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See detailNuclear transplantation using bovine primordial germ cells from male fetuses.
Delhaise, F.; Ectors, Fabien ULg; de Roover, R. et al

in Reproduction, Fertility and Development (1995), 7(5), 1217-9

The developmental potential of nuclei of bovine gonial cells was investigated by nuclear transfer. Gonial cells were collected from male fetuses at about 175 days post coitum (p.c.). They were fused with ... [more ▼]

The developmental potential of nuclei of bovine gonial cells was investigated by nuclear transfer. Gonial cells were collected from male fetuses at about 175 days post coitum (p.c.). They were fused with enucleated oocytes; reconstituted embryos were cultured in vitro for 7 days. Embryos reaching the compacted morula or blastocyst stage were either fixed for cell counting or transferred into recipients. Out of 115 oocyte-gonia fusions, 101 (87.8%) gave rise to cleaved embryos at Day 3 and 26 (22.6%) had reached the 8-cell stage. At Day 7, 1 (1%) developed to the morula stage and 5 (4%) reached the blastocyst stage. Three blastocysts were fixed and showed normal cell numbers (135; 90; 76 cells). Three blastocysts and one morula were transferred in four recipients; two recipients were pregnant at Day 21 but only one was positive at Day 35 p.c.; this last one aborted around Day 40 p.c. No conceptus was collected. These results indicate that gonial cell nuclei can be partially reprogrammed; they are able to develop into blastocysts and to initiate gestation. However, more experiments will be necessary to prove the nuclear totipotency of bovine gonial cells. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Waste Management in Belgium: the place(less) of public participation
Parotte, Céline ULg

Conference (2014, September 17)

This presentation highlights the last reflections of the author on NWM in Belgium. It focuses on the new governance practices in Belgian nuclear waste management (NWM) from its ‘participatory turn’ in the ... [more ▼]

This presentation highlights the last reflections of the author on NWM in Belgium. It focuses on the new governance practices in Belgian nuclear waste management (NWM) from its ‘participatory turn’ in the late 1990s. Rather than praising (or rejecting) participation versus expert analysis, we make use of a theoretical and analytical framework in which the important dynamics for the analysis are ‘opening up’ and ‘closing down’ technological appraisals and commitments. Even though NWM agencies often plea for an integrative approach between experts analysis and participation, in practice this reveals itself rather complicated as both exercises are often kept separate. We address this separation and its consequences and we find that societal concerns remain subsumed in the technical options which have long been favoured by the Belgian agency. This taming of uncertainty may come at a high price, if it systematically reduces the scope of alternative options for governance intervention or if societal consultations ultimately appear like an instrument of legitimation of already-taken decisions. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Weapons and European Defence Identity
Dumoulin, André ULg

Report (1996)

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See detailNucleation of superconductivity and vortex matter in superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids
Aladyshkin, A Yu; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Gillijns, W. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2009), 22(5),

The theoretical and experimental results concerning the thermodynamical and low-frequency transport properties of hybrid structures, consisting of spatially separated conventional low-temperature ... [more ▼]

The theoretical and experimental results concerning the thermodynamical and low-frequency transport properties of hybrid structures, consisting of spatially separated conventional low-temperature superconductors (S) and ferromagnets (F), are reviewed. Since the superconducting and ferromagnetic parts are assumed to be electrically insulated, no proximity effect is present and thus the interaction between both subsystems is through their respective magnetic stray fields. Depending on the temperature range and the value of the external field H(ext), different behavior of such S/F hybrids is anticipated. Rather close to the superconducting phase transition line, when the superconducting state is only weakly developed, the magnetization of the ferromagnet is solely determined by the magnetic history of the system and it is not influenced by the field generated by the supercurrents. In contrast to that, the nonuniform magnetic field pattern, induced by the ferromagnet, strongly affects the nucleation of superconductivity, leading to an exotic dependence of the critical temperature T(c) on H(ext). Deeper in the superconducting state the effect of the screening currents cannot be neglected anymore. In this region of the phase diagram T-H(ext) various aspects of the interaction between vortices and magnetic inhomogeneities are discussed. In the last section we briefly summarize the physics of S/F hybrids when the magnetization of the ferromagnet is no longer fixed but can change under the influence of the superconducting currents. As a consequence, the superconductor and ferromagnet become truly coupled and the equilibrium configuration of this 'soft' S/F hybrid requires rearrangements of both superconducting and ferromagnetic characteristics, as compared with 'hard' S/F structures. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleation phenomenon in silica xerogels and Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2, Cu/SiO2 cogelled catalysts
Alié, Christelle ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (2003), 26(1-3), 827-830

Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 xerogel catalysts have been synthesized by cogelation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and chelates of Pd, Ag and Cu with 3-(2-aminoethylamino) propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS). It ... [more ▼]

Pd/SiO2, Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 xerogel catalysts have been synthesized by cogelation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and chelates of Pd, Ag and Cu with 3-(2-aminoethylamino) propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS). It appears that, in cogelled samples, the metal complex acts as a nucleation agent in the formation of silica particles. The resulting catalysts are then composed of completely accessible metallic crystallites with a diameter of about 3 nm located inside silica porous particles with a monodisperse microporous distribution. Xerogels without metal synthesized with EDAS and TEOS (C. Alie, R. Pirard, A. J. Lecloux, and J.-P. Pirard, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 289, 88 (2001)) verify this hypothesis of nucleation by EDAS. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleic acid compartmentalization within the cell nucleus by in situ transferase-immunogold techniques.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Microscopy Research and Technique (1995), 31(1), 4-21

In the present review, we report on recent results obtained by in situ transferase-immunogold techniques as to the ultrastructural distribution of DNA and RNA within the cell nucleus. Special emphasis is ... [more ▼]

In the present review, we report on recent results obtained by in situ transferase-immunogold techniques as to the ultrastructural distribution of DNA and RNA within the cell nucleus. Special emphasis is placed on the various nucleolar components and the various enigmatic structures of the extranucleolar region: interchromatin granules, coiled bodies, and simple nuclear bodies. These data are discussed in the light of our current understanding of the functional organization of the cell nucleus. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleic acid detection by in situ molecular immunogold labeling procedures.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Scanning Microscopy. Supplement (1996), 10

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new ... [more ▼]

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new immunocytological approaches involve the incorporation of labeled nucleotides in the nucleic acids present at the surface of ultrathin sections prior to immunogold labeling. The antibodies used recognize a nucleoside analogue (bromodeoxyuridine) or a hapten (biotin) employed to label nucleotides. Examples of high-resolution detection include DNA or RNA present in different substructures of cell nuclei, and in particular, in adenovirus-induced intranuclear regions of HeLa cells. In addition to being highly sensitive and specific, these new methods offer the possibility of studying the spatial distribution of nucleic acids in very well preserved, readily recognizable structures. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleic acid sensing at the interface between innate and adaptive immunity in vaccination
Desmet, Christophe ULg; Ishii, Ken J.

in Nature Reviews. Immunology (2012), 12(7), 479-491

The demand is currently high for new vaccination strategies, particularly to help combat problematic intracellular pathogens, such as HIV and malarial parasites. In the past decade, the identification of ... [more ▼]

The demand is currently high for new vaccination strategies, particularly to help combat problematic intracellular pathogens, such as HIV and malarial parasites. In the past decade, the identification of host receptors that recognize pathogen-derived nucleic acids has revealed an essential role for nucleic acid sensing in the triggering of immunity to intracellular pathogens. This Review first addresses our current understanding of the nucleic acid-sensing immune machinery. We then explain how the study of nucleic acid-sensing mechanisms not only has revealed their central role in driving the responses mediated by many current vaccines, but is also revealing how they could be harnessed for the design of new vaccines. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleolar alterations in human tumor cells induced by vitamin C and K3 during autoschizis
Jamison, J; Perlaky, L; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Molecular Biology of the Cell (2001), s12

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See detailNucleolar changes and fibrillarin redistribution following apatone treatment of human bladder carcinoma cells.
Jamison, James M; Gilloteaux, Jacques; Perlaky, Laszlo et al

in Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society (2010), 58(7), 635-51

Ascorbate and menadione (Apatone) in a ratio of 100:1 kills tumor cells by autoschizis. In this study, vitamin-induced changes in nucleolar structure were evaluated as markers of autoschizis. Human ... [more ▼]

Ascorbate and menadione (Apatone) in a ratio of 100:1 kills tumor cells by autoschizis. In this study, vitamin-induced changes in nucleolar structure were evaluated as markers of autoschizis. Human bladder carcinoma (T24) cells were overlain with vitamins or with culture medium. Supernatants were removed at 1-hr intervals from 1 to 4 hr, and the cells were washed with PBS and prepared for assay. Apatone produced marked alterations in nucleolar structure including redistribution of nucleolar components, formation of ring-shaped nucleoli, condensation and increase of the proportion of perinucleolar chromatin, and the enlargement of nucleolar fibrillar centers. Immunogold labeling of the nucleolar rRNA revealed a granular localization in treated and sham-treated cells, and immunogold labeling of the rDNA revealed a shift from the fibrillar centers to the condensed perinucleolar chromatin. Fibrillarin staining shifted from the fibrillar centers and adjacent regions to a more homogeneous staining of the entire nucleolus and was consistent with the percentage of autoschizic cells detected by flow cytometry. Because autoschizis entails sequential reactivation of DNase I and DNase II, and because the fibrillarin redistribution following DNase I and Apatone treatment is identical, it appears that the nucleolar and fibrillarin changes are markers of autoschizis. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleolar structure across evolution : the transition between bi- and tricompartmentalized nucleoli lies within the class Reptilia
Franck, Claire; Lamaye, Françoise; Thelen, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2011, January 31)

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See detailNucleolar structure across evolution: the transition between bi- and tri-compartmentalized nucleoli lies within the class Reptilia.
Lamaye, Francoise; Galliot, Sonia; Alibardi, Lorenzo et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (2011), 174(2), 352-9

Two types of nucleolus can be distinguished among eukaryotic cells: a tri-compartmentalized nucleolus in amniotes and a bi-compartmentalized nucleolus in all the others. However, though the nucleolus ... [more ▼]

Two types of nucleolus can be distinguished among eukaryotic cells: a tri-compartmentalized nucleolus in amniotes and a bi-compartmentalized nucleolus in all the others. However, though the nucleolus' ultrastructure is well characterized in mammals and birds, it has been so far much less studied in reptiles. In this work, we examined the ultrastructural organization of the nucleolus in various tissues from different reptilian species (three turtles, three lizards, two crocodiles, and three snakes). Using cytochemical and immunocytological methods, we showed that in reptiles both types of nucleolus are present: a bi-compartmentalized nucleolus in turtles and a tri-compartmentalized nucleolus in the other species examined in this study. Furthermore, in a given species, the same type of nucleolus is present in all the tissues, however, the importance and the repartition of those nucleolar components could vary from one tissue to another. We also reveal that, contrary to the mammalian nucleolus, the reptilian fibrillar centers contain small clumps of condensed chromatin and that their surrounding dense fibrillar component is thicker. Finally, we also report that Cajal bodies are detected in reptiles. Altogether, we believe that these results have profound evolutionarily implications since they indicate that the point of transition between bipartite and tripartite nucleoli lies at the emergence of the amniotes within the class Reptilia. [less ▲]

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See detailLe nucléole : un organite cellulaire fondamental
Lepoint, Alain; Goessens, Guy ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge des Technologies de Laboratoire (1987), 14

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See detailNucleolin binds specifically to an AP-1 DNA sequence and represses AP1-dependent transactivation of the matrix metalloproteinase-13 gene.
Samuel, Shaija; Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg; Beifuss, Katherine K et al

in Molecular Carcinogenesis (2008), 47(1), 34-46

Transcriptional regulation via activator protein-1 (AP-1) protein binding to AP-1 binding sites within gene promoter regions of AP-1 target genes plays a key role in controlling cellular invasion ... [more ▼]

Transcriptional regulation via activator protein-1 (AP-1) protein binding to AP-1 binding sites within gene promoter regions of AP-1 target genes plays a key role in controlling cellular invasion, proliferation, and oncogenesis, and is important to pathogenesis of arthritis and cardiovascular disease. To identify new proteins that interact with the AP-1 DNA binding site, we performed the DNA affinity chromatography-based Nucleotide Affinity Preincubation Specificity TEst of Recognition (NAPSTER) assay, and discovered a 97 kDa protein that binds in vitro to a minimal AP-1 DNA sequence element. Mass spectrometric fragmentation sequencing determined that p97 is nucleolin. Immunoblotting of DNA affinity-purified material with anti-nucleolin antibodies confirmed this identification. Nucleolin also binds the AP-1 site in gel shift assays. Nucleolin interacts in NAPSTER with the AP-1 site within the promoter sequence of the metalloproteinase-13 gene (MMP-13), and binds in vivo in chromatin immunoprecipitation assays in the vicinity of the AP-1 site in the MMP-13 promoter. Overexpression of nucleolin in human HeLa cervical carcinoma cells significantly represses AP-1 dependent gene transactivation of a minimal AP-1 reporter construct and of an MMP-13 promoter reporter sequence. This is the first report of nucleolin binding and transregulation at the AP-1 site. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Nucleolonema of Plant and Animal Cells: A Comparison
Deltour, Roger ULg; Motte, Patrick ULg

in Biology of the Cell (1990), 68(1), 5-11

Depending on the author and the animal or plant origin of the material under study, the term "nucleolonema" is used in different contexts and thus indicates nucleolar ultrastructures that are different ... [more ▼]

Depending on the author and the animal or plant origin of the material under study, the term "nucleolonema" is used in different contexts and thus indicates nucleolar ultrastructures that are different. In this paper, we attempt to clarify this state of affairs and to propose a definition for the plant cell nucleolonema. [less ▲]

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See detailThe nucleolus during the cell cycle.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

Book published by R.G. Landes Company, Chapman and Hall (1996)

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See detailThe nucleolus in reptiles: Ultrastructural studies
Lamaye, F; Thiry, Marc ULg

Poster (2008)

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