Frank N. van Leeuwen

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The invasion-inducing T-lymphoma invasion and metastasis 1 (Tiam1) protein functions as a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for the small GTPase Rac1. Differentiation-dependent expression of Tiam1 in the developing brain suggests a role for this GEF and its effector Rac1 in the control of neuronal morphology. Here we show that overexpression of Tiam1(More)
Gross cytogenetic anomalies are traditionally being used as diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic markers in the clinical management of cancer, including childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Recently, it has become increasingly clear that genetic lesions driving tumorigenesis frequently occur at the submicroscopic level and, consequently, escape(More)
Relapse is the most common cause of treatment failure in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and is often difficult to predict. To explore the prognostic impact of recurrent DNA copy number abnormalities on relapse, we performed high-resolution genomic profiling of 34 paired diagnosis and relapse ALL samples. Recurrent lesions detected at(More)
GTPases of the Rho family regulate actinomyosin-based contraction in non-muscle cells. Activation of Rho increases contractility, leading to cell rounding and neurite retraction in neuronal cell lines. Activation of Rac promotes cell spreading and interferes with Rho-mediated cell rounding. Here we show that activation of Rac may antagonize Rho by(More)
Response to therapy as determined by minimal residual disease (MRD) is currently used for stratification in treatment protocols for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). However, the large MRD-based medium risk group (MRD-M; 50–60% of the patients) harbors many relapses. We analyzed MRD in 131 uniformly treated precursor-B-ALL patients and evaluated(More)
Differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells into B lymphocytes requires the concerted action of specific transcription factors, such as RUNX1, IKZF1, E2A, EBF1 and PAX5. As key determinants of normal B-cell development, B-lineage transcription factors are frequently deregulated in hematological malignancies, such as B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic(More)
1 Swerdlow SH, Campo E, Harris NL, Jaffe ES, Pileri SA, Stein H et al. WHO Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues. AIRC Press: Lyon France, 2008. 2 Jares P, Colomer D, Campo E. Molecular pathogenesis of mantle cell lymphoma. J Clin Invest 2012; 122: 3416–3423. 3 Orchard J, Garand R, Davis Z, Babbage G, Sahota S, Matutes E et al. A(More)
Purpose:Overall survival in patients with osteosarcoma is only 60%. Poor response to chemotherapy is the dominant risk factor for poor survival. Pharmacogenetic research can offer possibilities to optimize treatment and improve outcome. We applied a pathway-based approach to evaluate the cumulative effect of genes involved in the metabolism of cisplatin and(More)
The contribution of genetic predisposing factors to the development of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most frequently diagnosed cancer in childhood, has not been fully elucidated. Children presenting with multiple de novo leukemias are more likely to suffer from genetic predisposition. Here, we selected five of these patients and analyzed(More)
Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands Department of Human Genetics, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands Department of Clinical Oncology, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Medical Center(More)