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See detailThe prevention of spontaneous apoptosis of follicular lymphoma B cells by a follicular dendritic cell line: involvement of caspase-3, caspase-8 and c-FLIP.
Goval, Jean-Jacques; Thielen, Caroline ULg; Bourguignon, Caroline et al

in Haematologica (2008), 93(8), 1169-77

BACKGROUND: Follicular lymphoma, the neoplastic counterpart of germinal center B cells, typically recapitulates a follicular architecture. Several observations point to the crucial role of the cellular ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Follicular lymphoma, the neoplastic counterpart of germinal center B cells, typically recapitulates a follicular architecture. Several observations point to the crucial role of the cellular microenvironment in the development and/or progression of follicular lymphoma cells in vivo. The aim of our study was to characterize the spontaneous apoptosis of follicular lymphoma cells in vitro, and the modulation of this apoptosis by follicular dendritic cells. DESIGN AND METHODS: We used a cell line derived from follicular dendritic cells to model the functional interactions of these cells and lymphoma cells in co-culture. Follicular lymphoma cells were isolated from tissue biopsies. Apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry and apoptotic pathways were investigated by western blotting. RESULTS: The spontaneous apoptosis of follicular lymphoma cells in vitro involves the activation of caspases-3 and -8 but not of caspase-9, occurs despite persistent high levels of BCL-2 and MCL-1, and is associated with down-regulation of c-FLIP(L). Spontaneous apoptosis of follicular lymphoma cells is partially prevented by co-culture with the follicular dendritic cells, which prevents activation of caspase-8, caspase-3 and induces an upregulation of c-FLIP(L). Using neutralizing antibodies, we demonstrated that interactions involving CD54 (ICAM-1), CD106 (VCAM-1) and CD40 are implicated in this biological process. CONCLUSIONS: Follicular dendritic cells constitute a useful tool to study the functional interactions between follicular lymphoma cells and follicular dendritic cells in vitro. Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in these protective interactions may lead to the identification of therapeutic agents that might suppress the survival and growth of follicular lymphoma cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDendritic cell differentiation and immune tolerance to insulin-related peptides in Igf2-deficient mice
Hansenne, Isabelle ULg; Renard-Charlet, C.; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Journal of Immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950) (2006), 176(8), 4651-4657

There is some evidence that insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2) may intervene in the control of T cell differentiation. To further study the immunoregulatory function of this growth factor, we analyzed ... [more ▼]

There is some evidence that insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2) may intervene in the control of T cell differentiation. To further study the immunoregulatory function of this growth factor, we analyzed the immune system of Igf2(-/-) mice. Phenotypically, some immunological parameters such as lymphoid organ morphology and cellularity were unaltered in Igf2(-/-) mice, but an increase of CD8(+) cells and a decrease of B220(+) cells were observed in spleen. In vitro, the development of bone marrow-derived dendritic cells was affected by the absence of Igf2 expression. After maturation, a higher percentage of immature dendritic cells was observed in Igf2(-/-) population, together with a secondary decrease in allogenic T cell proliferation. Activation of T cells was also affected by the lack of expression of this growth factor. The profile of B cell response in mutant mice immunized with IGF-2 evidenced a T-dependent profile of anti-IGF-2 Abs that was absent in Igf2(+/+) mice. The influence of IGF-2 upon tolerance to insulin was also assessed in this model, and this showed that IGF-2 also intervenes in tolerance to insulin. The presence of a T-dependent response in Igf2-deficient mice should allow cloning of specific "forbidden" T CD4(+) lymphocytes directed against IGF-2, as well as further investigation of their possible pathogenic properties against insulin family. [less ▲]

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See detailDespite inhibition of hematopoietic progenitor cell growth in vitro, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib does not impair engraftment of human CD133+ cells into NOD/SCIDbeta2mNull mice.
Pirson, Laurence ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Meuris, Nathalie ULg et al

in Stem Cells (2006), 24(7), 1814-21

There is potential interest for combining allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), and particularly allogeneic HCT with a nonmyeloablative regimen, to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib ... [more ▼]

There is potential interest for combining allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), and particularly allogeneic HCT with a nonmyeloablative regimen, to the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib (Glivec; Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, http://www.novartis.com) in order to maximize anti-leukemic activity against Philadelphia chromosome-positive leukemias. However, because imatinib inhibits c-kit, the stem cell factor receptor, it could interfere with bone marrow engraftment. In this study, we examined the impact of imatinib on normal progenitor cell function. Imatinib decreased the colony-forming capacity of mobilized peripheral blood human CD133(+) cells but not that of long-term culture-initiating cells. Imatinib also decreased the proliferation of cytokine-stimulated CD133(+) cells but did not induce apoptosis of these cells. Expression of very late antigen (VLA)-4, VLA-5, and CXCR4 of CD133(+) cells was not modified by imatinib, but imatinib decreased the ability of CD133(+) cells to migrate. Finally, imatinib did not decrease engraftment of CD133(+) cells into irradiated nonobese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient/beta2m(null) mice conditioned with 3 or 1 Gy total body irradiation. In summary, our results suggest that, despite inhibition of hematopoietic progenitor cell growth in vitro, imatinib does not interfere with hematopoietic stem cell engraftment. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of large numbers of Langerhans' cells with intraepithelial migration ability in vitro
Hubert, Pascale ULg; Bousarghin, Latifa; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Experimental Dermatology (2005), 14(6), 469-477

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See detailLow daunomycin concentrations protect colorectal cancer cells from hypoxia-induced apoptosis
Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Oncogene (2005), 24(10), 1788-1793

Hypoxia, a common feature of solid tumors, is a direct stress that triggers apoptosis in many cell types. Poor or irregular tumor vascularization also leads to a decreased drug diffusion and cancer cells ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia, a common feature of solid tumors, is a direct stress that triggers apoptosis in many cell types. Poor or irregular tumor vascularization also leads to a decreased drug diffusion and cancer cells distant from blood vessels (hypoxic cells) are exposed to low drug concentrations. In this report, we show that low daunomycin concentrations protect HCT116 colorectal cancer cells from hypoxia-induced apoptosis. While hypoxia induced p53 accumulation without expression of its responsive genes (bax and p21), daunomycin treatment restored p53 transactivation activity and cell cycle progression. We also demonstrated a role for Akt activation in daunomycin-induced protection through phosphorylation and inactivation of the Bcl-2 family proapoptotic factor Bad. Our data therefore suggest that chemotherapy could possibly, because of low concentrations in poorly vascularized tumors, protect cancer cells from hypoxia-induced cytotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailOntogenesis and functional aspects of oxytocin and vasopressin gene expression in the thymus network
Hansenne, Isabelle ULg; Rasier, G.; Pequeux, Christel ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroimmunology (2005), 158(1-2), 67-75

Ontogenesis of oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (VP) gene expression and function were investigated in murine thymus. OT and VP transcripts were detected in the thymus on embryonic days 13 and 15 ... [more ▼]

Ontogenesis of oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (VP) gene expression and function were investigated in murine thymus. OT and VP transcripts were detected in the thymus on embryonic days 13 and 15, respectively. Corresponding messenger RNAs were evidenced in thymic epithelial cells by in situ hybridization with a neurophysin probe. From all OT and VP receptors, only OTR was expressed by all T-cell subsets, while V1bR was found in double positive and single positive CD8 cells. In fetal thymic organ cultures, OTR antagonist d[DTyr(Et)(2), Thr(4)]OVT increased early apoptosis of CD8 cells, while V1bR antagonist (Sanofi SSR 149415) inhibited T-cell differentiation, and favored CD8 T-cell commitment. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProstaglandin E2 induces the expression of functional inhibitory CD94/NKG2A receptors in human CD8+ T lymphocytes by a cAMP-dependent protein kinase A type I pathway.
Zeddou, Mustapha ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg; de Valensart, Nicolas et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2005), 70(5), 714-24

The CD94/NKG2A heterodimer is a natural killer receptor (NKR), which inhibits cell-mediated cytotoxicity upon interaction with MHC class I gene products. It is expressed by NK cells and by a small ... [more ▼]

The CD94/NKG2A heterodimer is a natural killer receptor (NKR), which inhibits cell-mediated cytotoxicity upon interaction with MHC class I gene products. It is expressed by NK cells and by a small fraction of activated T cells, predominantly of CD8+ phenotype. Abnormal upregulation of the CD94/NKG2A inhibitory NKR on cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) could be responsible for a failure of immunosurveillance in cancer or HIV infection. In an attempt to identify the mechanisms leading to inhibitory NKR upregulation on T cells, we analyzed the expression of the CD94/NKG2A heterodimer on human CTLs activated with anti-CD3 mAb in the presence of PGE2 or with 8-CPT-cAMP, an analogue of cyclic AMP. As previously described, anti-CD3 mAb-mediated activation induced the expression of CD94/NKG2A on a small fraction of CD8+ T cells. Interestingly, when low concentrations of PGE2 or 8-CPT-cAMP were present during the culture, the proportion of CD8+ T cells expressing CD94/NKG2A was two- to five-fold higher. This upregulation was partially prevented by PKA inhibitors, such as KT5720 and Rp-8-Br-cAMP (type I selective). We also report that cAMP induces upregulation of NKG2A at the mRNA level. We further demonstrated that cross-linking of CD94 on CD8+ T cells expressing the CD94/NKG2A heterodimer inhibits their cytotoxic activity in a bispecific antibody redirected lysis assay. Our findings clearly demonstrate that the PGE2/cAMP/PKA type I axis is involved in the expression of CD94/NKG2A receptor on human CD8+ T lymphocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy in human colon cancer cells HCT-116 of PPME photodynamic effect solubilized in DMPC liposomes
Delanaye, L.; Volanti, C.; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg et al

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See detailModulation of homing properties of primitive progenitor cells generated by ex vivo expansion.
Foguenne, Jacques ULg; Huygen, Sandra; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Haematologica (2005), 90(4), 445-51

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The maintenance of adequate interactions with the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment is critical to ensure efficient homing of ex vivo-expanded hematopoietic cells. This study ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The maintenance of adequate interactions with the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment is critical to ensure efficient homing of ex vivo-expanded hematopoietic cells. This study was intended to assess adhesion and migration properties of long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-IC) harvested after self-renewal division in ex vivo culture and to determine their susceptibility to growth-inhibitory signals mediated by adhesion to BM stromal ligands. DESIGN AND METHODS: We used cell tracking to isolate primitive LTC-IC that had accomplished 1 or 2 divisions ex vivo. Adhesion, migration and growth inhibition of divided LTC-IC were determined in the presence of purified BM ligands, and compared to the properties of uncultured LTC-IC. RESULTS: As compared to undivided LTC-IC, adhesion and migration mediated by very late antigen (VLA)-4 integrin across both vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and fibronectin (Fn) were downregulated in post-mitotic LTC-IC. Conversely, binding and motility via VLA-5 across Fn were stimulated. No changes occurred in LTC-IC interactions with intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) or with E- or P-selectin. Proliferation of uncultured LTC-IC was inhibited by VLA-4-mediated binding to VCAM-1 and the CS-1 domain of Fn, as well as binding to P-selectin. Growth of ex vivo-generated LTC-IC became unresponsive to these 3 ligands but was suppressed through VLA-5 engagement by the cell binding domain of Fn. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: The generation of LTC-IC in expansion culture is associated with functional alterations of adhesion receptors, modulating not only binding and migration in the BM but also responsiveness to adhesion-mediated growth inhibitory signals. Such changes may limit homing and engraftment of expanded primitive stem/progenitor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclo-oxygenase type 2-dependent prostaglandin E-2 secretion is involved in retrovirus-induced T-cell dysfunction in mice
Rahmouni, Souad ULg; Aandahl, Einar Martin; Nayjib, Btissam ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2004), 384(Pt 3), 469-476

MAIDS (murine AIDS) is caused by infection with the murine leukaemia retrovirus RadLV-Rs and is characterized by a severe immunodeficiency and T-cell anergy combined with a lymphoproliferative disease ... [more ▼]

MAIDS (murine AIDS) is caused by infection with the murine leukaemia retrovirus RadLV-Rs and is characterized by a severe immunodeficiency and T-cell anergy combined with a lymphoproliferative disease affecting both B- and T-cells. Hyperactivation of the cAMP-protein kinase A pathway is involved in the T-cell dysfunction of MAIDS and HIV by inhibiting T-cell activation through the T-cell receptor. In the present study, we show that MAIDS involves a strong and selective up-regulation of cyclo-oxygenase type 2 in the CD11b+ subpopulation of T- and B-cells of the lymph nodes, leading to increased levels of PGE2 (prostaglandin E2). PGE2 activates the cAMP pathway through G-protein-coupled receptors. Treatment with cyclo-oxygenase type 2 inhibitors reduces the level of PGE2 and thereby reverses the T-cell anergy, restores the T-cell immune function and ameliorates the lymphoproliferative disease. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperhydricity of Prunus avium shoots cultured on gelrite: a controlled stress response
Franck, Thierry ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg; Gaspar, Thomas ULg et al

in Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (2004), 42(6), 519-527

Hyperhydricity is a physiological disorder frequently affecting shoots vegetatively propagated in vitro. Hyperhydric shoots are characterised by a translucent aspect due to a chlorophyll deficiency, a not ... [more ▼]

Hyperhydricity is a physiological disorder frequently affecting shoots vegetatively propagated in vitro. Hyperhydric shoots are characterised by a translucent aspect due to a chlorophyll deficiency, a not very developed cell wall and a high water content. Hyperhydricity of Prunus avium shoots was expressed in vitro in one multiplication cycle by replacing the gelling agent agar (normal shoots: NS) by gelrite (hyperhydric shoots: HS). P. avium shoots evolving towards the hyperhydric state produced higher amounts of ethylene, polyamines (PAs) and proline, which are substances considered as stress markers. A higher activity of glutathione peroxidase (GPX; EC 1.11.1.9), involved in organic hydroperoxide elimination, suggested an increased production of these compounds in HS. The unchanged free fatty acid composition indicated no HS membrane damages compared to NS. The ploidy level of HS nuclei was not affected, but the bigger size and the lower percentage of nuclei during the S phase suggested a slowing down of the cell cycle. The results argued for a stress response of the HS, but no signs of oxidative damages of lipid membrane and nucleus were observed. The discussion points out paradoxical results in a classical analysis of stress and suggests an alternative way of defense mechanisms in HS, involving homeostatic regulation and controlled degradation processes to maintain integrity and vital functions of the cell. (C) 2004 Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailNeurohypophysial Receptor Gene Expression by Thymic T Cell Subsets and Thymic T Cell Lymphoma Cell Lines
Hansenne, Isabelle ULg; Rasier, G.; Charlet-Renard, C. et al

in Clinical & Developmental Immunology (2004), 11(1), 45-51

Neurohypophysial oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (VP) genes are transcribed in thymic epithelium, while immature T lymphocytes express functional neurohypophysial receptors. Neurohypophysial receptors ... [more ▼]

Neurohypophysial oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (VP) genes are transcribed in thymic epithelium, while immature T lymphocytes express functional neurohypophysial receptors. Neurohypophysial receptors belong to the G protein-linked seven-transmembrane receptor superfamily and are encoded by four distinct genes, OTR, V1R, V2R and V3R. The objective of this study was to identify the nature of neurohypophysial receptor in thymic T cell subsets purified by immunomagnetic selection, as well as in murine thymic lymphoma cell lines RL12-NP and BW5147. OTR is transcribed in all thymic T cell subsets and T cell lines, while V3R transcription is restricted to CD4+CD8+ and CD8+ thymic cells. Neither V1R nor V2R transcripts are detected in any kind of T cells. The OTR protein was identified by immunocytochemistry on thymocytes freshly isolated from C57BL/6 mice. In murine fetal thymic organ cultures, a specific OTR antagonist does not modify the percentage of T cell subsets, but increases late T cell apoptosis further evidencing the involvement of OT/OTR signaling in the control of T cell proliferation and survival. According to these data, OTR and V3R are differentially expressed during T cell ontogeny. Moreover, the restriction of OTR transcription to T cell lines derived from thymic lymphomas may be important in the context of T cell leukemia pathogenesis and treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailMaintenance of functional human cancellous bone and human hematopoiesis in NOD/SCID mice
Hubin, F.; Humblet, Chantal ULg; Belaid, Zakia ULg et al

in Cell Transplantation (2004), 13(7-8), 823-831

Attempts were made to establish models to study interactions between marrow stromal cells and hematopoietic cells in vivo. The approach was to create a NOD-SCID-hu murine model of long-term human ... [more ▼]

Attempts were made to establish models to study interactions between marrow stromal cells and hematopoietic cells in vivo. The approach was to create a NOD-SCID-hu murine model of long-term human hematopoiesis by implantation of a human adult bone fragment. Nine to 12 weeks posuransplantation, human CD45(+) cells were detected in the blood and the spleen of some mice. The histology of the human transplant showed that human bone fragment was viable at 9 weeks. Moreover, vessels of human origin, as assessed by immunohistochemical detection of human beta(2)-microglobulin, were observed in the mouse tissue surrounding the transplanted human fragment. [less ▲]

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See detailIsostrychnopentamine, an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid from Strychnos usambarensis, induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human colon cancer cells
Frederich, Michel ULg; Bentires-Alj, M.; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2003), 304(3), 1103-1110

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid that is present in the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis, a well known African shrub or little tree. The roots contain quaternary alkaloids ... [more ▼]

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid that is present in the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis, a well known African shrub or little tree. The roots contain quaternary alkaloids, which are used to make a curare-like arrow poison. However, tertiary alkaloids isolated from the same plant possess cytotoxic activities against mammalian cells and protozoa. The effect of ISP has been investigated on the growth and viability of HCT-116 colon cancer cells during their exponentially growing phase. ISP induced apoptotic cell death as shown by the translocation of phosphatidylserine from the inner layer to the outer layer of the plasma membrane, chromatin condensation, DNA fragmentation, and caspase-3 and -9 activation. ISP provoked also cell cycle arrest in the G(2)-M phase. We also showed that the expression of p53 was not modified in ISP-treated cells, but that p21 was induced in a p53-independent manner. Finally, we demonstrated that ISP did not affect the catalytic activity of human topoisomerases I and II. In conclusion, ISP, which promotes cell death by a p53-independent apoptotic pathway, could be an interesting lead for cancer chemotherapy. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms involved in exogenous C2- and C6-ceramide-induced cancer cell toxicity.
Fillet, Marianne ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Deregowski, Valérie et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2003), 65(10), 1633-42

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the ... [more ▼]

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and programmed cell death. To determine whether ceramides can mediate the apoptosis of HCT116 and OVCAR-3 cancer cells, exogenous C2-, C6-, and C16-ceramides were used to mimic the endogenous lipid increase that follows a large variety of stresses. C2- and C6-ceramides (cell-permeable ceramide analogs), but not C16-ceramide, induced nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) DNA-binding, caspase-3 activation, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase degradation, and mitochondrial cytochrome c release, indicating that apoptosis occurs through the caspase cascade and the mitochondrial pathway. No difference in survival was observed between control cells and cells expressing mutated IkappaBalpha and treated with the permeable ceramides. This suggests that, at least in these cell lines, stable NF-kappaB inhibition did not modify the ceramide-induced cytotoxicity pathway. C6-ceramide also induced a double block in G1 and G2, thus emptying the S phase. [less ▲]

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See detailTransient modifications of respiratory capacity in thymic cells during murine radioleukemogenesis
Verlaet, Myriam ULg; Duyckaerts, Claire ULg; Rahmouni, Souad ULg et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2002), 33(1), 76-82

The evolution of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation was studied during cancer induction in a model of thymic radiolymphomagenesis in C57BL/Ka mice. During the preneoplastic period, thymuses displayed ... [more ▼]

The evolution of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation was studied during cancer induction in a model of thymic radiolymphomagenesis in C57BL/Ka mice. During the preneoplastic period, thymuses displayed an increase of the cytochrome c oxidase activity and oxygen consumption together with oxidative DNA damage assessed by the presence of the 8-hydroxydeoxyguanine DNA base modification. These transient changes in mitochondrial functional activity were not observed in thymuses of mice rescued from lymphoma development by a bone marrow graft, suggesting an important role of mitochondria for neoplastic transformation in this model. which might therefore be of interest to test the utilization of antioxidants for the prevention of radiation-induced malignancies. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. [less ▲]

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