Vuokko Loimaranta


Laboratory Manager, Institute of Dentistry (Institute of Dentistry)
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Dentistry (Institute of Dentistry)

vuokko.loimaranta@utu.fi
+358 29 450 4172
+358 44 011 1746

Kiinamyllynkatu 10
Turku





Areas of expertise
biochemistry of saliva, salivary immune functions, oral streptococci, bacterial adhesion

Biography

I have made my MSc in Biochemistry in 1993 and
obtained my PhD in 1999 in the University of Turku. For 2000-2002 I worked
as a Marie Curie Fellow in the University of Umeå.  I returned back to University of Turku to work
as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and
Genetics and continued there as a University Teacher. In 2007-2008 I made a
short visit to industry and worked as a Visiting Scientist at Valio Ltd.
Adjunct professorship I received in 2008. Since 2018 I have worked as a Laboratory Manager at the Institute of Dentistry.



Research

My research consists studies on the role of
saliva in the control of oral and oro-pharyngeal microbiota. Saliva contains a
plethora of components that regulate oral microbiota. Activity and amount of
these components differ between individuals. The main focus of our research is
on identification of the nature and functions of these molecules and exploring
their individual variations.



Publications
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Comparison of multiplex-serology and ELISA based methods in detecting HPV16 L1 antibody responses in paired saliva and serum samples of healthy men (2019)
Journal of Virological Methods
Vuokko Loimaranta, Karoliina Sievi, Jill Werner, Michael Pawlita, Tim Waterboer, Julia Butt, Stina Syrjänen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Edible films based on milk proteins release effectively active immunoglobulins (2019) Rantamäki P., Loimaranta V., Vasara E., Latva-Koivisto J., Korhonen H., Tenovuo J., Marnila P.
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Galectin-3-binding protein: A multitask glycoprotein with innate immunity functions in viral and bacterial infections (2018)
Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Vuokko Loimaranta, Jussi Hepojoki, Olli Laaksoaho, Arto T. Pulliainen
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Salivary Scavenger and Agglutinin (SALSA) in Healthy and Complicated Pregnancy (2016)
PLoS ONE
Reichhardt MP, Jarva H, Lokki AI, Laivuori H, Vuorela P, Loimaranta V, Glasner A, Siwetz M, Huppertz B, Meri S
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The Salivary Scavenger and Agglutinin in Early Life: Diverse Roles in Amniotic Fluid and in the Infant Intestine (2014)
Journal of Immunology
Martin Parnov Reichhardt, Hanna Jarva, Mark de Been, Juan Miguel Rodriguez, Esther Jimenez Quintana, Vuokko Loimaranta, Willem Meindert de Vos, Seppo Meri
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Bacterial Adhesion of Streptococcus suis to Host Cells and Its Inhibition by Carbohydrate Ligands (2013)
Biology
Kouki A, Pieters RJ, Nilsson UJ, Loimaranta V, Finne J, Haataja S
(
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Expression, purification and crystallization of the C-terminal LRR domain of Streptococcus pyogenes protein 0843 (2013)
Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications
Haikarainen T, Loimaranta V, Prieto-Lopez C, Battula P, Finne J, Papageorgiou AC
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Glutamine synthetase and glucose-6-phosphate isomarase are adhesive moonlighting proteins of Lactobacillus crispatus released by epithelial cathelicidin LL-37 (2012)
Journal of Bacteriology
Kainulainen V, Loimaranta V, Pekkala A, Edelman S, Antikainen J, Kylväjä R, Laaksonen M, Laakkonen L, Finne J, Korhonen TK
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Glutamine synthetase and glucose-6-phosphate isomerase are adhesive moonlighting proteins of Lactobacillus crispatus released by epithelial cathelicidin LL-37. (2012)
Journal of Bacteriology
Kainulainen V, Loimaranta V, Pekkala A, Edelman S, Antikainen J, Kylväjä R, Laaksonen M, Laakkonen L, Finne J, Korhonen TK
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Identification of a unique TLR2-interacting peptide motif in a microbial leucine-rich repeat protein (2012)
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Myneni SR, Settem RP, Sojar HT, Malone JP, Loimaranta V, Nakajima T, Sharma A
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

The salivary scavenger and agglutinin binds MBL and regulates the lectin pathway of complement in solution and on surfaces (2012)
Frontiers in Immunology
Reichhardt MP, Loimaranta V, Thiel S, Finne J, Meri S, Jarva H
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Decorin Binding by DbpA and B of Borrelia garinii, Borrelia afzelii, and Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Stricto (2011)
Journal of Infectious Diseases
Salo J, Loimaranta V, Lahdenne P, Viljanen MK, Hytonen J
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Screening of Binding Activity of Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus agalactiae and Streptococcus suis to Berries and Juices (2010)
Phytotherapy Research
Toivanen M, Huttunen S, Duricova J, Soininen P, Laatikainen R, Loimaranta V, Haataja S, Finne J, Lapinjoki S, Tikkanen-Kaukanen C
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Probiotic bacteria affect the composition of salivary pellicle and streptococcal adhesion in vitro (2008)
Oral Microbiology and Immunology
Haukioja A, Loimaranta V, Tenovuo J
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Inhibition of P-fimbriated Escherichia coli adhesion by multivalent galabiose derivatives studied by a live-bacteria application of surface plasmon resonance (2007)
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Salminen A, Loimaranta V, Joosten JA, Khan AS, Hacker J, Pieters RJ, Finne J
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Variant size- and glycoforms of the scavenger receptor cysteine-rich protein gp-340 with differential bacterial aggregation (2007)
Glycoconjugate Journal
Eriksson C, Frängsmyr L, Danielsson Niemi L, Loimaranta V, Holmskov U, Bergman T, Leffler H, Jenkinson HF, Strömberg N
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Host-derived pentapeptide affecting adhesion, proliferation, and local pH in biofilm communities composed of Streptococcus and Actinomyces species (2006)
Infection and Immunity
Drobni M, Li T, Krüger C, Loimaranta V, Kilian M, Hammarström L, Jörnvall H, Bergman T, Strömberg N
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Oral adhesion and survival of probiotic and other lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in vitro (2006)
Oral Microbiology and Immunology
Haukioja A, Yli-Knuuttila H, Loimaranta V, Kari K, Ouwehand AC, Meurman JH, Tenovuo J
(
A1 Journal article – refereed)


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