Gerhard Mertens

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During routine paternity testing a mutation of a paternal allele at the HPRTB locus was observed. The opportunity was taken to analyse this mutation at a molecular level. The repeat sequence is flanked by an imperfect repeat sequence and this region could be involved in the mutation mechanism. For this reason, we also examined the structure of(More)
In order to apply a set of nine STR loci in parentage testing, we performed a population genetic study on a sample of the Flemish population. Genotypes for HUMHPRTB, HUMFABP, HUMCD4, HUMCSF1PO, HUMTH01, HUMPLA2A, HUMPLA2A1, HUMF13A01, HUMCYAR04 and HUMLIPOL were determined using three triplex PCR reactions and silver staining. Allele frequencies showed no(More)
A 37-year-old Belgian patient presented with acute nephropathia epidemica (NE) shortly after a camping holiday in southern France. Unusual symptoms were initial noncardiogenic lung involvement, followed by severe acute renal failure, acute acalculous cholecystitis, presence of immunoblasts in the bone marrow, and hemolytic anemia, presenting as hemolytic(More)
As a consequence of immigration starting in the 1960s, about 265,000 people of Moroccan origin presently reside in Belgium, thus constituting the most numerous group of non-indigenous inhabitants [1]. Most Moroccan immigrants in Belgium as well as the Netherlands and Germany belong to the Berber (Imazighen) ethnic group and originate from the Rif area, a(More)
STRs have become almost the exclusive tool of genetic scientists in forensic typing work. Consequently, large numbers of samples are genotyped and the detection of rare abnormalities is to be expected. We found rare losses of alleles, also known as drop-out, at the two STR loci D13S317 and CD4. Drop-out at D13S317 was accidentally found in typing of(More)
The allele frequency and sequence structure of the STR locus D12S1090 were investigated in 598 Flemish individuals. The locus shows a complex organisation with repetitions of GATA interrupted by TA and other tetra- and pentanucleotide blocks. No deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium was observed. The extensive polymorphism makes it a powerful tool for(More)
Because of their sensitivity and high level of discrimination, short tandem repeat (STR) maker systems are currently the method of choice in routine forensic casework and data banking, usually in multiplexes up to 15–17 loci. Constraints related to sample amount and quality, frequently encountered in forensic casework, will not allow to change this picture(More)