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See detailComprehensive plasma profiling for the characterization of graft-versus-host disease biomarkers
De Bock, Muriel; BEGUIN, Yves ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Talanta (2014), 125

Acutegraft-versus-hostdisease(aGVHD)remainsalife-threateningcomplicationofhematopoieticstem cell transplantation(HSCT)thereforelimitingitsapplication.TooptimizethemanagementofaGVHDand reduce therapy ... [more ▼]

Acutegraft-versus-hostdisease(aGVHD)remainsalife-threateningcomplicationofhematopoieticstem cell transplantation(HSCT)thereforelimitingitsapplication.TooptimizethemanagementofaGVHDand reduce therapy-relatedtoxicity,earlyspecific markersareneeded.Themainobjectiveofthisstudywas to uncoverdiagnosticbiomarkersbycomparingplasmaproteinprofiles ofpatientsatthetimeofacute GVHDdiagnosiswiththoseofpatientsundergoingHSCTwithoutaGVHD.Additionalanalysisofsamples taken 15daysbeforeaGVHDdiagnosiswasalsoperformedtoevaluatethepotentialofournewly discoveredbiomarkersforearlydiagnosis.Togetcomplementaryinformationfromplasmasamples, we usedthreedifferentproteomicapproaches,namely2D-DIGE,SELDI-TOF-MSand2D-LC-MSE. Weidentified andconfirmed bythemeansofindependenttechniques,thedifferentialexpression of severalproteinsindicatingsignificantly increasedinflammation responseanddisturbanceinthe coagulation cascade.Thevariationoftheseproteinswasalreadyobserved15daysbeforeGVHD diagnosis, suggestingthepotentialearlydetectionofthediseasebeforesymptomsappearance. Finally,logisticregressionanalysisdeterminedacompositebiomarkerpanelcomprising fibrinogen, fragment of fibrinogenbetachain,SAA,prothrombinfragments,apolipoproteinA1andhepcidinthat optimallydiscriminatedpatientswithandwithoutGVHD.Theareaunderthereceiveroperating characteristiccurvedistinguishingthese2groupswas0.95. [less ▲]

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See detail(111)Indium-oxine labelling for evaluating the homing process of autologous osteoblasts implanted percutaneously in atrophic nonunion fractures.
Hauzeur, Jean-Philippe; Bernard, Claire ULg; Egrise, Dominique et al

in International Orthopaedics (2013), 37(1), 131-6

PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to control the in vivo localisation of implanted cells in cell-based therapies. Labelling cells with (111)indium-oxine is one of the most interesting methods proposed. We ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to control the in vivo localisation of implanted cells in cell-based therapies. Labelling cells with (111)indium-oxine is one of the most interesting methods proposed. We evaluated this method in the setting of autologous osteoblast implantation in nonunion fractures. METHODS: An in vitro study of osteoblasts was conducted after (111)indium-oxine labelling. Radioactivity retention and viability, proliferation and the ability to produce alkaline phosphatase were evaluated in a seven-day culture. In vivo labelling of implanted osteoblastic cells was conducted during a therapeutic trial of atrophic nonunion fractures, with the leakage outside the nonunion site and local uptake evolution at four, 24 and 48 hour being studied. RESULTS: The mean labelling efficiency for osteoprogenitors was 78.8 +/- 4.6 %. The intracellular retention was 89.4 +/- 2.1 % at three hours and 67.3 +/- 4.7 % at 18 hours. The viability assessed at three hours was 93.7 +/- 0.6 %. After seven days of culture, morphology and alkaline phosphatase staining were similar for both labelled and unlabelled control cells, although the proliferation rate was decreased in the labelled cells. Some local intraosseous leakage was observed in four of 17 cases. All patients showed uptake at the injection site, with four having no other uptake. Four patients showed additional uptake in the bladder, liver and spleen, while 11 patients had additional uptake in the lungs in addition to the bladder, liver and spleen. The activity ratios (injection site/body) were 48 +/- 28 % at four hours, 40 +/- 25 % at 24 hours and 35 +/- 25 % at 48 hours. After correcting for decay, the activity within the injection site was 82 +/- 15 % at 24 hours and 69 +/- 11 % at 48 hours compared with the activity measured at four hours. No relationship was found between uptake and radiological bone repair. CONCLUSIONS: The (111)indium-oxine labelling appears to be a good method for monitoring the behaviour of the osteoblastic cells after their implantation in atrophic nonunion fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential signalling through ALK-1 and ALK-5 regulates leptin expression in Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Zeddou, M.; RELIC, Biserka ULg; MALAISE, Olivier ULg et al

in Stem Cells & Development (2012), 21(11), 1948-54

Leptin plays a central role in maintaining energy balance, with multiple other systemic effects. Despite leptin importance in peripheral regulation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) differentiation, little ... [more ▼]

Leptin plays a central role in maintaining energy balance, with multiple other systemic effects. Despite leptin importance in peripheral regulation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) differentiation, little is known on its expression mechanism. Leptin is often described as adipokine, while it is expressed by other cell types. We have recently shown an in vitro leptin expression, enhanced by glucocorticoids in synovial fibroblasts. Here, we investigated leptin expression in MSC from bone marrow (BM-MSC), cord matrix (UMSC), and primary and dedifferentiated chondrocytes (DCH). Results showed that BM-MSC, but not UMSC, expressed leptin that was strongly enhanced by glucocorticoids. Interestingly, chondrocytes gained leptin expression progressively with dedifferentiation. This dedifferentiation was correlated with downregulation of ALK-5 expression, Smad2 phosphorylation (p-Smad2), and gain of ALK-1 expression and Smad1/5 phosphorylation (p-Smad1/5). TGF-β1 was shown to signal via ALK-5-Smad2/3 and/or ALK-1-Smad1/5 pathways. In BM-MSC, TGF-β1 increased p-Smad2 expression and markedly inhibited endogenous- and glucocorticoidinduced leptin expression, while ALK-5 inhibitor (SB431542) induced and restored this expression. In addition, both prednisolone and <br />SB431542 increased p-Smad1/5 expression. These results suggested ALK-5-Smad2 pathway as inhibitor of leptin expression, while ALK-1-Smad1/5 as activator. Indeed, Smad1 expression silencing induced leptin expression inhibition. Furthermore, prednisolone enhanced the expression of TGF-βRII while decreasing p-Smad2 in BM-MSC and SVF but not in UMSC. In vitro differentiation revealed differential osteogenic potential in SVF, BM-MSC and UMSC that correlates to their leptin expression potential. Our results suggest that ALK-1/ALK-5 balance regulates leptin expression in MSC. It also underlines UMSC as leptin non-producer MSC for cell therapy protocols where leptin expression is not suitable. [less ▲]

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See detailMycophenolate versus azathioprine as maintenance therapy for lupus nephritis
Dooley, M. A.; Jayne, D.; Ginzler, E. M. et al

in New England Journal of Medicine [=NEJM] (2011), 365(20), 1886-1895

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See detailAssessment of long-term safety and efficacy of etanercept in a 5-year extension study in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Klareskog, L.; Gaubitz, M.; Rodriguez-Valverde, V. et al

in Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2011 Mar-Apr (2011)

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See detailDiscovery and biochemical characterisation of four novel biomarkers for osteoarthritis.
DE SENY, Dominique ULg; Sharif, Mohammed; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2011), 70(6), 1144-52

OBJECTIVE: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a heterogeneous, complex joint pathology of unknown aetiology. Biomarkers have been widely used to investigate OA but currently available biomarkers lack specificity ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a heterogeneous, complex joint pathology of unknown aetiology. Biomarkers have been widely used to investigate OA but currently available biomarkers lack specificity and sensitivity. Therefore, novel biomarkers are needed to better understand the pathophysiological processes of OA initiation and progression. METHODS: Surface enhanced laser desorption/ionisation-time of flight-mass spectrometry proteomic technique was used to analyse protein expression levels in 284 serum samples from patients with knee OA classified according to Kellgren and Lawrence (K&L) score (0-4). OA serum samples were also compared to serum samples provided by healthy individuals (negative control subjects; NC; n=36) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients (n=25). Proteins that gave similar signal in all K&L groups of OA patients were ignored, whereas proteins with increased or decreased levels of expression were selected for further studies. RESULTS: Two proteins were found to be expressed at higher levels in sera of OA patients at all four K&L scores compared to NC and RA, and were identified as V65 vitronectin fragment and C3fpeptide. Of the two remaining proteins, one showed increased expression (unknown protein at m/z of 3762) and the other (identified as connective tissue-activating peptide III protein) was decreased in K&L scores >2 subsets compared to NC, RA and K&L scores 0 or 1 subsets. CONCLUSION: The authors detected four unexpected biomarkers (V65 vitronectin fragment, C3f peptide, CTAP-III and m/z 3762 protein) that could be relevant in the pathophysiological process of OA as having significant correlation with parameters reflecting local inflammation and bone remodelling, as well as decrease in cartilage turnover. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Belgian MIRA (MabThera In Rheumatoid Arthritis) registry: clues of the optimization of rituximab treatment strategies.
Vander Cruyssen, B.; Durez, P.; Westhovens, R. et al

in Arthritis Research & Therapy (2010), 12(5), 169

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See detailAssessment of early therapeutic response in anti-TNFα refractory rheumatoid arthritis with FDG PET/CT.
FOSSE, P.; KAISER, Marie-Joëlle ULg; NAMUR, Gauthier ULg et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2010), 37(SUPPL), 211

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See detailEditorial "Synthèse 2010" : De la technique pour la clinique
Malaise, Michel ULg

Scientific journal (2010)

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See detailNonrenal disease activity following mycophenolate mofetil or intravenous cyclophosphamide as induction treatment for lupus nephritis: findings in a multicenter, prospective, randomized, open-label, parallel-group clinical trial
Ginzler, Ellen M; Wofsy, David; Isenberg, David et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2010), 62(1), 211-221

OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of mycophenolate mofetil compared with intravenous pulses of cyclophosphamide on the nonrenal manifestations of lupus nephritis. METHODS: Patients with active lupus ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of mycophenolate mofetil compared with intravenous pulses of cyclophosphamide on the nonrenal manifestations of lupus nephritis. METHODS: Patients with active lupus nephritis (renal biopsy class III, IV, or V) were recruited for the study (n = 370) and treated with mycophenolate mofetil (target dosage 3 gm/day) or intravenous cyclophosphamide (0.5-1.0 gm/m(2)/month), plus tapered prednisone, for 24 weeks. Nonrenal outcomes were determined using measures of whole body disease activity, including the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) disease activity index, the Safety of Estrogens in Lupus Erythematosus: National Assessment (SELENA) version of the Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI), and immunologic variables. RESULTS: Both treatments were effective on whole body disease activity in the systems examined, as indicated by changes in the classic BILAG index. With either treatment, remission was induced, notably in the mucocutaneous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular/respiratory, and vasculitis systems, and flares were rare, as measured by the SELENA-SLEDAI. Levels of complement C3, C4, and CH50 and titers of anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies were normalized after treatment with either mycophenolate mofetil or intravenous cyclophosphamide. CONCLUSION: In addition to the efficacy of both treatments on the renal system, this analysis showed that remission could also be induced in other systems. There was no clear difference in efficacy between mycophenolate mofetil and intravenous cyclophosphamide in ameliorating either the renal or nonrenal manifestations. Mycophenolate mofetil is, therefore, a suitable alternative to cyclophosphamide for the treatment of renal and nonrenal disease manifestations in patients with biopsy-proven lupus nephritis. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of three methods for fractionation and enrichment of low molecular weight proteins for SELDI-TOF-MS differential analysis
De Bock, Muriel ULg; De Seny, Dominique ULg; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg et al

in Talanta (2010), 82

In most diseases, the clinical need for serum/plasma markers has never been so crucial, not only for diagnosis, but also for the selection of the most efficient therapies, as well as exclusion of ... [more ▼]

In most diseases, the clinical need for serum/plasma markers has never been so crucial, not only for diagnosis, but also for the selection of the most efficient therapies, as well as exclusion of ineffective or toxic treatment. Due to the high sample complexity, prefractionation is essential for exploring the deep proteome and finding specific markers. In this study, three different sample preparation methods (i.e., highly abundant protein precipitation, restricted access materials (RAM) combined with IMAC chromatography and peptide ligand affinity beads) were investigated in order to select the best fractionation step for further differential proteomic experiments focusing on the LMW proteome (MW inferior to 40,000 Da). Indeed, the aim was not to cover the entire plasma/serum proteome, but to enrich potentially interesting tissue leakage proteins. These three methods were evaluated on their reproducibility, on the SELDI-TOF-MS peptide/protein peaks generated after fractionation and on the information supplied. The studied methods appeared to give complementary information and presented good reproducibility (below 20%). Peptide ligand affinity beads were found to provide efficient depletion of HMW proteins and peak enrichment in protein/peptide profiles. [less ▲]

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See detailThe umbilical cord matrix is a better source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) than the umbilical cord blood.
Zeddou, Mustapha ULg; Briquet, Alexandra ULg; Relic, Biserka ULg et al

in Cell Biology International (2010), 34(7), 693-701

Many studies have drawn attention to the emerging role of MSC (mesenchymal stem cells) as a promising population supporting new clinical concepts in cellular therapy. However, the sources from which these ... [more ▼]

Many studies have drawn attention to the emerging role of MSC (mesenchymal stem cells) as a promising population supporting new clinical concepts in cellular therapy. However, the sources from which these cells can be isolated are still under discussion. Whereas BM (bone marrow) is presented as the main source of MSC, despite the invasive procedure related to this source, the possibility of isolating sufficient numbers of these cells from UCB (umbilical cord blood) remains controversial. Here, we present the results of experiments aimed at isolating MSC from UCB, BM and UCM (umbilical cord matrix) using different methods of isolation and various culture media that summarize the main procedures and criteria reported in the literature. Whereas isolation of MSC were successful from BM (10:10) and (UCM) (8:8), only one cord blood sample (1:15) gave rise to MSC using various culture media [DMEM (Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium) +5% platelet lysate, DMEM+10% FBS (fetal bovine serum), DMEM+10% human UCB serum, MSCGM] and different isolation methods [plastic adherence of total MNC (mononuclear cells), CD3+/CD19+/CD14+/CD38+-depleted MNC and CD133+- or LNGFR+-enriched MNC]. MSC from UCM and BM were able to differentiate into adipocytes, osteocytes and hepatocytes. The expansion potential was highest for MSC from UCM. The two cell populations had CD90+/CD73+/CD105+ phenotype with the additional expression of SSEA4 and LNGFR for BM MSC. These results clearly exclude UCB from the list of MSC sources for clinical use and propose instead UCM as a rich, non-invasive and abundant source of MSC. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and ultrasonographic predictors of joint replacement for knee osteoarthritis: results from a large, 3-year, prospective EULAR study
Conaghan, P. G.; D'Agostino, M. A.; Le Bars, M. et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2010), 69

OBJECTIVES: To determine clinical and ultrasonographic predictors of joint replacement surgery across Europe in primary osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. METHODS: This was a 3-year prospective study of a ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To determine clinical and ultrasonographic predictors of joint replacement surgery across Europe in primary osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. METHODS: This was a 3-year prospective study of a painful OA knee cohort (from a EULAR-sponsored, multicentre study). All subjects had clinical evaluation, radiographs and ultrasonography (US) at study entry. The rate of knee replacement surgery over the 3-year follow-up period was determined using Kaplan-Meier survival data analyses. Predictive factors for joint replacement were identified by univariate log-rank test then multivariate analysis using a Cox proportional-hazards regression model. Potential baseline predictors included demographic, clinical, radiographic and US features. RESULTS: Of the 600 original patients, 531 (88.5%), mean age 67+/-10 years, mean disease duration 6.1+/-6.9 years, had follow-up data and were analysed. During follow-up (median 3 years; range 0-4 years), knee replacement was done or required for 94 patients (estimated event rate of 17.7%). In the multivariate analysis, predictors of joint replacement were as follows: Kellgren and Lawrence radiographic grade (grade > or =III vs <III, hazards ratio (HR) = 4.08 (95% CI 2.34 to 7.12), p<0.0001); ultrasonographic knee effusion (> or =4 mm vs <4 mm) (HR = 2.63 (95% CI 1.70 to 4.06), p<0.0001); knee pain intensity on a 0-100 mm visual analogue scale (> or =60 vs <60) (HR = 1.81 (95% CI 1.15 to 2.83), p=0.01) and disease duration (> or =5 years vs <5 years) (HR=1.63 (95% CI 1.08 to 2.47), p=0.02). Clinically detected effusion and US synovitis were not associated with joint replacement in the univariate analysis. CONCLUSION: Longitudinal evaluation of this OA cohort demonstrated significant progression to joint replacement. In addition to severity of radiographic damage and pain, US-detected effusion was a predictor of subsequent joint replacement. [less ▲]

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See detailProtéomique par SELDI-TOF-MS des maladies inflammatoires articulaires: identification des protéines S100 comme protéines d'intérêt
De Seny, Dominique ULg; Ribbens, Clio ULg; Cobraiville, Gaël ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2009), 64(Spec No), 29-35

Clinical proteomics is a technical approach studying the entire proteome expressed by cells, tissues or organs. It describes the dynamics of cell regulation by detecting molecular events related to ... [more ▼]

Clinical proteomics is a technical approach studying the entire proteome expressed by cells, tissues or organs. It describes the dynamics of cell regulation by detecting molecular events related to diseases development. Proteomic techniques focus mainly on identification of new biomarkers or new therapeutic targets. It is a multidisciplinary approach using medical, biological, bioanalytical and bioinformatics knowledges. A strong collaboration between these fields allowed SELDI-TOF-MS proteomics studies to be performed at the CHU and the University of Liege, in GIGA-Research facilities. The aim of these studies was driven along three main axes of research related to the identification of biomarkers specific to a studied pathology, to a common biological pathway and, finally, to a treatment response. [less ▲]

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See detailOsteonecrosis in inflammatory bowel diseases: a review of the literature
Hauzeur, Jean-Philippe ULg; Malaise, Michel ULg; Gangji, V.

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2009), 72(3), 327-334

INTRODUCTION: Osteonecrosis (ON) of the femoral head can lead to femoral head collapse, necessitating total hip replacement. Reports of patients suffering from both ON and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Osteonecrosis (ON) of the femoral head can lead to femoral head collapse, necessitating total hip replacement. Reports of patients suffering from both ON and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) have prompted us to evaluate the relationship between ON and IBD, especially Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. METHODS: A review of the data from three new cases, along with data from all the published cases of patients presenting ON and IBD found through a systematic search of the Pub Med database. RESULTS: We encountered some diagnostic problems: The ON diagnosis could not be confirmed in some patients who did not meet the ON diagnostic criteria. Reviewed data was too weak to assess the exact incidence of ON in IBD. Corticosteroid therapy, especially in high dose regimens, is likely the most important etiological factor. No evidence supporting other physiopathological hypothesis, such as total parenteral nutrition, osteoporosis, or coagulation disorders, was found. Finally, the multifocal form of ON appears particularly common in IBD, with some patients presenting multiple lesions of the hip, shoulder, knee and talus. CONCLUSIONS: ON in IBD, which is frequently multifocal, appears to be a complication of corticosteroid therapy, especially when high doses are used. We recommend regular ON checkups for corticosteroid-treated IBD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailMycophenolate mofetil versus cyclophosphamide for induction treatment of lupus nephritis
Appel, Gerald B; Contreras, Gabriel; Dooley, Mary Anne et al

in Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (2009), 20(5), 1103-1112

Recent studies have suggested that mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) may offer advantages over intravenous cyclophosphamide (IVC) for the treatment of lupus nephritis, but these therapies have not been compared ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have suggested that mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) may offer advantages over intravenous cyclophosphamide (IVC) for the treatment of lupus nephritis, but these therapies have not been compared in an international randomized, controlled trial. Here, we report the comparison of MMF and IVC as induction treatment for active lupus nephritis in a multinational, two-phase (induction and maintenance) study. We randomly assigned 370 patients with classes III through V lupus nephritis to open-label MMF (target dosage 3 g/d) or IVC (0.5 to 1.0 g/m(2) in monthly pulses) in a 24-wk induction study. Both groups received prednisone, tapered from a maximum starting dosage of 60 mg/d. The primary end point was a prespecified decrease in urine protein/creatinine ratio and stabilization or improvement in serum creatinine. Secondary end points included complete renal remission, systemic disease activity and damage, and safety. Overall, we did not detect a significantly different response rate between the two groups: 104 (56.2%) of 185 patients responded to MMF compared with 98 (53.0%) of 185 to IVC. Secondary end points were also similar between treatment groups. There were nine deaths in the MMF group and five in the IVC group. We did not detect significant differences between the MMF and IVC groups with regard to rates of adverse events, serious adverse events, or infections. Although most patients in both treatment groups experienced clinical improvement, the study did not meet its primary objective of showing that MMF was superior to IVC as induction treatment for lupus nephritis. [less ▲]

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See detailAlone or in concert with glucocorticoids, genistein induces adipogenesis but inhibits leptin induction in human synovial fibroblasts
Relic, Biserka ULg; Zeddou, Mustapha ULg; Desoroux, Aline ULg et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2009), 89(7), 811-822

It was shown recently that synovial fibroblast transformation into adipocytes reduced the expression of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-8. However, the synovial fibroblast adipogenesis was inhibited in ... [more ▼]

It was shown recently that synovial fibroblast transformation into adipocytes reduced the expression of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and IL-8. However, the synovial fibroblast adipogenesis was inhibited in inflammatory conditions induced by the tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha). Furthermore, adipogenesis is often accompanied by leptin production, a proinflammatory adipokine in rheumatic diseases. In this study, we tested the phytohormone genistein for adipogenic and anti-inflammatory properties on human synovial fibroblasts. Results showed that genistein was able to transform synovial fibroblasts into adipocytes that expressed perilipin-A and produced adiponectin, but not leptin. Furthermore, genistein enhanced glucocorticoid-mediated synovial fibroblast adipogenesis and, in parallel, downregulated glucocorticoid-induced leptin and leptin receptor. Endogenous and TNF-alpha-induced expressions of IL-6, IL-8, p38, p65 and C/EBP-beta were also downregulated by genistein, showing its anti-inflammatory properties. Peroxisome proliferator- activated receptor-gamma (PPAR-gamma) agonist, rosiglitazone, had a synergic effect on genistein-induced whereas the non-active tyrosine kinase inhibitor, daidzein, had a significantly inferior adipogenic activity than genistein. The Janus kinase-2 tyrosine kinase inhibitor, AG 490, mimicked the anti-leptin effect of genistein. These results showed that genistein-induced adipogenesis involves PPAR-gamma induction and tyrosine kinase inhibition. In conclusion, genistein, alone or coupled with glucocorticoids, have both adipogenic and anti-inflammatory effects on synovial fibroblasts. [less ▲]

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See detailContrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic sonography of knee synovitis correlates with histological vessel density: 2 automated digital quantifications
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Hauzeur, Jean-Philippe ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2009), 36(7), 1391-400

OBJECTIVE: To use contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography to assess the acoustic enhancement of the synovial area of the knee; and to compare the data with the histological ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To use contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography to assess the acoustic enhancement of the synovial area of the knee; and to compare the data with the histological vessel density. METHODS: Eleven patients eligible for a knee arthroscopy were studied. Acoustic quantification was carried out by a digital image analysis program that detects the time-dependent increase [intensity (time) = k x time + C] of gray-level intensity in all the pixels of a specific region of interest (ROI) following intravenous injection of the microbubble contrast agent sulfur hexafluoride. Echo-guided synovial biopsies were carried out in the same ROI. Synovial vessel areas were quantified after Factor VIII immunostaining of synovial biopsies using an automated digital image analysis. RESULTS: Significant (p < 0.05) correlations were observed between histological vessel density and percentage of the synovial area with a k value > 0.01 (r = 0.93) and k(max) values (r = 0.79), as well as between the 2 latter parameters (r = 0.72). The histological vessel density and the 2 acoustic parameters were also significantly correlated with the logarithm of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (r = 0.77, r = 0.87, r = 0.67, respectively) and with log C-reactive protein serum concentration (r = 0.69, r = 0.83, r = 0.62, respectively). CONCLUSION: Contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography coupled with an appropriate data analysis method is a new tool to identify and quantify vessel density in knee synovitis. [less ▲]

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