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See detailKinetic study of the antibody response during the blood meal of Ixodes ricinus: Implication on plasma cell maturation in vivo and for anti-Ixodes vaccination
MENTEN, Catherine ULg; couvreur, B.; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in Vaccine (2011)

Anti-tick vaccination could be an ideal solution to prevent pathogen transmission, but none is currently available against Ixodes ticks. Recently, we showed that adult Ixodes ricinus infestation on mice ... [more ▼]

Anti-tick vaccination could be an ideal solution to prevent pathogen transmission, but none is currently available against Ixodes ticks. Recently, we showed that adult Ixodes ricinus infestation on mice decreases the specific antibody production to BSA injected during infestation. Here, a kinetic study of seric levels of BSA-specific antibodies was performed to evaluate the B memory cell differentiation in Balb/c mice and the capacity of specific B memory cells to respond to BSA during infestation. We concluded that the tick blood meal inhibits or impairs the local differentiation of mature B cells into plasma cells, but does not alter the formation of memory B cell. Accordingly, this mechanism should not be an impediment to anti-Ixodes vaccination. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the Ixodes ricinus tick blood-feeding on the antigen-specific antibody response in vivo.
Menten-Dedoyart, Catherine ULg; Couvreur, B.; Thellin, Olivier ULg et al

in Vaccine (2008), 26(52), 6956-64

The blood meal of hard ticks such as Ixodes ricinus lasts several days. This is made possible by tick salivary factors that inhibit inflammation, haemostasis and the host immune response. We assessed the ... [more ▼]

The blood meal of hard ticks such as Ixodes ricinus lasts several days. This is made possible by tick salivary factors that inhibit inflammation, haemostasis and the host immune response. We assessed the latter on a model of immune response in vivo. A significant reduction of specific IgM and IgG levels was observed in BALB/c mice infested 5 days before injection with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and QuilA but not in mice infested 5 days after the immunization. This effect was not observed in mock-infested mice and could not be attributed to the use of anesthetics. The antibody response was not merely delayed and the Th(1)/Th(2) balance appeared not altered. T-dependent zones and germinal centers in lymph nodes draining the tick bite site showed no apparent morphological alterations or shift in T cell subpopulations. However, the spleens of tick-infested mice had also an enlarged red pulp, indicating an increased extramedullary haematopoietic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailSequence-optimised E2 constructs from BVDV-1b and BVDV-2 for DNA immunisation in cattle
Couvreur, B.; Letellier, C.; Olivier, Fabrice ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2007), 38(6, NOV-DEC), 819-834

We report DNA immunisation experiments in cattle using plasmid constructs that encoded glycoprotein E2 from bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV)-1 (E2.1) and BVDV-2 (E2.2). The coding sequences were ... [more ▼]

We report DNA immunisation experiments in cattle using plasmid constructs that encoded glycoprotein E2 from bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV)-1 (E2.1) and BVDV-2 (E2.2). The coding sequences were optimised for efficient expression in mammalian cells. A modified leader peptide sequence from protein gD of BoHV1 was inserted upstream of the E2 coding sequences for efficient membrane export of the proteins. Recombinant E2 were efficiently expressed in COS7 cells and they presented the native viral epitopes as judged by differential recognition by antisera from cattle infected with BVDV-1 or BVDV-2. Inoculation of pooled plasmid DNA in young cattle elicited antibodies capable of neutralising viral strains representing the major circulating BVDV genotypes. [less ▲]

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See detailPoint mutations in an infectious bovine viral diarrhoea virus type 2 cDNA transcript that yields an attenuated and protective viral progeny
Dehan, Pierre ULg; Couvreur, B.; Hamers, C. et al

in Vaccine (2005), 23(33), 4236-4246

An infectious cDNA clone of the hypervirulent bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) strain 890 (isolate 256) was produced by a streamlined PCR procedure. As compared to the published sequence of strain 890 ... [more ▼]

An infectious cDNA clone of the hypervirulent bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) strain 890 (isolate 256) was produced by a streamlined PCR procedure. As compared to the published sequence of strain 890, the nucleotide sequencing of cloned cDNA corresponding to isolate 256 revealed several mutations seven of which were attributed to the cloning procedure. The infectious transcript was transfected into permissive cells and led to viral multiplication (AvrII+ strain). In vitro, viral titres reached by the parental strain exceed those of the AvrII+ strain by more than one order of magnitude. The latter was clearly less virulent to young calves as indicated by clinical, haematological and virological parameters. Thirty-four days after inoculation with AvrII+ strain, calves were challenged with the virulent parental strain. The animals were protected as compared to unvaccinated controls. Therefore, our approach led to the production of an attenuated strain with potential use as a vaccine strain and will be useful for studies of virulence determinants in BVDV-2. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversity among Bovine Pestiviruses
Hamers, C.; Dehan, Pierre ULg; Couvreur, B. et al

in Veterinary Journal (2001), 161(2), 112-22

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) isolates are characterized by an important genetic, antigenic and pathogenic diversity. The emergence of new hypervirulent BVDV strains in North America has provided ... [more ▼]

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) isolates are characterized by an important genetic, antigenic and pathogenic diversity. The emergence of new hypervirulent BVDV strains in North America has provided clear evidence of pathogenic differences between BVDV strains. The origin of BVDV diversity is related to high mutation rate occurring in RNA viruses but the consequences of mutations obviously depend on the genes which are involved. Mutations in genes encoding for structural proteins of immunological importance may have practical implications.Knowledge of BVDV diversity is important for understanding the wide variety of pathogenesis of diseases caused by the virus, for monitoring the epidemiology of the different types and for the design of optimum laboratory tests and vaccines.This review focuses on the origin and consequences of BVDV diversity with regard to pathogenesis, biotypes, and antigenic and genetic variations. [less ▲]

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See detailAvancées récentes en biologie moléculaire du virus de la diarrhée virale bovine
Dehan, Pierre ULg; Hamers, C.; Couvreur, B. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailDifferences in Experimental Virulence of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Viral Strains Isolated from Haemorrhagic Syndromes
Hamers, C.; Couvreur, B.; Dehan, Pierre ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 160(3), 250-8

In the late 1980s, a new hypervirulent and epidemic form of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection appeared in North America. A similar but sporadic syndrome was later reported in Europe. To ... [more ▼]

In the late 1980s, a new hypervirulent and epidemic form of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection appeared in North America. A similar but sporadic syndrome was later reported in Europe. To compare the pathogenic characters of the North American and European hypervirulent strains, we inoculated BVDV naive calves with BVDV strains isolated from haemorrhagic syndromes originating in Belgium, France and the USA. The experimental procedure comprised daily clinical examination and measurement of blood and virological parameters.The American BVD890/256 strain induced severe thrombocytopaenia, profuse diarrhoea and pneumonia in all calves, indicating that hypervirulent BVDV could be the primary infectious agent of pneumonia. Interestingly, a strong correlation was observed between the intense viraemia and a decreased platelet count. None of the European strains tested induced significant pathological signs, although isolated from cases presenting haemorrhagic syndrome. [less ▲]

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