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See detailS Phase Dependence and Involvement of Nf-Kappab Activating Kinase to Nf-Kappab Activation by Camptothecin
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Piret, Bernard; Piette, Jacques ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2001), 62(5), 603-16

Camptothecin (CPT) and derivatives are topoisomerase I poisons currently used as anticancer drugs. Their cytotoxicity is maximal for cells in S phase. Using asynchronous and S phase-synchronized HeLa ... [more ▼]

Camptothecin (CPT) and derivatives are topoisomerase I poisons currently used as anticancer drugs. Their cytotoxicity is maximal for cells in S phase. Using asynchronous and S phase-synchronized HeLa cells, we showed that both the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation and its transcriptional activity, induced by CPT treatment, are enhanced in S phase cells. After CPT treatment, NF-kappaB activation reached a maximum within 2-3 hr and was still detectable after 24 hr. The nature of the complex evolved with time, forming mostly p50/p65 after 2 hr to almost exclusively p52 after 24 hr. In HeLa cells, the different steps of the induction were readily observable in S phase synchronized cells, whereas they were barely noticeable in a randomly growing cell population. The signal progressed through the activation of the IKK complex, the phosphorylation of IkappaBalpha, and the degradation of phosphorylated-IkappaBalpha and -IkappaBbeta. The stable expression of wild-type HA-tagged-IkappaBalpha or mutated HA-tagged-IkappaBalpha (S32,36A) allowed us to confirm the essential role of Ser32 and Ser36. NF-kappaB-activating kinase (NIK) could play a role upstream of the IKK complex, as the transient expression of a kinase inactive mutant NIK(K429,430A) abolished the activation of NF-kappaB by CPT. A kinase inactive mutant of mitogen-activated protein/ERK kinase kinase 1 (MEKK1), another kinase susceptible of acting upstream of the signalsome, did not. Cytotoxicity studies with clonal populations expressing different amounts of wild-type or mutated IkappaBalpha revealed that the overexpression of wild-type IkappaBa in large amount increases the sensitivity of HeLa cells to CPT more efficiently than a lower level of expression of non-phosphorylable IkappaBalpha. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Factor-Kappa B, Cancer, and Apoptosis
Bours, Vincent ULg; Bentires-Alj, M.; Hellin, A. C. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 60(8), 1085-9

The role of nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B in the regulation of apoptosis in normal and cancer cells has been extensively studied in recent years. Constitutive NF-kappa B activity in B lymphocytes as well as ... [more ▼]

The role of nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B in the regulation of apoptosis in normal and cancer cells has been extensively studied in recent years. Constitutive NF-kappa B activity in B lymphocytes as well as in Hodgkin's disease and breast cancer cells protects these cells against apoptosis. It has also been reported that NF-kappa B activation by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, chemotherapeutic drugs, or ionizing radiations can protect several cell types against apoptosis, suggesting that NF-kappa B could participate in resistance to cancer treatment. These observations were explained by the regulation of antiapoptotic gene expression by NF-kappa B. However, in our experience, inhibition of NF-kappa B activity in several cancer cell lines has a very variable effect on cell mortality, depending on the cell type, the stimulus, and the level of NF-kappa B inhibition. Moreover, in some experimental systems, NF-kappa B activation is required for the onset of apoptosis. Therefore, it is likely that the NF-kappa B antiapoptotic role in response to chemotherapy is cell type- and signal-dependent and that the level of NF-kappa B inhibition is important. These issues will have to be carefully investigated before considering NF-kappa B as a target for genetic or pharmacological anticancer therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacological Modulation of the Bystander Effect in the Herpes Simplex Virus Thymidine Kinase/Ganciclovir Gene Therapy System: Effects of Dibutyryl Adenosine 3',5'-Cyclic Monophosphate, Alpha-Glycyrrhetinic Acid, and Cytosine Arabinoside
Robe, Pierre ULg; Princen, Frédéric; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 60(2), 241-9

The herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) suicide gene/ganciclovir system was first applied to the treatment of glioblastoma tumors, but was hampered by the low gene transfection yield ... [more ▼]

The herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) suicide gene/ganciclovir system was first applied to the treatment of glioblastoma tumors, but was hampered by the low gene transfection yield. Fortunately, the gap junction-dependent diffusion of phosphorylated ganciclovir metabolites from transfected cells to their neighbors proved to enhance the overall benefit of this strategy. However, as tumor cells are often gap junction-deficient, we sought to restore this property pharmacologically and hence to improve the efficacy of the treatment. We demonstrated that this approach was feasible in glioblastoma cells using dibutyryl adenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) (100 microM) as a pharmacological inducer of gap junctions. alpha-Glycyrrhetinic acid (25 microM), on the other hand, strongly inhibited both gap junction-mediated intercellular communication and the bystander effect, thus confirming the role of gap junctions in HSV-tk-mediated bystander killing. Using cytosine arabinoside as a growth inhibitor, we underlined the role of tumor cell proliferation in the sensitivity of HSV-tk-transfected cells to ganciclovir and demonstrated its correlation with the importance of the bystander effect. [less ▲]

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See detailCell Type-Specific Role for Reactive Oxygen Species in Nuclear Factor-Kappab Activation by Interleukin-1
Bonizzi, G.; Piette, Jacques ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 59(1), 7-11

The role of reactive oxygen intermediates (ROIs) in nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation remains a matter of controversy. We have studied whether ROIs played any role in NF-kappaB induction by ... [more ▼]

The role of reactive oxygen intermediates (ROIs) in nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation remains a matter of controversy. We have studied whether ROIs played any role in NF-kappaB induction by interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) in different cell types. Our studies indicated three different pathways. IL-1beta stimulation of lymphoid cells generates ROIs, which are required for IkappaB-alpha degradation and NF-kappaB activation. The source of these ROIs is the 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) enzyme. In monocytic cells, ROIs are also produced in response to IL-1beta and necessary for NF-kappaB induction, but their source appears to be the NADPH oxidase complex. Finally, epithelial cells do not generate ROIs after IL-1beta stimulation, but do rapidly activate NF-kappaB. Interestingly, transfection of epithelial cells with the 5-LOX and 5-LOX activating protein expression vectors restored ROI production and ROI-dependent NF-kappaB activation in response to IL-1beta. Our data thus indicate that ROIs are cell type-specific second messengers for NF-kappaB induction by IL-1beta. [less ▲]

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See detailThe homeodomain-containing proteins: an update on their interacting partners
Chariot, Alain ULg; Gielen, Jacques; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1999), 58

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription regulators controlling the coordinated expression of genes involved in development, differentiation, and cellular transformation. They share a highly ... [more ▼]

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription regulators controlling the coordinated expression of genes involved in development, differentiation, and cellular transformation. They share a highly conserved 60-amino-acid region (the "homeodomain"), which allows them to bind DNA and modulate the expression of multiple target genes, whose identities remain largely unknown. Although each HOX gene product exhibits in vivo specificity, they harbor very similar DNA-binding affinities in vitro, suggesting that other mechanisms such as protein-protein interactions are critical to modulate their function. In this commentary, we describe the proteins that can interact with the HOX gene products, including newly identified partners such as CREB binding protein and the NF-kappaB/IkappaB-alpha proteins. We also outline the molecular programs that are regulated by the transcriptional complexes involving the HOX gene products and where new pharmacological tools could find interesting targets. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the Protein Kinase C Lambda/Iota Isoform in Nuclear Factor-Kappab Activation by Interleukin-1beta or Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha: Cell Type Specificities
Bonizzi, G.; Piette, Jacques ULg; Haterte, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1999), 57(6), 713-20

It has previously been reported that distinct signaling pathways can lead to nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB activation following stimulation of different cell types with inflammatory cytokines. As the role of ... [more ▼]

It has previously been reported that distinct signaling pathways can lead to nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB activation following stimulation of different cell types with inflammatory cytokines. As the role of atypical protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms in NF-kappaB activation remains a matter of controversy, we investigated whether this role might be cell type-dependent. Immunoblots detected atypical PKC expression in all the analyzed cell lines. The PKC inhibitor calphostin C inhibited NF-kappaB activation by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha or interleukin (IL)-1beta in Jurkat or NIH3T3 cells but not in MCF7 A/Z cells. Cell transfections with a PKC lambda/iota dominant negative mutant abolished TNF-alpha-induced NF-kappaB-dependent transcription in NIH3T3 and Jurkat cells but not in MCF7 A/Z cells. Similarly, the same mutant blocked NF-kappaB-dependent transactivation after IL-1beta stimulation of NIH3T3 cells, but was ineffective after IL-1beta treatment of MCF7 A/Z cells. In MCF7 A/Z cells, however, the PKC lambda/iota dominant negative mutant could abolish transactivation of an AP-1-dependent reporter plasmid after stimulation with TNF-alpha but not with IL-1beta. These data thus confirm that transduction pathways for NF-kappaB activation after cell stimulation with TNF-alpha or IL-1beta are cell-type specific and that atypical PKC isoforms participate in this pathway in NIH3T3 and Jurkat cells. [less ▲]

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See detailActivation of the transcription factor NF-kappaB in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated U937 cells
Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Maniglia, Salvator; Boelaert, J. R. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1997)

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See detailProtein Kinase- and Staurosporine-Dependent Induction of Neurite Outgrowth and Plasminogen Activator Activity in Pc12 Cells
Leprince, Pierre ULg; Bonvoisin, Catherine ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(9), 1399-405

We analysed how interactions between protein kinase-dependent intracellular signalling pathways were implicated in the control of the production of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) and the ... [more ▼]

We analysed how interactions between protein kinase-dependent intracellular signalling pathways were implicated in the control of the production of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) and the generation of neurite outgrowth by PC12 cells. To that aim, cells were treated with agents that interact with the trk receptor and with protein kinases A and C. Nerve growth factor induced only the formation of large neurites. The release of the protease and the production of short neurite outgrowth were found to be protein-kinase-A-dependent events that could be enhanced by simultaneous activation of protein kinase C with phorbol ester. At high concentration, staurosporine, a nonselective inhibitor of protein kinases, induced the production of short neurites and mimicked the protein-kinase-A-dependent effect on tPA release. Such a response was not observed with K-252a, an analogue of staurosporine devoid of neurite-outgrowth-promoting activity. The responses to protein kinase A stimulation and the addition of staurosporine, although similar, seemed to occur through an activation of distinct, yet interacting, signalling pathways. In conclusion, tPA release and large neurite outgrowth from PC12 cells are controlled by parallel, albeit interacting, pathways, suggesting that these two potentially antagonistic events in PC12 cell differentiation can be modulated in a concerted way or independently of each other, depending on the activity of several protein kinases. [less ▲]

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See detailAstroglia-released factor with negative allosteric modulatory properties at the GABA A receptor.
Rigo, Jean-Michel; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Coucke, Paul et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(3), 465-473

We have previously shown, using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, that astrocytes release a negative allosteric modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAA receptor) with beta ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown, using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, that astrocytes release a negative allosteric modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAA receptor) with beta-carboline-like properties, thus, likely to act at the benzodiazepine site. Here, using patch-clamp and binding techniques, we confirm that the low-molecular-weight fraction of astroglia-conditioned medium (ACM lmf) contains a factor(s) that negatively modulates GABAA-receptor function. This factor, like beta-carbolines, enhances the specific binding of [35S]t-butyl bicyclophosphorothionate (TBPS) to adult rat cortical membranes in the presence of GABA. However, it fails to interact with various ligands of the benzodiazepine (BZD) site of the GABAA receptor ([3H]flunitrazepam, [3H]Ro 15-1788 and [3H]Ro 15-4513). The question of the actual binding site of the astroglia-derived factor on the GABAA receptor, thus, remains open and can be addressed only after the purification of the active molecule(s) of ACM Imf has been completed, and a labeled form of the endogenous ligand becomes available. Taken together, however, the data suggest that type 1 astrocytes are able to modulate the effects of the main inhibitory neurotransmission in the central nervous system. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance Of The Hydrophobic Energy: Structural Determination Of A Hypoglycemic Drug Of The Meglitinide Family By Nuclear Magnetic Resonance And Molecular Modeling
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(8), 1155-68

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR ... [more ▼]

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and molecular modeling. The results of the NMR experiments indicated that KAD-1229 existed in solution in the form of two stable conformers of equal population, called KADI and KADII in this paper. Three different molecular modelings were then applied: the classical molecular dynamics using the commercial Biosym and Hyperchem softwares and the Prot+ program, which is not based on a dynamical study but on a systematic conformational analysis of the molecule, which includes a term that allows the estimation of the hydrophobic interaction. The modeling results showed the following points. First, in contrast with classical molecular dynamics, which uses restraints from two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) data, the Prot+ KAD structure provides conformations that support experimental NMR data without any external intervention. In the structures in agreement with NMR data, an important hydrophobic interaction between the phenyl cycle and the perhydroisoindole ring of KAD is observed. This interaction, which seems to play a role in the biological activity of the drug, is lost when no restraints are considered in classical molecular dynamics. Second, the difference between KADI and KADII arises mainly from slight distance geometric differences at the level of the perhydroisoindole and the phenyl rings. [less ▲]

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See detailTamoxifen and its active metabolite inhibit growth of estrogen receptor-negative MDA-MB-435 cells
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Chariot, Alain ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1995), 49

Tamoxifen (TAM), the non-steroidal anti-estrogen most widely administered to breast cancer patients, acts, at least in part, by competing with estrogen receptors (ER). However, the existence of an ... [more ▼]

Tamoxifen (TAM), the non-steroidal anti-estrogen most widely administered to breast cancer patients, acts, at least in part, by competing with estrogen receptors (ER). However, the existence of an alternative mechanism of action for this drug is supported by the clinical observations that: (a) 30% of patients with ER-negative cancer cells respond to TAM, and (b) 30% of patients with ER-positive cancer cells are not sensitive to this anti-estrogen. In this study, we observed that growth of the human ER-negative breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-435 was inhibited by TAM and 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4OH-TAM) in a concentration-dependent fashion. Both monoclonal enzymoimmunoassay and Dextran Charcoal Coated Scatchard radioimmunoassay analysis demonstrated that this MDA-MB-435 cell line does not express ER. The absence of ER in MDA-MB-435 cells was also demonstrated at the mRNA level by both northern blot hybridization and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction techniques. MDA-MB-435 cell proliferation was not affected by 17 beta-estradiol or by the pure anti-estrogen ICI 164384, further demonstrating that the observed effects of TAM and its active metabolite on the proliferation of MDA-MB-435 cells were due to an ER-independent mechanism, yet to be identified. MDA-MB-435 thus appears to be a promising original model for the study of the alternative ER-independent mechanisms of action of TAM. [less ▲]

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See detailPiracetam-Induced Changes To Membrane Physical-Properties - A Combined Approach By P-31 Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance And Conformational-Analysis
Peuvot, J.; Schanck, A.; Deleers, M. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1995), 50(8), 1129-34

Piracetam, Nootropil (2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine acetamide), is a drug promoting erythrocyte deformability. To establish the mode of action of this compound, we have investigated its influence on the ... [more ▼]

Piracetam, Nootropil (2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine acetamide), is a drug promoting erythrocyte deformability. To establish the mode of action of this compound, we have investigated its influence on the organization of model phospholipid membranes. 31P NMR data show that the drug induces a structural modification in liposomes made of phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine. Our conformational analysis results have allowed the interpretation of the effect of piracetam on these model membranes: the specific interaction between the drug molecules and the phosphate headgroups induces a new organization of the lipids favouring formation of mobile drug-phospholipid complexes that exhibit an isotropic-type signal in the 31P NMR spectra. [less ▲]

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See detailConformational Analysis Of Non-Sulfonylurea Hypoglycemic Agents Of The Meglitinide Family
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj.

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1995), 50(11), 1879-84

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See detailHomeobox Genes: Potential Candidates for the Transcriptional Control of the Transformed and Invasive Phenotype
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Kusaka, Masami; Chariot, Alain ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47(1), 137-43

The transformation of a cell and the acquisition of the invasive and metastatic phenotype result from the activation of a group of complex cellular processes rather than from the effect of a single gene ... [more ▼]

The transformation of a cell and the acquisition of the invasive and metastatic phenotype result from the activation of a group of complex cellular processes rather than from the effect of a single gene product. It is likely that the coordination of the multiple genes involved in malignancy is under the control of a few genes that act as master genes or orchestrator genes. The latter probably code for transcription factors that control the genetic program for tumor invasion and metastasis. Homeobox genes are a family of transcription factors that contain a 183 bp highly conserved nucleotide sequence coding for a 61 amino acid domain that binds specifically to DNA. First discovered in Drosophila as genes controlling segmentation and segment identity, homeobox genes have since been identified in many other species including nematodes, frog, mouse and human. There is strong support for the suggestion that homeobox genes play a key role in development and differentiation. In humans, there are 38 homeobox genes organized in four clusters that are localized on chromosomes 2, 7, 12 and 17. The specific functions of each of these genes are generally unknown. Alterations in expression of several homeobox genes have been reported in a variety of malignant lesions, suggesting that they could play a role in the development of cancer. Using reverse transcriptase reaction coupled with polymerase chain reaction and degenerate oligonucleotides corresponding to the 5' and 3' ends of the highly conserved homeodomain, we amplified 130 bp cDNA fragments from the human breast cancer cell line MCF7 that were subsequently cloned into pBluescript vector. Sequencing of the clones, resulted in the identification of the homeodomains of four different human homeobox genes: HOXB6, HOXA1, HOXA10 and HOXC6. Further studies should determine the specific role of these four homeobox genes in the development and progression of human breast cancer and potentially determine if they might be good targets for gene therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Nf-Kappa B Transcription Factor and Cancer: High Expression of Nf-Kappa B- and I Kappa B-Related Proteins in Tumor Cell Lines
Bours, Vincent ULg; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Goujon-Letawe, F. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47(1), 145-9

NF-kappa B is a pleiotropic transcription factor which controls the expression of many genes and viruses. To date, there is good evidence, but no definitive proof, for its role in tumor formation and ... [more ▼]

NF-kappa B is a pleiotropic transcription factor which controls the expression of many genes and viruses. To date, there is good evidence, but no definitive proof, for its role in tumor formation and development of metastasis. To investigate the possibility that members of the NF-kappa B family could participate in the molecular control of the transformed and invasive phenotype, we examined the expression of these proteins in a variety of human tumor cell lines. The expression of p50, p65, p52 and I kappa B was quantified at the protein level using western immunoblot and mobility shift assay and at the RNA level by northern blot. We observed high expression of the NF-kappa B inhibitor I kappa B in the ovarian carcinoma cell line OVCAR-3 together with constitutive nuclear NF-kappa B activity. We also studied the colon carcinoma cell line HT-29 and its metastatic counterpart HTM-29 and we observed specific expression of the p52 NF-kappa B-related protein in the metastatic cells. Our data confirm that NF-kappa B could be involved in the genesis of a variety of cancers including solid tumors and provide us with interesting models to explore the exact role of these transcription factors in cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailA pyridothiadiazine (BPDZ 44) as a new and potent activator of ATP-sensitive K+-channels
Pirotte, Bernard ULg; Antoine, M.-H.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47

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See detailBasement Membrane Components (Matrigel) Promote the Tumorigenicity of Human Breast Adenocarcinoma Mcf7 Cells and Provide an in Vivo Model to Assess the Responsiveness of Cells to Estrogen
Noël, Agnès ULg; Simon, N.; Raus, J. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1992), 43(6), 1263-7

The ability to transplant human tumors into athymic nude mice allows studies of tumor cells in vivo. However, after s.c. injection the incidence of tumor and metastases in nude mice is frequently low. We ... [more ▼]

The ability to transplant human tumors into athymic nude mice allows studies of tumor cells in vivo. However, after s.c. injection the incidence of tumor and metastases in nude mice is frequently low. We have studied the tumorigenicity in nude mice of estradiol (E2)-sensitive breast adenocarcinoma MCF7 cells. Matrigel, an extract of basement membrane proteins, induces rapid tumor development after s.c. injection of MCF7 cells. In the absence of this matrice, MCF7 cells failed to induce tumor growth. In this in vivo model, MCF7 cells were analysed for their E2 sensitivity. Two weeks after inoculation in the presence of matrigel, cells formed growing tumors in intact mice supplemented with E2. In ovariectomized or untreated mice, tumor appearance was delayed and the growth level was very low. Thus, MCF7 cells formed tumors in the absence of E2 but retained in vivo their responsiveness to estrogen. Growing human tumors in nude mice provides a rapid and useful model for testing the sensitivity of cells to hormone. [less ▲]

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See detailInjection of Sulbutiamine Induces an Increase in Thiamine Triphosphate in Rat Tissues
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Weekers, Laurent ULg; Wins, Pierre et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1990), 40(11), 2557-2560

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See detailQuantitative Relationship between Sensitivity to Beta-Lactam Antibiotics and Beta-Lactamase Production in Gram-Negative Bacteria--II. Non-Steady-State Treatment and Progress Curves
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Crine, Michel ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1989), 38(9), 1427-33

A non-steady-state model is discussed for the study of the interplay between beta-lactamase activity and outer membrane permeability with slowly hydrolysed beta-lactams. The analysis shows: (1) that the ... [more ▼]

A non-steady-state model is discussed for the study of the interplay between beta-lactamase activity and outer membrane permeability with slowly hydrolysed beta-lactams. The analysis shows: (1) that the simple, steady-state model presented in the accompanying paper remains valid as long as kcat (i.e. k3 with chromosome-encoded class C beta-lactamases) is larger than 10(-3)/sec (generation time = 20 min or more); (2) that among the beta-lactam antibiotics studied here, the complete, non-steady-state model needs only be used in the case of aztreonam; (3) that the term "trapping" should be replaced by "formation of a covalent acyl-enzyme" and that such a phenomenon only contributes significantly to the resistance when penetration and hydrolysis are very slow and the periplasmic beta-lactamase concentration is very high. Aztreonam seems to be the only compound which fulfils the first two conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure-Activity Relationships in the Beta-Lactam Family: An Impossible Dream
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Varetto, Louis ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988), 37(1), 125-32

The difficulty of establishing structure-activity relationships in the beta-lactam family of antibiotics stems from the fact that: (1) The targets in various bacteria exhibit widely different ... [more ▼]

The difficulty of establishing structure-activity relationships in the beta-lactam family of antibiotics stems from the fact that: (1) The targets in various bacteria exhibit widely different sensitivities. (2) Some bacteria produce beta-lactamases, enzymes capable of destroying the antibiotics. The rates of the reactions with the beta-lactamases and the target enzymes are not necessarily related. (3) In Gram-negative bacteria, the diffusion rate through the outer membrane varies independently from the two other factors. [less ▲]

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