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See detailCurrent issues : varicella
Stouvenakers, Nadine ULg; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg; Rentier, Bernard ULg

in Vaccines : Children and Practice (2001), 4

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See detailUltrastructural Modifications in Cultured Fetal Quail Hepatocytes Exposed to Pesticides and Pcbs
Hugla, J. L.; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg; Kremers, Pierre ULg et al

in Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety (1996), 34(2), 145-55

There is increasing interest in cultured hepatocytes as a tool for solving toxicological and pharmacological problems while reducing laboratory animal experimentation. In the present study, fetal ... [more ▼]

There is increasing interest in cultured hepatocytes as a tool for solving toxicological and pharmacological problems while reducing laboratory animal experimentation. In the present study, fetal hepatocytes from the Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) were used as an in vitro alternative model for evaluating the effects of PCBs and various pesticide-type chemicals on cell ultrastructure. Major alterations were demonstrated. The most striking effects of toxicants were an increase in the number of cisternae of the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER), various alterations of mitochondrial morphology, a decreased glycogen content, vacuolization of the cytoplasm, and the appearance of concentric membrane arrays (CMA's), also called myelin-like figures. Other changes were sometimes observed, such as altered cell junctions, an increased lipid content, deformations of the nuclei, or the appearance of crystalline structures. These ultrastructural modifications seem to be dose-dependent. The present in vitro findings are validated by similar observations previously made in vivo on Japanese quail. They confirm the effectiveness of this technique as a biomonitoring tool for the evaluation of environmental quality. Yet the multiplicity of possible toxic effects, even for xenobiotics of a same category, makes it necessary to screen additional indicators of toxicity, such as the detoxifying activity of monooxygenases. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects on Pcbs on Liver Ultrastructure and Monooxygenase Activities in Japanese Quail
Stouvenakers, Nadine ULg; Hugla, J. L.; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg et al

in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology (1996), 56(5), 839-46

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See detailCytotoxic Effects of Aroclor 1254 on Ultrastructure and Biochemical Parameters in Cultured Foetal Rat Hepatocytes
Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg; Roelandt, L.; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg et al

in Toxicology (1995), 98(1-3), 83-94

The cytotoxicity of a commercial PCB mixture, Aroclor 1254, was assessed on cultured foetal rat hepatocytes. Under control conditions, dexamethasone stimulates immature hepatocytes to differentiate into ... [more ▼]

The cytotoxicity of a commercial PCB mixture, Aroclor 1254, was assessed on cultured foetal rat hepatocytes. Under control conditions, dexamethasone stimulates immature hepatocytes to differentiate into both hepatocytes and biliary epithelial cells. Consequently, foetal rat hepatocytes maintain, in vitro, a liver-like organization with spaces corresponding to the lumen of biliary canalicules, many mitochondria, and a well-developed rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER). This in vivo-like organization of cultured rat hepatocytes remains unchanged in medium supplemented with Aroclor 1254 at concentrations below 25 microM. In the 25-125 microM concentration range, however, PCBs severely alter some cellular organelles, notably causing important development of the RER and the appearance of cytoplasmic lacunae containing laminated concentric membrane arrays. In addition, the number of lipid droplets increases, the glycogen islets disappear, and dramatic local alterations of the mitochondrial cristae occur. In exposed and unexposed cells, the following biochemical parameters were measured: the DNA content, protein synthesis, lipid peroxidation, and urea formation. The results show that Aroclor 1254 at concentrations exceeding 25 microM (but not at lower concentrations) causes irreversible damage to cultured hepatocytes. The observed ultrastructural modifications are in good agreement with several in vivo studies on rat liver. Thus, isolated foetal rat hepatocytes have considerable potential as an alternative to whole animals for use in (eco)toxicological studies. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and Induction of Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes in Cultured Fetal Rat Hepatocytes
Kremers, Pierre ULg; Roelandt, L.; Stouvenakers, Nadine ULg et al

in Cell Biology and Toxicology (1994), 10(2), 117-25

An in vitro experimental model, fetal rat hepatocytes in culture, was metabolically characterized. Several enzymatic activities were expressed in these hepatocytes, namely, testosterone hydroxylations ... [more ▼]

An in vitro experimental model, fetal rat hepatocytes in culture, was metabolically characterized. Several enzymatic activities were expressed in these hepatocytes, namely, testosterone hydroxylations. Hepatocytes cultured up to 3 weeks in the presence of dexamethasone and phenobarbital still expressed some drug-metabolizing enzyme activities (e.g., ECOD). The enzymatic activities were measured both directly on monolayers during culture and on the corresponding harvested and homogenized cells. The results correlate perfectly with each other. The 'on cell' procedure allows us to repeat the assay or to measure several activities on the same cells at different time intervals. The presence of dexamethasone in the culture medium allows the expression and the induction of several cytochrome P450 isoenzymes, namely, those hydroxylating testosterone. This makes the model particularly attractive for induction experiments as well as for metabolic or toxicological studies needing longer treatments. [less ▲]

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