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See detailHuman follicular dendritic cells in vitro and follicular dendritic-cell-like cells.
Tsunoda, R.; Bosseloir, A.; Onozaki, K. et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (1997), 288(2), 381-9

Human follicular dendritic cell (FDC)-like cells (FLC) have been utilized for the in vitro analysis of germinal center reactions. However, there is no consensus whether FLC represent FDC in vitro. The ... [more ▼]

Human follicular dendritic cell (FDC)-like cells (FLC) have been utilized for the in vitro analysis of germinal center reactions. However, there is no consensus whether FLC represent FDC in vitro. The purpose of the present study has therefore been to determine distinguishing features of FDC and FLC in vitro. The expression of CD40, CD54, CD49d, cytokine (gamma-IFN and IL-4)-dependent MHC-class II, and CD106 was observed to be specific for the determination of FDC in long-term culture. The cytokine-dependent emperipolesis of germinal center B cells was establised as another discriminating property for FDC in vitro. In 2 out of 72 long-term cultures of FDC, we encountered dividing cells among the non-dividing population of FDC. The dividing cells expressed accessory molecules similar to those of FDC but showed emperipolesis only for the initial few days of their growth. FDC did not enhance the CD40-dependent proliferation of germinal center B cells; in contrast, FLC augumented it. Both types of cells produced a significant amount of cytokine-dependent IL-6. Further studies are needed to determine whether FLC originate from FDC in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vitro and in Vivo Stimulation of the Murine Immune System by Agm-1470, a Potent Angiogenesis Inhibitor
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Daukandt, M.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in American Journal of Pathology (1996), 148(2), 393-8

AGM-1470, a potent angiogenesis inhibitor, is already engaged in phase I clinical trials because of its effectiveness to restrain tumor growth and its lack of major side effects. Recently, we showed that ... [more ▼]

AGM-1470, a potent angiogenesis inhibitor, is already engaged in phase I clinical trials because of its effectiveness to restrain tumor growth and its lack of major side effects. Recently, we showed that AGM-1470 stimulates in vitro human B lymphocyte proliferation through T lymphocytes. These data prompted us to explore the in vivo effects of AGM-1470 on the immune system in a mouse model. In this study, we showed that AGM-1470, in synergy with phytohemagglutinin, stimulates the proliferation of murine lymphocytes isolated from lymph nodes. This effect was similar to the one observed with human lymphocytes. When injected subcutaneously or intraperitoneally into mice at pharmacological doses, AGM-1470 induced a significant increase of axillary and mesenteric lymph nodes, respectively. Histological and morphological analyses showed that this phenomenon is mostly due to a hyperplasia of the germinal centers. On average, the area of the germinal center of lymph nodes from AGM-1470-treated mice were three times larger than in lymph nodes from control mice. Interestingly, no effect was observed when AGM-1470 was injected subcutaneously into T-deficient nude mice. Our data demonstrate that AGM-1470 stimulates B cell proliferation in vivo as suggested by the in vitro experiments. This effect should be taken into account in the follow-up of patients treated with this molecule and calls for additional studies to determine the biological consequences of such a stimulation on the host immune system. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of follicular dendritic cells on B-cell proliferation depends on the activation of B cells and the mitogen used.
Bosseloir, A.; Bouzahzah, F.; Defrance, T. H. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1996), 43(1), 23-30

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are unique non-lymphoid cells found only in lymph follicles. They play a part in the survival, proliferation and differentiation of B cells. To analyse the influence of ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are unique non-lymphoid cells found only in lymph follicles. They play a part in the survival, proliferation and differentiation of B cells. To analyse the influence of FDC on B-lymphocyte proliferation, we isolated them from human tonsils on albumin gradients and treated them with mitomycin C to prevent the multiplication of lymphoid cells harboured in their cytoplasmic evaginations. FDC cultured for 12-16 h remained attached to the substrate; non-adherent cells were carefully eliminated by washing. Purified B cells cultured alone or with contaminant-cleared FDC were maintained for 2 days in the presence or absence of various stimulants, after which tritiated thymidine uptake by these cells was measured. In the absence of activators, FDC did not induce B-cell multiplication. B cells cultured in the presence of FDC exhibited increased 3H-TdR uptake when activated with anti-CD40 MoAb, anti-immunoglobulin MoAb or transferrin, but not when stimulated with Staphylococcus aureus strain Cowan I (SAC) at a given concentration. In the latter case, B-cell proliferation clearly decreased. In control cocultures where mitomycin-C-treated non-adherent cells were used instead of FDC in the presence of the different stimulants, no increase in B-cell proliferation was observed. The results suggest that, inside the germinal centres, FDC modulation of B-cell proliferation depends on the activation state of the B cells and on the stimulant encountered. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Potent Angioinhibin Agm-1470 Stimulates Normal but Not Human Tumoral Lymphocytes
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Daukandt, M.; Locigno, R. et al

in Tumori (1996), 82(1, Jan-Feb), 27-30

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects have already led to phase I clinical trials in patients with solid cancers. However, neither the exact mechanisms of action of AGM-1470 nor its effects on the host of normal cells have been extensively studied. Recently, we showed that AGM-1470 enhanced the proliferation of B lymphocytes in the presence of T cells. Since AGM-1470 could potentially be used in patients with lymphoma, it was urgent to test the effect of the molecule on the proliferation of tumor lymphocytes. METHODS: The possible effect of AGM-1470 on the proliferation of normal or tumor lymphocytes was evaluated by thymidine-incorporated assays. Normal T and B lymphocytes were purified from human tonsils. The tumor lymphocytes used in the study were Molt 3, Molt 4 and Jurkatt cell lines for the T lineage and Daudi and Radji cell lines for the B lineage. RESULTS: As shown previously, AGM-1470 stimulates the proliferation of normal B lymphocytes through an action on normal T cells. THe angioinhibin was ineffective ont eh proliferation of both T and B transformed cells. Moreover, in the presence of the drug, tumor T cells co-cultured with normal B lymphocytes did not induce any increase in B cell proliferation, as previously observed with normal T lymphocytes. Inversely, tumor B cells co-cultured with normal T lymphocytes were insensitive to the drug. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that AGM-1470 is ineffective on lymphoid tumor cell proliferation and could potentially be safely administered to lymphoma patients. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman germinal center CD4+CD57+ T cells act differently on B cells than do classical T-helper cells.
Bouzahzah, F.; Bosseloir, A.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Developmental Immunology (1995), 4(3), 189-97

We have isolated two subtypes of helper T cells from human tonsils: CD4+CD57+ cells, mostly located in the germinal center (GC), and CD4+CD57- cells, distributed through the interfollicular areas but also ... [more ▼]

We have isolated two subtypes of helper T cells from human tonsils: CD4+CD57+ cells, mostly located in the germinal center (GC), and CD4+CD57- cells, distributed through the interfollicular areas but also present in the GC. In a functional study, we have compared the capacities of these T-cell subtypes to stimulate B cells in cocultures. In order to block T-cell proliferation while maintaining their activation level, we pretreated isolated T cells with mitomycin C prior to culture in the presence of B cells and added polyclonal activators such as PHA and Con A, combined or not with IL-2. Contrary to CD4+ CD57- cells, CD4+CD57+ cells did not markedly enhance B-cell proliferation. Even when sIgD.B cells typical of germinal center cells were tested, the CD4+CD57+ cells had no significant effect. This is in accordance with the location of these cells: They mainly occupy the light zones of the GC where few B cells divide. Even when added to preactivated, actively proliferating cells, CD4+CD57 cells failed to modulate B-cell multiplication. On the supernatants of B-cell-T-cell cocultures, we examined by the ELISA technique the effect of T cells on Ig synthesis. Contrary to CD57+ T cells, whose effect was strong, CD57- T cells weakly stimulated Ig synthesis. More IgM than IgG was generally found. Because CD57 antigen is a typical marker of natural killer cells, we tested the cytolytic activity of tonsillar CD4+CD57+ cells on K562 target cells. Unlike NK cells, neither CD4+CD57+ nor CD4+CD57- cells exhibit any cytotoxicity. Thus, germinal center CD4+CD57+ cells are not cytolytic and do not strongly stimulate either B-cell proliferation or Ig secretion. CD4+CD57- cells, however, enhance B-cell proliferation and differentiation, thus acting like the classical helper cells of the T-dependent areas. [less ▲]

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See detailGerminal Center T Cells: Analysis of Their Proliferative Capacity
Bouzahzah, F.; Bosseloir, A.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1995), 378

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See detailModulation of B lymphocyte proliferation inside the germinal center.
Bosseloir, A. L.; Defrance, T.; Bouzahzah, F. et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1995), 378

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See detailMoabs Mas516 and 5b5, Two Fibroblast Markers, Recognize Human Follicular Dendritic Cells
Bosseloir, A.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Defrance, T. et al

in Immunology Letters (1994), 42(1-2), 49-54

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are only located within follicles of secondary lymphoid tissues. The origin of this peculiar cell type is not clearly defined. To contribute to this study, we applied two ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are only located within follicles of secondary lymphoid tissues. The origin of this peculiar cell type is not clearly defined. To contribute to this study, we applied two monoclonal antibodies (MAS516 and 5B5) considered as specific for fibroblasts to tonsil cryosections and to isolated follicular dendritic cells. On the basis of an enzyme cocktail digestion of human tonsils and a fractionation procedure on albumin gradients, FDC can be prepared in the form of cell aggregates with associated lymphoid cells. MAS516 reacts with surface membrane molecules expressed by human fibroblasts, tissue macrophages and peripheral blood monocytes. With immunoperoxidase assays on tonsil cryosections connective tissue cells and macrophages are stained. Inside germinal centres, heavy labelling of the light zone was found. The MAS516 staining pattern is very similar to that of specific FDC markers DRC-1 or BU10. All isolated FDC reacted with MAS516 antibody. 5B5, considered as a typical fibroblast marker, reacts with human prolyl-4-hydroxylase which is an intracellular enzyme related to collagen biosynthesis. In cryosections, interfollicular and capsular areas showed 5B5 positive connective tissue fibroblasts. In germinal centres, some cells presenting features of FDC were 5B5 positive. After cell separation, 25%-50% of the isolated FDC were labelled with this antibody. This positivity of some FDC for 5B5 antibody may support the idea of their fibroblastic origin. The combination of observations realized in situ and after cell purification ensured an unequivocal recognition and identification of FDC.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailAgm-1470, a Potent Angiogenesis Inhibitor, Prevents the Entry of Normal but Not Transformed Endothelial Cells into the G1 Phase of the Cell Cycle
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg; De Roanne, C. et al

in Cancer Research (1994), 54(8), 2073-6

AGM-1470 is a potent angiogenesis inhibitor that is very effective in inhibiting endothelial cell proliferation in both in vitro and in vivo models and that prevents tumor growth in vivo. Although this ... [more ▼]

AGM-1470 is a potent angiogenesis inhibitor that is very effective in inhibiting endothelial cell proliferation in both in vitro and in vivo models and that prevents tumor growth in vivo. Although this molecule appears to be a most promising anticancer drug, its mechanism of action has not yet been elucidated. In this study, we examined the effects of AGM-1470 on the cell cycle of normal and transformed endothelial cells. We showed that AGM-1470, at picomolar concentrations, specifically inhibits the proliferation of both bovine aortic endothelial cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. AGM-1470 was ineffective in significantly inhibiting the proliferation of Ea.hy926 cells, a hybrid cell line obtained by the fusion of human umbilical vein endothelial cells with a human carcinoma cell line, or cEnd.1 cells, a polyoma middle T oncogene-transformed endothelioma cell line derived from mouse embryo. Using a double labeling technique with anti-Ki67 antibodies and propidium iodide, we demonstrated, with flow cytometry analysis, that AGM-1470 specifically prevents the entry of endothelial cells into the G1 phase of the cell cycle. We also showed that AGM-1470 was ineffective in inhibiting endothelial cell migration toward laminin or capillary-like tube formation inside a type I collagen matrix induced by phorbol esters. Our data strongly suggest that AGM-1470 is a molecule that specifically inhibits a cell cycle control pathway active in normal cells but which could be bypassed or altered in transformed cells. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructure of CD57+ cells isolated from human tonsils or blood.
Bouzahzah, F.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in European Journal of Morphology (1993), 31(1-2), 82-6

The presence of CD4+, CD57+ T cells in the germinal centers has been reported by several authors. The CD57 antigen is also expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. We purified CD57+ cells from human ... [more ▼]

The presence of CD4+, CD57+ T cells in the germinal centers has been reported by several authors. The CD57 antigen is also expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. We purified CD57+ cells from human tonsils and blood by microdissection, rosetting with sheep red blood cells and magnetic cell sorting (MACS) and examined the ultrastructural morphology of these cells. Clear differences were found in cell aspect: blood NK contained large granules which were not found in the tonsillar CD57+ cells. These latter appeared medium-sized and not fully activated. After immunolabeling, the tonsillar CD57+ cells were mainly found in the light zone of the germinal centers. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid and Selective Isolation of Follicular Dendritic Cells by Low Speed Centrifugations on Discontinuous Bsa Gradients
Marcoty, C.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1993), 329

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See detailExpression de l'antigene DRC1 par les cellules leucemiques.
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Beckers, Catherine ULg; Marcoty, C. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1992), 47(2), 95-9

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See detailIntercellular Contacts between Germinal Center Cells. Mechanisms of Adhesion between Lymphoid Cells and Follicular Dendritic Cells
Louis, Edouard ULg; Philippet, B.; Cardos, B. et al

in Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica (1989), 43(4), 297-320

Intercellular connections exist between germinal center cells especially between lymphoid cells and follicular dendritic cells (FDC). Even after isolation, FDC remain associated to lymphocytes and are ... [more ▼]

Intercellular connections exist between germinal center cells especially between lymphoid cells and follicular dendritic cells (FDC). Even after isolation, FDC remain associated to lymphocytes and are able, in a cell suspension, to establish new connections with others. Using human tonsillar cells or mouse lymph node cells we analysed these connections which were shown to be species-specific. Low temperature as well as absence of Ca++ and Mg++ in the culture medium reduced the adherence of fluorochrome-labeled lymphoid cells to FDC. Colchicine treatment did not impair the adherence, whereas cytochalasin B dit it; this was the first observation underlining the importance of microfibrils in FDC. Antibodies directed towards integrin molecules (LFA-1 alpha or beta chain, CD11a and CD18 respectively) reduced the adherence, others (anti-CR3 or anti-gp 150/95, CD11b and c respectively) did not influence it. Antibodies directed against MHC class II exerted no inhibitory action on the lymphoid cell adhesion to FDC. As, at ultrastructural level, gold-labeled immune complexes can be found between FDC and lymphoid cells, we examined the effect on cell adhesion of the addition of immune complexes to the cell suspensions. It only impaired the lymphoid cell adhesion when complement components were present. IgM complexes were then more inhibitory than IgG complexes. When antibodies against Fc IgG receptors (CD16) were added, the adhesion was strongly reduced whereas antibodies to Fc IgE (CD23) receptors had no influence. The antibody DRC1, specifically recognizing an antigen on human FDC reduced the attachment of cells to FDC. This antigen thus seems to play a role in the intercellular contacts; this is the first function ascribed to this FDC specific antigen. [less ▲]

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See detailCytokines produced in lymph follicles.
Tsunoda, R.; Cormann, N.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Immunology Letters (1989), 22(2), 129-34

The events occurring inside lymph follicles during a germinal center reaction are poorly understood. Using B and T lymphoid cell populations prepared from human tonsillar lymph follicles, and enriched or ... [more ▼]

The events occurring inside lymph follicles during a germinal center reaction are poorly understood. Using B and T lymphoid cell populations prepared from human tonsillar lymph follicles, and enriched or not in macrophages or in follicular dendritic cells, we examined the production of cytokines by these cells in vitro. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) were found in the supernatants of cultures stimulated with phytohemagglutinin or pokeweed mitogen. IL-1 beta was occasionally detected; its secretion apparently depends on the origin of the tonsils, the stimulation, and the cell populations. IFN-gamma and IL-2 were not produced in significant amounts by these lymph follicle cells. IL-4 was only found in very low concentrations in the supernatant of the different cell cultures. The cell populations containing follicular dendritic cells produced more IL-6 and TNF than the others, especially than those composed of only B and T cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la proliferation lymphocytaire humaine in vitro en reponse a l'anatoxine tetanique.
Lecart, Marie-Paule ULg; Cormann, N.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1989), 44(13-14), 455-63

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See detailImmunohistochemical study on cultured FDC-C enriched lymphoid cell populations.
Tsunoda, R.; Cormann, N.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1988), 237

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See detailIsolation of follicular dendritic cells from human tonsils and adenoids. In vitro culture.
Cormann, N.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Kinet-Denoel, C. et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1988), 237

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See detailInteractions between follicular dendritic cells and lymphoid cells.
Heinen, Ernst ULg; Braun, M.; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1988), 237

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See detailInfluence of immunoglobulin isotypes and lymphoid cell phenotype on the transfer of immune complexes to follicular dendritic cells.
Braun, M.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Cormann, N. et al

in Cellular Immunology (1987), 107(1), 99-106

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located only inside lymph follicles and are characterized mainly by their capacity to retain high amounts of immune complexes by their Fc or C3b receptors. In this ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located only inside lymph follicles and are characterized mainly by their capacity to retain high amounts of immune complexes by their Fc or C3b receptors. In this work, we examine the influence of immunoglobulin isotypes and the subset of lymphoid cells (B or T) upon the transfer of immune complexes from lymphocytes to FDC. FDC isolated from mice lymph nodes by enzymatic digestion are able to fix, through Fc receptors, gold-labeled immune complexes presented by lymphoid cells. As demonstrated by electron microscopy, this transfer requires the establishment of close contacts between both cell types. Using different cell selection techniques we show that B lymphoid cells take up immune complexes more efficiently than do T lymphoid cells and transfer a larger number of them to FDC. This transfer mechanism is dependent on the immunoglobulin isotype: immune complexes constituted of IgG2a, IgG2b, and IgG1 isotypes are better transferred to FDC than those constituted of IgG3 and IgM. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of follicular dendritic cells from human tonsils and adenoids. V. Effect on lymphocyte proliferation and differentiation.
Cormann, N.; Lesage, F.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Immunology Letters (1986), 14(1), 29-35

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located only in lymph follicles and are characterized by their capacity to retain high amounts of immune complexes on their plasma membranes. As their functions in ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located only in lymph follicles and are characterized by their capacity to retain high amounts of immune complexes on their plasma membranes. As their functions in germinal centres are unknown, we isolated them from human tonsils and cultured them with autologous lymphoid cells. Cultures of lymphoid cells alone or with added macrophages were used as controls. Lymphoid cells incorporated tritiated thymidine only when FDC and lectins were added; this could be shown after several periods of time. However, the Ig secretion by lymphoid cell populations was inhibited by FDC after several days in vitro. In contrast, the supernatants of lymphocytes cultured alone or with macrophages only for the same periods of time contained increasing amounts of immunoglobulins. This inhibitory effect of FDC on immunoglobulin production was observed for all considered isotypes. Our data suggest that FDC stimulate lymphoid cell proliferation but reduce B-cell differentiation. This is the first accessory cell activity definitely shown for FDC in cultures. [less ▲]

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