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See detailPreliminary characterisation of a transgenic mouse with selective Igf2 depletion in the thymic epithelium
Mottet, Marie ULg; Martens, Henri ULg; Renard-Charlet, Chantal et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (2011, April)

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See detailInsulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) promotes interleukin 7 (IL-7) synthesis and secretion by primary cultures of human thymic epithelial cells
Goffinet, Lindsay ULg; Renard-Charlet, Chantal; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (2011, April), 73

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See detailCyclosporin-A differentially affects apoptosis during in vivo rat thymocyte maturation
Damoiseaux, JGMC; Defresne, Marie-Paule ULg; Reutelingsperger, C. P. M. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (2002), 56(4), 353-360

Maturation arrest and interference with selection are two well-documented effects of cyclosporin-A (CsA) on the thymus. We recently hypothesized that these effects are related and owing to the reduced T ... [more ▼]

Maturation arrest and interference with selection are two well-documented effects of cyclosporin-A (CsA) on the thymus. We recently hypothesized that these effects are related and owing to the reduced T-cell receptor (TCR)-CD3 complex-mediated signal transduction in thymocytes upon CsA treatment. In this hypothesis, the maturation arrest is the result of the additional depletion of thymocytes that normally survive by positive selection, whereas the impaired self-tolerance induction is caused by an increased survival of thymocytes that normally undergo negative selection. In this view, it is anticipated that CsA differentially affects thymocyte apoptosis during in vivo thymocyte maturation. Indeed, we report in this study a strong increase in apoptotic cells in the thymic cortex on in situ analysis. Simultaneously, the number of apoptotic cells had decreased at the cortico-medullary zone which is held to be the site for negative selection. Rapamycin (Rapa) also interferes with thymocyted maturation by inhibiting cytokine-driven proliferation. Hence, Rapa preferentially affects the early maturational stages of thymoctye development and is considered not to alter thymocyte selection and subsequent apoptotic events. Indeed, the number of apoptotic events appears not to be altered. However, possibly owing to the decrease in cortical macrophages, the apoptotic cells revealed an atypical enumeration around blood vessels. Taken together, our results favour the hypothesis that the dominant effect of CsA on the thymus is the reduction of the TCR-CD3 complex-mediated signal transduction in thymocytes upon interaction with stromal cells. Furthermore, the preferential localization of apoptotic cells next to blood vessels upon Rapa administration may indicate that endothelial cells are a back-up system for the removal of apoptotic cells. [less ▲]

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See detailPeyer's Patches in Murine Aids: Dissociation between Lymphoproliferation and Anergy
Colombi, S.; Moutschen, Michel ULg; de Leval, Laurence ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1997), 45(2), 175-81

RadLV-Rs infection induces a murine immunodeficiency syndrome associated with a dramatic enlargement of spleen and lymph nodes. Surprisingly, the lymphoproliferation excludes thymus and Peyer's patches ... [more ▼]

RadLV-Rs infection induces a murine immunodeficiency syndrome associated with a dramatic enlargement of spleen and lymph nodes. Surprisingly, the lymphoproliferation excludes thymus and Peyer's patches (PP). To understand the cellular interactions underlying lymphoproliferation further, the authors investigated the fate of PP in RadLV-Rs infected mice. The atrophy of PP was mostly due to the depletion of B cells, while the proportion of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was increased. Nevertheless, B cell phenotype was modified with the emergence of lymphocytes with a low expression of B220 in infected PP. T cells characterized by a memory/activated phenotype in control PP did not undergo phenotypical changes after viral infection (i.e. regarding Thy-1 and CD44 expression). Despite the absence of lymphoproliferation, PP T and B cells displayed altered responses to mitogens in vitro. Finally, alterations of the expression of adhesion molecules and vascular addressins could not explain the atrophy of PP by a reduced homing to this lymphoid site. B cells and T cells from normal PP are clearly different from lymph nodes (LN) lymphocytes. The authors propose that the particular functional state which characterizes PP lymphocytes influences the B cell/T cell crosstalk necessary for RadLV-Rs-induced lymphoproliferation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of follicular dendritic cells on B-cell proliferation depends on the activation of B cells and the mitogen used.
Bosseloir, A.; Bouzahzah, F.; Defrance, T. H. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1996), 43(1), 23-30

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are unique non-lymphoid cells found only in lymph follicles. They play a part in the survival, proliferation and differentiation of B cells. To analyse the influence of ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are unique non-lymphoid cells found only in lymph follicles. They play a part in the survival, proliferation and differentiation of B cells. To analyse the influence of FDC on B-lymphocyte proliferation, we isolated them from human tonsils on albumin gradients and treated them with mitomycin C to prevent the multiplication of lymphoid cells harboured in their cytoplasmic evaginations. FDC cultured for 12-16 h remained attached to the substrate; non-adherent cells were carefully eliminated by washing. Purified B cells cultured alone or with contaminant-cleared FDC were maintained for 2 days in the presence or absence of various stimulants, after which tritiated thymidine uptake by these cells was measured. In the absence of activators, FDC did not induce B-cell multiplication. B cells cultured in the presence of FDC exhibited increased 3H-TdR uptake when activated with anti-CD40 MoAb, anti-immunoglobulin MoAb or transferrin, but not when stimulated with Staphylococcus aureus strain Cowan I (SAC) at a given concentration. In the latter case, B-cell proliferation clearly decreased. In control cocultures where mitomycin-C-treated non-adherent cells were used instead of FDC in the presence of the different stimulants, no increase in B-cell proliferation was observed. The results suggest that, inside the germinal centres, FDC modulation of B-cell proliferation depends on the activation state of the B cells and on the stimulant encountered. [less ▲]

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See detailPopulation dynamics of CD4+ T cells lacking Thy-1 in murine retrovirus-induced immunodeficiency syndrome (MAIDS).
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Colombi, S.; Deprez, Manuel ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1994), 39(2), 216-24

Increased numbers of CD4+ Thy-1- cells have been described in the spleen (SP) of mice with retrovirus-induced immunodeficiency (MAIDS). Since this phenotypic abnormality might have considerable functional ... [more ▼]

Increased numbers of CD4+ Thy-1- cells have been described in the spleen (SP) of mice with retrovirus-induced immunodeficiency (MAIDS). Since this phenotypic abnormality might have considerable functional importance, the expansion of the CD4+ Thy-1- subset in MAIDS was characterized further. CD4+ Thy-1- and Thy-1+ T-cells from infected mice expressed similar densities of CD3 and TCR alpha/beta. In contrast, the Thy-1- subset was uniformly CD44hi, even early in the disease when part of Thy-1+ cells were still CD44lo. The emergence of CD4+ Thy-1- cells occurred first in SP and lymph nodes and was observed later in thymus. The important fraction of CD4+ cells lacking Thy-1 normally present in Peyer's patches was only weakly modified. Despite the major expansion of the CD4+ Thy-1- phenotype, the proliferating fraction was not higher in this subset than in CD4+ Thy-1+ cells from infected mice. Persistence after hydroxyurea administration was identical in both subsets, indicating similar mean cell lifespans. Taken together, these results show that the major expansion of CD4+ Thy-1- T-cells in MAIDS is not ascribable solely to increased proliferation within this subset. Phenotypic analysis suggests that CD4+ Thy-1- cells result from the differentiation of Thy-1+ cells induced by activation signals related to retroviral infection. [less ▲]

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See detailRetention of immune complexes by murine lymph node or spleen follicular dendritic cells. Role of antibody isotype.
Heinen, Ernst ULg; Coulie, P.; Van Snick, J. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1986), 24(3), 327-34

Using monoclonal anti-trinitrophenyl (TNP) antibodies complexed to TNP-myoglobin-coated gold particles, we analysed at the ultrastructural level the retention by follicular dendritic cells (FDC) of immune ... [more ▼]

Using monoclonal anti-trinitrophenyl (TNP) antibodies complexed to TNP-myoglobin-coated gold particles, we analysed at the ultrastructural level the retention by follicular dendritic cells (FDC) of immune complexes containing various antibody isotypes. Gold-labelled immune complexes were injected subcutaneously or intravenously into naive mice and, after 24 h, germinal centres of draining lymph nodes or spleen were examined by electron microscopy. FDC generally retained complexes containing IgG2a and IgG2b better than those formed with IgG1 or IgG3. IgM was rarely retained. FDC isolated from lymph nodes or spleens were incubated in vitro with gold-labelled complexes in a serum-free medium. IgG2a and IgG2b complexes were also retained in vitro in large quantities by FDC; IgG1 and IgG3 complexes were retained in smaller quantities or in highly variable quantities compared with IgG2; IgM complexes were rarely seen on FDC. There was no difference between FDC isolated from lymph nodes or from spleen with respect to the Ig isotypes required for Fc-mediated retention of immune complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailRetention of immune complexes by Fc receptors on mouse follicular dendritic cells.
Radoux, D.; Kinet-Denoel, C.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1985), 21(4), 345-53

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located inside lymph follicles and are mainly characterized by their capacity to retain antigens. We investigated this aspect in mice lymph nodes by using bovine serum ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are located inside lymph follicles and are mainly characterized by their capacity to retain antigens. We investigated this aspect in mice lymph nodes by using bovine serum albumin (BSA) labelled with 5-nm colloidal gold particles and homologous anti-BSA antibodies bound to 20-nm gold particles. Gold-labelled BSA injected alone in non-immunized mice was only rarely found in FDC cytoplasmic interdigitations. Injected in the form of immune complexes, it was retained by FDC. Antigen-free anti-BSA antibodies injected under similar conditions as immune complexes were always found in draining lymph nodes in the same locations as BSA-anti-BSA immune complexes. F(ab')2 from mouse immunoglobulins linked to colloidal gold particles were very rarely found between the FDC extensions, whereas it was intensely phagocytosed by macrophages. Our study permitted precise ultrastructural localization between FDC cytoplasmic extensions or inside macrophages and other cells of the lymph nodes, but it also pointed out that homologous antibodies linked to colloidal gold particles might be retained by FDC in the absence of antigens. These observations, carried out with colloidal gold, were checked by using 125I-labelled anti-BSA antibodies. Complement activation determinations of gold-labelled antibodies or immune complexes showed that antibodies or immune complexes fixed on colloidal gold particles do not activate the complement. This observation enabled us to conclude that Fc receptors play a significant part in the retention of gold-labelled antibodies or immune complexes by FDC of lymph nodes. [less ▲]

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