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See detailHypoxia-induced activation of HIF-1: role of HIF-1alpha-Hsp90 interaction.
Minet, E.; Mottet, Denis ULg; Michel, G. et al

in FEBS Letters (1999), 460(2), 251-6

The protein chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a major regulator of different transcription factors such as MyoD, a basic helix loop helix (bHLH) protein, and the bHLH-Per-aryl hydrocarbon nuclear ... [more ▼]

The protein chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a major regulator of different transcription factors such as MyoD, a basic helix loop helix (bHLH) protein, and the bHLH-Per-aryl hydrocarbon nuclear translocator (ARNT)-Sim (PAS) factors Sim and aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr). The transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha), involved in the response to hypoxia, also belongs to the bHLH-PAS family. This work was aimed to investigate the putative role of Hsp90 in HIF-1 activation by hypoxia. Using a EGFP-HIF-1alpha fusion protein, co-immunoprecipitation experiments evidenced that the chimeric protein expressed in COS-7 cells interacts with Hsp90 in normoxia but not in hypoxia. We also demonstrated that Hsp90 interacts with the bHLH-PAS domain of HIF-1alpha. Moreover, Hsp90 is not co-translocated with HIF-1alpha into the nucleus. At last, we showed that Hsp90 activity is essential for HIF-1 activation in hypoxia since it is inhibited in the presence of geldanamycin. These results indicate that Hsp90 is a major regulator in HIF-1alpha activation. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 Maturation and Ht1080 Invasiveness by a Synthetic Furin Inhibitor
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Frankenne, F. et al

in FEBS Letters (1998), 424(3), 262-6

The close correlation observed between matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activation and metastatic progression in various tumors suggests that MMP-2 is a 'master switch' triggering tumor spread. Recently ... [more ▼]

The close correlation observed between matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activation and metastatic progression in various tumors suggests that MMP-2 is a 'master switch' triggering tumor spread. Recently, membrane type 1 MMP (MT1-MMP) was identified as a potential physiological activator of MMP-2. Like all other MMPs, MT1-MMP possesses a pro-domain which must be removed for the enzyme to acquire its catalytic potential. The presence of a typical recognition motif (RXKR) for the furin-like convertases at the end of its pro-domain suggests a potential role for these proteinases in MT1-MMP processing. In order to evaluate the implication of furin in pro-MT1-MMP processing, we treated HT1080 cells with a synthetic furin inhibitor and monitored their ability to activate pro-MMP-2 as well as their invasive potential. Our results demonstrated that the furin inhibitor decreased pro-MT1-MMP processing as well as pro-MMP-2 activation and cell invasiveness. Therefore, our data bring further evidence that furin is a key factor in the maturation of MMPs associated with the invasive and metastatic potential of tumor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailFree fatty acids regulate the uncoupling protein and alternative oxidase activities in plant mitochondria.
Sluse, Francis ULg; Almeida, A. M.; Jarmuszkiewicz, W. et al

in FEBS Letters (1998), 433

Two energy-dissipating systems, an alternative oxidase and an uncoupling protein, are known to exist in plant mitochondria. In tomato fruit mitochondria linoleic acid, a substrate for the uncoupling ... [more ▼]

Two energy-dissipating systems, an alternative oxidase and an uncoupling protein, are known to exist in plant mitochondria. In tomato fruit mitochondria linoleic acid, a substrate for the uncoupling protein, inhibited the alternative oxidase-sustained respiration and decreased the ADP/O ratio to the same value regardless of the level of alternative oxidase activity. Experiments with varying concentrations of linoleic acid have shown that inhibition of the alternative oxidase is more sensitive to the linoleic acid concentration than the uncoupling protein activation. It can be proposed that these dissipating systems work sequentially during the life of the plant cell, since a high level of free fatty acid-induced uncoupling protein activity excludes alternative oxidase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailInvolvement of Pa/Plasmin System in the Processing of Pro-Mmp-9 and in the Second Step of Pro-Mmp-2 Activation
Baramova, E. N.; Bajou, Khalid ULg; Remacle, A. et al

in FEBS Letters (1997), 405(2), 157-62

Pro-MMP2 activation is a two-step process resulting in (1) an intermediate 64 kDa form generated by the MT1-MMP activity, and (2) a mature 62 kDa form. Addition of plasminogen to HT1080 cells cultured ... [more ▼]

Pro-MMP2 activation is a two-step process resulting in (1) an intermediate 64 kDa form generated by the MT1-MMP activity, and (2) a mature 62 kDa form. Addition of plasminogen to HT1080 cells cultured under various conditions, or to their membrane preparation, induced a complete conversion of the intermediate MMP-2 form to the mature one, and processing of pro-MMP-9. The pro-MMP-2 activation was inhibited by plasmin inhibitors and anti-uPA antibody. These results provide evidence for involvement of the PA/plasmin system in the second step of MMP-2 activation. [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 detailUnexpected Influence of a C-Terminal-Fused His-Tag on the Processing of an Enzyme and on the Kinetic and Folding Parameters
Ledent, Philippe; Duez, Colette ULg; Vanhove, Marc et al

in FEBS Letters (1997), 413(2), 194-196

The addition of a poly-His C-terminal extension, designed to facilitate the purification of the protein, to the beta-lactamase of a thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis strain modified the site of action ... [more ▼]

The addition of a poly-His C-terminal extension, designed to facilitate the purification of the protein, to the beta-lactamase of a thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis strain modified the site of action of the signal peptidase. This resulted in the secretion of a protein with a different N-terminus, showing that this type of protein engineering might not always be as 'neutral' as generally assumed. (C) 1997 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. [less ▲]

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See detailRapamycin, FK506 and cyclosporin A inhibit human prolactin gene expression
Wera, Stefaan; Belayew, Alexandra; Martial, Joseph ULg

in FEBS Letters (1995), 358(2), 158-60

In this work we demonstrate that transcription of the human prolactin gene is inhibited by the immunosuppressants FK506 (IC50 = 25 nM), cyclosporin A (IC50 = 190 nM) and rapamycin (IC50 = 25 nM). Whereas ... [more ▼]

In this work we demonstrate that transcription of the human prolactin gene is inhibited by the immunosuppressants FK506 (IC50 = 25 nM), cyclosporin A (IC50 = 190 nM) and rapamycin (IC50 = 25 nM). Whereas the effect of FK506 and cyclosporin A is specific for prolactin gene transcription, rapamycin has a more general effect on transcription and/or translation in pituitary cells. In view of recent work demonstrating the immunoactivating role of prolactin, these results suggest that inhibition of prolactin gene expression in the pituitary may contribute to the mechanism of action of immunosuppressants. [less ▲]

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See detailCell surface binding of TIMP-2 and pro-MMP-2/TIMP-2 complex
Emmert-Buck, M. R.; Emonard, H. P.; Corcoran, M. L. et al

in FEBS Letters (1995), 364(1), 28-32

Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP-2) is a low molecular weight proteinase inhibitor capable of inhibiting activated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). TIMP-2 is found both free and in a 1:1 ... [more ▼]

Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP-2) is a low molecular weight proteinase inhibitor capable of inhibiting activated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). TIMP-2 is found both free and in a 1:1 stoichiometric complex with the pro-enzyme form of MMP-2 (pro-MMP-2/TIMP-2 complex). We have measured the binding of recombinant TIMP-2 to intact HT-1080 and MCF-7 cells. HT-1080 cells in suspension bound 125I-labeled rTIMP-2 with a Kd of 2.5 nM and 30,000 sites/cell. Monolayers of MCF-7 cells were similarly found to bind [125I]rTIMP-2 with a Kd of 1.6 nM and 25,000 sites/cell. Specific binding of MMP-2 alone to HT-1080 cells was not observed; however, pro-MMP-2/TIMP-2 complex was capable of binding to the surface of HT-1080 cells in a TIMP-2-dependent manner. Binding of rTIMP-2 was not competed by the presence of TIMP-1. These results suggest that rTIMP-2 alone binds directly to the cell surface of HT-1080 and MCF-7 cell lines, and TIMP-2 is capable of localizing MMP-2 to the surface of HT-1080 cells via interaction with a specific binding site. [less ▲]

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See detailThe N- and C-termini of the tricarboxylate carrier are exposed to the cytoplasmic side of the inner mitochondrial membrane.
Capobianco, L.; Bisaccia, F.; Michel, A. et al

in FEBS Letters (1995), 357

Polyclonal antibodies were raised in rabbits against two synthetic peptides corresponding to the N- and C-terminal regions of the rat-liver mitochondrial tricarboxylate carrier. ELISA tests performed with ... [more ▼]

Polyclonal antibodies were raised in rabbits against two synthetic peptides corresponding to the N- and C-terminal regions of the rat-liver mitochondrial tricarboxylate carrier. ELISA tests performed with intact and permeabilized rat-liver mitoplasts showed that both anti-N-terminal and anti-C-terminal antibodies bind only to the cytoplasmic surface of the inner membrane, indicating that both termini of the membrane-bound tricarboxylate carrier are exposed to the mitochondrial intermembrane space. Furthermore, tryptic digestion of intact mitoplasts markedly decreased the binding of anti-N-terminal and anti-C-terminal antibodies to the tricarboxylate carrier. These results are consistent with an arrangement of the tricarboxylate carrier monomer into an even number of transmembrane segments, with the N- and C-termini protruding toward the cytosol. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Precursor of the Streptomyces R61 Dd-Peptidase Containing a C-Terminal Extension Is Inactive
Fanuel, Laurence; Granier, Benoît; Wilkin, Jean-Marc et al

in FEBS Letters (1994), 351(1), 49-52

The Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase gene encodes a 26-residue C-terminal extension which is not found in the mature protein. When the gene was expressed in Escherichia coli, the extension was not cleaved ... [more ▼]

The Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase gene encodes a 26-residue C-terminal extension which is not found in the mature protein. When the gene was expressed in Escherichia coli, the extension was not cleaved and the precursor protein was not enzymatically active. It also reacted with penicillins significantly more slowly than the mature protein. The introduction of a 'stop' codon after that corresponding to the C-terminal residue of the mature protein resulted in the production of an active protein in the periplasm of E. coli. [less ▲]

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See detailBinding Site-Shaped Repeated Sequences of Bacterial Wall Peptidoglycan Hydrolases
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Lamotte-Brasseur, Josette; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in FEBS Letters (1994), 342(1), 23-28

The non-catalytic C-terminal regions of the N-acetylmuramidase (lysozyme) of Clostridium acetobutylicum and N-acetylmuramoyl(D-lactyl)-L-alanine amidases CwlA of Bacillus subtilis, ORFL3 and CwlL of ... [more ▼]

The non-catalytic C-terminal regions of the N-acetylmuramidase (lysozyme) of Clostridium acetobutylicum and N-acetylmuramoyl(D-lactyl)-L-alanine amidases CwlA of Bacillus subtilis, ORFL3 and CwlL of Bacillus licheniformis were previously reported to have similarities with the amino acid sequence of the non-catalytic N-terminal module of the Streptomyces albus G Zn DD-peptidase. This peptidase is a bipartite protein of known three-dimensional structure. Its non-catalytic N-terminal module possesses, exposed at the surface, an elongated crevice which is defined by a loop-helix-loop-helix motif that consists of two repeats, each 16 amino acid residues long, connected by a heptapeptide and whose design is compatible with its possible functioning as a substrate recognition and binding site. Amino acid alignments suggest that cavities nearly identical in shape to that present in the non-catalytic module of the S. albus peptidase, are borne by the C-terminal regions of the CwlA amidase (in one copy), the lysozyme and the ORFL3 and CwlL amidases (in two copies). Since a common feature of the five enzymes is their substrate, the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan, we interpret the striking similarity of their non-catalytic N- or C-terminal modules to suggest that these modules are involved in the binding of these exocellular enzymes to their insoluble wall substrate. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural Similarities Between Chaperone Molecules Of The Hsp60 And Hsp70 Families Deduced From Hydrophobic Cluster-Analysis
Callebaut, I.; Catelli, Mg.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Febs Letters (1994), 342(3),

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See detailStructure of the 16 S ribosomal RNA of the thermophilic cyanobacterium Chlorogloeopsis HTF (‘Mastigocladus laminosus HTF’) strain PCC75 18, and phylogenetic analysis
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Van Der Auwera, Gert; De Wachter, Rupert

in FEBS Letters (1993), 317

The thermophilic cyanobacterial strain, PCC7518, originally identified as ‘Mu~tigocludus hminosus HTF’ does not show branchings or heterocysts. The absence of branchings supports the later assignment to ... [more ▼]

The thermophilic cyanobacterial strain, PCC7518, originally identified as ‘Mu~tigocludus hminosus HTF’ does not show branchings or heterocysts. The absence of branchings supports the later assignment to the genus Chlorogloeopsu. The absence of heterocysts may be the result of a mutation because heterocysts were observed in the original isolate. Alternatively, contamination may have happened. To solve this problem, the 16 S rRNA sequence was determined and used to infer a secondary structure model and build distance trees. The trees showed that strain PCC7518 belongs to the cluster of heterocystous species and has most probably lost the abihty to produce heterocysts by mutation. It is only distantly related to Chlorogloeopsis fritschii PCC67 18. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of the Photoactive Protochlorophyllide-Protein Complex in the Light During the Greening of Barley
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Strzalka, K.

in FEBS Letters (1992), 309(1), 73-7

A photoactive protochlorophyllide-protein complex with absorbance and fluorescence maxima at 648 and 653 nm was detected in greening barley leaves without any re-darkening. The variations of the ... [more ▼]

A photoactive protochlorophyllide-protein complex with absorbance and fluorescence maxima at 648 and 653 nm was detected in greening barley leaves without any re-darkening. The variations of the amplitudes of the absorbance and the fluorescence of the photoactive protochlorophyllide with greening time at two different light intensities indicate a close relationship between the rate of chlorophyll synthesis and the amount of the complex during the first hours. The chlorophyllide resulting from photoreduction during greening has an absorbance maximum at 684 nm, which shifts towards a shorter wavelength within a few seconds, indicating rapid liberation of the pigment from the enzyme. We conclude that chlorophyll accumulation proceeds through continuous regeneration and phototransformation of the photoactive complex. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of the negative charge of β-lactam compounds for the inactivation of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61
Varetto, Louis ULg; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in FEBS Letters (1987), 225(1-2), 218-222

The interaction between the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidase and deacetyl-cephalosporin C or its lactone derivative has been studied at different pH values. The results show the ... [more ▼]

The interaction between the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidase and deacetyl-cephalosporin C or its lactone derivative has been studied at different pH values. The results show the importance of an enzyme group of pK approximately equal to 9 which might form an ion pair with the free carboxylate of the former compound. This electrostatic interaction is shown to contribute to the formation of the first, non-covalent enzyme-inactivator complex by a factor of at least 50. [less ▲]

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See detailThe DNA 3'-phosphatase and 5'-hydroxyl kinase of rat liver chromatin
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Verly, Walter

in FEBS Letters (1983), 160(1,2), 46-50

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See detailThe exocellular DD-carboxypeptidase of Streptomyces albus G: A metallo (Zn2+) enzyme
Dideberg, O.; Joris, Bernard ULg; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in FEBS Letters (1980), 117(1-2), 215-218

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See detailOxoglutarate translocator of rat-heart mitochondria: regulation by aspartate.
Sluse, Francis ULg; Duyckaerts, Claire ULg; Sluse-Goffart, Claudine et al

in FEBS Letters (1980), 120

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