Aldo Jongejan

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A three-dimensional homology model of the human histamine H 4 receptor was developed to investigate the binding mode of a series of structurally diverse H 4-agonists, i.e. histamine, clozapine, and the recently described selective, nonimidazole agonist VUF 8430. Mutagenesis studies and docking of these ligands in a rhodopsin-based homology model revealed(More)
Using exome sequencing and linkage analysis in a three-generation family with a unique dominant myoclonus-dystonia-like syndrome with cardiac arrhythmias, we identified a mutation in the CACNA1B gene, coding for neuronal voltage-gated calcium channels CaV2.2. This mutation (c.4166G>A;p.Arg1389His) is a disruptive missense mutation in the outer region of the(More)
Exposure to environmental estrogens has been proposed as a risk factor for disruption of reproductive development and tumorigenesis of humans and wildlife (McLachlan, J. A.; Korach, K. S.; Newbold, R. R.; Degen, G. H. Diethylstilbestrol and other estrogens in the environment. Fundam. Appl. Toxicol. 1984, 4, 686-691). In recent years, many structurally(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) encodes a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), named US28, which shows homology to chemokine receptors and binds several chemokines with high affinity. US28 induces migration of smooth muscle cells, a feature essential for the development of atherosclerosis, and may serve as a co-receptor for human immunodeficiency virus-type 1(More)
c Copyright owned by the author(s) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Licence. Modern DNA sequencing machines produce data in the range of 1-100 GB per experiment and with ongoing technological developments this amount is rapidly increasing. The majority of experiments involve re-sequencing of human genomes and(More)
The relative stabilities of homochiral and heterochiral forms of selected dipeptides, AA, AS, AC, AV, AF, AD, AK, tripeptides, AAA, AVA, and an acetylpentapeptide, AcGLSFA, have been calculated using thermodynamic integration protocols and the GROMOS 53A6 force field. Integration pathways have been designed that produce minimal disturbance to the system,(More)
Pneumococcal meningitis is the most common and severe form of bacterial meningitis. Early recognition of the pathogen and subsequent innate immune response play a vital role in disease susceptibility and outcome. Genetic variations in innate immune genes can alter the immune response and influence susceptibility and outcome of meningitis disease. Here we(More)
BACKGROUND The combination of developmental delay, facial characteristics, hearing loss and abnormal fat distribution in the distal limbs is known as Pierpont syndrome. The aim of the present study was to detect and study the cause of Pierpont syndrome. METHODS We used whole-exome sequencing to analyse four unrelated individuals with Pierpont syndrome,(More)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of solid cancers comprises the administration of a photosensitizer followed by illumination of the photosensitizer-replete tumor with laser light. This induces a state of local oxidative stress, culminating in the destruction of tumor tissue and microvasculature and induction of an anti-tumor immune response. However, some tumor(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular and neural malformations are common sequels of diabetic pregnancies, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. We hypothesized that maternal hyperglycemia would affect the embryos most shortly after the glucose-sensitive time window at embryonic day (ED) 7.5 in mice. METHODS Mice were made diabetic with(More)