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See detailCytoplasmic I kappa B alpha increases NF-kappa B-independent transcription through binding to histone deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and HDAC3
Viatour, Patrick ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie; van Lint, Carine et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(47), 46541-46548

IkappaBalpha is an inhibitory molecule that sequesters NF-kappaB dimers in the cytoplasm of unstimulated cells. Upon stimulation, NF-kappaB moves to the nucleus and induces the expression of a variety of ... [more ▼]

IkappaBalpha is an inhibitory molecule that sequesters NF-kappaB dimers in the cytoplasm of unstimulated cells. Upon stimulation, NF-kappaB moves to the nucleus and induces the expression of a variety of genes including IkappaBalpha. This newly synthesized IkappaBalpha also translocates to the nucleus, removes activated NF-kappaB from its target genes, and brings it back to the cytoplasm to terminate the phase of NF-kappaB activation. We show here that IkappaBalpha enhances the transactivation potential of several homeodomain-containing proteins such as HOXB7 and Pit-1 through a NF-kappaB-independent association with histone deacetylase (HDAC) 1 and HDAC3 but not with HDAC2, -4, -5, and -6. IkappaBalpha bound both HDAC proteins through its ankyrin repeats, and this interaction was disrupted by p65. Immunofluorescence experiments demonstrated further that IkappaBalpha acts by partially redirecting HDAC3 to the cytoplasm. At the same time, an IkappaBalpha mutant, which lacked a functional nuclear localization sequence, interacted very efficiently with HDAC1 and -3 and intensively enhanced the transactivation potential of Pit-1. Our results support the hypothesis that the NF-kappaB inhibitor IkappaBalpha regulates the transcriptional activity of homeodomain-containing proteins positively through cytoplasmic sequestration of HDAC1 and HDAC3, a mechanism that would assign a new and unexpected role to IkappaBalpha. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mesure du débit de filtration glomérulaire en clinique quotidienne
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Ferir, Anne-Marie et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(2), 95-100

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the most frequently used parameter to evaluate the renal function. GFR may be estimated with serum creatinine, creatinine clearance based on 24 hours urine collection ... [more ▼]

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the most frequently used parameter to evaluate the renal function. GFR may be estimated with serum creatinine, creatinine clearance based on 24 hours urine collection or Cockcroft formula. All these methods have bias. Other approaches have thus been proposed. The limitations and advantages of isotopic methods and recent mathematical approaches (MDRD formula) are reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms involved in exogenous C2- and C6-ceramide-induced cancer cell toxicity.
Fillet, Marianne ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Deregowski, Valérie et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2003), 65(10), 1633-42

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the ... [more ▼]

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the apoptosis of HCT116 and OVCAR-3 cancer cells, exogenous C2-, C6-, and C16-ceramides were used to mimic the endogenous lipid increase that follows a large variety of stresses. C2- and C6-ceramides (cell-permeable ceramide analogs), but not C16-ceramide, induced nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) DNA-binding, caspase-3 activation, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase degradation, and mitochondrial cytochrome c release, indicating that apoptosis occurs through the caspase cascade and the mitochondrial pathway. No difference in survival was observed between control cells and cells expressing mutated IkappaBalpha and treated with the permeable ceramides. This suggests that, at least in these cell lines, stable NF-kappaB inhibition did not modify the ceramide-induced cytotoxicity pathway. C6-ceramide also induced a double block in G1 and G2, thus emptying the S phase. [less ▲]

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See detailGamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy in primary cutaneous melanoma.
Belhocine, T.; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Gielen, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 355-61

BACKGROUND: Radiotracer and blue-dye lymphatic mapping is a recommended combined method to guide sentinel lymphadenectomy and full regional lymph node dissection in selected patients with cutaneous ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Radiotracer and blue-dye lymphatic mapping is a recommended combined method to guide sentinel lymphadenectomy and full regional lymph node dissection in selected patients with cutaneous melanoma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy and the prognostic value of gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping in cutaneous melanomas. METHODS: Sixty-five stage I and II melanoma patients underwent gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping. Sentinel lymph nodes were studied by both conventional and immunohistochemical stainings. The median follow-up was 11 months. RESULTS: Sensitivities of preoperative and intraoperative sentinel lymph node detection were 100 and 98%, respectively. Only 1 failure of detection and 1 missed same-basin metastasis were experienced in the axillary and cervical areas, respectively. Eleven patients (16.9%) had sentinel node metastases leading to adjuvant therapy. CONCLUSION: Gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping is useful for staging melanoma. However, in the expectation of a more specific identification of the sentinel lymph node, the standard protocol remains recommended for exploring the axillary and cervical areas. The histological examination supported in some cases by immunohistochemistry remains mandatory in all cases. [less ▲]

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See detailUsefulness of sentinel node biopsy and FDG PET imaging in loco-regional lymph node staging of malignant melanoma.
BELHOCINE, T.; HUSTINX, Roland ULg; GIELEN, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2001), 42

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See detailEarly Stage Results after Oesophageal Resection for Malignancy - Colon Interposition Vs. Gastric Pull-Up
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg; Degauque, C. et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2000), 18(3), 293-300

OBJECTIVE: The aims of our study were to determine if using the colon as a digestive transplant after oesophagectomy for cancer was associated with increased postoperative complications, and to assess the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The aims of our study were to determine if using the colon as a digestive transplant after oesophagectomy for cancer was associated with increased postoperative complications, and to assess the impact of preoperative radiochemotherapy on postoperative hospital outcome. METHODS: From January 1990 to December 1998, 130 patients underwent oesophageal resection for malignancy. There were 103 males and 27 females (age: 61.3+/-11.5 years). Indications were squamous cell carcinoma in 69 patients and adenocarcinoma in 61. Preoperatively 30 patients (eight in stage IIB, 18 in stage III, and four in stage IV) received radiochemotherapy. There were 84 subtotal oesophagectomies, with anastomosis in the neck in 44 patients and at the thoracic inlet in 40, and 46 distal oesophageal resections. Digestive continuity was restored with the stomach in 92 patients (age: 63.4+/-10.2 years) and the colon in 38 (age: 52.3+/-12.8 years). With the exception of age (P<0.0001), there was no significant preoperative difference between gastric and colonic groups. RESULTS: Hospital mortality was 8.5% (11 patients), decreasing from 18.5% (before 1993) to 3.8% (since 1993). One patient (2.5%) died in the colonic graft group and ten (11%) in the gastric pull-up group (P=0.17). Postoperative complications occurred in 40 patients (31%), respectively, in ten (26%) and 30 (33%) patients after colonic and gastric transplants (P=0.48), and were pulmonary insufficiency or infection in 29 patients, anastomotic fistula in six, myocardial infarction in five, recurrent nerve palsy in four, renal insufficiency in three, and cerebrovascular accident in one. All fistulas occurred in the gastric pull-up group. The incidence of postoperative pulmonary complications was 70% (21/30 patients) in the subgroup who received preoperative radiochemotherapy, as compared to 11% (5/44 patients) in the subgroup of comparable staging, but without preoperative treatment (P<0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Colonic grafts are not associated with increased postoperative mortality or complications. Our results suggest that preoperative neoadjuvant treatment significantly increases postoperative pulmonary complications. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacological Modulation of the Bystander Effect in the Herpes Simplex Virus Thymidine Kinase/Ganciclovir Gene Therapy System: Effects of Dibutyryl Adenosine 3',5'-Cyclic Monophosphate, Alpha-Glycyrrhetinic Acid, and Cytosine Arabinoside
Robe, Pierre ULg; Princen, Frédéric; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 60(2), 241-9

The herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) suicide gene/ganciclovir system was first applied to the treatment of glioblastoma tumors, but was hampered by the low gene transfection yield ... [more ▼]

The herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) suicide gene/ganciclovir system was first applied to the treatment of glioblastoma tumors, but was hampered by the low gene transfection yield. Fortunately, the gap junction-dependent diffusion of phosphorylated ganciclovir metabolites from transfected cells to their neighbors proved to enhance the overall benefit of this strategy. However, as tumor cells are often gap junction-deficient, we sought to restore this property pharmacologically and hence to improve the efficacy of the treatment. We demonstrated that this approach was feasible in glioblastoma cells using dibutyryl adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) (100 microM) as a pharmacological inducer of gap junctions. alpha-Glycyrrhetinic acid (25 microM), on the other hand, strongly inhibited both gap junction-mediated intercellular communication and the bystander effect, thus confirming the role of gap junctions in HSV-tk-mediated bystander killing. Using cytosine arabinoside as a growth inhibitor, we underlined the role of tumor cell proliferation in the sensitivity of HSV-tk-transfected cells to ganciclovir and demonstrated its correlation with the importance of the bystander effect. [less ▲]

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See detailCytosine Deaminase Suicide Gene Therapy for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Bentires-Alj, M.; Hellin, A. C.; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg et al

in Cancer Gene Therapy (2000), 7(1), 20-6

Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach that might soon improve the prognosis of some cancers. We investigated the feasibility of cytosine deaminase (CD) suicide gene therapy in a model of peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach that might soon improve the prognosis of some cancers. We investigated the feasibility of cytosine deaminase (CD) suicide gene therapy in a model of peritoneal carcinomatosis. DHD/K12 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells transfected in vitro with the CD gene were highly sensitive to 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC), and a bystander effect could also be observed. Treating CD+ cells with 5-FC resulted in apoptosis as detected by terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling. In vitro, several human cell lines derived from ovarian or colorectal carcinomas, as well as the rat glioblastoma 9 L cell line, responded to CD/5-FC and showed a very strong bystander effect. 5-FC treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis generated in syngeneic BDIX rats by CD-expressing DHD/K12 cells led to a complete and prolonged response and to prolonged survival. Our study thus demonstrated the efficacy of CD suicide gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis. [less ▲]

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See detailHomocysteine et risque cardio-vasculaire
Lutteri, Laurence ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Gielen, Jean-Louis ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(6), 541-7

Homocystinuria is an uncommon genetic disease characterized by a marked increase of serum homocysteine (HCY), an intermediate of methionine metabolism. In patients with homocystinuria ... [more ▼]

Homocystinuria is an uncommon genetic disease characterized by a marked increase of serum homocysteine (HCY), an intermediate of methionine metabolism. In patients with homocystinuria, hyperhomocysteinemia promotes the development of atherosclerotic lesions and is responsible for premature coronary artery disease. Recently, several studies have also demonstrated that moderate hyperhomocysteinemia--not necessarily linked to an inborn metabolic defect--may also be considered as an independant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The main mechanisms of HCY atherogenic action are thought to be LDL oxydation, inhibition of vascular endothelium growth combined with stimulation of smooth muscular cells proliferation, and interference with the coagulation and fibrinolytic systems. Cofactors of key enzymes in HCY metabolism, folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6, may be given, alone or in combination, for the treatment of hyperhomocysteinemia. Homocysteinemia can be assessed by basal plasma HCY concentration and/or by HCY levels measured after a methionine loading test. Mainly measured till now in specialized laboratories using rather complex techniques (HPLC, GCMS, amino acid analyser ...), HCY determination is today spreading widely owing to the development of automated immunoassays. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... une obesite severe et ses anomalies metaboliques par une gastroplastie.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Letiexhe, Michel ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(3), 138-42

Severe obesity, defined as a body mass index > or = 35 kg/m2, is frequently associated with various biological abnormalities, particularly in the presence of intra-abdominal adiposity. The most important ... [more ▼]

Severe obesity, defined as a body mass index > or = 35 kg/m2, is frequently associated with various biological abnormalities, particularly in the presence of intra-abdominal adiposity. The most important disorders belong to the so-called insulin resistance syndrome, metabolic syndrome or syndrome X: hyperinsulinaemia, impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes, dyslipidaemias, hyperuricaemia, hyperfibrinogenaemia. All these metabolic abnormalities are considered as cardiovascular risk factors. They are also correlated with the severity of the liver steatosis which is commonly observed in individuals with severe obesity. We report our experience of the evolution of these metabolic abnormalities after a marked weight loss induced by gastroplasty. We will analyse the favourable effects of bariatric surgery on insulin sensitivity, biological components of the metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and liver steatosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRepeated Cycles of Retrovirus-Mediated Hsvtk Gene Transfer Plus Ganciclovir Increase Survival of Rats with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Princen, Frédéric; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Lopez Y Cadenas, Miguel ULg et al

in Gene Therapy (1998), 5(8), 1054-60

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation that requires novel therapeutic approaches. We investigated the efficiency of an HSVtk gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis ... [more ▼]

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation that requires novel therapeutic approaches. We investigated the efficiency of an HSVtk gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis induced in syngeneic rats by DHD/K12 colon carcinoma cells. In this setting, the efficiency of two different retrovirus producing cell lines (GP+AmEnv12 and FLYA13) was compared. Rats treated with a single injection of retrovirus producing cells followed by a 5-day course of ganciclovir treatment showed an increased survival as compared with control animals. Animals treated with three injections of producing cells, each followed by a 4-5-day course of ganciclovir treatment, showed an increased survival as compared with control rats and with those treated with a single cycle of retrovirus producing cells plus ganciclovir. However, only a few animals remained tumor-free after day 180. There was no difference between the two producing cell lines in any of the experiments. RT-PCR demonstrated a faint expression of the tk transgene in the liver, spleen, epiploon, bowels and the lung of the animals injected with the HSVtk producing cells, reflecting most likely the transduction of only a limited number of cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of gastroplasty on body weight and related biological abnormalities in morbid obesity.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Desaive, Claude ULg et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (1998), 24(4), 355-61

Obesity is a prevalent metabolic disorder associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Medical treatment rarely succeeds, and bariatric surgery has been proposed as an alternative therapy. The ... [more ▼]

Obesity is a prevalent metabolic disorder associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Medical treatment rarely succeeds, and bariatric surgery has been proposed as an alternative therapy. The purpose of this non-controlled retrospective study was to evaluate time-course changes in body weight in severely obese patients who underwent vertical ring gastroplasty or adjustable silicone gastric banding, and to assess the prevalence and potential reversibility of several of the biological abnormalities associated with morbid obesity. From an initial cohort comprising 658 patients, regular body weight measurements and biological data were obtained in 505 patients [419 females, 86 males; age 36 +/- 11 years; body mass index 42.7 +/- 6.9 kg/m2; (mean +/- SD)] with a mean follow-up of 26 +/- 14 months. Mean weight loss was 32 +/- 16 kg. Most weight reduction occurred within the first 6 months, followed by near-stabilisation or even slight weight regain. Most biological parameters were obtained before surgery and after at least 6 months of follow-up. The high prevalence and severity of metabolic disturbances associated with the insulin resistance syndrome (hyperglycaemia, hyperinsulinaemia, decreased HDL cholesterol, hypertriglyceridaemia, elevated fibrinogen levels and hyperuricaemia) before gastroplasty were significantly decreased after weight loss. No major biological deficiencies were observed following gastroplasty, except low iron serum levels. It is concluded that marked weight loss associated with gastroplasty involved a remarkable reduction in the prevalence and severity of several biological abnormalities classically considered as cardiovascular risk factors. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the A-->G (-3826) uncoupling protein-1 gene (UCP1) variant on the dynamics of body weight before and after gastroplasty in morbidly obese subjects.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Proenza, A. M. et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (1998), 22(12), 1244-5

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See detailLiver abnormalities in severely obese subjects: effect of drastic weight loss after gastroplasty.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Desaive, Claude ULg; Thiry, Albert ULg et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (1998), 22(3), 222-6

OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with liver steatosis in severely obese subjects and to test the potential reversibility of fatty liver after weight loss. DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To examine the factors associated with liver steatosis in severely obese subjects and to test the potential reversibility of fatty liver after weight loss. DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study. SUBJECT: 528 obese patients before bariatric surgery and 69 obese subjects of the initial cohort evaluated before and 27+/-15 months after gastroplasty. MEASUREMENTS: Fatty deposition (scored as mild, moderate or severe) and inflammatory changes were evaluated in liver biopsies; clinical (body mass index (BMI), age, gender, duration of obesity) and biological (glucose, triglycerides, liver enzymes) parameters were related to histological findings. RESULTS: 74% of the 528 biopsies showed fatty change, estimated as mild in 41% of cases, moderate in 32% and severe in 27%. The prevalence of steatosis was significantly higher in men than in women (91% vs 70%, P = 0.001) and in patients with impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes compared with nondiabetics (89% vs 69% P = 0.001). The severity of the steatosis was associated with BMI (P = 0.002) but not with the duration of obesity or the age of the patient. When compared with patients without fatty change, those with liver steatosis had significantly higher fasting plasma glucose (5.5 mmol/l vs 5.1 mmol/l, P = 0.007) and triglycerides (1.8 mmol/l vs 1.3 mmol/l, P = 0.002). Mean serum liver enzyme activities (alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and gamma-glutamyl-transpeptidase (gammaGT) were significantly (P < 0.001) increased in patients with fatty change but remained within laboratory reference values. In the 69 patients who have been evaluated after a marked weight reduction (-32+/-19kg), 45% of the biopsies were considered as normal (vs 13% before, P < 0.001) while pure fatty change was still observed in 38% of the patients (vs 83% before, P = 0.001). However, the severity of the steatosis was significantly (P < 0.001) reduced (mild: 62% vs 21%; moderate: 23% vs 37%; severe: 15% vs 42%). In addition, a significant increase of hepatitis was observed in 26% of the biopsies (vs 14% before, P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Liver steatosis in obese subjects is associated with men, diabetic status, BMI, higher fasting glucose and hypertriglyceridaemia. Postgastroplasty weight loss reduces liver steatosis, but seems to increase the incidence of inflammatory lobular hepatitis. [less ▲]

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See detailHsv-1 Thymidine Kinase Gene Therapy for Colorectal Adenocarcinoma-Derived Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Princen, Frédéric; Lo Bue, S. et al

in Gene Therapy (1997), 4(11), 1189-94

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation which, in most cases, cannot be eradicated by surgery or chemotherapy. The feasibility of an HSV-TK-based suicide gene therapy for peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation which, in most cases, cannot be eradicated by surgery or chemotherapy. The feasibility of an HSV-TK-based suicide gene therapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis induced by DHD/K12 colon carcinoma cells was investigated. DHD/K12 cells stably expressing the tk gene were killed in vitro in the presence of low concentrations of ganciclovir, they exhibited a 'bystander effect' when mixed with TK-negative cells. BD-IX rats injected intraperitoneally, either directly or after surgical peritoneal irritations, with DHD/K12 cells developed peritoneal carcinomatosis within 2 weeks. Ganciclovir treatment of animals injected with DHD/K12-TK cells allowed a significant reduction of the tumor volume as well as a prolonged survival. Of these animals 35-40% showed a long-term disease-free survival after ganciclovir therapy. Residual or relapsing tumors could be explained by a low expression of the transgene as demonstrated by RT-PCR. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... le syndrome d'insulinoresistance grace a ses marqueurs biologiques.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Gielen, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(10), 686-91

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See detailHomeobox Genes: Potential Candidates for the Transcriptional Control of the Transformed and Invasive Phenotype
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Kusaka, Masami; Chariot, Alain ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47(1), 137-43

The transformation of a cell and the acquisition of the invasive and metastatic phenotype result from the activation of a group of complex cellular processes rather than from the effect of a single gene ... [more ▼]

The transformation of a cell and the acquisition of the invasive and metastatic phenotype result from the activation of a group of complex cellular processes rather than from the effect of a single gene product. It is likely that the coordination of the multiple genes involved in malignancy is under the control of a few genes that act as master genes or orchestrator genes. The latter probably code for transcription factors that control the genetic program for tumor invasion and metastasis. Homeobox genes are a family of transcription factors that contain a 183 bp highly conserved nucleotide sequence coding for a 61 amino acid domain that binds specifically to DNA. First discovered in Drosophila as genes controlling segmentation and segment identity, homeobox genes have since been identified in many other species including nematodes, frog, mouse and human. There is strong support for the suggestion that homeobox genes play a key role in development and differentiation. In humans, there are 38 homeobox genes organized in four clusters that are localized on chromosomes 2, 7, 12 and 17. The specific functions of each of these genes are generally unknown. Alterations in expression of several homeobox genes have been reported in a variety of malignant lesions, suggesting that they could play a role in the development of cancer. Using reverse transcriptase reaction coupled with polymerase chain reaction and degenerate oligonucleotides corresponding to the 5' and 3' ends of the highly conserved homeodomain, we amplified 130 bp cDNA fragments from the human breast cancer cell line MCF7 that were subsequently cloned into pBluescript vector. Sequencing of the clones, resulted in the identification of the homeodomains of four different human homeobox genes: HOXB6, HOXA1, HOXA10 and HOXC6. Further studies should determine the specific role of these four homeobox genes in the development and progression of human breast cancer and potentially determine if they might be good targets for gene therapy. [less ▲]

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