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See detailFunction, diversity and therapeutic potential of the N-terminal domain of human chemokine receptors
Szpakowska, Martyna ULg; Fievez, Virginie; Arumugan, Karthik et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2012)

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See detailFunction-based Analyses of Bacterial Symbionts Associated with the Brown Alga Ascophyllum nodosum and Identification of Novel Bacterial Hydrolytic Enzyme Genes
Martin, Marjolaine ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Marine macroalgae are highly colonized by microorganisms, with which they maintain a close relationship characterized by both beneficial and detrimental interactions. Alga-associated bacteria have notably ... [more ▼]

Marine macroalgae are highly colonized by microorganisms, with which they maintain a close relationship characterized by both beneficial and detrimental interactions. Alga-associated bacteria have notably developed a range of enzymes enabling them to colonize the host surface and to use algal biomass as a carbon source. The hydrolytic potential of these bacteria, however, has been investigated almost solely at individual scale. Studies have shown the ability of some seaweed-associated bacterial strains to hydrolyze lipids, algal-cell-wall polysaccharides, and other sugars. In this work we aimed to investigate the hydrolytic potential of the bacterial microbiota associated with the brown alga Ascophyllum nodosum. For this we employed two complementary function-based approaches: functional metagenomics applied to this microbiota and functional analysis of the cultivable fraction thereof. By functional metagenomics, we identified numerous esterase genes, a beta-glucosidase gene, and an endocellulase gene. The cellulase was purified and biochemically characterized, showing interesting biotechnological features such as halotolerance and activity at low temperature. Furthermore, we assigned tentative origins to the identified genes, thus getting a glimpse of the bacterial taxa associated with the studied alga. Secondly, we investigated the cultivable surface microbiota associated with three A. nodosum samples. More than 300 bacteria were isolated, assigned to a bacterial taxon and screened for algal-polysaccharide-degrading enzymes (agarase, iota-carrageenase, kappa-carrageenase, and alginate lyases). This allowed the identification of several polysaccharolytic isolates, some of them likely to be new strains or novel species, belonging to two classes: the Flavobacteriia and the Gammaproteobacteria. Subsequently, we constructed and screened two plurigenomic libraries, each produced with the genomes of five representative isolates of each class, and identified several functional genes. With this work we highlight the presence of A. nodosum-associated bacterial taxa likely to entertain a privileged relation with seaweeds and having developed a range of hydrolytic activities assumed to enable them to associate with algae. We also provide information (taxa, abundances, genomic potential) on macroalgal-polysaccharide-degrading bacteria, in which interest has grown over the last ten years. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional adaptations of the bacterial chaperone trigger factor to extreme environmental temperatures
Godin, Amandine ULg; Schmidpeter, P.; Schmid, F.X. et al

Poster (2014)

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See detailFunctional adaptations of the bacterial chaperone trigger factor to extreme environmental temperatures
Godin-Roulling, Amandine ULg; Schmidpeter, P.A.M.; Schmid, F.X. et al

in Environmental Microbiology (2015), 17(7), 2407-2420

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See detailFunctional Alterations in Order Short-Term Memory Networks in Adults With Dyslexia
Martinez Perez, Trecy ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Developmental Neuropsychology (2015), 40(7-8), 407-429

Dyslexia is characterized not only by reading impairment but also by short-term memory (STM) deficits, and this particularly for the retention of serial order information. Here, we explored the functional ... [more ▼]

Dyslexia is characterized not only by reading impairment but also by short-term memory (STM) deficits, and this particularly for the retention of serial order information. Here, we explored the functional neural correlates associated with serial order STM performance of adults with dyslexia for verbal and visual STM tasks. Relative to a group of age-matched controls, the dyslexic group showed abnormal activation in a network associated with order STM encompassing the right intraparietal and superior frontal sulcus, and this for both verbal and visual order STM conditions. This study highlights long-lasting alterations in non-language neural substrates and processes in dyslexia. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional amphiphilic and biodegradable copolymers for intravenous vectorization
Van Butsele, Kathy ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

in Polymer (2007), 48

This paper aims at reporting on the design of polymeric drug nanocarriers used in cancer therapy, with a special emphasis on the control of their biodistribution. First, the prominent role of poly ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at reporting on the design of polymeric drug nanocarriers used in cancer therapy, with a special emphasis on the control of their biodistribution. First, the prominent role of poly(ethylene oxide) in the lifetime of nanocarriers circulating in the blood stream is highlighted, and the origin of a passive targeting based on a difference in the anatomy of tumors and normal tissues is discussed. The main body of the review is devoted to the targeting of nanocarriers towards tumors and the underlying concepts. As a rule, either the constitutive polymer is stimuli-responsive and the locus of drug release is where the stimulation occurs, or a ligand endowed with specific recognition is grafted onto the nanocarrier. Finally, the fate of the nanocarrier after drug delivery and the bioelimination of the polymer(s) involved are briefly considered. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional amphiphilic and degradable copolymers for drug delivery systems
Freichels, Hélène ULg; Pourcelle, Vincent; Plapied, Laurence et al

Poster (2008, December 18)

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See detailFunctional Analysis and the Finite Element Method
Stainier, Laurent; Tossings, Patricia ULg

Learning material (2008)

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See detailFunctional analysis of an FLC-LIKE gene in root chicory
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Pieltain, Alexandra ULg; D'Aloia, Maria ULg et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Physiology (2009), 153A(2/Suppl.), 198-199

Vernalization is known to promote flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana by inhibiting the expression of a strong repressor: FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). The recent cloning of an FLC-LIKE gene in sugar beet (Beta ... [more ▼]

Vernalization is known to promote flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana by inhibiting the expression of a strong repressor: FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). The recent cloning of an FLC-LIKE gene in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris; BvFL1) and – here – in root chicory (Cichorium intybus; CiFL1) suggests the conservation of FLC biological function during evolution of eudicots. Hence physiological questions that remain difficult to address in Arabidopsis can be studied in other species. We investigated the correlation between CiFL1 expression and plant-age dependent responsiveness to vernalization. We also studied the effect of post-vernalization growing temperature, which can stabilize or erase the vernalized state. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of dual-specificity protein phosphatases in angiogenesis
Amand, Mathieu; ERPICUM, Charlotte ULg; Gilles, Christine ULg et al

in Pulido, Rafael (Ed.) Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases: Methods and Protocols (2016)

Therapeutic perspectives targeting angiogenesis in cancer stimulated an intense investigation of the mechanisms triggering and governing angiogenic processes. Several publications have highlighted the ... [more ▼]

Therapeutic perspectives targeting angiogenesis in cancer stimulated an intense investigation of the mechanisms triggering and governing angiogenic processes. Several publications have highlighted the importance of typical dual-specificity phosphatases (DSPs) or MKPs in endothelial cells and their role in controlling different biological functions implicated in angiogenesis such as migration, proliferation, apoptosis, tubulogenesis and cell adhesion. However, among atypical DSPs, the only one investigated in angiogenesis was DUSP3. We recently identified this DSP as new key player in endothelial cells and angiogenesis. In this chapter we provide with detailed protocols and models used to investigate the role of DUSP3 in endothelial cells and angiogenesis. We start the chapter with an overview of the role of several DSPs in angiogenesis. We continue with providing a full description of a highly efficient transfection protocol to deplete DUSP3 using small interfering RNA (siRNA) in the primary Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC). We next describe the major assays used to investigate different processes involved in angiogenesis such as tube formation assay, proliferation assay and spheroids sprouting assay. We finish the chapter by validating our results in DUSP3-knockout mice using in vivo angiogenesis assays such as Matrigel plug and Lewis lung carcinoma cell subcutaneous xenograft model followed by anti-CD31 immunofluorescence and ex vivo aortic ring assay. All methods described can be adapted to other phosphatases and signaling molecules. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of FRD3 in Arabidopsis
Scheepers, Maxime ULg; Charlier, Jean-Benoit ULg; Spielmann, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2015, June)

Zinc and iron are two essential micronutrients for plants. The homeostasis networks of the two metals are intertwined. The FRD3 (FERRIC REDUCTASE DEFECTIVE 3) protein, a member of the MATE family of ... [more ▼]

Zinc and iron are two essential micronutrients for plants. The homeostasis networks of the two metals are intertwined. The FRD3 (FERRIC REDUCTASE DEFECTIVE 3) protein, a member of the MATE family of membrane transporters, is a citrate transporter involved in iron homeostasis and playing a role in zinc tolerance in Arabidopsis. The FRD3 gene displays a complex regulation. Alternative transcript initiation for FRD3 determines two transcripts, which differ in their 5'UTRs and have differential translation efficiency. The two transcripts are selectively regulated under stress conditions: iron and zinc depletion, zinc excess or cadmium presence. We are aiming to determine the FRD3 function in zinc and iron homeostasis in Arabidopsis. We will present data (i) on the functional characterization of the alternative transcripts and their role in metal homeostasis in Arabidopsis and (ii) on the zinc phenotypes of the frd3 mutant. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of FRD3 in Arabidopsis relatives
Scheepers, Maxime ULg; Charlier, Jean-Benoit ULg; Motte, Patrick ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 28)

Transcriptomic studies identified genes which are constitutively over-expressed in A. halleri compared to A. thaliana and which may have a role in metal tolerance or accumulation (1-3). A candidate gene ... [more ▼]

Transcriptomic studies identified genes which are constitutively over-expressed in A. halleri compared to A. thaliana and which may have a role in metal tolerance or accumulation (1-3). A candidate gene encodes FRD3, a member of the MATE family of membrane transporters (56 members in A. thaliana). It is a citrate transporter involved in iron homeostasis (4-6) and playing a role in zinc tolerance in A. thaliana (7). We are aiming to analyse the FRD3 high expression in A. halleri and the FRD3 function in zinc and iron homeostasis in A. thaliana. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of hydrogen photoproduction in respiratory-deficient mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Lecler, Renaud ULg; Godaux, Damien ULg; Vigeolas, Hélène ULg et al

in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2011), 36

In this paper, mitochondrial mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii defective for respiratory complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase), complex III (ubiquinol cytochrome c oxidoreductase) and both ... [more ▼]

In this paper, mitochondrial mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii defective for respiratory complex I (NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase), complex III (ubiquinol cytochrome c oxidoreductase) and both complexes I and III were analyzed for H2 photoproduction. Several parameters were followed during the S-deficiency stage and the anaerobic stage leading to H2 photoproduction. At the early aerobic S-deficiency stage, starch and neutral lipids accumulated in all strains but their amount was significantly decreased in mutants compared to wild type. During the H2 photoproduction process, whereas starch content strongly decreased in all strains, neutral lipid amount remained nearly unchanged, suggesting that starch degraded by glycolysis is the preferential substrate for energy production during anaerobiosis. The mutants displayed a decrease in H2 photoproduction correlating to the number of active mitochondrial proton-pumping sites lost in the strains. Our results thus highlight the critical role of oxidative phosphorylation during the first (aerobic) stage of S-starvation when carbon resources are accumulated. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of PEBP genes in root chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Saintmard, Nicolas ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

Poster (2016, June 09)

Manipulating plant architecture is key to increase crop yield. In this perspective, basic knowledge on the molecular mechanisms regulating plant growth and development will be fundamental for the future ... [more ▼]

Manipulating plant architecture is key to increase crop yield. In this perspective, basic knowledge on the molecular mechanisms regulating plant growth and development will be fundamental for the future of agriculture. Recent progress indicates that a family of plant genes, homologous to POSPHADITYLETHANOLAMINE-BINDING PROTEINS (PEBP) in other eukaryotes, plays critical roles in controlling shoot development traits such as branching, flowering, bud dormancy or tuberization. Very little is known however on the functions of these genes in root development. The current research will attempt to answer this question in the case of Cichorium intybus, a biannual plant cultivated for the extraction of inulin (a polymer of fructose) from its root. Functional analyses will include expression kinetics, complementation tests in Arabidopsis mutants and creation of PEBP- overexpressing or silencing chicory plants. The preliminary steps of the project are the identification of PEBP genes in chicory by in silico analyses, the determination of the time of the storage root initiation and the establishment of a regeneration protocol for the genetic transformation. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of protein tyrosine phosphatases in thrombosis and haemostasis
Rahmouni, Souad ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; Delierneux, Céline ULg et al

in Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases: Methods and Protocols (2016)

Platelets are small blood cells derived from cytoplasmic fragments of megakaryocytes and play an essential role in thrombosis and haemostasis. Platelet activation depends on the rapid phosphorylation and ... [more ▼]

Platelets are small blood cells derived from cytoplasmic fragments of megakaryocytes and play an essential role in thrombosis and haemostasis. Platelet activation depends on the rapid phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of key signaling molecules, and a number of kinases and phosphatases have been identified as major regulators of platelet function. However, the investigation of novel signaling proteins has suffered from technical limitations due to the anucleate nature of platelets and their very limited levels of mRNA and de novo protein synthesis. In the past, experimental methods were restricted to the generation of genetically modified mice and the development of specific antibodies. More recently, novel (phospho)proteomic technologies and pharmacological approaches using specific small-molecule inhibitors have added additional capabilities to investigate specific platelet proteins. In this chapter, we report methods for using genetic and pharmacological approaches to investigate the function of platelet signaling proteins. While the described experiments focus on the role of the dual-specificity phosphatase 3 (DUSP3) in platelet signaling, the presented methods are applicable to any signaling enzyme. Specifically, we describe a testing strategy that includes 1) aggregation and secretion experiments with mouse and human platelets, 2) immunoprecipitation and immunoblot assays to study platelet signaling events, 3) detailed protocols to use selected animal models in order to investigate thrombosis and haemostasis in vivo, and 4) strategies for utilizing pharmacological inhibitors on human platelets. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of the Antirrhinum floral homeotic DEFICIENS gene in vivo and in vitro by using a temperature-sensitive mutant.
Zachgo, S.; Silva, E de A; Motte, Patrick ULg et al

in Development (1995), 121(9), 2861-75

Flowers of the temperature-sensitive DEFICIENS (DEF) mutant, def-101, display sepaloid petals and carpelloid stamens when grown at 26 degrees C, the non-permissive temperature. In contrast, when ... [more ▼]

Flowers of the temperature-sensitive DEFICIENS (DEF) mutant, def-101, display sepaloid petals and carpelloid stamens when grown at 26 degrees C, the non-permissive temperature. In contrast, when cultivated under permissive conditions at 15 degrees C, the morphology of def-101 flowers resembles that of the wild type. Temperature shift experiments during early and late phases of flower development revealed that second and third whorl organ development is differentially sensitive to changes in DEF expression. In addition, early DEF expression seems to control the spatially correct initiation of fourth whorl organ development. Reduction of the def-101 gene dosage differentially affects organogenesis in adjacent whorls: at the lower temperature development of petals in the second whorl and initiation of carpels in the centre of the flower is not affected while third whorl organogenesis follows the mutant (carpelloid) pattern. The possible contribution of accessory factors to organ-specific DEF functions is discussed. In situ analyses of mRNA and protein expression patterns during def-101 flower development at 15 degrees C and at 26 degrees C support previously proposed combinatorial regulatory interactions between the MADS-box proteins DEF and GLOBOSA (GLO), and provide evidence that the autoregulatory control of DEF and GLO expression by the DEF/GLO heterodimer starts after initiation of all organ primordia. Immunolocalisation revealed that both proteins are located in the nucleus. Interestingly, higher growth temperature affects the stability of both the DEF-101 and GLO proteins in vivo. In vitro DNA binding studies suggest that the temperature sensitivity of the def-101 mutant is due to an altered heterodimerisation/DNA-binding capability of the DEF-101 protein, conditioned by the deletion of one amino acid within the K-box, a protein region thought to be involved in protein-protein interaction. In addition, we introduce a mutant allele of GLO, glo-confusa, where insertion of one amino acid impairs the hydrophobic carboxy-terminal region of the MADS-box, but which confers no strong phenotypic changes to the flower. The strong mutant phenotype of flowers of def-101/glo-conf double mutants when grown in the cold represents genetic evidence for heterodimerisation between DEF and GLO in vivo. The potential to dissect structural and functional domains of MADS-box transcription factors is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of the cell division protein FtsW of Escherichia coli
Pastoret, Soumya; Fraipont, Claudine ULg; den Blaauwen, Tanneke et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2004), 186(24), 8370-8379

Site-directed mutagenesis experiments combined with fluorescence microscopy shed light on the role of Escherichia coli FtsW, a membrane protein belonging to the SEDS family that is involved in ... [more ▼]

Site-directed mutagenesis experiments combined with fluorescence microscopy shed light on the role of Escherichia coli FtsW, a membrane protein belonging to the SEDS family that is involved in peptidoglycan assembly during cell elongation, division, and sporulation. This essential cell division protein has 10 transmembrane segments (TMSs). It is a late recruit to the division site and is required for subsequent recruitment of penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) catalyzing peptide cross-linking. The results allow identification of several domains of the protein with distinct functions. The localization of PBP3 to the septum was found to be dependent on the periplasmic loop located between TMSs 9 and 10. The E240-A249 amphiphilic peptide in the periplasmic loop between TMSs 7 and 8 appears to be a key element in the functioning of FtsW in the septal peptidoglycan assembly machineries. The intracellular loop (containing the R166-FI78 amphiphilic peptide) between TMSs 4 and 5 and Gly 311 in TMS 8 are important components of the amino acid sequence-folding information. [less ▲]

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See detailThe functional analysis of the Mousterian and Micoquian assemblages of Sesselfelsgrotte, Germany. Tool use and Hafting in the European Late Middle Paleolithic
Rots, Veerle ULg

in Quartär : Jahrbuch für Erforschung des Eiszeitalters und seiner Kulturen (2009), 56

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