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See detailCharacterization of the Insulin-Like Growth Factor Axis in the Human Thymus
Kecha, Ouafae; Martens, Henri ULg; Franchimont, Nathalie et al

in Journal of Neuroendocrinology (1999), 11(6), 435-40

The components of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis have been investigated in the normal human thymus. Using ribonuclease protection assays (RPA), IGF-II transcripts were detected in the normal ... [more ▼]

The components of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis have been investigated in the normal human thymus. Using ribonuclease protection assays (RPA), IGF-II transcripts were detected in the normal human thymus. By reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analyses, promoters P3 and P4 were found to be active in the transcription of IGF2 gene within human thymic epithelial cells (TEC). No IGF-II mRNA could be detected in human lymphoid Jurkat T cells with 30 cycles of RT-PCR. By Northern blot analyses, IGFBP-2 to -6 (but not IGFBP-1) were found to be expressed in TEC with a predominance of IGFBP-4. Interestingly, Jurkat T cells only express IGFBP-2 but at high levels. The type 1 IGF receptor was detected in Jurkat T cells but not in human TEC. The identification of the components of the IGF axis within separate compartments of the human thymus adds further evidence for a role of this axis in the control of T-cell development. The precise influence of thymic IGF axis upon T-cell differentiation and immunological self-tolerance however needs to be further investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailIGF-II in primary human colorectal tumors: peptide level, activated promoters, parental imprinting and gene rearrangement.
Winkler, Rose ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Bensbaho, K. et al

in Hormone & Metabolic Research (1999), 31(2-3), 148-54

IGF-II is a polypeptide growth factor with growth and differentiation promoting activities, involved in human development. We have reported previously IGF-II mRNA and peptide overexpression in primary ... [more ▼]

IGF-II is a polypeptide growth factor with growth and differentiation promoting activities, involved in human development. We have reported previously IGF-II mRNA and peptide overexpression in primary human colon cancers. Here we show that the IGF-II peptide content is increased in six primary colon cancers compared to the corresponding healthy tissues. The IGF-II transcripts in healthy and cancerous colon tissues were identified by Northern blotting and RT-PCR. Promoters P3 and P4 were active in most tissues. Relaxation of parental imprinting was observed in two tumors and one healthy tissue, without any correlation with the IGF-II transcript levels. Rearrangements of the IGF-II gene in two tumors containing very high amounts of IGF-II mRNA are described. Fragments containing the breakpoints were cloned by the vectorette-PCR strategy. In both tumors, the breakpoints occurred in repetitive sequences. In one tumor (T11), the breakpoint was localized 2 kb downstream the end of exon 9. The second tumor (T18) contains two modified alleles. In one rearranged allele the breakpoint is located in exon 9. The exact position of the breakpoint in the second rearranged allele has not been identified. In future experiments, the correlation between the gene rearrangements and IGF-II mRNA overexpression will be studied. [less ▲]

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See detailThymic insulin-related polypeptides in diabetes-prone Bio-Breeding rats
Kecha, Ouafae; Winkler, Rose ULg; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in Diabetologia (1999), 42 (Suppl. 1)

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See detailThymic insulin-related polypeptides: role in T cell selection and in central self-tolerance of the insulin family
Kecha, Ouafae; Brilot, Fabienne; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in The Endocrine Society (Ed.) Proceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society (1999)

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See detailCharacterization of the IGF system and analysis of the possible molecular mechanisms leading to IGF-II overexpression in a mesothelioma.
Hodzic, D.; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Willemsen, P. et al

in Hormone & Metabolic Research (1997), 29(11), 549-55

The expression of members of the IGF system in a mesothelioma from a patient suffering from hypoglycemia, in term placenta and HT29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were compared. Very high levels of IGF-II ... [more ▼]

The expression of members of the IGF system in a mesothelioma from a patient suffering from hypoglycemia, in term placenta and HT29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were compared. Very high levels of IGF-II mRNA and protein were detected in the mesothelioma. Moreover, half of the IGF-II protein took the high-molecular-weight form. We also analyzed the parental imprinting status and the promoter usage of the IGF-II gene. Our results showed loss of imprinting (LOI) in the mesothelioma while the imprinting was maintained in HT29 cells, expressing moderate levels of the transcript. Promoter P4 was active in the three tissues we analyzed, whereas IGF-II mRNA transcription from promoter P3 was only detected in the mesothelioma and the placenta, expressing comparably high levels of the transcript. IGF-II gene structure was identical in the analyzed tissues and cells. The type-I receptor mRNA expression was very low in the tumor. IGFBP-2, -4 and -5 mRNAs were detected in the mesothelioma, while IGFBP-2, -3 and -5 transcripts were detected in the placenta. IGFBP-1 and -6 transcripts were not detected. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular dissection of the insulin-like growth factor axis in the human thymus
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Kecha, Ouafae; Achour, Imane et al

in Diabetologia (1997), 40

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See detailCharacterization of the insulin-like growth (IGF) axis in the human thymus
Kecha, Ouafae; Achour, Imane; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in The Endocrine Society (Ed.) Proceedings of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society (1997)

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See detailLoss of one Ha-rasl allele in some human colorectal tumours
Lambert, S. A.; Martial, Joseph ULg; Winkler, Rose ULg

in Leukemia Research (1986), 10

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