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See detailModulating effect of COMT genotype on the brain regions underlying proactive control process during inhibition
Jaspar, Mathieu ULg; Genon, Sarah ULg; Muto, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2014), 50

Introduction. Genetic variability related to the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met polymorphism) has received increasing attention as a possible modulator of cognitive control functions ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Genetic variability related to the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene (Val158Met polymorphism) has received increasing attention as a possible modulator of cognitive control functions. Methods. In an event-related fMRI study, a modified version of the Stroop task was administered to three groups of 15 young adults according to their COMT Val158Met genotype [Val/Val (VV), Val/Met (VM) and Met/Met (MM)]. Based on the theory of dual mechanisms of control (Braver, et al., 2007), the Stroop task has been built to induce proactive or reactive control processes according to the task context. Results. Behavioral results did not show any significant group differences for reaction times but Val allele carriers individuals are less accurate in the processing of incongruent items. fMRI results revealed that proactive control is specifically associated with increased activity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in carriers of the Met allele, while increased activity is observed in the middle frontal gyrus (MFG) in carriers of the Val allele. Conclusion. These observations, in keeping with a higher cortical dopamine level in MM individuals, support the hypothesis of a COMT Val158Met genotype modulation of the brain regions underlying proactive control, especially in frontal areas as suggested by Braver et al. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of a microRNA landscape targeting the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in inflammation-induced colorectal carcinogenesis
JOSSE, Claire ULg; Bouznad, Nassim ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (2014), 306

Inflammation can contribute to tumor formation; however, markers that predict progression are still lacking. In the present study, the well-established azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS ... [more ▼]

Inflammation can contribute to tumor formation; however, markers that predict progression are still lacking. In the present study, the well-established azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced mouse model of colitis-associated cancer was used to analyze microRNA (miRNA) modulation accompanying inflammation-induced tumor development and to determine whether inflammation-triggered miRNA alterations affect the expression of genes or pathways involved in cancer. A miRNA microarray experiment was performed to establish miRNA expression profiles in mouse colon at early and late time points during inflammation and/or tumor growth. Chronic inflammation and carcinogenesis were associated with distinct changes in miRNA expression. Nevertheless, prediction algorithms of miRNA-mRNA interactions and computational analyses based on ranked miRNA lists consistently identified putative target genes that play essential roles in tumor growth or that belong to key carcinogenesis-related signaling pathways. We identified PI3K/Akt and the insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) as major pathways being affected in the AOM/DSS model. DSS-induced chronic inflammation downregulates miR-133a and miR-143/145, which is reportedly associated with human colorectal cancer and PI3K/Akt activation. Accordingly, conditioned medium from inflammatory cells decreases the expression of these miRNA in colorectal adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells. Overexpression of miR-223, one of the main miRNA showing strong upregulation during AOM/DSS tumor growth, inhibited Akt phosphorylation and IGF-1R expression in these cells. Cell sorting from mouse colons delineated distinct miRNA expression patterns in epithelial and myeloid cells during the periods preceding and spanning tumor growth. Hence, cell-type-specific miRNA dysregulation and subsequent PI3K/Akt activation may be involved in the transition from intestinal inflammation to cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailFIPA : étude clinique et génétique à l'Hôpital "King Edward Memorial", Bombay (Mumbai) Inde
Bothra, N; Daly, Adrian ULg; CASTERMANS, Emilie ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailAltered white matter architecture in BDNF Met carriers
Ziegler, Erik ULg; Foret, Ariane; Mascetti, Laura ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2013)

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) modulates the pruning of synaptically-silent axonal arbors. The Met allele of the BDNF gene is associated with a reduction in the neurotrophin's activity-dependent ... [more ▼]

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) modulates the pruning of synaptically-silent axonal arbors. The Met allele of the BDNF gene is associated with a reduction in the neurotrophin's activity-dependent release. We used di ffusion-weighted imaging to construct structural brain networks for 36 healthy subjects with known BDNF genotypes. Through permutation testing we discovered clear di fferences in connection strength between subjects carrying the Met allele and those homozygotic for the Val allele. We trained a Gaussian process classi fier capable of identifying the subjects' allelic group with 86% accuracy and high predictive value. In Met carriers structural connectivity was greatly increased throughout the forebrain, particularly in connections corresponding to the anterior and superior corona radiata as well as corticothalamic and corticospinal projections from the sensorimotor, premotor and prefrontal portions of the internal capsule. Interhemispheric connectivity was also increased via the corpus callosum and anterior commissure, and extremely high connectivity values were found between inferior medial frontal polar regions via the anterior forceps. We propose that the decreased availability of BDNF leads to de cifits in axonal maintenance in carriers of the Met allele, and that this produces mesoscale changes in white matter architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailConnectome-based classification of BDNF Met allele carriers
Ziegler, Erik ULg; Foret, Ariane; Mascetti, Laura ULg et al

Poster (2013, June)

Secretion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is essential for synaptic plasticity in the central nervous system during neurodevelopment [Huang]. A common human non-synonymous SNIP in the BDNF ... [more ▼]

Secretion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is essential for synaptic plasticity in the central nervous system during neurodevelopment [Huang]. A common human non-synonymous SNIP in the BDNF gene (Val66Met, rs6265) decreases activity-dependent BDNF release in neurons transfected with the human A allele (Met-BDNF). We reasoned that the persistent differential activity-dependent BDNF release implied by this polymorphism should also be associated with differences in adult brain structure. The study population comprised 36 healthy subjects (aged 18-25): 15 (9 male) were identified as carrying the Met allele (“Met carrier” group) and 21 (9 male) were homozygotes for the Val allele (“Val/Val” group). The groups did not vary significantly in IQ, age nor scores for a battery of psychological tests. A high-resolution T1-weighted image (sMRI), 7 unweighted (b=0) and a set of diffusion-weighted (b=1000) images using 61 non-collinear directional gradients were acquired for each subject. The processing workflow relied on several pieces of software and was developed in Python and Nipype. The sMRIs were segmented using the automated labeling of Freesurfer [Desikan] and further parcellated using the Lausanne2008 atlas into 1015 regions of interest (ROIs) [Cammoun]. DWIs were corrected for image distortions (due to eddy currents) using linear coregistration functions from FSL [Smith]. Fractional anisotropy maps were generated, and a few single-fiber (high FA) voxels were used to estimate the spherical harmonic coefficients (order 8) of the response function from the DWIs [Tournier]. Then orientation distribution functions were obtained at each voxel. Probabilistic tractography was performed throughout the whole brain using seeds from subject-specific white-matter masks and a predefined number of tracts (300,000), see Fig. 1. The tracks were affine-transformed into the subject's structural space with Dipy [Garyfallidis]. Connectome mapping was performed by considering every contact point between each tract and the outlined ROIs (unlike in [Hagmann]): the connectivity matrix was incremented every time a single fiber traversed between any two ROIs. We trained a Gaussian Process Classifier [Rasmussen] (interfaced by PRoNTo [Schrouff]) on these connectivity matrices. The accuracy and generalization ability of the classification were assessed with a leave-one-subject-out cross-validation procedure. With this linear kernel method weights were also obtained indicating the contribution to the classification output (in favor of either genotypic group) of each edge in the network. The same method was employed to discriminate features related to the subjects' gender and genotype for the ADA gene. The classifier was able to discriminate between Val/Val and Met carriers with 86.1% balanced accuracy. The predictive value for the Val/Val and Met carrier groups were 94.4% (p=0.001) and 77.8% (p=0.003), respectively. In Fig. 2 the weights obtained by the classifier are visualized as edges in the brain network. For the classifier trained to identify gender or the subjects' ADA genotype, the global accuracy reached 63.9% (n.s.) and 58.3% (n.s.) respectively. Using high-resolution connectome mapping from normal young healthy human volunteers grouped based on the Met allele of the BNDF gene, we show that the BDNF genotype of an individual can be significantly identified from his structural brain wiring. These differences appear specific to this allele; no such difference could be found for the polymorphism in the ADA gene, or even for gender. We propose that the decreased availability of BDNF leads to deficits in axonal maintenance in Met carriers, and that this produces mesoscale changes in white matter architecture. Acknowledgements: the FNRS, the ULg, the Queen Elisabeth Medical Foundation, the Léon Fredericq Foundation, the Belgian Inter-University Attraction Program, the Welbio program, and the MCITN in Neurophysics (PITN-GA-2009-238593). Cammoun L. et al. (2011), ‘Mapping the human connectome at multiple scales with diffusion spectrum MRI’, J Neuroscience Methods, 203:386–397. Desikan R.S. et al. (2006), ‘An automated labeling system for subdividing the human cerebral cortex on MRI scans into gyral based regions of interest’, Neuroimage, 31:968-980. Hagmann P. et al. (2008), ‘Mapping the structural core of human cerebral cortex’, PLoS Biology, 6:e159 Huang E.J., Reichardt L.F. (2001), ‘Neurotrophins: roles in neuronal development and function’, Annual Review of Neuroscience, 24:677-736. Garyfallidis E. et al. (2011), ‘Dipy - a novel software library for diffusion MR and tractography’, 17th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. http://nipy.sourceforge.net/dipy/ Rasmussen C.E. (2006), Gaussian processes for machine learning. Schrouff J. et al. (2012), ‘PRoNTo: Pattern Recognition for Neuroimaging Toolbox’, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping. http://www.mlnl.cs.ucl.ac.uk/pronto Smith S.M. et al. (2004), ‘Advances in functional and structural MR image analysis and implementation as FSL’, Neuroimage, 23 Suppl 1:S208-S219. Tournier J.D., et al. (2007), ‘Robust determination of the fibre orientation distribution in diffusion MRI: non-negativity constrained super-resolved spherical deconvolution’, Neuroimage, 35:1459-1472. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic diagnosis of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification in Rwandan patients.
Uwineza, Annette; Hitayezu, Janvier; Murorunkwere, Seraphine et al

in Journal of tropical pediatrics (2013)

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies are the most common clinical forms of muscular dystrophies. They are genetically X-linked diseases caused by a mutation in the dystrophin (DMD) gene. A genetic ... [more ▼]

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies are the most common clinical forms of muscular dystrophies. They are genetically X-linked diseases caused by a mutation in the dystrophin (DMD) gene. A genetic diagnosis was carried out in six Rwandan patients presenting a phenotype of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies and six asymptomatic female carrier relatives using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA). Our results revealed deletion of the exons 48-51 in one patient, an inherited deletion of the exons 8-21 in two brothers and a de novo deletion of the exons 46-50 in the fourth patient. No copy number variation was found in two patients. Only one female carrier presented exon deletion in the DMD gene. This is the first cohort of genetic analysis in Rwandan patients affected by Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies. This report confirmed that MLPA assay can be easily implemented in low-income countries. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical, cytogenetic and molecular characterization of two cases of mosaic ring chromosome 13.
Uwineza, Annette; PIERQUIN, Geneviève ULg; GAILLEZ, Stephanie ULg et al

in Genetic counseling (Geneva, Switzerland) (2013), 24(2), 193-200

The occurrence of mosaic ring chromosome 13 is rare. The mechanism of ring chromosome formation is usually associated with loss of genetic material. We report 2 cases of mosaic ring chromosome 13 ... [more ▼]

The occurrence of mosaic ring chromosome 13 is rare. The mechanism of ring chromosome formation is usually associated with loss of genetic material. We report 2 cases of mosaic ring chromosome 13, resulting in deletion of 13qter. The first patient, a 15 year-old boy, presented a delayed psychomotor development, mental retardation, dysmorphic features and bleeding disorders associated with a de novo terminal 13q34 deletion. The second case was a foetus of 31 weeks with prenatal diagnosis of severe malformation such as holoprosencephaly, congenital cardiac defects, gastro-intestinal abnormalities with intrauterine growth retardation, the molecular analysis showed a de novo deletion encompassing the region 13q31.3-q34. [less ▲]

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See detailExiste-t-il une predisposition genetique aux addictions ?
CASTERMANS, Emilie ULg; GAILLEZ, Stephanie ULg; BOURS, Vincent ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2013), 68(5-6), 226-32

Is free will the rule in front of drugs, alcohol or gambling? Would interindividual genetic variations influence our behaviour to such a point that addiction susceptibility would be enhanced or decreased ... [more ▼]

Is free will the rule in front of drugs, alcohol or gambling? Would interindividual genetic variations influence our behaviour to such a point that addiction susceptibility would be enhanced or decreased? Addiction predisposition is a complex trait, involving numerous predisposition genes and also environment. Heritability of this trait is 50%, meaning a similar contribution of genes and environment in the setting of this trait. Some genes of the dopaminergic system and some others specific for various drugs metabolism have been associated to addictions. The growth of those findings into promising pilot treatments seems a good future coming in. [less ▲]

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See detailConcurrent Synaptic and Systems Memory Consolidation during Sleep
Mascetti, Laura; Foret, Ariane; Schrouff, Jessica ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2013), 33(24), 10182-10190

Memories are consolidated during sleep by two apparently antagonistic processes: (1) reinforcement of memory-specific cortical interactions and (2) homeostatic reduction in synaptic efficiency. Using fMRI ... [more ▼]

Memories are consolidated during sleep by two apparently antagonistic processes: (1) reinforcement of memory-specific cortical interactions and (2) homeostatic reduction in synaptic efficiency. Using fMRI, we assessed whether episodic memories are processed during sleep by either or both mechanisms, by comparing recollection before and after sleep. We probed whether LTP influences these processes by contrasting two groups of individuals prospectively recruited based on BDNF rs6265 (Val66Met) polymorphism. Between immediate retrieval and delayed testing scheduled after sleep, responses to recollection increased significantly more in Val/Val individuals than in Met carriers in parietal and occipital areas not previously engaged in retrieval, consistent with “systems-level consolidation.” Responses also increased differentially between allelic groups in regions already activated before sleep but only in proportion to slow oscillation power, in keeping with “synaptic downscaling.” Episodic memories seem processed at both synaptic and systemic levels during sleep by mechanisms involving LTP. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vivo Tumorigenesis Was Observed after Injection of In Vitro Expanded Neural Crest Stem Cells Isolated from Adult Bone Marrow
Wislet, Sabine ULg; Poulet, Christophe ULg; Neirinckx, Virginie ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(10), 46425

Bone marrow stromal cells are adult multipotent cells that represent an attractive tool in cellular therapy strategies. Several studies have reported that in vitro passaging of mesenchymal stem cells ... [more ▼]

Bone marrow stromal cells are adult multipotent cells that represent an attractive tool in cellular therapy strategies. Several studies have reported that in vitro passaging of mesenchymal stem cells alters the functional and biological properties of those cells, leading to the accumulation of genetic aberrations. Recent studies described bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) as mixed populations of cells including mesenchymal (MSC) and neural crest stem cells (NCSC). Here, we report the transformation of NCSC into tumorigenic cells, after in vitro long-term passaging. Indeed, the characterization of 6 neural crest-derived clones revealed the presence of one tumorigenic clone. Transcriptomic analyses of this clone highlighted, among others, numerous cell cycle checkpoint modifications and chromosome 11q down-regulation (suggesting a deletion of chromosome 11q) compared with the other clones. Moreover, unsupervised analysis such as a dendrogram generated after agglomerative hierarchical clustering comparing several transcriptomic data showed important similarities between the tumorigenic neural crest-derived clone and mammary tumor cell lines. Altogether, it appeared that NCSC isolated from adult bone marrow represents a potential danger for cellular therapy, and consequently, we recommend that phenotypic, functional and genetic assays should be performed on bone marrow mesenchymal and neural crest stem cells before in vivo use, to demonstrate whether their biological properties, after ex vivo expansion, remain suitable for clinical application. [less ▲]

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See detailOverexpression of CD39 in mouse airways promotes bacteria induced inflammation
Theatre, Emilie ULg; Frederix, Kim; Guilmain, William et al

in Journal of Immunology (2012), 189(4), 1966-1974

In airways, the ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase CD39 plays a central role in the regulation of physiological mucosal nucleotide concentrations and likely contributes to the control of ... [more ▼]

In airways, the ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase CD39 plays a central role in the regulation of physiological mucosal nucleotide concentrations and likely contributes to the control of inflammation because accelerated ATP metabolism occurs in chronic inflammatory lung diseases.We sought to determine whether constant elevated CD39 activity in lung epithelia is sufficient to cause inflammation and whether this affects the response to acute LPS or Pseudomonas aeruginosa exposure. We generated transgenic mice overexpressing human CD39 under the control of the airway-specific Clara cell 10-kDa protein gene promoter. Transgenic mice did not develop any spontaneous lung inflammation. However, intratracheal instillation of LPS resulted in accelerated recruitment of neutrophils to the airways of transgenic mice. Macrophage clearance was delayed, and the amounts of CD8+ T and B cells were augmented. Increased levels of keratinocyte chemoattractant, IL-6, and RANTES were produced in transgenic lungs. Similarly, higher numbers of neutrophils and macrophages were found in the lungs of transgenic mice infected with P. aeruginosa, which correlated with improved bacteria clearance. The transgenic phenotype was partially and differentially restored by coinstillation of P2X1 or P2X7 receptor antagonists or of caffeine with LPS. Thus, a chronic increase of epithelial CD39 expression and activity promotes airway inflammation in response to bacterial challenge by enhancing P1 and P2 receptor activation. [less ▲]

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See detailCasein kinase 2 inhibition modulates the DNA damage response but fails to radiosensitize malignant glioma cells.
KROONEN, Jérôme ULg; Artesi, Maria ULg; Capraro, Valerie et al

in International Journal of Oncology (2012), 41(2), 776-82

Inhibitors of casein kinase 2 (CK2), a regulator of cell proliferation and mediator of the DNA damage response, are being evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of cancers. Apigenin was capable of ... [more ▼]

Inhibitors of casein kinase 2 (CK2), a regulator of cell proliferation and mediator of the DNA damage response, are being evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of cancers. Apigenin was capable of inhibiting the activation of CK2 following gamma irradiation in LN18 and U87 malignant glioma cells. Apigenin and siRNA-mediated CK2 protein depletion further inhibited NF-kappaB activation and altered the Tyr68 phosphorylation of Chk2 kinase, a DNA damage response checkpoint kinase, following irradiation. However, CK2 inhibition did not decrease the ability of these glioma cells to repair double-strand DNA breaks, as assessed by COMET assays and gamma-H2Ax staining. Likewise, apigenin and siRNA-induced depletion of CK2 failed to sensitize glioma cells to the cytotoxic effect of 2 to 10 G-rays of gamma irradiation, as assessed by clonogenic assays. These results contrast with those found in other cancer types, and urge to prudence regarding the inclusion of malignant glioma patients in clinical trials that assess the radiosensitizing role of CK2 inhibitors in solid cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclin dependent kinase inhibitor (CDKN1B) gene variants in AIP mutation-negative familial isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA) kindreds
Tichomirowa, M.; Lee, M.; Barlier, A. et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2012), 19

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See detailA new 48, XXYY/47, XYY syndrome associated with multiple skeletal abnormalities, congenital heart disease and mental retardation.
Mutesa, Leon; JAMAR, Mauricette ULg; PIERQUIN, Geneviève ULg et al

in Indian journal of human genetics (2012), 18(3), 352-5

While the XYY and XXYY syndromes have been several time described in patients, the combination of both syndromes in an individual is a rare event and may result in a severe phenotype. In the present ... [more ▼]

While the XYY and XXYY syndromes have been several time described in patients, the combination of both syndromes in an individual is a rare event and may result in a severe phenotype. In the present observation, a boy with congenital scoliosis due to segmented thoracic hemivertebra associated with radioulnar synostosis and congenital heart disease is described. Chromosome G-banding and FISH analysis demonstrated a de novo mosaic karyotype 48, XXYY/47, XYY in this patient. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of a combination of XYY and XXYY syndromes. [less ▲]

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See detailLes maladies complexes: l'importance de la genetique.
LIBIOULLE, Cécile ULg; BOURS, Vincent ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(5-6), 220-5

Complex diseases usually harbour hereditary factors linked with multiple susceptibility genes. The additive effects of genetic and environmental factors are responsible for the pathology. The impact of ... [more ▼]

Complex diseases usually harbour hereditary factors linked with multiple susceptibility genes. The additive effects of genetic and environmental factors are responsible for the pathology. The impact of heredity has been demonstrated through family studies, but also, and mostly, through the study of adopted people and twins. Recently, genome wide association studies (GWAS) allowed the identification of many susceptibility genes for most complex diseases. However, a large part of the heritability is still missing, probably because of insufficient exploration of rare genetic variants and/or epigenetic factors. The ultimate goal of these genetic studies is the definition of an individual risk leading to specific preventive measures (model "predict and prevent"), but this purpose remains very remote for the majority of complex diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence of association between interferon regulatory factor 5 gene polymorphisms and asthma.
Wang, Chuan; Rose-Zerilli, Matthew J.; Koppelman, Gerard H. et al

in Gene (2012), 504(2), 220-5

Asthma is a heterogeneous disorder hallmarked by chronic inflammation in the respiratory system. Exacerbations of asthma are correlated with respiratory infections. Considering the implication of ... [more ▼]

Asthma is a heterogeneous disorder hallmarked by chronic inflammation in the respiratory system. Exacerbations of asthma are correlated with respiratory infections. Considering the implication of interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) in innate and adaptive immunity, we investigated the preferential transmission patterns of ten IRF5 gene polymorphisms in two asthmatic family cohorts. A common IRF5 haplotype was found to be associated with asthma and the severity of asthmatic symptoms. Stratified analysis of subgroups of asthmatic individuals revealed that the associations were more pronounced in nonatopic asthmatic individuals. In addition, the risk alleles of IRF5 polymorphisms for asthma were almost completely opposite to those for autoimmune disorders. Our study provides the first evidence of association between IRF5 and asthma, and sheds light on the related but potentially distinct roles of IRF5 alleles in the pathogenesis of asthma and autoimmune disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailMaladies complexes: des interactions genes-environnement au probleme de sante publique.
SCHEEN, André ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2012), 67(5-6), 217-9

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See detailATP-gated P2X1 ion channels protect from endotoxemia by dampening neutrophil activation
Lecut, Christelle ULg; Faccinetto, Céline ULg; Delierneux, Céline ULg et al

in Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis [=JTH] (2012), 10(3), 453-65

Background: In sepsis, extracellular ATP, secreted by activated platelets and leukocytes, may contribute to the crosstalk between hemostasis and inflammation. Previously, we showed that, in addition to ... [more ▼]

Background: In sepsis, extracellular ATP, secreted by activated platelets and leukocytes, may contribute to the crosstalk between hemostasis and inflammation. Previously, we showed that, in addition to their role in platelet activation, ATP-gated P2X1 ion channels are involved in promoting neutrophil chemotaxis. <br />Objectives: To elucidate the contribution of P2X1 ion channels to sepsis and associated disturbance of hemostasis. <br />Methods: We used P2X1-/- mice in a model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis. Hemostasis and inflammation parameters were analysed together with outcome. Mechanisms were further studied ex vivo using mouse and human blood or isolated neutrophils and monocytes. <br />Results: P2X1-/- mice were more susceptible to LPS-induced shock than wild-type mice despite normal cytokine production. Plasma levels of thrombin-antithrombin complexes were higher, thrombocytopenia was worsened and whole blood coagulation time was markedly reduced, pointing to aggravated hemostasis disturbance in the absence of P2X1. However, whole blood platelet aggregation occurred normally and P2X1-/- macrophages displayed normal levels of total tissue factor activity. We found that P2X1-/- neutrophils produced higher amounts of reactive oxygen species. Increased amounts of myeloperoxidase were released in the blood of LPS-treated P2X1-/- mice, and circulating neutrophils and monocytes expressed higher levels of CD11b. Neutrophil accumulation into the lungs was also significantly augmented, as was lipid peroxidation in the liver. Desensitization of P2X1 ion channels led to increased activation of human neutrophils and enhanced formation of platelet-leukocyte aggregates. [less ▲]

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See detailPartial trisomy 4q associated with young-onset dopa-responsive parkinsonism.
Garraux, Gaëtan ULg; CABERG, Jean-Hubert ULg; Vanbellinghen, Jean-Francois et al

in Archives of Neurology (2012), 69(3), 398-400

OBJECTIVE: To describe a patient who developed a young-onset, dopa-responsive parkinsonism linked to a de novo heterozygous interstitial duplication 4q. DESIGN: Case report. SETTING: Movement Disorder ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To describe a patient who developed a young-onset, dopa-responsive parkinsonism linked to a de novo heterozygous interstitial duplication 4q. DESIGN: Case report. SETTING: Movement Disorder Outpatient Clinic at the University Hospital Centre, Liege, Belgium. Patient A 31-year-old woman. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical, neuroimaging, and genetic data. RESULTS: The duplicated region contains 150 known genes, including the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene locus. Motor and 6-[(18)F]fluoro-L-dopa positron emission tomography features are similar to those previously reported in heterozygote SNCA duplication carriers. Altered expression of other genes contained in the duplicated region may contribute to clinical features that are uncommon in the phenotypic spectrum of SNCA multiplications such as delayed developmental psychomotor milestones during infancy and musculoskeletal abnormalities. CONCLUSION: This case report provides new insights on the genetic basis of parkinsonism. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic screening for AIP mutations in Young patients with sporadic and Familial Pituitary Macroadenomas
Yaneva, M.; Elenkova, A.; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in Endocrinologia = Endokrinologiia (2011), 16(1), 41-48

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