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See detailDevelopment of an HPTLC method for determination of hypoglycin A in aqueous extracts of seedlings and samaras of Acer species.
Habyarimana, Jean Belt Adélite ULiege; Baise, Etienne; Douny, Caroline ULiege et al

E-print/Working paper (2017)

Hypoglycin A (HGA) is a toxin contained in seeds of the sycamore maple tree (Acer pseudoplatanus). Ingestion of this amino acid causes equine atypical myopathy (AM) in Europe. Another variety, A. negundo ... [more ▼]

Hypoglycin A (HGA) is a toxin contained in seeds of the sycamore maple tree (Acer pseudoplatanus). Ingestion of this amino acid causes equine atypical myopathy (AM) in Europe. Another variety, A. negundo, is claimed to be present where AM cases were reported in the US. For unknown reasons, occurrence of this disease has increased. It is important to define environmental key factors that may influence toxicity of samaras from Acer species. In addition, the content of HGA in seedlings needs to be determined since AM outbreaks, during autumn period when the seeds fall but also during spring when seeds are germinating. The present study aims to validate a reliable method using high performance thin layer chromatography for determination and comparison of HGA in samaras and seedlings. The working range of the method was between 20 μg HGA to 408 μg HGA per ml water, corresponding to 12 - 244 mg/kg fresh weight or 40 - 816 mg/kg dry weight, taking into account of an arbitrary average dry matter content of 30%. Instrumental limit of detection and limit of quantification were of 10 µg HGA/ml and 20 µg HGA/ml water, respectively. Instrumental precision was 4% (RSD on 20 repeated measurements) while instrumental accuracy ranged between 86% and 121% of expected value. The HGA recovery of the analytical method estimated from spiked samaras and seedlings samples ranged between 63 and 103%. The method was applied to 9 samples of samaras from Acer pseudoplatanus, A. platanoides and A. campestre and 5 seedlings samples from A. pseudoplatanus. The results confirm detection of HGA in samaras from A. pseudoplatanus and the absence of detection in samaras of other tested species. They also suggest that detected levels of HGA are highly variable. This confirmed the suitability of the method for HGA detection in samaras or seedling. [less ▲]

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See detailNGS for NBS : Are we ready for « Next Generation » Newborn Screening ?
BOEMER, François ULiege

Conference (2017, May 12)

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See detailAcylcarnitines profile best predicts survival in horses with atypical myopathy
BOEMER, François ULiege; Detilleux, Johann ULiege; CELLO, Christophe ULiege et al

in PLoS ONE (2017)

Equine atypical myopathy (AM) is caused by hypoglycin A intoxication and is characterized by a high fatality rate. Predictive estimation of survival in AM horses is necessary to prevent unnecessary ... [more ▼]

Equine atypical myopathy (AM) is caused by hypoglycin A intoxication and is characterized by a high fatality rate. Predictive estimation of survival in AM horses is necessary to prevent unnecessary suffering of animals that are unlikely to survive and to focus supportive therapy on horses with a possible favourable prognosis of survival. We hypothesized that outcome may be predicted early in the course of disease based on the assumption that the acylcarnitine profile reflects the derangement of muscle energetics. We developed a statistical model to prognosticate the risk of death of diseased animals and found that estimation of outcome may be drawn from three acylcarnitines (C2, C10:2 and C18 -carnitines) with a high sensitivity and specificity. The calculation of the prognosis of survival makes it possible to distinguish the horses that will survive from those that will die despite severe sign of acute rhabdomyolysis in both groups [less ▲]

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See detailL'hypophosphatasie.
Winckert, A.; Vranken, L.; BOEMER, François ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(12), 547-551

Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the diminution of the enzymatic activity of the alkaline phosphatase (ALP). The disease mainly involves multiple defects of the ... [more ▼]

Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the diminution of the enzymatic activity of the alkaline phosphatase (ALP). The disease mainly involves multiple defects of the mineralization of the skeleton including bone fragilities. It will be expressed to varying degrees of severity and will allow to characterize different forms of HPP. Unfortunately, the prevalence of this pathology remains probably underestimated and its diagnosis must be multidisciplinary by taking into account the biochemical assays, the clinical history as well as the radiological imaging. So, in the approach of this diagnosis, a retrospective screening was carried out by the clinical chemistry department of the CHU of Liege. The aim of this study is to potentially identify the affected patients on the basis of their biochemical assays and their anamnesis in order to propose a genetic screening. Unfortunately, no case could be formally identified, which testifies the difficulty to establish a diagnosis of the slight forms encountered mainly in the adults. [less ▲]

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See detailA next-generation newborn screening pilot study: NGS on dried blood spots detects causal mutations in patients with inherited metabolic diseases.
BOEMER, François ULiege; Fasquelle, Corinne ULiege; D'OTREPPE DE BOUVETTE, Stéphanie ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7(1), 17641

The range of applications performed on dried blood spots (DBS) widely broadened during the past decades to now include next-generation sequencing (NGS). Previous publications provided a general overview ... [more ▼]

The range of applications performed on dried blood spots (DBS) widely broadened during the past decades to now include next-generation sequencing (NGS). Previous publications provided a general overview of NGS capacities on DBS-extracted DNA but did not focus on the identification of specific disorders. We thus aimed to demonstrate that NGS was reliable for detecting pathogenic mutations on genomic material extracted from DBS. Assuming the future implementation of NGS technologies into newborn screening (NBS), we conducted a pilot study on fifteen patients with inherited metabolic disorders. Blood was collected from DBS. Whole-exome sequencing was performed, and sequences were analyzed with a specific focus on genes related to NBS. Results were compared to the known pathogenic mutations previously identified by Sanger sequencing. Causal mutations were readily characterized, and multiple polymorphisms have been identified. According to variant database prediction, an unexplained homozygote pathogenic mutation, unrelated to patient's disorder, was also found in one sample. While amount and quality of DBS-extracted DNA are adequate to identify causal mutations by NGS, bioinformatics analysis revealed critical drawbacks: coverage fluctuations between regions, difficulties in identifying insertions/deletions, and inconsistent reliability of database-referenced variants. Nevertheless, results of this study lead us to consider future perspectives regarding "next-generation" NBS. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative PCR without DNA extraction for African sickle cell disease diagnosis.
Detemmerman, L.; Olivier, S.; BOURS, Vincent ULiege et al

in Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands) (2017)

OBJECTIVES: Hemoglobin (Hb) disorders consist of thalassemia and Hb structural variants, of which the major forms are associated with severe anemia and/or vascular occlusion. Current diagnostic techniques ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Hemoglobin (Hb) disorders consist of thalassemia and Hb structural variants, of which the major forms are associated with severe anemia and/or vascular occlusion. Current diagnostic techniques are highly accurate and mostly based on isoelectric focusing, high-performance liquid chromatography or mass spectrometry, which often require advanced laboratory equipment. In sub-Saharan Africa, the Hb disorders are mainly associated to the pathological variants hemoglobin S (HbS) and HbC. Unfortunately, until now, it is not easy to get a diagnosis of these disorders in this area. In this study, we tested the performance of a new molecular diagnostic tests on qualified samples. METHODS: The Human Hb S/C Lamp assay is a new polymerase chain reaction test able to detect HbS, HbC and HbA alleles without DNA extraction, directly on fresh or frozen blood samples, or on dried blood spots (DBS). In this study, we compared the genotyping of 248 blood samples (56 whole blood and 192 DBS) with this LAMP assay to the routine diagnostic methods performed in the genetics lab at the university hospital of Liege. RESULTS: Our results show that the LAMP method can detect HbS and HbC with an accuracy of 100%. Moreover, this test can be used for the neonatal screening because we did not observe any interference with fetal Hb. DISCUSSION: To our knowledge, this method is the only molecular assay that can be performed directly on dried blood cards without DNA extraction, lowering handling, turnaround time and costs. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms on whole blood without DNA extraction
Detemmerman, L.; BOEMER, François ULiege; SEGERS, Karin ULiege et al

Poster (2016, May 12)

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See detailDiagnosis of sickle cell disease by innovative PCR without DNA extraction
DETEMMERMAN, Liselot; BOEMER, François ULiege; OLIVIER, Sabine

Poster (2016, February)

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See detailAtypical myopathy in Denmark confirmed with the aTRAQ Assay
Høffer, Sofie Esbjørn; Votion, Dominique ULiege; Anderberg, Marie et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2016), 47

Atypical myopathy is ais widespread in Europe and has been suspected in Denmark but no cases have been confirmed. This study confirmed cases in this country.

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See detailMitochondrial function is altered in horse atypical myopathy
Lemieux, Hélène; BOEMER, François ULiege; van Galen, Gaby et al

in Mitochondrion (2016), 30

Equine atypical myopathy in Europe is a fatal rhabdomyolysis syndrome that results from the ingestion of hypoglycin A contained in seeds and seedlings of Acer pseudoplatanus. The hallmark of atypical ... [more ▼]

Equine atypical myopathy in Europe is a fatal rhabdomyolysis syndrome that results from the ingestion of hypoglycin A contained in seeds and seedlings of Acer pseudoplatanus. The hallmark of atypical myopathy consists of a severe alteration in the energy metabolism including a severe impairment in muscle mitochondrial respiration that could contribute to its high death rate [less ▲]

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See detailFalsos positivos de C5-carnitina elevada en cribado neonatal: A que son debidos?
Yahyaoui, Raquel; Rueda; Dayaldasani, Anita et al

in Medicina Clinica (2015)

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See detailDetection of hypoglycin A in the seeds of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and box elder (A. negundo) in New Zealand; the toxin associated with cases of equine atypical myopathy.
McKenzie, R. K.; Hill, F. I.; Habyarimana, Jean Belt Adélite ULiege et al

in New Zealand veterinary journal (2015)

CASE HISTORY AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: During April and May 2014 four horses aged between 5 months and 9 years, located in the Canterbury, Marlborough and Southland regions, presented with a variety of ... [more ▼]

CASE HISTORY AND CLINICAL FINDINGS: During April and May 2014 four horses aged between 5 months and 9 years, located in the Canterbury, Marlborough and Southland regions, presented with a variety of clinical signs including recumbency, stiffness, lethargy, dehydration, depression, and myoglobinuria suggestive of acute muscle damage. Two horses were subjected to euthanasia and two recovered. In all cases seeds of sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) or box elder (A. negundo) were present in the area where the horse had been grazing. LABORATORY INVESTIGATION: The samaras (seeds) of some Acer spp. may contain hypoglycin A, that has been associated with cases of atypical myopathy in Europe and North America. To determine if hypoglycin A is present in the samaras of Acer spp. in New Zealand, samples were collected from trees throughout the country that were associated with historical and/or current cases of atypical myopathy, and analysed for hypoglycin A. Serum samples from the four cases and four unaffected horses were analysed for the presence of hypoglycin A, profiles of acylcarnitines (the definitive diagnosis for atypical myopathy) and activities of creatine kinase and aspartate aminotransferase. Markedly elevated serum activities of creatine kinase and aspartate aminotransferase, and increased concentrations of selected acylcarnitines were found in the case horses. Hypoglycin A was detected in the serum of those horses but not in the healthy controls. Hypoglycin A was detected in 10/15 samples of samaras from sycamore maple and box elder from throughout New Zealand. DIAGNOSIS: Cases of atypical myopathy were diagnosed on properties where samaras containing hypoglycin A were also found. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Sycamore and box elder trees in New Zealand are a source of hypoglycin A associated with the development of atypical myopathy. If pastured horses present with clinical and biochemical signs of severe muscle damage then the environment should be checked for the presence of these trees. Horses should be prevented from grazing samaras from Acer spp. in the autumn. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of hypoglycin A in serum using aTRAQ((R)) assay
BOEMER, François ULiege; DEBERG, Michelle ULiege; SCHOOS, Roland ULiege et al

in Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences (2015), 997

BACKGROUND: Hypoglycin A has been recently identified has the causal agent of atypical myopathy (AM) in horses. Its identification and quantification in equine's biological fluids is thus a major concern ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Hypoglycin A has been recently identified has the causal agent of atypical myopathy (AM) in horses. Its identification and quantification in equine's biological fluids is thus a major concern to confirm maple poisoning and to provide insight into the poorly understood mechanism of hypoglycin A intoxication. METHODS: Quantification of hypoglycin A has been achieved with the aTRAQ kit for amino acid analysis of physiological fluids (AB Sciex). Acquisition method on mass spectrometer has been updated to record the hypoglycin A specific MRM transition. RESULTS: Outlined accuracy profiles demonstrated very reliable data. A good linearity was observed from 0.09 to 50mumol/L and precision was very good with coefficient of variation below 8%. Fifty-five samples collected from 25 confirmed AM horses revealed significant hypoglycin A concentrations, while toxin was not found in serum of 8 control animals. CONCLUSIONS: The described aTRAQ variant method has been analytically and clinically validated. The reliability of our approach is thus demonstrated into the workup of atypical myopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailLes nouveaux outils de diagnostic et de pronostic de la myopathie atypique
Habyarimana, Jean Belt Adélite ULiege; BOEMER, François ULiege; Amory, Hélène ULiege et al

in Proceeding de la 41ème Journée de la Recherche équine (2015)

In equines, ingestion of hypoglycin A, a toxin produced in the seeds (samaras) of sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) tree alters the energetic metabolism of muscle cells and results in atypical myopathy ... [more ▼]

In equines, ingestion of hypoglycin A, a toxin produced in the seeds (samaras) of sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) tree alters the energetic metabolism of muscle cells and results in atypical myopathy (AM). This alterations leads to a characteristic biochemical profile of acylcarnitines (AC) that enables to confirm the diagnosis of AM. This study aims at validating a methodology for the dosage of hypoglycin A in vegetal extracts but also in blood. In addition, the biochemical profile in AC has been determined in AM cases (5 survivors and 13 deceased) and in 5 horses suffering from exercise-induced myopathy. The AC profiles of these horses have been compared to the one of healthy horses (n = 35). This study showed that hypoglycin A was present in seeds and spring seedlings of sycamore and also in blood of AM cases horses. In addition, the establishment of AC profile contributes to the diagnostic and helps to assess the prognosis of AM cases. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiological data on sickle cell disease in Belgium
Ketelslegers, Olivier; Eyskens, François; BOEMER, François ULiege et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2015), 6(4), 135-141

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See detailQuantification of physiological aminoacids using aTRAQ kit: evaluation and implementation of new markers.
BOEMER, François ULiege; SCHOOS, Roland ULiege; DEBERG, Michelle ULiege

in Annales de biologie clinique (2015), 73(4), 427-442

Nowadays, physiological amino acids profiling is based primarily on ion exchange chromatography (IEC) coupled to a post-column derivatization with ninhydrin and UV detection at two wavelengths ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, physiological amino acids profiling is based primarily on ion exchange chromatography (IEC) coupled to a post-column derivatization with ninhydrin and UV detection at two wavelengths. Unfortunately, this technique suffers various drawbacks such as long analysis time, high sample volume and specific costs related to the maintenance of a dedicated equipment. These reasons have led us to consider a technology switch to a mass spectrometry method. We tested the kit aTRAQ amino acids analysis for physiological samples (AB Sciex), offering a selective quantification of more than 40 amino acids, and have implemented the acquisition of various original markers to the initial method. The accuracy profiles established for each amino acid show that the results are very reliable. The linearity is assured between 1 and 1.000 mumol/L for most analytes. Result comparison with IEC method showed good agreement. Reference ranges are similar to those defined for the IEC method and patients with inborn errors of metabolism were readily identified. The aTRAQ method offers a valid alternative to IEC method with several advantages: reduced sample volume, decreased run time and increased specificity. However, the procedure requires a thorough review of all chromatographic peaks, process that considerably lengthens the overall time of the procedure. Finally, financial and practical considerations of both techniques have to be counterbalanced before initiating any methodological transition. [less ▲]

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See detailMutation of the iron-sulfur cluster assembly gene IBA57 causes fatal infantile leukodystrophy.
DEBRAY, François-Guillaume ULiege; Stumpfig, Claudia; Vanlander, Arnaud V. et al

in Journal of inherited metabolic disease (2015)

Leukodystrophies are a heterogeneous group of severe genetic neurodegenerative disorders. A multiple mitochondrial dysfunctions syndrome was found in an infant presenting with a progressive ... [more ▼]

Leukodystrophies are a heterogeneous group of severe genetic neurodegenerative disorders. A multiple mitochondrial dysfunctions syndrome was found in an infant presenting with a progressive leukoencephalopathy. Homozygosity mapping, whole exome sequencing, and functional studies were used to define the underlying molecular defect. Respiratory chain studies in skeletal muscle isolated from the proband revealed a combined deficiency of complexes I and II. In addition, western blotting indicated lack of protein lipoylation. The combination of these findings was suggestive for a defect in the iron-sulfur (Fe/S) protein assembly pathway. SNP array identified loss of heterozygosity in large chromosomal regions, covering the NFU1 and BOLA3, and the IBA57 and ABCB10 candidate genes, in 2p15-p11.2 and 1q31.1-q42.13, respectively. A homozygous c.436C > T (p.Arg146Trp) variant was detected in IBA57 using whole exome sequencing. Complementation studies in a HeLa cell line depleted for IBA57 showed that the mutant protein with the semi-conservative amino acid exchange was unable to restore the biochemical phenotype indicating a loss-of-function mutation of IBA57. In conclusion, defects in the Fe/S protein assembly gene IBA57 can cause autosomal recessive neurodegeneration associated with progressive leukodystrophy and fatal outcome at young age. In the affected patient, the biochemical phenotype was characterized by a defect in the respiratory chain complexes I and II and a decrease in mitochondrial protein lipoylation, both resulting from impaired assembly of Fe/S clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostic pitfall in antenatal manifestations of CPT II deficiency.
BOEMER, François ULiege; DEBERG, Michelle ULiege; SCHOOS, Roland ULiege et al

in Clinical genetics (2015)

Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT2) deficiency is a rare inborn error of mitochondrial fatty acid metabolism associated with various phenotypes. Whereas most patients present with postnatal signs of ... [more ▼]

Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT2) deficiency is a rare inborn error of mitochondrial fatty acid metabolism associated with various phenotypes. Whereas most patients present with postnatal signs of energetic failure affecting muscle and liver, a small subset of patients presents antenatal malformations including brain dysgenesis and neuronal migration defects. Here, we report recurrence of severe cerebral dysgenesis with Dandy-Walker malformation in three successive pregnancies and review previously reported antenatal cases. Interestingly, we also report that acylcarnitines profile, tested retrospectively on the amniotic fluid of last pregnancy, was not sensitive enough to allow reliable prenatal diagnosis of CPT2 deficiency. Finally, because fetuses affected by severe cerebral malformations are frequently aborted, CPT2 deficiency may be underestimated and fatty acid oxidation disorders should be considered when faced with a fetus with Dandy-Walker anomaly or another brain dysgenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailCystic Fibrosis screening by simultaneous ELISA for IRT1 and PAP proteins. A pilot study.
BOEMER, François ULiege

Scientific conference (2014, December 11)

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