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See detailIdentification of biomarkers to estrogen exposure using MCF-7/BOS cell line exposed to 17β-estradiol and phytoestrogens
Collodoro, Mike ULg; Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Lemaire, Pascale ULg et al

Poster (2009, June)

Use of an estrogen responsive cell line and proteomic for biomarker discovery and the screening of xenoestrogen

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See detailIdentification of bla(IMP-22) in Pseudomonas spp. in urban wastewater and nosocomial environments: biochemical characterization of a new IMP metallo-enzyme variant and its genetic location.
Pellegrini, Cristina; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Celenza, Giuseppe et al

in The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy (2009), 63(5), 901-8

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was the biochemical characterization of a new variant of the metallo-beta-lactamase, IMP-22. Moreover, the genetic environment of the bla(IMP-22) gene was investigated in ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was the biochemical characterization of a new variant of the metallo-beta-lactamase, IMP-22. Moreover, the genetic environment of the bla(IMP-22) gene was investigated in Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa collected from urban wastewater and a teaching hospital in L'Aquila, Italy. METHODS: Molecular characterization of genetic elements was carried out by PCR and DNA sequencing methods. The new enzyme was purified from recombinant Escherichia coli BL21(DE)Rosetta/pBC-SK/IMP-22. Steady-state kinetic parameters (K(m) and V(max)) were determined for a large pattern of substrates. RESULTS: A new IMP metallo-beta-lactamase gene was found in a class 1 integron and in one case, in a plasmid of Pseudomonas spp. The bla(IMP-22) encodes for a pre-protein of 246 amino acids and the N-terminus of the mature beta-lactamase (NH(2)-PDLK) was also determined. The molecular mass and pI were 24 930 Da and 6.2, respectively. On the basis of the kinetic parameters calculated (K(m) and V(max)), IMP-22 was found to hydrolyse narrow- and extended-spectrum beta-lactams. Enzyme activity was found to be inhibited by metal chelators such as EDTA, 1,10-o-phenathroline and dipicolinic acid with an IC(50) of 800, 750 and 300 microM, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The finding of the bla(IMP-22) gene in P. fluorescens environmental strains and P. aeruginosa clinical isolate suggests the ongoing spread of bla(MBL) genes in several bacterial species and in different environments. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of BlaR, the signal transducer for β-lactamase production in Bacillus licheniformis, as a penicillin-binding protein with strong homology to the OXA-2 β-lactamase (class D) of Salmonella typhimurium
Zhu, Ying-Fang; Curran, Ivan H. A.; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (1990), 172(2), 1137-1141

The blaR gene of Bacillus licheniformis encodes the signal transducer for induction of the class A beta-lactamase. The protein product, BlaR, has a hydrophilic carboxy region that binds beta-lactams and ... [more ▼]

The blaR gene of Bacillus licheniformis encodes the signal transducer for induction of the class A beta-lactamase. The protein product, BlaR, has a hydrophilic carboxy region that binds beta-lactams and shows high sequence homology to the class D beta-lactamases, particularly the OXA-2 beta-lactamase of Salmonella typhimurium. The BlaR-beta-lactam complex is stable and may provide the continuing stimulus needed for the prolonged production of the enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Brucella spp. genes involved in intracellular trafficking.
Delrue, R. M.; Martinez-Lorenzo, M.; Lestrate, P. et al

in Cellular Microbiology (2001), 3(7), 487-97

After uptake by host cells, the pathogen Brucella transits through early endosomes, evades phago-lysosome fusion and replicates in a compartment associated with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ... [more ▼]

After uptake by host cells, the pathogen Brucella transits through early endosomes, evades phago-lysosome fusion and replicates in a compartment associated with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The molecular mechanisms underlying these processes are still poorly understood. To identify new bacterial factors involved in these processes, a library of 1800 Brucella melitensis 16M mini-Tn5catkm mutants was screened for intracellular survival and multiplication in HeLa cells and J774A.1 macrophages. Thirteen mutants were identified as defective for their intracellular survival in both cell types. In 12 of them, the transposon had inserted in the virB operon, which encodes a type IV-related secretion system. The preponderance of virB mutants demonstrates the importance of this secretion apparatus in the intracellular multiplication of B. melitensis. We also examined the intracellular fate of three virB mutants (virB2, virB4 and virB9) in HeLa cells by immunofluorescence. The three VirB proteins are not necessary for penetration and the inhibition of phago-lysosomal fusion within non-professional phagocytes. Rather, the virB mutants are unable to reach the replicative niche and reside in a membrane-bound vacuole expressing the late endosomal marker, LAMP1, and the sec61beta protein from the ER membrane, proteins that are present in autophagic vesicles originating from the ER. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cardiac repercussions after intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise in young sedentary people
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Couffignal, Vincent et al

in Clinical physiology and functional imaging (2015), 35(5), 368-375

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among those who are unaware of their heart condition. The development of cardiospecific biochemical markers has led to a reconsideration of the role of biology in the diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses. The aim of this study therefore was, through the use of cardiac biomarker assays, to highlight the impact of sustained physical effort in the form of intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise and to research potential cardiovascular risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen subjects participated in a maximal concentric isokinetic exercise involving 30 knee flexion-extensions for each leg. Five blood tests were taken to study the kinetics of the cardiac biomarkers. Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: The results showed significant increases in the creatine kinase, myoglobin, homocysteine and haemoglobin cardiac markers. Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP, myeloperoxydase and C-reactive protein. All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. CONCLUSION: Isokinetic effort leads to the release of cardiac markers in the blood, but these do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. Maximal concentric isokinetic exercise does not, therefore, lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Catecholaminergic Inputs to and Outputs from Aromatase-Containing Brain Areas of the Japanese Quail by Tract Tracing Combined with Tyrosine Hydroxylase Immunocytochemistry
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Absil, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (1997), 382(3), 401-28

In the quail brain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons located in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) and caudal paleostriatum ventrale/nucleus accumbens/nucleus striae terminalis complex (PVT/nAc ... [more ▼]

In the quail brain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons located in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) and caudal paleostriatum ventrale/nucleus accumbens/nucleus striae terminalis complex (PVT/nAc/nST) receive catecholaminergic inputs identified by the presence of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (TH-ir) fibers and punctate structures. The origin of these inputs was analyzed by retrograde tracing with cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) or red latex fluospheres (RLF) combined with TH immunocytochemistry. CTB and RLF injected in the POM or PVT/nAc/nST were found in cells located in anatomically discrete areas in the telencephalon (hippocampus, septum, archistriatum), hypothalamus (many areas in periventricular position), thalamus, mesencephalon, and pons. In these last two regions, many retrogradely labeled cells were located in dopaminergic areas such as the retroruberal field (RRF), substantia nigra (SN), and area ventralis of Tsai (AVT) but also in noradrenergic cell groups such as the locus ceruleus and subceruleus. CTB tracing showed that most of these connections are bidirectional. Many retrogradely labeled cells contained TH-ir material. As a mean, 10-20% and 40-60% of the RLF-containing cells in the dopaminergic areas were TH-ir when RLF had been injected in the POM or PVT/nAc/nST, respectively. TH-ir cells projecting to the POM appeared to be mostly located in the periventricular hypothalamus and in AVT, whereas projections to the PVT/nAc/nST originated mainly in the SN (with significant contributions from the RRF and AVT). These data support the existence of functional relationships between aromatase and catecholamines. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of charred botanical remains provides more accurate information on past history in Central Africa
Morin, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

In palaeoenvironmental studies, charred botanical remains have rarely been identified to the species level before being sent to radiocarbon dating. Moreover, the age of most tropical spp. and thereby the ... [more ▼]

In palaeoenvironmental studies, charred botanical remains have rarely been identified to the species level before being sent to radiocarbon dating. Moreover, the age of most tropical spp. and thereby the age of the carbon sequestered during plant growth is not known. Dating unidentified charred wood in the tropics should be thus treated with caution because the accuracy of the dates is not guaranteed. Here we present 71 dates obtained on charred endocarps and wood charcoals sampled in soil pits in Cameroon and in the Rep. of the Congo. We taxonomically identified 43 samples then selected both identified and unidentified individual fragments for radiocarbon dating. We performed summed probability distributions of the dates calibrated in BP for the 43 identified and the 28 unidentified samples separately then for the whole dates. Results showed that the dates obtained on unidentified samples better fit the established chronology for Central Africa but that they also presented less precise standard deviations than the dates obtained on identified short-lived material, and that the dates on identified samples provide more detailed trends about the phases of human occupation in Central Africa after 2,500 BP. We can assume that dating unidentified material may introduce some blur into chronologies and that the selection of identified charred botanical remains should be systematically applied for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in tropical contexts to refine the chronologies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of chemical probes and signaling pathways for the orphan GPCR GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Gilissen, Julie ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 06)

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all ... [more ▼]

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all GPCRs, they represent more than 30% of all small molecules based therapies. The physiological and pathophysiological role of a GPCR is defined by its expression pattern, signaling pathway and specific ligand[1]. GPCRs which have not yet been associated to a physiological ligand are called orphan GPCRs and represent ~100 of the ~370 human non-odorant GPCRs[2]. This project aims at identifying and developing pharmacological tools for GPR27 (SREB1), one of these orphan receptors. GPR27 has recently been shown to have a role in the regulation of insulin promoter activity and insulin secretion[3]. Nevertheless, the pharmacology of GPR27 remains elusive and the lack of appropriate pharmacological tools dramatically restricts the understanding of its function and its validation as a drug target. Thus, we plan to study its signaling pathway and to develop screening methods that will allow us to identify small molecules able to interact with GPR27. These are important steps toward understanding its function and evaluating GPR27 as a potential drug target, for instance in insulin-related metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes or in other pathologies where it might be involved. References 1) Wise, A., et al. (2002). Drug discovery today, 7, 235 2) Fredriksson, R., et al. (2003). Molecular pharmacology, 63, 1256 3) Ku, G. M., et al. (2012). PLoS genetics, 8, e1002449 [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of chromosomal regions associated with segregation distortion of SSR markers and the genes controlling the low-gossypol seed & high-gossypol plant trait of Gossypium sturtianum
Benbouza, H.; Diouf, F.B.; Schefflers, J. et al

Conference (2010)

Distorted segregation of DNA markers is commonly encountered, especially in inter-specific crosses. Our main objective in this study was to identify chromosomal regions consistently associated with ... [more ▼]

Distorted segregation of DNA markers is commonly encountered, especially in inter-specific crosses. Our main objective in this study was to identify chromosomal regions consistently associated with segregation distortion in [(G. hirsutum x G. raimondii) x G. sturtianum] (HRS) hybrid. Segregation distortion skews the genotypic frequencies from their Mendelian expectations. In HRS progeny, chi square analysis (P < 0.01) showed significant skewed in all targeted linkage groups c2-c14, c3-c17, and c6-c25. Chromosomal region was regarded as being associated with skewed segregation, if three or more closely linked markers exhibited significant segregation distortion in one or more population(s). The targeted introgression regions in the tested population seem to be favourable for segregation distortion. Segregation distortion in HRS hybrid progenies differed in male and female gametes. Furthermore, the data indicated that the environment has strongly influenced the transfer of SSR markers through microspores. The consistent location of these chromosomal regions in selfed and backcross of HRS derivatives indicate probably the identification of segregation distortion regions (SDRs) in HRS hybrid. Comparison with results regarding the segregation distortion regions obtained in previous research by other authors and results we obtained regarding the absence of recombinations between BNL3436 and BNL1153 markers mapped on c6-c25 chromosome and spanned by 64 cM on the G. hirsutum map, after several generations of selfing, arise the question of the conservation of the gene order and spacing in G. sturtianum. Results showed that three SSR markers mapped on c6-c25 linkages groups were systematically transmitted in all selected progenies of the HRS tri-specific hybrid. Furthermore, the high percentages of loci with significant segregation distortion observed in this study suppose that a genetic mechanism may exist for preferential transmission of alien chromosomes segments. High heterozygosity frequencies (+/- 80%) were observed for all conserved G. sturtianum SSR markers, after several generations of backcrossing and selfing, which indicate that the cytogenetic and genetic conditions for obtaining homozygotes at high frequency are not met. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cis-regulatory elements controlling two differentially expressed Pit-1 genes in the duplicated genome of Cyprinus carpio
Kausel, G. M.; Castro, L. A.; Vera, T. S. et al

in FEBS Journal (2005, July), 272(Suppl. 1), 469-470

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See detailIdentification of clinical parameters predictive of one-year survival using two geriatric tools in clinically fit older patients with hematological malignancies: Major impact of cognition
Dubruille, Stéphanie; Libert, Yves; Roos, Myriam et al

in Journal of Geriatric Oncology (2015), 6(5), 362-369

Background Little is known about the reliability of G8 screening tool and the prognostic value of clinical parameters within the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in clinically fit older patients ... [more ▼]

Background Little is known about the reliability of G8 screening tool and the prognostic value of clinical parameters within the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in clinically fit older patients with hematological malignancies. Materials and Methods This study was performed to assess the reliability of G8 as a screening tool and to determine the predictive value of CGA items in terms of 1-year overall survival (OS). G8 and CGA were proposed to 107 consecutive patients (65–89 years) with hematological malignancies assessed by their physicians as clinically fit, meaning not exhibiting geriatric syndromes and/or irreversible comorbidities significantly impairing their daily function, and thus able to receive chemotherapy. Results Out of 107 patients, 90 patients were evaluable and completed both scales; 72% and 80% were defined as “vulnerable” when evaluated with G8 (≤14.5) or CGA (≥2 impairments) respectively. The area under ROC-curve of G8 compared to CGA was 0.749 ± 0.051. Neither G8 nor CGA total scores were predictive of 1-year OS. However, age (HR = 1.105, 95% CI: 1.016–1.202; p = 0.019), diagnosis (HR = 5.208, 95% CI: 1.895–14.310; p = 0.001) and cognitive status (HR = 3.260, 95% CI: 1.043–10.194; p = 0.042) were predictive of OS. Conclusions We conclude that in our selected hematological patients: 1) the G8 score does not help selecting patients for CGA, 2) the G8 and CGA total scores do not predict OS, and 3) in addition to the age and disease itself, cognitive impairment appears to be a powerful prognostic factor. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Clostridium tyrobutyricum and related species using sugar fermentation, organic acid formation and DNA probes based on 16S rRNA sequences
Klijn, N.; Bovie, C.; Dommes, Jacques ULg et al

in Systematic and Applied Microbiology (1994), 17(2), 249-256

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See detailIdentification of coiled body-like structures in meristematic cells of Pisum sativum cotyledonary buds.
Jennane, A.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Chromosoma (1999), 108(2), 132-42

This study focused on two types of nuclear bodies visible in plant cells that were previously thought to be similar to the coiled bodies (CBs) of animal cells: the nucleolus-associated body (NAB) and ... [more ▼]

This study focused on two types of nuclear bodies visible in plant cells that were previously thought to be similar to the coiled bodies (CBs) of animal cells: the nucleolus-associated body (NAB) and dense body (DB). We show that both NABs and DBs share common features with animal CBs: they consist of ribonucleoproteins, are silver-stainable, and lack DNA. Immunoelectron microscopy shows that only the NABs are rich in snRNAs and fibrillarin, two markers characteristic of animal CBs. This suggests that NABs rather than DBs are the plant counterparts of the CBs of animal cells. These structures appear most frequently in cells blocked in G0-1, their frequency gradually declining with resumption of the cell cycle and nucleolar activity. During this reactivation period, NABs are released from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm, suggesting that they may act as nuclear transport or sorting structures. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of COX-2 selective inhibitor
Michaux, C.; Julémont, F.; de Leval, X. et al

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (2004)

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See detailIdentification of cyclooxygenase-2 as a major actor of the transcriptomic adaptation of endothelial and tumor cells to cyclic hypoxia: effect on angiogenesis and metastases.
Daneau; Boidot; MARTINIVE, Philippe ULg et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (2010), 16(2), 410-419

Purpose: Cyclic hypoxia in tumors originates from heterogeneities in RBC flux and influences not only tumor cells but also endothelial cells lining tumor blood vessels. Whether pO2 fluctuations ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Cyclic hypoxia in tumors originates from heterogeneities in RBC flux and influences not only tumor cells but also endothelial cells lining tumor blood vessels. Whether pO2 fluctuations, particularly transient reoxygenation periods, alter the well-known hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)–dependent gene program is largely unknown. Experimental Design: We compared the transcriptomic profiles of endothelial and tumor cells exposed to cyclic hypoxia versus continuous hypoxia to uncover a possible differential effect on angiogenesis and metastases. Results: Microarray analyses identified early genes that were selectively induced by cyclic hypoxia in endothelial cells. Among them, we focused on PTGS2 because the observed increase in mRNA expression led to a significant increase in the expression and activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2; the protein product of PTGS2). HIF-1α was shown to be stabilized by cyclic hypoxia (despite reoxygenation periods) and to favor COX-2 induction as validated by the use of echinomycin and HIF-1α targeting small interfering RNA. Using a specific COX-2 inhibitor and a dedicated COX-2 targeting small interfering RNA, we documented that COX-2 accounted for the higher endothelial cell survival and angiogenic potential conferred by cyclic hypoxia. Cyclic hypoxia also led to a preferential COX-2 induction in tumor cells and, contrary to continuous hypoxia, fostered a higher metastatic take of prechallenged tumor cells. Conclusions: Our study documents that PTGS2/COX-2 is part of a cyclic hypoxia gene signature and largely accounts for the unique phenotype of endothelial and tumor cells exposed to fluctuations in pO2, thereby offering new perspectives for the clustering of tumors expressing COX-2 together with other cyclic hypoxia-responsive genes. Clin Cancer Res; 16(2); 410–9 [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification Of Cystosolic Mg2+-Dependent Soluble Inorganic Pyrophosphatases In Potato And Phylogenetic Analysis
Rojas-Beltran, Ja.; Dubois, Françoise ULg; Mortiaux, F. et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (1999), 39(3),

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See detailIdentification of Cytotoxic and Antioxidant Compounds from Allium gramineum Flowers
Mskhiladze, Lasha; Chincharadze, David; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research (2015), 7

The present study evaluates the in vitro anticancer, antiplasmodial and antioxidant activity of the ethanolic crude extract from the flowers of Allium gramineum growing in Georgia and of one flavonol and ... [more ▼]

The present study evaluates the in vitro anticancer, antiplasmodial and antioxidant activity of the ethanolic crude extract from the flowers of Allium gramineum growing in Georgia and of one flavonol and two steroidal glycosides which were isolated from this plant. The flowers were extracted with ethanol and this total extract was subjected to successive bioguided fractionations to provide glycosides 1-3. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of NMR and ESI-MS spectrometric data in comparison with the existing literature and have been identified as: isorhamnetin-3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (1), diosgenin-3-O-α-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-β-D-glucopyranoside (Prosapogenin A of dioscin) (2), diosgenin-3-O-α-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-]-β-D-glucopyranoside (Deltonine) (3). The ethanolic extract has been shown to strongly inhibit the growth of breast adenocarcinoma cell lines, with an IC50 of 4.5 ± 0.7μg/mL for MDAMB-231 and 4.8 ± 0.9μg/mL for MCF-7 cells. The cytotoxic activity was related to 2 and 3 which exhibited potent cytotoxicity, with an IC50 of ± 3μM. Concerning antiplasmodial activities, only weak activities were observed using the ethanolic extract and the two saponins. The flavonoid was almost inactive. Finally, the radical-scavenging activity of the ethanolic extract was tested in presence of ABTS·+ solution. A decrease of the absorbance intensity was observed, with an IC50 value of 22.1 ± 0.6μg/mLwhile trolox, used as Standard drug, showed a pronounced activity (IC50 = 12.7±0.5μM). The glycoside 1 showed the lowest IC50 value of 20.1 ± 0.8μM while both 2 and 3 exhibited very weak radical scavenging activity. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cytotoxic factors in media conditioned by mouse B16 melanoma cells
Siwek, Brigitte; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Sabbioni, Enrico et al

in Anticancer Research (1990), 10(5B), 1390

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