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See detailMatrix metalloproteinase-9, but not tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1, increases in the sputum from allergic asthmatic patients after allergen challenge
Cataldo, Didier ULg; Bettiol, J.; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in CHEST (2002), 122(5), 1553-1559

Objective: The aim of the study was to determine whether allergen inhalation modulates the levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metallloproteinase (TIMP)-1 in the ... [more ▼]

Objective: The aim of the study was to determine whether allergen inhalation modulates the levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metallloproteinase (TIMP)-1 in the induced sputum recovered from patients during a late-phase reaction. Method: Eight allergic asthma patients and five healthy control subjects inhaled a dose of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus extract corresponding to the provocative concentration of the allergen causing a 20% fall in FEV1 and saline solution. Lung function was carefully monitored for 6 h, and an induced sputum test was performed at 6 h after sham challenge or allergen challenge. The total and differential cell counts were analyzed, and the levels of MMP-9 (by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA] and zymography), TIMP-1 (by ELISA), and albumin (by rocket immunoelectrophoresis) were measured. Results: The sputum eosinophil counts (p < 0.01) and MMP-9 levels (p < 0.05) increased significantly in atopic asthma patients after undergoing the allergen challenge but did not in the control subjects. By contrast, TIMP-1 and albumin levels were not significantly increased in any group. MMP-9 levels, measured after the allergen challenge in asthmatic patients, were significantly correlated with FEV1 variations after allergen inhalation (r = 0.51; p < 0.05) and with the sputum neutrophil percentage (r = 0.71; p < 0.01). Conclusion: The levels of MMP-9, but not TIMP-1, increase after inhaled allergen challenge in the sputum of allergic asthmatic patients. This protease increase may lead to a transient imbalance between MMP-9 and TIMP-1 favoring proteolytic extracellular matrix degradation. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinase-9-mediated dendritic cell recruitment into the airways is a critical step in a mouse model of asthma
Vermaelen, K. Y.; Cataldo, Didier ULg; Tournoy, K. et al

in Journal of Immunology (2003), 171(2), 1016-1022

Dendritic cells (DCs) appear to be strategically implicated in allergic diseases, including asthma. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 mediates transmigration of inflammatory leukocytes across basement ... [more ▼]

Dendritic cells (DCs) appear to be strategically implicated in allergic diseases, including asthma. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 mediates transmigration of inflammatory leukocytes across basement membranes. This study investigated the role of MMP-9 in airway DC trafficking during allergen-induced airway inflammation. MMP-9 gene deletion affected the trafficking of pulmonary DCs in a specific way: only the inflammatory transmigration of DCs into the airway lumen was impaired, whereas DC-mediated transport of airway Ag to the thoracic lymph nodes remained unaffected. In parallel, the local production of the Th2-attracting chemokine CC chemokine ligand 17/thymus and activation-regulated chemokine, which was highly concentrated in purified lung DCs, fell short in the airways of allergen-exposed MMP-9(-/-) mice. This was accompanied by markedly reduced peribronchial eosinophilic infiltrates and impaired allergen-specific IgE production. We conclude that the specific absence of MMP-9 activity inhibits the development of allergic airway inflammation by impairing the recruitment of DCs into the airways and the local production of DC-derived proallergic chemokines. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of MMPs in the respiratory tract: Potential implications in asthma and other lung diseases
Guéders, Maud ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2006), 533(1-3), 133-144

In healthy lung, Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their physiological inhibitors, tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs), are produced in the respiratory tract by a panel of different ... [more ▼]

In healthy lung, Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their physiological inhibitors, tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs), are produced in the respiratory tract by a panel of different structural cells. These activities are mandatory for many physiological processes including development, wound healing and cell trafficking. Deregulation of proteolytic-antiproteolytic network and inappropriate secretion of various MMPs by stimulated structural or inflammatory cells is thought to take part to pathophysiology of numerous lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung fibrosis and lung cancer. Cytokines and growth factors are involved in these inflammatory processes and some of those mediators interact directly with MMPs and TIMPs leading either to a regulation of their expression or changes in their biological activities by proteolytic cleavage. In turn, cytokines and growth factors modulate secretion of MMPs establishing a complex network of reciprocal interactions. Every MMP seem to play a rather specific role and some variations of their expression are observed in different lung diseases. The precise role of these enzymes and their inhibitors is now studied in depth as they could represent relevant therapeutic targets for many diseases. Indeed, MMP inhibition can lead either to a decrease of the intensity of a pathological process or, in the contrary for some of them, to an increase of disease severity. In this review, we focus on the role played by MMPs and TIMPs in asthma and we provide an overview of their potential roles in COPD, lung fibrosis and lung cancer, with a special emphasis on loops including MMPs and cytokines and growth factors relevant in these diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinases and their inhibitors in human traumatic spinal cord injury.
Buss, Armin; Pech, Katrin; Kakulas, Byron A et al

in BMC Neurology (2007), 7

BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of extracellular endopeptidases that degrade the extracellular matrix and other extracellular proteins. Studies in experimental animals ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of extracellular endopeptidases that degrade the extracellular matrix and other extracellular proteins. Studies in experimental animals demonstrate that MMPs play a number of roles in the detrimental as well as in the beneficial events after spinal cord injury (SCI). In the present correlative investigation, the expression pattern of several MMPs and their inhibitors has been investigated in the human spinal cord. METHODS: An immunohistochemical investigation in post mortem samples of control and lesioned human spinal cords was performed. All patients with traumatic SCI had been clinically diagnosed as having "complete" injuries and presented lesions of the maceration type. RESULTS: In the unlesioned human spinal cord, MMP and TIMP immunoreactivity was scarce. After traumatic SCI, a lesion-induced bi-phasic pattern of raised MMP-1 levels could be found with an early up-regulation in macrophages within the lesion epicentre and a later induction in peri-lesional activated astrocytes. There was an early and brief induction of MMP-2 at the lesion core in macrophages. MMP-9 and -12 expression peaked at 24 days after injury and both molecules were mostly expressed in macrophages at the lesion epicentre. Whereas MMP-9 levels rose progressively from 1 week to 3 weeks, there was an isolated peak of MMP-12 expression at 24 days. The post-traumatic distribution of the MMP inhibitors TIMP-1, -2 and -3 was limited. Only occasional TIMP immuno-positive macrophages could be detected at short survival times. The only clear induction was detected for TIMP-3 at survival times of 8 months and 1 year in peri-lesional activated astrocytes. CONCLUSION: The involvement of MMP-1, -2, -9 and -12 has been demonstrated in the post-traumatic events after human SCI. With an expression pattern corresponding largely to prior experimental studies, they were mainly expressed during the first weeks after injury and were most likely involved in the destructive inflammatory events of protein breakdown and phagocytosis carried out by infiltrating neutrophils and macrophages, as well as being involved in enhanced permeability of the blood spinal cord barrier. Similar to animal investigations, the strong induction of MMPs was not accompanied by an expression of their inhibitors, allowing these proteins to exert their effects in the lesioned spinal cord. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix Metalloproteinases and TIMP-1 production by peripheral blood granulocytes from COPD patients and asthmatics
Cataldo, Didier ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Allergy (2001), 56(2), 145-51

Both asthmatic and COPD patients were found to have increased amounts of granulocytes and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in their sputum. The present study was conducted to investigate whether the ... [more ▼]

Both asthmatic and COPD patients were found to have increased amounts of granulocytes and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in their sputum. The present study was conducted to investigate whether the elevated amounts of MMP-9 and TIMP-1 found in such patients' airways may be linked to an enhanced secretion by granulocytes. Blood granulocytes from asthmatics (n = 10), COPD patients (n = 11), and healthy controls (n = 11) were isolated and cultured under basal conditions or after stimulation by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) or N-formyl-L-methionyl-L-leucyl-L-phenylalanine (fMLP). MMP-9 activity was detected by zymography while MMP-8 and TIMP-1 levels were measured by ELISA. In zymography, pro- and activated forms of MMP-9 were present in each group (healthy subjects, asthmatics, and COPD patients). Spontaneous release was not different between the three groups. Stimulation by fMLP and PMA increased to a similar extent the release of MMP-9 by granulocytes in all the three groups. TIMP-1 levels were also increased after stimulation by PMA and fMLP only in healthy subjects and COPD patients. MMP-8 levels were barely detectable. We conclude that circulating granulocytes from COPD patients and asthmatics do not display an abnormal secretion of MMP-9, and that granulocytes from asthmatics have an impaired ability to release TIMP-1 upon stimulation. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinases and tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases mRNA transcripts in the bronchial secretions of asthmatics
Cataldo, Didier ULg; Guéders, Maud ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2004), 84(4), 418-424

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by profound extracellular matrix changes referred to as bronchial remodelling. In this study, we evaluated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and ... [more ▼]

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by profound extracellular matrix changes referred to as bronchial remodelling. In this study, we evaluated matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs) mRNA expression in bronchial secretions of asthmatics and correlated MMPs modulations with the lung function as a reflection of the bronchial extracellular matrix remodelling. Quantitative RT-PCR was performed on cell pellets obtained from induced sputum in order to detect the mRNAs for MMP-1, -2, -3, -8, -9, -12, -13 TIMP-1, -2, while semiquantitative RT-PCR was performed to assess the expression of MMP-7, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)). The mRNA transcripts for MMP-1, TIMP-1 and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) were increased in cell pellets of induced sputum from asthmatics when compared to controls (P<0.05), and the intensity of MMP-1 mRNA expression inversely correlated with the FEV(1) in asthmatics (r=-0.49, P<0.05). The MMP-1 mRNA/TIMP-1 mRNA ratio correlated with the levels of MCP-1 mRNA in asthmatics (r=0.47, P<0.05). There were no differences between the groups with respect to mRNA coding for MMP-2, -3, -7, -8, -9, -12, -13, -14, TIMP-2 and TGF-beta(1). We conclude that cells contained in the bronchial secretions from asthmatics express higher amounts of mRNA for MMP-1 and TIMP-1, perhaps related to an increased expression of MCP-1, which might contribute to the extracellular matrix changes observed during airway remodelling. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinases at cancer tumor-host interface
Noël, Agnès ULg; Jost, M.; Maquoi, Erik ULg

in Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology (2008), 19

The increasing diversity in both substrates and functions of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) makes these enzymes central regulators in the complex tumor ecosystem composed of cancer cells and their ... [more ▼]

The increasing diversity in both substrates and functions of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) makes these enzymes central regulators in the complex tumor ecosystem composed of cancer cells and their microenvironment. In the majority of cancers, membrane-associated and extracellular proteases are mainly produced by host cells including inflammatory cells, endothelial cells, pericytes and fibroblasts. Recent data based on in vitro and in vivo studies have demonstrated the relevance of these enzymes in multiple processes controlling cancer growth, angiogenesis and metastatic dissemination. This review will present the emerging MMP-related features of cancer cells and host cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinases in choriocarcinoma cell lines: a potential regulatory role of extracellular matrix components
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Foidart, Jean-Michel; Aplin, J.; Kaufmann, P. (Eds.) et al Trophoblast Research. Early Pregnancy (1997)

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See detailMatrix ‐ assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry and Raman spectroscopy: An interesting complementary approach for lipid detection in biological tissues
Jadoul, Laure ULg; Malherbe, Cédric ULg; calligaris, David et al

in European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology [=EJLST] (2014)

Recently, matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI MSI) has emerged as a powerful technique to study the distribution of lipids. However, quantification still remains a ... [more ▼]

Recently, matrix‐assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI MSI) has emerged as a powerful technique to study the distribution of lipids. However, quantification still remains a challenge because the MALDI signal is strongly affected by ion suppression effects. On the contrary, Raman spectroscopy is recognized as a non‐destructive analysis method and spectral images can also be acquired. The combination of these two techniques was applied for lipids detection in tissue sections. In MALDI, two lipids families (glycerophosphocholine, PC; gycerophosphoethanolamine, PE), three MALDI matrices (1,5‐diaminonapthalene, 1,5‐DAN; 2,5‐dihydroxybenzoic acid, 2,5‐DHB; a‐4‐hydroxicinammic acid, CHCA), and various mixtures of lipids were investigated. The nature of the lipid, as well as the nature of the matrix and the composition of the sample influences the signal of a given lipid. In Raman, despite a strong overlap with the spectrum of the native tissue, an intensity profile constructed along the diameter of the section clearly shows that the signature of one given lipid (a glycerophosphocholine) can be detected on a doped biological sample. [less ▲]

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See detailA Matrix-Analytic approach to the N-player ruin problem
Swan, Yvik ULg; Bruss, F. Thomas

in Journal of Applied Probability (2006), 43

Consider N players, respectively owning x\, xi,..., x^ monetary units, who play a sequence of games, winning from and losing to each other integer amounts according to fixed rules. The sequence stops as ... [more ▼]

Consider N players, respectively owning x\, xi,..., x^ monetary units, who play a sequence of games, winning from and losing to each other integer amounts according to fixed rules. The sequence stops as soon as (at least) one player is ruined. We are interested in the ruin process of these N players, i.e. in the probability that a given player is ruined first, and also in the expected ruin time. This problem is called theN-player ruin problem. In this paper, the problem is set up as a multivariate absorbing Markov chain with an absorbing state corresponding to the ruin of each player. This is then discussed in the context of phase-type distributions where each phase is represented by a vector of size N and the distribution has as many absorbing points as there are ruin events. We use this modified phase-type distribution to obtain an explicit solution to the N-player problem. We define a partition of the set of transient states into different levels, and on itgive an extension of the folding algorithm (see Ye and Li (1994)). This provides an efficient computational procedure for calculating some of the key measures. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation time-of-flight mass spectrometric (MALDI-TOF-MS) characterisation of pathogenic bacteria isolated from wastewater
Zaballos, Milagros; Ruelle, Virginie; Bonjean, Nicolas et al

Poster (2001)

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See detailMatrix-metalloproteinases in bronchopulmonary carcinomas.
Martinella-Catusse, C.; Nawrocki, B.; Gilles, Christine ULg et al

in Histology and Histopathology (1999), 14(3), 839-43

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) represent a group of enzymes involved in the degradation of most of the components of the extracellular matrix and therefore participate in tumoural invasion. MMPs ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) represent a group of enzymes involved in the degradation of most of the components of the extracellular matrix and therefore participate in tumoural invasion. MMPs, especially gelatinases A and B, MT1-MMP, the activator of gelatinase A, and stromelysin-3 were found overexpressed in many cancers including bronchopulmonary carcinomas. In vivo observations revealed that fibroblasts are the principal source of production of MMPs. Some of these enzymes such as MT1-MMP and stromelysin 3, displayed a focal stromal localisation near preinvasive and invasive tumour clusters. Furthermore, some tumour cell lines were shown to stimulate the expression of MT1-MMP by fibroblasts. All these in vivo and in vitro results suggest that certain tumour cells produce diffusible factors which could influence the MMP stromal expression. Among these factors, the TCSF (Tumor Collagenase Stimulatory Factor) which is known to upregulate some MMPs in vitro could be a good candidate for this stromal regulation, since it is produced by bronchial tumour cells in vivo. In this review, we address such a cooperation between tumour and stromal cells for the production of MMPs and emphasize their necessity for tumoural progression in bronchopulmonary carcinomas [less ▲]

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See detailMatter Matters
Farah, Jihad ULg

Article for general public (2014)

This article presents the book Radicals' City, then it investigates in what way Fregonese and Brand's analytical framework could serve as an innovative approach for analyzing middle-eastern cities and the ... [more ▼]

This article presents the book Radicals' City, then it investigates in what way Fregonese and Brand's analytical framework could serve as an innovative approach for analyzing middle-eastern cities and the role their urban environments' materiality plays in their evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Matter of the Detail
Delville, Michel ULg

in Phrasis: Studies in Language and Literature (2009), 50(1), 63-83

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See detailMatthew RAMSEY, Professional and Popular Medicine in France, 1770-1880
Havelange, Carl ULg

in Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences (1988), 38(21),

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See detailMaturation de Form@sup : principes et instrument
Poumay, Marianne ULg

in Revue Internationale de Pédagogie Universitaire (2006), 3(2), 1-17

Without resuming its detailed description, the present article proposes a critical analysis of the options taken in Form@sup, a one-year postgraduate degree for higher education teachers who want to ... [more ▼]

Without resuming its detailed description, the present article proposes a critical analysis of the options taken in Form@sup, a one-year postgraduate degree for higher education teachers who want to question their professional practice through the development of their online course. The article justifies the theoretical backgrounds of this training program and underlines the difficulties encountered in carrying out each of its basic principles. It then presents the decisions made for 2005-2006, insisting on the influence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning movement. Through its concrete examples, it also aims at fostering reflection and exchange of practice amongst the instructional developers teams. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maturation de l’œuf, la fécondation, et les premières phases du développement embryonnaire des mammifères d’après des recherches faites chez le lapin
Van Beneden, Édouard ULg

in Bulletins de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (1875), 40(7), 686-736

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See detailMaturation et fécondation in vitro chez les bovins: naissance d'un veau
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Van Der Zwalmen, P.; Touati, Kamal ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1989), 133

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