José P. H. M. Thijssen

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The MITF/TFE subfamily of basic helix-loop-helix leucine-zipper (bHLH-LZ) transcription factors consists of four closely related members, TFE3, TFEB, TFEC and MITF, which can form both homo- and heterodimers. Previously, we demonstrated that in t(X;1)(p11;q21)-positive renal cell carcinomas (RCCs), the TFE3 gene on the X chromosome is disrupted and fused to(More)
The leukocyte-specific beta(2) integrin lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) (alpha(L)/beta(2)) mediates activation-dependent adhesion to intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1. In leukocytes, LFA-1 requires activation by intracellular messengers to bind ICAM-1. We observed malfunctioning of LFA-1 activation in leukemic T cells and(More)
The SSX gene family is composed of at least five functional and highly homologous members, SSX1 to SSX5, that are normally expressed in only the testis and thyroid. SSX1, SSX2, or SSX4 may be fused to the SYT gene as a result of the t(X;18) translocation in synovial sarcoma. In addition, the SSX1, SSX2, SSX4, and SSX5 genes were found to be aberrantly(More)
Renal cell carcinomas (RCCs) represent a heterogeneous group of neoplasms, which differ in histological, pathologic and clinical characteristics. The tumors originate from different locations within the nephron and are accompanied by different recurrent (cyto)genetic anomalies. Recently, a novel subgroup of RCCs has been defined, i.e., the MiT translocation(More)
Fusion of the SS18 and either one of the SSX genes is a hallmark of human synovial sarcoma. The SS18 and SSX genes encode nuclear proteins that exhibit opposite transcriptional activities. The SS18 protein functions as a transcriptional coactivator and is associated with the SWI/SNF complex, whereas the SSX proteins function as transcriptional corepressors(More)
Immunization of BALB/c mice with purified recombinant human Ro52 protein resulted in three anti-Ro52 MoAbs termed 2E7, 4C6 and 4F11. All anti-Ro52 MoAbs specifically reacted with recombinant human Ro52 protein, and also with Ro52 protein in total extracts of all human cell lines analysed, including the epithelial cell line HeLa, the B cell line Raji, the(More)
The secondary structures of human hY1 and hY5 RNAs were determined using both chemical modification techniques and enzymatic structure probing. The results indicate that both for hY1 and for hY5 RNA the secondary structure largely corresponds to the structure predicted by sequence alignment and computerized energy-minimization. However, some important(More)
Small cytoplasmic ribonucleoproteins (scRNPs) are important autoantigens in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjögren's syndrome. MoAbs against these proteins were made by immunization of BALB/c mice with purified human recombinant 60-kD Ro/SS-A or 50-kD La/SS-B proteins. Five stable hybridoma cell lines were obtained, of which four secreted(More)
The Ro ribonucleoprotein particle (RoRNP) is the target of a variety of specific anti-protein autoantibodies produced by patients with systemic autoimmune diseases. RoRNPs, the function of which remains elusive, appear to be rather heterogeneous in terms of their molecular composition. Among several Ro proteins, a protein of 52 kD (Ro52) has been(More)
The La (SS-B) autoimmune antigen is an RNA-binding protein that is present in both the nucleus and cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells, where it is found associated with RNA polymerase III transcripts. We have investigated the capacity of anti-La monoclonal antibodies SW1, SW3, and SW5 to immunoprecipitate human La ribonucleoprotein particles. Distinct(More)