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See detailEFHC1, a protein mutated in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, associates with the mitotic spindle through its N-terminus
de Nijs, Laurence ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2006), 312(15), 2872-2879

A novel gene, EFHC1, mutated in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) encodes a protein with three DM10 domains of unknown function and one putative EF-hand motif. To study the properties of EFHC1, we ... [more ▼]

A novel gene, EFHC1, mutated in juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) encodes a protein with three DM10 domains of unknown function and one putative EF-hand motif. To study the properties of EFHC1, we expressed EGFP-tagged protein in various cell lines. In interphase cells, the fusion protein was present in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus with specific accumulation at the centrosome. During mitosis EGFP-EFHC1 colocalized with the mitotic spindle, especially at spindle poles and with the midbody during cytokinesis. Using a specific antibody, we demonstrated the same distribution of the endogenous protein. Deletion analyses revealed that the N-terminal region of EFHC1 is crucial for the association with the mitotic spindle and the midbody. Our results suggest that EFHC1 could play an important role during cell division. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailHypoxia protects HepG2 cells against etoposide-induced apoptosis VIA a HIF-1-independent pathway
Piret, Jean-Pascal; Cosse, Jean-Philippe ULg; Ninane, Noelle et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2006), 312

Tumor hypoxia has been described to increase the resistance of cancer cells to radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It also supports the invasiveness and metastatic potential of the tumor. However, few ... [more ▼]

Tumor hypoxia has been described to increase the resistance of cancer cells to radiation therapy and chemotherapy. It also supports the invasiveness and metastatic potential of the tumor. However, few data are available on the transduction pathway set up under hypoxia and leading to this resistance against anti-cancer therapies. HIF-1, the main transcription factor activated by hypoxia, has been recently shown to participate to this process although its role as an anti- or a pro-apoptotic protein is still controversy. In this study, we showed that hypoxia protected HepG2 cells against etoposide-induced apoptosis. The effect of hypoxia on cell death was assayed by measuring different parameters of the apoptotic pathway, like DNA fragmentation, caspase activity and PARP-1 cleavage. The possible implication of HIF-1 in the anti-apoptotic role of hypoxia was investigated using HIF-1α siRNA. Our results indicated that HIF-1 is not involved in the hypoxia-induced antiapoptotic pathway. Another transcription factor, AP-1, was studied for its potential role in the hypoxia-induced protection against apoptosis. Specific inhibition of AP-1 decreased the protection effect of hypoxia against etoposide-induced apoptosis. Together, all these data underline that hypoxia could mediate its anti-apoptotic role via different transcription factors depending on the cellular context and pro-apoptotic stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in human fibrosarcoma cells by synthetic matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors.
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2002), 275(1), 110-21

Enhanced expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 have been associated with tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. The use of synthetic MMP inhibitors to block the ... [more ▼]

Enhanced expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 have been associated with tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. The use of synthetic MMP inhibitors to block the proteolytic activity of these enzymes recently emerged as a potential therapeutic tool to treat cancer. In this study, we report that GI129471, a synthetic broad-spectrum MMP inhibitor, efficiently reduced the in vitro invasiveness of HT1080 cells through type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes. This reduced invasion was paralleled by a complete inhibition of pro-MMP-2 activation; however, GI129471 strongly increased the amount of secreted pro-MMP-9, which could be subsequently activated through a plasminogen-dependent mechanism. Quantitative RT-PCR and northern blot analysis revealed that GI129471 specifically increased the MMP-9 mRNA steady-state level. Moreover, transient transfection of HT1080 cells with beta-galactosidase reporter vectors containing different lengths of the 5'-flanking region of the MMP-9 gene revealed an upregulation of the transcriptional activity of the corresponding promoter. Well-known modulators of MMP-9 expression such as Il-1beta and TNF-alpha were not involved in this upregulation. These findings emphasize the complexity of the regulation of MMP expression and the requirement for a detailed characterization of the potential adverse side effects associated with the use of broad-spectrum MMPIs. [less ▲]

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See detailc-JUN gene induction and AP-1 activity is regulated by a JNK-dependent pathway in hypoxic HepG2 cells.
Minet, E.; Michel, G.; Mottet, Denis ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2001), 265(1), 114-24

Hypoxia is an important pathophysiological stress that occurs during blood vessel injuries and tumor growth. It is now well documented that hypoxia leads to the activation of several transcription factors ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia is an important pathophysiological stress that occurs during blood vessel injuries and tumor growth. It is now well documented that hypoxia leads to the activation of several transcription factors which participate in the adaptive response of the cells to hypoxia. Among these transcription factors, AP-1 is rapidly activated by hypoxia and triggers bFGF, VEGF, and tyrosine hydroxylase gene expression. However, the mechanisms of AP-1 activation by hypoxia are not well understood. In this report, we studied the events leading to AP-1 activation in hypoxia. We found that c-jun protein accumulates in hypoxic HepG2 cells. This overexpression is concomitant with c-jun phosphorylation and JNK activation. Moreover, we showed that AP-1 is transcriptionally active. We also observed that AP-1 transcriptional activity is inhibited by a MEKK1 dominant negative mutant. Moreover, the MEKK1 dominant negative mutant as well as deletion of the AP-1 binding sites within the c-jun promoter inhibited the c-jun promoter activation by hypoxia. All together, these results indicate that, in hypoxic HepG2 cells, AP-1 is activated through a JNK-dependent pathway and that it is involved in the regulation of the c-jun promoter, inducing a positive feedback loop on AP-1 activation via c-jun overexpression. [less ▲]

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See detailType Iv Collagen Induces Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 Activation in Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Frankenne, F.; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2000), 261(2), 348-59

Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activation has been described as a "master switch" which triggers tumor spread and metastatic progression. We show here that type IV collagen, a major component of ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activation has been described as a "master switch" which triggers tumor spread and metastatic progression. We show here that type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes, promotes MMP-2 activation by HT1080 cells. When plated on plastic, HT1080 cells constitutively processed the 66-kDa pro-MMP-2 into a 62-kDa intermediate activated form, most probably through a membrane type (MT) 1 MMP-dependent mechanism. In the presence of type IV collagen, part of this intermediate form was further processed to fully activated 59-kDa MMP-2. This activation was prevented by tissue inhibitor of MMP (TIMP)-2 and a broad-spectrum hydroxamic acid-based synthetic MMP inhibitor (GI129471). Type IV collagen-mediated pro-MMP-2 activation did not involve either a transcriptional modulation of MMP-2, MT1-MMP, or TIMP-2 expression nor any alteration of MT1-MMP protein synthesis or processing. An inverse relationship between MMP-2 activation and the concentration of secreted TIMP-2 was observed. This is consistent with our previous report that TIMP-2 degradation is probably linked to the MT1-MMP-dependent MMP-2 activation mechanism. Because invasive tumor cells must breach basement membranes at different steps of the metastatic dissemination, the ability of HT1080 cells to activate pro-MMP-2 in the presence of type IV collagen might represent a key regulatory mechanism for the acquisition of an invasive potential. [less ▲]

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See detailInduction of Endothelial Cell Apoptosis by Solid Tumor Cells
Kebers, F.; Lewalle, J. M.; Desreux, Joëlle ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1998), 240(2), 197-205

The mechanisms by which tumor cells extravasate to form metastasis remain controversial. Previous studies performed in vivo and in vitro demonstrate that the contact between tumor cells and the vascular ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms by which tumor cells extravasate to form metastasis remain controversial. Previous studies performed in vivo and in vitro demonstrate that the contact between tumor cells and the vascular wall impairs endothelium integrity. Here, we investigated the effect of breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells on the apoptosis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). TUNEL labeling, nuclear morphology, and DNA electrophoresis indicated that MCF-7 cells induced a two- to fourfold increase in HUVEC apoptosis. Caspase-3 activity was significantly enhanced. Neither normal cells tested (mammary epithelial cells, fibroblasts, leukocytes) nor transformed hematopoietic cells tested (HL60, Jurkat) induced HUVEC apoptosis. On the contrary, cells derived from solid tumors (breast adenocarcinoma, MDA-MB-231 and T47D; fibrosarcoma, HT 1080) had an effect similar to that of MCF-7 cells. The induction of apoptosis requires cell-to-cell contact, since it could not be reproduced by media conditioned by MCF-7 cells cultured alone or cocultured with HUVEC. Our results suggest that cells derived from solid tumors may alter the endothelium integrity by inducing endothelial cell apoptosis. On the contrary, normal or malignant leukocytes appear to extravasate by distinct mechanisms and do not damage the endothelium. Our data may lead to a better understanding of the steps involved in tumor cell extravasation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe LCC15-MB human breast cancer cell line expresses osteopontin and exhibits an invasive and metastatic phenotype
Sung, V.; Gilles, Christine ULg; Murray, A. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1998), 241(2), 273-84

We have characterized the LCC15-MB cell line which was recently derived from a breast carcinoma metastasis resected from the femur of a 29-year-old woman. LCC15-MB cells are vimentin (VIM) positive ... [more ▼]

We have characterized the LCC15-MB cell line which was recently derived from a breast carcinoma metastasis resected from the femur of a 29-year-old woman. LCC15-MB cells are vimentin (VIM) positive, exhibit a stellate morphology in routine cell culture, and form penetrating colonies when embedded in three-dimensional gels of Matrigel or fibrillar collagen. They show high levels of activity in the Boyden chamber chemomigration and chemoinvasion assays, and like other invasive human breast cancer (HBC) cell lines, LCC15-MB cells activate matrix-metalloproteinase-2 in response to treatment with concanavalin A. In addition, these cells are tumorigenic when implanted subcutaneously in nude mice and recolonize bone after arterial injection. Interestingly, both the primary lesion and the bone metastasis from which LCC15-MB were derived, as well as the resultant cell line, abundantly express the bone matrix protein osteopontin (OPN). OPN is also expressed by the highly metastatic MDA-MB-435 cells, but not other invasive or noninvasive HBC cell lines. Expression of OPN is retained in the subcutaneous xenograft and intraosseous metastases of LCC15-MB as detected by immunohistochemistry. Both VIM and OPN expression have been associated with breast cancer invasion and metastasis, and their expression by the LCC15-MB cell line is consistent with its derivation from a highly aggressive breast cancer. These cells provide a useful model for studying molecular mechanisms important for breast cancer metastasis to bone and, in particular, the implication(s) of OPN and VIM expression in this process. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of Interendothelial Adherens Junctions Following Tumor Cell-Endothelial Cell Interaction in Vitro
Lewalle, J. M.; Bajou, Khalid ULg; Desreux, Joëlle ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1997), 237(2), 347-56

The integrity of the vascular endothelium is mainly dependent upon the organization of interendothelial adherens junctions (AJ). These junctions are formed by the homotypic interaction of a transmembrane ... [more ▼]

The integrity of the vascular endothelium is mainly dependent upon the organization of interendothelial adherens junctions (AJ). These junctions are formed by the homotypic interaction of a transmembrane protein, vascular endothelial cadherin (VE-cadherin), which is complexed to an intracellular protein network including alpha-, beta-, and gamma-catenin. Additional proteins such as vinculin and alpha-actinin have been suggested to link the VE-cadherin/catenin complex to the actin-based cytoskeleton. During the process of hematogenous metastasis, circulating tumor cells must disrupt these intercellular junctions in order to extravasate. In the present study, we have investigated the influence of tumor cell-endothelial cell interaction upon interendothelial AJ. We show that human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF-7), but not normal human mammary epithelial cells, induce a rapid endothelial cell (EC) dissociation which correlates with the loss of VE-cadherin expression at the site of tumor cell-EC contact and with profound changes in vinculin distribution and organization. This process could not be inhibited by metalloproteinase nor serine protease inhibitors. Immunoprecipitations and Western blot analysis demonstrate that the overall expression of VE-cadherin and vinculin as well as the composition of the VE-cadherin/catenins complex are not affected by tumor cells while the tyrosine phosphorylation status of proteins within the complex is significantly altered. Our data suggest that tumor cells modulate AJ protein distribution and phosphorylation in EC and may, thereby, facilitate EC dissociation. [less ▲]

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See detailReassembly of functional nucleoli following in situ unraveling by low-ionic-strength treatment of cultured mammalian cells.
Zatsepina, O. V.; Dudnic, O. A.; Chentsov, Y. S. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1997), 233(1), 155-68

In order to determine the most persistent components of the nucleolus that might serve as "core" nucleolar elements, we studied the reactivity of nucleoli in living mammalian cells subjected to hypotonic ... [more ▼]

In order to determine the most persistent components of the nucleolus that might serve as "core" nucleolar elements, we studied the reactivity of nucleoli in living mammalian cells subjected to hypotonic buffer saline followed by the incubation of the cells in an isotonic medium. To document as precisely as possible the fine structural changes which occurred, the cells were examined by video-enhanced optical microscopy, fluorescence confocal laser scanning microscopy, and electron microscopy combined with cytochemistry. Light microscopic autoradiography was used to demonstrate the transcriptional characteristics of the reassembled nucleoli. It was shown that all the major compartments of the intact nucleolus could be substantially affected by reduction of the osmolarity of the environmental media. The dynamic events of the nucleolar unraveling in low-salt buffers occurred in the following order: dispersion of the nucleolar pars granulosa, disassociation of the fibrillar complexes into discrete fibrillar centers (FCs) and the dense fibrillar component (DFC), and the almost complete unraveling of the DFC and FCs. At the terminal stages of nucleolar dispersion, the nuclear interior was mainly composed of a loose filamentous meshwork, and none of the typically discerned nucleolar constituents was recognized. Nevertheless, when hypotonically treated cells were returned to isotonic conditions, the nucleolar bodies rapidly began to reassemble. Within 1-2 h of cell incubation under isotonicity, the nucleoli not only became clearly visible, but also reconstituted to their initial size, shape, and position within the nucleus. The ultrastructure and functional activity of the reassembled nucleoli were also found to be fully comparable to those of the untreated controls. These data indicate that the architectural composition of the interphase nucleolus is strictly controlled by the cell. As far as could be determined, none of the usual substructures of the intact nucleolus that could be substituted by complete reassembly of the nucleolar bodies in normotonic conditions, including FCs and the DFC, remained clearly preserved in the terminal stage of nucleolar unraveling. We concluded that the integrity of the nucleolus was mainly preserved by the nuclear or nucleolar matrix system rather than by any other nucleolar structural domains. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructural nucleolar alterations induced by an ametantrone/polyr(A-U) complex.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Jamison, J. M.; Gilloteaux, J. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1997), 236(1), 275-84

In the present study we examined the ultrastructural modifications as well as the precise distribution of DNA and RNA in RT4 cell nucleoli following a 3-h exposure to nontoxic or toxic doses of ... [more ▼]

In the present study we examined the ultrastructural modifications as well as the precise distribution of DNA and RNA in RT4 cell nucleoli following a 3-h exposure to nontoxic or toxic doses of ametantrone (AMT), poly(adenylate-uridylate) (polyr(A-U), or an AMT/polyr(A-U) combination. While distribution of nucleic acids within the various nucleolar components is not modified following all treatments, the nucleoli exhibit several ultrastructural changes: redistribution of the nucleolar components, decrease in the number of fibrillar centers, and increase in the size of the fibrillar centers. The relative frequencies of the test agents to induce the apparition of nucleoli of compact type are AMT/polyr(A-U) > AMT approximately polyr(A-U) > sham-treated, while the abilities of the test agents to induce the nucleolar segregation are AMT/polyr(A-U) approximately AMT > polyr(A-U) > sham-treated cells. These ultrastructural changes are characteristics of drugs that intercalate into DNA and inhibit rDNA transcription as well as rRNA processing and release of nascent preribosomes from the nucleolus. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of expression and assembly of vinculin during in vitro fibrillar collagen-induced angiogenesis and its reversal.
Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Colige, Alain ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 224(2), 215-23

A model of collagen-induced in vitro angiogenesis was used to investigate the modulation of expression and assembly of focal adhesion plaque-associated proteins during the process of differentiation ... [more ▼]

A model of collagen-induced in vitro angiogenesis was used to investigate the modulation of expression and assembly of focal adhesion plaque-associated proteins during the process of differentiation. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), first attached on an adhesive substratum (gelatin-, fibronectin-, or laminin-coated dish) or adherent collagen gel and then covered by an overlaying collagen get, organized within 3-4 days in tube-like structures (TLS). Removing the overlaying collagen gel from fully differentiated HUVEC induced a reversion of the process and HUVEC returned to a monolayer pattern. Modulations of focal adhesion-associated proteins occurring in HUVEC during the in vitro differentiation process and its reversal were investigated by Western blot analysis. A significant decrease of expression of vinculin, the integrin alpha2 subunit, talin, alpha-actinin, and actin was observed in TLS whereas the amount of FVIII-related antigen did not vary as compared to control monolayer cultures. During reversal, all the reduced proteins were markedly reexpressed. Human skin fibroblasts (HSF), submitted to the same experimental conditions, did not form TLS. Most of the focal adhesion proteins in HSF were similarly modulated by an overlaying collagen gel with the exception of vinculin, which was not modified. This particular protein was therefore more thoroughly investigated. In a nondifferentiated monolayer of HUVEC, a significant proportion of vinculin was organized into a detergent-resistant juxtamembranous structure (focal adhesion plaque) which disassembled early in TLS formation and reassembled during the reversal of the process. The reduction of vinculin during TLS formation was preceded by a downregulation of its mRNA while this mRNA was upregulated during reversal of the morphotype. These results suggest that the modulations of the cytoskeletal and focal adhesion proteins and more specifically of vinculin coupled to its subcellular redistribution are critical and early events in the cascade of mechanochemical signaling during in vitro angiogenesis induced by fibrillar collagen. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalization of nucleic acids in hepatocyte nucleoli of rats upon D-galactosamine-induced block of transcription.
Mikhaylova, V. T.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Stephanova, E. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 225(2), 389-98

The precise localization of DNA and RNA within rat hepatocyte nucleoli during the process of D-galactosamine-induced nucleolar segregation has been studied by using sensitive methods for their detection ... [more ▼]

The precise localization of DNA and RNA within rat hepatocyte nucleoli during the process of D-galactosamine-induced nucleolar segregation has been studied by using sensitive methods for their detection: osmium-ammine staining and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase reaction for DNA, and immunoelectron microscopy with anti-RNA antibodies, RNase-gold, and autoradiography with tritiated orotic acid for RNA. The blocking of transcription was followed by the disappearance of intranucleolar condensed chromatin. Agglomerates of thin extended DNA filaments were found to change their location to the nucleolar periphery and to coalesce with each other. At the last stage of nucleolar segregation they were concentrated at the pole of the nucleolar fibrillar remnant while the rest of the nucleolus did not contain any DNA. No DNA was found in the dense fibrillar component of both intact and treated hepatocyte nucleoli. During the process of nucleolar segregation the bulk of the nucleolar RNA was found within the so-called spherical bodies. This RNA appeared to be synthesized shortly before or even after drug administration. The results obtained are in agreement with the hypothesis that the fibrillar centers are the site of nucleolar transcription. They also show that uncompleted molecules of pre-rRNA whose synthesis has been blocked are segregated from the rest of nucleolar RNA species into the spherical bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning of choriocarcinoma cells shows that invasion correlates with expression and activation of gelatinase A
Crescimanno, C.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 227

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is ... [more ▼]

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is highly invasive. By cloning BeWo choriocarcinoma cells, we have isolated two distinct clones that share similarities with villous and extravillous cytotrophoblasts. When cultured at the surface of a type I collagen gel, BeWo MC-1 cells were not invasive, whereas BeWo MC-2 cells rapidly invaded this matrix. When injected subcutaneously in nude mice, BeWo MC-1 cells developed a localized tumor and BeWo MC-2 cells developed larger tumors with micrometastases. Gelatinase A expression and minute amounts of gelatinase B were detected in the parental cell line and in both clones. However, the parental and the BeWo MC-2 cells secreted 5- to 10-fold more gelatinase A than the BeWo MC-1 cells. Laminin and matrigel stimulated the production of gelatinase A in BeWo MC-2 cells. Type I collagen promoted the conversion of the 72-kDa progelatinase A in an active enzyme only in parental BeWo and in BeWo MC-2 cells. These clones provide an interesting model for studying the complex mechanisms regulating implantation as well as the controlled invasiveness during implantation compared to tumor invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of nucleoli from ELT cells: a quick new method that preserves morphological integrity and high transcriptional activity.
Vandelaer, M.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 228(1), 125-31

We have developed a quick new method for isolating nucleoli which, unlike the methods in current use, preserves the nucleolar ultrastructure. Until now, the isolation process has generally been assumed to ... [more ▼]

We have developed a quick new method for isolating nucleoli which, unlike the methods in current use, preserves the nucleolar ultrastructure. Until now, the isolation process has generally been assumed to empty one of the three major compartments of the nucleolus, the fibrillar center, of its content. We have used the AgNOR staining and in vitro transcription assay to test the degree of structural and functional preservation of the isolated nucleoli. Our results demonstrate the value of our procedure as a reliable tool for biochemical and ultrastructural studies on the nucleolus. Moreover, these proprieties prompt us to investigate the rRNA synthesis, using a nonisotopic approach, within morphologically intact isolated nucleoli. Thus, we show that newly synthesized rRNA transcripts are located not only in the dense fibrillar component, but also indubitably in the fibrillar center. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructural distribution of DNA within the ring-shaped nucleolus of human resting T lymphocytes.
Vandelaer, M.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1993), 205(2), 430-2

The precise distribution of DNA within the resting human T lymphocyte nucleolus has been investigated, at the ultrastructural level, by cytochemical and molecular immunocytochemical techniques. The ... [more ▼]

The precise distribution of DNA within the resting human T lymphocyte nucleolus has been investigated, at the ultrastructural level, by cytochemical and molecular immunocytochemical techniques. The nucleolus is partially enveloped by a layer of condensed chromatin which, at several places, penetrates into the nucleolar body until in close contact with the fibrillar centers. Morphometric analysis reveals that 32% of the fibrillar center surface is essentially occupied by condensed chromatin. Using the in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-immunogold procedure for detecting DNA, we further show that evident label is exclusively found over the condensed chromatin and over the fibrillar centers, whereas no significant label is detected over the dense fibrillar component of the nucleolus. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructural detection of DNA within the nucleolus by sensitive molecular immunocytochemistry.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1992), 200(1), 135-44

This paper describes a new technique for locating DNA on semithin or ultrathin sections of aldehyde-fixed and plastic-embedded cells or tissues. Sections were incubated in a medium containing ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a new technique for locating DNA on semithin or ultrathin sections of aldehyde-fixed and plastic-embedded cells or tissues. Sections were incubated in a medium containing bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) triphosphate and terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase. The labeled nucleotides bound at the surface of the sections were subsequently detected with an anti-BUdR antibody and immunoglobulin-gold complex. On semithin sections, labeled nucleotide detection was achieved by an amplification step with silver enhancement. This technique was applied to a wide variety of biological materials allowing a sensitive detection of DNA-containing structures, even where these are present in very low amounts. Examples of high resolution and sensitive detection include the DNA present in mitochondria, chloroplasts, mycoplasmas, and DNA viruses. Special attention focused on the location of DNA inside the nucleolus. In Ehrlich tumor cell nucleoli, DNA was detected in the fibrillar centers and not in the dense fibrillar component. Identical results were found in the nucleoli of other cell types. These results contradict earlier data but conform with other recent immunocytochemical observations concerning the correlation between structure and function in the nucleolus. This method provides a useful tool for investigations requiring highly precise correlations between a molecular function and a given ultrastructural morphology. [less ▲]

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See detailWhere, within the nucleolus, are the rRNA genes located?
Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1992), 200(1), 1-4

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See detailRat Chromosome 5 (Q22-23) Contains Elements That Control Cell Morphology and Interactions with the Extracellular Matrix: A Study of Normal Fibroblast X Malignant Hepatoma Cell Hybrids
Lewalle, J. M.; Szpirer, C.; Szpirer, J. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1991), 196(2), 164-71

Cell interactions with the extracellular matrix are consistently modified in neoplasia. Malignant transformation has been correlated with modifications in the synthesis and distribution of matrix ... [more ▼]

Cell interactions with the extracellular matrix are consistently modified in neoplasia. Malignant transformation has been correlated with modifications in the synthesis and distribution of matrix components and with alterations of cell adhesive properties to these components. A particular class of genes, able to suppress the transformed phenotype in normal cells, may be involved in those phenotypic changes. By studying somatic cell hybrids between mouse hepatoma (BWTG3) cells and normal rat skin fibroblasts (RSF), Islam and co-workers were able to localize a gene or a group of genes controlling anchorage dependence and cell growth in vitro. This (or these) gene(s) was (were) assigned to the q22-23 fragment of rat chromosome 5. In the present study, we compare the morphology and the interactions with the extracellular matrix proteins (laminin, fibronectin, and collagen IV) and the synthesis of these proteins by RSF X BWTG3 hybrid cells that had either retained (BS181p10) or lost (BS181a5) the q22-23 region of rat chromosome 5. Our results suggest that the rat 5q22-23 fragment controls a part of the cell differentiation program including morphology, attachment to extracellular matrix, and synthesis of some matrix proteins, particularly alpha 1 and alpha 2 chains of collagen IV. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunoelectron microscope localization of bromodeoxyuridine incorporated into DNA of Ehrlich tumor cell nucleoli.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1988), 179(1), 204-13

The distribution of DNA within the nucleolus of Ehrlich tumor cells has been investigated by means of a recent immunocytochemical approach involving an electron microscopic detection of incorporated 5 ... [more ▼]

The distribution of DNA within the nucleolus of Ehrlich tumor cells has been investigated by means of a recent immunocytochemical approach involving an electron microscopic detection of incorporated 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BUdR) into DNA by an anti-BUdR monoclonal antibody. An immunogold method has been performed on ultrathin sections of cells embedded in Lowicryl K4M. In the nucleolus, gold particles are essentially found over the perinucleolar chromatin adn over its intranucleolar invaginations which are connected with the fibrillar centers. In addition, a few gold particles are also observed in the fibrillar centers, preferentially toward their peripheral regions. In contrast, the dense fibrillar component is completely devoid of labeling. The results are discussed in the context of other recent findings concerning the functional organization of the nucleolus. [less ▲]

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See detailThe anti-invasive flavonoid (+)-catechin binds to laminin and abrogates the effect of laminin on cell morphology and adhesion
Bracke, M. E.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Van Cauwenberge, R. M. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1987), 173(1), 193-205

To study the effect of the flavonoid (+)-catechin on cell-matrix interactions two cell types with a different morphology on and adhesion to laminin were used. MO4 virally transformed fetal mouse cells ... [more ▼]

To study the effect of the flavonoid (+)-catechin on cell-matrix interactions two cell types with a different morphology on and adhesion to laminin were used. MO4 virally transformed fetal mouse cells adhere and spread when cultured on top of laminin-coated coverslips or on human amnion basement membrane. M5076 mouse reticulum cell sarcoma cells poorly adhere to these substrates and remain round. Both cell types are invasive in confronting cultures with embryonic chick heart fragments. (+)-Catechin binds to laminin in a pH-dependent way. Pretreatment of laminin-coated coverslips or amnion basement membrane with 0.5 mM (+)-catechin abrogates the effect of laminin on cell morphology and adhesion. MO4 cells do not adhere to the pretreated substrates and remain round, while M5076 cells now adhere and spread. (+)-Catechin inhibits the invasion of MO4 cells but not of M5076 cells into embryonic chick heart in vitro. We speculate that the anti-invasive activity of the flavonoid to MO4 cells is the result of its interference with MO4 cell adhesion to laminin. Invasion of M5076 cells does not imply adhesion to and spreading on laminin. [less ▲]

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