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See detailExpression of Growth Factors and Their Receptors in the Postnatal Rat Cochlea
Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg; Lefebvre, P. P. et al

in Neurochemical Research (1998), 23(8), 1133-8

RT-PCR was used to assay for growth factors and receptors from seven different protein families in cochlea tissues of the juvenile rat. There was a broad representation of the growth factor families in ... [more ▼]

RT-PCR was used to assay for growth factors and receptors from seven different protein families in cochlea tissues of the juvenile rat. There was a broad representation of the growth factor families in all the cochlea tissues examined, though the organ of Corti and stria vascularis expressed a greater variety than the spiral ganglion. This broad expression suggests that a variety of known growth factors play significant roles in the development, maintenance, and repair of the inner ear. The results of this survey serve as a basis for the design of future in vitro experiments that will address the ability of growth factors to protect hair cells from damage and to evoke a repair-regeneration response by injured hair cells. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis during Balb/c ontogeny and effects of GH upon ex-vivo T-cell differentiation
Kermani, Hamid; Goffinet, Lindsay ULg; Mottet, Marie ULg et al

in Neuroimmunomodulation (2012), 19

Aims: We here address the question of expression and role of GH/IGF axis in the thymus. Methods: Using RT-qPCR, the expression profile of various components of the somatotrope GH/IGF axis was measured in ... [more ▼]

Aims: We here address the question of expression and role of GH/IGF axis in the thymus. Methods: Using RT-qPCR, the expression profile of various components of the somatotrope GH/IGF axis was measured in different thymic cell types and during thymus embryogenesis in Balb/c mice. Effect of GH on T-cell differentiation was explored through thymic organotypic culture. Results: Transcription of Gh, Igf1, Igf2 and their related receptors predominantly occurred in thymic epithelial cells (TEC), while a low level of Gh and Igf1r transcription was also evidenced in thymic T cells (thymocytes). Gh, Ghr, Ins2, Igf1, Igf2, and Igfr1, displayed distinct expression profiles depending on the developmental stage. The protein concentration of IGF-1 and IGF-2 were in accordance with the profile of their gene expression. In fetal thymus organ cultures (FTOC) derived from Balb/c mice, treatment with exogenous GH resulted in a significant increase of double negative CD4-CD8- T cells and CD4+ T cells, together with a decrease in double positive CD4+CD8+ T cells. These changes were inhibited by concomitant treatment with GH and GHR antagonist pegvisomant. However, GH treatment also induced a significant decrease in FTOC Gh, Ghr and Igf1 expression. Conclusion: These data show that the thymotropic properties of the somatotrope GH/IGF-1 axis involve an interaction between exogenous GH and GHR expressed by TEC. Since thymic IGF-1 is not increased by GH treatment, the effects of GH upon T-cell differentiation could implicate a different local growth factor or cytokine. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Growth Hormone Receptors by Lymphocyte Subpopulations in the Human Tonsil
Thellin, Olivier ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Developmental Immunology (1998), 6(3-4), 295-304

The ability of human tonsillar lymphoid cells to express growth hormone receptor (hGH-N-R) was analyzed by flow cytometry. FITC-coupled recombinant human growth hormone (hGH-N) was used to reveal the ... [more ▼]

The ability of human tonsillar lymphoid cells to express growth hormone receptor (hGH-N-R) was analyzed by flow cytometry. FITC-coupled recombinant human growth hormone (hGH-N) was used to reveal the receptors, in combination with phenotype markers. Unlike T cells, tonsillar B cells constitutively express the hGH-N receptor. Quiescent cells separated from activated cells by Percoll-gradient centrifugation bear fewer receptors than activated ones. Activated T cells express hGH-N-R, but the typical germinal centre CD4+ CD57+ T cells do not. These latter thus appear not to be fully activated. Inside the lymph follicles, the germinal centre CD38+ B-cell population and the mantle-zone CD39+ B-cell population display similar levels of hGH-N-R expression, but receptor density is lower on dividing dark-zone CD38+ CD10+ B cells. Different lymphoid-cell populations thus differ markedly in their ability to express the growth hormone receptor, in relation notably to their activation status. This highlights the link between the neuroendocrine system and the active immune defense. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of growth hormone receptors by normal or pathological human lymphoid cells.
Thellin, Olivier ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

Poster (1995)

The human pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) is mainly known for its effects on the staturo-ponderal growth and on the lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. It also plays a part in the immune system regulation ... [more ▼]

The human pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) is mainly known for its effects on the staturo-ponderal growth and on the lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. It also plays a part in the immune system regulation. According to many authors, hGH-N stimulates the proliferation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells or that of tumoral lymphoid cell lines. With the aid of the FACS (Fluorescent-Activated Cell Sorter), we were able to detect hGH-N receptors on various tumoral cell lines : JURKAT (a acute lymphoid leukemia T cell line), DAUDI and RAJI (acute lymphoid leukemia B cell lines). These receptors were nearly absent from quiescent B or T cells prepared from human tonsils but were expressed in culture conditions after activation. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of histone deacetylase 8, a class I histone deacetylase, is restricted to cells showing smooth muscle differentiation in normal human tissues
Waltregny, David ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg; Glenisson, Wendy et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2004), 165(2), 553-564

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) were originally identified as nuclear enzymes involved in gene transcription regulation. Until recently, it was thought that their activity was restricted within the nucleus ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) were originally identified as nuclear enzymes involved in gene transcription regulation. Until recently, it was thought that their activity was restricted within the nucleus, with histones as unique substrates. The demonstration that specific HDACs deacetylate nonhistone proteins, such as p53 and alpha-tubulin, broadened the field of activity of these enzymes. HDAC8, a class I HDAC, is considered to be ubiquitously expressed, as suggested by results of Northern blots performed on tissue RNA extracts, and transfection experiments using various cell lines have indicated that this enzyme may display a prominent nuclear localization. Using immunohistochemistry, we unexpectedly found that, in normal human tissues, HDAC8 is exclusively expressed by cells showing smooth muscle differentiation, including visceral and vascular smooth muscle cells, myoepithelial cells, and myofibroblasts, and is mainly detected in their cytosol. These findings were confirmed in vitro by nucleo-cytoplasmic fractionation and immunoblot experiments performed on human primary smooth muscle cells, and by the cytosolic detection of epitope-tagged HDAC8 overexpressed in fibroblasts. Immunocytochemistry strongly suggested a cytoskeleton-like distribution of the enzyme. Further double-immunofluorescence staining experiments coupled with confocal microscopy analysis showed that epitope-tagged HDAC8 overexpressed in murine fibroblasts formed cytoplasmic stress fiber-like structures that co-localized with the smooth muscle cytoskeleton protein smooth muscle alpha-actin. Our works represent the first demonstration of the restricted expression of a class I HDAC to a specific cell type and indicate that HDAC8, besides being a novel marker of smooth muscle differentiation, may play a role in the biology of these contractile cells. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Hoxa2 in cells entering chondrogenesis impairs overall cartilage development.
Massip, Laurent; Ectors, Fabien ULg; Deprez, Pierre et al

in Differentiation : Research in Biological Diversity (2007), 75(3), 256-67

Vertebrate Hox genes act as developmental architects by patterning embryonic structures like axial skeletal elements, limbs, brainstem territories, or neural crest derivatives. While active during the ... [more ▼]

Vertebrate Hox genes act as developmental architects by patterning embryonic structures like axial skeletal elements, limbs, brainstem territories, or neural crest derivatives. While active during the patterning steps of development, these genes turn out to be down-regulated in specific differentiation programs like that leading to chondrogenesis. To investigate why chondrocyte differentiation is correlated to the silencing of a Hox gene, we generated transgenic mice allowing Cre-mediated conditional misexpression of Hoxa2 and induced this gene in Collagen 2 alpha 1-expressing cells committed to enter chondrogenesis. Persistent Hoxa2 expression in chondrogenic cells resulted in overall chondrodysplasia with delayed cartilage hypertrophy, mineralization, and ossification but without proliferation defects. The absence of skeletal patterning anomaly and the regular migration of precursor cells indicated that the condensation step of chondrogenesis was normal. In contrast, closer examination at the differentiation step showed severely impaired chondrocyte differentiation. In addition, this inhibition affected structures independently of their embryonic origin. In conclusion, for the first time here, by a cell-type specific misexpression, we precisely uncoupled the patterning function of Hoxa2 from its involvement in regulating differentiation programs per se and demonstrate that Hoxa2 displays an anti-chondrogenic activity that is distinct from its patterning function. [less ▲]

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See detailexpression of HSP70 mRNA and protein in rat hippocampus following heat shock
Krueger, Anne-Marie; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Armstrong, John A. et al

Poster (1997)

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See detailThe expression of IL-1 β, iNOS and COX-2 genes by human chondrocytes is differentially regulated by reactive oxygen species
Mathy-Hartert, M; Deby, GP; Ayache, N et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2001), 9SB

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See detailThe expression of IL-1bêta, iNOS and COX-2 genes by human chondrocytes in differentially regulated by reactive oxygen species
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Mathy-Hartert, M; Deby, GP et al

in Clinical Rheumatology (2001), 20

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See detailThe expression of IL-1β, iNOS and COX-2 genes by human chondrocytes is differentially regulated by reactive oxygen species
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Mathy, M; Deby, G et al

in Tissue Engineering (2001), 7

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See detailExpression of insulin-related peptides in the human thymus
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in International Diabetes Monitor (1997), 9

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See detailExpression Of Interleukin-6 Receptors And Interleukin-6 Messenger-Rna By Bovine Leukemia Virus-Induced Tumor-Cells
Droogmans, L.; Cludts, I.; Cleuter, Y. et al

in Cytokine (1994), 6(6),

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See detailExpression of interstitial collagenase (matrix metalloproteinase-1) is related to the activity of human endometriotic lesions
Kokorine, Isabelle; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques et al

in Fertility and Sterility (1997), 68(2), 246-251

Objective: To determine whether interstitial collagenase (matrix metalloproteinase-1), known to play a pivotal role in the initiation of menstruation, contributes to the pathogenesis of endometriosis ... [more ▼]

Objective: To determine whether interstitial collagenase (matrix metalloproteinase-1), known to play a pivotal role in the initiation of menstruation, contributes to the pathogenesis of endometriosis. Design: Serial sections of peritoneal red and black endometriotic lesions, ovarian endometriotic cysts, and rectovaginal adenomyotic nodules were analyzed by in situ hybridization for the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 by silver staining for the integrity of the fibrillar extracellular matrix and by immunolabeling for the abundance of sex steroid receptors. Setting: Academic hospital and research laboratory. Patient(s): Premenopausal women undergoing laparoscopy for endometriosis. Intervention(s): Biopsy of endometriotic lesions, combined with endometrium whenever possible. Main Outcome Measure(s): Expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 messenger RNA (mRNA). Result(s): Matrix metalloproteinase-1 mRNA was expressed focally in red peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis irrespective of the phase of the menstrual cycle but was not detectable in black peritoneal and rectovaginal lesions. Foci of matrix metalloproteinase-1 expression closely correlated with matrix breakdown and with the absence of P receptors in adjacent epithelial cells. Conclusion(s): Correlation of matrix metalloproteinase-1 expression with activity of endometriotic tissue suggests its involvement in tissue remodeling and bleeding, and possibly in the secondary shedding and reimplantation of endometriotic lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of intron-encoded maturase-like polypeptides in potato chloroplasts.
du Jardin, Patrick ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Harvengt, Luc et al

in Current Genetics (1994), 25(2), 158-163

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See detailExpression of Laminin by Human Fibroblasts, Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Mcf-7 Breast Adenocarcinoma Cells. Lack of Regulation by the Cell Density and Extracellular Matrix
Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Sobel, M. et al

in Cell Biology International Reports (1991), 15(6), 499-509

We have cultured normal fibroblasts, fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells and breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells on various substrates (plastic, collagen type I, laminin). All cell types used adhered on the three ... [more ▼]

We have cultured normal fibroblasts, fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells and breast adenocarcinoma MCF-7 cells on various substrates (plastic, collagen type I, laminin). All cell types used adhered on the three substrates with, however, a delayed attachment on laminin. On all substrates, cell grew as monolayer with the exception of MCF-7 cells that formed clusters on laminin. The epithelial MCF-7 cells as well as mesenchymal cells (fibroblasts and tumoral HT1080 cells) synthesized laminin and expressed mRNA coding for laminin B1 chain and for the 67 kD laminin binding protein. The levels of these mRNAs were not modulated by culture conditions which affect cell morphology nor by cell density. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Lamp-1 and Lamp-2 and their interactions with galectin-3 in human tumor cells.
Sarafian, V.; Jadot, Michel ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1998), 75(1), 105-11

Lysosomal-membrane-associated glycoproteins (Lamps) 1 and 2 are rarely found on the plasma membranes of normal cells. There is evidence suggesting an increase in their cell-surface expression in tumor ... [more ▼]

Lysosomal-membrane-associated glycoproteins (Lamps) 1 and 2 are rarely found on the plasma membranes of normal cells. There is evidence suggesting an increase in their cell-surface expression in tumor cells, with some data indicating that the adhesion of some cancer cells to the extracellular matrix is partly mediated by interactions between Lamps and E-selectin and between Lamps and galectins (endogenous-galactoside-binding lectins). The present study examined the expression of Lamp-1 and Lamp-2 and their interactions with galectin-3 in different human tumor cell lines. Indirect immunofluorescence staining revealed accumulation of Lamp molecules at the edges of A2058 human metastasizing melanoma cells suggesting that these glycoproteins could participate in cell adhesion. Flow cytometry showed the presence of cell-surface Lamps in A2058, HT1080 (human fibrosarcoma) and CaCo-2 (human colon-adenocarcinoma) cells. Treatment with 2 mM sodium butyrate for 24 and 48 hr resulted in a significant increase in Lamps surface expression. A strong binding of A2058 to recombinant galectin-3 was detected by FACS. The application of 2 and 5 mM butyrate for the same incubation period enhanced galectin-3 binding to Lamps-expressing cells. Our results support the idea that Lamps may be considered a new family of adhesive glycoproteins participating in the complex process of tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and mutant p53 is increased in hydatidiform mole as compared with normal placenta
Petignat, P.; Laurini, R.; Goffin, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Gynecological Cancer : Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society (2006), 16(4, JUL-AUG), 1679-1684

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are group of enzymes thought to play an important role in trophoblastic and tumor invasion. The aim of our study was to investigate the trophoblastic expression of MMPs ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are group of enzymes thought to play an important role in trophoblastic and tumor invasion. The aim of our study was to investigate the trophoblastic expression of MMPs and p53 in normal trophoblast and hydatidiform moles (HM). Paraffin sections of 45 specimens, including 14 complete hydatidiform moles (CM), 15 partial hydatidiform moles (PM), 8 atypical partial hydatidiform moles (aPM), and 8 controls were selected. Classification of HM was established on histologic criteria and supported by the DNA ploidy results. Tissue sections from each case were immunostained with monoclonal antibodies, cytokeratin-7, MMP-2, MMP-9, tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1, and p53 wild type (p53wt) and mutant types (mutp53). Staining for cytokeratin-7 revealed a positive reaction in 93% of the samples. MMP-2 was mainly expressed in the syncytiotrophoblast of HM and found in 62% of aPM, 60% PM, and 93% CM. The mutp53 was mainly and focally expressed in syncytiotrophoblastic cells and was found in 63% of aPM, 80% PM, and 93% CM. Expression of MMP-2 and mutp53 was both significantly greater in HM vs control group (P < 0.05) and greater in CM vs PM and aPM (P < 0.05). No significant difference was observed for cytokeratin-7, MMP-9, TIMP-1, and p53wt between the HM subgroups and between HM and control group. MMP-2 and mutp53 are overexpressed in HM as compared with normal trophoblast and might participate in the invasive behavior of the HM. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of members of the putative olfactory receptor gene family in mammalian germ cells.
Parmentier, M.; Libert, F.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg et al

in Nature (1992), 355

A series of genomic and complementary DNA clones encoding new putative members of G protein-coupled receptors were isolated using homology cloning and low-stringency polymerase chain reaction. Among the ... [more ▼]

A series of genomic and complementary DNA clones encoding new putative members of G protein-coupled receptors were isolated using homology cloning and low-stringency polymerase chain reaction. Among the unidentified receptors ('orphan receptors'), a human genomic clone (HGMP07) was characterized by the presence of its transcripts in the testis and by its belonging to a large subfamily of genes sharing extensive sequence similarities. Sequence comparison demonstrated that this gene subfamily is the human counterpart of the putative rat olfactory receptors cloned recently. Another 48 members of the family were cloned. Northern blotting further demonstrated the presence of olfactory receptor transcripts in germ cells. Our finding suggests that a common receptor gene family encodes olfactory receptors and sperm cell receptors that could be involved in chemotaxis during fertilization [less ▲]

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