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See detailSubcellular Localization Of The Bovine Leukemia Virus R3 And G4 Accessory Proteins
Lefebvre, Laurent; Ciminale, Vincenzo; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(15), 7843-7854

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is a complex retrovirus that belongs to the Deltaretrovirus genus, which also includes Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Both viruses contain an X region coding for ... [more ▼]

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is a complex retrovirus that belongs to the Deltaretrovirus genus, which also includes Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Both viruses contain an X region coding for at least four proteins: Tax and Rex, which are involved in transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation, respectively, and the accessory proteins R3 and G4 (for BLV) and p12(I), p13(II), and p30(II) (for HTLV-1). The present study was aimed at characterizing the subcellular localization of BLV R3 and G4. The results of immunofluorescence experiments on transfected HeLa Tat cells demonstrated that R3 is located in the nucleus and in cellular membranes, as previously reported for HTLV-1 p12(1). In contrast, G4, like p13(II), is localized both in the nucleus and in mitochondria. In addition, we have shown that G4 harbors a mitochondrial targeting signal consisting of a hydrophobic region and an amphipathic alpha-helix. Thus, despite a lack of significant primary sequence homology, R3 and p12(1) and G4 and p13(II) exhibit similar targeting properties, suggesting possible overlap in their functional properties. [less ▲]

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See detailA critical cysteine residue of bovine leukemia virus SU protein interacts with zinc and plays a role in viral infectivity.
Gatot, Jean-Stéphane; Kerkhofs, Pierre; Burny, Arsène et al

in The 2001 meeting on Retroviruses. (2001, May)

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See detailEffect of the msb3 msb4 double mutation on the intracellular pool of purine nucleotides in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: application to the study of the biological activity of the oncogenic human protein oncTre210p.
Bach, Stéphane; Burny, Arsène; Bontemps, Françoise et al

in Yeast (Chichester, England) (2001), 18(S305), 17-7

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See detailBiotechnology in animal husbandry
Renaville, Robert ULg; Burny, Arsène

Book published by Cluwer Academic Publishers (2001)

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See detailDiscordance between bovine leukemia virus tax immortalization in vitro and oncogenicity in vivo.
Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg; Kerkhofs, Pierre; Burny, Arsène et al

in Journal of Virology (2000), 74(21), 9895-902

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) Tax protein, a transcriptional activator of viral expression, is essential for viral replication in vivo. Tax is believed to be involved in leukemogenesis because of its second ... [more ▼]

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) Tax protein, a transcriptional activator of viral expression, is essential for viral replication in vivo. Tax is believed to be involved in leukemogenesis because of its second function, immortalization of primary cells in vitro. These activities of Tax can be dissociated on the basis of point mutations within specific regions of the protein. For example, mutation of the phosphorylation sites at serines 106 and 293 abrogates immortalization potential in vitro but maintains transcriptional activity. This type of mutant is thus particularly useful for unraveling the role of Tax immortalization activity during leukemogenesis independently of viral replication. In this report, we describe the biological properties of BLV recombinant proviruses mutated in the Tax phosphorylation sites (BLVTax106+293). Titration of the proviral loads by semiquantitative PCR revealed that the BLV mutants propagated at wild-type levels in vivo. Furthermore, two animals (sheep 480 and 296) infected with BLVTax106+293 developed leukemia or lymphosarcoma after 16 and 36 months, respectively. These periods of time are within the normal range of latencies preceding the onset of pathogenesis induced by wild-type viruses. The phenotype of the mutant-infected cells was characteristic of a B lymphocyte (immunoglobulin M positive) expressing CD11b and CD5 (except at the final stage for the latter marker), a pattern that is typical of wild-type virus-infected target cells. Interestingly, the transformed B lymphocytes from sheep 480 also coexpressed the CD8 marker, a phenotype rarely observed in tumor biopsies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients. Finally, direct sequencing of the tax gene demonstrated that the leukemic cells did not harbor revertant proviruses. We conclude that viruses expressing a Tax mutant unable to transform primary cells in culture are still pathogenic in the sheep animal model. Our data thus provide a clear example of the discordant conclusions that can be drawn from in vitro immortalization assays and in vivo experiments. These observations could be of interest for other systems, such as the related human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, which currently lack animal models allowing the study of the leukemogenic process. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of thyroid hormones, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and IGFBPs in finishing calves treated with dexamethasone
Bertozzi, Carlo; Massart, Serge; Darras, Veerle et al

in Canadian Journal of Animal Science (2000), 80

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See detailImplication de la protéine transmembranaire d’enveloppe du virus de la leucémie bovine dans la fusion cellulaire et l’infectivité virale.
Gatot, Jean-Stéphane; Callebaut, Isabelle; Mornon, Jean-Paul et al

in Séminaire de la Recherche Télévie (1999, March 16)

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See detailPhosphorylation of bovine leukemia virus Tax protein is required for in vitro transformation but not for transactivation.
Willems, Luc ULg; Grimonpont, Cathy; Kerkhofs, Pierre et al

in Oncogene (1998), 16(17), 2165-76

The Tax proteins of the oncovirinae viruses are phosphorylated transcriptional activators that exhibit oncogenic potential. The role of phosphorylation in their functional activities remains unknown. As a ... [more ▼]

The Tax proteins of the oncovirinae viruses are phosphorylated transcriptional activators that exhibit oncogenic potential. The role of phosphorylation in their functional activities remains unknown. As a model for the Human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I), Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) permits the characterization of viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Here, we show that the BLV Tax protein is phosphorylated on serine residues 106 and 293 both in insect and in mammalian cells. These sites can also be efficiently phosphorylated by the cdc2 and MAP kinases in vitro. Mutation of these residues does not affect the capacity of the Tax protein to function as a transactivator. Indeed, the Tax proteins mutated at one or both serines increase LTR-directed viral transcription at levels similar to those obtained with wild-type Tax in cell culture. Moreover, inhibition of Tax phosphorylation by W7, a calmodulin antagonist, does not alter its transactivation activity. Thus, phosphorylation on serines 106 and 293 is not required for transactivation by Tax. However, simultaneous substitution of both serines into alanine residues destroys the capacity of Tax to cooperate with the Ha-ras oncogene to transform primary rat embryo fibroblasts and induce tumors in nude mice. When the serines were replaced with aspartic acid residues, the oncogenic potential of Tax was maintained indicating that the negative charge rather than the phosphate group itself was required for Tax oncogenicity. Finally, to assess the role of the serine residues in vivo, recombinant viruses which express the Tax mutants were constructed and injected into sheep. It appeared that the mutated proviruses replicate at levels similar to the wild-type virus in vivo. We conclude that Tax phosphorylation is dispensable for transactivation and viral replication in vivo but is required for its oncogenic potential in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth hormone binding protein (GHBP) during lactation in cows
Renaville, Robert ULg; Prandi, Alberto; Massart, Serge et al

in Archivio Veterinario Italiano (1998), 48

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See detailInsulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), IGF-binding proteins synthesis, and thyroid status are affected by dexamethasone esters treatment in finishing calves
Bertozzi, Carlo; Massart, Serge; Prandi, Alberto et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1998), 2(special issue), 45

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See detailEmpreintes génétiques et certification en production bovine.
Mortiaux, Frédéric; Renaville, Robert ULg; Peelman, Luc et al

in 3° Carrefour des Productions Animales (1998)

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See detailSélection assistée par marqueurs génétiques en spéculation laitière.
Parmentier, Isabelle; Renaville, Robert ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in 3° Carrefour des Productions Animales (1998)

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See detailOrigine des produits animaux et empreinte génétique
Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Mortiaux, Frédéric; Burny, Arsène et al

in Agricontact (1997), 294

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See detailPit-1 gene HinfI RFLP and growth traits in double-muscled Belgian Blue cattle
Renaville, Robert ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Parmentier, Isabelle et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1997), 75(1), 146

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See detailPhosphorylation of the Bovine Leukemia Virus transactivator p34Tax is required for transformation but not for transactivation.
Kettmann, Richard ULg; Grimonpont, C.; Kerkhofs, Pierre et al

in FASEB Journal (1997), 11(9), 1179

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See detailCertification in the meat channel.
Mortiaux, Frédéric; Renaville, Robert ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1997), 75(1), 136

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