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See detailVoyage(s) à travers le thymus
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Book published by Presses ULg (2015)

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See detailTreg/Th17 balance during murine embryo implantation and pregnancy
Polese, Barbara ULg; Gridelet, Virginie ULg; Araklioti, Eleni et al

Poster (2014, November)

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See detailAdditional intranasal oxytocin to escitalopram improves depressive symptoms in resistant depression: An open trial.
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Geenen, Vincent ULg et al

in European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists (2014)

The aim of this open trial was to assess the antidepressant/anxiolytic effects of oxytocin used as an adjunct to antidepressant in treatment-resistant depression. Fourteen patients, who have not responded ... [more ▼]

The aim of this open trial was to assess the antidepressant/anxiolytic effects of oxytocin used as an adjunct to antidepressant in treatment-resistant depression. Fourteen patients, who have not responded to 40mg of escitalopram, received intranasal synthetic oxytocin during 4 weeks, in association with antidepressant. This is the first open trial study suggesting OT in association with escitalopram significantly reduced scores on Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. [less ▲]

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See detail9th Congress of the International Society of NeuroImmunoModulation (ISNIM)
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September 25)

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See detailThe endocrine milieu and CD4 T-lymphocyte polarization during pregnancy
Polese, Barbara ULg; Gridelet, Virginie ULg; Arakioti, Eleni et al

in Frontiers in Endocrinology (2014), 5(Article 106), 1-11

Acceptance of the fetal semi-allograft by the mother’s immune system has become the focus of intensive research. CD4+ T cells are important actors in the establishment of pregnancy. Th1/Th2 paradigm has ... [more ▼]

Acceptance of the fetal semi-allograft by the mother’s immune system has become the focus of intensive research. CD4+ T cells are important actors in the establishment of pregnancy. Th1/Th2 paradigm has been expanded to include CD4+ regulatory T (Treg) and T helper 17 (Th17) cells. Pregnancy hormones exert very significant modulatory properties on the maternal immune system. In this review, we describe mechanisms by which the endocrine milieu modulates CD4 T cell polarization during pregnancy. We first focused on Treg and Th17 cells and on their importance for pregnancy. Secondly, we review the effects of pregnancy hormones [progesterone (P4) and estradiol (E2)] on immune cells previously described, with a particular attention to human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). The importance of Treg cells for pregnancy is evidenced. They are recruited before implantation and are essential for pregnancy maintenance. Decreased number or less efficient Treg cells are implicated in fertility disorders. As for Th17 cells, the few available studies suggest that they have a negative impact on fertility. Th17 frequency is increased in infertile patients. With the combination of its pro-effects on Th2 and Treg cells and anti-effects on Th1 and Th17 cells, P4 contributes to establishment of a favorable environment for pregnancy. E2 effects are more dependent on the context but it seems that E2 promotes Treg and Th2 cells while it inhibits Th1 cells. hCG positively influences activities of Treg and uterine natural killer cells. This embryo signal is an essential actor for the success of pregnancy, both as the endocrine factor regulating P4 secretion by the ovarian corpus luteum, but also as a paracrine agent during implantation as well as an angiogenic and immunologic mediator during the course of gestation. Luteinizing hormone (LH) immune properties begin to be studied but its positive impact on Treg cells suggests that LH could be a considerable immunomodulator in the mouse. [less ▲]

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See detailProgramming of neuroendocrine self-tolerance in the thymus and its defect in the development of neuroendocrine autoimmunity
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Conference (2014, March 27)

The thymus may be compared to a computer highly specialized in the programming of central immunological self-tolerance. A unique thymus first appeared some 500 million years ago in cartilaginous fishes ... [more ▼]

The thymus may be compared to a computer highly specialized in the programming of central immunological self-tolerance. A unique thymus first appeared some 500 million years ago in cartilaginous fishes, at the same time or shortly after the emergence of the adaptive immune system. A new paradigm of neuroendocrine self-peptides has been proposed, together with the definition of neuroendocrine self. Neuroendocrine self-peptides are secreted by thymic epithelial cells (TECs) not according to the classic model of neurosecretion, but are processed for presentation by the thymic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) machinery. The autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene/protein controls the transcription of neuroendocrine genes in TECs. Presentation of neuroendocrine self-peptides in the thymus is responsible for the clonal deletion of self-reactive T cells directed toward neuroendocrine antigens, which emerge during the random recombination of gene segments encoding variable parts of the T cell receptor for the antigen (TCR). Quite paradoxically, neuroendocrine self-peptide presentation in the thymus also generates regulatory T (tTreg) cells that inhibit, in the periphery, those self-reactive T cells having escaped thymic negative selection. Several arguments indicate that the origin of autoimmunity directed against neuroendocrine glands results from a primary defect in the intrathymic programming of self-tolerance to neuroendocrine principles. This defect may be genetic or acquired, for example during a viral infection. This novel knowledge of normal and pathologic functions of the thymus constitutes a solid scientific basis for the development of a novel type negative self-vaccination against type 1 diabetes. (Supported by NFSR of Belgium, Wallonia and FP6 Eurothymaide.) [less ▲]

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See detailHigh TMEM45A expression is correlated to epidermal keratinization
Hayez, Aurélie; Malaisse, Jérémy; Rogiers, Edith et al

in Experimental Dermatology (2014), 23

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See detailEl sindrome tirogastrico autoinmune : sus efectos sobre los micronutrientes y la tumorigenesis gastrica
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; LUTTERI, Laurence ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg et al

in Revista Argentina de Endocrinologia y Metabolismo (2014), 51

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See detailNew Insights into Thymus Physiology
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Scientific conference (2013, November 08)

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See detailProgramming of neuroendocrine self in the thymus and its defect in neuroendocrine autoimmunity
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Bodart, Gwennaëlle ULg; Henry, Séverine et al

in Frontiers in Neuroscience (2013), 7

During centuries after its first description by Galen, the thymus has been considered only as a vestigial endocrine organ until the discovery in 1961 by Jacques FAP Miller of its essential role in the ... [more ▼]

During centuries after its first description by Galen, the thymus has been considered only as a vestigial endocrine organ until the discovery in 1961 by Jacques FAP Miller of its essential role in the development of T (thymo-dependent) lymphocytes. A unique thymus appeared for the first time in cartilaginous fishes some 500 millions years ago, in the same time or shortly after the emergence of the adaptive (acquired) immune system. The thymus may be compared to a small brain or a computer highly specialized in the orchestration of central immunological self-tolerance. This latter was a necessity for the survival of species given the potent evolutionary pressure impacted by the high risk of autotoxicity inherent to the stochastic generation of the diversity of immune cell receptors that characterize the adaptive immune response. The new paradigm of neuroendocrine self-peptides has been proposed together with the definition of neuroendocrine self. Neuroendocrine self-peptides are not secreted by thymic epithelial cells (TECs) according to the classic model of neuroendocrine signaling, but processed for a presentation by, or in association with, the thymic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins. The autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene/protein controls the transcription of neuroendocrine genes in TECs. The presentation of self-peptides in the thymus is responsible for the clonal deletion of self-reactive T cells emerging during the random recombination of gene segments that encode variable parts of the T cell receptor for the antigen (TCR). In the same time, self-antigen presentation in the thymus also generates regulatory T (Treg) cells that are able to inhibit in the periphery self-reactive T cells having escaped negative selection in the thymus. Several arguments show that the origin of autoimmunity directed against neuroendocrine glands primarily results from a defect in the intrathymic programming of self-tolerance to neuroendocrine functions. This defect may be genetic or acquired during an enteroviral infection, for example. This novel knowledge of normal and pathologic functions of the thymus already constitutes a solid basis for the development of a novel type of tolerogenic/negative self-vaccination against type 1 diabetes (T1D). [less ▲]

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See detailHypothyroïdie infraclinique non auto-immune et statut iodé : étude prospective d'intervention
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Tudorescu, A; Lutteri, L et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2013, October), 74

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See detailLe thymus aujourd'hui : d'un organe 'vestigial' à la tolérance au Soi et à l'auto-immunité
Geenen, Vincent ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailEvidence for cross-talk between the LH receptor and LH during implantation in mice
Gridelet, Virginie ULg; Tsampalas, Marie; Berndt, Sarah et al

in Reproduction, Fertility and Development (2013), 25

The present study investigated the first interaction that occurs between the blastocyst and endometrium during implantation. Given the ethical objections to studying implantation in humans, a mouse model ... [more ▼]

The present study investigated the first interaction that occurs between the blastocyst and endometrium during implantation. Given the ethical objections to studying implantation in humans, a mouse model was used to study the dialogue between luteinising hormone (LH) and luteinising hormone receptor (LHCGR). Several studies performed on LHCGR-knockout mice have generated controversy regarding the importance of the dialogue between LH and LHCGR during implantation. There has been no demonstration of a bioactive LH-like signal produced by the murine blastocyst. The first aim of the present study was to examine and quantify, using radioimmunoassay, the generation of a bioactive LH signal by the murine blastocyst. We went on to examine and quantify endometrial Lhcgr expression to validate the mouse model. Expression of LHCGR in mouse uteri was demonstrated using immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis. To quantify the expression of Lh in the mouse blastocyst and Lhcgr in the endometrium, reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time quantitative (q) RT-PCR were performed. The results demonstrate that Lhcgr expression in BALB/c mouse endometrial epithelium is increased at the time of implantation and indicate that LHCGR may contribute to the implantation process. In support of this hypothesis, we identified a bioactive LH signal at the time of murine blastocyst implantation. [less ▲]

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