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See detailMice Transgenic for a Soluble Form of Murine Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Antigen 4 Are Refractory to Murine Acquired Immune Deficiency Sydrome Development
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Debrus, S.; Lane, P. et al

in Immunology (1999), 98(4), 630-8

Interactions between B and CD4+ T cells are central to the pathogenesis of retrovirus-induced murine acquired immune deficiency virus (MAIDS). Prompted by previous work showing that treatment with ... [more ▼]

Interactions between B and CD4+ T cells are central to the pathogenesis of retrovirus-induced murine acquired immune deficiency virus (MAIDS). Prompted by previous work showing that treatment with cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen 4 immunoglobulin (CTLA4Ig) partly inhibited the disease, we studied the course of infection in mice deficient for CD28-B7 interactions (mCTLA4-Hgamma1 transgenic mice). Despite a relative viral load identical to that of non-transgenic mice, the transgenic mice did not develop any of the major MAIDS symptoms (i.e. lymphoproliferation and immune anergy). The mCTLA4-Hgamma1 did not however, completely inhibit B-cell activation as indicated by a slight hypergammaglobulinaemia and microscopic blastic transformation. Absence of MAIDS in transgenic mice was associated with much lower levels of both interleukin-4 and interferon-gamma transcripts following viral infection. These results support the theory that the CD28/B7 costimulatory pathway is a critical determinant to MAIDS development. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics le médicament du mois. La nevirapine. Viramune
Nkoghe, D.; Leonard, Philippe ULg; Moutschen, Michel ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(12), 948-51

Nevirapine is the first non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor registered in Belgium and indicated in the treatment of HIV-1 infection. In association with 2 nucleoside analogues, its efficiency ... [more ▼]

Nevirapine is the first non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor registered in Belgium and indicated in the treatment of HIV-1 infection. In association with 2 nucleoside analogues, its efficiency is similar to a tritherapy with protease inhibitor, particularly in naive patients with low viral load. It has a good tolerance profile and is easy to take. Studies in progress should permit to widen its indications. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics comment je traite ... une infection par le VIH. III. Les inhibiteurs non nucléosidiques de la transcriptase inverse
Nkoghe, D.; Moutschen, Michel ULg; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(12), 909-11

Non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI) are a new arm in the treatment of the HIV infection. They inhibit the replication by direct non competitive binding to the enzyme, and do not ... [more ▼]

Non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI) are a new arm in the treatment of the HIV infection. They inhibit the replication by direct non competitive binding to the enzyme, and do not require phosphorylation. The fast emergence of resistance in monotherapy obliges to use them in a triple association. The 103 mutation confers a cross-resistance. The most common adverse event is rash. Association with nucleoside analogues is additive or even synergistic. They are metabolized by the cytochrome P450. Within a combined therapy, their efficiency is comparable to protease inhibitors, notably in patients with low viral load. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Kyste hydatique hépatique
Radermecker, Régis ULg; Nkoghe, D.; Labasse, J. M. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(1), 4-5

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See detailDecreased Protein Levels of the C-Cbl Protooncogene in Murine Aids
Trebak, Mohamed; Lambert, Charles A; Rahmouni, Souad ULg et al

in Cellular Immunology (1998), 188(2), 151-7

Murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS) can be viewed as a lymphoproliferative disease which involves B cells as well as T cells from spleen and lymph nodes while thymus and Peyer's patches do ... [more ▼]

Murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS) can be viewed as a lymphoproliferative disease which involves B cells as well as T cells from spleen and lymph nodes while thymus and Peyer's patches do not participate in the process. The 120-kDa protooncogene product c-Cbl was initially cloned from the murine Cas NS-1 B cell lymphoma. It is a main target of immunoreceptor (TCR and BCR)-mediated protein tyrosine kinase activity. Moreover, recent data suggest that c-Cbl might play a crucial role in the regulation of cell proliferation through regulation of GTP-binding proteins. Therefore, the involvement of c-Cbl was evaluated in the lymphoproliferative disease induced by the MAIDS virus. The expression of the c-Cbl protein was dramatically reduced in the lymph node of infected mice while it remained normal in the thymus. In contrast, the expression of actin, TCR-zeta chain, ZAP-70, and p59(fyn) remained similar in controls and infected mice. Identical results were obtained with sorted B cells and T cells. Surprisingly, a B cell lymphoma line derived from late stage MAIDS mice displayed a normal level of c-Cbl. [less ▲]

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See detailCd28-B7 Costimulatory Blockade by Ctla4ig Delays the Development of Retrovirus-Induced Murine Aids
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Colombi, S.; Debrus, S. et al

in Journal of Virology (1998), 72(6), 5285-90

Mouse AIDS (MAIDS) induced in C57BL/6 mice by infection with a replication-defective retrovirus (Du5H) combines extensive lymphoproliferation and profound immunodeficiency. Although B cells are the main ... [more ▼]

Mouse AIDS (MAIDS) induced in C57BL/6 mice by infection with a replication-defective retrovirus (Du5H) combines extensive lymphoproliferation and profound immunodeficiency. Although B cells are the main target of viral infection, recent research has focused on CD4(+) T cells, the activation of which is a key event in MAIDS induction and progression. A preliminary observation of increased expression of B7 molecules on B cells in MAIDS prompted us to address the possible involvement of the CD28/B7 costimulatory pathway in MAIDS. Mice infected with the MAIDS-inducing viral preparation were treated with murine fusion protein CTLA4Ig (3 x 50 microg/week given intraperitoneally), a competitive inhibitor of physiological CD28-B7 interactions. In CTLA4Ig-treated animals, the onset of the disease was delayed, lymphoproliferation progressed at a much slower rate than in untreated mice, and the loss of in vitro responsiveness to mitogens was reduced. Relative expression of Du5H did not differ between treated and untreated animals. These results suggest that the CD28/B7 costimulatory pathway contributes to MAIDS development. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation of T-Helper Secretory Differentiation and Types of Antigen-Presenting Cells in Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions of the Uterine Cervix
al-Saleh, W.; Giannini, S. L.; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1998), 184(3), 283-90

This study addressed the notion that the progression of cervical cancer is associated with a T-helper 2 (TH2) immunodeviation by analysing cytokine expression in 60 cervical biopsy specimens, spanning the ... [more ▼]

This study addressed the notion that the progression of cervical cancer is associated with a T-helper 2 (TH2) immunodeviation by analysing cytokine expression in 60 cervical biopsy specimens, spanning the spectrum from normal cervical tissue to high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (SILs). The biopsies were analysed by immunohistochemistry for the expression of TH1 [interleukin-2 (IL2), interferon gamma (IFN gamma)] and of TH2-type cytokines (IL4, IL6). Positive cells were usually observed in the subepithelial connective tissue, where most CD4+ cells were also detected. The density of IL2+ cells was significantly lower in high-grade SILs than in normal tissues taken either from the ectocervix or from the transformation zone. In contrast, significantly higher densities of IL4+ cells and, to a lesser degree, IL6+ cells were found in SIL biopsies compared with histologically normal tissues taken from the adjacent ectocervical region. A significantly higher IL4+/CD4+ cell ratio was also found in high-grade SILs (82 per cent) than in normal cervical biopsies taken from the transformation zone of healthy women showing squamous metaplasia (27 per cent). The elevated density of TH2+ cells in SIL biopsies was associated with both the expression of HLA-DR by keratinocytes and a diminished number of intraepithelial Langerhans' cells (CD1a+). In conclusion, the increased TH2+/CD4+ cell ratio in SIL biopsies suggest the presence, during cervical carcinogenesis, of a TH2 immunodeviation that could participate in the immunoescape of preneoplastic cervical keratinocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse Modulation of Il-10 and Il-12 in the Blood of Women with Preneoplastic Lesions of the Uterine Cervix
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Giannini, Sandra L; Doyen, Jean ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (1998), 111(1), 219-24

It has been postulated that an impaired immune response may contribute to the progression of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated preneoplastic lesions. Based on this hypothesis, we evaluated the ... [more ▼]

It has been postulated that an impaired immune response may contribute to the progression of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated preneoplastic lesions. Based on this hypothesis, we evaluated the cytokine production in the blood of patients with squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) of the uterine cervix. The levels of type-1 (interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and IL-12) and type-2(IL-4 and IL-10) cytokines were measured in whole blood culture supernatants of patients with low- and high-grade SIL and control women. There was no difference in IL-4 and IFN-gamma levels between patients with SIL and the control group. In contrast, the ratio of IL-12/IL-10 levels was significantly lower in patients with SIL compared with the control group. A lower IL-12/IL-10 ratio in women with SIL was also observed when peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) culture supernatants and plasma samples were analysed. In patients, neither the lower expression of the CD3epsilon chain nor the higher frequency of HLA-DRB1*1501 expression could be correlated with abnormal cytokine production. These results suggest that a part of the cytokine network, namely IL-10 and IL-12, is perturbed in patients with SIL. A better knowledge of the role of these cytokines in regulating the growth of HPV-associated SIL might have practical implications for the development of vaccines or immunomodulatory strategies in the treatment of cervical cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailReciprocal regulation of protein tyrosine kinases p56lck and p59fyn, and altered tyrosine phosphorylation in murine AIDS.
Trebak, Mohamed; Lambert, Chantal ULg; Rahmouni, Souad ULg et al

in International Immunology (1998), 10(10), 1473-80

Murine AIDS (MAIDS), caused by a defective murine leukemia virus, is a severe lymphoproliferative disease associated with profound immunodeficiency and increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections ... [more ▼]

Murine AIDS (MAIDS), caused by a defective murine leukemia virus, is a severe lymphoproliferative disease associated with profound immunodeficiency and increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections. Most subsets of lymphocytes, including CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, are refractory to mitogen stimulation. As a first step to examine proximal signal transduction in the infected mice, Western and Northern blot analyses were performed, and showed that p56lck is dramatically decreased at the protein as well as the mRNA level in the lymph nodes (LN). In contrast, p59(fyn) and its mRNA were slightly increased in the LN of the same mice. Similar results were obtained with purified T cells. Interestingly, the thymus of the infected animals did not show any abnormality regarding p56(lck) or p59(fyn). Tyrosine phosphorylation was constitutively increased in the infected mice and was barely amplified by anti-CD3 mAb stimulation. A similar pattern was observed when tyrosine phosphorylation was selectively examined at the level of ZAP-70. Our results suggest that a reciprocal regulation of p56(lck) and p59(fyn) protein tyrosine kinases, previously described in various models of anergy, could also be involved in the pathogenesis of MAIDS. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Comment je traite ... Une infection par le VIH. II. Inhibiteurs nucléosidiques de la transcriptase reverse
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Nkoghe, D.; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(12), 750-2

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See detailComment je traite ... une infection par le VIH. I. Bases pathogéniques des choix thérapeutiques
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Nkoghe, D.; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(10), 622-4

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See detailPeyer's Patches in Murine Aids: Dissociation between Lymphoproliferation and Anergy
Colombi, S.; Moutschen, Michel ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1997), 45(2), 175-81

RadLV-Rs infection induces a murine immunodeficiency syndrome associated with a dramatic enlargement of spleen and lymph nodes. Surprisingly, the lymphoproliferation excludes thymus and Peyer's patches ... [more ▼]

RadLV-Rs infection induces a murine immunodeficiency syndrome associated with a dramatic enlargement of spleen and lymph nodes. Surprisingly, the lymphoproliferation excludes thymus and Peyer's patches (PP). To understand the cellular interactions underlying lymphoproliferation further, the authors investigated the fate of PP in RadLV-Rs infected mice. The atrophy of PP was mostly due to the depletion of B cells, while the proportion of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was increased. Nevertheless, B cell phenotype was modified with the emergence of lymphocytes with a low expression of B220 in infected PP. T cells characterized by a memory/activated phenotype in control PP did not undergo phenotypical changes after viral infection (i.e. regarding Thy-1 and CD44 expression). Despite the absence of lymphoproliferation, PP T and B cells displayed altered responses to mitogens in vitro. Finally, alterations of the expression of adhesion molecules and vascular addressins could not explain the atrophy of PP by a reduced homing to this lymphoid site. B cells and T cells from normal PP are clearly different from lymph nodes (LN) lymphocytes. The authors propose that the particular functional state which characterizes PP lymphocytes influences the B cell/T cell crosstalk necessary for RadLV-Rs-induced lymphoproliferation. [less ▲]

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See detailExtensive Ulcerative Colitis and Extraintestinal Manifestations in a Patient with Hiv Infection and Significant Cd4 T-Cell Lymphopenia
Louis, Edouard ULg; Moutschen, Michel ULg; de Marneffe, Pierre et al

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (1997), 21(11), 884-7

We report a heterosexual patient with HIV infection and a CD4 T-cell count of 0.45 x 10(9)/L who developed mild ulcerative proctitis, sacroileitis and oligoarthiritis. While he was treated with 5 ... [more ▼]

We report a heterosexual patient with HIV infection and a CD4 T-cell count of 0.45 x 10(9)/L who developed mild ulcerative proctitis, sacroileitis and oligoarthiritis. While he was treated with 5-aminosalicylic enemas, the patient rapidly developed severe pancolitis. An emergency colectomy without procetectomy was performed. A few months later, he suffered recurrence of ulcerative proctitis, aggravation of arthritic pain and developed anterior uveitis. All symptoms disappeared after proctectomy. There was no evidence for opportunistic infection or Kaposi's sarcoma. Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies were positive and the HLA-B27 antigen was present. CD4 counts were lower during the phases of active disease than during remission. This case demonstrates that severe ulcerative colitis can occur in the presence of moderate T-cell defects. In view of a recent report of remission of Crohn's disease under comparable circumstances, it is possible that the extent of T-cell involvement in both diseases is radically different. [less ▲]

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See detailSubset-Specific Analysis of Calcium Fluxes in Murine Aids
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Trebak, M.; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in International Immunology (1996), 8(11), 1715-27

Infection of susceptible strains of mice with the Duplan strain of murine leukemia viruses induces a syndrome called MAIDS (murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) characterized by immunodeficiency and ... [more ▼]

Infection of susceptible strains of mice with the Duplan strain of murine leukemia viruses induces a syndrome called MAIDS (murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) characterized by immunodeficiency and lymphoproliferation. In addition to a complete refractoriness of most subsets of lymphocytes to mitogen stimulation, the development of phenotypic abnormalities occurs such as the appearance of an abnormal CD4+ T cell subset lacking membranes Thy-1. This study was performed to compare the calcium responses during the early stages of MAIDS (week 9 or earlier) between T cells and B cells and between CD4+Thy-1- and CD4+Thy-1+ T cells. B cells were strikingly less affected than T cells: their baseline [Ca2+]i did not significantly increase, and their calcium response to anti-IgM antibody and concanavalin A (Con A) was partially maintained. In contrast, the response to Con A was completely abolished in T cells. Interestingly, calcium mobilization in response to membrane receptor-independent stimuli such as ionophores and thapsigargin was strongly inhibited in T cells, while no such inhibition was found in B cells. In comparison with their CD4+Thy-1+ counterparts, CD4+Thy-1- T cells had blunted calcium responses in controls, as well as in infected mice. However, CD4+Thy-1+ T cells were also strikingly altered, suggesting that the loss of membrane Thy-1 could be associated with, but not directly responsible for abnormalities of calcium responses in CD4+ T cells from RadLV-Rs-infected mice. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther Characterization of Cytotoxic T Cells Generated by Short-Term Culture of Human Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes with Interleukin-2 and Anti-Cd3 Mab
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg; Mazzoni, Alexandra et al

in Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy (1996), 42(6), 369-75

In this study we have specifically investigated the participation of T cells in the cytotoxic activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) activated by interleukin-2 (IL-2, 50 U/ml) alone or in ... [more ▼]

In this study we have specifically investigated the participation of T cells in the cytotoxic activity of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) activated by interleukin-2 (IL-2, 50 U/ml) alone or in combination with an anti-CD3 mAb (BMA030, 10 ng/ml, IgG2a). Purified CD3+ T cells, incubated in the presence of the anti-CD3 mAb for 4 days, mediated a cytotoxic activity against HL60 and U937 tumor cell lines. Several findings suggested the involvement of a redirected-cytotoxicity phenomenon, since the lytic process was restricted to target cell lines bearing the high-affinity Fc gamma receptor (Fc gamma RI) and T lymphocytes stimulated by IL-2 alone did not lyse these cell lines. Furthermore, anti-CD3 mAb F(ab')2, anti-CD3 IgG1 (UCHT1), phytohemagglutinin or staphylococcal enterotoxin A did not induce a similar cytotoxic activity in T lymphocytes. The cytotoxic process occurred in the presence of a very low level of anti-CD3 antibodies (in the nanomolar range). The cytotoxic activity of T cells stimulated by IL-2 or by IL-2 + BMA030, against OVCAR-3 cells (MOv18+ ovarian tumor cell line), was also compared in the presence of a bispecific antibody OC/TR, anti-CD3 x MOv18). The stimulation by IL-2 + BMA030 induced approximately a twofold higher cytotoxic activity than IL-2-activated T cells. This could be related to the state of activation of effector cells stimulated by IL-2 + BMA030, since the phenotypic analysis showed an increased proportion of T cells expressing several activation/differentiation markers (CD25, HLA-DR, CD45R0, adhesion molecules). These findings could be applied to the design of therapeutic protocols using anti-CD3 x antitumoral bispecific antibodies. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved Four-Color Flow Cytometry Method Using Fluo-3 and Triple Immunofluorescence for Analysis of Intracellular Calcium Ion ([Ca2+]I) Fluxes among Mouse Lymph Node B- and T-Lymphocyte Subsets
Greimers, Roland ULg; Trebak, M.; Moutschen, Michel ULg et al

in Cytometry (1996), 23(3), 205-17

A visible-light, dual-laser, flow cytometric method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of intracellular ionized calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and three cell-surface markers (CD4, CD8, and Thy-1 ... [more ▼]

A visible-light, dual-laser, flow cytometric method was developed for the simultaneous analysis of intracellular ionized calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) and three cell-surface markers (CD4, CD8, and Thy-1.2 antigens) by using the calcium probe fluo-3 and using R-phycoerythrin (PE), peridinin chlorophyll-alpha protein (PerCP), and allophycocyanin (APC) conjugated monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs). This improved method was used in the analysis of [Ca2+]i mobilization upon in vitro stimulation with mitogenic lectins [phytohaemagglutinin (PHA) or concanavalin A (ConA)], anti-CD3 MoAbs, or A23187 calcium ionophore in the heterogeneous lymph node cell populations from healthy C57BL/Ka mice. The present results show that the calcium responses were heterogeneous and dependent on the cellular immunophenotype, not only on lectins or anti-CD3 MoAbs stimulation, but also on the receptor-independent A23187 ionophore stimulation. An in situ fluo-3 calibration method (using A23187 and metabolic poisons in Ca2+ /EGTA buffers with known free calcium concentrations) indicated a resting [Ca2+]i in lymphocytes of 103 +/- 23 nM (mean +/- S.D.) but with significant differences between the [Ca2+]i in B cells and in all of the T-cell subsets (CD4+Thy-1+, CD4+Thy-1-, and CD8+T cells). Both the B cells and the T-cell subsets showed an increase of fluo-3 fluorescence upon in vitro stimulation with ConA or PHA, but the calcium mobilization following lectin stimulation was time delayed in all T-cell subsets. Only the T cells, including the CD4+Thy-1- subset, responded to anti-CD3 MoAbs. The percentage of responding cells upon stimulation with ConA was higher in T cells than in B cells. By contrast, PHA gave a higher response in B cells. After stimulation with different mitogens, [Ca2+]i increased in both CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell subsets. However, the percentage of responding cells was far higher in the CD4+Thy-1+ subset than in the CD4+Thy-1- or the CD8+T-cell subsets. The stimulation with A23187 ionophore induced a higher calcium response in B cells than in T cells. Interestingly, it also induced greater Ca2+ mobilization in CD4+ than in CD8+T cells. These results demonstrate the potential use of fluo-3 simultaneously with three fluorescein (FITC)-compatible fluorochromes. This technique may be useful for investigating the role of the CD4+Thy-1-T cells, a rare subset that is abnormally expanded in a murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (murine AIDS). [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Comment j'explore... une asthenie chronique
Moutschen, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(6), 268-9

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See detailMorphological Changes of Thymus in Retrovirus-Induced Murine Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Maids)
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; Colombi, S. et al

in Pathology - Research & Practice (1995), 191(6), 506-12

The possible contribution of the thymus in the setting of acquired immunodeficiencies is still questioned. Here we report some new findings regarding a potential involvement of the thymus in mice infected ... [more ▼]

The possible contribution of the thymus in the setting of acquired immunodeficiencies is still questioned. Here we report some new findings regarding a potential involvement of the thymus in mice infected with RadLV-Rs, a viral mixture inducing murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS). Thymi were sequentially removed, weighted and morphologically analyzed at different time intervals post-infection. Infection with RadLV-Rs led to a decrease in thymus weight mostly apparent from the fourth week. The first changes were seen at the third week as perivascular clusters of B-cells at the cortico-medullary junction. The ensuing process of atrophy mainly involved the cortex, while a mixed population of large T- and B-cells filled the medulla. These observations are discussed with regard to the pathological changes occurring in other lymphoid and non-lymphoid organs, in the context of the lymphoproliferation and immunodeficiency characterizing the disease, and by comparison with other models of retrovirus-induced immunodeficiencies. [less ▲]

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See detailThymus Involvement in Murine Acquired Immunodeficiency (Maids)
Colombi, Sonia; Deprez, Manuel ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg et al

in Thymus (1994), 23(1), 27-37

Due to self-renewal of the peripheral pool of T-cells, adult thymectomy has normally little influence on immunocompetence. However, thymus might play a more important role in the setting of viral-induced ... [more ▼]

Due to self-renewal of the peripheral pool of T-cells, adult thymectomy has normally little influence on immunocompetence. However, thymus might play a more important role in the setting of viral-induced cytopathic effects on T-cells in the periphery. Therefore, thymus weight, cell numbers, and subset distribution were sequentially analysed after infection with RadLV-Rs, a viral mixture known to induce murine retrovirus induced immunodeficiency (MAIDS). Infection induced thymic atrophy (concerning organ weight as well as total cell number) which culminated seven weeks after inoculation. The atrophic process mostly reflected the depletion of double positive CD4+ CD8+ cells since their proportion sharply decreased around week 6. Single positive T-cells were less affected by the process. The proportion of B-cells progressively increased. Surprisingly, there was a strong correlation between the extent of atrophy and the frequency of B-cells in the thymus. Finally, an abnormal CD4+ T-cell subset lacking Thy-1 and previously described in the periphery also appeared in the thymus and its frequency was strongly correlated with the expansion of B-cells in this organ. [less ▲]

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See detailPresence of gd TcR+ Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs) in One Case of Pediatric Osteogenic Sarcoma
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Hoyoux, Claire ULg et al

in International Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (1994)

To characterize ab and gd TcR expression in cultured TILs from a metastatic osteogenic sar- coma.Patient and methods: TILs were isolated from a lung metastasis of an osteogenic sarcoma in a 16- year-old ... [more ▼]

To characterize ab and gd TcR expression in cultured TILs from a metastatic osteogenic sar- coma.Patient and methods: TILs were isolated from a lung metastasis of an osteogenic sarcoma in a 16- year-old female patient. Culture conditions were IL- 2 and anti-CD3 MoAb+IL-2. TcR expression and surface phenotype were studied by flow cytometry. 4h-chromium release assays were used to assess cytotoxicity. Results:IL-2-expanded tumor infiltrating T-lym- phocytes contained 50% gd TcR+ cells whereas gd TcR+ cells represented 20% of T-cells in cultures expanded with anti-CD3 MoAb+IL-2. The phenotype of gd TcR+ cells was CD3+, CD16-, CD4-, CD8-, and CD29+. AnH-CD3 MoAb + IL-2-expanded TILs mediated a significant lysis of thé autologous tumor and of an allogeneic lymphoma and displayed a higher activity against thé NK-sensitive target K562. In cold target experiments, unlabeled autol- ogous tumor cells blocked thé lysis of K562, indicating that MHC-unrestricted effectors were involved in thé lysis of both targets. Conclusions: This report demonstrates thé ex- pansion of large numbers of gd TcR+ T-cells after short-term culture of TILs from a metastatic os- teosarcoma. Further studies are needed to déter- mine thé role of gd TcR+ cells in host immune responses directed against this tumor. [less ▲]

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