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See detailUsing a human microarray to highlight new genes of interest for a better understanding of molecular mechanisms that underpin the physiopathology of heaves
Ramery, Eve ULg; Closset, Rodrigue; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Proceedings: Plant and Animal Genome Conference, Equine Workshop, San Diego (2008)

Environmental causes of heaves are well described, but the molecular mechanisms of the disease remain unclear. Using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), disparate results have been ... [more ▼]

Environmental causes of heaves are well described, but the molecular mechanisms of the disease remain unclear. Using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), disparate results have been obtained concerning cytokines expression profile. cDNA microarray appears to be so far the platform of choice for massively parallel gene expression profiling and provides a good tool for exploratory research. However, equine-specific microarrays are not yet available on the market. Because they are commercially available, highly specific and well annotated, human and mouse large-scale microarrays are an exploratory alternative to equine-specific microarrays. In the present study, the purpose was to highlight new targets not previously related to the disease and able to improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the disease. A human microarray was used to study gene expression in nucleated cells originating from peripheral blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in heaves-affected horses. With a four-fold cut-off, a total of 46 candidates were identified with differentially regulated genes between heaves-affected horses and controls. Based on their documented function, five of these genes were selected for the real-time quantitative RT-PCR (RT-qPCR) validation procedure: CYBB, BTG1, MARCKS, PTX3 and PTPRC. The RT-qPCR results confirmed those obtained with the microarray, pointing out these genes as new directions for future experiments. However, the human microarray failed to detect the presence of IL-1beta and Il-8, otherwise confirmed by RT-qPCR, and the expression profile of the disease could not be obtained [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de l'administration par inhalation de cefquinome chez le cheval sain
Art, Tatiana ULg; Van Erk, E.; Ramery, Eve ULg et al

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2008), 40

Cefquinome aerosol is sometimes used in horse suffering from respiratory infections. However, harmlessness and validity of the method has never been studied. This work aimed at controlling the lack of ... [more ▼]

Cefquinome aerosol is sometimes used in horse suffering from respiratory infections. However, harmlessness and validity of the method has never been studied. This work aimed at controlling the lack of pulmonary effects of cefquinome when administered through inhalation in healthy horses and at comparing the cefquinome concentrations obtained in broncho-alveolar lavage after aerosol, intramuscular and intravenous administrations. A single aerosol of cefquinome did not induce any detectable side effect in healthy horses and allowed to obtain broncho-alveolar concentrations higher than obtained with intravenous and intramuscular injection. These results should now be completed by further studies, especially on horses suffering from respiratory disease and bronchial hyperreactivity [less ▲]

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See detailThe oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium in horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; de Moffarts, Brieuc; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Veterinary Journal (2008), 177(2), 178-191

Since "free radical research" started in 1954, understanding the role of oxidants and antioxidants in physiological and pathological conditions has increased continuously. Oxidants are essentially ... [more ▼]

Since "free radical research" started in 1954, understanding the role of oxidants and antioxidants in physiological and pathological conditions has increased continuously. Oxidants are essentially generated by metabolic enzymes, inflammatory cells and mitochondrial electron leakage; they are indispensable for the cellular redox regulation and may, under certain conditions, have a pro-inflammatory stimulatory role. Endogenous and exogenous antioxidants counterbalance the oxidative processes and so maintain the oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium. Excessive oxidant generation or antioxidant insufficiency can lead to oxidative stress. The aims of this review are: (1) to provide an insight into the concept of the oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium by briefly introducing the oxidant and the antioxidant systems; (2) to describe how the oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium or oxidative stress can be evaluated in horses, and (3) to summarise current knowledge about oxidative stress in equine medicine and equine exercise physiology. [less ▲]

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See detailPartial divergence of cytokine mRNA expression in bronchial tissues compared to bronchoalveolar lavage cells in horses with recurrent airway obstruction.
Riihimaki, M.; Raine, Amanda; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2008), 122(3-4), 256-64

The aim of this study was to investigate mRNA levels of cytokines in bronchial epithelium in horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) during acute crisis and remission. Additionally, cytokine mRNA ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to investigate mRNA levels of cytokines in bronchial epithelium in horses with recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) during acute crisis and remission. Additionally, cytokine mRNA levels in endobronchial biopsies and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells were compared. Seven RAO horses were examined while in respiratory crisis following provocation and again while in remission after 2 months on pasture, during which time six healthy horses on pasture were also examined. Quantitative real-time PCR (RT-PCR) was used to assess mRNA expression for cytokines IL-5, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-17 and transforming growth factor beta1 (TGF-beta1) in endobronchial biopsies and bronchoalveolar lavage. Expression of IL-8 mRNA was significantly upregulated during crisis in both endobronchial biopsies and BAL cells (p=0.036), while there was a similar trend for upregulation of IL-10 mRNA only in BAL cells that approached significance (p=0.059). Moreover, during crisis the expression of IL-8 mRNA in BAL cells was positively correlated to relative IL-6 mRNA expression (r(s)=0.971, p=0.001) and bronchial epithelial expression of IL-10 and TGF-beta1 mRNA were positively correlated (r(s)=0.943, p=0.005). In comparing the relationship of mRNA expression in BAL to biopsy in individual RAO horses, there was a positive correlation with IL-6 to IL-8 mRNA expression in BAL during respiratory crisis (r(s)=0.971, p=0.001) that also correlated positively with IL-8 expression in biopsies on pasture (r(s)=0.986, p<0.0001 for both). Regarding RAO horses at pasture versus controls neither the cytokine mRNA levels in endobronchial biopsy nor in BAL cells differed significantly. These results further support previous findings that IL-8 mRNA in both BAL cells and bronchial epithelium is upregulated in RAO horses during crisis. However, apart from IL-8, it appears that expression of other cytokines, including IL-5, IL-6, IL-10, IL-17 and TGF-beta1 in bronchial epithelium does not necessarily mirror cytokine expression in BAL cells in individual horses with RAO. Accordingly, examination of markers of inflammation in endobronchial tissue provides complementary but not necessarily identical information to that obtained in BAL cells. Given the potential for repeated sampling over time bronchial biopsy can serve as an invaluable additional tool for investigation of time-dependent changes in inflammatory process in this animal model of asthma. [less ▲]

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See detailLe stress oxydant est modifié en fonction du statut clinique chez les trotteurs à l’entraînement
Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Lekeux, Pierre ULg; Kirschvink, N.

in 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailLes myopathies subcliniques constituent-elles une cause d’intolérance à l’effort ?
Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailExpression génique et médecine vétérinaire
Ramery, Eve ULg; Van Erck, E.; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailHow transcriptomic studies may help to improve the control of bovine diseases : an example with calf pneumonia and endotoxemia
Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Ramery, Eve ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Proceedings: XXVth Jubilee World Buiatrics Congress (2008)

Global change in genes expression induced by pathological processes can now be analysed in cattle by new tools called microarrays. These transcriptomic studies may help to better understand the ... [more ▼]

Global change in genes expression induced by pathological processes can now be analysed in cattle by new tools called microarrays. These transcriptomic studies may help to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms responsible for the disease and may therefore contribute to develop more efficient preventive and curative strategies. An example is given with a model of calf pneumonia and endotoxemia [less ▲]

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See detailLung interstitial macrophages prevent lipopolysaccharide-triggered T helper type 2 responses to harmless inhaled antigens
Bedoret, D.; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Annual BIS-meeting (2008)

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See detailEvaluation de la condition physique chez le cheval d’endurance : comparaison d’un test de terrain adapté et d’un test sur tapis roulant
Fraipont, Audrey ULg; Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Toussaint, Marie et al

in 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailDendritic cells genetically engineered to express IL-10 induce long-lasting antigen-specific tolerance in experimental asthma.
Henry, E.; Desmet, Christophe ULg; Garze, V. et al

in Journal of Immunology (2008), 181(10), 7230-7242

Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional APCs that have a unique capacity to initiate primary immune responses, including tolerogenic responses. We have genetically engineered bone marrow-derived DCs to ... [more ▼]

Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional APCs that have a unique capacity to initiate primary immune responses, including tolerogenic responses. We have genetically engineered bone marrow-derived DCs to express the immunosuppressive cytokine IL-10 and tested the ability of these cells to control experimental asthma. A single intratracheal injection of OVA-pulsed IL-10-transduced DCs (OVA-IL-10-DCs) to naive mice before OVA sensitization and challenge prevented all of the cardinal features of airway allergy, namely, eosinophilic airway inflammation, airway hyperreactivity, and production of mucus, Ag-specific Igs, and IL-4. OVA-IL-10-DCs also reversed established experimental asthma and had long-lasting and Ag-specific effects. We furthermore showed, by using IL-10-deficient mice, that host IL-10 is required for mediating the immunomodulatory effects of OVA-IL-10-DCs and demonstrated a significant increase in the percentage of OVA-specific CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+)IL-10(+) regulatory T cells in the mediastinal lymph nodes of OVA-IL-10-DC-injected mice. Finally, adoptive transfer of CD4(+) mediastinal lymph node T cells from mice injected with OVA-IL-10-DCs protected OVA-sensitized recipients from airway eosinophilia upon OVA provocation. Our study describes a promising strategy to induce long-lasting Ag-specific tolerance in airway allergy. [less ▲]

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See detailRelevance of using a human microarray to study gene expression in heaves-affected horses.
Ramery, Eve ULg; Closset, Rodrigue; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2008), 177(2), 216-221

Environmental causes of heaves are well described, but the molecular mechanisms of the disease remain unclear. Previous studies have highlighted the implications of variations in gene expression, most ... [more ▼]

Environmental causes of heaves are well described, but the molecular mechanisms of the disease remain unclear. Previous studies have highlighted the implications of variations in gene expression, most using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). This well-known technique limits the number of genes that can be studied in a single assay. Microarray appears to be a valuable tool to by-pass this limitation, but so far there has been no equine-specific microarray available on the market. The present study was performed to determine whether a human microarray could be used to study gene expression in nucleated cells originating from peripheral blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) in heaves-affected horses. With a four-fold cut-off, a total of 46 candidates were identified with differentially regulated genes between heaves-affected horses and controls. A real-time quantitative RT-PCR (RT-QPCR) conducted on a selection of genes, determined on the basis of previous publications, was used to validate the microarray results. The microarray failed to detect the presence of interleukin (IL)-1beta and IL-8 mRNA in the nucleated cells from BALF otherwise confirmed by real-time RT-QPCR. Although some candidate genes have been identified using this method, a complete expression profile of genes related to heaves could not be obtained with the use of the human microarray. [less ▲]

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See detailConcepts in the prevention of bovine respiratory disease.
Makoschey, B.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg; Lacroux, C. et al

in Berliner und Munchener Tierarztliche Wochenschrift (2008), 121(11-12), 446-449

The bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex requires further research both, to fully understand the disease from the different perspectives as well as to develop new tools and strategies for vaccination ... [more ▼]

The bovine respiratory disease (BRD) complex requires further research both, to fully understand the disease from the different perspectives as well as to develop new tools and strategies for vaccination and treatment was the conclusion at a recent BRD symposium in Rome, Italy. A group of scientist across Europe followed the invitation of Prof. E. Thiry (University of Liège, Belgium) to convene for a 2 days workshop type symposium sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health (Fig. 1 – group picture) [less ▲]

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See detailExpression génique et médecine vétérinaire
Ramery, Eve ULg; Van Erck, Emmanuelle ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Proceedings des 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailUse of a human microarray to highlight new genes of interest for a better understanding of recurrent airway obstruction in horses (heaves)
Ramery, Eve ULg; Closset, R.; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in XVIth International Plant & Animal Genome Conference (2008)

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See detailL’inflammation subclinique des petites voies respiratoires est associée à une perturbation de la fonction pulmonaire évaluée par oscillométrie à impulsions
RicharD, E.; Fortier, G.; Dupuis, M. C. et al

in 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailLa contre-performance du cheval de CSO – une cause médicale
Van Erck, E.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailEvaluation clinique et cytologique de l’inflammation chez des chevaux atteints de maladie inflammatoire des petites voies respiratoires
Richard, E.; Fortier, G.; Dupuis, M. C. et al

in Proceedings: 36èmes Journées AVEF (2008)

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See detailEquine respiratory diseases
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

Book published by International Veterinary Information Service - Last Updated 2008 (2008)

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See detailEffects of exercise and oral antioxidant supplementation enriched in (n-3) fatty acids on blood oxidant markers and erythrocyte membrane fluidity in horses
De Moffarts, Brieuc; Portier, Karine; Kirschvink, Nathalie et al

in Veterinary Journal (2007), 174(1), 113-121

The aim of this study was to investigate in a placebo-controlled field study the effect of a (n - 3)-vitamin supplementation on erythrocyte membrane fluidity (ENIF), oxidant/antioxidant markers and ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to investigate in a placebo-controlled field study the effect of a (n - 3)-vitamin supplementation on erythrocyte membrane fluidity (ENIF), oxidant/antioxidant markers and plasmatic omega 3/omega 6 fatty acid ratio (FAR) in 12 eventing horses. Venous blood was sampled at rest before (PRE) and after (POST) a three week treatment period with either the supplement (group S, n = 6) or a placebo (group P, n = 6) as well as after 15 min (POST E15') and 24 h (POST E24h) after a standardised exercise test. The following markers were analysed: EMF, plasma antioxidant capacity of water and lipid soluble components, ascorbic acid, uric acid (UA), glutathione (reduced: GSH, oxidised: GSSG), vitamin E (Vit E), beta-carotene, glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, selenium, copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), oxidised proteins (Protox), lipid peroxides (Pool) and FAR. EMF did not differ between group S and P after treatment, but GPx remained unchanged in group S whereas it decreased in group P and plasma Cu/Zn ratio remained unchanged whereas it increased in group P. FAR were significantly increased in group S. Exercise induced a significant decrease of EMF (POST vs. E24h) in both groups, but which was significantly lower at E15' in group S than in group P. Exercise induced a significant increase of UA and ACW (POST vs. E15') and Protox (POST vs. E24h) in both groups. An exercise-related decrease in GSH and Pool (POST vs. E15') was found in group P, whereas Vit E and FAR (POST vs. E24h) significantly decreased in both groups. The study showed that exercise induced a decrease in ENIF in horses associated with changes of blood oxidative balance. The (omega-3)vitamin supplementation tested improved the oxidative balance poorly but delayed the exercise-induced decrease of EMF and increased the FAR. [less ▲]

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