The role of mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease
GREGOIRE, Céline ; Louis, Edouard ; BRIQUET, Alexandra et al
in The Biology and Therapeutic Applications of Mesenchymal Cells (in press)Detailed reference viewed: 10 (6 ULg)
Development of the lemann index to assess digestive tract damage in patients with Crohn's disease.
; ; et al
in Gastroenterology (2015), 148(1), 52-633
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is a need for a scoring system that provides a comprehensive assessment of structural bowel damage, including stricturing lesions, penetrating lesions, and surgical resection, for ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There is a need for a scoring system that provides a comprehensive assessment of structural bowel damage, including stricturing lesions, penetrating lesions, and surgical resection, for measuring disease progression. We developed the Lemann Index and assessed its ability to measure cumulative structural bowel damage in patients with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: We performed a prospective, multicenter, international, cross-sectional study of patients with CD evaluated at 24 centers in 15 countries. Inclusions were stratified based on CD location and duration. All patients underwent clinical examination and abdominal magnetic resonance imaging analyses. Upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and pelvic magnetic resonance imaging analyses were performed according to suspected disease locations. The digestive tract was divided into 4 organs and subsequently into segments. For each segment, investigators collected information on previous operations, predefined strictures, and/or penetrating lesions of maximal severity (grades 1-3), and then provided damage evaluations ranging from 0.0 (no lesion) to 10.0 (complete resection). Overall level of organ damage was calculated from the average of segmental damage. Investigators provided a global damage evaluation (from 0.0 to 10.0) using calculated organ damage evaluations. Predicted organ indexes and Lemann Index were constructed using a multiple linear mixed model, showing the best fit with investigator organ and global damage evaluations, respectively. An internal cross-validation was performed using bootstrap methods. RESULTS: Data from 138 patients (24, 115, 92, and 59 with upper tract, small bowel, colon/rectum, and anus CD location, respectively) were analyzed. According to validation, the unbiased correlation coefficients between predicted indexes and investigator damage evaluations were 0.85, 0.98, 0.90, 0.82 for upper tract, small bowel, colon/rectum, anus, respectively, and 0.84 overall. CONCLUSIONS: In a cross-sectional study, we assessed the ability of the Lemann Index to measure cumulative structural bowel damage in patients with CD. Provided further successful validation and good sensitivity to change, the index should be used to evaluate progression of CD and efficacy of treatment. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 52 (0 ULg)
Potential Proteomic Biomarkers Associated To Mucosal Healing In Crohn’s Disease
MEUWIS, Marie-Alice ; Baiwir, Dominique ; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel et al
Poster (2014, October 06)
Introduction and objectives: In Crohn's disease (CD), there is a discrepancy between clinical activity of the disease (symptoms) and intestinal healing. However absence of tissue healing is associated ... [more ▼]
Introduction and objectives: In Crohn's disease (CD), there is a discrepancy between clinical activity of the disease (symptoms) and intestinal healing. However absence of tissue healing is associated with the risk of relapse and tissue damage progression. Endoscopy is costly and invasive. Hence biomarkers correlating with intestinal healing could improve disease management. We aimed to identify potential biomarkers associated to CD mucosal healing by a shotgun proteomics label free study. Methods: We used the STORI clinical trial cohort (n=103) aiming at identifying markers associated to relapse prediction after Infliximab treatment withdrawals. We used serum samples of patients in clinical remission, grouped according to the degree of intestinal healing seen at endoscopy. We performed depletion of the 20 most abundant plasma proteins on each serum pools and ran a proteomics label free differential analysis using 2D-nanoUPLC-MSE HDMS Synapt G1 for data acquisition and Protein Lynks Global Server vs 2.4 for data analysis (Waters, Corp., Milford, USA). Results and Discussion: We obtained potential biomarkers and designed a multiplexed -selected reaction monitoring (SRM) method for validation of these candidates in each individual patient. The method may also be tested in an independent set of IBD patients with and without mucosal healing. Conclusions: This research strategy and results of SRM validation of potential biomarkers associated to mucosal healing in this cohort of CD patients as well as the tests done on other CD patients, may provide new opportunities for CD follow-up tests development. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 20 (0 ULg)
Overlap syndrome consisting of PSC-AIH with concomitant presence of a membranous glomerulonephritis and ulcerative colitis
; BOVY, Christophe ; COIMBRA MARQUES, Carla et al
in World Journal of Gastroenterology (2014), 20(16), 4811-4816
Abstract The association of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is known as an overlap syndrome (OS). OS can also be described in the setting of concomitant presence of AIH ... [more ▼]
Abstract The association of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is known as an overlap syndrome (OS). OS can also be described in the setting of concomitant presence of AIH and PSC. These diseases can in some cases be associated with ulcerative colitis. In this case report we describe, to our knowledge, the first case in the literature of a young Caucasian male suffering from ulcerative colitis and an overlap syndrome consisting of an association between PSC-AIH, with the concomitant presence of a membranous glomerulonephritis. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 19 (2 ULg)
Utilisation optimale des inhibiteurs de la pompe à protons dans le cadre des soins primaires
Tack, Jacques ; LOUIS, Edouard ; et al
in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(3), 139-145Detailed reference viewed: 9 (1 ULg)
Can we predict the high-risk patient?
; Louis, Edouard
in Digestive diseases (Basel, Switzerland) (2014), 32(4), 328-36
BACKGROUND: While therapeutic strategies able to change the natural history of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are being developed, factors predicting aggressive disease are needed to be able to choose ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: While therapeutic strategies able to change the natural history of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are being developed, factors predicting aggressive disease are needed to be able to choose the appropriate therapeutic strategy for the individual patient based on the risk/benefit ratio. The aim of this review is to focus on the tools assisting the clinician in routine practice regarding the prediction of disease evolution. METHODS: A literature review was performed, which was mainly based on PubMed search, using the following terms: Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, genetics, serology, biomarkers, endoscopy, C-reactive protein, faecal calprotectin, disease evolution and complications. RESULTS: For the prediction of disease evolution, clinical characteristics, particularly disease location and behaviour, are probably currently the most useful. In addition, a series of biomarkers, including genetic, serological and inflammatory markers, as well as characteristics of endoscopic lesions may have an added value. CONCLUSIONS: Simple clinical, biological and endoscopic tools may help the clinician in predicting disease evolution in IBD. However, these tools are still insufficient, and prospective evaluation of new genetic and biological markers are needed. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 6 (0 ULg)
Assessment of the Influence of Inflammation and FCGR3A Genotype on Infliximab Pharmacokinetics and Time to Relapse in Patients with Crohn's Disease.
; ; et al
in Clinical pharmacokinetics (2014)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Infliximab is a monoclonal anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNFalpha) antibody that profoundly modified the treatment of Crohn's disease (CD). The polymorphism of Fc ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Infliximab is a monoclonal anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha (anti-TNFalpha) antibody that profoundly modified the treatment of Crohn's disease (CD). The polymorphism of Fc fragment of IgG, low affinity IIIa, receptor (CD16a) [FCGR3A] influences the biological response to infliximab in patients with CD. Our aim was to study its influence on infliximab pharmacokinetics and risk of relapse after infliximab discontinuation. METHODS: In 111 CD patients in remission, infliximab was discontinued and its concentrations were measured for 30 months or until relapse. Infliximab pharmacokinetics were described using monocompartmental population modeling. RESULTS: The elimination rate of infliximab increased with C-reactive protein (CRP) [p = 0.00018] and was 16 % higher in FCGR3A-158V/V patients than in F carriers (p = 0.0028). Risk of relapse was higher in patients with baseline CRP >/=5 mg/L than in those with a lower value (p = 0.0000029). In addition, there was a first-order interaction between CRP and the FCGR3A genotype; in patients with high CRP, risk of relapse was higher for V/V patients than for F carriers (hazard ratio 4.80 and 2.84 for V/V and F carriers, respectively; p = 0.013). CONCLUSION: Both increased inflammation and FCGR3A-158V/V genotype are associated with increased infliximab elimination and risk of relapse after infliximab discontinuation in patients with CD. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 5 (0 ULg)
Depth of remission in Crohn's disease patients seen in a referral centre : associated factors and impact on disease outcome.
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in Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica (2014), 77(1), 41-6
INTRODUCTION: Our goals were to assess the prevalence of biological and tissue remission in routine practice in Crohn's disease, and to evaluate the correlation between biological or tissue remission and ... [more ▼]
INTRODUCTION: Our goals were to assess the prevalence of biological and tissue remission in routine practice in Crohn's disease, and to evaluate the correlation between biological or tissue remission and clinical or demographic characteristics as well as their impact on disease outcome. METHODS: We performed a retrospective monocenter study. Biological remission was defined by a CRP < 5 mg/I. Tissue remission was defined by the absence of ulcer at endoscopy and/or absence of signs of acute inflammation at MRI. Association with demographic, clinical and laboratory markers was studied by logistic regression models and rates of relapses, hospitalizations and surgeries were compared using the logrank test. RESULTS: Among the 263 patients included, 147 were in clinical remission; 102/147 (69%) were in biological remission. Fifty-six patients also had morphological evaluation: 37 (66%) were in tissue remission. Biological remission was associated with older age, higher hemoglobin and lower BMI. Tissue remission was associated with older age, lower platelets count, absence of previous surgery, and the use of immunosuppressant. Time-to-relapse was significantly longer in patients with biological remission and in patients with tissue remission as compared to patients without biological or tissue remission. CONCLUSIONS: Among the patients in clinical remission seen as outpatients, two thirds were either in biological and/or tissue remission. Biological and/or tissue remission was associated with a better outcome than clinical remission alone. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 4 (0 ULg)
Diagnostic differentiel d'une diarrhee chronique.
in Revue medicale de Liege (2014), 69(1), 51-6
Chronic diarrhoea is a frequent clinical presentation in our population. It may correspond to many gastrointestinal or systemic pathologies. Most frequent causes are irritable bowel syndrome, functional ... [more ▼]
Chronic diarrhoea is a frequent clinical presentation in our population. It may correspond to many gastrointestinal or systemic pathologies. Most frequent causes are irritable bowel syndrome, functional intestinal disorders or lactose intolerance, but organic diseases have also to be searched. Focused patient questioning and some specific aspects of clinical examination play a key-role in diagnosis orientation and the use of complementary explorations. The present paper proposes a structured diagnostic procedure aiming at an optimal use of complementary explorations. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 4 (0 ULg)
Alterations in the intestinal microbiome (dysbiosis) as a predictor of relapse after infliximab withdrawal in Crohn's disease.
; ; Louis, Edouard et al
in Inflammatory bowel diseases (2014), 20(6), 978-86
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD)-associated dysbiosis could predispose patients to relapse. Gut microbiota composition of patients from the prospective cohort study designed to identify predictive factors ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD)-associated dysbiosis could predispose patients to relapse. Gut microbiota composition of patients from the prospective cohort study designed to identify predictive factors of clinical relapse after infliximab discontinuation (STORI Study) was investigated to determine the impact of dysbiosis in CD relapse. METHODS: Fecal samples from 33 patients with CD in this cohort were collected at baseline, 2 months, 6 months, and at the end of the follow-up period (19 relapsers and 14 nonrelapsers). Healthy volunteers subjects (n = 29) were used as a control group. The fecal microbiota composition was assessed using quantitative PCR, and comparisons between the patient groups were made at different time points using the Wilcoxon test. The analysis of the time-to-relapse was performed according to the baseline median level of each bacterial signal. RESULTS: Dysbiosis was observed in patients with CD compared with healthy subjects, and it was characterized by low mean counts of Firmicutes (Clostridium coccoides [P = 0.0003], C. leptum [P < 0.0001], and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii [P = 0.003]). Lower rates of Firmicutes were seen in relapsers compared with nonrelapsers. Moreover, a low rate of F. prausnitzii (P = 0.014) and a low rate of Bacteroides (P = 0.030) predicted relapse independently from high C reactive protein level (P = 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: In this work, we report that CD-associated dysbiosis, characterized by a decrease in Firmicutes, correlates with the time-to-relapse after infliximab withdrawal. A deficit in some bacterial groups or species, such as F. prausnitzii, may represent a predictive factor for relapse. Restoring normobiosis in CD could be a new goal for optimal CD management. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 3 (0 ULg)
Use of azathioprine in IBD: modern aspects of an old drug.
Louis, Edouard ; ;
in Gut (2014), 63(11), 1695-9Detailed reference viewed: 10 (0 ULg)
Data dependent versus Data independent acquisition applied to samples with different protein dynamic range
Smargiasso, Nicolas ; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ; Baiwir, Dominique et al
Poster (2014)Detailed reference viewed: 30 (1 ULg)
Comparison of two FFPE preparation methods using label-free shotgun proteomics: Application to tissues of diverticulitis patients.
; Bertrand, Virginie ; Longuespée, Rémi et al
in Journal of proteomics (2014), 112C
Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens of patients are useful sources of materials for clinical research and have recently gained interest for use in the discovery of clinical proteomic ... [more ▼]
Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens of patients are useful sources of materials for clinical research and have recently gained interest for use in the discovery of clinical proteomic biomarkers. However, the critical step in this field is the ability to obtain an efficient and repeatable extraction using the limited quantities of material available for research in hospital biobanks. This work describes the evaluation of the peptide/protein extraction using FFPE sections treated by the following two methods before shotgun proteomic analysis: a commercial solution (FFPE-FASP) (filter aided sample preparation) and an antigen retrieval-derived protocol (On Slice AR). Their efficiencies and repeatabilities are compared using data-independent differential quantitative label-free analysis. FFPE-FASP was shown to be globally better both qualitatively and quantitatively than On Slice AR. FFPE-FASP was tested on several samples, and differential analysis was used to compare the tissues of diverticulitis patients (healthy and inflammatory tissues). In this differential proteomic analysis using retrospective clinical FFPE material, FFPE-FASP was reproducible and provided a high number of confident protein identifications, highlighting potential protein biomarkers. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: In clinical proteomics, FFPE is an important resource for retrospective analysis and for the discovery of biomarkers. The challenge for FFPE shotgun proteomic analysis is preparation by an efficient and reproducible protocol, which includes protein extraction and digestion. In this study, we analyzed two different methods and evaluated their repeatabilities and efficiencies. We illustrated the reproducibility of the most efficient method, FFPE-FASP, by a pilot study on diverticulitis tissue and on FFPE samples amount accessible in hospital biobanks. These data showed that FFPE is suitable for use in clinical proteomics, especially when the FFPE-FASP method is combined with label-free shotgun proteomics as described in the workflow presented in this work. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 48 (12 ULg)
El sindrome tirogastrico autoinmune : sus efectos sobre los micronutrientes y la tumorigenesis gastrica
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ; LUTTERI, Laurence ; Cavalier, Etienne et al
in Revista Argentina de Endocrinologia y Metabolismo (2014), 51Detailed reference viewed: 33 (5 ULg)
Hypercalcémie réfractaire et sécrétion ectopique de calcitonine dans un cancer neuroendocrine du pancréas : Effets hypocalcémiants du Cinacalcet
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ; LOLY, Jean-Philippe ; BETEA, Daniela et al
in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74Detailed reference viewed: 42 (10 ULg)
Thrombose portale étendue chez un patient sous anti-vitamine K
LEDOUBLE, Vinciane ; BECK, Emmanuel ; PETERS, Pierre et al
in Revue Médicale de Liège (2013), (68(7-8)), 382-6Detailed reference viewed: 46 (7 ULg)
Optimal use of proton pump inhibitors for treating acid peptic diseases in primary care.
Tack, Jacques ; Louis, Edouard ; et al
in Acta gastro-enterologica Belgica (2013), 76(4), 393-402
Heartburn, reflux and epigastric pain are frequently encountered symptoms in primary care medicine. Acid peptic diseases such as peptic ulcer and gastrointestinal reflux disease have a high prevalence ... [more ▼]
Heartburn, reflux and epigastric pain are frequently encountered symptoms in primary care medicine. Acid peptic diseases such as peptic ulcer and gastrointestinal reflux disease have a high prevalence, can have important impact on patient quality of life and represent a considerable health care cost. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the most potent pharmacological inhibitors of gastric acid secretion currently available and are the mainstay medical therapy for acid peptic diseases. This review summarizes current evidence on treatment of acid-peptic diseases with proton pump inhibitors and provides primary care clinicians with best practice guidelines for optimal use of these drugs. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 6 (0 ULg)
Profile of pediatric Crohn's disease in Belgium.
; Mahachie John, Jestinah ; et al
in Journal of Crohn's & colitis (2013), 7(11), 588-98
AIM: A Belgian registry for pediatric Crohn's disease, BELCRO, was created. This first report aims at describing disease presentation and phenotype and determining associations between variables at ... [more ▼]
AIM: A Belgian registry for pediatric Crohn's disease, BELCRO, was created. This first report aims at describing disease presentation and phenotype and determining associations between variables at diagnosis and registration in the database. METHODS: Through a collaborative network, children with previously established Crohn's disease and newly diagnosed children and adolescents (under 18 y of age) were recruited over a 2 year period. Data were collected by 23 centers and entered in a database. Statistical association tests analyzed relationships between variables of interest at diagnosis. RESULTS: Two hundred fifty-five patients were included. Median age at diagnosis was 12.5 y (range: 1.6-18 y); median duration of symptoms prior to diagnosis was 3 m (range: 1-12 m). Neonatal history and previous medical history did not influence disease onset nor disease behavior. Fifty three % of these patients presented with a BMI z-score < -1. CRP was an independent predictor of disease severity. Steroids were widely used as initial treatment in moderate to severe and extensive disease. Over time, immunomodulators and biological were prescribed more frequently, reflecting a lower prescription rate for steroids and 5-ASA. A positive family history was the sole significant determinant for earlier use of immunosuppression. CONCLUSION: In Belgium, the median age of children presenting with Crohn's disease is 12.5 y. Faltering growth, extensive disease and upper GI involvement are frequent. CRP is an independent predictive factor of disease activity. A positive family history appears to be the main determinant for initial treatment choice. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 56 (24 ULg)
National differences in ulcerative colitis experience and management among patients from five European countries and Canada: An online survey.
; ; LOUIS, Edouard et al
in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (2013), 7
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients' and physicians' perceptions of ulcerative colitis and its management are important for developing and guiding appropriate therapies. This study explored national differences ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients' and physicians' perceptions of ulcerative colitis and its management are important for developing and guiding appropriate therapies. This study explored national differences in patients' and physicians' experiences, expectations, and beliefs about ulcerative colitis. METHODS: Structured, cross-sectional, online surveys evaluating various indices were completed by 775 adult patients with ulcerative colitis and 475 physicians actively managing ulcerative colitis patients from France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Canada. RESULTS: Patients' classification of their symptom severity differed across countries (mild, 16%-45%; moderate, 46%-58%; severe, 4%-36%). Expectations of disease control also varied, with 26% (Ireland) to 65% (Spain) describing that remission realistically involves "living without symptoms." Within each country, more patients (45%-69%) than physicians (28%-45%) considered ulcerative colitis symptoms to affect patients' quality of life. Mean number of patient-reported flares during the past year ranged from 2.5 in Ireland to 8.0 in France. Self-reported adherence with oral 5-aminosalicylic acid (during remission) was highest in Spain (91% vs 50%-73% across other countries). Spanish patients were more likely to self-adjust their medications (54% vs 2%-5%), but reported the most dissatisfaction with therapy (42% vs 9%-27%). Irish patients were least likely to arrange physician/specialist nurse visits (14% vs 36%-49%) and least open to discussion of their condition. CONCLUSIONS: Important national differences in ulcerative colitis patients' attitudes and perceptions were observed, which may help physicians improve patient care based on country-specific needs and influence self-assessments in clinical trials. The results suggest a need for structured patient education to improve adherence and outcomes. [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 17 (2 ULg)
Adalimumab improves patient-reported outcomes and reduces indirect costs in patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease: Results from the CARE trial.
LOUIS, Edouard ; ; et al
in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (2013), 7
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Crohn's disease negatively affects patients' quality of life and ability to work. We investigated the impact of adalimumab on work productivity, daily activities, and quality of life ... [more ▼]
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Crohn's disease negatively affects patients' quality of life and ability to work. We investigated the impact of adalimumab on work productivity, daily activities, and quality of life in an open-label trial (N=945). The population comprised both infliximab-naive and -exposed patients, including infliximab primary non-responders. METHODS: Patients received adalimumab induction therapy (160mg/80mg at Weeks 0/2), followed by adalimumab 40mg every other week for up to 20weeks (patients with flares/non-response could receive 40mg weekly at/after Week 12). The Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire and Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire were assessed. Indirect cost savings were estimated based on the average work productivity improvements at Week 20. RESULTS: Mean baseline scores indicated severe productivity impairment and poor quality of life. At Week 20, 60% of infliximab-naive and 47% of infliximab primary non-responders achieved clinically important improvements (>/=9 points) on the Short Inflammatory Bowel Disease Questionnaire, and 51% and 43%, respectively, achieved the minimum clinically important difference (improvement >/=7 percentage points) for total work productivity impairment (non-responder imputation). At Week 20, 64% of infliximab-naive and 55% of infliximab primary non-responders achieved clinically important improvements in total activity impairment. Estimated 20-week total indirect productivity-related cost savings were euro3070 per infliximab-naive patient and euro2059 per infliximab-exposed patient. CONCLUSIONS: Adalimumab therapy significantly improved work productivity and disease-specific quality of life for patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease. Patients who failed prior infliximab therapy and patients naive to infliximab benefited from adalimumab, with potentially greater benefits for infliximab-naive patients (NCT00409617). [less ▲]Detailed reference viewed: 15 (1 ULg)