Jeroen Aerssens

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A map of 191 single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) was built across a 5-Mb segment from chromosome 13q34 that has been genetically linked to schizophrenia. DNA from 213 schizophrenic patients and 241 normal individuals from Canada were genotyped with this marker set. Two 1,400- and 65-kb regions contained markers associated with the disease. Two markers(More)
The epidemiologic patterns of vertebral and femoral fractures are sufficiently different to suggest that they represent distinct disorders (type I versus type II osteoporosis) although osteopenia is common in both. To determine whether differences in femoral geometry, one of the main determinants of bone quality, might contribute to the heterogeneity in(More)
The etiology of osteoporosis (OP) and osteoarthritis (OA) is multifactorial: both constitutional and environmental factors, ranging from genetic susceptibility, endocrine and metabolic status, to mechanical and traumatic injury, are thought to be involved. When interpreting research data, one must bear in mind that pathophysiologic factors, especially in(More)
Administration of specific drugs may occasionally induce acquired long QT syndrome (aLQTS), a disorder that predisposes to ventricular arrhythmias, typically of the torsade de pointes (TdP) type, and sudden cardiac death. “Forme fruste” mutations in congenital LQTS (cLQTS) genes have been reported repeatedly as the underlying cause of aLQTS, and are(More)
Spinal bone mineral density (BMD) measurements and calcaneal ultrasound were compared in terms of their ability to predict the strength of the third lumbar vertebral body using specimens from 62 adult cadavers (28 females, 34 males). BMD was measured using dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in both vertebra and calcaneus. Quantitative computed tomography (QCT)(More)
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) has been extensively demonstrated to be a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Associations of APOE genotype have been reported with age at AD onset, rate of decline, and responsiveness to therapy. This study aimed to test these hypotheses in a large study population of AD patients. APOE genotype was determined from(More)
Nandrolone decanoate (ND) is an anabolic steroid with a positive effect on bone mass in osteoporotic patients. The mechanism of action, (i.e., reduction of bone resorption and/or Stimulation of bone formation), the ultimate effect on mechanical properties, and the most effective dosage are not yet clear. To address these issues, dose-related effects of the(More)
This study compares bone composition, density, and quality in bone samples derived from seven vertebrates that are commonly used in bone research: human, dog, pig, cow, sheep, chicken, and rat. Cortical femoral bone samples were analyzed for their content of ash, collagen, extractable proteins, and insulin-like growth factor-I. These parameters were also(More)
The effects of 1α-vitamin D3 were studied for 6 months in 2-month-old male and female rats on a moderately low calcium diet with or without low-dose prednisolone treatment. Both cortical bone mechanical and biochemical properties were examined. Femoral bone specimens were subjected to torsional loading tests. With age, bone strength and stiffness increased(More)
Peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) allows the separate determination of cortical and trabecular bone mineral density in the peripheral skeleton. This cross-sectional study was designed to examine the effects of healthy aging on pQCT measurements at the ultradistal radius. In a well-defined sample of 129 community-based women, aged 70–87(More)