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See detailHeterologously expressed formyl peptide receptor 2 (FPR2/ALX) does not respond to lipoxin A4
Hanson, Julien ULg; Ferreiros, Nerea; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2013), 85

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See detailThe interactions of apamin and tetraethylammonium are differentially affected by single mutations in the pore mouth of small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels
Dilly, Sébastien ULg; Philippart, Fabian ULg; Lamy, Cédric et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2013), 85

Valine residues in the pore region of SK2 (V366) and SK3 (V520) were replaced by either an alanine or a phenylalanine to evaluate the impact on the interactions with the allosteric blocker apamin. Unlike ... [more ▼]

Valine residues in the pore region of SK2 (V366) and SK3 (V520) were replaced by either an alanine or a phenylalanine to evaluate the impact on the interactions with the allosteric blocker apamin. Unlike TEA which showed high sensitivity to phenylalanine mutated channels, the binding affinity of apamin to the phenylalanine mutants was strongly reduced. In addition, currents from phenylalanine mutants were largely resistant to block by apamin. On the other hand, when the valine residue was replaced by an alanine residue, an increase of the binding affinity and the amount of block by apamin was observed for alanine mutated SK2 channels, but not for mutated SK3 channels. Interestingly, the VA mutation reduced the sensitivity to TEA. In silico data confirmed these experimental results. Therefore, such mutations in the pore region of SK channels show that the three-dimensional structure of the SK tetramers can be disorganized in the outer pore region leading to reduced interaction of apamin with its target. [less ▲]

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See detailFunction, diversity and therapeutic potential of the N-terminal domain of human chemokine receptors
Szpakowska, Martyna ULg; Fievez, Virginie; Arumugan, Karthik et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2012)

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See detailImportance of the PIKKs in NF-kappaB activation by genotoxic stress
Sabatel, Hélène ULg; Pirlot, Céline ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2011), 82(10), 1371-83

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See detailNF-kappaB inhibition improves the sensitivity of human glioblastoma cells to 5-aminolevulinic acid-based photodynamic therapy.
Coupienne, Isabelle ULg; Bontems, Sébastien ULg; Dewaele, M. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2011)

Glioblastoma constitute the most frequent and deadliest brain tumors of astrocytic origin. They are very resistant to all current therapies and are associated with a huge rate of recurrence. In most cases ... [more ▼]

Glioblastoma constitute the most frequent and deadliest brain tumors of astrocytic origin. They are very resistant to all current therapies and are associated with a huge rate of recurrence. In most cases, this type of tumor is characterized by a constitutive activation of the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB). This factor is known to be a key regulator of various physiological processes such as inflammation, immune response, cell growth or apoptosis. In the present study, we explored the role of NF-kappaB activation in the sensitivity of human glioblastoma cells to a treatment by 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)-based photodynamic therapy (PDT). 5-ALA is a physiological compound widely used in PDT as well as in tumor photodetection (PDD). Our results show that inhibition of NF-kappaB improves glioblastoma cell death in response to 5-ALA-PDT. We then studied the molecular mechanisms underlying the cell death induced by PDT combined or not with NF-kappaB inhibition. We found that apoptosis was induced by PDT but in an incomplete manner and that, unexpectedly, NF-kappaB inhibition reduced its level. Oppositely PDT mainly induces necrosis in glioblastoma cells and NF-kappaB is found to have anti-necrotic functions in this context. The autophagic flux was also enhanced as a result of 5-ALA-PDT and we demonstrate that stimulation of autophagy acts as a pro-survival mechanism confering protection against PDT-mediated necrosis. These data point out that 5-ALA-PDT has an interesting potential as a mean to treat glioblastoma and that inhibition of NF-kappaB renders glioblastoma cells more sensitive to the treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall molecule inhibitors of peptidoglycan synthesis targeting the lipid II precursor.
Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Turk, Samo; Olrichs, Nick K et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2011), 81(9), 1098-105

Bacterial peptidoglycan glycosyltransferases (GTs) of family 51 catalyze the polymerization of the lipid II precursor into linear peptidoglycan strands. This activity is essential to bacteria and ... [more ▼]

Bacterial peptidoglycan glycosyltransferases (GTs) of family 51 catalyze the polymerization of the lipid II precursor into linear peptidoglycan strands. This activity is essential to bacteria and represents a validated target for the development of new antibacterials. Application of structure-based virtual screening to the National Cancer Institute library using eHits program and the structure of the glycosyltransferase domain of the Staphylococcus aureus penicillin-binding protein 2 resulted in the identification of two small molecules analogues 5, a 2-[1-[(2-chlorophenyl)methyl]-2-methyl-5-methylsulfanylindol-3-yl]ethanamine and 5b, a 2-[1-[(3,4-dichlorophenyl)methyl]-2-methyl-5-methylsulfanylindol-3-yl]ethanamine that exhibit antibacterial activity against several Gram-positive bacteria but were less active on Gram-negative bacteria. The two compounds inhibit the activity of five GTs in the micromolar range. Investigation of the mechanism of action shows that the compounds specifically target peptidoglycan synthesis. Unexpectedly, despite the fact that the compounds were predicted to bind to the GT active site, compound 5b was found to interact with the lipid II substrate via the pyrophosphate motif. In addition, this compound showed a negatively charged phospholipid-dependent membrane depolarization and disruption activity. These small molecules are promising leads for the development of more active and specific compounds to target the essential GT step in cell wall synthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe protein Nod2: an innate receptor more complex than previously assumed.
Lecat, Aurore ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2010), 80(12), 2021-31

For almost 10 years, Nod2 has been known as a cytosolic innate receptor able to sense peptidoglycan from Gram-positive and -negative bacteria and to trigger RIP2- and NF-kappaB-mediated pro-inflammatory ... [more ▼]

For almost 10 years, Nod2 has been known as a cytosolic innate receptor able to sense peptidoglycan from Gram-positive and -negative bacteria and to trigger RIP2- and NF-kappaB-mediated pro-inflammatory and antibacterial response. Mutations in the gene encoding Nod2 in humans have been associated with Crohn's disease (CD). Mechanisms by which Nod2 variants can lead to CD development are still under investigation. The most admitted hypothesis suggests that the impaired function of Nod2 variants in intestinal epithelial and phagocytic cells results in deficiencies in epithelial-barrier function which subsequently lead to increased bacterial invasion and inflammation at intestinal sites. Very recent results have just reinforced this hypothesis by demonstrating that Nod2 wild-type (unlike Nod2 variants) could mediate autophagy, allowing an efficient bacterial clearance and adaptative immune response. Other recent data have attributed new roles to Nod2. Indeed, Nod2 has been shown to activate antiviral innate immune responses involving IRF3-dependent IFN-beta production after viral ssRNA recognition through a RIP2-independent mechanism requiring the mitochondrial adaptor protein MAVS. Recently, Nod2 has been also shown to be exquisitely tuned to detect mycobacterial infections and mount a protective immunity against these pathogens. [less ▲]

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See detailBNIP3 protects HepG2 cells against etoposide-induced cell death under hypoxia by an autophagy-independent pathway
Cosse, Jean-Philippe ULg; Rommelaere, Guillaume; Ninane, Noelle et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2010), 80

Tumor hypoxia is a common characteristic of most solid tumors and is correlated with poor prognosis for patients partly because hypoxia promotes resistance to cancer therapy. Hypoxia selects cancer cells ... [more ▼]

Tumor hypoxia is a common characteristic of most solid tumors and is correlated with poor prognosis for patients partly because hypoxia promotes resistance to cancer therapy. Hypoxia selects cancer cells that are resistant to apoptosis and allows the onset of mechanisms that promote cancer cells survival including autophagy. Previously, we showed that human hepatoma HepG2 cells were protected under hypoxia against the etoposide-induced apoptosis. In this study, respective putative contribution of autophagy and BNIP3 in the protection conferred by hypoxia against the etoposide-induced apoptosis was investigated. We report that autophagy is induced by etoposide, a process that is not affected by hypoxic conditions. Using Atg5 siRNA, we show that etoposide-induced autophagy promotes apoptotic cell death under normoxia but not under hypoxia. Then, we investigated whether the hypoxia-induced protein BNIP3 could explain the different effect of autophagy on cell death under hypoxia or normoxia. We show that the silencing of BNIP3 does not affect autophagy whatever the pO2 but participates in the protective effect of hypoxia against etoposide-induced apoptosis. Together, these results suggest that autophagy might be involved in etoposide-induced cell death only under normoxia and that BNIP3 is a major effector of the protective mechanism conferred by hypoxia to protect cancer cells against etoposide-induced apoptotic cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailActin-targeting natural compounds as tools to study the role of actin cytoskeleton in signal transduction.
Kustermans, Gaëlle ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Legrand, Sylvie ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 76(11)

Actin cytoskeleton controls a vast range of cellular processes such as motility, cytokinesis, differentiation, vesicle transport, phagocytosis, muscle contraction. A growing literature clearly ... [more ▼]

Actin cytoskeleton controls a vast range of cellular processes such as motility, cytokinesis, differentiation, vesicle transport, phagocytosis, muscle contraction. A growing literature clearly demonstrated that actin cytoskeleton can play a regulating role in several signalling pathways. Cells tightly regulate actin dynamics through numerous specific proteins in order to rapidly and locally respond to various stimuli. An obvious approach to determine the involvement of actin cytoskeleton in signalling pathways is the use of actin-targeting natural compounds. These drugs modulate actin dynamics, accelerating either polymerization or depolymerization, through various mechanisms. This review focus on the use of these actin-targeting drugs as tools to demonstrate the role of actin cytoskeleton in several signal transduction pathways such as those initiated from antigen receptor in T and B cells or those involving mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) or transcription factors NF-kB and SRF (serum response factor). In this last case (SRF), the use of various actin-targeting drugs participated in the elucidation of the molecular mechanism by which actin regulates SRF-mediated transcription. [less ▲]

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See detailDeregulated expression of pro-survival and pro-apoptotic p53-dependent genes upon Elongator deficiency in colon cancer cells.
Cornez, Isabelle ULg; Creppe, Catherine ULg; Gillard, Magali ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 75

Elongator, a multi-subunit complex assembled by the IkappaB kinase-associated protein (IKAP)/hELP1 scaffold protein is involved in transcriptional elongation in the nucleus as well as in tRNA ... [more ▼]

Elongator, a multi-subunit complex assembled by the IkappaB kinase-associated protein (IKAP)/hELP1 scaffold protein is involved in transcriptional elongation in the nucleus as well as in tRNA modifications in the cytoplasm. However, the biological processes regulated by Elongator in human cells only start to be elucidated. Here we demonstrate that IKAP/hELP1 depleted colon cancer-derived cells show enhanced basal expression of some but not all pro-apoptotic p53-dependent genes such as BAX. Moreover, Elongator deficiency causes increased basal and daunomycin-induced expression of the pro-survival serum- and glucocorticoid-induced protein kinase (SGK) gene through a p53-dependent pathway. Thus, our data collectively demonstrate that Elongator deficiency triggers the activation of p53-dependent genes harbouring opposite functions with respect to apoptosis. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel formulation of inhaled doxycycline reduces allergen-induced inflammation, hyperresponsiveness and remodeling by matrix metalloproteinases and cytokines modulation in a mouse model of asthma
Guéders, Maud ULg; Bertholet, P.; Perin, Fabienne ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 75(2), 514-26

Background In this study, we assess the effectiveness of inhaled doxycycline, a tetracycline antibiotic displaying matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitory effects to prevent allergen-induced ... [more ▼]

Background In this study, we assess the effectiveness of inhaled doxycycline, a tetracycline antibiotic displaying matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitory effects to prevent allergen-induced inflammation, hyperresponsiveness and remodeling. MMPs play key roles in the complex cascade of events leading to asthmatic phenotype. Methods Doxycycline was administered by aerosols by the mean of a novel formulation as a complex with hydroxypropyl-gamma-cyclodextrin (HP-gamma-CD) used as an excipient. BALB/c mice (n = 16–24 in each group) were sensitized and exposed to aerosolized ovalbumin (OVA) from day 21 to 27 (short-term exposure protocol) or 5 days/odd weeks from day 22 to 96 (long-term exposure protocol). Results In the short-term exposure model, inhaled doxycycline decreased allergen-induced eosinophilic inflammation in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and in peribronchial areas, as well as airway hyperresponsiveness. In lung tissue, exposure to doxycycline via inhaled route induced a fourfold increase in IL-10 levels, a twofold decrease in IL-5, IL-13 levels and diminished MMP-related proteolysis and the proportion of activated MMP-9 as compared to placebo. In the long-term exposure model, inhaled doxycycline significantly decreased the extent of glandular hyperplasia, airway wall thickening, smooth muscle hyperplasia and subepithelial collagen deposition which are well recognized features of airway remodeling. Conclusion Doxycycline administered by aerosols decreases the allergen-induced airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness and inhibits the development of bronchial remodeling in a mouse model of asthma by modulation of cytokines production and MMP activity. [less ▲]

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See detailKATP channel openers: tissue selectivity of original 3-alkylaminopyrido- and 3-alkylaminobenzothiadiazine 1,1 -dioxides
Lebrun, P.; Becker, B.; Morel, N. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 75

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See detailRegulation of CD95/APO-1/Fas-induced apoptosis by protein phosphatases.
Gloire, Geoffrey ULg; Charlier, Edith ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008)

Triggering the CD95/APO-1/Fas receptor by CD95-L induces the assembly of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC), which permits initiator caspases activation and progression of a signaling cascade ... [more ▼]

Triggering the CD95/APO-1/Fas receptor by CD95-L induces the assembly of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC), which permits initiator caspases activation and progression of a signaling cascade that culminates in cellular apoptosis. Despite the CD95 receptor does not exhibit any kinase activity by itself, phosphorylation/dephosphorylation events seem important to regulate many aspects of CD95-mediated apoptosis. Here, we try to highlight particularly the importance of protein phosphatases in the modulation of the CD95 system. [less ▲]

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See detailActin cytoskeleton differentially modulates NF-κB-mediated IL-8 expression in myelomonocytic cells
Kustermans, Gaëlle ULg; El Mjiyad, Nadia ULg; Horion, Julie ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 76(10)

Many physiopathological events such as phagocytosis, pathogen invasion, cellular adhesion and chemotaxis governed by actin-based cytoskeleton are often accompanied by nuclear factor kB (NF-kB) activation ... [more ▼]

Many physiopathological events such as phagocytosis, pathogen invasion, cellular adhesion and chemotaxis governed by actin-based cytoskeleton are often accompanied by nuclear factor kB (NF-kB) activation and expression of pro-inflammatory genes. In the present study, we demonstrated that reorganization of actin cytoskeleton induced by Cytochalasin D (CytD), an actin-polymerization inhibitor, enhanced il-8 gene expression induced by TNFa and LPS in HL-60 monocyte-like cells. Both transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms were involved. CytD potentiated NF-kB-mediated transcription induced by both TNFa and LPS but via different mechanisms. In the case of LPS, the perturbation of actin dynamics increased the TLR4 levels at the cell membrane and consequently enhanced the IKK complex activation and NF-kB nuclear translocation. However, the canonical pathway involving the IKK complex and leading to the NF-kB translocation into the nucleus was not affected by actin remodelling in the case of TNFa. Interestingly, actin disruption primed p65 phosphorylation induced by TNFa and LPS, on Ser276 and Ser536, respectively, which suggested actin cytoskeleton could also modulate p65 transactivating activity. [less ▲]

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See detailGeldanamycin inhibits tyrosine phosphorylation-dependent NF-kB activation
Crèvecoeur, Julie ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Gloire, Geoffrey ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 75(11), 2183-2191

Hsp90 is a protein chaperone regulating the stability and activity of many signalling molecules. The requirement of Hsp90 activity in the NF-κB pathway has been recently reported by several authors using ... [more ▼]

Hsp90 is a protein chaperone regulating the stability and activity of many signalling molecules. The requirement of Hsp90 activity in the NF-κB pathway has been recently reported by several authors using the Hsp90 ATPase inhibitor Geldanamycin (GA), an anti-tumour drug. Hsp90 inhibition blocks the synthesis and activation of the IKK complex, the major kinases complex responsible for IκBα phosphorylation on serine 32 and 36, a key step for its degradation and the nuclear translocation of NF-κB. However, the effect of GA on other IκBα kinases, including tyrosine kinases, is unknown. In the present study, we investigated the effect of GA on NF-κB activation induced by sodium pervanadate (PV), a tyrosine phosphatase inhibitor triggering c-Src-mediated tyrosine phosphorylation of IκBα. We reporte for the first time that GA inhibits PV-induced IκBα tyrosine phosphorylation and degradation. Using an in vitro kinase assay, we demonstrated that GA inhibits the activity of c-Src as an IκBα tyrosine kinase, but not its cellular expression. As a result, GA blocked PV-induced NF-κB DNA binding activity on an exogenous κB element and on the endogenous iκbα promoter, thereby inhibiting IκBα transcription. Finally, we demonstrated that, despite NF-κB inhibition, pre-treatment with GA does not potentiate PV-induced apoptosis. We conclude that c-Src requires Hsp90 for its tyrosine kinase activity, and its inhibition by GA blocks c-Src-dependent signalling pathways, such as NF-κB activation induced by sodium pervanadate. The effect of GA on PV-induced apoptosis is discussed in the light of recent publications in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailMetallo-beta-lactamases (classification, activity, genetic organization, structure, zinc coordination) and their superfamily
Bebrone, Carine ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2007), 74(12), 1686-1701

One strategy employed by bacterial strains to resist beta-lactam antibiotics is the expression of metallo-beta-lactamases requiring Zn+2 for activity. In the last few years, many new zinc beta-lactamases ... [more ▼]

One strategy employed by bacterial strains to resist beta-lactam antibiotics is the expression of metallo-beta-lactamases requiring Zn+2 for activity. In the last few years, many new zinc beta-lactamases have been described and several pathogens are now known to synthesize members of this class. Metallo-beta-lactamases are especially worrisome due to: (1) their broad activity profiles that encompass most beta-lactam antibiotics, including the carbapenems; (2) potential for horizontal transference; and (3) the absence of clinically useful inhibitors. on the basis of the known sequences, three different lineages, identified as subclasses B1, B2, and B3 have been characterized. The three-dimensional structure of at least one metallo-p-lactamase of each subclass has been solved. These very similar 3D structures are characterized by the presence of an alpha beta beta alpha-fold. In addition to metallo-beta-lactamases which cleave the amide bond of the beta-lactam ring, the metallo-beta-lactamase superfamily includes enzymes which hydrolyze thiol-ester, phosphodiester and sulfuric ester bonds as well as oxydoreductases. Most of the 6000 members of this superfamily share five conserved motifs, the most characteristic being the His116-X-His118-X-Asp120-His121 signature. They all exhibit an alpha beta beta alpha-fold, similar to that found in the structure of zinc beta-lactamases. Many members of this superfamily are involved in mRNA maturation and DNA reparation. This fact suggests the hypothesis that metallo-beta-lactamases may be the result of divergent evolution starting from an ancestral protein which did not have a beta-lactamase activity. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of IKK and ERK pathways in intrinsic inflammation of cystic fibrosis airways
Verhaeghe, Catherine ULg; Remouchamps, Caroline ULg; Hennuy, Benoît ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2007), 73(12), 1982-1994

in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, pulmonary inflammation is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and may precede bacterial colonization. The aim of the present study was to investigate the molecular ... [more ▼]

in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, pulmonary inflammation is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and may precede bacterial colonization. The aim of the present study was to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying intrinsic inflammation in cystic fibrosis air-ways. Using different cystic fibrosis cell models, we first demonstrated that, beside a high constitutive nuclear factor of kappaB (NF-kappa B) activity, CF cells showed a higher activator protein-1 (AP-1) activity as compared to their respective control cells. Gene expression profiles, confirmed by RT-PCR and ELISA, showed over-expression of numerous NF-KB and AP-1-dependent pro-inflammatory genes in CF cells in comparison with control cells. Activation of NF-KB was correlated with higher inhibitor of kappa B kinase (IKK) activity. In addition, Bio-plex phosphoprotein assays revealed higher extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation in CFT-2 cells. Inhibition of this kinase strongly decreased expression of pro-inflammatory genes coding for growth-regulated proteins (Gro-alpha, Gro-beta and Gro-gamma) and interleukins (IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8). Moreover, inhibition of secreted interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) with neutralizing antibodies reduced pro-inflammatory gene expression. Our data thus demonstrated for the first time that the absence of functional cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) at the plasma membrane leads to an intrinsic AP-1, in addition to NF-kappa B, activity and consequently to a pro-inflammatory state sustained through autocrine factors such as IL-1 beta and bFGF. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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