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See detailEnhancement of bovine leukemia virus-induced syncytia formation by di- and tripeptides.
Voneche, V.; Callebaut, I.; Lambrecht, B. et al

in Virology (1993), 192(1),

Short hydrophobic peptides were previously shown to inhibit infectivity of para- and orthomyxoviruses. We tested the ability of a series of di- and tripeptides to interfere with cell fusion induced by ... [more ▼]

Short hydrophobic peptides were previously shown to inhibit infectivity of para- and orthomyxoviruses. We tested the ability of a series of di- and tripeptides to interfere with cell fusion induced by bovine leukemia virus (BLV). Peptides containing a hydrophobic contribution and/or a positive net charge strongly enhanced syncytia formation induced by BLV on CC81 indicator cells. The size of the multinucleated cells was strongly increased (up to 10-fold) in the presence of the enhancer peptides whereas no effect was observed on the indicator cells in the absence of BLV. The peptides thus amplified the fusion process initiated by BLV envelope glycoproteins. The effect was dose-dependent at concentrations ranging from 20 to 640 microM and did not result from an increased expression of BLV proteins. The peptides did not compete with anti-gp51 monoclonal antibodies for the recognition of eight well-defined epitopes of gp51. We consequently hypothesize that the enhancer peptides interact with the membrane of BLV-producing cells and/or indicator cells and propose a model based on molecular modeling. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of concomitant immunity after radiation therapy and immunotherapy in a syngeneic murine tumour system
Deneufbourg, Jean-Marie ULg

in Acta Radiologica. Oncology (1982), 21(5), 345-348

Concomitant immunity was evaluated in vivo towards a chemically induced epidermoid carcinoma transplanted in a syngeneic situation. Radiation therapy reversed the declining phase of concomitant immunity ... [more ▼]

Concomitant immunity was evaluated in vivo towards a chemically induced epidermoid carcinoma transplanted in a syngeneic situation. Radiation therapy reversed the declining phase of concomitant immunity associated with tumour progression. Radiation induced immune recovery was dose related and proved to be different from surgery effect.Corynebacterium parvum i.p. significantly improved concomitant immunity. Immunostimulation and irradiation act synergistically on host anti-tumour resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of in-situ Transformation of M2C Eutectics Carbides during High Temperature Heat Treatment on a HSS and a Semi-HSS Grades
Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Sinnaeve, Mario; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

Poster (2011, September)

Alloys of the complex system Fe-Si-C-Cr-C-X, where X is a strong carbide forming-element are well known to exhibit interesting mechanical properties, including wear and abrasion resistances. Such a ... [more ▼]

Alloys of the complex system Fe-Si-C-Cr-C-X, where X is a strong carbide forming-element are well known to exhibit interesting mechanical properties, including wear and abrasion resistances. Such a tribological behavior is mainly due to the presence of carbides especially those obtained during the solidification route and that are known as primary or eutectic carbides. It may therefore be interesting to determine the relative stability of primary carbides when considering thermal and thermomechanical treatments performed at a temperature high enough to allow either the homogenization of the matrix or the occurrence of a desired grain size. This thermal stage is often required to produce tailored microstructures that can lead to improved mechanical properties. In this work a series of thermal treatments performed on samples originated form casting foundry parts were done. Raw materials are both HSS and semi-HSS grades used in application where wear resistance is needed. Thermo- Calc® (TC) simulations and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) were performed to determine the crystallization behavior and the subsequent solid state transformations of the studied alloys respectively in equilibrium and in non equilibrium conditions. Light and Scanning Electron Microscopies were done together with hardness measurements in order to enhance metallurgical features of the heat treated samples. Image analysis yielded the determination of carbides volume fractions. It appears from microstructural analyses and carbides quantification that Mo-rich eutectic carbides undergo in situ phase transformations during heat treatments. In fact Mo-rich M2C carbides transform themselves into MC, M6C and M3C, through a so-called budding phenomenon. Such a phenomenon is the evidence of a preferential migration of some atoms that escape from the parent M2C carbide to diffuse further away from their initial site with increasing time and temperature. The stable or metastable nature of eutectic carbides is also discussed from DTA and TC results, as M2C carbides found in both as-conditions and DTA samples were not predicted by equilibrium conditions. [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 detailEnhancement of metastatic potential of murine and human melanoma cells by laminin receptor peptide G: attachment of cancer cells to subendothelial matrix as a pathway for hematogenous metastasis.
Taraboletti, G.; Belotti, D.; Giavazzi, R. et al

in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1993), 85(3), 235-40

BACKGROUND: Stable anchorage of circulating cancer cells to the vasculature is a critical step in the formation of hematogenous metastases. Although the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin clearly ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Stable anchorage of circulating cancer cells to the vasculature is a critical step in the formation of hematogenous metastases. Although the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin clearly plays a crucial role in this event, the exact interactive pathways among cancer cells, laminin, and the vessel wall have not been elucidated. In a previous study, we identified synthetic peptide G, which contains the laminin-binding domain of the 67-kd laminin receptor and which inhibits tumor cell adhesion to endothelial cells. PURPOSE: To assess the role of the interaction between laminin and the 67-kd laminin receptor in hematogenous metastasis formation, we studied the effect of peptide G on melanoma cell behavior in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: The effect of peptide G and control peptides was studied in vivo on lung retention and colonizing potential of murine (B16BL6) and human (A2058) melanoma cells injected intravenously in C57BL/6 and nude mice, respectively. In addition, their effect on cell adhesion and chemotaxis to laminin and on binding of iodine 125-labeled laminin to cells was studied in vitro. RESULTS: In vivo, pretreatment of cells with peptide G resulted in a two- to 10-fold significant increase in the number of experimental lung metastases. A significant relative increase in lung retention of peptide G-treated tumor cells was observed 48 hours after injection, although after 4 hours a partial reduction was observed. In vitro, peptide G significantly increased laminin binding and cancer cell adhesion to laminin and subendothelial matrix, whereas chemotaxis to laminin was significantly inhibited. CONCLUSIONS: Peptide G differentially affected the biological response of cancer cells to laminin. In vitro, it increased laminin binding and cell adhesion to laminin and subendothelial matrix, whereas it inhibited cell chemotaxis to laminin. In vivo, the overall effect of peptide G was an augmentation of lung metastasis. IMPLICATIONS: Our findings suggest that direct adhesion of tumor cells to the subendothelial matrix is a main pathway for hematogenous metastases and that tumor cell-matrix interaction may be more relevant than tumor cell-endothelial cell attachment in this process. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of MSH2-MSH3-mediated mismatch repair recognition by the yeast MLH1-PMS1 complex
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Sung, Patrick; Prakash, Louise et al

in Current Biology (1997), 7(10), 790-3

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See detailEnhancement of nuclear receptor transcriptional signalling.
Renkawitz, Rainer; Kaltschmidt, Christian; Leers, Joerg et al

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1996), 56(1-6 Spec No), 39-45

Glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones induce complex responses in about every mammalian tissue. These effects are mediated by the transcription factor function of the corresponding nuclear receptors, which ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones induce complex responses in about every mammalian tissue. These effects are mediated by the transcription factor function of the corresponding nuclear receptors, which in most cases achieve the observed regulatory strength in synergy with other factors. Here we describe the functional interaction of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) with liver-specific transcription factors, the functional synergy of GR with the thyroid hormone receptor (TR), the synergizing sub-domains of the TR, and finally the direct interaction of the GR with other proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of ray tracing method for radiative heat transfer with new isocell quasi-monte carlo technique and application to EUI space instrument
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Masset, Luc ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, HEFAT2014 (2014, July)

Monte Carlo ray tracing method for thermal analysis. The rationale for this research is the speed-up of radiative heat transfer computation with the Finite Element Method, widely used in mechanical ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo ray tracing method for thermal analysis. The rationale for this research is the speed-up of radiative heat transfer computation with the Finite Element Method, widely used in mechanical engineering especially for space structure design but not yet often for thermal analysis of these structures. Based on Nusselt’s analogy, the ray direction sampling is done by sampling the unit disc to derive the ray directions. Stratified sampling is applied to the unit disc that is divided into cells or strata into which random points are generated. The isocell method relies on cells that have the particularity of presenting almost the same area and shape. This enhances the uniformity of the generated quasi-random sequence of ray directions and leads to faster convergence. The isocell method is associated with different surface sampling to derive REFs. The method is benchmarked against ESARAD, the standard ray tracing engine of the thermal analysis software used in the European aerospace industry. Various geometries are used. In particular, one entrance baffle of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) instrument developed at the Centre Spatial de Liège in Belgium is presented. The EUI instrument of the Solar Orbiter European Space Agency mission and will be launched in a 0.28 perihelion orbit around the Sun in 2018. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of ray tracing method for radiative heat transfer: application to EUI space instrument
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Masset, Luc ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 15th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-15 (2014, August)

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, in particular for space structure design. However, FEM is not yet often used for thermal engineering of space structures where the ... [more ▼]

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, in particular for space structure design. However, FEM is not yet often used for thermal engineering of space structures where the lumped parameter method is still dominant. Radiative exchange factors (REFs), used to calculate radiative thermal exchanges in space, are usually computed through Monte Carlo ray tracing. Due to the large number of elements composing a FE model, the computation of the REFs is prohibitively expensive. The isocell method aims at reducing the computational effort of the REFs with FEM, by decreasing the number of rays required to achieve a given accuracy. Based on Nusselt’s analogy, the ray direction sampling is carried out by sampling the unit disc to derive the ray directions. The isocell method is a special case of stratified sampling. It divides the unit disc into cells of almost same area and shape from which random points are generated. This enhances the uniformity of the ray directions and leads to faster convergence. This isocell method is associated with different surface sampling to derive the REFs. The method is benchmarked against ESARAD, the standard thermal analysis ray tracing engine used in the European aerospace industry. One entrance baffle of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) instrument developedat the Centre Spatial de Liège in Belgium is used as benchmarking case. Solar Orbiter is an European Space Agency mission to be launched in a Sun-centered 0.28 perihelion orbit. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Enhancement of Secondary Succession by Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in a Moist Tropical Forest of Southeast Cameroon
Petre, Charles-Albert ULg; Haurez, Barbara ULg; Tagg, Nikki et al

in Folia Primatologica : International Journal of Primatology = Internationale Zeitschrift für Primatologie = Journal international de Primatologie (2013), 84

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See detailEnhancement of selectivity and resolution in the enantioseparation of uncharged compounds using mixtures of oppositely charged cyclodextrins in capillary electrophoresis.
Abushoffa, Adel M; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Electrophoresis (2003), 24(3), 343-50

The enantiomeric separation of some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was investigated in capillary electrophoresis (CE) using dual systems with mixtures of charged cyclodextrin (CD ... [more ▼]

The enantiomeric separation of some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was investigated in capillary electrophoresis (CE) using dual systems with mixtures of charged cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives. A significant enhancement of selectivity and resolution could be achieved in the enantioseparation of these analytes in their uncharged form by the simultaneous addition of two oppositely charged CD derivatives to the background electrolyte. The combination of the single-isomer cationic CD, permethyl-6-monoamino-6-monodeoxy-beta-CD (PMMAbetaCD) and the single-isomer polyanionic CD, heptakis-6-sulfato-beta-cyclodextrin (HSbetaCD) in a pH 2.5 phosphoric acid-triethanolamine buffer, was designed and employed for the enantioseparation of profens. The improvement in selectivity and resolution can be attributed to the fact that the two CDs, which lead to independent and enantioselective complexation with the analyte enantiomers, have not only opposite effects on the electrophoretic mobility of these compounds but also opposite affinity patterns towards the enantiomers of these compounds. Binding constants for these enantiomers with each CD were determined using linear regression approach, in order to be able to predict the effect of the concentrations of the two CDs on enantiomeric selectivity and resolution in such dual systems. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of steroid receptor-mediated transcription for the development of highly responsive bioassays
Willemsen, Philippe; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg et al

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2005), 382(4), 894-905

We have previously generated several transformed human mammary cell lines for the detection of steroid receptor-mediated activities and used these cell lines to detect and characterize steroid hormone ... [more ▼]

We have previously generated several transformed human mammary cell lines for the detection of steroid receptor-mediated activities and used these cell lines to detect and characterize steroid hormone (ant)agonistic compounds. In this report, we describe the specific optimization procedures used to enhance receptor-mediated transcription through the human glucocorticoid, progesterone and androgen receptors, respectively. Sodium arsenite-induced chemical stress leads to a substantial and specific increase in the glucocorticold receptor-mediated transcription, resulting in maximal stimulations of more than 2000-fold by the agonist dexamethasone. Similarly, a combined treatment with forskolin (an activator of adenylate cyclase) and trichostatin A (an inhibitor of histone deacetylases) leads to a synergistic enhancement of progesterone or androgen stimulation, resulting in a maximal induction of more than 200-fold or about 100-fold, respectively. The enhanced responses to specific steroids are mediated by the corresponding nuclear receptor. We show that by using these enhanced transcriptional stimulation protocols, it is possible to detect lower amounts of steroid hormones without substantially affecting the relative biological activities of various agonists. Finally, the application of these enhanced reporter cell assays to real biological samples from meat-producing animals is evaluated, and some validation parameters are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of Tamoxifen-Induced E-Cadherin Function by Ca2+ Channel Antagonists in Human Breast Cancer Mcf7/6 Cells
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Bruyneel, E.; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1996), 317(2-3), 413-6

Despite its intensive use in adjuvant breast cancer therapy for more than 30 years, the exact mechanisms of action of tamoxifen have not yet been fully characterized. Tamoxifen was recently shown to ... [more ▼]

Despite its intensive use in adjuvant breast cancer therapy for more than 30 years, the exact mechanisms of action of tamoxifen have not yet been fully characterized. Tamoxifen was recently shown to restore the E-cadherin function of human breast cancer MCF7/6 cells and to suppress their invasive phenotype. Because tamoxifen interacts with targets implicated in Ca2+ homeostasis, we explored the possibility that the restoration of E-cadherin function in MCF7/6 cells induced by this drug could be affected by Ca2+ modulators. Two different Ca2+ channel antagonists (verapamil and nifedipine) potentiated the effect of tamoxifen on E-cadherin function, as evaluated with a fast cell aggregation assay. These molecules decreased the tamoxifen concentration needed to restore the E-cadherin function from 10(-6) M to 10(-7) M. When incubated with a Ca2+ channel agonist, Bay K8644 (methyl-1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-3-nitro-4-(2-trifluoro-methylphenyl)- pyridine-5-carboxylate), the effect of tamoxifen on E-cadherin function was completely abolished. These results demonstrate that the restoration of the E-cadherin function induced by tamoxifen depends, at least in part, on a Ca2+ pathway, and support the evidence of an effect of tamoxifen on Ca(2+)-dependent mechanisms. Our data also suggest that Ca2+ channel modulators could make it possible to decrease the dose of tamoxifen administered to patients without reducing the therapeutic effects. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of TCP over wired/wireless networks with packet loss classifiers inferred by supervised learning
El Khayat, Ibtissam; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Wireless Networks (2010), 16(2), 273-290

TCP is suboptimal in heterogeneous wired/wireless networks because it reacts in the same way to losses due to congestion and losses due to link errors. In this paper, we propose to improve TCP performance ... [more ▼]

TCP is suboptimal in heterogeneous wired/wireless networks because it reacts in the same way to losses due to congestion and losses due to link errors. In this paper, we propose to improve TCP performance in wired/wireless networks by endowing it with a classifier that can distinguish packet loss causes. In contrast to other proposals we do not change TCP’s congestion control nor TCP’s error recovery. A packet loss whose cause is classified as link error will simply be ignored by TCP’s congestion control and recovered as usual, while a packet loss classified as congestion loss will trigger both mechanisms as usual. To build our classification algorithm, a database of pre-classified losses is gathered by simulating a large set of random network conditions, and classification models are automatically built from this database by using supervised learning methods. Several learning algorithms are compared for this task. Our simulations of different scenarios show that adding such a classifier to TCP can improve the throughput of TCP substantially in wired/wireless networks without compromizing TCP-friendliness in both wired and wireless environments. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of the poly/mono growth rate ratio for BiCMOS application
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Loo, Roger

Report (2008)

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See detailEnhancement of the power factor of [Bi1.68Ca2O4](RS)[CoO2](1.69) - Ag composites prepared by the spray-drying method
Rivas-Murias, B.; Muguerra, Hervé ULg; Traianidis, M. et al

in Solid State Sciences (2010), 12(8), 1490-1495

[Bi1.68Ca2O4](RS)[CoO2](1.69) (BCCO) sample and Ag-BCCO composites (with 10, 20 or 30 wt% Ag) have been prepared by the spray-drying technique and uniaxially/isostatically packed. Scanning electron ... [more ▼]

[Bi1.68Ca2O4](RS)[CoO2](1.69) (BCCO) sample and Ag-BCCO composites (with 10, 20 or 30 wt% Ag) have been prepared by the spray-drying technique and uniaxially/isostatically packed. Scanning electron microscopy reveals that the Ag particles are well distributed in the BCCO cobaltite matrix at low Ag contents. The Ag particles have an important effect on densification and grain orientation of the samples, with a direct impact on their electrical conductivity. The electrical conductivity is higher for the uniaxial samples and increases with the Ag content up to 20% in weight, while the Seebeck coefficient is hardly affected. These features induce an improvement of the power factor, reaching a maximum value of 2.2 mu W K-2 cm(-1) at similar to 1050 K for the uniaxial sample with 20 wt% Ag. Our results suggest that the spray-drying technique is a promising method to obtain composites with a well-dispersed secondary phase. (C) 2010 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of the relaxation of SiGe layers by He ion implantation using a delta-Si:C layer
Buca, D.; Goryll, M.; Holländer, B. et al

Conference (2007)

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