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See detailNovel HDAC/DNMT Twin inhibitors interfere with angiogenesis
Shiva Shankar, Thammadihalli Veerasangaiah ULg; Sulka, Béatrice ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2011, January 31)

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic compounds. Though combination of HDAC and DNMT inhibitors are now being examined in clinical trials of hematological malignancies, little work has been done to understand the effect of this combination on physiological and tumoral angiogenesis. We have designed and tested a family of twin drugs with intrinsic HDAC and DNMT inhibitory activities in relevant models of angiogenesis in vitro (Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells – HUVEC and aortic ring) and in vivo (chick chorioallantoic membrane and Zebrafish). We have identified a lead compound having quantifiable anti-angiogenic effect without cytotoxicity affecting global histone acetylation and DNA methylation levels. In order to elucidate its anti-angiogenic mechanism, we characterized gene expression pattern simultaneously with the methylation profile of HUVEC cells treated with the lead compound and reference epigenetic modulators. This approach based on parallel microarray analyses permitted us to underscore a list of genes exclusively affected by the lead compound but not by other HDAC or DNMT inhibitors. These genes were then analyzed using the Ingenuity Pathway software revealing potential involvement of a subset of genes in angiogenesis. Our present aim is to validate the expression levels of a series of genes with respect to epigenetic mechanisms (histone modifications and DNA methylation). Finally, the biological relevance of the target genes will be explored by RNA silencing. Hence, we are using these novel epigenetic modulators as a tool to understand the regulatory mechanism of angiogenesis and to develop effective approaches to treat cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel HDAC/DNMT Twin Inhibitors Interfere with Angiogenesis
Shiva Shankar, Thammadihalli Veerasangaiah ULg; Sulka, Béatrice ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2011)

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic compounds. Though combination of HDAC and DNMT inhibitors are now being examined in clinical trials of hematological malignancies, little work has been done to understand the effect of this combination on physiological and tumoral angiogenesis. We have designed and tested a family of twin drugs with intrinsic HDAC and DNMT inhibitory activities in relevant models of angiogenesis in vitro (Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells – HUVEC and aortic ring) and in vivo (chick chorioallantoic membrane and Zebrafish). We have identified a lead compound having quantifiable anti-angiogenic effect without cytotoxicity affecting global histone acetylation and DNA methylation levels. In order to elucidate its anti-angiogenic mechanism, we characterized gene expression pattern simultaneously with the methylation profile of HUVEC cells treated with the lead compound and reference epigenetic modulators. This approach based on parallel microarray analyses permitted us to underscore a list of genes exclusively affected by the lead compound but not by other HDAC or DNMT inhibitors. These genes were then analyzed using the Ingenuity Pathway software revealing potential involvement of a subset of genes in angiogenesis. Our present aim is to validate the expression levels of a series of genes with respect to epigenetic mechanisms (histone modifications and DNA methylation). Finally, the biological relevance of the target genes will be explored by RNA silencing. Hence, we are using these novel epigenetic modulators as a tool to understand the regulatory mechanism of angiogenesis and to develop effective approaches to treat cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced Activity of Meprin-a, a Pro-Migratory and Pro-Angiogenic Protease, in Colorectal Cancer
Lottaz, Daniel; Maurer, Christoph A; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2011), 6(11), 26450

Meprin-α is a metalloprotease overexpressed in cancer cells, leading to the accumulation of this protease in a subset of colorectal tumors. The impact of increased meprin-α levels on tumor progression is ... [more ▼]

Meprin-α is a metalloprotease overexpressed in cancer cells, leading to the accumulation of this protease in a subset of colorectal tumors. The impact of increased meprin-α levels on tumor progression is not known. We investigated the effect of this protease on cell migration and angiogenesis in vitro and studied the expression of meprin-α mRNA, protein and proteolytic activity in primary tumors at progressive stages and in liver metastases of patients with colorectal cancer, as well as inhibitory activity towards meprin-α in sera of cancer patient as compared to healthy controls. We found that the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)- induced migratory response of meprin-transfected epithelial cells was increased compared to wild-type cells in the presence of plasminogen, and that the angiogenic response in organ-cultured rat aortic explants was enhanced in the presence of exogenous human meprin-α. In patients, meprin-α mRNA was expressed in colonic adenomas, primary tumors UICC (International Union Against Cancer) stage I, II, III and IV, as well as in liver metastases. In contrast, the corresponding protein accumulated only in primary tumors and liver metastases, but not in adenomas. However, liver metastases lacked meprin-α activity despite increased expression of the corresponding protein, which correlated with inefficient zymogen activation. Sera from cancer patients exhibited reduced meprin-α inhibition compared to healthy controls. In conclusion, meprin-α activity is regulated differently in primary tumors and metastases, leading to high proteolytic activity in primary tumors and low activity in liver metastases. By virtue of its pro-migratory and pro-angiogenic activity, meprin-α may promote tumor progression in colorectal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphangiogenesis and extracellular matrix remodeling
Erpicum, Charlotte ULg; Detry, Benoît ULg; Paupert, Jenny ULg et al

Poster (2011)

Lymphangiogenesis, the formation of new lymphatic vessels from preexisting ones, is an important biological process associated with diverse pathologies, such as metastatic dissemination and graft ... [more ▼]

Lymphangiogenesis, the formation of new lymphatic vessels from preexisting ones, is an important biological process associated with diverse pathologies, such as metastatic dissemination and graft rejection. Our laboratory has previously identified MMP2 as a key regulator of lymphangiogenesis in vitro and in vivo. However, the exact function of MMP2 in this process is yet unknown. The present work aims at elucidating the mechanisms of MMP2 action during lymphangiogenesis. MMP2 could either act as a growth factor activator or as a regulator of matrix remodeling. To address this question, we studied the effect of MMP2 on lymphangiogenesis in an novel in vitro model of sprouting cells from small aggregates (spheroids) seeded in a collagen gel. In this model, quantification of the lymphangiogenic response is performed through computerized methods allowing the measurement of the distance of migration, but also the evaluation of how the cell are migrating. We evaluated the impact of MMP2 blockage through the use of physiological (TIMP2) or chemical inhibitors or by downregulating its expression with specific siRNA. The importance of extracellular matrix composition is evaluated by embedding these spheroids into different matrices (matrigel versus collagen; pepsinized collagen versus native collagen; different collagen concentrations). Our results reveal a modification of cell migration through collagen gel after MMP2 inhibition. The utilization of DQ collagen and microscopy refractance confirmed the importance of MMP2 collagenoyitic activity for lymphangiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailTransient reduction of placental angiogenesis in PAI-1 deficient mice
Labied, Soraya ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Carmeliet, P. et al

in Physiological Genomics (2011), 43(4), 188-98

Murine placentation is associated with the invasion of maternal endometrium by trophoblasts and an extensive maternal and foetal angiogenesis. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is transiently ... [more ▼]

Murine placentation is associated with the invasion of maternal endometrium by trophoblasts and an extensive maternal and foetal angiogenesis. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is transiently produced by spongiotrophoblasts and trophoblast giant cells at 10.5-11.5 day post-coitum (dpc). Knowing the key contribution of PAI-1 in the regulation of angiogenesis, we have now analyzed the consequence of PAI-1 deficiency on murine placentation. Morphological and quantitative computer-assisted image analysis revealed abnormal placental morphology in PAI-1 (-/-) mice at 10.5 and 12.5 dpc. At 10.5 dpc, the genetic ablation of PAI-1 resulted in a transient reduction of both maternal and foetal vascularizations in the placenta and increased trophoblast cell density. This was associated with a poorer development of the labyrinth and an extension of the decidua. A larger spongiotrophoblast layer appeared at 12.5 dpc in PAI-1 deficient mice. Placental morphology was normalized at 14,5 dpc. Microarray analyses performed on laser capture microdissected labyrinths revealed that 46 genes were differentially expressed at 10.5 dpc between the two genotypes. However, only 11 genes were still differently modulated at 14.5 dpc when normalization of placental morphology had take place. This transcriptomic profiling highlighted a dysregulation in the expression of placenta-related cathepsin family members. All together our data provide evidence for a transient impaired placental morphology in PAI-1-deficient mice which is then normalized leading to normal embryonic development. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of the activating agent on physico-chemical and electrical properties of activated carbon cloths developed from a novel cellulosic precursor
Ramos, ME; Bonelli, PR; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Colloids and Surfaces A : Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (2011), 378(1-3), 87-93

Different chemical reagents (phosphoric acid, boric acid, ammonium citrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, disodium hydrogen phosphate and trisodium phosphate) were employed ... [more ▼]

Different chemical reagents (phosphoric acid, boric acid, ammonium citrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, disodium hydrogen phosphate and trisodium phosphate) were employed to develop activated carbon cloths (ACC) by chemical activation of a lyocell precursor, in an attempt to explore their effect on main physico-chemical characteristics and electrical behaviour of the resulting ACC. The activating agent markedly influenced yield, elemental composition, and textural properties of the ACC. The ACC obtained with phosphoric and boric acids were essentially microporous, whereas those developed with the other reagents presented mesoporosity development. Phosphoric acid-derived samples showed the highest specific surface area (976 m2/g). The results also highlight the relevance of correcting the external surface adsorption in order to obtain reliable estimates of micropore volume. All the ACC were electrically conductive, their resistivity being also strongly dependent on the nature of the activating agent. The electrical resistivity of the ACC obtained with all the phosphorous compounds was successfully correlated with their C/H ratio and micropore volume [less ▲]

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See detailWhole Slide Quantification of Stromal Lymphatic Vessel Distribution and Peritumoral Lymphatic Vessel Density in Early Invasive Cervical Cancer: A Method Description
Balsat, Cédric ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Signolle, Nicolas et al

in ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology (2011), 2011

Peritumoral Lymphatic Vessel Density (LVD) is considered to be a predictive marker for the presence of lymph node metastases in cervical cancer. However, when LVD quantification relies on conventional ... [more ▼]

Peritumoral Lymphatic Vessel Density (LVD) is considered to be a predictive marker for the presence of lymph node metastases in cervical cancer. However, when LVD quantification relies on conventional optical microscopy and the hot spot technique, interobserver variability is significant and yields inconsistent conclusions. In this work, we describe an original method that applies computed image analysis to whole slide scanned tissue sections following immunohistochemical lymphatic vessel staining. This procedure allows to determine an objective LVD quantification as well as the lymphatic vessel distribution and its heterogeneity within the stroma surrounding the invasive tumor bundles. The proposed technique can be useful to better characterize lymphatic vessel interactions with tumor cells and could potentially impact on prognosis and therapeutic decisions. [less ▲]

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See detailBone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells and MMP13 contribute to experimental choroidal neovascularization.
Lecomte, Julie ULg; Louis, Krystel; Detry, Benoît ULg et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2011), 68

In this study, we evaluate the potential involvement of collagenase-3 (MMP13), a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family member, in the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration characterized by a ... [more ▼]

In this study, we evaluate the potential involvement of collagenase-3 (MMP13), a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family member, in the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration characterized by a neovascularisation into the choroid. RT-PCR analysis revealed that human neovascular membranes issued from patients with AMD expressed high levels of Mmp13. The contribution of MMP13 in choroidal neovascularization (CNV) formation was explored by using a murine model of laser-induced CNV and applying it to wild-type mice (WT) and Mmp13-deficient mice (Mmp13 ( -/- ) mice). Angiogenic and inflammatory reactions were explored by immunohistochemistry. The implication of bone marrow (BM)-derived cells was determined by BM engraftment into irradiated mice and by injecting mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) isolated from WT BM. The deficiency of Mmp13 impaired CNV formation which was fully restored by WT BM engraftment and partially rescued by several injections of WT MSC. The present study sheds light on a novel function of MMP13 during BM-dependent choroidal vascularization and provides evidence for a role for MSC in the pathogenesis of CNV. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Angiostatic Protein 16K Human Prolactin Significantly Prevents Tumor-Induced Lymphangiogenesis by Affecting Lymphatic Endothelial Cells.
Kinet, Virginie; Castermans, K; Herkenne, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Endocrinology (2011)

The 16-kDa angiostatic N-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) has been reported to be a new potent anticancer compound. This protein has already proven its efficiency in several mouse tumor ... [more ▼]

The 16-kDa angiostatic N-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) has been reported to be a new potent anticancer compound. This protein has already proven its efficiency in several mouse tumor models in which it prevented tumor-induced angiogenesis and delayed tumor growth. In addition to angiogenesis, tumors also stimulate the formation of lymphatic vessels, which contribute to tumor cell dissemination and metastasis. However, the role of 16K hPRL in tumor-induced lymphangiogenesis has never been investigated. We establish in vitro that 16K hPRL induces apoptosis and inhibits proliferation, migration, and tube formation of human dermal lymphatic microvascular endothelial cells. In addition, in a B16F10 melanoma mouse model, we found a decreased number of lymphatic vessels in the primary tumor and in the sentinel lymph nodes after 16K hPRL treatment. This decrease is accompanied by a significant diminished expression of lymphangiogenic markers in primary tumors and sentinel lymph nodes as determined by quantitative RT-PCR. These results suggest, for the first time, that 16K hPRL is a lymphangiostatic as well as an angiostatic agent with antitumor properties. [less ▲]

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See detailKrypton adsorption as a suitable tool for surface characterization of multi-walled CNTs
Zilli, Dario; Bonelli, P.; Gommes, Cédric ULg et al

in Carbon (2011), 49

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See detailThree-dimensional void space structure of activated carbon packed beds
Almazan Almazan, Maria Del Carmen; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Job, Nathalie ULg et al

in Journal of Porous Materials (2011), 18

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See detailInfluence of carbon xerogel textural properties on the dynamic adsorption of methyl iodide
Almazán-Almazán, M. C.; López-Domingo, F. J.; Domingo-García, M. et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2011), 173(1), 19-28

X-ray microtomography coupled to image analysis has been used to study the influence of the adsorbent pore texture and the experimental conditions on the dynamic adsorption of methyl iodide in packed ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography coupled to image analysis has been used to study the influence of the adsorbent pore texture and the experimental conditions on the dynamic adsorption of methyl iodide in packed filters. By applying this imaging technique the internal axial adsorption profiles for increasing exposure times to the gas stream are analysed. This experimental technique establishes a new technology to study in situ the dynamic adsorption of volatile compounds. Resorcinol-formaldehyde based carbon xerogels have been used as adsorbents, as their pore texture can be tuned by changing the synthesis conditions. The textural characteristics of the adsorbents (surface areas and pore volumes) have been assessed by using nitrogen and carbon dioxide adsorption as well as mercury porosimetry. The methyl iodide dynamic adsorption results show that, for the same gas flow rate and CH3I inlet concentration, the adsorbed amount is highly dependent on large pore volumes. Thus, samples with almost the same micropore volumes (adsorption volumes) have different methyl iodide adsorption capacities, which are related to, the above mentioned, large pores. The influence of both the gas carrier flow rate and the methyl iodide inlet concentration on the adsorption can be explained using the so-called linear driving force model. This approach takes into account the fact that internal transport limitations are directly related to the pore texture. Moreover, the simulation of the dynamic adsorption process has allowed relating the simulated axial concentration profiles to the experimental X-ray microtomography data. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of physical activation of carbon xerogels with carbon dioxide with chemical activation using hydroxides
Contreras, María S; Páez, Carlos A; Zubizarreta, Leire et al

in Carbon (2010), 48(11), 3157-3168

Carbon xerogels synthesized with a fixed resorcinol/sodium carbonate molar ratio (R/C) were physically activated using CO2. The effect of activation temperature and activation time on the final properties ... [more ▼]

Carbon xerogels synthesized with a fixed resorcinol/sodium carbonate molar ratio (R/C) were physically activated using CO2. The effect of activation temperature and activation time on the final properties of the activated carbon xerogels was evaluated. The specific surface area increases from ~600 m2 g-1 to 2000 m2 g-1 and more by increasing the temperature and duration of the activation step. A comparison between physical activation with CO2 and chemical activation with hydroxides was also performed: it was found that both processes produce an increase of the micropore volume and specific surface area without altering the meso-macroporosity developed during the synthesis. However, chemical activation can lead to the development of the narrow microporosity mainly whereas, in physical activation, the widening of the narrow micropores takes place whatever the process conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailActivated-carbon-xerogel/TiO2-P25 composite photocatalysts with high activity for the degradation of p-nitrophenol
Páez Martínez, Carlos ULg; Contreras, María; Olivera-Fuentes, Claudio et al

Poster (2010, July)

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See detail16K human prolactin is an anti-lymphangiogenic factor in vitro and in vivo
Kinet, Virginie; Castermans, Karolien; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 21)

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See detail16K human prolactin is an anti-lymphangiogenic factor in vitro and in vivo
Kinet, Virginie; Castermans, Karolien; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2010, March)

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See detailhCG: a pregnancy-related hormone stimulating angiogenesis and pericyte recruitment
Berndt, S; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Perrier d’Hauterive, S et al

Poster (2010)

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See detailNovel HDAC/DNMT twin inhibitors interfere with angiogenesis
Shiva Shankar, Thammadihalli Veerasangaiah ULg; Sulka, Béatrice; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2010)

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) inhibitors are potent antiangiogenic compounds. Though combination of HDAC and DNMT inhibitors are now being examined in clinical trials of hematological malignancies, very little work has been done to understand the effect of this combination on normal and tumoral angiogenesis. We have designed and tested a family of twin drugs with intrinsic HDAC and DNMT inhibitory activities in relevant models of angiogenesis in vitro (endothelial cells, pericytes and the 3D aortic ring assay) and in vivo (the chick chorioallantoic membrane assay). We have identified a lead compound having quantifiable antiangiogenic effect without cytotoxicity associated with increased global acetylation and decreased DNA methylation levels. This compound is presently used to develop effective approaches to treat cancer by modulating the process of angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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