Jane T van Heteren

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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