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See detailRhoA-GDP regulates RhoB protein stability. Potential involvement of RhoGDIalpha.
Ho, Thi Thanh Giang ULg; Merajver, Sofia D; Lapière, Charles et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008), 283(31), 21588-98

RhoA plays a significant role in actin stress fibers formation. However, silencing RhoA alone or RhoA and RhoC did not completely suppress the stress fibers suggesting a residual "Rho-like" activity. RhoB ... [more ▼]

RhoA plays a significant role in actin stress fibers formation. However, silencing RhoA alone or RhoA and RhoC did not completely suppress the stress fibers suggesting a residual "Rho-like" activity. RhoB, the third member of the Rho subclass, is a shortlived protein barely detectable in basal conditions. In various cell types, the silencing of RhoA induced a strong up-regulation of both total and active RhoB protein levels that were rescued by re-expressing RhoA and related to an enhanced half-life of the protein. The RhoA-dependent regulation of RhoB does not depend on the activity of RhoA but is mediated by its GDP-bound form. The stabilization of RhoB was not dependent on isoprenoid biosynthesis, Rho kinase, extracellular signal-regulated kinase, p38 mitogen-activated kinase, or phosphatidylinositol 3'-OH kinase pathways but required RhoGDIalpha. The forced expression of RhoGDIalpha increased RhoB half-life, whereas its knock-down antagonized the induction of RhoB following RhoA silencing. Moreover, a RhoA mutant (RhoAR68E) unable to bind RhoGDIalpha was significantly less efficient as compared with wild-type RhoA in reversing RhoB up-regulation upon RhoA silencing. These results suggest that, in basal conditions, RhoGDIalpha is rate-limiting and the suppression of RhoA makes it available to stabilize RhoB. Our results highlight RhoGDIalpha-dependent cross-talks that regulate the stability of RhoGTPases. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the RhoGTPases in the cellular receptivity and reactivity to mechanical signals including microgravity
Nusgens, Betty ULg; Chometon, G.; Guignandon, Alain et al

in Journal of Gravitational Physiology : A Journal of the International Society for Gravitational Physiology (2005), 12(1), 269-270

The small G proteins of the Rho Family (RhoGTPases) are key operators in the signaling arising from extracellular matrix through integrin receptors and from membrane receptors for soluble ligands. FLight ... [more ▼]

The small G proteins of the Rho Family (RhoGTPases) are key operators in the signaling arising from extracellular matrix through integrin receptors and from membrane receptors for soluble ligands. FLight data show that microgravity affects cell architecture and gene expression leading us to assume that the signaling pathways(s) involving the RhoGTPAses might disturbed in a weightlessness environment. TO test this hypothesis in microgravityu, we created genetically engineered human fibroblasts that will be used in Biolab on the ISS. [less ▲]

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See detailMECHANICAL STRAIN MODULATES MONOCYTE CHEMOTACTIC PROTEIN-1 AND IL-1BETA EXPRESSION BY CULTURED HUMAN AORTIC SMOOTH MUSCLE CELLS
Defawe, Olivier; Colige, Alain ULg; Deroanne, Christophe ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Pathology (2004), 13(3 suppl), 189

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See detailTopical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo.
Humbert, Philippe G; Haftek, Marek; Creidi, Pierre et al

in Experimental Dermatology (2003), 12(3), 237-44

Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant potential and activity in the collagen biosynthetic pathway. Photoprotective properties of topically applied vitamin C have also been demonstrated, placing this ... [more ▼]

Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant potential and activity in the collagen biosynthetic pathway. Photoprotective properties of topically applied vitamin C have also been demonstrated, placing this molecule as a potential candidate for use in the prevention and treatment of skin ageing. A topically applied cream containing 5% vitamin C and its excipient were tested on healthy female volunteers presenting with photoaged skin on their low-neck and arms in view to evaluate efficacy and safety of such treatment. A double-blind, randomized trial was performed over a 6-month period, comparing the action of the vitamin C cream vs. excipient on photoaged skin. Clinical assessments included evaluation at the beginning and after 3 and 6 months of daily treatment. They were performed by the investigator and compared with the volunteer self assessment. Skin relief parameters were determined on silicone rubber replicas performed at the same time-points. Cutaneous biopsies were obtained at the end of the trial and investigated using immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. Clinical examination by a dermatologist as well as self-assessment by the volunteers disclosed a significant improvement, in terms of the 'global score', on the vitamin C-treated side compared with the control. A highly significant increase in the density of skin microrelief and a decrease of the deep furrows were demonstrated. Ultrastructural evidence of the elastic tissue repair was also obtained and well corroborated the favorable results of the clinical and skin surface examinations. Topical application of 5% vitamin C cream was an effective and well-tolerated treatment. It led to a clinically apparent improvement of the photodamaged skin and induced modifications of skin relief and ultrastructure, suggesting a positive influence of topical vitamin C on parameters characteristic for sun-induced skin ageing. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro modulation of human gingival keratinocyte migration by minocycline-HCl
Van Heusden, Alain ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg; Lapière, Charles et al

in Journal of Dental Research (1998), 77

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See detailIn vitro modulation of keratinocyte attachment to dentin by minocycline
Van Heusden, Alain ULg; Rompen, Eric ULg; Lapière, Charles

in Journal of Dental Research (1997), 76

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See detailInvolvement of MMP2 and MMP9 in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
SAKALIHASAN, Natzi ULg; DELVENNE, Philippe ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Cell Biology International (1995), 19(3), 250-51

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See detailIn vitro modulation of keratinocyte attachment by minocycline H-Cl
Van Heusden, Alain ULg; Rompen, Eric ULg; Lebfevre, P. et al

in Journal of Dental Research (1995), 74

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See detailIn vitro modulation of keratinocyte attachment by minocycline HCl.
Van Heusden, Alain ULg; Rompen, Eric ULg; Lebfevre, P. et al

Poster (1994)

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See detailSkin Fibroblasts Enhance The Tumorigenicity of Human Neoplastic-Cells Transplanted Subcutaneously into Nude-Mice
Simon, N.; Noël, Agnès ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Abstracts for the 1992 Annual Meeting of the European Society for Dermatological Research (1992)

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