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See detailDéveloppement de modulateurs de la voie du thromboxane A2 en tant qu’agents anti-angiogéniques et anti-métastatiques
De Leval, X.; Dassesse, T.; Dogne, J. M. et al

Poster (2005, May)

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See detailDentin sialophosphoprotein expression correlates with progression markers in human prostate cancer
Chaplet, Michael; Waltregny, David ULg; Detry, Cédric ULg et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2005), 20(Suppl. 2), 45

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See detailHistone deacetylase HDAC8 associates with smooth muscle alpha-actin and is essential for smooth muscle cell contractility
Waltregny, David ULg; Glenisson, Wendy; Tran, Syv Li et al

in FASEB Journal (2005), 19(8), 966-968

Although originally characterized as nuclear enzymes controlling the stability of nucleosomes, histone deacetylases (HDACs) may also exert their activity within the cytosol. Recently, we have demonstrated ... [more ▼]

Although originally characterized as nuclear enzymes controlling the stability of nucleosomes, histone deacetylases (HDACs) may also exert their activity within the cytosol. Recently, we have demonstrated that HDAC8, a class I HDAC, is a novel, prominently cytosolic marker of smooth muscle differentiation. As HDAC8 displays a striking stress fiber-like pattern of distribution and is coexpressed in vivo with smooth muscle alpha-actin (alpha-SMA) and smooth muscle myosin heavy chain, we have explored the possible participation of this HDAC in smooth muscle cytoskeleton regulation. Cell fractionation assays performed with primary human smooth muscle cells (HSMCs) showed that HDAC8, in contrast to HDAC1 and HDAC3, was enriched in cytoskeleton-bound protein fractions and insoluble cell pellets, suggesting an association of HDAC8 with the cystoskeleton. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments using HSMCs, NIH-3T3 cells, and human prostate tissue lysates further demonstrated that HDAC8 associates with alpha-SMA but not with beta-actin. HDAC8 silencing through RNA interference strongly reduced the capacity of HSMCs to contract collagen lattices. Mock transfections had no effect on HSMC contractily, and transfections with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) specific for HDAC6, a cytosolic HDAC that functions as an alpha-tubulin deacetylase, resulted in a weak contraction inhibition. Although mock- and HDAC6 siRNA-transfected HSMCs showed no noticeable morphological changes, HDAC8 siRNA-transfected HSMCs displayed a size reduction with diminished cell spreading after replating. Altogether, our findings indicate that HDAC8 associates with the smooth muscle actin cytoskeleton and may regulate the contractile capacity of smooth muscle cells. [less ▲]

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See detailHistone deacetylase HDAC8 associates with smooth muscle alpha–actin and is essential for smooth muscle cell contractility
Glénisson, Wendy; Waltregny, David ULg; Tran, Syv Li et al

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See detailExpression of dentin sialophosphoprotein in human prostate cancer and its correlation with tumor aggressiveness
Waltregny, David ULg; Chaplet, Michael; Detry, Cédric et al

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See detailDentin sialophosphoprotein expression correlates with progression markers in human prostate cancer
Chaplet, Michael; Waltregny, David ULg; Detry, Cédric et al

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See detailZoledronic acid up-regulates bone sialoprotein expression in osteoblastic cells through Rho GTPase inhibition
Chaplet, Michaël; Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Fisher, Larry W. et al

in Biochemical Journal (2004), 384(Pt 3), 591-598

Clinical practice reveals that osteoporotic women treated with BPs (bisphosphonates) show an increased bone mass density and a reduced risk of fractures. However, the mechanisms leading to these ... [more ▼]

Clinical practice reveals that osteoporotic women treated with BPs (bisphosphonates) show an increased bone mass density and a reduced risk of fractures. However, the mechanisms leading to these beneficial effects of BPs are still poorly understood. We hypothesized that ZOL (zoledronic acid), a potent third-generation BP, may induce the expression of proteins associated with the bone-forming potential of osteoblastic cells such as BSP (bone sialoprotein). Expression of BSP gene is up-regulated by hormones that promote bone formation and has been associated with de novo bone mineralization. Using real-time reverse transcriptase-PCR and Western-blot analysis, we demonstrated that ZOL increased BSP expression in Saos-2 osteoblast-like cells. Nuclear run-on and mRNA decay assays showed no effect at the transcriptional level but a stabilization of BSP transcripts in ZOL-treated cells. ZOL effect on BSP expression occurred through an interference with the mevalonate pathway since it was reversed by either mevalonate pathway intermediates or a Rho GTPase activator. We showed that ZOL impaired membrane localization of RhoA in Saos-2 cells indicating reduced prenylation of this protein. By the use of small interfering RNAs directed to RhoA and Rac1, we identified both Rho GTPases as negative regulators of BSP expression in Saos-2 cells. Our study demonstrates that ZOL induces BSP expression in osteoblast-like cells through inactivation of Rho GTPases and provides a potential mechanism to explain the favourable effects of ZOL treatment on bone mass and integrity. [less ▲]

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See detailLignées de carcinome prostatique et apoptose: état de la question
Califice, Stéphane ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2004), 59(12), 704-10

Prostate cancer is a major pathology in industrialized countries. Tumor growth usually results from increased cell proliferation, conjugated with an inhibition of programmed cell death (apoptosis). In ... [more ▼]

Prostate cancer is a major pathology in industrialized countries. Tumor growth usually results from increased cell proliferation, conjugated with an inhibition of programmed cell death (apoptosis). In this paper, after a short description of the apoptotic mechanisms and their methods of investigation, we review the present knowledge of the implication of different molecular actors in the regulation of apoptosis in prostate cancer cells. This review notably summarizes the present knowledge of the (de)regulation of the effects of androgens, p53, Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, Bax, Akt, PTEN, Par-4, clusterine, caspases and NF-kappaB in prostate adenocarcinoma cell lines and provides an appraisal of their therapeutic potential. A better knowledge of the apoptotic pathways in these cells could indeed allow the development of new selective and effective anti-cancer strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailGalectin-3 and Cancer (Review)
Califice, Stéphane; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; van den Brûle, Fréderic

in International Journal of Oncology (2004), 25(4), 983-92

Galectin-3 is a pleiotropic carbohydrate-binding protein involved in a variety of normal and pathological biological processes. Its carbohydrate-binding properties constitute the basis for cell-cell and ... [more ▼]

Galectin-3 is a pleiotropic carbohydrate-binding protein involved in a variety of normal and pathological biological processes. Its carbohydrate-binding properties constitute the basis for cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions and cancer progression. Modulation of galectin-3 expression in cancer cells has indeed been reported. These observations lead to the recognition of galectin-3 as a diagnostic/prognostic marker for specific cancer types, such as thyroid and prostate. This review discusses the expression and cellular localization of galectin-3 in cancer cells, as well as its numerous functions in cancer cell biology, including cell-cell adhesion, cell-matrix interactions, growth regulation, apoptosis, angiogenesis and mRNA splicing. [less ▲]

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See detailDual activities of galectin-3 in human prostate cancer: tumor suppression of nuclear galectin-3 vs tumor promotion of cytoplasmic galectin-3
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Bracke, M.; van den Brule, F. et al

in Oncogene (2004), 23(45), 7527-7536

Galectin-3, a multifunctional lectin, is involved during cancer progression. Previous observations showed that both cytosolic expression and nuclear exclusion of galectin-3 in human prostate cancer cells ... [more ▼]

Galectin-3, a multifunctional lectin, is involved during cancer progression. Previous observations showed that both cytosolic expression and nuclear exclusion of galectin-3 in human prostate cancer cells were associated to progression of the disease. In this study, we examined the biological roles of galectin-3 when expressed either in the nucleus or in the cytosol. LNCaP, a galectin-3-negative human prostate cancer cell line, was used to generate transfectants expressing galectin-3 either in the nucleus or in the cytosol. No changes in cell morphology, proliferation, attachment to laminin-1 or androgen dependency were observed. Cytoplasmic galectin-3 induced significantly increased Matrigel invasion, anchorage-independent growth and in vivo tumor growth and angiogenesis, and decreased inducible apoptosis. Surprisingly, nuclear galectin-3 affected these parameters in an opposite fashion with an overall antitumoral activity. Thus, our study demonstrates that galectin-3 exerts opposite biological activities according to its cellular localization: nuclear galectin-3 plays antitumor functions and cytoplasmic galectin-3 promotes tumor progression. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of histone deacetylase 8, a class I histone deacetylase, is restricted to cells showing smooth muscle differentiation in normal human tissues
Waltregny, David ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg; Glenisson, Wendy et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2004), 165(2), 553-564

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) were originally identified as nuclear enzymes involved in gene transcription regulation. Until recently, it was thought that their activity was restricted within the nucleus ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) were originally identified as nuclear enzymes involved in gene transcription regulation. Until recently, it was thought that their activity was restricted within the nucleus, with histones as unique substrates. The demonstration that specific HDACs deacetylate nonhistone proteins, such as p53 and alpha-tubulin, broadened the field of activity of these enzymes. HDAC8, a class I HDAC, is considered to be ubiquitously expressed, as suggested by results of Northern blots performed on tissue RNA extracts, and transfection experiments using various cell lines have indicated that this enzyme may display a prominent nuclear localization. Using immunohistochemistry, we unexpectedly found that, in normal human tissues, HDAC8 is exclusively expressed by cells showing smooth muscle differentiation, including visceral and vascular smooth muscle cells, myoepithelial cells, and myofibroblasts, and is mainly detected in their cytosol. These findings were confirmed in vitro by nucleo-cytoplasmic fractionation and immunoblot experiments performed on human primary smooth muscle cells, and by the cytosolic detection of epitope-tagged HDAC8 overexpressed in fibroblasts. Immunocytochemistry strongly suggested a cytoskeleton-like distribution of the enzyme. Further double-immunofluorescence staining experiments coupled with confocal microscopy analysis showed that epitope-tagged HDAC8 overexpressed in murine fibroblasts formed cytoplasmic stress fiber-like structures that co-localized with the smooth muscle cytoskeleton protein smooth muscle alpha-actin. Our works represent the first demonstration of the restricted expression of a class I HDAC to a specific cell type and indicate that HDAC8, besides being a novel marker of smooth muscle differentiation, may play a role in the biology of these contractile cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of thromboxane A2 modulators as promising anti-metastatic and anti-angiogenic compounds
De Leval, X.; Dassesse, T.; Benoit, V. et al

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See detailTumor invasion and metastasis: getting more basic to come closer to the patient - An interview with Lance A. Liotta
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in International Journal of Developmental Biology (2004), 48(5-juin Sp. Iss. SI), 559-562

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See detailScreening of histone deacetylases (HDAC) expression in human prostate cancer reveals distinct class IHDAC profiles between epithelial and stromal cells
Waltregny, David ULg; North, Brian; Van Mellaert, Frank et al

in European Journal of Histochemistry (2004), 48(3, Jul-Sep), 273-290

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) represent a large family of enzymes identified as key regulators of nucleosomal histone acetylation, a major epigenetic event that controls eukaryotic gene transcription ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) represent a large family of enzymes identified as key regulators of nucleosomal histone acetylation, a major epigenetic event that controls eukaryotic gene transcription. Inappropriate deacetylation mediated by HDACs has been associated with profound alterations in cellular biology. We have thus hypothesized that an altered HDAC expression may favor cancer development/progression. To test this possibility, we have sought to screen the expression profiles of several class I and class 11 HDACs (HDAC1-8) in DU-145, PC-3 and LNCaP human prostate cancer cell lines as well as in matched malignant and nonmalignant prostate tissues by use of real time RT-PCR, immunoblot and immunohistochemistry. All HDAC transcripts tested were detected at various levels in all prostate cancer cell lines and tissue samples analyzed. In prostate tissues, the abundance of HDAC1 protein, which was exclusively expressed in the cell nucleus, was similar in normal and malignant epithelial cells, but was usually lower in stromal cells. Unexpectedly, HDAC8, another class I HDAC, was not detected in epithelial cells but was uniquely expressed in the cytoplasm of stromal cells, HDAC5, a class II HDAC involved in myogenesis, was not detected in the tissues. Altogether, our findings indicate that epithelial and stromal cells exhibit distinct class I HDAC expression profiles, and the abundance of HDAC1 is not altered in human prostate cancer. In addition, our observations are the first to demonstrate the prominently cytosolic distribution of a class I HDAC, HDAC8. [less ▲]

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See detailLa déacétylase d’histones HDAC8 est un nouveau marqueur de différenciation des cellules musculaires lisses
Glénisson, Wendy; de Leval, Laurence ULg; Tran, Syv Li et al

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See detailExpression of Galectins in Cancer: A Critical Review
van den Brule, Frédéric; Califice, Stéphane; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Glycoconjugate Journal (2004), 19(7-9), 537-42

A large body of literature has examined and described galectin expression in cancer. Discrepancies have been observed in the reported data, which hampered clear understanding of the expression profiles ... [more ▼]

A large body of literature has examined and described galectin expression in cancer. Discrepancies have been observed in the reported data, which hampered clear understanding of the expression profiles. This relates to the use of different types of methods that evaluate either global or specific gene expression in heterogeneous cancer tissue samples, type of antibodies used in immunohistochemistry and procedures of comparison of gene expression. In this manuscript, we review the main data concerning expression of galectins in human cancer. Only galectin-1 and galectin-3, the most abundant and examined galectins, will be examined here. [less ▲]

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See detailHDAC8 is required for myofibroblastic differentiation induced by TGFß
Glénisson, Wendy; Tran, Syv Li; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

Conference (2004)

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