Cees J. A. van Echteld

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BACKGROUND Women are at great risk for mood and anxiety disorders during their childbearing years and may become pregnant while taking antidepressant drugs. In the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most frequently prescribed drugs, while it is largely unknown whether this medication(More)
Regeneration of the myocardium by transplantation of cardiomyocytes is an emerging therapeutic strategy. Human embryonic stem cells (HESC) form cardiomyocytes readily but until recently at low efficiency, so that preclinical studies on transplantation in animals are only just beginning. Here, we show the results of the first long-term (12 weeks) analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND Endoglin, an accessory receptor for transforming growth factor-beta in vascular endothelial cells, is essential for angiogenesis during mouse development. Mutations in the human gene cause hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia type 1 (HHT1), a disease characterized by vascular malformations that increase with age. Although haploinsufficiency is(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertrophic growth, a risk factor for mortality in heart disease, is driven by reprogramming of cardiac gene expression. Although the transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor-2 (MEF2) is a common end point for several hypertrophic pathways, its precise cardiac gene targets and function in cardiac remodeling remain to be elucidated. METHODS(More)
ROS have been implicated in the development of pathological ventricular hypertrophy and the ensuing contractile dysfunction. Using the rat monocrotaline (MCT) model of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), we recently reported oxidative stress in the failing right ventricle (RV) with no such stress in the left ventricle of the same hearts. We used the(More)
The postulated strictly linear descriptions of the rate dependence of oxidative phosphorylation in skeletal muscle on the free energy of ATP hydrolysis (delta GP) over the range of physiological steady states fail to harmonize with reported findings of identical basal respiration rates in mammalian muscles at different delta GP values. The relevance of an(More)
Small unilamellar vesicles comprised of a mixture of phosphatidylethanolamine/phosphatidylcholine/cholesterol (3 : 1 : 2) fuse to form large multilamellar vesicles on increasing the temperature from 0 to 50 degrees C. This event is associated with the appearance of lipidic particles at the fusion sites, consistent with a role as intermediary structures(More)
AIMS Recent clinical studies revealed that positive results of cell transplantation on cardiac function are limited to the short- and mid-term restoration phase following myocardial infarction (MI), emphasizing the need for long-term follow-up. These transient effects may depend on the transplanted cell-type or its differentiation state. We have identified(More)
PURPOSE To characterise efficacy and safety of (177)Lu-DOTATOC as agent for peptide receptor radiotherapy (PRRT) of advanced neuroendocrine tumours (NET). PATIENTS AND METHODS Fifty-six subjects with metastasized and progressive NET (50% gastroenteral, 26.8% pancreatic, 23.2% other primary sites) treated consecutively with (177)Lu-DOTATOC were analysed(More)
AIMS Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL) is an effector molecule of the innate immune system. One of its actions is the prolongation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) activity by the formation of a degradation-resistant NGAL/MMP-9 complex. We studied NGAL in human atherosclerotic lesions and we examined whether NGAL could act as a target(More)