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See detailUNRAVELLING THE ROLES OF LYSINE ACETYLATION BY ELP3 DURING INNER EAR DEVELOPMENT
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg et al

Poster (2015, June 06)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes [1-3], we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes [1-3], we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis [4]. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of neurons and fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons at P15. Moreover, the remaining spiral ganglion neurons extend processes showing clearly defects regarding hair cells innervation (misorientation of fibers). In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling Cemip expression and functions in the auditory portion of the inner ear.
Czajkowski, Amandine ULg; Chariot, Alain ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 29)

The inner ear is a complex organ composed of the vestibular system – which is the balancing system – and the cochlea – which is the earing system. The cochlea is a coiled shape organ composed of three ... [more ▼]

The inner ear is a complex organ composed of the vestibular system – which is the balancing system – and the cochlea – which is the earing system. The cochlea is a coiled shape organ composed of three main structures: the spiral ligament sitting on top of the stria vascularis, the organ of Corti with sensory hair cells and supporting cells and the spiral ganglion composed of neurons and glial cells. After an auditory stimulus, the sound wave progresses in the scala media filled with endolymph and induces a stimulation of sensory hair cells. These cells then transmit the information to the spiral ganglion neurons connected to them. Of course, the correct ionic homeostasis of endolymph is required for a good sound wave transmission. This homeostatic function is assured by the stria vascularis and the spiral ligament. The alteration of one of the structures mentioned before induces deafness. Currently, numerous genes have been associated to this kind of hearing loss. In the present work, we focus our attention Cemip – also known as KIAA1199 – that has been associated to human hereditary neurosensory deafness. Indeed, three missense mutations consisting in non-synonymous amino acid changes (R187L, R187H and H783Y) have been associated to this form of deafness. Therefore we would like to understand the role of Cemip in the cochlea. For that we have analysed Cemip mRNA pattern of expression by in situ hybridization at different developmental stages on cochlear sections. It seems Cemip mRNA is not present in the auditory portion of the inner ear at early embryonic stage 14 (E14) while it is largely present at E17 in the spiral ganglion, in supporting cells of the organ of Corti and in the spiral ligament. This expression is maintained post-nattily until P7. At P21 the expression is restricted to the spiral lamina - an osseous structure surrounding the spiral ganglion. Our on going work is aimed at revealing the biological role of Cemip in the cochlea in conditional knock-out mice. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie et al

Conference (2014, January 27)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons P15. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailChapter 7 – Neuronal Circuitries During Inner Ear Development
defourny, jean; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg

in Romand, raymond; Varela-Nieto, Isabel (Eds.) Development of auditory and vestibular systems (2014)

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetyl-transferase activity of Elongator complex during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie et al

Conference (2014)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons at P15. To find new potential targets for Elp3, transcriptomes from wild-type, heterozygous and Elp3 cKO mice were analysed by RNA-Seq at E14.5 and E18.5. Surprisingly, we observed that hair cell markers were upregulated in the Elp3 cKO at E14.5, suggesting a premature differentiation in these mice that was confirmed by in situ hybridisation. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie et al

Poster (2013, October 18)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons P15. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie ULg et al

Poster (2013, May 31)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea, the spiral ganglion, the stria vascularis and the vestibule. To unravel functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of the auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie ULg et al

Poster (2013, January 28)

The inner ear is composed of the vestibular system that controls balance, and the cochlea, which is dedicated to hearing. In both parts of the inner ear, sensory epithelia comprise supporting cells ... [more ▼]

The inner ear is composed of the vestibular system that controls balance, and the cochlea, which is dedicated to hearing. In both parts of the inner ear, sensory epithelia comprise supporting cells surrounding the sensory hair cells. These cells bear at their apical surface a staircase-structured bundle, consisting of multiple rows of actin-based stereocilia and a single tubulin-based kinocilium. This hair bundle allows the transduction from mechanical stimuli, initiated by sound or gravitational changes, to electrical signals that will then be transmitted by neurons from the spiral ganglion (innervating hair cells of the cochlea) or the vestibular ganglion. The inner ear organogenesis requires a tightly regulated transcriptional program that can be affected by post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications among which lysine acetylation. Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first determine the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we have generated conditional knock-out mice (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, compared to wild-type mice, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not found any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning impairments that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons at P0 and P15. In conclusion, our results clearly showed a role of Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins acetylated by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailGene transfer in inner ear cells: a challenging race
Sacheli, Rosalie ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Van Den Ackerveken, Priscilla ULg et al

in Gene Therapy (2013), 20

Recent advances in human genomics led to the identification of numerous defective genes causing deafness, which represent novel putative therapeutic targets. Future gene-based treatment of deafness ... [more ▼]

Recent advances in human genomics led to the identification of numerous defective genes causing deafness, which represent novel putative therapeutic targets. Future gene-based treatment of deafness resulting from genetic or acquired sensorineural hearing loss may include strategies ranging from gene therapy to antisense delivery. For successful development of gene therapies, a minimal requirement involves the engineering of appropriate gene carrier systems. Transfer of exogenous genetic material into the mammalian inner ear using viral or non-viral vectors has been characterized over the last decade. The nature of inner ear cells targeted, as well as the transgene expression level and duration, are highly dependent on the vector type, the route of administration and the strength of the promoter driving expression. This review summarizes and discusses recent advances in inner ear gene-transfer technologies aimed at examining gene function or identifying new treatment for inner ear disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating Effects of Tyrosine Phosphatase Inhibitors on T Cell Receptor Signaling
Rahmouni, Souad ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Liu, Wallace et al

in Phosphatase Modulators, Methods in Molecular Biology (2013)

The importance of tyrosine phosphorylation in normal cell physiology is well established, highlighted by the many human diseases that stem from abnormalities in protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) and protein ... [more ▼]

The importance of tyrosine phosphorylation in normal cell physiology is well established, highlighted by the many human diseases that stem from abnormalities in protein tyrosine kinase (PTK) and protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) function. Contrary to earlier assumptions, it is now clear that both PTKs and PTPs are highly specific, non-redundant, and tightly regulated enzymes. Hematopoietic cells express particularly high numbers of PTKs and PTPs, and aberrant function of these proteins have been linked to many hematopoietic disorders. While PTK inhibitors are among FDA approved drugs for the treatment of leukemia and other cancers, efforts to develop therapeutics that target specific PTPs are still in its infancy. Here, we describe methods on how to evaluate effects of PTP inhibitors on T cell receptor signaling. Moreover, we provide a comprehensive strategy for compound prioritization, applicable to any drug discovery project involving T cells. We present a testing funnel that starts with relatively high-throughput luciferase reporter assays, followed by immunoblot, calcium flux, flow cytometry, and proliferation assays, continues with cytokine bead arrays, and finishes with specificity assays that involve RNA interference. We provide protocols for experiments in the Jurkat T cell line, but more importantly give detailed instructions, paired with numerous tips, on how to prepare and work with primary human T cells. [less ▲]

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See detailRetinoic acid receptors recognise the mouse genome through binding elements with diverse spacing and topology
Moutier, Emmanuel; Ye, Tao; Choukrallah, Mohamed-Amin et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2012)

Retinoic Acid Receptors (RARs) heterodimerise with Retinoid X Receptors (RXRs) and bind to RA-response elements (RAREs) in the regulatory regions of their target genes. While previous studies on limited ... [more ▼]

Retinoic Acid Receptors (RARs) heterodimerise with Retinoid X Receptors (RXRs) and bind to RA-response elements (RAREs) in the regulatory regions of their target genes. While previous studies on limited sets of RA-regulated genes have defined canonical RAREs as direct repeats of the consensus RGKTCA separated by 1, 2 or 5 nucleotides (DR1, DR2, DR5), we show that in mouse embryoid bodies or F9 embryonal carcinoma cells, RARs occupy a large repertoire of sites with DR0, DR8 and IR0 (inverted repeat 0) elements. Recombinant RAR-RXR binds these non-canonical spacings in vitro with comparable affinities to DR2 and DR5. Most DR8 elements comprise three half sites with DR2 and DR0 spacings. This specific half site organisation constitutes a previously unrecognised, but frequent signature of RAR binding elements. In functional assays, DR8 and IR0 elements act as independent RAREs, while DR0 does not. Our results reveal an unexpected diversity in the spacing and topology of binding elements for the RAR-RXR heterodimer. The differential ability of RAR-RXR bound to DR0 compared to DR2, DR5 and DR8 to mediate RA-dependent transcriptional activation indicates that half site spacing allosterically regulates RAR function. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie ULg et al

Poster (2012, May 04)

The inner ear is composed of a vestibular part that controls balance, and the cochlea, which is dedicated to hearing. In both parts of the inner ear, sensory epithelia comprise supporting cells ... [more ▼]

The inner ear is composed of a vestibular part that controls balance, and the cochlea, which is dedicated to hearing. In both parts of the inner ear, sensory epithelia comprise supporting cells surrounding the sensory hair cells. These cells bear at their apical surface a staircase-structured hair bundle, consisting of multiple rows of actin-based stereocilia and a single tubulin-based kinocilium. This hair bundle allows the transduction from mechanical stimuli, initiated by sound or gravitational changes, to electrical signals that will then be transmitted by neurons from the spiral ganglion (innervating hair cells of the cochlea) or the vestibular ganglion. The inner ear organogenesis requires a tightly regulated transcriptional program that can be affected by post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications among which lysine acetylation. Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. First, we have analysed Elp3 expression by in situ hybridization on wild type mice at different developmental stages (from E11.5 until P6) and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To study the functional consequences of protein acetylation by the Elongator complex in the inner ear, we studied conditional knock-out mice (Elp3 cKO) in which Elp3 is depleted from the otic vesicle at E8.5. These mice, at stage P15, showed obvious balance dysfunction that was confirmed by a complete battery of behavioural tests: stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test. Unfortunately, the Elp3 cKO mice die before the onset of hearing, thus precluding any evaluation of hearing disorders. Balance defects in mice depleted for Elp3 is not due to vestibular structural abnormalities, since paint-filling experiments showed a normal inner ear anatomy compared to wild type mice. Moreover, immunostainings in the vestibule and in the organ of Corti indicated that cell patterning was not impaired in the absence of Elp3 since specialised cells are present and correctly organised at embryonic day E18.5 and later on. However, we were able to detect some defaults in hair cell bundle integrity and orientation in the auditory portion of inner ear from Elp3 cKO mice. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells at P0 and P15. In conclusion, we have confirmed the expression of Elp3 in the inner ear and pointed out a role for this acetyl-transferase in balance function. Our results clearly show the implication of Elp3 in ciliogenesis, hair cell innervation and neuronal survival and we plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins acetylated by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic interaction between lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase and C-terminal Src kinase controls T cell activation
Tautz, Lutz; Vang, Torkel; Liu, Wallace et al

in FASEB Journal (2012, April), 26

Lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase (LYP) and C-terminal Src kinase (CSK) are negative regulators of signaling mediated through the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and are thought to act in a cooperative manner ... [more ▼]

Lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase (LYP) and C-terminal Src kinase (CSK) are negative regulators of signaling mediated through the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and are thought to act in a cooperative manner when forming a complex. Here, we show that dissociation of the LYP/CSK complex is necessary for recruitment of LYP to lipid rafts, where it down-modulates TCR-mediated signaling. Our findings may also explain the reduced TCR signaling associated with a single nucleotide polymorphism, which confers increased risk for autoimmunity and results in the expression of a LYP allele that can no longer bind CSK. Development of a potent and selective chemical probe of LYP allowed us to confirm that the observed down-modulation of TCR-induced signaling was due to the LYP catalytic activity. Our compound also represents a starting point for the development of a LYP-based treatment of autoimmunity. [less ▲]

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See detailAn improved protocol for efficient engraftment in NOD/LTSZ-SCIDIL-2Rgammanull mice allows HIV replication and development of anti-HIV immune responses.
Singh, Maneesh; Singh, Pratibha; Gaudray, Gilles et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(6), 38491

Cord blood hematopoietic progenitor cells (CB-HPCs) transplanted immunodeficient NOD/LtsZ-scidIL2Rgamma(null) (NSG) and NOD/SCID/IL2Rgamma(null) (NOG) mice need efficient human cell engraftment for long ... [more ▼]

Cord blood hematopoietic progenitor cells (CB-HPCs) transplanted immunodeficient NOD/LtsZ-scidIL2Rgamma(null) (NSG) and NOD/SCID/IL2Rgamma(null) (NOG) mice need efficient human cell engraftment for long-term HIV-1 replication studies. Total body irradiation (TBI) is a classical myeloablation regimen used to improve engraftment levels of human cells in these humanized mice. Some recent reports suggest the use of busulfan as a myeloablation regimen to transplant HPCs in neonatal and adult NSG mice. In the present study, we further ameliorated the busulfan myeloablation regimen with fresh CB-CD34+cell transplantation in 3-4 week old NSG mice. In this CB-CD34+transplanted NSG mice engraftment efficiency of human CD45+cell is over 90% in peripheral blood. Optimal engraftment promoted early and increased CD3+T cell levels, with better lymphoid tissue development and prolonged human cell chimerism over 300 days. These humanized NSG mice have shown long-lasting viremia after HIV-1JRCSF and HIV-1Bal inoculation through intravenous and rectal routes. We also saw a gradual decline of the CD4+T cell count, widespread immune activation, up-regulation of inflammation marker and microbial translocation after HIV-1 infection. Humanized NSG mice reconstituted according to our new protocol produced, moderate cellular and humoral immune responses to HIV-1 postinfection. We believe that NSG mice reconstituted according to our easy to use protocol will provide a better in vivo model for HIV-1 replication and anti-HIV-1 therapy trials. [less ▲]

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See detailLYP inhibits T-cell activation when dissociated from CSK
Vang; Liu, Wallace H; Delacroix, Laurence ULg et al

in Nature Chemical Biology (2012)

Lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase (LYP) and C-terminal Src kinase (CSK) are negative regulators of signaling mediated through the T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) and are thought to act in a cooperative manner ... [more ▼]

Lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase (LYP) and C-terminal Src kinase (CSK) are negative regulators of signaling mediated through the T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) and are thought to act in a cooperative manner when forming a complex. Here we studied the spatiotemporal dynamics of the LYP–CSK complex in T cells. We demonstrate that dissociation of this complex is necessary for recruitment of LYP to the plasma membrane, where it downmodulates TCR signaling. Development of a potent and selective chemical probe of LYP confirmed that LYP inhibits T-cell activation when removed from CSK. Our findings may explain the reduced TCR-mediated signaling associated with a single-nucleotide polymorphism that confers increased risk for certain autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, and results in expression of a mutant LYP that is unable to bind CSK. Our compound also represents a starting point for the development of a LYP-based treatment of autoimmunity. [less ▲]

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See detailCell-specific interaction of retinoic acid receptors with target genes in mouse embryonic fibroblasts and embryonic stem cells.
Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Moutier, Emmanuel; Altobelli, Gioia et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (2010), 30(1), 231-44

All-trans retinoic acid (RA) induces transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta)-dependent autocrine growth of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). We have used chromatin immunoprecipitation to map 354 RA ... [more ▼]

All-trans retinoic acid (RA) induces transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta)-dependent autocrine growth of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). We have used chromatin immunoprecipitation to map 354 RA receptor (RAR) binding loci in MEFs, most of which were similarly occupied by the RAR alpha and RAR gamma receptors. Only a subset of the genes associated with these loci are regulated by RA, among which are several critical components of the TGF-beta pathway. We also show RAR binding to a novel series of target genes involved in cell cycle regulation, transformation, and metastasis, suggesting new pathways by which RA may regulate proliferation and cancer. Few of the RAR binding loci contained consensus direct-repeat (DR)-type elements. The majority comprised either degenerate DRs or no identifiable DRs but anomalously spaced half sites. Furthermore, we identify 462 RAR target loci in embryonic stem (ES) cells and show that their occupancy is cell type specific. Our results also show that differences in the chromatin landscape regulate the accessibility of a subset of more than 700 identified loci to RARs, thus modulating the repertoire of target genes that can be regulated and the biological effects of RA. [less ▲]

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See detailAndrogen receptor controls EGFR and ERBB2 gene expression at different levels in prostate cancer cell lines.
Pignon, Jean-Christophe ULg; Koopmansch, Benjamin ULg; Nolens, Grégory ULg et al

in Cancer Research (2009), 69(7), 2941-2949

EGFR or ERBB2 contributes to prostate cancer (PCa) progression by activating the androgen receptor (AR) in hormone-poor conditions. Here, we investigated the mechanisms by which androgens regulate EGFR ... [more ▼]

EGFR or ERBB2 contributes to prostate cancer (PCa) progression by activating the androgen receptor (AR) in hormone-poor conditions. Here, we investigated the mechanisms by which androgens regulate EGFR and ERBB2 expression in PCa cells. In steroid-depleted medium (SDM), EGFR protein was less abundant in androgen-sensitive LNCaP than in androgen ablation-resistant 22Rv1 cells, whereas transcript levels were similar. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) treatment increased both EGFR mRNA and protein levels and stimulated RNA polymerase II recruitment to the EGFR gene promoter, whereas it decreased ERBB2 transcript and protein levels in LNCaP cells. DHT altered neither EGFR or ERBB2 levels nor the abundance of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), TMEPA1, or TMPRSS2 mRNAs in 22Rv1 cells, which express the full-length and a shorter AR isoform deleted from the COOH-terminal domain (ARDeltaCTD). The contribution of both AR isoforms to the expression of these genes was assessed by small interfering RNAs targeting only the full-length or both AR isoforms. Silencing of both isoforms strongly reduced PSA, TMEPA1, and TMPRSS2 transcript levels. Inhibition of both AR isoforms did not affect EGFR and ERBB2 transcript levels but decreased EGFR and increased ERBB2 protein levels. Proliferation of 22Rv1 cells in SDM was inhibited in the absence of AR and ARDeltaCTD. A further decrease was obtained with PKI166, an EGFR/ERBB2 kinase inhibitor. Overall, we showed that ARDeltaCTD is responsible for constitutive EGFR expression and ERBB2 repression in 22Rv1 cells and that ARDeltaCTD and tyrosine kinase receptors are necessary for sustained 22Rv1 cell growth. [less ▲]

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See detailThe combined immunodetection of AP-2alpha and YY1 transcription factors is associated with ERBB2 gene overexpression in primary breast tumors.
Allouche, Abdelkader; Nolens, Gregory ULg; Tancredi, Annalisa ULg et al

in Breast Cancer Research [=BCR] (2008), 10(1), 9

INTRODUCTION: Overexpression of the ERBB2 oncogene is observed in about 20% of human breast tumors and is the consequence of increased transcription rates frequently associated with gene amplification ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Overexpression of the ERBB2 oncogene is observed in about 20% of human breast tumors and is the consequence of increased transcription rates frequently associated with gene amplification. Several studies have shown a link between activator protein 2 (AP-2) transcription factors and ERBB2 gene expression in breast cancer cell lines. Moreover, the Yin Yang 1 (YY1) transcription factor has been shown to stimulate AP-2 transcriptional activity on the ERBB2 promoter in vitro. In this report, we examined the relationships between ERBB2, AP-2alpha, and YY1 both in breast cancer tissue specimens and in a mammary cancer cell line. METHODS: ERBB2, AP-2alpha, and YY1 protein levels were analyzed by immunohistochemistry in a panel of 55 primary breast tumors. ERBB2 gene amplification status was determined by fluorescent in situ hybridization. Correlations were evaluated by a chi2 test at a p value of less than 0.05. The functional role of AP-2alpha and YY1 on ERBB2 gene expression was analyzed by small interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection in the BT-474 mammary cancer cell line followed by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. RESULTS: We observed a statistically significant correlation between ERBB2 and AP-2alpha levels in the tumors (p < 0.01). Moreover, associations were found between ERBB2 protein level and the combined high expression of AP-2alpha and YY1 (p < 0.02) as well as between the expression of AP-2alpha and YY1 (p < 0.001). Furthermore, the levels of both AP-2alpha and YY1 proteins were inversely correlated to ERBB2 gene amplification status in the tumors (p < 0.01). Transfection of siRNAs targeting AP-2alpha and AP-2gamma mRNAs in the BT-474 breast cancer cell line repressed the expression of the endogenous ERBB2 gene at both the mRNA and protein levels. Moreover, the additional transfection of an siRNA directed against the YY1 transcript further reduced the ERBB2 protein level, suggesting that AP-2 and YY1 transcription factors cooperate to stimulate the transcription of the ERBB2 gene. CONCLUSION: This study highlights the role of both AP-2alpha and YY1 transcription factors in ERBB2 oncogene overexpression in breast tumors. Our results also suggest that high ERBB2 expression may result either from gene amplification or from increased transcription factor levels. [less ▲]

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See detailRetinoic acid induces TGFbeta-dependent autocrine fibroblast growth.
Fadloun, A.; Kobi, D.; Delacroix, Laurence ULg et al

in Oncogene (2008), 27(4), 477-89

To evaluate the role of murine TFIID subunit TAF4 in activation of cellular genes by all-trans retinoic acid (T-RA), we have characterized the T-RA response of taf4(lox/-) and taf4(-/-) embryonic ... [more ▼]

To evaluate the role of murine TFIID subunit TAF4 in activation of cellular genes by all-trans retinoic acid (T-RA), we have characterized the T-RA response of taf4(lox/-) and taf4(-/-) embryonic fibroblasts. T-RA regulates almost 1000 genes in taf4(lox/-) cells, but less than 300 in taf4(-/-) cells showing that TAF4 is required for T-RA regulation of most, but not all cellular genes. We further show that T-RA-treated taf4(lox/-) cells exhibit transforming growth factor (TGF)beta-dependent autocrine growth and identify a set of genes regulated by loss of TAF4 and by T-RA corresponding to key mediators of the TGFbeta signalling pathway. T-RA rapidly and potently induces expression of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) via a conserved DR2 type response element in its proximal promoter leading to serum-free autocrine growth. These results highlight the role of TAF4 as a cofactor in the cellular response to T-RA and identify the genetic programme of a novel cross talk between the T-RA and TGFbeta pathways that leads to deregulated cell growth. [less ▲]

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See detailHedgehog signaling pathway is inactive in colorectal cancer cell lines
Chatel, Guillaume; Ganeff, Corinne ULg; Boussif, Naima et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2007), 121(12), 2622-2627

The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway plays an important role in human development. Abnormal activation of this pathway has been observed in several types of human cancers, such as the upper gastro ... [more ▼]

The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway plays an important role in human development. Abnormal activation of this pathway has been observed in several types of human cancers, such as the upper gastro-intestinal tract cancers. However, activation of the Hh pathway in colorectal cancers is controversial. We analyzed the expression of the main key members of the Hh pathway in 7 colon cancer cell lines in order to discover whether the pathway is constitutively active in these cells. We estimated the expression of SHH, IHH, PTCH, SMO, GLI1, GLI2, GLI3, SUFU and HHIP genes by RT-PCR. Moreover, Hh ligand, Gli3 and Sufu protein levels were quantified by western blotting. None of the cell lines expressed the complete set of Hh pathway members. The ligands were absent from Colo320 and HCT116 cells, Smo from Colo205, HT29 and WiDr. GLI1 gene was not expressed in SW480 cells nor were GLI2/GLI3 in Colo205 or Caco-2 cells. Furthermore the repressive form of Gli3, characteristic of an inactive pathway, was detected in SW480 and Colo320 cells. Finally treatment of colon cancer cells with cyclopamine, a specific inhibitor of the Hh pathway, did not downregulate PTCH and GLI1 genes expression in the colorectal cells, whereas it did so in PANC1 control cells. Taken together, these results indicate that the aberrant activation of the Hh signaling pathway is not common in colorectal cancer cell lines. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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