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See detailOxidative stress-mediated iNKT-cell activation is involved in COPD pathogenesis.
Pichavant, M.; Remy, G.; Bekaert, Sandrine ULg et al

in Mucosal Immunology (2013)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major clinical challenge mostly due to cigarette smoke (CS) exposure. Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are potent immunoregulatory cells that have ... [more ▼]

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major clinical challenge mostly due to cigarette smoke (CS) exposure. Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are potent immunoregulatory cells that have a crucial role in inflammation. In the current study, we investigate the role of iNKT cells in COPD pathogenesis. The frequency of activated NKT cells was found to be increased in peripheral blood of COPD patients relative to controls. In mice chronically exposed to CS, activated iNKT cells accumulated in the lungs and strongly contributed to the pathogenesis. The detrimental role of iNKT cells was confirmed in an acute model of oxidative stress, an effect that depended on interleukin (IL)-17. CS extracts directly activated mouse and human dendritic cells (DC) and airway epithelial cells (AECs) to trigger interferongamma and/or IL-17 production by iNKT cells, an effect ablated by the anti-oxidant N-acetylcystein. In mice, this treatment abrogates iNKT-cell accumulation in the lung and abolished the development of COPD. Together, activation of iNKT cells by oxidative stress in DC and AECs participates in the development of experimental COPD, a finding that might be exploited at a therapeutic level.Mucosal Immunology advance online publication, 30 October 2013; doi:10.1038/mi.2013.75. [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 detailL'asthme: une maladie de tout l'arbre aerien.
Tillie-Leblond, I.; Louis, Renaud ULg; Magnan, A. et al

in Revue des Maladies Respiratoires (2009), 26(8), 851-8

Inflammation and remodelling are constant features of asthma. They are present throughout the whole bronchial tree, even in the small airways (less than 2 mm). The inflammatory cell infiltrate and ... [more ▼]

Inflammation and remodelling are constant features of asthma. They are present throughout the whole bronchial tree, even in the small airways (less than 2 mm). The inflammatory cell infiltrate and structural changes are, in most cases, identical. However, in severe asthma, nocturnal asthma and fatal asthma, the cellular infiltrate in the distal airways is more intense and the number of activated cells is increased. In fatal asthma there are major alterations in the distal airways involving the smooth muscle and the bronchial epithelium, and mucus hypersecretion leading to distal airway plugging. Thus the histopathological changes in the distal airways contribute to the most severe stages of asthma and should be targeted by treatment. Currently the non-invasive tools that reflect inflammation are unable to assess these changes in the distal airways. [less ▲]

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