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See detailMolecular interactions involving urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA), its receptor (uPAR) and its inhibitor, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), as new targets for tumour therapy
Frankenne, F.; Noël, Agnès ULg; Bajou, Khalid ULg et al

in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets (1999), 3(3), 469-48113

In the promotion of cancer progression, a classical role had previously been ascribed to the plasminogen activation system on the basis of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) proteolytic activity and ... [more ▼]

In the promotion of cancer progression, a classical role had previously been ascribed to the plasminogen activation system on the basis of urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) proteolytic activity and plasminogen activation triggering a focalised pericellular activation cascade involving matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). As a result, many pharmaceutical companies have undertaken the development of synthetic uPA inhibitors. However, during the last few years, data have accumulated that uPA, as well as urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), are likely to play an essential role in tumour progression through non-proteolysis-related activities. Such activities endow them with new and likely key functions in tumour progression-associated events, such as cellular adhesion, migration, invasion and angiogenesis. Since these activities essentially depend upon protein-protein interactions, they represent new therapeutic targets. [less ▲]

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See detailMurine Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 Gene. 5'-Upstream Region Contains Cis-Acting Elements for Expression in Osteoclasts and Migrating Keratinocytes in Transgenic Mice
Munaut, Carine ULg; Salonurmi, T.; Kontusaari, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1999), 274(9), 5588-96

Knowledge about the regulation of cell lineage-specific expression of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases is limited. In the present work, the murine matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) gene was shown ... [more ▼]

Knowledge about the regulation of cell lineage-specific expression of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases is limited. In the present work, the murine matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) gene was shown to contain 13 exons, and the 2.8-kilobase pair upstream region was found to contain several common promoter elements including a TATA box-like motif, three GC boxes, four AP-1-like binding sites, an AP-2 site, and three PEA3 consensus sequences that may be important for basic activity of the gene. In order to identify cell-specific regulatory elements, constructs containing varying lengths of the upstream region in front of a LacZ reporter gene were made and studied for expression in transgenic mice generated by microinjection into fertilized oocytes. Analyses of the mice revealed that the presence of sequences between -2722 and -7745 allowed for expression in osteoclasts and migrating keratinocytes, i. e. cells that have been shown to normally express the enzyme in vivo. The results represent the first in vivo demonstration of the location of cell-specific control elements in a matrix metalloproteinase gene and show that element(s) regulating most cell-specific activities of 92-kDa type collagenase are located in the -2722 to -7745 base pair region. [less ▲]

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See detailInduction of Endothelial Cell Apoptosis by Solid Tumor Cells
Kebers, F.; Lewalle, J. M.; Desreux, Joëlle ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1998), 240(2), 197-205

The mechanisms by which tumor cells extravasate to form metastasis remain controversial. Previous studies performed in vivo and in vitro demonstrate that the contact between tumor cells and the vascular ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms by which tumor cells extravasate to form metastasis remain controversial. Previous studies performed in vivo and in vitro demonstrate that the contact between tumor cells and the vascular wall impairs endothelium integrity. Here, we investigated the effect of breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells on the apoptosis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). TUNEL labeling, nuclear morphology, and DNA electrophoresis indicated that MCF-7 cells induced a two- to fourfold increase in HUVEC apoptosis. Caspase-3 activity was significantly enhanced. Neither normal cells tested (mammary epithelial cells, fibroblasts, leukocytes) nor transformed hematopoietic cells tested (HL60, Jurkat) induced HUVEC apoptosis. On the contrary, cells derived from solid tumors (breast adenocarcinoma, MDA-MB-231 and T47D; fibrosarcoma, HT 1080) had an effect similar to that of MCF-7 cells. The induction of apoptosis requires cell-to-cell contact, since it could not be reproduced by media conditioned by MCF-7 cells cultured alone or cocultured with HUVEC. Our results suggest that cells derived from solid tumors may alter the endothelium integrity by inducing endothelial cell apoptosis. On the contrary, normal or malignant leukocytes appear to extravasate by distinct mechanisms and do not damage the endothelium. Our data may lead to a better understanding of the steps involved in tumor cell extravasation. [less ▲]

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See detailEmerging Roles for Proteinases in Cancer
Noël, Agnès ULg; Gilles, Christine ULg; Bajou, Khalid ULg et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1997), 17(5), 221-39

Metalloproteinases and serine proteinases have been associated with tumor invasion and formation of metastasis which represent the major obstacles to cancer cure. The contribution of proteinases in these ... [more ▼]

Metalloproteinases and serine proteinases have been associated with tumor invasion and formation of metastasis which represent the major obstacles to cancer cure. The contribution of proteinases in these processes was initially thought to be the destruction of extracellular matrices. However, recent evidence suggests that they mainly affect tumor growth rather than invasion. Proteinases can indeed generate active matrix protein fragments, influence the release, the activation and the bioavailability of growth factors, and consequently modulate tumor cell growth, apoptosis and angiogenesis. Additionally, proteinases, their receptors and/or inhibitors can be directly involved in cell migration and in the processing or shedding of cell surface proteins. Further elucidation of the functions of proteinases is essential for the development of novel anticancer strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh Level of Mt-Mmp Expression Is Associated with Invasiveness of Cervical Cancer Cells
Gilles, Christine ULg; Polette, M.; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1996), 65(2), 209-13

MMP-2 (gelatinase A) has been associated with the invasive potential of many cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. It is now becoming clear that the activation of this enzyme might be a key step in ... [more ▼]

MMP-2 (gelatinase A) has been associated with the invasive potential of many cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. It is now becoming clear that the activation of this enzyme might be a key step in tumor invasion. This activation process has been shown to be a membrane-associated pathway inducible by various agents such as collagen type I, concanavalin A or TGF-beta, but its physiological regulation is still largely unresolved. MT-MMP was recently discovered and described as a potential gelatinase-A activator. In the present study, we investigated the expression of MT-MMP (membrane-type metalloproteinase) in cervical cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. Comparing several in vitro-transformed cervical cell lines, previously shown to display different invasive potentials, our results showed that the ability of cells to overexpress MT-MMP mRNA following ConA induction correlated with their ability to activate gelatinase A and with a highly invasive behavior. Moreover, using immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, we found a higher level of MT-MMP expression in invasive cervical carcinoma and lymph node metastases compared to its expression in non-invasive CIN III lesions. Our in vivo observations also clearly demonstrated a cooperation between stromal and tumor cells for the production of MT-MMP. Taken together, our results clearly correlated high level MT-MMP expression with invasiveness, and thus suggested that MT-MMP might play a crucial role in cervical tumor invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Membrane-Dependent Activation of Gelatinase a in Human Vascular Endothelial Cells
Lewalle, J. M.; Munaut, Carine ULg; Pichot, B. et al

in Journal of Cellular Physiology (1995), 165(3), 475-83

The initiation of the angiogenic process requires a locally confined and time-limited proteolysis of the basement membrane (BM) components at the site of new vessel sprout. Gelatinase A, a member of the ... [more ▼]

The initiation of the angiogenic process requires a locally confined and time-limited proteolysis of the basement membrane (BM) components at the site of new vessel sprout. Gelatinase A, a member of the matrix metalloproteinase family, degrades BM type IV collagen and is involved in the BM breakdown by migrating tumor cells and endothelial cells (EC). Gelatinase A is synthesized as latent proenzyme and must be activated in order to express its proteolytic activity. A plasma membrane-dependent mechanism of activation has been described for several tumor and transformed cells lines. In the present study, we show that latent (72 kD) and mature (62-59 kD) forms of gelatinase A are present in EC membrane fraction from Triton X-114 extract while only latent form is found in the cytosolic fraction. The incubation of EC membrane fraction with exogenous latent gelatinase A resulted in a significant activation giving rise to 62-59 kD mature forms. 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), a strong potentiator of angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo, increases the amount of both latent and activated forms of gelatinase A in EC membrane fraction as well as the ability of this latter fraction to activate exogenous latent gelatinase A. We show that the mRNA transcript coding for the membrane-integrated MMP, the MT-MMP, previously described as a potential gelatinase A activator in invasive tumor cells is also expressed in vascular EC and is regulated through a TPA sensitive process. This enzyme may be responsible for membrane-dependent gelatinase A activation in normal vascular EC and may therefore be a determinant in the control of BM proteolysis during angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the Expression of Interstitial and Type-Iv Collagenases in Coculture of Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Fibroblasts
Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Weidle, U. H. et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1995), 15(5-6), 169-78

Members of the metalloproteinase family (MMPs) are known to play a crucial role in the metastatic cascade. Here, we report some investigations about the synthesis of interstitial and type-IV collagenases ... [more ▼]

Members of the metalloproteinase family (MMPs) are known to play a crucial role in the metastatic cascade. Here, we report some investigations about the synthesis of interstitial and type-IV collagenases (gelatinases A and B) in a model of coculture of human fibroblasts and HT 1080 fibrosarcoma cells. The interstitial collagenase activity, mainly found in the conditioned medium of fibroblasts, and its mRNA level were increased in the in vitro coculture model. In contrast, gelatinase A was produced by both cell types. The HT 1080 cells additionally synthesised gelatinase B. In coculture, an enhancement of gelatinase A and the presence of its activated form were observed. Northern blot analysis demonstrated that this enzymatic enhancement occurred at a pretranslational level. The stimulation of the interstitial collagenase activity was partially mediated through soluble factor(s), whereas increased gelatinase A appeared to require direct cell-cell interactions. The extracellular matrix component, type-I collagen, stimulated the enzymatic activities released by the individual cells, but it did not modulate the synthesis of interstitial collagenase in coculture. Our results demonstrate that distinct MMPs are modulated by distinct mechanisms, all depending on specific interactions between tumour cells and host fibroblasts. [less ▲]

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See detailCoordinate Enhancement of Gelatinase a Mrna and Activity Levels in Human Fibroblasts in Response to Breast-Adenocarcinoma Cells
Noël, Agnès ULg; Polette, M.; Lewalle, J. M. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1994), 56(3), 331-6

Gelatinases/type-IV collagenases are metalloproteinases involved in some carcinoma invasion and metastatic processes. The exact cellular source of the 72-kDa gelatinase A is controversial. We have ... [more ▼]

Gelatinases/type-IV collagenases are metalloproteinases involved in some carcinoma invasion and metastatic processes. The exact cellular source of the 72-kDa gelatinase A is controversial. We have analyzed the expression of mRNA coding for gelatinase A in vivo by in situ hybridization on breast-cancer tissues. The mRNA for gelatinase A was present in fibroblasts. We have therefore evaluated the gelatinase-A activity in vitro, in co-cultures of different breast adenocarcinoma cell lines and human fibroblasts. In monoculture, none of the tumor cells tested produced detectable amounts of gelatinase A. The gelatinase-A activity was enhanced in cultures of fibroblasts maintained in the presence of MDA-MB 231 or SKBR3 cells, or their conditioned medium. This increased enzymatic activity was evidenced both in the culture medium and in the membrane fraction and was paralleled by enhancement of the steady-state levels of mRNA. These results are an in vitro demonstration of a regulation of fibroblasts gelatinase-A production by soluble factors secreted by breast-tumor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent Mechanisms of Extracellular Matrix Remodeling by Fibroblasts in Response to Human Mammary Neoplastic Cells
Noël, Agnès ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1993), 13(2), 72-81

Human breast tumors are often associated with a fibrotic reaction termed desmoplasia. Tumor cells may indirectly modulate the composition of the extracellular matrix by influencing fibroblast properties ... [more ▼]

Human breast tumors are often associated with a fibrotic reaction termed desmoplasia. Tumor cells may indirectly modulate the composition of the extracellular matrix by influencing fibroblast properties. They may also directly interact with collagen fibrils leading to retraction of the matrix. We have studied in vitro the influence of various human mammary tumor cells on the proliferation rate of normal human fibroblasts and on their level of collagen synthesis, as well as their release of collagenase activity. Interactions between neoplastic cells and collagen matrix were investigated by incorporation of tumor cells in collagen gels (lattices) and measurement of their retraction. All cells tested (HBL100, SW613, SA52, MDA-MB-231, MCF7, MCF7/6, MCF7 ras, BT20 and T47D) were able to modulate the composition of the extracellular matrix by one or several of the mechanisms investigated. Our results also demonstrate an opposite regulation of collagen and collagenase production. The effects on the collagen metabolism and on fibroblast proliferation are probably mediated by soluble cytokines since they are reproduced by incubating the fibroblasts in the presence of medium conditioned by tumor cells. The desmoplastic reaction may thus result from different mechanisms dependent upon tumor cell types. [less ▲]

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See detailA Molecular Biologic Study of Extracellular Matrix Components During the Development of Glomerulosclerosis in Murine Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Munaut, Carine ULg; Bergijk, E. C.; Baelde, J. J. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1992), 67(5), 580-7

BACKGROUND: We studied the development of glomerulosclerosis in murine chronic graft-versus-host disease, a model for human systemic lupus erythematosus. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The disease was induced in ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: We studied the development of glomerulosclerosis in murine chronic graft-versus-host disease, a model for human systemic lupus erythematosus. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The disease was induced in (C57BL10 x DBA/2)F1 hybrids by injection of DBA/2 lymphocytes leading to deposition of auto-antibodies in the glomeruli, and a lupus type of nephritis morphologically. We have determined the levels of mRNA coding for laminin (B1 and B2), a 67 kilodalton laminin binding protein, and types I and IV collagen, in control and graft-versus host disease mice at various times after disease induction. RESULTS: Laminin and collagen mRNAs were increased in whole kidneys 4 weeks after induction of the disease. At week 10, all animals displayed dramatic stimulation of alpha 1(I), alpha 1(IV), laminin B1, and B2 mRNAs. The 67 kilodalton laminin binding protein mRNA was also doubled from week 4 to 16. In isolated glomeruli, the mRNA level coding for laminin B2 was already significantly increased from week 8. This enhancement of laminin synthesis corresponds to the mesangial expansion and to the development of laminin-containing spike formations of the glomerular basement membrane at week 8. CONCLUSIONS: The expansion of the mesangial matrix in murine chronic graft-versus-host disease is caused at least in part, by an increased production of extracellular matrix components by glomerular cells. These results demonstrate that the increase of specific extracellular matrix components mRNAs precedes light microscopic changes. Quantitative evaluation of the mRNA levels coding for extracellular matrix proteins may reveal a useful method for the early detection of the development of glomerular sclerosis at the stage preceding the onset of anatomo-clinical changes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Stimulation of Fibroblasts' Collagen Synthesis by Neoplastic Cells Is Modulated by the Extracellular Matrix
Noël, Agnès ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Matrix (Stuttgart, Germany) (1992), 12(3), 213-20

Human fibroblasts cocultured with neoplastic MCF7 cells produce increased amounts of collagen. A maximal stimulation requires direct cell-cell contacts between tumor cells and fibroblasts. However, this ... [more ▼]

Human fibroblasts cocultured with neoplastic MCF7 cells produce increased amounts of collagen. A maximal stimulation requires direct cell-cell contacts between tumor cells and fibroblasts. However, this effect could be reproduced, although to a lesser extent, by medium conditioned by MCF7 cells, suggesting that it is mediated by a factor produced by MCF7 cells and secreted, at least partly, under a soluble form (Noel et al., 1992). This Collagen Stimulating Factor ("COSF") present in the culture medium displayed a molecular mass between 3,500 to 10,000 daltons, bound to heparin and appeared to be different from the growth factors described until now. The "COSF" can be released from the surface of MCF7 cells by treatment with heparin. The aim of the present work was to investigate the influence of various extracellular matrix components on the production and the release of "COSF". A 3- to 4-fold enhancement of collagen synthesis was observed in coculture on plastic and collagen type I substrates without significant modification of the non-collagen proteins. The increased collagen synthesis was paralleled by an elevation of specific collagen mRNAs level suggesting a regulation at a pretranslational level. On the opposite, in the presence of soluble or insoluble laminin, this stimulation was abolished. Similarly, coculture on "reconstituted basement membrane matrix", matrigel, did not increase collagen production. The "COSF" was found to bind to matrigel and could be released from the basement membrane matrix by treatment with heparin. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of Collagen and Fibronectin Synthesis in Fibroblasts by Normal and Malignant Cells
Noël, Agnès ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Boulvain, A. et al

in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (1992), 48(2), 150-61

The influence of various normal and malignant human cells on the level of collagen synthesis by human fibroblasts was tested in coculture. As revealed by immunoperoxidase staining, in cocultures with ... [more ▼]

The influence of various normal and malignant human cells on the level of collagen synthesis by human fibroblasts was tested in coculture. As revealed by immunoperoxidase staining, in cocultures with breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF7, SA52, T47D) fibroblasts synthesized collagen while tumor cells did not. Fibroblasts displayed increased collagen production without change in the overall protein synthesis. Several other types of cells derived from normal human tissues (keratinocytes, normal mammary cells) or from fibrosarcoma, melanoma, cervical carcinoma, choriocarcinoma, or other breast adenocarcinoma (SW613, MDA, BT20) did not affect collagen synthesis of fibroblasts. Although to a lesser extent, this stimulating effect was reproduced by using the conditioned medium (CM) of the active cells but not with CM of the other cell types. A slight stimulation was also obtained when tumoral MCF7 cells and fibroblasts shared the same medium but were physically separated, suggesting that close contact was required for optimal stimulation of collagen synthesis. The collagen synthesis stimulating activity was not related to a modification of fibroblast proliferation rate. The production of collagen types I, III, and VI and fibronectin were increased in cocultures of fibroblasts with MCF7 cells. The increased synthesis of collagen types I and III and fibronectin was paralleled by similar changes in the steady-state level of their mRNAs. On the contrary, the increased production of collagen type VI appeared regulated at a post-transcriptional level. [less ▲]

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See detailA histologic study of the extracellular matrix during the development of glomerulosclerosis in murine chronic graft-versus-host disease.
Bergijk, E. C.; Munaut, Carine ULg; Baelde, J. J. et al

in American Journal of Pathology (1992), 140(5), 1147-56

The development of glomerulosclerosis was studied in murine chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), which is a model for human systemic lupus erythematosus. The authors investigated the distribution ... [more ▼]

The development of glomerulosclerosis was studied in murine chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), which is a model for human systemic lupus erythematosus. The authors investigated the distribution patterns of six components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), i.e., laminin, fibronectin, collagen types I, III, IV, and VI during the course of the disease. All of these ECM components except collagen type I were found in the glomeruli of normal mice, where all of them were intrinsic constituents of the mesangium. Laminin, fibronectin, and collagen type IV were also found in the glomerular capillary walls. Starting 6 weeks after the induction of GvHD and continuing at week 8, the onset of an expansion of the mesangial matrix was observed. At the same time, the amounts of laminin, fibronectin, and collagen types IV and VI increased. Ten weeks after the onset of the disease, glomerulosclerosis developed. Traces of the interstitial collagen type I were found in sclerotic glomeruli. The levels of four ECM components, i.e., collagens III, IV, VI, and laminin were markedly decreased in the sclerotic glomeruli as compared with week 8. In contrast, the amount of fibronectin in the sclerotic glomeruli increased dramatically. Immunoelectron microscopic examination showed fibronectin in the sclerotic lesions, in contrast to laminin, collagen type I, and collagen type IV. It is concluded that the sclerotic lesions in murine chronic GvHD contain fibronectin. The small amounts of the ECM components laminin, as well as collagens III, IV, and VI in the sclerotic glomeruli in GvHD, might represent remnants of mesangial material and collapsed capillary walls. These components are probably replaced by increased production and/or accumulation of collagen type I and fibronectin. [less ▲]

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See detailLaminin and 67 Kd Laminin Binding Protein in Mouse B16 Melanoma Cells and 3t3 Fibroblast Spheroids
Siwek, B. L.; Munaut, Carine ULg; Bonjean, K. A. et al

in Anticancer Research (1992), 12(6B, Nov-Dec), 2011-6

Multicellular spheroids which promote cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions were prepared in culture with mouse B16 melanoma cells (pigmented or non pigmented) alone or mixed with mouse 3T3 fibroblasts ... [more ▼]

Multicellular spheroids which promote cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions were prepared in culture with mouse B16 melanoma cells (pigmented or non pigmented) alone or mixed with mouse 3T3 fibroblasts. Their volume and proliferation or necrosis rate were evaluated. As measured by dot blot immunoassay, laminin was mainly produced by fibroblasts rather than by melanoma cells. High levels of laminin B1 chain mRNA were detected only in spheroids composed of 3T3 fibroblasts. The levels of 67 kD laminin binding protein mRNA were high in all cell populations studied here. [less ▲]

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See detailRat Chromosome 5 (Q22-23) Contains Elements That Control Cell Morphology and Interactions with the Extracellular Matrix: A Study of Normal Fibroblast X Malignant Hepatoma Cell Hybrids
Lewalle, J. M.; Szpirer, C.; Szpirer, J. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1991), 196(2), 164-71

Cell interactions with the extracellular matrix are consistently modified in neoplasia. Malignant transformation has been correlated with modifications in the synthesis and distribution of matrix ... [more ▼]

Cell interactions with the extracellular matrix are consistently modified in neoplasia. Malignant transformation has been correlated with modifications in the synthesis and distribution of matrix components and with alterations of cell adhesive properties to these components. A particular class of genes, able to suppress the transformed phenotype in normal cells, may be involved in those phenotypic changes. By studying somatic cell hybrids between mouse hepatoma (BWTG3) cells and normal rat skin fibroblasts (RSF), Islam and co-workers were able to localize a gene or a group of genes controlling anchorage dependence and cell growth in vitro. This (or these) gene(s) was (were) assigned to the q22-23 fragment of rat chromosome 5. In the present study, we compare the morphology and the interactions with the extracellular matrix proteins (laminin, fibronectin, and collagen IV) and the synthesis of these proteins by RSF X BWTG3 hybrid cells that had either retained (BS181p10) or lost (BS181a5) the q22-23 region of rat chromosome 5. Our results suggest that the rat 5q22-23 fragment controls a part of the cell differentiation program including morphology, attachment to extracellular matrix, and synthesis of some matrix proteins, particularly alpha 1 and alpha 2 chains of collagen IV. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Fate of Mitochondrial Dnas of Mt+ and Mt- Origin in Gametes and Zygotes of Chlamydomonas
Beckers, M. C.; Munaut, Carine ULg; Minet, Arlette ULg et al

in Current Genetics (1991), 20(3), 239-43

In order to study the mechanism responsible for the uniparental transmission of the mitochondrial genome in crosses between Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and C. smithii, we have analyzed the fate of ... [more ▼]

In order to study the mechanism responsible for the uniparental transmission of the mitochondrial genome in crosses between Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and C. smithii, we have analyzed the fate of mitochondrial DNA during gametogenesis, zygospore differentiation and sporulation by hybridization experiments. Both mt+ and mt- gametes contain the same amount of mitochondrial DNA and the two parental genomes persist for several days in the zygotes. The DNA of mt+ origin is slowly eliminated during the period of zygote maturation. Light is required for total elimination of mt+ mitochondrial DNA in the zygospores. Using appropriate restriction enzymes, we have been unable to detect methylation of the mitochondrial DNA during gametogenesis or zygospore formation. The possibility that the mt+ mitochondria themselves are specifically eliminated in the course of zygote maturation is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Laminin by Human Fibroblasts, Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Mcf-7 Breast Adenocarcinoma Cells. Lack of Regulation by the Cell Density and Extracellular Matrix
Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Sobel, M. et al

in Cell Biology International Reports (1991), 15(6), 499-509

We have cultured normal fibroblasts, fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells and breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells on various substrates (plastic, collagen type I, laminin). All cell types used adhered on the three ... [more ▼]

We have cultured normal fibroblasts, fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells and breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells on various substrates (plastic, collagen type I, laminin). All cell types used adhered on the three substrates with, however, a delayed attachment on laminin. On all substrates, cell grew as monolayer with the exception of MCF-7 cells that formed clusters on laminin. The epithelial MCF-7 cells as well as mesenchymal cells (fibroblasts and tumoral HT1080 cells) synthesized laminin and expressed mRNA coding for laminin B1 chain and for the 67 kD laminin binding protein. The levels of these mRNAs were not modulated by culture conditions which affect cell morphology nor by cell density. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Chloroplast DNA by Using Fluorescent Monoclonal Anti-Bromodeoxyuridine Antibody and Analysis of Its Fate During Zygote Formation in Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii
Munaut, Carine ULg; Dombrowicz, D.; Matagne, René-Fernand ULg

in Current Genetics (1990), 18(3), 259-63

A monoclonal anti-bromodeoxyuridine antibody conjugated to fluorescein was used to detect the chloroplast nucleoids after specific incorporation of bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) into the chloroplast DNA of ... [more ▼]

A monoclonal anti-bromodeoxyuridine antibody conjugated to fluorescein was used to detect the chloroplast nucleoids after specific incorporation of bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) into the chloroplast DNA of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The incorporation of BUdR was enhanced by simultaneous treatment with fluorodeoxyuridine (FUdR). The method was applied to analyze the fate of chloroplast DNA in zygotes resulting from mating between BUdR-treated gametes (mt+ or mt-) and untreated gametes of opposite mating-type. In crosses between wild-type strains, the nucleoids of mt+ origin remained in the large majority of zygotes whereas those of mt- origin most often disappeared within the first hours following copulation. In crosses of the type mat-3 mt+ x wild-type mt- (the mat-3 mutation permits a high transmission of chloroplast genes from the mt- parent), the nucleoids of mt- origin were generally not eliminated which indicates that the mat-3 mutation prevents the selective destruction of paternal chloroplast DNA in the zygote. [less ▲]

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