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lab picture2016Research in our group, based at the dept. of Molecular Genetics of the Erasmus MC, is focused on elucidating the molecular mechanism and regulation of Nucleotide Excision Repair and its impact on human health. This important DNA repair mechanism protects organisms against DNA damage-induced carcinogenesis and premature aging. In our lab, we apply a multidisciplinary approach to improve our understanding of its molecular mechanism, working from the molecular genetic, biochemical and cell biological level to the level of intact eukaryotic organisms and patients.

News

May, 2017

  • We published a chapter in Methods in Molecular Biology describing  the use of fluorescence microscopy techniques to evaluate noncanonical ATM activation by transcription-blocking DNA damage

January, 2017

  • We published a paper in Nucleic Acids Research describing a new technique to measure TC-NER activity based on amplification of unscheduled DNA synthesis signal

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  • We published a review in Journal of Molecular Biology describing the consequences of DNA damage on RNA polymerase II
  • Angela Helfricht obtained her PhD at Leiden University after succesfully defending her thesis entitled ‘Chromatin modifiers in DNA repair and human disease’

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  • The 2016 second edition of Erasmus MC Magazine ‘Monitor’ dedicated several articles on research performed in our Molecular Genetics department at Erasmus MC. The interview with Prof. Wim Vermeulen can be read here (in Dutch)

April, 2016

  • We co-authored a paper in Nucleic Acids Research on a CSB site-specific ubiquitylation specifically involved in response to oxidative DNA damage

February, 2016

  • We published a point-of-view article in RNA Biology discussing a non-canonical ATM-signaling pathway that orchestrates spliceosome organization, alternative splicing and gene expression in response to transcription-blocking DNA lesions

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  • On January 29, Dr. Wim Vermeulen publicly accepted his appointment as Professor of Genetic Stability with an inaugural lecture entitled ‘Vulnerable Genes’

 

October, 2015

  • We contribruted to a study showing that loss of RAD23 protects against the toxicity of two misfolding-prone proteins causing amyotrophic lateral sclerosiswim and maria
  • DNA repair in the spotlight: Nobelprize for Chemistry 2015!! We congratulate laureates Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar.
  • Erasmus MC Magazine ‘Monitor‘ wrote an article about our recent work on transcription-stalling and ATM activation, which was published in Nature. The Monitor article (in Dutch) can be read here.
  • Marit Geijer started in our lab as PhD student

September, 2015

  • We published a preview in Molecular Cell discussing a novel tripartite damage checking mechanism in Nucleotide Excision Repair
  • Angela Helfricht joined our team as postdoc

July, 2015

  • We published a paper in Nature Communications describing that SUMOylated XPC is ubiquitylated by RNF111 to promote its release from DNA damage

June, 2015

  • In our new paper published in Nature we show that DNA damage-induced transcription-stalling triggers R-loop formation and ATM activation, which promotes spliceosome dissociation and DNA damage induced alternative splicing

May, 2015

  • We published a review describing tissue specific differences in the DNA damage response in C. elegans

April, 2015

  • On 17 April, Loes van Cuijk succesfully defended her thesis ‘Ubiquitin-mediated regulation of damage recognition in nucleotide excision repair Loes promotie
  • Masaki Akita joined us as postdoc

January, 2015

  • Alex Pines joined our team as postdoc

October, 2014

  • We published a paper on the differential dynamics of RPA during the pre- and poIMGP6477st-incision steps of NER and during replication.
  • On 29 October, Özge Aydin succesfully defended her thesis entitled ‘Chromatin remodeling in the UV-induced DNA damage response’
  • We published a review discussing the various functions of ISWI type chromatin remodeling complexes in the DNA damage response

September, 2014

  • Jana Slyskova joined our team as postdoc

July, 2014

  • We published a review on the regulation of DNA damage detection in NER by ubiquitin modifications.
  • We published a review summarizing recent insights into the function of TTDA, the smallest subunit of the transcription and repair factor TFIIH.
  • Our newest research article describes a new function for the SMARCA5/SNF2H chromatin remodeler in fascilitating transcription-coupled NER.
  • We published a comprehensive review entitled Understanding nucleotide excision repair and its roles in cancer and ageing.

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  • On 6 June, Petra Schwertman succesfully defended her thesis entitled ‘Ubiquitination in the UV-induced DNA Damage Response’
  • On 4 June, Arjan Theil succesfully defended his thesis entitled ‘Functional Analysis of TTDA: From Human to Mouse – Big impact of a small protein -‘

May, 2014

  • Jurgen Marteijn obtained a prestigious Vidi award from the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
  • A review was published describing the role of the HIRA, FACT and Dot1L chromatin remodeling factors in transcription restart after DNA damage.