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See detailQuantification of in Vivo Tumor Invasion and Vascularization by Computerized Image Analysis
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Jost, M.; Melen-Lamalle, Laurence ULg et al

in Microvascular Research (2008), 75(2), 169-78

The matrix-inserted surface transplantation model is an in vivo assay used to analyse the kinetics of tumor-vessel interactions during different stages of skin carcinoma progression. This system allows ... [more ▼]

The matrix-inserted surface transplantation model is an in vivo assay used to analyse the kinetics of tumor-vessel interactions during different stages of skin carcinoma progression. This system allows the study of host-tumor interface, i.e. penetration of tumor cells into normal host tissue as well as infiltration of normal host cells into the tumor. In the present study, image analysis algorithms for processing and quantifying the extent of such migratory and tissue remodeling events are presented. The proposed method is non-parametric and its originality lies in its particularity to take into account the specific geometry of tumor-host interface. This methodology is validated by evaluating the contribution of matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) in skin carcinoma invasion and vascularization through pharmacological and genetic approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailThe lymphatic ring assay: a 3D-culture model of lymphangiogenesis.
Bruyere, Françoise ULg; Melen-Lamalle, Laurence ULg; Berndt, Sarah ULg et al

in Nature Protocols (2008)

Lymphangiogenesis, the formation of new lymphatic vessels, is associated to numerous pathologies1 and understanding the molecular and cellular basis of this complex process is essential for the ... [more ▼]

Lymphangiogenesis, the formation of new lymphatic vessels, is associated to numerous pathologies1 and understanding the molecular and cellular basis of this complex process is essential for the development of novel therapeutic strategies. Studies on lymphangiogenesis have been hampered by difficulties in culturing lymphatic capillaries as three-dimensional (3D) structures in vitro that mimic the in vivo features of lymphatic vessels and lymphangiogenesis. The lymphatic ring assay described here phenocopies the different steps of lymphangiogenesis, including the spreading from a preexisting vessel, cell proliferation, migration and differentiation into capillaries. It consists on the adaptation of the aortic ring assay that has proved to be useful to investigate the molecular basis of angiogenesis2-4. The lymphatic ring model is an ideal assay for testing the activity of lymphangiogenic agonists or antagonists. The absence of inflammatory cells allows a simple interpretation of results and the determination of direct effects of compounds on lymphatic endothelial cell properties. Another advantage of the lymphatic ring assay is that cell outgrowing are primary cells which have not been modified by repeated passages or immortalization. This culture model bridges the gap between in vitro and in vivo studies and allows genetic analysis by using thoracic ducts from genetically modified mice. [less ▲]

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See detailHost plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 promotes human skin carcinoma progression in a stage-dependent manner
Maillard, Catherine ULg; Jost, M.; Romer, M. U. et al

in Neoplasia : An International Journal for Oncology Research (2005), 7(1), 57-66

Angiogenesis and tumor expansion are associated with extracellular matrix remodeling and involve various proteases such as the plasminogen (Plg)/plasminogen activator (PA) system. Recently, several ... [more ▼]

Angiogenesis and tumor expansion are associated with extracellular matrix remodeling and involve various proteases such as the plasminogen (Plg)/plasminogen activator (PA) system. Recently, several experimental data have implicated the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in tumor angiogenesis in murine systems. However, little is known about PAI-1 functions in human skin carcinoma progression. By generating immunodeficient mice (in Rag-1(-/-) or nude background) deleted for PAI-1 gene (PAI-1(-/-)), we have evaluated the impact of host PAI-1 deficiency on the tumorigenicity of two malignant human skin keratinocyte cell lines HaCaT II-4 and HaCaT A5-RT3 forming low-grade and high-grade carcinomas, respectively. When using the surface transplantation model, angiogenesis and tumor invasion of these two cell lines are strongly reduced in PAI-1-deficient mice as compared to the wild-type control animals. After subcutaneous injection in PAI-1-/- mice, the tumor incidence is reduced for HaCaT II-4 cells, but not for those formed by HaCaT A5-RT3 cells. These data indicate that PAI-1 produced by host cells is an important contributor to earlier stages of human skin carcinoma progression. It exerts its tumor-promoting effect in a tumor stage-dependent manner, but PAI-1 deficiency is not sufficient to prevent neoplastic growth of aggressive tumors of the human skin. [less ▲]

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See detailImmuno-quantitative polymerase chain reaction for detection and quantitation of prion protein
Gofflot, Stéphanie ULg; Elmoualij, Benaïssa ULg; Zorzi, Danièle ULg et al

in Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry (2004), 25(3), 241-258

Immuno-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an extremely sensitive detection method, combining the specificity of antibody detection and the sensitivity of PCR. We have developed an immuno-quantitative PCR ... [more ▼]

Immuno-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is an extremely sensitive detection method, combining the specificity of antibody detection and the sensitivity of PCR. We have developed an immuno-quantitative PCR (iqPCR), exploiting real-time PCR technology, in order to improve this immuno-detection method and make it quantitative. To illustrate the advantages of iqPCR, we have compared it with a conventional enzyme linked immuno sorbent assay (ELISA) technique in experiments aimed at detecting the cellular and the resistant form of prion protein in bovine brain extract. The iqPCR technique proved to be more sensitive than ELISA, so it could be a technique of choice for the diagnosis of infected animals both at an ante mortem and post-mortem stage. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphoid cell apoptosis induced by trophoblastic cells: a model of active foeto-placental tolerance
Coumans, Bernard ULg; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Journal of Immunological Methods (1999), 224(1-2), 185-196

To test the hypothesis that CD95-L (Fas-L) present on trophoblastic cells plays a part in establishing foeto-placental tolerance by inducing apoptosis of immune defence cells, we cocultured trophoblasts ... [more ▼]

To test the hypothesis that CD95-L (Fas-L) present on trophoblastic cells plays a part in establishing foeto-placental tolerance by inducing apoptosis of immune defence cells, we cocultured trophoblasts with lymphoid cells and scored the frequency of cell death in these cultures. We prepared human trophoblastic cells from term placentas removed by C-section and placed them in culture for 48 h before introducing the lymphoid cells. We added Jurkat cells, a CD3 + lymphoid cell line, or purified T cells from human blood to the cultured trophoblasts and monitored apoptosis by electron microscopy and flow cytometry after TUNEL or annexin V labelling. The frequency of cell death in the CD3 + cell population was higher when the lymphoid cells were cocultured with trophoblastic cells than when they were cultured alone. This frequency increased with time but was reduced when anti-CD95-L antibodies were added to the culture medium. Cell death was less frequent in the lymphoid cell population when trophoblasts were replaced with human fibroblasts not expressing CD95-L. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBoth Pituitary and Placental Growth Hormone Transcripts Are Expressed in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (Pbmc)
Melen-Lamalle, Laurence ULg; Hennen, Georges ULg; Dullaart, R. P. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (1997), 110(2), 336-40

The hGH-V gene codes for a variant of human pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) named placental growth hormone (hPGH). hPGH shares 93% amino acid identity with hGH-N. Until now the hGH-V gene was considered ... [more ▼]

The hGH-V gene codes for a variant of human pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) named placental growth hormone (hPGH). hPGH shares 93% amino acid identity with hGH-N. Until now the hGH-V gene was considered to be exclusively expressed in human placenta, where it replaces maternal circulating hGH-N at the end of pregnancy. In this study we investigated by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis hGH-N, and hGH-V, gene expression in PBMC in men, women and pregnant women. We have demonstrated that hGH-N and hGH-V transcripts are simultaneously produced by PBMC in both men and women as well as pregnant women. The PBMC of a PIT-1-negative woman expressed only the hGH-V transcript, but not the hGH-N one as expected. In conclusion, hGH-V mRNA is expressed by cells other than the syncytiotrophoblast, is not regulated by PIT-1, and may be involved in immune regulation, as is pituitary GH. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the regulatory functions of varicella-zoster virus open reading frame-4 gene-product
Defechereux, Patricia; Melen-Lamalle, Laurence ULg; Baudoux, Laurence et al

in Journal of Virology (1993), 67(7), 4379-4385

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) open reading frame 4 (ORF4) encodes a protein with a predicted molecular weight of 51,540 presenting amino acid sequence homology with the immediate-early regulatory protein ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) open reading frame 4 (ORF4) encodes a protein with a predicted molecular weight of 51,540 presenting amino acid sequence homology with the immediate-early regulatory protein ICP27 of herpes simplex virus type 1. To investigate the regulatory properties of the ORF4 gene product, we performed a series of transient expression assays in Vero cells, using a plasmid expressing ORF4 as effector and several VZV genes and heterologous genes as targets. The VZV target plasmids contained promoter/regulatory regions from genes belonging to the three putative VZV kinetic classes fused to the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) gene. The heterologous target plasmids consisted of promoter/regulatory regions of human cytomegalovirus, Rous sarcoma virus, and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 fused to the reporter gene. These experiments demonstrated that the ORF4 gene product activated expression of ORF62 in a dose-dependent fashion but had no effect on the expression of the three other putative immediate-early genes (ORF4, ORF61, and ORF63). When various amounts of ORF4 were transfected in the presence of early gene promoters, dose-dependent transactivation was evidenced with the thymidine kinase gene (ORF36) and the major DNA-binding protein gene (ORF29) promoters; interestingly, little activity was detected with the promoter of the DNA polymerase gene (ORF28). No activation of late gene expression, represented by the glycoprotein I and glycoprotein II genes, was seen even over a wide range of concentrations of input ORF4 plasmid. Expression of pCMVCAT, pRSVCAT, and pHIVCAT was also stimulated by the ORF4 gene product. CAT mRNA analysis showed that activation of VZV target promoters occurs at the transcriptional and/or posttranscriptional level. [less ▲]

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See detailLa régulation de l'expression des gènes du virus de la varicelle et du zona
Piette, Jacques ULg; Defechereux, Patricia; Baudoux, Laurence et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1992), 136(8), 627-635

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) belongs to the alphaherpesvirus family and shares many important structural and functional similarities with other members of the family such as herpes simplex virus type 1 ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) belongs to the alphaherpesvirus family and shares many important structural and functional similarities with other members of the family such as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). VZV is responsible for two different clinical syndromes, varicella which is the result of the primary infection and zoster which is due to virus reactivation remaining latent in the peripheral nervous system. VZV DNA is 124,884 base pair long and encodes four regulatory proteins (IE4, IE61, IE62 and IE63). Using transient expression systems, we have shown that IE4, IE62 and IE63 can regulate the expression of an indicator gene driven by various VZV promoter regions, demonstrating that these proteins play important roles in the infectious cycle. [less ▲]

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