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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 hormones de croissance et du système CD95/CD95-ligand dans la tolérance fœto-placentaire
Thellin, Olivier ULg

Doctoral thesis (1999)

We attempted here to contribute to the study of 2 hypothesis concerning mechanisms implicated in the foeto-tolerance phenomenon. The first hypothesis concerned the potential effects of the replacement of ... [more ▼]

We attempted here to contribute to the study of 2 hypothesis concerning mechanisms implicated in the foeto-tolerance phenomenon. The first hypothesis concerned the potential effects of the replacement of the pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) by the placental growth hormone (hPGH) on the maternal immune system. We mainly performed a preliminary study of these effects in the man and in the non-pregnant woman in order to transpose the obtained results to the pregnant woman. We have also analyzed the expression of the hGH-N receptor, which can be bound by both hGH-N and hPGH, on the surface of a wide variety of cell types and sub-types, activated or not, which had never been done in a single study before. We showed notably that, among the stydied cell types, the expression of hGH-N-R was mainly performed by activated T cells, by activated or non-activated B cells and by monocytes. Lowly differentiated cells could express more hGH-N-R, which is supported by published data suggesting that immature cells (hematopoietic bone marrow and thymus) are particularly sensitive to hGH-N. However, the activation of lymphoid cells, mainly T lymphocytes, by mitogens increases the expression of hGH-N-R. The comparative study of the effects of hGH-N and hPGH on cells from the human immune system had never been performed before. Our tests performed by the introduction of growth hormones at physiological concentrations in the culture medium of lymphoif cells indicates that their effect on the cell proliferation is equivalent. [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 detailL'implication des médecins généralistes dans la gestion des abus de substances
Ketterer, Frédéric ULg; Symons, Linda; Lambrechts, Marie-Claire et al

Conference (2014, November 28)

Introduction : Les médecins généralistes jouent un rôle majeur dans la détection et la gestion des abus de substances. L'étude présentée ici investiguait les facteurs qui influencent leur implication ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Les médecins généralistes jouent un rôle majeur dans la détection et la gestion des abus de substances. L'étude présentée ici investiguait les facteurs qui influencent leur implication concernant la gestion des abus d'alcool, des drogues illégales, des hypnotiques et des anxiolytiques dans la population belge des 18-65 ans. Méthode : 20 MG ont été interrogés par entretiens semi-directifs. Le I-Change Model de de Vries a été utilisé pour construire le guide d'entretien et analyser les données récoltées. Il s'agit d'un modèle de prédiction du comportement. Résultats : Parmi les principaux résultats de l'étude, il ressortait que les MG étaient fortement influencés dans leur approche par leurs propres représentations de l'abus, qui oscillait leurs responsabilités professionnelles envers ces patients et la responsabilité de ces derniers quant à la gestion de leur santé, avec l'idée de faute morale en substrat. En ce sens, l'abus de substance était perçu sur un continuum entre l'abus comme forme de maladie chronique d'une part, et la faute morale d'autre part. L'alcool et le cannabis étaient néanmoins mieux acceptés socialement que les autres substances. Les propres expériences personnelles des généralistes concernant les abus avaient aussi une incidence sur leur volonté de s'investir avec ces patients. Pour autant, les pratiques multidisciplinaires (notamment au forfait) et l'expérience étaient évoquées comme des facteurs importants quant à l'engagement dans la gestion. Les contraintes temporelles et l'investissement demandé étaient, en revanche, considérés comme des barrières. Discussion : Les facteurs motivationnels apparaissaient centraux dans la décision de s'investir dans la gestion des abus de substances, bien davantage que les connaissances théoriques et les formations qui semblaient plus secondaires. La peur du burnout s'exprimait donc en substrat. La formation des MG devrait tenir compte de ce souhait de se protéger, afin de favoriser simultanément une approche centrée sur le patient. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication des métalloprot́eases matricielles en obśtetrique: De la nidatiòn a l'accouchement
Christiane, Yolande; Emonard, Violaine ULg; Emonard, Herve

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(1), 46-50

Matrix metalloproteases, which remodel the extracellular matrix, are involved in all physiological and pathophysiological processes. In particular, they contribute to the success of a pregnancy : from ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteases, which remodel the extracellular matrix, are involved in all physiological and pathophysiological processes. In particular, they contribute to the success of a pregnancy : from embryo implantation in the endometrium to uterine cervical ripening and uterine involution. A misregulation of their expression and/or of their activity is observed in two major diseases in pregnancy such as spontaneous abortion and preeclampsia. [less ▲]

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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 des troubles métaboliques dans la progression radiologique de la gonarthrose : analyse post-hoc issue de l'essai randomisé SEKOIA
Eymard, F; Parsons, C; Edwards, M et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2014), 81(Suppl. 1), 92

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See detailImplication of a structural motif in the instability of a toxic protein: the prion
Lins, Laurence ULg; charloteaux, Benoit; thomas, Annick et al

in Renaville, Robert; Burny, Arsène (Eds.) Biotechnology in animal husbandry (2001)

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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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