Franciscus van der Hoeven

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Hox genes are essential for growth and patterning of the tetrapod limb skeleton. Mice mutant for the Hoxd-13 gene have an important delay in morphogenesis owing to reduced proliferation. Based on the appearance of atavisms in such mice, we suggested that modifications of Hox gene regulation may have been a source of morphological variation during the(More)
The stratum corneum as the outermost epidermal layer protects against exsiccation and infection. Both the underlying cornified envelope (CE) and the intercellular lipid matrix contribute essentially to these two main protective barriers. Epidermis-unique ceramides with ultra-long-chain acyl moities (ULC-Cers) are key components of extracellular lipid(More)
Vertebrate gene members of the HoxD complex are essential for proper development of the appendicular skeletons. Inactivation of these genes induces severe alterations in the size and number of bony elements. Evx-2, a gene related to the Drosophila even-skipped (eve) gene, is located close to Hoxd-13 and is expressed in limbs like the neighbouring Hoxd(More)
The variant specific surface glycoprotein (VSG) genes of T. brucei are expressed in telomeric expression sites. We have determined the structure of the active site in trypanosome variant 221a, which contains VSG gene 221, by analysis of cloned DNA segments that represent 65 kb of the 5'-flanking region of the VSG gene. In nuclear run-on experiments, 57 kb(More)
We have identified a novel dominant mouse mutant that is characterised by fused toes on the fore limbs and a thymic hyperplasia, in heterozygous animals. Homozygosity of the mutation leads to malformation of the developing brain, lost of the genetic control of left-right asymmetry and to death around day 10 of development. Analysis of both limb development(More)
Transposition of Hoxd genes to a more posterior (5') location within the HoxD complex suggested that colinearity in the expression of these genes was due, in part, to the existence of a silencing mechanism originating at the 5' end of the cluster and extending towards the 3' direction. To assess the strength and specificity of this repression, as well as to(More)
Lentiviral vectors (LV) are widely used to stably transfer genes into target cells investigating or treating gene functions. In addition, gene transfer into early murine embryos may be improved to efficiently generate transgenic mice. We applied lentiviral gene transfer to generate a mouse model transgenic for SET binding protein-1 (Setbp1) and enhanced(More)
We investigated the relation between the recessive mutation add caused by insertional mutagenesis of a transgene and the dominant mutation extra-toes (Xt) which display similar effects on limb morphogenesis. The transgene insertion in add mapped close to the 5' end of the zinc finger gene Gli3 and 5'sequences of Gli3 were deleted in Xt. Expression analysis(More)
Recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) is a powerful method for achieving gene targeting repeatedly at a single mammalian locus. This approach could be applied to the efficient establishment of genetically related cell lines harboring different p53 mutations found in human tumors. To this end we generated a mouse strain called p53 Platform mice (PLF(More)
This protocol describes a rapid, precise method for generating sets of embryonic stem (ES) cells or mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) harboring point mutations in the p53 tumor suppressor gene (officially known as Trp53). The strategy uses cells from the Trp53 (p53-null) 'platform' mouse, which allows site-specific integration of plasmid DNA into the Trp53(More)
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