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See detailThe role of SHIP1 in T-lymphocyte life and death
Gloire, Geoffrey ULg; Erneux, Christophe; Piette, Jacques ULg

in Biochemical Society Transactions (2007), 35(Pt 2), 277-280

SHIP1 [SH2 (Src homology 2)-containing inositol phosphatase-1], an inositol 5-phosphatase expressed in haemopoietic cells, acts by hydrolysing the 5-phosphates from PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) and Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4 ... [more ▼]

SHIP1 [SH2 (Src homology 2)-containing inositol phosphatase-1], an inositol 5-phosphatase expressed in haemopoietic cells, acts by hydrolysing the 5-phosphates from PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) and Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4), thereby negatively regulating the PI3K (phosphoinositide 3-kinase) pathway. SHIP1 plays a major role in inhibiting proliferation of myeloid cells. As a result, SHIP1(-/-) mice have an increased number of neutrophils and monocytes/macrophages due to enhanced survival and proliferation of their progenitors. Although SHIP1 contributes to PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) metabolism in T-lymphocytes, its exact role in this cell type is much less explored. Jurkat cells have recently emerged as an interesting tool to study SHIP1 function in T-cells because they do not express SHIP1 at the protein level, thereby allowing reintroduction experiments in a relatively easy-to-use system. Data obtained from SHIP1 reintroduction have revealed that SHIP1 not only acts as a negative player in T-cell lines proliferation, but also regulates critical pathways, such as NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB) activation, and also appears to remarkably inhibit T-cell apoptosis. On the other hand, experiments using primary T-cells from SHIP1(-/-) mice have highlighted a new role for SHIP1 in regulatory T-cell development, but also emphasize that this protein is not required for T-cell proliferation. In support of these results, SHIP1(-/-) mice are lymphopenic, suggesting that SHIP1 function in T-cells differs from its role in the myeloid lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailStability of recombinant 2 S albumin allergens in vitro
Murtagh, Gareth; Dumoulin, Mireille ULg; Alcocer, Marcos et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (2002), 30

Two well known 2 S albumins, Ber e 1 from brazil nut and sunflower 2 S albumin 8 (SFA-8), have been expressed in a eukaryotic system and purified. Analysis of recombinant versions of Ber e 1 and SFA-8 ... [more ▼]

Two well known 2 S albumins, Ber e 1 from brazil nut and sunflower 2 S albumin 8 (SFA-8), have been expressed in a eukaryotic system and purified. Analysis of recombinant versions of Ber e 1 and SFA-8 revealed them to be significantly more resistant to digestion by pepsin than BSA, and to be stable for up to 30 min in simulated gastric fluid. Unfolding monitored by CD indicated that both proteins were also very resistant to denaturation induced by heat and low pH. These results suggest that, although the ability of 2 S albumins to reach the circulatory system may be a prerequisite for the allergenicity of this group of proteins, stability is just one of a number of characteristics that provoke a selective immune response. [less ▲]

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See detailMutations Inactivating Mitochondrial Genes in Chlamydomonas Reinhardtii
Remacle, Claire ULg; Duby, Franceline ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (2001), 29(Pt 4), 442-6

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is now becoming a useful model for the study of mitochondrial genetics in a photosynthetic organism. The small (15.8 kb) mitochondrial genome C. reinhardtii has been sequenced ... [more ▼]

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is now becoming a useful model for the study of mitochondrial genetics in a photosynthetic organism. The small (15.8 kb) mitochondrial genome C. reinhardtii has been sequenced completely and all the genes have been identified. Several mutants inactivated in mitochondrial genes encoding components of the respiratory complexes I, III and IV have been characterized at the molecular level. Assembly of complex I in several mutant strains and mapping of mitochondrial mutations by recombinational analysis are also described. [less ▲]

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See detailPotato tubers exhibit both homolytic and heterolytic hydroperoxide fatty acid-cleaving activities
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Delcarte, J.; Hoyaux, P. et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (2000), 28(6), 853-855

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See detailMechanistic Diversity of Beta-Lactamases
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Dubus, Alain; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1999), 27(2), 58-63

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See detailAutoregulation of endogenous glucose production in man.
Tappy, L.; Tounian, P.; Paquot, Nicolas ULg

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1997), 25(1), 11-3

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See detailPenicillin-recognizing enzymes
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Dideberg, Otto et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1988), 16(6), 934-938

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See detailHeterology and homology between the ribonucleic acid species of plant viruses as evaluated by molecular hybridizations.
Kummert, Jean; Demeure, M.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1977), 5(4), 946-947

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See detailSynthesis and complete processing of a high-molecular-weight precursor polypeptide to viral structural proteins in toad oocytes micro-injected with avian myeloblastosis virus ribonucleic acid.
Ghysdael, Jacques; Hubert, E.; Travnicek, M. et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1977), 5

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See detailLipid and Protein Composition of the Mammary Tumour Virus and the Milk Fat-Globule Membrane Isolated from the milk of infected Mice
Calberg-Bacq, C. M.; François, C.; Gosselin, L. et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1975)

Milk fat globule membranes and mammary tumour virus particles have been obtained from the milk of a swiss albino mice strain. Comparative biochemistry shows that these two structures differ significantly ... [more ▼]

Milk fat globule membranes and mammary tumour virus particles have been obtained from the milk of a swiss albino mice strain. Comparative biochemistry shows that these two structures differ significantly in the phospholipid, polypeptide and glycopeptide patterns and enzymatic activities. However, the lipid profile and the morphology of both structures suggest a filiation with the plasma membrane. Density fractions obtained from the crude virus preparation have been thoroughly investigated. The results sugget that most of these fractions represent degraded virus and/or atipycal virus assembly. [less ▲]

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