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See detailThe human 37kDa laminin receptor precursor/p40 ribosomal associated protein multigene family : structure of the active gene and chromosomal location at 3p21.3
Jackers, Pascale ULg; Minoletti, Fabiola; Belotti, Dorina et al

in Cell Biology International (1996), 20

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See detailHuman Adult Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue Harbor Stem Cells with Neural Crest Characteriscs.
Coste, Cécile ULg; neirinckx, virginie; Rogister, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 25)

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See detailHuman Adult Bone Marrow and Adipose Tissue Harbor Stem Cells with Neural Crest Characteristics.
Coste, Cécile ULg; Neirinckx, Virginie; Rogister, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2015, December 03)

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See detailHuman and Quail Aromatase Activity Is Rapidly and Reversibly Inhibited by Phosphorylating Conditions
Charlier, Thierry ULg; Harada, Nobuhiro; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in Endocrinology (2011), 152(11), 4199-210

Besides their slow genomic actions, estrogens also induce rapid physiological responses. To be functionally relevant, these effects must be associated with rapid changes in local concentrations of ... [more ▼]

Besides their slow genomic actions, estrogens also induce rapid physiological responses. To be functionally relevant, these effects must be associated with rapid changes in local concentrations of estrogens. Rapid changes in aromatase activity (AA) controlled by calcium-dependent phosphorylations of the enzyme can alter in a rapid manner local estrogen concentrations, but so far this mechanism was identified only in the avian (quail) brain. We show here that AA is also rapidly down-regulated by phosphorylating conditions in quail ovary homogenates and in various cell lines transfected with human aromatase (HEK 293, Neuro2A, and C6). Enzymatic activity was also rapidly inhibited after depolarization of aromatase-expressing HEK 293 cells with 100 mm KCl, and activity was fully restored when cells returned to control conditions. Western blot analysis demonstrated that the reduction of enzymatic activity is not due to protein degradation. We next investigated by site-directed mutagenesis the potential implication in the control of AA of specific aromatase residues identified by bioinformatic analysis. Mutation of the amino acids S118, S247, S267, T462, T493, or S497 to alanine, alone or in combination, did not block the rapid inhibition of enzymatic activity induced by phosphorylating conditions, but basal AA was markedly decreased in the S118A mutant. Altogether, these results demonstrate that the rapid inhibition of AA is a widespread and fully reversible process and that phosphorylation of specific residues modulate AA. These processes provide a new general mechanism by which local estrogen concentration can be rapidly altered in the brain and other tissues. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman and rat prolactin and preprolactin cloned genes
Cooke, Nancy; Baxter, John; Martial, Joseph ULg

Patent (1988)

A DNA which comprises a deoxynucleotide sequence coding for prolactin, particularly human prolactin, is described. A transfer vector and an expression vector containing this DNA and microorganisms ... [more ▼]

A DNA which comprises a deoxynucleotide sequence coding for prolactin, particularly human prolactin, is described. A transfer vector and an expression vector containing this DNA and microorganisms transformed by these vectors are also described. A method for preparing a reverse transcript (cDNA) from a messenger RNA is also disclosed herein. The invention described herein was made in the course of, or under, a grant from the National Institutes of Health. [less ▲]

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See detailThe human antenatal and neonatal growth revisited
Battisti, Oreste ULg

Learning material (2012)

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See detailHuman Anti-Alpha-Galactosyl Igg Reduces the Lung Colonization by Murine Mo4 Cells
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Li Vecchi, M. et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1987), 7(6), 325-45

The lung colonization of MO4 cells, a highly malignant murine cell line, is strongly reduced in syngeneic C3H/He mice by a prior incubation with anti-alpha-galactosyl antibody (alpha-Gal Ab), a natural ... [more ▼]

The lung colonization of MO4 cells, a highly malignant murine cell line, is strongly reduced in syngeneic C3H/He mice by a prior incubation with anti-alpha-galactosyl antibody (alpha-Gal Ab), a natural IgG antibody present in high titers in all normal human sera and specifically recognizing Gal alpha(1----3) structures (alpha-D-galactopyranosyl; alpha-D-Galp). The protective effect is due to a binding of alpha-Gal Ab to alpha-D-Galp end groups of MO4 cells, inducing both an increase in their sequestration into the liver and the spleen and a decrease in their sequestration into the lung. The F(ab')2 fragments of this antibody also exhibit a protective effect by inhibiting the homing of MO4 cells into the lung, without modifying their accumulation into the spleen and the liver. Since both the antibody and the alpha-galactosidase pretreatments of MO4 cells block their subsequent attachment to murine laminin in vitro, we suggest that, in this model, the lung colonization may be dependent on the alpha-D-Galp end groups exposed on the surface of MO4 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman anti-animal antibodies interference in the Siemens Immulite chemiluminescent insulin immuno-assay: about one case
Cavalier, Etienne ULg; Huberty, Véronique; Carlisi, Ignazia ULg et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2011), 412(7-8), 668-669

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See detailHuman Biomonitoring of Persistent Toxicants using Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography and Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Sjodin, Andreas; Patterson, Donald G.

in Niessen, W. M. A. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Mass Spectrometry, Volume 8, Hyphenated Methods (2006)

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See detailHuman bone cells from abundant matrix in tridimentional culture
Franchimont, N; Bassleer, C; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Calcified Tissue International (1993), 52(S1), 10

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See detailHuman bone marrow adipocytes block granulopoiesis through neuropilin-1-induced granulocyte colony-stimulating factor inhibition.
Belaid-Choucair, Zakia ULg; Lepelletier, Yves; Poncin, Géraldine ULg et al

in Stem Cells (2008), 26(6), 1556-64

Adipocytes are part of hematopoietic microenvironment, even though up to now in humans, their role in hematopoiesis is still questioned. We have previously shown that accumulation of fat cells in femoral ... [more ▼]

Adipocytes are part of hematopoietic microenvironment, even though up to now in humans, their role in hematopoiesis is still questioned. We have previously shown that accumulation of fat cells in femoral bone marrow (BM) coincides with increased expression of neuropilin-1 (NP-1), while it is weakly expressed in hematopoietic iliac crest BM. Starting from this observation, we postulated that adipocytes might exert a negative effect on hematopoiesis mediated through NP-1. To test this hypothesis, we set up BM adipocytes differentiated into fibroblast-like fat cells (FLFC), which share the major characteristics of primitive unilocular fat cells, as an experimental model. As expected, FLFCs constitutively produced macrophage colony stimulating factor and induced CD34(+) differentiation into macrophages independently of cell-to-cell contact. By contrast, granulopoiesis was hampered by cell-to-cell contact but could be restored in transwell culture conditions, together with granulocyte colony stimulating factor production. Both functions were also recovered when FLFCs cultured in contact with CD34(+) cells were treated with an antibody neutralizing NP-1, which proved its critical implication in contact inhibition. An inflammatory cytokine such as interleukin-1 beta or dexamethasone modulates FLFC properties to restore granulopoiesis. Our data provide the first evidence that primary adipocytes exert regulatory functions during hematopoiesis that might be implicated in some pathological processes. Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest is found at the end of this article. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman bone marrow, umbilical cord or liver mesenchymal stromal cells fail to improve liver function in a model of CCl4-induced liver damage in NOD/SCID/IL-2Ry(null) mice
BRIQUET, Alexandra ULg; GREGOIRE, Céline ULg; Comblain, Fanny ULg et al

in Cytotherapy (2014), 16

Background aims. Transplantation is the gold standard procedure for treating acute and chronic end-stage liver diseases. Given the shortage of organs, the development of cellular sources other than human ... [more ▼]

Background aims. Transplantation is the gold standard procedure for treating acute and chronic end-stage liver diseases. Given the shortage of organs, the development of cellular sources other than human liver is urgent. The main objective of this project was to examine the effect of mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) (bone marrow, umbilical cord and liver MSCs) intravenous injection on liver regeneration in a model of hepatic damage in NOD/SCID/IL non-obese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient/Interleukin-2Rg(null) (NSG) mice. Methods. Mice received 3 intraperitoneal injections of CCl4 Carbon tetrachloride per week for 4 weeks. Forty-eight hours after the last injection of CCl4, mice received 500,000 MSCs or phosphate-buffered saline by intravenous injection. We examined hepatic damage by means of quantitative image analysis and blood enzyme analysis 24 h, 1 week or 8 weeks after MSC or phosphate-buffered saline injection. We also examined MSC homing by means of real-time polymerase chain reaction of human albumin. Results. We adapted a model of liver injury in immunodeficient mice. In this model, accumulation of collagen in newly formed scar septa was apparent up to 8 weeks after CCl4 treatment. Human albumin DNA was found in all organs tested. However, intravenous MSC injection, even after CXCR4 C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 transduction and whatever the origin of MSCs, failed to improve liver damage. Conclusions. In this liver injury model, MSCs were propagated in various tissues, particularly filtering organs. For the treatment of hepatic damage, intravenous administration of moderate doses of MSCs does not appear to be effective. Yet, this adapted liver injury model is appropriate for investigating engraftment of human cells. [less ▲]

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See detailA human brain network derived from coma-causing brainstem lesions
Fischer, David; Boes, A.D; Demertzi, Athina ULg et al

in Neurology (2016), 87(23), 2427-2434

OBJECTIVE To characterize a brainstem location specific to coma-causing lesions, and its functional connectivity network. METHODS We compared 12 coma-causing brainstem lesions to 24 control brainstem ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE To characterize a brainstem location specific to coma-causing lesions, and its functional connectivity network. METHODS We compared 12 coma-causing brainstem lesions to 24 control brainstem lesions using voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping in a case-control design to identify a site significantly associated with coma. We next used resting-state functional connectivity from a healthy cohort to identify a network of regions functionally connected to this brainstem site. We further investigated the cortical regions of this network by comparing their spatial topography to that of known networks and by evaluating their functional connectivity in patients with disorders of consciousness. RESULTS A small region in the rostral dorsolateral pontine tegmentum was significantly associated with coma-causing lesions. In healthy adults, this brainstem site was functionally connected to the ventral anterior insula (AI) and pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pACC). These cortical areas aligned poorly with previously defined resting-state networks, better matching the distribution of von Economo neurons. Finally, connectivity between the AI and pACC was disrupted in patients with disorders of consciousness, and to a greater degree than other brain networks. CONCLUSIONS Injury to a small region in the pontine tegmentum is significantly associated with coma. This brainstem site is functionally connected to 2 cortical regions, the AI and pACC, which become disconnected in disorders of consciousness. This network of brain regions may have a role in the maintenance of human consciousness [less ▲]

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See detailHuman breast adenocarcinoma cell lines promote angiogenesis by providing cells with uPA-PAI-1 and by enhancing their expression
Bajou, Khalid ULg; Lewalle, J. M.; Martinez, C. R. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2002), 100(5), 501-506

During angiogenesis, endothelial cells use uPA and PAI-I to migrate and degrade the basement membrane surrounding capillary blood vessels. Invasive tumor cells produce a large amount of uPA that could ... [more ▼]

During angiogenesis, endothelial cells use uPA and PAI-I to migrate and degrade the basement membrane surrounding capillary blood vessels. Invasive tumor cells produce a large amount of uPA that could bind uPAR present at the endothelial cell surface to facilitate their invasion. To verify this hypothesis, endothelial cells were incubated with conditioned medium (CM) from two breast cancer cell lines (MCF7 and MDA MB 231 cells). Within a short incubation period (30 min) with both CM, an increase of uPA, PAW and uPA-PAI-I complex was detected in endothelial cell layer as assessed by casein zymography, ELISA and uPA immunostaining. The extent of this enhancement was related to the levels of uPA secreted by tumor cells (high in MDA MB 231 cells and low in MCF7 cells). After 2 hr of incubation, the CM from both tumor cells upregulated uPA and PAI-I mRNA levels in endothelial cells in a time-dependent manner. The uPA increase in the cell layer could not be attributable to an increase of uPAR level. Only the CM from highly invasive MDA MB 231 cells increased the angiogenic morphotype of endothelial cells assessed in a collagen gel. A single addition of amino-terminal fragment of uPA (ATF) was able to abolish the angiogenic effect induced by MDA MB 231 cell CM. Our data demonstrate that the interactions occurring between breast tumor cells and endothelial cells can modulate tumor angiogenesis at least by two mechanisms: an increase of uPA and PAI-I cell surface-binding and of their expression by endothelial cells. (C) 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman brucellosis in North-East Ecuador: prevalence, typifying Brucella spp., and risk factors
Ron-Roman, J; Benitez-Ortiz, Washington; Ron-Garrido, L et al

Poster (2011)

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