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See detailNeutrophil Extracellular Traps (NET) Entrap and Kill Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto Spirochetes and Are not Affected by Ixodes ricinus Tick Saliva.
MENTEN-DEDOYART, Catherine ULg; Faccinetto, Céline; Golovchenko, Maryna et al

in Journal of Immunology (2012), 189(11), 5393-5401

Lyme disease is a pathology caused by members of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.) complex, most often by B. burgdorferi sensu stricto (s.s.). They are transmitted mainly by Ixodes ricinus ticks ... [more ▼]

Lyme disease is a pathology caused by members of the Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (s.l.) complex, most often by B. burgdorferi sensu stricto (s.s.). They are transmitted mainly by Ixodes ricinus ticks. After a few hours of infestation, neutrophils massively infiltrate the bite site. They can kill Borrelia via phagocytosis, oxidative burst and hydrolytic enzymes. However, factors in tick saliva promote propagation of the bacteria in the host even in the presence of a large number of neutrophils. Neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) consists in the extrusion of the neutrophil’s own DNA, forming traps that can retain and kill bacteria. The production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is apparently associated with the onset of NEtosis. Here we describe NETs formation at the tick bite site in vivo in mice. We show that Borrelia burgdorferi s.s. spirochetes become trapped and killed by NETs in humans and that the bacteria do not seem to release significant nucleases to evade this process. Saliva from I. ricinus did not affect NET formation by human neutrophiles or it stability. However, it strongly decreased neutrophil ROS production, suggesting that a strong decrease of hydrogen peroxide does not affect NET formation. Finally, round bodies were observed trapped in NETs, some of them staining as live cells. This observation could help contribute to a better explanation of erythema migrans. [less ▲]

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See detailPre-Mortem Diagnostic Screening for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies by Proteomic Approaches
Falisse-Poirrier, Nandini; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg et al

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See detailAlzheimer’s diseases: towards biomarkers for an early diagnosis
Elmoualij, Benaïssa ULg; Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg; Seguin, jérémie et al

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See detailCreutzfeldt-jakob, Parkinson, lewy body dementia and Alzheimer diseases: from diagnosis to therapy.
Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg; Quadrio, Isabelle et al

in Central Nervous System Agents in Medicinal Chemistry (2009), 9(1), 2-11

Depositions of proteins in form of amyloid and non-amyloid plaques are common pathogenic signs of more than 20 degenerative diseases affecting the central nervous system or a variety of peripheral tissues ... [more ▼]

Depositions of proteins in form of amyloid and non-amyloid plaques are common pathogenic signs of more than 20 degenerative diseases affecting the central nervous system or a variety of peripheral tissues. Among the neuropathological conditions, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and the prion diseases, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), present ambiguities as regarding their differential diagnosis. At present, their diagnosis must be confirmed by post-mortem examination of the brain. Currently the ante-mortem diagnosis is still based on the integration of multiple data (clinical, paraclinical and biological analyses) because no unique marker exists for such diseases. The detection of specific biomarkers would be useful to develop a differential diagnostic, distinguishing not only different neurodegenerative diseases but also the disease from the non-pathological effects of aging. Several neurodegenerative biomarkers are present at very low levels during the early stages of the disease development and their ultra-low detection is needed for early diagnosis, which should permit more effective therapeutic interventions, before the disease concerned can progress to a stage where considerable damage to the brain has already occurred. In the case of prion diseases, there are concerns regarding not only patient care, but the wider community too, with regard to the risk of transmission of prions, especially during blood transfusion, for which, four cases of variant CJD infection associated with transfusion of non-leukocyte-depleted blood components have been confirmed. Therefore the development of techniques with high sensitivity and specificity represent the major challenge in the field of the protein misfolding diseases. In this paper we review the current analytical and/or biochemical diagnostic technologies used mainly in prion, but also in Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases and emphasizing work on the protein detection as a surrogates and specific biomarker in the body fluid of patients (urine, CSF and blood). This review highlights the urgency of the development of early and sensitive diagnostics in terms of therapeutic challenge. [less ▲]

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See detailProtective effect of prion protein via the N-terminal region in mediating a protective effect on paraquat-induced oxidative injury in neuronal cells.
Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg; Falisse-Poirier, Nandini; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroscience Research (2008), 86(3), 653-9

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders caused by a posttranslational, conformational change in the cellular isoform of the prion protein (PrP(C)) into an ... [more ▼]

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders caused by a posttranslational, conformational change in the cellular isoform of the prion protein (PrP(C)) into an infectious, disease-associated form (PrP(Sc)). Increasing evidence supports a role for PrP(C) in the cellular response to oxidative stress. We investigated the effect of oxidative stress mediated by paraquat exposure on SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells. A loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and subsequent reduction in ATP production were demonstrated in untransfected SH-SY5Y cells, an effect that was ameliorated by the expression of PrP(C). Cells expressing either PrP-DeltaOct, which lacks the octapeptide repeats, or PrP-DA, in which the N-terminus is tethered to the membrane, showed increased sensitivity to paraquat compared with cells expressing wild-type PrP(C) as shown by reduced viability, loss of their membrane integrity, and reduced mitochondrial bioenergetic measurements. Exposure of prion-infected mouse SMB15S cells to paraquat resulted in a reduction in viability to levels similar to those seen in the untransfected SH-SY5Y cells. However, "curing" the cells with pentosan sulfate restored the viability to the level observed in the SH-SY5Y cells expressing PrP(C). These data would indicate that the molecular mechanism promoting cellular resistance to oxidative stress had been compromised in the infected SMB15S cells, which could be reinstated upon curing. Our study supports the hypothesis that PrP(C) expression protects cells against paraquat-induced oxidative injury, demonstrates the significance of the N-terminal region of the protein in mediating this protective effect, and also shows that the biochemical consequences of prion infection may be reversed with therapeutic intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Silico tilted properties of the 67-78 fragment of alpha-synuclein are responsible for membrane destabilization and neurotoxicity
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg et al

in Proteins-Structure Function and Bioinformatics (2007), 68(4), 936-947

Alpha-synuclein is a 140 residue protein associated with Parkinson's disease. Intraneural inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are mainly composed of alpha-synuclein aggregated into amyloid ... [more ▼]

Alpha-synuclein is a 140 residue protein associated with Parkinson's disease. Intraneural inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are mainly composed of alpha-synuclein aggregated into amyloid fibrils. Other amyloidogenic proteins, such as the beta amyloid peptide involved in Alzheimer's disease and the prion protein (PrP) associated with Creuztfeldt-Jakob's disease, are known to possess "tilted peptides". These peptides are short protein fragments that adopt an oblique orientation at a hydrophobic/hydrophilic interface, which enables destabilization of the membranes. In this paper, sequence analysis and molecular modelling predict that the 67-78 fragment of alpha-synuclein is a tilted peptide. Its destabilizing properties were tested experimentally. The alpha-synuclein 67-78 peptide is able to induce lipid mixing and leakage of unilamellar liposomes. The neuronal toxicity, studied using human neuroblastoma cells, demonstrated that the alpha-synuclein 67-78 peptide induces neurotoxicity. A mutant designed by molecular modelling to be amphipathic was shown to be significantly less fusogenic and toxic than the wild type. In conclusion, we have identified a tilted peptide in alpha-synuclein, which could be involved in the toxicity induced during amyloidogenesis of alpha-synuclein. [less ▲]

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See detailPeculiar hydrophobic properties of the 67-78 fragment of α-synuclein are responsible for membrane destabilization and neurotoxicity
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg et al

Poster (2007, March 14)

α-synuclein is a 140 residue protein linked to Parkinson’s disease. Intraneural inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are mainly composed of α-synuclein aggregated in amyloid fibrils. Few years ... [more ▼]

α-synuclein is a 140 residue protein linked to Parkinson’s disease. Intraneural inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are mainly composed of α-synuclein aggregated in amyloid fibrils. Few years ago, tilted peptides have been detected in two other amyloidogenic proteins : the amyloid β peptide involved in Alzheimer’s disease, and the PrP protein linked to Creuztfeldt-Jakob’s disease. Tilted peptides are short protein fragments that adopt an oblique orientation when inserted into biological membranes. Tilted peptides are able to destabilize membranes. In this study, we predicted by sequence analysis and molecular modelling that the 67-78 fragment of α-synuclein is a tilted peptide. Like most of them, the α-syn 67-78 peptide is able to induce lipid mixing and leakage of unilamellar liposomes. A mutant designed by molecular modelling to decrease the destabilizing properties of the peptide was shown to be significantly less fusogenic. The neuronal toxicity was studied using human neuroblastoma cells and we demonstrated that the α-syn 67-78 peptide induces neurotoxicity. In conclusion, we have identified a tilted peptide in α-synuclein which could be involved in the toxicity induced during amyloidogenesis of α-synuclein. [less ▲]

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See detailPeculiar hydrophobic properties of the 67-78 fragment of α-synuclein are responsible for membrane destabilization and neurotoxicity
Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg et al

Poster (2006, December 18)

α-synuclein is a 140 residue protein linked to Parkinson’s disease. Intraneural inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are mainly composed of α-synuclein aggregated in amyloid fibrils. Few years ... [more ▼]

α-synuclein is a 140 residue protein linked to Parkinson’s disease. Intraneural inclusions called Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites are mainly composed of α-synuclein aggregated in amyloid fibrils. Few years ago, tilted peptides have been detected in two other amyloidogenic proteins : the amyloid β peptide involved in Alzheimer’s disease, and the PrP protein linked to Creuztfeldt-Jakob’s disease. Tilted peptides are short protein fragments that adopt an oblique orientation when inserted into biological membranes. Tilted peptides are able to destabilize membranes. In this study, we predicted by sequence analysis and molecular modelling that the 67-78 fragment of α-synuclein is a tilted peptide. Like most of them, the α-syn 67-78 peptide is able to induce lipid mixing and leakage of unilamellar liposomes. A mutant designed by molecular modelling to decrease the destabilizing properties of the peptide was shown to be significantly less fusogenic. The neuronal toxicity was studied using human neuroblastoma cells and we demonstrated that the α-syn 67-78 peptide induces neurotoxicity. In conclusion, we have identified a tilted peptide in α-synuclein which could be involved in the toxicity induced during amyloidogenesis of α-synuclein. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy on the toxic mechanism of prion protein peptide 106-126 in neuronal and non neuronal cells
Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg; Rachidi, W. et al

in Journal of Neuroscience Research (2006), 84(3), 637-646

A synthetic peptide corresponding to the 106-126 amyloidogenic region of the cellular human prion protein (PrPc) is useful for in vitro study of prion-induced neuronal cell death. The aim of the present ... [more ▼]

A synthetic peptide corresponding to the 106-126 amyloidogenic region of the cellular human prion protein (PrPc) is useful for in vitro study of prion-induced neuronal cell death. The aim of the present work was to examine the implication of the cellular prion protein in the toxicity mechanism induced by PrP 106-126. The effect of PrP 106-126 was investigated both on human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells and on SH-SY5Y over-expressing murine cellular prions (wtPrP). We show by metabolic assay tests and ATP assays that PrPc expression does not modulate the toxicity of the prion peptide. Moreover, we investigated the effect of this peptide on an established non neuronal model, rabbit kidney epithelial A74 cells that express a doxycycline-inducible murine PrPc gene. We show for the first time that the prion peptide 106-126 does not exert any toxic effect on this cell line in the presence or absence of doxycycline. Our results show that the PrP 106-126-induced cell alteration is independent of PrPc expression. Rather, it seems to act via an interaction with lipidic components of the plasma membrane as strengthened by our results showing the differential susceptibility of neuronal and non neuronal cell lines that significantly differ by their membrane fatty acid composition. (c) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction of the 106-126 prion peptide with lipid membranes and potential implication for neurotoxicity.
Dupiereux-Fettweis, Ingrid ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2005), 331(4), 894-901

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders characterized by the accumulation in the brain of an abnormally misfolded, protease-resistant, and beta-sheet rich pathogenic isoform (PrP(SC)) of the ... [more ▼]

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders characterized by the accumulation in the brain of an abnormally misfolded, protease-resistant, and beta-sheet rich pathogenic isoform (PrP(SC)) of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)). In the present work, we were interested to study the mode of prion protein interaction with the membrane using the 106-126 peptide and small unilamellar lipid vesicles as model. As previously demonstrated, we showed by MTS assay that PrP 106-126 induces alterations in the human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line. We demonstrated for the first time by lipid-mixing assay and by the liposome vesicle leakage test that PrP 106-126, a non-tilted peptide, induces liposome fusion thus a potential cell membrane destabilization, as supported by membrane integrity assay (LDH). By circular dichroism (CD) analysis we showed that the fusogenic property of PrP 106-126 in the presence of liposome is associated with a predominantly beta-sheet structure. These data suggest that the fusogenic property associated with a predominant beta-sheet structure exhibited by the prion peptides contributes to the neurotoxicity of these peptides by destabilizing cellular membranes. The latter might be attached at the membrane surface in a parallel orientation as shown by molecular modeling. [less ▲]

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