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See detailMechanoreceptors in the anterior horn of the equine medial meniscus: an immunohistochemical approach.
Nemery, Elodie ULg; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg et al

Poster (2014)

Mechanoreceptors are “encapsulated sensory end-organs” involved in proprioceptive function. Given the high incidence of meniscal injuries in horses, the clinical interest in these mechanoreceptors ... [more ▼]

Mechanoreceptors are “encapsulated sensory end-organs” involved in proprioceptive function. Given the high incidence of meniscal injuries in horses, the clinical interest in these mechanoreceptors, particularly in the meniscus, and the lack of information concerning them in equine menisci, our objective was to study these corpuscles in the anterior horn of the equine medial meniscus, which is the most common localization reported for equine meniscal injuries. An immunohistochemical approach to detect Schwann cells and nerve fibres allowed us to localize and identify these corpuscles within the meniscus. Three types of mechanoreceptors were identified and localized between the abaxial quarter and the abaxial third of the meniscus: the Ruffini, Pacini and Golgi corpuscles. In conclusion, from a purely fundamental point of view, our work highlights for the first time the presence of MCR at the level of the anterior horn of the equine medial meniscus and proposes a classification based on specific immunocytochemical techniques. This morphological approach could serve as a basis for clinical studies, in order to evaluate the impact of these corpuscles on the poor sportive prognosis in equine meniscal tears. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-dimensional reconstruction of the pharyngeal tonsil innervation pattern in sheep
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroimmunology (2013), (262), 79-84

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See detailThe three-dimensional reconstruction of the innervation pattern in the lymphoid compartment of the ovine pharyngeal tonsil highlighted a possible way of neuro-invasion by the scrapie agent.
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg; Grobet, Luc ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2nd Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, ULg, Belgium, October 19, 2012 (2012, October 19)

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See detailNeuroimmune connections in ovine pharyngeal tonsil: potential site for prion neuroinvasion
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg; Kirschvink, Nathalie et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (2012)

Recent studies have proved the possible implication of nasal associated lymphoid tissues, mainly the pharyngeal tonsil, in prion pathogenesis. However, the mechanisms of this neuroinvasion are still being ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have proved the possible implication of nasal associated lymphoid tissues, mainly the pharyngeal tonsil, in prion pathogenesis. However, the mechanisms of this neuroinvasion are still being debated. To determine the potential sites for prion neuroinvasion inside the ovine pharyngeal tonsil, the topography of neurofilaments heavy (200 kDa) (NFH), neurofilaments light (70 kDa) (NFL) and glial fibrillar acidic protein (GFAP) was semi-quantitatively analysed inside the different compartments of the tonsil. The results showed that the most innervated areas were the interfollicular area and the connective tissue located beneath the respiratory epithelium. Even if the germinal centre of the lymphoid follicles was poorly innervated, the existence of rare follicular dendritic cell-nerve synapses inside the germinal centre indicates that this mechanism of neuroinvasion is possible but unlikely to be unique. The host PRNP genotype did not influence the pattern of innervation in these different tonsil compartments, unlike age: an increase of nerve endings in a zone of high trafficking cells beneath the respiratory epithelium occurred with ageing. A minimal age-related increase of innervation inside the lymphoid follicles was also observed. An increase in nerve fibre density around the lymphoid follicles, in an area rich in mobile cells able to transport PrPd, could ensure a more efficient infectivity, not in the early phase but in the advanced phase of lymphoinvasion after amplification of PrPd, or could act as direct site of entry during neuroinvasion. [less ▲]

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See detailFeatures of follicular dendritic cells in ovine pharyngeal tonsil: An in vivo and in vitro study in the context of scrapie pathogenesis
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Piret, Joëlle ULg et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2011), 141

Although the alimentary tract has been suggested as the most likely portal of entry in natural scrapie, a growing amount of data indicates that the respiratory system and more specifically the pharyngeal ... [more ▼]

Although the alimentary tract has been suggested as the most likely portal of entry in natural scrapie, a growing amount of data indicates that the respiratory system and more specifically the pharyngeal tonsils serve as a natural portal of entry for scrapie. This study describes for the first time the broad cell populations in the lymphoid compartment of pharyngeal tonsils and more specifically inside the lymphoid follicles where the scrapie agent accumulates during the period of latency. Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs), stromal cells located in the light zone of the germinal centre of lymphoid follicles, seem to be the principal causal factor in the accumulation of the infectious agent in transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) diseases. Knowing that efficient lymphoreticular prion propagation requires PrPc expression, we analysed the expression of PrPc with the mouse monoclonal antibody Pri 909 both in situ and on FDC-cluster-enriched cell suspensions. In situ, a positive staining was observed in the germinal centre of pharyngeal lymph follicles. The germinal centre labelling was due to the presence of a follicular dendritic network as revealed after immunogold staining of isolated FDC clusters. Our results suggest that the pharyngeal lymphoreticular system and more specifically PrPc expressing follicular dendritic cells could serve as a prion “reservoir” during the latency phase, thus playing a key role during the scrapie lymphoinvasion. [less ▲]

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See detailGerminal centre innervation of bovine and human tonsils related to prion diseases.
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Dorban, Gauthier; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in Brain, Behavior & Immunity (2009), 23(1), 10

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See detailDo tonsilar FDCs express PrPc in sheep?
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Piret,J; Minne,M et al

Poster (2007, October)

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See detailAre CNA42 and FDC-B1 directed against ovine follicular dendritic cells?
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Piret,J; Minne , M et al

Poster (2006, October)

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See detailMorphometric study of the equine fetlock and coffin joints
Riccio, Barbara; Carstanjen, Bianca; Denoix, Jean-Marie et al

in Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology (2006), 111

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See detailHistological study of equine interphalangeal joints
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Pastoret, V.; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

Poster (2005, July)

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See detailMorphology, growth and modelling of bone tissue
Toppets, Vinciane ULg; Pastoret, V.; De Behr, V. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2004), 148(1), 1-13

Bone is an essential part of the squeletton. Besides its mechanic properties, bone has an important role in metabolism regulation because it acts as a reservoir for the storage of minerals essential to ... [more ▼]

Bone is an essential part of the squeletton. Besides its mechanic properties, bone has an important role in metabolism regulation because it acts as a reservoir for the storage of minerals essential to provide homeostasy. This article describes bone morphology and different ways of classification of this tissue. It gives the composition of organic and mineral extracellular bone matrix, underlines the dynamic character of bone tissue, details the cellular morphology and the metabolism of the elements acting on the synthesis/resorption mechanisms : osteoprogenitor cells, osteoblasts, osteocyts and osteoclasts. It relates the histogenesis of bone tissue and develops the different types of ossification: intramembranous, periostic, endochondral and osteonal remodeling. The last part of this article describe some dietetary and hormonal influences on bone tissue. [less ▲]

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