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See detailMycoplasma bovis dans le complexe respiratoire bovin et propriétés de cyto-adhésion in vitro
Thomas, Anne; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; Sachse, K. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(4, AUG-SEP), 267-272

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle, causing especially respiratory diseases. Mycoplasma bovis is the most important pathogenic species in countries free of bovine contagious pleuropneumonia. This ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle, causing especially respiratory diseases. Mycoplasma bovis is the most important pathogenic species in countries free of bovine contagious pleuropneumonia. This species was frequently isolated in Belgium from cattle with respiratory disease. Furthermore, associations were often observed with pasteurellas and bovine respiratory syncytial virus. Of these M. bovis isolates, many were resistant to several antimicrobial agents which are used in cattle practice, except to fluoroquinolones. Inasmuch the high frequency of M. bovis isolation and antibiotic resistances, it is very important to understand the pathogenicity of this bacteria in order to optimize prophylactic tools. Therefore, the study of the cytadherence of M. bovis is essential since it represents the first step of the bacterial infection. According to our experimental results, PG45 is not representative of field isolates because of its low adherence rates to various cell lines. This could be explained by the high number of subcultures of this pathogenic strain underwent since its first isolation, which sharply contrasts with other isolates. M. bovis adheres specifically to bovine bronchial epithelial cells in primary culture. Proteins such as variable surface proteins C and F are involved in this step as observed by decreased adherence rates after trypsinization of mycoplasma cells or addition of monoclonal antibodies. [less ▲]

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See detailMycoplasma bovis shares insertion sequences with Mycoplasma agalactiae and Mycoplasma mycoides subsp mycoides SC: Evolutionary and developmental aspects
Thomas, Anne; Linden, Annick ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2005), 245(2), 249-255

Three new insertion elements, IS Mbov1, ISMbov2 and ISMbov3, which are closely related to ISMag1 (Mycoplasma agalactiae), ISMmy1 and IS1634 (both Mycoplasma in mycoides subsp. in mycoides SC ... [more ▼]

Three new insertion elements, IS Mbov1, ISMbov2 and ISMbov3, which are closely related to ISMag1 (Mycoplasma agalactiae), ISMmy1 and IS1634 (both Mycoplasma in mycoides subsp. in mycoides SC), respectively, have been discovered in Mycoplasma bovis, an important pathogen of cattle. Southern blotting showed that the genome of M. bovis harbours 6-12 copies of ISMbov1, 11-15 copies of ISMbov2 and 4-10 copies of ISMbov3, depending on the strain. A fourth insertion element, the IS30-like element, is present in 4-8 copies. This high number of IS elements in AI bovis, which represent a substantial part of its genome, and their relatedness with IS elements of both M. agalactiae and M. mycoides subsp. mycoides SC suggest the occurrence of two evolutionary events: (i) a divergent evolution into ill. agalactiae and M. bovis upon infection of different hosts; (ii) a horizontal transfer of IS elements during co-infection with M. mycoides subsp. mycoides SC and Ad. bovis of a same bovine host. (c) 2005 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mycoplasmes respiratoires bovins: prévalence et propriétés de cyto-adhésion
Thomas, A.; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; SACHSE, K. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(4), 267-272

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See detailLes mycoplasmes respiratoires des bovins : I. Clinique, diagnostic et traitement
Linden, Annick ULg; Thomas, A.; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1998), 142

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See detailLes mycoplasmes respiratoires des bovins : II. Propriétés de virulence et vaccination
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Thomas, A.; Linden, Annick ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1998), 142

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PIERARD, Gérald ULg; QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg; PIERARD-FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg

in Dermatologie et infections sexuellement transmissibles (2009)

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See detailLe mycosis fongoide et son paradigme renove.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(3), 147-51

Primary cutaneous lymphomas are distinguished by singular clinical, histological and prognostic features that are not shared by other lymphomas originating from the lymphoid tissues. This review is an ... [more ▼]

Primary cutaneous lymphomas are distinguished by singular clinical, histological and prognostic features that are not shared by other lymphomas originating from the lymphoid tissues. This review is an update of the current concepts about the biology, diagnosis and treatment of mycosis fungoides, the most frequent entity among the primary cutaneous T cell lymphomas. It is currently established that mycosis fungoides originates from T lymphocytes normally homing the dermis. Such a situation implies that treatments at least in the initial stages of the disease, should primarily target the skin without searching for an impact on internal lymphoid tissues. [less ▲]

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See detailMycosis fungoides progression and chronic solvent exposure
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2004), 208(2), 171-173

The effect of repeated exposure to specific chemicals on the initiation or progression of mycosis fungoides (MF) remains unsettled. A patient with low-grade patch stage MF progressively developed MF ... [more ▼]

The effect of repeated exposure to specific chemicals on the initiation or progression of mycosis fungoides (MF) remains unsettled. A patient with low-grade patch stage MF progressively developed MF plaques restricted to his arms, and a tumour on his right thigh. These areas were subject to repeated exposure to solvents. His thigh was indeed in close contact with his trousers pocket where he used to store a wiping rag drenched into white spirit and cellulosic thinner. Immunophenotyping these lesions revealed a dense LCA+, CD2+, CD3+, CD4+, CD5+, CD7+, CD45+, CD45RO+ T-cell infiltrate admixed with many factor XIIIa+ dendrocytes. T-cell receptor rearrangement analysis identified a monoclonal T-cell infiltrate. An internal work-up remained negative. Stopping further solvent exposure failed to improve his condition. Oral corticotherapy combined with low-dose interferon-alpha2a halted disease progression. This observation suggests that long-term solvent exposure may trigger MF and hasten its progression from the patch stage to the plaque and tumour stages. Copyright (C) 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel. [less ▲]

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See detailMycosubtilin and surfactin are efficient, low ecotoxicity molecules for the biocontrol of lettuce downy mildew.
Deravel, Jovana; Lemiere, Sebastien; Coutte, Francois et al

in Applied microbiology and biotechnology (2014), 98(14), 6255-64

The use of surfactin and mycosubtilin as an eco-friendly alternative to control lettuce downy mildew caused by the obligate pathogen Bremia lactucae was investigated. Preliminary ecotoxicity evaluations ... [more ▼]

The use of surfactin and mycosubtilin as an eco-friendly alternative to control lettuce downy mildew caused by the obligate pathogen Bremia lactucae was investigated. Preliminary ecotoxicity evaluations obtained from three different tests revealed the rather low toxicity of these lipopeptides separately or in combination. The EC50 (concentration estimated to cause a 50 % response by the exposed test organisms) was about 100 mg L(-1) in Microtox assays and 6 mg L(-1) in Daphnia magna immobilization tests for mycosubtilin and 125 mg L(-1) and 25 mg L(-1) for surfactin, respectively. The toxicity of the mixture mycosubtilin/surfactin (1:1, w/w) was close to that obtained with mycosubtilin alone. In addition, the very low phytotoxic effect of these lipopeptides has been observed on germination and root growth of garden cress Lepidium sativum L. While a surfactin treatment did not influence the development of B. lactucae on lettuce plantlets, treatment with 100 mg L(-1) of mycosubtilin produced about seven times more healthy plantlets than the control samples, indicating that mycosubtilin strongly reduced the development of B. lactucae. The mixture mycosubtilin/surfactin (50:50 mg L(-1)) gave the same result on B. lactucae development as 100 mg L(-1) of mycosubtilin. The results of ecotoxicity as well as those obtained in biocontrol experiments indicated that the presence of surfactin enhances the biological activities of mycosubtilin. Mycosubtilin and surfactin were thus found to be efficient compounds against lettuce downy mildew, with low toxicity compared to the toxicity values of chemical pesticides. This is the first time that Bacillus lipopeptides have been tested in vivo against an obligate pathogen and that ecotoxic values have been given for surfactin and mycosubtilin. [less ▲]

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See detailMycosubtilin overproduction by Bacillus subtilis BBG100 enhances the organism's antagonistic and biocontrol activities
Leclère, Valérie; Béchet, Max; Adam, Akram et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2005), 71(8), 4577-4584

A Bacillus subtilis derivative was obtained from strain ATCC 6633 by replacement of the native promoter (if he mycosubtilin operon by a constitutive promoter originating from the replication gene repU of ... [more ▼]

A Bacillus subtilis derivative was obtained from strain ATCC 6633 by replacement of the native promoter (if he mycosubtilin operon by a constitutive promoter originating from the replication gene repU of the Staphylococcus aureus plasmid pUB110. The recombinant strain, designated BBG100, produced up to 15-fold more mycosubtilin than the wild type produced. The overproducing phenotype was related to enhancement of the antagonistic activities against several yeasts and pathogenic fungi. Hemolytic activities were also clearly increased in the modified strain. Mass spectrometry analyses of enriched mycosubtilin extracts showed similar patterns of lipopeptides for BBG100 and the wild type. Interestingly, these analyses also revealed a new form of mycosubtilin which was more easily detected in the BBG100 sample. When tested for its biocontrol potential, wild-type strain ATCC 6633 was almost ineffective for reducing a Pythium infection of tomato seedlings. However, treatment of seeds with the BBG100 overproducing strain resulted in a marked increase in the germination rate of seeds. This protective effect afforded by mycosubtilin overproduction was also visualized by the significantly greater fresh weight of emerging seedlings treated with BBG100 compared to controls or seedlings inoculated with the wild-type strain. [less ▲]

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See detailMycotic aneurysm of the upper abdominal aorta ruptured into the stomach
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Belachew, M.; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in Archives of Surgery (1992), 127(4), 478-482

We report a case of primary aortogastric fistula with erosion of a mycotic aneurysm of the upper abdominal aorta into the stomach. The patient was successfully operated on with an in situ aortoaortic tube ... [more ▼]

We report a case of primary aortogastric fistula with erosion of a mycotic aneurysm of the upper abdominal aorta into the stomach. The patient was successfully operated on with an in situ aortoaortic tube graft, incorporating the splanchnic vessels, and direct suture of the gastric erosion. [less ▲]

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See detailMycotoxins in stored Barley (Hordeum vulgare) in Tibet Autonomous Region (People’s Republic of China.
Haubruge, Eric ULg; Chasseur, Camille

in Mountain Research & Development (2003), 23

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See detailMyelin-Derived Lipids Modulate Macrophage Activity by Liver X Receptor Activation
Bogie, Jeroen F. J.; Timmermans, Silke; Huynh-Thu, Vân Anh ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(9), 44998

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system in which macrophages and microglia play a central role. Foamy macrophages and microglia, containing ... [more ▼]

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system in which macrophages and microglia play a central role. Foamy macrophages and microglia, containing degenerated myelin, are abundantly found in active multiple sclerosis lesions. Recent studies have described an altered macrophage phenotype after myelin internalization. However, it is unclear by which mechanisms myelin affects the phenotype of macrophages and how this phenotype can influence lesion progression. Here we demonstrate, by using genome wide gene expression analysis, that myelin-phagocytosing macrophages have an enhanced expression of genes involved in migration, phagocytosis and inflammation. Interestingly, myelin internalization also induced the expression of genes involved in liver-X-receptor signaling and cholesterol efflux. In vitro validation shows that myelin-phagocytosing macrophages indeed have an increased capacity to dispose intracellular cholesterol. In addition, myelin suppresses the secretion of the pro-inflammatory mediator IL-6 by macrophages, which was mediated by activation of liver-X-receptor b. Our data show that myelin modulates the phenotype of macrophages by nuclear receptor activation, which may subsequently affect lesion progression in demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. [less ▲]

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See detailMyelination and myelinating cells in culture
Moonen, Gustave ULg; Rentier, Bernard ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Ophtalmologie (1983), 208(PT 1), 57-62

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See detailMyélinolyse centrale du pont, son cadre nosographique parmi les lésions neuropathologiques dues à l'alcoolisme
Reznik, Michel ULg; LIFRANGE, Eric ULg; MOUCHETTE, R. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1987), 42

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See detailMyelofibrosis patients in Belgium: disease characteristics
Devos, Timothy; Zachée, Pierre; Bron, Domonique et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (in press)

Objective: To date, only a small number of epidemiological studies on myelofibrosis have been performed. The current study aimed to characterize the myelofibrosis patient population in Belgium according ... [more ▼]

Objective: To date, only a small number of epidemiological studies on myelofibrosis have been performed. The current study aimed to characterize the myelofibrosis patient population in Belgium according to predefined disease parameters (diagnosis, risk categories, hemoglobin ,10 g/dl, spleen size, constitutional symptoms, platelet count, myeloblast count), with a view to obtaining a deeper understanding of the proportion of patients that may benefit from the novel myelofibrosis therapeutic strategies. Methods: A survey was used to collect data on prevalence and disease parameters on all myelofibrosis patients seen at each of 18 participating hematologic centers in 2011. Aggregated data from all centers were used for analysis. Analyses were descriptive and quantitative. Results: A total of 250 patients with myelofibrosis were captured; of these, 136 (54%) were male and 153 (61%) were over 65 years old. One hundred sixty-five (66%) of myelofibrosis patients had primary myelofibrosis and 85 (34%) had secondary myelofibrosis. One hundred ninety-three myelofibrosis patients (77%) had a palpable spleen. About a third of patients (34%) suffered from constitutional symptoms. Two hundred twenty-two (89%) myelofibrosis patients had platelet count§50 000/ml and 201 (80%) had platelet count §100 000/ml. Of 250 patients, 85 (34%) had a myeloblast count §1%. Six (2%) patients had undergone a splenectomy. Thirteen (5.2%) patients had undergone radiotherapy for splenomegaly. Conclusions: The results of this survey provide insight into the characteristics of the Belgian myelofibrosis population. They also suggest that a large proportion of these patients could stand to benefit from the therapies currently under development. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloid HIF-1alpha prevents airway allergy in mice by promoting macrophage-mediated immunosuppression
Toussaint, Marie ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 1st Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2011, December 09)

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See detailMyeloid Hif1alpha counteracts allergic airway sensitization in mice through macrophage-mediated immunoregulation
Toussaint, Marie ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Abstract book of Keystone Symposium "Myeloid Cells: Regulation and Inflammation" (2013)

Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid lineage consequently results in decreased inflammatory responses in classical models of acute inflammation in mice. In contrast, we observed that mice conditionally deficient for Hif1alpha in myeloid cells display enhanced sensitivity to the development of airway allergy to the experimental allergen ovalbumin as well as to house dust mite antigens. Following allergen exposure, these mice indeed developed enhanced allergen-specific T cell responses due to augmented activation of lung dendritic cells. Further analyses supported the idea that upon allergen exposure, MyD88-dependent upregulation of Hif1alpha boosts the expression of the immunosuppressive cytokine Interleukin (IL)-10 by lung interstitial macrophages. Interstitial macrophage-derived IL-10 in turn counteracts allergen-induced lung dendritic cell activation, consequently preventing the development of allergen-specific T cell responses. Thus, this study supports that, in addition to its known pro-inflammatory activities, myeloid Hif1alpha possesses immunoregulatory functions implicated in the prevention of airway allergy. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloid hypoxia-inducible factor 1alpha prevents airway allergy in mice through macrophage-mediated immunoregulation
Toussaint, Marie ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Mucosal Immunology (2013), 6(3), 485-97

Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) has important roles in promoting pro-inflammatory and bactericidal functions in myeloid cells. Conditional genetic ablation of its major subunit Hif1alpha in the myeloid lineage consequently results in decreased inflammatory responses in classical models of acute inflammation in mice. By contrast, we report here that mice conditionally deficient for Hif1alpha in myeloid cells display enhanced sensitivity to the development of airway allergy to experimental allergens and house-dust mite antigens. We support that upon allergen exposure, MyD88-dependent upregulation of Hif1alpha boosts the expression of the immunosuppressive cytokine interleukin (IL)-10 by lung interstitial macrophages (IMs). Hif1alpha-dependent IL-10 secretion is required for IMs to block allergen-induced dendritic cell activation and consequently for preventing the development of allergen-specific T-helper cell responses upon allergen exposure. Thus, this study supports that, in addition to its known pro-inflammatory activities, myeloid Hif1alpha possesses immunoregulatory functions implicated in the prevention of airway allergy. [less ▲]

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