Bertram Weiss

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Human leucine-rich repeat kinase 1 (LRRK1) is a multi-domain protein of unknown function belonging to the ROCO family of complex proteins. Here, we report the molecular characterization of human LRRK1 and show, for the first time, that LRRK1 is both a functional protein kinase and a GDP/GTP-binding protein. Binding of GTP to LRRK1 is specific, requires the(More)
We have identified the mouse and rat homologs of human interleukin-22 receptor alpha 2 (IL-22R alpha 2) and compared the localization, structure, and expression of the encoding murine and human genes. The mouse IL-22R alpha 2-encoding gene is located on chromosome 10A3 between, like in human, the genes for interferon-gamma R1 and IL-20R1. It spans a region(More)
The cytokine receptor family type 2 (CRF2) comprises receptors for important immunomediators like interferons and interleukin-10 (IL-10). We identified a novel member of this family which represents the first exclusively soluble receptor in this group and was therefore designated as CRF2-soluble 1 (CRF2-s1). The CRF2-s1 gene covers about 28 kb and is(More)
Phenotypes are an important subject of biomedical research for which many repositories have already been created. Most of these databases are either dedicated to a single species or to a single disease of interest. With the advent of technologies to generate phenotypes in a high-throughput manner, not only is the volume of phenotype data growing fast but(More)
Health and disease of organisms are reflected in their phenotypes. Often, a genetic component to a disease is discovered only after clearly defining its phenotype. In the past years, many technologies to systematically generate phenotypes in a high-throughput manner, such as RNA interference or gene knock-out, have been developed and used to decipher(More)
paired genes emerged early in evolution and code for homeobox transcription factors, having fundamental roles in various biological processes. We identified a novel human member of the paired-like class, which we named OTEX. A phylogenetic analysis revealed that OTEX belonged to the recently defined PEPP subfamily of paired-like homeobox genes. It was(More)
UNLABELLED We have created PhenomicDB, a multi-species genotype/phenotype database by merging public genotype/phenotype data from a wide range of model organisms and Homo sapiens. Until now these data were available in distinct organism-specific databases (e.g. WormBase, OMIM, FlyBase and MGI). We compiled this wealth of data into a single integrated(More)
A cDNA coding for a tissue-specific AR45 variant form of the androgen receptor (AR) has recently been identified in humans, with highest expression levels found in heart. The deduced protein comprises the DNA-binding domain, hinge region and ligand-binding domain of the AR, but not the N-terminal domain which is replaced by a unique, short, seven(More)
Apolipoprotein (apo) A-I is the major protein component of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs), which are responsible for reverse cholesterol transport from peripheral tissues to the liver. A low level of plasma HDL is correlated with susceptibility to atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Mammalian apo A-I synthesis has been attributed mainly to liver(More)