Jan Aten

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We searched for the presence of apoptotic cell death and studied the distribution of bcl-2, an oncoprotein that counteracts apoptosis, in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Brain and spinal cord specimens from 12 ALS patients were compared with those from six non-neurological controls. ALS brain tissue was pre-selected by the presence of reactive cortical(More)
A growing body of evidence implicates ceramide and/or its glycosphingolipid metabolites in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance. We have developed a highly specific small molecule inhibitor of glucosylceramide synthase, an enzyme that catalyzes a necessary step in the conversion of ceramide to glycosphingolipids. In cultured 3T3-L1 adipocytes, the(More)
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is essential for somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination of the immunoglobulin (IG) genes in B cells. It has recently been proposed that AID, as the newly identified DNA mutator in man, may be instrumental in initiation and progression of B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (B-NHL). We quantitatively(More)
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a secreted protein involved in a variety of cellular events such as survival, proliferation, and extracellular matrix production. Recent studies suggest a role for this protein also in the repair processes of the central nervous system. The distribution and significance of CTGF in human brain is, however, poorly(More)
Adipose tissue is a critical mediator in obesity-induced insulin resistance. Previously we have demonstrated that pharmacological lowering of glycosphingolipids and subsequently GM3 by using the iminosugar AMP-DNM, strikingly improves glycemic control. Here we studied the effects of AMP-DNM on adipose tissue function and inflammation in detail to provide an(More)
The iminosugar N-(5'-adamantane-1'-yl-methoxy)-pentyl-1-deoxynoijirimycin (AMP-DNM), an inhibitor of glycosphingolipid (GSL) biosynthesis is known to ameliorate diabetes, insulin sensitivity and to prevent liver steatosis in ob/ob mice. Thus far the effect of GSL synthesis inhibition on pre-existing NASH has not yet been assessed. To investigate it,(More)
Lysosomal integral membrane protein-2 (LIMP2) mediates trafficking of glucocerebrosidase (GBA) to lysosomes. Deficiency of LIMP2 causes action myoclonus-renal failure syndrome (AMRF). LIMP2-deficient fibroblasts virtually lack GBA like the cells of patients with Gaucher disease (GD), a lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the GBA gene. While GD(More)
BACKGROUND Thy-1.1 transgenic mice develop hypercellular focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) lesions that mimic human collapsing FSGS, in 7 days after injection with anti-Thy-1.1 antibodies. These lesions consist of proliferating parietal epithelial cells (PECs). We questioned whether the angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE), captopril,(More)
Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF; CCN2) plays a role in the development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Urinary CTGF (uCTGF) is elevated in DN patients and has been proposed as a biomarker for disease progression, but it is unknown which pathophysiological factors contribute to elevated uCTGF. We studied renal handling of CTGF by infusion of recombinant(More)
The enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GBA) hydrolyses glucosylceramide (GlcCer) in lysosomes. Markedly reduced GBA activity is associated with severe manifestations of Gaucher disease including neurological involvement. Mutations in the GBA gene have recently also been identified as major genetic risk factor for Parkinsonism. Disturbed metabolism of GlcCer may(More)