Gerard F.M. Merkx

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A fourth human UDP-GalNAc:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase, designated GalNAc-T4, was cloned and expressed. The genomic organization of GalNAc-T4 is distinct from GalNAc-T1, -T2, and -T3, which contain multiple coding exons, in that the coding region is contained in a single exon. GalNAc-T4 was placed at human chromosome 12q21.3-q22 by in situ(More)
The aquaporin family of membrane water transport proteins are expressed in diverse tissues, and in brain the predominant water channel protein is AQP4. Here we report the isolation and characterization of the human AQP4 cDNAs and genomic DNA. Two cDNAs were isolated corresponding to the two initiating methionines (M1 in a 323-aa polypeptide and M23 in a(More)
p63 mutations have been associated with EEC syndrome (ectrodactyly, ectodermal dysplasia, and cleft lip/palate), as well as with nonsyndromic split hand-split foot malformation (SHFM). We performed p63 mutation analysis in a sample of 43 individuals and families affected with EEC syndrome, in 35 individuals affected with SHFM, and in three families with the(More)
The characteristic clinical features of the dup(3q) syndrome include typical facial features, mental and growth retardation, and (often) congenital heart anomalies. However, pure duplication of 3qter is rare because most of the reported cases are patients who carry an unbalanced translocation and, in addition to the duplication for 3qter, have a deletion(More)
X-linked deafness with stapes fixation (DFN3) is caused by mutations in the POU3F4 gene at Xq21.1. By employing pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) we identified a chromosomal aberration in the DNA of a DFN3 patient who did not show alterations in the open reading frame (ORF) of POU3F4. Southern blot analysis indicated that a DNA segment of 150 kb,(More)
The epithelial Ca(2+) channel, ECaC, represents the rate-limiting step of vitamin D(3)-regulated Ca(2+) (re)absorption in kidney and intestine, and provides, therefore, a new candidate gene for Ca(2+)-related disorders. To supply the basis for direct mutation analysis, we report here the structure of the human ECaC gene (ECAC1(2)). It consists of 16 exons(More)
A novel human UDP-GlcNAc:Gal/GlcNAcbeta1-3GalNAcalpha beta1, 6GlcNAc-transferase, designated C2/4GnT, was identified by BLAST analysis of expressed sequence tags. The sequence of C2/4GnT encoded a putative type II transmembrane protein with significant sequence similarity to human C2GnT and IGnT. Expression of the secreted form of C2/4GnT in insect cells(More)
The UDP-GalNAc:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase, designated GalNAc-T3, exhibits unique functions. Specific acceptor substrates are used by GalNAc-T3 and not by other GalNAc-transferases. The expression pattern of GalNAc-T3 is restricted, and loss of expression is a characteristic feature of poorly differentiated pancreatic tumors. In the(More)
BLAST analysis of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) using the coding sequence of the human UDP-galactose:beta-N-acetylglucosamine beta1, 4-galactosyltransferase, designated beta4Gal-T1, revealed a large number of ESTs with identical as well as similar sequences. ESTs with sequences similar to that of beta4Gal-T1 could be grouped into at least two non-identical(More)
We identified a novel familial case of clear-cell renal cancer and a t(3;6)(q12;q15). Subsequent cytogenetic and molecular analyses showed the presence of several abnormalities within tumour samples obtained from different patients. Loss of the der(3) chromosome was noted in some, but not all, of the samples. A concomitant VHL gene mutation was found in one(More)