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See detailExpressing female fertility in the Walloon region of Belgium: how to do?
Vanderick, Sylvie ULg; Bastin, Catherine ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Interbull Bulletin (2009), 40

Since September 2007, the Walloon Region of Belgium has used a genetic evaluation system for pregnancy rate in Holsteins and has participated in 3 of the 5 MACE trait INTERBULL runs for female fertility ... [more ▼]

Since September 2007, the Walloon Region of Belgium has used a genetic evaluation system for pregnancy rate in Holsteins and has participated in 3 of the 5 MACE trait INTERBULL runs for female fertility. In order to define general way of female fertility expression, a principal component analysis was carried out on six published foreign female fertility indexes. Results of were used to compute a direct female fertility index with the INTERBULL international female fertility proofs available on the Walloon scale. An indirect female fertility index was also developed in order to increase reliability of young bulls. Approximate procedure based on selection index was used to combine both indexes in an overall index called combined female fertility index. This index was highly correlated with the direct female fertility index (.96) and the first principal component (.85), therefore it was considered as good expression of female fertility. Moreover, this allowed recovering 4,019 INTERBULL bulls with a publishable female fertility index. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression analyses identify MLL as a prominent target of 11q23 amplification and support an etiologic role for MLL gain of function in myeloid malignancies
Poppe, B.; Vandesompele, J.; Schoch, C. et al

in Blood (2004), 103(1), 229-235

MLL amplification was recently recognized as a recurrent aberration in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), associated with adverse prognosis and karyotype complexity. Here we ... [more ▼]

MLL amplification was recently recognized as a recurrent aberration in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), associated with adverse prognosis and karyotype complexity. Here we present detailed results of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and expression analyses of MLL and 5 selected 11q candidate oncogenes (CBL, DDX6, ETS1, FLI1, and PLZF) in 31 patient samples and one cell line with 11q23 gain. FISH analyses revealed that the 11q23 amplicon invariably encompassed MLL, DDX6, ETS1, and FLI1, whereas expression analyses identified MLL and DDX6 as the most differentially expressed genes among samples with and without 11q23 copy gain or amplification. In MLL-amplified samples, a significant transcriptional up-regulation of MEIS1, PROML1, ADAM10, NKG2D, and ITPA was noted. Further analyses, designed to elucidate a possible role of the 11q overexpressed genes (MLL, DDX6, FLI1, and ETS1) in unselected MDS and AML samples, revealed a significant upregulation of MLL in MDS. Our findings confirm the MLL gene as a prominent target of 11q23 amplification and provide further evidence for an etiologic role for MLL gain of function in myeloid malignancies. In addition, our results indicate that the transcriptional program associated with MLL rearrangements and MLL overexpression displays significant similarities. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression And Activity Of Antioxidant Enzymes During Potato Tuber Dormancy
Rojas-Beltran, Ja.; Dejaeghere, F.; Kotb, Ma. et al

in Potato Research (2000), 43(4),

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See detailExpression and function of DRC-1 antigen.
Bosseloir, A. L.; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1994), 355

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See detailExpression and function of the collagen receptor GPVI during megakaryocyte maturation.
Lagrue-Lak-Hal, A. H.; Debili, N.; Kingbury, G. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(18), 15316-25

In this report, the expression and function of the platelet collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) were studied in human megakaryocytes during differentiation and maturation of mobilized blood and cord ... [more ▼]

In this report, the expression and function of the platelet collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) were studied in human megakaryocytes during differentiation and maturation of mobilized blood and cord blood derived CD34(+) cells. By flow cytometry, using an anti-GPVI monoclonal antibody or convulxin, a GPVI-specific ligand, GPVI was detected only on CD41(+) cells including some CD41(+)/CD34(+) cells, suggesting expression at a stage of differentiation similar to CD41. These results were confirmed at the mRNA level using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. GPVI expression was low during megakaryocytic differentiation but increased in the more mature megakaryocytes (CD41(high)). As in platelets, megakaryocyte GPVI associates with the Fc receptor gamma chain (FcRgamma). The FcR gamma chain was detected at the RNA and protein level at all stages of megakaryocyte maturation preceding the expression of GPVI. The other collagen receptor, alpha(2)beta(1) integrin (CD49b/CD29), had a pattern of expression similar to GPVI. Megakaryocytic GPVI was recognized as a 55-kDa protein by immunoblotting and ligand blotting, and thus it presented a slightly lower apparent molecular mass than platelet GPVI (58 kDa). Megakaryocytes began to adhere to immobilized convulxin via GPVI after only 8-10 days of culture, at a time when megakaryocytes were maturing. At this stage of maturation, they also adhered to immobilized collagen by alpha(2)beta(1) integrin-dependent and -independent mechanisms. Convulxin induced a very similar pattern of protein tyrosine phosphorylation in megakaryocytes and platelets including Syk, FcRgamma, and PLC(gamma)2. Our results showed that GPVI is expressed early during megakaryocytic differentiation but functionally allows megakaryocyte adherence to collagen only at late stages of differentiation when its expression increases. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and functional properties of four slow skeletal troponin T isoforms in rat muscles
Kischel, Philippe ULg; Bastide, Bruno; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology (2005), 289(2), 437-443

We investigated the expression and functional properties of slow skeletal troponin T(sTnT) isoforms in rat skeletal muscles. Four sTnT cDNAs were cloned from the slow soleus muscle. Three isoforms were ... [more ▼]

We investigated the expression and functional properties of slow skeletal troponin T(sTnT) isoforms in rat skeletal muscles. Four sTnT cDNAs were cloned from the slow soleus muscle. Three isoforms were found to be similar to sTnT1, sTnT2, and sTnT3 isoforms described in mouse muscles. A new rat isoform, with a molecular weight slightly higher than that of sTnT3, was discovered. This fourth isoform had never been detected previously in any skeletal muscle and was therefore called sTnTx. From both expression pattern and functional measurements, it appears that sTnT isoforms can be separated into two classes, high-molecular-weight ( sTnT1, sTnT2) and low-molecular-weight ( sTnTx, sTnT3) isoforms. By comparison to the apparent migration pattern of the four recombinant sTnT isoforms, the newly described low-molecular-weight sTnTx isoform appeared predominantly and typically expressed in fast skeletal muscles, whereas the higher-molecular-weight isoforms were more abundant in slow soleus muscle. The relative proportion of the sTnT isoforms in the soleus was not modified after exposure to hindlimb unloading (HU), known to induce a functional atrophy and a slow-to-fast isoform transition of several myofibrillar proteins. Functional data gathered from replacement of endogenous troponin complexes in skinned muscle fibers showed that the sTnT isoforms modified the Ca2+ activation characteristics of single skeletal muscle fibers, with sTnT2 and sTnT1 conferring a similar increase in Ca2+ affinity higher than that caused by low-molecular-weight isoforms sTnTx and sTnT3. Thus we show for the first time the presence of sTnT in fast muscle fibers, and our data show that the changes in neuromuscular activity on HU are insufficient to alter the sTnT expression pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and hormonal regulation of the rat growth hormone gene in transfected mouse L cells
Karin, M.; Eberhardt, N. L.; Mellon, S. H. et al

in DNA (1984), 3(2), 147-55

Expression of the rat growth hormone (rGH) gene in the pituitary and in cultured pituitary tumor cells is regulated by glucocorticoid hormones. After co-transfer of cloned DNA containing the rGH gene with ... [more ▼]

Expression of the rat growth hormone (rGH) gene in the pituitary and in cultured pituitary tumor cells is regulated by glucocorticoid hormones. After co-transfer of cloned DNA containing the rGH gene with the herpes simplex virus (HSV) thymidine kinase (tk) gene into mouse Ltk- cells, rGH gene transcripts were detected in eight of fifteen tk+ cell lines. However, in all eight clones, the predominant rGH gene transcript was only about 0.75 kb, 0.3 kb shorter than pituitary rGH mRNA. The 0.75-kb transcripts, examined from one clone, L-rGH-4, lacked sequences derived from exons 1 and 2 of the rGH gene. Although transcripts larger than 0.75 kb were detected, the normal 2.2-kb rGH gene primary transcript was present only at very low levels. Nuclease mapping studies also failed to reveal transcripts initiated at the normal rGH gene promoter, but instead revealed transcripts with 5' termini arising within intron B of the gene. These data suggest either that transcripts arise from internal promoters within the rGH gene or that a transcript initiated upstream from the normal promoter was processed abnormally. Dexamethasone increased the levels of the 0.75-kb rGH gene transcripts about fourfold in all eight clones expressing rGH mRNA. These data suggest that structural elements important for glucocorticoid-mediated influences on regulation of GH gene expression are contained within the transferred rGH gene fragment and can function even when the normal rGH gene promoter is not used and the pattern of expression is grossly abnormal. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and Induction of Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes in Cultured Fetal Rat Hepatocytes
Kremers, Pierre ULg; Roelandt, L.; Stouvenakers, Nadine ULg et al

in Cell Biology and Toxicology (1994), 10(2), 117-25

An in vitro experimental model, fetal rat hepatocytes in culture, was metabolically characterized. Several enzymatic activities were expressed in these hepatocytes, namely, testosterone hydroxylations ... [more ▼]

An in vitro experimental model, fetal rat hepatocytes in culture, was metabolically characterized. Several enzymatic activities were expressed in these hepatocytes, namely, testosterone hydroxylations. Hepatocytes cultured up to 3 weeks in the presence of dexamethasone and phenobarbital still expressed some drug-metabolizing enzyme activities (e.g., ECOD). The enzymatic activities were measured both directly on monolayers during culture and on the corresponding harvested and homogenized cells. The results correlate perfectly with each other. The 'on cell' procedure allows us to repeat the assay or to measure several activities on the same cells at different time intervals. The presence of dexamethasone in the culture medium allows the expression and the induction of several cytochrome P450 isoenzymes, namely, those hydroxylating testosterone. This makes the model particularly attractive for induction experiments as well as for metabolic or toxicological studies needing longer treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and Modulation of Homeobox Genes from Cluster B in Endothelial Cells
Belotti, D.; Clausse, Nathalie; Flagiello, D. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1998), 78(10), 1291-9

Angiogenesis is a complex phenomenon likely to be under the strict control of a group of transcription factor(s). Homeobox (HOX)-containing proteins have been identified as regulators controlling the ... [more ▼]

Angiogenesis is a complex phenomenon likely to be under the strict control of a group of transcription factor(s). Homeobox (HOX)-containing proteins have been identified as regulators controlling the coordinated expression of genes involved in organ development and tissue differentiation. In this study, we have demonstrated that human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) express 8 of the 10 HOX genes contained in cluster B. Treatment of HUVEC with tissue plasminogen activator (TPA), an agent known to induce morphologic changes in endothelial cells, or vascular endothelium growth factor (VEGF), a proliferative and angiogenesis inducer, results in a specific time-dependent modulation of the eight HOX genes identified. Interestingly, neither basic fibroblast growth factor, an endothelial proliferative agent, nor TNP-470, a fumagillin derivative with potent antiendothelial cell proliferation properties, affected expression of these HOX genes. Specific modulation of HOX genes by differentiating agents but not by proliferative or antiproliferative molecules suggests that they could be involved in the control of the genetic program that coordinates the construction of new blood vessels. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and nuclear location of the transcriptional repressor kaiso is regulated by the tumor microenvironment
Soubry, Adelheid; van Hengel, Jolanda; Parthoens, Eef et al

in Cancer Research (2005), 65(6), 2224-2233

Kaiso is a BTB/POZ zinc finger protein originally described as an interaction partner of p120ctn. In cultured cell lines, Kaiso is found almost exclusively in the nucleus, where it generally acts as a ... [more ▼]

Kaiso is a BTB/POZ zinc finger protein originally described as an interaction partner of p120ctn. In cultured cell lines, Kaiso is found almost exclusively in the nucleus, where it generally acts as a transcriptional repressor. Here, we describe the first in situ immunolocalization studies of Kaiso expression in normal and cancerous tissues. Surprisingly, we found striking differences between its behavior in monolayers of different cell lines, three-dimensional cell culture systems, and in vivo. Although nuclear localization was sometimes observed in tissues, Kaiso was more often found in the cytoplasm, and in some cell types it was absent. In general, Kaiso and p120ctn did not colocalize in the nucleus. To examine this phenomenon more carefully, tumor cells exhibiting strong nuclear Kaiso staining in vitro were injected into nude mice and grown as xenografts. The latter showed a progressive translocation of Kaiso towards the cytoplasm over time, and even complete loss of expression, especially in the center of the tumor nodules. When xenografted tumors were returned to cell culture, Kaiso was re-expressed and was once again found in the nucleus. Translocation of Kaiso to the cytoplasm and down-regulation of its levels were also observed under particular experimental conditions in vitro, such as formation of spheroids and acini. These data strongly imply an unexpected influence of the microenvironment on Kaiso expression and localization. As transcriptional repression is a nuclear event, this phenomenon is likely a crucial factor in the regulation of Kaiso function. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and purification of the human Tre2 product, a putative Ypt/Rab GTPase activating protein.
Bizimungu, Christelle; Stroobants, Aurore ULg; Tricot, Catherine et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (2005), 191

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See detailExpression and Secretion of the Human Placental Growth Hormone in Escherichia Coli
Igout, Ahmed ULg; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Frankenne, Francis ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1989), 17(10), 3998

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See detailExpression At The Cell-Surface Of Native Fusion Protein Of The Newcastle-Disease Virus (Ndv) Strain Italien From Cloned Cdna
Espion, D.; Dehenau, S.; Letellier, C. et al

in Archives of Virology (1987), 95(1-2), 79-95

A cDNA library was constructed with poly(A)+-mRNAs from NDV-Italien infected BHK-21 cells. A clone, that hybridized to the F gene mRNA, was sequenced. A long open reading frame encodes for a protein of ... [more ▼]

A cDNA library was constructed with poly(A)+-mRNAs from NDV-Italien infected BHK-21 cells. A clone, that hybridized to the F gene mRNA, was sequenced. A long open reading frame encodes for a protein of 553 amino acids, with a calculated molecular weight of 59,153, consisting of twelve cysteine residues and six potential glycosylation sites. The protein sequence contains a hydrophobic region at the N-terminus of F1 and a presumptive long transmembrane fragment near the C-terminus. Comparison of the F proteins from NDV strains Italien and Australia-Victoria shows that the sequences are very similar, with conservation of most cysteine residues and of the potential glycosylation sites. The F coding sequence was inserted into the genome of vaccinia virus under the control of vaccinia P7.5 transcriptional regulatory sequences. Expression of F protein was demonstrated by indirect immunofluorescence with five anti-F monoclonal antibodies known to react with conformational epitopes. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression characteristics of potential biomarker genes in Tra catfish, Pangasianodon hypophthalmus, exposed to trichlorfon
Sinha, Amit Kumar; Vanparys, Caroline; De Boeck et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics (2010), 5(3), 207-216

Trichlorfon (TRC) is the most common organophosphorous insecticide used in aquaculture practices in Southeast Asian countries. Indiscriminate use of TRC can either damage or alter the enzymatic and ... [more ▼]

Trichlorfon (TRC) is the most common organophosphorous insecticide used in aquaculture practices in Southeast Asian countries. Indiscriminate use of TRC can either damage or alter the enzymatic and hormonal activities in the living organisms. In this present study, therefore, toxicogenomic analyses using real time PCR was used to characterize expression levels of various genes in Pangasianodon hypophthalmus after exposure to three concentrations, the 96 h 1/100LC50 (0.01 mg/L), the 96 h 1⁄10LC50 (0.1 mg/L) and the 96 h 1⁄2LC50 (0.5 mg/L) of TRC for 6 h, 24 h, 96 h, 7 days, 14 days, 28 days and 56 days respectively. The expression kinetics of stress and other cellular toxicity representative genes such as heat shock protein70 (HSP70), growth hormone, acetylcholinesterase (AChE), trypsinogen, cytochrome P4501B (CYP1B) and cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) were investigated in liver and gills. TRC at a level of 0.1 mg/L and 0.5 mg/L induced a time and dose-dependent increase in the expression of the HSP70, COI and CYPIB while the transcript level of AChE, growth hormone and trypsinogen were significantly down-regulated. These results could permit to develop a ‘molecular biomarker system’ which can be applied as a first-tier method of identifying contaminant exposure before effects at population level occur. [less ▲]

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