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See detailRapamycin Prevents Experimental Sclerodermatous Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease in mice
Belle, Ludovic ULg; Binsfeld, Marilène ULg; DUBOIS, Sophie ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2012), Abstracts book(Supplement of 27th General Meeting of the Belgian Hematological Society), 14

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See detailWhat is the Contribution of Host-Derived CMV Immunity after Allogeneic Transplantation following Non-Myeloablative Conditioning?
MENTEN, Catherine ULg; Castermans, E.; Hannon, Muriel ULg et al

in Haematologica (2012), 97(Supplement 1), 720

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See detailEvidence for Expansion of Host-derived CMV-specific CD8+ T cells after Allogeneic Transplantation with Non-Myeloablative Conditioning
MENTEN, Catherine ULg; Castermans, E.; Hannon, Muriel ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2012), Abstracts book(Supplement of 27th General Meeting of the Belgian Hematological Society), 16

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See detailRapamycin prevents experimental sclerodermatous chronic graft-versus-host disease in mice
Belle, Ludovic ULg; Binsfeld, Marilène ULg; DUBOIS, Sophie ULg et al

Conference (2012)

Background: The most widely used mice model of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) is an MHC-matched bone marrow transplantation model of sclerodermatous cGvHD. A limitation of that model is that ... [more ▼]

Background: The most widely used mice model of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD) is an MHC-matched bone marrow transplantation model of sclerodermatous cGvHD. A limitation of that model is that mortality is relatively low, making difficult to study the impact of potentially therapeutic compounds. Aims: To develop a more severe model of cGVHD and to assess the impact of Rapamycin administration in that model. Results: Lethally irradiated Balb/C mice were injected with 10x106 bone marrow cells and 70x106 splenocytes from B10.D2 donor mice. Twenty-one days later, all mice developed cGvHD. For the severe model, donor B10.D2 mice were injected with 0.5x106 splenocytes from Balb/C twenty-one days before transplantation. All mice from the severe model (n=8) died a median of 32 days while 3 of 7 mice in the classical model survived beyond day 52. Mean survival was decreased in the severe model compared to the classical model (32 days versus 37 days; p=0.0185). Recipient mice in the severe group experienced higher weight loss, hair loss and skin fi brosis. Numbers of T lymphocytes (231.9 ± 151.4 versus 951 ± 532.8; p=0.0032) and CD4+ T cells (63.25 ± 41.93 versus 135.0 ± 14.39; p=0.0018) per microliter of blood at day 21 were lower in the severe group than in the classical model. Moreover, number of regulatory T cells (Tregs) was decreased in the severe model (1.250 ± 0.8864 versus 8.000 ± 6.753; p=0.0151). We then investigated whether rapamycin administration could prevent GVHD in the severe model. All (n=8) mice treated with PBS (placebo) died a median of 32 days after transplantation, while 6 of 8 mice given 1 mg/kg/day i.p. rapamycin survived beyond day 52 (p=0.0012). Number of Tregs/μl was higher at day 21 in rapamycin-treated mice than in mice given PBS (2.000±1.195 versus 1.250±0.8864; p=0.0796). Moreover, number of naïve CD4+T (10.00±4.192 versus 30.25±5.185; p= 0.0089) and effector memory T cells (EMT) (30.67±3.180 versus 67.33±7.881; p= 0.0125) were higher in rapamycin mice. Finally, proliferation of EMT (assessed by fl ow cytometry using Ki-67) was higher in PBS than in rapamycin mice (45.28%±4.084 versus 31.90%± 2.003; p=0.0474). Conclusion: We have developed a mice model of severe cGVHD. Interestingly, rapamycin prevented death from cGVHD in that model, perhaps through in vivo expansion of Treg. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic study of the antibody response during the blood meal of Ixodes ricinus: Implication on plasma cell maturation in vivo and for anti-Ixodes vaccination
MENTEN, Catherine ULg; couvreur, B.; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in Vaccine (2011)

Anti-tick vaccination could be an ideal solution to prevent pathogen transmission, but none is currently available against Ixodes ticks. Recently, we showed that adult Ixodes ricinus infestation on mice ... [more ▼]

Anti-tick vaccination could be an ideal solution to prevent pathogen transmission, but none is currently available against Ixodes ticks. Recently, we showed that adult Ixodes ricinus infestation on mice decreases the specific antibody production to BSA injected during infestation. Here, a kinetic study of seric levels of BSA-specific antibodies was performed to evaluate the B memory cell differentiation in Balb/c mice and the capacity of specific B memory cells to respond to BSA during infestation. We concluded that the tick blood meal inhibits or impairs the local differentiation of mature B cells into plasma cells, but does not alter the formation of memory B cell. Accordingly, this mechanism should not be an impediment to anti-Ixodes vaccination. [less ▲]

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