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See detailElastin density: Link between histological and biomechanical properties of vaginal tissue in women with pelvic organ prolapse?
DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg; Brieu, Mathias; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (2016)

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of the study was to correlate histological and biomechanical characteristics of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: Tissue samples ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of the study was to correlate histological and biomechanical characteristics of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: Tissue samples were collected from the anterior [point Ba; POP Questionnaire (POP-Q)] and/or posterior (point Bp; POP-Q) vaginal wall of 15 women who underwent vaginal surgery for POP. Both histological and biomechanical assessments were performed from the same tissue samples in 14 of 15 patients. For histological assessment, the density of collagen and elastin fibers was determined by combining high-resolution virtual imaging and computer-assisted digital image analysis. For biomechanical testing, uniaxial tension tests were performed to evaluate vaginal tissue stiffness at low (C0) and high (C1) deformation rates. RESULTS: Biomechanical testing highlights the hyperelastic behavior of the vaginal wall. At low strains (C0), vaginal tissue appeared stiffer when elastin density was low. We found a statistically significant inverse relationship between C0 and the elastin/collagen ratio (p = 0.048) in the lamina propria. However, at large strain levels (C1), no clear relationship was observed between elastin density or elastin/collagen ratio and stiffness, likely reflecting the large dispersion of the mechanical behavior of the tissue samples. CONCLUSION: Histological and biomechanical properties of the vaginal wall vary from patient to patient. This study suggests that elastin density deserves consideration as a relevant factor of vaginal stiffness in women with POP. [less ▲]

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See detailRhoGTPases as Key players in mammalian cell adaptation to microgravity.
Louis, Fiona; Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2015)

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See detailCirculating miRNA signature of PET-positive abdominal aortic aneurysms: new potential predictors of rupture
Courtois, Audrey ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg; HUSTINX, Roland ULg et al

in Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (2015)

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See detail18F-FDG PET/CT in the Management of Aortitis.
Bruls, Samuel; Courtois, Audrey ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Clinical nuclear medicine (2015)

BACKGROUND: Aortitis is a generic term defined as an inflammatory condition involving the aortic wall, of infectious or noninfectious origin. This inflammatory process may deteriorate the aortic wall ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Aortitis is a generic term defined as an inflammatory condition involving the aortic wall, of infectious or noninfectious origin. This inflammatory process may deteriorate the aortic wall, resulting in potentially life-threatening vascular complications. Therefore, it is important to establish a diagnosis as early as possible. PATIENTS AND METHODS: During a 4-year period, 428 consecutive patients referred to our department for aortic diseases underwent FDG PET/CT examinations. Among these, 18 patients (4.2%) were suspected to have aortitis. All of them had an initial positive FDG PET/CT uptake occurring in the aorta and major branches as evaluated by visual analysis of images and assessed with the final diagnosis of aortitis. During follow-up, after surgery and/or upon immunosuppressive treatment, each of these patients underwent a second PET/CT that was compared with the initial evaluation. In all cases, normalization of FDG uptake was correlated with clinical improvement. CONCLUSIONS: Our study aimed to illustrate the potential clinical value of functional monitoring with PET/CT in the management of aortitis. FDG PET/CT constitutes a valuable imaging modality to establish an early diagnosis, monitor disease progression and treatment, and evaluate vascular complication and relapse. We highlight the importance of an early detection of inflammatory large-vessel pathology, which may represent a major threat. [less ▲]

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See detailGene Expression Study in Positron Emission Tomography–Positive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Identifies CCL18 as a Potential Biomarker for Rupture Risk
Courtois, Audrey ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg; HUSTINX, Roland ULg et al

in Molecular Medicine (2015)

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a cause of significant mortality and morbidity in ageing populations. Uptake of 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) detected by positron emission tomography (PET) is ... [more ▼]

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a cause of significant mortality and morbidity in ageing populations. Uptake of 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) detected by positron emission tomography (PET) is observed in the wall of 12% of AAA (A+), most of them being symptomatic. We previously showed that the metabolically active areas displayed adventitial inflammation, medial degeneration and molecular alterations prefacing wall rupture. The aim of this study was to identify new factors predictive of rupture.Transcriptomic analyses were performed in the media and adventitia layers from three types of samples: AAA without (A0) and with FDG uptake (A+), both at the positive spot (A+Pos) and at a paired distant negative site (A+Neg) of the same aneurysm. Follow-up studies included RT-PCR, immunohistochemical staining and ELISA. A large number of genes, including matrix metalloproteinases, collagens and cytokines as well as genes involved in osteochondral development, were differentially expressed in the A+Pos as compared to A+Neg. Moreover, a series of genes, notably CCL18, was differentially expressed both in the A+Neg and A+Pos as compared to the A0. A significant increase of CCL18 was also found at the protein level in the aortic wall and in peripheral blood of A+ patients as compared to A0.In conclusion, new factors, including CCL18, involved in the progression of AAA and, potentially, in their rupture were identified by a genome-wide analysis of PET-positive and negative human aortic tissue samples. Further work is needed to study their role in AAA destabilization and weakening. [less ▲]

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See detailRac1 GTPase silencing counteracts microgravity-induced effects on osteoblastic cells.
Guignandon, Alain; Fauré, Céline; Neutelings, Thibault et al

in FASEB Journal (2014), 28(9), 4077-4087

Bone cells exposed to real microgravity display alterations of their cytoskeleton and focal adhesions, two major mechanosensitive structures. These structures are controlled by small GTPases of the Ras ... [more ▼]

Bone cells exposed to real microgravity display alterations of their cytoskeleton and focal adhesions, two major mechanosensitive structures. These structures are controlled by small GTPases of the Ras homology (Rho) family. We investigated the effects of RhoA, Rac1, and Cdc42 modulation of osteoblastic cells under microgravity conditions. Human MG-63 osteoblast-like cells silenced for RhoGTPases were cultured in the automated Biobox bioreactor (European Space Agency) aboard the Foton M3 satellite and compared to replicate ground-based controls. The cells were fixed after 69 h of microgravity exposure for postflight analysis of focal contacts, F-actin polymerization, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, and matrix targeting. We found that RhoA silencing did not affect sensitivity to microgravity but that Rac1 and, to a lesser extent, Cdc42 abrogation was particularly efficient in counteracting the spaceflight-related reduction of the number of focal contacts [-50% in silenced, scrambled (SiScr) controls vs. -15% for SiRac1], the number of F-actin fibers (-60% in SiScr controls vs. -10% for SiRac1), and the depletion of matrix-bound VEGF (-40% in SiScr controls vs. -8% for SiRac1). Collectively, these data point out the role of the VEGF/Rho GTPase axis in mechanosensing and validate Rac1-mediated signaling pathways as potential targets for counteracting microgravity effects [less ▲]

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See detailVascular Endothelial Growth Factor-111 (VEGF-111) and tendon healing: preliminary results in a rat model of tendon injury
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Janssen, Lauriane ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal (2014), 4(1 (eCollection 2014 Jan)), 25-28

Tendon lesions are among the most frequent musculoskeletal pathologies. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is known to regulate angiogenesis. VEGF-111, a biologically active and proteolysis ... [more ▼]

Tendon lesions are among the most frequent musculoskeletal pathologies. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is known to regulate angiogenesis. VEGF-111, a biologically active and proteolysis-resistant splice variant of this family, was recently identified. This study aimed at evaluating whether VEGF-111 could have a therapeutic interest in tendon pathologies. Surgical section of one Achilles tendon of rats was performed before a local injection of either saline or VEGF-111. After 5, 15 and 30 days, the Achilles tendons of 10 rats of both groups were sampled and submitted to a biomechanical tensile test. The force necessary to induce tendon rupture was greater for tendons of the VEGF-111 group (p<0.05) while the section areas of the tendons were similar. The mechanical stress was similar at 5 and 15 days in the both groups but was improved for the VEGF-111 group at day 30 (p <0.001). No difference was observed in the mRNA expression of collagen III, tenomodulin and MMP-9. In conclusion, we observed that a local injection of VEGF-111 improves the early phases of the healing process of rat tendons after a surgical section. Further confirmatory experimentations are needed to consolidate our results. [less ▲]

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See detailEccentric training improves tendon biomechanical properties: a rat model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Libertiaux, Vincent et al

in British Journal of Sports Medicine (2014, April), 48(7), 155

Background: Even if eccentric exercises appear favourable in primary prevention of tendons lesions and, especially, in secondary prevention after tendinopathy, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are ... [more ▼]

Background: Even if eccentric exercises appear favourable in primary prevention of tendons lesions and, especially, in secondary prevention after tendinopathy, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Objective: We aimed to better define the biomechanical changes that affect healthy tendon after eccentric and concentric training. Design: Randomised controlled trial. Participants: Eighteen Sprague-Dawley rats of 2 months. Interventions: The six rats in the control group (U) were not subjected to physical exercise. The 12 remaining rats (6 in each group) ran on a treadmill set at a +15° incline for concentric training (C) or a -15° incline for eccentric training (E), at a speed of 17 m/min for 1 h, three times per week for 5 weeks. Main Outcome Measurements: The tricipital, patellar and Achilles tendons were subsequently removed to perform a traction test until rupture, and a histological analysis was performed. Results: There was a significant improvement in the rupture force of the patellar and tricipital tendons between the U and E groups. The tricipital tendons in the control group presented a significantly smaller cross-section than the E- and C-trained groups, but none between E and C groups. No significant difference was observed for the mechanical stress at rupture per surface unit between the three groups for all three tendons. However, a tendency towards improvement these values was observed between the trained and the U groups for the patellar tendon. Histological studies demonstrated the tendency of the development of a greater number of blood vessels and a larger quantity of collagen in the eccentric group. Conclusions: The mechanical properties of tendons in rats improve after specific training, especially following eccentric training. Our results partly explained how mechanical loading, especially in eccentric mode, could improve the tendon structure. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in elastin density in different locations of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse.
DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (2014)

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to analyze the histomorphometric properties of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: In 15 women undergoing ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this study was to analyze the histomorphometric properties of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: In 15 women undergoing surgery for POP, full-thickness biopsies were collected at two different sites of location from the anterior and/or posterior vaginal wall. Properties of the precervical area (POP-Q point C/D) were compared with the most distal portion of the vaginal wall (POP-Q point Ba/Bp) using histological staining and immunohistochemistry. The densities of total collagen fibers, elastic fibers, smooth muscle cells, and blood vessels were determined by combining high-resolution virtual imaging and computer-assisted digital image analysis. RESULTS: The mean elastin density was significantly decreased in the lamina propria and muscularis layer of the vaginal wall from the most distal portion of the prolapsed vaginal wall compared with the precervical area. This difference was statistically significant in the lamina propria for both anterior (8.4 +/- 1.2 and 12.1 +/- 2.0, p = 0.048) and posterior (6.8 +/- 0.5 and 10.1 +/- 1.4, p = 0.040) locations, and in the muscularis for the anterior (5.2 +/- 0.4 and 8.4 +/- 1.2, p = 0.009) vaginal wall. There were no statistically significant differences in the mean densities of collagen fibers, smooth muscle cells or blood vessels between the two locations. CONCLUSIONS: In this study, we observed changes in elastin density in two different locations of the vaginal wall from women with POP. The histomorphometric properties of the vaginal wall can be variable from one place to another in the same patient. This result supports the existence of most vulnerable locations within the vaginal wall and the potential benefit of site-specific prolapse surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérèts de la tomographie à émission de positons dans le suivi et le pronostic des anévrysmes de l'aorte abdominale
Courtois, Audrey ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg; Hustinx, Roland ULg et al

in Revue medicale de Liege (2014), 69 Spec No

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) remains a major cause of death in the elderly. Its prediction is a serious challenge for public health. Despite its regular use to identify patients requiring ... [more ▼]

Rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) remains a major cause of death in the elderly. Its prediction is a serious challenge for public health. Despite its regular use to identify patients requiring surgical treatment, the diameter of AAA is not a sufficiently precise and reliable parameter for discriminating aneurysms at high risk of rupture. A better targeting of high risk patients needs understanding in deep the processes and mechanisms directing wall rupture. Inflammation is a significant element in the progression ofAAA and can be visualized using medical imaging techniques such as positron emission tomography (PET) using a glucose derivative (FDG) as radiotracer. Studies conducted in our department have established a relationship between PET positivity and the presence of symptoms such as accelerated growth of the aneurysm or pain, signs generally considered as predictive of rupture. Moreover, activation of leukocytes coupled to cellular and molecular alterations of the aneurysmal wall in the sites of FDG uptake may lead to its instability and incompetence to resist blood pressure and rupture. PET therefore represents a new original exploration method to characterize the severity of AAA progression allowing to assess the need for a surgical treatment much better than does the AAA diameter. [less ▲]

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See detailADAMTS-3 deficiency is embryonic lethal in mouse and zebrafish.
Janssen, Lauriane ULg; Dubail, Johanne; Dupont, Laura ULg et al

Conference (2013, November)

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See detailEccentric training improves tendon biomechanical properties: a rat model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Libertiaux, Vincent et al

in Journal of Orthopaedic Research (2013), 31(1), 119-124

Introduction: The treatment of choice for tendinopathies is eccentric reeducation. Although the clinical results appear favourable, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Even if the ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The treatment of choice for tendinopathies is eccentric reeducation. Although the clinical results appear favourable, the biomechanical changes to the tissue are not yet clear. Even if the mechanotransduction theory is commonly accepted, the physiology of tendons is not clearly understood. We aimed to better define the biomechanical and histological changes that affect healthy tendon after eccentric and concentric training. Materiel and Methods: This study compared the effects of 2 methods of training (eccentric (E) training and concentric (C) training) with untrained (U) rats. The animals were trained over a period of 5 weeks. The tricipital, patellar and Achilles tendons were removed, measured and a tensile test until failure was performed. A histological analysis (hematoxylin and eosin and Masson's trichrome stains) was also realized. Results: There was a significant increase in the rupture force of the patellar and tricipital tendons between the U and E groups. The tricipital tendons in the control group presented a significantly smaller cross-sectional area than the E- and C-trained groups, but none was constated between E and C groups. No significant difference was observed for the mechanical stress between the three groups for all three tendons. Histological studies demonstrated the development of a greater number of blood vessels and a larger quantity of collagen in the E group. Discussion and conclusion: The mechanical properties of tendons in rats improve after specific training, especially following eccentric training. Our results partly explained how mechanical loading, especially in eccentric mode, could improve the healing of tendon. [less ▲]

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See detailEmerging pathogenic mechanisms in human myxomatous mitral valve: lessons from past and novel data.
Hulin, Alexia; Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Lambert, Charles ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Pathology (2013), 22

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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on the healing of Achilles tendons of rats
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Wound Repair & Regeneration : Official Publication of the Wound Healing Society and the European Tissue Repair Society (2012), 20(5), 748-756

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors involved in the tissular healing process. The aim of the study was to determine if an injection of PRP could improve the healing of sectioned Achilles ... [more ▼]

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors involved in the tissular healing process. The aim of the study was to determine if an injection of PRP could improve the healing of sectioned Achilles tendons of rats. After surgery, rats received an injection of PRP (n=60) or a physiological solution (n=60) in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were submitted to a biomechanical test using cryo-jaws before performing transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the 5 remaining tendons in each group. Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days. The mechanical stress was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group at day 30. Histological analysis showed a precocious deposition of fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical measurement. The expression of tenomodulin was significantly higher at day 5. The mRNA level of type III collage, matrix metalloproteinase 2, 3 and 9 was similar in the 2 groups at all time points whereas type I collagen was significantly increased at day 30 in the PRP group. In conclusion, an injection of PRP in sectioned rat Achilles tendon influences the early phase of tendons healing and results in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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