Pieterjan Dierickx

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The aromatization of testosterone has been studied in Sertoli cell-enriched cultures derived from 19-day-old rats. It was found that, besides dbcAMP and FSH, several neurotransmitters have a stimulatory effect. At a concentration of 10(-5) M, the strongest effects were noted with L-isoproterenol, L-norepinephrine, L-epinephrine and D,L-synephrine. Some(More)
The conditional Cre/loxP system and/or the doxycycline (Dox) inducible Tet-on/off system are widely used in mouse transgenesis but often require time consuming, inefficient cloning/screening steps and extensive mouse breeding strategies. We have therefore developed a highly efficient Gateway- and recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE)-compatible(More)
Germinal cell aplasia was induced in rats by heat sterilization, fetal irradiation or bilateral cryptorchidism. The influence of these treatments on the plasma concentraiton of LH and FSH, on the levels of sorbitol dehydrogenase and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GTP) in the testis and on the weight of androgen target tissues was compared. All these methods(More)
BACKGROUND Advancing structural and functional maturation of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes remains a key challenge for applications in disease modeling, drug screening, and heart repair. Here, we sought to advance cardiomyocyte maturation in engineered human myocardium (EHM) toward an adult phenotype under defined conditions. METHODS We systematically(More)
Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of death in Western countries. Many types of cardiovascular diseases are due to a loss of functional cardiomyocytes, which can result in irreversible cardiac failure. Since the adult human heart has limited regenerative potential, cardiac transplantation is still the only effective therapy to address this(More)
Control of cellular (de)differentiation in a temporal, cell-specific, and exchangeable manner is of paramount importance in the field of reprogramming. Here, we have generated and characterized a mouse strain that allows iPSC generation through the Cre/loxP conditional and doxycycline/rtTA-controlled inducible expression of the OSKM reprogramming factors(More)
Circadian rhythms are biorhythms with a 24-hour period that are regulated by molecular clocks. Several clinical and animal models have been developed to analyze the role of these rhythms in cardiovascular physiology, disease and therapy, but a convenient in vitro model that mimics both molecular and functional circadian effects of the heart is not(More)
Cell-autonomous circadian oscillations strongly influence tissue physiology and pathophysiology of peripheral organs including the heart, in which the circadian clock is known to determine cardiac metabolism and the outcome of for instance ischemic stress. Human pluripotent stem cells represent a powerful tool to study developmental processes in vitro, but(More)