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Bakkers group

Cardiac development and genetics

Wide ranges of congenital and acquired human diseases are caused by genetic alterations, which affect normal cardiac development or function. The Bakkers' lab uses forward genetic screens and new technologies such as RNA Tomography to identify genes and mechanisms that regulate normal heart development, function and regeneration. In addition to better understand the genetics of cardiac diseases we study the effects of patient specific genetic variationsin zebrafish.

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Key publications


Junker, J.P., Noël, E.S., Guryev, V., Peterson, K.A., Shah, G., Huisken, J., McMahon, A.P., Berezikov, E., Bakkers, J. and van Oudenaarden, A. (2014) Genome-wide RNA tomography in the zebrafish embryo. Cell 159(3): 662-675

Chetaille, P., Côté, j., Burkhard, S., Houde, C., Preuss, C., Piché, J.,Gosset, N., Leclerc, S., Wünnemann, F., Cameron, M., Castilloux, J., Thibeault, M., Gagnon, C., Galli, A., Tuck, A., Hickson, G., Amine, N., Boufaied, I., Lemyre, E.,Santa Barbara, P., Faure, S., Jonzon, A., Dietz, H., Gallo-McFarlane, E., Benson, W., Zhan, S.H., Shen, Y., Jomphe, M., Jones, S.J.M., Bakkers, J., and Andelfinger, G.(2014) A human dysrhythmia syndrome affecting heart and gut is associated with mutations in SGOL1. Nat. Genet. 46(11):1245-1249

Noël ES, Verhoeven M, Lagendijk AK, Tessadori F, Smith K, Choorapoikayil S, den Hertog J and Bakkers J. (2013) A Nodal-independent and tissue-intrinsic mechanism controls heart-looping chirality. Nat. Commun. 4:2754

Mugoni, V., Postel, R., Catanzaro, V., De Luca, E., Turco, E., Digilio, G., Silengo, Murphy, M.P., Medana, C., L., Stainier, D.Y.R., Bakkers, J. and Santoro, M.M. (2013) Ubiad1 Is an Antioxidant Enzyme that Regulates eNOS Activity by CoQ10 Synthesis. Cell 152; 504-518

Smith, K.A., Chocron, S., von der Hardt, S., de Pater, E., Soufan, A., Bussmann, J., Schulte-Merker, S., Hammerschmidt, M.,  Bakkers, J. (2008) Rotation and asymmetric development of the zebrafish heart requires directed migration of cardiac progenitor cells.  Dev. Cell, 14: 287–297.

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