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)
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) have been suggested to play an important role in the formation and persistence of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in dementia of the Alzheimer's type (DAT). We performed a comparative immunohistochemical analysis of the expression of the HSPGs agrin, perlecan, glypican-1, and syndecans 1-3 in the lesions of(More)
Mitochondrial disorders are a heterogeneous group of often multisystemic and early fatal diseases, which are amongst the most common inherited human diseases. These disorders are caused by defects in the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, which comprises five multisubunit enzyme complexes encoded by both the nuclear and the mitochondrial genomes.(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains are characterized by the presence of senile plaques (SPs), which primarily consist of amyloid beta protein (Abeta). Besides Abeta, several other proteins with the ability to modulate amyloid fibril formation accumulate in SPs, e.g. heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs). Cerebellar SPs are predominantly of the diffuse type,(More)
Proteoglycans are associated with all kinds of amyloid deposits in the human body. These complex macromolecules, in particular heparan sulphate proteoglycans, have also been implicated in several features of the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), including the genesis of senile plaques, cerebrovascular amyloid, and neurofibrillary tangles. In this(More)
Heparinoids are used in the clinic as anticoagulants. A specific pentasaccharide in heparinoids activates antithrombin III, resulting in inactivation of factor Xa and-when additional saccharides are present-inactivation of factor IIa. Structural and functional analysis of the heterogeneous heparinoids generally requires advanced equipment, is time(More)
Mitochondrial disorders are characterized by a broad clinical spectrum. Identical clinical signs and symptoms can be caused by mutations in different mitochondrial or nuclear genes. Vice versa, the same mutation can lead to different phenotypes. Genetic syndromes and neuromuscular disorders mimicking mitochondrial disorders further complicate the diagnostic(More)
The m.3243A>G mutation has become known as the MELAS mutation. However, many other clinical phenotypes associated with this mutation have been described,most frequently being Maternally Inherited Diabetes and Deafness (MIDD). The m.3243A>G mutation, can be detected in virtually all tissues, however heteroplasmy differs between samples. Recent reports(More)
Several organic cations, such as guanidino compounds and polyamines, have been found to accumulate in plasma of patients with kidney failure due to inadequate renal clearance. Here, we studied the interaction of cationic uremic toxins with renal organic cation transport in a conditionally immortalized human proximal tubule epithelial cell line (ciPTEC).(More)
BACKGROUND Urine proteomics is one of the key emerging technologies to discover new biomarkers for renal disease, which may be used in the early diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of patients. In the present study, we validated surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF MS) for biomarker discovery in patients(More)