Jan Vermeesch

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In the ciliate Euplotes crassus a complex series of developmental events lead to formation of a new macronucleus. Millions of telomeres are synthesized during this process. We have shown that transcript levels are tightly regulated throughout Euplotes conjugation and macronuclear development. Thus, expression of gene products needed for macronuclear(More)
To learn more about the mechanism of de novo telomere synthesis, we have characterized the sequence and structure of newly synthesized telomeres from Euplotes crassus. E. crassus is a particularly useful organism for studying telomere synthesis because millions of telomeres are made in each cell at a well-defined time during the sexual stage of the life(More)
During the formation of a new macronucleus in the ciliate Euplotes crassus, micronuclear chromosomes are reproducibly broken at approximately 10 000 sites. This chromosome fragmentation process is tightly coupled with de novo telomere synthesis by the telomerase ribonucleoprotein complex, generating short linear macronuclear DNA molecules. In this study,(More)
Sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase catalyzes the last step in sphingolipid breakdown, the cleavage of phosphorylated sphingoid bases such as sphingenine-1-phosphate. The latter lipid is not only a catabolite, but can influence as an inter- and/or intracellular second messenger many cellular processes. To allow for the diagnosis of human disorders that might be(More)
The dehydrogenation of 24R,25R-varanoyl-CoA, the physiological intermediate formed during the peroxisomal breakdown of the bile acid intermediate trihydroxycoprostanic acid, was studied in human liver. The reaction appeared to be catalyzed by two different enzymes. A first one, present in the cytosol, did not discriminate between the four possible(More)
Small supernumerary marker chromosomes (sSMC) can appear in a numerically normal 'basic karyotype', but also in a numerically abnormal one like a Turner syndrome karyotype (= sSMC(T)). Here we present 17 new cases with such a mos 45,X/46,X,+mar karyotype. Moreover we reviewed all 512 cytogenetically similar cases available from the literature and supply for(More)
In Euplotes crassus millions of telomeres are synthesized during the sexual phase of the life cycle. Since these newly synthesized telomeres are longer than normal macronuclear telomeres, they must be trimmed to the mature size. We have examined the timing and mechanism of this trimming step. We have shown that a sudden decrease in telomere length takes(More)
Keynote address: " Sweet dreams: using genome wide association methods to find genes for diabetes and obesity " Irish Travellers are a nomadic people in whom early marriage, frequent child bearing and consanguinity are cultural norms. They number 22,445, <0.5% of the Irish population, 9.6% of the 1465 patients listed at NCIMD on January 1 st 2007 were(More)
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