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See detailSustainable and bio-inspired chemistry for robust antibacterial activity of stainless steel
Faure, Emilie ULg; Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Lenoir, Sandrine et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2011), 21(22), 7901-7904

We report on the original synthesis of a poly(methacrylamide) bearing (oxidized) 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine specially designed to (i) insure film growth by covalent coupling, (ii) covalently bind an ... [more ▼]

We report on the original synthesis of a poly(methacrylamide) bearing (oxidized) 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine specially designed to (i) insure film growth by covalent coupling, (ii) covalently bind an antibacterial peptide and (iii) contribute to the film cross-linking that is essential for the durability of the properties. [less ▲]

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See detailThe antiangiogenic 16K prolactin disturbs functional tumor neovascularization by affecting vessel maturation
Nguyen, Ngoc-Quynh-Nhu ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Berndt, Sarah et al

Poster (2011, May)

16K hPRL, the antiangiogenic 16-kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin was shown to prevent tumor growth and metastasis by modifying tumor vessel morphology. Here we investigated the effect of 16K ... [more ▼]

16K hPRL, the antiangiogenic 16-kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin was shown to prevent tumor growth and metastasis by modifying tumor vessel morphology. Here we investigated the effect of 16K hPRL on tumor vessel maturation and on the related signaling pathways. We show that 16K hPRL treatment leads, in a murine B16-F10 tumor model, to a dysfunctional tumor vasculature with reduced pericyte coverage, and disruption of the PDGF-B/PDGFR-B, Ang/Tie2, and Delta/Notch pathways. In an aortic ring assay, 16K hPRL impairs endothelial cell and pericyte outgrowth from the vascular ring. In addition, 16K hPRL prevents pericyte migration to endothelial cells. This event was independent of a direct inhibitory effect of 16K hPRL on pericyte viability, proliferation, or migration. In endothelial cell-pericyte cocultures, we found 16K hPRL to disturb Notch signaling, this being the first time such an effect is observed with an endogenous antiangiogenic agent. These findings provide new insights into the mechanisms of 16K hPRL action and highlight its potential for use in anticancer therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailMir-146a : A new angiostatic miRNA with tumor-suppressive properties
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

Poster (2011, March)

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See detailMiR-146a an angiostatic miRNA elevated in peripartum cardiomyopathy
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

Poster (2011, March)

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See detailMiR-146a: an angiostatic miRNA with tumor-suppressive properties
Halkein, Julie ULg; Bovy, Nicolas ULg; Castermans, Karolien et al

Poster (2011, February)

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See detailMiR-146a an angiostatic miRNA elevated in peripartum cardiomyopathy
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

Poster (2011, February)

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See detailmicroRNA-21 Exhibits Anti-Angiogenic Function by Targeting RhoB Expression in Endothelial Cells
Sabatel, Céline; Malvaux, Ludovic; Bovy, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2011, February)

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Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

Poster (2011, January)

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See detailStainless steel with robust antibacterial activity based on a versatile and bio-inspired strategy
Faure, Emilie; Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Vreuls, Christelle et al

in Polymer Preprints (2011), 52(2), 193-194

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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 detailPrevention of bacterial biofilms onto stainless steel substrates by immobilization of antimicrobial and anti-biofilm biomolecules
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Zocchi, Germaine ULg; Faure, Emilie ULg et al

Conference (2011)

Stainless steel is widely used in the daily life in building and food industries as well as in the medical field. However, at long term, bacteria succeed in adhering, proliferating and forming a resistant ... [more ▼]

Stainless steel is widely used in the daily life in building and food industries as well as in the medical field. However, at long term, bacteria succeed in adhering, proliferating and forming a resistant biofilm on stainless steel. Therefore, surface modification is needed providing metal surface with antibacterial, anti-adhesion and easy cleaning properties. Several biomolecules (antimicrobial peptides, antiadhesion biomolecules and anti-biofilm enzymes) were immobilized on stainless steel thanks to different immobilization techniques. In a first approach, cationic peptides have been embedded in a LBL architecture comprising anti-adhesion biomolecules. In a second approach, small inorganic-binding peptides isolated by phage display technology and recognizing specifically the steel surface were used as linker for antimicrobial peptide immobilization. Finally, antibacterial peptides were covalently grafted onto an organic-polymeric interlayer deposited by plasma. Resulting antibacterial, antiadhesion and anti-biofilm properties were characterized and the advantages of each immobilization technique were documented. The biocidal effect of these surfaces was demonstrated against Gram+/- bacteria. Coated stainless steel surfaces led to 95% reduction of S. epidermidis adhesion vs bare substrate. By combining both antibacterial and anti-adhesion biomolecules, we produced stainless steel surfaces with better cleanability. A biofilm-releasing glycoside hydrolase was also immobilized on the surface and showed to confer anti-biofilm properties to stainless steel. Moreover, we provide valuable insight about the resistance of the coating to close to real life cleaning conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroRNA-21 Exhibits Antiangiogenic Function by Targeting RhoB Expression in Endothelial Cells.
Sabatel, Céline; Malvaux, Ludovic ULg; Bovy, Nicolas ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2011), 6(2), 16979

BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenously expressed small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional level. The recent discovery of the involvement of these RNAs in the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenously expressed small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at post-transcriptional level. The recent discovery of the involvement of these RNAs in the control of angiogenesis renders them very attractive in the development of new approaches for restoring the angiogenic balance. Whereas miRNA-21 has been demonstrated to be highly expressed in endothelial cells, the potential function of this miRNA in angiogenesis has never been investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We first observed in endothelial cells a negative regulation of miR-21 expression by serum and bFGF, two pro-angiogenic factors. Then using in vitro angiogenic assays, we observed that miR-21 acts as a negative modulator of angiogenesis. miR-21 overexpression reduced endothelial cell proliferation, migration and the ability of these cells to form tubes whereas miR-21 inhibition using a LNA-anti-miR led to opposite effects. Expression of miR-21 in endothelial cells also led to a reduction in the organization of actin into stress fibers, which may explain the decrease in cell migration. Further mechanistic studies showed that miR-21 targets RhoB, as revealed by a decrease in RhoB expression and activity in miR-21 overexpressing cells. RhoB silencing impairs endothelial cell migration and tubulogenesis, thus providing a possible mechanism for miR-21 to inhibit angiogenesis. Finally, the therapeutic potential of miR-21 as an angiogenesis inhibitor was demonstrated in vivo in a mouse model of choroidal neovascularization. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our results identify miR-21 as a new angiogenesis inhibitor and suggest that inhibition of cell migration and tubulogenesis is mediated through repression of RhoB. [less ▲]

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See detailMir-146a : A new angiostatic miRNA with tumor-suppressive properties
Halkein, Julie ULg; Castermans, Karolien; Malvaux, Ludovic et al

Poster (2010, October)

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See detailBiomimetic coatings with robust antibacterial properties
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Cécius, Michaël; Faure, Emilie ULg et al

Conference (2010, July 01)

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See detailSingle molecule interactions of bio-adhesive-inspired polymers with inorganic and organic surfaces
Willet, Nicolas ULg; Giamblanco, Nicoletta ULg; Faure, Emilie ULg et al

Conference (2010, July)

Numerous living creatures have developed adhesion strategies to stick to inorganic or organic surfaces in wet environments. A classic example of permanent bioadhesion is exemplified by mussels, which ... [more ▼]

Numerous living creatures have developed adhesion strategies to stick to inorganic or organic surfaces in wet environments. A classic example of permanent bioadhesion is exemplified by mussels, which secrete adhesive proteins containing a high concentration of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) 1, 2. The catechol species of DOPA are thought to be responsible for the strong adhesion to inorganic surfaces, whereas the oxidized o-quinone species trigger the cross-linking of the glue, ensuring cohesion. The unoxidized form of DOPA is known to adhere to a large variety of inorganic surfaces, although the adhesion mechanism is not yet fully understood.3, 4 A clear understanding is however essential for the design of synthetic adhesive polymers required in many surface science applications. Here we investigate at the single-molecule level the interaction forces between AFM tips coated with bio-inspired polymers and a variety of inorganic and organic surfaces. We prepared polymers bearing several amounts of DOPA units and covalently attached them to AFM tips following our previously published strategy.5, 6 They were homo-or co-polymers and were cross-linked or not. These original bio-inspired tips were used to perform single-molecule force spectroscopy on a range of model, as well as industrial such as stainless and galvanized steel, substrates. The specific interaction forces measured in water were compared with the ones exerted by the same polymers without DOPA. It was found that, depending on the nature of the substrate, the presence of DOPA strongly, or only slightly, increases the interaction forces with the surface. We also investigated the influence of the oxidation state of the catechol species on the intensity of the interaction forces. Again, this influence is strongly related to the nature of the substrate. Finally, we studied the effect of polymer cross-linking on the adhesive interactions. 1. Waite, J. H.; Tanzer, M. L. Science 1981, 212, 1038. 2. Waite, J. H.; Housley, T. J.; Tanzer, M. L. Biochemistry 1985, 24, 5010. 3. Lee, H.; Scherer, N. F.; Messersmith, P. B. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2006, 103, 12999. 4. Wang, J.; Nawaz Tahir, M.; Kappl, M.; Tremel, W.; Metz, N.; Barz, M.; Theato, P.; Butt, H.-J. Adv. Mater. 2008, 20, 3872. 5. Gabriel, S.; Jérôme, C; Jérôme, R.; Fustin, C.-A.; Pallandre, A.; Plain, J.; Jonas, A. M.; Duwez, A.-S. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 8410. 6. Cecchet, F.; Lussis, P.; Jérôme, C.; Gabriel, S.; Silva-Goncalves, E.; Jérôme, R.; Duwez, A.-S. Small 2008, 4, 1101. [less ▲]

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