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See detailDUSP3/VHR is a pro-angiogenic atypical dual-specificity phosphatase
Amand, Mathieu ULg; Erpicum, Charlotte ULg; BAJOU, Khalid ULg et al

in Molecular Cancer (2014)

Background DUSP3 phosphatase, also known as Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) phosphatase, encoded by DUSP3/Dusp3 gene, is a relatively small member of the dual-specificity protein phosphatases. In vitro studies ... [more ▼]

Background DUSP3 phosphatase, also known as Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) phosphatase, encoded by DUSP3/Dusp3 gene, is a relatively small member of the dual-specificity protein phosphatases. In vitro studies showed that DUSP3 is a negative regulator of ERK and JNK pathways in several cell lines. On the other hand, DUSP3 is implicated in human cancer. It has been alternatively described as having tumor suppressive and oncogenic properties. Thus, the available data suggest that DUSP3 plays complex and contradictory roles in tumorigenesis that could be cell type-dependent. Since most of these studies were performed using recombinant proteins or in cell-transfection based assays, the physiological function of DUSP3 has remained elusive. Results Using immunohistochemistry on human cervical sections, we observed a strong expression of DUSP3 in endothelial cells (EC) suggesting a contribution for this phosphatase to EC functions. DUSP3 downregulation, using RNA interference, in human EC reduced significantly in vitro tube formation on Matrigel and spheroid angiogenic sprouting. However, this defect was not associated with an altered phosphorylation of the documented in vitro DUSP3 substrates, ERK1/2, JNK1/2 and EGFR but was associated with an increased PKC phosphorylation. To investigate the physiological function of DUSP3, we generated Dusp3-deficient mice by homologous recombination. The obtained DUSP3-/- mice were healthy, fertile, with no spontaneous phenotype and no vascular defect. However, DUSP3 deficiency prevented neo-vascularization of transplanted b-FGF containing Matrigel and LLC xenograft tumors as evidenced by hemoglobin (Hb) and FITC-dextran quantifications. Furthermore, we found that DUSP3 is required for b-FGF-induced microvessel outgrowth in the aortic ring assay. Conclusions All together, our data identify DUSP3 as a new important player in angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailAn interaction map for HTLV-1 Tax and PDZ-containing proteins.
Blibek, Karim ULg; Rambout, Xavier ULg; beaufays, Jérôme et al

Poster (2013, June 29)

Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus encodes for the Tax protein, which has a transforming capacity in vitro. Tax contains at its C-terminus a binding motif for PDZ domain-containing ... [more ▼]

Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus encodes for the Tax protein, which has a transforming capacity in vitro. Tax contains at its C-terminus a binding motif for PDZ domain-containing proteins (PSD95-DLG1-ZO1). It has been shown that the C-terminal motif of Tax is involved in Tax oncogenic capacity. Ten different PDZ domain-containing proteins have been reported to interact with Tax, but the specificity of Tax-human PDZome interactions has not been investigated. The objective of this study is to obtain a comprehensive interactome map for Tax and the human PDZome and to determine a global role of Tax-PDZ interactions in HTLV-1 biology. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of Tax transformation activity using a small molecule targetting Tax/PDZ domain interactions.
Blibek, Karim ULg; Fujii, Naoaki; Legros, Sebastien et al

Poster (2013, June 29)

Primate T-lymphotropic virus species comprise four members (HTLV-1 to -4) that have been discovered in human. Only the HTLV-1 infection leads to adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) and tropical spastic ... [more ▼]

Primate T-lymphotropic virus species comprise four members (HTLV-1 to -4) that have been discovered in human. Only the HTLV-1 infection leads to adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) and tropical spastic paraparesis (TSP), an immune degenerative neurologic syndrome. All the four viruses share a similar genomic organization and encode transforming Tax oncoproteins. In contrast to HTLV-2 and 4, HTLV-1 and 3 Tax proteins contain a PSD-95/Drosophila Discs Large/Zona Occludens-I (PDZ) binding motif at their C-terminal that has been shown to play crucial roles in the distinct transforming properties of the Tax proteins. To systematically investigate PDZ-containing proteins roles in HTLV-1 biology, we initiated a global interactome network analysis of Tax and associated human PDZ-containing proteins. This was accomplished through the use of our framework of binary interactome mapping that includes stringent yeast two hybrid and pulldown screening, systematic retesting by protein complementation assay and evaluation of PDZ gene expression in T lymphocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractomic map of the Ets factors family : Identification of unexpected functions in mRNA processing
Rambout, Xavier ULg; Simonis, Nicolas; Brohée, Sylvain et al

Poster (2013, January 28)

The Ets factors are a family of 27 transcription factors characterized by their unique DNA-binding domain. We aimed at building a protein-protein interaction (PPI) map (interactome) of the human Ets ... [more ▼]

The Ets factors are a family of 27 transcription factors characterized by their unique DNA-binding domain. We aimed at building a protein-protein interaction (PPI) map (interactome) of the human Ets factors in order to better define their roles and regulations in normal and oncogenic processes. The Ets interactome was built on a high-throughput yeast-two hybrid (Y2H) approach, and a literature and database curation. We identified 431 PPIs and 276 different protein partners. Clustering of the Ets interactome divided it into 24 functional subnetworks classified on their novelty index and their size. Cluster#1 was exclusively composed of newly identified interaction partners and was highly connected to the Erg subfamily of Ets factors. Gene ontology enrichment analysis revealed that it was associated to mRNA processing. In support of this result, we observed in HeLa cells that ERG and the components of cluster#1 localized in p-bodies and stress granules, physically linked cytoplasmic sites of mRNA degradation and silencing. Hence, we hypothesized that Erg proteins might have a role in post-transcriptional gene regulation and be involved in cellular mRNAs degradation. To test this hypothesis, we performed a MS2-based tethering assay and showed that the recruitment of ERG on a mRNA reporter promoted inhibition of its expression via a two-fold decrease of its half-life. ERG controls degradation of target mRNAs via different mechanisms including polysome stability, mRNA deadenylation, and p-bodies aggregation. A microarray-based appraoch identified 321 endogeneous genes whose mRNA decay rate was lowered in ERG silenced cells. Results point out the Nter domain of ERG as the predominant domain required for mRNA degradation. Importantly, oncogenic TET-Erg fusions described in AML and Ewing’s sarcoma exhibited diminished ability to degrade target mRNAs, concomitantly with the loss of the ERG Nter domain. This reinforces the important role of Erg proteins in mRNA degradation in cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailCTIP2 is a negative regulator of P-TEFb.
Cherrier, Thomas ULg; Le Douce, Valentin; Eilebrecht, Sebastian et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2013), 110(31), 12655-60

The positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) is involved in physiological and pathological events including inflammation, cancer, AIDS, and cardiac hypertrophy. The balance between its active ... [more ▼]

The positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) is involved in physiological and pathological events including inflammation, cancer, AIDS, and cardiac hypertrophy. The balance between its active and inactive form is tightly controlled to ensure cellular integrity. We report that the transcriptional repressor CTIP2 is a major modulator of P-TEFb activity. CTIP2 copurifies and interacts with an inactive P-TEFb complex containing the 7SK snRNA and HEXIM1. CTIP2 associates directly with HEXIM1 and, via the loop 2 of the 7SK snRNA, with P-TEFb. In this nucleoprotein complex, CTIP2 significantly represses the Cdk9 kinase activity of P-TEFb. Accordingly, we show that CTIP2 inhibits large sets of P-TEFb- and 7SK snRNA-sensitive genes. In hearts of hypertrophic cardiomyopathic mice, CTIP2 controls P-TEFb-sensitive pathways involved in the establishment of this pathology. Overexpression of the beta-myosin heavy chain protein contributes to the pathological cardiac wall thickening. The inactive P-TEFb complex associates with CTIP2 at the MYH7 gene promoter to repress its activity. Taken together, our results strongly suggest that CTIP2 controls P-TEFb function in physiological and pathological conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPP2A regulatory subunit Balpha controls endothelial contractility and vessel lumen integrity via regulation of HDAC7.
Martin, Maud ULg; Geudens, Ilse; Bruyr, Jonathan et al

in EMBO Journal (2013)

To supply tissues with nutrients and oxygen, the cardiovascular system forms a seamless, hierarchically branched, network of lumenized tubes. Here, we show that maintenance of patent vessel lumens ... [more ▼]

To supply tissues with nutrients and oxygen, the cardiovascular system forms a seamless, hierarchically branched, network of lumenized tubes. Here, we show that maintenance of patent vessel lumens requires the Balpha regulatory subunit of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A). Deficiency of Balpha in zebrafish precludes vascular lumen stabilization resulting in perfusion defects. Similarly, inactivation of PP2A-Balpha in cultured ECs induces tubulogenesis failure due to alteration of cytoskeleton dynamics, actomyosin contractility and maturation of cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) contacts. Mechanistically, we show that PP2A-Balpha controls the activity of HDAC7, an essential transcriptional regulator of vascular stability. In the absence of PP2A-Balpha, transcriptional repression by HDAC7 is abrogated leading to enhanced expression of the cytoskeleton adaptor protein ArgBP2. ArgBP2 hyperactivates RhoA causing inadequate rearrangements of the EC actomyosin cytoskeleton. This study unravels the first specific role for a PP2A holoenzyme in development: the PP2A-Balpha/HDAC7/ArgBP2 axis maintains vascular lumens by balancing endothelial cytoskeletal dynamics and cell-matrix adhesion. [less ▲]

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See detailPhosphorylation of p65(RelA) on Ser547 by ATM represses NF-κB-dependent transcription of specific genes after genotoxic stress.
Sabatel, Hélène ULg; Di Valentin, Emmanuel ULg; Gloire, Geoffrey ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012)

The NF-κB pathway is involved in immune and inflammation responses, proliferation, differentiation and cell death or survival. It is activated by many external stimuli including genotoxic stress. DNA ... [more ▼]

The NF-κB pathway is involved in immune and inflammation responses, proliferation, differentiation and cell death or survival. It is activated by many external stimuli including genotoxic stress. DNA double-strand breaks activate NF-κB in an ATM-dependent manner. In this manuscript, a direct interaction between p65(RelA) and the N-terminal extremity of ATM is reported. We also report that only one of the five potential ATM-(S/T)Q target sites present in p65, namely Ser547, is specifically phosphorylated by ATM in vitro. A comparative transcriptomic analysis performed in HEK-293 cells expressing either wild-type HA-p65 or a non-phosphorylatable mutant HA-p65S547A identified several differentially transcribed genes after an etoposide treatment (e.g. IL8, A20, SELE). The transcription of these genes is increased in cells expressing the mutant. Substitution of Ser547 to alanine does not affect p65 binding abilities on the κB site of the IL8 promoter but reduces p65 interaction with HDAC1. Cells expressing p65S547A have a higher level of histone H3 acetylated on Lys9 at the IL8 promoter, which is in agreement with the higher gene induction observed. These results indicate that ATM regulates a sub-set of NF-κB dependent genes after a genotoxic stress by direct phosphorylation of p65. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractomic map of the Ets factors family : Identification of unexpected functions in mRNA processing
Rambout, Xavier ULg; Simonis, Nicolas; Demoitié, Pauline et al

in Keystone symposium - Protein-RNA Interactions in Biology and Disease (C1) (2012, March 05)

The Ets factors are a family of 27 transcription factors characterized by their unique DNA-binding domain, the ETS domain. We aimed at building a protein-protein interaction (PPI) map (interactome) of the ... [more ▼]

The Ets factors are a family of 27 transcription factors characterized by their unique DNA-binding domain, the ETS domain. We aimed at building a protein-protein interaction (PPI) map (interactome) of the human Ets factors in order to better define their roles and regulations in normal and oncogenic processes. The Ets interactome was built on a high-throughput yeast-two hybrid (Y2H) approach, and a literature and database curation of confident interactions which led us to the identification of 602 PPIs and 369 different protein partners. Clusterization using the Network Analysis Tool box (NeAT) divided the ETS interactome into 39 functional sub-networks. Among these, we identified Cluster16 as highly connected to the Erg ETS subfamily. A gene ontology (GO) enrichment analysis revealed that Cluster16 was associated to various aspects of mRNA processing. We therefore hypothesized that Erg factors might have a role in post-transcriptional gene regulation. This would constitute a entirely new and undisclosed role for ETS factors, which are so far firmly established as transcription factors. In support of our hypothesis, we observed that ERG localized in p-bodies, cytoplasmic sites of mRNA decay. Interestingly, under various cellular stresses, a portion of ERG and its partners from Cluster16 localized in stress granules, cytoplasmic sites of mRNA silencing physically linked to p-bodies. Hence, we hypothesized that Erg proteins might be involved in cellular mRNAs degradation. To test this, we performed a MS2-based tethering assay and showed that the recruit-ment of Erg factors promoted degradation of a reporter mRNA, mainly via its N-ter domain. Very importantly, oncogenic TET-Erg fusions described in AML and Ewing’s sarcoma exhibited diminished ability to degrade target mRNAs, concomitantly with the loss of the N-ter domain of the corresponding Erg protein. This re-inforces the important role of Erg proteins in mRNA degradation in cancer. Our efforts are now concentrated on identifying the molecular determinants behind this new function of Erg proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailThe inositol phosphatase SHIP-1 inhibits NOD2-induced NF-κB activation by disturbing the interaction of XIAP with RIP2
Condé, Claude ULg; Rambout, Xavier ULg; Lebrun, Marielle ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012)

SHIP-1 is an inositol phosphatase predominantly expressed in hematopoietic cells. Over the ten past years, SHIP-1 has been described as an important regulator of immune functions. Here, we characterize a ... [more ▼]

SHIP-1 is an inositol phosphatase predominantly expressed in hematopoietic cells. Over the ten past years, SHIP-1 has been described as an important regulator of immune functions. Here, we characterize a new inhibitory function for SHIP-1 in NOD2 signaling. NOD2 is a crucial cytoplasmic bacterial sensor that activates proinflammatory and antimicrobial responses upon bacterial invasion. We observed that SHIP-1 decreases NOD2-induced NF-κB activation in macrophages. This negative regulation relies on its interaction with XIAP. Indeed, we observed that XIAP is an essential mediator of the NOD2 signaling pathway that enables proper NF-κB activation in macrophages. Upon NOD2 activation, SHIP-1 C-terminal proline rich domain (PRD) interacts with XIAP, thereby disturbing the interaction between XIAP and RIP2 in order to decrease NF-κB signaling. [less ▲]

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See detailHost-pathogen interactome mapping for HTLV-1 and -2 retroviruses.
Simonis, Nicolas; Rual, Jean-Francois; Lemmens, Irma et al

in Retrovirology (2012), 9

BACKGROUND: Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) and type 2 both target T lymphocytes, yet induce radically different phenotypic outcomes. HTLV-1 is a causative agent of Adult T-cell leukemia (ATL ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) and type 2 both target T lymphocytes, yet induce radically different phenotypic outcomes. HTLV-1 is a causative agent of Adult T-cell leukemia (ATL), whereas HTLV-2, highly similar to HTLV-1, causes no known overt disease. HTLV gene products are engaged in a dynamic struggle of activating and antagonistic interactions with host cells. Investigations focused on one or a few genes have identified several human factors interacting with HTLV viral proteins. Most of the available interaction data concern the highly investigated HTLV-1 Tax protein. Identifying shared and distinct host-pathogen protein interaction profiles for these two viruses would enlighten how they exploit distinctive or common strategies to subvert cellular pathways toward disease progression. RESULTS: We employ a scalable methodology for the systematic mapping and comparison of pathogen-host protein interactions that includes stringent yeast two-hybrid screening and systematic retest, as well as two independent validations through an additional protein interaction detection method and a functional transactivation assay. The final data set contained 166 interactions between 10 viral proteins and 122 human proteins. Among the 166 interactions identified, 87 and 79 involved HTLV-1 and HTLV-2 -encoded proteins, respectively. Targets for HTLV-1 and HTLV-2 proteins implicate a diverse set of cellular processes including the ubiquitin-proteasome system, the apoptosis, different cancer pathways and the Notch signaling pathway. CONCLUSIONS: This study constitutes a first pass, with homogeneous data, at comparative analysis of host targets for HTLV-1 and -2 retroviruses, complements currently existing data for formulation of systems biology models of retroviral induced diseases and presents new insights on biological pathways involved in retroviral infection. [less ▲]

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See detailHDAC5 is required for maintenance of pericentric heterochromatin, and controls cell-cycle progression and survival of human cancer cells
Peixoto, Paul ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Matheus, Nicolas ULg et al

in Cell Death & Differentiation (2012)

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) form a family of enzymes, which have fundamental roles in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression and contribute to the growth, differentiation, and apoptosis of cancer ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) form a family of enzymes, which have fundamental roles in the epigenetic regulation of gene expression and contribute to the growth, differentiation, and apoptosis of cancer cells. In this study, we further investigated the biological function of HDAC5 in cancer cells. We found HDAC5 is associated with actively replicating pericentric heterochromatin during late S phase. We demonstrated that specific depletion of HDAC5 by RNA interference resulted in profound changes in the heterochromatin structure and slowed down ongoing replication forks. This defect in heterochromatin maintenance and assembly are sensed by DNA damage checkpoint pathways, which triggered cancer cells to autophagy and apoptosis, and arrested their growth both in vitro and in vivo. Finally, we also demonstrated that HDAC5 depletion led to enhanced sensitivity of DNA to DNA-damaging agents, suggesting that heterochromatin de-condensation induced by histone HDAC5 silencing may enhance the efficacy of cytotoxic agents that act by targeting DNA in vitro. Together, these results highlighted for the first time an unrecognized link between HDAC5 and the maintenance/assembly of heterochromatin structure, and demonstrated that its specific inhibition might contribute to increase the efficacy of DNA alteration-based cancer therapies in clinic. [less ▲]

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See detailEstablishment of an interactomic map of the Ets factors family: Towards a better understanding of their roles in oncogenic processes
Rambout, Xavier ULg; Simonis, Nicolas; Demoitié, Pauline et al

Poster (2011, April 29)

Ets transcription factors have been involved in several cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer and Ewing’s sarcoma. They regulate the expression of genes controlling important biological processes such ... [more ▼]

Ets transcription factors have been involved in several cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer and Ewing’s sarcoma. They regulate the expression of genes controlling important biological processes such as cellular proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, metastasis, and transformation. This family of transcription factors is characterized by its highly conserved DNA-binding domain called the ETS domain and members are classified into subfamilies based on sequence homology criterion. We built a protein-protein interaction (PPI) network of the 27 Ets proteins and of their individual functional domains using a high-throughput yeast-two hybrid (Y2H) screening method. That Y2H network was expanded with confident literature-curated PPIs to obtain a comprehensive Ets interaction network. By considering connectivity between Ets interaction partners, we were able to segregate highly connected clusters of proteins from that network. Analysis of ontologies enrichment of those clusters enabled to confirm well-established roles and regulations of Ets factors, but also to suggest new ones. Biological validation of one precise cluster could be used as a rule of a thumb to globally confirm the bioinformatic analysis of our Ets PPI network and the potential physiological or pathological roles and regulation of Ets factors. [less ▲]

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See detailAcetylation-dependent regulation of endothelial Notch signalling by the SIRT1 deacetylase.
Guarani, Virginia; Deflorian, Gianluca; Franco, Claudio A et al

in Nature (2011), 473(7346), 234-8

Notch signalling is a key intercellular communication mechanism that is essential for cell specification and tissue patterning, and which coordinates critical steps of blood vessel growth. Although subtle ... [more ▼]

Notch signalling is a key intercellular communication mechanism that is essential for cell specification and tissue patterning, and which coordinates critical steps of blood vessel growth. Although subtle alterations in Notch activity suffice to elicit profound differences in endothelial behaviour and blood vessel formation, little is known about the regulation and adaptation of endothelial Notch responses. Here we report that the NAD(+)-dependent deacetylase SIRT1 acts as an intrinsic negative modulator of Notch signalling in endothelial cells. We show that acetylation of the Notch1 intracellular domain (NICD) on conserved lysines controls the amplitude and duration of Notch responses by altering NICD protein turnover. SIRT1 associates with NICD and functions as a NICD deacetylase, which opposes the acetylation-induced NICD stabilization. Consequently, endothelial cells lacking SIRT1 activity are sensitized to Notch signalling, resulting in impaired growth, sprout elongation and enhanced Notch target gene expression in response to DLL4 stimulation, thereby promoting a non-sprouting, stalk-cell-like phenotype. In vivo, inactivation of Sirt1 in zebrafish and mice causes reduced vascular branching and density as a consequence of enhanced Notch signalling. Our findings identify reversible acetylation of the NICD as a molecular mechanism to adapt the dynamics of Notch signalling, and indicate that SIRT1 acts as rheostat to fine-tune endothelial Notch responses. [less ▲]

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See detailThe HTLV-1 Tax protein inhibits formation of stress granules by interacting with histone deacetylase 6.
Legros, S.; Boxus, Mathieu ULg; Gatot, J. S. et al

in Oncogene (2011)

Human T cell leukemia virus type-1 (HTLV-1) is the causative agent of a fatal adult T-cell leukemia. Through deregulation of multiple cellular signaling pathways the viral Tax protein has a pivotal role ... [more ▼]

Human T cell leukemia virus type-1 (HTLV-1) is the causative agent of a fatal adult T-cell leukemia. Through deregulation of multiple cellular signaling pathways the viral Tax protein has a pivotal role in T-cell transformation. In response to stressful stimuli, cells mount a cellular stress response to limit the damage that environmental forces inflict on DNA or proteins. During stress response, cells postpone the translation of most cellular mRNAs, which are gathered into cytoplasmic mRNA-silencing foci called stress granules (SGs) and allocate their available resources towards the production of dedicated stress-management proteins. Here we demonstrate that Tax controls the formation of SGs and interferes with the cellular stress response pathway. In agreement with previous reports, we observed that Tax relocates from the nucleus to the cytoplasm in response to environmental stress. We found that the presence of Tax in the cytoplasm of stressed cells prevents the formation of SGs and counteracts the shutoff of specific host proteins. Unexpectedly, nuclear localization of Tax promotes spontaneous aggregation of SGs, even in the absence of stress. Mutant analysis revealed that the SG inhibitory capacity of Tax is independent of its transcriptional abilities but relies on its interaction with histone deacetylase 6, a critical component of SGs. Importantly, the stress-protective effect of Tax was also observed in the context of HTLV-1 infected cells, which were shown to be less prone to form SGs and undergo apoptosis under arsenite exposure. These observations identify Tax as the first virally encoded inhibitory component of SGs and unravel a new strategy developed by HTLV-1 to deregulate normal cell processes. We postulate that inhibition of the stress response pathway by Tax would favor cell survival under stressful conditions and may have an important role in HTLV-1-induced cellular transformation.Oncogene advance online publication, 2 May 2011; doi:10.1038/onc.2011.120. [less ▲]

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See detailEstablishment of an interactomic map of the Ets factors family: Towards a better understanding of their roles in oncogenic processes
Rambout, Xavier ULg; Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg; Dequiedt, Franck ULg

in Inserm Workshop: Interactomics: at the crossroads of biology and bioinformatics (2010, March)

Ets transcription factors play key roles in several cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer and Ewing’s sarcoma. They regulate the expression of genes controlling biological processes such as cellular ... [more ▼]

Ets transcription factors play key roles in several cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer and Ewing’s sarcoma. They regulate the expression of genes controlling biological processes such as cellular proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, metastasis, and transformation. This family is characterized by a highly conserved DNA-binding domain (ETS domain) and is classified into subfamilies according to sequence homology between the members. Using a high-throughput yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) method, we tested the interaction of the major splicing variants of the 28 human Ets factors and their functional domains of interest against the last available version of the human ORFeome (hORFeome v5.1). This screen has identified more than 200 new partners of Ets proteins. Further validation of these new interactions together with previously described interactions will enable a global evaluation of the regulation, and normal and cancerous roles of Ets factors. [less ▲]

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See detailNOD2 interactome
Lecat, Aurore ULg; Di Valentin, Emmanuel ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

Poster (2010, January 28)

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See detailHeart 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase activation by insulin requires PKB (protein kinase B), but not SGK3 (serum- and glucocorticoid-induced protein kinase 3).
Mouton, Veronique; Toussaint, Louise ULg; Vertommen, Didier et al

in Biochemical Journal (2010), 431(2), 267-75

On the basis of transfection experiments using a dominant-negative approach, our previous studies suggested that PKB (protein kinase B) was not involved in heart PFK-2 (6-phosphofructo2-kinase) activation ... [more ▼]

On the basis of transfection experiments using a dominant-negative approach, our previous studies suggested that PKB (protein kinase B) was not involved in heart PFK-2 (6-phosphofructo2-kinase) activation by insulin. Therefore we first tested whether SGK3 (serum- and glucocorticoid-induced protein kinase 3) might be involved in this effect. Treatment of recombinant heart PFK-2 with [gamma-32P]ATP and SGK3 in vitro led to PFK-2 activation and phosphorylation at Ser466 and Ser483. However, in HEK-293T cells [HEK (human embryonic kidney)-293 cells expressing the large T-antigen of SV40 (simian virus 40)] co-transfected with SGK3 siRNA (small interfering RNA) and heart PFK-2, insulin-induced heart PFK-2 activation was unaffected. The involvement of PKB in heart PFK-2 activation by insulin was re-evaluated using different models: (i) hearts from transgenic mice with a muscle/heart-specific mutation in the PDK1 (phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1)-substrate-docking site injected with insulin; (ii) hearts from PKBbeta-deficient mice injected with insulin; (iii) freshly isolated rat cardiomyocytes and perfused hearts treated with the selective Akti-1/2 PKB inhibitor prior to insulin treatment; and (iv) HEK-293T cells co-transfected with heart PFK-2, and PKBalpha/beta siRNA or PKBalpha siRNA, incubated with insulin. Together, the results indicated that SGK3 is not required for insulin-induced PFK-2 activation and that this effect is likely mediated by PKBalpha. [less ▲]

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See detailModified Cap Group Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor Derivatives Reveal Improved Selective Antileukemic Activity
Chanaz, Salmi-Smail; Fabre, Aurélie; Dequiedt, Franck ULg et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2010), 53(8)

A series of SAHA cap derivatives was designed and prepared in good-to-excellent yields that varied from 49% to 95%. These derivatives were evaluated for their antiproliferative activity in several human ... [more ▼]

A series of SAHA cap derivatives was designed and prepared in good-to-excellent yields that varied from 49% to 95%. These derivatives were evaluated for their antiproliferative activity in several human cancer cell lines. Antiproliferative activity was observed for concentrations varying from 0.12 to >100 microM, and a molecular modeling approach of selected SAHA derivatives, based on available structural information of human HDAC8 in complex with SAHA, was performed. Strikingly, two compounds displayed up to 10-fold improved antileukemic activity with respect to SAHA; however, these compounds displayed antiproliferative activity similar to SAHA when assayed against solid tumor-derived cell lines. A 10-fold improvement in the leukemic vs peripheral blood mononuclear cell therapeutic ratio, with no evident in vivo toxicity toward blood cells, was also observed. The herein-described compounds and method of synthesis will provide invaluable tools to investigate the molecular mechanism responsible for the reported selectively improved antileukemic activity. [less ▲]

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