Marijke Kuijpers

Associate professor

Dr Marijke Kuijpers studied Biological Health Sciences at Maastricht University, after which she could start on a joint PhD project of the Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, studying studied platelet receptors and procoagulant activity in thrombus formation. After obtaining her PhD, she received a Kootstra fellowship, and started on a post-doc project from the Dutch Heart Foundation to investigate the role of platelets and coagulation in thrombus formation on ruptured atherosclerotic plaques.

Since 2011, she has been working as a scientific researcher in the Laboratory on Cell Biochemistry of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, chaired by Prof. Johan Heemskerk, within the Department of Biochemistry. Furthermore, she is connected to the Thrombosis Expertise Center (TEC) from Maastrich UMC+, which main aim is to improve translational research.

The current focus of her research is (hyper)active platelet function under pathologic circumstances: cancer, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, hyperlipidemia (diabetes type 2, Alzheimer). Main research questions are: the full characterisation gain-of-function platelet phenotypes and exploration of the underlying signaling mechanisms. She has a particular interest in the effects of tyrosine kinase inhibitors, often used as anti-cancer treatment, on platelet functions in vitro and in patients. Furthermore, she is part of the EU Horizon2020 TAPAS, investigating whether targeting platelet adhesion receptors can lead to better anti-thrombotic treatment without bleeding.

Department of Biochemistry
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 4.320

  • 2020
    • van Geffen, J. P., Swieringa, F., van Kuijk, K., Tullemans, B. M. E., Solari, F. A., Peng, B., Clemetson, K. J., Farndale, R. W., Dubois, L. J., Sickmann, A., Zahedi, R. P., Ahrends, R., Biessen, E. A. L., Sluimer, J. C., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Kuijpers, M. J. E. (2020). Mild hyperlipidemia in mice aggravates platelet responsiveness in thrombus formation and exploration of platelet proteome and lipidome. Scientific Reports, 10(1), [21407]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-78522-9
    • Mastenbroek, T. G., Karel, M. F. A., Nagy, M., Chayoua, W., Korsten, E. I. J., Coenen, D. M., Debets, J., Konings, J., Brouns, A. E., Leenders, P. J. A., van Essen, H., van Oerle, R., Heitmeier, S., Spronk, H. M., Kuijpers, M. J. E., & Cosemans, J. M. E. M. (2020). Vascular protective effect of aspirin and rivaroxaban upon endothelial denudation of the mouse carotid artery. Scientific Reports, 10(1), [19360]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76377-8
    • Brouns, S. L. N., van Geffen, J. P., Campello, E., Swieringa, F., Spiezia, L., van Oerle, R., Provenzale, I., Verdoold, R., Farndale, R. W., Clemetson, K. J., Spronk, H. M. H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Cavill, R., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Castoldi, E., Simioni, P., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2020). Platelet-primed interactions of coagulation and anticoagulation pathways in flow-dependent thrombus formation. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 11910. [11910]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68438-9
    • Kroone, C., Vos, M., Rademakers, T., Kuijpers, M., Hoogenboezem, M., van Buul, J., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Ruf, W., van Hylckama Vlieg, A., Versteeg, H. H., Goumans, M-J., de Vries, C. J. M., Kurakula, K., & INVENT Consortium (2020). LIM-only protein FHL2 attenuates vascular tissue factor activity, inhibits thrombus formation in mice and FHL2 genetic variation associates with human venous thrombosis. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 105(6), 1677-1685. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2018.203026
    • Sternkopf, M., Nagy, M., Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Tullemans, B. M. E., Wirth, J., Theelen, W., Mastenbroek, T. G., Lehrke, M., Winnerling, B., Baerts, L., Marx, N., De Meester, I., Doring, Y., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., Daiber, A., Steven, S., Jankowski, J., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Noels, H. (2020). Native, Intact Glucagon-Like Peptide 1 Is a Natural Suppressor of Thrombus Growth Under Physiological Flow Conditions. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 40(3), E65-E77. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.119.313645
    • Karel, M. F. A., Hechler, B., Kuijpers, M. J. E., & Cosemans, J. M. E. M. (2020). Atherosclerotic plaque injury-mediated murine thrombosis models: advantages and limitations. Platelets, 31(4), 439-446. https://doi.org/10.1080/09537104.2019.1708884
  • 2019
    • Nagy, M., van Geffen, J. P., Stegner, D., Adams, D. J., Braun, A., de Witt, S. M., Elvers, M., Geer, M. J., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Kunzelmann, K., Mori, J., Oury, C., Pircher, J., Pleines, I., Poole, A. W., Senis, Y. A., Verdoold, R., Weber, C., Nieswandt, B., ... Baaten, C. C. F. M. J. (2019). Comparative Analysis of Microfluidics Thrombus Formation in Multiple Genetically Modified Mice: Link to Thrombosis and Hemostasis. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 6, [99]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2019.00099
    • Jooss, N. J., De Simone, I., Provenzale, I., Fernández, D. I., Brouns, S. L. N., Farndale, R. W., Henskens, Y. M. C., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Ten Cate, H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Cavill, R., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2019). Role of Platelet Glycoprotein VI and Tyrosine Kinase Syk in Thrombus Formation on Collagen-Like Surfaces. International journal of molecular sciences, 20(11), [2788]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms20112788
    • van Geffen, A., Brouns, S., Batista, J., McKinney, H., Kempster, C., Nagy, M., Sivapalaratnam, S., Baaten, C., Bourry, N., Frontini, M., Jurk, K., Krause, M., Pilliteri, D., Swieringa, F., Verdoold, R., Cavill, R., Kuijpers, M., Ouwehand, W. H., Downes, K., & Heemskerk, J. (2019). High-throughput elucidation of thrombus formation reveals sources of platelet function variability. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 104(6), 1256-1267. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2018.198853
    • Sabrkhany, S., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Griffioen, A. W., & Egbrink, M. G. A. O. (2019). Platelets: the holy grail in cancer blood biomarker research?Angiogenesis, 22(1), 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10456-018-9651-4
    • Kiouptsi, K., Jaeckel, S., Pontarollo, G., Grill, A., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Wilms, E., Weber, C., Sommer, F., Nagy, M., Neideck, C., Jansen, Y., Ascher, S., Formes, H., Karwot, C., Bayer, F., Kollar, B., Subramaniam, S., Molitor, M., Wenzel, P., ... Reinhardt, C. (2019). The Microbiota Promotes Arterial Thrombosis in Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor-Deficient Mice. Mbio, 10(5), [e02298-19]. https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.02298-19
  • 2018
    • Tullemans, B. M. E., Nagy, M., Sabrkhany, S., Griffioen, A. W., Egbrink, M. G. A. O., Aarts, M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Kuijpers, M. J. E. (2018). Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Pazopanib Inhibits Platelet Procoagulant Activity in Renal Cell Carcinoma Patients. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, 5, [142]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2018.00142
    • Hofmann, I., Geer, M. J., Vogtle, T., Crispin, A., Campagna, D. R., Barr, A., Calicchio, M. L., Heising, S., van Geffen, J. P., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Eble, J. A., Schmitz-Abe, K., Obeng, E. A., Douglas, M., Freson, K., Pondarre, C., Favier, R., Jarvis, G. E., ... Senis, Y. A. (2018). Congenital macrothrombocytopenia with focal myelofibrosis due to mutations in human G6b-B is rescued in humanized mice. Blood, 132(13), 1399-1412. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2017-08-802769
    • Geer, M. J., van Geffen, J. P., Gopalasingam, P., Vogtle, T., Smith, C. W., Heising, S., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Tullemans, B. M. E., Jarvis, G. E., Eble, J. A., Jeeves, M., Overduin, M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Mazharian, A., & Senis, Y. A. (2018). Uncoupling ITIM receptor G6b-B from tyrosine phosphatases Shp1 and Shp2 disrupts murine platelet homeostasis. Blood, 132(13), 1413-1425. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2017-10-802975
    • Tullemans, B. M. E., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Kuijpers, M. J. E. (2018). Acquired platelet antagonism: off-target antiplatelet effects of malignancy treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 16(9), 1686-1699. https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.14225
    • Sabrkhany, S., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Knol, J. C., Damink, S. W. M. O., Dingemans, A-M. C., Verheul, H. M., Piersma, S. R., Pham, T. V., Griffioen, A. W., Egbrink, M. G. A. O., & Jimenez, C. R. (2018). Exploration of the platelet proteome in patients with early-stage cancer. Journal of Proteomics, 177, 65-74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2018.02.011
    • Mori, J., Nagy, Z., Di Nunzio, G., Smith, C. W., Geer, M. J., Al Ghaithi, R., van Geffen, J. P., Heising, S., Boothman, L., Tullemans, B. M. E., Correia, J. N., Tee, L., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Harrison, P., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Jarvis, G. E., Tarakhovsky, A., Weiss, A., Mazharian, A., & Senis, Y. A. (2018). Maintenance of murine platelet homeostasis by the kinase Csk and phosphatase CD148. Blood, 131(10), 1122-1144. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood-2017-02-768077
  • 2017
    • Sabrkhany, S., Kuijpers, M. J. E., van Kuijk, S. M. J., Sanders, L., Pineda, S., Damink, S. W. M. O., Dingemans, A-M. C., Griffioen, A. W., & Egbrink, M. G. A. O. (2017). A combination of platelet features allows detection of early-stage cancer. European Journal of Cancer, 80, 5-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2017.04.010
    • van der Vorst, E. P. C., Theodorou, K., Wu, Y., Hoeksema, M. A., Goossens, P., Bursill, C. A., Aliyev, T., Huitema, L. F. A., Tas, S. W., Wolfs, I. M. J., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Gijbels, M. J., Schalkwijk, C. G., Koonen, D. P. Y., Abdollahi-Roodsaz, S., McDaniels, K., Wang, C-C., Leitges, M., Lawrence, T., ... Donners, M. M. P. C. (2017). High-Density Lipoproteins Exert Pro-inflammatory Effects on Macrophages via Passive Cholesterol Depletion and PKC-NF-kappa B/STAT1-IRF1 Signaling. Cell Metabolism, 25(1), 197-207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2016.10.013
  • 2016
    • Sabrkhany, S., Griffioen, A. W., Pineda, S., Sanders, L., Mattheij, N., van Geffen, A., Aarts, M. J., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Oude Egbrink, M., & Kuijpers, M. J. E. (2016). Sunitinib uptake inhibits platelet function in cancer patients. European Journal of Cancer, 66, 47-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2016.07.016
    • Gerdes, N., Seijkens, T., Lievens, D., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Winkels, H., Projahn, D., Hartwig, H., Beckers, L., Megens, R. T. A., Boon, L., Noelle, R. J., Soehnlein, O., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Weber, C., & Lutgens, E. (2016). Platelet CD40 Exacerbates Atherosclerosis by Transcellular Activation of Endothelial Cells and Leukocytes. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 36(3), 482-490. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.115.307074
    • Mattheij, N. J. A., Braun, A., van Kruchten, R., Castoldi, E., Pircher, J., Baaten, C. C. F. M. J., Wuelling, M., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Koehler, R., Poole, A. W., Schreiber, R., Vortkamp, A., Collins, P. W., Nieswandt, B., Kunzelmann, K., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2016). Survival protein anoctamin-6 controls multiple platelet responses including phospholipid scrambling, swelling, and protein cleavage. Faseb Journal, 30(2), 727-737. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.15-280446
    • Mattheij, N., Braun, A., van Kruchten, R., Castoldi, E., PIRCHER, J., Baaten, C., WÜLLING, M., Kuijpers, M., KÖHLER, R., POOLE, A. W., Schreiber, R., VORTKAMP, A., COLLINS, P. W., Nieswandt, B., KUNZELMANN, K., Cosemans, J., & Heemskerk, J. (2016). Survival protein anoctamin-6 controls multiple platelet responses including phospholipid scrambling and swelling. Nederlands tijdschrift voor klinische chemie en laboratoriumgeneeskunde, 41, 207-208. https://www.nvkc.nl/sites/default/files/NTKC/Mattheij.pdf
  • 2015
    • Sabrkhany, S., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Verheul, H. M. W., Griffioen, A. W., & Egbrink, M. G. A. O. (2015). Platelets: an unexploited data source in biomarker research. The Lancet Haematology , 2(12), E512-E513. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3026(15)00225-2
    • Kuijpers, M. J. E., Mattheij, N. J. A., Cipolla, L., van Geffen, J. P., Lawrence, T., Donners, M. M. P. C., Boon, L., Lievens, D., Torti, M., Noels, H., Gerdes, N., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., Lutgens, E., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2015). Platelet CD40L Modulates Thrombus Growth Via Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase beta, and Not Via CD40 and I kappa B Kinase alpha. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 35(6), 1374-1381. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.114.305127
    • Swieringa, F., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Lamers, M. M. E., van der Meijden, P. E. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2015). Rate-limiting roles of the tenase complex of factors VIII and IX in platelet procoagulant activity and formation of platelet-fibrin thrombi under flow. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 100(6), 748-756. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2014.116863
    • Musumeci, L., Kuijpers, M. J., Gilio, K., Hego, A., Theatre, E., Maurissen, L., Vandereyken, M., Diogo, C. V., Lecut, C., Guilmain, W., Bobkova, E. V., Eble, J. A., Dahl, R., Drion, P., Rascon, J., Mostofi, Y., Yuan, H., Sergienko, E., Chung, T. D. Y., ... Rahmouni, S. (2015). Dual-Specificity Phosphatase 3 Deficiency or Inhibition Limits Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis. Circulation, 131(7), 656-U194. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.010186
  • 2014
    • Kuijpers, M. J. E., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Feijge, M. A. H., Mattheij, N. J. A., May, F., Govers-Riemslag, J., Meijers, J. C. M., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Renne, T., & Cosemans, J. M. E. M. (2014). Factor XII Regulates the Pathological Process of Thrombus Formation on Ruptured Plaques. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 34(8), 1674-+. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.114.303315
    • van Montfoort, M. L., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Knaup, V. L., Bhanot, S., Monia, B. P., Roelofs, J. J. T. H., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Meijers, J. C. M. (2014). Factor XI Regulates Pathological Thrombus Formation on Acutely Ruptured Atherosclerotic Plaques. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 34(8), 1668-+. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.114.303209
    • Ninivaggi, M., Kelchtermans, H., Kuijpers, M. J., Hemmeryckx, B., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Lindhout, T., Hoylaerts, M. F., & de Laat, B. (2014). Whole blood thrombin generation in Bmal1-deficient mice. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 112(2), 271-275. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH13-11-0910
    • Angin, Y., Schwenk, R. W., Nergiz-Unal, R., Hoebers, N., Heemskerk, J. W. M., Kuijpers, M. J., Coumans, W. A., van Zandvoort, M. A. M. J., Bonen, A., Neumann, D., Glatz, J. F. C., & Luiken, J. (2014). Calcium signaling recruits substrate transporters GLUT4 and CD36 to the sarcolemma without increasing cardiac substrate uptake. American Journal of Physiology : Endocrinology and Metabolism, 307(2), E225-E236. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpendo.00655.2013
    • Kuijpers, M. J. E., de Witt, S., Nergiz-Unal, R., van Kruchten, R., Korporaal, S. J. A., Verhamme, P., Febbraio, M., Tjwa, M., Voshol, P. J., Hoylaerts, M. F., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2014). Supporting Roles of Platelet Thrombospondin-1 and CD36 in Thrombus Formation on Collagen. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 34(6), 1187-1192. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.113.302917
    • Swieringa, F., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & van der Meijden, P. E. J. (2014). Targeting platelet receptor function in thrombus formation: The risk of bleeding. Blood Reviews, 28(1), 9-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.blre.2013.12.001
  • 2013
    • Westein, E., van der Meer, A. D., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Frimat, J-P., van den Berg, A., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2013). Atherosclerotic geometries exacerbate pathological thrombus formation poststenosis in a von Willebrand factor-dependent manner. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(4), 1357-1362. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1209905110
    • Nergiz-Unal, R., Kuijpers, M. J. E., de Witt, S. M., Heeneman, S., Feijge, M. A. H., Garcia Caraballo, S., Biessen, E. A., Haenen, G. R. M. M., Cosemans, J. M., & Heemskerk, J. W. (2013). Atheroprotective effect of dietary walnut intake in ApoE-deficient mice: Involvement of lipids and coagulation factors.Thrombosis Research, 131(5), 411-417. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2013.01.003
  • 2012
    • van Kruchten, R., Braun, A., Feijge, M. A. H., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Rivera-Galdos, R., Kraft, P., Stoll, G., Kleinschnitz, C., Bevers, E. M., Nieswandt, B., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2012). Antithrombotic Potential of Blockers of Store-Operated Calcium Channels in Platelets. Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 32(7), 1717-1723. https://doi.org/10.1161/ATVBAHA.111.243907
  • 2011
    • Kuijpers, M. J. E., Megens, R. T. A., Nikookhesal, E., Feijge, M. A. H., De Mey, J. G. R., Egbrink, M. G. A. O., van Giezen, J. J. J., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2011). Role of newly formed platelets in thrombus formation in rat after clopidogrel treatment: comparison to the reversible binding P2Y(12) antagonist ticagrelor. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 106(6), 1179-1188. https://doi.org/10.1160/TH11-04-0252
    • Nergiz-Unal, R., Lamers, M. M. E., Van Kruchten, R., Luiken, J. J., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., Glatz, J. F. C., Kuijpers, M. J. E., & Heemskerk, J. W. M. (2011). Signaling role of CD36 in platelet activation and thrombus formation on immobilized thrombospondin or oxidized low-density lipoprotein. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 9(9), 1835-1846. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1538-7836.2011.04416.x
  • 2010
    • Gilio, K., van Kruchten, R., Braun, A., Berna-Erro, A., Feijge, M. A. H., Stegner, D., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Varga-Szabo, D., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Nieswandt, B. (2010). Roles of Platelet STIM1 and Orai1 in Glycoprotein VI- and Thrombin-dependent Procoagulant Activity and Thrombus Formation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 285(31), 23629-23638. https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M110.108696
    • Elvers, M., Pozgaj, R., Pleines, I., May, F., Kuijpers, M. J. E., Heemskerk, J. M. W., Yu-Wai-Man, P., & Nieswandt, B. (2010). Platelet hyperreactivity and a prothrombotic phenotype in mice with a gain-of-function mutation in phospholipase C gamma 2. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 8(6), 1353-1363. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1538-7836.2010.03838.x
    • Nergiz-Unal, R., Cosemans, J. M. E. M., Feijge, M. A. H., van der Meijden, P. E. J., Storey, R. F., van Giezen, J. J. J., Egbrink, M. G. A. O., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Kuijpers, M. J. E. (2010). Stabilizing Role of Platelet P2Y(12) Receptors in Shear-Dependent Thrombus Formation on Ruptured Plaques. PLOS ONE, 5(4), 13. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0010130