Hans van der Spek

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Prohibitins are ubiquitous, abundant and evolutionarily strongly conserved proteins that play a role in important cellular processes. Using blue native electrophoresis we have demonstrated that human prohibitin and Bap37 together form a large complex in the mitochondrial inner membrane. This complex is similar in size to the yeast complex formed by the(More)
Prohibitins in eukaryotes consist of two subunits (PHB1 and PHB2) that together form a high molecular weight complex in the mitochondrial inner membrane. The evolutionary conservation and the ubiquitous expression in mammalian tissues of the prohibitin complex suggest an important function among eukaryotes. The PHB complex has been shown to play a role in(More)
Bacillus subtilis forms dormant spores upon nutrient depletion. Under favorable environmental conditions, the spore breaks its dormancy and resumes growth in a process called spore germination and outgrowth. To elucidate the physiological processes that occur during the transition of the dormant spore to an actively growing vegetative cell, we studied this(More)
The yeast mitochondrial degradosome (mtEXO) is an NTP-dependent exoribonuclease involved in mitochondrial RNA metabolism. Previous purifications suggested that it was composed of three subunits. Our results suggest that the degradosome is composed of only two large subunits: an RNase and a RNA helicase encoded by nuclear genes DSS1 and SUV3, respectively,(More)
cDNA-AFLP is a genome-wide expression analysis technology that does not require any prior knowledge of gene sequences. This PCR-based technique combines a high sensitivity with a high specificity, allowing detection of rarely expressed genes and distinguishing between homologous genes. In this report, we validated quantitative expression data of 110(More)
The variant specific surface glycoprotein (VSG) genes of T. brucei are expressed in telomeric expression sites. We have determined the structure of the active site in trypanosome variant 221a, which contains VSG gene 221, by analysis of cloned DNA segments that represent 65 kb of the 5'-flanking region of the VSG gene. In nuclear run-on experiments, 57 kb(More)
Metabolic and regulatory gene networks generally tend to be stable. However, we have recently shown that overexpression of the transcriptional activator Hap4p in yeast causes cells to move to a state characterized by increased respiratory activity. To understand why overexpression of HAP4 is able to override the signals that normally result in glucose(More)
We have previously demonstrated that the yeast Krebs cycle enzyme NAD(+)-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (Idh) binds specifically and with high affinity to the 5'-untranslated leader sequences of mitochondrial mRNAs in vitro and have proposed a role for the enzyme in the regulation of mitochondrial translation [Elzinga, S.D.J. et al. (2000) Curr. Genet.,(More)
A link between control of respiration and glucose repression in yeast is reported. The HAP4 gene was overexpressed in a Delta mig1 deletion background, generating a mutant in which respiratory function is stimulated and glucose repression is diminished. Although this combination does not result in derepression of genes encoding proteins involved in(More)
In the food processing industry, unwanted occurrence and growth of spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms is a key concern. A prime example is the extremely heat resistant bacterial endospores, microbial survival structures, that create problems due to their ability to survive classical thermal treatments and their ability to subsequently germinate and form(More)