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See detailPharmacogenetics of infliximab in Crohn's disease
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg

in Acta Endoscopica (2007), 37(4), 521-530

Pharmacogenetic studies will certainly contribute to a better management of medication in inflammatory bowel diseases. Infliximab is the most efficient drug in refractory and fistulising Crohn's disease ... [more ▼]

Pharmacogenetic studies will certainly contribute to a better management of medication in inflammatory bowel diseases. Infliximab is the most efficient drug in refractory and fistulising Crohn's disease. However, about one third of the patients do not respond to this treatment. Several studies have been performed to identify predictive factors of the response to infliximab in CD. We attempt to summarize the current knowledge on the use of infliximab in CD and focus on the result of these studies and more particularly on pharmacogenetic aspects. [less ▲]

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See detailLes maladies inflammatoires chroniques intestinales : de la génétique au traitement
Louis, Edouard ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg; Dideberg, Vinciane ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62

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See detailP2X1 receptors as new regulators of neutrophil life span
Faccinetto, Céline ULg; Lecut, Christelle ULg; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg et al

in Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis [=JTH] (2007)

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See detailIntrinsic pro-angiogenic status of cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells
Verhaeghe, Catherine ULg; Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2007), 356(3), 745-749

Cystic fibrosis is a common genetic disorder characterized by a severe lung inflammation and fibrosis leading to the patient's death. Enhanced angiogenesis in cystic fibrosis (CF) tissue has been ... [more ▼]

Cystic fibrosis is a common genetic disorder characterized by a severe lung inflammation and fibrosis leading to the patient's death. Enhanced angiogenesis in cystic fibrosis (CF) tissue has been suggested, probably caused by the process of inflammation, as similarly described in asthma and chronic bronchitis. The present study demonstrates an intrinsic pro-angiogenic status of cystic fibrosis airway epithelial cells. Microarray experiments showed that CF airway epithelial cells expressed several angiogenic factors such as VEGF-A, VEGF-C, bFGF, and PLGF at higher levels than control cells. These data were confirmed by real-time quantitative PCR and, at the protein level, by ELISA. Conditioned media of these cystic fibrosis cells were able to induce proliferation, migration and sprouting of cultured primary endothelial cells. This report describes for the first time that cystic fibrosis epithelial cells have an intrinsic angiogenic activity. Since excess of angiogenesis is correlated with more severe pulmonary disease, our results could lead to the development of new therapeutic applications. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNeonatal screening for sickle cell disease in Central Africa: a study of 1825 newborns with a new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test
Mutesa, Léon; Boemer, François ULg; Ngendahayo, Louis et al

in Journal of Medical Screening (2007), 14(3), 113-116

Objectives To evaluate the feasibility of systematic neonatal screening for sickle cell disease in the region of Great Lakes in Central Africa using a new approach with limited costs. Methods Between July ... [more ▼]

Objectives To evaluate the feasibility of systematic neonatal screening for sickle cell disease in the region of Great Lakes in Central Africa using a new approach with limited costs. Methods Between July 2004 and July 2006, 1825 newborn dried blood samples were collected onto filter papers in four maternity units from Burundi, Rwanda and the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We tested for the presence of haemoglobin C and S in the eluted blood by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test using a monoclonal antibody. All ELISA-positive samples (multiple of the median (MoM) >= 1.5) were confirmed by a simple molecular test. The statistica software version 7.1 was used to create graphics and to fix the MoM cut-off, and the chi(2) of Pearson was used to compare the genotype incidences between countries. Results Of the 1825 samples screened, 97 (5.32%) were positive. Of these, 60 (3.28%) samples were heterozygous for Hb S, and four (0.22%) for Hb C; two (0.11%) newborns were Hb SS homozygotes. Conclusions The lower cost and the high specificity of ELISA test are appropriate for developing countries, and such systematic screening for sickle cell anaemia is therefore feasible. [less ▲]

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See detailPrecocious puberty associated with partial trisomy 18q and monosomy 11q
Mutesa, Léon; Hellin, A. C.; Jamar, Michelle ULg et al

in Genetic Counseling (Geneva, Switzerland) (2007), 18(2), 201-207

We report a 10-years-old female patient with a partial trisomy 18q and monosomy 11q due to a maternal translocation. The phenotype of our proband is partially common with Jacobsen syndrome and duplication ... [more ▼]

We report a 10-years-old female patient with a partial trisomy 18q and monosomy 11q due to a maternal translocation. The phenotype of our proband is partially common with Jacobsen syndrome and duplication 18q but she has also some atypical anomalies such as precocious puberty, a retinal albinism and hypermetropia. Based on cytogenetics and FISH analysis, the karyotype of the proband was 46,XX,der(11)t(11;18)(q24;q13). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of precocious puberty associated with either dup(18q) or del(11q) syndromes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Tnf/Adam 17 System: Implication of an Adam 17 Haplotype in the Clinical Response to Infliximab in Crohn's Disease
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Theatre, Emilie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(10), 727-734

Infliximab, a chimeric anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody induces a clinical response in 70% of Crohn's disease patients and the response to infliximab therapy could be partially determined ... [more ▼]

Infliximab, a chimeric anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody induces a clinical response in 70% of Crohn's disease patients and the response to infliximab therapy could be partially determined by genetic factors. The implication of both transmembrane and soluble forms of the TNF-alpha in the mechanism of action of infliximab has been demonstrated. The aim of our work was first to perform a complete study of TNF variants role in the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease. Secondly, considering the role of ADAM 17 in TNF-alpha shedding, the ADAM 17 locus was also studied. The response to infliximab was evaluated in 222 Caucasian Crohn's disease patients with a luminal (n=160) or fistulizing (n=62) form of the disease. Clinical and biological response evaluation was based on the Crohn's Disease Activity Index score and C-reactive protein level evolutions, respectively. The entire TNF gene was sequenced on the complete cohort. Twelve single nucleotide polymorphisms spanning the ADAM 17 locus were studied and haplotypes rebuilt. A clinical response was observed in 64% of the patients and biological response in 77.1% of patients. No association was found between the TNF gene and the response to infliximab. One haplotype in the ADAM 17 region was associated with a clinical response to infliximab in CD patients (adjusted P=0.045). In conclusion, our results exclude, with a reasonable power, an implication of the TNF gene in the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease, but reveal a potential role of the ADAM 17 gene in this response. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscriptional activation of cyclooxygenase-2 by tumor suppressor p53 requires nuclear factor-kappaB
Benoit, Valérie; de Moraes, E.; Dar, N. A. et al

in Oncogene (2006), 25(42), 5708-5718

Overexpression of cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) is thought to exert antiapoptotic effects in cancer. Here we show that the tumor suppressor p53 upregulated Cox-2 in esophageal and colon cancer cell lines by ... [more ▼]

Overexpression of cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) is thought to exert antiapoptotic effects in cancer. Here we show that the tumor suppressor p53 upregulated Cox-2 in esophageal and colon cancer cell lines by inducing the binding of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) to its response element in the COX-2 promoter. Inhibition of NF-kappaB prevented p53 induction of Cox-2 expression. Cooperation between p53 and NF-kappaB was required for activation of COX-2 promoter in response to daunomycin, a DNA-damaging agent. Pharmacological inhibition of Cox-2 enhanced apoptosis in response to daunomycin, in particular in cells containing active p53. In esophageal cancer, there was a correlation between Cox-2 expression and wild-type TP53 in Barrett's esophagus (BE) and in adenocarcinoma, but not in squamous cell carcinoma (P < 0.01). These results suggest that p53 and NF-kappaB cooperate in upregulating Cox-2 expression, promoting cell survival in inflammatory precursor lesions such as BE. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscription impairment and cell migration defects in elongator-depleted cells: Implication for familial dysautonomia
Close, Pierre ULg; Hawkes, Nicola; Cornez, Isabelle ULg et al

in Molecular Cell (2006), 22(4), 521-531

Mutations in IKBKAP, encoding a subunit of Elongator, cause familial dysautonomia (FD), a severe neuro-developmental disease with complex clinical characteristics. Elongator was previously linked not only ... [more ▼]

Mutations in IKBKAP, encoding a subunit of Elongator, cause familial dysautonomia (FD), a severe neuro-developmental disease with complex clinical characteristics. Elongator was previously linked not only with transcriptional elongation and histone acetylation but also with other cellular processes. Here, we used RNA interference (RNAi) and fibroblasts from FD patients to identify Elongator target genes and study the role of Elongator in transcription. Strikingly, whereas Elongator is recruited to both target and nontarget genes, only target genes display histone H3 hypoacetylation and progressively lower RNAPII density through the coding region in FD cells. Interestingly, several target genes encode proteins implicated in cell motility. Indeed, characterization of IKAP/hELP1 RNAi cells, FD fibroblasts, and neuronal cell-derived cells uncovered defects in this cellular function upon Elongator depletion. These results indicate that defects in Elongator function affect transcriptional elongation of several genes and that the ensuing cell motility deficiencies may underlie the neuropathology of FD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailRaloxifene-induced myeloma cell apoptosis: a study of nuclear factor-kappaB inhibition and gene expression signature.
Olivier, Sabine ULg; Close, Pierre ULg; Castermans, Emilie ULg et al

in Molecular Pharmacology (2006), 69(5), 1615-1623

Because multiple myeloma remains associated with a poor prognosis, novel drugs targeting specific signaling pathways are needed. The efficacy of selective estrogen receptor modulators for the treatment of ... [more ▼]

Because multiple myeloma remains associated with a poor prognosis, novel drugs targeting specific signaling pathways are needed. The efficacy of selective estrogen receptor modulators for the treatment of multiple myeloma is not well documented. In the present report, we studied the antitumor activity of raloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, on multiple myeloma cell lines. Raloxifene effects were assessed by tetrazolium salt reduction assay, cell cycle analysis, and Western blotting. Mobility shift assay, immunoprecipitation, chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, and gene expression profiling were performed to characterize the mechanisms of raloxifene-induced activity. Indeed, raloxifene, as well as tamoxifen, decreased JJN-3 and U266 myeloma cell viability and induced caspase-dependent apoptosis. Raloxifene and tamoxifen also increased the cytotoxic response to vincristine and arsenic trioxide. Moreover, raloxifene inhibited constitutive nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity in myeloma cells by removing p65 from its binding sites through estrogen receptor alpha interaction with p65. It is noteworthy that microarray analysis showed that raloxifene treatment decreased the expression of known NF-kappaB-regulated genes involved in myeloma cell survival and myeloma-induced bone lesions (e.g., c-myc, mip-1alpha, hgf, pac1,...) and induced the expression of a subset of genes regulating cellular cycle (e.g., p21, gadd34, cyclin G2,...). In conclusion, raloxifene induces myeloma cell cycle arrest and apoptosis partly through NF-kappaB-dependent mechanisms. These findings also provide a transcriptional profile of raloxifene treatment on multiple myeloma cells, offering the framework for future studies of selective estrogen receptor modulators therapy in multiple myeloma. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphotoxin alpha gene in Crohn's disease patients: absence of implication in the response to infliximab in a large cohort study
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(5), 369-373

A haplotype in the lymphotoxin alpha (LTA) gene has been associated with a lack of response to infliximab in a small cohort of Crohn's disease (CD) patients. The present study aimed to confirm the ... [more ▼]

A haplotype in the lymphotoxin alpha (LTA) gene has been associated with a lack of response to infliximab in a small cohort of Crohn's disease (CD) patients. The present study aimed to confirm the implication of this haplotype in the response to infliximab in a larger cohort of Caucasian patients. The response to the first infusion with infliximab was evaluated in 214 Caucasian patients with either luminal (n = 150) or fistulising (n = 64) CD. Clinical response was based on the decrease in CID Activity Index (luminal) or on the evolution in the fistula discharge (fistulising). Biological response was assessed in 139 patients who had elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) before treatment and for whom CRP values were also available after treatment. A positive biological response was defined as a decrease in CRP of at least 25%. The patients were genotyped for six polymorphisms in the LTA gene. A positive clinical response was present in 65.4% of the patients and a positive biological response was observed in 80.6% of the patients. No association was found with any of the studied polymorphisms, nor with the previously published LTA haplotype and the response to infliximab. We could not confirm an association between the LTA locus and clinical or biological response to infliximab in a large cohort of CID patients. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 16:369-373 (c) 2006 Lippincott Williams [less ▲]

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See detailCan NF-kappaB be a target for novel and efficient anti-cancer agents?
Olivier, Sabine ULg; Robe, Pierre ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2006), 72(9), 1054-1068

Since the discovery of the NF-kappaB transcription factor in 1986 and the cloning of the genes coding for NF-kappaB and IkappaB proteins, many studies demonstrated that this transcription factor can, in ... [more ▼]

Since the discovery of the NF-kappaB transcription factor in 1986 and the cloning of the genes coding for NF-kappaB and IkappaB proteins, many studies demonstrated that this transcription factor can, in most cases, protect transformed cells from apoptosis and therefore participate in the onset or progression of many human cancers. Molecular studies demonstrated that ancient widely used drugs, known for their chemopreventive or therapeutic activities against human cancers, inhibit NF-kappaB, usually among other biological effects. It is therefore considered that the anti-cancer activities of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or glucocorticoids are probably partially related to the inhibition of NF-kappaB and new clinical trials are being initiated with old compounds such as sulfasalazine. In parallel, many companies have developed novel agents acting on the NF-kappaB pathway: some of these agents are supposed to be NF-kappaB specific (i.e. IKK inhibitors) while others have wide-range biological activities (i.e. proteasome inhibitors). Today, the most significant clinical data have been obtained with bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor, for the treatment of multiple myeloma. This review discusses the preclinical and clinical data obtained with these various drugs and their putative future developments. [less ▲]

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See detailChromosomal patterns of gene expression from microarray data: methodology, validation and clinical relevance in gliomas.
Turkheimer, Federico E; Roncaroli, Federico; Hennuy, Benoît ULg et al

in BMC Bioinformatics (2006), 7

BACKGROUND: Expression microarrays represent a powerful technique for the simultaneous investigation of thousands of genes. The evidence that genes are not randomly distributed in the genome and that ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Expression microarrays represent a powerful technique for the simultaneous investigation of thousands of genes. The evidence that genes are not randomly distributed in the genome and that their coordinated expression depends on their position on chromosomes has highlighted the need for mathematical approaches to exploit this dependency for the analysis of expression data-sets. RESULTS: We have devised a novel mathematical technique (CHROMOWAVE) based on the Haar wavelet transform and applied it to a dataset obtained with the Affymetrix HG-U133_Plus_2 array in 27 gliomas. CHROMOWAVE generated multi-chromosomal pattern featuring low expression in chromosomes 1p, 4, 9q, 13, 18, and 19q. This pattern was not only statistically robust but also clinically relevant as it was predictive of favourable outcome. This finding was replicated on a data-set independently acquired by another laboratory. FISH analysis indicated that monosomy 1p and 19q was a frequent feature of tumours displaying the CHROMOWAVE pattern but that allelic loss on chromosomes 4, 9q, 13 and 18 was much less common. CONCLUSION: The ability to detect expression changes of spatially related genes and to map their position on chromosomes makes CHROMOWAVE a valuable screening method for the identification and display of regional gene expression changes of clinical relevance. In this study, FISH data showed that monosomy was frequently associated with diffuse low gene expression on chromosome 1p and 19q but not on chromosomes 4, 9q, 13 and 18. Comparative genomic hybridisation, allelic polymorphism analysis and methylation studies are in progress in order to identify the various mechanisms involved in this multi-chromosomal expression pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailInositide-specific phospholipase c beta1 gene deletion is a rare event in myelodysplastic syndromes.
Herens, Christian ULg; Ketelslegers, O.; Tassin, Françoise ULg et al

in Leukemia (2006), 20(3), 521-2522-3

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See detailPeroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma1 is dephosphorylated and degraded during BAY 11-7085-induced synovial fibroblast apoptosis
Relic, Biserka ULg; Benoit, Valerie; Franchimont, Nathalie et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2006), 281(32), 597-604

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) plays a central role in whole body metabolism by regulating adipocyte differentiation and energy storage. Recently, however, PPAR-gamma has ... [more ▼]

Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) plays a central role in whole body metabolism by regulating adipocyte differentiation and energy storage. Recently, however, PPAR-gamma has also been demonstrated to affect proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis of different cell types. As we have previously shown that BAY 11-7085-induced synovial fibroblast apoptosis is prevented by PPAR-gamma agonist 15d-PGJ2; the expression of PPAR-gamma in these cells was studied. Both PPAR-gamma1 and PPAR-gamma2 isoforms were cloned from synovial fibroblast RNA, but only PPAR-gamma1 was detected by Western blot, showing constitutive nuclear expression. Within minutes of BAY 11-7085 treatment, a PPAR-gamma1-specific band was shifted into a form of higher mobility, suggesting dephosphorylation, as confirmed by phosphatase treatment of cell extracts. Of interest, BAY 11-7085-induced PPAR-gamma1 dephosphorylation was followed by PARP and caspase-8 cleavage as well as by PPAR-gamma1 protein degradation. PPAR-gamma1 dephosphorylation was followed by the loss of PPAR-DNA binding activity ubiquitously present in synovial fibroblast nuclear extracts. Unlike the phosphorylated form, dephosphorylated PPAR-gamma1 was found in insoluble membrane cell fraction and was not ubiquitinated before degradation. PPAR-gamma1 dephosphorylation coincided with ERK1/2 phosphorylation that accompanies BAY 11-7085-induced synovial fibroblasts apoptosis. 15d-PGJ2, PGD2, and partially UO126, down-regulated ERK1/2 phosphorylation, protected cells from BAY 11-7085-induced apoptosis, and reversed both PPAR-gamma dephosphorylation and degradation. Furthermore, PPAR-gamma antagonist BADGE induced PPAR-gamma1 degradation, ERK1/2 phosphorylation, and synovial fibroblasts apoptosis. The results presented suggest an anti-apoptotic role for PPAR-gamma1 in synovial fibroblasts. Since apoptotic marker PARP is cleaved after PPAR-gamma1 dephosphorylation but before PPAR-gamma1 degradation, dephosphorylation event might be enough to mediate BAY 11-7085-induced apoptosis in synovial fibroblasts. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening for sickle cell disease on dried blood: a new approach evaluated on 27,000 Belgian newborns
Boemer, François ULg; Vanbellinghen, Jean-François ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Screening (2006), 13(3), 132-136

Setting Early diagnosis of sickle cell disease decreases morbidity. However, cost-effective screening programmes are not yet available. Methods We explored the feasibility of systematic screening ... [more ▼]

Setting Early diagnosis of sickle cell disease decreases morbidity. However, cost-effective screening programmes are not yet available. Methods We explored the feasibility of systematic screening performed on dried blood harvested from five-day-old newborns. Results A total of 27,010 samples were collected in Belgian maternity units between June 2003 and February 2005, and the presence of haemoglobin (Hb) C or S in the eluted blood was examined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test performed with a monoclonal antibody detecting both mutated forms. As this antibody slightly cross-reacts with Hb A, better specificity is achieved if the test is performed not later than day 5. Among the 27,010 samples, 132 (0.49%) were positive. Molecular biology tests performed on dried blood from positive samples showed that 106 of these babies were heterozygotes for the Hb S mutation and three were heterozygotes for the Hb C mutation, while three newborns were SS homozygotes (0.011%). Seventeen samples (0.063%) were false-positives as we could not detect any mutation. Conclusions We have developed a new immunological approach in the field of haemoglobinopathy neonatal screening. This ELISA test is cheap (E0.2 /test or E1800/cletected SS homozygote) and could be centralized. Its cost-effectiveness in the whole Belgian population is comparable with that of screening for phenylketonuria or congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Further improvements should obviously be achieved in order to better discriminate heterozygotes and homozygotes, but the accessibility and the low cost of the test are relevant arguments for the screening extension in a wide range of countries, especially in Central Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailTNFa and IKKb-mediated TANK/I-TRAF phosphorylation: implications for interaction with NEMO/IKKg and NF-kB activation
Bonif, Marianne; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg; Close, Pierre ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2006), 394

Pro-inflammatory cytokines trigger signalling cascades leading to NF-kappaB (nuclear factor-kappaB)-dependent gene expression through IKK [IkappaB (inhibitory kappaB) kinase]-dependent phosphorylation and ... [more ▼]

Pro-inflammatory cytokines trigger signalling cascades leading to NF-kappaB (nuclear factor-kappaB)-dependent gene expression through IKK [IkappaB (inhibitory kappaB) kinase]-dependent phosphorylation and subsequent degradation of the IkappaB proteins and via induced phosphorylation of p65. These signalling pathways rely on sequentially activated kinases which are assembled by essential and non-enzymatic scaffold proteins into functional complexes. Here, we show that the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNFalpha (tumour necrosis factor alpha) promotes TANK [TRAF (TNF receptor-associated factor) family member associated NF-kappaB activator] recruitment to the IKK complex via a newly characterized C-terminal zinc finger. Moreover, we show that TANK is phosphorylated by IKKbeta upon TNFalpha stimulation and that this modification negatively regulates TANK binding to NEMO (NF-kappaB essential modulator). Interestingly, reduced TANK expression by RNA interference attenuates TNFalpha-mediated induction of a subset of NF-kappaB target genes through decreased p65 transactivation potential. Therefore the scaffold protein TANK is required for the cellular response to TNFalpha by connecting upstream signalling molecules to the IKKs and p65, and its subsequent IKKbeta-mediated phosphorylation may be a mechanism to terminate the TANK-dependent wave of NF-kappaB activation. [less ▲]

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See detailA phase 1-2, prospective, double blind, randomized study of the safety and efficacy of Sulfasalazine for the treatment of progressing malignant gliomas: study protocol of [ISRCTN45828668].
Robe, Pierre ULg; Martin, Didier ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in BMC Cancer (2006), 6

BACKGROUND: The prognosis of patients suffering from WHO grade 3 and 4 astrocytic glioma remains poor despite surgery, radiation therapy and the use of current chemotherapy regimen. Indeed, the median ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The prognosis of patients suffering from WHO grade 3 and 4 astrocytic glioma remains poor despite surgery, radiation therapy and the use of current chemotherapy regimen. Indeed, the median survival of glioblastoma multiforme (WHO grade 4) patients is at best 14.6 month with only 26.5 percent of the patients still alive after 2 years and the median survival of anaplastic astrocytomas (WHO grade 3) is 19.2 month. Recent evidence suggests that the transcription factor NF-kappaB is constitutively expressed in malignant gliomas and that its inhibition by drugs like Sulfasalazine may block the growth of astrocytic tumors in vitro and in experimental models of malignant gliomas. DESIGN: ULg_GBM_04/1 is a prospective, randomized, double blind single-center phase 1-2 study. A total of twenty patients with progressive malignant glioma despite surgery, radiation therapy and a first line of chemotherapy will be recruited and assigned to four dosage regimen of Sulfasalazine. This medication will be taken orally t.i.d. at a daily dose of 1.5-3-4 or 6 g, continuously until complete remission, evidence of progression or drug intolerance. Primary endpoints are drug safety in the setting of malignant gliomas and tumor response as measured according to MacDonald's criteria. An interim analysis of drug safety will be conducted after the inclusion of ten patients. The complete evaluation of primary endpoints will be conducted two years after the enrollment of the last patient or after the death of the last patient should this occur prematurely. DISCUSSION: The aim of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Sulfasalazine as a treatment for recurring malignant gliomas. The safety and efficacy of this drug are analyzed as primary endpoints. Overall survival and progression-free survival are secondary endpoint. [less ▲]

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