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See detailA next-generation protocol for the assessment of cyanobacterial diversity
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; de Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro; Laughinghouse IV, Haywood Dail et al

Poster (2015, September)

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See detailNext-generation sequencing as a tool for the molecular characterisation and risk assessment of genetically modified plants: Added value or not ?
Pauwels, Katia; De Keersmaecker, Sigrid; De Schrijver, Adinda et al

in Trends in Food Science & Technology (2015), 45

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See detailNext-Generation Sequencing for Rodent Barcoding: Species Identification from Fresh, Degraded and Environmental Samples
Galan, Maxime; Pagès, Marie ULg; Cosson, Jean-François

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(11), 48374

Rodentia are one of the most diverse orders among mammals, with more than 2,000 species currently described. Species assignation based on morphological data alone can present enormous challenges. In this ... [more ▼]

Rodentia are one of the most diverse orders among mammals, with more than 2,000 species currently described. Species assignation based on morphological data alone can present enormous challenges. In this study, we compared the applicability of 100 bp mini-barcodes from cytochrome b and cytochrome c oxidase 1 genes to enable rodent species identification. Based on GenBank sequence datasets of 115 rodent species, a 136 bp fragment of cytochrome b combined with universal rodent primers was selected as the most discriminatory mini-barcode. The efficacy of this new molecular tool was assessed on 946 samples including rodent tissues, feces, museum samples and feces/pellets from predators known to ingest rodents. Utilizing next generation sequencing technologies able to sequence multiple DNAs, 1,140 amplicons were tagged, multiplexed and sequenced together in one single 454 GS-FLX run. Our method was initially validated on a reference sample set including 265 clearly identified rodent tissues, corresponding to 103 different species. Following validation, 85.6% of 555 rodent samples from Europe, Asia and Africa whose species identity was unknown were able to be identified using the BLASTN program and GenBank reference sequences. In addition, our method proved effective even on degraded rodent DNA samples: 91.8% and 75.9% of samples from feces and museum specimens respectively were correctly identified. Finally, we succeeded in determining the diet of 66.7% of the investigated carnivores from their feces and 81.8% of owls from their pellets. Non-rodent species were also identified suggesting that our method is sensitive enough to investigate complete predator diets. This study demonstrates how this molecular identification method combined with high throughput sequencing can open new realms of possibilities in achieving fast, accurate and inexpensive species identification. [less ▲]

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See detailNext-to-leading-order QCD corrections to the yields and polarisations of J/Psi and Upsilon directly produced in association with a Z boson at the LHC
Gong, Bin; Lansberg, Jean-Philippe ULg; Lorce, Cédric ULg et al

in Journal of High Energy Physics [=JHEP] (2013), 1303

We update the study of the production of direct $J/\Psi$ in association with a $Z$ boson at the Next-to-Leading Order (NLO) in $\alpha_S$ by evaluating both the yield differential in $P_T$ and the $J/\Psi ... [more ▼]

We update the study of the production of direct $J/\Psi$ in association with a $Z$ boson at the Next-to-Leading Order (NLO) in $\alpha_S$ by evaluating both the yield differential in $P_T$ and the $J/\Psi$ polarisation in the QCD-based Colour-Singlet Model (CSM). Contrary to an earlier claim, QCD corrections at small and mid $P_T$ are small if one assumes that the factorisation and the renormalisation scales are commensurate with the $Z$ boson mass. As it can be anticipated, the t-channel gluon-exchange (t−CGE) topologies start to be dominant only for $P_T > m_Z/2$. The polarisation pattern is not altered by the QCD corrections. This is thus far the first quarkonium-production process where this is observed in the CSM. Along the same lines, our predictions for direct $\Upsilon + Z$ are also given. [less ▲]

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See detailNEXThaler, an innovative dry powder inhaler delivering an extrafine fixed combination of beclometasone and formoterol to treat large and small airways in asthma.
Corradi, M.; Chrystyn, Henry; Cosio, Borja G. et al

in Expert opinion on drug delivery (2014), 11(9), 1497-506

INTRODUCTION: Airway inflammation and remodelling in asthma occur in the large airways and also in the small airways. The small airways are those < 2 mm in diameter and are significant sites of chronic ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Airway inflammation and remodelling in asthma occur in the large airways and also in the small airways. The small airways are those < 2 mm in diameter and are significant sites of chronic asthmatic inflammation. It is important, therefore, to target the small as well as the large airways in any strategy for effective treatment of this disease. AREAS COVERED: The present review deals with the recently developed fixed dose drug combination of beclometasone dipropionate/formoterol fumarate that emits extrafine particles when delivered from an innovative dry powder inhaler (DPI), NEXThaler(R). The aim is to present the technical and clinical aspects of aerosolized drug delivery to the lungs. EXPERT OPINION: The data show that the NEXThaler DPI is an efficient device for the management of persistent asthma. The evaluation of the inhalation profiles through the NEXThaler DPI demonstrates that device activation and consistent dose delivery occurs at patient achievable inhalation flow rates, and supports the broad utility of the NEXThaler DPI in patients with asthma. Overall, all the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction outcomes demonstrate the NEXThaler DPI is easy to use. [less ▲]

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See detailNez électronique adapté aux odeurs de sucrerie, Rapport final
Romain, Anne-Claude ULg; Nicolas, Jacques ULg

Report (1998)

Au terme de cette convention FIRST, un savoir faire en matière de mesure d'odeur environnementale a été développé à sur le campus d'Arlon. Ce savoir faire étoffe ainsi l'acquis de l'équipe de recherche ... [more ▼]

Au terme de cette convention FIRST, un savoir faire en matière de mesure d'odeur environnementale a été développé à sur le campus d'Arlon. Ce savoir faire étoffe ainsi l'acquis de l'équipe de recherche "Surveillance de l'Environnement". Un détecteur de nuisances olfactives a été développé en laboratoire. Ce système s'avère au moins aussi performant que les instruments proposés sur le marché. Dans notre cas, la technologie des nez artificiels a été adaptée au monitoring des odeurs dans l'environnement : notamment les influences des facteurs externes, comme la température et l'humidité ambiantes ont été étudiées. Les quelques odeurs environnementales (prélevées sur le terrain ou reconstituées artificiellement) testées sur le détecteur ont pu être identifiées par des techniques de reconnaissance de formes. Couplé à l'acquisiteur de données VIGIL de C2MS, un détecteur de terrain a été placé sur le terrain, aux alentours des bassins de décantation de la sucrerie "Tirlemont" de Genappe. Moyennant une calibration des algorithmes utilisés, il va donc servir à la surveillance continue des émissions olfactives sur le site considéré, notamment dans le but de mettre en évidence un indicateur d'alarme ou de délivrer un signal capable de contrôler un aérateur de bassin. A l'issue des 3 années de recherche, on peut donc considérer que l'instrument de laboratoire et le détecteur de terrain fonctionnent de manière satisfaisante et, en tout état de cause, suffisamment bien que pour être transposés à d'autres applications environnementales, au-delà de celle du monitoring des odeurs de sucrerie. Il est notamment projeté d'adapter une technique similaire à celle du détecteur de terrain au suivi des émissions olfactives aux alentours de décharges d'ordures, l'objectif étant le contrôle des dispositifs anti-odeurs. Chaque émission d'odeur est un cas spécifique : il sera donc difficilement envisageable, dans l'avenir, de commercialiser un appareil universel. Une perspective intéressante serait d'adapter le détecteur de terrain, au cas par cas, à d'autres suivis d'odeurs environnementales, en se servant des acquis de cette première expérience et de l'instrument de laboratoire comme banc d'essais préliminaires. [less ▲]

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See detailLe nez électronique, un nouvel outil diagnostique pour les maladies respiratoires du cheval ?
Salinas, Emmanuelle; Ramery, Eve ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg et al

in Proceedings: AVEF, Versailles, France (2006)

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See detailNF kappa B and interferon regulatory factor 1 physically interact and synergistically induce major histocompatibility class I gene expression.
Drew, P. D.; Franzoso, G.; Becker, K. G. et al

in Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research (1995), 15(12), 1037-45

Major histocompatibility (MHC) class I gene expression is synergistically induced by the cytokines TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma. However, the mechanism that results in synergistic activation of these genes has ... [more ▼]

Major histocompatibility (MHC) class I gene expression is synergistically induced by the cytokines TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma. However, the mechanism that results in synergistic activation of these genes has remained unclear. We demonstrated here that TNF-alpha induced binding of NF kappa B p50 and p65 to the NF kappa B-like element of the MHC class I promoter termed region I and IFN-gamma induced binding of IRF-1 to the adjacent interferon consensus sequence (ICS). We further demonstrated that NF kappa B and IRF-1 physically interacted with each other and cooperatively induced MHC class I gene expression when cotransfected into CHP-126 neuroblastomas. These results provide a molecular mechanism by which TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma synergistically induce the expression of a variety of genes involved in immune responses, including MHC class I. [less ▲]

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See detailNf- Kappa B and Chemoresistance: Could Nf- Kappa B Be an Antitumor Target?
Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg

in Drug Resistance Updates : Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy (1999), 2(4), 274-276

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See detailNF-kappa B activation by double-strand breaks
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2006), 72(9), 1132-1141

Cellular response to DNA damage is complex and relies on the simultaneous activation of different networks. It involves DNA damage recognition, repair, and induction of signalling cascades leading to cell ... [more ▼]

Cellular response to DNA damage is complex and relies on the simultaneous activation of different networks. It involves DNA damage recognition, repair, and induction of signalling cascades leading to cell cycle checkpoint activation, apoptosis, and stress related responses. The fate of damaged cells depends on the balance between pro- and antiapoptotic signals. in this decisive life or death choice, the transcription factor NF-kappa B has emerged as a prosurvival actor in most cell types. As corollary, it appears to be associated with tumorigenic process and resistance to therapeutic strategies as it protects cancerous cells from death. in this review, we will focus on NF-kappa B activation by double-strand breaks inducing agents, such as ionizing radiation and DNA topoisomerase I and II inhibitors routinely used in cancer therapy. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the NF-kappa B discovery, major steps of the DSB-triggered cascade have been recently identified. Two parallel cascades are necessary for NF-kappa B activation. The first one depends on ATM (activated by double-strand breaks) and the second on PIDD (activated by an unknown stress signal). The phosphorylation of NEMO by ATM is the point of convergence of these two cascades. The identification of ATM/NEMO complex as the long searched "nuclear to cytoplasm" signal leading to IKK activation is also a major piece of the puzzle. The knowledge of the precise steps leading to DSB-initiated NF kappa B activation will allow the development of specific blocking compounds reducing its prosurvival function. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappa B activation by reactive oxygen species: Fifteen years later
Gloire, Geoffrey ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2006), 72(11), 1493-1505

The transcription factor NF-kappa B plays a major role in coordinating innate and adaptative immunity, cellular proliferation, apoptosis and development. Since the discovery in 1991 that NF-kappa B maybe ... [more ▼]

The transcription factor NF-kappa B plays a major role in coordinating innate and adaptative immunity, cellular proliferation, apoptosis and development. Since the discovery in 1991 that NF-kappa B maybe activated by H(2)o(2), several laboratories have put a considerable effort into dissecting the molecular mechanisms underlying this activation. Whereas early studies revealed an atypical mechanism of activation, leading to I kappa B alpha Y42 phosphorylation independently Of I kappa B kinase (IKK), recent findings suggest that H2O2 activates NF-kappa B mainly through the classical IKK-dependent pathway. The molecular mechanisms leading to IKK activation are, however, cell-type specific and will be presented here. In this review, we also describe the effect of other ROS (HOCl and O-1(2)) and reactive nitrogen species on NF-kappa B activation. Finally, we critically review the recent data highlighting the role of ROS in NF-kappa B activation by proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS), two major components of innate immunity. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Nf-Kappa B Transcription Factor and Cancer: High Expression of Nf-Kappa B- and I Kappa B-Related Proteins in Tumor Cell Lines
Bours, Vincent ULg; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Goujon-Letawe, F. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47(1), 145-9

NF-kappa B is a pleiotropic transcription factor which controls the expression of many genes and viruses. To date, there is good evidence, but no definitive proof, for its role in tumor formation and ... [more ▼]

NF-kappa B is a pleiotropic transcription factor which controls the expression of many genes and viruses. To date, there is good evidence, but no definitive proof, for its role in tumor formation and development of metastasis. To investigate the possibility that members of the NF-kappa B family could participate in the molecular control of the transformed and invasive phenotype, we examined the expression of these proteins in a variety of human tumor cell lines. The expression of p50, p65, p52 and I kappa B was quantified at the protein level using western immunoblot and mobility shift assay and at the RNA level by northern blot. We observed high expression of the NF-kappa B inhibitor I kappa B in the ovarian carcinoma cell line OVCAR-3 together with constitutive nuclear NF-kappa B activity. We also studied the colon carcinoma cell line HT-29 and its metastatic counterpart HTM-29 and we observed specific expression of the p52 NF-kappa B-related protein in the metastatic cells. Our data confirm that NF-kappa B could be involved in the genesis of a variety of cancers including solid tumors and provide us with interesting models to explore the exact role of these transcription factors in cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappa B2/p100 induces Bcl-2 expression
Viatour, Patrick ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Chariot, Alain ULg et al

in Leukemia (2003), 17(7), 1349-1356

The NF-kappaB2/p100 and bcl-3 genes are involved in chromosomal translocations described in chronic lymphocytic leukemias (CLL) and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) protects ... [more ▼]

The NF-kappaB2/p100 and bcl-3 genes are involved in chromosomal translocations described in chronic lymphocytic leukemias (CLL) and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, and nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) protects cancer cells against apoptosis. Therefore, we investigated whether this transcription factor could modulate the expression of the Bcl-2 antiapoptotic protein. Bcl-2 promoter analysis showed multiple putative NF-kappaB binding sites. Transfection assays of bcl-2 promoter constructs in HCT116 cells showed that NF-kappaB can indeed transactivate bcl-2. We identified a kappaB site located at position -180 that can only be bound and transactivated by p50 or p52 homodimers. As p50 and p52 homodimers are devoid of any transactivating domains, we showed that they can transactivate the bcl-2 promoter through association with Bcl-3. We also observed that stable overexpression of p100 and its processed product p52 can induce endogenous Bcl-2 expression in MCF7AZ breast cancer cells. Finally, we demonstrated that, in breast cancer and leukemic cells ( CLL), high NF-kappaB2/p100 expression was associated with high Bcl-2 expression. Our data suggest that Bcl-2 could be an in vivo target gene for NF-kappaB2/p100. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappa B: a new player in angiostatic therapy.
Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg; Griffioen, Arjan W

in Angiogenesis (2008), 11(1), 101-6

Angiogenesis is considered a promising target in the treatment of cancer. Most of the angiogenesis inhibitors in late-stage clinical testing or approved for the treatment of cancer act indirectly on ... [more ▼]

Angiogenesis is considered a promising target in the treatment of cancer. Most of the angiogenesis inhibitors in late-stage clinical testing or approved for the treatment of cancer act indirectly on endothelial cells. They either neutralize angiogenic growth factors from the circulation or block the signaling pathways activated by these growth factors. Another group of angiogenesis inhibitors are the direct angiostatic compounds. These agents have a direct effect on the endothelium, affecting cellular regulatory pathways, independently of the tumor cells. The reason that this category of agents is lagging behind regarding their translation to the clinic may be the lack of sufficient knowledge on the mechanism of action of these compounds. The transcription factor NF-kappaB has been recently connected with multiple aspects of angiogenesis. In addition, several recent studies report that angiogenesis inhibition is associated to NF-kappaB activation. This is of special interest since in tumor cells NF-kappaB activation has been associated to inhibition of apoptosis and currently novel treatment strategies are being developed based on inhibition of NF-kappaB. The paradigm that systemic NF-kappaB inhibition can serve as an anti-cancer strategy, therefore, might need to be re-evaluated. Based on recent data, it might be speculated that NF-kappaB activation, when performed specifically in endothelial cells, could be an efficient strategy for the treatment of cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappaB activation by DNA damage
Habraken, Yvette ULg

Conference (2012, May 11)

L’importance de la kinase ATM pour l’activation du complexe IKK suite aux dommages à l’ADN a été démontrée par de nombreuses équipes. ATM est requis pour (i) la phosphorylation de NEMO, (ii) l’activation ... [more ▼]

L’importance de la kinase ATM pour l’activation du complexe IKK suite aux dommages à l’ADN a été démontrée par de nombreuses équipes. ATM est requis pour (i) la phosphorylation de NEMO, (ii) l’activation du complexe TAK1/Tab2 et (iii) l’induction de la poly-ubiquitination de TRAF6 ou RIP1 ou ELKS. Nos travaux ont permis la mise en évidence d’une quatrième fonction d’ATM en aval du complexe IKK. Après avoir montré qu’ATM phosphorylait de manière spécifique la sérine 547 de p65, nous avons observé que la mutation S547A n’affectait pas globalement le potentiel transactivateur du NF-kappaB mais réprimait de manière spécifique la transcription de certains gènes [CXCL1, CXCL2, CCL20, IL-8, TNF, Selectine E, V-CAM1, et, A20]. La transcription d’IκBα et de Cox2 n’est pas influencée par la mutation. L’étude du mécanisme moléculaire, au niveau du promoteur de l’IL8, a montré que la phosphorylation de S547 est responsable de l’interaction avec HDCA1 dont la présence au niveau du promoteur diminue l’acétylation de l’histone H3 et donc réduit la transcription. Ces résultats ont été obtenus en cellules HEK293 exprimant p65WT ou p65S547A exogène (porteur d’une mutation silencieuse les rendant résistants au siRNA utilisé pour éteindre le p65 endogène). [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappaB activation in endothelial cells is critical for the activity of angiostatic agents.
Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg; Memet, Sylvie; Ave, Patrick et al

in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics (2009), 8(9), 2645-54

In tumor cells, the transcription factor NF-kappaB has been described to be antiapoptotic and proproliferative and involved in the production of angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth ... [more ▼]

In tumor cells, the transcription factor NF-kappaB has been described to be antiapoptotic and proproliferative and involved in the production of angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor. From these data, a protumorigenic role of NF-kappaB has emerged. Here, we examined in endothelial cells whether NF-kappaB signaling pathway is involved in mediating the angiostatic properties of angiogenesis inhibitors. The current report describes that biochemically unrelated agents with direct angiostatic effect induced NF-kappaB activation in endothelial cells. Our data showed that endostatin, anginex, angiostatin, and the 16-kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin induced NF-kappaB activation in endothelial cells in both cultured human endothelial cells and in vivo in a mouse tumor model. It was also found that NF-kappaB activity was required for the angiostatic activity, because inhibition of NF-kappaB in endothelial cells impaired the ability of angiostatic agents to block sprouting of endothelial cells and to overcome endothelial cell anergy. Therefore, activation of NF-kappaB in endothelial cells can result in an unexpected antitumor outcome. Based on these data, the current approach of systemic treatment with NF-kappaB inhibitors may therefore be revisited because NF-kappaB activation specifically targeted to endothelial cells might represent an efficient strategy for the treatment of cancer. [less ▲]

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