Frederike Dijk

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In response to injury, the adult mammalian retina shows signs of structural remodeling, possibly in an attempt to preserve or regain some of its functional neural connections. In order to study the mechanisms involved in injury-induced plasticity, we have studied changes in growth associated protein 43 (GAP-43) after retinal ischemia/reperfusion in the rat.(More)
The circadian expression patterns of genes encoding for proteins that make up the core of the circadian clock were measured in rat retina using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). Transcript levels of several genes previously used for normalization of qPCR assays were determined and the effect of ischemia-reperfusion on the expression of clock genes was(More)
PURPOSE To investigate whether the previously observed decrease in immunoreactivity of the alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA)-type glutamate receptor subunits GluR1, -2, -3, and -4 after ischemia-reperfusion in the rat retina is associated with changes at the mRNA expression level. Furthermore, to study possible changes in the(More)
Neuronal protein aggregates are considered as pathological hallmarks of various human neurodegenerative diseases, including the so-called CAG-repeat disorders, such as spinocerebellar ataxia Type 6 (SCA6). Since the immunocytochemical findings of an initial post-mortem study using a specific antibody against the disease protein of SCA6 (i.e., pathologically(More)
Transient retinal ischemia leads to the loss of neurons in the inner retina. In an accompanying paper [F. Dijk, S. Van Leeuwen, W. Kamphuis, Differential effects of ischemia/reperfusion on amacrine cell subtype-specific transcript levels in the rat retina, Brain Res., 1026 (2004) 194-204] we present the results of a study on the effects of experimentally(More)
The role of glutamate receptors (GluR) in the signal pathways of the retina is widely recognized. Photoreceptors make synaptic contact with functionally different classes of bipolar cells. The OFF-type bipolar cells mediate light offset-evoked responses and use ionotropic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-isoxazole-4-propionate (AMPA)- or kainate-type GluRs,(More)
Aberrant expression of human leukocyte antigens (HLA) class I has prognostic importance in various cancers. Here, we evaluated the prognostic value of classical (A/B/C) and nonclassical (G/E) HLA expression in 169 high grade epithelial ovarian cancer samples and linked that to clinicopathological characteristics and survival. Expression of HLA-A, -B/C, or(More)
BACKGROUND Newborn screening (NBS) for cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with improved early nutritional outcomes and improved spirometry in children. The aim of this study was to determine whether early diagnosis and treatment of CF with NBS in New South Wales in 1981 led to better clinical outcomes and survival into early adulthood. METHODS(More)
Cystic fibrosis is a life-limiting condition which is readily diagnosed in the vast majority of cases on newborn screening [NBS]. A diagnosis made on newborn screening translates into earlier initiation of therapies, improved growth, better lung function into the adult years and culminates in better survival.
BACKGROUND Genome-wide association studies identified IL33 and IL-1 receptor-like 1 (IL1RL1)/IL18R1 as asthma susceptibility loci. IL33 and IL1RL1 constitute a single ligand-receptor pathway. OBJECTIVE In 2 birth cohorts, the Prevalence and Incidence of Asthma and Mite Allergy (PIAMA) study and Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), we(More)