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See detailEffects of ipratropium bromide on repeated cadmium inhalation-induced lune inflammation and airspace enlargement in rats
Zhang, W. H.; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Cheu, Esteban ULg et al

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (2010), 10

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See detailAnti-inflammatory effects of formoterol and ipratropium bromide against acute cadmium-induced pulmonary inflammation in rats.
Zhang, W.; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Cheu, Esteban ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2010), 628(1-3), 171-178

In this study, the anti-inflammatory properties of formoterol and ipratropium bromide, alone or in combination, were investigated in a rat model of acute pulmonary inflammation induced by cadmium ... [more ▼]

In this study, the anti-inflammatory properties of formoterol and ipratropium bromide, alone or in combination, were investigated in a rat model of acute pulmonary inflammation induced by cadmium inhalation. Airway resistance and inflammatory responses, including matrix metalloproteinease-2 (MMP-2) and matrix metalloproteinease-9 (MMP-9) activities, were evaluated. Compared to values obtained in rats exposed to cadmium, pretreatment by bronchodilators administered alone significantly prevented the cadmium-induced increase of airway resistance. Formoterol elicited a significant decrease in total cell number, neutrophil and macrophage counts in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, whereas ipratropium bromide reduced neutrophil numbers. The two compounds administered alone significantly attenuated the lung lesions associated with parenchyma inflammatory cell influx and congestion observed in the cadmium group. The increased MMP-9 activity was significantly attenuated. Although only formoterol induced a decrease protein concentration in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, both compounds inhibited the pulmonary edema by reducing wet-to-dry weight ratio which returned to values similar to those recorded in the sham group. All the effects of formoterol on the cadmium-induced inflammatory responses were reversed by propranolol. Similar anti-inflammatory effects were obtained in rats pretreated with ilomastat which showed a significant reduction on inflammatory cell infiltration and MMP-9 activity in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Neither synergistic nor additive effects were obtained when the two bronchodilators were administered in combination. In conclusion, formoterol and ipratropium bromide partially protect the lungs against the inflammation by reducing neutrophilic infiltration. This protective effect is associated with reduced MMP-9 activity known to play an important pro-inflammatory role in acute inflammatory process. [less ▲]

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See detailLa vaccination contre les mammites à Staphylococcus aureus chez la vache laitière
Wallemacq, Hugues; Girard, B.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2010), 154(1), 16-29

Staphylococcus (S.) aureus is a major pathogen for mastitis in dairy cattle. In most cases, S. aureus causes long-lasting subclinical and chronic bovine mastitis and leads to significant economic losses ... [more ▼]

Staphylococcus (S.) aureus is a major pathogen for mastitis in dairy cattle. In most cases, S. aureus causes long-lasting subclinical and chronic bovine mastitis and leads to significant economic losses by reducing the quantity and the quality of the milk produced. The pathogenesis of S. aureus mastitis includes the ability to persist within host cells and involves multiple virulence factors including toxins, surface proteins and polysaccharides. The numerous vaccines that have been developed induce a specific immune response against these different factors. These different vaccine approaches are described and classified depending on the target antigen used. Moreover, some recent vaccine strategies against human S. aureus infections are also discussed and could eventually be used for the design of new bovine vaccines. Although most of bovine vaccines induce specific humoral response, to date, no vaccine has been described to protect efficiently against experimental and naturally occurred bovine S. aureus mastitis. In conclusion, this type of immune response and the broad antigenic variability of S. aureus strains can partially explain the lack of protection observed during most of vaccine trials. [less ▲]

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See detailCytokine expression by Aspergillus fumigatus stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from dogs with sino-nasal aspergillosis.
Vanherberghen, Morgane ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Peters, I. R. et al

in Proceedings of the 20th Annual Congress of the ECVIM-CA (2010)

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See detailInterstitial macrophages are essential for maintaining immune homeostasis in the lung
Bedoret, Denis; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of The Allergy & Asthma Symposium: Bridging Innate and Adaptive Immunity (2009)

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See detailLung interstitial macrophages prevent the development of respiratory allergy
Bedoret, D.; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of The Keystone Symposia: Allergy and Asthma. Keystone, Colorado, USA (2009)

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See detailA crucial role forlung interstitial macrophages in preventing airway allergy
Bedoret, Denis; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Short book of the Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Vienne (2009)

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See detailIRF3 is required for induction of allergic airway inflammation by dendritic cells
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret, Denis; Goriely, S et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailIRF3 is required for the induction of allergic airway inflammation by lung dendritic cells in a mouse model of house dust mite-induced atopic asthma
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret, Denis; Goriely, M. et al

in Abstracts of the 17th Annual European Respiratory Society Congress, Vienna, Austria (2009)

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See detailIRF3 is required for induction of allergic airway inflammation by dendritic cells
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret, Denis; Goriely, M. et al

Conference (2009)

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See detailEssential role of sirtuins in the pathogenesis of allergic airway inflammation
Legutko, Agnieszka ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg et al

in Short book of the Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Vienne (2009)

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See detailLung interstitial macrophages alter dendritic cell functions to prevent airway allergy in mice
Bedoret, Denis ULg; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2009), 119(12), 3723-38

The respiratory tract is continuously exposed to both innocuous airborne antigens and immunostimulatory molecules of microbial origin, such as LPS. At low concentrations, airborne LPS can induce a lung DC ... [more ▼]

The respiratory tract is continuously exposed to both innocuous airborne antigens and immunostimulatory molecules of microbial origin, such as LPS. At low concentrations, airborne LPS can induce a lung DC-driven Th2 cell response to harmless inhaled antigens, thereby promoting allergic asthma. However, only a small fraction of people exposed to environmental LPS develop allergic asthma. What prevents most people from mounting a lung DC-driven Th2 response upon exposure to LPS is not understood. Here we have shown that lung interstitial macrophages (IMs), a cell population with no previously described in vivo function, prevent induction of a Th2 response in mice challenged with LPS and an experimental harmless airborne antigen. IMs, but not alveolar macrophages, were found to produce high levels of IL-10 and to inhibit LPS-induced maturation and migration of DCs loaded with the experimental harmless airborne antigen in an IL-10-dependent manner. We further demonstrated that specific in vivo elimination of IMs led to overt asthmatic reactions to innocuous airborne antigens inhaled with low doses of LPS. This study has revealed a crucial role for IMs in maintaining immune homeostasis in the respiratory tract and provides an explanation for the paradox that although airborne LPS has the ability to promote the induction of Th2 responses by lung DCs, it does not provoke airway allergy under normal conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of gene expression in canine sino-nasal aspergillosis and idiopathic lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis: a microarray study
Vanherberghen, Morgane ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Peters, IR et al

in Proceedings of the 19th Annual ECVIM-CA Congress (2009)

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See detailLocal administration of nicotinamide enhances neutrophil apoptosis and decreases mice endotoxin-induced airway inflammation
Fernandes, C. A.; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Ucakar, B. et al

in Société Belge de Sciences Pharmaceutiques (2009)

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See detailEffects of betamethasone on inflammation and emphysema induced by cadmium nebulisation in rats
Fievez, Laurence ULg; Kirschvink, N.; Zhang, Wenhui H. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2009), 606(1-3), 210-214

Cadmium (Cd) induces centrilobular emphysema and is suspected to contribute to tobacco related lung diseases as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study aimed to check whether the ... [more ▼]

Cadmium (Cd) induces centrilobular emphysema and is suspected to contribute to tobacco related lung diseases as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This study aimed to check whether the inflammatory process observed in rats exposed to nebulised Cd is resistant to betamethasone as observed in COPD and to determine the influence of this drug on airspace enlargement together with the MMP-2-9/TIMP-1-2 imbalance. Our results showed that betamethasone induced emphysema by itself in healthy rats. Moreover, pre-treatment of rats with betamethasone could only partially modulate the increase in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cell counts and the absence of preventive effect of this compound against emphysema development is associated with its inability to rebalance the MMP-2-9/TIMP-1-2 ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression microarrays in equine sciences
Ramery, Eve ULg; Closset, Rodrigue; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2009), 127(3-4), 197-202

Microarrays have become an important research tool for life science researchers. Expression microarrays are capable of profiling the gene expression pattern of tens of thousands of genes in a single ... [more ▼]

Microarrays have become an important research tool for life science researchers. Expression microarrays are capable of profiling the gene expression pattern of tens of thousands of genes in a single experiment. It appears to be the platform of choice for parallel gene expression profiling. Various equine-specific gene expression microarrays have been generated and used. However, homologous microarrays are not yet commercially available for the horse. An alternative is the use of heterologous microarrays, mainly microarrays specific for mice or humans. Although the use of microarrays in equine research is still in its infancy, gene expression microarrays have shown their potential in equine research. This review presents the previous, current and potential use of expression microarrays in equine research. [less ▲]

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See detailInterleukin-6/STAT3 signaling regulates the ability of naive T cells to acquire B-cell help capacities
Eddahri, Fouad; Denanglaire, Sebastien; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Blood (2009), 113(11), 2426-2433

The conditions leading to the activation/differentiation of T-helper (Th) cells dedicated for B-cell antibody production are still poorly characterized. We now demonstrate that interleukin-6 (IL-6 ... [more ▼]

The conditions leading to the activation/differentiation of T-helper (Th) cells dedicated for B-cell antibody production are still poorly characterized. We now demonstrate that interleukin-6 (IL-6) promotes the differentiation of naive T lymphocytes into helper cells able to promote B-cell activation and antibody secretion. IL-6-driven acquisition of B-cell help capacity requires expression of the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), but not STAT4 or STAT6 transcription factors, suggesting that the ability to provide help to B cells is not restricted to a well-defined Th1 or Th2 effector population. T cell-specific STAT3-deficient mice displayed reduced humoral responses in vivo that could not be related to an altered expansion of CXCR5-expressing helper T cells. IL-6 was shown to promote IL-21 secretion, a cytokine that was similarly found to promote the differentiation of naive T cells into potent B-cell helper cells. Collectively, these data indicate that the ability to provide B-cell help is regulated by IL-6/IL-21 through STAT3 activation, independently of Th1, Th2, Th17, or follicular helper T cell (T(FH)) differentiation [less ▲]

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See detailPTX3: a new marker for local inflammation ?
Ramery, Eve ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 11th ECVCP congress, Thessaloniki, Grece (2009)

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