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See detailIsolation of plunc (palate, lung and nasal epithelium clone protein) in the bronchoalveolar lavage from dogs: preliminary results
Clercx, A.; Vandenbussche, G.; Ruysschaert, J. M. et al

in 13th ESVIM Meeting - Uppsala - Septembre 2003 (2003, September)

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See detailIntracellular visualization of BrdU-labeled plasmid DNA/cationic liposome complexes.
El Ouahabi, A.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Schiffmann, S. et al

in Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society (1999), 47(9), 1159-66

Difficulties in specific detection of transfected DNA in cells represent an important limitation in the study of the gene transfer process. We studied the cellular entry and fate of a plasmid DNA ... [more ▼]

Difficulties in specific detection of transfected DNA in cells represent an important limitation in the study of the gene transfer process. We studied the cellular entry and fate of a plasmid DNA complexed with a cationic lipid, Vectamidine (3-tetradecylamino-N-tert-butyl-N'-tetradecylpropionamidine) in BHK21 cells. To facilitate its detection inside the cells, bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) was incorporated into plasmid DNA under conditions that minimize plasmid alteration. BrdU was localized in cells incubated with Vectamidine/BrdU-labeled plasmid DNA complexes by immunogold labeling and electron microscopy (EM). Labeling was predominantly associated with aggregated liposome structures at the surface of and inside the cells. EM observations of cells transfected with Vectamidine/DNA complexes showed that the liposome/DNA aggregates accumulate in large vesicles in the cell cytosol. On the other hand, using rhodamine-labeled Vectamidine and revealing BrdU with FITC-conjugated antibodies permitted simultaneous detection in the cells of both components of the complexes with confocal laser scanning microscopy. The DNA and lipids co-localized at the surface of and inside the cells, indicating that the complex is internalized as a whole. Our results show that the BrdU-labeled plasmid DNA detection system can be a useful tool to visualize exogenous DNA entry into cells by a combination of electron and confocal microscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of endosome destabilizing activity in the gene transfer process mediated by cationic lipids.
El Ouahabi, A.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Pector, V. et al

in FEBS Letters (1997), 414(2), 187-92

We used a 32P-labeled pCMV-CAT plasmid DNA to estimate the DNA uptake efficiency and unlabeled pCMV-CAT plasmid DNA to quantify the CAT activity after transfection of COS cells using each of the three ... [more ▼]

We used a 32P-labeled pCMV-CAT plasmid DNA to estimate the DNA uptake efficiency and unlabeled pCMV-CAT plasmid DNA to quantify the CAT activity after transfection of COS cells using each of the three following cationic compounds: [1] vectamidine (3-tetradecylamino-N-tert-butyl-N'-tetradecylpropionamidine, and previously described as diC14-amidine [1]), [2] lipofectin (a 1:1 mixture of N-(1-2,3-dioleyloxypropyl)-N,N,N-triethylammonium (DOTMA) and dioleylphosphatidylethanolamine (DOPE)), and [3] DMRIE-C (a 1:1 mixture of N-[1-(2,3-dimyristyloxy)propyl]-N,N-dimethyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl) ammonium bromide (DMRIE) and cholesterol). Surprisingly, a high CAT activity was observed with vectamidine although the DNA uptake efficiency was lower as compared to lipofectin and DMRIE-C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed endocytosis as the major pathway of DNA-cationic lipid complex entry into COS cells for the three cationic lipids. However, the endosomal membrane in contact with complexes containing vectamidine or DMRIE-C often exhibited a disrupted morphology. This disruption of endosomes was much less frequently observed with the DNA-lipofectin complexes. This comparison of the three compounds demonstrate that efficient transfection mediated by cationic lipids is not only correlated to their percentage of uptake but also to their ability to destabilize and escape from endosomes. [less ▲]

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See detailSecondary structure of monoamine oxidase by FTIR spectroscopy.
Wouters, J.; Ramsay, R.; Goormaghtigh, E. et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1995), 208(2), 773-8

The secondary structure of human monoamine oxidase A and bovine monoamine oxidase B has been investigated by Fourier Transform Attenuated Total Reflection Spectroscopy (FTIR ATR). The experimental results ... [more ▼]

The secondary structure of human monoamine oxidase A and bovine monoamine oxidase B has been investigated by Fourier Transform Attenuated Total Reflection Spectroscopy (FTIR ATR). The experimental results are compared for both isoenzymes and the data are incorporated in a statistical attribution of secondary structure of the enzyme describing the distinct folding and molecular specificity of the two types of monoamine oxidase. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and orientation of apo B-100 peptides into a lipid bilayer.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Journal of Protein Chemistry (1994), 13(1), 77-88

Peptides corresponding to lipid binding domains of Apo B-100 were synthesized, purified, and incubated with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The secondary structure of the apo B-100 ... [more ▼]

Peptides corresponding to lipid binding domains of Apo B-100 were synthesized, purified, and incubated with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The secondary structure of the apo B-100 peptide-lipid complexes was evaluated by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Those peptides belonging to the hydrophobic "core" domain of apo B-100 when associated with phospholipids were rich in beta sheet structure; a predominant alpha helical conformation was shown to be associated with one peptide located in a surface region of apo B-100. IR dichroic spectra revealed, in the case of the "core" peptides, that the beta sheet component is the only oriented structure with respect to the phospholipid acyl chains. This orientation of the beta sheet was recently found in LDL particles after proteolytic digestion by trypsin (Goormaghtigh, E., Cabiaux, V., De Meutter, J., Rosseneu, M., and Ruysschaert, J. M., 1993, Biochemistry 32, 6104-6110). Altogether, the data suggest that beta sheet, present in a high proportion in the native apo B-100, is probably another protein structure in addition to the amphipathic helix which strongly interacts with the lipid outer layer surrounding the LDL particle. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic hydrolysis of reconstituted dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine-apo A-I complexes.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Piron, S.; Conrath, K. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1151(2), 137-42

Apolipoproteins share a common structural feature, their interaction with phospholipids. It is believed that amphipathic helical sequences enable apolipoproteins to bind to lipid bilayer and to form ... [more ▼]

Apolipoproteins share a common structural feature, their interaction with phospholipids. It is believed that amphipathic helical sequences enable apolipoproteins to bind to lipid bilayer and to form discoidal particles of defined dimensions. While the knowledge of the apo A-I sequence and secondary structure has been used to make predictions about its mode of association with lipids, the available experimental data necessary to propose a precise model of these discoidal structures are still limited. An important step in our understanding of these structures would be to identify the apolipoprotein lipid-associated domains. Proteolysis of apo A-I-DMPC reconstituted HDL (rHDL) and free apo A-I is used here to identify lipid-protected domains of apo A-I. Free cleaved peptides were separated from rHDL associated peptides by density gradient centrifugation. The lipid-associated peptides were further analyzed by SDS-PAGE and transferred by Western blot to a ProBlott membrane for sequencing. Cleavage occurred at residue 43 with proteinase K, 46 with trypsin and residue 47 or 48 with pronase. A large domain from about residue 45 to the C-terminal remains highly protected against hydrolysis eventhough it contains several bonds susceptible to proteolytic cleavage. No protected fragments were detected by SDS-PAGE after enzymatic cleavage of free apo A-I in identical experimental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthetic model peptides for apolipoproteins. I. Design and properties of synthetic model peptides for the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Vanloo, B.; Deleys, R. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1170(1), 1-7

Amphipathic helical peptides are the lipid-binding motives of the plasma apolipoproteins, and synthetic peptide analogs have been used to unravel the mechanism of lipid association within this class of ... [more ▼]

Amphipathic helical peptides are the lipid-binding motives of the plasma apolipoproteins, and synthetic peptide analogs have been used to unravel the mechanism of lipid association within this class of proteins. Hydrophobic interactions between the apolar amino acid residues belonging to the hydrophobic face of the amphipathic helices and the lipids are the major driving forces in the peptide-lipid association to form discoidal complexes. Ionic interactions and salt bridge formation between contiguous peptide chains in the complex can, however, contribute to the overall stability of the lipid-protein particle. This was studied by designing peptide analogs to the helical repeats of the apolipoproteins with variable degrees of salt bridge formation between adjacent peptide chains. The most stable conformation for pairs of synthetic peptides was calculated by energy minimisation together with the energy of interaction between peptides. The sequence of the peptides was derived from that of the 18A peptide synthesized by Segrest et al., and the theoretical calculations confirmed that ionic interactions between residues close to each other, along the edge of two adjacent anti-parallel peptides, can significantly contribute towards the stability of a peptide-phospholipid complex. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthetic model peptides for apolipoproteins. II. Characterization of the discoidal complexes generated between phospholipids and synthetic model peptides for apolipoproteins.
Corijn, J.; Deleys, R.; Labeur, C. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1170(1), 8-16

The structure, composition and physico-chemical properties of complexes generated between phospholipids and synthetic model peptides for the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins were studied ... [more ▼]

The structure, composition and physico-chemical properties of complexes generated between phospholipids and synthetic model peptides for the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins were studied. The sequences of the peptides were derived from that of the 18A peptide and designed to either enhance or decrease ionic interactions between pairs of peptides, as described in the accompanying paper. Complexes were prepared with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC), dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), or with DPPC and cholesterol, and isolated on a Superose 6HR column. Association kinetics for the DMPC-peptides complexes were followed by measuring the turbidity as a function of the temperature. The diameters of the DPPC-peptide complexes, measured by gradient gel electrophoresis (GGE), were about 120 A. Fluorescence polarization measurements after labeling with diphenyl hexatriene (DPH) yielded transition temperatures of, respectively, 40.6, 41.5 and 41.8 degrees C for the DPPC/18AM1-, DPPC/18AM4- and DPPC/18A-peptide complexes. These values were confirmed by differential scanning calorimetry. Circular dichroism and infrared spectroscopy revealed that the peptides adopt an alpha-helical structure in solution and this percentage increased from 30-40% in the free peptides up to 50-60% in the complexes. Attenuated total reflection (ATR) infrared measurements of the complexes indicated that the peptides are oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipid bilayer. Denaturation of the peptides and of the peptide-lipid complexes was monitored by Trp fluorescence under addition of increasing amounts of GdmCl. The mid-points of the denaturation curves lie at, respectively, 0.05, 0.25 and 0.35 M GdmCl for the 18AM4, 18A and 18AM1 peptide and are shifted towards higher GdmCl concentrations after peptide-lipid binding. GdmCl denaturation decreased the alpha-helical content of the peptides and of the complexes, as monitored by circular dichroism measurement. The helix to random coil structure transition occurred at, respectively, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.0 M GdmCl for 18A, 18AM1 and 18AM4, compared to 5.1, 5.0, and 5.3 M in the corresponding complexes. These data suggest altogether that the structural properties, the mode of lipid-protein association and the stability of the phospholipid-peptide complexes are similar to those of native plasma apolipoproteins. The 18A and 18AM4 peptides which contain charged residues along the edge of the helix, leading to salt bridge formation between peptides were shown to mimic the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of the apolipoprotein A-IV/lipid discoidal complexes: an attenuated total reflection polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1149(2), 267-77

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid ... [more ▼]

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid/protein). The complexes were isolated by gel filtration and characterized in terms of composition and size. Infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy was used to estimate the secondary structure of apolipoprotein A-IV and the orientation of its amphipathic alpha-helices with respect to the lipid hydrocarbon chains. In addition, infrared spectra were analyzed in terms of the conformation and organization of different regions of the lipid molecules in the particles. This approach has been applied successfully to reconstituted HDL particles prepared from a reaction mixture containing DPPC and apo A-I in the molar ratio of 150:1 (Wald, J.H., Goormaghtigh, E., De Meutter, J., Ruysschaert, J.M. and Jonas, A. (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 20044-20050). Apo A-IV helicity increased for the protein bound to DMPC or DPPC but the increase was more pronounced for the apo A-IV/DMPC particles. In both complexes, the alpha helical amphipathic segments of the protein were parallel to the lipid acyl chains and no significant modification of the overall organization of the lipid molecules in the lipid bilayer was observed. The presence of apo A-IV seems only to affect the conformation of the lipid hydrocarbon chains in close contact with the protein in the discoidal particles. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and functional properties of apolipoprotein B in chemically modified low density lipoproteins.
Vanderyse, L.; Devreese, A. M.; Baert, J. et al

in Atherosclerosis (1992), 97(2-3), 187-99

The structural and compositional changes occurring during in vitro chemical modification of apolipoprotein B-100 (apo B), the apolipoprotein component of low density lipoproteins (LDL), were investigated ... [more ▼]

The structural and compositional changes occurring during in vitro chemical modification of apolipoprotein B-100 (apo B), the apolipoprotein component of low density lipoproteins (LDL), were investigated in this study. The functional properties of chemically modified apo B and especially its potential to induce accumulation of cholesterol esters in macrophages were related to the structural changes of apo B. Acetylation, maleylation or malondialdehyde conjugation did not significantly affect the lipid composition of LDL. However, the unsaturated cholesteryl esters content, especially that of cholesteryl arachidonate was significantly decreased through Cu-oxidation. The number of reactive lysine residues in apo B was decreased by Cu-catalyzed LDL oxidation, acetylation, maleylation and by malondialdehyde conjugation. The number of free cysteines decreased from six in native apo B-100 to three in Cu-oxidized LDL. The tryptophan fluorescence intensity decreased most in malondialdehyde-conjugated LDL and in Cu-oxidized LDL, compared with acetylated and maleylated LDL. The secondary structure of native and chemically modified LDL was measured by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy and by circular dichroism. No significant changes were observed in the secondary structure of any of the modified LDL. These data suggest that neither acetylation, malondialdehyde treatment or even Cu-oxidation substantially altered the secondary structure of apo B, in spite of significant modifications in the primary structure. Incubation of chemically modified LDL with J774 macrophages induced an accumulation of cellular cholesteryl esters and foam cell formation. The highest cholesterol accumulation was induced after malondialdehyde treatment of LDL. These data suggest that the cellular uptake and accumulation of modified LDL is not modulated by changes in the apo B structure. Rather it seems dependent upon the net charge of the apo B protein and probably involves the modification of critical lysine residues. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular modeling of the amphipathic helices of the plasma apolipoproteins.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Vanloo, B. et al

in Proteins (1992), 13(3), 246-57

In this paper we propose a classification of the amphipathic helical repeats occurring in the plasma apolipoprotein sequences. It is based upon the calculation of the molecular hydrophobicity potential ... [more ▼]

In this paper we propose a classification of the amphipathic helical repeats occurring in the plasma apolipoprotein sequences. It is based upon the calculation of the molecular hydrophobicity potential around the helical segments. The repeats were identified using a new autocorrelation matrix, based upon similarities of hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties of the amino acid residues within the apolipoprotein sequences. The helices were constructed by molecular modeling, the molecular hydrophobicity potential was calculated, and isopotential contour lines drawn around the helices yielded a three-dimensional visualization of the hydrophobicity potential. Two classes of apolipoproteins could be differentiated by comparing the hydrophobic angles obtained by projection of the isopotential contour lines on a plane perpendicular to the long axis of the helix. The isopotential contour lines around apo AI, AIV, and E are more hydrophilic than hydrophobic, whereas they are of similar intensity for apo AII, CI, and CIII. In both cases discoidal lipid-protein complexes are generated, with the amphipathic helices around the edge of the lipid core. The long axis of the helices is oriented parallel to the phospholipid acyl chains and the hydrophilic side of the helix toward the aqueous phase. As a result of the differences in hydrophobicity potential, the contact between the hydrophobic side of the helices and the phospholipid acyl chains is larger for apo AII, CI, and CIII than for the other apolipoproteins. This might account for the greater stability of the discoidal complexes generated between phospholipids and these apoproteins. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the discoidal complexes formed between apoA-I-CNBr fragments and phosphatidylcholine.
Vanloo, B.; Morrison, J.; Fidge, N. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (1991), 32(8), 1253-64

The structure, composition, and physico-chemical properties of lipid-protein complexes generated between dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DPMC) and the CNBr fragments of human apoA-I were studied. The ... [more ▼]

The structure, composition, and physico-chemical properties of lipid-protein complexes generated between dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DPMC) and the CNBr fragments of human apoA-I were studied. The fragments were separated by high performance liquid chromatography and purified on a reversed-phase column. The complexes with DMPC were isolated on a Superose column; their dimensions were obtained by gradient gel electrophoresis and by electron microscopy. The secondary structure of the protein in the complexes was studied both by circular dichroism and by attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy. The fragments 1 and 4 of apoA-I, containing, respectively, two and three amphipathic helices, recombined with the phospholipid to generate discoidal particles with sizes similar to that of apoA-I- and apoA-II-DMPC complexes. The infrared measurements indicated that in all complexes the apolipoprotein helical segments were oriented parallel to the phospholipid acyl chains and that the protein was located around the edges of the discs. Computer modelling of the complexes based on energy minimization techniques proposed a model for these particles in agreement with the dimensions measured experimentally. In conclusion, we propose that apoA-I and its longest CNBr fragments are able to generate discoidal particles with DMPC, with apolipoprotein helical segments oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipids. [less ▲]

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See detailConformational analysis of the calcium--A23187 complex at a lipid--water interface.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Deleers, M.; Malaisse, W. J. et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1982), 79(9), 2895-7

A possible conformation of the complex formed by one calcium ion and two molecules of the ionophore A23187 at a simulated lipid--water interface was predicted by a variant method for conformational ... [more ▼]

A possible conformation of the complex formed by one calcium ion and two molecules of the ionophore A23187 at a simulated lipid--water interface was predicted by a variant method for conformational analysis. This method takes into account, in addition to the Van der Waals energy, electrostatic interaction, and torsional potential, the alteration of electrostatic forces attributable to changes in dielectric constant at the interface and the transfer energy for each part of the complex as it moves through the lipid-water interface. The most probable conformer was characterized by a two-fold axial symmetry that was maintained during transition to the hydrophobic bulk conformation. Minor changes in the interfacial structure were sufficient to achieve the configuration characteristic of the hydrophobic bulk phase. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the anesthetic-lipid association constant. A monolayer approach.
Guilmin, T.; Goormaghtigh, E.; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1982), 685(2), 169-76

A new approach is presented which allows to describe the binding of different local anesthetics to lipids. Lipids (DL- alpha-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylserine, cardiolipin) are spread at ... [more ▼]

A new approach is presented which allows to describe the binding of different local anesthetics to lipids. Lipids (DL- alpha-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylserine, cardiolipin) are spread at the air-water interface and the anesthetic (procaine, butacaine, tetracaine) injected into the aqueous subphase. The equilibrium constants associated to the interfacial reaction: D+ (subphase) +L- (monolayer) in equilibrium DL (monolayer) (where D+ denotes the anesthetics, L- the lipid anionic site and DL the complex) are calculated from an experimental evaluation of the surface potential of the lipid monolayer. This mode of determination is based essentially on the good correlation between the experimental values of the surface potential and the theoretical predictions from the Gouy-Chapman theory. Fluorescence measurements on liposomes are carried out in order to locate the position of the drug in the lipid layer. This method can be extended to any positively charged drug-anionic lipid interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailAdriamycin inactivates cytochrome c oxidase by exclusion of the enzyme from its cardiolipin essential environment.
Goormaghtigh, E.; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Ruysschaert, J. M.

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1982), 104(1), 314-20

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See detailTheoretical conformational analysis of phospholipids bilayers.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Goormaghtigh, E.; Ruysschaert, J. M.

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1981), 103(1), 301-10

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See detailClustering of gangliosides in phospholipid bilayers.
Delmelle, Michel ULg; Dufrane, S. P.; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in FEBS Letters (1980), 121(1), 11-4

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