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See detailNew Histochemical and Ultrastructural Observations on Normal Bovine Tonsils
Velinova, Maria; Thielen, Caroline ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2001), 149(20), 613-7

Samples of normal bovine palatine tonsils were examined by light and electron microscopy. Like human tonsils, they were composed of crypts, subepithelial areas, follicles, and T-dependent zones, but their ... [more ▼]

Samples of normal bovine palatine tonsils were examined by light and electron microscopy. Like human tonsils, they were composed of crypts, subepithelial areas, follicles, and T-dependent zones, but their well-developed capsule subdivided the lymphoid tissue by connective septa. B cells formed the major lymphoid component. The follicles and T-dependent zones had morphological and histochemical features typical of peripheral lymph organs. Follicular dendritic cells were isolated and shown to be similar to human follicular dendritic cells. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of Bovine Follicular Dendritic Cells Allows the Demonstration of a Particular Cellular Prion Protein
Thielen, Caroline ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (2001), 306(1), 49-55

As interaction of cellular prion protein (PrPc) and the infectious agent (PrPres) appears to be a crucial pathogenic step promoted by homology, variation in PrPc isoforms on bovine immune cells may ... [more ▼]

As interaction of cellular prion protein (PrPc) and the infectious agent (PrPres) appears to be a crucial pathogenic step promoted by homology, variation in PrPc isoforms on bovine immune cells may explain the absence of infectivity in most bovine lymph organs. In this study, we examined PrPc expression in bovine lymph organs (tonsils and lymph nodes) and on isolated follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). We used a panel of different monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) raised against different epitopes of prion protein. Two MoAbs recognise amino acids 79-92 (SAF 34 and SAF 32 Mo-Abs); the 6H4 antibody reacts with a specific peptide comprising the 144-152 amino acids, and the 12F10 MoAb recognises the sequence 142-160. After immunolabelling of frozen sections of lymph organs with 6H4 or 12F10 MoAbs, we detected cellular prion protein in germinal centres. However, using the SAF 34 or SAF 32 antibodies, PrPc was revealed outside the lymphoid tissues. No PrPc was observed in the germinal centres. Therefore, we adapted the method of FDC isolation, making it suitable for the study of PrPc expression on their surface. Using electron microscopy, the presence of PrPc on the surface of FDCs was demonstrated only with 6H4 MoAb. These results suggest that bovine follicular dendritic cells express a particular form of prion protein. Either the N-terminal part of PrPc is cleaved or the accessibility of the specific epitope (79-92) of SAF 34 MoAb is abolished by interaction with other molecules. This particular isoform of PrPc on bovine FDCs might be related to the apparent absence of infectivity in lymph organs in cattle affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman Fdc Express Prpc in Vivo and in Vitro
Thielen, Caroline ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

in Developmental Immunology (2001), 8(3-4), 259-66

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by accumulation of abnormal prion protein (protease-resistant prion, PrPres). PrPres accumulation is also detected in lymphoid organs after ... [more ▼]

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by accumulation of abnormal prion protein (protease-resistant prion, PrPres). PrPres accumulation is also detected in lymphoid organs after peripheral infection. Several studies suggest that follicular dendritic cells (FDC) could be the site of PrPres retention and amplification. Here we show that human follicular dendritic cells can express normal cellular prion protein (PrPc) both in situ and in vitro. When tonsillar cryosections were treated with anti-PrP antibody, the label was found on some very delicate cell extensions inside the lymphoid follicles, especially in the germinal centres. These extensions react with DRC1 antibody, used frequently to label FDC. Other structures labelled with anti-PrP antibody were the keratinocytes. To confirm the ability of FDC to synthesise PrPc, we isolated FDC by a non-enzymatic procedure and cultured them. By cytochemistry and flow cytometry it was clearly shown that FDC do produce PrPc. [less ▲]

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