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See detailDO MESENCHYMAL STROMAL CELLS PROMOTE HLA SPECIFIC ANTIBODIES FORMATION AFTER INFUSION IN LIVER TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS?
VANDERMEULEN, Morgan ULiege; MAGGIPINTO, Gianni ULiege; JOURET, François ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2017, September), 30(S2), 548051

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) immunogenicity is debated. We recently published a prospective, controlled, phase I study evaluating a single administration of third-party MSC in 10 liver ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) immunogenicity is debated. We recently published a prospective, controlled, phase I study evaluating a single administration of third-party MSC in 10 liver transplant recipients (LTR). Here, we focus on the development of antibodies (Ab) against MSC-donor HLA (MSCDSA) in LTR following MSC infusion. Methods: Ten LTR under standard immunosuppression received 3rd-party unrelated MSC on postoperative day 3, and were prospectively compared to 10 control LTR. Recipients and donor of either liver or MSC were genotyped for HLA A/B/C/DR/DQ. Recipients were tested for HLA Ab before and 1, 3 and 6 months after transplant by Luminex". Ab were considered as positive in case of MFI >1500 and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Results: In MSC-treated group, 2 patients showed pre-transplant MSCDSA. During follow-up, MSCDSA were detected in 6 additional patients who had received multiple red blood cell allo-transfusions before and/or rapidly after transplant. These patients also developed Ab against various MSC-unrelatedHLA. Two patients did not develop any MSCDSA throughout the follow-up, and one of them did not receive any allo-transfusion. MFI of detected MSCDSA were not significantly different from MFI of other detected HLA Ab. In control group, 3 patients were sensitized pre-transplant, and 6 patients developed de novo multiple HLA Ab. Four of these had received multiple allo-transfusions. Conclusion: In the large pool of HLA Ab identified in LTR post transplant, the detection of MSCDSA is most likely caused by allo-transfusions rather than related to MSC infusion. Further studies are required to confirm that MSC are “immune privileged”. [less ▲]

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See detailAdministration of mesenchymal stromal cells before renal ischemia/reperfusion attenuates kidney injury and modulates renal lipid metabolism in rats
ERPICUM, Pauline ULiege; Rowart, Pascal ULiege; POMA, Laurence ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2017, September), 30(S2), 9004

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodents. The mecha- nisms of such nephroprotection remain unclear. Materials and ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodents. The mecha- nisms of such nephroprotection remain unclear. Materials and Methods: Male Lewis rats aged of 8–10 weeks received tail i.v injection of 1.5x106 MSC in 1 mL saline (MSCD-7, n = 11) or saline alone (SD- 7, n = 6) 7 days before renal I/R. Left renal ischemia (by clamping the renal pedicle) lasted 45 min. Right nephrectomy was simultaneously performed. Blood sample was collected from inferior vena cava 48 h post reperfusion. Renal function was assessed by measuring serum creatinine (SCr) levels. Expressions of inflammatory and apoptotic markers by real-time (RT)-qPCR were comparatively quantified. High-throughput RNA sequencing was applied to MSCD-7 vs. SD-7 non-ischemic right kidneys. Relevant pathways were detected using an Over-Representation Analysis with WebGestalt, and confirmed by RT-qPCR. Results: Scr levels reached 1.4 ` 0.7 vs. 2.4 ` 0.8 mg/dL in MSCD-7 vs. SD-7 group (p < 0.05). MSC infusion significantly reduced mRNA expression of Casp3, Hsp 70, Kim-1, Mcp-1 and Il-6 and increased mRNA expression of Bcl compared to saline. Among 25 908 genes, 748 were identified as significantly differentially expressed (False Discovery Rate (FDR), <0.05) between MSCD-7 and SD-7 non-ischemic kidneys. Among the most affected metabolic pathways, renal lipid metabolism was significantly altered, with down-regulation of fatty acid biosynthesis and an up-regulation of PPARa pathway in MSCD-7 vs. SD-7 groups. By immunoblotting, PPARa and phosphorylated-PPARa were significantly increased in MSCD-7 vs. SD-7 kidneys, in both non-ischemic and ischemic conditions. Moreover, levels of malondialdehyde-derived lipid peroxidation products were decreased in MSCD-7 ischemic kidneys in comparison to SD-7 ischemic kidneys. Conclusion: MSC infusion at day 7 prior injury critically impacts renal lipid metabolism, which may condition kidney parenchyma against I/R. [less ▲]

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See detailAdministration of mesenchymal stromal cells before renal ischemia/reperfusion attenuates kidney injury and may modulate renal lipid metabolism in rats.
ERPICUM, Pauline ULiege; Rowart, Pascal ULiege; POMA, Laurence ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7(1), 8687

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodent models. The mechanisms of such nephro-protection remain largely unknown. Furthermore ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been demonstrated to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) damage in rodent models. The mechanisms of such nephro-protection remain largely unknown. Furthermore, the optimal timing of MSC administration has been poorly investigated. Here, we compare the impact of MSC injection 7 days before (MSCD - 7) versus 1 day after (MSCD + 1) renal I/R in rats. Control groups received equivalent volumes of saline at similar time-points (SD - 7 and SD + 1). Right nephrectomy was performed, and left renal ischemia lasted 45 min. After 48-hour reperfusion, we observed significantly improved renal function parameters, reduced apoptotic index and neutrophil/macrophage infiltration in kidney parenchyma, and lower expression of tubular damage markers and pro-inflammatory cytokines in MSCD - 7 in comparison to MSCD + 1 and saline control groups. Next, comparative high-throughput RNA sequencing of MSCD - 7 vs. SD - 7 non-ischemic right kidneys highlighted significant down-regulation of fatty acid biosynthesis and up-regulation of PPAR-alpha pathway. Such a preferential regulation towards lipid catabolism was associated with decreased levels of lipid peroxidation products, i.e. malondialdehyde and 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal, in MSCD - 7 versus SD - 7 ischemic kidneys. Our findings suggest that MSC pretreatment may exert protective effects against renal I/R by modulating lipid metabolism in rats. [less ▲]

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See detailMesenchymal Stromal Cells Accelerate Epithelial Tight Junction Assembly via the AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Pathway, Independently of Liver Kinase B1
Rowart, Pascal ULiege; ERPICUM, Pauline ULiege; KRZESINSKI, Jean-Marie ULiege et al

in Stem Cells International (2017)

Background. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are fibroblast-like multipotent cells capable of tissue-repair properties. Given the essentiality of tight junctions (TJ) in epithelial integrity, we ... [more ▼]

Background. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are fibroblast-like multipotent cells capable of tissue-repair properties. Given the essentiality of tight junctions (TJ) in epithelial integrity, we hypothesized that MSC modulate TJ formation, via the AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) pathway. Liver kinase-β1 (LKB1) and Ca2+-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase kinase (CaMKK) represent the main kinases that activate AMPK. Methods. The in vitro Ca2+ switch from 5 μM to 1.8 mM was performed using epithelial Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells cultured alone or cocultured with rat bone marrow-derived MSC or preexposed to MSC-conditioned medium. TJ assembly was measured by assessing ZO-1 relocation to cell-cell contacts. Experiments were conducted using MDCK stably expressing short-hairpin-RNA (shRNA) against LKB1 or luciferase (LUC, as controls). Compound STO-609 (50 μM) was used as CaMKK inhibitor. Results. Following Ca2+ switch, ZO-1 relocation and phosphorylation/activation of AMPK were significantly higher in MDCK/MSC compared to MDCK. No difference in AMPK phosphorylation was observed between LKB1-shRNA and Luc-shRNA MDCK following Ca2+ switch. Conversely, incubation with STO-609 prior to Ca2+ switch prevented AMPK phosphorylation and ZO-1 relocation. MSC-conditioned medium slightly but significantly increased AMPK activation and accelerated TJ-associated distribution of ZO-1 post Ca2+ switch in comparison to regular medium. Conclusions. MSC modulate the assembly of epithelial TJ, via the CaMKK/AMPK pathway independently of LKB1. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery and pharmacological characterization of succinate receptor (SUCNR1/GPR91) agonists
Geubelle, Pierre ULiege; Gilissen, Julie; Dilly, Sebastien et al

in British Journal of Pharmacology (2017), 174(9), 796-808

Background and Purpose The succinate receptor (SUCNR1 or GPR91) has been described as a metabolic sensor that may be involved in homeostasis. Notwithstanding its implication in important (patho ... [more ▼]

Background and Purpose The succinate receptor (SUCNR1 or GPR91) has been described as a metabolic sensor that may be involved in homeostasis. Notwithstanding its implication in important (patho)physiological processes, the function of SUCNR1 has remained elusive because no pharmacological tools were available. We report on the discovery of the first family of synthetic potent agonists. Experimental Approach We screened a library of succinate analogues and analysed their activity on SUCNR1. In addition, we modelled a pharmacophore and a binding site for the receptor. New agonists were identified based on the information provided by these two approaches. Their activity was studied in various bioassays, including measurement of cAMP levels, [Ca2+]i mobilisation, TGF-α shedding and recruitment of arrestin 3. The in vivo impact of SUCNR1 activation by these new agonists was evaluated on rat blood pressure. Key Results We identified cis-epoxysuccinic acid and cis-1,2-cyclopropanedicarboxylic acid as agonists with an efficacy similar to the one of succinic acid. Interestingly, cis-epoxysuccinic acid was characterized by a 10 to 20 fold higher potency than succinate on the receptor. For example, cis-epoxysuccinic acid reduced cAMP levels with a pEC50 = 5.57 ± 0.02 (EC50 = 2.7 μM) as compared to succinate pEC50 = 4.54 ± 0.08 (EC50 = 29 μM). The rank order of potency of the three agonists was the same in all bioassays tested. In vivo, cis-epoxysuccinic and cis-1,2-cyclopropanedicarboxylic acid increased rat blood pressure to the same extent as succinate did. Conclusions and Implications We provide new agonist tools for SUCNR1 that should facilitate further research on this understudied receptor. [less ▲]

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See detailintravenous administration of mesenchymal stream cells modulates renal lipid metabolism in rats
ERPICUM, Pauline ULiege; Rowart, Pascal ULiege; POMA, Laurence ULiege et al

Conference (2017, March 16)

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been shown to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rodents. Still, the mechanisms of such a nephroprotection remain unclear. Here, rats were ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been shown to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rodents. Still, the mechanisms of such a nephroprotection remain unclear. Here, rats were intravenously infused with MSC (1.5x10^6 cells in 1 ml saline; MSCD-7 group, n=6) or equivalent volume of saline (SD-7 group, n=6) 7 days before kidney sampling. High-throughput RNA sequencing technology was used to compare transcriptomic renal profiles, using TopHat and Cufflinks open-source software tools. A total of 494 and 256 genes were found to be significantly (q-value <.05) down- and up-regulated in mscd-7 versus sd-7 groups, respectively. Hierarchical cluster analysis by “david” “webgestalt” softwares highlighted that the metabolic pathways mostly affected msc included adipogenesis, insulin signalling, fatty acid (fa) biosynthesis, il-6 b-cell receptor il-3 pathway nuclear receptors involved lipid me- tabolism. Real-time qpcr immunoblotting analyses confirmed pivotal enzymes of fa biosynthesis were significantly downregulated group, whereas expression ppar alpha, a transcription factor oxidation, was induced msc. Additional- ly, fat />CD36 – a key regulator of membrane uptake of FA – was increased in MSCD-7 kidneys, with a preferential localization in proximal tubules (PT). As a whole, our data suggest that MSC infusion causes critical modifications of lipid metabolism, including (i) down-regulation of FA biosynthesis; (ii) activation of PPAR alpha pathway, and (iii) prioritization of FA as sources of energy in PT cells, which may eventually prevent lipid peroxidation and attenuate renal I/R damage. [less ▲]

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See detailAdministration of Third-Party Mesenchymal Stromal Cells at the Time of Kidney Transplantation: Interim Safety Analysis at One-Year Follow-Up
WEEKERS, Laurent ULiege; ERPICUM, Pauline ULiege; DETRY, Olivier ULiege et al

Conference (2017, March 16)

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC)-based therapy has been proposed in kidney transplantation (KTx). We report on the 1-year follow-up of an open-label phase I trial using MSC in KTx. On postoperative day 3 ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC)-based therapy has been proposed in kidney transplantation (KTx). We report on the 1-year follow-up of an open-label phase I trial using MSC in KTx. On postoperative day 3, third-party MSC (~2.0x106/kg) were administered to 7 non-immunized first-transplant recip- ients from deceased donors, under standard immunosuppression (Basiliximab, Tacrolimus, MMF and steroids). No HLA matching was required for MSC donors. Seven comparable KTx recipients were included as controls. Informed consent was obtained. No side-effect was noted at the time of MSC injection. Still, 1 patient with a history of ischemic heart disease had a NSTEMI ~3h after MSC infusion. Ten months after KTx, 1 MSC patient had type B aortic dissection and STEMI. Four MSC patients had at least 1 opportunistic infection, whereas 3 controls had polyoma-BK viremia. At day 14, eGFR in MSC and control groups was 47.1 ± 6.8 and 39.7 ± 5.9 ml/min, respectively (p, 0.05). At 1 year, eGFR in MSC and control groups was 46.5 ± 18.6 and 54.2 ± 16.3 ml/min, respectively (p, 0.42). Per-cause biopsies evidenced 1 bor- derline and 1 acute rejections in MSC group, whereas no AR was biopsy-proven in controls. Three patients developed anti-HLA antibodies against MSC (n=1) or shared kidney/MSC (n=2) mismatches.MSC infusion was safe in all patients except one. Incidence of opportunist infections was similar in both groups. No difference in eGFR was found at 1-year post KTx. Putative immunization against MSC was observed in 3 patients. [less ▲]

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See detailThe lipid 5-phoshatase SHIP2 controls renal brush border ultrastructure and function by regulating ERM proteins activation
Sayyed, Sufyan Ali ULiege; JOURET, François ULiege; Vermeersch, Marjorie et al

in Kidney International (2017)

The microvillus brush border on the renal proximal tubule epithelium allows the controlled reabsorption of solutes that are filtered through the glomerulus and thus participates in general body ... [more ▼]

The microvillus brush border on the renal proximal tubule epithelium allows the controlled reabsorption of solutes that are filtered through the glomerulus and thus participates in general body homeostasis. Here, using the lipid 5-phosphatase Ship2 global knock-out mice, proximal tubule-specific Ship2 knock-out mice and a proximal tubule cell model where SHIP2 is inactivated, we show that SHIP2 is a negative regulator of microvilli formation, thereby controlling solute reabsorption by the proximal tubule. We found increased PtdIns(4,5)P2 substrate and decreased PtdIns4P product when SHIP2 was inactivated, associated with hyperactivated Ezrin/Radixin/Moesin proteins and increased Rho-GTP. Thus, inactivation of SHIP2 leads to increased microvilli formation and solute reabsorption by the renal proximal tubule. This may represent an innovative therapeutic target for renal Fanconi syndromes characterized by decreased reabsorption of solutes by this nephron segment. [less ▲]

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See detailLes pentes d’évolution des CTX, de la phosphatase alkaline osseuse et du P1NP sont associées à celles de la PTH en hémodialyse chronique.
Maillard, Nicolas; Warling, Xavier; Moonen, Martial et al

Poster (2017)

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See detailVariations of parathyroid hormone and bone biomarkers are concordant only after a long term follow-up in hemodialyzed patients
DELANAYE, Pierre ULiege; Warling, Xavier; Moonen, Martial et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7(1), 12623

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See detail"Acute kidney dysfunction with no rejection (ADNR)" is associated with poor outcomes in kidney transplant recipients
PAQUOT, Francois ULiege; Pottel, Hans; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULiege et al

in Transplant International (2017), 30((Suppl. 2)), 558

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See detailImplications of the calcium-sensing receptor in ischemia/reperfusion.
Paquot, Francois ULiege; Huart, Justine; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULiege et al

in Acta Cardiologica (2017), 72(2), 125-131

The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) which was first isolated from bovine parathyroid glands. Its complex structure has been well characterized, which helped to ... [more ▼]

The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) which was first isolated from bovine parathyroid glands. Its complex structure has been well characterized, which helped to better understand its function. The CaSR activity can be modulated by various ligands, either activators (also called "calcimimetics") or inhibitors (or "calcilytics"). The main role of the CaSR concerns Ca2+ homeostasis. In bone, intestine and kidney, the CaSR acts as a sensor for extracellular ionized Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]e) to keep it stable. Such a homeostatic function is well illustrated by human inherited diseases caused by mutations in CASR gene, characterized by Ca2+ balance disturbances. Interestingly, the CaSR is also expressed in numerous tissues which are not directly involved in Ca2+ regulation. There, the CaSR has been implicated in regulatory pathways, including cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Moreover, recent observations suggest that the CaSR may be involved in ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) cascades. In cardiomyocytes, the expression and activation of the CaSR are significantly induced at the time of I/R, which induces apoptotic pathways. Likewise, the activation of the CaSR in I/R in brain, liver and kidney has been associated with increased cell death and aggravated structural and functional damage. The present review summarizes these observations and hypothesizes a novel therapeutic option targeting the CaSR in I/R. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of mesenchymal stromal cells in solid organ transplantation
GREGOIRE, Céline ULiege; DETRY, Olivier ULiege; Jouret, François ULiege et al

in The Biology and Therapeutic Application of Mesenchymal Cells (2017)

Organ transplantation is the only definitive treatment for many critical diseases of the liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, and lungs. Although it is the primary therapeutic option at present, transplanted ... [more ▼]

Organ transplantation is the only definitive treatment for many critical diseases of the liver, kidney, heart, pancreas, and lungs. Although it is the primary therapeutic option at present, transplanted patients have to deal with the numerous side effects of life-long dependence on immunosuppressive drugs, and these drugs still fail to prevent chronic rejection of the transplanted organ in many cases. The risk of developing cancer and opportunistic infections is also markedly increased in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients receiving long-term immunosuppressive therapy. Cancer and opportunistic infections cannot be completely avoided since they result from the immunosuppressive drugs used posttransplant that affect not only the anti-graft response but also the entire immune response. Finding a way to establish donor-specific immunological tolerance without the need for nonspecific immunosuppression remains one of the major goals in transplantation medicine [1,2]. Another important aim is the improvement of graft survival and function. Overall, graft survival is about 15 years, but the increasing shortage of organs has led to the use of expanded criteria for donor organs often donated by older individuals, which are less robust organs than those donated by younger donors. Mesenchymal stromal cell (MSCs) are currently being evaluated in SOT with the hope of achieving more selective immunosuppression, better graft function, and longer graft survival. [less ▲]

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See detailThe closure of arteriovenous fistula in kidney transplant recipients is associated with an acceleration of kidney function decline
WEEKERS, Laurent ULiege; VANDERWECKENE, Pauline ULiege; pottel, hans et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2017)

ABSTRACT Background. The creation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may retard chronic kidney disease progression in the general population. Conversely, the impact of AVF closure on renal function in kidney ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Background. The creation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may retard chronic kidney disease progression in the general population. Conversely, the impact of AVF closure on renal function in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) remains unknown. Methods. From 2007 to 2013, we retrospectively categorized 285 KTRs into three groups: no AVF (Group 0, n = 90), closed AVF (Group 1, n = 114) and left-open AVF (Group 2, n = 81). AVF closure occurred at 653 ± 441 days after kidney transplantation (KTx), with a thrombosis:ligation ratio of 19:95. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was determined using the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation. Linear mixed models calculated the slope and intercept of eGFR decline versus time, starting at 3 months post-KTx, with a median follow-up of 1807 days (95% confidence interval 1665–2028). Results. The eGFR slope was less in Group 1 (−0.081 mL/min/ month) compared with Group 0 (−0.183 mL/min/month; P = 0.03) or Group 2 (−0.164 mL/min/month; P = 0.09). Still, the eGFR slope significantly deteriorated after (−0.159 mL/min/month) versus before (0.038 mL/min/month) AVF closure (P= 0.03). Study periods before versus after AVF closure were balanced to a mean of 13.5 and 12.5 months, respectively, with at least 10 observations per patient (n = 99). Conclusions. In conclusion, a significant acceleration of eGFR decline is observed over the 12 months following the closure of a functioning AVF in KTRs. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-invasive approaches in the diagnosis of acute rejection in kidney transplant recipients, part II: omics analyses of urine and blood samples
Erpicum, Pauline ULiege; HANSSEN, Oriane ULiege; WEEKERS, Laurent ULiege et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2017)

Kidney transplantation (KTx) represents the best available treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. Still, the full benefits of KTx are undermined by acute rejection (AR). The diagnosis of AR ... [more ▼]

Kidney transplantation (KTx) represents the best available treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. Still, the full benefits of KTx are undermined by acute rejection (AR). The diagnosis of AR ultimately relies on transplant needle biopsy. However, such an invasive procedure is associated with a significant risk of complications and is limited by sampling error and interobserver variability. In the present review, we summarize the current literature about non-invasive approaches for the diagnosis of AR in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs), including in vivo imaging, gene-expression profiling and omics analyses of blood and urine samples. Most imaging techniques, such as contrast-enhanced ultrasound and magnetic resonance, exploit the fact that blood flow is significantly lowered in case of AR-induced inflammation. In addition, AR-associated recruitment of activated leucocytes may be detectable by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. In parallel, urine biomarkers, including CXCL9/CXCL10 or a three-gene signature of CD3ε, CXCL10 and 18S RNA levels, have been identified. None of these approaches has yet been adopted in the clinical follow-up of KTRs, but standardization of analysis procedures may help assess reproducibility and comparative diagnostic yield in large, prospective, multicentre trials. [less ▲]

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See detailThe closure of arteriovenous fistula is associated with a significant acceleration of eGFR decline in kidney transplant recipients
Jouret, François ULiege; DELANAYE, Pierre ULiege; VANDERWECKENE, Pauline ULiege et al

Poster (2016, November)

Background The creation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may retard chronic kidney disease progression in the general population. Conversely, there is limited literature regarding the impact of AVF closure ... [more ▼]

Background The creation of arteriovenous fistula (AVF) may retard chronic kidney disease progression in the general population. Conversely, there is limited literature regarding the impact of AVF closure on renal function in kidney transplant recipients (KTR). Methods All KTR were retrospectively identified from 01/01/2007 to 31/12/2013, and grouped into: (0) no AVF; (1) closed AVF; and (2) left open AVF. Glomerular filtration rate was estimated (eGFR) upon MDRD and FAS equations. Linear mixed models calculated the slope and intercept of eGFR decline versus time, starting at 3 months post transplantation (Tx). Comparative analyses of eGFR slopes were performed among groups, as well as before vs after AVF closure in group 1. For the latter, time was balanced before vs after AVF closure, with at least 10 observations per patient. Results The cohort included 285 KTR (Table 1), with a median follow-up of 1750 days [1665; 2028]. Focusing on group 1, AVF closure occurred after a mean time of 653 ± 441 days post Tx, with a thrombosis/ligation ratio of 19/95. Balanced study periods before vs after AVF closure lasted 15.7 and 14.9 months, respectively. No difference was found between corresponding intercepts (p, 0.11). By contrast, eGFR slopes were significantly different before (0.043 ml/min/year) versus after (-0.176 ml/min/year) AVF closure (p, 0.0115). Similar observations were obtained using FAS equation Conclusion A significant acceleration of eGFR decline is observed over the 15 months following the closure of functioning AVF in KTR. [less ▲]

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See detailMyoferlin regulates cellular lipid metabolism and promotes metastases in triple-negative breast cancer
Blomme, Arnaud; Costanza, Brunella ULiege; De Tullio, Pascal ULiege et al

in Oncogene (2016)

Myoferlin is a multiple C2-domain-containing protein that regulates membrane repair, tyrosine kinase receptor function and endocytosis in myoblasts and endothelial cells. Recently it has been reported as ... [more ▼]

Myoferlin is a multiple C2-domain-containing protein that regulates membrane repair, tyrosine kinase receptor function and endocytosis in myoblasts and endothelial cells. Recently it has been reported as overexpressed in several cancers and shown to contribute to proliferation, migration and invasion of cancer cells. We have previously demonstrated that myoferlin regulates epidermal growth factor receptor activity in breast cancer. In the current study, we report a consistent overexpression of myoferlin in triple-negative breast cancer cells (TNBC) over cells originating from other breast cancer subtypes. Using a combination of proteomics, metabolomics and electron microscopy, we demonstrate that myoferlin depletion results in marked alteration of endosomal system and metabolism. Mechanistically, myoferlin depletion caused impaired vesicle traffic that led to a misbalance of saturated/unsaturated fatty acids. This provoked mitochondrial dysfunction in TNBC cells. As a consequence of the major metabolic stress, TNBC cells rapidly triggered AMP activated protein kinase-mediated metabolic reprogramming to glycolysis. This reduced their ability to balance between oxidative phosphorylation and glycolysis, rendering TNBC cells metabolically inflexible, and more sensitive to metabolic drug targeting in vitro. In line with this, our in vivo findings demonstrated a significantly reduced capacity of myoferlin-deficient TNBC cells to metastasise to lungs. The significance of this observation was further supported by clinical data, showing that TNBC patients whose tumors overexpress myoferlin have worst distant metastasis-free and overall survivals. This novel insight into myoferlin function establishes an important link between vesicle traffic, cancer metabolism and progression, offering new diagnostic and therapeutic concepts to develop treatments for TNBC patients. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Magnetic Resonance Metabolomic Profiling of Mouse Kidney, Urine and Serum Following Renal Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.
Jouret, François ULiege; Leenders, Justine ULiege; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULiege et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(9), 1-14

Abstract BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is the most common cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). Its pathophysiology remains unclear. Metabolomics is dedicated to identify metabolites involved in ... [more ▼]

Abstract BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is the most common cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). Its pathophysiology remains unclear. Metabolomics is dedicated to identify metabolites involved in (patho)physiological changes of integrated living systems. Here, we performed 1H-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance metabolomics using urine, serum and kidney samples from a mouse model of renal I/R. METHODS: Renal 30-min ischemia was induced in 12-week-old C57BL/6J male mice by bilaterally clamping vascular pedicles, and was followed by 6, 24 or 48-hour reperfusion (n = 12/group). Sham-operated mice were used as controls. Statistical discriminant analyses, i.e. principal component analysis and orthogonal projections to latent structures (OPLS-DA), were performed on urine, serum and kidney lysates at each time-point. Multivariate receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were drawn, and sensitivity and specificity were calculated from ROC confusion matrix (with averaged class probabilities across 100 cross-validations). RESULTS: Urine OPLS-DA analysis showed a net separation between I/R and sham groups, with significant variations in levels of taurine, di- and tri-methylamine, creatine and lactate. Such changes were observed as early as 6 hours post reperfusion. Major metabolome modifications occurred at 24h post reperfusion. At this time-point, correlation coefficients between urine spectra and conventional AKI biomarkers, i.e. serum creatinine and urea levels, reached 0.94 and 0.95, respectively. The area under ROC curve at 6h, 24h and 48h post surgery were 0.73, 0.98 and 0.97, respectively. Similar discriminations were found in kidney samples, with changes in levels of lactate, fatty acids, choline and taurine. By contrast, serum OPLS-DA analysis could not discriminate sham-operated from I/R-exposed animals. CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that renal I/R in mouse causes early and sustained metabolomic changes in urine and kidney composition. The most implicated pathways at 6h and 24h post reperfusion include gluconeogenesis, taurine and hypotaurine metabolism, whereas protein biosynthesis, glycolysis, and galactose and arginine metabolism are key at 48h post reperfusion. [less ▲]

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