Lex H.T. Van der Ploeg

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In several pedigrees of early onset familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD), point mutations in the beta-amyloid precursor protein (APP) gene are genetically linked to the disease. This finding implicates APP in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease in these individuals. To understand the in vivo function of APP and its processing, we have generated an(More)
Genetic and pharmacological studies have defined a role for the melanocortin-4 receptor (Mc4r) in the regulation of energy homeostasis. The physiological function of Mc3r, a melanocortin receptor expressed at high levels in the hypothalamus, has remained unknown. We evaluated the potential role of Mc3r in energy homeostasis by studying Mc3r-deficient(More)
Two cDNAs, GluClα and GluClβ, encoding glutamate-gated chloride channel subunits that represent targets of the avermectin class of antiparasitic compounds, have recently been cloned from Caenorhabditis elegans (Cully et al., Nature, 371, 707–711, 1994). Expression studies in Xenopus oocytes showed that GluClα and GluClβ have pharmacological profiles(More)
We evaluated the role of the melanocortin-4 receptor (MC-4R) in the control of metabolic rate and food intake in mice. Intraperitoneal administration of the non-selective MC-R agonist melanotan II (MT-II; a cyclic heptapeptide) increases metabolic rate in wildtype mice, while MC-4R knockout mice are insensitive to the effects of MT-II on metabolic rate.(More)
The Drosophila para sodium channel a subunit was expressed in Xenopus oocytes alone and in combination with tipE , a putative Drosophila sodium channel accessory subunit. Coexpression of tipE with para results in elevated levels of sodium currents and accelerated current decay. Para/TipE sodium channels have biophysical and pharmacological properties(More)
Mutations in presenilin 1 (PS1) are linked to early onset of familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) and are shown to foster production of Abeta1-42/43 in FAD patients and transgenic mice. PS1 null mice are embryonic lethal and exhibit axial skeleton malformation and CNS defects. We show that transgenic mouse lines expressing either the wild-type human PS1(More)
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