Rolf H.A.M. Vossen

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Transition of the double-stranded DNA molecule to its two single strands, DNA denaturation or melting, has been used for many years to study DNA structure and composition. Recent technological advances have improved the potential of this technology, especially to detect variants in the DNA sequence. Sensitivity and specificity were increased significantly(More)
TP53 has been implicated in regulation of the cell cycle, DNA repair, and apoptosis. We studied, in primary breast tumors through direct cDNA sequencing of exons 2-11, whether TP53 gene mutations can predict response in patients with advanced disease to either first-line tamoxifen therapy (202 patients, of whom 55% responded) or up-front (poly)chemotherapy(More)
We have designed a multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay to simultaneously screen all 79 DMD gene exons for deletions and duplications in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD) patients. We validated the assay by screening 123 unrelated patients from Serbia and Montenegro already screened using multiplex PCR. MLPA screening(More)
The therapeutic potential of frame-restoring exon skipping by antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) has recently been demonstrated in cultured muscle cells from a series of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients. To facilitate clinical application, in vivo studies in animal models are required to develop safe and efficient AON-delivery methods. However,(More)
OBJECTIVES To validate the use of Real Time PCR, a widely used technique that can detect very low levels of Y chromosomal sequence, and to assess the use of a highly sensitive PCR technique, pyrophosphorolysis-activated polymerisation (PAP), for fetal sex determination using free fetal DNA (ffDNA). METHODS The fetal sex was determined by Real Time PCR in(More)
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) has recently been shown to be associated with deletions that are detectable using probe p13E-11 (D4F104S1). Although these deletions reside within large, highly polymorphic restriction fragments (20-300 kb), the "mutant" fragment is usually shorter than 28 kb and can routinely be detected using conventional(More)
Keratosis Follicularis Spinulosa Decalvans (KFSD) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by development of hyperkeratotic follicular papules on the scalp followed by progressive alopecia of the scalp, eyelashes, and eyebrows. Associated eye findings include photophobia in childhood and corneal dystrophy. Due to the genetic and clinical heterogeneity of(More)
The detection of quantitative changes in genomic DNA, i.e. deletions and duplications or Copy Number Variants (CNVs), has recently gained considerable interest. First, detailed analysis of the human genome showed a surprising amount of CNVs, involving thousands of genes. Second, it was realised that the detection of CNVs as a cause of genetic disease was(More)
Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD and BMD) are caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. Large rearrangements in the gene are found in about two-thirds of DMD patients, with approximately 60% carrying deletions and 5-10% carrying duplications. Most of the remaining 30-35% of patients are expected to have small nucleotide substitutions,(More)
We report the generation of mice with an intact and functional copy of the 2.3-megabase human dystrophin gene (hDMD), the largest functional stretch of human DNA thus far integrated into a mouse chromosome. Yeast spheroplasts containing an artificial chromosome with the full-length hDMD gene were fused with mouse embryonic stem cells and were subsequently(More)