Hans M F G Aerts

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The membrane association of the lysosomal enzymes cathepsin D and glucocerebrosidase and its naturally occurring sphingolipid activating protein was studied in HepG2 cells. We differentially permeabilized cells with low concentrations of saponin, at which secretory proteins rinsed out completely, whereas integral membrane proteins were not released. All(More)
We have studied the role of N-linked oligosaccharides and proteolytic processing on the targeting of cathepsin D to the lysosomes in the human hepatoma cell line HepG2. In the presence of tunicamycin cathepsin D was synthesized as an unglycosylated 43-kDa proenzyme which was proteolytically processed via a 39-kDa intermediate to a 28-kDa mature form. Only a(More)
In order to obtain information on the disputed nature of melanosomes a comparison was made between the localization of melanosomal markers with those of other well-defined subcellular organelles such as lysosomes and peroxisomes. The distribution of marker enzymes was studied using two different density gradient systems, i.e., Percoll and Nycodenz.(More)
Gaucher's disease (GD) is caused by an inherited deficiency of acid beta-glucosidase with storage of glucosylceramides in the lysosomes of macrophages. This study identifies a G202R mutation in the acid beta-glucosidase gene in an infant with severe neuronopathic (type 2) GD and only slightly reduced acid beta-glucosidase activity. Western blot analysis,(More)
As part of a program towards the development of specific inhibitors of human lysosomal beta-hexosaminidase for use as chemical chaperones in therapy of G(M2) gangliosidosis related diseases, the synthesis of 2-acetamidomethyl derivatives of isofagomine has been undertaken. Key event in this synthesis is the conversion of a C-2 substituted gluconolactone(More)
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