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See detailEmergence of bovine ehrlichiosis in Belgian cattle herds
Guyot, Hugues ULg; Ramery, Eve ULg; O'Grady, Luke et al

in Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases (2011), 2

Bovine ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne rickettsial disease caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. The disease can also be transmitted to humans. Outbreaks in cattle have been described in many European ... [more ▼]

Bovine ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne rickettsial disease caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. The disease can also be transmitted to humans. Outbreaks in cattle have been described in many European countries. In Belgium, infections caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum have been reported in humans and dogs; however this paper details the first report of ehrlichiosis in cattle herds in Belgium. The first case described was in a dairy herd located in east Belgium. Clinical signs included hyperthermia, polypnea and swelling of the limbs. The other case was diagnosed in a second, mixed purpose, herd in west Belgium. Within the second herd all of the affected animals came from the same pasture. All animals in that pasture showed recurrent hyperthermia and some also showed signs of mastitis and late-term abortions. Blood smears and serology revealed the presence of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in the majority of animals with pyrexia. Furthermore, the presence of leptospirosis, Neospora caninum and Q fever antibodies was tested by serological analysis but all results were negative. Paired serology for Adenovirus, BHV-4, BHV-1, BVD, PI3 and RSV-B did not show any significant seroconversion. Milk samples from cows affected by mastitis revealed minor pathogens. Fecal testing for the presence of Dictyocaulus viviparus in the first herd was negative. Recurrent pyrexia in pastured cattle is a non-specific sign, and can be related to several different pathogens. Bovine ehrlichiosis is transmitted by the tick species Ixodes ricinus which is known to be present throughout Belgium. Belgian practitioners should include ehrlichiosis in their differential diagnosis when confronted with pastured cattle suffering from recurrent pyrexia. [less ▲]

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See detailGenomic expression evaluation: introduction and perspectives
Ramery, Eve ULg; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Guyot, Hugues ULg et al

Conference (2010, July)

In a way, disease could be considered as the result of gene expression deregulation. Knowing what genes are expressed in a particular cell or tissue and how they are regulated allow to better understand ... [more ▼]

In a way, disease could be considered as the result of gene expression deregulation. Knowing what genes are expressed in a particular cell or tissue and how they are regulated allow to better understand disease mechanisms. Transcriptomic is the study of the expression of the entire genome. This technical challenge has been rendered possible as different species’ genomes began to be sequenced. Several techniques have rendered efficient this process of measuring simultaneously the expression level of a large number of genes. To date, micro-array technology is probably the best known. However, with the development of more affordable techniques, sequencing/ resequencing could compete with microarrays in the future. All together, these techniques open new ways for early diagnosis and prognosis for the practioner ‘in the field’. [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 (2010), 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 detailIdentification d’une nouvelle molécule d’intérêt chez le cheval atteint d’obstruction récurrente des voies respiratoires: La Pentraxine 3
Ramery, Eve ULg

Doctoral thesis (2010)

L’ORVR ou obstruction récurrente des voies respiratoires (ORVR) est la cause la plus fréquente de maladie pulmonaire chronique chez le cheval adulte. La maladie se caractérise par une hyperréactivité ... [more ▼]

L’ORVR ou obstruction récurrente des voies respiratoires (ORVR) est la cause la plus fréquente de maladie pulmonaire chronique chez le cheval adulte. La maladie se caractérise par une hyperréactivité bronchique, une production excessive de mucus et une inflammation neutrophilique pulmonaire qui ont pour effet de réduire la compliance dynamique du poumon et d’augmenter la résistance des voies respiratoires au débit aérien. Alors que la maladie est une entité documentée dans la littérature depuis plus de 200 ans, les mécanismes moléculaires qui la sous-tendent restent incomplètement élucidés à ce jour. De précédentes études ont montré l'implication de variations d'expression génique, pour la plupart grâce à l'utilisation combinée de la transcription inverse et de la réaction en chaîne par polymérase (RT-PCR). Cette technique bien connue ne permet l'étude que d'un nombre limité de gènes en simultané. Les microdamiers apparaissent comme la technique de choix pour l'étude de l'expression génique à large échelle. A l’heure où cette étude a débuté, il n’existait pas de microdamier d’expression spécifiquement dédié au cheval sur le marché. Un microdamier hétérologue humain (Human Genome U133 Plus 2.0 GeneChip, Affymetrix®) a donc été utilisé pour tenter d’identifier de nouveaux gènes d’intérêt pour comprendre la pathogénie de l’ORVR chez le cheval. L'utilisation du microdamier a permis de détecter 46 gènes dont l’expression variait d'un facteur supérieur à 4 entre chevaux sains et atteints. Parmi les gènes mis en avant par le microdamier, trois gènes (CYBB, MARCKS et PTX3) présentaient un intérêt particulier au regard de la littérature et leur variation d’expression a été confirmée par RT-PCR quantitative (RT-qPCR). La pentraxine 3 (PTX3) notamment appartient à la composante humorale de la réponse immune innée. Elle agit comme un ancêtre fonctionnel des anticorps. En effet, elle reconnaît les microbes, active le complément et facilite la reconnaissance de certains pathogènes spécifiques, dont Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus), par les phagocytes. La suite du travail s’est donc focalisée sur PTX3. L’ADN complémentaire (ADNc) codant pour PTX3 et l’ADN codant pour le second exon de PTX3 ont été clonés et séquencés. L’ADN codant pour le second exon de PTX3 équin présentait une délétion de 120 paires de bases par rapport à la séquence humaine. Par ailleurs, un épissage alternatif du second exon de PTX3 a été mis en évidence, résultant en deux formes de la protéine, "épissée" (32 kilodaltons) et "complète" (42 kilodaltons). Afin d'étudier les effets de l’exposition à des poussières de foin sur l'expression de PTX3 dans les voies respiratoires, six chevaux sains et six chevaux atteints d’ORVR ont été soumis pendant dix jours à un challenge environnemental aux poussières de foin. Les chevaux ont été étudiés via des tests cliniques, fonctionnels et biochimiques. Les lavages broncho-alvéolaires (LBA) ont été récoltés lors de l'initiation du protocole et après les dix jours d'exposition aux poussières de foin. Par ailleurs, des sections bronchiques ont été réalisées chez deux chevaux atteints d'ORVR en crise et euthanasiés pour raisons éthiques et deux chevaux indemnes d'affections respiratoires provenant de l'abattoir. PTX3 était détectée dans les macrophages du LBA après exposition aux poussières de foin et dans les cellules épithéliales bronchiques. PTX3 était surexprimée dans les macrophages du LBA chez tous les chevaux après dix jours d'exposition aux poussières de foin. Cependant, le niveau de PTX3 était plus élevé dans le surnageant des cellules provenant des chevaux atteints d'ORVR que dans celui provenant des cellules des chevaux sains. Par ailleurs, il semble que PTX3 soit surexprimée dans les cellules épithéliales bronchiques chez le cheval atteint d'ORVR. Cette piste est intéressante sur le plan thérapeutique puisque l'activation de l'expression de PTX3 dans les cellules épithéliales bronchiques est sous le contrôle du facteur c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), un facteur différent de celui qui contrôle l'expression de PTX3 dans les leucocytes, à savoir le facteur nucléaire kappa B (NF-κB). L'effet de différents stimuli sur la production et l’excrétion de PTX3 par les cellules du LBA a été étudié ex-vivo après mise en culture et stimulation à la poussière de foin, au lipopolysaccharide (LPS), à A. fumigatus et avec une solution saline tamponnée pour le phosphate (PBS), utilisée comme contrôle. La présence de PTX3 a été mesurée par Western Blot six heures et vingt-quatre heures après les différentes stimulations dans les cellules et dans les surnageants respectivement. PTX3 était détectée dans les cellules et dans les surnageants mais aucune différence significative d'expression n’a pu être mise en évidence que ce soit entre les différents stimuli, entre les différents temps ou avec le contrôle. Ces résultats suggèrent que la poussière de foin est un inducteur indirect de PTX3. [less ▲]

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See detailPulmonary function, airway cytology and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid drug concentration after aerosol administration of cefquinome to horses
Art, Tatiana ULg; Ramery, Eve ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Education (2010), 22(9), 473-479

The administration of antibiotics by aerosol to horses suffering from respiratory infections may partially circumvent the limitations of antimicrobial therapy, e.g. large injection volumes, low ... [more ▼]

The administration of antibiotics by aerosol to horses suffering from respiratory infections may partially circumvent the limitations of antimicrobial therapy, e.g. large injection volumes, low bioavailability and risk of diarrhea. Only injectable formulations are available currently and usually contain other substances that could irritate the mucosa and induce coughing and bronchospasm. In addition, the quality of the aerosol, particularly in terms of the delivery of antibiotics to the deep parts of the lung, is unknown. Although used under field conditions, cefquinome delivered by aerosol has never been studied in horses. This study examined the safety of cefquinome injectable solution, administered by aerosol at a dose of 225 mg/inhalation to 7 healthy horses, by assessing (1) pulmonary function before and 15 min after a single inhalation, at the first day (Day 1) and the fifth day (Day 5) of a 5 day period treatment; and (2) the inflammatory status of the lung, i.e. percentage neutrophils and myeloperoxidase concentration, based on bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) at D1 and D5. In addition, cefquinome concentrations were measured in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid after aerosol, intravenous (i.v.) and intramuscular (i.m.) administrations. A single aerosol of cefquinome injectable solution did not induce any immediate nor delayed pulmonary side effects in healthy horses and produced cefquinome concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) within 30 min that were higher than the minimal inhibitory concentration of the main equine respiratory pathogens. These results should stimulate further studies, especially in horses suffering from bronchial hyper-reactivity. Aerosol delivery of antibiotics may well have a role in equine therapeutics. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical pathology tests for assessment of liver disease in dogs & cats
Ramery, Eve ULg; Papakonstantinou, Stratos; O’Brien, Peter J

in Northern Ireland Veterinary Today (2010)

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See detailDiarrhea and vomitting in a yorkshire terrier
Ramery, Eve ULg; Papakonstantinou, Stratos; Pinilla, Manuel et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailLe microdamier: un outil du futur pour le diagnostic de l’inflammation ?
Mignot, Clémence ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg; Richard, Eric et al

Poster (2009)

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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