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See detailTravaux pratiques en Histologie Humaine, Quadrimestre 3
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Florquin, Sandra ULg et al

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See detailTravaux pratiques en Histologie Humaine, Quadrimestre 4, 5 et 6
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Florquin, Sandra ULg et al

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See detailFDC-B1: a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendritic cells
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2004), 97(1-2), 1-9

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are a unique population of accessory cells located in the light zone of the germinal centres of lymphoid follicles. Their involvement in the generation of Immoral immune ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are a unique population of accessory cells located in the light zone of the germinal centres of lymphoid follicles. Their involvement in the generation of Immoral immune responses implies a potential role for these cells in many disorders. Indeed, in prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent accumulation in lymphoid organs. The identification of FDC is useful for the analysis of their distribution in reactive lymphoid tissue as well as in pathological conditions. The production and characterisation of a new mouse monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendritic cells (FDC-B1) is reported. The antigen detected by FDC-B1 is expressed exclusively on the surface of FDCs in ruminant lymphoid organs. The antigen has an approximate molecular weight of 28 kDa. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFDC-B1, a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine follicular dendrititic cells.
Defaweux, Valérie ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

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Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are unique immunological accessory cells located in the light and dark zones of the germinal centres in lymph follicles. Characterized by long branching processes forming ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) are unique immunological accessory cells located in the light and dark zones of the germinal centres in lymph follicles. Characterized by long branching processes forming a three-dimensional network, FDCs create particular microenvironments for germinal centre B and T cells and contribute to the maturation of B cells into memory cells. An involvement of the FDCs is suspected in various disorders affecting lymphoid tissues, malignant lymphoma or in some viral diseases. Moreover, in prion diseases, FDCs seem to be the major sites of extraneuronal cellular prion protein expression and the principal sites of the infectious agent accumulation in lymph organs. Because no antibody commercially available was specific to bovine FDCs, a new monoclonal antibody directed against bovine FDCs (FDC-B1) has been produced and characterized in our laboratory. The antigen detected by FDC-B1 is expressed on FDC surfaces in ruminant (bovine, ovine and caprine) lymphoid organs. This protein seems to be a membrane glycoprotein of more or less 28 kDa whose sequence will be soon determined. Moreover, FDC-B1 can be used in various applications: immunofluorescence, immunoperoxidase, immunogold labellings and western blotting. FDCs are potential targets for therapy or prophylaxis in natural TSEs, such as bovine spongiform encephalopathies and scrapie. Thus, it appears of great interest to identify bovine and ovine FDCs in routine lymphoid tissues sections. An other application of this antibody to immunofluorescence histochemistry techniques will enable the study of possible direct contacts between bovine FDCs and nerve endings and thus clarify prions neuroinvasion scheme in the case of BSE and scrapie. [less ▲]

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See detailDo Bovine Lymphocytes Express a Peculiar Prion Protein?
Mélot, France ULg; Thielen, Caroline ULg; Labiet, T. et al

in Developmental Immunology (2002), 9(4), 245-52

The cellular prion protein (PrPc) is a glycolipid-anchored cell surface protein that usually exhibits three glycosylation states. Its post-translationally modified isoform, PrPsc, is involved in the ... [more ▼]

The cellular prion protein (PrPc) is a glycolipid-anchored cell surface protein that usually exhibits three glycosylation states. Its post-translationally modified isoform, PrPsc, is involved in the pathogenesis of various transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). In bovine species, BSE infectivity appears to be restricted to the central nervous system; few or no detectable infectivity is found in lymphoid tissues in contrast to scrapie or variant CJD. Since expression of PrPc is a prerequisite for prion replication, we have investigated PrPc expression by bovine immune cells. Lymphocytes from blood and five different lymph organs were isolated from the same animal to assess intra- and interindividual variability of PrPc expression, considering six individuals. As shown by flow cytometry, this expression is absent or weak on granulocytes but is measurable on monocytes, B and T cells from blood and lymph organs. The activation of the bovine cells produces an upregulation of PrPc. The results of our in vitro study of PrPc biosynthesis are consistent with previous studies in other species. Interestingly, western blotting experiments showed only one form of the protein, the diglycosylated band. We propose that the glycosylation state could explain the lack of infectivity of the bovine immune cells. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Histochemical and Ultrastructural Observations on Normal Bovine Tonsils
Velinova, Maria; Thielen, Caroline ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2001), 149(20), 613-7

Samples of normal bovine palatine tonsils were examined by light and electron microscopy. Like human tonsils, they were composed of crypts, subepithelial areas, follicles, and T-dependent zones, but their ... [more ▼]

Samples of normal bovine palatine tonsils were examined by light and electron microscopy. Like human tonsils, they were composed of crypts, subepithelial areas, follicles, and T-dependent zones, but their well-developed capsule subdivided the lymphoid tissue by connective septa. B cells formed the major lymphoid component. The follicles and T-dependent zones had morphological and histochemical features typical of peripheral lymph organs. Follicular dendritic cells were isolated and shown to be similar to human follicular dendritic cells. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of Bovine Follicular Dendritic Cells Allows the Demonstration of a Particular Cellular Prion Protein
Thielen, Caroline ULg; Mélot, France ULg; Jolois, Olivier ULg et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (2001), 306(1), 49-55

As interaction of cellular prion protein (PrPc) and the infectious agent (PrPres) appears to be a crucial pathogenic step promoted by homology, variation in PrPc isoforms on bovine immune cells may ... [more ▼]

As interaction of cellular prion protein (PrPc) and the infectious agent (PrPres) appears to be a crucial pathogenic step promoted by homology, variation in PrPc isoforms on bovine immune cells may explain the absence of infectivity in most bovine lymph organs. In this study, we examined PrPc expression in bovine lymph organs (tonsils and lymph nodes) and on isolated follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). We used a panel of different monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) raised against different epitopes of prion protein. Two MoAbs recognise amino acids 79-92 (SAF 34 and SAF 32 Mo-Abs); the 6H4 antibody reacts with a specific peptide comprising the 144-152 amino acids, and the 12F10 MoAb recognises the sequence 142-160. After immunolabelling of frozen sections of lymph organs with 6H4 or 12F10 MoAbs, we detected cellular prion protein in germinal centres. However, using the SAF 34 or SAF 32 antibodies, PrPc was revealed outside the lymphoid tissues. No PrPc was observed in the germinal centres. Therefore, we adapted the method of FDC isolation, making it suitable for the study of PrPc expression on their surface. Using electron microscopy, the presence of PrPc on the surface of FDCs was demonstrated only with 6H4 MoAb. These results suggest that bovine follicular dendritic cells express a particular form of prion protein. Either the N-terminal part of PrPc is cleaved or the accessibility of the specific epitope (79-92) of SAF 34 MoAb is abolished by interaction with other molecules. This particular isoform of PrPc on bovine FDCs might be related to the apparent absence of infectivity in lymph organs in cattle affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman Fdc Express Prpc in Vivo and in Vitro
Thielen, Caroline ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

in Developmental Immunology (2001), 8(3-4), 259-66

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by accumulation of abnormal prion protein (protease-resistant prion, PrPres). PrPres accumulation is also detected in lymphoid organs after ... [more ▼]

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by accumulation of abnormal prion protein (protease-resistant prion, PrPres). PrPres accumulation is also detected in lymphoid organs after peripheral infection. Several studies suggest that follicular dendritic cells (FDC) could be the site of PrPres retention and amplification. Here we show that human follicular dendritic cells can express normal cellular prion protein (PrPc) both in situ and in vitro. When tonsillar cryosections were treated with anti-PrP antibody, the label was found on some very delicate cell extensions inside the lymphoid follicles, especially in the germinal centres. These extensions react with DRC1 antibody, used frequently to label FDC. Other structures labelled with anti-PrP antibody were the keratinocytes. To confirm the ability of FDC to synthesise PrPc, we isolated FDC by a non-enzymatic procedure and cultured them. By cytochemistry and flow cytometry it was clearly shown that FDC do produce PrPc. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphoid cell apoptosis induced by trophoblastic cells: a model of active foeto-placental tolerance
Coumans, Bernard ULg; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Journal of Immunological Methods (1999), 224(1-2), 185-196

To test the hypothesis that CD95-L (Fas-L) present on trophoblastic cells plays a part in establishing foeto-placental tolerance by inducing apoptosis of immune defence cells, we cocultured trophoblasts ... [more ▼]

To test the hypothesis that CD95-L (Fas-L) present on trophoblastic cells plays a part in establishing foeto-placental tolerance by inducing apoptosis of immune defence cells, we cocultured trophoblasts with lymphoid cells and scored the frequency of cell death in these cultures. We prepared human trophoblastic cells from term placentas removed by C-section and placed them in culture for 48 h before introducing the lymphoid cells. We added Jurkat cells, a CD3 + lymphoid cell line, or purified T cells from human blood to the cultured trophoblasts and monitored apoptosis by electron microscopy and flow cytometry after TUNEL or annexin V labelling. The frequency of cell death in the CD3 + cell population was higher when the lymphoid cells were cocultured with trophoblastic cells than when they were cultured alone. This frequency increased with time but was reduced when anti-CD95-L antibodies were added to the culture medium. Cell death was less frequent in the lymphoid cell population when trophoblasts were replaced with human fibroblasts not expressing CD95-L. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDemonstration of the expression of CD95 ligand transcript and protein in human placenta
Zorzi, Willy ULg; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg et al

in Placenta (1998), 19(4), 269-277

Tolerance of the fetal allograft enables the human conceptus to implant itself into the maternal uterus and survive and grow there. This tolerance phenomenon remains largely obscure, notably because it ... [more ▼]

Tolerance of the fetal allograft enables the human conceptus to implant itself into the maternal uterus and survive and grow there. This tolerance phenomenon remains largely obscure, notably because it appears to be controlled by multiple mechanisms. CD95 ligand (CD95-L), which can trigger death of CD95-positive cells by apoptosis, may participate in inducing anti-fetus-sensitized CD95-positive T lymphocytes to enter apoptosis. Using immunohistochemistry (first trimester and term placentae), FAGS assays (term placenta) and RT-PCR assays (term placenta), the presence of CD95-L protein and mRNA has been shown in crude placental tissue preparations and isolated placental cells. Among the latter, CD95-L expression was detected in trophoblastic cells, fetal blood cells (mRNA only) and also the Hofbauer macrophages. No CD95-L was detected in fibroblasts or fetal endothelial cells. Thus trophoblastic cells, Hofbauer macrophages, and perhaps also fetal blood cells could form a sequential barrier blocking maternal activated defence cells bearing CD95 molecules. (C) 1998 W. B. Saunders Company Ltd. [less ▲]

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