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See detailTranscriptomic biomarkers of the response of hospitalized geriatric patients with infectious diseases
Duy Vo, Thi Kim; Godard, Patrice; de Saint-Hubert, Marie et al

in Immunity & Ageing : I & A (2010), 17

Background: Infectious diseases are significant causes of morbidity and mortality among elderly populations. However, the relationship between oxidative stress, immune function and inflammatory response ... [more ▼]

Background: Infectious diseases are significant causes of morbidity and mortality among elderly populations. However, the relationship between oxidative stress, immune function and inflammatory response in acute phase of the infectious disease is poorly understood. Results: Herein the abundance of a selection of 148 transcripts involved in immunosenescence and stress response was compared in total RNA of PBMC of 28 healthy aged probands and 39 aged patients in acute phase of infectious disease (day 2-4 after hospitalization) or in convalescence phase (day 7-10). This study provides a list of 24 differentially abundant transcript species in the acute phase versus healthy aged. For instance, transcripts associated with inflammatory and anti-inflammatory reactions (TNFRSF1A, IL1R1, IL1R2, IL10RB) and with oxidative stress (HMOX1, GPX1, SOD2, PRDX6) were more abundant while those associated with T-cell functions (CD28, CD69, LCK) were less abundant in acute phase. The abundance of seven of these transcripts (CD28, CD69, LCK, CTSD, HMOX1, TNFRSF1A and PRDX6) was already known to be altered in healthy aged probands compared to healthy young ones and was further affected in aged patients in acute phase, compromising an efficient response. Conclusion: This work provides insights of the state of acute phase response to infections in elderly patients and could explain further the lack of appropriate response in the elderly compared to younger persons. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman Chorionic Gonadotropin: a hormone with immunological and angiogenic properties.
Tsampalas, M.; Gridelet, Virginie ULg; Berndt, Sarah ULg et al

in Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2010), 85(1), 93-8

The success of implantation depends on a receptive endometrium, a normal blastocyst and synchronized cross-talk at the maternal–fetal interface. The progression of pregnancy then requires immunological ... [more ▼]

The success of implantation depends on a receptive endometrium, a normal blastocyst and synchronized cross-talk at the maternal–fetal interface. The progression of pregnancy then requires immunological tolerance which allows conceptus survival. A cascade of cytokines mediates this dialogue and is crucial in the cross-talk between the immune and endocrine systems. The first known human embryo-derived signal is chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) by which the embryo profoundly influences immunological tolerance and angiogenesis at the maternal–fetal interface. hCG levels coincide with the development of trophoblast tolerance. Indeed, it increases the number of uterine natural killer cells that play a key role in the establishment of pregnancy. hCG also intervenes in the development of local immune tolerance through the cellular system of apoptosis via Fas/Fas-Ligand. It modulates the Th1/Th2 balance and acts on complement C3 and C4A/B factors modulating decidual immunity. The transient tolerance evident during gestation is at least partially achieved via the presence of regulatory T cells which are attracted by hCG at the fetal–maternal interface. Finally, hCG treatment of activated dendritic cells results in an up-regulation of MHC class II, IL-10 and IDO expression, reducing the ability to stimulate T cell proliferation. Successful implantation requires an extensive endometrial angiogenesis in the implantation site. Recent data demonstrate angiogenic effects of hCG via its interaction with endometrial and endothelial LH/hCG receptors. Our review focuses on these functions of hCG, giving new insight into the endocrine–immune dialogue that exists between the conceptus and immune cells within the receptive endometrium at the time of implantation. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent Opinion in Pharmacology, Volume 10, Issue 4, Section Immunomodulation
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Current Opinion in Pharmacology (2010), 10(Issue 4), 405-504

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See detailEuro-Thymaide - Final publishable report
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Report (2010)

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See detailReconstitution du système immunitaire après allogreffe de cellules souches hématopoïétiques
Castermans, Emilie ULg; Hannon, Muriel ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64(S1), 2-8

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHCT) is frequently used as treatment for patients with hematological malignancies. Its efficacy depends in part on the destruction of recipient ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHCT) is frequently used as treatment for patients with hematological malignancies. Its efficacy depends in part on the destruction of recipient tumors cells by donor immune cells contained in the graft (graft-versus-tumor effects), underlying the interest of stydying donor immune recovery after alloHCT. Further, donor immune cells play an important role in the prevention and treatment of infections after allHCT, and are the cause of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). This article reviews the mechanisms of immune recovery after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (alloHCT), as well as techniques currently used to monitor immune function following allHCT. [less ▲]

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See detailOxytocin: From milk ejection to maladaptation in stress response and psychiatric disorders. A psychoneuroendocrine perspective.
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg; Geenen, Vincent ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2009), 70(6), 449-54

Oxytocin (OT) is implicated in stress reduction as well as in social behavior. It inhibits the stress-induced activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis responsiveness. OT is involved in social ... [more ▼]

Oxytocin (OT) is implicated in stress reduction as well as in social behavior. It inhibits the stress-induced activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis responsiveness. OT is involved in social affiliation, sexual and maternal-infant binding, anxiety, mood, feeding control and memory. Several lines of evidence suggest a role of OT in psychiatric disorders. Various psychiatric disorders are strongly influenced by social variables, such as panic attacks, depression and early childhood autism, and seem to exhibit a particularly close connection with the brain dynamics that underlie social emotions. This paper proposes an overview of OT in psychiatric disorders through the links with the stress response and prosocial behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of growth hormone (GH) deficiency and GH replacement upon thymus function in adult patients.
Morrhaye, Gabriel ULg; Kermani, Hamid; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2009), 4(5), 5668

BACKGROUND: Despite age-related adipose involution, T cell generation in the thymus (thymopoiesis) is maintained beyond puberty in adults. In rodents, growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-1 ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Despite age-related adipose involution, T cell generation in the thymus (thymopoiesis) is maintained beyond puberty in adults. In rodents, growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and GH secretagogues reverse age-related changes in thymus cytoarchitecture and increase thymopoiesis. GH administration also enhances thymic mass and function in HIV-infected patients. Until now, thymic function has not been investigated in adult GH deficiency (AGHD). The objective of this clinical study was to evaluate thymic function in AGHD, as well as the repercussion upon thymopoiesis of GH treatment for restoration of GH/IGF-1 physiological levels. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Twenty-two patients with documented AGHD were enrolled in this study. The following parameters were measured: plasma IGF-1 concentrations, signal-joint T-cell receptor excision circle (sjTREC) frequency, and sj/beta TREC ratio. Analyses were performed at three time points: firstly on GH treatment at maintenance dose, secondly one month after GH withdrawal, and thirdly one month after GH resumption. After 1-month interruption of GH treatment, both plasma IGF-1 concentrations and sjTREC frequency were decreased (p<0.001). Decreases in IGF-1 and sjTREC levels were correlated (r = 0.61, p<0.01). There was also a decrease in intrathymic T cell proliferation as indicated by the reduced sj/beta TREC ratio (p<0.01). One month after reintroduction of GH treatment, IGF-1 concentration and sjTREC frequency regained a level equivalent to the one before GH withdrawal. The sj/beta TREC ratio also increased with GH resumption, but did not return to the level measured before GH withdrawal. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with AGHD under GH treatment, GH withdrawal decreases thymic T cell output, as well as intrathymic T cell proliferation. These parameters of thymus function are completely or partially restored one month after GH resumption. These data indicate that the functional integrity of the somatotrope GH/IGF-1 axis is important for the maintenance of a normal thymus function in human adults. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NTC00601419. [less ▲]

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See detailAire and Foxp3 expression in a particular microenvironment for T-cell differentiation
Hansenne, Isabelle; Louis, Céline; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in Neuroimmunomodulation (2009), 16

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See detailThymus dysfunction in the development of type 1 diabetes and endocrine autoimmune diseases
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Dardenne Olivier

in European Endocrinology (2009), 5

The discovery that thymic epithelium from many species expresses a large repertoire of genes encoding neuroendocrine and other tissue-restricted antigens has radically changed our knowledge of the ... [more ▼]

The discovery that thymic epithelium from many species expresses a large repertoire of genes encoding neuroendocrine and other tissue-restricted antigens has radically changed our knowledge of the pathogenic mechanisms underlying the development of organ-specific autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and autoimmune endocrine diseases. Rather than a breakdown of immunological selftolerance in periphery, there is mounting evidence that the diabetogenic autoimmune response may first arise from a thymus dysfunction in the central programming of β-cell self-tolerance. Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2) is the dominant member of the insulin gene/protein family expressed in thymic epithelial cells (TECs) from different species, and Igf2-/- mice fail to programme complete tolerance to insulin. Based on the homology between insulin, the primary and immunogenic auto-antigen of type 1 diabetes, and IGF-2, the tolerogenic self-antigen of the insulin family, the design of a regulatory/negative self-vaccination for prevention against type 1 diabetes has been proposed and is under development. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrity of the somatotrope GH/IGF-1 axis is required for normal thymus function: a clinical study in patients with adult GH deficiency
Morrhaye, Gabriel ULg; Kermani, Hamid; Cheynier, Rémi et al

in The Endocrine Society (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society (2009)

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See detailLes glucocorticoïdes, de puissants immunomodulateurs naturels
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2008)

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See detailCoxsackievirus B4 Infection of Murine Foetal Thymus Organ Cultures
Brilot, F.; Jaidane, H.; Geenen, Vincent ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (2008), 80(4), 659-66

The infection of foetal thymus with coxsackievirus B4 (CV-B4) E2 has been studied ex vivo by using CD-1 mice on foetal day 14, as a ready source of organs for experimentation to investigate the hypothesis ... [more ▼]

The infection of foetal thymus with coxsackievirus B4 (CV-B4) E2 has been studied ex vivo by using CD-1 mice on foetal day 14, as a ready source of organs for experimentation to investigate the hypothesis of the role of thymic viral infections in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes. The replication of CV-B4 E2 in murine foetal thymus organ cultures has been demonstrated by evaluating the levels of positive- and negative-stranded viral RNA in cells by using a real-time quantitative RT-PCR method and by determining titres of infectious viral particles in culture supernatants for 7 days post-infection (p.i.). Staining of tissue sections with an anti-cytokeratin antibody and haematoxylin-eosin showed that CV-B4 infection had no visible effect on cell survival and organ integrity. Cell counts in mock- and virus-infected foetal thymus organ cultures increased from day 1 through day 7, and live cell numbers were comparable in both conditions as shown by Trypan blue exclusion test and 7-amino-actinomycin D staining of thymocytes. Compared with controls on day 7 p.i., cytofluorometric analyses on cells from CV-B4 E2-infected foetal thymus organ cultures displayed a marked increase in the percentage of the most immature CD3(-)CD4(-)CD8(-) thymocytes, and a decrease in the percentage of immature CD3(-)CD4(+)CD8(+) cells, together with an increase in the percentage of mature CD3(+)CD4(+) and CD3(+)CD8(+) cells. These data show that CV-B4 E2 disturbs T-cell maturation and differentiation processes in infected murine foetal thymus organ cultures and provide evidence of a suitable system to investigate the effect of viruses in T-cell differentiation. J. Med. Virol. 80:659-666, 2008. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for neo-generation of T cells by the thymus after non-myeloablative conditioning.
Castermans, Emilie ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Willems, Evelyne ULg et al

in Haematologica (2008), 93(2), 240-7

BACKGROUND: Background and objective. We investigated immune recovery in 50 patients given either unmanipulated or CD8-depleted allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells after non-myeloablative conditioning ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Background and objective. We investigated immune recovery in 50 patients given either unmanipulated or CD8-depleted allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells after non-myeloablative conditioning. DESIGN AND METHODS: Fifty patients were randomized to receive either CD8-depleted (n=22) or non-manipulated (n=28) peripheral blood stem cells. The median patients age was 57 (range 36-69) years. The conditioning regimen consisted of 2 Gy total body irradiation with or without added fludarabine. Twenty patients received grafts from related donors, 14 from 10/10 HLA-allele matched unrelated donors, and 16 from HLA-mismatched unrelated donors. Graft-versus-host disease pro-phylaxis consisted of mycophenolate mofetil and cyclosporine. Immune recovery during the first year after hematopoietic cell transplantation was assessed by flow cytometry phenotyping, analyses of the diversity of the TCRBV repertoire, and quantification of signal-joint T-cell receptor excision circles (sjTREC). RESULTS: CD8-depletion of the graft reduced the recovery of CD8(+) T-cell counts in the first 6 months following transplantation (p<0.0001) but had no significant impact on the restoration of other T-cell subsets. Both sjTREC concentration and CD3(+) T-cell counts increased significantly between day 100 and 365 (p=0.010 and p=0.0488, respectively) demonstrating neo-production of T cells by the thymus. Factors associated with high sjTREC concentration 1 year after transplantation included an HLA-matched unrelated donor (p=0.029), a high content of T cells in the graft (p=0.002), and the absence of chronic graft-versus-host disease (p<0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that while immune recovery is mainly driven by peripheral expansion of the graft-contained mature T cells during the first months after non-myeloablative transplantation, T-cell neo-generation by the thymus plays an important role in long term immune reconstitution in transplanted patients. [less ▲]

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See detailHLA genetics in 'latent' autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA)
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in International Diabetes Monitor (2008), 20

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See detailLes cibles hormonales de la réponse auto-immune
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2008), 69

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See detailA defect of thymus-dependent self-tolerance to insulin-secreting ß cells in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes
Hansenne, Isabelle; Louis, Céline; Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Pontell, E. B. (Ed.) Immune Tolerance Research Developments (2008)

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