Claudia Spits

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The scarcity of genomic DNA can be a limiting factor in some fields of genetic research. One of the methods developed to overcome this difficulty is whole genome amplification (WGA). Recently, multiple displacement amplification (MDA) has proved very efficient in the WGA of small DNA samples and pools of cells, the reaction being catalyzed by the phi29 or(More)
Genomic imbalances are a major cause of constitutional and acquired disorders. Therefore, aneuploidy screening has become the cornerstone of preimplantation, prenatal and postnatal genetic diagnosis, as well as a routine aspect of the diagnostic workup of many acquired disorders. Recently, array comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH) has been(More)
The International Stem Cell Initiative analyzed 125 human embryonic stem (ES) cell lines and 11 induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines, from 38 laboratories worldwide, for genetic changes occurring during culture. Most lines were analyzed at an early and late passage. Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis revealed that they included(More)
Multiple displacement amplification (MDA) is a recently described method of whole-genome amplification (WGA) that has proven efficient in the amplification of small amounts of DNA, including DNA from single cells. Compared with PCR-based WGA methods, MDA generates DNA with a higher molecular weight and shows better genome coverage. This protocol was(More)
Cultured human embryonic stem (hES) cells have a known predisposition to aneuploidy of chromosomes 12, 17 and X. We studied 17 hES cell lines by array-based comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and found that the cells accumulate other recurrent chromosomal abnormalities, including amplification at 20q11.21 and a derivative chromosome 18. These genomic(More)
STUDY QUESTION What is the incidence of aneuploidy and mosaicism in all cells of top-quality Day-4 embryos analysed by array-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH)? SUMMARY ANSWER Our data show extensive abnormalities in Day-4 embryos. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY Numerous studies on human embryos at Day 3 and Day 5 of development show that they(More)
Huntington's disease (HD) and myotonic dystrophy (DM1) are caused by trinucleotide repeat expansions. The repeats show different instability patterns according to the disorder, cell type and developmental stage. Here we studied the behavior of these repeats in DM1- and HD-derived human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) before and after differentiation, and its(More)
STUDY QUESTION What are the aneuploidy rates and incidence of mosaicism in good-quality human preimplantation embryos. SUMMARY ANSWER High-level mosaicism and structural aberrations are not restricted to arrested or poorly developing embryos but are also common in good-quality IVF embryos. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY Humans, compared with other mammals, have(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, we demonstrated that single blastomeres of a 4-cell stage human embryo are able to develop into blastocysts with inner cell mass and trophectoderm. To further investigate potency at the 4-cell stage, we aimed to derive pluripotent human embryonic stem cells (hESC) from single blastomeres. METHODS Four 4-cell stage embryos were split(More)
In this report, we present the derivation and characterization of 15 hESC lines established at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium in collaboration with the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, Belgium, using surplus in vitro fertilization embryos and embryos carrying monogenic disorders donated for research. Four lines were derived from blastocyst-stage(More)