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See detailNovel micro-CT based local strain mapping tool to characterize the failure modes of bone tissue engineering scaffolds
Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Van Bael, Simon; Moesen, Maarten et al

Conference (2009)

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See detailNovel micro-CT based local strain mapping tool to characterize the failure modes of bone tissue engineering scaffolds
Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Van Bael, Simon; Moesen, Maarten et al

in Abstract book SkyScan User Meeting 2009 (2009)

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See detailA novel micromachined accelerometer capacitive interface
Kraft, Michaël ULg; Lewis, Christopher P.; Hesketh, Thomas G. et al

in Proceedings Eurosensors XI (1997)

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See detailA novel mitogen-inducible gene product related to p50/p105-NF-kappa B participates in transactivation through a kappa B site.
Bours, Vincent ULg; Burd, P. R.; Brown, K. et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (1992), 12(2), 685-95

A Rel-related, mitogen-inducible, kappa B-binding protein has been cloned as an immediate-early activation gene of human peripheral blood T cells. The cDNA has an open reading frame of 900 amino acids ... [more ▼]

A Rel-related, mitogen-inducible, kappa B-binding protein has been cloned as an immediate-early activation gene of human peripheral blood T cells. The cDNA has an open reading frame of 900 amino acids capable of encoding a 97-kDa protein. This protein is most similar to the 105-kDa precursor polypeptide of p50-NF-kappa B. Like the 105-kDa precursor, it contains an amino-terminal Rel-related domain of about 300 amino acids and a carboxy-terminal domain containing six full cell cycle or ankyrin repeats. In vitro-translated proteins, truncated downstream of the Rel domain and excluding the repeats, bind kappa B sites. We refer to the kappa B-binding, truncated protein as p50B by analogy with p50-NF-kappa B and to the full-length protein as p97. p50B is able to form heteromeric kappa B-binding complexes with RelB, as well as with p65 and p50, the two subunits of NF-kappa B. Transient-transfection experiments in embryonal carcinoma cells demonstrate a functional cooperation between p50B and RelB or p65 in transactivation of a reporter plasmid dependent on a kappa B site. The data imply the existence of a complex family of NF-kappa B-like transcription factors. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel mixed phospholipid functionalized monolithic column for early screening of drug induced phospholipidosis risk.
Zhao, Xianglong; Chen, Weijia; Liu, Zhenghua et al

in Journal of chromatography. A (2014), 1367

Drug-induced phospholipidosis (PLD) is characterized by the excessive accumulation of phospholipids, resulting in multilamellar vesicle structure within lysosomes. In the present study, a novel mixed ... [more ▼]

Drug-induced phospholipidosis (PLD) is characterized by the excessive accumulation of phospholipids, resulting in multilamellar vesicle structure within lysosomes. In the present study, a novel mixed phospholipid functionalized monolithic column was developed for the first time through a facile one-step co-polymerization approach. The phospholipid composition of the monolith can be adjusted quantitatively and accurately to mimic the mixed phospholipid environment of different biomembranes on a solid matrix. The mixed phospholipid functionalized monolith as a promising immobilized artificial membrane technique was used to study drug-phospholipid interaction. Scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, FT-IR spectra, zeta-potential analysis and micro-HPLC were carried out to characterize the physicochemical properties and separation performance of the monolith. Mechanism studies revealed that both hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions play an important role in the retention of analytes. The ratio of their contributions to retention can be easily manipulated by adjusting the composition of the mixed phospholipids, in order to better mimic the interaction between drugs and cell membrane. The obtained mixed phospholipid functionalized monolithic columns were applied to the screening of drug-induced PLD potency. Data from 79 drugs on the market demonstrated that the chromatographic hydrophobicity index referring to the mixed phospholipid functionalized monolith at pH 7.4 (CHI IAM7.4) for the selected drugs were highly correlated with the drug-induced PLD potency data obtained from other in vivo or in vitro assays. Moreover, the effect of the acidic phospholipid phosphatidylserine proportion on prediction accuracy was also investigated. The monolith containing 20% phosphatidylserine and 80% phosphatidylcholine exhibited the best prediction ability for the drug-induced PLD potency of the tested compounds. This research has led to the successful development of a novel and facile approach to prepare a mixed phospholipids functionalized monolith, which offers a reliable, cost-effective and high-throughput screening tool for early prediction of the PLD potency of drug candidates. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel mouse model for multiple myeloma (MOPC315.BM) that allows noninvasive spatiotemporal detection of osteolytic disease.
Hofgaard, PO; Jodal, HC; Bommert, K et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(12), 51892

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a lethal human cancer characterized by a clonal expansion of malignant plasma cells in bone marrow. Mouse models of human MM are technically challenging and do not always ... [more ▼]

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a lethal human cancer characterized by a clonal expansion of malignant plasma cells in bone marrow. Mouse models of human MM are technically challenging and do not always recapitulate human disease. Therefore, new mouse models for MM are needed. Mineral-oil induced plasmacytomas (MOPC) develop in the peritoneal cavity of oil-injected BALB/c mice. However, MOPC typically grow extramedullary and are considered poor models of human MM. Here we describe an in vivo-selected MOPC315 variant, called MOPC315.BM, which can be maintained in vitro. When injected i.v. into BALB/c mice, MOPC315.BM cells exhibit tropism for bone marrow. As few as 10(4) MOPC315.BM cells injected i.v. induced paraplegia, a sign of spinal cord compression, in all mice within 3-4 weeks. MOPC315.BM cells were stably transfected with either firefly luciferase (MOPC315.BM.Luc) or DsRed (MOPC315.BM.DsRed) for studies using noninvasive imaging. MOPC315.BM.Luc cells were detected in the tibiofemoral region already 1 hour after i.v. injection. Bone foci developed progressively, and as of day 5, MM cells were detected in multiple sites in the axial skeleton. Additionally, the spleen (a hematopoietic organ in the mouse) was invariably affected. Luminescent signals correlated with serum myeloma protein concentration, allowing for easy tracking of tumor load with noninvasive imaging. Affected mice developed osteolytic lesions. The MOPC315.BM model employs a common strain of immunocompetent mice (BALB/c) and replicates many characteristics of human MM. The model should be suitable for studies of bone marrow tropism, development of osteolytic lesions, drug testing, and immunotherapy in MM. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel mutation in the CUB sequence of matriptase-2 (TMPRSS6) is implicated in iron-resistant iron deficiency anaemia (IRIDA).
JASPERS, Aurélie ULg; CAERS, Jo ULg; LE GAC, Gerald et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2013), 160(4), 564-565

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See detailA novel mutation in the proteolipid protein gene leading to Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease.
Otterbach, B.; Stoffel, W.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg

in Biological chemistry Hoppe-Seyler (1993), 374(1), 75-83

Point mutations of the gene of human proteolipid protein (PLP) have been recognized as the molecular basis of one form of leukodystrophy, the X-chromosome-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). We ... [more ▼]

Point mutations of the gene of human proteolipid protein (PLP) have been recognized as the molecular basis of one form of leukodystrophy, the X-chromosome-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). We report the molecular analysis of four PMD patients in three unrelated families and describe a point mutation (G-->A transition) in exon V which leads to the substitution of Gly216 by a serine residue in a highly conserved extracytosolic domain and a Mae I RFLP. Molecular modelling with energy minimization indicates that this seemingly minor alteration of the amino-acid sequence induces a considerable conformational change and tight packing of the polypeptide chain apparently not compatible with the regular PLP function in oligodendrocytes. This mutation has been detected and characterized by PCR amplification of genomic DNA using intron and exon primers and the complete sequence analysis of the seven exons and a 300 bp promoter region of the PLP gene of two affected brothers. The sequence analysis of a PCR fragment representing exon V amplified from genomic DNA of different kindreds of the pedigree revealed the mother as the only carrier indicating that the mutation has occurred de novo in the mother's germline. PLP gene (including the 8.8 kb intron I) rearrangements have been excluded by Southern blot hybridization and overlapping PCR amplification of genomic DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel mutation of the luteinizing hormone/choionic gonadotrophin receptor gene leading to Leydig cell hypoplasia type I
Potorac, Iulia ULg; Rivero-Muller, A; Pintiaux, Axelle ULg et al

in The International Journal of The Romania Society of Endocrinology - Abstract book (2015, June)

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See detailA novel mutation of the luteinizing hormone/choionic gonadotrophin receptor gene leading to Leydig cell hypoplasia type I
Potorac, Iulia ULg; Rivero-Müller, A; Pintiaux, Axelle ULg et al

in Symposium "Perspectives in Endocrinology" - 5ème édition (2015, February 07)

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See detailA novel mutation of the luteinizing hormone/choionic gonadotrophin receptor gene leading to Leydig cell hypoplasia type I
Potorac, Iulia ULg; Rivero-Müller, Adolfo; Pintiaux, Axelle ULg et al

in Abstract book - 24th Meeting of the Belgian Endocrine Society (2014, October 18)

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See detailNovel nanosized water soluble fluorescent micelles with embedded perylene diimide fluorophores for potential biomedical applications: Cell permeability, localization and cytotoxicity
Bryaskova, Rayna; Georgiev, Nikolai I.; Dimov, Stefan M. et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : C (2015), 51

Novel biocompatiblewater-soluble fluorescent micelleswithembedded perylene diimides (PDI) for intracellular applications have been prepared by self assembling of amphiphilic poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly ... [more ▼]

Novel biocompatiblewater-soluble fluorescent micelleswithembedded perylene diimides (PDI) for intracellular applications have been prepared by self assembling of amphiphilic poly(vinyl alcohol)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVA-b-PAN) copolymers in the presence of synthesized fluorophores. Amphiphilic PVA-b-PAN copolymers were obtained by selective hydrolysis of well-defined poly(vinyl acetate)-b-poly(acrylonitrile) (PVAc-b-PAN) copolymer. The preparation of the novel fluorescence micelles consisting of PVA hydrophilic shell and PAN hy- drophobic core with incorporated PDI fluorophores has been confirmed by DLS and TEManalysis. The cytotoxic- ity of the water-soluble fluorophores and their internalization into living cells depending on the micellar concentration have been tested. Itwas shown that they could successfully enter in living cellswithout destroying their morphology. The results obtained indicate that the novel water-soluble fluorescent micelles with embed- ded PDI fluorophores would be suitable for potential intracellular biomedical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel neurodevelopmental syndrome responsive to 5-hydroxytryptophan and carbidopa.
RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Senderek, J.; Hausler, M. et al

in Molecular genetics and metabolism (2001), 73(2), 179-87

Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH; EC 1.14.16.4) catalyzes the first rate-limiting step of serotonin biosynthesis by converting l-tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan. Serotonin controls multiple vegetative ... [more ▼]

Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH; EC 1.14.16.4) catalyzes the first rate-limiting step of serotonin biosynthesis by converting l-tryptophan to 5-hydroxytryptophan. Serotonin controls multiple vegetative functions and modulates sensory and alpha-motor neurons at the spinal level. We report on five boys with floppiness in infancy followed by motor delay, development of a hypotonic-ataxic syndrome, learning disability, and short attention span. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis showed a 51 to 65% reduction of the serotonin end-metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5HIAA) compared to age-matched median values. In one out of five patients a low CSF 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF) was present probably due to the common C677T heterozygous mutation of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. Baseline 24-h urinary excretion showed diminished 5HIAA values, not changing after a single oral load with l-tryptophan (50-70 mg/kg), but normalizing after 5-hydroxytryptophan administration (1 mg/kg). Treatment with 5-hydroxytryptophan (4-6 mg/kg) and carbidopa (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) resulted in clinical amelioration and normalization of 5HIAA levels in CSF and urine. In the patient with additional MTHFR heterozygosity, a heterozygous missense mutation within exon 6 (G529A) of the TPH gene caused an exchange of valine by isoleucine at codon 177 (V177I). This has been interpreted as a rare DNA variant because the pedigree analysis did not provide any genotype-phenotype correlation. In the other four patients the TPH gene analysis was normal. In conclusion, this new neurodevelopmental syndrome responsive to treatment with 5-hydroxytryptophan and carbidopa might result from an overall reduced capacity of serotonin production due to a TPH gene regulatory defect, unknown factors inactivating the TPH enzyme, or selective loss of serotonergic neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel norovirus recombinants and GII.4 sub-lineages associated with outbreaks between 2006 and 2010 in Belgium
Mathijs, Elisabeth ULg; Denayer, Sarah; Palmeira, Leonor et al

in Virology Journal (2011)

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See detailNovel organic solvent-tolerant esterase isolated by metagenomics: insights into the lipase/esterase classification
Berlemont, Renaud; Spee, Olivier; Delsaute, Maud et al

in Revista Argentina de Microbiologia (2013), (45), 3-12

in order to isolate novel organic solvent-tolerant (oSt) lipases, a metagenomic library was built using dna derived from a temperate forest soil sample. a two-step activity-based screening allowed the ... [more ▼]

in order to isolate novel organic solvent-tolerant (oSt) lipases, a metagenomic library was built using dna derived from a temperate forest soil sample. a two-step activity-based screening allowed the isolation of a lipolytic clone active in the presence of organic solvents. Sequencing of the plasmid pRBest recovered from the positive clone revealed the presence of a putative lipase/esterase encoding gene. the deduced amino acid sequence (RBest1) contains the conserved lipolytic enzyme signature and is related to the previously described oSt lipase from Lysinibacillus sphaericus 205y, which is the sole studied prokaryotic enzyme belonging to the 4.4 a/b hydrolase subgroup (abh04.04). Both in vivo and in vitro studies of the substrate specificity of RBest1, using triacylglycerols or nitrophenyl-esters, respectively, revealed that the enzyme is highly specific for butyrate (c4) compounds, behaving as an esterase rather than a lipase. the RBest1 esterase was purified and biochemically characterized. the optimal esterase activity was observed at ph 6.5 and at temperatures ranging from 38 to 45 °c. enzymatic activity, determined by hydrolysis of p‐nitrophenyl esters, was found to be affected by the presence of different miscible and non-miscible organic solvents, and salts. noteworthy, RBest1 remains significantly active at high ionic strength. these findings suggest that RBest1 possesses the ability of oSt enzymes to molecular adaptation in the presence of organic compounds and resistance of halophilic proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel organocobalt based on acetylacetonate ligands for the precision synthesis of telechelic polymers
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Cordella, Daniela ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony et al

Conference (2015, December 17)

Organocobalt(III) with acetylacetonate ligands is the most representative example of R-Co bearing a weak C-Co bond that can release alkyl radicals under mild experimental conditions without requiring a ... [more ▼]

Organocobalt(III) with acetylacetonate ligands is the most representative example of R-Co bearing a weak C-Co bond that can release alkyl radicals under mild experimental conditions without requiring a photoactivation. The unique isolated specimen is a short oligo(vinyl acetate) end-capped by Co(acac)2. The high lability of the C-Co bond of this R-Co combined to the unique capacity of Co(acac)2 to reversibly trap alkyl radicals make this organocobalt unique for the precision synthesis of unprecedented polymers by the so-called Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP) technique. The growth of unstabilized and highly reactive growing radicals formed by the addition of R· to unconjugated olefins (vinyl esters, vinyl amides, vinyl imidazolium, vinyl chloride, ethylene) is controlled by the reversible formation of a weak C-Co bond at the polymer chain end. The lack of alternatives to this R-Co, especially to the structure of the alkyl group, has placed limitations on further innovation in (macro)molecular design. Other functional variants that would enable attractive chain-end derivatizations are unfortunately not available. In this communication, we will address this important challenge by describing an innovative synthetic route towards the preparation of a new functional R-Co(acac)2 that are characterized by a weak C-Co bond. We will report the conditions required for initiating and controlling the radical polymerization of various monomers from these R-Co. We will also demonstrate their utility for the production of novel telechelic polymers under mild experimental conditions, syntheses that can be carried out in water. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel organocobalt for the synthesis of functional polymers
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

Poster (2015, September 11)

Organocobalt(III) with acetylacetonate (acac) ligands is the most representative example of R-Co bearing a labile C-Co bond that can release alkyl radicals under mild experimental conditions without ... [more ▼]

Organocobalt(III) with acetylacetonate (acac) ligands is the most representative example of R-Co bearing a labile C-Co bond that can release alkyl radicals under mild experimental conditions without requiring a photoactivation. The unique isolated R-Co is a short oligo(vinyl acetate) end-capped by Co(acac)2. The high lability of its C-Co bond combined to the unique capacity of Co(acac)2 to reversibly trap alkyl radicals make this R-Co unique for the precision design of unprecedented polymers by Cobalt-Mediated Radical Polymerization (CMRP). The growth of unstabilized and highly reactive growing radicals formed by the addition of R• to unconjugated vinyl monomers (vinyl esters, vinyl amides, vinyl imidazolium, vinyl chloride, etc;) is controlled by the reversible formation of a weak C-Co bond at the polymer chain end. The lack of alternatives to this R-Co, especially to the structure of the alkyl group, has however placed limitations on post-functionalizations of end-chains. Other functional variants that would enable attractive chain-end derivatizations are unfortunately not available. In this poster, we will address this important challenge by describing an innovative synthetic route towards the preparation of new functional R-Co(acac)2 that are sources of halomethyl radicals under mild experimental conditions. The efficiency of these novel organocobalt complexes for the precision synthesis of end-functional and telechelic polymers will be described. Also, the solubility of these complexes in water enables the facile production of end-functionalized water soluble poly(ionic liquid)s. Further derivatizations of the halomethyl group at the chain-end of polymers produced by this system will be demonstrated by click reaction, largely broadening the range of possible functional groups. Finally, besides numerous applications in macromolecular engineering, this unexplored family of R-Co presents a high potential in radical reactions in organic synthesis by the facile production of halomethyl radicals. [less ▲]

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See detailA Novel Oxidizing Reagent Based on Potassium Ferrate(VI)
Delaude, Lionel ULg; Laszlo, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Organic Chemistry (1996), 61(18), 6360-6370

A new, efficient preparation has been devised for potassium ferrate(VI) (K(2)FeO(4)). The ability of this high-valent iron salt for oxidizing organic substrates in nonaqueous media was studied. Using ... [more ▼]

A new, efficient preparation has been devised for potassium ferrate(VI) (K(2)FeO(4)). The ability of this high-valent iron salt for oxidizing organic substrates in nonaqueous media was studied. Using benzyl alcohol as a model, the catalytic activity of a wide range of microporous adsorbents was ascertained. Among numerous solid supports of the aluminosilicate type, the K10 montmorillonite clay was found to be best at achieving quantitative formation of benzaldehyde, without any overoxidation to benzoic acid. The roles of the various parameters (reaction time and temperature, nature of the solvent, method of preparation of the solid reagent) were investigated. The evidence points to a polar reaction mechanism. The ensuing procedure was applied successfully, at room temperature, to oxidation of a series of alcohols to aldehydes and ketones, to oxidative coupling of thiols to disulfides, and to oxidation of nitrogen derivatives. At 75 degrees C, the reagent has the capability of oxidizing both activated and nonactivated hydrocarbons. Toluene is turned into benzyl alcohol (and benzaldehyde). Cycloalkanes are also oxidized, in significant (30-40%) yields, to the respective cycloalkanols (and cycloalkanones). Thus, potassium ferrate, used in conjunction with an appropriate heterogeneous catalyst, is a strong and environmentally friendly oxidant. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel pattern recognition approach to transient stability assessment of power systems
Belhomme, Régine; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Pavella, Mania ULg

in Proc. 10th IFAC World Congress (1987)

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