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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 develops und uses new technologies such as genome-wide RNA tomography with forward- en reverse genetics 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 variations in zebrafish.

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Key publications


Tessadori, F., Noël, E.S., Rens, E.G., Magliozzi, R., Evers-van Gogh, I.J.A., Guardavaccaro, D., Merks, R.M.H. and Bakkers, J. Nodal signalling range is regulated by proprotein convertase-mediated secretion. Dev. Cell doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2014.12.014

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. Cell159(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


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