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See detailComparison of serum fractionation methods by data independent label-free proteomics
Baiwir, Dominique ULg; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg et al

in EuPA Open Proteomics (2015), 9

Off-line sample prefractionations applied prior to biomarker discovery proteomics are options to enable more protein identifications and detect low-abundance proteins. This work compared five commercial ... [more ▼]

Off-line sample prefractionations applied prior to biomarker discovery proteomics are options to enable more protein identifications and detect low-abundance proteins. This work compared five commercial methods efficiency to raw serum analysis using label-free proteomics. The variability of the protein quantities determined for each process was similar to the unprefractionated serum. A 49% increase in protein identifications and 12.2% of reliable quantification were obtained. A 61 times lower limit of protein quantitation was reached compared to protein concentrations observed in raw serum. The concentrations of detected proteins were confronted to estimated reference values. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of early stages of colorectal cancer by label free proteomics
QUESADA CALVO, Florence ULg; MEUWIS, Marie-Alice ULg; Bertrand, Virginie ULg et al

in Acta Gastroenterologica (2015, February 27)

Introduction and objectives: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most frequent cancer in women and the third in men. Identification of the mechanisms of progression in these early CRC stages is ... [more ▼]

Introduction and objectives: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most frequent cancer in women and the third in men. Identification of the mechanisms of progression in these early CRC stages is important to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) specimens are materials that enable proteomic clinical research. Hence our aim was to address the comparison of FFPE samples from early CRC stages patients using shotgun proteomic analysis. Methods: We performed a retrospective study on 36 CRC tissue samples (pT1N0M0, n=16 and pT2N0M0, n=20) compared together and with 40 control tissue samples (20 patients with diverticulitis, using paired inflamed (DI) and healthy tissue (DH)). Each tissue slice was macrodissected to enrich in epithelial cells. We used FFPE-FASP kit (Expedeon) for sample preparation and protein digests were analyzed using 2D-nanoAquity UPLC separation online with Q-Tof Synapt HDMSTM G2 using ion mobility as additional separation. We performed protein identification and differential analysis using Progenesis QI for proteomics (Nonlinear Dynamics). Results and discussion: We selected 149 proteins differentially distributed between T1 and T2 CRC stages which were not significantly different between CRC and DH or DI. Only 30 proteins were significantly more abundant in T1 versus T2 and 119 were distributed inversely, with a minimum fold ratio of 2. Among those, ATP synthase subunit beta, Aspartate-tRNA ligase, Haptoglobin and Kininogen were identified. . Moreover, we validated Kininogen and 3 others proteins with a significant differential distribution between pT1N0M0 and pT2N0M0 stages by immunohistochemistry. Conclusion: This FFPE retrospective study comparing T1 and T2 CRC highlighted proteins already previously identified as potential CRC biomarkers. These proteins may reflect important early changes in cancer development and may help understanding early tumor progression. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential Proteomic Biomarkers Associated with Mucosal Healing and Relapse Prediction after IFX Withdrawals in Crohn’s Disease
MEUWIS, Marie-Alice ULg; QUESADA CALVO, Florence ULg; Baiwir, Dominique ULg et al

in Acta gastroenterologica (2015, February 26)

Introduction and objectives: In Crohn's disease (CD), there is a discrepancy between clinical activity of the disease (symptoms) and intestinal healing. However absence of tissue healing is associated ... [more ▼]

Introduction and objectives: In Crohn's disease (CD), there is a discrepancy between clinical activity of the disease (symptoms) and intestinal healing. However absence of tissue healing is associated with the risk of relapse and tissue damage progression. Endoscopy is costly and invasive. Hence biomarkers correlating with intestinal healing could improve disease management and potentially decrease the number of endoscopy when patients are in clinical remission. Aim: We aimed to identify potential biomarkers associated to CD mucosal healing and relapse after IFX withdrawals by a shotgun label-free proteomic study. Methods: We used the STORI1 clinical trial cohort (n=103) aiming at identifying markers associated to relapse prediction after Infliximab treatment withdrawals. We used serum samples of patients in clinical remission (at base line). We grouped these according to the degree of intestinal healing seen at endoscopy or according to relapse occurrence during the 28 month follow-up and composed pooled samples. We performed depletion of the 20 most abundant plasma proteins on each serum pools and ran a proteomic label-free differential analysis using 2D-nanoUPLC-MSE HDMS Synapt G2 for data acquisition. We performed different statistical analysis. Moreover, a Gene Ontology annotation was also performed for the potential biomarkers highlighted. Results and Discussion: We identified analysing these depleted serum pools 430 different proteins and 188 proteins common to all samples. Among these, 40 were found with a significant differential abundance in the groups compared. We selected some among the most significant one (ratio>1.3) or being by nature consistent with the context of this study (sample origin and clinical question addressed). For example, the C-reactive protein (CRP) was found with a significant Ratio of 2 between Relapsers and Non Relapsers. The other potential biomarkers associated to mucosal healing or to relapse prediction, were selected for further validation by Western Blot analysis (WB), routine laboratory tests and also by a Mass Spectrometry based technology: multiplexed selected reaction monitoring (SRM). Multiplexed SRM will enable quantitative analysis of these candidates in each individual patient as well as WB tests. Conclusions: This research strategy and the validation results on potential biomarkers associated to mucosal healing or relapse after treatment cessation in this cohort of CD patients, as well as tests done on other CD patients, might provide new opportunities for patient follow-up test developments. The next step is to perform SRM validation on the STORI cohort and design signatures using these potential biomarkers SRM data for prognosis power evaluation. 1. Louis E, Mary JY, Vernier-Massouille G, et al. Maintenance of remission among patients with Crohn's disease on antimetabolite therapy after infliximab therapy is stopped. Gastroenterology 2012;142:63-70 e5; quiz e31. [less ▲]

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See detailSelective glucocorticoid receptor modulator compound A, in contrast to prednisolone, does not induce leptin or the leptin receptor in human osteoarthritis synovial fibroblasts.
MALAISE, Olivier ULg; Relic, Biserka; QUESADA CALVO, Florence ULg et al

in Rheumatology (Oxford, England) (2015)

OBJECTIVE: Glucocorticoids are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that also induce the expression of leptin and leptin receptor (Ob-R) in synovial fibroblasts through TGF-betasignalling and Smad1/5 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Glucocorticoids are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that also induce the expression of leptin and leptin receptor (Ob-R) in synovial fibroblasts through TGF-betasignalling and Smad1/5 phosphorylation. Compound A (CpdA), a selective glucocorticoid receptor agonist, reduces inflammation in murine arthritis models and does not induce diabetes or osteoporosis, thus offering an improved risk:benefit ratio in comparison with glucocorticoids. Due to the detrimental role of leptin in OA pathogenesis, we sought to determine whether CpdA also induced leptin and Ob-R protein expression as observed with prednisolone. METHODS: Human synovial fibroblasts and chondrocytes were isolated from the synovium and cartilage of OA patients after joint surgery. The cells were treated with prednisolone, TGF-beta1, TNF-alpha and/or CpdA. Levels of leptin, IL-6, IL-8, MMP-1 and MMP-3 were measured by ELISA and expression levels of Ob-R phospho-Smad1/5, phospho-Smad2, alpha-tubulin and glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase were analysed by western blotting. RESULTS: CpdA, unlike prednisolone, did not induce leptin secretion or Ob-R protein expression in OA synovial fibroblasts. Moreover, CpdA decreased endogenous Ob-R expression and down-regulated prednisolone-induced leptin secretion and Ob-R expression. Mechanistically, CpdA, unlike prednisolone, did not induce Smad1/5 phosphorylation. CpdA, similarly to prednisolone, down-regulated endogenous and TNF-alpha-induced IL-6, IL-8, MMP-1 and MMP-3 protein secretion. The dissociative effect of CpdA was confirmed using chondrocytes with no induction of leptin secretion, but with a significant decrease in IL-6, IL-8, MMP-1 and MMP-3 protein secretion. CONCLUSION: CpdA, unlike prednisolone, did not induce leptin or Ob-R in human OA synovial fibroblasts, thereby demonstrating an improved risk:benefit ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of two FFPE preparation methods using label-free shotgun proteomics: Application to tissues of diverticulitis patients.
QUESADA CALVO, Florence ULg; Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Longuespée, Rémi ULg et al

in Journal of proteomics (2014), 112C

Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens of patients are useful sources of materials for clinical research and have recently gained interest for use in the discovery of clinical proteomic ... [more ▼]

Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens of patients are useful sources of materials for clinical research and have recently gained interest for use in the discovery of clinical proteomic biomarkers. However, the critical step in this field is the ability to obtain an efficient and repeatable extraction using the limited quantities of material available for research in hospital biobanks. This work describes the evaluation of the peptide/protein extraction using FFPE sections treated by the following two methods before shotgun proteomic analysis: a commercial solution (FFPE-FASP) (filter aided sample preparation) and an antigen retrieval-derived protocol (On Slice AR). Their efficiencies and repeatabilities are compared using data-independent differential quantitative label-free analysis. FFPE-FASP was shown to be globally better both qualitatively and quantitatively than On Slice AR. FFPE-FASP was tested on several samples, and differential analysis was used to compare the tissues of diverticulitis patients (healthy and inflammatory tissues). In this differential proteomic analysis using retrospective clinical FFPE material, FFPE-FASP was reproducible and provided a high number of confident protein identifications, highlighting potential protein biomarkers. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE: In clinical proteomics, FFPE is an important resource for retrospective analysis and for the discovery of biomarkers. The challenge for FFPE shotgun proteomic analysis is preparation by an efficient and reproducible protocol, which includes protein extraction and digestion. In this study, we analyzed two different methods and evaluated their repeatabilities and efficiencies. We illustrated the reproducibility of the most efficient method, FFPE-FASP, by a pilot study on diverticulitis tissue and on FFPE samples amount accessible in hospital biobanks. These data showed that FFPE is suitable for use in clinical proteomics, especially when the FFPE-FASP method is combined with label-free shotgun proteomics as described in the workflow presented in this work. [less ▲]

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See detailTissue Proteomics for the Next Decade? Towards a Molecular Dimension in Histology
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Fléron, Maximilien; Pottier, Charles et al

in OMICS : A Journal of Integrative Biology (2014)

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See detailADAM-8, a metalloproteinase, drives acute allergen-induced airway inflammation
Paulissen, Geneviève ULg; Rocks, Natacha ULg; Guéders, Maud ULg et al

in European Journal of Immunology (2011), 41(2), 380-91

Asthma is a complex disease linked to various pathophysiological events including the activity of proteinases. The multifunctional A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinases (ADAMs) displaying the ability to ... [more ▼]

Asthma is a complex disease linked to various pathophysiological events including the activity of proteinases. The multifunctional A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinases (ADAMs) displaying the ability to cleave membrane-bound mediators or cytokines appear to be key mediators in various inflammatory processes. In the present study, we have investigated ADAM-8 expression and production in a mouse model of allergen-induced airway inflammation. In allergen-exposed animals, increased expression of ADAM-8 was found in the lung parenchyma and in dendritic cells purified from the lungs. The potential role of ADAM-8 in the development of allergen-induced airway inflammation was further investigated by the use of an anti-ADAM-8 antibody and ADAM-8 knock-out animals. We observed a decrease in allergen-induced acute inflammation both in BALF and the peribronchial area in anti-ADAM-8 antibody-treated mice and in ADAM-8 deficient mice (ADAM-8-/-) after allergen exposure. ADAM-8 depletion led to a significant decrease of the CD11c+ lung dendritic cells. We also report lower levels of CCL11 and CCL22 production in antibody-treated mice and ADAM-8-/- mice that might be explained by decreased eosinophilic inflammation and lower numbers of dendritic cells, respectively. In conclusion, ADAM-8 appears to favour allergen-induced acute airway inflammation by promoting dendritic cell recruitment and CCL11 and CCL22 production. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential Therapeutic Target Discovery by 2D-DIGE Proteomic Analysis in Mouse Models of Asthma
QUESADA CALVO, Florence ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Renaut, Jenny et al

in Journal of Proteome Research (2011), 10(9), 4291-4301

As asthma physiopathology is complex and not fully understood to date; it is expected that new key mediators are still to be unveiled in this disease. The main objective of this study was to discover ... [more ▼]

As asthma physiopathology is complex and not fully understood to date; it is expected that new key mediators are still to be unveiled in this disease. The main objective of this study was to discover potential new target proteins with a molecular weight >20 kDa by using two-dimensional differential in-gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) on lung parenchyma extracts from control or allergen-exposed mice (ovalbumin). Two different mouse models leading to the development of acute airway inflammation (5 days allergen exposure) and airway remodeling (10 weeks allergen exposure) were used. This experimental setting allowed the discrimination of 33 protein spots in the acute inflammation model and 31 spots in the remodeling model displaying a differential expression. Several proteins were then identified by MALDI-TOF/TOF MS. Among those differentially expressed proteins, PDIA6, GRP78, Annexin A6, hnRPA3, and Enolase display an increased expression in lung parenchyma from mice exposed to allergen for 5 days. Conversely, Apolipoprotein A1 was shown to be decreased after allergen exposure in the same model. Analysis on lung parenchyma of mice exposed to allergens for 10 weeks showed decreased calreticulin levels. Changes in the levels of those different mediators were confirmed by Western blot and immunohistochemical analysis. Interestingly, alveolar macrophages isolated from lungs in the acute inflammation model displayed enhanced levels of GRP78. Moreover, intratracheal instillation of anti-GRP78 siRNA in allergen-exposed animals led to a decrease in eosinophilic inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness. This study unveils new mediators of potential importance that are up- and down-regulated in asthma. Among up-regulated mediators, GRP-78 appears as a potential new therapeutic target worthy of further investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailMMP-19 Deficiency Promotes Tenascin-C Accumulation and Allergen-induced Airway Inflammation.
Guéders, Maud ULg; Hirst, S.; Quesada Calvo, Florence ULg et al

in American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (2010), 43(3), 286-95

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) recently appeared as key regulators of inflammation, allowing recruitment and clearance of inflammatory cells and modifying the biological activity of many peptidic ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) recently appeared as key regulators of inflammation, allowing recruitment and clearance of inflammatory cells and modifying the biological activity of many peptidic mediators by cleavage. MMP-19 is a newly described MMP and preferentially cleaves matrix proteins such as collagens and tenascin-C. The role of MMP-19 in asthma has not been described to date. The purpose of the present study was to assess MMP-19 expression in a murine asthma model and to address biological effects of MMP-19 deficiency in mice. Allergenexposed wild-type (WT) mice displayed an increased expression of MMP-19 mRNA and an increased number of MMP-19-positive cells in the lungs detected by immunohistochemistry. After allergen challenge of MMP-19 knockout (MMP-19-/-) mice, an exacerbated eosinophilic inflammation was detected in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and bronchial tissue along with an increased airway responsiveness to methacholine. A shift towards increased Th2-driven inflammation in MMP-19-/- mice was demonstrated by 1) increased numbers of cells expressing the IL-33 receptor T1/ST2 in lung parenchyma, 2) increased IgG1 levels in serum and 3) higher levels of IL-13 and CCL11 in lung extracts. Tenascin-C was found accumulated in peribronchial areas of MMP-19-/- after allergen challenges as assessed by Western blot and immunohistochemistry analysis. We conclude that MMP-19 is a new mediator in asthma, preventing tenascin-C accumulation and directly or indirectly controlling Th2-driven airway eosinophilia and airway hyperreactivity. Our data suggest that MMP-19 might act on Th2 inflammation homeostasis through preventing tenascin protein accumulation. [less ▲]

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See detailInterstitial macrophages are essential for maintaining immune homeostasis in the lung
Bedoret, Denis; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of The Allergy & Asthma Symposium: Bridging Innate and Adaptive Immunity (2009)

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See detailLung interstitial macrophages prevent the development of respiratory allergy
Bedoret, D.; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Proceedings of The Keystone Symposia: Allergy and Asthma. Keystone, Colorado, USA (2009)

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See detailA crucial role forlung interstitial macrophages in preventing airway allergy
Bedoret, Denis; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Short book of the Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Vienne (2009)

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See detailBiomarker discovery in asthma-related inflammation and remodeling.
Quesada Calvo, Florence ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; De Seny, Dominique ULg et al

in Proteomics (2009), 9(8), 2163-2170

Asthma is a complex inflammatory disease of airways. A network of reciprocal interactions between inflammatory cells, peptidic mediators, extracellular matrix components, and proteases is thought to be ... [more ▼]

Asthma is a complex inflammatory disease of airways. A network of reciprocal interactions between inflammatory cells, peptidic mediators, extracellular matrix components, and proteases is thought to be involved in the installation and maintenance of asthma-related airway inflammation and remodeling. To date, new proteic mediators displaying significant activity in the pathophysiology of asthma are still to be unveiled. The main objective of this study was to uncover potential target proteins by using surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization-time of flight-mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF-MS) on lung samples from mouse models of allergen-induced airway inflammation and remodeling. In this model, we pointed out several protein or peptide peaks that were preferentially expressed in diseased mice as compared to controls. We report the identification of different five proteins: found inflammatory zone 1 or RELM (FIZZ-1), calcyclin (S100A6), clara cell secretory protein 10 (CC10), Ubiquitin, and Histone H4. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of A Disintegrin and Metalloprotease-12 in Neutrophil Recruitment Induced by Airway Epithelium.
Rocks, Natacha ULg; Estrella, C; Paulissen, Geneviève ULg et al

in American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (2009), 41(4), 449-58

Among proteases, metalloproteases are implicated in tissue remodeling, as shown in numerous diseases including allergy. ADAMs (A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease) metalloproteases are implicated in ... [more ▼]

Among proteases, metalloproteases are implicated in tissue remodeling, as shown in numerous diseases including allergy. ADAMs (A Disintegrin And Metalloprotease) metalloproteases are implicated in physiologic processes such as cytokine and growth factor shedding, cell migration, adhesion, or repulsion. Our aim was to measure ADAM-12 expression in airway epithelium and to define its role during the allergic response. To raise this question, we analyzed the ADAM-12 expression ex vivo after allergen exposure in patients with allergic rhinitis and in vitro in cultured primary human airway epithelial cells (AEC). Clones of BEAS-2B cells transfected with the full-length form of ADAM-12 were generated to study the consequences of ADAM-12 up-regulation on AEC function. After allergen challenge, a strong increase of ADAM-12 expression was observed in airway epithelium from patients with allergic rhinitis but not from control subjects. In contrast with the other HB-epidermal growth factor sheddases, ADAM-10 and -17, TNF-alpha in vitro increased the expression of ADAM-12 by AEC, an effect amplified by IL-4 and IL-13. Up-regulation of ADAM-12 in AEC increased the expression of alpha3 and alpha4 integrins and to the modulation of cell migration on fibronectin but not on collagen. Moreover, overexpression of ADAM-12 in BEAS-2B enhanced the secretion of CXCL1 and CXCL8 and their capacity to recruit neutrophils. CD47 was strongly decreased by ADAM-12 overexpression, a process associated with a reduced adhesion of neutrophils. These effects were mainly dependent on epidermal growth factor receptor activation. In summary, ADAM-12 is produced during allergic reaction by AEC and might increase neutrophil recruitment within airway mucosa. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of ADAM and ADAMTS metalloproteinases in airway diseases
Paulissen, Geneviève ULg; Rocks, Natacha ULg; Guéders, Maud ULg et al

in Respiratory Research (2009), 10(1), 127

Lungs are exposed to the outside environment and therefore to toxic and infectious agents or allergens. This may lead to permanent activation of innate immune response elements. A Disintegrin And ... [more ▼]

Lungs are exposed to the outside environment and therefore to toxic and infectious agents or allergens. This may lead to permanent activation of innate immune response elements. A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinases (ADAMs) and ADAMs with Thrombospondin motifs (ADAMTS) are proteinases closely related to Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs). These multifaceted molecules bear metalloproteinase and disintegrin domains endowing them with features of both proteinases and adhesion molecules. Proteinases of the ADAM family are associated to various physiological and pathological processes and display a wide spectrum of biological effects encompassing cell fusion, cell adhesion, "shedding process", cleavage of various substrates from the extracellular matrix, growth factors or cytokines... This review will focus on the putative roles of ADAM/ADAMTS proteinases in airway diseases such as asthma and COPD. [less ▲]

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See detailLung interstitial macrophages alter dendritic cell functions to prevent airway allergy in mice
Bedoret, Denis ULg; Wallemacq, Hugues ULg; Marichal, Thomas ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2009), 119(12), 3723-38

The respiratory tract is continuously exposed to both innocuous airborne antigens and immunostimulatory molecules of microbial origin, such as LPS. At low concentrations, airborne LPS can induce a lung DC ... [more ▼]

The respiratory tract is continuously exposed to both innocuous airborne antigens and immunostimulatory molecules of microbial origin, such as LPS. At low concentrations, airborne LPS can induce a lung DC-driven Th2 cell response to harmless inhaled antigens, thereby promoting allergic asthma. However, only a small fraction of people exposed to environmental LPS develop allergic asthma. What prevents most people from mounting a lung DC-driven Th2 response upon exposure to LPS is not understood. Here we have shown that lung interstitial macrophages (IMs), a cell population with no previously described in vivo function, prevent induction of a Th2 response in mice challenged with LPS and an experimental harmless airborne antigen. IMs, but not alveolar macrophages, were found to produce high levels of IL-10 and to inhibit LPS-induced maturation and migration of DCs loaded with the experimental harmless airborne antigen in an IL-10-dependent manner. We further demonstrated that specific in vivo elimination of IMs led to overt asthmatic reactions to innocuous airborne antigens inhaled with low doses of LPS. This study has revealed a crucial role for IMs in maintaining immune homeostasis in the respiratory tract and provides an explanation for the paradox that although airborne LPS has the ability to promote the induction of Th2 responses by lung DCs, it does not provoke airway allergy under normal conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailGuide des Travaux Pratiques de Biologie
Peulen, Olivier ULg; Detry, Cédric ULg; Lamour, Virginie ULg et al

Learning material (2009)

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See detailMouse models of asthma: a comparison between C57BL/6 and BALB/c strains regarding bronchial responsiveness, inflammation, and cytokine production
Guéders, Maud ULg; Paulissen, Geneviève ULg; Crahay, Céline et al

in Inflammation Research (2009), 58(12), 845-54

Objective Animal models of asthma mimic major features of human disease. Since the genetic background of experimental animals might affect hyperresponsiveness and inflammation, we studied its potential ... [more ▼]

Objective Animal models of asthma mimic major features of human disease. Since the genetic background of experimental animals might affect hyperresponsiveness and inflammation, we studied its potential influence and the mechanisms leading to differences in strains. Methods We applied a mouse model of allergic asthma to BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice. Results BALB/c mice displayed greater levels of airway reactivity to methacholine than C57BL/6 mice. Moreover, BALB/c mice exhibited higher numbers of mast cells in lung tissue when compared to C57BL/6. On the contrary, eosinophil and neutrophil counts in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) as well as peribronchial eosinophilia were greater in C57BL/6. IL (Interleukin)-4, IL-5, IL-13, and CCL11 levels measured in whole-lung extracts were higher in BALB/c, while, in sharp contrast, CCL11 and CCL5 levels were higher in BALF of C57BL/6 mice. Conclusions We observed phenotypic differences between C57BL/6 and BALB/c mice in an asthma model with different distributions of pro-inflammatory cytokines and inflammatory cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEmerging Roles of ADAM and ADAMTS Metalloproteinases in Cancer
Rocks, Natacha ULg; Paulissen, Geneviève ULg; El Hour, Mehdi ULg et al

in Biochimie (2008), 90(2), 369-79

A disintegrin and metalloproteinases (ADAMs) are a recently discovered family of proteins that share the metalloproteinase domain with matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Among this family, structural ... [more ▼]

A disintegrin and metalloproteinases (ADAMs) are a recently discovered family of proteins that share the metalloproteinase domain with matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Among this family, structural features distinguish the membrane-anchored ADAMs and the secreted ADAMs with thrombospondin motifs referred to as ADAMTSs. By acting on a large panel of membrane-associated and extracellular substrates, they control several cell functions such as adhesion, fusion, migration and proliferation. The current review addresses the contribution of these proteinases in the positive and negative regulation of cancer progression as mainly mediated by the regulation of growth factor activities and integrin functions. [less ▲]

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See detailthe metalloproteinase ADAM-12 regulates bronchial epithelial cell proliferation and apoptosis.
Rocks, Natacha ULg; Estrella, C.; Paulissen, Geneviève ULg et al

in Cell Proliferation (2008), 41(6), 988-1001

Objectives: The ADAMs (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase) enzymes compose a family of membrane-bound proteins characterized by their multi-domain structure and ADAM-12 expression is elevated in human ... [more ▼]

Objectives: The ADAMs (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase) enzymes compose a family of membrane-bound proteins characterized by their multi-domain structure and ADAM-12 expression is elevated in human non-small cell lung cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the roles played by ADAM-12 in critical steps of bronchial cell transformation during carcinogenesis. Materials and methods: To assess the role of ADAM-12 in tumorigenicity, BEAS-2B cells were transfected with a plasmid encoding human full-length ADAM-12 cDNA, and then the effects of ADAM-12 overexpression on cell behaviour were explored. Treatment of clones with heparin-binding epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like growth factor (HB-EGF) neutralizing antibodies as well as an EGFR inhibitor allowed the dissection of mechanisms regulating cell proliferation and apoptosis. Results: Overexpression of ADAM-12 in BEAS-2B cells promoted cell proliferation. ADAM-12 overexpressing clones produced higher quantities of HB-EGF in their culture medium which may rely on membrane-bound HB-EGF shedding by ADAM-12. Targeting HB-EGF activity with a neutralizing antibody abrogated enhanced cell proliferation in the ADAM-12 overexpressing clones. In sharp contrast, targeting of amphiregulin, EGF or transforming growth factor-α failed to influence cell proliferation; moreover, ADAM-12 transfectants were resistant to etoposide-induced apoptosis and the use of a neutralizing antibody against HB-EGF activity restored rates of apoptosis to be similar to controls. Conclusions: ADAM-12 contributes to enhancing HB-EGF shedding from plasma membranes leading to increased cell proliferation and reduced apoptosis in this bronchial epithelial cell line. [less ▲]

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