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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

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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

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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 detailIntérêt du suivi sportif à la piste des chevaux d’endurance dans la détection des problèmes subcliniques
Fraipont, Audrey ULg; Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in 35ème Journée de la Recherche équine (2009)

The aim of this study was to evaluate a field exercise test specifically designed for endurance horses and to determine the relevant parameters allowing discrimination between healthy horses (H) and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate a field exercise test specifically designed for endurance horses and to determine the relevant parameters allowing discrimination between healthy horses (H) and horses presenting subclinical disorders (SP). Twenty four endurance horses underwent blood analyses, general examination and special exams to define a posteriori 2 groups: group H composed of healthy horses (n=12) and group SP included horses presenting subclinical disorders (n=12). The exercise test consisted of a warm-up followed by 3 gallop steps (27 km, 1.5km, 1.5km) at incremental speed. Lactates were measured after each step, an ECG was recorded during effort and recovery, speed was monitored by a GPS. Significant differences were observed between H and SP groups for VLA4, V160 and heart rate during recovery with better values for H horses. These results demonstrate the pertinence of a medical athletic follow-up in endurance horses: this field exercise test is easily achievable and allows the detection of subclinical disorders which would otherwise remain unsuspected by the riders. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of pentraxin 3 in the horse and its expression in airways.
Ramery, Eve ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2009), 41(2), 18

The long pentraxin 3 (PTX3) plays an important role in host defence and its over-expression may contribute to airway injury. The aim of the present study was therefore to characterize in more detail PTX3 ... [more ▼]

The long pentraxin 3 (PTX3) plays an important role in host defence and its over-expression may contribute to airway injury. The aim of the present study was therefore to characterize in more detail PTX3 and its expression in the horses airway. Six healthy horses and six horses affected by recurrent airway obstruction (R.A.O.) were submitted to a dusty environment challenge. PTX3 DNA and cDNA were cloned and sequenced. PTX3 expression was evaluated by RT-qPCR, western blotting and immuno-histochemistry in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) cells, BALF supernatant and bronchial epithelial cells. An alternative splicing of the second exon of PTX3 occurred, resulting in two forms of the protein: spliced (32 kDa) and full length (42 kDa). PTX3 was detected in BALF macrophages, neutrophils and bronchial epithelial cells. It was over-expressed in the BALF supernatant from R.A.O.-affected horses in crisis. However, dust was unable to induce PTX3 in BALF cells ex vivo, indicating that dust is an indirect inducer of PTX3. Dust exposure in-vivo induced PTX3 in BALF macrophages but there was no significant difference between healthy and R.A.O.-affected horses. Conversely, PTX3 was over-expressed in the bronchial epithelial cells from R.A.O-affected horses in crisis. These data indicate a differential regulatory mechanism in inflammatory and bronchial epithelial cells and offer therapeutically interesting perspectives. [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 detailAssociation between lower airway inflammation and EIPH in 196 standarbred racehorses
Simon, Valérie ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg; Ramery, Eve ULg et al

in Tessier, Caroline; Gerber, Vincent (Eds.) Abstract book: 4th World Equine Airways Symposium (WEAS) (2009)

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See detailPutative implication of equine herpesvirus in lower airway inflammation: systematic PCR assays of 708 respiratory fluids
Fortier, Guillaume ULg; Richard, Eric ULg; Pronost, S. et al

in Tessier, Caroline; Gerber, Vincent (Eds.) Abstract book: 4th World Equine Airways Symposium (WEAS) (2009)

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See detailAssociation between inflammatory airway disease, tracheal inflammation and respiratory function evaluated by impulse oscillometry
Richard, Eric ULg; Fortier, G.; Dupuis, Marie-Capucine ULg et al

in Tessier, Caroline; Gerber, Vincent (Eds.) Abstract book: 4th World Equine Airways Symposium (WEAS) (2009)

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See detailEffects of high and low inspired fractions of oxygen on horse erythrocyte membrane properties, blood viscosity and muscle oxygenation during anaesthesia
Portier, Karine; Crouzier, David; Guichardant, Michel et al

in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia (2009), 36(4), 287-298

To evaluate whether a period of hyperoxia or after a period of hypoxia produced changes attributable to reactive oxygen species in anaesthetized horses. Prospective randomized experimental study. Six ... [more ▼]

To evaluate whether a period of hyperoxia or after a period of hypoxia produced changes attributable to reactive oxygen species in anaesthetized horses. Prospective randomized experimental study. Six healthy (ASA I) geldings, aged 4.5-9.5 years and weighing 510-640 kg(-1). After 30 minutes breathing air as carrier gas for isoflurane, horses were assigned randomly to breathe air as carrier gas (CG0.21) or oxygen as carrier gas (CG1.00) for a further 90 minutes. After an interval of 1 month each horse was re-anaesthetized with the other carrier gas for the 90 minute test period. Ventilation was controlled throughout anaesthesia. Arterial blood was sampled to measure gas tensions, lactate, cholesterol, vitamin E, 4-hydroxy-alkenals, 8-epi-PGF(2 alpha), half haemolysis time, half erythrolysis time, and erythrocyte membrane fluidity. Muscle blood flow and oxygenation were evaluated by near infrared spectroscopy and coloured Doppler. After the first 30 minutes horses were hypoxemic. Subsequently the CG1.00 group became hyperoxaemic (PaO2 similar to 240 mmHg) whereas the CG0.21 group remained hypoxaemic (PaO2 similar to 60 mmHg) and had increased lactate concentration. No significant changes in vitamin E, 4-hydroxy-alkenals, or 8-epi-PGF(2 alpha) concentrations were detected. During the 90 minute test period the CG0.21 group had increased resistance to free-radical-mediated lysis in erythrocytes, whereas the CG1.00 group had slightly decreased resistance of whole blood to haemolysis. CG0.21 induced a progressive muscle deoxygenation whereas CG1.00 induced an increase in muscle oxygen saturation followed by progressive deoxygenation towards baseline. During isoflurane anaesthesia in horses, the hyperoxia induced by changing from air to oxygen induced minimal damage from reactive oxygen species. Using air as the carrier gas decreased skeletal muscle oxygenation compared with using oxygen [less ▲]

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See detailAerosol administration of cefquinome in healthy horses – effect on pulmonary function and lung inflammation
Art, Tatiana ULg; Ramery, Eve ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg et al

in Tessier, Caroline; Gerber, Vincent (Eds.) Abstract book: 4th World Equine Airways Symposium (WEAS) (2009)

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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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See detailLes maillons de la chaîne de l’oxygène, facteurs potentiels limitant la santé des animaux domestiques
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Proceedings: Réunion de l’académie vétérinaire de France (2009)

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See detailRespiratory problems in a high productive dairy herd
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in In Proceedings: Dutch Bovine Conference (2009)

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See detailBRD complex and recent advances in diagnosis and therapies
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Dutch Bovine Conference (2009)

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See detailLa mécanique ventilatoire en tant que facteur limitant de la santé des animaux domestiques
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Vétérinaire de France (2009), 162(2), 127-131

After a description of the various stages in the consumption of oxygen and a definition of limiting factor, this paper describes why the respiratory system is not always able to perform some of its ... [more ▼]

After a description of the various stages in the consumption of oxygen and a definition of limiting factor, this paper describes why the respiratory system is not always able to perform some of its functions in domestic animals specifically selected for their improved zootechnic or athletic performances [less ▲]

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See detailDust exposure exacerbates the expression of ptx3, a recently discovered acute phase protein, in horses’ airways
Ramery, Eve ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

Conference (2009)

Heaves is a common cause of recurrent airway obstruction (R.A.O) that occurs in mature horses stabled in a dusty environment. The long pentraxin PTX3 play an important role in the host defence and over ... [more ▼]

Heaves is a common cause of recurrent airway obstruction (R.A.O) that occurs in mature horses stabled in a dusty environment. The long pentraxin PTX3 play an important role in the host defence and over-expression of PTX3 may contribute to airways injury. Therefore, we hypothesised that PTX3 may have relevance in the understanding of the pathogenesis of recurrent airway obstruction (R.A.O). In the present study, we first investigated the equine PTX3 (ePTX3) structure by cloning, sequencing and western-blotting. A 120pb deletion was found in the second exon of ePTX3 in comparison to human PTX3. Moreover, an alternative splicing occurs with complete deletion of the second exon, resulting in two forms of the protein, “spliced” (32 kD) and “full length” (42 kD). The pentraxin domain is very well conserved in the two forms with 94% of amino-acids conserved between equines and humans. These findings could have implications for the comprehension of the function of each domain of the protein. Then, we studied the effects of dust exposure and subsequent R.A.O crisis on ePTX3 expression in the broncho-alveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and the bronchial epithelial cells. PTX3 could be detected in BALF macrophages, neutrophils, eosinophils and bronchial epithelial cells. It was over-expressed in the BALF supernatant from RAO-affected horses in crisis. Dust exposure induced PTX3 in BALF macrophages either in healthy horses or in R.A.O-affected horses. Conversely, PTX3 was strongly over-expressed in the bronchial epithelial cells from R.A.O-affected horses in crisis. Considering epithelial cells as one of the major cell types in the airways, PTX3 produced at this level may play an important role in inflammatory process. Moreover, it suggests that dust-induced expression of PTX3 is differentially regulated in macrophages and bronchial-epithelial cells. A JNK-dependant, NFκB-independent regulatory pathway has been described in lung epithelial cells. A comparable mechanism could be involved in bronchial epithelial cells. If this is confirmed, PTX3 expression in respiratory epithelial cells could be therapeutically targeted. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of equid herpesvirus-5 in respiratory liquids: A retrospective study of 785 samples taken in 2006-2007
Fortier, Guillaume; Pronost, Stéphane; Miszczak, Fabien et al

in Veterinary Journal (2009), 182

During a case control study undertaken in 2006-2007, a screening and consensus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed to evaluate the potential role of equid herpesviruses (EHV) in several ... [more ▼]

During a case control study undertaken in 2006-2007, a screening and consensus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed to evaluate the potential role of equid herpesviruses (EHV) in several occurrences of respiratory disorders in 661 horses. Of 785 bronchoalveolar or tracheal lavage fluid samples submitted for analysis, 20 were positive for EHV-5 DNA by sequential analysis of the consensus PCR product. Nineteen of those samples were confirmed using a specific EHV-5 PCR. No particular changes in cytological profile could be associated with the detection of EHV-5 in contrast to suggestions in previous reports of natural or experimental respiratory viral infections in horses or ponies. This is the first description of EHV-5 isolation in equine respiratory fluids in Europe, but further investigations are needed to determine the potential pathogenic role of this gammaherpesvirus in the horse. [less ▲]

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See detailEpithelial expression of mRNA and protein for IL-6, IL-10 and TNF-alpha in endobronchial biopsies in horses with recurrent airway obstruction.
Riihimäki, Miia; Raine, Amanda; Pourazar, Jamshid et al

in BMC Veterinary Research (2008), 4

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the contribution of bronchial epithelium to airway inflammation, with focus on mRNA and protein expression of cytokines of innate immunity IL-6, IL-10 and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the contribution of bronchial epithelium to airway inflammation, with focus on mRNA and protein expression of cytokines of innate immunity IL-6, IL-10 and TNF-alpha, in horses with Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) during exacerbation and in remission. RESULTS: Despite marked clinical and physiologic alterations between exacerbation and after remission in the RAO horses no differences were detected in either cytokine mRNA or protein levels. Moreover, the expression of investigated cytokines in RAO horses on pasture did not differ from controls.In comparing real-time PCR analysis to results of immunohistochemistry only IL-10 mRNA and protein levels in RAO horses on pasture were significantly correlated (rs = 0.893, p = 0.007). Curiously, in controls examined on pasture the TNF-alpha protein level was positively correlated to IL-10 mRNA expression (rs = 0.967, p = 0.007) and negatively correlated to IL-6 mRNA expression (rs = -0.971, p = 0.001). CONCLUSION: Given the complementary relationship of assessing cytokines directly by immunohistochemistry, or indirectly by PCR to mRNA, the lack of significant changes in either mRNA or protein levels of IL-6, IL-10 or TNF-alpha mRNA in RAO horses in exacerbation suggests that these particular cytokines in bronchial tissue may not play a substantive role in the active inflammation of this disease. To support this contention further studies examining time dependency of expression of IL-6, IL-10 or TNF-alpha are needed, as is expansion of the range of cytokines to include other key regulators of airway inflammation. [less ▲]

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