Molecular and cellular biology
In Molecular and cellular biology, traditional research is dedicated to:
1) unravel acute functional relevance of individual proteins-SNPs-genes, including biomarkers as well as
2) mechanistic insights into their long term role in signal transduction – gene expression is the focus of the studies performed.
For this purpose, a closed circle consisting of 5 key methodology sections is relevant:
In this research area, several lines of research can be identified:
1. Thrombosis and coagulation: III-4: Profs de Groot and Van Solingen
Pi’s: Fijnhaar, Roest, Schutgens and Urbanus ,
Platelets in hemostasis, thrombosis, atherosclerosis, and infectious disease. Microparticles, phage display, anti-phospholipids including animal models, platelets and vascular wall interaction, Von Willebrand factor and hemophilia. Biacore and ELISAs.
2. Atherosclerosis/Angiogenesis III-2: group Höfer (Pasterkamp) and Vink
The effects of hypoxia on cells and tissue. Angiogenesis: development and growth of collateral arteries, transgenic mouse models, laser Doppler perfusion imaging, pigs with coronary occlusion.
3. Heart and Renal failure III-3: group de Kleijn / Doevendans / Vos
Pi’s: Sluijter, van Veen, de Weger and Goldschmeding
Myocardial ischemia/reperfusion and the role of Exosomes, Fibronectin EDA, and Toll-like receptors in the size of the infarct. Animal models (transgenic mouse and pig) of ischemia/reperfusion. microRNAs in modulation of gene expression and repair.
4. Arrhythmias-Electrophysiology III-5: Prof Vos and Hauer
Pi’s: van Veen, Meine, van der Heyden, Loh, van Rijen
Intact animal models of compensated hypertrophy and heart failure (dog, rabbit, rat and mouse), mapping of isolated hearts, cellular electrophysiology on native myocytes and cell lines, hES and iPS cells, and signaling. Arrhythmias related to repolarization and conduction (gap junctions and fibrosis) are studied. New risk stratifying techniques developed.
5. Stroke III-1: (Rinkel) and Post
Development of aneurysms due to changes in vessel wall composition. Electron microscopy of endothelial cells.
In molecular and cellular biology, traditional research is dedicated to unravel acute functional relevance of proteins and genes, as well as mechanistic insights into their long-term role in signal transduction. Functional relevance of proteins-methodologies for the prevention, prediction and prognosis of atherosclerosis (aneurysms, angiogenesis, and platelets), heart failure and arrhythmias is the mission. An optimal interaction between data gathered in clinical cohorts and validated in applied research is the cornerstone of translational research.
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