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See detailFurther insights in the mechanisms of interleukin-1beta stimulation of osteoprotegerin in osteoblast-like cells
Lambert, Cécile ULg; Oury, Cécile ULg; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2007), 22(9), 1350-1361

The mechanisms of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG were studied in more detail. Whereas p38 and ERK activation was confirmed to be needed, NF-kappaB was not necessary for this regulation. We also found that ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG were studied in more detail. Whereas p38 and ERK activation was confirmed to be needed, NF-kappaB was not necessary for this regulation. We also found that OPG production after IL-1beta stimulation was not sufficient to block TRAIL-induced apoptosis in MG-63 cells. INTRODUCTION: Osteoprotegerin (OPG) plays a key role in the regulation of bone resorption and is stimulated by interleukin (IL)-1beta. Herein, we defined the mechanisms of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG focusing on the potential involvement of MAPK and NF-kappaB. We also examined whether OPG production in response to IL-1beta influences TRAIL-induced apoptosis in MG-63 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: OPG mRNA levels in MG-63 cells were quantified by real-time RT-PCR and protein levels of OPG and IL-6 by ELISA. Cell viability was assessed using the methyltetrazidium salt (MTS) reduction assay. The role of the MAPK pathway was studied by both Western blotting and the use of specific chemical inhibitors. NF-kappaB function was studied using BAY 11-7085 and by siRNA transfection to inhibit p65 synthesis. Transcription mechanisms were analyzed by transiently transfecting MG-63 cells with OPG promoter constructs. Post-transcriptional effects were examined by using cycloheximide and actinomycin D. RESULTS: MG-63 cells treatment with IL-1beta resulted in the phosphorylation of c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK), p38, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). The use of the specific inhibitors showed that p38 and ERK but not JNK were needed for IL-1beta-induced OPG production. In contrast, NF-kappaB was not essential for IL-1beta induction of OPG. We also showed a small transcriptional and a possible post-transcriptional or translational regulation of OPG by IL-1beta. Exogenous OPG blocked TRAIL-induced apoptosis, but IL-1beta induction of OPG did not influence TRAIL-induced cell death. CONCLUSIONS: IL-1beta stimulates OPG production by mechanisms dependent on p38 and ERK. In contrast, NF-kappaB was not essential for this regulation. Although the relevance of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG is still not fully understood, our data showed that IL-1beta stimulation of OPG does not modify TRAIL-induced cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyubiquitination of the scaffold protein tank/I-traf: implications for the TLR-mediated signalling pathways
Gatot, J. S.; Gioia, R.; Chau, Tieu-Lan ULg et al

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See detailA role for the transcriptional complex elongator in cell migration and spreading
Creppe, C.; Close, Pierre ULg; Cornez, I. et al

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See detailBiomarker discovery for inflammatory bowel disease, using proteomic serum profiling
Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2007), 73(9), 1422-1433

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic immuno-inflammatory pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract. These diseases are multifactorial, polygenic ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic immuno-inflammatory pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract. These diseases are multifactorial, polygenic and of unknown etiology. Clinical presentation is non-specific and diagnosis is based on clinical, endoscopic, radiological and histological criteria. Novel markers are needed to improve early diagnosis and classification of these pathologies. We performed a study with 120 serum samples collected from patients classified in 4 groups (30 Crohn, 30 ulcerative colitis, 30 inflammatory controls and 30 healthy controls) according to accredited criteria. We compared protein sera profiles obtained with a Surface Enhanced Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometer (SELDI-TOF-MS). Data analysis with univariate process and a multivariate statistical method based on multiple decision trees algorithms allowed us to select some potential biomarkers. Four of them were identified by mass spectrometry and antibody based methods. Multivariate analysis generated models that could classify samples with good sensitivity and specificity (minimum 80%) discriminating groups of patients. This analysis was used as a tool to classify peaks according to differences in level on spectra through the four categories of patients. Four biomarkers showing important diagnostic value were purified, identified (PF4, MRP8, FIBA and Hpalpha2) and two of these: PF4 and Hpalpha2 were detected in sera by classical methods. SELDI-TOF-MS technology and use of the multiple decision trees method led to protein biomarker patterns analysis and allowed the selection of potential individual biomarkers. Their downstream identification may reveal to be helpful for IBD classification and etiology understanding. [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 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 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 detailSERMs-induced myeloma cell apoptosis: A study of NF-kappa B inhibition and gene expression signature
Olivier, Sabine ULg; Close, Patricia ULg; Castermans, Emilie ULg et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2005, September), 20(9, Suppl. 1), 213

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See detailLow daunomycin concentrations protect colorectal cancer cells from hypoxia-induced apoptosis
Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Oncogene (2005), 24(10), 1788-1793

Hypoxia, a common feature of solid tumors, is a direct stress that triggers apoptosis in many cell types. Poor or irregular tumor vascularization also leads to a decreased drug diffusion and cancer cells ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia, a common feature of solid tumors, is a direct stress that triggers apoptosis in many cell types. Poor or irregular tumor vascularization also leads to a decreased drug diffusion and cancer cells distant from blood vessels (hypoxic cells) are exposed to low drug concentrations. In this report, we show that low daunomycin concentrations protect HCT116 colorectal cancer cells from hypoxia-induced apoptosis. While hypoxia induced p53 accumulation without expression of its responsive genes (bax and p21), daunomycin treatment restored p53 transactivation activity and cell cycle progression. We also demonstrated a role for Akt activation in daunomycin-induced protection through phosphorylation and inactivation of the Bcl-2 family proapoptotic factor Bad. Our data therefore suggest that chemotherapy could possibly, because of low concentrations in poorly vascularized tumors, protect cancer cells from hypoxia-induced cytotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailPhosphorylation of NF-kappa B and I kappa B proteins: implications in cancer and inflammation
Viatour, Patrick ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Trends in Biochemical Sciences (2005), 30(1), 43-52

Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) is a transcription factor that has crucial roles in inflammation, immunity, cell proliferation and apoptosis. Activation of NF-kappaB mainly occurs via IkappaB kinase ... [more ▼]

Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) is a transcription factor that has crucial roles in inflammation, immunity, cell proliferation and apoptosis. Activation of NF-kappaB mainly occurs via IkappaB kinase (IKK)-mediated phosphorylation of inhibitory molecules, including IkappaBalpha. Optimal induction of NF-kappaB target genes also requires phosphorylation of NF-kappaB proteins, such as p65, within their transactivation domain by a variety of kinases in response to distinct stimuli. Whether, and how, phosphorylation modulates the function of other NF-kappaB and IkappaB proteins, such as B-cell lymphoma 3, remains unclear. The identification and characterization of all the kinases known to phosphorylate NF-kappaB and IkappaB proteins are described here. Because deregulation of NF-kappaB and IkappaB phosphorylations is a hallmark of chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer, newly designed drugs targeting these constitutively activated signalling pathways represent promising therapeutic tools. [less ▲]

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See detailProteomic mass spectra classification using decision tree based ensemble methods.
Geurts, Pierre ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; De Seny, Dominique ULg et al

in Bioinformatics (2005), 21(14), 3138-45

MOTIVATION: Modern mass spectrometry allows the determination of proteomic fingerprints of body fluids like serum, saliva or urine. These measurements can be used in many medical applications in order to ... [more ▼]

MOTIVATION: Modern mass spectrometry allows the determination of proteomic fingerprints of body fluids like serum, saliva or urine. These measurements can be used in many medical applications in order to diagnose the current state or predict the evolution of a disease. Recent developments in machine learning allow one to exploit such datasets, characterized by small numbers of very high-dimensional samples. RESULTS: We propose a systematic approach based on decision tree ensemble methods, which is used to automatically determine proteomic biomarkers and predictive models. The approach is validated on two datasets of surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time of flight measurements, for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases. The results suggest that the methodology can handle a broad class of similar problems. [less ▲]

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See detailInterleukin-6 receptor shedding is enhanced by interleukin-1beta and tumor necrosis factor alpha and is partially mediated by tumor necrosis factor alpha-converting enzyme in osteoblast-like cells.
Franchimont, Nathalie; Lambert, Cécile ULg; Huynen, Pascale ULg et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2005), 52(1), 84-93

OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) activation of gp130 represents an alternative pathway for osteoclast development in inflammatory conditions. The goal of the present ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) activation of gp130 represents an alternative pathway for osteoclast development in inflammatory conditions. The goal of the present study was to investigate changes in sIL-6R levels in response to the inflammatory cytokines IL-1beta and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) and to determine the role of TNFalpha-converting enzyme (TACE) in this process. METHODS: Levels of sIL-6R in the culture media of MG63 and SAOS-2 osteoblast-like cell lines after exposure to various agents were determined by immunoassay. TACE protein levels were measured by Western immunoblotting. Cells were transfected with small interfering RNA (siRNA) or with an expression plasmid for IL-6R and TACE to determine the potential involvement of TACE in IL-6R shedding. RESULTS: IL-1beta and TNFalpha increased the levels of sIL-6R in the culture media of MG63 osteoblast-like cells. This effect was not influenced by cycloheximide or 5,6-dichlorobenzimidazole riboside but was markedly inhibited by the calcium chelator EGTA and by the TACE and matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor hydroxamate (Ru36156). IL-1beta and TNFalpha had no influence on the alternatively spliced form of IL-6R RNA. Levels of sIL-6R were reduced when MG63 cells were transiently transfected with TACE siRNA. Transfection of SAOS-2 cells with expression plasmids for IL-6R and TACE produced a dose-dependent increase in sIL-6R levels. CONCLUSION: IL-1beta- and TNFalpha-mediated induction of IL-6R shedding in osteoblast-like cells is at least partly dependent on TACE activation. [less ▲]

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See detailDexamethasone inhibits the HSV-tk/ ganciclovir bystander effect in malignant glioma cells.
Robe, Pierre ULg; Nguyen-Khac, Minh-Tuan ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in BMC Cancer (2005), 5

BACKGROUND: HSV-tk/ ganciclovir (GCV) gene therapy has been extensively studied in the setting of brain tumors and largely relies on the bystander effect. Large studies have however failed to demonstrate ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: HSV-tk/ ganciclovir (GCV) gene therapy has been extensively studied in the setting of brain tumors and largely relies on the bystander effect. Large studies have however failed to demonstrate any significant benefit of this strategy in the treatment of human brain tumors. Since dexamethasone is a frequently used symptomatic treatment for malignant gliomas, its interaction with the bystander effect and the overall efficacy of HSV-TK gene therapy ought to be assessed. METHODS: Stable clones of TK-expressing U87, C6 and LN18 cells were generated and their bystander effect on wild type cells was assessed. The effects of dexamethasone on cell proliferation and sensitivity to ganciclovir were assessed with a thymidine incorporation assay and a MTT test. Gap junction mediated intercellular communication was assessed with microinjections and FACS analysis of calcein transfer. The effect of dexamethasone treatment on the sensitivity of TK-expressing to FAS-dependent apoptosis in the presence or absence of ganciclovir was assessed with an MTT test. Western blot was used to evidence the effect of dexamethasone on the expression of Cx43, CD95, CIAP2 and BclXL. RESULTS: Dexamethasone significantly reduced the bystander effect in TK-expressing C6, LN18 and U87 cells. This inhibition results from a reduction of the gap junction mediated intercellular communication of these cells (GJIC), from an inhibition of their growth and thymidine incorporation and from a modulation of the apoptotic cascade. CONCLUSION: The overall efficacy of HSV-TK gene therapy is adversely affected by dexamethasone co-treatment in vitro. Future HSV-tk/ GCV gene therapy clinical protocols for gliomas should address this interference of corticosteroid treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of new rheumatoid arthritis biomarkers using the surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry ProteinChip approach.
De Seny, Dominique ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2005), 52(12), 3801-12

OBJECTIVE: To identify serum protein biomarkers specific for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), using surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF-MS) technology ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To identify serum protein biomarkers specific for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), using surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF-MS) technology. METHODS: A total of 103 serum samples from patients and healthy controls were analyzed. Thirty-four of the patients had a diagnosis of RA, based on the American College of Rheumatology criteria. The inflammation control group comprised 20 patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), 9 with asthma, and 10 with Crohn's disease. The noninflammation control group comprised 14 patients with knee osteoarthritis and 16 healthy control subjects. Serum protein profiles were obtained by SELDI-TOF-MS and compared in order to identify new biomarkers specific for RA. Data were analyzed by a machine learning algorithm called decision tree boosting, according to different preprocessing steps. RESULTS: The most discriminative mass/charge (m/z) values serving as potential biomarkers for RA were identified on arrays for both patients with RA versus controls and patients with RA versus patients with PsA. From among several candidates, the following peaks were highlighted: m/z values of 2,924 (RA versus controls on H4 arrays), 10,832 and 11,632 (RA versus controls on CM10 arrays), 4,824 (RA versus PsA on H4 arrays), and 4,666 (RA versus PsA on CM10 arrays). Positive results of proteomic analysis were associated with positive results of the anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide test. Our observations suggested that the 10,832 peak could represent myeloid-related protein 8. CONCLUSION: SELDI-TOF-MS technology allows rapid analysis of many serum samples, and use of decision tree boosting analysis as the main statistical method allowed us to propose a pattern of protein peaks specific for RA. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential expression of proteins in response to ceramide-mediated stress signal in colon cancer cells by 2-D gel electrophoresis and MALDI-TOF-MS.
Fillet, Marianne ULg; Cren-Olive, Cécile; Renert, A.-F. et al

in Journal of Proteome Research (2005), 4(3), 870-80

Comparative cancer cell proteome analysis is a strategy to study the implication of ceramides in the transmission of stress signals. To better understand the mechanisms by which ceramide regulate some ... [more ▼]

Comparative cancer cell proteome analysis is a strategy to study the implication of ceramides in the transmission of stress signals. To better understand the mechanisms by which ceramide regulate some physiological or pathological events and the response to the pharmacological treatment of cancer, we performed a differential analysis of the proteome of HCT-116 (human colon carcinoma) cells in response to these substances. We first established the first 2-dimensional map of the HCT-116 proteome. Then, HCT116 cell proteome treated or not with C6-ceramide have been compared using two-dimensional electrophoresis, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry and bioinformatic (genomic databases). 2-DE gel analysis revealed more than fourty proteins that were differentially expressed in control cells and cells treated with ceramide. Among them, we confirmed the differential expression of proteins involved in apoptosis and cell adhesion. [less ▲]

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See detailSodium nitroprusside-induced osteoblast apoptosis is mediated by long chain ceramide and is decreased by raloxifene.
Olivier, Sabine ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Malaise, Michel ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2005), 69(6), 891-901

Release of high levels of nitric oxide (NO) is associated with osteoblastic cell death. The mechanisms of NO-induced cytotoxicity are not well documented and it is presently not known if estrogenic ... [more ▼]

Release of high levels of nitric oxide (NO) is associated with osteoblastic cell death. The mechanisms of NO-induced cytotoxicity are not well documented and it is presently not known if estrogenic compounds prevent this effect. We studied the role of ceramides in cell death induced by the NO donor sodium nitroprusside (SNP) and we tested the possibility that 17beta-estradiol, the anti-estrogen ICI 182.780 and two selective estrogen receptor modulators raloxifene and tamoxifen modify osteoblastic cell apoptosis. SNP dose-dependently decreased MC3T3-E1 osteoblast viability, increased NO production in the culture media and enhanced the release of intracellular ceramides C22 and C24. Cell death induced by SNP was partially inhibited when MC3T3-E1 cells were pretreated with raloxifene and tamoxifen but was not modified when the cells were pretreated with 17beta-estradiol or ICI 182.780. Cell death induced by SNP resulted from apoptosis as demonstrated by Annexin-V and propidium iodide labeling and a reduction of SNP-induced MC3T3-E1 apoptosis was confirmed in the presence of raloxifene and tamoxifen. SNP induction of C22 and C24 production was inhibited by a pretreatment with raloxifene but not with 17beta-estradiol. Moreover, the synthetic ceramide C24 (0.75 and 1microM) decreased MC3T3-E1 cell viability and osteoblast cell death induced by C24 was partially decreased by raloxifene and to a lesser extent by 17beta-estradiol. These data demonstrate that SNP-induced cell death is mediated by the long chain ceramides C22 and C24 and that raloxifene protected osteoblast from apoptosis induced by SNP, an effect that might be relevant to its pharmacological properties on bone remodeling. [less ▲]

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See detailProtein phosphorylation as a key mechanism for the regulation of BCL-3 activity
Viatour, Patrick ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Cell Cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) (2004), 3(12), 1498-1501

Constitutive NF-kappaB activation, a hallmark of many human cancers, upregulates anti-apoptotic gene expression and therefore disrupts the balance between apoptosis and proliferation. In some lymphomas ... [more ▼]

Constitutive NF-kappaB activation, a hallmark of many human cancers, upregulates anti-apoptotic gene expression and therefore disrupts the balance between apoptosis and proliferation. In some lymphomas, this constitutive NF-kappaB activity is the result of point mutations or translocations of the genes coding for NF-kappaB inhibitors, namely IkappaBalpha or p100. The BCL-3 protein is another member of the IkappaB family and is overexpressed in a subset of human B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemias because of a chromosomal translocation. This oncoprotein is phosphorylated by multiple kinases including GSK3 and this phosphorylation regulates BCL-3 function by modulating its oncogenic potential and by regulating the expression of a subset of its target genes. Therefore, deciphering the NF-kappaB/IkappaB protein phosphorylations is critical in order to better understand the molecular mechanisms of NF-kappaB-mediated oncogenesis. [less ▲]

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