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Name: Dr. Finne, Jukka
Address: Kiinamyllynkatu 10
Institution: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Turku
City: Turku Zip: FI-20520
Country: Finland Phone:


Research Topics:
The background of the group is in glycobiology, focused on neural cell interactions as well as on the molecular specificity of bactrial adhesion. We have previously discovered and chataraterised a number or new adhesion specificities in both gram-negative and gram-positive organisms. Our current interests focuse on the molecular mechanisms of streptococcal pathogenicity, especially their adhesion mechanisms to host carbohydrate receptors, as well as the molecular background of hydrogen peroxide resistance. The organisms studied are the pig and human pathogen S. suis and the human pathogens S. pyogenes and S. pneumoniae. The main interest targets at the molecular level are adhesins binding to galabiose receptors and the ferritin-like molecule Dpr. At the molecular level we are aiming at a detailed description of the molecular structures and their function as well as at their genetics.


Organisms studied:
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Streptococcus suis
  • Streptococcus pyogenes


Special methods / technologies:
Long experience in carbohydrates and carbohydrate-binding specificities: Oligosaccharide and glycoconjugate libraries, agglutination and adhesion assays, surface plasmon resonance


Suggestions for potential research cooperations:
Identification and characterisation of microbial carbohydrate-binding specificities
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