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See detailExpression microarray as a tool to identify candidate blood biomarkers in horses suffering from inflammatory airway disease
Ramery, Eve ULg; Fraipont, Audrey ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (in press)

Background: Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) affects performance and well-being in horses. Diagnosis is primarily reached by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology but this is invasive and requires ... [more ▼]

Background: Inflammatory airway disease (IAD) affects performance and well-being in horses. Diagnosis is primarily reached by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology but this is invasive and requires sedation. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to identify candidate blood biomarkers of IAD using species-specific expression microarrays. Methods: Horse Gene Expression Microarrays were used to investigate global mRNA expression in circulating leukocytes from healthy and IAD-affected standardbreds and endurance horses. Results: Nine genes were significantly differentially regulated in standardbreds and 61 in endurance horses (P < 0.001). These genes were mainly related to inflammation (eg. ALOX15B, PLA2G12B and PENK), oxidant/antioxidant balance (eg. DUOXA2 and GSTO1-1) and stress (eg. V1aR, GRLF1, Homer-2 and MAOB). DUOXA2, ALOX15B, PLA2G12B, MAOB and GRLF1 variations of expression were further validated by RT-qPCR. The deregulation of the oxidant/antioxidant balance was demonstrated at the protein level by an increase of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activity in heparinised whole blood of IAD-affected standardbreds (P = 0.0025) and endurance horses (P = 0.0028). There was good correlation (r = 0.7354) between BAL neutrophil percentage and whole blood GPx activity in all horses. Conclusions: There is accumulating evidence that, even when systemic clinical signs are not evident, circulating leukocyte gene expression can reflect responses of other tissues, leading to potential diagnostic applications in the future. Although not specific for IAD, whole blood GPx activity appears to reflect BAL neutrophil percentage. This finding should be further assessed by testing a larger number of horses. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise modifies the innate immune response in equine bronchial epithelial cells
Frellstedt, Linda ULg; Gosset, Philippe; Pirottin, Dimitri ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 3rd Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (University of Liege - Belgium) (2013)

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See detailDetection of copy number variants in the horse genome and examination of their association with recurrent laryngeal neuropathy
Dupuis, Marie-Capucine; Zhang, Zhiyan ULg; Durkin, Keith ULg et al

in Animal Genetics (2013)

We used the data from a recently performed genome-wide association study using the Illumina Equine SNP50 beadchip for the detection of copy number variants (CNVs) and examined their association with ... [more ▼]

We used the data from a recently performed genome-wide association study using the Illumina Equine SNP50 beadchip for the detection of copy number variants (CNVs) and examined their association with recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN), an important equine upper airway disease compromising performance. A total of 2797 CNVs were detected for 477 horses, covering 229 kb and seven SNPs on average. Overlapping CNVs were merged to define 478 CNV regions (CNVRs). CNVRs, particularly deletions, were shown to be significantly depleted in genes. Fifty-two of the 67 common CNVRs (frequency ! 1%) were validated by association mapping, Mendelian inheritance, and/or Mendelian inconsistencies. None of the 67 common CNVRs were significantly associated with RLN when accounting for multiple testing. However, a duplication on chromosome 10 was detected in 10 cases (representing three breeds) and two unphenotyped parents but in none of the controls. The duplication was embedded in an 8-Mb haplotype shared across breeds. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloid Hif1alpha counteracts allergic airway sensitization in mice through macrophage-mediated immunoregulation
Toussaint, Marie ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Abstract book of Keystone Symposium "Myeloid Cells: Regulation and Inflammation" (2013)

Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid lineage consequently results in decreased inflammatory responses in classical models of acute inflammation in mice. In contrast, we observed that mice conditionally deficient for Hif1alpha in myeloid cells display enhanced sensitivity to the development of airway allergy to the experimental allergen ovalbumin as well as to house dust mite antigens. Following allergen exposure, these mice indeed developed enhanced allergen-specific T cell responses due to augmented activation of lung dendritic cells. Further analyses supported the idea that upon allergen exposure, MyD88-dependent upregulation of Hif1alpha boosts the expression of the immunosuppressive cytokine Interleukin (IL)-10 by lung interstitial macrophages. Interstitial macrophage-derived IL-10 in turn counteracts allergen-induced lung dendritic cell activation, consequently preventing the development of allergen-specific T cell responses. Thus, this study supports that, in addition to its known pro-inflammatory activities, myeloid Hif1alpha possesses immunoregulatory functions implicated in the prevention of airway allergy. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloid hypoxia-inducible factor 1alpha prevents airway allergy in mice through macrophage-mediated immunoregulation
Toussaint, Marie ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Mucosal Immunology (2013), 6(3), 485-97

Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid lineage consequently results in decreased inflammatory responses in classical models of acute inflammation in mice. By contrast, we report here that mice conditionally deficient for Hif1alpha in myeloid cells display enhanced sensitivity to the development of airway allergy to experimental allergens and house-dust mite antigens. We support that upon allergen exposure, MyD88-dependent upregulation of Hif1alpha boosts the expression of the immunosuppressive cytokine interleukin (IL)-10 by lung interstitial macrophages (IMs). Hif1alpha-dependent IL-10 secretion is required for IMs to block allergen-induced dendritic cell activation and consequently for preventing the development of allergen-specific T-helper cell responses upon allergen exposure. Thus, this study supports that, in addition to its known pro-inflammatory activities, myeloid Hif1alpha possesses immunoregulatory functions implicated in the prevention of airway allergy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe respiratory system: anatomy, physiology, and adaptations to exercise and training
Lekeux, Pierre ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg; Hodgson, David R

in Hodgson, D.R.; McKeever, K.H.; McGowan, C.M. (Eds.) The Athletic Horse. Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine Second Edition (2013)

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See detailTraining-induced decrease of cytokines production by equine alveolar macrophages
Waldschmidt, Ingrid ULg; Frellstedt, Linda ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 6th Congress of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) (2013)

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See detailInvestigation of the effect of exercise on the innate immunity in horses
Frellstedt, Linda ULg; Gosset, Philippe; Desmet, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

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See detailRelease and Innate detection of host cell DNA mediates the adjuvant effects of aluminum salts on adaptive responses
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Ohata, Keichii; Bedoret, Denis et al

in Proceedings of the 1St Winter School Immunology (2012, January)

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See detailMethacholine bronchoprovocation test:a useful ancillary test for diagnosis of hyperresponsiveness in horses ?
Frippiat, Thibault ULg; Frellstedt, Linda ULg; Bustin, Jean-Clément ULg et al

in Proceedings of the European Veterinary Conference - Voorjaarsdagen (2012)

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See detailSerum concentration of surfactant protein D in horses with lower airway inflammation
Richard, Eric; Pitel, Pierre-Hugues; Christmann, Undine et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2012), 44

Reasons for performing study: Surfactant protein D (SP-D), mainly synthesised by alveolar type II cells and nonciliated bronchiolar cells, is one important component of innate pulmonary immunity. In man ... [more ▼]

Reasons for performing study: Surfactant protein D (SP-D), mainly synthesised by alveolar type II cells and nonciliated bronchiolar cells, is one important component of innate pulmonary immunity. In man, circulating concentrations of SP-D are routinely used as biomarkers for pulmonary injury. To date, serum SP-D levels have only been investigated in horses in an experimental model of bacterial airway infection. Objectives: To compare serum SP-D concentrations at rest and after exercise in horses with and without inflammatory airway disease (IAD). Methods: Venous blood samples were collected from 42 Standardbred racehorses at rest and 60 min after performing a standardised treadmill exercise test. Tracheal wash and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples were collected after exercise. Based on BALF cytology, 22 horses were defined as IAD-affected and 20 classified as controls. Serum SP-D concentrations were assessed using a commercially available ELISA kit and statistically compared between groups of horses and sampling times. Results: Serum concentrations of SP-D in IAD-affected horses were significantly higher than those of control horses, both at rest and after exercise. Within the IAD-affected group, no significant correlation was found between serum SP-D concentrations and BALF cytology. Within each group of horses (IAD and control), no significant influence of exercise was found on serum SP-D levels. Conclusions: This is the first study determining serum SP-D concentrations in a noninfectious, naturally occurring form of lower airway inflammation in horses. The results highlight that IAD is associated with a detectable, though moderate, increase of circulating SP-D levels. Potential relevance: Serum concentration of surfactant protein D could represent a potentially valuable and readily accessible blood biomarker of equine lower airway inflammation [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt du dosage sanguin de la protéine D de surfactant (SP-D) lors d'inflammation des voies respiratoires profondes
Richard, Eric; Pitel, P. H.; Christmann, Undine et al

in Proceedings de la 38ème Journée de la Recherche Equine (2012)

Surfactant protein D (SP-D), mainly synthetised by alveolar type II tells, isone important component of innate pulmonary immunity. The aim of the study was te sompare serum SP-D concentrations in horses ... [more ▼]

Surfactant protein D (SP-D), mainly synthetised by alveolar type II tells, isone important component of innate pulmonary immunity. The aim of the study was te sompare serum SP-D concentrations in horses with and without inflammatory airway disease (IAD). Venous blond samples were collected from 42 Standardbred racehorses at rest and 60 min after performing a standardised treadmill exercise test. Based on bronchoalveolar lavage cytology, 22 horses were defined as IAD-affected and 20 classified as controls. Serum concentrations of SP-D in IAD-affected horses were significantly higher than those of control horses, both at rest and after exercise. Within each group of horses (IAD and control), no significant influence of exercise was found on serum SP-D levels. This is he first study determining serum SP-D concentrations in a noninfectious, naturally occuring form of louver airway inflammation in horses. The results highlight that IAD is associated with a detectable, though moderate, increase of circulating SP-D levels. Serum concentration of surfactant protein D could represent a potentially valuable and readily accessible blond biomarker of equine louver airway inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailLes tests de bronchoprovocation à la métacholine dans le diagnostic de l'hyperréactivité bronchique chez le cheval asymptomatique
Frippiat, Thibault ULg; Frellstedt, Linda ULg; Bustin, Jean-Clément ULg et al

in Proceedings de la 38ème Journée de la Recherche Equine (2012)

The clinical examination and the ancillary tests at the disposal from the veterinarian may be poor diagnostics in horses suffering from subclinical inflammatory airway disease or in clinical remission of ... [more ▼]

The clinical examination and the ancillary tests at the disposal from the veterinarian may be poor diagnostics in horses suffering from subclinical inflammatory airway disease or in clinical remission of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). The objective of this study was to determine whether the methacholine bronchoprovocation test -which is daily used for diagnosis of asymptomatic human asthma- may be used as an applicable and repeatable method for the diagnosis of an increased susceptibility to bronchospasm in horses. The test, realised on 8 horses (6 with RAO history and 2 controls) presents a good feasibility and significant repeatability. Dust exposure increased the bronchoreactivity, while it did not affect other clinical and functional parameters or inflammatory markers. In the future, the bronchoprovocation test could therefore find its place in clinicat practice for the detection of asymptomatic horses which are susceptible to develop bronchospasm in poor environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailResident CD11b(+)Ly6C(-) Lung Dendritic Cells Are Responsible for Allergic Airway Sensitization to House Dust Mite in Mice.
Mesnil, Claire ULg; Sabatel, Catherine ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(12), 53242

Conventional dendritic cells (DCs) are considered to be the prime initiators of airway allergy. Yet, it remains unclear whether specific DC subsets are preferentially involved in allergic airway ... [more ▼]

Conventional dendritic cells (DCs) are considered to be the prime initiators of airway allergy. Yet, it remains unclear whether specific DC subsets are preferentially involved in allergic airway sensitization. Here, we systematically assessed the respective pro-allergic potential of individually sorted lung DC subsets isolated from house dust mite antigen (HDM)-treated donor mice, following transfer to naive recipients. Transfer of lung CD11c(+)CD11b(+) DCs, but not CD11c(+)CD11b(-)CD103(+) DCs, was sufficient to prime airway allergy. The CD11c(+)CD11b(+) DC subpopulation was composed of CD11c(+)CD11b(+)Ly6C(+) inflammatory monocyte-derived cells, whose numbers increase in the lungs following HDM exposure, and of CD11c(+)CD11b(+)Ly6C(-) DCs, which remain stable. Counterintuitively, only CD11c(+)CD11b(+)Ly6C(-) DCs, and not CD11c(+)CD11b(+)Ly6C(+) DCs, were able to convey antigen to the lymph nodes and induce adaptive T cell responses and subsequent airway allergy. Our results thus support that lung resident non-inflammatory CD11c(+)CD11b(+)Ly6C(-) DCs are the essential inducers of allergic airway sensitization to the common aeroallergen HDM in mice. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased hypoxia-inducible factor 1alpha expression in lung cells of horses with recurrent airway obstruction.
Toussaint, Marie ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Desmet, Christophe ULg et al

in BMC Veterinary Research (2012), 8(1), 64

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also known as equine heaves) is an inflammatory condition caused by exposure of susceptible horses to organic dusts in hay. The immunological ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO, also known as equine heaves) is an inflammatory condition caused by exposure of susceptible horses to organic dusts in hay. The immunological processes responsible for the development and the persistence of airway inflammation are still largely unknown. Hypoxia-inducible factor (Hif) is mainly known as a major regulator of energy homeostasis and cellular adaptation to hypoxia. More recently however, Hif also emerged as an essential regulator of innate immune responses. Here, we aimed at investigating the potential involvement of Hif1-alpha in myeloid cells in horse with recurrent airway obstruction. RESULTS: In vitro, we observed that Hif is expressed in equine myeloid cells after hay dust stimulation and regulates genes such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-8 (IL-8) and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A). We further showed in vivo that airway challenge with hay dust upregulated Hif1-alpha mRNA expression in myeloid cells from the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of healthy and RAO-affected horses, with a more pronounced effect in cells from RAO-affected horses. Finally, Hif1-alpha mRNA expression in BALF cells from challenged horses correlated positively with lung dysfunction. CONCLUSION: Taken together, our results suggest an important role for Hif1-alpha in myeloid cells during hay dust-induced inflammation in horses with RAO. We therefore propose that future research aiming at functional inactivation of Hif1 in lung myeloid cells could open new therapeutic perspectives for RAO. [less ▲]

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