Valerie Vanhooren

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Biomarkers indicating biological age are of significant interest for prevention, diagnosis and monitoring (and the treatment) of age-related diseases. We previously reported an alteration of serum N-glycan profile in old humans using "DNA Sequencer Adapted-Fluorophore Assisted Carbohydrate Electrophoresis" (DSA-FACE). To validate the shift in serum N-glycan(More)
N-glycan profiling of the human serum glycoproteins including immunoglobulin fraction on different age groups of healthy persons shows substantial changes with increasing age in three major N-glycan structures. In individuals more than 40-50 years of age, there is an increase in under-galactosylated glycans and a decrease in the core alpha-1,6-fucosylated(More)
Glycosylation is a frequent co/post-translational modification of proteins which modulates a variety of biological functions. The analysis of N-glycome, i.e. the sugar chains N-linked to asparagine, identified new candidate biomarkers of aging such as N-glycans devoid of galactose residues on their branches, in a variety of human and experimental model(More)
Protein glycosylation, the most common form of co-translational modification of proteins, is the enzymatic addition of sugars or oligosaccharides (glycans) to proteins. Protein glycosylation increases the diversity of the functions of proteins encoded in the genome. The result is that different glycomes of the same protein may have different functional,(More)
Most secreted proteins produced by the human body are modified by glycosylation. It is well known that the oligosaccharides (glycans) of glycoproteins are important for initiation of various cellular recognition signals that are essential for the maintenance of the ordered social life of each cell within a multi-cellular organism. The sugar chains can be(More)
UNLABELLED We evaluated the use of blood serum N-glycan fingerprinting as a tool for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with cirrhosis induced by hepatitis B virus (HBV). A group of 450 HBV-infected patients with liver fibrosis or cirrhosis with or without HCC were studied. HCC was diagnosed by alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) analysis,(More)
The mouse has become the favorite mammalian model. Among the many reasons for this privileged position of mice is their genetic proximity to humans, the possibilities of genetically manipulating their genomes and the availability of many tools, mutants and inbred strains. Also in the field of aging, mice have become very robust and reliable research tools.(More)
Successful therapy of the non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) depends on its early detection, and non-invasive detection methods are preferred. As plasma proteins are modified by N-linked glycosylation, we tested the importance of the N-glycan profile in diagnosing and prognosticating NSCLC. We analysed desialylated plasma samples from 75 NSCLC patients,(More)
BACKGROUND Glycosylation, i.e the enzymatic addition of oligosaccharides (or glycans) to proteins and lipids, known as glycosylation, is one of the most common co-/posttranslational modifications of proteins. Many important biological roles of glycoproteins are modulated by N-linked oligosaccharides. As glucose levels can affect the pathways leading to(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS There is a demand for serum markers that can routinely assess the progression of liver cancer. DENA (diethylnitrosamine), a hepatocarcinogen, is commonly used in an experimental mouse model to induce liver cancer that closely mimics a subclass of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, blood monitoring of the progression of HCC in(More)