Serge A. Versteeg

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Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a common disease of the myocardium recognized in human, dog and experimental animals. Genetic factors are responsible for a large proportion of cases in humans, and 17 genes with DCM causing mutations have been identified. The genetic origin of DCM in the Dobermann dogs has been suggested, but no disease genes have been(More)
BACKGROUND Helminth infections and allergies are associated with TH2 responses. Whereas the development of TH2 responses and allergic disorders in pediatric populations has been examined in affluent countries, no or little data exist from low income regions of the world. The aim of this study is to examine factors influencing the development of TH2(More)
BACKGROUND Hazelnut allergy is birch pollen-driven in Northern/Western Europe and lipid transfer protein-driven in Spain and Italy. Little is known about other regions and other allergens. OBJECTIVE Establishing a molecular map of hazelnut allergy across Europe. METHODS In 12 European cities, subjects reporting reactions to hazelnut (n = 731) were(More)
SCOPE 2S albumins are the major allergens involved in severe food allergy to nuts, seeds, and legumes. We aimed to isolate, clone, and express 2S albumin from hazelnut and determine its allergenicity. METHODS 2S albumin from hazelnut extract was purified using size exclusion chromatography and RP-HPLC. After N-terminal sequencing, degenerated and(More)
A genomic DNA library was produced from flow-sorted rabbit chromosome 1 and enriched for fragments containing CA-repeats. Clones containing CA-repeats were identified and primers for amplification of the microsatellite were developed after sequencing the clone. The degree of polymorphism was tested in rabbits from different breeds. This approach identified(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of peanut allergy has increased in developed countries, but little is known about developing countries with high peanut consumption and widespread parasitic infections. OBJECTIVE We sought to investigate peanut allergy in Ghana. METHODS In a cross-sectional survey among Ghanaian schoolchildren (n = 1604), data were collected on(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased not only in high income but also in low-to-middle income countries. However, risk factors for their development are still not well established, particularly in the latter. OBJECTIVE To assess prevalence and identify risk factors for sensitization to two major inhalant allergens among children(More)
Recently, rabbit microsatellite markers were developed from a chromosome 1-specific library, and seven new markers were incorporated into the genetic map of the rabbit. We have now developed microsatellite markers from chromosomes 3-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 12-, and 19-specific libraries. Linkage analysis was performed with use of these new markers, five recently(More)
Pituitary dwarfism in the German shepherd dog is an autosomal recessive inherited abnormality. We tested the hypothesis that a variant of the LIM homeodomain gene LHX4 is responsible for the dwarfism phenotype. To this end, we isolated Bacterial Artificial Chromosome clones for the canine LHX4 gene. Southern blotting experiments showed that the LHX4 gene is(More)
Canine-dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs is a disease of the myocardium associated with dilatation and impaired contraction of the ventricles and is suspected to have a genetic cause. A missense mutation in the desmin gene (DES) causes DCM in a human family. Human DCM closely resembles the canine disease. In the present study, we evaluated whether DES(More)