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See detailImplication de la sous-famille Erg des facteurs de transcription Ets dans la régulation de l'épissage chez l'Homme
Vincent, Côme ULg

Master's dissertation (2013)

The human family of Ets proteins and the Erg subfamily composed of 3 members (ERG, FLI1 and FEV) are known as transcription factors, involved in many cellular processes. On the other hand, most protein ... [more ▼]

The human family of Ets proteins and the Erg subfamily composed of 3 members (ERG, FLI1 and FEV) are known as transcription factors, involved in many cellular processes. On the other hand, most protein-coding genes contain intervening sequences (introns) that must be precisely removed from pre-mRNA through the process of pre-mRNA splicing. The first aim of this project was to molecularly characterise the link between these two actors. To achieve this goal, three different approaches were used. Firth, the link between the Erg subfamily and nuclear speckles, subnuclear structures that are enriched in pre-mRNA splicing factors, was studied using immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy, then an MS2-tethering assay was performed and finally, endogenous targets whose splicing would be dependent on this subfamily were identified. The results of these approaches highlighted interconnectivity between gene expression machineries. Moreover, such understanding of molecular basis of cancer-involved proteins provide new possibilities for earlier detection as well as better diagnosis, prevention and novel treatment strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication de la transition épithélio-mésenchymateuse dans la progression métastatique
Gilles, Christine ULg

Thèse d’agrégation de l’enseignement supérieur (2007)

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See detailImplication des cellules Natural Killer (NK) dans le développement des lésions associées à l'infection par les papillomavirus humains (HPV)
Renoux, Virginie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

Persistent infections with high-risk papillomavirus (HPV) are associated with more than 25% of cancers induced by infectious agents. Nevertheless, the two vaccines preventing HPV infection have no ... [more ▼]

Persistent infections with high-risk papillomavirus (HPV) are associated with more than 25% of cancers induced by infectious agents. Nevertheless, the two vaccines preventing HPV infection have no therapeutic efficacy and it has been estimated that there will be no measurable decline of HPV-associated tumours before 2040. The immune system is able to control, at least partially, HPV infection and subsequent tumour development. Around 90% of HPV-infected women will clear the virus within two years, but the immune effectors responsible for this viral clearance are unknown. Hence, the aim of this study was to determine if Natural Killer (NK) cells could play a role in the immune response against HPV infection and related cancers. The first part of this work was focused on the in vitro interaction of NK cells with L1 and L1L2 Virus Like Particles (VLP) of HPV16. We observed that, in the presence of HPV-VLP, NK cells displayed a higher cytotoxic activity against HPV+ cells by increasing the exocytosis of their cytotoxic granules and by secreting TNF-α and IFN-γ. NK cell activation was correlated with a fast entry of HPV-VLP by macropinocytosis and we determined that cell surface CD16 expression was necessary for HPV internalization, but also for degranulation and cytokine production. In the second part, to understand the molecular mechanisms of HPV-VLP stimulation, we investigated the signalling pathways operating in NK cells to trigger their cytotoxic activity in the presence of viral particles. We observed that the MAP kinases ERK and p38 were phosphorylated in the presence of both L1 and L1L2 HPV-VLP. Using specific inhibitors, we demonstrated that phosphorylation of these MAPK was required for degranulation and cytokine secretion by NK cells in the presence of VLP. In conclusion, NK cell activity could be an important player in the immune response contributing to viral clearance and to regression of HPV-induced cervical lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication des intolérances et allergies alimentaires dans le syndrome du côlon irritable: quelles sont les evidences?
Ausloos, Floriane ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(9), 744-9

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a complex and heterogeneous entity that concerns about 1/4 of adults and would be responsible for 50% of gastro-enterology medical consultations. IBS etiopathogenesis and ... [more ▼]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a complex and heterogeneous entity that concerns about 1/4 of adults and would be responsible for 50% of gastro-enterology medical consultations. IBS etiopathogenesis and physiopathology are not yet fully known. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication des mécanismes d’apprentissage de régularités dans l’acquisition du langage chez l’enfant sain et dysphasique
Gabriel, Audrey ULg; Urbain, Charline

in C. Maillart, M.-A. Schelstraete (Ed.) Les dysphasies : de l’évaluation à la rééducation (2012)

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See detailImplication des modifications épigénétiques dans les cancers : développement de nouvelles approches thérapeutiques
Vandermeers, Fabian ULg; Kettmann, Richard ULg; Willems, Luc ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2008), 12(2),

Involvement of epigenetic modifications in cancers: development of new therapeutic approaches. Since cancer is the second cause of death after cardiovascular diseases in industrialized countries, it is ... [more ▼]

Involvement of epigenetic modifications in cancers: development of new therapeutic approaches. Since cancer is the second cause of death after cardiovascular diseases in industrialized countries, it is urgent to elaborate new therapeutic approaches. Besides DNA mutations of essential genes, expansion of a cancer cell is frequently associated with epigenetic modifications i.e. not directly coded by the DNA sequence. Amongst epigenetic modifications, histones acetylation and DNA methylation are known to play important roles. In this context, a very promising anticancer therapy would be to correct epigenetic errors using compounds modulating histone acetylation and DNA methylation alone or in combination with other chemotherapeutic agents. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication des papillomavirus humains dans les cancers des voies aérodigestives supérieures
Neufcoeur, P. E.; Arafa, Mohammad Mahmoud Mohammad ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in Bulletin du Cancer (2009), 96(9), 1-10

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See detailImplication des propriétés biomécaniques des muscles transformés dans le mécanisme de la cardiomyoplastie
Radermacker, M. A.; Sluse, Francis ULg; Focant, B. et al

in Journal of Cardiology (1999), 9

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See detailImplication of aggressive, submissive and reproductive sounds in the way of life of clownfishes
Colleye, Orphal ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg

Conference (2012)

Clownfishes are brightly coloured coral reef fishes well known for their mutualistic symbiosis with tropical sea anemones. These fishes live in social groups in which there is a size-based dominance ... [more ▼]

Clownfishes are brightly coloured coral reef fishes well known for their mutualistic symbiosis with tropical sea anemones. These fishes live in social groups in which there is a size-based dominance hierarchy. In this structure where sex is socially controlled, agonistic interactions are numerous and serve to maintain size differences between individuals adjacent in rank. Clownfishes are also prolific callers whose sounds seem to play an important role in the social hierarchy. Agonistic interactions being involved in daily behaviour suggest how important acoustic communication might be in their way of life. Recording the different acoustic behaviours indicated that sounds are divided into two main categories: aggressive sounds produced in conjunction with threat postures (charge and chase), and submissive sounds always emitted when fish exhibited an appeasement display (namely the head shaking movements). Both types of sounds showed size-related intraspecific variation in dominant frequency and pulse duration: smaller individuals produce higher frequency and shorter duration pulses than larger ones. Consequently, these sonic features might be useful cues for individual recognition within the group. On the other hand, no acoustic call was associated with courtship and reproductive behaviours. Unlike other pomacentrids, sounds are not produced for mate attraction in clownfishes but to reach and to defend their breeding status, which explains why constraints are not important enough for promoting call diversification in this genus. However, acoustic signals seem to be an integral part of the peculiar way of life of clownfishes, although they are restricted to agonistic interactions only. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication of collagen type I-induced membrane-type 1-matrix metalloproteinase expression and matrix metalloproteinase-2 activation in the metastatic progression of breast carcinoma.
Gilles, Christine ULg; Polette, M.; Seiki, M. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1997), 76(5), 651-60

We have previously demonstrated that fibroblasts and invasive human breast carcinoma (HBC) cells specifically activate matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) when cultured on 3-dimensional gels of type I ... [more ▼]

We have previously demonstrated that fibroblasts and invasive human breast carcinoma (HBC) cells specifically activate matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) when cultured on 3-dimensional gels of type I collagen but not a range of other substrates. We show here the constitutive expression of membrane-type 1 (MT1)-MMP in both fibroblasts, and invasive HBC cell lines, that have fibroblastic attributes presumably acquired through an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Treatment with collagen type I increased the steady-state MT1-MMP mRNA levels in these cells but did not induce either MT1-MMP expression or MMP-2 activation in noninvasive breast carcinoma cell lines, which retain epithelial features. Basal MT3-MMP mRNA expression had a pattern similar to that of MT1-MMP but was not up-regulated by collagen. MT4-MMP mRNA was seen in both invasive and noninvasive HBC cell lines and was also not collagen-regulated, and MT2-MMP mRNA was not detected in any of the HBC cell lines tested. These data support a role for MT1-MMP in the collagen-induced MMP-2-activation seen in these cells. In situ hybridization analysis of archival breast cancer specimens revealed a close parallel in expression of both collagen type I and MT1-MMP mRNA in peritumoral fibroblasts, which was correlated with aggressiveness of the lesion. Relatively high levels of expression of both mRNA species were seen in fibroblasts close to invasive tumor nests and, although only focally, in certain areas close to preinvasive tumors. These foci may represent hot spots for local degradation and invasive progression. Collectively, these results implicate MT1-MMP in collagen-stimulated MMP-2 activation and suggest that this mechanism may be employed in vivo by both tumor-associated fibroblasts and EMT-derived carcinoma cells to facilitate increased invasion and/or metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication of follicular dendritic cells in prion diseases
Defaweux, Valérie ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2002)

In prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein (PrPc) expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent (PrPres) accumulation in lymph organs. Two ways ... [more ▼]

In prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein (PrPc) expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent (PrPres) accumulation in lymph organs. Two ways of research has been considered: firstly, a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendritic cells (FDC-B1) developed in our laboratory has been characterised. We have shown that the antigen detected by FDC-B1 is expressed exclusively on FDCs surface of ruminants’ lymphoid organs. This protein seems to be a membrane glycoprotein of more or less 28 kDa whose sequence will be soon under determination. FDC-B1 will be a precious tool to detect FDC implication in scrapie infected sheep and in bovine spongiform affected cows. Secondly, the expression of PrPc isoforms has been analysed on bovine FDC depleted and enriched fractions and has been compared to bovine brain extracts. We demonstrated variation in the PrPc patterns of glycosylation between bovine FCD depleted and enriched cell populations. Moreover, glycosyl residues seemed to be different between immune and neuronal PrPc. As interaction of PrPc and PrPres appears to be a crucial pathogenic step promoted by homology, variation in PrPc glycoforms could explain the absence of infectivity in most bovine lymph organs affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication of HDAC-5 in heterochromatin replication
Peixoto, P; Castronovo, V; Matheus, N et al

Poster (2012)

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See detailImplication of honeydew microflora in ant-aphid mutualism
Fischer, Christophe ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2012, February 10)

Some ant and aphid species can present a mutualistic relationship, ants using aphid honeydew as sugar source and in exchange providing the aphid colony cleaning and protection. From a behavioral point of ... [more ▼]

Some ant and aphid species can present a mutualistic relationship, ants using aphid honeydew as sugar source and in exchange providing the aphid colony cleaning and protection. From a behavioral point of view, this phe-nomenon has been well studied from decades. However, its chemistry and semiochemical mechanisms are still largely unknown. This study aims to identify semiochemicals involved in the establishment of this relation, using both chemical and behavioral approaches. Bioassays revealed that the great-est part of ant attraction toward aphid colonies is due to honeydew volatile compounds; enabling ant scouts to find more quickly aphid colonies and distantly recognize myrmecophilous species. Many of those VOCs seeming to have microbial origins, the main honeydew microorganisms have been isolated and their roles in VOCs production and ant attraction have been investigated. It appeared that honeydew microflora holds a key role in the establishment of ant-aphids mutualistic relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication of microRNAs in the response of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. root system architecture to rhizobacterial volatiles
Baudson, Caroline ULg; Bouché, Frédéric ULg; Saunier de Cazenave, Magdalena ULg et al

Scientific conference (2013, February)

The metabolic roles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and the identity of the molecules responsible for the growth promotion are still poorly ... [more ▼]

The metabolic roles of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and the identity of the molecules responsible for the growth promotion are still poorly documented. As well, the implication of microRNAs in root development is a recent discovery that deserves to be explored. In this study, the implication of microRNAs in the response of Brachypodium distachyon (L.) Beauv. Bd21 root architecture to rhizobacterial VOCs was investigated. Nineteen PGPR strains were screened to select those showing the strongest phenotypic effects. The strain Bacillus subtilis AP305-GB03 induced the most important promotion of biomass production and root development. Total RNA extraction and RT-qPCR analysis of microRNAs were performed on Bd21 root samples. The expression of miR160 a-d, miR164 f, miR167 c-d, miR397 b and miR399 a-b was measured in roots every 2 days during the first 10 days of Bd21 development, in the presence or absence of the bacterial VOCs. Differences in the expression profile of miR164 f and miR167 c-d were observed in the roots exposed to GB03 VOCs, as compared to the control. These differences could be correlated to the root system architecture modifications observed after 10 days of growth with GB03. miR397 b and miR399 a-b also showed differences in the expression profile of roots exposed to the bacterial VOCs. These microRNAs have been respectively involved in cold stress tolerance and in the response to phosphate starvation. [less ▲]

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