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See detailEvidence for a mitochondrial synthesis of thiamine triphosphate in the rat brain
Gangolf, M; Wins, P; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2008)

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See detailEvidence for a Modulatory Role of Ih on the Firing of a Subgroup of Midbrain Dopamine Neurons
Seutin, Vincent ULg; Massotte, Laurent ULg; Renette, M. F. et al

in Neuroreport (2001), 12(2), 255-8

A previous investigation has suggested that the hyperpolarization-activated cation current Ih does not contribute to the spontaneous firing of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. This conclusion was reached ... [more ▼]

A previous investigation has suggested that the hyperpolarization-activated cation current Ih does not contribute to the spontaneous firing of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. This conclusion was reached using Cs(-1). We have re-examined this question with extracellular recordings in slices using the more specific blocker ZD7288. In two-thirds of the cells, low concentrations of ZD7288 induced a decrease of the spontaneous firing. The maximal inhibition was about 40% and the mean IC50 was 1.6 microM. This effect was probably direct because it persisted in the presence of antagonists of various receptors. These concentrations of ZD7288 had no effect in the remaining one third of the examined cells. However, the highest concentration of ZD7288 (300 microM) abolished the firing of all dopaminergic neurons, probably by a mechanism unrelated to the blockade of Ih. We conclude that Ih controls to a certain extent the firing of a majority of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a multiprotein gamma-2 herpesvirus entry complex.
Gillet, Laurent ULg; Stevenson, Philip G

in Journal of Virology (2007), 81(23), 13082-91

Herpesviruses use multiple virion glycoproteins to enter cells. How these work together is not well understood: some may act separately or they may form a single complex. Murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV ... [more ▼]

Herpesviruses use multiple virion glycoproteins to enter cells. How these work together is not well understood: some may act separately or they may form a single complex. Murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV-68) gB, gH, gL, and gp150 all participate in entry. gB and gL are involved in binding, gB and gH are conserved fusion proteins, and gp150 inhibits cell binding until glycosaminoglycans are engaged. Here we show that a gH-specific antibody coprecipitates gB and thus that gH and gB are associated in the virion membrane. A gH/gL-specific antibody also coprecipitated gB, implying a tripartite complex of gL/gH/gB, although the gH/gB association did not require gL. The association was also independent of gp150, and gp150 was not demonstrably bound to gB or gH. However, gp150 incorporation into virions was partly gL dependent, suggesting that it too contributes to a single entry complex. gp150- and gL- gp150- mutants bound better than the wild type to B cells and readily colonized B cells in vivo. Thus, gp150 and gL appear to be epithelial cell-adapted accessories of a core gB/gH entry complex. The cell binding revealed by gp150 disruption did not require gL and therefore seemed most likely to involve gB. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a Non-Gabaergic Action of Quaternary Salts of Bicuculline on Dopaminergic Neurones
Seutin, Vincent ULg; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Dresse, Albert ULg

in Neuropharmacology (1997), 36(11-12, Nov-Dec), 1653-7

Intracellular recordings were made from neurones, presumed to be dopaminergic, in the rat midbrain slice preparation. Bicuculline methiodide (BMI) and methochloride (BMC) reversibly blocked the slow ... [more ▼]

Intracellular recordings were made from neurones, presumed to be dopaminergic, in the rat midbrain slice preparation. Bicuculline methiodide (BMI) and methochloride (BMC) reversibly blocked the slow, apamin-sensitive component of the afterhyperpolarization in these cells. The IC50 for this effect was about 26 microM. In comparison, BMC antagonized the input resistance decrease evoked by muscimol (3 microM) with an IC50 of 7 microM. The base of bicuculline was less potent in blocking the slow afterhyperpolarization. SR95531 (2-[carboxy-3'-propyl]-3-amino-6-paramethoxy-phenyl-pyridaziniu m bromide), another competitive GABA(A) antagonist, and picrotoxin, a non-competitive GABA(A) antagonist, also blocked the action of muscimol (IC50s: 2 and 12 microM respectively), but had no effect on the afterhyperpolarization at a concentration of up to 100 microM. Moreover, 100 microM SR95531 did not affect the blockade of the afterhyperpolarization by BMC. This blockade persisted in the presence of tetrodotoxin and was apparently not due to a reduction of calcium entry, suggesting that it involved a direct action on the channels which mediate this afterhyperpolarization. These results strongly suggest that quaternary salts of bicuculline act on more than one target in the central nervous system. Thus, the involvement of GABA(A) receptors in a given effect cannot be proven solely on the basis of its blockade by these agents. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a partial epithelial-mesenchymal transition in postnatal stages of rat auditory organ morphogenesis
Johnen, Nicolas ULg; Cloes, Marie ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2012, May 04)

An epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a biological process that allows a polarized epithelial cell to undergo multiple biochemical changes that enable it to assume a mesenchymal cell phenotype. During ... [more ▼]

An epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a biological process that allows a polarized epithelial cell to undergo multiple biochemical changes that enable it to assume a mesenchymal cell phenotype. During this process, epithelial cells loosen cell-cell adhesion, module their polarity and rearrange their cytoskeleton: intermediate filaments typically switch from cytokeratin to vimentin. They also enhance their motility capacity. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition plays key roles in the formation of the body plan and in the differentiation of multiple tissues and organs but it is also involved in tissue repair, tissue homeostasis, fibrosis, and carcinoma progression. Until now, epithelial-mesenchymal transition has been rarely mentioned in the inner ear organogenesis. In chick, epithelial-mesenchymal transition has been reported as a possible mechanism of semicircular canal morphogenesis. More recently, an in vitro study has also indicated that sensory epithelial cells from mouse utricle can undergo an epithelial-mesenchymal transition to become cells expressing features of prosensory cells. By contrast, epithelial-mesenchymal transition has never been observed during auditory organ morphogenesis. The auditory organ, the organ of Corti, is a highly specialized structure composed by specific cellular types. The sensory cells are characterized by stereocilia at their apex and are necessary for the sound perception. Theses cells are supported by supporting cells. Based on their morphology and physiology, at least four types of supporting cells can be identified in the organ of Corti: inner and outer pillar cells, phalangeal cell and Deiter’s cells. The inner pillar cells and outer pillar cells combine to form the tunnel of Corti, a fluid filled triangular space that separates the single row of inner hair cells from the first row of outer hair cells. The Nuel spaces are another interval in the organ of Corti that is situated between the outer pillar cells and the different rows of outer hair cells and Deiters cells. To determine whether an epithelial-mesenchymal transition may play a role in the morphogenesis of the auditory organ, we studied the spatial localization of several epithelial-mesenchymal transition markers, the cell-cell adhesion molecules and intermediate filament cytoskeletal proteins, in epithelium of the dorsal cochlea during development of the rat organ of Corti from 18th embryonic day until 25th postnatal day. We examined by confocal microscopy immunolabelings on cryosections of whole cochleae with antibodies anti-cytokeratins as well as with antibodies anti-vimentin, anti-E-cadherin and anti-beta-catenin.Our results showed a partial loss of E-cadherin and beta-catenin between supporting cells at P8 and P12, respectively, and a temporary appearance of vimentin in pillar cells and Deiters between P8 and P10. Our results show a local loss of adhesion between supporting cells of the OC from P8, an increase expression of cytokeratins in supporting cells around P10 and a temporary appearance of vimentin in supporting cells at P8-10. These observations suggest that a partial epithelial-mesenchymal transition might be involved in the remodeling of the Corti organ during the postnatal stages of development in rat. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a partial epithelial-mesenchymal transition in postnatal stages of rat auditory organ morphogenesis.
Johnen, Nicolas ULg; Francart, Marie-Emilie ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg et al

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (2012)

The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a crucial role in the differentiation of many tissues and organs. So far, an EMT was not detected in the development of the auditory organ. To determine ... [more ▼]

The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a crucial role in the differentiation of many tissues and organs. So far, an EMT was not detected in the development of the auditory organ. To determine whether an EMT may play a role in the morphogenesis of the auditory organ, we studied the spatial localization of several EMT markers, the cell-cell adhesion molecules and intermediate filament cytoskeletal proteins, in epithelium of the dorsal cochlea during development of the rat Corti organ from E18 (18th embryonic day) until P25 (25th postnatal day). We examined by confocal microscopy immunolabelings on cryosections of whole cochleae with antibodies anti-cytokeratins as well as with antibodies anti-vimentin, anti-E-cadherin and anti-β-catenin. Our results showed a partial loss of E-cadherin and β-catenin and a temporary appearance of vimentin in pillar cells and Deiters between P8 and P10. These observations suggest that a partial EMT might be involved in the remodelling of the Corti organ during the postnatal stages of development in rat. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a partial epithelial-mesenchymal transition in rat auditory organ development
Johnen, Nicolas ULg; Francart, Marie-Emilie; Thelen, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 01)

An epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a biological process that allows a polarized epithelial cell to undergo multiple biochemical changes that enable it to assume a mesenchymal cell phenotype. During ... [more ▼]

An epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a biological process that allows a polarized epithelial cell to undergo multiple biochemical changes that enable it to assume a mesenchymal cell phenotype. During this process, epithelial cells loosen cell-cell adhesion, module their polarity and rearrange their cytoskeleton: intermediate filaments typically switch from cytokeratin to vimentin. They also enhance their motility capacity. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition plays key roles in the formation of the body plan and in the differentiation of multiple tissues and organs but it is also involved in tissue repair, tissue homeostasis, fibrosis, and carcinoma progression. Until now, epithelial-mesenchymal transition has been rarely mentioned in the inner ear organogenesis. In chick, epithelial-mesenchymal transition has been reported as a possible mechanism of semicircular canal morphogenesis. More recently, an in vitro study has also indicated that sensory epithelial cells from mouse utricle can undergo an epithelial-mesenchymal transition to become cells expressing features of prosensory cells. By contrast, epithelial-mesenchymal transition has never been observed during auditory organ morphogenesis. The auditory organ, the organ of Corti, is a highly specialized structure composed by specific cellular types. The sensory cells are characterized by stereocilia at their apex and are necessary for the sound perception. Theses cells are supported by supporting cells. Based on their morphology and physiology, at least four types of supporting cells can be identified in the organ of Corti: inner and outer pillar cells, phalangeal cell and Deiter’s cells. The inner pillar cells and outer pillar cells combine to form the tunnel of Corti, a fluid filled triangular space that separates the single row of inner hair cells from the first row of outer hair cells. The Nuel spaces are another interval in the organ of Corti that is situated between the outer pillar cells and the different rows of outer hair cells and Deiters cells. To determine whether an epithelial-mesenchymal transition may play a role in the morphogenesis of the auditory organ, we studied the spatial localization of several epithelial-mesenchymal transition markers, the cell-cell adhesion molecules and intermediate filament cytoskeletal proteins, in epithelium of the dorsal cochlea during development of the rat organ of Corti from 18th embryonic day until 25th postnatal day. We examined by confocal microscopy immunolabelings on cryosections of whole cochleae with antibodies anti-cytokeratins as well as with antibodies anti-vimentin, anti-E-cadherin and anti-beta-catenin.Our results showed a partial loss of E-cadherin and beta-catenin between supporting cells at P8 and P12, respectively, and a temporary appearance of vimentin in pillar cells and Deiters between P8 and P10. Our results show a local loss of adhesion between supporting cells of the OC from P8, an increase expression of cytokeratins in supporting cells around P10 and a temporary appearance of vimentin in supporting cells at P8-10. These observations suggest that a partial epithelial-mesenchymal transition might be involved in the remodeling of the Corti organ during the postnatal stages of development in rat. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a particular binding capacity of rat peritoneal macrophages to rat glomerular mesangial cells in vitro.
Dubois, Ch; Goffinet, G.; Foidart, J. B. et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1982), 12(3), 239-46

The adhesion of normal rat peritoneal macrophages to normal rat glomerular epithelial or mesangial cells has been studied in vitro after a 60 min incubation at 37 degree C. After washing, the cell ... [more ▼]

The adhesion of normal rat peritoneal macrophages to normal rat glomerular epithelial or mesangial cells has been studied in vitro after a 60 min incubation at 37 degree C. After washing, the cell preparations were examined by phase contrast or scanning electron microscopy. Quantitative studies were also performed using macrophages labelled with 99mTc tin colloids. Peritoneal macrophages predominantly adhered to the cultured mesangial cells. The percent-age of labelled macrophages adhering to these cells was about 10 times higher than that of labelled macrophages adhering to the cultured epithelial cells. This percentage increased proportionally to the number of labelled macrophages added, and was strongly reduced by the prior incubation of macrophagic cells with aggregated IgG, with anti-fibronectin IgG, or with F(ab')2 fragments of anti-fibronectin IgG. Furthermore, the macrophage-mesangial cell interaction was significantly reduced by the prior incubation of mesangial cells with anti-fibronectin IgG or with F(ab')2 fragments of anti-fibronectin IgG. The data demonstrate that normal rat peritoneal macrophages preferentially adhere in vitro to normal rat glomerular mesangial cells, and that this binding may be modulated, at least, by: (a) the Fc receptor binding activity of macrophages; (b) the fibronectin molecules available at the surface of macrophages and of mesangial cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a persistent and extensive greening trend in Eurasia inferred from satellite vegetation index data
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Zhou, L; Tucker, C J et al

in Do-Soon, Cho (Ed.) Proceedings of the VIII International Congress of Ecology (2002)

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See detailEvidence for a persistent and extensive greening trend in Eurasia inferred from satellite vegetation index data.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Zhou, L; Tucker, C J et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2002), 107(D11),

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See detailEvidence for a physically bound third component in HD 150136
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg; Sana, H et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 540

Context. HD 150136 is one of the nearest systems harbouring an O3 star. Although this system was considered for a long time as a binary, more recent investigations have suggested the possible existence of ... [more ▼]

Context. HD 150136 is one of the nearest systems harbouring an O3 star. Although this system was considered for a long time as a binary, more recent investigations have suggested the possible existence of a third component. <BR /> Aims: We present a detailed analysis of HD 150136 to test its triple nature. In addition, we investigate the physical properties of the individual components of this system. <BR /> Methods: We analysed high-resolution, high signal-to-noise data collected through multi-epoch runs spread over ten years. We applied a disentangling program to refine the radial velocities and to obtain the individual spectra of each star. With the radial velocities, we computed the orbital solution of the inner system, and we describe the main properties of the orbit of the outer star such as the preliminary mass ratio, the eccentricity, and the orbital-period range. With the individual spectra, we determined the stellar parameters of each star by means of the CMFGEN atmosphere code. <BR /> Results: We offer clear evidence that HD 150136 is a triple system composed of an O3V((f[SUP]∗[/SUP]))-3.5V((f[SUP]+[/SUP])), an O5.5-6V((f)), and an O6.5-7V((f)) star. The three stars are between 0-3 Myr old. We derive dynamical masses of about 64, 40, and 35 M[SUB]&sun;[/SUB] for the primary, the secondary and the third components by assuming an inclination of 49° (sin[SUP]3[/SUP]i = 0.43). It currently corresponds to one of the most massive systems in our galaxy. The third star moves with a period in the range of 2950 to 5500 d on an outer orbit with an eccentricity of at least 0.3. However, because of the long orbital period, our dataset is not sufficient to constrain the orbital solution of the tertiary component with high accuracy. <BR /> Conclusions: We confirm there is a tertiary star in the spectrum of HD 150136 and show that it is physically bound to the inner binary system. This discovery makes HD 150136 the first confirmed triple system with an O3 primary star. Table 1 is available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a precursor of the high-affinity metastasis-associated murine laminin receptor.
Rao, C. N.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Schmitt, M. C. et al

in Biochemistry (1989), 28(18), 7476-86

The high-affinity cellular receptor for the basement membrane component laminin is differentially expressed during tumor invasion and metastasis. A cDNA clone encoding the murine laminin receptor was ... [more ▼]

The high-affinity cellular receptor for the basement membrane component laminin is differentially expressed during tumor invasion and metastasis. A cDNA clone encoding the murine laminin receptor was isolated and identified on the basis of sequence homology to the human laminin receptor [Wewer et al. (1986) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 83, 7137-7141]. Primer extension experiments demonstrated that the clone contained the complete 5' sequence of the murine laminin receptor mRNA. RNA blot data demonstrated a single-sized laminin receptor mRNA, approximately 1400 bases long, in human, mouse, and rat. The nascent laminin receptor predicted from the cDNA sequence is 295 amino acids long, with a molecular weight of 33,000, and contains one intradisulfide bridge, a short putative transmembrane domain, and an extracellular carboxy-terminal region which has abundant glutamic acid residues and multiple repeat sequences. The precursor of the laminin receptor is apparently smaller than the 67-kilodalton protein isolated from tissue. The apparent molecular weight on SDS-polyacrylamide gels of the rabbit reticulocyte cell-free translation product of selectively hybridized laminin receptor mRNA is 37,000. Antisera to three different domains of the cDNA-predicted receptor were used to study the relationship between the 37- and 67-kilodalton polypeptides. Antisera to cDNA-deduced synthetic peptides of the receptor immunoprecipitated a 37-kilodalton band both from cell-free translation products and from pulse-labeled cell extracts. On immunoblots of cell extracts, one antisynthetic peptide antiserum recognized only the 67-kilodalton receptor, while another antiserum identified both 37- and 67-kilodalton polypeptides, suggesting a precursor-product relationship between the two polypeptides. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a relationship between Ehlers-Danlos type VII C in humans and bovine dermatosparaxis.
Nusgens, Betty ULg; Verellen-Dumoulin, C.; Hermanns-Le, Trinh ULg et al

in Nature Genetics (1992), 1(3), 214-7

Ehlers-Danlos (ED) syndrome type VII is characterized by the accumulation of collagen precursors in connective tissues. ED VII A and B are caused by mutations in the genes of alpha 1 and alpha 2 collagen ... [more ▼]

Ehlers-Danlos (ED) syndrome type VII is characterized by the accumulation of collagen precursors in connective tissues. ED VII A and B are caused by mutations in the genes of alpha 1 and alpha 2 collagen I which result in the disruption of the cleavage site of procollagen I N-proteinase. The existence of ED VII C in humans has been hypothesized on the basis of a disorder in cattle and sheep related to the absence of the enzyme. We now present evidence for the existence of this disease in humans, characterized by skin fragility, altered polymers seen as hieroglyphic pictures with electron microscopy, accumulation of p-N-alpha 1 and p-N-alpha 2 collagen type I in the dermis and absence of processing of the p-N-I polypeptides in fibroblast cultures. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a role of a cortico-subcortical network for automatic and unconscious motor inhibition of manual responses
D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Phillips, Christophe ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012)

It is now clear that non-consciously perceived stimuli can bias our decisions. Although previous researches highlighted the importance of automatic and unconscious processes involved in voluntary action ... [more ▼]

It is now clear that non-consciously perceived stimuli can bias our decisions. Although previous researches highlighted the importance of automatic and unconscious processes involved in voluntary action, the neural correlates of such processes remain unclear. Basal ganglia dysfunctions have long been associated with impairment in automatic motor control. In addition, a key role of the medial frontal cortex has been suggested by administrating a subliminal masked prime task to a patient with a small lesion restricted to the supplementary motor area (SMA). In this task, invisible masked arrows stimuli were followed by visible arrow targets for a left or right hand response at different interstimuli intervals (ISI), producing a traditional facilitation effect for compatible trials at short ISI and a reversal inhibitory effect at longer ISI. Here, by using fast event-related fMRI and a weighted parametric analysis, we showed BOLD related activity changes in a cortico-subcortical network, especially in the SMA and the striatum, directly linked to the individual behavioral pattern. This new imaging result corroborates previous works on subliminal priming using lesional approaches. This finding implies that one of the roles of these regions was to suppress a partially activated movement below the threshold of awareness. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a role of accessible galactosyl or mannosyl residues of Fc domain in the in vivo clearance of IgG antibody-coated autologous erythrocytes in the rat
Malaise, Michel ULg; Hoyoux, C.; Franchimont, P. et al

in Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology (1990), 54(3), 469-483

The potential role of accessible galactosyl or mannosyl residues of IgG in the clearance of IgG-coated autologous red blood cells (IgG-RBCs) by the spleen and the liver was investigated in the rat using ... [more ▼]

The potential role of accessible galactosyl or mannosyl residues of IgG in the clearance of IgG-coated autologous red blood cells (IgG-RBCs) by the spleen and the liver was investigated in the rat using rabbit anti-rat RBC IgG antibody molecules differing from each other by their capacity to bind in vitro to peanut agglutinin (PNA) and concanavalin A (Con A), i.e., two lectins that specifically bind to beta-galactosyl and alpha-mannosyl residues of Fc domain, respectively. Those IgG molecules [IgG(PNA) or IgG(Con A)] were separated from the starting anti-RBC IgG antibody batch [IgG(total)] by affinity chromatography on lectin columns. Each IgG-RBC preparation was labeled with 99mTc, and was reinjected iv with autologous rat RBCs labeled with 111In to correct for 99mTc present in the blood contained in each organ. The mean specific spleen uptakes per gram of the three IgG-RBC preparations increased according to the level of RBC sensitization but were at least 10 times higher in each instance than the mean specific liver uptake per gram. Consistent with the clearance curves of IgG(PNA)-RBCs, the mean specific splenic uptake per gram of those RBCs was significantly increased as compared to the same parameters determined using either IgG(total)-RBCs or IgG(Con A)-RBCs. In contrast, the mean specific liver uptakes per gram of IgG(PNA)-RBCs, of IgG(Con A)RBCs, or of IgG(total)-RBCs were not significantly different under otherwise identical experimental conditions. The increase in the splenic removal of IgG(PNA)-RBCs was C3 independent. Furthermore, splenic macrophages isolated from rats were able to bind in vitro significantly more IgG(PNA)-RBCs than IgG(total)-RBCs or IgG(Con A)-RBCs. These data therefore support the concept that, in the rat, the kinetic of removal of IgG-RBCs from the bloodstream by the Fc receptors of splenic mononuclear phagocytes may vary according to the nature of accessible carbohydrates located in the Fc domain of IgG antibody molecules coating the erythrocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a Role of Early Oestrogens in the Central Processing of Sexually Relevant Olfactory Cues in Female Mice
Pierman, S.; Douhard, Quentin ULg; Bakker, Julie ULg

in European Journal of Neuroscience (2008), 27(2), 423-31

We previously found that female aromatase knockout (ArKO) mice showed less investigation of socially relevant odours as well as reduced sexual behaviour. We now ask whether these behavioural deficits ... [more ▼]

We previously found that female aromatase knockout (ArKO) mice showed less investigation of socially relevant odours as well as reduced sexual behaviour. We now ask whether these behavioural deficits might be due to an inadequate processing of odours in female ArKO mice. Therefore, we exposed female ArKO mice to same- and opposite-sex urinary odours and determined the expression of the immediate early gene c-Fos along the main and accessory olfactory projection pathways. We included ArKO males in the present study as we previously observed that they show female-typical detection thresholds of urinary odours, suggesting a role for perinatal oestrogens in these behavioural responses. No sex or genotype differences were observed in the olfactory bulb after urine exposure. By contrast, sex differences in c-Fos responses were observed in wild-type (WT) mice following exposure to male urine in the more central regions of the olfactory pathway; only WT females showed a significant Fos induction in the amygdala, central medial pre-optic area and ventromedial hypothalamus. However, ArKO females did not show a c-Fos response to male odours in the ventromedial hypothalamus, suggesting that the processing of male odours is affected in ArKO females and thus that oestrogens may be necessary for the development of neural responses to sexually relevant odours in female mice. By contrast, c-Fos responses to either male or oestrous female urine were very similar between ArKO and WT males, pointing to a central role of androgen vs. oestrogen signalling in the male circuits that control olfactory investigation and preferences. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a role of heat shock factor 1 in inhibition of NF-kB pathway during heat shock response-mediated lung protection
Wirth, D.; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Melotte, D. et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology (2004), 287

Heat shock transcription factor (HSF)-1 is recognized as a central component of the heat shock response, which protects against various harmful conditions. However, the mechanisms underlying the ... [more ▼]

Heat shock transcription factor (HSF)-1 is recognized as a central component of the heat shock response, which protects against various harmful conditions. However, the mechanisms underlying the protection and the role of HSF-1 in these mechanisms have not yet been clearly elucidated. Using HSF-1 knockout mice (Hsf1_/_), we examined whether heat shock responsemediated lung protection involved an inhibition of the proinflammatory pathway via an interaction between HSF-1 and NF-_B, in response to cadmium insult. The HSF-1-dependent protective effect against intranasal instillation of cadmium (10 and 100 _g/mouse) was demonstrated by the higher protein content (1.2- and 1.4-fold), macrophage (1.6- and 1.9-fold), and neutrophil (2.6- and 1.8-fold) number in bronchoalveolar fluids, higher lung wet-to-dry weight ratio, and more severe lung damage evaluated by histopathology in Hsf1_/_compared with wild-type animals. These responses were associated with higher granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GMCSF; 1.7-fold) but not TNF-_ concentrations in bronchoalveolar fluids of Hsf1_/_ mice compared with those of wild-type animals, indicating that HSF-1 behaved as a repressor of specific cytokine production in our model. To further investigate the mechanism of GM-CSF repression, we analyzed the NF-_B activity and I_B stability. The DNA binding NF-_B activity, in particular p50 homodimer activity, was higher in Hsf1_/_ mice than in wild-type mice after cadmium exposure. These results provide a first line of evidence that mechanisms of lung protection depending on HSF-1 involve specific cytokine repression via inhibition of NF-_B activation in vivo. [less ▲]

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