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See detailModulation of testosterone-dependent male sexual behavior and the associated neuroplasticity.
Charlier, Thierry; Seredynski, Aurore ULg; Niessen, Neville-Andrew ULg et al

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2013)

Steroids modulate the transcription of a multitude of genes and ultimately influence numerous aspects of reproductive behaviors. Our research investigates how one single steroid, testosterone, is able to ... [more ▼]

Steroids modulate the transcription of a multitude of genes and ultimately influence numerous aspects of reproductive behaviors. Our research investigates how one single steroid, testosterone, is able to trigger this vast number of physiological and behavioral responses. Testosterone potency can be changed locally via aromatization into 17b-estradiol which then activates estrogen receptors of the alpha and beta subtypes. We demonstrated that the independent activation of either receptor activates different aspects of male sexual behavior in Japanese quail. In addition, several studies suggest that the specificity of testosterone action on target genes transcription is related to the recruitment of specific steroid receptor coactivators. We demonstrated that the specific down-regulation of the coactivators SRC-1 or SRC-2 in the medial preoptic nucleus by antisense techniques significantly inhibits steroid-dependent male-typical copulatory behavior and the underlying neuroplasticity. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that the interaction between several steroid metabolizing enzymes, steroid receptors and their coactivators plays a key role in the control of steroid-dependent male sexual behavior and the associated neuroplasticity in quail. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the 6-position of benzopyran derivatives and inhibitory effects on the insulin releasing process
Florence, Xavier; Dilly, Sébastien ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2011)

The synthesis of different series of 4- and 6-substituted R/S-3,4-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-2H-1- benzopyrans is described. All of these new benzopyran derivatives were bearing, at the 4- position, a ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of different series of 4- and 6-substituted R/S-3,4-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-2H-1- benzopyrans is described. All of these new benzopyran derivatives were bearing, at the 4- position, a phenylthiourea moiety substituted on the phenyl ring by a meta or a para-electronwithdrawing group such as Cl or CN. The study aimed at exploring the influence of the nature of the substituent at the 6-position in order to develop new benzopyran-type KATP channel activators exhibiting an improved selectivity towards the insulin secreting cells. The original compounds were examined in vitro on rat pancreatic islets (inhibition of insulin release) as well as on rat aorta rings (vasorelaxant effect) and their activity was compared to that of the reference KATP channel activators (±)-cromakalim, (±)-pinacidil, diazoxide and to previously synthesized cromakalim analogues. Structure–activity relationships indicated that the inhibitory effect on the insulin secreting cells was related to the lipophilicity of the molecules and to the size of the substituent located at the 6-position. A marked inhibitory activity on the insulin secretory process was obtained with molecules bearing a bulky tertbutyloxycarbonylamino group at the 6-position (20-23). The latter compounds were found to have the same efficacy on the pancreatic endocrine tissue than some previously described molecules. Lastly, radioisotopic experiments further identified R/S-N-4-chlorophenyl-N’-(6- tert-butyloxycarbonylamino-3,4-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-2H-1-benzopyran-4-yl)thiourea (23) as a KATP channel opener. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the acetylcholine- and substance P-induced pulmonary edema by calcitonin gene-related peptide in the rabbit.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1994), 270(1), 30-6

The effects of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) (6 x 10(-8) M) on hemodynamics and on pulmonary microvascular permeability were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs by measuring the ... [more ▼]

The effects of calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) (6 x 10(-8) M) on hemodynamics and on pulmonary microvascular permeability were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs by measuring the arterial, capillary and venous pressures and the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). CGRP was administered alone or in combination with capsaicin (10(-4) M), acetylcholine (ACh) (10(-11) M to 10(-7) M), substance P (SP) (10(-10) M to 10(-6) M) and serotonin (10(-4) M). The influence of a specific antagonist of CGRP receptors, CGRP8-37 (10(-8) M), on the pulmonary edema induced by these mediators was also considered. CGRP had no direct effect on the vascular pressures or on Kf,c. Capsaicin and serotonin induced an increase in Kf,c of 271 +/- 49% and 676 +/- 147% of base line, respectively. ACh and SP also increased the microvascular permeability, in proportion to the concentration. The effects of capsaicin, ACh and SP have been related to the activation of neurokinin NK1 receptors. Co-administration of CGRP with capsaicin and ACh enhanced the increase in Kf,c induced by these two drugs. By contrast, when co-injected with SP, CGRP inhibited the Kf,c increase induced by 10(-8) M and 10(-7) M of SP (P < .05) and significantly decreased the arterial and capillary pressures. CGRP also partly prevented the pulmonary edema induced by serotonin (P < .05). Pretreatment with CGRP8-37 partly prevented the effects of capsaicin and ACh on Kf,c but bestowed no protection against SP-induced pulmonary edema. These data suggest that CGRP is co-released with SP from the C-fibers upon the action of capsaicin and ACh in the rabbit lung. Because CGRP potentiated the pulmonary edema induced in capsaicin and ACh, but decreased the effects of SP, we hypothesize that CGRP exerts a positive retro-control on the release of neuropeptides by these fibers but can attenuate their effects on the target cells. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the arachidonic cascade with omega 3 fatty acids or analogues: Potential therapeutic benefits
Roland, Isabelle ULg; de Leval, X.; Evrard, Brigitte ULg et al

in Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry (2004), 4(6), 659-668

Increasing interest in the role of omega 3 fatty acids has arisen in these latest years since evidence of their implication in the cardioprotective fish based diet of the Inuit has been demonstrated ... [more ▼]

Increasing interest in the role of omega 3 fatty acids has arisen in these latest years since evidence of their implication in the cardioprotective fish based diet of the Inuit has been demonstrated. Furthermore, several in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological studies support the benefit of this fatty acids intake in various pathological states such as in the cardiovascular, cancer, inflammation, psychiatric, paediatric, pulmonary, dermatological and ophthalmologic fields. This review will focus on metabolism and pharmacological implication of w3 fatty acids intake as well as its interest in the prevention or treatment of the above-mentioned pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detail. Modulation of the biological action of bovine growth hormone by passive immunization in hypophysectomised rat
Jacqmin, Sandrine; Vleurick, Lieve; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 3

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See detailModulation of the biological action of bovine growth hormone by passive immunization in hypophysectomized rat.
Jacqmin, S.; Vleurick, L.; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

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

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See detailModulation of the biological action of bovinegrowth hormone by passive immunization in hypophysectomised rat.
Jacqmin, Sophie; Vleurick, Lieve; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

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

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See detailModulation of The Biosynthetic Activity of Human-Skin Fibroblasts by Tumor-Cells
Noël, Agnès ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Abstracts for the 17th Annual Meeting of The European Society for Dermatological Research (1987)

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See detailModulation of the Clozapine Structure Increases Its Selectivity for the Dopamine D4 Receptor
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, J.; Damas, Jacques ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 273(3), 1-3

Clozapine has a more marked affinity for the recently cloned dopamine D4 receptor than for the dopamine D2 receptor. In the search for a selective ligand for the dopamine D4 receptor, useful as a ... [more ▼]

Clozapine has a more marked affinity for the recently cloned dopamine D4 receptor than for the dopamine D2 receptor. In the search for a selective ligand for the dopamine D4 receptor, useful as a pharmacological tool or as a potent atypical antipsychotic, a pyridobenzodiazepine derivative bioisoster of clozapine, JL 18, 8-methyl-6-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-11H-pyrido [2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepine, was found to be the most dopamine D4-selective ligand belonging to the diarylazepine class. Indeed, JL 18 binds to the dopamine D4 receptor with affinity up to 25 times superior to that for the dopamine D2 receptor and presents reduced affinities for other receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the Expression of Interstitial and Type-Iv Collagenases in Coculture of Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Fibroblasts
Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Weidle, U. H. et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1995), 15(5-6), 169-78

Members of the metalloproteinase family (MMPs) are known to play a crucial role in the metastatic cascade. Here, we report some investigations about the synthesis of interstitial and type-IV collagenases ... [more ▼]

Members of the metalloproteinase family (MMPs) are known to play a crucial role in the metastatic cascade. Here, we report some investigations about the synthesis of interstitial and type-IV collagenases (gelatinases A and B) in a model of coculture of human fibroblasts and HT 1080 fibrosarcoma cells. The interstitial collagenase activity, mainly found in the conditioned medium of fibroblasts, and its mRNA level were increased in the in vitro coculture model. In contrast, gelatinase A was produced by both cell types. The HT 1080 cells additionally synthesised gelatinase B. In coculture, an enhancement of gelatinase A and the presence of its activated form were observed. Northern blot analysis demonstrated that this enzymatic enhancement occurred at a pretranslational level. The stimulation of the interstitial collagenase activity was partially mediated through soluble factor(s), whereas increased gelatinase A appeared to require direct cell-cell interactions. The extracellular matrix component, type-I collagen, stimulated the enzymatic activities released by the individual cells, but it did not modulate the synthesis of interstitial collagenase in coculture. Our results demonstrate that distinct MMPs are modulated by distinct mechanisms, all depending on specific interactions between tumour cells and host fibroblasts. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the HSV-TK/ganciclovir bystander effect by n-butyrate in glioblastoma: correlation with gap-junction intercellular communication.
Robe, Pierre ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg; Nguyen Khac, Minh-Tuan ULg et al

in International Journal of Oncology (2004), 25(1), 187-92

The efficacy of HSV-TK/ganciclovir gene therapy largely relies on the bystander effect, i.e. the ability of transfected cells to kill the adjacent, untrasfected cells. This mechanism itself depends ... [more ▼]

The efficacy of HSV-TK/ganciclovir gene therapy largely relies on the bystander effect, i.e. the ability of transfected cells to kill the adjacent, untrasfected cells. This mechanism itself depends chiefly on the transfer via gap junctions of phosphorylated ganciclovir between cells, and is often deficient in glioblastomas. In this report, we demonstrate that n-butyrate markedly enhances the gap junction intercellular communication of GJIC-deficient glioma cells, and significantly increases the bystander effect in such cells. This effect of n-butyrate appears to be independent from its HDAC inhibitory effect, since trichostatin A does not reproduce it. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the lipopeptide pattern secreted by Bacillus subtilis upon colonization of different plant roots
Ongena, Marc ULg; Cawoy, H.; Margiassi, M. et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailModulation of the lipopeptide pattern secreted by Bacillus subtilis upon colonization of different plant roots
Ongena, Marc ULg; Cawoy, Hélène ULg; Smargiassi, Maïté et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2012), 78

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See detailModulation of the radiosensitizing effect of (E)-24-deoxy-(fluoromethylene)cytidine (FMdC)by thymide analogues AZT, D4T and idUrd.
COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Cottin, E; Li, Y-X et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1997), 43(supp 2), 13

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See detailModulation of the renal response to ACE inhibition by ACE insertion/deletion polymorphism during hyperglycemia in normotensive, normoalbuminuric type 1 diabetic patients
Weekers, Laurent ULg; Bouhanick, B.; Hadjadj, S. et al

in Diabetes (2005), 54(10), 2961-2967

ACE inhibition protects kidney function, but ACE insertion/ deletion (LID) polymorphism affects renal prognosis in type 1 diabetic patients'. ACE genotype may influence the renal benefits of ACE ... [more ▼]

ACE inhibition protects kidney function, but ACE insertion/ deletion (LID) polymorphism affects renal prognosis in type 1 diabetic patients'. ACE genotype may influence the renal benefits of ACE inhibition. We studied the impact of ACE 1/D polymorphism on the renal hemodynamic changes induced by ACE inhibition in type 1 diabetes. We studied renal hemodynamics (glomerular filtration rate [GFR], effective renal plasma flow [ERPF], filtration fraction [GFR/ERPF], mean arterial pressure [MAP], and total renal resistances [MAP/ ERPF]) repeatedly during normoglycemia, and then hyperglycemia in 12 normotensive, normoalbuminuric type 1 diabetes and the 11 genotype (associated with nephrorotection) versus 22 age- and sex-matched subjects with the ACE D allele after three randomly allocated 2- to 6-week periods on placebo, 1.25 mg/day ramipril, and 5.mg/day ramipril in A double-blind, cross-over study. During normoglycemia, the hemodynamic changes induced by ramipril were similar in both genotypes. During hyperglycemia, the changes induced by ramipril were accentuated in the 11 genotype group and attenuated dose dependently in the D allele group (treatment-genotype interaction P values for ERPF, 0.018; MAP 0.018; and total renal resistances, 0.0.55). These results provide a basis to. different renal responses to ACE inbibition according to ACE genotype in type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of tolerance to the GABA-sub(A) agonist THIP by environmental cues
Jodogne, C.; Tirelli, Ezio ULg

in Behavioural Brain Research (1990), 36(1-2), 33-40

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See detailModulation of tumor cell-fibroblasts interactions by 2 extracellular-matrix glycoproteins - laminin and fibronectin.
Noël, Agnès ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Abstracts for the 18th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Dermatologic Research (1988)

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See detailModulation par le cycle cellulaire de l'implantation des cellules souches hématopoïétiques
Gothot, André ULg; Giet, Olivier ULg; Huygen, S. et al

in Hématologie (2002), 8

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See detailModulations histaminiques des fonctions leucocytaires de l'homme
Bury, Thierry ULg

Doctoral thesis (1992)

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