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See detailLa tremblante du mouton influence-t-elle le système immunitaire lors d’une réponse vis-à-vis d’un antigène
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Dorban, G.; Demonceau, C. et al

Conference (2005, November)

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See detailL'infection par les prions pathogènes modifie l'expression menbranaire de la PrPc par les cellules dendritiques
Dorban, G; Demonceau,C; Levavasseur, E et al

Poster (2005, October)

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See detailCharacterization of bovine and human cellular prion protein expressed in the central nervous system and in lymphoid organs.
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Stramiello, Sara; Capellari, Sabina et al

Poster (2005, October)

Prion cell tropism varies significantly among animal species, depending on both the agent strain and host-specific factors. For example, prions show high lymphotropism in scrapie infected sheep and vCJD ... [more ▼]

Prion cell tropism varies significantly among animal species, depending on both the agent strain and host-specific factors. For example, prions show high lymphotropism in scrapie infected sheep and vCJD, but little, if any, in sCJD or BSE. In particular, the BSE strain is associate with significant PrP-res accumulation in tonsils, spleen and appendix in humans, whereas, it is largely confined to the nervous system in infected cattle. So, it appears that, at least in the case of BSE and vCJD, host properties can influence the accumulation of the infectious agent in lymphoid organs. Given that the normal cellular prion protein (PrPC), is sine qua non for PrP-res formation and the development of TSE, it appears reasonable to hypothesize that tissue-specific PrPC properties may represent one of the host factors influencing the cell tropism of the infectious agent in human or bovine. We applied a western blot analyses to compare the relative percentage of the di-, mono- and unglycosylated PrPC (the so called glycoform ratio) as well as the expression of truncated PrPC forms in tissues from the central nervous system and lymphoid structures (lymphoid follicles, lymphocytes and follicular dendritic cells) of both bovine and human. We found that PrPC glycoform ratio is significantly different between cerebellum and medulla in both bovine and human. Moreover, the expression of truncated forms of PrPC (i.e. 21 and 18 kDa PrPC) was also significantly heterogenous according to the brain region investigated. PrPC was highly glycosylated in spleen and lymphoid follicles isolated from bovine tonsils, mesenteric lymph nodes, ileal and jejunal Peyer’s patches. After deglycosylation, a novel PrPC truncated form with a relative molecular mass of about 25 kDa was detected in bovine lymphoid organs beside the typical 18 and 21 kDa forms. No difference in WB PrPC profile was seen in human lymphocytes extracted either from spleen or tonsil. Our results highlight variation in the profile expression of PrPC in peripheral and central tissues of bovine and human. Such differences may have an implication for PrPC function or may represent critical factors influencing the accumulation of the infectious agent in these areas. Supported by the EU contract QLG3-CT-2002-81030. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication of Peyer’s patches dendritic cells in prion diseases.
Dorban, G.; Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Demonceau, C. et al

Poster (2005, June)

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See detailInvestigation of germinal centres in vivo and in vitro in the context of prion disease
Demonceau, C.; Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Flandroy, S. et al

Poster (2005, April)

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See detailCellular and nervous environment of mouse mesenteric lymph node germinal centres
Wenders, Frédéric ULg; Dorban, G.; Piret, Joëlle ULg et al

Conference (2005, April)

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See detailFollicular dendritic cells innervation within spleen of five mouse strains with different incubation periods after intraperitoneal BSE inoculation.
Demonceau, C.; Marshall, A.; Sales, J. et al

Poster (2005, February)

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See detailFollicular dendritic cells related to nerve fibres and cellular prion protein expression in ileal and jejunal Peyer’s patches of cows and calves
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Dorban, G. et al

Poster (2005, February)

Prion pathogenesis following oral exposure is thought to involve gut-associated lymphoid tissue, which includes Peyer’s patches (PP). Before neuroinvasion, early accumulation of infectious prion protein ... [more ▼]

Prion pathogenesis following oral exposure is thought to involve gut-associated lymphoid tissue, which includes Peyer’s patches (PP). Before neuroinvasion, early accumulation of infectious prion protein (PrPsc) takes place on follicular dendritic cells (FDC) which are resident cells in germinal centres. The strain, the infection pathway and the lesions in the central nervous system are similar between bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and variant Creutzfeldt Jakob diseases. But in BSE, the agent tropism differs from lymphoid organs. Only bovine ileal PP are infectious. In order to study the replication and the possible ways of neuroinvasion of PrPsc in bovine PP, we studies the expression of cellular prion protein (PrPc), necessary for PrPsc accumulation, and compared the innervation of germinal centres related to FDC on ileal and jejunal PP of cows and calves. We performed classical immunoperoxydase staining and double immunofluorescence staining analyzed with a confocal microscopy. Differences in the innervation of germinal centres and expression of PrPc were evident. More contacts between FDC and nerve fibres are observed in calves PP. PrPc expression, carried out with different anti-PrPc antibodies, highlighted a heterogeneous labelling between calves and cows PP. Such results permit us to show that the innervation of PP is a dynamic process which could influence the first way of neuroinvasion in prion diseases. Moreover differences in the affinity of some antibody for PrPc allow us to postulate that PrPc glycoforms differ with age of bovines and thus could interfere with PrPsc tropism. [less ▲]

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See detailInterfaces between dendritic cells, other immune cells, and nerve fibres in mouse Peyer's patches: Potential sites for neuroinvasion in prion diseases
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Dorban, Gauthier ULg; Demonceau, Christine ULg et al

in Microscopy Research and Technique (2005), 66(1), 1-9

In this study, we examined where immune cells and nerve fibres are located in mouse Peyer's patches, with a view to identifying potential sites for neuroinvasion by prions. Special attention was paid to ... [more ▼]

In this study, we examined where immune cells and nerve fibres are located in mouse Peyer's patches, with a view to identifying potential sites for neuroinvasion by prions. Special attention was paid to dendritic cells, viewed as candidate transporters of infectious prion. Double immunofluorescence labellings with anti-CD11c antibody and marker for other immune cells (B cells, T cells, follicular dendritic cells) were carried out and analysed by confocal microscopy on Peyer's patch cryosections. To reveal the extensive ganglionated networks of the myenteric and submucosal plexi and the sparse meshworks of nerve strands, we used antibodies directed against different neurofilament subunits or against glial fibrillary acidic protein. In the suprafollicular dome, dendritic cells connect, via their cytoplasmic extensions, enterocytes with M cells of the follicle-associated epithelium. They are also close to B and T cells. Nerve fibres are detected in the suprafollicular dome, notably in contact with dendritic cells. Similar connections between dendritic cells, T cells, and nerve fibres are seen in the interfollicular region. Germinal centres are not innervated; inside them dendritic cells establish contacts with follicular dendritic cells and with B cells. After immunolabelling of normal prion protein, dendritic cells of the suprafollicular dome are intensely positive labelled. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution of nerve fibers and prion protein expression in mouse Peyer's patches
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Dorban, G; Demonceau, C et al

Poster (2004, July)

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See detailFDC-B1: a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendritic cells
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2004), 97(1-2), 1-9

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are a unique population of accessory cells located in the light zone of the germinal centres of lymphoid follicles. Their involvement in the generation of Immoral immune ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are a unique population of accessory cells located in the light zone of the germinal centres of lymphoid follicles. Their involvement in the generation of Immoral immune responses implies a potential role for these cells in many disorders. Indeed, in prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent accumulation in lymphoid organs. The identification of FDC is useful for the analysis of their distribution in reactive lymphoid tissue as well as in pathological conditions. The production and characterisation of a new mouse monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendritic cells (FDC-B1) is reported. The antigen detected by FDC-B1 is expressed exclusively on the surface of FDCs in ruminant lymphoid organs. The antigen has an approximate molecular weight of 28 kDa. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution of nerve fibres and prion protein expression in mice Peyer’s patches
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Dorban, G.; Demonceau, C. et al

Poster (2003, October)

Prion pathogenesis following oral exposure is thought to involve gut-associated lymphoid tissue, which includes Peyer’s patches (PP). The antigens enter into the underlying lymphoid tissue organized in PP ... [more ▼]

Prion pathogenesis following oral exposure is thought to involve gut-associated lymphoid tissue, which includes Peyer’s patches (PP). The antigens enter into the underlying lymphoid tissue organized in PP through the medium of M cells. Infectious prion protein (PrPres) would probably take the same way of entry and like this initiate the first stage of lympho-invasion. Theoretically, intestinal lymphoid cells can come in contact with ingested PrPres and with nerve endings of the intramural system. The distribution pattern of the nerve fibres and lymphoid cells in PP and possible contact between these two elements implicated in neuroinvasion are not yet fully elucidated. In our study, classical immunoperoxydase staining and double immunofluorescence staining analysed with a confocal microscope has been carried out on C56Bl/6 mice PP. Immunoperoxidase and immunofluorescent CD11c stainings show numerous dendritic cells (DC) in the suprafollicular dome, close to the epithelium made of enterocytes and M-cells. Confocal studies show the presence of DC in the T cell zones of Peyer's patches, and also close to B cells in the follicule and to follicular dendritic cells (FDC) in the germinal centres. The PrPc expression, fundamental in the pathogenesis of prion diseases, is notably localized in germinal centres, co-localized with the FDC network and on cellular structures close to the epithelium, co-localized with DC. Nerve fibres have been immunostained in fluorescence using antibodies raised against neurofilaments High, Medium and Low and against glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Only GFAP staining revealed the presence of some nerve fibres in the suprafollicular dome, coursing the mucosal epithelium and also at the periphery of germinal centres in close connection with numerous dendritic cells. Such results permit us to postulate that these nerve fibres and PrPc positive dendritic cells, strategically positioned under the intestinal epithelium as well as in the germinal centres close to FDC network, highly expressing PrPc and thought to replicate PrPres, may be involved in the peripheral transport of the infectious prion protein. [less ▲]

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See detailFDC-B1, a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendrititic cells.
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

Poster (2003, March)

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are unique immunological accessory cells located in the light and dark zones of the germinal centres in lymph follicles. Characterized by long branching processes forming ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are unique immunological accessory cells located in the light and dark zones of the germinal centres in lymph follicles. Characterized by long branching processes forming a three-dimensional network, FDCs create particular microenvironments for germinal centre B and T cells and contribute to the maturation of B cells into memory cells. An involvement of the FDCs is suspected in various disorders affecting lymphoid tissues, malignant lymphoma or in some viral diseases. Moreover, in prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent accumulation in lymph organs. Because no antibody commercially available was specific to bovine FDCs, a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine FDCs (FDC-B1) has been produced and characterized in our laboratory. The antigen detected by FDC-B1 is expressed on FDC surfaces in ruminant (bovine, ovine and caprine) lymphoid organs. This protein seems to be a membrane glycoprotein of more or less 28 kDa whose sequence will be soon determined. Moreover, FDC-B1 can be used in various applications: immunofluorescence, immunoperoxidase, immunogold labellings and western blotting. FDCs are potential targets for therapy or prophylaxis in natural TSEs, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathies and scrapie. Thus, it appears of great interest to identify bovine and ovine FDCs in routine lymphoid tissues sections. An other application of this antibody to immunofluorescence histochemistry techniques will enable the study of possible direct contacts between bovine FDCs and nerve endings and thus clarify prions neuroinvasion scheme in the case of BSE and scrapie. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication of follicular dendritic cells in prion diseases
Defaweux, Valérie ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2002)

In prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein (PrPc) expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent (PrPres) accumulation in lymph organs. Two ways ... [more ▼]

In prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein (PrPc) expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent (PrPres) accumulation in lymph organs. Two ways of research has been considered: firstly, a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendritic cells (FDC-B1) developed in our laboratory has been characterised. We have shown that the antigen detected by FDC-B1 is expressed exclusively on FDCs surface of ruminants’ lymphoid organs. This protein seems to be a membrane glycoprotein of more or less 28 kDa whose sequence will be soon under determination. FDC-B1 will be a precious tool to detect FDC implication in scrapie infected sheep and in bovine spongiform affected cows. Secondly, the expression of PrPc isoforms has been analysed on bovine FDC depleted and enriched fractions and has been compared to bovine brain extracts. We demonstrated variation in the PrPc patterns of glycosylation between bovine FCD depleted and enriched cell populations. Moreover, glycosyl residues seemed to be different between immune and neuronal PrPc. As interaction of PrPc and PrPres appears to be a crucial pathogenic step promoted by homology, variation in PrPc glycoforms could explain the absence of infectivity in most bovine lymph organs affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy. [less ▲]

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