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See detailRespiratory-deficient mutants of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas: A review.
Salinas, Thalia; Larosa, Véronique ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

in Biochimie (2013)

Genetic manipulation of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is straightforward. Nuclear genes can be interrupted by insertional mutagenesis or targeted by RNA interference whereas random ... [more ▼]

Genetic manipulation of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is straightforward. Nuclear genes can be interrupted by insertional mutagenesis or targeted by RNA interference whereas random or site-directed mutagenesis allows the introduction of mutations in the mitochondrial genome. This, combined with a screen that easily allows discriminating respiratory-deficient mutants, makes Chlamydomonas a model system of choice to study mitochondria biology in photosynthetic organisms. Since the first description of Chlamydomonas respiratory-deficient mutants in 1977 by random mutagenesis, many other mutants affected in mitochondrial components have been characterized. These respiratory-deficient mutants increased our knowledge on function and assembly of the respiratory enzyme complexes. More recently some of these mutants allowed the study of mitochondrial gene expression processes poorly understood in Chlamydomonas. In this review, we update the data concerning the respiratory components with a special focus on the assembly factors identified on other organisms. In addition, we make an inventory of different mitochondrial respiratory mutants that are inactivated either on mitochondrial or nuclear genes. [less ▲]

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See detailEmerging Roles of ADAM and ADAMTS Metalloproteinases in Cancer
Rocks, Natacha ULg; Paulissen, Geneviève ULg; El Hour, Mehdi ULg et al

in Biochimie (2008), 90(2), 369-79

A disintegrin and metalloproteinases (ADAMs) are a recently discovered family of proteins that share the metalloproteinase domain with matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Among this family, structural ... [more ▼]

A disintegrin and metalloproteinases (ADAMs) are a recently discovered family of proteins that share the metalloproteinase domain with matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Among this family, structural features distinguish the membrane-anchored ADAMs and the secreted ADAMs with thrombospondin motifs referred to as ADAMTSs. By acting on a large panel of membrane-associated and extracellular substrates, they control several cell functions such as adhesion, fusion, migration and proliferation. The current review addresses the contribution of these proteinases in the positive and negative regulation of cancer progression as mainly mediated by the regulation of growth factor activities and integrin functions. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards the control of intercellular protein turnover: Mitochondrial Lon protease inhibitors versus proteasome inhibitors
Bayot, A.; Basse, N.; Lee, I. et al

in Biochimie (2008), 90

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See detailLigands playing musical chairs with G-quadruplex DNA: A rapid and simple displacement assay for identifying selective G-quadruplex binders
Monchaud, David; Allain, C.; Bertrand, Hélène et al

in Biochimie (2008), 90(8), 1207-1223

We report here the details of G4-FID (G-quadruplex fluorescent intercalator displacement), a simple method aiming at evaluating quadruplex DNA binding affinity and quadruplex- over duplex-DNA selectivity ... [more ▼]

We report here the details of G4-FID (G-quadruplex fluorescent intercalator displacement), a simple method aiming at evaluating quadruplex DNA binding affinity and quadruplex- over duplex-DNA selectivity of putative ligands. This assay is based on the loss of fluorescence upon displacement of thiazole orange from quadruplex and duplex-DNA matrices. The original protocol was tested using various quadruplex and duplex-DNA targets, and with a wide panel of G-quadruplex ligands belonging to different families (i.e. from quinacridines to metalloorganic ligands) likely to display various binding modes. The reliability of the assay is further supported by comparisons with FRET-melting and ESI-MS assays. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrospray Mass Spectrometry to Study Drug-Nucleic Acids Interactions
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg

in Biochimie (2008), 90(7), 1074-1087

We present here a tutorial review on the electrospray mass spectrometry technique and its applications to the study of drug-nucleic acid non-covalent complexes. Particular emphasis has been made on the ... [more ▼]

We present here a tutorial review on the electrospray mass spectrometry technique and its applications to the study of drug-nucleic acid non-covalent complexes. Particular emphasis has been made on the basic principles of the technique, to allow even the non-specialist to design fit-for-purpose mass spectrometry experiments and interpret the results. Standard applications will be described in detail, including the determination of stoichiometries and equilibrium binding constants of non-covalent complexes, the study of binding kinetics, and the development of ligand screening assays. We also outline the potentials of more advanced and/or more recent MS-based techniques (tandem mass spectrometry, ion mobility spectrometry and gas-phase spectroscopy) for the study of the nucleic acid-ligand complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailMembrane type-matrix metalloproteinases and tumor progression
Sounni, Nor Eddine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg

in Biochimie (2005), 87

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc endopeptidases that process growth factors, growth factor binding proteins, cell surface proteins, degrade extracellular matrix (ECM) components and ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc endopeptidases that process growth factors, growth factor binding proteins, cell surface proteins, degrade extracellular matrix (ECM) components and thereby play a central role in tissue remodeling and tumor progression. Membrane-type matrix metalloproteinases (MT-MMPs) are a recently discovered subgroup of intrinsic plasma membrane proteins. Their functions have been extended from pericellular proteolysis and control of cell migration to cell signaling, control of cell proliferation and regulation of multiple stages of tumor progression including growth and angiogenesis. This review sheds light on the new functions of MT-MMPs and their inhibitors in tumor development and angiogenesis, and presents recent investigations that document their influence on various cell functions. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential effect of dietary spermine on alkaline phosphatase activity in jejunum and ileum of unweaned rats
Peulen, Olivier ULg; Gharbi, Myriam ULg; Powroznik, Brigitte et al

in Biochimie (2004), 86(7), 487-493

Spermine is a low molecular weight polyamine involved in the postnatal maturation of the gut. When it is administered orally to suckling rats it induces the maturation of their spleen, liver, pancreas ... [more ▼]

Spermine is a low molecular weight polyamine involved in the postnatal maturation of the gut. When it is administered orally to suckling rats it induces the maturation of their spleen, liver, pancreas, and small intestine. We showed that this polyamine modulates differently the activity of alkaline phosphatase in jejunum and ileum in suckling rat. In 14-day-old rat which had received spermine orally for 3 days, once daily, an increase of alkaline phosphatase activity in the jejunum and a decrease of this activity in the ileum was observed. Alkaline phosphatase was located at the bottom of the villus in the control jejunum and in the whole length of the villus in spermine-treated rats. On the contrary, in ileum of controls, this enzyme was present in the whole length of the villus but disappeared in the spermine-treated animals. An enzyme mass shift was observed in the small intestine after spermine administration. Spermine administration did not change the expression of genes coding for alkaline phosphatase, suggesting a post-transcriptional modification. (C) 2004 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the origins, diagnosis and treatment of amyloid diseases using antibodies.
Dumoulin, Mireille ULg; Dobson, Christopher

in Biochimie (2004), 86

The deposition of proteins in the form of amyloid fibrils is the characteristic feature of more than 20 medical conditions affecting the central nervous system or a variety of peripheral tissues. These ... [more ▼]

The deposition of proteins in the form of amyloid fibrils is the characteristic feature of more than 20 medical conditions affecting the central nervous system or a variety of peripheral tissues. These disorders, which include Alzheimer's disease, the prion diseases and type II diabetes, are of enormous importance in the context of present-day human health and welfare. Extensive research is therefore being carried out to define the molecular details of the mechanism of the pathological conversion of amyloidogenic proteins from their soluble forms into fibrillar structures. This review focuses on recent studies that demonstrate the power of using antibodies or antibody fragments to probe the process of fibril formation, and discusses the emerging potential of these species as diagnostic and therapeutic agents. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of lysozyme stability and activity by polyamines
Powroznik, Brigitte; Gharbi, Myriam ULg; Dandrifosse, Guy ULg et al

in Biochimie (2004), 86(9-10, Sep-Oct), 651-656

Spermine, a low molecular weight polyamine, administered orally to suckling rats induces the maturation of the small intestine. In this organ, lysozyme is an important component of the innate immunity. In ... [more ▼]

Spermine, a low molecular weight polyamine, administered orally to suckling rats induces the maturation of the small intestine. In this organ, lysozyme is an important component of the innate immunity. In this report, we analysed the binding of spermine to lysozyme and its effect on thermal inactivation of the protein by spectroscopy techniques. The activity of the enzyme was analysed in presence of spermine by lysoplate technique. We studied the effects of spermine ingestion by suckling rats on intestinal lysozyme activity and gene expression. We reported that spermine binds to lysozyme and increases in vitro the thermal stability and the activity of the protein. When administered orally to suckling rats, spermine increases the lysozyme activity in jejunum, but not in ileum. This increase is not due to a modification of the gene expression. The observed effects lead us to postulate that spermine could be used in some mammals as a promoter of the innate immunity. (C) 2004 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions of cryptolepine and neocryptolepine with unusual DNA structures
Guittat, Lionel; Alberti, Patrizia; Rosu, Frédéric ULg et al

in Biochimie (2003), 85(5), 535-547

Cryptolepine, the main alkaloid present in the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, presents a large spectrum of biological properties. It has been reported to behave like a DNA intercalator with a ... [more ▼]

Cryptolepine, the main alkaloid present in the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, presents a large spectrum of biological properties. It has been reported to behave like a DNA intercalator with a preference for GC-rich sequences. In this study, dialysis competition assay and mass spectrometry experiments were used to determine the affinity of cryptolepine and neocryptolepine for DNA structures among duplexes, triplexes, quadruplexes and single strands. Our data confirm that cryptolepine and neocryptolepine prefer GC over AT-rich duplex sequences, but also recognize triplex and quadruplex structures. These compounds are weak telomerase inhibitors and exhibit a significant preference for triplexes over quadruplexes or duplexes. (C) 2003 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS and Societe francaise de biochimie et biologic moleculaire. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and characterization of mRNAs differentially expressed in thyroid cells stimulated by a mitogenic treatment
Pirson, I.; Behrens, J.; Savonet, V. et al

in Biochimie (1999), 81

he aim of our work is to identify new genes and proteins involved in the control of the proliferation of thyroid cells as putative protooncogenes and antioncogenes. Several strategies are discussed. A ... [more ▼]

he aim of our work is to identify new genes and proteins involved in the control of the proliferation of thyroid cells as putative protooncogenes and antioncogenes. Several strategies are discussed. A first study has allowed to identify three new genes. Further search will use the differential display and gene arrays methodology. The role of the identified proteins coded by the genes is studied in vitro by the search of partner proteins by the double hybrid method and in vivo by mice gene knockout technology [less ▲]

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See detailParvalbumins from the lungfish (Protopterus dolloi).
Gerday, Charles ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Gerardin, Nicole ULg et al

in Biochimie (1979), 61

Five parvalbumins have been isolated from the white muscles of the lungfish. They can be divided into two sub families showing typical amino acid compositions, C-terminal amino acid residues, peptide maps ... [more ▼]

Five parvalbumins have been isolated from the white muscles of the lungfish. They can be divided into two sub families showing typical amino acid compositions, C-terminal amino acid residues, peptide maps and immuno-reactivity. The red muscles including the cardiac muscle also contain parvalbumins in amounts roughly inversely related to the concentration of myoglobin in the muscle. Parvalbumins have also been detected in the brain and kidney. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to choose an appropriate carrier for platinum drugs
Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg

in Biochimie (1978), 60

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See detailBovine follitropin: Isolation and characterization of the native hormone and its alpha and ß subunits
Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Closset, Jean ULg; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg et al

in Biochimie (1977), 59

1. A reproducible procedure was developed for the purification of bovine follitropin. 2. The methode involved ammonium sulfate precipitation, ion exchange and adsorption chromatography, concanavaline-A ... [more ▼]

1. A reproducible procedure was developed for the purification of bovine follitropin. 2. The methode involved ammonium sulfate precipitation, ion exchange and adsorption chromatography, concanavaline-A-Sepharose chromatography and gel filtration. 3. A specific radioligand receptor assay was used to monitor each chromatographical step. 4. The potency of highly purified bovine follitropin as measured by Steelman and Pohley bioassay was 62 times the NIH-FSH-B1 standard preparation. 5. Contaminations of bovine follitropin by other glycoprotein hormones such as thyrotropin and lutropin amounted to 3 and 0.45 per cent by weight respectively as measured by specific radioimmunoassays and radioligand receptor assays. 6. The subunits alpha and beta of bovine follitropin were obtained by incubation in acidic urea, the chains being then separated by anion exchange chromatography. The subunits were submitted to complete characterization. The amino terminal residue of the alpha subunit is phenylalanine while a half cystine residue was found at the amino-terminal end of the beta chain. 8. Cross-contamination of the alpha and beta subunit preparations was measured by specific radioimmunoassays and amounted to 0.02 and 0.1 per cent by weight respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailPréparation enzymatique de peptides du type (L)meso-diaminopimélyl(L)-D-Ala[14C]: par réactions d'échange entre les peptides correspondants non radioactifs et la D-alanine [14C]
Arminjon, François; Guinand, Micheline; Michel, Georges et al

in Biochimie (1976), 58(10), 1167-1172

Membrane bound LD-transpeptidase of Streptococcus faecalis ATCC 9790 was used to catalyse transpeptidation reactions between non radioactive peptide donors of the general type: L-Ala-D-Glu (L)meso-A2pm(L ... [more ▼]

Membrane bound LD-transpeptidase of Streptococcus faecalis ATCC 9790 was used to catalyse transpeptidation reactions between non radioactive peptide donors of the general type: L-Ala-D-Glu (L)meso-A2pm(L)-D-Ala and D-(14C) alanine acceptor. The presence of one or two amide residues on the carboxyl groups of glutamic acid and meso-diaminopimelic acid increases the transfer reactions and subsequently the yield in radioactive peptides L-Ala-D-Glu (L)meso-A2pm(L)-D-(14C) Ala. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetics and mechanism of the exchange reactions catalysed by the oxoglutarate translocator of rat-heart mitochondria.
Sluse, Francis ULg; Lièbecq, Claude

in Biochimie (1973), 55(6), 747-754

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