Jane T van Heteren

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Genomes contain many sequences that are intrinsically difficult to replicate. Tracts of tandem guanines, for instance, have the potential to adopt stable G-quadruplex structures, which are prone to cause genome alterations. Here we describe G4 DNA-induced mutagenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans and identify a non-canonical DNA break repair mechanism that(More)
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) presents as a severe autosomal recessively inherited neurological brain disease. Clinical and neurological manifestations closely resemble those of congenital viral infection and are generally attributed to a perturbation of innate immunity including a long lasting lymphocytosis and production of interferon-alpha (IFNalpha)(More)
The chemokine receptor CXCR2 is involved in different inflammatory diseases, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis; therefore, it is considered an attractive drug target. Different classes of small CXCR2 antagonists have been developed. In this study, we selected seven CXCR2 antagonists from the(More)
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) encodes a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR), named US28, which shows homology to chemokine receptors and binds several chemokines with high affinity. US28 induces migration of smooth muscle cells, a feature essential for the development of atherosclerosis, and may serve as a co-receptor for human immunodeficiency virus-type 1(More)
Our genome contains many G-rich sequences, which have the propensity to fold into stable secondary DNA structures called G4 or G-quadruplex structures. These structures have been implicated in cellular processes such as gene regulation and telomere maintenance. However, G4 sequences are prone to mutations particularly upon replication stress or in the(More)
In Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS), as in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Sjögren's syndrome, an increased level of interferon alpha (IFN-alpha) is involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. In SLE and Sjögren's syndrome, cytokine production originates in plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) under the influence of immune complexes formed by DNA and(More)
For more than half a century, genotoxic agents have been used to induce mutations in the genome of model organisms to establish genotype-phenotype relationships. While inaccurate replication across damaged bases can explain the formation of single nucleotide variants, it remained unknown how DNA damage induces more severe genomic alterations. Here, we(More)
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