Paul de Laat

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The m.3243A > G mutation is the most prevalent, disease-causing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutation. In a national cohort study of 48 families harbouring the m.3243A > G mutation, we identified three families in which the mutation appeared to occur sporadically within these families. In this report we describe these three families. Based on detailed mtDNA(More)
In vitro drug sensitivity of leukaemic cells might be influenced by the contamination of such a sample with non-malignant cells and the sample source. To study this, sensitivity of normal peripheral blood (PB) lymphocytes to a number of cytostatic drugs was assessed with the MTT assay. We compared this sensitivity with the drug sensitivity of leukaemic(More)
In this observational cohort study, we examined the prognostic value of growth and differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) in indicating and monitoring general mitochondrial disease severity and progression in adult carriers of the m.3243A>G mutation.Ninety-seven adult carriers of the m.3243A>G mutation were included in this study. The Newcastle mitochondrial(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the value of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a recently discovered biomarker for mitochondrial disease, in predicting clinical disease severity and disease progression in adult carriers of the m.3243A>G mutation. METHODS In the context of a national inventory, the heteroplasmy levels of the m.3243A>G mutation were measured in(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)
The expression of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and PDGF receptors was studied in human normal and malignant mesothelial cells in vitro and in vivo. Staining with anti-cytokeratin and ME1 antibodies and ultrastructural analysis confirmed the mesothelial nature of the cell lines used to study PDGF and PDGF receptor expression in vitro. Using(More)
In human malignant mesothelioma cell lines an elevation of the expression of the genes for the PDGF A-chain, PDGF B-chain, and PDGF beta-receptor was found compared to normal mesothelial cells. As ovarian epithelial tumors originate from the ovarian surface epithelium, which is of mesothelial origin, we investigated PDGF chain and PDGF receptor mRNA(More)
Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) are cytokine-inducible adhesion molecules which recognize ligands that are highly expressed on leukocytes. Expression of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 was investigated in tissue sections of 16 cases of malignant mesothelioma (seven epithelial, eight biphasic, and one sarcomatoid)(More)
Graves' disease is the most prevalent cause of hyperthyroidism in children. The treatment commonly involves antithyroid therapy using a thionamide. We present a case of a 13-year-old girl with the antithyroid arthritis syndrome, presenting as a migratory polyarthritis, after the initiation of thionamide treatment for Graves' disease. Antithyroid arthritis(More)
The m.3243A>G is the most prevalent pathogenic mtDNA mutation but little is known about its inheritance. We studied 34 families containing 56 mother-child relations and 82 intersibling relations to investigate its transmission. We found a significant correlation between mother and child heteroplasmy levels (r = 0.679, p < 0.001). In mothers with a(More)