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See detailModulation of expression and assembly of vinculin during in vitro fibrillar collagen-induced angiogenesis and its reversal.
Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Colige, Alain ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 224(2), 215-23

A model of collagen-induced in vitro angiogenesis was used to investigate the modulation of expression and assembly of focal adhesion plaque-associated proteins during the process of differentiation ... [more ▼]

A model of collagen-induced in vitro angiogenesis was used to investigate the modulation of expression and assembly of focal adhesion plaque-associated proteins during the process of differentiation. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), first attached on an adhesive substratum (gelatin-, fibronectin-, or laminin-coated dish) or adherent collagen gel and then covered by an overlaying collagen get, organized within 3-4 days in tube-like structures (TLS). Removing the overlaying collagen gel from fully differentiated HUVEC induced a reversion of the process and HUVEC returned to a monolayer pattern. Modulations of focal adhesion-associated proteins occurring in HUVEC during the in vitro differentiation process and its reversal were investigated by Western blot analysis. A significant decrease of expression of vinculin, the integrin alpha2 subunit, talin, alpha-actinin, and actin was observed in TLS whereas the amount of FVIII-related antigen did not vary as compared to control monolayer cultures. During reversal, all the reduced proteins were markedly reexpressed. Human skin fibroblasts (HSF), submitted to the same experimental conditions, did not form TLS. Most of the focal adhesion proteins in HSF were similarly modulated by an overlaying collagen gel with the exception of vinculin, which was not modified. This particular protein was therefore more thoroughly investigated. In a nondifferentiated monolayer of HUVEC, a significant proportion of vinculin was organized into a detergent-resistant juxtamembranous structure (focal adhesion plaque) which disassembled early in TLS formation and reassembled during the reversal of the process. The reduction of vinculin during TLS formation was preceded by a downregulation of its mRNA while this mRNA was upregulated during reversal of the morphotype. These results suggest that the modulations of the cytoskeletal and focal adhesion proteins and more specifically of vinculin coupled to its subcellular redistribution are critical and early events in the cascade of mechanochemical signaling during in vitro angiogenesis induced by fibrillar collagen. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of fibrinolytic and gelatinolytic activity during adipose tissue development in a mouse model of nutritionally induced obesity
Lijnen, Roger; Maquoi, Erik ULg; Demeulemeester, Désiré et al

in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (2002), 88(2), 345-353

A nutritionally induced obesity model was used to investigate the modulation of fibrinolytic and gelatinolytic activity during the development of adipose tissue. Five week old male mice were fed a ... [more ▼]

A nutritionally induced obesity model was used to investigate the modulation of fibrinolytic and gelatinolytic activity during the development of adipose tissue. Five week old male mice were fed a standard fat diet (SFD, 13% kcal as fat) or a high fat diet (HFD, 42% kcal as fat) for up to 15 weeks. The HFD resulted in body weights of 31 +/- 0.9 g, 38 +/- 2.0 g and 47 +/- 1.9 g at 5, 10 and 15 weeks, respectively; corresponding values for mice on the SFD were 26 +/- 0.6 g, 31 +/- 0.9 g and 31 +/- 1.2 g (all p < 0.001). The weight of the isolated subcutaneous (s.c.) or gonadal (GON) fat after 15 weeks of HFD was 1,870 +/- 180 mg or 1,470 +/- 160 mg, as compared to 250 +/- 58 mg or 350 +/- 71 mg for the SFD (p < 0.001). The HFD induced marked time-dependent hyperglycemia and elevated levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol. The HFD diet also induced a marked hypertrophy of the adipocytes as compared to the SFD, e.g. diameter of 83 +/- 3.0 microns versus 52 +/- 4.2 microns for GON adipocytes at 15 weeks (p < 0.005). Plasma plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) levels were higher in mice on the HFD as compared to the SFD; they were comparable in extracts of s.c. or GON adipose tissue, whereas at different time points tissue-type (t-PA) and urokinase-type (u-PA) plasminogen activator activity was somewhat lower in the adipose tissues of mice on HFD. Gelatinolytic activity (mainly MMP-2) was detected in s.c. but not in GON adipose tissue of mice on SFD, and decreased on the HFD. In situ zymography on cryosections did not reveal different fibrinolytic activities in s.c. or GON adipose tissues of the HFD as compared to the SFD groups, whereas significantly lower gelatinolytic and higher caseinolytic activities were detected in s.c. and GON tissues of mice on the HFD (p < or = 0.05). The fibrillar collagen content was lower in adipose tissue of mice on HFD. Thus, in this model time-dependent development of adipose tissue appears to be associated with modulation of proteolytic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of fMRI assessed brain responses to blue and green light by sleep homeostasis, circadian phase and PER3 polymorphism
Vandewalle, Gilles ULg; Archer, Simon; Wuillaume, Catherine et al

in Sleep (2009), 32(Suppl. 1),

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See detailModulation of growth hormone action by active immunization in dairy cows.
Vleurick, L.; Bertozzi, C.; Haezebroek, V. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(1),

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See detailModulation of growth hormone action by active immunization in dairy cows.
Vleurick, Lieve; Deaver, D.; Bertozzi, Carlo et al

in 1st Belgian Workshop on Animal Endocrinology (1999, October 13)

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See detailModulation of homing properties of primitive progenitor cells generated by ex vivo expansion.
Foguenne, Jacques ULg; Huygen, Sandra; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Haematologica (2005), 90(4), 445-51

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The maintenance of adequate interactions with the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment is critical to ensure efficient homing of ex vivo-expanded hematopoietic cells. This study ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The maintenance of adequate interactions with the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment is critical to ensure efficient homing of ex vivo-expanded hematopoietic cells. This study was intended to assess adhesion and migration properties of long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-IC) harvested after self-renewal division in ex vivo culture and to determine their susceptibility to growth-inhibitory signals mediated by adhesion to BM stromal ligands. DESIGN AND METHODS: We used cell tracking to isolate primitive LTC-IC that had accomplished 1 or 2 divisions ex vivo. Adhesion, migration and growth inhibition of divided LTC-IC were determined in the presence of purified BM ligands, and compared to the properties of uncultured LTC-IC. RESULTS: As compared to undivided LTC-IC, adhesion and migration mediated by very late antigen (VLA)-4 integrin across both vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and fibronectin (Fn) were downregulated in post-mitotic LTC-IC. Conversely, binding and motility via VLA-5 across Fn were stimulated. No changes occurred in LTC-IC interactions with intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) or with E- or P-selectin. Proliferation of uncultured LTC-IC was inhibited by VLA-4-mediated binding to VCAM-1 and the CS-1 domain of Fn, as well as binding to P-selectin. Growth of ex vivo-generated LTC-IC became unresponsive to these 3 ligands but was suppressed through VLA-5 engagement by the cell binding domain of Fn. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: The generation of LTC-IC in expansion culture is associated with functional alterations of adhesion receptors, modulating not only binding and migration in the BM but also responsiveness to adhesion-mediated growth inhibitory signals. Such changes may limit homing and engraftment of expanded primitive stem/progenitor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of hormonal signaling in the brain by steroid receptor coactivators.
Charlier, Thierry ULg; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Reviews in the Neurosciences (2005), 16(4), 339-57

Nuclear receptors, such as estrogen, glucocorticoid or thyroid hormone receptors, have been shown to play a critical role in brain development and physiology. The activity of these receptors is modulated ... [more ▼]

Nuclear receptors, such as estrogen, glucocorticoid or thyroid hormone receptors, have been shown to play a critical role in brain development and physiology. The activity of these receptors is modulated by the interaction with several proteins and, in particular, coactivators are required to enhance their transcriptional activity. The steroid receptor coactivators (SRC-1, -2 and -3) are currently the best characterized coactivators and we review here the current knowledge on the distribution and function of these proteins in the brain. Knock-out models and antisense techniques have demonstrated the requirement for SRC-1 and -2 in the brain, focusing mainly on steroid and thyroid hormone-dependent development and behavior. The precise function of SRC-3 in the brain is currently unknown but its presence throughout the brain suggests an important function. Although the molecular biology of SRCs is relatively well known, the in vivo control of their expression, post-translational modifications and time- and cell-specific interactions with the different nuclear receptors remain elusive. A complete understanding of hormone action on brain and behavior will not be attained until a better knowledge of coactivator physiology is achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of human chondrocyte metabolism by recombinant human interferon.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Zheng, S X; Labasse, A H et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2000), 8(6), 474-82

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the effects of IFN gamma on the production of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10), prostaglandin E(2)(PGE(2)), proteoglycans (PG), nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) and stromelysin by non-stimulated and IL-1 beta-treated human chondrocytes. The role played by NO in the responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma was also examined by incubation of chondrocytes with N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), a competitive inhibitor of NO synthase. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 48 h in the absence or presence of IL-1 beta, IFN gamma or N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) added solely or in combination. The productions of IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra and stromelysin were measured by enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays (EASIA). PG and PGE(2)were quantified by specific radioimmunoassays (RIA). Nitrite concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by a spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. RESULTS: As expected, IL-1 beta highly stimulated NO, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra, PGE(2)and stromelysin synthesis, but dramatically decreased PG production. NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and PGE(2)production by non-stimulated chondrocytes was dose-dependently increased by IFN gamma while PG production was inhibited. In the absence of IL-1 beta, IL-10 was undetectable in the culture supernatants. At the doses of 10 and 100 U/ml, IFN gamma markedly inhibited the constitutive and IL-1 beta-stimulated IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. Interestingly, IFN gamma synergized with IL-1 beta to increase NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and to depress PG production. As previously reported, the inhibition of NO synthesis by the competitive inhibitor L-NMMA led to enhancement of IL-6, IL-8 and PGE(2)production by IL-1 beta treated chondrocytes, but did not significantly modify IL-10, PG and MMP-3 productions. Inhibition of NO synthase significantly inhibited the stimulating effect of IFN gamma on IL-6 and IL-1ra but did not affect the inhibitory effect of IFN gamma on IL-8, PG or stromelysin production. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that IFN gamma and IL-1 synergistically stimulate the production of IL-6, IL-1ra, NO and PGE(2)and inhibit PG synthesis. By contrast, IL-1 beta and IFN gamma have opposite effects on IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. These effects are not reversed by L-NMMA, suggesting that NO is not the principal mediator involved in responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of Immunological Histamine Release from Human Lung Fragments by Stem Cell Factor, Il-3, Il-5 and Gm-Csf: Comparison with Human Leukocytes
Louis, Renaud ULg; Dowlati, A.; Weber, T. et al

in International Archives of Allergy & Immunology (1994), 105(1), 18-25

Because of the importance of cytokines in the regulation of allergic inflammation, we investigated the effects of SCF, IL-3, IL-5 and GM-CSF on immunological histamine release from sensitized human lung ... [more ▼]

Because of the importance of cytokines in the regulation of allergic inflammation, we investigated the effects of SCF, IL-3, IL-5 and GM-CSF on immunological histamine release from sensitized human lung fragments as well as human leukocytes. SCF (0.2-20 ng/ml) caused a concentration-related enhancement of anti-IgE (1/100) induced histamine release from lung fragments reaching maximally 64% at 20 ng/ml. In contrast, enhancement produced by IL-5, IL-3 and GM-CSF (0.2-20 ng/ml) was quite marginal and reached at best around 20% at the higher concentration, IL-5 being slightly more effective than IL-3 and GM-CSF. Further, SCF potentiated histamine release whatever the level of immunological control whereas potentiation by IL-5 primarily occurred when the amount of histamine release induced by the immunological control ranged between 5 and 10%. SCF acted synergistically with IL-5, producing a greater enhancement of histamine release than the sum of each cytokine used alone. Both SCF and, to a lesser extent, IL-5 potentiated anti-IgE-mediated histamine release regardless of passive sensitization of lung fragments. Unlike what was observed with lung fragments, IL-3, GM-CSF and to a lesser extent IL-5, were potent enhancing agents of anti-IgE (1/2,000)-induced histamine release from leukocytes. Maximal enhancement produced by IL-3 (20 ng/ml), GM-CSF (2 ng/ml) and IL-5 (20 ng/ml) reached 92%, 78% and 61%, respectively. By contrast, SCF (0.2-20 ng/ml) was ineffective on human leukocytes.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of intestinal urea cycle by dietary spermine in suckling rat
Gharbi, Myriam ULg; Powroznik, Brigitte; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2005), 336(4), 1119-1124

Argininosuccinate synthetase, an ubiquitous enzyme in mammals, catalyses the formation of argininosuccinate, the precursor of arginine. Arginine is recognised as an essential amino acid in foetuses and ... [more ▼]

Argininosuccinate synthetase, an ubiquitous enzyme in mammals, catalyses the formation of argininosuccinate, the precursor of arginine. Arginine is recognised as an essential amino acid in foetuses and neonates, but also as a conditionally essential amino acid in adults. Argininosuccinate synthetase is initially expressed in enterocytes during the developmental period, it disappeared from this organ then appeared in the kidneys. Although the importance of both intestinal and renal argininosuccinate synthetases has been recognised for a long time, nutrients have not yet been identified as inducers of the gene expression. In the context of a proteomic screening of intestinal modifications induced by dietary spermine in suckling rats, we showed that argininosuccinate synthetase and carbamoyl phosphate synthase disappeared from enterocytes after this treatment. The disappearance of argininosuccinate synthetase in small intestine was confirmed by immunodetection. Expression of carbamoyl phosphate synthase and argininosuccinate synthetase coding genes decreased also after spermine administration. Expression of other urea cycle enzyme coding genes was modulated by spermine administration: argininosuccinate lyase decreased and arginase increased. Our results fit with the developmental variation of argininosuccinate synthetase and carbamoyl phosphate synthase. Modulation of the gene expression for several urea cycle enzymes suggests a coordination between all the pathway steps and switch toward polyamine (or proline and glutamate) biosynthesis from ornithine. (c) 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of laminin receptor expression by estrogen and progestins in human breast cancer cell lines.
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Taraboletti, G.; Liotta, L. A. et al

in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1989), 81(10), 781-8

The effects of estradiol and two synthetic progestins (ORG2058 and R5020) on the expression of the high-affinity, metastasis-associated laminin receptor in two human breast carcinoma cell lines were ... [more ▼]

The effects of estradiol and two synthetic progestins (ORG2058 and R5020) on the expression of the high-affinity, metastasis-associated laminin receptor in two human breast carcinoma cell lines were examined. The T47D cell line contains estrogen and progesterone receptors, but the MDA-MB 231 cell line lacks both receptors. Treatment of T47D cells with 10(-9) M estradiol alone results in a three-fold increase (P less than or equal to .05) in the steady-state level of laminin receptor mRNA determined by RNA blot analysis as well as in cell-surface, laminin receptor expression that is evaluated by immunofluorescence. No effects of estradiol on the receptor-negative MDA-MB 231 cells were observed. Untreated and steroid-treated MDA-MB 231 cells had higher levels of laminin receptor mRNA than did untreated or estradiol-treated T47D cells. A more dramatic increase (five-fold; P less than or equal to .005) of mRNA and cell-surface expression in T47D cells was observed after treatment with estradiol plus 10(-8) M progestin or with progestin alone. Estradiol treatment also increased chemotaxis and haptotaxis of T47D cells but not of MDA-MB 231 cells to laminin; it had no effect on the attachment of these latter cells to laminin. Interestingly, treatment with estradiol plus progestin or progestin alone significantly increased the attachment of T47D cells to laminin but did not have an effect on either haptotaxis or chemotaxis to laminin. These results suggest that the various cell-laminin interactions are mediated by different mechanisms. The augmentation of laminin receptor mRNA by estrogen and progesterone treatment in hormone receptor-positive cells, but not in cells that lack these receptors, may relate functionally to the difference in the clinical aggressiveness between classes of breast cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of lung inflammation in the control of bovine respiratory disease
Van de Weerdt, ML; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Bovine Practitioner (1997), 31.1

The purpose of this paper is to review the potential strategies which could improve the treatment of respiratory disorders in general and the modulation of lung inflammation in particular. Possible ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to review the potential strategies which could improve the treatment of respiratory disorders in general and the modulation of lung inflammation in particular. Possible preventive treatments will not be discussed in this review. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of medial prefrontal and inferior parietal cortices when thinking about past, present, and future selves.
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Stawarczyk, David ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg et al

in Social Neuroscience (2010), 5

Recent functional neuroimaging studies have shown that reflecting on representations of the present self versus temporally distant selves is associated with higher activity in the medial prefrontal cortex ... [more ▼]

Recent functional neuroimaging studies have shown that reflecting on representations of the present self versus temporally distant selves is associated with higher activity in the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC). In the current fMRI study, we investigated whether this effect of temporal perspective is symmetrical between the past and future. The main results revealed that the MPFC showed higher activity when reflecting on the present self than when reflecting on past and future selves, with no difference between past and future selves. Temporal perspective also modulated activity in the right inferior parietal cortex but in the opposite direction, activity in this brain region being higher when reflecting on past and future selves relative to the present self (with again no difference between past and future selves). These findings show that differences in brain activity when thinking about current versus temporally distant selves are symmetrical between the past and the future. It is suggested that by processing degrees of self-relatedness, the MPFC might sustain the process of identifying oneself with current representations of the self, whereas the right inferior parietal cortex might be involved in distinguishing the present self from temporally distant selves. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of melanogenesis of B16 melanoma cells in culture
De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Bassleer, R.

Conference (1981, May)

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See detailModulation of neuronal survival and excitability by an astroglia-derived factor.
HANS, Grégory ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg; Rigo, Jean-Michel

in Journal of physiology, Paris (2002), 96(3-4), 323-8

We summarize here currently available data related to an astroglia-secreted factor that induces neuronal apoptosis and behaves as an inhibitor of ionotropic inhibitory GABA(A) and glycine receptors.

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See detailModulation of Nod2-dependent NF-kappa B signaling by the actin cytoskeleton
Legrand, Sylvie ULg; Kustermans, Gaëlle ULg; Bex, Françoise et al

in Journal of Cell Science (2007), 120(7), 1299-1310

Actin disruption by CytochalasinD (CytD) and LatrunculinB (LatB) induced NF-kappa B activation in myelomonocytic and intestinal epithelial cells. In an attempt to elucidate the mechanism by which actin ... [more ▼]

Actin disruption by CytochalasinD (CytD) and LatrunculinB (LatB) induced NF-kappa B activation in myelomonocytic and intestinal epithelial cells. In an attempt to elucidate the mechanism by which actin disruption induced IKK activation, we studied the human Nod2 protein, which was able to induce NF-kappa B activation and whose expression was restricted to myelomonocytic and intestinal epithelial cells. Nod2 is thought to play key roles in pathogen defence through sensing bacteria and generating an inflammatory immune response. We showed that actin disruption by CytD significantly and specifically increased Nod2-mediated NF-kappa B signaling. Nod2 was fully partitioned in the Triton-X-100-insoluble fraction but translocated into the soluble fraction after CytD treatment, demonstrating that the presence of Nod2 in the detergent-insoluble pellet was specific to actin cytoskeleton. Confocal analysis also revealed a Nod2 colocalization with membrane-associated F-actin. Colocalization and co-immunoprecipitation assays with endogenous Rac1 have shown that Nod2 associated with activated Rac1 in membrane ruffles through both its N-terminal caspase recruitment domains (CARD) and C-terminal leucine-rich repeats (LRRs). Membrane ruffle disruption by a Rac1 dominant negative form primed Nod2-dependent NF-kappa B signaling. The recruitment of Nod2 in Rac-induced dynamic cytoskeletal structures could be a strategy to both repress the Nod2-dependent NF-kappa B signaling in unstimulated cells and rapidly mobilize Nod2 during bacterial infection. [less ▲]

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