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See detailThe IL-10 homologue encoded by cyprinid herpesvirus 3 is essential neither for viral replication in vitro nor for virulence in vivo
Ouyang, Ping ULg; Rakus, Krzysztof ULg; Boutier, Maxime ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2013)

Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3), a member of the family Alloherpesviridae, is the causative agent of a lethal disease in common and koi carp. CyHV-3 ORF134 encodes an interleukin-10 (IL-10) homologue. The ... [more ▼]

Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3), a member of the family Alloherpesviridae, is the causative agent of a lethal disease in common and koi carp. CyHV-3 ORF134 encodes an interleukin-10 (IL-10) homologue. The present study was devoted to this ORF. Transcriptomic analyses revealed that ORF134 is expressed as a spliced gene belonging to the early-late class. Proteomic analyses of CyHV-3 infected cell supernatant demonstrated that the ORF134 expression product is one of the most abundant proteins of the CyHV-3 secretome. To investigate the role of ORF134 in viral replication in vitro and in virulence in vivo, a deleted strain and a derived revertant strain were produced using BAC cloning technologies. The recombinant ORF134 deleted strain replicated in vitro comparably to the parental and the revertant strains. Infection of fish by immersion in water containing the virus induced comparable CyHV-3 disease for the three virus genotypes tested (wild type, deleted and revertant). Quantification of viral DNA by real time TaqMan PCR (in the gills and the kidney) and analysis of carp cytokine expression (in the spleen) by RT-qPCR at different times post-infection did not revealed any significant difference between the groups of fish infected with the three virus genotypes. Similarly, histological examination of the gills and the kidney of infected fish revealed no significant differences between fish infected with ORF134 deleted virus versus fish infected with the control parental or revertant strains. All together, the results of the present study demonstrate that the IL-10 homologue encoded by CyHV-3 is essential neither for viral replication in vitro nor for virulence in common carp. [less ▲]

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See detailAn essential role for gamma-herpesvirus latency-associated nuclear antigen homolog in an acute lymphoproliferative disease of cattle.
Palmeira, Leonor; Sorel, Océane ULg; Van Campe, Willem et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2013)

Wildebeests carry asymptomatically alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1), a gamma-herpesvirus inducing malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) to several ruminant species (including cattle). This acute and lethal ... [more ▼]

Wildebeests carry asymptomatically alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1), a gamma-herpesvirus inducing malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) to several ruminant species (including cattle). This acute and lethal lymphoproliferative disease occurs after a prolonged asymptomatic incubation period after transmission. Our recent findings with the rabbit model indicated that AlHV-1 infection is not productive during MCF. Here, we investigated whether latency establishment could explain this apparent absence of productive infection and sought to determine its role in MCF pathogenesis. First, whole-genome cellular and viral gene expression analyses were performed in lymph nodes of MCF-developing calves. Whereas a severe disruption in cellular genes was observed, only 10% of the entire AlHV-1 genome was expressed, contrasting with the 45% observed during productive infection in vitro. In vivo, the expressed viral genes included the latency-associated nuclear antigen homolog ORF73 but none of the regions known to be essential for productive infection. Next, genomic conformation analyses revealed that AlHV-1 was essentially episomal, further suggesting that MCF might be the consequence of a latent infection rather than abortive lytic infection. This hypothesis was further supported by the high frequencies of infected CD8+ T cells during MCF using immunodetection of ORF73 protein and single-cell RT-PCR approaches. Finally, the role of latency-associated ORF73 was addressed. A lack of ORF73 did not impair initial virus replication in vivo, but it rendered AlHV-1 unable to induce MCF and persist in vivo and conferred protection against a lethal challenge with a WT virus. Together, these findings suggest that a latent infection is essential for MCF induction. [less ▲]

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See detailCyprinid herpesvirus 3 : an intersting virus for applied and fundamental research
Rakus; Ouyang, Ping; Boutier, Maxime ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2013), 44

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See detailLaboratory validation of a lateral flow device for the detection of CyHV-3 antigens in gill swabs
Vrancken, Robert; Boutier, Maxime ULg; Ronsmans, Maygane ULg et al

in Journal of Virological Methods (2013), 193

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See detailEvaluation of a new biocompatible poly(N-(morpholino ethyl methacrylate)-based copolymer for the delivery of ruthenium oligonucleotides, targeting HPV16 E6 oncogene
Reschner, Anca ULg; Shim, Yong Ho; Dubois, Philippe et al

in Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology (2013), 9

This study investigates the use of a new biocompatible block copolymer poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate-N-(morpholino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA) for the delivery of a particular ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the use of a new biocompatible block copolymer poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate-N-(morpholino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA) for the delivery of a particular antisense oligonucleotide targeting E6 gene from human papilloma virus. This antisense oligonucleotide was derivatized with a polyazaaromatic RuII complex which, under visible illumination, is able to produce an irreversible crosslink with the complementary targeted sequence. The purpose of this study is to determine whether by the use of a suitable transfection agent, it is possible to increase the efficiency of the antisense oligonucleotide targeting E6 gene, named Ru-P-4. In a recent study, we showed that Oligofectamine® transfected Ru-P-4 antisense oligonucleotide failed to inhibit efficiently the growth of cervical cancer cell line SiHa, contrarily to the Ru-P-6 antisense oligonucleotide, another sequence also targeting the E6 gene. The ability of PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA to form polyplexes with optimal physicochemical characteristics was investigated first. Then the ability of the PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA/Ru-P-4 antisense oligonucleotide polyplexes to transfect two keratinocyte cell lines (SiHa and HaCat) and the capacity of polyplexes to inhibit HPV16 + cervical cancer cell growth was evaluated. PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA base polyplexes at the optimal molar ratio of polymer nitrogen atoms to DNA phosphates (N/P), were able to deliver Ru-P-4 antisense oligonucleotide and to induce a higher growth inhibition in human cervical cancer SiHa cells, compared to other formulations based on Oligofectamine®. [less ▲]

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See detailVaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated lesions induces collaboration between natural killer and dendritic cells in vitro.
Langers, Inge ULg; Reschner, Anca ULg; Renoux, Virginie ULg et al

Poster (2010, December)

Cervical cancer, the second most frequent gynaecological malignancy in the world, is caused by infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV). HPV16 and/or 18 are detected in more than 70% of these ... [more ▼]

Cervical cancer, the second most frequent gynaecological malignancy in the world, is caused by infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV). HPV16 and/or 18 are detected in more than 70% of these tumours. Prophylactic HPV-L1 virus like particle (VLP) vaccines are highly efficient to protect against HPV16 and HPV18 infection, but not against established infection. In this context, we study the effect of HPV-VLP on natural killer cells (NK) and on the crosstalk between NK and Dendritic Cells (DC). In order to know if HPV-VLP are able to enter in NK cells, we used fluorescent HPV-VLP with flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. HPV-VLP were internalised more rapidly in NK cells than in DC. They were already detected inside NK cells after 10 min of contact at 37°C. We also observed in CD107 assays, that HPV-VLP induce degranulation of NK cytotoxic granules. Previous works have shown that HPV-VLP were able to activate DC. We confirmed these results and observed an increase of CD69 cell surface expression and IFN-γ production by NK cells in the presence of DC activated by VLP. Interestingly, NK cells seemed to further activate DC in the presence of VLP as shown by an up-regulation of HLA-DR and CD86 on DC. Moreover, NK cells in the presence of HPV-VLP induced the production of IL12p70, but not the immunosuppressive cytokine IL10. Our results suggest that NK cells could play a role in the activation of DC induced by HPV-VLP during the vaccination against cervical cancer. Supported by the Belgian FNRS-Télévie [less ▲]

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See detailCross talk between dendritic and natural killer cells in the presence of vaccine agent against cervical cancer
Langers, Inge ULg; Renoux, Virginie ULg; Reschner, Anca ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Medical Oncology [=BJMO] (2010, January 30), 4

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See detailRegulation of p63 Isoforms by Snail and Slug Transcription Factors in Human Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Herfs, Michael ULg; Hubert, Pascale ULg; Suarez-Carmona, Meggy ULg et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2010), 176(4), 1941-1949

TP63 is a p53-related gene that contains two alternative promoters, which give rise to transcripts that encode proteins with (TAp63) or without (DeltaNp63) an amino-transactivating domain. Whereas the ... [more ▼]

TP63 is a p53-related gene that contains two alternative promoters, which give rise to transcripts that encode proteins with (TAp63) or without (DeltaNp63) an amino-transactivating domain. Whereas the expression of p63 is required for proper development of epithelial structures, the role of p63 in tumorigenesis remains unclear. Here, we investigated the role of Snail and Slug transcription factors, known to promote epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions during development and cancer, in the regulation of p63 isoforms in human squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). In the present study, we observed that the expressions of DeltaN and TAp63 isoforms were, respectively, down- and up-regulated by both Snail and Slug. However, the induction of TAp63 was not directly caused by these two transcription factors but resulted from the loss of DeltaNp63, which acts as dominant-negative inhibitor of TAp63. In SCC cell lines and cancer tissues, high expression of Snail and Slug was also significantly associated with altered p63 expression. Finally, we showed that DeltaNp63 silencing reduced cell-cell adhesion and increased the migratory properties of cancer cells. These data suggest that the disruption of p63 expression induced by Snail and Slug plays a crucial role in tumor progression. Therefore, p63 and its regulating factors could constitute novel prognosis markers in patients with SCC and attractive targets for the therapeutic modulation of neoplastic cell invasiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman Papillomavirus Virus-Like particles and NK cell interactions:role of CD16
Renoux, Virginie ULg; Langers Inge; Clémenceau Béatrice et al

in International Immunology (2010), 22(suppl Pt 5), 17

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See detailRegulation of the Immune Response by Innate Lymphocyte and Dendritic Cell Cross Talk
Reschner, Anca ULg; Langers, Inge ULg; Renoux, Virginie ULg et al

in Welles, Lorraine (Ed.) Dendritic Cells: Types, Life Cycles and Biological Functions (2010)

Dendritic cell (DC) is the generic name of different professional antigen presenting cell sub-populations, which are responsible for the initiation of specific immune responses. Recently, DC have been ... [more ▼]

Dendritic cell (DC) is the generic name of different professional antigen presenting cell sub-populations, which are responsible for the initiation of specific immune responses. Recently, DC have been involved in supporting innate immunity by interacting with various innate lymphocytes, such as natural killer (NK), NKT or γδ T (T cells expressing γδ T cell receptor). The functional links between innate lymphocytes and DC have been investigated widely and different studies demonstrated that the cross-talk between innate lymphocytes and DC was found to be multi-directional, involving not only cell-cell contacts but also soluble factors which lead to lymphocyte activation and DC maturation. The final outcome of these cellular interactions may have a dramatic impact on the quality and strength of the down-stream immune responses, mainly in the context of early responses to tumor cells and infectious agents. Interestingly, DC, NK and γδ T cells also share similar functions, such as antigen uptake and presentation, as well as cytotoxic and tumoricidal activity. In addition, NK and NKT cells have the ability to kill DC. This chapter will focus upon the different aspects of the cross-talk between DC and innate lymphocytes and its key role in all the steps of the immune response. These cellular interactions may be particularly critical in situations where immune surveillance requires efficient early innate responses. [less ▲]

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See detailNew dimensions in tumor immunology: what does 3D culture reveal?
Feder-Mengus, Chantal; Ghosh, Sourabh; Reschner, Anca ULg et al

in Trends in Molecular Medicine (2008), 14(8), 333-40

Experimental models indicate that tumor cells in suspension, unlike solid tumor fragments, might be unable to produce life-threatening cancer outgrowth when transferred to animal models, irrespective of ... [more ▼]

Experimental models indicate that tumor cells in suspension, unlike solid tumor fragments, might be unable to produce life-threatening cancer outgrowth when transferred to animal models, irrespective of the number of cells transferred, although they induce specific immune responses. Human tumor cells cultured in three dimensions display increased pro-angiogenic capacities and resistance to interferons, chemotherapeutic agents or irradiation, as compared with cells cultured in two-dimensional (2D) monolayers. Tumor cells cultured in three dimensions were also shown to be characterized by defective immune recognition by cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) specific for tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) and by a capacity to inhibit CTL proliferation and dendritic cell (DC) functions. Downregulation of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) or TAA expression and high production of lactic acid might play a role in the elicitation of these effects. Here, we propose that growth in 3D architectures might provide new insights into tumor immunology and could represent an integral missing component in pathophysiological tumor immune escape mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailInnate lymphocyte and dendritic cell cross-talk: a key factor in the regulation of the immune response.
Reschner, Anca ULg; Hubert, Pascale ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (2008), 152(2), 219-26

Dendritic cells (DC) are specialized in the presentation of antigens and the initiation of specific immune responses. They have been involved recently in supporting innate immunity by interacting with ... [more ▼]

Dendritic cells (DC) are specialized in the presentation of antigens and the initiation of specific immune responses. They have been involved recently in supporting innate immunity by interacting with various innate lymphocytes, such as natural killer (NK), NK T or T cell receptor (TCR)-gammadelta cells. The functional links between innate lymphocytes and DC have been investigated widely and different studies demonstrated that reciprocal activations follow on from NK/DC interactions. The cross-talk between innate cells and DC which leads to innate lymphocyte activation and DC maturation was found to be multi-directional, involving not only cell-cell contacts but also soluble factors. The final outcome of these cellular interactions may have a dramatic impact on the quality and strength of the down-stream immune responses, mainly in the context of early responses to tumour cells and infectious agents. Interestingly, DC, NK and TCR-gammadelta cells also share similar functions, such as antigen uptake and presentation, as well as cytotoxic and tumoricidal activity. In addition, NK and NK T cells have the ability to kill DC. This review will focus upon the different aspects of the cross-talk between DC and innate lymphocytes and its key role in all the steps of the immune response. These cellular interactions may be particularly critical in situations where immune surveillance requires efficient early innate responses. [less ▲]

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