Marc Brinkman

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Fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and autistic spectrum disorder, is typically caused by transcriptional silencing of the X-linked FMR1 gene. Work in animal models has described altered synaptic plasticity, a result of the up-regulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5)-mediated signaling, as a(More)
We analysed the effects of murine polyomavirus-like particles (PLPs) on bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) and T cells in vitro. BMDCs activated with PLPs up-regulated CD40, CD80, CD86 and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II surface markers and produced proinflammatory cytokines. Chimeric PLPs [expressing the ovalbumin (OVA)-peptides(More)
BACKGROUND Fragile X syndrome (FXS), caused by a mutation of the FMR1 gene on the X chromosome, is the most common inherited form of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders. Comprehensive data are lacking, however, on the characteristics and management patients with FXS in Germany. METHODS/DESIGN EXPLAIN is a prospective, observational,(More)
BACKGROUND Facial emotion perception (FEP) is a critical human skill for successful social interaction, and a substantial body of literature suggests that explicit FEP is disrupted in major depressive disorder (MDD). Prior research suggests that weakness in FEP may be an important phenomenon underlying patterns of emotion-processing challenges in MDD and(More)
The self-testing product market is experiencing tremendous growth. Technical breakthroughs are allowing tests to be conducted in the home that at one time were possible only in a clinical laboratory. One of the more rapidly expanding components of the self-testing market is home pregnancy test kits. We conducted a study to obtain information about the use(More)
BACKGROUND As data on the phenotype, characteristics and management of patients with Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) are limited, we aimed to collect such data in Germany in experienced centres involved in the treatment of such patients. METHODS EXPLAIN-FXS is a prospective observational (non-interventional) study (registry) performed between April 2013 and(More)
Success in cancer immunotherapy depends on the identification and efficient targeting of specific tumor-associated antigens. Two pivotal strategies to prime patients' immune system against malignant cells are tumor-specific adoptive T-cell therapy and tumor-specific vaccination. Here, we will focus on immunotherapeutic vaccination and discuss the advantages(More)
Polyomavirus-like-particles (PLPs) are empty, non-replicative, non-infectious particles that represent a potent antigen-delivery system against malignant disease. Protective anti-tumour immunity can be induced under therapy conditions by subcutaneous (s.c.) treatment with particulate antigenic structures like chimerical polyomavirus-pentamers (PPs). These(More)