Siebe T. van Genesen

Learn More
Addition of human GH (hGH) to primary mouse osteoblasts resulted in rapid and transient induction of the c-fos and c-myc proto-oncogenes and preceded hGH-induced mitogenesis. Human GH-induced c-fos expression was maximal after 30 min, resulting in a 10- to 15-fold increase over unstimulated cells, and returned to prestimulation levels within 60 min of the(More)
The six closely related and clustered rat gamma-crystallin genes, the gammaA- to gammaF-crystallin genes, are simultaneously activated in the embryonic lens but differentially shut down during postnatal development with the gammaB-crystallin gene, the last one to be active. We show here that developmental silencing of the gammaD-crystallin promoter(More)
Crystallins are bulk structural proteins of the eye lens that have to last a life time. They gradually become modified with age, denature and form light scattering centres. High thermodynamic and kinetic stability of the crystallins enables them to resist unfolding and delay cataract. Here we have made recombinant human betaA1-, betaA3-, and(More)
PURPOSE Extralenticular expression of alpha- and beta-crystallin genes has been demonstrated in mammals and expression of gamma-crystallin genes has been shown in Xenopus laevis. To determine a possible correlation between lens determination and crystallin gene expression, the site of expression of (a member of) the alpha-, beta-, and gamma-crystallin gene(More)
The transcriptional activation of tissue-specific genes during terminal differentiation must be preceded by the priming of the chromatin and the appearance of the required transacting factors. We have timed these events for the transcriptional activation of the rat gamma D-crystallin gene, a lens fiber cell-specific gene that encodes a structural lens(More)
Mutations, expected to affect the intracellular routing, i.e. additional nuclear localization sequences (NLS; the natural 23 kDa isoform and a 17D27R mutant) and/or a deletion of amino acids 26-29 (23 delta 26-29 and 17 delta 26-29), were introduced in basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). The mutants were assayed for their mitotic activity and their(More)
To probe the limiting nodes in the chaperoning network which maintains cellular proteostasis, we expressed a dominant negative mutant of heat shock factor 1 (dnHSF1), the regulator of the cytoplasmic proteotoxic stress response. Microarray analysis of non-stressed dnHSF1 cells showed a two- or more fold decrease in the transcript level of 10 genes, amongst(More)
The transcription factor c-Maf has been suggested to regulate the activity of gamma-crystallin promoters in lens fibre cells. We here show that the transactivation potential of c-Maf and MafB for the rat gammaD-crystallin Maf-responsive element (gammaD MARE) is dependent upon the cellular context and, using chimeric and single domain mutants, that c-Maf is(More)
To determine whether mRNA synthesized during a heat shock is translated at least once in spite of the strong inhibition of translation by heat shock, we used nonsense-mediated decay (NMD) as an assay since NMD requires a round of translation. As NMD substrate we used the human psigammaE-crystallin gene, which contains a premature termination codon, and as(More)