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See detailHigh concentrations of Myeloperoxidase in the equine uterus as an indicator of endometritis
Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Theriogenology (in press)

Intra-luminal fluid and excessive abnormal hyper-edema are regularly used for the diagnosis of endometritis in the mare, which is routinely confirmed by the presence of neutrophils on endometrial smears ... [more ▼]

Intra-luminal fluid and excessive abnormal hyper-edema are regularly used for the diagnosis of endometritis in the mare, which is routinely confirmed by the presence of neutrophils on endometrial smears. Studies show a relation between neutrophils and myeloperoxidase (MPO), an enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils during degranulation or after cell lysis. This enzyme has been found in many fluids and tissues and associated with different inflammatory pathologies in the horse. The aims of this study were to assess the presence and concentration of MPO in the equine uterus, and to investigate its relation with neutrophils, and other clinical signs of endometritis. Mares (n=51) were evaluated for presence of intra-luminal fluid and excessive endometrial edema before breeding, and a small volume lavage and cytology samples were obtained. From 69 cycles, supernatant of the uterine flushes was analysed with a specific equine MPO ELISA assay to measure MPO concentration. Cytology samples were used for the diagnosis of endometritis. MPO was present in the uterus of all estrus mares in highly variable concentrations. MPO concentrations were significantly (p<0.05) higher in samples with positive cytologies and in presence of intra-luminal fluid. Occasionally, some samples with negative cytologies showed high MPO concentration, but the opposite was never observed. Cycles presenting hyper-edema weren’t associated to high concentration of MPO, intra-luminal fluid or positive cytology making it a poor diagnostic tool of endometritis. [less ▲]

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See detailConcentration, Activity and Biochemical Characterization of Myeloperoxidase in Fresh and Post-thaw equine semen and their Implication on Freezability
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (in press)

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme associated with decreased motility in thawed equine semen. This study aimed to describe MPO concentration, activity and subunits in raw and thawed semen and ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme associated with decreased motility in thawed equine semen. This study aimed to describe MPO concentration, activity and subunits in raw and thawed semen and to correlate these data with motilities in raw and thawed semen. Semen samples from five stallions were collected four times. Motilities were assessed in raw and thawed semen. MPO assays were performed in raw seminal plasma, raw sperm-rich pellet and thawed semen. Total and active MPO concentrations were, respectively, assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and specific immunological extraction followed by enzymatic detection. MPO subunits present in semen were characterized by Western 3 blot. Purified active MPO was added in PBS and freezing extender to control its activity during freezing procedure. Differences between medians were determined using Kruskal– Wallis test, and correlations were determined using Spearman’s test for nonparametric data. Active MPO concentration was low in seminal plasma and thawed semen, but high in pellet (p = 0.0058), as the opposite relation was observed for total MPO concentration (p < 0.0001). In seminal plasma and post- thaw semen, inactive 86-kDa MPO precursor was mainly observed. Purified MPO activity was decreased in the extender (p = 0.0286). MPO activity in pellet was highly correlated with thawed progressive motility (r = 􏰑0.5576, p = 0.0086). Inac- tive MPO precursor and unknown low molecular weight inactive MPO precursor subunits explain low MPO activity in semen. Major MPO activity was observed in pellet, and post- thaw loss of activity is partially explained by MPO inactiva- tion in extender. Thawed semen motility was negatively correlated with MPO activity in pellet, becoming a potential freezability predictor. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of inhaled hysrosoluble curcumin in lipopolysaccharide-induced lung neutrophilia in horses
Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Cerri, Simona ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Dorothy Russel Havemeyer Foundation IAD Workshop (2014)

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See detailEffect of polyamines or precursors on the hyperhydricity process in micropropagated apple trees.
Tabart; Franck, Thierry ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg et al

in Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture (2014)

Hyperhydricity is a physiological disorder affecting tissue-culture-generated plants. It is associated with excessive hydration and poor lignification. The effects of exogenous polyamines (spermidine and ... [more ▼]

Hyperhydricity is a physiological disorder affecting tissue-culture-generated plants. It is associated with excessive hydration and poor lignification. The effects of exogenous polyamines (spermidine and putrescine) and polyamine precursors (arginine and ornithine) were studied on ‘Jonagold’ apple shoots subjected to hyperhydric conditions for one in vitro multiplication cycle (28 days) on a culture medium containing gelrite as gelling agent. Supplementation of the gelrite-containing medium with 10-5 M spermidine, ornithine, or arginine reduced the percentage of hyperhydricity by at least 50%. Exogenous supplementation with spermidine or a polyamine precursor also caused total phenolics and the antioxidant capacity (measured by ORAC and DPPH assays) to decrease in shoots during the first two weeks. These results suggest an important role of spermidine and its precursor ornithine in countering hyperhydricity. Supplementation could help to maintain high endogenous levels of polyamines and phenolamides necessary for cell osmoregulation, antioxidant protection, cell wall cross-linking, and plant growth regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloperoxidase and its products in synovial fluid of patients with treated or untreated rheumatoid arthritis.
Nzeusseu Toukap, A.; Delporte, C.; Noyon, C. et al

in Free radical research (2014), 48(4), 461-5

Abstract Objective. Plasma and synovial myeloperoxidase (MPO) and its products were strongly associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, it is well known that there is ... [more ▼]

Abstract Objective. Plasma and synovial myeloperoxidase (MPO) and its products were strongly associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, it is well known that there is a link between oxidative stress and cytokines. The present study aims at investigating the link between synovial MPO (and its products), interleukin (IL)-18, which is involved in the degradation of articular cartilage in RA, and IL-8, which is involved in recruitment and activation of neutrophils during inflammation. Effects of the treatment of RA on the biological parameters were also investigated. Methods. Patients (n = 105) were studied including 39 patients with OA, 33 with RA and 33 with RA receiving a specific treatment. Disease activity score (DAS-28) was calculated whereas MPO antigen/activity, neutrophils, chloro-tyrosine (Cl-Tyr), homocitrulline (Hcit), IL-8, and IL-18 were measured in synovial fluid (SF) and CRP was measured in serum. Results. DAS-28 and CRP levels were not significantly different between groups. MPO activity, and MPO, Cl-Tyr, and Hcit levels were significantly higher in SF of RA patients than OA patients. MPO specific activity (MPO activity/antigen ratio) was significantly lower in treated than in untreated RA patients as was IL-8. MPO activity and concentration were correlated with IL-8 and IL-18 in untreated but not in treated RA patients. Conclusions. MPO level is related to IL-8 and IL-18 levels in untreated RA patients. A link has been shown between treatment and decrease of IL-8, MPO specific activity and Hcit in SF. The causal role of MPO in SF inflammation and how treatment can affect MPO specific activity need further investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of different kinds of anoxia/reoxygenation on the mitochondrial function and the free radicals production of cultured primary equine skeletal myoblasts.
Ceusters, Justine ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (2013), 95

Horses are outstanding athletes, performing in many different disciplines involving different kinds of efforts and metabolic responses. Depending on exercise intensity, their skeletal muscle oxygenation ... [more ▼]

Horses are outstanding athletes, performing in many different disciplines involving different kinds of efforts and metabolic responses. Depending on exercise intensity, their skeletal muscle oxygenation decreases, and the reperfusion at cessation of the exercise can cause excessive production of free radicals. This study on cultured primary equine myoblasts investigated the effect of different kinds of anoxia/reoxygenation (A/R) on routine respiration, mitochondrial complex I specific activity and free radicals production. Our data revealed that short cycles of A/R caused a decrease of all the parameters, opposite to what a single long period of anoxia did. A preconditioning-like effect could explain our first pattern of results whereas mild uncoupling could be more appropriate for the second one. Anyway, it seems that mitochondrial complex I could play a major role in the regulation of the balance between metabolic and antioxidant protection of the muscular function of athletic horses. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of non-sperm cells removal with single layer colloidal centrifugation on myeloperoxidase concentration in post-thaw equine semen
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Teague, Sheila; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Theriogenology (2013), 80(9), 1082-1087

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in, and released by, neutrophils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO and its concentration is associated with ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in, and released by, neutrophils during degranulation or after lysis. Post-thaw semen contains MPO and its concentration is associated with decreased sperm motility. Recently, MPO concentration in post-thaw semen was shown to be associated with presence of non-sperm cells. The aim of this study was to describe the effect of centrifugal fractionation of semen prior to cryopreservation on post-thaw concentrations of non-sperm cells and MPO. The experimental design consisted in freezing semen with or without previous centrifugation through two concentrations of single layer colloid media. Non-sperm cells and MPO concentrations were assessed in pellet and upper layer at each step of the procedure and MPO was detected in cells by immunocytochemistry. Single layer colloid centrifugation decreased non-sperm cells and MPO concentrations in post-thaw semen. The MPO concentration was correlated with concentration of non-sperm cells in the upper layer of the supernatant. In post-thaw semen, with or without previous single layer colloid centrifugation, MPO concentration was correlated with concentration of non-sperm cells. Overall, neutrophils were rarely observed and non-sperm cells were mainly epithelial cells or cellular debris, as demonstrated by MPO immunocytochemistry. Following single layer colloid centrifugation, MPO concentration was decreased, and correlations observed in different samples of the experiments revealed an association between concentrations of MPO and non-sperm cells. At all steps of the semen processing and cryopreservation, MPO immunostaining was clearly identified only on non-sperm cells. Our results demonstrate that non-sperm cells present in fresh semen release MPO during freezing. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloperoxidase-Dependent LDL Modifications in Bloodstream Are Mainly Predicted by Angiotensin II, Adiponectin, and Myeloperoxidase Activity: A Cross-Sectional Study in Men
Zouaoui Boudjeltia, Karim; Delporte, Cédric; Van Antwerpen, Pierre et al

in Mediators of Inflammation (2013), 2013

The present paradigm of atherogenesis proposes that low density lipoproteins (LDLs) are trapped in subendothelial space of the vascular wall where they are oxidized. Previously, we showed that oxidation ... [more ▼]

The present paradigm of atherogenesis proposes that low density lipoproteins (LDLs) are trapped in subendothelial space of the vascular wall where they are oxidized. Previously, we showed that oxidation is not restricted to the subendothelial location. Myeloperoxidase (MPO), an enzyme secreted by neutrophils and macrophages, can modify LDL (Mox-LDL) at the surface of endothelial cells. In addition we observed that the activation of the endothelial cells by angiotensin II amplifies this process. We suggested that induction of the NADPH oxidase complex was a major step in the oxidative process. Based on these data, we asked whether there was an independent association, in 121 patients, between NADPH oxidase modulators, such as angiotensin II, adiponectin, and levels of circulating Mox-LDL. Our observations suggest that the combination of blood angiotensin II, MPO activity, and adiponectin explains, at least partially, serum Mox-LDL levels. [less ▲]

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See detailAN IMMUNOLOGICAL METHOD TO COMBINE THE MEASUREMENT OF ACTIVE AND TOTAL HUMAN MYELOPEROXIDASE ON THE SAME SAMPLE FROM A COMPLEX MEDIUM
Franck, Thierry ULg; MINGUET, Grégory ULg; Mossay, Pierre et al

Conference (2013, September 12)

Active neutrophil myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a powerful producer of oxidant molecules in acute or chronic inflammation, and it is essential to measure its activity in biological samples. We combined two ... [more ▼]

Active neutrophil myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a powerful producer of oxidant molecules in acute or chronic inflammation, and it is essential to measure its activity in biological samples. We combined two immunological techniques, the SIEFED (specific immunologic extraction followed by enzymatic detection) and an ELISA, to measure the active and total contents of human MPO on the same sample and with the same calibration curve, to define an accurate ratio between the active and total enzyme. After the extraction of MPO from aqueous or biological samples by immobilized anti-MPO antibodies followed by a washing to eliminate unbound material, the active and the total contents of the enzyme were sequentially measured without interferences (patent: EP2017351-B1, 2010). Compared to a classical sandwich ELISA, there is one additional step corresponding to the in situ measurement of MPO activity, but this step does not affect the following measurement of the total MPO content. After validation, the combined technique was applied to a whole blood model of in vitro stimulation with phorbol-myristate-acetate (PMA), cytochalasin B/N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenyl-alanine (CB/fMLP) or lipopolysaccharide/ tumor necrosis factor-alpha (LPS/TNF-α) (n=9). The active/total MPO ratio in whole blood reached 0.267±0.126 for non-stimulated condition and was significantly (p<0.05) higher for PMA (0.360±0.106), CB/fMLP (0.380±0.113) and LPS/TNF-α (0.432±0.124) stimulated conditions. These different ratios highlight the real oxidant potential of MPO, which depends on the stimulating conditions, witness of what could happen in pathological situations with diagnostic purpose. The combined SIEFED/ELISA method also appeared as a powerful tool to screen potential inhibitors that could interact directly with the enzyme, either on its active site or on another key position. [less ▲]

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See detailA water-soluble salt of curcumin (NDS27) inhibits myeloperoxidase and NADPH oxidase activities, two major enzymes of neutrophils.
Derochette, Sandrine ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Deby-Dupont, Ginette et al

Poster (2013, September 11)

Neutrophils (PMNs) produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill pathogenic agents. After appropriate stimulation, leading to the activation of protein kinase C (PKC), the cytosolic subunits of the NADPH ... [more ▼]

Neutrophils (PMNs) produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill pathogenic agents. After appropriate stimulation, leading to the activation of protein kinase C (PKC), the cytosolic subunits of the NADPH oxidase (Nox2) are phosphorylated and translocated to the membrane flavocytochrome b558, forming the active enzyme which produces superoxide anion (O2●-). From O2●- derives H2O2 used by the PMNs myeloperoxidase (MPO) to form strong oxidant species. Many human and animal pathologies with fatal issue are associated with uncontrolled activation of PMNs. The modulation of enzymes implied in ROS production is thus a primary target to manage excessive inflammatory events. For this purpose, we evaluated the effects of NDS27, a water-soluble salt of curcumin combined with hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin, on the activities of PKC, Nox2 and MPO. PKC activation was determined by western blotting with specific antibodies against phosphorylated PKC in extracts from PMNs after their incubation or not with NDS27. A cell-free assay was used to evaluate the effect of NDS27 before or after the assembly of Nox2 subunits. MPO activity was tested by the SIEFED technique in which NDS27 was pre-incubated with the enzyme and discarded before its activity measurement. An inhibition of PKC phosphorylation and Nox2 activity were observed at respectively 10-4 and 10-5 M of NDS27. The Nox2 inhibition was more pronounced when NDS27 was added before the assembly stimulation, suggesting a direct action of NDS27 on the subunits translocation. NDS27 also dose-dependently decreased the activity of MPO (21 % at 10-5 M), indicating an interaction with the enzyme structure. Our results demonstrated that NDS27 is a potent inhibitor of the two major enzymes responsible for ROS production in PMNs, and also acts on the activation cascade of Nox2. The modulatory effect of NDS27 towards the oxidant activity of PMNs opens therapeutic perspectives to control pathologies with excessive inflammatory reactions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe challenge of understanding myopathies in horses using permeabilized muscle cells
Votion, Dominique ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Ceusters, Justine ULg et al

in In proceedings 9th Conference on Mitochondrial Physiology (2013, September)

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See detailMyeloperoxidase activity decreases in equine semen freezing extenders
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Niesten, Ariane ULg et al

in Amir, Arav (Ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd Cryo Congress (2013, March 23)

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils, and associated with decreased post-thaw motility of equine semen. This study aimed to compare MPO activity in pure ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils, and associated with decreased post-thaw motility of equine semen. This study aimed to compare MPO activity in pure equine freezing extender, raw and post-thaw semen. Active MPO Concentration (AMC) was measured with Specific Immunologic Extraction Followed by Enzymatic Detection in 20 ejaculates. Raw semen intra cellular AMC was determined in the supernatant after membrane lysis, each pellet containing 100x106 spermatozoa. AMC was also assayed in supernatants of semen frozen following a conventional method using INRA FreezeTM (IMV, France). Effect of freezing procedure on AMC was tested by experimentally adding 500ng of purified active MPO (Calbiochem, Germany) in 4 samples either with 5ml of PBS or INRA FreezeTM before assay. AMC was higher in sperm-rich pellet (0.306ng/ml) than in post-thaw semen (0.002ng/ml) (p=0.058). After experimental MPO addition, no activity variation was observed during the freezing procedure (after dilution, 1, 2 hours of cooling and post-thawing) within the same medium. Purified MPO activity was decreased in INRA FreezeTM when compared to PBS at all timings of sampling (p=0.0286). When all samples were pooled, remaining activity in INRA FreezeTM was 23.93±13.13%. MPO fixation on large proteins contained in the extender experimentally reduces AMC, as previously observed in plasma. However, AMC decrease observed during semen freezing is more important than after experimental addition. That could be explained by a MPO interaction with seminal plasma, a partial MPO release or a MPO inactivation during equine semen freezing. [less ▲]

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See detailIntra- and extracellular antioxidant capacities of the new water-soluble form of curcumin (NDS27) on stimulated neutrophils and HL-60 cells
Derochette, Sandrine ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg et al

in Chemico-Biological Interactions (2013), 201(1-3), 49-57

Phagocytic cells, especially neutrophils (PMNs) are specialized in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill pathogenic agents, but an excessive ROS production is associated with tissue ... [more ▼]

Phagocytic cells, especially neutrophils (PMNs) are specialized in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill pathogenic agents, but an excessive ROS production is associated with tissue damages and inflammatory diseases. Phagocytes are thus prime therapeutic targets to control inflammatory events associated to ROS production. Nowadays, there is a growing interest for the use of polyphenols to modulate the inflammatory response. The aim of this work was to study the antioxidant effect of NDS27, a highly water-soluble form of the polyphenolic molecule curcumin, on in vitro stimulated equine PMNs and human promyelocytic leukemia cells (HL-60). NDS27 was either pre-incubated with cells and eliminated before their activation (intracellular effect) or let in the medium (extracellular effect). Our results indicate that NDS27 significantly and dose-dependently (10 6 M–10 4 M) inhibited the ROS production in both cell types without affecting their viability. NDS27 was able to cross and interact with cell membrane, especially for HL-60 cells, while we observed a better intracellular antioxidant effect with PMNs. The activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO) released by PMNs and HL-60 cells, was decreased by NDS27, but more efficiently for PMNs. These results suggested that the greater efficiency of NDS27 in PMNs is due to an inhibitory effect on cells which are more mature for ROS production, probably by targeting the enzymes implied in respiratory burst like MPO. The modulatory effect of NDS27 on the oxidant activity of cells involved in immune and inflammatory responses opens perspectives for a therapeutic control of pathologies with excessive inflammatory reactions. [less ▲]

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See detailCurcumin and resveratrol act by different ways on NADPH oxidase activity and reactive oxygen species produced by equine neutrophils
Derochette, Sandrine ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg et al

in Chemico-Biological Interactions (2013), 206

In neutrophils (PMNs), superoxide anion (O2●-), the first reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced to kill pathogenic agents, is generated by NADPH oxidase, an enzymatic complex formed by the translocation ... [more ▼]

In neutrophils (PMNs), superoxide anion (O2●-), the first reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced to kill pathogenic agents, is generated by NADPH oxidase, an enzymatic complex formed by the translocation of cytosolic subunits to the membrane flavocytochrome b558. In horses, excessive activation of PMNs is often associated with deadly pathologies and the modulation of their ROS production by acting on NADPH oxidase is a prime target to manage inflammation. We developed a cell-free assay to measure the activity of equine NADPH oxidase assembled in vitro, in order to test the effects of natural or synthetic compounds on the enzyme activity or assembly. The cell-free assay was validated with diphenyleneiodonium chloride and Gp91ds-tat, two inhibitors largely described for human NADPH oxidase. The anti-oxidant effects of curcumin and resveratrol at final concentration ranging from 10-4 to 10-6 M were studied on whole cells by chemiluminescence (CL) and by cell-free assay, in which the molecule was added before or after the enzyme assembly. The CL assay demonstrated that curcumin efficiently inhibited the O2●- production and easily entered into PMNs or interacted with their membrane. Cell-free assay showed that curcumin acted on the reconstitution of NADPH oxidase even at 10-5 M, while resveratrol appeared to be an O2●- scavenger rather than an inhibitor of NADPH oxidase activity, since it acted from outside the cell in CL and after the complex assembly in cell-free assay. By acting directly on NADPH oxidase, curcumin should be a good candidate for the treatment of acute or inflammatory diseases involving an excessive ROS production. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of myeloperoxidase and anoxia/reoxygenation on mitochondrial respiratory function of cultured primary equine skeletal myoblasts.
Ceusters, Justine ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Mitochondrion (2013), 13(5),

Horses are particularly sensitive to excessive inflammatory reaction where myeloperoxidase, a marker of inflammation, may contribute to mitochondrial dysfunctions. This study investigated the interaction ... [more ▼]

Horses are particularly sensitive to excessive inflammatory reaction where myeloperoxidase, a marker of inflammation, may contribute to mitochondrial dysfunctions. This study investigated the interaction between myeloperoxidase and cultured primary equine skeletal myoblasts, particularly its effect on mitochondrial respiration combined or not with anoxia followed by reoxygenation (AR). We showed that active myeloperoxidase entered into the cells, interacted with mitochondria and decreased routine and maximal respirations. When combined with AR, myeloperoxidase caused a further decrease of these respiratory parameters while the leak increased. Our results indicate that myeloperoxidase amplifies the mitochondrial damages initiated by AR phenomenon and alters the mitochondrial function. [less ▲]

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See detailSevoflurane inhibits equine myeloperoxidase release and activity in vitro.
MINGUET, Grégory ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia (2013), 40

Objective To investigate the effects of the volatile anaesthetic sevoflurane on the release of total and active myeloperoxidase (MPO) by non-stimulated and stimulated polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs ... [more ▼]

Objective To investigate the effects of the volatile anaesthetic sevoflurane on the release of total and active myeloperoxidase (MPO) by non-stimulated and stimulated polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) in whole blood from healthy horses. Study design In vitro experimental study. Animals Adult healthy horses. Methods Samples of whole venous blood were collected and incubated in air or in air plus 2.3% or 4.6% sevoflurane for 1 hour. PMNs were stimulated with N-formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP), with a combination of cytochalasin B (CB) and fMLP or with phorbol myristate acetate (PMA). Total and active MPO contents released by PMNs in blood were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and specific immunological extraction followed by enzymatic detection (SIEFED) respectively. Additional experiments were performed to assess the effect of sevoflurane on the peroxidase and chlorination cycles of purified equine MPO using Amplex Red and 3'-(p-aminophenyl) fluorescein as fluorogenic substrates respectively. Results As compared with air alone, 1 hour exposure of whole blood to 4.6% sevoflurane in air significantly inhibited the release of total and active MPO by unstimulated and both fMLP- and CB + fMLP-stimulated PMNs but not by PMA-stimulated PMNs. Although 2.3% sevoflurane had no effect on total MPO release by unstimulated and stimulated PMNs, it significantly reduced the release of active MPO by unstimulated and fMLP-stimulated PMNs. Additionally, sevoflurane reversibly inhibited the activity of MPO, especially the peroxidase cycle of the enzyme. Conclusions and clinical relevance Although our experimental study was not designed to assess the effects of sevoflurane in vivo, this inhibition of MPO release and activity may have relevance for anaesthetized horses and deserves further studies to examine the clinical importance of these findings. [less ▲]

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See detailEquine myeloperoxidase: A novel biomarker in synovial fluid for the diagnosis of infection.
Wauters, J.; Pille, F.; Martens, A. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2013), 45(3),

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Equine joint infection is a life-threatening disorder, and confirmation of the diagnosis can be difficult. Synovial fluid biomarkers may assist the discrimination between ... [more ▼]

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Equine joint infection is a life-threatening disorder, and confirmation of the diagnosis can be difficult. Synovial fluid biomarkers may assist the discrimination between infectious and noninfectious joint disease. OBJECTIVES: This study investigates whether the immunological detection of total and enzymatically active myeloperoxidase (MPO) assists the diagnosis of joint infection in horses. METHODS: The following 4 sample groups were included: healthy; osteochondritis dissecans (OCD); traumatic synovitis; and culture-confirmed infected joints. Synovial fluid was analysed for total MPO by a horse-specific sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and for active MPO using the specific immunological extraction followed by enzymatic detection (SIEFED) technique. Western blot analysis was performed to confirm the antibody specificity. RESULTS: Synovial fluid from infected joints contained significantly more total and active MPO than samples from healthy joints, joints affected by OCD and joints with traumatic synovitis. Cut-off values were set at 5000 and 350 ng/ml for total and active MPO, respectively, with fair sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values and likelihood ratios for infection. Correlation coefficients were reported between the total as well as the active MPO levels and the routine synovial fluid parameters, i.e. the white blood cell count, the neutrophil count and the total protein level. No correlation was observed between MPO and either the age of the horse or the joint affected. Western blotting confirmed the antibody specificity for equine MPO. CONCLUSIONS AND POTENTIAL RELEVANCE: Synovial fluid MPO was identified as a very promising biomarker to augment the discrimination of infectious vs. noninfectious joint disease in horses. Both ELISA and SIEFED techniques can be used for its specific and rapid detection. The analysis of synovial fluid MPO can be used as a complementary test to aid in the discrimination between infectious and noninfectious joint disease, especially when the white blood cell counts and the total protein level are inconclusive. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferentiation between stoichiometric and anticatalytic antioxidant properties of benzoic acid analogues: A structure/redox potential relationship study.
Franck, Thierry ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Robert, Thierry ULg et al

in Chemico-biological interactions (2013), 206(2), 194-203

We investigated the antioxidant activities of some phenolic acid derivatives on a cell free system and on cellular and enzymatic models involved in inflammation. The stoichiometric antioxidant activities ... [more ▼]

We investigated the antioxidant activities of some phenolic acid derivatives on a cell free system and on cellular and enzymatic models involved in inflammation. The stoichiometric antioxidant activities of phenolic acid derivatives were studied by measuring their capacity to scavenge the radical cation 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS+) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by stimulated neutrophils. The anticatalytic antioxidant capacity of the molecules was evaluated on the activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO), an oxidant enzyme present in and released by the primary granules of neutrophils. The ROS produced by PMA-stimulated neutrophils were measured by lucigenin-enhanced chemiluminescence (CL) and the potential interaction of the molecules with MPO was investigated without interferences due to medium by Specific Immuno-Extraction Followed by Enzyme Detection (SIEFED). The antioxidant activities of the phenolic compounds were correlated to their redox potentials measured by differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), and discussed in relation to their molecular structure. The ability of the phenolic molecules to scavenge ABTS radicals and ROS derived from neutrophils was inversely correlated to their increased redox potential. The number of hydroxyl groups (three) and their position (catechol) were essential for their efficacy as stoichiometric antioxidants or scavengers. On MPO activity, the inhibitory capacity of the molecules was not really correlated with their redox potential. Likewise, for the inhibition of MPO activity the number of OH groups and mainly the elongation of the carboxylic group were essential, probably by facilitating the interaction with the active site or the structure of the enzyme. The redox potential measurement, combined with ABTS and CL techniques, seems to be a good technique to select stoichiometric antioxidants but not anticatalytic ones, as seen for MPO, what rather involves a direct interaction with the enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of diazoxide, benzothiadiazine and benzopyrane derivatives on mitochondrial proton and electron leaks of cardiomyocytes (H9C2 cell line).
Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Ceusters, Justine ULg; Charef, M et al

Poster (2013)

Background: Mitochondria are double membrane- organelles that play a central role in cellular metabolism, calcium homeostasis and redox signaling. They have been also considered as main producers of ... [more ▼]

Background: Mitochondria are double membrane- organelles that play a central role in cellular metabolism, calcium homeostasis and redox signaling. They have been also considered as main producers of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and reactive oxygen species (ROS). In many cancer cells those organelles become dysfunctional leading to a shift of energy metabolism from oxidative phosphorylation to active glycolysis and an increase of ROS generation. According to Warberg’ theory, cancer damage might occur at the mitochondrial level, affecting tiny structures within each cell implicated in the energy production through ATP. New insight is that mitochondria might be a good therapeutic target for metabolic syndromes, ischemia/reperfusion injury and organs transplantation. Therefore, search for novel molecules able to keep mitochondria functional are of relevant interest. Methodology: Cardiomyocytes (H9C2 cells) were from ATCC (USA) and grown till confluence. The basal cellular respiratory rate, proton and electron leaks as well as ATP production were measured with the High Resolution Oxygraphy (Oroboros, Austria). All compounds: diazoxide (DIAZ), diazoxide –related analogs (1: BPDZ-259, 2: BPDZ-444), and benzopyran derivatives (3: BPDZ-490, 4: BPDZ-711) were tested at final concentration of 10-5 M, except when specified and compared to control samples (cells with or without DMSO). Results and conclusion: The basal respiratory rate of H9C2 cells (5x106/mL) was changed depending on the chemical structure of the tested compounds: e.g. compound 3 strongly enhanced the routine respiration, while 4 displayed a marked lowering effect. In contrast, the addition of similar concentration of benzothiadiazin derivatives (1, 2) had no effect on routine respiration but also on the other respiratory parameters such as oligomycin-induced leak and ATP production. Similar profile was obtained with the reference molecule: diazoxide. Overall, our findings indicate that both diazoxide-like analogues (1 and 2) and diazoxide were without significant effect on basal respiration, ATP production, even on maximal respiration. Interestingly, two derivatives show opposite effects: compound 3 behaves as a uncoupling agent and the other one (4) exhibits a real lowering effect on respiration but that was reversible. The latter effect might be of interest if this kind of molecules could be used for further use as an agent for organ conservation during transplantation. Our results also demonstrate that diazoxide, a well-known Mito-KATP opener, did not exert its effect beside of clinical situation like ischemia/reperfusion injury. [less ▲]

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