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See detailPrix Nobel de Chimie 2008: Suivre les protéines à la trace grâce à la GFP («Green Fluorescent Protein»)
Houssier, Claude ULg; Muller, Marc ULg

in Science et Culture (2008), 416

La GFP permet de voir les protéines directement dans les organismes vivants, de les localiser grâce à la fluorescence qu’elle émet. Par manipulation génétique, on peut accrocher la GFP à diverses ... [more ▼]

La GFP permet de voir les protéines directement dans les organismes vivants, de les localiser grâce à la fluorescence qu’elle émet. Par manipulation génétique, on peut accrocher la GFP à diverses protéines que l’on peut ainsi suivre à la trace dans les cellules en fonctionnement. Comme une large variété de mutants de la GFP émettant des fluorescences de couleurs différentes sont disponibles, on peut même localiser plusieurs protéines simultanément. Quel merveilleux outil pour l’imagerie en microscopie optique ! [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of response factors on determining equilibrium association constants of non-covalent complexes by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Galic, Nives; Rosu, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Mass Spectrometry [=JMS] (2003), 38(5), 491-501

A method for determining the equilibrium association constant of a complexation reaction A + B <=> AB by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry is described. The method consists in measuring the ... [more ▼]

A method for determining the equilibrium association constant of a complexation reaction A + B <=> AB by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry is described. The method consists in measuring the relative intensities of the peaks corresponding to A and to AB in equimolar A–B solutions at different concentrations C0. The results are fitted by a non-linear least-squares procedure, with the two variable parameters being the equilibrium association constant Ka and a factor R, defined by I(AB)/I.A/ = R× [AB]/[A]. The factor R is the ratio between the response factors of AB and A, and corrects for the relative electrospray responses of the complex and the free substrate A, mass discrimination of instrumental origin and/or moderate in-source dissociation. The method is illustrated with the following two systems: complexes between a double-stranded 12-base pair oligonucleotide and minor groove binders, and cyclodextrin complexeswith a,!-dicarboxylic acids. For the oligonucleotide complexes, it is found that the response of the complex is not dramatically different to the response of the free oligonucleotide duplex, as the double helix conformation is disturbed by the drug only to a minor extent. In the case of cyclodextrin complexes, these complexes were found to have a much higher response than free cyclodextrin. This may be due to the fact that cyclodextrin is neutral in solution, whereas the complex is charged, but it can also stem from the fact that a significant proportion of the complex is in a non-inclusion geometry. The present method requires the exact determination of the concentrations of the reactants and is applicable to 1 : 1 complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailApoptosis of HL-60 leukemia cells induced by the bisindole alkaloids sungucine and isosungucine from Strychnos icaja
Lansiaux, A.; Bailly, Christian; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2002), 68(7), 591-595

Sungucine and isosungucine are two bisindole alkaloids isolated from the roots of the African plant Strychnos icaja Baillon. They both exhibit antiplasmodial activities but also show cytotoxic effects ... [more ▼]

Sungucine and isosungucine are two bisindole alkaloids isolated from the roots of the African plant Strychnos icaja Baillon. They both exhibit antiplasmodial activities but also show cytotoxic effects against human cancer cell lines. In order to elucidate their mechanism of action, we have investigated the interaction of the alkaloids with DNA and their capacity to inhibit nucleic acids and protein synthesis in the human HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cell line. Cell treatment with both sungucine and isosungucine leads to the appearance of a hypo-diploid DNA content peak. Western blotting analysis reveals that the two alkaloids induce cleavage of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and promote the cleavage of a caspase-3 DEVD peptide substrate. The activation of the caspase cascade is accompanied with a fragmentation of DNA in cells, as revealed by the TUNEL assay. Altogether, the results shed light on the mechanism of action of these two plant alkaloids and identify signaling factors involved in (iso)sungucine-induced apoptosis in HL-60 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of affinity, stoichiometry and sequence selectivity of minor groove binder complexes with double-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2002), 30(16), 82

Electrospray mass spectrometry was evaluated regarding the reliability of the determination of the stoichiometries and equilibrium association constants from single spectra. Complexes between minor groove ... [more ▼]

Electrospray mass spectrometry was evaluated regarding the reliability of the determination of the stoichiometries and equilibrium association constants from single spectra. Complexes between minor groove binders (Hoechst 33258, Hoechst 33342, DAPI, netropsin and berenil) and 12mer oligonucleotide duplexes with a central sequence (A/T)(4) flanked by G/C base pairs were chosen as model systems. To validate the electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) method, comparisons were made with circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements. ESI-MS allowed the detection of minor (2 drug + DNA) species for Hoechst 33258, Hoechst 33342, DAPI and berenil with duplex d(GGGG(A/T)(4)GGGG). d(CCCC(A/T)(4)CCCC), which were undetectable with the other techniques. Assuming that the duplexes and the complexes have the same electrospray response factors, the equilbrium association constants of the 1:1 and 2:1 complexes were determined by ESI-MS, and the values show a good quantitative agreement with fluorescence determined constants for Hoechst 33258 and Hoechst 33342. It is also shown that ESI-MS can quickly give reliable information on the A/T sequence selectivity of a drug: the signal of a complex is directly related to the affinity of the drug for that particular duplex. The potential of ESI-MS as a qualitative and quantitative affinity screening method is emphasized. [less ▲]

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See detailTight binding of the antitumor drug ditercalinium to quadruplex DNA
Carrasco, Carolina; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg et al

in Chembiochem : A European Journal of Chemical Biology (2002), 3(12), 1235-1241

The structural selectivity of the DNA-binding antitumor drug ditercalinium was investigated by competition dialysis with a series of nineteen different DNA substrates. The 7H-pyridocarbazole dimer was ... [more ▼]

The structural selectivity of the DNA-binding antitumor drug ditercalinium was investigated by competition dialysis with a series of nineteen different DNA substrates. The 7H-pyridocarbazole dimer was found to bind to double stranded DNA with a preference for GC rich species but can in addition form stable complex with triplex and quadruplex structures. The preferential interaction of the drug with four-stranded DNA structures was independantly confirmed by electrospray mass spectrometry and a detailed analysis of the binding reaction was performed by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectrospray. The BIAcore SPR study showed that the kinetic parameters for the interaction of ditercalinium with the human telomeric quadruplex sequence are comparable to those measured with a duplex sequence. Slow association and dissociation were observed with both the quadruplex and duplex structures. The newly discovered preferential binding of ditercalinium to the antiparallel quadruplex sequence d(AG(3)[T(2)AG(3)](3)) provides new perspective for the design of drugs that can bind to human telomeres. [less ▲]

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See detailTriplex and quadruplex DNA structures studied by electrospray mass spectrometry
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2002), 16(18), 1729-1736

DNA triplex and quadruplex structures have been successfully detected by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Circular dichroism and UV-melting experiments show that these structures are ... [more ▼]

DNA triplex and quadruplex structures have been successfully detected by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Circular dichroism and UV-melting experiments show that these structures are stable in 150 mM ammonium acetate at pH 7 for the quadruplexes and pH 5.5 for the triplexes. The studied quadruplexes were the tetramer [d(TGGGGT)](4), the dimer [d(GGGGTTTTGGGG)](2), and the intramolecular folded strand dGGG(TTAGGG)(3), which is an analog of the human telomeric sequence. The absence of sodium contamination allowed demonstration of the specific inclusion of n-1 ammonium cations in the quadruplex structures, where n is the number of consecutive G-tetrads. We also detected the complexes between the quadruplexes and the quadruplex-specific drug mesoporphyrin IX. MS/MS spectra of [d(TGGGGT)](4) and the complex with the drug are also reported. As the drug does not displace the ammonium cations, one can conclude that the drug binds at the exterior of the tetrads, and not between them. For the triplex structure the ESI-MS spectra show the detection of the specific triplex, at m/z values typically higher than those typically observed for duplex species. Upon MS/MS the antigene strand, which is bound into the major groove of the duplex, separates from the triplex. This is the same dissociation pathway as in solution. To our knowledge this is the first report of a triplex DNA structure by electrospray mass spectrometry. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA intercalation, topoisomerase II inhibition and cytotoxic activity of the plant alkaloid cryptolepine
Bailly, Christian; Laine, W.; Baldeyrou, B. et al

in Anti-Cancer Drug Design (2000), 15(3), 191-201

Cryptolepine and neocryptolepine are two indoloquinoline alkaloids isolated from the roots of the African plant Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. Both drugs have revealed antibacterial and antiparasitic ... [more ▼]

Cryptolepine and neocryptolepine are two indoloquinoline alkaloids isolated from the roots of the African plant Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. Both drugs have revealed antibacterial and antiparasitic activities and are strongly cytotoxic to tumour cells. We have recently shown that cryptolepine can intercalate into DNA and stimulates DNA cleavage by human topoisomerase II. In this study, we have investigated the mechanism of action and cytotoxicity of neocryptolepine, which differs from the parent isomer only by the orientation of the indole unit with respect to the quinoline moiety. The biochemical and physicochemical results presented here indicate that neocryptolepine also intercalates into DNA, preferentially at GC-rich sequences, but exhibits a reduced affinity for DNA compared with cryptolepine. The two alkaloids interfere with the catalytic activity of human topoisomerase II but the poisoning activity is slightly more pronounced with cryptolepine than with its isomer. The data provide a molecular basis to account for the reduced cytotoxicity of neocryptolepine compared with the parent drug. [less ▲]

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See detailGas Phase Thermal Denaturation of an Oligonucleotide Duplex and Its Complexes with Minor Groove Binders
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2000), 14(6), 464-467

Electrospray ionization with in-source collisionally induced dissociation has been used to probe the gas phase stability of an oligonucleotide duplex and its complexes with some minor groove binding drugs ... [more ▼]

Electrospray ionization with in-source collisionally induced dissociation has been used to probe the gas phase stability of an oligonucleotide duplex and its complexes with some minor groove binding drugs. On the basis of the arguments developed in detail by Drahos et al. (J. Mass Spectrom. 1999; 34:1373), this type of experiment can also be described as 'thermal denaturation in the gas phase'. We found that the gas phase denaturation curves were very similar to the solution phase denaturation curves determined by the traditional UV spectrophotometric method and, by analogy with the melting temperature T(m) which characterizes the stability in solution, we define a melting voltage V(m) to characterize the stability in the gas phase. A comparison of the T(m) and V(m) relative values suggests that the structure of the complexes is conserved during the electrospray process which transfers the ions from the solution to the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailThe plant alkaloid usambarensine intercalates into DNA and induces apoptosis in human HL60 leukemia cells
Dassonneville, L.; Wattez, N.; Mahieu, C. et al

in Anticancer Research (1999), 19(6B), 5245-5250

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See detailStimulation of topoisomerase II-mediated DNA cleavage by three DNA-intercalating plant alkaloids: cryptolepine, matadine, and serpentine.
Dassonneville, L.; Bonjean, K.; De Pauw, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Biochemistry (1999), 38(24), 7719-26

Cryptolepine, matadine, and serpentine are three indoloquinoline alkaloids isolated from the roots of African plants: Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Strychnos gossweileri, and Rauwolfia serpentina ... [more ▼]

Cryptolepine, matadine, and serpentine are three indoloquinoline alkaloids isolated from the roots of African plants: Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Strychnos gossweileri, and Rauwolfia serpentina, respectively. For a long time, these alkaloids have been used in African folk medicine in the form of plant extracts for the treatment of multiple diseases, in particular as antimalarial drugs. To date, the molecular basis for their diverse biological effects remains poorly understood. To elucidate their mechanism of action, we studied their interaction with DNA and their effects on topoisomerase II. The strength and mode of binding to DNA of the three alkaloids were investigated by spectroscopy. The alkaloids bind tightly to DNA and behave as typical intercalating agents. All three compounds stabilize the topoisomerase II-DNA covalent complex and stimulate the cutting of DNA by topoisomerase II. The poisoning effect is more pronounced with cryptolepine than with matadine and serpentine, but none of the drugs exhibit a preference for cutting at a specific base. Cryptolepine which binds 10-fold more tightly to DNA than the two related alkaloids proves to be much more cytotoxic toward B16 melanoma cells than matadine and serpentine. The cellular consequences of the inhibition of topoisomerase II by cryptolepine were investigated using the HL60 leukemia cell line. The flow cytometry analysis shows that the drug alters the cell cycle distribution, but no sign of drug-induced apoptosis was detected when evaluating the internucleosomal fragmentation of DNA in cells. Cryptolepine-treated cells probably die via necrosis rather than via apoptosis. The results provide evidence that DNA and topoisomerase II are the primary targets of cryptolepine, matadine, and serpentine. [less ▲]

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See detailThe DNA intercalating alkaloid cryptolepine interferes with topoisomerase II and inhibits primarily DNA synthesis in B16 melanoma cells.
Bonjean, K.; De Pauw, Marie-Claire ULg; Defresne, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Biochemistry (1998), 37(15), 5136-46

Cryptolepine hydrochloride is an indoloquinoline alkaloid isolated from the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. It is characterized by a multiplicity of host-mediated biological activities, including ... [more ▼]

Cryptolepine hydrochloride is an indoloquinoline alkaloid isolated from the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. It is characterized by a multiplicity of host-mediated biological activities, including antibacterial, antiviral, and antimalarial properties. To date, the molecular basis for its diverse biological effects remains largely uncertain. Several lines of evidence strongly suggest that DNA might correspond to its principal cellular target. Consequently, we studied the strength and mode of binding to DNA of cryptolepine by means of absorption, fluorescence, circular, and linear dichroism, as well as by a relaxation assay using DNA topoisomerases. The results of various optical and gel electrophoresis techniques converge to reveal that the alkaloid binds tightly to DNA and behaves as a typical intercalating agent. In DNAase I footprinting experiments it was found that the drug interacts preferentially with GC-rich sequences and discriminates against homo-oligomeric runs of A and T. This study has also led to the discovery that cryptolepine is a potent topoisomerase II inhibitor and a promising antitumor agent. It stabilizes topoisomerase II-DNA covalent complexes and stimulates the cutting of DNA at a subset of preexisting topoisomerase II cleavage sites. Taking advantage of the fluorescence of the indoloquinoline chromophore, fluorescence microscopy was used to map cellular uptake of the drug. Cryptolepine easily crosses the cell membranes and accumulates selectively into the nuclei rather than in the cytoplasm of B16 melanoma cells. Quantitative analyses of DNA in cells after Feulgen reaction and image cytometry reveal that the drug blocks the cell cycle in G2/M phases. It is also shown that the alkaloid is more potent at inhibiting DNA synthesis rather than RNA and protein synthesis. Altogether, the results provide direct evidence that DNA is the primary target of cryptolepine and suggest that this alkaloid is a valid candidate for the development of tumor active compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailTolerance to Osmotic Shocks in Rats Kidney Cortex and Medulla
Gilles, Raymond ULg; Compère, Philippe ULg; el Goumzili, M. et al

in Tissue & Cell (1995), 27(6), 667-77

Kidney medulla cells of mammals have to cope with large changes in environmental osmolarity, a challenge most other mammalian cells never have to experience. In these last cells, application of osmotic ... [more ▼]

Kidney medulla cells of mammals have to cope with large changes in environmental osmolarity, a challenge most other mammalian cells never have to experience. In these last cells, application of osmotic shocks induces dramatic modifications in chromatin organization. The present paper reports on the changes of medulla cell chromatin in situ, in rat kidney slices submitted to osmotic challenges and in vitro, on preparations of extracted chromatin submitted to changes in environmental ion concentrations. Our results show that the chromatin of kidney medulla cells: (1) does not behave differently from the other mammalian chromatins when submitted in situ or in vitro to osmotic challenges; (2) presents in vitro physico-chemical characteristics similar to those of the other mammalian chromatins; and (3) is protected in vitro, as the other mammalian chromatins, from the disrupting effects of increases in inorganic ion concentrations by different compensatory organic solutes. The ability of kidney medulla cells to adapt to large increases in osmolarity could thus be related to a rapid control of the level of such compounds rather than to some rather specific, intrinsic molecular adaptations of macromolecules. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of the Two Tryptophan Residues in the Streptomyces R61 Exocellular Dd-Peptidase
Bourguignon-Bellefroid, Catherine; Wilkin, Jean-Marc; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 2), 361-367

Modification of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase by N-bromosuccinimide resulted in a rapid loss of enzyme activity. In consequence, the role of the enzyme's two tryptophan residues was investigated by ... [more ▼]

Modification of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase by N-bromosuccinimide resulted in a rapid loss of enzyme activity. In consequence, the role of the enzyme's two tryptophan residues was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. Trp271 was replaced by Leu. The modification yielded a stable enzyme whose structural and catalytic properties were similar to those of the wild-type protein. Thus the Trp271 residue, though almost invariant among the beta-lactamases of classes A and C and the low-Mr penicillin-binding proteins, did not appear to be essential for enzyme activity. Mutations of the Trp233 into Leu and Ser strongly decreased the enzymic activity, the affinity for beta-lactams and the protein stability. Surprisingly, the benzylpenicilloyl-(W233L)enzyme deacylated at least 300-fold more quickly than the corresponding acyl-enzyme formed with the wild-type protein and gave rise to benzylpenicilloate instead of phenylacetylglycine. This mutant DD-peptidase thus behaved as a weak beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of the condensation of chicken erythrocyte and calf thymus chromatins by di- and multivalent cations.
Marquet, R.; Colson, Pierre ULg; Matton, Anne-Marie ULg et al

in Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics (1988), 5(4), 839-57

The condensation of chicken erythrocyte (CE) and calf thymus (CT) chromatins upon addition of di- and multivalent cations has been studied using turbidity, precipitation and electric dichroism ... [more ▼]

The condensation of chicken erythrocyte (CE) and calf thymus (CT) chromatins upon addition of di- and multivalent cations has been studied using turbidity, precipitation and electric dichroism measurements. For all the cations investigated (Mg2+, Tb3+, Co(NH3)6(3+), spermidine Spd2+ and spermine Sp4+) condensation of CE chromatin occurred before the onset of aggregation, while aggregation of CT chromatin started before condensation with all cations except Mg2+ and Tb3+. Precipitation of CE chromatin required lower di- and multivalent cations concentrations than CT chromatin. The electric dichroism data for both chromatins, at low ionic strength in the absence of di- or multivalent cations, indicated that the nucleoprotein molecules were not totally decondensed but that a "precondensed" state was already present. A positive electric dichroism was observed for the most condensed chromatin fibers, in agreement with the "cross-linker" models. Tb3+ led to less compact condensed particles as judged from the electric dichroism observations, but electron microscopy revealed that "30 nm fibers" were formed. Very little aggregation was produced by Tb3+. On the contrary, spermine produced very large networks of condensed molecules, but large spheroidal particles were also observed. The condensation of CE chromatin happened without changes of solution conductivity upon cation salt addition, regardless of the condensing cation, indicating a cooperative uptake of the ions during this process. [less ▲]

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See detailThe pH dependence of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61
Varetto, Louis; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Nguyen-Distèche, Martine ULg et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1987), 162(3), 525-531

Titration of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61 shows that formation of acyl enzyme during hydrolysis of the substrate Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala and enzyme inactivation by the beta-lactam ... [more ▼]

Titration of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61 shows that formation of acyl enzyme during hydrolysis of the substrate Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala and enzyme inactivation by the beta-lactam compounds benzylpenicillin, N-acetylampicillin and ampicillin relies on the acidic form of an enzyme's group of pK approximately equal to 9.5. It is proposed that protonation of a lysine epsilon-amino group facilitates initial binding by charge pairing with the free carboxylate of the substrate and the beta-lactam molecules. Lowering the pH from 7 to 5 has no effect on the second-order rate constant of enzyme acylation by benzylpenicillin and N-acetylampicillin but results in a decreased rate constant of acylation by ampicillin and Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala. Protonation of the side-chain amino group of ampicillin and a decreased efficacy of the initial binding of the peptide to the enzyme seem to be responsible for the observed effects. Whatever the molecule bound to the enzyme, there is no sign for the active involvement of an enzyme's histidine residue of pK 6.5-7.0 in the hydrolysis pathway. [less ▲]

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