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See detailShort course chemotherapy followed by concomitant chemoradiotherapy and surgery in locally advanced rectal cancer: a randomized multicentric phase II study.
Marechal, R.; Vos, B.; POLUS, Marc ULg et al

in Annals of Oncology (2012), 23(6), 1525-30

BACKGROUND: Induction chemotherapy has been suggested to impact on preoperative chemoradiation efficacy in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). To evaluate in LARC patients, the feasibility and efficacy ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Induction chemotherapy has been suggested to impact on preoperative chemoradiation efficacy in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). To evaluate in LARC patients, the feasibility and efficacy of a short intense course of induction oxaliplatin before preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with T2-T4/N+ rectal adenocarcinoma were randomly assigned to arm A-preoperative CRT with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) continuous infusion followed by surgery-or arm B-induction oxaliplatin, folinic acid and 5-FU followed by CRT and surgery. The primary end point was the rate of ypT0-1N0 stage achievement. RESULTS: Fifty seven patients were randomly assigned (arm A/B: 29/28) and evaluated for planned interim analysis. On an intention-to-treat basis, the ypT0-1N0 rate for arms A and B were 34.5% (95% CI: 17.2% to 51.8%) and 32.1% (95% CI: 14.8% to 49.4%), respectively, and the study therefore was closed prematurely for futility. There were no statistically significant differences in other end points including pathological complete response, tumor regression and sphincter preservation. Completion of the preoperative CRT sequence was similar in both groups. Grade 3/4 toxicity was significantly higher in arm B. CONCLUSIONS: Short intense induction oxaliplatin is feasible in LARC patients without compromising the preoperative CRT completion, although the current analysis does not indicate increased locoregional impact on standard therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailFast and sharp decrease in calprotectin predicts remission by infliximab in anti-TNF naive patients with ulcerative colitis.
De Vos, M.; Dewit, Olivier; D'Haens, G. et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis [=JCC] (2012), 6(5), 557-62

AIM: To evaluate the effect of infliximab induction therapy on calprotectin levels in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective study 53 patients with active UC from ... [more ▼]

AIM: To evaluate the effect of infliximab induction therapy on calprotectin levels in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective study 53 patients with active UC from 17 centers were treated with infliximab therapy (5 mg/kg) at baseline, week 2, and week 6. Faecal calprotectin was measured every week. Sigmoidoscopies were performed at baseline, week 6 and week 10. RESULTS: Median calprotectin levels decreased from 1260 (IQR 278.5- 3418) at baseline to 72.5 (IQR 18.5 - 463) at week 10 (p<0.001). After 10 weeks, infliximab therapy induced endoscopic remission and a decrease in calprotectin to<50 mg/kg or at least a 80% decrease from baseline level in 58% of patients. A significant and steep decrease of calprotectin levels was seen at week 2 for patients with an endoscopic remission at week 10 as compared to patients who did not show a remission. (p<0.001). At week 10 an excellent correlation was found between endoscopic remission and clinical Mayo score reflected by an AUC of ROC analyses of 0.94 (0.87-1) and with calprotectin measurements (AUC 0.91 (0.81-1)) : all patients with calprotectin levels <50 mg/kg, and a normal clinical Mayo score (=0) were in endoscopic remission. CONCLUSIONS: Infliximab induces a fast and significant decrease of faecal calprotectin levels in anti-TNF naive patients with ulcerative colitis predictive for remission of disease. [less ▲]

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See detailFamilial adenomatous polyposis: clinical presentation, detection and surveillance.
Laurent, S.; Franchimont, D.; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2011), 74(3), 415-20

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer related death in the western countries. It remains an important health problem, often under-diagnosed. The symptoms can appear very late and about 25 ... [more ▼]

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer related death in the western countries. It remains an important health problem, often under-diagnosed. The symptoms can appear very late and about 25% of the patients are diagnosed at metastatic stage. Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome, characterized by the early onset of hundred to thousands of adenomatous polyps in the colon and rectum. Left untreated, there is a nearly 100% cumulative risk of progression to CRC by the age of 35-40 years, as well as an increased risk of various other malignancies. CRC can be prevented by the identification of the high risk population and by the timely implementation of rigid screening programs which will lead to special medico-surgical interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailAn insertion-deletion polymorphism in the Interferon Regulatory Factor 5 (IRF5) gene confers risk of inflammatory bowel diseases
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Kristjansdottir, G.; Milani, L. et al

in Human Molecular Genetics (2007), 16(24), 3008-3016

The interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) gene encodes a transcription factor that plays an important role in the innate as well as in the cell-mediated immune responses. The IRF5 gene has been shown to ... [more ▼]

The interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) gene encodes a transcription factor that plays an important role in the innate as well as in the cell-mediated immune responses. The IRF5 gene has been shown to be associated with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. We studied whether the IRF5 gene is also associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Twelve polymorphisms in the IRF5 gene were genotyped in a cohort of 1007 IBD patients (748 CD and 254 UC) and 241 controls from Wallonia, Belgium. The same polymorphisms were genotyped in a confirmatory cohort of 311 controls and 687 IBD patients (488 CD and 192 UC) from Leuven, Belgium. A strong signal of association [P=1.9x10(-5), odds ratio (OR) 1.81 (1.37-2.39)] with IBD was observed for a 5 bp indel (CGGGG) polymorphism in the promoter region of the IRF5 gene. The association was detectable also in CD patients (P=6.8x10(-4)) and was particularly strong among the UC patients [P=5.3x10(-8), OR=2.42 (1.76-3.34)]. The association of the CGGGG indel was confirmed in the second cohort [P=3.2x10(-5), OR=1.59 (1.28-1.98)]. The insertion of one CGGGG unit is predicted to create an additional binding site for the transcription factor SP1. Using an electrophoretic mobility shift assay, we show allele-specific differences in protein binding to this repetitive DNA-stretch, which suggest a potential function role for the CGGGG indel. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of the Toll receptor pathway in susceptibility to inflammatory bowel diseases
De Jager, P. L.; Franchimont, D.; Waliszewska, A. et al

in Genes and Immunity (2007), 8(5), 387-397

The intestinal flora has long been thought to play a role either in initiating or in exacerbating the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Host defenses, such as those mediated by the Toll-like receptors ... [more ▼]

The intestinal flora has long been thought to play a role either in initiating or in exacerbating the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Host defenses, such as those mediated by the Toll-like receptors (TLR), are critical to the host/pathogen interaction and have been implicated in IBD pathophysiology. To explore the association of genetic variation in TLR pathways with susceptibility to IBD, we performed a replication study and pooled analyses of the putative IBD risk alleles in NFKB1 and TLR4, and we performed a haplotype-based screen for association to IBD in the TLR genes and a selection of their adaptor and signaling molecules. Our genotyping of 1539 cases of IBD and pooled analysis of 4805 cases of IBD validates the published association of a TLR4 allele with risk of IBD (odds ratio (OR): 1.30, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.15 - 1.48; P = 0.00017) and Crohn's disease (OR: 1.33, 95% CI: 1.16 - 1.54; P = 0.000035) but not ulcerative colitis. We also describe novel suggestive evidence that TIRAP (OR: 1.16, 95% CI: 1.04 - 1.30; P = 0.007) has a modest effect on risk of IBD. Our analysis, therefore, offers additional evidence that the TLR4 pathway - in this case, TLR4 and its signaling molecule TIRAP - plays a role in susceptibility to IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Tnf/Adam 17 System: Implication of an Adam 17 Haplotype in the Clinical Response to Infliximab in Crohn's Disease
Dideberg, Vinciane ULg; Theatre, Emilie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(10), 727-734

Infliximab, a chimeric anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody induces a clinical response in 70% of Crohn's disease patients and the response to infliximab therapy could be partially determined ... [more ▼]

Infliximab, a chimeric anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody induces a clinical response in 70% of Crohn's disease patients and the response to infliximab therapy could be partially determined by genetic factors. The implication of both transmembrane and soluble forms of the TNF-alpha in the mechanism of action of infliximab has been demonstrated. The aim of our work was first to perform a complete study of TNF variants role in the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease. Secondly, considering the role of ADAM 17 in TNF-alpha shedding, the ADAM 17 locus was also studied. The response to infliximab was evaluated in 222 Caucasian Crohn's disease patients with a luminal (n=160) or fistulizing (n=62) form of the disease. Clinical and biological response evaluation was based on the Crohn's Disease Activity Index score and C-reactive protein level evolutions, respectively. The entire TNF gene was sequenced on the complete cohort. Twelve single nucleotide polymorphisms spanning the ADAM 17 locus were studied and haplotypes rebuilt. A clinical response was observed in 64% of the patients and biological response in 77.1% of patients. No association was found between the TNF gene and the response to infliximab. One haplotype in the ADAM 17 region was associated with a clinical response to infliximab in CD patients (adjusted P=0.045). In conclusion, our results exclude, with a reasonable power, an implication of the TNF gene in the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease, but reveal a potential role of the ADAM 17 gene in this response. [less ▲]

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See detailNo association between C-reactive protein gene polymorphisms and decrease of C-reactive protein serum concentration after infliximab treatment in Crohn's disease
Willot, S.; Vermeire, S.; Ohresser, M. et al

in Pharmacogenetics and Genomics (2006), 16(1), 37-42

We recently showed an association between the FCGR3A V/F polymorphism and the biological response [assessed on the basis of a C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration decrease] to infliximab in Crohn's ... [more ▼]

We recently showed an association between the FCGR3A V/F polymorphism and the biological response [assessed on the basis of a C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration decrease] to infliximab in Crohn's disease. The CRP and FCGR3A genes are located on the same 1q23 locus. The present study aimed: 0) to exclude a linkage disequilibrium (LD) between the two genes and 00 to study the association between CRP polymorphisms and the response to infliximab, particularly the decrease in CRP after treatment, in Crohn's disease patients. FCGR3A (V/F) polymorphism and three CRP polymorphisms (- 717G/A, 1444C/T, CRP 4A/G) were determined in 206 healthy blood donors and 189 Crohn's disease patients who had received infliximab for either refractory luminal or fistulizing Crohn's disease. Clinical response was defined as complete, partial or absent according to the same definition as in controlled trials. The biological response was defined on the basis of CRP decrease. There was no LID between CRP and FCGR3A in healthy donors or Crohn's disease patients. CRP polymorphisms had no impact on CRP decrease after infliximab. The proportions of Crohn's disease having a positive clinical or biological response were not statistically different among the various genotypes of CRP polymorphisms. There was no LD between CRP and FCGR3A polymorphisms. CRP polymorphisms were not associated with the response to infliximab in Crohn's disease. Pharmacogenetics and Genomics 16:37-42. (c) 2006 Lippincott Williams [less ▲]

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See detailProfile of soluble cytokine receptors in Crohn's disease
Gustot, T.; Lemmers, A.; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Gut (2005), 54(4), 488-495

Introduction: Soluble cytokine receptors (sCRs) modulate the in vivo activity of cytokines. Deficient sCR production could participate in the pathogenesis and course of Crohn's disease ( CD). The aim of ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Soluble cytokine receptors (sCRs) modulate the in vivo activity of cytokines. Deficient sCR production could participate in the pathogenesis and course of Crohn's disease ( CD). The aim of the study was to examine the profile of sCRs in CD patients and their modulation by infliximab and corticosteroids. Methods: We prospectively examined active CD patients (aCD) treated with either infliximab (n=21) or corticosteroids (n=9), CD patients in clinical remission (rCD, n=20), ulcerative colitis patients (UC, n=24), and healthy subjects (HS, n=15). Cultures of colonic biopsies were also examined from CD inflamed (n=8), CD non-inflamed (n=7), and healthy mucosa (n=8). Levels of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), soluble TNF receptor I (sTNFRI), soluble TNF receptor II (sTNFRII), interleukin 1 beta (IL-1 beta), soluble IL-1 receptor I (sIL-1RI), soluble IL-1 receptor II (sIL-1RII), IL-6, soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R), and sgp130 were measured using ELISA. Results: Higher levels of sTNFRI (p<0.05, p<0.01), sTNFRII (p<0.01, p<0.01), sIL-1RI (p<0.05, NS), IL-6 (p<0.01, p<0.01), and sIL-6R (p<0.05, NS) were observed in aCD compared with rCD and HS. Interestingly, sIL-1RII (p<0.05, p<0.01) and sgp130 (p<0.01, p<0.01) were profoundly decreased in aCD compared with rCD and HS, and were negatively correlated with CRP. Deficient production of sIL-1RII was specific to CD ( not observed in ulcerative colitis), and was further confirmed at the mucosal level. Infliximab decreased sTNFRII at one and four weeks (p<0.05) and enhanced sIL-6R levels at one week (p<0.05). Corticosteroids increased sIL-1RII levels at one week (p<0.05). Conclusion: CD is associated with dysregulated production of sCRs. Deficiency in sIL-1RII and sgp130 may be essential to CD pathogenesis. Their replacement through the use of fusion proteins could represent future alternative therapeutic strategies for CD. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid improvement of bone metabolism after infliximab treatment in Crohn's disease
Franchimont, N.; Putzeys, V.; Collette, Julien ULg et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2004), 20(6), 607-614

BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is associated with low bone mineral density and altered bone metabolism. AIM: To assess the evolution of bone metabolism in Crohn's disease patients treated with infliximab ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is associated with low bone mineral density and altered bone metabolism. AIM: To assess the evolution of bone metabolism in Crohn's disease patients treated with infliximab. METHODS: We studied 71 Crohn's disease patients treated for the first time with infliximab for refractory Crohn's disease. Biochemical markers of bone formation (type-I procollagen N-terminal propeptide, bone-specific alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin) and of bone resorption (C-telopeptide of type-I collagen) were measured in the serum before and 8 weeks after infliximab therapy and compared with values in a matched healthy control group. RESULTS: Eight weeks after treatment with infliximab, a normalization of bone markers was observed with a median increase in formation markers of 14-51% according to marker and a lower but significant decrease in resorption marker (median 11%). A clinically relevant increase in bone formation markers was present in 30-61% of patients according to the marker. A clinically relevant decrease in C-telopeptide of type-I collagen was present in 38% of patients. No association was found with any tested demographic or clinical parameter. CONCLUSION: Infliximab therapy in Crohn's disease may rapidly influence bone metabolism by acting either on bone formation or bone resorption. This improvement seems to be independent of clinical response to infliximab. [less ▲]

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See detailDeficient host-bacteria interactions in inflammatory bowel disease? The toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 Asp299gly polymorphism is associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
Franchimont, D.; Vermeire, S.; El Housni, H. et al

in Gut (2004), 53(7), 987-992

Background and aims: Elicitation of an innate immune response to bacterial products is mediated through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as the toll-like receptors (TLRs) and the NODs. The ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: Elicitation of an innate immune response to bacterial products is mediated through pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as the toll-like receptors (TLRs) and the NODs. The recently characterised Asp299Gly polymorphism in the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) receptor TLR4 is associated with impaired LPS signalling and increased susceptibility to Gram negative infections. We sought to determine whether this polymorphism was associated with Crohn's disease ( CD) and/or ulcerative colitis (UC). Methods: Allele frequencies of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism and the three NOD2/CARD15 polymorphisms (Arg702Trp, Gly908Arg, and Leu1007fsinsC) were assessed in two independent cohorts of CD patients ( cohort 1, n = 334; cohort 2, n = 114), in 163 UC patients, and in 140 controls. A transmission disequilibrium test (TDT) was then performed on 318 inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) trios. Results: The allele frequency of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism was significantly higher in CD ( cohort 1: 11% v 5%, odds ratio ( OR) 2.31 (95% confidence interval (CI) 1.28 - 4.17), p = 0.004; and cohort 2: 12% v 5%, OR 2.45 ( 95% CI 1.24 - 4.81), p = 0.007) and UC patients (10% v 5%, OR 2.05 ( 95% CI 1.07 3.93), p = 0.027) compared with the control population. A TDT on 318 IBD trios demonstrated preferential transmission of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism from heterozygous parents to affected children (T/U: 68/34, p = 0.01). Carrying polymorphisms in both TLR4 and NOD2 was associated with a genotype relative risk (RR) of 4.7 compared with a RR of 2.6 and 2.5 for TLR4 and NOD2 variants separately. Conclusion: We have reported on a novel association of the TLR4 Asp299Gly polymorphism with both CD and UC. This finding further supports the genetic influence of PRRs in triggering IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased production of matrix metalloproteinase-3 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 by inflamed mucosa in inflammatory bowel disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; Ribbens, Clio ULg; Barreto Dos Santos, Amelia ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (2000), 120(2), 241-246

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are characterized by a sustained inflammatory cascade that gives rise to the release of mediators capable of degrading and modifying bowel wall structure. Our aims were ... [more ▼]

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are characterized by a sustained inflammatory cascade that gives rise to the release of mediators capable of degrading and modifying bowel wall structure. Our aims were (i) to measure the production of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), and its tissue inhibitor, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), by inflamed and uninflamed colonic mucosa in IBD, and (ii) to correlate their production with that of proinflammatory cytokines and the anti-inflammatory cytokine, IL-10. Thirty-eight patients with IBD, including 25 with Crohn's disease and 13 with ulcerative colitis, were included. Ten controls were also studied. Biopsies were taken from inflamed and uninflamed regions and inflammation was graded both macroscopically and histologically. Organ cultures were performed for 18 h. Tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), IL-6, IL-1beta, IL-10, MMP-3 and TIMP-1 concentrations were measured using specific immunoassays. The production of both MMP-3 and the TIMP-1 were either undetectable or below the sensitivity of our immunoassay in the vast majority of uninflamed samples either from controls or from those with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. In inflamed mucosa, the production of these mediators increased significantly both in Crohn's disease (P < 0.01 and 0.001, respectively) and ulcerative colitis (P < 0.001 and 0.001, respectively). Mediator production in both cases was significantly correlated with the production of proinflammatory cytokines and IL-10, as well as with the degree of macroscopic and microscopic inflammation. Inflamed mucosa of both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis show increased production of both MMP-3 and its tissue inhibitor, which correlates very well with production of IL-1beta, IL-6, TNF-alpha and IL-10. [less ▲]

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See detailTumour Necrosis Factor (Tnf) Gene Polymorphism in Crohn's Disease (Cd): Influence on Disease Behaviour?
Louis, Edouard ULg; Peeters, Marc; Franchimont, D. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (2000), 119(1), 64-8

Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease with genetic heterogeneity. TNF-alpha plays a key role in the development of the mucosal lesions. The aim of our work was to study a single base pair ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease with genetic heterogeneity. TNF-alpha plays a key role in the development of the mucosal lesions. The aim of our work was to study a single base pair polymorphism located in the promoter region of TNF gene, in a large population of CD patients with well defined phenotypes. One hundred and ninety-three patients with CD and 98 ethnically matched controls were studied. The -308 single base pair polymorphism of TNF gene was studied using an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Genotype and allelic frequencies were compared between patients and controls and between subgroups of patients defined by sex, age at diagnosis, familial history, location of disease, type of disease, extra-intestinal manifestations, and response to steroid treatment. In 29 patients a measure of TNF-alpha production by colonic biopsies was performed. The frequency of the allele TNF2 as well as the proportion of carriers of the allele TNF2 were slightly but not significantly lower in CD than in controls (11.9% versus 14.8% and 21.5% versus 27.6%, respectively). A more prominent difference in frequencies of allele TNF2 and in proportions of TNF2 carriers was found when comparing subgroups of patients. The frequency of allele TNF2 was significantly higher in steroid-dependent than in non-steroid-dependent disease (28.1% versus 10.3%; Delta = 17.8%, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 6.3-29.5%, P = 0.0027) and tended to be higher in colonic than in small bowel disease and in fistulizing than in stricturing disease. Furthermore, TNF2 carriers tended to be more frequent in patients with steroid-dependent than non-steroid-dependent disease (43.8% versus 19.3%; Delta = 24.5%, 95% CI = 3.6-45.4%, P = 0.022), in patients with fistulizing than stricturing disease (26.5% versus 9.6%; Delta = 16.9%, 95% CI = 1. 1-32.6%, P = 0.036), and in patients with colonic than small bowel disease (26.5% versus 11.1%; Delta = 15.4%, 95% CI = -0.8-31.6%, P = 0.063). Finally, patients carrying at least one copy of allele 2 were found to produce slightly more TNF-alpha at the colonic level. The -308 TNF gene polymorphism may have a slight influence on the behaviour of CD. The carriage of allele 2 may favour steroid-dependent disease and to a lesser extent fistulizing and colonic disease, possibly secondary to a more intense TNF-alpha-driven inflammatory reaction at the mucosal level. [less ▲]

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See detailBronchial Eosinophilic Infiltration in Crohn's Disease in the Absence of Pulmonary Disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg; Shute, J. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (1999), 29(5), 660-6

BACKGROUND: Immunological and functional bronchopulmonary abnormalities may be present in up to two-thirds of patients with Crohn's disease. Having recently described a mild increase in methacholine ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Immunological and functional bronchopulmonary abnormalities may be present in up to two-thirds of patients with Crohn's disease. Having recently described a mild increase in methacholine airways responsiveness in these patients, we investigated whether this physiological abnormality is associated with bronchial inflammation since it has previously been described in asthma. METHODS: Eighteen patients with Crohn's disease and 15 healthy controls matched for age, atopy and smoking habit, were studied. All the subjects underwent a bronchial methacholine challenge (1, 4 and 16 mg/mL) and a sputum induction by inhalation of hypertonic saline (NaCl 4.5%). The sputum samples were analysed for their cellular composition as well as for the levels of several mediators and proteins in the fluid phase, including eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), myeloperoxydase, albumin, alpha2-macroglobulin, interleukin-8 (IL-8), IgA and IL-8/immunoglobulin A complexes. RESULTS: When compared to control subjects, patients with Crohn's disease had significantly higher sputum eosinophil counts (14.5% [0-79.9%] vs 0.2% [0-2.3%]; P < 0. 001) and ECP levels (26.2 microg/L [4-124.2 microg/L] vs 9.8 microg/L [0-94.2 microg/L]; P < 0.05). However, patients with Crohn's disease had no sign of increased plasma exudation as reflected by sputum levels of albumin and alpha2-macroglobulin similar to those seen in control subjects. Furthermore the sputum levels of IL-8, IgA and IL-8/IgA complexes were not significantly different between the two groups. The magnitude of the fall in forced expiratory volume in 1 s after methacholine inhalation was significantly increased in Crohn's disease patients although it did not correlate with the extent of sputum eosinophilia or with the sputum ECP levels. CONCLUSIONS: Crohn's disease patients without any clinical respiratory involvement have airway eosinophilia without local increased plasma exudation. However, bronchial eosinophilia in Crohn's disease per se is not sufficient to induce clinically significant airway hyperresponsiveness, suggesting that other factors than bronchial eosinophilic infiltration are required for the clinical expression of an airway instability. [less ▲]

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See detailTumour necrosis factor (TNF) gene polymorphism influences TNF-alpha production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated whole blood cell culture in healthy humans.
Louis, Edouard ULg; Franchimont, D.; Piron, Anne ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (1998), 113(3), 401-406

TNF-alpha is involved in infectious and immuno-inflammatory diseases. Different individuals may have different capacities for TNF-alpha production. This might determine a predisposition to develop some ... [more ▼]

TNF-alpha is involved in infectious and immuno-inflammatory diseases. Different individuals may have different capacities for TNF-alpha production. This might determine a predisposition to develop some complications or phenotypes of these diseases. The aims of our study were to assess the inter-individual variability of TNF-alpha production and to correlate this variability to a single base pair polymorphism located at position -308 in TNF gene. We studied 62 healthy individuals. TNF-alpha production after LPS stimulation was evaluated using a whole blood cell culture model. The TNF gene polymorphism was studied by an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Other cytokines produced in the culture, soluble CD14 concentrations and expression of CD14 on blood cells were also measured. Among the 62 individuals, 57 were successfully genotyped. There were 41 TNF1 homozygotes and 16 TNF1/TNF2 heterozygotes. TNF-alpha production after LPS stimulation of whole blood cell culture was higher among TNF2 carriers than among TNFI homozygotes (929pg/ml (480-1473pg/ml) versus 521 pg/ ml (178-1307 pg/ml); P<0.05). This difference was even more significant after correction of TNF-alpha production for CD14 expression on blood cells. In conclusion, the single base pair polymorphism at position -308 in the TNF gene may influence TNF-alpha production in healthy individuals. [less ▲]

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See detailA High Serum Concentration of Interleukin-6 Is Predictive of Relapse in Quiescent Crohn's Disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Van Kemseke, Catherine ULg et al

in European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (1997), 9(10), 939-44

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Relapses of Crohn's disease are difficult to predict. We assessed the value of serum level of interleukin-6, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and soluble TNF receptors as ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Relapses of Crohn's disease are difficult to predict. We assessed the value of serum level of interleukin-6, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and soluble TNF receptors as predictors of relapse in quiescent Crohn's disease. PATIENTS/METHODS: Thirty-six patients with inactive Crohn's disease, treated or not, were included. Various clinical and biological parameters, including interleukin-6, TNF-alpha and soluble TNF receptors serum levels were measured at inclusion in the study and the patients were followed clinically for 1 year. The relapse was defined as a Crohn's Disease Activity Index (CDAI) greater than 150 with an increase greater than 100 compared to the inclusion value. We analysed the ability of these parameters to predict relapse in parallel to clinical characteristics and other laboratory parameters. RESULTS: Among the 32 variables tested, interleukin-6 serum level had the greatest ability to predict the time-to-relapse, with 17-fold chance of relapse over a 1-year period for patients with an interleukin-6 serum level greater than 20 pg/ml than for patients with a lower level (P < 0.001). A high serum level of the soluble TNF receptors p55 and p75 also had significant predictive value, in contrast to TNF-alpha serum levels. An interleukin-6 serum level greater than 20 pg/ml and either an acid alpha-1-glycoprotein level greater than 1.1 g/l or a soluble interleukin-2 receptor serum level greater than 95 pM/l were risk factors selected by a stepwise multivariate analysis. In both models a good prognosis group was defined by the absence of the two risk factors, a bad prognostic group by the presence of the two risk factors and an intermediate in between. With both models, the good prognosis group included 17 patients who experienced no relapse over the 1-year follow-up, whereas all patients (seven with the first model and six with the second) in the bad prognosis group had a relapse during the follow-up. Looking specifically at two homogeneous subgroups including either naturally/5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) quiescent or corticoid quiescent patients, a very good predictive value for interleukin-6 serum concentration was also found. CONCLUSION: Interleukin-6 serum level alone or in association with other biological parameters such as acid alpha-1-glycoprotein or the soluble interleukin-2 receptor serum level may be useful for predicting the course of the disease in patients with quiescent Crohn's disease. [less ▲]

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See detailFamilial Crohn's Disease: A Study of 18 Families
Franchimont, D.; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1997), 60(2, Apr-Jun), 134-7

The high frequency of familial Crohn's disease (CD) suggests a genetic predisposition. The most recent data from epidemiology and molecular biology are consistent with a multifactorial, polygenic ... [more ▼]

The high frequency of familial Crohn's disease (CD) suggests a genetic predisposition. The most recent data from epidemiology and molecular biology are consistent with a multifactorial, polygenic inheritance with a possible genetic heterogeneity. The aim of our study was, first to compare familial and sporadic CD on the basis of the type and location of the disease, and age at diagnosis, and second, to evaluate among families, the concordance rate for the type and location of the disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 18 families with 2 (n = 16) and 3 (n = 2) affected first degree relatives were studied. They were compared to a population of 154 sporadic CD coming from the same gastroenterology unit. RESULTS: Age at diagnosis was the same in sporadic and familial CD. There was an increased frequency of ileal (p = 0.02), and fibro stenotic (p = 0.005) CD and a decreased frequency of colonic (p = 0.006) and inflammatory (p = 0.02) disease, in familial CD. There was a significant increase in concordance rate for fibrostenotic disease (p < 0.001) and a decrease for inflammatory disease (p < 0.01), among the families. The observed concordance rate for the location of the disease was not significantly different from the expected one. In conclusion, these data suggest that CD may be heterogenous and that different clinical patterns may be determined either by genetic or environmental factors. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Syndrome de Moskowitz chez une patiente traitée par ticlopidine
Franchimont, D.; Frere, Pascale ULg; Lebrun, F. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(3), 214-6

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois : syndrome de Moskowitz chez un patient traité par ticlopidine
FRANCHIMONT, D; Freres, Pierre ULg; LEBRUN, F et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(3), 214-216

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See detailIntestinal Permeability in Crohn's Disease
Franchimont, D.; Louis, Edouard ULg; Simon, Sarah ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1996), 59(1, Jan-Mar), 15-9

We summarize the anatomical and physiological basis and the ways of measuring the intestinal permeability. We review the studies of the intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease. We analyse the ... [more ▼]

We summarize the anatomical and physiological basis and the ways of measuring the intestinal permeability. We review the studies of the intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease. We analyse the involvement of an abnormal intestinal permeability in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease, as a primary or secondary defect. We discuss the potential usefulness of the measure of intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease activity assessment, relapse prediction and efficacy of treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailDecrease in systemic tolerance to fed ovalbumin in indomethacin-treated mice.
Louis, Edouard ULg; Franchimont, D.; Deprez, Manuel ULg et al

in International Archives of Allergy & Immunology (1996), 109(1), 21-6

The oral administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to animals induces a quick increase in intestinal permeability and secondary inflammatory lesions of the intestine. The mechanisms ... [more ▼]

The oral administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to animals induces a quick increase in intestinal permeability and secondary inflammatory lesions of the intestine. The mechanisms leading to the inflammatory lesions are hypothetical. The increased intestinal permeability could allow a greater mucosal and systemic penetration of fed antigens and bacterial products leading to an abnormal mucosal and systemic immune and inflammatory response toward these materials. We examined the effect of oral dosing with indomethacin on ovalbumin serum levels and the systemic immune response to ovalbumin in mice fed with ovalbumin. The ovalbumin serum level was higher in indomethacin-treated mice and the increase was proportional to the dose of indomethacin. It was associated with epithelial and subepithelial lesions. Moreover, the systemic humoral and, to a lesser extent, the cellular tolerance were partially abrogated in the treated mice. These findings suggest that the oral administration of indomethacin in mice induces an increased passage of fed antigen through the intestinal epithelium associated with a decrease in systemic tolerance to this antigen. The reason for this decrease remains unclear. Besides a disequilibrium between systemic and mucosal immune responses, a loss of integrity of the intestinal epithelial cells and a direct immunomodulating effect of indomethacin may also be involved. This decrease in systemic tolerance to luminal antigen could be involved in the development of NSAID enteropathy. [less ▲]

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