Nicolien Pul

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Lepidopterans (butterflies and moths) are a rich and diverse order of insects, which, despite their economic impact and unusual biological properties, are relatively underrepresented in terms of genomic resources. The genome of the silkworm Bombyx mori has been fully sequenced, but comparative lepidopteran genomics has been hampered by the scarcity of(More)
While studying long-lived mutants has advanced our understanding of the processes involved in ageing, the mechanisms underlying natural variation in lifespan and ageing rate remain largely unknown. Here, we characterise genome-wide expression patterns of a long-lived, natural variant of Drosophila melanogaster resulting from selection for starvation(More)
PURPOSE Downregulation of melanoma-associated antigens (MAAs), against which natural cytolytic T lymphocytes (CTLs) exist in humans, is one of the mechanisms that aids in evasion of immune surveillance. In view of putative re-expression strategies for MAAs during immunotherapy, this study was conducted to investigate MAA silencing in malignant melanoma. (More)
Candidate genes for the regulation of lifespan have emerged from studies that use mutants and genetically manipulated model organisms. However, it is rarely addressed whether these genes contribute to lifespan variation in populations of these species that capture natural standing genetic variation. Here, we explore expression variation in three candidate(More)
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