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See detailPEO coated magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical application
Aqil, Abdelhafid ULg; Vasseur, S.; Duguet, E. et al

in European Polymer Journal (2008), 44(10), 3191-3199

This paper reports on the preparation, characterization and stealthiness of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (magnetite Fe3O4) with a 5 nm diameter and stabilized in water (pH 6.5) by a shell of water ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on the preparation, characterization and stealthiness of superparamagnetic nanoparticles (magnetite Fe3O4) with a 5 nm diameter and stabilized in water (pH 6.5) by a shell of water-soluble poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) chains. Two types of diblock copolymers, i.e., poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(ethylene oxide), PAA–PEO, and poly(acrylic acid)-b-poly(acrylate methoxy poly(ethyleneoxide)), PAA–PAMPEO, were prepared as stabilizers with different compositions and molecular weights. At pH 6.5, the negatively ionized PAA block interacts strongly with the positively-charged nanoparticles, thus playing the role of an anchoring block. Aggregates of coated nanoparticles were actually observed by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The hydrodynamic diameter was in the 50–100 nm range and the aggregation number (number of nanoparticles per aggregate) was lying between several tens and hundred. Moreover, the stealthiness of these aggregates was assessed “in vitro” by the hemolytic CH50 test. No response of the complement system was observed, such that biomedical applications can be envisioned for these magnetic nanoparticles. Preliminary experiments of magnetic heating (10 kA/m; 108 kHz) were performed and specific absorption rate varied from 2 to 13 W/g(Fe). [less ▲]

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See detailThe People’s Republic of China : sociopolitical landscape on the eve of the 18th Party congress
Florence, Eric ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2012)

In this presentation, the key features of the Mao-era legacies will firstly be introduced to the public. One will highlight how these socialist institutions still contribute to define a system which has ... [more ▼]

In this presentation, the key features of the Mao-era legacies will firstly be introduced to the public. One will highlight how these socialist institutions still contribute to define a system which has been defined by Lee Ching-Kwan as “Decentralized legal authoritarianism”. In a second section, the modalities of state-society relations in 21st century China will be presented in a dynamic way. How can one define these various modalities? How is the Party adapting its ideological system to a rapidly changing society and to socioeconomic transformation? What are the major challenges facing the Chinese government as one witnesses mounting collective mobilization and contentious politics? These are some of the questions which will be explored within this presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Pepinster formation in the Verviers synclinorium, between Pepinster and Eupen (Belgium). Structural and stratigraphical context
Hance, Luc ULg; Dejonghe, L; Fairon-Demaret, Muriel ULg et al

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1994), 117

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See detailPepLook Scale-Up Prediction of protein structures
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

Poster (2009, August 27)

Besides experimental approaches for peptide structures determination which results often differ with assay conditions, there is, to our knowledge, only three in silico methods available for the prediction ... [more ▼]

Besides experimental approaches for peptide structures determination which results often differ with assay conditions, there is, to our knowledge, only three in silico methods available for the prediction of peptide structures: Pepstruct, Rosetta and PepLook. The latter was developed by the CBMN (1, 2) based on the fact that any protein PDB model can be re-constructed in silico using a restricted subset of φψ couples of angles (3). As PepLook was able to predict conformation of peptides and protein fragments, like cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) (1) and the hydrophobic segment of DGKє (4) with good accuracy, we are testing whether PepLook could be used for the prediction of complete protein structures. To reach this goal, PepLook is used to predict the conformation of peptidic fragments along the protein sequences. The sequence is scanned with different sizes of windows shifted along the sequence from the first to the last residue. For each sequence window, the 99 PepLook models of structure are analysed and compared to the PDB model. PepLook scans are running for five proteins, α-synuclein (1XQ8), a Zinc endoprotease (1C7K), Ubiquitin (1UBQ), Cytochrome b562 (256B) and Lysozyme (3LZT, 1AM7), using different window lengths (7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 21, 23 and 27 residues) by sliding steps of 1 residue. Since this approach requires huge calculation time, we present here the preliminary results. [less ▲]

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See detailPepLook Scale-Up: Prediction of protein structures
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg

Conference (2009, January 27)

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See detailPepLook: An innovative in silico tool for determination of structure, polymorphism and stability of peptides
Thomas, Annick ULg; Deshayes, Sebastien; Decaffmeyer, Marc et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (2009), 611

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See detailPepsinogen and progesterone concentration during pregnancy in sows.
Banga-Mboko, H.; Thilman, P.; Desbuleux, H. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(1), 12-13

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See detailPeptidase Activity of Beta-Lactamases
Rhazi, Noureddine ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg; Page, Michael I. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1999), 341((Pt 2)), 409-13

Although beta-lactamases have generally been considered as being devoid of peptidase activity, a low but significant hydrolysis of various N-acylated dipeptides was observed with representatives of each ... [more ▼]

Although beta-lactamases have generally been considered as being devoid of peptidase activity, a low but significant hydrolysis of various N-acylated dipeptides was observed with representatives of each class of beta-lactamases. The kcat/Km values were below 0.1 M(-1). s(-1), but the enzyme rate enhancement factors were in the range 5000-20000 for the best substrates. Not unexpectedly, the best 'peptidase' was the class C beta-lactamase of Enterobacter cloacae P99, but, more surprisingly, the activity was always higher with the phenylacetyl- and benzoyl-d-Ala-d-Ala dipeptides than with the diacetyl- and alpha-acetyl-l-Lys-d-Ala-d-Ala tripeptides, which are the preferred substrates of the low-molecular-mass, soluble dd-peptidases. A comparison between the beta-lactamases and dd-peptidases showed that it might be as difficult for a dd-peptidase to open the beta-lactam ring as it is for the beta-lactamases to hydrolyse the peptides, an observation which can be explained by geometric and stereoelectronic considerations. [less ▲]

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See detailPeptide backbone fragmentation initiated by side-chain loss at cysteine residue in matrixassisted laser desorption/ionization in-source decay mass spectrometry
Asakawa, Daiki; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg; Quinton, Loïc ULg et al

in Journal of Mass Spectrometry [=JMS] (2013), 48

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization in-source decay (MALDI-ISD) is initiated by hydrogen transfer from matrix molecules to the carbonyl oxygen of peptide backbone with subsequent radical-induced ... [more ▼]

Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization in-source decay (MALDI-ISD) is initiated by hydrogen transfer from matrix molecules to the carbonyl oxygen of peptide backbone with subsequent radical-induced cleavage leading to c0/z• fragments pair. MALDI-ISD is a very powerful method to obtain long sequence tags from proteins or to do de novo sequencing of peptides. Besides classical fragmentation, MALDI-ISD also shows specific fragments for which the mechanism of formation enlightened the MALDI-ISD process. In this study, the MALDI-ISD mechanism is reviewed, and a specific mechanism is studied in details: the N-terminal side of Cys residue (Xxx-Cys) is described to promote the generation of c0 and w fragments in MALDI-ISD. Our data suggest that for sequences containing Xxx-Cys motifs, the N–Ca bond cleavage occurs following the hydrogen attachment to the thiol group of Cys side-chain. The c•/w fragments pair is formed by side-chain loss of the Cys residue with subsequent radical-induced cleavage at the N–Ca bond located at the left side (N-terminal direction) of the Cys residue. This fragmentation pathway preferentially occurs at free Cys residue and is suppressedwhen the cysteines are involved in disulfide bonds. Hydrogen attachment to alkylated Cys residues using iodoacetamide gives free Cys residue by the loss of •CH2CONH2 radical. The presence of alkylated Cys residue also suppress the formation of c•/w fragments pair via the (Cb)-centered radical, whereas w fragment is still observed as intense signal. In this case, the z• fragment formed by hydrogen attachment of carbonyl oxygen followed side-chain loss at alkylated Cys leads to a w fragment. Hydrogen attachment on peptide backbone and side-chain of Cys residue occurs therefore competitively during MALDI-ISD process. [less ▲]

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See detailPEPTIDE CLICK LABELLING WITH 1-(AZIDOMETHYL)-4-[18F]-FLUOROBENZENE AND REFERENCE COMPOUNDS SYNTHESIS ON SOLID SUPPORT
Thonon, David ULg; Paris, Jérôme ULg; Kech, Cecile et al

in Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals (2009, July)

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See detailPeptide cross-links in bacterial cell wall peptidoglycans studied with specific endopeptidases from Streptomyces albus G
Petit, Jean-François; Munoz, Emilio; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Biochemistry (1966), 5(8), 2764-2776

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See detailPeptide G, containing the binding site of the 67-kDa laminin receptor, increases and stabilizes laminin binding to cancer cells.
Magnifico, A.; Tagliabue, E.; Buto, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(49), 31179-84

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces laminin and one of which does not. Addition of peptide G to the culture medium induced a significant increase in the amount of endogenous laminin detectable on the cell membrane of both cell lines. Moreover, pretreatment of exogenous laminin with peptide G dramatically increased laminin binding on both cell lines. Kinetics analysis of membrane-bound labeled laminin revealed a 3-fold decrease in the kd of peptide G-treated laminin compared with untreated or unrelated or scrambled peptide-treated laminin. Moreover, the affinity constant of peptide G-treated laminin increased 2-fold, with a doubling of the number of laminin binding sites, as determined by Scatchard analysis. Expression of the VLA6 integrin receptor on the cell membrane increased after incubation with peptide G-treated laminin. However, the lower binding inhibition of peptide G-treated laminin after anti-VLA6 antibody or cation chelation treatment indicates that membrane molecules in addition to integrin receptors are involved in the recognition of peptide G-modified laminin. These "new" laminin-binding proteins also mediated cell adhesion to laminin, the first step in tumor invasion. Together, the data suggest that peptide G increases and stabilizes laminin binding on tumor cells, involving surface receptors that normally do not take part in this interaction. This might explain the abundant clinical and experimental data suggesting a key role for the 67-kDa laminin receptor in the interaction between cancer cells and the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailPeptide hormones: from the transcription of the gene to the final product--a biochemical view
Martial, Joseph ULg

in Hormone Research (1989), 32(1-3), 9-12

This very short review aims at analyzing the current biochemical view of the molecular steps involved in the peptide hormone synthesis, going from the gene to the final active peptide.

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See detailPeptide inhibitors of Streptomyces DD-carboxypeptidases
Nieto, Manuel; Perkins, Harnold R.; Leyh-Bouille, Mélina et al

in Biochemical Journal (1973), 131(1), 163-171

1. Peptides that inhibit the dd-carboxypeptidases from Streptomyces strains albus G and R61 were synthesized. They are close analogues of the substrates of these enzymes. The enzymes from albus G and R61 ... [more ▼]

1. Peptides that inhibit the dd-carboxypeptidases from Streptomyces strains albus G and R61 were synthesized. They are close analogues of the substrates of these enzymes. The enzymes from albus G and R61 strains are in general inhibited by the same peptides, but the enzyme from strain R39 differs considerably. 2. The two C-terminal residues of the peptide substrates and inhibitors appear to be mainly responsible for the initial binding of the substrate to the enzymes from albus G and R61 strains. The side chain in the third residue from the C-terminus seems critical in inducing catalytic activity. 3. Experimental evidence is presented suggesting that the amide bond linking the two C-terminal residues has a cis configuration when bound to the enzymes from strains albus G and R61. 4. The peptide inhibitors are not antibiotics against the same micro-organisms. [less ▲]

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See detailA peptide mimicking the C-terminal part of the reactive center loop induces the transition to the latent form of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor Type-1
D'Amico, Salvino ULg; Martial, Joseph ULg; Struman, Ingrid ULg

in FEBS Letters (2012), 586

Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is the primary inhibitor of plasminogen activators (uPA and tPA) and thus plays a central role in fibrinolysis. The spontaneous insertion of its Reactive Centre ... [more ▼]

Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is the primary inhibitor of plasminogen activators (uPA and tPA) and thus plays a central role in fibrinolysis. The spontaneous insertion of its Reactive Centre Loop (RCL) into beta-sheet A is responsible for its irreversible conversion into the inactive latent form. In this study, we used two peptides mimicking residues P14-P9 and P8-P3 of the RCL so as to understand this dynamic process. We show that both peptides inhibit the formation of PAI 1/uPA and PAI-1/tPA complexes via two different mechanisms. Targeting the N-terminal part of the loop induces the cleavage of PAI-1 by the proteases uPA/tPA while targeting its C-terminal part greatly favors the irreversible formation of latent PAI-1. [less ▲]

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See detailPEPTIDE-LOADED LIPOSOMES AGAINST BREAST CANCER: EFFECTIVE PENETRATION IN CELLS OF LONG CIRCULATING pH-SENSITIVE VESICLES
Ducat, Emilie ULg; Deprez, Julie ULg; Peulen, Olivier ULg et al

Poster (2010, October)

Purpose: Print3G, a peptidic antagonist of oncoprotein involved in breast cancer, could reduce the angiogenic development of breast tumors. The necessity of intravenous administration of Print3G led to ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Print3G, a peptidic antagonist of oncoprotein involved in breast cancer, could reduce the angiogenic development of breast tumors. The necessity of intravenous administration of Print3G led to the development of liposomes as drug carriers, combining the protective properties of PEG with the transfection properties of pH-sensitive lipids. The purpose of this work is to compare pegylated pH-sensitive liposomes with a classical formulation of long-circulating liposomes in terms of cellular uptake. Methods: Classical liposomes (SPC:CHOL:mPEG-750-DSPE (47:47:6 mol/mol)) and pH-sensitive liposomes (DOPE:CHEMS:CHOL: mPEG750-DSPE (43:21:30:6 mol/mol)) were compared in terms of size, charge, stability, pH-sensitivity and toxicity by inhibition of cell proliferation. Finally, confocal microscopy was used to study the cellular uptake of liposomes by three cell lines (Hs578t, WI-26 and MDA-MB-231), using 25-nitrobenzoxydiazol-cholesterol as a fluorescent marker of the vesicular membrane and rhodamine in the inner cavity of liposomes. Results: Sizes of 162.8 ± 4.6 nm and zeta potential of -9.3 ± 1.2 mV were obtained for standard liposomes (n=3) while the obtained values for pH-sensitive liposomes (n=3) were respectively of 184.8 ± 3.2 nm and -19.5 ± 2.6 mV. The two formulations were comparable in terms of shape and stability. Concerning the pH-sensitivity study, a significantly higher leakage of the encapsulated material was observed at pH 5 for pH-sensitive liposomes. Confocal pictures obtained with these vesicles on the three cell lines allowed us to visualize the colocalized red and green color with a higher concentration near the nucleus. Conclusion: Long circulating pH-sensitive liposomes are promising drug delivery systems in terms of cellular uptake. Experiments will be performed with biotinylated Print3G to assess its cellular distribution. Moreover, the accumulation of this formulation in breast tumor will be evaluated by in vivo studies. [less ▲]

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