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See detailTumor modifications recorded with IVIM and DCE-MRI after Neoadjuvant radiotherapy.
LALLEMAND, François ULiege; LEROI, Natacha ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege et al

in Radiotherapy and Oncology (2019, April), 133(Supplement 1), 284-285

Purpose or Objective Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and facilitates tumor resection in many cancers. We hypothesized anti-cancer treatments (i.e. radiotherapy) modify tumor ... [more ▼]

Purpose or Objective Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and facilitates tumor resection in many cancers. We hypothesized anti-cancer treatments (i.e. radiotherapy) modify tumor microenvironment and could potentially impact distant metastases occurrence. Previously, we developed a pre-clinical model demonstrating an impact of NeoRT schedule and the timing of surgery on metastatic spreading (Leroi et al. Oncotarget 2015). Here, we aim to identify by fMRI noninvasive markers reflecting NeoRT related tumor microenvironment modifications that could predict the best timing for performing surgery and avoiding tumor spreading. Material and Methods To briefly delineate the NeoRT model, MDA-MB 231 tumor cells implanted in the flank of SCID mice were locally irradiated with 2x5Gy when tumor reached 100mm3 and then surgically removed at different time points. We performed fMRI, Diffusion Weighted (DW) and Dynamic Contract enhancement (DCE) – MRI, before RT and every 2 days between RT and surgery. We acquired 8 slices of 1 mm thickness and 0.5 mm gap with an “in plane voxel resolution” of 0.5 mm. For DW-MRI, we performed FSEMS (Fast Spin Echo MultiSlice) sequences, with 9 different Bvalue (from 40 to 1000) and B0. We performed IVIM (IntraVoxel Incoherent Motion) analysis to obtain information on intravascular diffusion, related to perfusion (F: perfusion factor) and subsequently tumor vessels perfusion. For DCE-MRI, we performed a T1 mapping with multiple TR and DCE acquisition with 200 repetitions of 3 sec each and gadolinium IV injection after 10 repetitions. We performed semi-quantitative analysis. We validated tumor perfusion by immunochemistry with injection of FITC-dextran IV 3 min before surgery and CD31 labelling. Human Ki67 was used for lung metastases labelling and quantification. Results After the tumor irradiation, we observed a significant and transient increase at day 6 (60% of the basal value (n=6, p<0,05)) of F and D* parameters related to perfusion. The other parameters of the DW-MRI, ADC and D presented no modifications. The sham irradiated tumors used as control showed no modifications of all fMRI parameters. At the same timing, 6 days post-radiotherapy, DCE-MRI significantly demonstrated a WhashinSlope (n=13, p<0,05) increase. Immunochemistry confirmed the increase of tumor perfusion when surgery is performed at day 6. The sham irradiated tumors never demonstrated such changes. Finally, when surgery is performed on tumor increased perfusion measured by fMRI, it demonstrated a burst of lung metastasis compared to the other timings. Conclusion We showed a significant difference in perfusion-related parameters with fMRI and immunochemistry at a specific time point after NeoRT. These modifications are correlated with an increase of metastasis spreading related to surgery procedure. These results open new perspectives in the personalized medicine and MRI guided surgery timing after NeoRT. [less ▲]

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See detailRecruitment of hepatic macrophages from monocytes is independent of IL-4Ralpha but is associated with ablation of resident macrophages in schistosomiasis.
Rolot, Marion ULiege; Dougall, Annette; Javaux, Justine et al

in European journal of immunology (2019)

Alternatively-activated Mphis (AAMphi) accumulate in hepatic granulomas during schistosomiasis and have been suggested to originate in the bone marrow. What is less understood is how these Mphi responses ... [more ▼]

Alternatively-activated Mphis (AAMphi) accumulate in hepatic granulomas during schistosomiasis and have been suggested to originate in the bone marrow. What is less understood is how these Mphi responses are regulated after S. mansoni infection. Here, we investigated the role of IL-4 receptor alpha-chain (IL-4Ralpha)-signalling in the dynamics of liver Mphi responses. We observed that IL-4Ralpha signalling was dispensable for the recruitment of Ly6C(hi) monocytes and for their conversion into F4/80(hi) CD64(hi) CD11b(hi) Mphi. Moreover, while IL-4Ralpha provided an AAMphi phenotype to liver F4/80(hi) CD64(hi) CD11b(hi) Mphi that was associated with regulation of granuloma formation, it was dispensable for host survival. Resident F4/80(hi) CD64(hi) CD11b(lo) Mphi did not upregulate the AAMphi signature gene Ym1. Rather, resident Mphi nearly disappeared by week 8 after infection and artificial ablation of resident Mphi in CD169(DTR) mice did not affect the response to S. mansoni infection. Interestingly, ablation of CD169(+) cells in naive mice resulted in the accumulation of F4/80(hi) CD64(hi) CD11b(hi) Mphi, which was amplified when ablation occurred during schistosomiasis. Altogether, our results suggest the ablation of resident KCs after S. mansoni infection to be associated with the recruitment and accumulation of F4/80(hi) CD64(hi) CD11b(hi) Mphi with lyz2-dependent IL-4Ralpha contributing to the regulation of granuloma inflammation but being dispensable for host survival. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTumor microenvironment modifications recorded with IVIM perfusion analysis after radiotherapy.
LALLEMAND, François ULiege; LEROI, Natacha ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege et al

in Radiotherapy and Oncology (2018, April), 127(Supplement 1), 1285-1286

Purpose or Objective Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and facilitates tumor resection in many cancers. The timing between the end of the NeoRT and surgery is driven by the ... [more ▼]

Purpose or Objective Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and facilitates tumor resection in many cancers. The timing between the end of the NeoRT and surgery is driven by the occurrence of side effects or the tumor downsizing. Some clinical studies demonstrated that the timing of surgery and the RT schedule influence tumor dissemination and subsequently patient overall survival (Acta Oncol 2006). Previously, we developed a pre-clinical model demonstrating an impact of NeoRT schedule and the timing of surgery on metastatic spreading (Oncotarget 2015). Here, we used functional MRI (fMRI) to record tumor microenvironment modifications after NeoRT. We aim to get non-invasive markers to establish the best timing to perform surgery and avoiding tumor spreading. Material and Methods Based on our NeoRT model, MDA-MB 231 and 4T1 cells were implanted in the flank of SCID and BalbC mice, respectively. We locally irradiated (PXI, X-Rad SmART) tumors with 2x5Gy and then surgically removed at different time points after RT. We acquired fMRI (9,4T Agilent) before and after RT. Diffusion Weighted (DW) - MRI was performed every 2 days between RT and surgery. For each tumor, we acquired 8 slices of 1 mm thickness and 0.5 mm gap with an "in plane voxel resolution” of 0.5 mm. For DW-MRI, we performed FSEMS (Fast Spin Echo MultiSlice) sequences, with 9 different B-value (from 40 to 1000) and B0, in the 3 main directions. We performed IVIM (IntraVoxel Incoherent Motion) analysis to obtain information on intravascular diffusion, related to perfusion (F: perfusion factor) and subsequently tumor vessels perfusion. Results With the MDA-MB 231, we observed a significant and transient increase (60% of the basal value (n=6, p<0,05)) of F and D* parameters related to perfusion. The other parameters of the DW-MRI, ADC and D presented no modification. We observed similar results with 4T1 cells, where F increased at day 3 (55% of the basal value, n=10, p<0,05) then returned to initial level. The difference in timing for the peak of F (day 6 vs day 3) could be related to the difference in tumor growth according to the cell line (four weeks for MDA-MB 231 cells vs one week for 4T1 cells). We also observed a decrease of hypoxia (pimonidazole staining) when surgery was performed on the peak but vascular architecture was not affected. Moreover, performing surgery during F and D* peak, in the MDA-MB 231model, is associated with an increase of lung metastases: 115% and 187% compared to a surgery performed before or after the peak. Conclusion We demonstrated the feasibility of repetitive fMRI imaging in preclinical models after NeoRT. We showed a significant difference in perfusion-related parameters (D* and F) at a specific time point depending of tumor cells correlated with tumor metastases. We demonstrated the feasibility of Image Guided Surgery for decreasing tumor metastases after NeoRT. [less ▲]

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See detailBrain modifications after stereotactic radiotherapy recorded by Functional MRI.
LALLEMAND, François ULiege; LEROI, Natacha ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege et al

in Radiotherapy and Oncology (2018, April), 127(Supplement 1), 582

Purpose or Objective Brain irradiation is commonly used in malignant diseases (i.e. metastases or Glioblastoma) and in benign diseases (i.e. meningioma, epilepsy, vestibular schwannoma or Parkinson ... [more ▼]

Purpose or Objective Brain irradiation is commonly used in malignant diseases (i.e. metastases or Glioblastoma) and in benign diseases (i.e. meningioma, epilepsy, vestibular schwannoma or Parkinson disease). The use of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) allows the administration of very high doses in a single fraction (e.g. 120Gy), in a small brain volume. After irradiation, morphological and functional cerebral changes occur depending on the total dose, dose per fraction and the irradiated brain volume. The aim of this work is to use f-MRI to record adult normal brain tissue modification after irradiation with different radiotherapy doses and schedules and to identify new parameters of brain radio-damages. Material and Methods With a dedicated small animal radiotherapy device allowing IGRT (PXI, X-Rad SmART), we specifically irradiated with a 2mm-collimator, mimicking SRS, a small part of adult brain mice (n=72), known to have no impact on vital function, with dose schedules: 1X20Gy, 3X10Gy, 4X5Gy and no RT as control. We imaged brain mice longitudinally with a dedicated 9.4-T MRI (Agilent). Imaging was realized once before as reference level and after irradiation every month for the first 6 months and every 3 months during one year. For each mouse we acquired 14 slices of 1 mm thickness and 0.5 mm gap with an “in plane voxel resolution” of 0.5 mm. We performed T1-weighted, T2-weighted, T1-mapping, T2-mapping and DW-MRI. For DW-MRI, we performed Fast Spin Echo MultiSlice sequences, with 9 different B-value and B0 (from 20 to 1000). We performed IntraVoxel Incoherent Motion (IVIM) analysis to obtain information on intravascular diffusion, related to perfusion (F: perfusion factor). Results Only mice irradiated with 120Gy showed brain modifications in T1 and T2 anatomic images and in T1 mapping, ADC, D and F but no changes were recorded in D* or T2 mapping. All these changes started 5 weeks after SRS and then stabilized after 7 weeks. The mean values for the control group were stable during the 5 months (ADC 0,73μm²/ms; D 0,66μm²/ms; F 4,67%, T1 1,25 sec). For the 120Gy group, values were significantly higher after 5 weeks (Δ = compared to the control group) with ADC 1,66μm²/ms (Δ=151%); D 1,37μm²/ms (Δ=107%); F 18,84% (Δ=303%); T1 1,99 sec (Δ=59%). No specific behaviour changes were observed during all the experiment. Conclusion In this work, we studied normal brain modifications after SRS therapy with anatomical and functional MRI. SRS doses and schedules in this work reflected those used in clinic for tumor treatment or functional SRS. We showed an increase of ADC value 5 weeks after one single dose of 120Gy, compared to normal brain tissue. These results are consistent with radio-necrosis. In addition, we highlighted an increase of IVIM parameters D and F and an increase of T1 mapping in radio-necrosis area. These results increase the numbers of MRI parameters that could be used for following brain damage after radiation. [less ▲]

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See detailLandmark detection in 2D bioimages for geometric morphometrics: a multi-resolution tree-based approach.
Vandaele, Rémy ULiege; Aceto, Jessica; Muller, Marc ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2018), 8(1), 538

The detection of anatomical landmarks in bioimages is a necessary but tedious step for geometric morphometrics studies in many research domains. We propose variants of a multi-resolution tree-based ... [more ▼]

The detection of anatomical landmarks in bioimages is a necessary but tedious step for geometric morphometrics studies in many research domains. We propose variants of a multi-resolution tree-based approach to speed-up the detection of landmarks in bioimages. We extensively evaluate our method variants on three different datasets (cephalometric, zebrafish, and drosophila images). We identify the key method parameters (notably the multi-resolution) and report results with respect to human ground truths and existing methods. Our method achieves recognition performances competitive with current existing approaches while being generic and fast. The algorithms are integrated in the open-source Cytomine software and we provide parameter configuration guidelines so that they can be easily exploited by end-users. Finally, datasets are readily available through a Cytomine server to foster future research. [less ▲]

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See detailFDG PET/CT radiomics for predicting the outcome of locally advanced rectal cancer.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULiege; POLUS, Marc ULiege; VAN DAELE, Daniel ULiege et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2018)

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT textural analysis in locally-advanced rectal cancer (LARC). METHODS: Eighty-six patients with LARC ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT textural analysis in locally-advanced rectal cancer (LARC). METHODS: Eighty-six patients with LARC underwent 18F-FDG PET/CT before treatment. Maximum and mean standard uptake values (SUVmax and SUVmean), metabolic tumoral volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG), histogram-intensity features, as well as 11 local and regional textural features, were evaluated. The relationships of clinical, pathological and PET-derived metabolic parameters with disease-specific survival (DSS), disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were assessed by Cox regression analysis. Logistic regression was used to predict the pathological response by the Dworak tumor regression grade (TRG) in the 66 patients treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT). RESULTS: The median follow-up of patients was 41 months. Seventeen patients (19.7%) had recurrent disease and 18 (20.9 %) died, either due to cancer progression (n = 10) or from another cause while in complete remission (n = 8). DSS was 95% at 1 year, 93% at 2 years and 87% at 4 years. Weight loss, surgery and the texture parameter coarseness were significantly associated with DSS in multivariate analyses. DFS was 94 % at 1 year, 86 % at 2 years and 79 % at 4 years. From a multivariate standpoint, tumoral differentiation and the texture parameters homogeneity and coarseness were significantly associated with DFS. OS was 93% at 1 year, 87% at 2 years and 79% after 4 years. cT, surgery, SUVmean, dissimilarity and contrast from the neighborhood intensity-difference matrix (contrastNGTDM) were significantly and independently associated with OS. Finally, RAS-mutational status (KRAS and NRAS mutations) and TLG were significant predictors of pathological response to nCRT (TRG 3-4). CONCLUSION: Textural analysis of baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT provides strong independent predictors of survival in patients with LARC, with better predictive power than intensity- and volume-based parameters. The utility of such features, especially coarseness, should be confirmed by larger clinical studies before considering their potential integration into decisional algorithms aimed at personalized medicine. [less ▲]

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See detailFollowing tumour microenvironment after Neoadjuvant radiotherapy with IVIM perfusion analysis.
LALLEMAND, François ULiege; LEROI, Natacha ULiege; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULiege et al

in Radiotherapy and Oncology (2017, May), 123(Supplement 1), 545

Purpose or Objective Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and facilitates tumor resection in many cancers. The timing between the end of the NeoRT and surgery is driven by the ... [more ▼]

Purpose or Objective Neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NeoRT) improves tumor local control and facilitates tumor resection in many cancers. The timing between the end of the NeoRT and surgery is driven by the occurrence of side effects or the tumor downsizing. Some clinical studies demonstrated that the timing of surgery and the RT schedule influence tumor dissemination and subsequently patient overall survival. Previously, we developed a pre-clinical model demonstrating an impact of NeoRT schedule and the timing of surgery on metastatic spreading (Leroi et al. Oncotarget 2015). Here, we evaluate the impact of NeoRT on the tumor microenvironment by functional MRI (fMRI). We aim to identify non-invasive markers allowing to determine the best timing to perform surgery and avoiding tumor spreading. Material and Methods Based on our NeoRT model, MDA-MB 231 and 4T1 cells were implanted in the flank of SCID and BalbC mice, respectively. We locally irradiated tumors with 2x5Gy and then surgically removed at different time points after RT. Diffusion Weighted (DW) -MRI was performed every 2 days between RT and surgery. For each tumors we acquired 8 slices of 1 mm thickness and 0.5 mm gap with an 'in plane voxel resolution” of 0.5 mm. For DW-MRI, we performed FSEMS (Fast Spin Echo MultiSlice) sequences, with 9 different B-value (from 40 to 1000) and B0, in the 3 main directions. We performed IVIM (IntraVoxel Incoherent Motion) analysis to obtain information on intravascular diffusion, related to perfusion (F: perfusion factor) and subsequently tumor vessels perfusion. Results With the MDA-MB 231, we observed a significant peak of F at day 6 after irradiation, this increasing is about 60% of the basal value (n=6, p<0,05). Moreover, D* parameters (also related to perfusion) increase at the same time. The other parameters of the DW-MRI, ADC and D presented no modification. We observed similar results with 4T1 cells, where F increased at day 3 (about 55%, n=10, p<0,05) then returned to initial level. The difference in timing for the peak of F (day 6 vs day 3) could be related to the difference in tumor growth according to the cell line (four weeks for MDA-MB 231 cells vs one week for 4T1cells). We performed surgery at the time of the F parameter peak in the MDA-MB 231 and we observed a decrease of the metastasic burden compared to surgery performed at day 4 or day 11(absolute number of metastasis 23 VS 1 VS 8 with n=4). Conclusion For the first time, we demonstrate the feasibility of repetitive fMRI imaging in preclinical models after NeoRT. With these models, we show a significant difference in perfusion-related parameters (D* and F) at a specific time point depending of the tumor cells. These modifications are correlated to a decrease of metastasis spreading related to the surgery procedure. These results open new perspectives in the personalized medicine and MRI guided surgery timing after NeoRT. [less ▲]

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See detailStereotactic Robotic Body Radiotherapy for Patients With Unresectable Hepatic Oligorecurrence
Berkovic, P.; GULYBAN, Akos ULiege; Nguyen, P. V. et al

in Clinical Colorectal Cancer (2017), 16(4), 349-3571

Micro-Abstract We present our retrospective study of 42 patients treated for hepatic oligorecurrence with stereotactic body radiotherapy using the CyberKnife system (Accuray Inc). Besides reporting on ... [more ▼]

Micro-Abstract We present our retrospective study of 42 patients treated for hepatic oligorecurrence with stereotactic body radiotherapy using the CyberKnife system (Accuray Inc). Besides reporting on acute and late toxicities, the influence of patient and lesion characteristics on local control, liver and distant progression-free survival, and overall survival were also investigated. Background The purpose of this study was to analyze local control (LC), liver progression-free survival (PFS), and distant PFS (DFS), overall survival (OS), and toxicity in a cohort of patients treated with stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) with fiducial tracking for oligorecurrent liver lesions; and to evaluate the potential influence of lesion size, systemic treatment, physical and biologically effective dose (BED), treatment calculation algorithms and other parameters on the obtained results. Patients and Methods Unoperable patients with sufficient liver function had [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography-computed tomography and liver magnetic resonance imaging to confirm the oligorecurrent nature of the disease and to further delineate the gross tumor volume (GTV). An intended dose of 45 Gy in 3 fractions was prescribed on the 80% isodose and adapted if risk-related. Treatment was executed with the CyberKnife system (Accuray Inc) platform using fiducials tracking. Initial plans were recalculated using the Monte Carlo algorithm. Patient and treatment data were processed using the Kaplan–Meier method and log rank test for survival analysis. Results Between 2010 and 2015, 42 patients (55 lesions) were irradiated. The mean GTV and planning target volume (PTV) were 30.5 cc and 96.8 cc, respectively. Treatments were delivered 3 times per week in a median of 3 fractions to a PTV median dose of 54.6 Gy. The mean GTV and PTV D98% were 51.6 Gy and 51.2 Gy, respectively. Heterogeneity corrections did not influence dose parameters. After a median follow-up of 18.9 months, the 1- and 2-year LC/liver PFS/DFS/OS were 81.3%/55%/62.4%/86.9%, and 76.3%/42.3%/52%/78.3%, respectively. Performance status and histology had a significant effect on LC, whereas age (older than 65 years) marginally influenced liver PFS. Clinical target volume physical dose V45 Gy > 95%, generalized equivalent uniform dose (a = −30) > 45 Gy and a BED (α/β = 10) V105 Gy > 96% showed statistically significant effect on the LC. Acute Grade 3 gastrointestinal (GI) and late Grade 2 GI and fatigue toxicity were found in 5% and 11% patients, respectively. Conclusion Favorable survival and toxicity results support the potential paradigm shift in which the use of SBRT in oligorecurrent liver disease could benefit patients with unresectable or resectable liver metastases. © 2017 Elsevier Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite... les cancers localises de l'oesophage. Etat actuel des donnees et strategie therapeutique. 2eme partie : l'interet des approches multimodales avec ou sans chirurgie.
VAN DAELE, Daniel ULiege; Honoré, Pierre ULiege; COLLIGNON, Joëlle ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(4), 168-174

In recent years, the treatment of esophagus cancer has been completely changed, thus competing the dogma of surgery as the cornerstone treatment. Multimodality treatments as radio-chemotherapy directly ... [more ▼]

In recent years, the treatment of esophagus cancer has been completely changed, thus competing the dogma of surgery as the cornerstone treatment. Multimodality treatments as radio-chemotherapy directly followed by surgery, or delayed surgery, significantly improve patient survival compared to surgery alone. Neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy is associated with a higher complete pathologic response rate and improved survival compared to chemotherapy alone. Immediate surgery after radio-chemotherapy is challenged for patients who present a complete clinical response, especially in case of squamous cell carcinoma. Indeed, systematic resection is associated with a significant postoperative mortality rate and has not proven any survival advantage in complete clinical responders as opposed to delayed resection in case of locally persistent or recurrent disease. In squamous cell carcinoma, this could lead to organ preservation, thus avoiding the mortality and durable functional impairment of esophagectomy. This review will discuss the positioning of the multimodality treatment strategy with neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy and chemotherapy and also the strategy of organ preservation. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomated multimodal volume registration based on supervised 3D anatomical landmark detection
Vandaele, Rémy ULiege; LALLEMAND, François ULiege; MARTINIVE, Philippe ULiege et al

in SCITEPRESS Digital Library (2017)

We propose a new method for automatic 3D multimodal registration based on anatomical landmark detection. Landmark detectors are learned independantly in the two imaging modalities using Extremely ... [more ▼]

We propose a new method for automatic 3D multimodal registration based on anatomical landmark detection. Landmark detectors are learned independantly in the two imaging modalities using Extremely Randomized Trees and multi-resolution voxel windows. A least-squares fitting algorithm is then used for rigid registration based on the landmark positions as predicted by these detectors in the two imaging modalities. Experiments are carried out with this method on a dataset of pelvis CT and CBCT scans related to 45 patients. On this dataset, our fully automatic approach yields results very competitive with respect to a manually assisted state-of-the-art rigid registration algorithm. [less ▲]

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See detailA gammaherpesvirus provides protection against allergic asthma by inducing the replacement of resident alveolar macrophages with regulatory monocytes.
Machiels, Bénédicte ULiege; Dourcy, Mickael ULiege; Xiao, Xue ULiege et al

in Nature Immunology (2017)

The hygiene hypothesis postulates that the recent increase in allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever observed in Western countries is linked to reduced exposure to childhood infections. Here we ... [more ▼]

The hygiene hypothesis postulates that the recent increase in allergic diseases such as asthma and hay fever observed in Western countries is linked to reduced exposure to childhood infections. Here we investigated how infection with a gammaherpesvirus affected the subsequent development of allergic asthma. We found that murid herpesvirus 4 (MuHV-4) inhibited the development of house dust mite (HDM)-induced experimental asthma by modulating lung innate immune cells. Specifically, infection with MuHV-4 caused the replacement of resident alveolar macrophages (AMs) by monocytes with regulatory functions. Monocyte-derived AMs blocked the ability of dendritic cells to trigger a HDM-specific response by the TH2 subset of helper T cells. Our results indicate that replacement of embryonic AMs by regulatory monocytes is a major mechanism underlying the long-term training of lung immunity after infection. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite... les cancers localises de l'oesophage. Etat actuel des donnees et strategie therapeutique. 1ere partie : le point sur les approches chirurgicales et non chirurgicales.
VAN DAELE, Daniel ULiege; Honoré, Pierre ULiege; COLLIGNON, Joëlle ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(2), 58-63

Esophageal cancers represent a highly heterogeneous entity mixing two different tumour types : AdenoCarcinoma (ADC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SSC). Developing in the same organ, they are very often ... [more ▼]

Esophageal cancers represent a highly heterogeneous entity mixing two different tumour types : AdenoCarcinoma (ADC) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SSC). Developing in the same organ, they are very often considered as a unique pathology and, consequently, the same therapeutic strategy is indiscriminately applied. Esophageal cancer treatments are particularly complex and require a multidisciplinary approach. Despite impressive advances in the tumour statidifaction, surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the overall prognosis remains grim even at an early stage of the disease. In order to improve the treatment of esophageal cancers and the patientaeuros survival, we need to consider that ADC and SCC represent two different pathologies requiring specific therapeutic strategies. This review in two parts will present recent data from clinical trials under the scope of tumour histology to set up dedicated therapeutic strategies. In this first part, we explain the restricted role of surgical resection, the prognostic factors and the results of exclusive combined chemotherapy and radiation in localized esophageal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailCXCL12 mediates glioblastoma resistance to radiotherapy in the subventricular zone.
Goffart, Nicolas ULiege; Lombard, Arnaud; Lallemand, François ULiege et al

in Neuro-Oncology (2017), 19(1), 66-77

BACKGROUND: Patients with glioblastoma (GBM) have an overall median survival of 15 months despite multimodal therapy. These catastrophic survival rates are to be correlated to systematic relapses that ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Patients with glioblastoma (GBM) have an overall median survival of 15 months despite multimodal therapy. These catastrophic survival rates are to be correlated to systematic relapses that might arise from remaining glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs) left behind after surgery. In this line, it has recently been demonstrated that GSCs are able to escape the tumor mass and preferentially colonize the adult subventricular zone (SVZ). At a distance from the initial tumor site, these GSCs might therefore represent a high-quality model of clinical resilience to therapy and cancer relapses as they specifically retain tumor-initiating abilities. METHOD: While relying on recent findings that have validated the existence of GSCs in the human SVZ, we questioned the role of the SVZ niche as a potential GSC reservoir involved in therapeutic failure. RESULTS: Our results demonstrate that (i) GSCs located in the SVZ are specifically resistant to radiation in vivo, (ii) these cells display enhanced mesenchymal roots that are known to be associated with cancer radioresistance, (iii) these mesenchymal traits are specifically upregulated by CXCL12 (stromal cell-derived factor-1) both in vitro and in the SVZ environment, (iv) the amount of SVZ-released CXCL12 mediates GBM resistance to radiation in vitro, and (v) interferes with the CXCL12/CXCR4 signalling system, allowing weakening of the tumor mesenchymal roots and radiosensitizing SVZ-nested GBM cells. CONCLUSION: Together, these data provide evidence on how the adult SVZ environment, through the release of CXCL12, supports GBM therapeutic failure and potential tumor relapse. [less ▲]

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See detailNew role of osteopontin in DNA repair and impact on human glioblastoma radiosensitivity
Henry, Aurélie ULiege; Nokin, Marie-Julie ULiege; Leroi, Natacha ULiege et al

in Oncotarget (2016)

Glioblastoma (GBM) represents the most aggressive and common solid human brain tumor. We have recently demonstrated the importance of osteopontin (OPN) in the acquisition/maintenance of stemness ... [more ▼]

Glioblastoma (GBM) represents the most aggressive and common solid human brain tumor. We have recently demonstrated the importance of osteopontin (OPN) in the acquisition/maintenance of stemness characters and tumorigenicity of glioma initiating cells. Consultation of publicly available TCGA database indicated that high OPN expression correlated with poor survival in GBM patients. In this study, we explored the role of OPN in GBM radioresistance using an OPN-depletion strategy in U87-MG, U87-MG vIII and U251-MG human GBM cell lines. Clonogenic experiments showed that OPN-depleted GBM cells were sensitized to irradiation. In comet assays, these cells displayed higher amounts of unrepaired DNA fragments post-irradiation when compared to control. We next evaluated the phosphorylation of key markers of DNA double-strand break repair pathway. Activating phosphorylation of H2AX, ATM and 53BP1 was signi cantly decreased in OPN-de cient cells. The addition of recombinant OPN prior to irradiation rescued phospho-H2AX foci formation thus establishing a new link between DNA repair and OPN expression in GBM cells. Finally, OPN knockdown improved mice survival and induced a signi cant reduction of heterotopic human GBM xenograft when combined with radiotherapy. This study reveals a new function of OPN in DNA damage repair process post-irradiation thus further con rming its major role in GBM aggressive disease. [less ▲]

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See detailCXCL12 mediates glioblastoma resistance to radiotherapy in the subventricular zone
Goffart, Nicolas; LOMBARD, Arnaud ULiege; Dedobbeleer, Matthias ULiege et al

in Neuro-Oncology (2016)

Patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) have an overall median survival of 15 months despite multimodal therapy, due to systematic relapses. We previously demonstrated that GBM-initiating cells (GIC ... [more ▼]

Patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) have an overall median survival of 15 months despite multimodal therapy, due to systematic relapses. We previously demonstrated that GBM-initiating cells (GIC) are able to escape the tumor mass and specifically colonize the sub-ventricular zone (SVZ) after experimental striatal xenotransplantation. Using the same approach, we demonstrated in vivo a higher survival rate of SVZ-nested GIC after irradiation and investigated the pathway implied. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of Ionizing Radiation on the Different Compartments of the Tumor Microenvironment
Leroi, Natacha ULiege; LALLEMAND, François ULiege; COUCKE, Philippe ULiege et al

in Frontiers in Pharmacology (2016), 7

During the last decade, the initial cancer cell-centered view of tumors has greatly evolved to an integrated vision of tumor biology taking into account the key contribution of the TME. Obviously, the ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, the initial cancer cell-centered view of tumors has greatly evolved to an integrated vision of tumor biology taking into account the key contribution of the TME. Obviously, the different compartments of TME are closely related and contribute not only to tumor progression, but also to its response to treatments. Importantly, the TME evolves over time during the different steps of cancer development and is also affected by different therapeutic modalities. Although, improvements have been achieved regarding RT delivery to the primary tumor, ionizing radiation also target nontumor cells that influence tumor growth and metastatic dissemination. Different approaches have been proposed to overcome the radioresistance of cancer cells. The TME-mediated radioresistance is now the object of researches, which has been elegantly reviewed recently by Barker et al. (2015) and severalarticles pointed out the importance of treatments that modify the TME and likely radiosensitize tumor (Ansiaux et al., 2005; Crokart et al., 2005b; Frérart et al., 2008). However, the impact of anti-cancer treatments on the TME and consequently on the tumor phenotype, response to treatment and metastases, is often neglected. Here we pointed out the impact of RT on the TME. Recent findings emphasize the interest to optimize RT (i.e., dose per fraction) and timing of surgery (Leroi et al., 2015; Surace et al., 2015) in order to prevent metastatic spreading. The future challenge in RT will be to define the most appropriate combinations between RT, and other therapeutic modalities with the optimal sequence and timing of treatments. In this context, investigation of the TME-related acquired resistance will be essential and will provide important innovative data. [less ▲]

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