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See detailNovel cooperation between CX3CL1 and CCL26 inducing NK cell chemotaxis via CX3CR1: a possible mechanism for NK cell infiltration of the allergic nasal tissue.
EL SHAZLY, Amr ULg; Castillo- Doloriert, Hugo; Bisig, Bettina et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2013), 43(3), 322-31

BACKGROUND: Recent data indicated that natural killer (NK) cells and chemokines could play a pivotal role in nasal inflammation. CX3CR1, the only receptor for fractalkine/CX3CL1, is abundantly expressed ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Recent data indicated that natural killer (NK) cells and chemokines could play a pivotal role in nasal inflammation. CX3CR1, the only receptor for fractalkine/CX3CL1, is abundantly expressed by NK cells, and was recently shown to also be a receptor for eotaxin-3/CCL26. However, no reports explored the NK cells-CX3CL1-CCL26 axis via CX3CR1 in allergy. OBJECTIVE: Our goals were first to determine specifically NK cell recruitment pattern in nasal tissue of allergic chronic rhinosinusitis (ACRS) and non-allergic chronic rhinosinusitis (NACRS) patients in comparison with healthy controls, and secondly, to investigate the function of CX3CR1 in NK cell migration. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry, microchemotaxis chambers, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy were used in this study. RESULTS: Herein, we showed that NK cells infiltrated the epithelial layers of nasal tissue only in ACRS patients and not in NACRS patients or controls. NK cells were also more numerous in the stroma of the nasal tissue from ACRS patients compared with NACRS patients or controls. This migration could be mediated by both CX3CL1 and CCL26, as these two chemokines induced NK cell migration. Moreover, both molecules also stimulated cytoskeleton changes and F-actin reorganisation in NK cells. Chemotaxis and cytoskeleton changes were sensitive to genistein, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. By flow cytometry, we demonstrated that a single antigen nasal provocation challenge increased the expression of CX3CR1 on NK cells in allergic rhinitis (AR) patients. The function of this receptor was associated with a significant augmentation of NK cell chemotaxis against the optimal doses of CX3CL1 and CCL26. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Our results highlight a novel role for CX3CR1 in NK cell migration that may contribute to the NK cell trafficking to the allergic upper airway. This could be mediated largely by CX3CL1 and CCL26 stimulation of the tyrosine kinase pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation between asthma control and bronchial hyperresponsiveness and airways inflammation: a cross-sectional study in daily practice.
Quaedvlieg, Valérie ULg; Sele, Jocelyne ULg; Henket, Monique ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2009), 39

Summary Background The primary end-point in the management of asthma is to obtain optimal control. The aim of this study was to assess the relationships between the markers of airway inflammation (sputum ... [more ▼]

Summary Background The primary end-point in the management of asthma is to obtain optimal control. The aim of this study was to assess the relationships between the markers of airway inflammation (sputum eosinophilia and exhaled nitric oxide), bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) and asthma control. Methods One hundred and thirty-four patients were recruited from our asthma clinic between January 2004 and September 2005 [mean age: 42 years, mean forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)): 86% predicted]. Eighty-six of them were treated by inhaled corticosteroids, 99 were atopic and 23 were current smokers. They all underwent detailed investigations including fractional-exhaled nitric oxide (FE(NO)) measurement, sputum induction and methacholine challenge when FEV(1) was >70% predicted, and filled in a validated asthma control questionnaire (ACQ6 Juniper). Results When dividing patients into the three groups according to their level of asthma control determined by ACQ [well-controlled asthma (ACQ score </=0.75), borderline (0.75<ACQ score <1.5) and uncontrolled asthma (ACQ score >/=1.5)], it appeared that uncontrolled asthmatics had a greater BHR to methacholine and sputum eosinophilia than controlled asthma (P<0.05, P<0.001, respectively). By contrast, we failed to show significant differences in the FE(NO) levels between the groups. With receiver-operating characteristic curves for differentiating uncontrolled (ACQ>/=1.5) from controlled and borderline (ACQ<1.5) asthma, sputum eosinophilia and methacholine responsiveness were found to be more accurate than FE(NO) (area under the curve: 0.72, 0.72 and 0.59, respectively). Conclusion In a broad spectrum of asthmatics encountered in clinical practice, sputum eosinophilia and methacholine bronchial hyperresponsiveness, but not FE(NO), are associated with uncontrolled asthma. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the neutrophil a worthy target in severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Louis, Renaud ULg; Djukanovic, R.

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2006), 36(5), 563-567

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See detailIn vitro stability and immunoreactivity of the native and recombinant plant food 2S albumins Ber e 1 and SFA-8
Murtagh, M.; Archer, D.; Dumoulin, Mireille ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2003), 8

Background The ability of an intact protein to reach the circulatory system may be a prerequisite to allergenicity and many allergens, particularly those from plant foods, have been found to be ... [more ▼]

Background The ability of an intact protein to reach the circulatory system may be a prerequisite to allergenicity and many allergens, particularly those from plant foods, have been found to be consistently more resistant to digestion by pepsin than other proteins. Objective This study assessed the pepsinolytic stability of native 2S albumins from Brazil nut and sunflower seed and their recombinant versions produced in Pichia pastoris. The physicochemical stability of native and recombinant Brazil nut 2S albumins and recombinant sunflower seed 2S albumin was also assessed. The immunoreactivity of native Brazil nut 2S albumin and recombinant 2S albumins was compared using serum from patients allergic to Brazil nuts and animals immunized with native 2S albumins. Methods Digestibility was measured in simulated gastric fluid followed by SDS-PAGE. Circular dichroism spectra were used to analyse unfolding, as proteins were denatured by temperature, pH and guanidinium chloride. Immunoreactivity was assessed by immunoblot, RAST and ELISA. Results Brazil nut 2S albumin was significantly more resistant to proteolytic digestion than other Brazil nut proteins. It was also resistant to thermally and chemically induced denaturation. Equally high resistance to proteolytic digestion was observed with sunflower seed 2S albumin. The recombinant albumins mirrored their native counterparts in stability and immunoreactivity. Conclusion The important food allergen Brazil nut 2S albumin is as stable to digestion as is sunflower seed 2S albumin, whose allergenicity has yet to be determined. The 2S albumins and their recombinant counterparts could not be easily denatured by physicochemical treatments. The results suggest that 2S albumin is the only Brazil nut protein to reach the gut immune system intact. The production of properly folded recombinant proteins will facilitate mechanistic studies as well as diagnostic testing and antigen-based therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of a 4-Week Treatment with Theophylline on Sputum Eosinophilia and Sputum Eosinophil Chemotactic Activity in Steroid-Naive Asthmatics
Louis, Renaud ULg; Bettiol, J.; Cataldo, Didier ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2000), 30(8), 1151-60

BACKGROUND: The precise mechanism of action of theophylline in asthma is not fully understood but recent data have drawn attention to its potential anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The precise mechanism of action of theophylline in asthma is not fully understood but recent data have drawn attention to its potential anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of theophylline on sputum eosinophilia and sputum eosinophil chemotactic activity in steroid-naive asthmatics. METHOD: We performed a 4-week randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study in 21 mild to moderate steroid-naive asthmatics whose sputum eosinophilia was found twice > 5% during the run in period. Eleven subjects received 600 mg/24 h theophylline for the first 2 weeks and 900 mg/24 h for the last 2 weeks while 10 subjects took a placebo for 4 weeks. Sputum was induced after 2 and 4 weeks of treatment and 1 week after stopping the treatment. The sputum samples were compared for their cell counts, eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) levels and eosinophil chemotactic activity using micro-Boyden chambers. RESULTS: Serum theophylline concentrations reached 7 and 11 microg/mL at V3 and V4, respectively. Intragroup comparisons showed that theophylline, but not placebo, caused a significant reduction in sputum eosinophil counts at V3 (62 +/- 10% from baseline, P < 0.01) and a strong trend at V4 (67 +/- 16% from baseline, P = 0.07) when compared to baseline. The intergroup difference obtained after comparing the area under the curve over the 4 week treatment period only approached the statistical significance (P = 0.08). At baseline the fluid phase of the sputum contained a significant eosinophil chemotactic activity which was inhibited after a 4-week treatment by theophylline (P < 0. 01) but not by placebo. The mean sputum theophylline levels after 4 weeks of treament (1.7 microg/mL) was lower than that required to cause significant inhibition of eosinophil chemotaxis in vitro. CONCLUSION: Theophylline decreases the natural sputum eosinophil chemotactic activity present in asthmatics. However, when using a small sample size, the 35% reduction in sputum eosinophilia achieved by theophylline failed to reach statistical significance when compared to that seen after placebo. [less ▲]

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See detailBronchial Eosinophilic Infiltration in Crohn's Disease in the Absence of Pulmonary Disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg; Shute, J. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (1999), 29(5), 660-6

BACKGROUND: Immunological and functional bronchopulmonary abnormalities may be present in up to two-thirds of patients with Crohn's disease. Having recently described a mild increase in methacholine ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Immunological and functional bronchopulmonary abnormalities may be present in up to two-thirds of patients with Crohn's disease. Having recently described a mild increase in methacholine airways responsiveness in these patients, we investigated whether this physiological abnormality is associated with bronchial inflammation since it has previously been described in asthma. METHODS: Eighteen patients with Crohn's disease and 15 healthy controls matched for age, atopy and smoking habit, were studied. All the subjects underwent a bronchial methacholine challenge (1, 4 and 16 mg/mL) and a sputum induction by inhalation of hypertonic saline (NaCl 4.5%). The sputum samples were analysed for their cellular composition as well as for the levels of several mediators and proteins in the fluid phase, including eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), myeloperoxydase, albumin, alpha2-macroglobulin, interleukin-8 (IL-8), IgA and IL-8/immunoglobulin A complexes. RESULTS: When compared to control subjects, patients with Crohn's disease had significantly higher sputum eosinophil counts (14.5% [0-79.9%] vs 0.2% [0-2.3%]; P < 0. 001) and ECP levels (26.2 microg/L [4-124.2 microg/L] vs 9.8 microg/L [0-94.2 microg/L]; P < 0.05). However, patients with Crohn's disease had no sign of increased plasma exudation as reflected by sputum levels of albumin and alpha2-macroglobulin similar to those seen in control subjects. Furthermore the sputum levels of IL-8, IgA and IL-8/IgA complexes were not significantly different between the two groups. The magnitude of the fall in forced expiratory volume in 1 s after methacholine inhalation was significantly increased in Crohn's disease patients although it did not correlate with the extent of sputum eosinophilia or with the sputum ECP levels. CONCLUSIONS: Crohn's disease patients without any clinical respiratory involvement have airway eosinophilia without local increased plasma exudation. However, bronchial eosinophilia in Crohn's disease per se is not sufficient to induce clinically significant airway hyperresponsiveness, suggesting that other factors than bronchial eosinophilic infiltration are required for the clinical expression of an airway instability. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Acute Injection of Methylprednisolone in Man on Immunological and Non-Immunological Histamine Release from Leucocytes and Its Potentiation by Interleukin-3
Louis, Renaud ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (1994), 24(1), 60-5

We investigated the effects of intravenous injection of methylprednisolone (MPR) compared with placebo (saline) on ex vivo leucocytic histamine release in eight healthy volunteers. All subjects received ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effects of intravenous injection of methylprednisolone (MPR) compared with placebo (saline) on ex vivo leucocytic histamine release in eight healthy volunteers. All subjects received in a randomized and a single-blind manner the placebo and MPR, 20 mg and 125 mg, each injection given in 2 week intervals. On each occasion blood samples were taken just before and 24 h after the intravenous injection to determine circulating leucocyte counts and leucocytic histamine release induced by anti-IgE (1/2000) and FMP (Formyl-Methionyl-Phenylalanine) (10(-5) M) and its modulation by IL-3 (2 ng/ml). MPR 20 mg and 125 mg significantly increased circulating leucocyte counts (P < 0.05 and P < 0.001 respectively) but decreased leucocytic histamine content (P < 0.05 and P < 0.001 respectively) by 24 h. Placebo had no effect. As for circulating basophils, after 24 h they were decreased by 125 mg MPR (P < 0.05) but increased by 20 mg (P < 0.05). Anti-IgE-induced HR was significantly inhibited by 125 mg MPR (P < 0.05) but not by 20 mg MPR or by the placebo. In contrast, neither MPR (20 mg and 125 mg) nor placebo significantly reduced FMP-induced HR. The strong potentiation by IL-3 of HR evoked by anti-IgE and FMP at baseline (P < 0.001) persisted 24 h after injection of MPR or placebo (P < 0.001 except P < 0.05 for anti-IgE-induced HR after 125 mg MPR).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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