Hans van der Spek

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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)
BACKGROUND 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(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)
Today HIV-1 infection is recognized as a chronic disease with obligatory lifelong treatment to keep viral titers below detectable levels. The continuous intake of antiretroviral drugs however, leads to severe and even life-threatening side effects, supposedly by the deleterious impact of nucleoside-analogue type compounds on the functioning of the(More)
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