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See detailIn vitro study of the specific interaction between poly (2-dimethylamino ethylmethacrylate) based polymers with platelets and red blood cells.
Flebus, Luca ULg; Lombart, François ULg; Martinez-Jothar, L et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (in press)

Poly(2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA) is an attractive polycation frequently proposed as a non-viral vector for gene therapy. As expected for other cationic carriers, intravenous ... [more ▼]

Poly(2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA) is an attractive polycation frequently proposed as a non-viral vector for gene therapy. As expected for other cationic carriers, intravenous administration of PDMAEMA can result in its ionic complexation with various negatively charged domains found within the blood. To gain more insight into this polycation hemoreactivity, we followed the binding kinetics of a free form (FF) of fluorescein labelled PDMAEMA (below 15 kDa) in normal human blood using flow cytometry. This in vitro study highlighted that platelets display higher affinity for this polycation compared to red blood cells (RBCs), with an adsorption isotherm characteristics of a specific saturable binding site. PDMAEMA (1-20μg/mL) exerted a concentration dependent proaggregant effect with a biphasic aggregation of washed platelets. Activation of platelets was also noticed in whole blood with the expression of P-selectin and fibrinogen on platelet surface. Although additional studies would be needed in order to elucidate the mechanism of PDMAEMA mediated activation of platelets, our manuscript provides important information on the hemoreactivity of FF PDMAEMA. [less ▲]

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See detailLeft ventricular regional function and maximal exercise capacity in aortic stenosis.
Dulgheru, Raluca; Magne, Julien; DAVIN, Laurent ULg et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (in press)

AIMS: The objective assessment of maximal exercise capacity (MEC) using peak oxygen consumption (VO2) measurement may be helpful in the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients. However ... [more ▼]

AIMS: The objective assessment of maximal exercise capacity (MEC) using peak oxygen consumption (VO2) measurement may be helpful in the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients. However, the relationship between left ventricular (LV) function and MEC has been relatively unexplored. We aimed to identify which echocardiographic parameters of LV systolic function can predict MEC in asymptomatic AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Asymptomatic patients with moderate to severe AS (n = 44, aortic valve area <1.5 cm2, 66 ± 13 years, 75% of men) and preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF > 50%) were prospectively referred for resting echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise test. LV longitudinal strain (LS) of each myocardial segment was measured by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) from the apical (aLS) 4-, 2-, and 3-chamber views. An average value of the LS of the analysable segments was provided for each myocardial region: basal (bLS), mid (mLS), and aLS. LV circumferential and radial strains were measured from short-axis views. Peak VO2 was 20.1 ± 5.8 mL/kg/min (median 20.7 mL/kg/min; range 7.2-32.3 mL/kg/min). According to the median of peak VO2, patients with reduced MEC were significantly older (P < 0.001) and more frequently females (P = 0.05). There were significant correlations between peak VO2 and age (r = -0.44), LV end-diastolic volume (r = 0.35), LV stroke volume (r = 0.37), indexed stroke volume (r = 0.32), and E/e' ratio (r = -0.37, all P < 0.04). Parameters of AS severity and LVEF did not correlate with peak VO2 (P = NS for all). Among LV deformation parameters, bLS and mLS were significantly associated with peakVO2 (r = 0.43, P = 0.005, and r = 0.32, P = 0.04, respectively). With multivariable analysis, female gender (β = 4.9; P = 0.008) and bLS (β = 0.50; P = 0.03) were the only independent determinants (r2 = 0.423) of peak VO2. CONCLUSION: In asymptomatic AS, impaired LV myocardial longitudinal function determines reduced MEC. Basal LS was the only parameter of LV regional function independently associated with MEC. [less ▲]

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See detailDUSP3 Phosphatase Deficiency or Inhibition Limits Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis
Tautz, Lutz; Rahmouni, Souad ULg; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 27)

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See detailDUSP3 Phosphatase Deficiency or Inhibition Limits Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis
Rahmouni, Souad ULg; MUSUMECI, Lucia ULg; Kuipers, Marijke J et al

Conference (2015, June 24)

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See detailDUSP3 Phosphatase Deficiency or Inhibition Limits Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis
Rahmouni, Souad ULg; MUSUMECI, Lucia ULg; Kuijpers, Marijke J et al

Conference (2015, June 24)

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See detailCLEC-2 is required for the activation of mouseplatelets by bacterial DNA mimetics
Delierneux, Céline ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; LECUT, Christelle ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Background: Short nuclease-resistant phosphorothioate synthetic CpG motif-bearing oligonucleotides (CpG ODNs) mimicking bacterial DNA display potent immunostimulatory activity and are therefore being used ... [more ▼]

Background: Short nuclease-resistant phosphorothioate synthetic CpG motif-bearing oligonucleotides (CpG ODNs) mimicking bacterial DNA display potent immunostimulatory activity and are therefore being used in clinical trials as vaccine adjuvants. Cellular uptake and activation depends on the interaction of CpG ODNs with the C-type lectin receptor DEC-205 and subsequent stimulation of the Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) and myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MyD88) signaling cascade. Platelets express TLR9, MyD88, and the C-type lectin-like receptor 2 (CLEC-2). However, the impacts of CpG ODNs on platelet function have been elusive. Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice with CpG ODNs. We performed platelet aggregometry, flow cytometric binding and platelet activation assays as well as signal transduction analyses. Thrombus formation and fibrin generation were also analyzed by intravital microscopy in mouse microcirculation upon intravenous injection of CpG ODNs. Results: We show that CpG ODNs bind on platelet surface and are internalized. They activate platelets and induce their aggregation. TLR9- or MyD88-deficient platelets aggregated normally in response to CpG ODN. Interestingly, platelets deficient for the C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 were unable to capture and internalize CpG ODN. CLEC-2 deficiencyabolished CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and aggregation. CpG ODN stimulated CLEC-2 dependent tyrosine kinase pathway and Syk phosphorylation. In vivo, intravenously injected CpG ODN interacted with platelets adhered to laser injured arteriolar endothelia and promoted fibrin generation and thrombus growth. Conclusion: CLEC-2 mediates CpG ODN uptake and subsequent platelet activation, independently of TLR9, which may serve an important role in the interplay between platelets and immunity. [less ▲]

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See detailCLEC-2 is required for the activation of mouse platelets by bacterial DNA mimetics
Delierneux, Céline ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; LECUT, Christelle ULg et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice ... [more ▼]

Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice with CpG ODNs. We performed platelet aggregometry, flow cytometric binding and platelet activation assays as well as signal transduction analyses. Thrombus formation and fibrin generation were also analyzed by intravital microscopy in mouse microcirculation upon intravenous injection of CpG ODNs. Results: We show that CpG ODNs bind on platelet surface and are internalized. They activate platelets and induce their aggregation. TLR9- or MyD88-deficient platelets aggregated normally in response to CpG ODN. Interestingly, platelets deficient for the C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 were unable to capture and internalize CpG ODN. CLEC-2 deficiency abolished CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and aggregation. CpG ODN stimulated CLEC-2 dependent tyrosine kinase pathway and Syk phosphorylation. In vivo, intravenously injected CpG ODN interacted with platelets adhered to laser injured arteriolar endothelia and promoted fibrin generation and thrombus growth. Conclusion: CLEC-2 mediates CpG ODN uptake and subsequent platelet activation, independently of TLR9, which may serve an important role in the interplay between platelets and immunity. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-dose oral intake of serotonin induces valvular heart disease in rabbits.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg et al

in International Journal of Cardiology (2015), 197

Carcinoid tumors are rare neuroendocrine malignancies, often originating from enterochromaffin cells in the gastrointestinal tract. They can secrete serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT), which is largely ... [more ▼]

Carcinoid tumors are rare neuroendocrine malignancies, often originating from enterochromaffin cells in the gastrointestinal tract. They can secrete serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT), which is largely inactivated by the liver. Carcinoid heart disease occurs when tumor cells metastasize to the liver, as the vasoactive substances produced are able to reach the systemic circulation via the hepatic vein, causing deposition of fibrous tissue on the endocardial surfaces of the heart. It is predominantly manifested by right-sided valvular heart disease (VHD). Scavenging enzymes in the pulmonary endothelium may explain why left-sided cardiac involvement is unusual. The severity of cardiac damage is correlated with the plasmatic levels of serotonin, but the lowspecificity of serotonin for cardiac damage suggests that serotonin may be necessary but not sufficient to induce cardiac lesions. Therefore, other factors combined with serotonin might be required to induce VHD. However, recent animal studies confirmed the development of carcinoid-like valvular deposits in rats after 3 months of daily subcutaneous/intraperitoneal serotonin injections to avoid the liver first-pass clearance.Whether oral administration of serotonin can also induce VHD is unknown. We hypothesized that long-term oral serotonin overload in rabbits can lead to VHD, mimicking serotonin-induced lesions of carcinoid heart disease. We demonstrate, for the first time that high dose long-term oral administration of serotonin can lead to VHD in rabbits. [less ▲]

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See detailDUSP3 genetic deletion confers M2-like−macrophage-dependent tolerance to septic shock
Singh, Pratibha; Dejager, Lien; Amand, Mathieu ULg et al

in Journal of Immunology (2015)

DUSP3 is a small dual-specificity protein phosphatase with an unknown physiological function. We report that DUSP3 is strongly expressed in human and mouse monocytes and macrophages and that its ... [more ▼]

DUSP3 is a small dual-specificity protein phosphatase with an unknown physiological function. We report that DUSP3 is strongly expressed in human and mouse monocytes and macrophages and that its deficiency in mice promotes tolerance to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endotoxin shock and to polymicrobial septic shock following cecal ligation and puncture. By using adoptive transfer experiments, we demonstrate that resistance to endotoxin is macrophage-dependent and transferable and that this protection is associated with a striking increase of M2-like macrophages in DUSP3-/- mice in both the LPS and cecal ligation and puncture models. We show that the altered response of DUSP3-/- mice to sepsis is reflected in decreased TNF production and impaired ERK1/2 activation. Our results demonstrate that DUSP3 plays a key and non-redundant role as a regulator of innate immune responses by mechanisms involving the control of ERK1/2 activation, TNF secretion and macrophage polarization. [less ▲]

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See detailPerspective: Tyrosine Phosphatases As Novel Targets For Antiplatelet Therapy
Tautz, Lutz; Senis, Yotis; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2015), Epub ahead of print

Arterial thrombosis is the primary cause of most cases of myocardial infarction and stroke, the leading causes of death in the developed world. Platelets, highly specialized cells of the circulatory ... [more ▼]

Arterial thrombosis is the primary cause of most cases of myocardial infarction and stroke, the leading causes of death in the developed world. Platelets, highly specialized cells of the circulatory system, are key contributors to thrombotic events. Antiplatelet drugs, which prevent platelets from aggregating, have been very effective in reducing the mortality and morbidity of these conditions. However, approved antiplatelet therapies have adverse side effects, most notably the increased risk of bleeding. Moreover, there remains a considerable incidence of arterial thrombosis in a subset of patients receiving currently available drugs. Thus, there is a pressing medical need for novel antiplatelet agents with a more favorable safety profile and less patient resistance. The discovery of novel antiplatelet targets is the matter of intense ongoing research. Recent findings demonstrate the potential of targeting key signaling molecules, including kinases and phosphatases, to prevent platelet activation and aggregation. Here, we offer perspectives to targeting members of the protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) superfamily, a major class of enzymes in signal transduction. We give an overview of previously identified PTPs in platelet signaling, and discuss their potential as antiplatelet drug targets. We also introduce VHR (DUSP3), a PTP that we recently identified as a major player in platelet biology and thrombosis. We review our data on genetic deletion as well as pharmacological inhibition of VHR, providing proof-of-principle for a novel and potentially safer VHR-based antiplatelet therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailReflections about the optimisation of the treatment of tendinopathies with PRP
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Bouvard, Marc; LECUT, Christelle ULg et al

in Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal (2015), 5(1 (eCollection 2015 Jan-Mar)), 1-4

Background: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) infiltration represents a recent therapy for chronic tendinopathies. However, in the literature, this treatment remains controversial. Purpose: we suggest some ideas ... [more ▼]

Background: platelet-rich plasma (PRP) infiltration represents a recent therapy for chronic tendinopathies. However, in the literature, this treatment remains controversial. Purpose: we suggest some ideas for improving this treatment. Methods: these suggestions were based on a review of published studies and our clinical experience. Conclusion: optimizing the technique for PRP collection is paramount. Different risk factors must be corrected before infiltration and chronic tendinopathies must be carefully selected. Finally, post-infiltration rehabilitation remains absolutely critical. Standardization of the use of PRP remains necessary in order to optimize the results. [less ▲]

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See detailDUSP3 Phosphatase Deficiency or Inhibition Limit Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis
Musumeci, Lucia ULg; Kuijpers, Marijke; Gilio, Karen et al

in Circulation (2015), 131(7), 656-68

Background A limitation of current antiplatelet therapies is their inability to separate thrombotic events from bleeding occurrences. Better understanding of the molecular mechanisms leading to platelet ... [more ▼]

Background A limitation of current antiplatelet therapies is their inability to separate thrombotic events from bleeding occurrences. Better understanding of the molecular mechanisms leading to platelet activation is of importance for the development of improved therapies. Recently, protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) have emerged as critical regulators of platelet function. Methods and Results This is the first report implicating the dual-specificity phosphatase 3 (DUSP3) in platelet signaling and thrombosis. This phosphatase is highly expressed in human and mouse platelets. Platelets from DUSP3-deficient mice displayed a selective impairment of aggregation and granule secretion mediated through the collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) and the C-type lectin-like receptor 2 (CLEC-2). DUSP3-deficient mice were more resistant to collagen- and epinephrine-induced thromboembolism, compared to wild-type mice, and showed severely impaired thrombus formation upon ferric chloride-induced carotid artery injury. Intriguingly, bleeding times were not altered in DUSP3-deficient mice. At the molecular level, DUSP3 deficiency impaired Syk tyrosine phosphorylation, subsequently reducing phosphorylation of PLCγ2 and calcium fluxes. To investigate DUSP3 function in human platelets, a novel small-molecule inhibitor of DUSP3 was developed. This compound specifically inhibited collagen and CLEC-2-induced human platelet aggregation, thereby phenocopying the effect of DUSP3 deficiency in murine cells. Conclusions DUSP3 plays a selective and essential role in collagen- and CLEC-2-mediated platelet activation and thrombus formation in vivo. Inhibition of DUSP3 may prove therapeutic for arterial thrombosis. This is the first time a PTP, implicated in platelet signaling, has been targeted with a small-molecule drug. [less ▲]

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See detailPurinergic control of inflammation and thrombosis: Role of P2X1 receptors
Oury, Cécile ULg; LECUT, Christelle ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg et al

in Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal (2015), 13

Inflammation shifts the hemostatic mechanisms in favor of thrombosis. Upon tissue damage or infection, a sudden increase of extracellular ATP occurs, that might contribute to the crosstalk between ... [more ▼]

Inflammation shifts the hemostatic mechanisms in favor of thrombosis. Upon tissue damage or infection, a sudden increase of extracellular ATP occurs, that might contribute to the crosstalk between inflammation and thrombosis. On platelets, P2X1 receptors act to amplify platelet activation and aggregation induced by other platelet agonists. These receptors critically contribute to thrombus stability in small arteries. Besides platelets, studies by our group indicate that these receptors are expressed by neutrophils. They promote neutrophil chemotaxis, both in vitro and in vivo. In a laser-induced injury mouse model of thrombosis, it appears that neutrophils are required to initiate thrombus formation and coagulation activation on inflamed arteriolar endothelia. In thismodel, by using P2X1−/−mice,we recently showed that P2X1 receptors, expressed on platelets and neutrophils, play a key role in thrombus growth and fibrin generation. Intriguingly, in a model of endotoxemia, P2X1−/−mice exhibited aggravated oxidative tissue damage, along with exacerbated thrombocytopenia and increased activation of coagulation, which translated into higher susceptibility to septic shock. Thus, besides its ability to recruit neutrophils and platelets on inflamed endothelia, the P2X1 receptor also contributes to limit the activation of circulating neutrophils under systemic inflammatory conditions. Taken together, these data suggest that P2X1 receptors are involved in the interplay between platelets, neutrophils and thrombosis. We propose that activation of these receptors by ATP on neutrophils and platelets represents a new mechanism that regulates thrombo-inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailPoster session 6: Saturday 6 December 2014, 08:30-12:30Location: Poster area.
Henri, C.; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; Magne, J. et al

Poster (2014, December)

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See detailPoster session 5: Friday 5 December 2014, 14:00-18:00Location: Poster area.
Henri, C.; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; Magne, J. et al

Poster (2014, December)

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See detailP2X1 expressed on polymorphonuclear neutrophils and platelets is required for thrombosis in mice
Darbousset, Roxane; Delierneux, Céline ULg; Mezouar, Soraya et al

in Blood (2014), 124

Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) and its metabolite, adenosine, are key regulators of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) functions. PMNs have recently been implicated in the initiation of thrombosis. We ... [more ▼]

Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) and its metabolite, adenosine, are key regulators of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) functions. PMNs have recently been implicated in the initiation of thrombosis. We investigated the role of ATP and adenosine in PMN activation and recruitment at the site of endothelial injury. Following binding to the injured vessel wall, PMNs are activated and release elastase. The recruitment of PMNs and the subsequent fibrin generation and thrombus formation are strongly affected in mice deficient in the P2X1-ATP receptor and in wild-type mice treated with CGS 21680, an agonist of the A2A adenosine receptor or NF449 a P2X1 antagonist. Infusion of wild-type PMNs into P2X1-deficient mice increases fibrin generation but not thrombus formation. Restoration of thrombosis requires infusion of both platelets and PMNs from wild-type mice. In vitro, ATP activates PMNs, whereas CGS 21680 prevents their binding to activated endothelial cells. These data indicate that ATP contributes to PMN activation leading to their adhesion at the site of laser-induced endothelial injury, a necessary step leading to the generation of fibrin and subsequent platelet-dependent thrombus formation. Altogether, our study identifies previously unknown mechanisms by which ATP and adenosine are key molecules involved in thrombosis by regulating the activation state of PMNs. [less ▲]

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See detailRasa3 Controls Megakaryocyte Rap1 Activation, Integrin Signaling and Differentiation into Proplatelet
Molina Ortiz, Patricia ULg; Polizzi, Séléna; Ramery, Eve ULg et al

in PLoS Genetics (2014), 10(6), 1004420

Rasa3 is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 family which targets Ras and Rap1. Ubiquitous Rasa3 catalytic inactivation in mouse results in early embryonic lethality. Here, we show that Rasa3 ... [more ▼]

Rasa3 is a GTPase activating protein of the GAP1 family which targets Ras and Rap1. Ubiquitous Rasa3 catalytic inactivation in mouse results in early embryonic lethality. Here, we show that Rasa3 catalytic inactivation in mouse hematopoietic cells results in a lethal syndrome characterized by severe defects during megakaryopoiesis, thrombocytopenia and a predisposition to develop preleukemia. The main objective of this study was to define the cellular and the molecular mechanisms of terminal megakaryopoiesis alterations. We found that Rasa3 catalytic inactivation altered megakaryocyte development, adherence, migration, actin cytoskeleton organization and differentiation into proplatelet forming megakaryocytes. These megakaryocyte alterations were associated with an increased active Rap1 level and a constitutive integrin activation. Thus, these mice presented a severe thrombocytopenia, bleeding and anemia associated with an increased percentage of megakaryocytes in the bone marrow, bone marrow fibrosis, extramedular hematopoiesis, splenomegaly and premature death. Altogether, our results indicate that Rasa3 catalytic activity controls Rap1 activation and integrin signaling during megakaryocyte differentiation in mouse. [less ▲]

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See detailCAMKKβ/AMPK-α1 pathway regulates phosphorylation of cytoskeletal targets in thrombin-stimulated human platelets
Onselaer, Marie-Blanche; Oury, Cécile ULg; Hunter, Roger W et al

in Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis [=JTH] (2014), 12(6), 973-986

Background. Platelet activation requires sweeping morphological changes, supported by contraction and remodelling of platelet actin cytoskeleton. In various other cell types, AMP-activated protein kinase ... [more ▼]

Background. Platelet activation requires sweeping morphological changes, supported by contraction and remodelling of platelet actin cytoskeleton. In various other cell types, AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) controls the phosphorylation state of cytoskeletal targets. Objective. We hypothesized that AMPK is activated during platelet aggregation and contributes to the control of cytoskeletal targets. Results. We found that AMPK-α1 was mainly activated by thrombin and not by other platelet agonists in purified human platelets. Thrombin activated AMPK-α1 ex vivo via a Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase kinase β (CAMKKβ)-dependent pathway. Pharmacological inhibition of CAMKKβ blocked thrombin-induced platelet aggregation and counteracted thrombin-induced phosphorylation of several cytoskeletal proteins, namely, regulatory myosin light chains (MLC), cofilin and vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP), three key elements involved in actin cytoskeleton contraction and polymerization. Platelets isolated from mice lacking AMPK-α1 exhibited reduced aggregation in response to thrombin, associated with a defect in MLC, cofilin and VASP phosphorylation and actin polymerization. More importantly, we show for the first time that AMPK pathway was activated in platelets of patients undergoing major cardiac surgery, in a heparin-sensitive manner. Conclusion. AMPK-α1 is activated by thrombin in human platelets. It controls phosphorylation of key cytoskeletal targets and actin cytoskeleton remodelling during platelet aggregation. [less ▲]

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See detailUsefulness of Serial B-type Natriuretic Peptide Assessment in Asymptomatic Aortic Stenosis.
Henri; Magne; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg et al

in The American journal of cardiology (2014)

B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level may be a useful prognostic marker for the management of asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS). The aim of this study was to identify the echocardiographic ... [more ▼]

B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) level may be a useful prognostic marker for the management of asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS). The aim of this study was to identify the echocardiographic determinants of BNP changes during follow-up in AS. We studied 61 asymptomatic patients with greater than moderate AS and preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction who underwent rest and exercise Doppler echocardiography with concomitant BNP level measurement at baseline. BNP measurement was repeated after inclusion every 6 months. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the median of BNP changes during follow-up. According to parameters at rest, patients in the high BNP changes group had significantly higher E/e' ratio. Statistically significant correlations were found between BNP changes and E/e' ratio and indexed left atrial area. According to exercise parameters, patients in the high BNP changes group had significantly lower exercise-induced increase in LV ejection fraction. Statistically significant correlations were found between BNP changes and exercise-induced changes in LV ejection fraction. After adjustment for age, mean aortic pressure gradient, and BNP level at baseline, multivariate analysis identified indexed left atrial area, E/e' at rest, and exercise-induced increase in ejection fraction as independent determinants of BNP changes during follow-up. In conclusion, this study shows that, in asymptomatic patients with preserved LV function and moderate AS, serial BNP measurements may widely vary. Subclinical LV diastolic and systolic dysfunctions are frequently present in patients with higher serial BNP changes. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of a microRNA landscape targeting the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in inflammation-induced colorectal carcinogenesis
JOSSE, Claire ULg; Bouznad, Nassim ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (2014), 306

Inflammation can contribute to tumor formation; however, markers that predict progression are still lacking. In the present study, the well-established azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS ... [more ▼]

Inflammation can contribute to tumor formation; however, markers that predict progression are still lacking. In the present study, the well-established azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced mouse model of colitis-associated cancer was used to analyze microRNA (miRNA) modulation accompanying inflammation-induced tumor development and to determine whether inflammation-triggered miRNA alterations affect the expression of genes or pathways involved in cancer. A miRNA microarray experiment was performed to establish miRNA expression profiles in mouse colon at early and late time points during inflammation and/or tumor growth. Chronic inflammation and carcinogenesis were associated with distinct changes in miRNA expression. Nevertheless, prediction algorithms of miRNA-mRNA interactions and computational analyses based on ranked miRNA lists consistently identified putative target genes that play essential roles in tumor growth or that belong to key carcinogenesis-related signaling pathways. We identified PI3K/Akt and the insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) as major pathways being affected in the AOM/DSS model. DSS-induced chronic inflammation downregulates miR-133a and miR-143/145, which is reportedly associated with human colorectal cancer and PI3K/Akt activation. Accordingly, conditioned medium from inflammatory cells decreases the expression of these miRNA in colorectal adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells. Overexpression of miR-223, one of the main miRNA showing strong upregulation during AOM/DSS tumor growth, inhibited Akt phosphorylation and IGF-1R expression in these cells. Cell sorting from mouse colons delineated distinct miRNA expression patterns in epithelial and myeloid cells during the periods preceding and spanning tumor growth. Hence, cell-type-specific miRNA dysregulation and subsequent PI3K/Akt activation may be involved in the transition from intestinal inflammation to cancer. [less ▲]

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