Wouter H. Lamers

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In order to reveal the biological function(s) of the gap-junction protein connexin 45 (Cx45), we generated Cx45-deficient mice with targeted replacement of the Cx45-coding region with the lacZ reporter gene. Heterozygous Cx45(+/)(-) mice showed strong expression of the reporter gene in vascular and visceral smooth muscle cells. Cx45-deficient embryos(More)
A mutant rat strain is described with autosomal recessive conjugated hyperbilirubinemia. Transport of conjugated bilirubin and tetrabromosulfophthalein from liver to bile is severely impaired whereas uptake of organic anions from plasma to liver is normal. During the first 10 days of life, serum bilirubin levels are 147 +/- 11 mumoles per liter with 68.7%(More)
In this study we challenge the generally accepted view that cardiac chambers form from an array of segmental primordia arranged along the anteroposterior axis of the linear and looping heart tube. We traced the spatial pattern of expression of genes encoding atrial natriuretic factor, sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase, Chisel, Irx5, Irx4, myosin light(More)
It has become increasingly clear that glucocorticoid signalling not only comprises the binding of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) to its response element (GRE), but also involves indirect regulation glucocorticoid-responsive genes by regulating or interacting with other transcription factors. In addition, they can directly regulate gene expression by(More)
BACKGROUND Connexins are the protein subunits of intercellular gap junction channels. In mammals, they are encoded by a family of at least 15 genes, which show cell-type-specific but overlapping patterns of expression. Mice lacking connexin43 (Cx43) die postnatally from obstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract of the heart. To discriminate between(More)
A striking example of the relationship between regulation of transcription and phenotype is the central role of the Y-chromosomal gene Sry in mammalian sex determination. Sry is the founding member of a large family of so-called Sox genes. During murine embryogenesis, the transcriptional activator Sox-4 is expressed at several sites, but in adult mice(More)
Inappropriate activation of the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling has been implicated in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but exactly how beta-catenin works remains to be elucidated. To identify, in vivo, the target genes of beta-catenin in the liver, we have used the suppression subtractive hybridization technique and transgenic mice expressing(More)
The electrical activity in heart is generated in the sinoatrial node and then propagates to the atrial and ventricular tissues. The gap junction channels that couple the myocytes are responsible for this propagation process. The gap junction channels are dodecamers of transmembrane proteins of the connexin (Cx) family. Three members of this family have been(More)