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See detailFurther insight on carapid - holothuroid relationships
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Vandewalle, Pierre ULg

in Marine Biology (2005), 146(3), 455-465

Carapidae (or pearlfish) are eel-like fishes that live inside different invertebrates, such as holothurians, sea stars, or bivalves. Those of the genus Carapus are commensal and use their host as a ... [more ▼]

Carapidae (or pearlfish) are eel-like fishes that live inside different invertebrates, such as holothurians, sea stars, or bivalves. Those of the genus Carapus are commensal and use their host as a shelter, while Encheliophis species are parasitic and eat the host's gonads. In areas where they live in sympatry, C. boraborensis, C. homei, C. mourlani and E. gracilis are able to inhabit the same host species. Infestation is considered as monospecific when several conspecifics are observed in the same host. However, many aspects of this particular relation remain obscure, e.g. communication between carapids and the defence systems of the different protagonists (carapids and hosts). Experiments have been conducted in the field and laboratory to investigate several aspects of the carapids' relationships with their hosts. Sampling carried out in the Bay of Opunohu (Moorea, French Polynesia) determined the sex ratio of C. boraborensis (3:1) and C. homei (1:1) and their distribution rate within different Echinodermata. Our study showed that neither species was capable of determining whether a heterospecific already occupied a sea cucumber or not. They were, however, able to locate the sea cucumber's cloaca, due to the excurrent resulting from respiration. The sea cucumber's defence system (Cuverian tubules) minimises predator attacks, but is not effective against carapid intrusion. The Carapidae defence system is twofold. Due to a passive system related to the sea cucumber's low cloacal position, the Cuverian tubules are not expelled when fish enter the cloaca. Moreover, carapids resist sea cucumber toxins better than other reef fish. Their increased resistance might be related to their gills rather than to their mucus coating; however, the latter may assist the fish in resisting the sticky substances emitted by the Cuverian tubules. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther insights in the mechanisms of interleukin-1beta stimulation of osteoprotegerin in osteoblast-like cells
Lambert, Cécile ULg; Oury, Cécile ULg; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2007), 22(9), 1350-1361

The mechanisms of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG were studied in more detail. Whereas p38 and ERK activation was confirmed to be needed, NF-kappaB was not necessary for this regulation. We also found that ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG were studied in more detail. Whereas p38 and ERK activation was confirmed to be needed, NF-kappaB was not necessary for this regulation. We also found that OPG production after IL-1beta stimulation was not sufficient to block TRAIL-induced apoptosis in MG-63 cells. INTRODUCTION: Osteoprotegerin (OPG) plays a key role in the regulation of bone resorption and is stimulated by interleukin (IL)-1beta. Herein, we defined the mechanisms of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG focusing on the potential involvement of MAPK and NF-kappaB. We also examined whether OPG production in response to IL-1beta influences TRAIL-induced apoptosis in MG-63 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: OPG mRNA levels in MG-63 cells were quantified by real-time RT-PCR and protein levels of OPG and IL-6 by ELISA. Cell viability was assessed using the methyltetrazidium salt (MTS) reduction assay. The role of the MAPK pathway was studied by both Western blotting and the use of specific chemical inhibitors. NF-kappaB function was studied using BAY 11-7085 and by siRNA transfection to inhibit p65 synthesis. Transcription mechanisms were analyzed by transiently transfecting MG-63 cells with OPG promoter constructs. Post-transcriptional effects were examined by using cycloheximide and actinomycin D. RESULTS: MG-63 cells treatment with IL-1beta resulted in the phosphorylation of c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK), p38, and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). The use of the specific inhibitors showed that p38 and ERK but not JNK were needed for IL-1beta-induced OPG production. In contrast, NF-kappaB was not essential for IL-1beta induction of OPG. We also showed a small transcriptional and a possible post-transcriptional or translational regulation of OPG by IL-1beta. Exogenous OPG blocked TRAIL-induced apoptosis, but IL-1beta induction of OPG did not influence TRAIL-induced cell death. CONCLUSIONS: IL-1beta stimulates OPG production by mechanisms dependent on p38 and ERK. In contrast, NF-kappaB was not essential for this regulation. Although the relevance of IL-1beta stimulation of OPG is still not fully understood, our data showed that IL-1beta stimulation of OPG does not modify TRAIL-induced cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther insights into the metamorphosis process in a carapid fish
Parmentier, Eric ULg

in Journal of Zoology (2015)

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See detailFurther investigation of the pair of quasars Q0107 - 025 A and B
Surdej, Jean ULg; Arp, H.; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1986), 161

Low and intermediate dispersion spectroscopy of Q0107 - 025 A and B obtained at ESO, AAT, and MMT provide evidence for spectral differences between these two quasars. A redshift difference of 0.004 is ... [more ▼]

Low and intermediate dispersion spectroscopy of Q0107 - 025 A and B obtained at ESO, AAT, and MMT provide evidence for spectral differences between these two quasars. A redshift difference of 0.004 is found between the two objects, and forbidden emission lines due to O II (3727 A), Ne III (1815), and possibly Ne V (3426 A), are seen in the spectrum of Q0107 - 025 A, while only the forbidden Ne III line at 1815 A is possibly detected in the spectdrum of Q0107 - 025 B. No narrow absorption lines could be detected in the 3252 - 5616 A spectral range of the intermediate resolution data of either quasar, and the spectrum of quasar B is found to be steeper in the blue that of the quasar A. The possible presence of a highly redshifted cluster of galaxies in the field of these quasars is suggested by CCD photometry. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther investigation of the supervisory attentional system in schizophrenia: Planning, inhibition, and rule abstraction
Marczewski, P.; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Laroi, Frank ULg

in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry (2001), 6(3), 175-192

Investigated supervisory attentional system (SAS) functions in schizophrenic patients. 15 schizophrenic outpatients (mean age 29.93 yrs) and 15 normal controls matched for age, gender, and educational ... [more ▼]

Investigated supervisory attentional system (SAS) functions in schizophrenic patients. 15 schizophrenic outpatients (mean age 29.93 yrs) and 15 normal controls matched for age, gender, and educational level were compared. Three tasks (Tower of London, Hayling, and Brixton tests) were used to examine 3 executive processes (planning, inhibition, and rule detection). Schizophrenic patients performed significantly worse than normal controls on all 3 tasks. In addition, patients' performances on selected measures of the three tests were correlated, even when age and medication were partialled out. It is concluded that patients are impaired on all SAS functions. The possible role of a general impairment (processing speed or cognitive resources) is discussed [less ▲]

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See detailA further locality with foliicolous lichens in Italy, with taxonomical and ecological data on foliicolous lichens in Western Europe
Puntillo, Domenico; Bricaud, Olivier; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Cryptogamie. Mycologie (2000), 21

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See detailFurther new lichen species producing campylidia or complex conidiomata
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Bibliotheca Lichenologica (1995), 58

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See detailA further new species in the lichen genus Arctomia: A. borbonica from Reunion (Mascarene archipelago)
Magain, Nicolas ULg; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in MycoKeys (2012), 4

Arctomia borbonica sp. nov. is described as new for science from montane natural and secondary habitats in Reunion in the Mascarene archipelago (Indian Ocean). It has a sterile, foliose, usually wrinkled ... [more ▼]

Arctomia borbonica sp. nov. is described as new for science from montane natural and secondary habitats in Reunion in the Mascarene archipelago (Indian Ocean). It has a sterile, foliose, usually wrinkled, thallus whose margins produce goniocysts that disintegrate into a soredioid margin; it looks like a Leptogium species. Its phylogenetic position in the Arctomiaceae (Ostropomycetidae, Ascomycota) has been determined with 3 genes (nuLSU, mtSSU, RPB1) inferences. [less ▲]

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See detailA further new species of Monoblastia (lichenized ascomycetes: Monoblastiaceae) from Papua New Guinea
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Aptroot, André

in Nova Hedwigia (1998), 67

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See detailA further new species of Strigula from Europe
Sérusiaux, Emmanuel ULg; Berger, F.; Coppins, B. J. et al

in Lichenologist (2005), 37(Part 6), 481-483

Strigula muscicola Berger, Coppins, Cl. Roux & Serus. is described as new to science; it is a muscicolous species with aggregated ascomata and 3-septate ascospores, growing in subalpine habitats in ... [more ▼]

Strigula muscicola Berger, Coppins, Cl. Roux & Serus. is described as new to science; it is a muscicolous species with aggregated ascomata and 3-septate ascospores, growing in subalpine habitats in Austria, Norway and Scotland. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther observational evidence that MG J0414+0534 is a gravitational mirage
Angonin-Willaime, M.-C.; Vanderriest, C.; Hammer, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 281

Deep imaging of MG J0414+0534 with R and I filters reveals a faint, fuzzy and red object at the exact location expected for a lensing galaxy in the gravitational mirage hypothesis. Furthermore, the ... [more ▼]

Deep imaging of MG J0414+0534 with R and I filters reveals a faint, fuzzy and red object at the exact location expected for a lensing galaxy in the gravitational mirage hypothesis. Furthermore, the (extremely red and almost featureless) spectra of the 2 brightest components are very similar. These are strong indications that the system results from multiple gravitational imaging of a single source, but the nature of this source is not yet clear. It could be the nucleus of a low metallicity galaxy at a high redshift or a new type of object. Significant differences are observed between the flux ratios of the images at radio and optical wavelenghts. The most likely explanation for this effect is a differential amplification of the image pair A[SUB]1[/SUB]-A[SUB]2[/SUB] because of the large magnification gradient near a caustic. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther observations of the light echoes from SN 1987 A
Detal, Alain ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1990), 229

Further direct observations of the light echoes from SN 1987 A were obtained on November 12 1988 with the 3.6-m telescope and EFOSC at ESO. In agreement with predictions made from earlier observations ... [more ▼]

Further direct observations of the light echoes from SN 1987 A were obtained on November 12 1988 with the 3.6-m telescope and EFOSC at ESO. In agreement with predictions made from earlier observations, the radii of the two light rings are measured to be 43.3 and 72.5 arcsec. However, a noticeable diaplacement of the center of the outer ring by 2.6 arcsec to the NE from the SN position is also reported. Application of the model of planar-like sheets of material located between the SN and the observer leads to improved results. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther observations on the endPermian mass extinction based on the palaeobotanical record
Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Diez, José B.; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg et al

in Proceedings of the XXXI Annual Meeting of the Spanish Society of Palaeontology (abstract book) (2015, October)

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See detailFurther observations on the lichen genus Strigula in New Zealand
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Bryologist (1998), 101

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See detailFurther pharmacological and genetic evidence for the efficacy of PlGF inhibition in cancer and eye disease.
Van de Veire, Sara; Stalmans, Ingeborg; Heindryckx, Femke et al

in Cell (2010), 141(1), 178-90

Our findings that PlGF is a cancer target and anti-PlGF is useful for anticancer treatment have been challenged by Bais et al. Here we take advantage of carcinogen-induced and transgenic tumor models as ... [more ▼]

Our findings that PlGF is a cancer target and anti-PlGF is useful for anticancer treatment have been challenged by Bais et al. Here we take advantage of carcinogen-induced and transgenic tumor models as well as ocular neovascularization to report further evidence in support of our original findings of PlGF as a promising target for anticancer therapies. We present evidence for the efficacy of additional anti-PlGF antibodies and their ability to phenocopy genetic deficiency or silencing of PlGF in cancer and ocular disease but also show that not all anti-PlGF antibodies are effective. We also provide additional evidence for the specificity of our anti-PlGF antibody and experiments to suggest that anti-PlGF treatment will not be effective for all tumors and why. Further, we show that PlGF blockage inhibits vessel abnormalization rather than density in certain tumors while enhancing VEGF-targeted inhibition in ocular disease. Our findings warrant further testing of anti-PlGF therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther photomorphs in the lichen family Lobariaceae from Reunion (Mascarene archipelago) with notes on the phylogeny of Dendriscocaulon cyanomorphs
Magain, Nicolas ULg; Goffinet, Bernard; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Bryologist (2012), 115(2), 243-254

Two new photomorphs in the Lobariaceae have been found on the remote island of Reunion in the Mascarene archipelago: the free-living Dendriscocaulon-like cyanomorph of the pantropical Lobaria discolor ... [more ▼]

Two new photomorphs in the Lobariaceae have been found on the remote island of Reunion in the Mascarene archipelago: the free-living Dendriscocaulon-like cyanomorph of the pantropical Lobaria discolor, and the cyanomorph of Sticta dichotoma, a species apparently endemic to the western parts of the Indian Ocean, known only from its chloromorph. Inferences from three loci demonstrate that the fungus involved in each morph of either pair belongs to the same species. Phylogenetic analyses resolve all genera of the Lobariaceae as polyphyletic, and all Dendriscocaulon-like cyanomorphs within Lobaria, except for D. dendroides, which belongs to Sticta. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther Purification and Characterization of the DNA 3'-Phosphatase from Rat-Liver Chromatin Which Is Also a Polynucleotide 5'-Hydroxyl Kinase
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Verly, W. G.

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1988), 171(1-2), 59-66

The DNA 3'-phosphatase activity of rat-liver chromatin has been purified. A DNA 5'-hydroxyl kinase activity comigrates at each step of purification. Both enzymes have the same molecular mass (79 kDa) and ... [more ▼]

The DNA 3'-phosphatase activity of rat-liver chromatin has been purified. A DNA 5'-hydroxyl kinase activity comigrates at each step of purification. Both enzymes have the same molecular mass (79 kDa) and the same isoelectric point (8.6). It thus seems that the two activities are born by the same protein just as with the phage T4 enzyme which is, at the same time, a 5'-hydroxyl kinase and a 3'-phosphatase. An additional argument is that ATP, which does not influence the rate of the 3'-phosphatase reaction but which is a cosubstrate of the 5'-hydroxyl kinase, protects the 3'-phosphatase activity against thermal denaturation and trypsin digestion. The two active sites must, however, be largely independent within a common support: the thermal denaturation and trypsin inactivation rates are very different for the two activities; increasing the ionic strength activates the kinase and inhibits the phosphatase; polyvalent anions inhibit the phosphatase and have little effect on the kinase. The two active sites might belong to different domains of the protein; they could not however be separated by a partial trypsin digestion. The rates of 3'-dephosphorylation and 5'-phosphorylation by the chromatin enzyme are the same in native and denatured DNA. The 3'-phosphatase has no action on 3'-monodeoxynucleotide, but it hydrolyzes the 3'-phosphate in dinucleotides. The Km of the 3'-phosphatase is 0.548 microM. The Km (5'-OH) and Km (ATP) of the 5'-hydroxyl kinase are about 3.9 microM and 0.69 microM respectively. The chromatin enzyme is unable to hydrolyze 3'-phosphoglycolate ends in DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther reduction in nonvertebral fracture rate is observed following 3 years of denosumab treatment: results with up to 7 years in the freedom extension
Ferrari, S; Adachi, JD; Lippuner, K et al

in Osteoporosis International (2014), 25(2), 56

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See detailFurther reductions in nonvertebral fracture rate with long-term denosumab treatment in the FREEDOM open-label extension and influence of hip bone mineral density after 3 years.
FERRARI, S.; ADACHI, J.D.; LUPPUNER, K. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2015), 26

Limited data exist on the efficacy of long-term therapies for osteoporosis. In osteoporotic postmenopausal women receiving denosumab for 7 years, nonvertebral fracture rates significantly decreased in ... [more ▼]

Limited data exist on the efficacy of long-term therapies for osteoporosis. In osteoporotic postmenopausal women receiving denosumab for 7 years, nonvertebral fracture rates significantly decreased in years 4–7 versus years 1–3. This is the first demonstration of a further benefit on fracture outcomes with long-term therapy for osteoporosis. Introduction This study aimed to evaluate whether denosumab treatment continued beyond 3 years is associated with a further reduction in nonvertebral fracture rates. Methods Participants who completed the 3-year placebocontrolled Fracture REduction Evaluation of Denosumab in Osteoporosis every 6 Months (FREEDOM) study were invited to participate in an open-label extension. The present analysis includes 4,074 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis (n=2,343 long-term; n=1,731 cross-over) who enrolled in the extension, missed ≤1 dose during their first 3 years of denosumab treatment, and continued into the fourth year of treatment. Comparison of nonvertebral fracture rates during years 1–3 of denosumab with that of the fourth year and with the rate during years 4–7 was evaluated. Results For the combined group, the nonvertebral fracture rate per 100 participant-years was 2.15 for the first 3 years of denosumab treatment (referent) and 1.36 in the fourth year (rate ratio [RR]=0.64; 95 % confidence interval (CI)=0.48 to 0.85, p=0.003). Comparable findings were observed in the groups separately and when nonvertebral fracture rates during years 1–3 were compared to years 4–7 in the longterm group (RR=0.79; 95 % CI=0.62 to 1.00, p=0.046). Fracture rate reductions in year 4 were most prominent in subjects with persisting low hip bone mineral density (BMD). Conclusions Denosumab treatment beyond 3 years was associated with a further reduction in nonvertebral fracture rate that persisted through 7 years of continuous denosumab administration. The degree to which denosumab further reduces nonvertebral fracture risk appears influenced by the hip bone density achieved with initial therapy [less ▲]

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