Lambert P. W. J. van den Heuvel

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For production of proteins that are encoded by the mitochondrial genome, mitochondria rely on their own mitochondrial translation system, with the mitoribosome as its central component. Using extensive homology searches, we have reconstructed the evolutionary history of the mitoribosomal proteome that is encoded by a diverse subset of eukaryotic genomes,(More)
Orthology is a central tenet of comparative genomics and ortholog identification is instrumental to protein function prediction. Major advances have been made to determine orthology relations among a set of homologous proteins. However, they depend on the comparison of individual sequences and do not take into account divergent orthologs. We have developed(More)
NADH-ubiquinone oxidoreductase (complex I) deficiency is amongst the most encountered defects of the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system and is associated with a wide variety of clinical signs and symptoms. Mutations in complex I nuclear structural genes are the most common cause of isolated complex I enzyme deficiencies. The cell(More)
BACKGROUND A reliable and sensitive complex I assay is an essential tool for the diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders, but current spectrophotometric assays suffer from low sensitivity, low specificity, or both. This deficiency is mainly due to the poor solubility of coenzyme-Q analogs and reaction mixture turbidity caused by the relatively high(More)
Leigh syndrome is the phenotypical expression of a genetically heterogeneous cluster of disorders, with pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency and respiratory chain disorders as the main biochemical causes. We report the first missense mutation within the nuclear encoded complex I subunit, NDUFS7, in 2 siblings with neuropathologically proven complex(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders usually requires a muscle biopsy to examine mitochondrial function. We describe our diagnostic procedure and results for 29 patients with mitochondrial disorders. METHODS Muscle biopsies were from 43 healthy individuals and 29 patients with defects in one of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) complexes,(More)
Congenital disorders of glycosylation type I (CDG-I) form a growing group of recessive neurometabolic diseases. Identification of disease genes is compromised by the enormous heterogeneity in clinical symptoms and the large number of potential genes involved. Until now, gene identification included the sequential application of biochemical methods in blood(More)
We present clinical, magnetic resonance imaging and MR spectroscopic findings of a female patient, first admitted at the age of 9 months for regression of motor milestones and signs of mild spastic diplegia. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated periventricular white matter abnormalities with sparing of the subcortical white matter. Subsequent MRIs,(More)
As the first barrier to be crossed on the way to urinary space, the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) plays a key role in renal function. The permeability of the GBM for a given molecule is highly dependent on its size, shape and charge. As early as 1980, the charge-selective permeability was demonstrated to relate to the electrostatic properties of(More)
Complex III (cytochrome bc1) is a protein complex of the mitochondrial inner membrane that transfers electrons from ubiquinol to cytochrome c. Its assembly requires the coordinated expression of mitochondrial-encoded cytochrome b and nuclear-encoded subunits and assembly factors. Complex III deficiency is a severe multisystem disorder caused by mutations in(More)