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See detailA novel formulation of inhaled doxycycline reduces allergen-induced inflammation, hyperresponsiveness and remodeling by matrix metalloproteinases and cytokines modulation in a mouse model of asthma
Guéders, Maud ULg; Bertholet, P.; Perin, Fabienne ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2008), 75(2), 514-26

Background In this study, we assess the effectiveness of inhaled doxycycline, a tetracycline antibiotic displaying matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitory effects to prevent allergen-induced ... [more ▼]

Background In this study, we assess the effectiveness of inhaled doxycycline, a tetracycline antibiotic displaying matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) inhibitory effects to prevent allergen-induced inflammation, hyperresponsiveness and remodeling. MMPs play key roles in the complex cascade of events leading to asthmatic phenotype. Methods Doxycycline was administered by aerosols by the mean of a novel formulation as a complex with hydroxypropyl-gamma-cyclodextrin (HP-gamma-CD) used as an excipient. BALB/c mice (n = 16–24 in each group) were sensitized and exposed to aerosolized ovalbumin (OVA) from day 21 to 27 (short-term exposure protocol) or 5 days/odd weeks from day 22 to 96 (long-term exposure protocol). Results In the short-term exposure model, inhaled doxycycline decreased allergen-induced eosinophilic inflammation in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and in peribronchial areas, as well as airway hyperresponsiveness. In lung tissue, exposure to doxycycline via inhaled route induced a fourfold increase in IL-10 levels, a twofold decrease in IL-5, IL-13 levels and diminished MMP-related proteolysis and the proportion of activated MMP-9 as compared to placebo. In the long-term exposure model, inhaled doxycycline significantly decreased the extent of glandular hyperplasia, airway wall thickening, smooth muscle hyperplasia and subepithelial collagen deposition which are well recognized features of airway remodeling. Conclusion Doxycycline administered by aerosols decreases the allergen-induced airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness and inhibits the development of bronchial remodeling in a mouse model of asthma by modulation of cytokines production and MMP activity. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel fragments of clavulanate observed in the structure of the class A b-lactamase from Bacillus licheniformis BS3
Power, Pablo; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Herman, Raphaël ULg et al

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2012), 67(10), 2379-2387

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See detailNovel functional degradable block copolymers for the building of reactive micelles
Cajot, Sébastien; Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2013), 4(4), 1025-1037

Amphiphilic biocompatible copolymers are promising materials for the elaboration of nanosystems for drug delivery applications. This paper aims at reporting on the synthesis of new functional amphiphilic ... [more ▼]

Amphiphilic biocompatible copolymers are promising materials for the elaboration of nanosystems for drug delivery applications. This paper aims at reporting on the synthesis of new functional amphiphilic copolymers based on biocompatible and bioeliminable blocks. Poly(ethylene oxide) was selected as the hydrophilic block, whereas an aliphatic polyester, i.e. poly(epsilon-caprolactone), or a polycarbonate, i.e. poly(trimethylene carbonate), were chosen as the degradable hydrophobic block. In order to allow a post-functionalization of the micelles core, azide groups were introduced on the hydrophobic segment to provide reactivity towards functional alkyne derivatives by the copper azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). For this purpose, a functional lactone, i.e. alpha-chloro-epsilon-caprolactone was introduced during the polymerization of the hydrophobic block before being converted into azide on the preformed copolymer. Such reactivity of the block copolymers and their self-assemblies is of prime interest for drugs or fluorescent dyes grafting, so as for micelles cross-linking. The influence of the azides distribution along the degradable block on the micelles post-functionalization ability has been studied by using alkyne bearing fluorescent dyes as model for drugs. The hydrophilicity of the dye on the micelles post-functionalization efficiency has also been investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel functionalization routes of poly(ε-caprolactone)
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Lou, Xudong et al

in Macromolecular Symposia (2000), 157

The aluminum alkoxide mediated ring opening polymerization of functional lactones, such as γ-ethylene ketal-ε-caprolactone (TOSUO), γ-(triethylsilyloxy)-ε-caprolactone (SCL) and γ-bromo-ε-caprolactone ... [more ▼]

The aluminum alkoxide mediated ring opening polymerization of functional lactones, such as γ-ethylene ketal-ε-caprolactone (TOSUO), γ-(triethylsilyloxy)-ε-caprolactone (SCL) and γ-bromo-ε-caprolactone (γBrCL), is a versatile route to polyesters containing ketal, ketone, alcohol and bromide groups. As result of living polyaddition mechanism, random and block copolymerization of εCL and γBrCL has been successfully carried out. The reactivity ratios are quite similar (1.08 for ε-CL, and 1.12 for γBrCL). These random copolymers are semicrystalline when they contain less than 30 mol% of γBrCL, otherwise they are amorphous. No transesterification reaction occurs during the sequential polymerization of ε-CL and γBrCL leading to block copolymers. Reaction of poly(εCL-co-γBrCL) with pyridine provides quantitatively a polycationic polyester. Furthermore, the reaction of this random copolymer with l,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0] undec-7-ene (DBU) is a route to unsaturated polyesters, whose the non conjugated double bonds can be quantitatively converted into epoxides by reaction with m-chloroperbenzoic acid (mCPBA). No chain degradation is detected during these derivatization reactions of poly (εCL-co-γBrCL). [less ▲]

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See detailNovel functionalized oligo-vinylthiophene molecules with modulated second-order nonlinear optical response
dos Santos, D. A.; Kogej, T.; Brédas, Jean-Luc et al

in Journal of Molecular Structure (2000), 521

We present a joint theoretical and experimental investigation of the second-order nonlinear optical properties of a new kind of active molecule with a triblock structure. The molecular architecture is ... [more ▼]

We present a joint theoretical and experimental investigation of the second-order nonlinear optical properties of a new kind of active molecule with a triblock structure. The molecular architecture is such that two highly polarizable conjugated segments are separated from each other by a spacer; one of the conjugated segments is end-capped with an electron-donor group, the other one by an acceptor. E-vinylthiophenes are used as the conjugated segments; N,N-dimethylaniline and nitrophenyl are selected as the donor-acceptor pairs, while the spacer consists of a nonconjugated moiety. Several spacers are considered and discussed with respect to their ability to modulate the charge transfer between the donor and acceptor ends. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel Functions of Core Cell Cycle Regulators in Neuronal Migration
Godin, Juliette ULg; Nguyen, Laurent ULg

in Cellular and Molecular Control of Neuronal Migration (2014)

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See detailA novel gene overexpressed in the prostate of castrated rats: hormonal regulation, relationship to apoptosis and to acquired prostatic cell androgen independence.
Bruyninx, M.; Hennuy, Benoît ULg; Cornet, Anne ULg et al

in Endocrinology (1999), 140(10), 4789-99

We have identified a novel complementary DNA (cDNA) corresponding to a gene overexpressed in the rat ventral prostate after castration. This cDNA displays 89.4% identity with 453 bp of a mouse EST and 81 ... [more ▼]

We have identified a novel complementary DNA (cDNA) corresponding to a gene overexpressed in the rat ventral prostate after castration. This cDNA displays 89.4% identity with 453 bp of a mouse EST and 81.5% identity with 157 bp of a human EST and was named PARM-1 for prostatic androgen-repressed message-1. The complete cDNA is 1187 bp long and codes for a protein of 298 amino acids that contains four potential glycosylation sites and three half cystinyl residues. The PARM-1 gene was found to be expressed at quite low levels in most rat tissues including those of the urogenital tract. The kinetic of induction of PARM-1 gene in the prostate was highly correlated to the development of apoptosis in the whole organ. Supplementation of castrated animals with androgens reversed both the process of apoptosis and the overexpression of PARM-1 gene. Supplementation with estrogens did not result in an increase in the PARM-1 messenger RNA levels when compared with the castration alone. However, the treatment resulted in a more rapid return to intact levels in the castrated plus estrogen group. When apoptosis of testis and prostate was induced in vivo by hypophysectomy, it was found that PARM-1 was only overexpressed in the prostate. Therefore, PARM-1 seems to be regulated by androgens only in the prostate. Using in situ hybridization and immunohistological techniques, we have shown that PARM-1 gene product is found exclusively in the epithelial cells of involuting prostate. Analysis by flow cytometry of MAT LyLu epithelial cells transiently expressing PARM-1 protein did not allow us to demonstrate a direct effect of PARM-1 gene overexpression on the programmed death of the transfected cells. Treatment of MAT LyLu cells by transforming growth factor-beta induced apoptosis but had no effect on PARM-1 production. However PARM-1 protein has been detected by Western blotting in various cell lines such as MAT LyLu, MAT Lu, and PIF, which are androgen independent. This would suggest that PARM-1 gene product would be a marker for acquired androgen-independence of these tumor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel glycoprotein of the aspartic proteinase gene family expressed in bovine placental trophectoderm
Xie, Sancai; Low, Boon G.; Nagel, Robert J. et al

in Biology of Reproduction (1994), 51(6), 1145-1153

The pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAG 1) that appear in the maternal serum of cattle and sheep soon after implantation are apparently inactive members of the aspartic proteinase family. Here we ... [more ▼]

The pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAG 1) that appear in the maternal serum of cattle and sheep soon after implantation are apparently inactive members of the aspartic proteinase family. Here we describe the isolation of a highly abundant cDNA (PAG 2 cDNA) that represents a second member of this gene family which is structurally related to bovine PAG 1, ovine PAG 1, and pepsin (58%, 58%, and 51% amino acid sequence identity, respectively). The bovine PAG 2 cDNA was identified in two ways. First, the bovine placental library was screened under relatively nonstringent conditions with an ovine PAG 1 cDNA. The second fortuitous approach employed immunoscreening with an antiserum raised against a partially purified factor that competed with bovine LH for binding to the LH receptor on the CL of the ovary. The full-length cDNA (1258 bp) codes for a polypeptide of 376 amino acids. Bovine PAG 2, unlike bovine PAG 1, has a catalytic center with a consensus sequence of amino acids. Its mRNA is expressed in fetal placenta but not in other fetal organs, and is localized to both the mononucleate and binucleate cells of the trophectoderm, whereas PAG 1 is expressed only in binucleate cells. PAG 2 is synthesized by placental explants as a 70-kDa glycoprotein that is processed to several smaller molecules. Western blot analysis of culture media developed with epitope-selected antibodies to PAG 2 reveals several bands ranging in apparent M(r) from 31,000-70,000, which correspond in size to the polypeptides present in the preparation used for immunization [less ▲]

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See detailNovel graft copolymers by organometallic-mediated radical polymerization of a conjugated with a non-conjugated monomer
Hurtgen, Marie ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Fustin, Charles-André et al

Scientific conference (2011, February 24)

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See detailNovel HDAC/DNMT twin inhibitors interfere with angiogenesis
Shiva Shankar, Thammadihalli Veerasangaiah ULg; Sulka, Béatrice; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2010)

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) inhibitors are potent antiangiogenic compounds. Though combination of HDAC and DNMT inhibitors are now being examined in clinical trials of hematological malignancies, very little work has been done to understand the effect of this combination on normal and tumoral angiogenesis. We have designed and tested a family of twin drugs with intrinsic HDAC and DNMT inhibitory activities in relevant models of angiogenesis in vitro (endothelial cells, pericytes and the 3D aortic ring assay) and in vivo (the chick chorioallantoic membrane assay). We have identified a lead compound having quantifiable antiangiogenic effect without cytotoxicity associated with increased global acetylation and decreased DNA methylation levels. This compound is presently used to develop effective approaches to treat cancer by modulating the process of angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel HDAC/DNMT Twin Inhibitors Interfere with Angiogenesis
Shiva Shankar, Thammadihalli Veerasangaiah ULg; Sulka, Béatrice ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2011)

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic compounds. Though combination of HDAC and DNMT inhibitors are now being examined in clinical trials of hematological malignancies, little work has been done to understand the effect of this combination on physiological and tumoral angiogenesis. We have designed and tested a family of twin drugs with intrinsic HDAC and DNMT inhibitory activities in relevant models of angiogenesis in vitro (Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells – HUVEC and aortic ring) and in vivo (chick chorioallantoic membrane and Zebrafish). We have identified a lead compound having quantifiable anti-angiogenic effect without cytotoxicity affecting global histone acetylation and DNA methylation levels. In order to elucidate its anti-angiogenic mechanism, we characterized gene expression pattern simultaneously with the methylation profile of HUVEC cells treated with the lead compound and reference epigenetic modulators. This approach based on parallel microarray analyses permitted us to underscore a list of genes exclusively affected by the lead compound but not by other HDAC or DNMT inhibitors. These genes were then analyzed using the Ingenuity Pathway software revealing potential involvement of a subset of genes in angiogenesis. Our present aim is to validate the expression levels of a series of genes with respect to epigenetic mechanisms (histone modifications and DNA methylation). Finally, the biological relevance of the target genes will be explored by RNA silencing. Hence, we are using these novel epigenetic modulators as a tool to understand the regulatory mechanism of angiogenesis and to develop effective approaches to treat cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel HDAC/DNMT Twin inhibitors interfere with angiogenesis
Shiva Shankar, Thammadihalli Veerasangaiah ULg; Sulka, Béatrice ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2011, January 31)

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation and histone deacetylation are two key epigenetic modifications that play central role in regulation of gene expression. Several studies have shown that histone deacetylases (HDAC) and DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic compounds. Though combination of HDAC and DNMT inhibitors are now being examined in clinical trials of hematological malignancies, little work has been done to understand the effect of this combination on physiological and tumoral angiogenesis. We have designed and tested a family of twin drugs with intrinsic HDAC and DNMT inhibitory activities in relevant models of angiogenesis in vitro (Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells – HUVEC and aortic ring) and in vivo (chick chorioallantoic membrane and Zebrafish). We have identified a lead compound having quantifiable anti-angiogenic effect without cytotoxicity affecting global histone acetylation and DNA methylation levels. In order to elucidate its anti-angiogenic mechanism, we characterized gene expression pattern simultaneously with the methylation profile of HUVEC cells treated with the lead compound and reference epigenetic modulators. This approach based on parallel microarray analyses permitted us to underscore a list of genes exclusively affected by the lead compound but not by other HDAC or DNMT inhibitors. These genes were then analyzed using the Ingenuity Pathway software revealing potential involvement of a subset of genes in angiogenesis. Our present aim is to validate the expression levels of a series of genes with respect to epigenetic mechanisms (histone modifications and DNA methylation). Finally, the biological relevance of the target genes will be explored by RNA silencing. Hence, we are using these novel epigenetic modulators as a tool to understand the regulatory mechanism of angiogenesis and to develop effective approaches to treat cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel Higgs decay signals in R-parity violating models
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg; Porod, W.; Restrepo, D. et al

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2008), 78

In supersymmetric models the lightest Higgs boson may decay with a sizable branching ratio into a pair of light neutralinos. We analyze such decays within the context of the minimal supersymmetric ... [more ▼]

In supersymmetric models the lightest Higgs boson may decay with a sizable branching ratio into a pair of light neutralinos. We analyze such decays within the context of the minimal supersymmetric standard model with R-parity violation, where the neutralino itself is unstable and decays into Standard Model fermions. We show that the R-parity violating couplings induce novel Higgs decay signals that might facilitate the discovery of the Higgs boson at colliders. At the LHC, the Higgs may be observed, for instance, through its decay -via two neutralinos- into final states containing missing energy and isolated charged leptons such as l±l∓,l±l±,3l, and 4l. Another promising possibility is the search for the displaced vertices associated with the neutralino decay. We also point out that Higgs searches at the LHC might additionally provide the first evidence of R-parity violation. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel high efficiency, low maintenance, hydroponic system for synchronous growth and flowering of Arabidopsis thaliana.
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Havelange, Andrée ULg et al

in BMC Plant Biology (2003), 3(2), 302003

Background: Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental ... [more ▼]

Background: Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental strategies developed. Besides the use of phytotronic cabinets, controlling plant nutrition may be critical and could be achieved in hydroponics. The availability of such a system would also greatly facilitate studies dealing with root development. However, because of its small size and rosette growth habit, Arabidopsis is hardly grown in standard hydroponic devices and the systems described in the last years are still difficult to transpose at a large scale. Our aim was to design and optimize an up-scalable device that would be adaptable to any experimental conditions. Results: An hydroponic system was designed for Arabidopsis, which is based on two units: a seed-holder and a 1-L tank with its cover. The original agar-containing seed-holder allows the plants to grow from sowing to seed set, without transplanting step and with minimal waste. The optimum nitrate supply was determined for vegetative growth, and the flowering response to photoperiod and vernalization was characterized to show the feasibility and reproducibility of experiments extending over the whole life cycle. How this equipment allowed to overcome experimental problems is illustrated by the analysis of developmental effects of nitrate reductase deficiency in nia1nia2 mutants. Conclusion: The hydroponic device described in this paper allows to drive small and large scale cultures of homogeneously growing Arabidopsis plants. Its major advantages are its flexibility, easy handling, fast maintenance and low cost. It should be suitable for many experimental purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel high-resolution micro-CT based surface roughness measurement protocol for complex porous structures
Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Pyka, Grzegorz; Moesen, Maarten et al

in Proceedings MetFoam 2011, Hur, B., Kim, S., Hyun, S. (Eds.) (2011)

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See detailNovel high-resolution micro-CT based surface roughness measurement protocol for complex porous structures
Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Pyka, Grzegorz; Braem, Annabel et al

in Proceedings CellMat 2010 (2010)

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See detailNovel ibandronate regimens in postmenopausal osteoporosis: design of the dosing intravenous administration (DIVA) study
Sambrook, P.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Recker, R. R. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2004, May), 15(Suppl.1), 118

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