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See detailContribution of ATP-gated P2X1 ion channels to the control of neutrophil chemotaxis.
Lecut, Christelle ULg; Frederix, Kim ULg; Johnson, Daniel et al

in Purinergic Signalling (2008), 4

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See detailOccurrence of AIP Mutations in Sporidic Pituitary Adenomas and Familial Isolated Pituitary Adenomas Kindreds in Valencia, Spain
Fajardo Montanaña, C.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Tichomirowa, M. A. et al

in ENDO 2008: 90th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society - Abstract book (2008)

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See detailGenetic Causes of Pituitary Adenmas; Focus on the Roe of AIF Status in Multiple Tumor Types
Ansaneli Naves, L.; Ferreira Azevedo, M.; Faria de Castro, L. et al

in ENDO 2008: 90th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society - Abstract book (2008)

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See detailAryl Hydrocarbon Receptor interacting Protein Gene Mutations in Bulgarian FIPA and Young Sporadic Pituitary Adenoma Patients
Yaneva, M.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Tichomirowa, M. A. et al

in ENDO 2008: 90th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society - Abstract book (2008)

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See detailNewborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Boemer, François ULg; Ketelslegers, Olivier; Minon, Jean-Marc et al

in Clinical Chemistry (2008), 54(12), 2036-2041

BACKGROUND: Neonatal screening programs for sickle cell disease are now widespread in North American and European countries. Most programs apply isoelectric focusing or HPLC to detect hemoglobin variants ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Neonatal screening programs for sickle cell disease are now widespread in North American and European countries. Most programs apply isoelectric focusing or HPLC to detect hemoglobin variants. Because tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) is being used for screening of inherited metabolic disorders and allows protein identification, it was worth testing for hemoglobinopathy screening. METHODS: We minimized sample preparation and analysis times by avoiding prior purification, derivatization, or separation. We developed a tryptic digestion methodology to screen for the main clinically important variants (HbS, HbC, and HbE) and beta-thalassemia. To ensure proper discrimination between homozygote and heterozygote variants, we selected 4 transitions with good signal intensities for each specific peptide and calculated variant/HbA ratios for each. Method validation included intra- and interseries variability, carryover, and limit of detection. We also performed a comparative study with isoelectric focusing results on 2082 specimens. RESULTS: Intraassay imprecision values (CVs) varied between 2.5% and 30.7%. Interassay CVs were between 6.3% and 23.6%. Carryover was <0.03%, and the limit of detection was fixed at 1% of HbS. According to the MS/MS settings (detection of HbS, HbC, HbE, and beta-globin production defects), the comparative study did not yield any discrepant results between the 2 techniques. CONCLUSIONS: MS/MS is a reliable method for hemoglobinopathy neonatal screening. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity of intestinal fibroblasts to TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand-mediated apoptosis in Crohn's disease
Reenaers, Catherine ULg; Franchimont, Nathalie; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology (2008), 43

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See detailGermline PTPN11 missense mutation in a case of Noonan syndrome associated with mediastinal and retroperitoneal neuroblastic tumors.
Mutesa, Léon; Pierquin, Geneviève ULg; Janin, Nicolas ULg et al

in Cancer Genetics & Cytogenetics (2008), 182(1), 40-2

Noonan syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by short stature, typical craniofacial dysmorphism, skeletal anomalies, congenital heart defects, and predisposition to malignant ... [more ▼]

Noonan syndrome (NS) is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by short stature, typical craniofacial dysmorphism, skeletal anomalies, congenital heart defects, and predisposition to malignant tumors. In approximately 50% of cases, the disease is caused by missense mutations in the PTPN11 gene. To date, solid tumors, and particularly brain tumors and rhabdomyosarcomas, have been documented in patients with NS; however, few cases of neuroblastoma associated with NS have been reported. Here we report an unusual case of neuroblastoma with mediastinal, retroperitoneal, and medullar locations associated in a NS patient carrying a PTPN11 germline missense mutation (p.G60A). This missense mutation occurs within the N-SH2 domain of the PTPN11 gene and has been reported to be associated with acute leukemia in NS patients. The association of this p.G60A PTPN11 mutation with neuroblastoma provides new evidence that gain of function PTPN11 mutations may play an important role in the pathogenesis of solid tumors associated with Noonan syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailSpinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2): clinical features and genetic analysis.
Mutesa, Leon; Pierquin, Geneviève ULg; Segers, Karin ULg et al

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics (2008), 54(5), 350-2

Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease that results from the expansion of an unstable trinucleotide CAG repeat encoding for a polyglutamine tract. In ... [more ▼]

Spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease that results from the expansion of an unstable trinucleotide CAG repeat encoding for a polyglutamine tract. In normal individuals, alleles contain between 14 and 31 CAG repeats, whereas the pathological alleles have more than 35 CAG repeats. The clinical phenotype of SCA2 includes a progressive cerebellar ataxia with additional features such as ophthalmoplegia, extra-pyramidal or pyramidal signs and peripheral neuropathy. We report a SCA2 large African family with several affected individuals. A major pathological allele carrying 43 CAG repeats was identified in the proband. To our knowledge, this is a first report of a SCA disorder described in Central African patients, thus indicating the need to consider this diagnosis in young African ataxic patients. [less ▲]

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See detailAn insertion-deletion polymorphism in the Interferon Regulatory Factor 5 (IRF5) gene confers risk of inflammatory bowel diseases
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Kristjansdottir, G.; Milani, L. et al

in Human Molecular Genetics (2007), 16(24), 3008-3016

The interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) gene encodes a transcription factor that plays an important role in the innate as well as in the cell-mediated immune responses. The IRF5 gene has been shown to ... [more ▼]

The interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) gene encodes a transcription factor that plays an important role in the innate as well as in the cell-mediated immune responses. The IRF5 gene has been shown to be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. We studied whether the IRF5 gene is also associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Twelve polymorphisms in the IRF5 gene were genotyped in a cohort of 1007 IBD patients (748 CD and 254 UC) and 241 controls from Wallonia, Belgium. The same polymorphisms were genotyped in a confirmatory cohort of 311 controls and 687 IBD patients (488 CD and 192 UC) from Leuven, Belgium. A strong signal of association [P=1.9x10(-5), odds ratio (OR) 1.81 (1.37-2.39)] with IBD was observed for a 5 bp indel (CGGGG) polymorphism in the promoter region of the IRF5 gene. The association was detectable also in CD patients (P=6.8x10(-4)) and was particularly strong among the UC patients [P=5.3x10(-8), OR=2.42 (1.76-3.34)]. The association of the CGGGG indel was confirmed in the second cohort [P=3.2x10(-5), OR=1.59 (1.28-1.98)]. The insertion of one CGGGG unit is predicted to create an additional binding site for the transcription factor SP1. Using an electrophoretic mobility shift assay, we show allele-specific differences in protein binding to this repetitive DNA-stretch, which suggest a potential function role for the CGGGG indel. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular Analysis in Two Siblings African Patients with Severe Form of Hunter Syndrome: Identification of a Novel (P.Y54x) Nonsense Mutation
Mutesa, Léon; Muganga, N.; Lissens, Willy et al

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics (2007), 53(6), 434-7

Hunter syndrome (or Mucopolysaccharidosis type II, MPS II) is an X-linked recessive disorder due to the deficiency of the iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) enzyme, resulting in the accumulation of heparan and ... [more ▼]

Hunter syndrome (or Mucopolysaccharidosis type II, MPS II) is an X-linked recessive disorder due to the deficiency of the iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) enzyme, resulting in the accumulation of heparan and dermatan sulfates in the lysosomes. The heterogeneity of clinical phenotypes, ranging from mild-to-severe forms, is a result of different mutations in the IDS gene. We report here, a novel nonsense mutation (p.Y54X) in two siblings MPS II African patients affected with a severe form of the disease. We postulated that the p.Y54X mutation which causes a loss of the IDS region highly conserved among sulfatase enzymes, could be predicted as a severe disease-causing mutation for Hunter syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailVariable pathological and clinical features of a large Brazilian family harboring a mutation in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein gene
Naves, L. A.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Vanbellinghen, Jean-François ULg et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2007), 157(4), 383-391

Background: Germline aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) mutations occur in 15% of familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) cases. To date, studies have focused on the identification of ... [more ▼]

Background: Germline aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) mutations occur in 15% of familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) cases. To date, studies have focused on the identification of such mutations in large international cohorts. Detailed genetic and clinical studies within AIP mutation-positive families have been limited. Aim: To undertake a comprehensive study of a large Brazilian FIPA kindred with an E174 frameshift (E174fs) AIP mutation to assess clinical, hormonal, and radiological features in mutation carriers. Methods: The kindred included 122 subjects across six generations; all underwent clinical examination. Genetic studies were performed to identify E174fs mutation carriers. E174fs-positive subjects underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and hormonal assessments. Results: Of the ten germline AIP mutation carriers, three had pituitary tumors, while seven were asymptomatic carriers. Three patients with pituitary tumors showed variability in terms of tumor phenotype (two with acromegaly, one with prolactinoma, or mixed prolactin/GH-secreting tumor) and age at diagnosis; both patients with acromegaly had poor responses to octreotide. Tumor AIP immunohistochemistry from the operated patient showed decreased expression when compared with normal tissue. Two adult subjects with normal MRI had elevated IGF-I in the absence of other causes. A 2-year-old child with the E174fs mutation and a normal MRI had premature thelarche, ovarian development, and advanced bone age in the absence of other underlying causes. Conclusions: The penetrance of pituitary tumors in AIP mutation-positive adult subjects was 33.3%, while clinical/hormonal features were variable. The features noted in AIP-mutation carriers in this kindred suggest that clinical characteristics of such carriers may extend beyond pituitary tumors. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly inflammation in the airways of a cystic fibrosis foetus
Verhaeghe, C.; Delbecque, Katty ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal of Cystic Fibrosis (2007), 6(4), 304-308

In cystic fibrosis patients, inflammation is often considered to be secondary to chronic infections. In the present study, we show increased levels of pro-inflammatory proteins in the lungs of a cystic ... [more ▼]

In cystic fibrosis patients, inflammation is often considered to be secondary to chronic infections. In the present study, we show increased levels of pro-inflammatory proteins in the lungs of a cystic fibrosis foetus compared to the lungs of two normal foetuses. Our findings suggest therefore the existence of an early intrinsic pro-inflammatory state in cystic fibrosis airways. (C) 2006 European Cystic Fibrosis Society. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailConsultations in molecular diagnostics - A case of FIP1L1-PDGFRA-positive chronic eosinophilic leukemia with a rare FIP1L1 breakpoint
Lambert, Frédéric ULg; Heimann, Pierre; Herens, Christian ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Diagnostics (2007), 9(3), 414-419

The idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) has remained for a long time a diagnosis of exclusion. Differential diagnosis between the HES and the related chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL) relied on ... [more ▼]

The idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) has remained for a long time a diagnosis of exclusion. Differential diagnosis between the HES and the related chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL) relied on the identification of signs of clonality that allowed, when present, the reclassification of patients as CEL. Recently, a new acquired mutation was described in approximately 50% of the HES/CEL patients: a cryptic deletion on chromosome band 4q12 generating a FIP1IL1-PDGFRA fusion gene. According to the World Health Organization classification, this clonal abnormality has been proposed as a new surrogate marker for chronic eosinophilic leukemia diagnosis. Fluorescence in situ hybridization and reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction protocols were developed for an accurate del(4)(q12q12) and FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion gene detection. Here, we report a patient with a rare FIP1L1 intron 16 breakpoint located outside of the reported FIP1L1 breakpoint region (ie, from FIP1L1 introns 9 to 13). This case illustrates the risk of false-negative results with diagnostic procedures that do not take into account the occurrence of rare FIP1L1 breakpoints. As targeted therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors has dramatically changed the prognosis of FIP1L1-PDGFRA (+) CEL, false-negative results could hamper accurate diagnosis and treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of IKK and ERK pathways in intrinsic inflammation of cystic fibrosis airways
Verhaeghe, Catherine ULg; Remouchamps, Caroline ULg; Hennuy, Benoît ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2007), 73(12), 1982-1994

in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, pulmonary inflammation is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and may precede bacterial colonization. The aim of the present study was to investigate the molecular ... [more ▼]

in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, pulmonary inflammation is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and may precede bacterial colonization. The aim of the present study was to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying intrinsic inflammation in cystic fibrosis air-ways. Using different cystic fibrosis cell models, we first demonstrated that, beside a high constitutive nuclear factor of kappaB (NF-kappa B) activity, CF cells showed a higher activator protein-1 (AP-1) activity as compared to their respective control cells. Gene expression profiles, confirmed by RT-PCR and ELISA, showed over-expression of numerous NF-KB and AP-1-dependent pro-inflammatory genes in CF cells in comparison with control cells. Activation of NF-KB was correlated with higher inhibitor of kappa B kinase (IKK) activity. In addition, Bio-plex phosphoprotein assays revealed higher extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation in CFT-2 cells. Inhibition of this kinase strongly decreased expression of pro-inflammatory genes coding for growth-regulated proteins (Gro-alpha, Gro-beta and Gro-gamma) and interleukins (IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8). Moreover, inhibition of secreted interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) with neutralizing antibodies reduced pro-inflammatory gene expression. Our data thus demonstrated for the first time that the absence of functional cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) at the plasma membrane leads to an intrinsic AP-1, in addition to NF-kappa B, activity and consequently to a pro-inflammatory state sustained through autocrine factors such as IL-1 beta and bFGF. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe TNF/ADAM 17 system: implication of an ADAM 17 haplotype in the clinical response to infliximab in Crohn's disease
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Theatre, Emilie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (2007, May), 37(Suppl. 1), 79

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See detailAryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein gene mutations in familial isolated pituitary adenomas: analysis in 73 families.
Daly, Adrian ULg; Vanbellinghen, Jean-François ULg; Khoo, Sok Kean et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2007), 92(5), 1891-1896

CONTEXT: An association between germline aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene mutations and pituitary adenomas was recently shown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to assess ... [more ▼]

CONTEXT: An association between germline aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene mutations and pituitary adenomas was recently shown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to assess the frequency of AIP gene mutations in a large cohort of patients with familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA). DESIGN: This was a multicenter, international, collaborative study. SETTING: The study was conducted in 34 university endocrinology and genetics departments in nine countries. PATIENTS: Affected members from each FIPA family were studied. Relatives of patients with AIP mutations underwent AIP sequence analysis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Presence/absence and description of AIP gene mutations were the main outcome measures. INTERVENTION: There was no intervention. RESULTS: Seventy-three FIPA families were identified, with 156 patients with pituitary adenomas; the FIPA cohort was evenly divided between families with homogeneous and heterogeneous tumor expression. Eleven FIPA families had 10 germline AIP mutations. Nine mutations, R16H, G47_R54del, Q142X, E174frameshift, Q217X, Q239X, K241E, R271W, and Q285frameshift, have not been described previously. Tumors were significantly larger (P = 0.0005) and diagnosed at a younger age (P = 0.0006) in AIP mutation-positive vs. mutation-negative subjects. Somatotropinomas predominated among FIPA families with AIP mutations, but mixed GH/prolactin-secreting tumors, prolactinomas, and nonsecreting adenomas were also noted. Approximately 85% of the FIPA cohort and 50% of those with familial somatotropinomas were negative for AIP mutations. CONCLUSIONS: AIP mutations, of which nine new mutations have been described here, occur in approximately 15% of FIPA families. Although pituitary tumors occurring in association with AIP mutations are predominantly somatotropinomas, other tumor types are also seen. Further study of the impact of AIP mutations on protein expression and activity is necessary to elucidate their role in pituitary tumorigenesis in FIPA. [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome de Hutchinson-Gilford (progeria): analyse clinique et moleculaire chez une patiente d'origine africaine
Mutesa, Léon; Pierquin, Geneviève ULg; Cwiny-Ay, N. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62(3), 155-8

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is an extremely rare genetic disease characterized by an early onset of several clinical features including premature ageing in children. Approximately 80% of ... [more ▼]

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is an extremely rare genetic disease characterized by an early onset of several clinical features including premature ageing in children. Approximately 80% of HGPS cases are caused by a de novo single-base pair substitution c.1824 C>T (GGC > GGT, p.Gly608Gly) within the exon 11 of the LMNA gene which codes for lamins A and C proteins. This mutation creates an abnormal splice donor site, leading to the formation of a truncated lamin A protein. Only a very few cases of African patients with HGPS have been reported, but none of them has been characterized at the molecular level. We report here a 12 year-old-girl African patient with HGPS, in whom the p.Gly608Gly heterozygous disease-causing mutation was found. [less ▲]

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