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See detailFamilial aggregation and antimicrobial response dose-dependently affect the risk for Crohn's disease.
Joossens, Marie; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Branche, Julien et al

in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (2010), 16(1), 58-67

BACKGROUND:: An increased risk of Crohn's disease (CD) has been reported consistently in first-degree relatives of patients. Our aim was to test whether a combination of CD-associated genes involved in ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND:: An increased risk of Crohn's disease (CD) has been reported consistently in first-degree relatives of patients. Our aim was to test whether a combination of CD-associated genes involved in innate immunity and/or antibody responses to microbial antigens may be valuable in identifying healthy relatives at risk. METHODS:: We investigated 86 families from Belgium and northern France, 45 with at least 3 first-degree relatives with CD, 24 with a single case, and 17 control families without inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The cohort consisted of 186 CD patients, 290 healthy relatives, and 142 controls (total 618). Genetic (NOD2, NOD1, TLR4, CARD8) and serologic markers (ASCA, ACMA, ALCA, ACCA, ASigmaMA, OmpC, CBir1, I2) were determined in all subjects. All Belgian families were prospectively followed up for 54 months. RESULTS:: In multiple-affected families, an increment of affected first-degree relatives and of positive antibodies were additive risks factors for CD (P < 0.0001), independent of NOD2 mutations. When comparing subjects from multiple-affected families, having 3 additional first-degree relatives with CD and 1 additional positive antibody increased the odds for CD to 9.19 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 4.07-20.80). After a follow-up of 54 months among all Belgian families, a total of 4 new diagnoses of IBD were confirmed in the multiple-affected families only, resulting in a 57-fold increase in incidence within multiple-affected families compared to the known incidence of IBD in our region. CONCLUSIONS:: We found an additive risk increment for CD in subjects from multicase families per additional affected relative and per additional positive antibody, independent of NOD2. Furthermore, a very high disease incidence was observed in these multiple-affected families. Inflamm Bowel Dis 2010. [less ▲]

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See detailPresence of human antibodies reacting with Candida albicans O-linked oligomannosides revealed by using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and neoglycolipids
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Strecker, Gerald; Faille, Christine et al

in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (1992), 30(2), 411-417

In order to study the presence of antibodies directed against Candida albicans O-linked oligomannosides (oligomannosides O) in patient sera, we have developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA ... [more ▼]

In order to study the presence of antibodies directed against Candida albicans O-linked oligomannosides (oligomannosides O) in patient sera, we have developed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) involving neoglycolipids constructed with these residues (NGLO). Oligomannosides O released by mild alkaline degradation of the C. albicans cell wall phosphopeptidomannan (PPM) contained one to seven mannose residues, among which the quantitatively major components, mannobiose and mannotriose, were shown by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance to contain exclusively alpha (1-2) linkages. The pool of oligomannosides was converted to neoglycolipids by coupling them to 4-hexadecylaniline in an equimolar reaction checked by thin-layer chromatography. We have tested against these neoantigens, coated on ELISA plates, 15 pairs of sera corresponding to individual seroconversions observed in 15 patients during the course of a mycological and serological survey of candidiasis. For all patients, seroconversions resulted in an increased level of antibodies against NGLO. A significant correlation was observed between the results of ELISA-NGLO, ELISA involving the original PPM molecule, and routine antibody detection tests, indirect immunofluorescence assay, and cocounterimmunoelectrophoresis. These results therefore demonstrate the synthesis of human antibodies reactive with oligomannosides O constitutive of the C. albicans mannan molecule which have been previously described as exhibiting an inhibitory effect on human lymphocytic proliferation. [less ▲]

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