T.; Pihlajaniemi, Taina; Curry, Fitz-Roy E.; Tenstad, Olav; Reed, Rolf K. (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2014-01)
      Collagen XV and XVIII are ubiquitous constituents of basement membranes. We aimed to study the physiological roles of these two components of the permeability barrier non-invasively in striated muscle in mice deficient in ...
    • Lack of collagen XVIII leads to lipodystrophy and perturbs hepatic glucose and lipid homeostasis 

      Petäistö, Tiina; Vicente, David; Mäkelä, Kari A; Finnilä, Mikko A; Miinalainen, Ilkka; Koivunen, Jarkko; Izzi, Valerio; Aikio, Mari; Karppinen, Sanna-Maria; Davarajan, Raman; Thevenot, Jerome; Herzig, Karl-Heinz; Heljasvaara, Ritva Leena; Pihlajaniemi, Taina (Journal article; Peer reviewed, 2020)
      Liver and adipose tissues play important roles in the regulation of systemic glucose and lipid metabolism. Extracellular matrix synthesis and remodelling are significantly altered in these tissues in obesity and type 2 ...
    • Toward understanding scarless skin wound healing and pathological scarring 

      Karppinen, Sanna-Maria; Heljasvaara, Ritva Leena; Gullberg, Donald; Tasanen, Kaisa; Pihlajaniemi, Taina (Peer reviewed; Journal article, 2019)
      The efficient healing of skin wounds is crucial for securing the vital barrier function of the skin, but pathological wound healing and scar formation are major medical problems causing both physiological and psychological ...