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See detailCharacterization of spontaneous bone marrow recovery after sublethal total body irradiation: importance of the osteoblastic/adipocytic balance.
Poncin, Géraldine ULg; Beaulieu, Aurore ULg; Humblet, Chantal ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(2), 30818

Many studies have already examined the hematopoietic recovery after irradiation but paid with very little attention to the bone marrow microenvironment. Nonetheless previous studies in a murine model of ... [more ▼]

Many studies have already examined the hematopoietic recovery after irradiation but paid with very little attention to the bone marrow microenvironment. Nonetheless previous studies in a murine model of reversible radio-induced bone marrow aplasia have shown a significant increase in alkaline phosphatase activity (ALP) prior to hematopoietic regeneration. This increase in ALP activity was not due to cell proliferation but could be attributed to modifications of the properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We thus undertook a study to assess the kinetics of the evolution of MSC correlated to their hematopoietic supportive capacities in mice treated with sub lethal total body irradiation. In our study, colony-forming units - fibroblasts (CFU-Fs) assay showed a significant MSC rate increase in irradiated bone marrows. CFU-Fs colonies still possessed differentiation capacities of MSC but colonies from mice sacrificed 3 days after irradiation displayed high rates of ALP activity and a transient increase in osteoblastic markers expression while ppargamma and neuropilin-1 decreased. Hematopoietic supportive capacities of CFU-Fs were also modified: as compared to controls, irradiated CFU-Fs significantly increased the proliferation rate of hematopoietic precursors and accelerated the differentiation toward the granulocytic lineage. Our data provide the first evidence of the key role exerted by the balance between osteoblasts and adipocytes in spontaneous bone marrow regeneration. First, (pre)osteoblast differentiation from MSC stimulated hematopoietic precursor's proliferation and granulopoietic regeneration. Then, in a second time (pre)osteoblasts progressively disappeared in favour of adipocytic cells which down regulated the proliferation and granulocytic differentiation and then contributed to a return to pre-irradiation conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLeptin Reverts Pro-Apoptotic and Antiproliferative Effects of α-Linolenic Acids in BCR-ABL Positive Leukemic Cells: Involvement of PI3K Pathway
Beaulieu, Aurore ULg; Poncin, Géraldine ULg; Belaid-Choucair, Zakia et al

in PLoS ONE (2011), 6(10), 25651

It is suspected that bone marrow (BM) microenvironmental factors may influence the evolution of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). In this study, we postulated that adipocytes and lipids could be involved ... [more ▼]

It is suspected that bone marrow (BM) microenvironmental factors may influence the evolution of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). In this study, we postulated that adipocytes and lipids could be involved in the progression of CML. To test this hypothesis, adipocytes were co-cultured with two BCR-ABL positive cell lines (PCMDS and K562). T cell (Jurkat) and stroma cell (HS-5) lines were used as controls. In the second set of experiments, leukemic cell lines were treated with stearic, oleic, linoleic or α-linolenic acids in presence or absence of leptin. Survival, proliferation, leptin production, OB-R isoforms (OB-Ra and OB-Rb), phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3k) and BCL-2 expression have been tested after 24h, 48h and 72h of treatment. Our results showed that adipocytes induced a decrease of CML proliferation and an increase in lipid accumulation in leukemic cells. In addition, CML cell lines induced adipocytes cell death. Chromatography analysis showed that BM microenvironment cells were full of saturated (SFA) and monounsaturated (MUFA) fatty acids, fatty acids that protect tumor cells against external agents. Stearic acid increased Bcl-2 expression in PCMDS, whereas oleic and linoleic acids had no effects. In contrast, α-linolenic acid decreased the proliferation and the survival of CML cell lines as well as BCL-2 and OB-R expression. The effect of α-linolenic acids seemed to be due to PI3K pathway and Bcl-2 inhibition. Leptin production was detected in the co-culture medium. In the presence of leptin, the effect of α-linolenic acid on proliferation, survival, OB-R and BCl-2 expression was reduced.</p> [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the long-term barrier effect of commercial resorbable guided tissue regenerative membranes : an in vitro study using human gingival fibroblasts
Grenade, Charlotte ULg; Borget, Pascal; Moniotte, Nicolas et al

Poster (2009)

Introduction The first part of the study devoted to guided tissue regenerative membranes was focused on a better understanding of the physicochemical and mechanical properties of commercial materials. The ... [more ▼]

Introduction The first part of the study devoted to guided tissue regenerative membranes was focused on a better understanding of the physicochemical and mechanical properties of commercial materials. The second objective of our study was to develop an in vitro device able to measure the long-term barrier effect of resorbable membranes. After the development of this new device, experiments were realized to characterize the long-term behaviour of commercially membranes with human gingival fibroblasts (HGF). Materials and methods The use of human gingival fibroblastic cells was chosen to get closer to biological conditions. Some gingival explants were removed in young and non-smoking healthy patients. From these explants, fibroblastic cells were isolated and cultivated. These cells will be able to be used between the third and the sixth passage. Resorbable membranes were chosen because they don’t require a second surgical operation. There are made of polyesters or collagen. A system based on inserts was developed in order to follow the degradation of membranes and the migration of cells across the material. The membrane was cut into 8 mm diameter punches and set in the bottom of the system. Once the whole was put together, it is laced into a 12 wells plate culture. First, the plates were put in an incubator at 37°C, during times ranging from 24 hours to several months. The barrier effect was then measured to reflect the gradual increase of permeability of each membrane. For this purpose, HGF were seeded on the different samples. The top of the bottle and the bottom of the well were then filled with culture medium. Non degradable synthetic Bioflex membranes were chosen as control samples which don't let pass cells (porosity : 0,4 µm). After 48 hours of incubation in the presence of cells, pictures of cells on membranes and in the bottom of wells were taken with an optic microscope. Viability tests (MTS) were then realized on membranes to evaluate cells proliferation and in the bottom of wells to measure barrier effect. Finally, the morphology of cells on selected membranes was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Conclusion Proliferation results correspond to data published by several authors. Furthermore, the barrier effect times found in the present study are similar to barrier effect times demonstrated in in vivo studies and announced by manufacturers. In conclusion, the finalized system is adapted to the analysis of long-term barrier effect of commercial GTR membranes. This system will be tested with synthetic bioresorbable membranes made of copolymers. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman bone marrow adipocytes block granulopoiesis through neuropilin-1-induced granulocyte colony-stimulating factor inhibition.
Belaid-Choucair, Zakia ULg; Lepelletier, Yves; Poncin, Géraldine ULg et al

in Stem Cells (2008), 26(6), 1556-64

Adipocytes are part of hematopoietic microenvironment, even though up to now in humans, their role in hematopoiesis is still questioned. We have previously shown that accumulation of fat cells in femoral ... [more ▼]

Adipocytes are part of hematopoietic microenvironment, even though up to now in humans, their role in hematopoiesis is still questioned. We have previously shown that accumulation of fat cells in femoral bone marrow (BM) coincides with increased expression of neuropilin-1 (NP-1), while it is weakly expressed in hematopoietic iliac crest BM. Starting from this observation, we postulated that adipocytes might exert a negative effect on hematopoiesis mediated through NP-1. To test this hypothesis, we set up BM adipocytes differentiated into fibroblast-like fat cells (FLFC), which share the major characteristics of primitive unilocular fat cells, as an experimental model. As expected, FLFCs constitutively produced macrophage colony stimulating factor and induced CD34(+) differentiation into macrophages independently of cell-to-cell contact. By contrast, granulopoiesis was hampered by cell-to-cell contact but could be restored in transwell culture conditions, together with granulocyte colony stimulating factor production. Both functions were also recovered when FLFCs cultured in contact with CD34(+) cells were treated with an antibody neutralizing NP-1, which proved its critical implication in contact inhibition. An inflammatory cytokine such as interleukin-1 beta or dexamethasone modulates FLFC properties to restore granulopoiesis. Our data provide the first evidence that primary adipocytes exert regulatory functions during hematopoiesis that might be implicated in some pathological processes. Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest is found at the end of this article. [less ▲]

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See detailTumoral and choroidal vascularization: differential cellular mechanisms involving plasminogen activator inhibitor type I.
Jost, Maud; Maillard, Catherine ULg; Lecomte, Julie ULg et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2007), 171(4), 1369-80

An adequate balance between serine proteases and their plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is critical for pathological angiogenesis. PAI-1 deficiency in mice is associated with impaired choroidal ... [more ▼]

An adequate balance between serine proteases and their plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is critical for pathological angiogenesis. PAI-1 deficiency in mice is associated with impaired choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and tumoral angiogenesis. In the present work, we demonstrate unexpected differences in the contribution of bone marrow (BM)-derived cells in these two processes regulated by PAI-1. PAI-1(-/-) mice grafted with BM-derived from wild-type mice were able to support laser-induced CNV formation but not skin carcinoma vascularization. Engraftment of irradiated wild-type mice with PAI-1(-/-) BM prevented CNV formation, demonstrating the crucial role of PAI-1 delivered by BM-derived cells. In contrast, the transient infiltration of tumor transplants by local PAI-1-producing host cells rather than by BM cells was sufficient to rescue tumor growth and angiogenesis in PAI-1-deficient mice. These data identify PAI-1 as a molecular determinant of a local permissive soil for tumor angiogenesis. Altogether, the present study demonstrates that different cellular mechanisms contribute to PAI-1-regulated tumoral and CNV. PAI-1 contributes to BM-dependent choroidal vascularization and to BM-independent tumor growth and angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasminogen activator inhibitor type I (PAI-1) controls bone marrow-dependent and independent vascularization
Jost, M.; Maillard, Catherine ULg; Lambert, Vincent ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2006), 61(2, MAR-APR), 87

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See detailMurine bone marrow stromal cells sustain in vivo the survival of hematopoietic stem cells and the granulopoietic differentiation of more mature progenitors.
Hubin, Frederique; Humblet, Chantal ULg; Belaid, Zakia ULg et al

in Stem Cells (2005), 23(10), 1626-33

The study of the human hematopoietic system would be facilitated by availability of a relevant animal model. Because the medullar microenvironment is made of different types of cells, interactions between ... [more ▼]

The study of the human hematopoietic system would be facilitated by availability of a relevant animal model. Because the medullar microenvironment is made of different types of cells, interactions between hematopoietic cells and stromal cells are difficult to analyze in detail. As an approach for establishing an in vivo model to dissect these interactions, we grafted murine bone marrow fibroblastic cells (MS-5 cell line) with hematopoietic cells into the kidney capsule of syngenic mice. To identify the origin of cells present in the graft, we used green fluorescent protein-stable transfected MS-5 cells for the transplantation. To analyze the evolution of stromal cells and identify hematopoietic cells able to develop in these conditions, we performed morphology, histochemistry, and immunohistology on tissue sections at different times after transplantation. When injected alone, MS-5 cells differentiate into adipocytes. When injected with a bone marrow suspension or with isolated CD45+ cells (leukocytes), the stromal cells keep their fibroblastic morphology and their alkaline phosphatase expression and sustain granulopoiesis. When injected with hematopoietic stem cells called c-kit+ Sca-1+ Lin- suspension, clusters of hematopoietic cells are also observed: They do not present any granulopoietic activity and do not belong to B or T population nor to erythroid lineage. They are quiescent, induce bone marrow recovery and survival of lethally irradiated recipients, are able to form macroscopic colonies in the spleen, and are able to form very few colonies in vitro, suggesting that they are hematopoietic stem cells. In conclusion, our results show that reticular fibroblastic stromal cells MS-5 sustain the survival of stem cells and are not able to induce their differentiation. However, they can control differentiation, proliferation, and/or survival of hematopoietic cells engaged in myeloid lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and its receptors in hematopoietic and fatty bone marrow: evidence that neuropilin-1 is produced by fat cells.
Belaid, Zakia ULg; Hubint, Frederique; Humblet, Chantal ULg et al

in Haematologica (2005), 90(3), 400-1

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), its receptors (VEGFR-1, VEGFR-2) and neuropillin-1 (NRP-1) are expressed at variable levels in bone marrow. NRP-1expression is higher in fatty bone marrow than ... [more ▼]

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), its receptors (VEGFR-1, VEGFR-2) and neuropillin-1 (NRP-1) are expressed at variable levels in bone marrow. NRP-1expression is higher in fatty bone marrow than in hematopoietic marrow. Adipocytes are responsible for NRP-1 expression suggesting that they may play a role in hematopoiesis by producing NRP-1 or that NRP-1 may regulate adipocyte activity. [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 detailMarrow stromal cell recovery after radiation-induced aplasia in mice
Almohamad, Khaled; Thiry, Albert ULg; Hubin, Frédérique et al

in International Journal of Radiation Biology (2003), 79(4), 259-67

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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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See detailGenetic Imbalances in Preleukemic Thymuses
Verlaet, Myriam ULg; Deregowski, Valérie; Denis, Ghislaine et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2001), 283(1), 12-8

To understand the molecular mechanisms involved in preleukemia, the suppression subtractive hybridization method was used in a murine radiation-induced thymic lymphoma model. Seventeen mRNAs overexpressed ... [more ▼]

To understand the molecular mechanisms involved in preleukemia, the suppression subtractive hybridization method was used in a murine radiation-induced thymic lymphoma model. Seventeen mRNAs overexpressed in preleukemic thymuses were identified: mouse laminin binding protein (p40/37LBP), E25 protein, Rattus norvegicus clone BB.1.4.1, profilin, poly(A) binding protein (PABP), mouse high mobility group protein 1, topoisomerase I, clusterin, proteasome RC1 subunit, rat prostatein C3 and C1 subunits; two ESTs and four unknown genes. The overexpression of PABP, clusterin, profilin, and the p40/37LBP mRNAs was confirmed in preleukemic thymuses and can be related to some cellular events observed during the preleukemic period, i.e., alterations of cell cycle and apoptosis properties. The p40/37LBP and 67-kDa laminin receptor proteins were upregulated during the preleukemic period. The data suggest that additional studies on p40/37LBP and 67-kDa laminin receptor regulation are required to evaluate their potential role in the lymphoma prevention by TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma. [less ▲]

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See detailP53, Bax and Bcl-2 in Vivo Expression in the Murine Thymus after Apoptogenic Treatments
Denis, Ghislaine; Humblet, Chantal ULg; Verlaet, Myriam ULg et al

in Anticancer Research (1998), 18(5, Sep-Oct), 3315-21

BACKGROUND: Neoplasia can results from a lack of cell elimination by apoptosis. In order to determine if mechanisms controlling apoptosis are disturbed during neoplastic transformation in a model of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Neoplasia can results from a lack of cell elimination by apoptosis. In order to determine if mechanisms controlling apoptosis are disturbed during neoplastic transformation in a model of murine radio-induced thymic lymphomas, we have assessed the kinetics of p53, Bax and Bcl-2 in situ expression after induction of thymic apoptosis by irradiation or glucocorticoids at first in normal mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TUNEL method was used for in situ detection of apoptosis and protein expression was determined by indirect immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: After hydrocortisone injection, levels of p53 and Bax, but not Bcl-2, expression were raised. A whole body sublethal irradiation led to an increase of p53 and Bcl-2, but not Bax, expression. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first in vivo report of in situ protein expression in the thymus after apoptogenic treatments of mice. The results suggest that Bax could be involved in glucocorticoid-mediated apoptosis. The increased levels of Bcl-2 expression are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailApoptosis During the Development of Radiogenic Thymic Lymphomas: Effects of Treatments Inhibiting Lymphoma Development
Humblet, Chantal ULg; Denis, Ghislaine; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Anticancer Research (1998), 18(5A, Sep-Oct), 3469-74

INTRODUCTION: Whole body fractionated irradiation induces thymic lymphomas in C57BL/Ka mice after a latent period during which preleukemic cells progressively transform into leukemic cells within an ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Whole body fractionated irradiation induces thymic lymphomas in C57BL/Ka mice after a latent period during which preleukemic cells progressively transform into leukemic cells within an abnormal thymic microenvironment. A bone marrow graft or repeated cytokine injections prevent lymphoma development. We think that these treatments restore altered mechanisms controlling apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Apoptosis was analyzed by flow cytometry in thymocytes from different groups of mice (control, preleukemic, prevented mice). RESULTS: The apoptotic rates did not change in freshly isolated thymocytes from different experimental groups. However, after culture, the level of apoptosis increased in preleukemic thymuses; and returned to normal value in cultured thymocytes from irradiated mice after lymphoma preventing treatments. Furthermore, thymic microenvironmental factors can control thymocyte apoptosis. CONCLUSION: We propose that after leukemogenic irradiation, there is an increase of cells with an activated suicide program, but that alterations of thymic environmental factors rescue them from apoptosis, allowing their further neoplastic transformation. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vivo Expression of Interleukin-1 Beta (Il-1 Beta), Il-2, Il-4, Il-6, Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha and Interferon-Gamma in the Fetal Murine Thymus
Deman, J.; Van Meurs, M.; Claassen, E. et al

in Immunology (1996), 89(1), 152-7

Cytokines are known to play a role in T-cell lymphopoiesis as potent growth or differentiation factors, but many experiments focusing on their role in the thymus have been conducted only in vitro. We have ... [more ▼]

Cytokines are known to play a role in T-cell lymphopoiesis as potent growth or differentiation factors, but many experiments focusing on their role in the thymus have been conducted only in vitro. We have thus used frozen sections obtained from fetal thymuses of normal C57BL 6 mice to investigate by immunohistochemistry the presence of interleukin-1 beta (I4-1 beta), IL-2. IL-4. IL-6. interferon-7 (IFN-7) and tumour necrosis facor-alpha (TNF-alpha). The results reveal that apart from IL-2, which was not detected, all these cytokines display a time-dependent expression pattern in the normal fetal thymus. First, production of IL-4, IL-6 and TNF-alpha is detected around days 13 14; this is followed by a second wave on days 16 17, with a production of IL-1 beta, IL-4 and IL-6, and finally, just before birth (day 19), by a third wave of IL-1 beta, IL-4, IL-6, IFN-7 and TNF-alpha production. This supports the hypothesis that cytokines play a rote in T-cell lymphopoiesis. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention of Murine Radiogenic Thymic Lymphomas by Tumor Necrosis Factor or by Marrow Grafting
Humblet, Chantal ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1996), 88(12), 824-31

BACKGROUND: Split-dose irradiation (1.75 Gy given weekly for 4 weeks) of C57BL/Ka mice induces the emergence of preleukemic cells (PLCs). These cells develop into leukemic cells after a latency period of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Split-dose irradiation (1.75 Gy given weekly for 4 weeks) of C57BL/Ka mice induces the emergence of preleukemic cells (PLCs). These cells develop into leukemic cells after a latency period of 3-6 months. The survival and transformation of PLCs are dependent on radiation-induced alterations of the thymic epithelium and of resident lymphocyte (i.e., thymocyte) subpopulations in the thymus. PLCs can be eliminated, concomitantly with the restoration of the thymus, by grafting bone marrow cells immediately after the last irradiation. Our hypothesis was that any agent able to restore the thymus after leukemogenic irradiation would exert the same effects as a bone marrow graft. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is one such possible agent, since it has been shown to modulate some functions of the thymic epithelium and thymocyte subpopulations. PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to assess the ability of repeated intraperitoneal injections of TNF-alpha to functionally replace bone marrow transplantation in the restoration of normal intrathymic lymphopoiesis and in the prevention of thymic lymphomas in split-dose-irradiated mice. METHODS: We replaced the bone marrow graft with repeated injections of TNF-alpha (25 000 U/injection) in the split-dose-irradiated (4 x 1.75 Gy) C57BL/Ka mouse model. We analyzed the expression of the cell differentiation markers CD4 and CD8 on thymocytes by flow cytometry. We also studied the thymic environment by isolating thymic nurse cells, the bone marrow prothymocyte activity by analyzing thymic repopulation, and the evolution of PLCs by an in vivo transplantation assay. Local production of TNF-alpha after bone marrow grafting was examined by in situ hybridization. Injections of anti-TNF-alpha antibodies were given to split-dose-irradiated mice to test the effect of neutralizing TNF-alpha in vivo. One-way analysis of variance and Newman-Keuls two-tailed tests were used to test statistical significance. RESULTS: Multiple injections of TNF-alpha into split-dose-irradiated mice did not influence bone marrow prothymocyte activity but restored thymocyte subpopulations and thymic epithelium, induced the disappearance of PLCs, and prevented the development of lymphomas. Moreover, a bone marrow graft significantly stimulated intrathymic production of TNF-alpha messenger RNA (P<.01), and anti-TNF-alpha antibodies partially inhibited the antilymphomatous effects of bone marrow graft in split-dose-irradiated mice (P<.05). CONCLUSION: These data strongly suggest that TNF-alpha is a mediator that is involved in the mechanisms by which bone marrow transplantation functions to prevent thymic lymphomas in split-dose-irradiated mice. IMPLICATIONS: Cytokines might be used in some biological systems, particularly in the hemopoietic system, as a therapeutic agent for the secondary prevention of cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous and Induced Apoptosis after Whole Body Radiation Exposure: Experimental Approaches. Observations in Radio-Induced Thymic Lymphomagenesis
Humblet, Chantal ULg; Deman, J.; Franzen, Rachelle ULg et al

in Stem Cells (1995), 13(Suppl 1), 129-35

Radio-induced thymic lymphomagenesis is associated with alterations in the balance between thymocyte subsets and cytokinetic perturbations. The objectives of this work were to investigate whether these ... [more ▼]

Radio-induced thymic lymphomagenesis is associated with alterations in the balance between thymocyte subsets and cytokinetic perturbations. The objectives of this work were to investigate whether these alterations are associated with alterations in the basic levels of thymocyte apoptosis. For this purpose, we tested DNA fragmentation by gel electrophoresis, analyzed DNA content by propidium iodide staining of ethanol fixed cells and looked for DNA strand breaks on tissue sections by in situ end labeling. We described an increase of the levels of apoptosis in cultured thymocytes during the preleukemic period, while the basic levels of apoptosis observed in situ are similar in normal and in preleukemic thymuses. We propose that after leukemogenic irradiations, there is an increase of cells wherein the cell suicide program is activated but that environmental thymic factors rescue them from apoptosis. Preleukemic cells could belong to this abnormally surviving population of cells "programmed to die," wherein additional genomic abnormalities would lead to fully neoplastic transformation. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological Changes of Thymus in Retrovirus-Induced Murine Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Maids)
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; Colombi, S. et al

in Pathology - Research & Practice (1995), 191(6), 506-12

The possible contribution of the thymus in the setting of acquired immunodeficiencies is still questioned. Here we report some new findings regarding a potential involvement of the thymus in mice infected ... [more ▼]

The possible contribution of the thymus in the setting of acquired immunodeficiencies is still questioned. Here we report some new findings regarding a potential involvement of the thymus in mice infected with RadLV-Rs, a viral mixture inducing murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS). Thymi were sequentially removed, weighted and morphologically analyzed at different time intervals post-infection. Infection with RadLV-Rs led to a decrease in thymus weight mostly apparent from the fourth week. The first changes were seen at the third week as perivascular clusters of B-cells at the cortico-medullary junction. The ensuing process of atrophy mainly involved the cortex, while a mixed population of large T- and B-cells filled the medulla. These observations are discussed with regard to the pathological changes occurring in other lymphoid and non-lymphoid organs, in the context of the lymphoproliferation and immunodeficiency characterizing the disease, and by comparison with other models of retrovirus-induced immunodeficiencies. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis by in Situ Hybridization of Cytokine Mrna Expression in the Murine Developing Thymus
Deman, J.; Humblet, Chantal ULg; Martin, M. T. et al

in International Immunology (1994), 6(10), 1613-9

We have used in situ hybridization to investigate the expression of IL-1, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6 and IFN-gamma genes by thymic cells during fetal development in mice. Two waves of mRNAs were detected in thymic ... [more ▼]

We have used in situ hybridization to investigate the expression of IL-1, IL-2, IL-4, IL-6 and IFN-gamma genes by thymic cells during fetal development in mice. Two waves of mRNAs were detected in thymic cells for IL-1 at days 16 and 19 of gestation, for IL-2 at days 14 and 18, and for IL-4 at days 14 and 16. Three peaks for IL-6 were observed at days 13, 17 and around birth. Finally, only one peak of cells positive for IFN-gamma was detected. Whereas cells positive for IL-1 were generally grouped and more often localized in the external area of the thymus, the other positive cells were isolated and evenly distributed in the thymus. Our results illustrated the presence of cytokine transcripts in the developing thymus following a developmentally controlled sequence and support the hypothesis that cytokines could play a role in T cell development. [less ▲]

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