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See detailPGPR-induced systemic resistance: activity of amphiphilic elicitors and structural analogues on different plant species
Jourdan, Emmanuel ULg; Ongena, MARC ULg; Adam, Akram et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2007), 30

Some non pathogenic microorganisms can induce disease resistance mechanisms expressed systemically in the host plant thereby rendering it less susceptible to further attack by pathogens. In this study, we ... [more ▼]

Some non pathogenic microorganisms can induce disease resistance mechanisms expressed systemically in the host plant thereby rendering it less susceptible to further attack by pathogens. In this study, we have investigated the role of bacterial compounds as elicitors of the induced systemic resistance. Lipopeptides, especially surfactin and fengycin, produced by Bacillus subtilis strains are able to stimulate bean and tomato plants and decrease the impact of subsequent pathogen infection. Preliminary experiments on tobacco cells showed that surfactine induces some modifications in the phenylpropanoid pathway. Amphiphilic properties of lipopeptides and NABD, the elicitor isolated from Pseudomonas putida strain BTP1, could be responsible for their activities on plant cells [less ▲]

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See detailpH and redox responsive hydrogels and nanogels made from poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline)
Legros, Camille ULg; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Tam, Kam Chiu et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2013)

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See detailThe pH dependence of rat liver RNA polymerases I and II.
Bull, P.; Martial, Joseph ULg; Téllez, R. et al

in Archivos de Biologia y Medicina Experimentales (1980), (13), 265-269

The effect of pH on the stability and activity of rat liver RNA polymerases I (A) and II (B) has been studied. Both enzymes are irreversibly inactivated in buffer solutions below pH 5.0. Km values of the ... [more ▼]

The effect of pH on the stability and activity of rat liver RNA polymerases I (A) and II (B) has been studied. Both enzymes are irreversibly inactivated in buffer solutions below pH 5.0. Km values of the two enzymes are constant between pH 6.5 and 8.7 but a two -to three- fold increase is observed between pH 8.7 and 9.7. The Vmax versus pH profiles are bell-shaped curves indicating the participation of two ionizing groups with apparent pKa values of 6.5 and 9.8 for enzyme I and 6.7 and 9.9 for enzyme II. Both enzymes are inactivated by photooxidation in the presence of Rose Bengal. It is suggested that the above pKa corresponds to the imidazole of a histidine residue and a amino group of a lysine residue. [less ▲]

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See detailThe pH dependence of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61
Varetto, Louis; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Nguyen-Distèche, Martine ULg et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1987), 162(3), 525-531

Titration of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61 shows that formation of acyl enzyme during hydrolysis of the substrate Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala and enzyme inactivation by the beta-lactam ... [more ▼]

Titration of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61 shows that formation of acyl enzyme during hydrolysis of the substrate Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala and enzyme inactivation by the beta-lactam compounds benzylpenicillin, N-acetylampicillin and ampicillin relies on the acidic form of an enzyme's group of pK approximately equal to 9.5. It is proposed that protonation of a lysine epsilon-amino group facilitates initial binding by charge pairing with the free carboxylate of the substrate and the beta-lactam molecules. Lowering the pH from 7 to 5 has no effect on the second-order rate constant of enzyme acylation by benzylpenicillin and N-acetylampicillin but results in a decreased rate constant of acylation by ampicillin and Ac2-L-Lys-D-Ala-D-Ala. Protonation of the side-chain amino group of ampicillin and a decreased efficacy of the initial binding of the peptide to the enzyme seem to be responsible for the observed effects. Whatever the molecule bound to the enzyme, there is no sign for the active involvement of an enzyme's histidine residue of pK 6.5-7.0 in the hydrolysis pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailpH Dependence of the morphology of aqueous micelles formed by polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers
Gohy, Jean-François; Willet, Nicolas ULg; Varshney, Sunil K et al

in e-Polymers (2002), (35), 1-10

The morphology of micelles formed by two polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine)- block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO) copolymers was studied in water by dynamic light scattering and transmission ... [more ▼]

The morphology of micelles formed by two polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine)- block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-P2VP-b-PEO) copolymers was studied in water by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Spherical micelles were observed that consist of a PS core, a P2VP shell and a PEO corona. The characteristic size of core, shell and corona depends on the copolymer composition. An important increase in micellar size occurs at pH < 5 as a result of P2VP block protonation. The reversibility of this pH effect depends on copolymer composition, too. The conformation of the PEO block plays an important role in this pH driven morphological transition. [less ▲]

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See detailPh Ib/II study of BKM120 plus trastuzumab in patients with trastuzumab-resistant HER2+ advanced breast cancer
Pistilli, Barbara; Urruticoechea, Ander; Chan Stephen et al

in Annals of Oncology (2012), 23(supplément 9), 116

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See detailpH-Dependence of the morphology of micelles formed by poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers in water
Gohy, Jean-François; Mores, Sandrine; Varshney, Sunil K et al

in e-Polymers (2002), (21), 1-8

The morphology of micelles formed by two poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (P2VP-b-PEO) copolymers has been studied in phosphate-buffered water by dynamic light scattering and transmission ... [more ▼]

The morphology of micelles formed by two poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (P2VP-b-PEO) copolymers has been studied in phosphate-buffered water by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Spherical micelles are observed when the P2VP block is the minor component of the diblock copolymer. When P2VP dominates the composition, transition from spheres-to-rods-to-vesicles takes place in a narrow pH range that straddles the pKa of P2VP. This transition is controlled by the degree of protonation of the P2VP blocks. At high pH, the copolymer precipitates from the solution. [less ▲]

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See detailpH-dependent micellization of poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly((dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers
Gohy, Jean-François; Antoun, Sayed; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecules (2001), 34(21), 7435-7440

A series of poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly((dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers (P2VP-b-PDMAEMA) have been synthesized by living anionic polymerization of the comonomers. Dynamic light ... [more ▼]

A series of poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly((dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers (P2VP-b-PDMAEMA) have been synthesized by living anionic polymerization of the comonomers. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) has been used to study the associative behavior of these copolymers in water as a function of copolymer composition, pH, ionic strength, and temperature. Three association regimes are observed. At low pH, loose aggregates are formed, although both the P2VP and PDMAEMA blocks are protonated. At intermediate pH, micelles are observed that consist of an uncharged hydrophobic P2VP core surrounded by a protonated PDMAEMA corona. At higher pH, the PDMAEMA corona is essentially uncharged and collapses at temperatures higher than 40 °C, which results in unstable micelles. The micelles observed by transmission electron microscopy are spherical. [less ▲]

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See detailpH-Programmable DNA Logic Arrays Powered by Modular DNAzyme Libraries
Elbaz, J.; Wang, F.; Remacle, Françoise ULg et al

in Nano Letters (2012)

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See detailPH-responsive biodegradable amphiphilic networks
Zednik, Jiri; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Lussis, Perrine ULg et al

in Polymer (2008), 49(3), 697-702

Copper-mediated azide - alkyne Huisgen's 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition is a "click" reaction that was successfully used to prepare pH-responsive, amphiphilic and biodegradable networks. Indeed, this reaction ... [more ▼]

Copper-mediated azide - alkyne Huisgen's 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition is a "click" reaction that was successfully used to prepare pH-responsive, amphiphilic and biodegradable networks. Indeed, this reaction proved to be very efficient in the "one pot" grafting of amino alkyne onto azide containing poly(epsilon-caprolactone) and the cross-linking of these chains by alpha,omega-dialkynyl poly(ethylene oxide). The pH-controlled release of guests hosted during the cross-linking step was illustrated with an entrapped model dye. [less ▲]

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See detailpH-Responsive diblock copolymers prepared by the dual initiator strategy
Bernaerts, Katrien V.; Willet, Nicolas ULg; Van Camp, Wim et al

in Macromolecules (2006), 39(11), 3760-3769

Diblock copolymers poly(tetrahydrofuran-b-tert-butyl acrylate) (PTHF-b-PtBA) and poly(tetrahydrofuranb- 1-ethoxyethyl acrylate) (PTHF-b-PEEA) were successfully synthesized by the dual initiator 4 ... [more ▼]

Diblock copolymers poly(tetrahydrofuran-b-tert-butyl acrylate) (PTHF-b-PtBA) and poly(tetrahydrofuranb- 1-ethoxyethyl acrylate) (PTHF-b-PEEA) were successfully synthesized by the dual initiator 4-hydroxybutyl-2- bromoisobutyrate (HBBIB). The isobutyrate and alcohol function of HBBIB were used for the atom transfer radical polymerization of tBA ( or EEA) and the living cationic ring-opening polymerization of THF, respectively. Hydrolysis or thermolysis of the aforementioned diblock copolymers results in amphiphilic pH-responsive copolymers PTHF-b-poly( acrylic acid) ( PTHF-b-PAA). Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-1 NMR) were used to analyze the PTHF macroinitiator, while clear evidence for the formation of well-defined block copolymer structures was obtained by 1H NMR, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The amorphous PtBA block in PTHF-b-PtBA resulted in a decrease of the crystallinity and the melting point of PTHF, as shown by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Self-assembly of PTHF-b-PAA copolymers in water into aggregates and micelles when exposed to specific pH values was confirmed by dynamic light scattering, infrared, and NMR spectroscopies. [less ▲]

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See detailpH-responsive flower-type micelles formed by a biotinylated poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene-oxide)-block-poly(ε-caprolactone) triblock copolymer
Van Butsele, Kathy ULg; Cajot, Sébastien ULg; Van Vlierberghe, Sandra et al

in Advanced Functional Materials (2009), 19(9), 1416-1425

In the present work, a method is proposed to assemble pH-responsive, flower-like micelles that can expose a targeting unit at their periphery upon a decrease in pH. The micelles are composed of a novel ... [more ▼]

In the present work, a method is proposed to assemble pH-responsive, flower-like micelles that can expose a targeting unit at their periphery upon a decrease in pH. The micelles are composed of a novel biotinylated triblock copolymer of poly(-caprolactone)-block-poly(ethylene oxide)-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PCL-b-PEO-b-P2VP) and the non-biotinylated analogue. The block copolymers are synthesized by sequential anionic and ring-opening polymerization. The pH-dependent micellization behaviour in aqueous solution of the triblock copolymers developed is studied using dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and fluorimetric measurements. The shielding of the biotin at neutral pH and their availability at the micelle surface upon protonation is established by TEM and surface plasmon resonance with avidin and streptavidin-coated gold surfaces. The preliminary stealthy behavior of these pH-responsive micelles is examined using the complement activation (CH50) test. [less ▲]

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See detailpH-responsive micelles in dilute and gel-like media
Willet, Nicolas ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Gohy, Jean-François et al

Conference (2006, June)

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See detailpH-sensitive micellar systems for controlled drug delivery: synthesis and structural characterization by small-angle neutron scattering
Joset, Arnaud ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Brulet, Annie et al

Poster (2009, March)

The aim of the project is the preparation of micellar nanocarriers made of biocompatibles copolymers and their structural analysis by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). These micelles could be used in ... [more ▼]

The aim of the project is the preparation of micellar nanocarriers made of biocompatibles copolymers and their structural analysis by Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS). These micelles could be used in drug delivery applications to fight cancer1. The hydrophobic polycaprolactone (PCL) core is intended to incorporate the drug. The corona of hydrophilic polyethylene oxide (PEO) stabilizes the nanocarriers with respect to the plasma proteins. The pH in the neighborhood of the tumoral cells is lower than in the healthy cells. We incorporated a pH-sensitive sequence of poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP). As a result, these micelles are expected to deliver their drug near the cancerous cells without affecting the healthy cells. When the pH is acidic, the P2VP is protonated and the chains are repulsive. The micellar size is then larger than in basic pH, when the P2VP is precipitated on the PCL core. We prepared PCL65-b-P2VP31 / PCL65-b-PEO114 and PCL32-b-P2VP52 / PCL36-b-PEO114 50:50 mixtures of diblocks copolymers. The resulting mixed micelles are analyzed by SANS. We developed a theoretical model with a spherical water-free PCL core. The PEO corona is described as consisting of gaussian chains with a thickness estimated as twice the chain gyration radius, Rg. We propose two alternatives for handling the P2VP zone. The P2VP molecules are either assumed to be Gaussian chains or they fill a shell of thickness L with possible water penetration.The fitting of the models to the experimental scattering cross sections leads to important structural parameters like the aggregation number, the core radius, the gyration radius and the thickness of the P2VP shell. [less ▲]

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