Publications of Vinciane Toppets
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See detailNeuroimmune connections in ovine pharyngeal tonsil: potential site for prion neuroinvasion
Toppets, Vinciane ULiege; Piret, Joëlle ULiege; Kirschvink, Nathalie et al

in Cell and Tissue Research (2012), 348

Recent studies have proved the possible implication of nasal associated lymphoid tissues, mainly the pharyngeal tonsil, in prion pathogenesis. However, the mechanisms of this neuroinvasion are still being ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have proved the possible implication of nasal associated lymphoid tissues, mainly the pharyngeal tonsil, in prion pathogenesis. However, the mechanisms of this neuroinvasion are still being debated. To determine the potential sites for prion neuroinvasion inside the ovine pharyngeal tonsil, the topography of neurofilaments heavy (200 kDa) (NFH), neurofilaments light (70 kDa) (NFL) and glial fibrillar acidic protein (GFAP) was semi-quantitatively analysed inside the different compartments of the tonsil. The results showed that the most innervated areas were the interfollicular area and the connective tissue located beneath the respiratory epithelium. Even if the germinal centre of the lymphoid follicles was poorly innervated, the existence of rare follicular dendritic cell-nerve synapses inside the germinal centre indicates that this mechanism of neuroinvasion is possible but unlikely to be unique. The host PRNP genotype did not influence the pattern of innervation in these different tonsil compartments, unlike age: an increase of nerve endings in a zone of high trafficking cells beneath the respiratory epithelium occurred with ageing. A minimal age-related increase of innervation inside the lymphoid follicles was also observed. An increase in nerve fibre density around the lymphoid follicles, in an area rich in mobile cells able to transport PrPd, could ensure a more efficient infectivity, not in the early phase but in the advanced phase of lymphoinvasion after amplification of PrPd, or could act as direct site of entry during neuroinvasion. [less ▲]

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See detailFeatures of follicular dendritic cells in ovine pharyngeal tonsil: An in vivo and in vitro study in the context of scrapie pathogenesis
Toppets, Vinciane ULiege; Defaweux, Valérie ULiege; Piret, Joëlle ULiege et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2011), 141

Although the alimentary tract has been suggested as the most likely portal of entry in natural scrapie, a growing amount of data indicates that the respiratory system and more specifically the pharyngeal ... [more ▼]

Although the alimentary tract has been suggested as the most likely portal of entry in natural scrapie, a growing amount of data indicates that the respiratory system and more specifically the pharyngeal tonsils serve as a natural portal of entry for scrapie. This study describes for the first time the broad cell populations in the lymphoid compartment of pharyngeal tonsils and more specifically inside the lymphoid follicles where the scrapie agent accumulates during the period of latency. Follicular dendritic cells (FDCs), stromal cells located in the light zone of the germinal centre of lymphoid follicles, seem to be the principal causal factor in the accumulation of the infectious agent in transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) diseases. Knowing that efficient lymphoreticular prion propagation requires PrPc expression, we analysed the expression of PrPc with the mouse monoclonal antibody Pri 909 both in situ and on FDC-cluster-enriched cell suspensions. In situ, a positive staining was observed in the germinal centre of pharyngeal lymph follicles. The germinal centre labelling was due to the presence of a follicular dendritic network as revealed after immunogold staining of isolated FDC clusters. Our results suggest that the pharyngeal lymphoreticular system and more specifically PrPc expressing follicular dendritic cells could serve as a prion “reservoir” during the latency phase, thus playing a key role during the scrapie lymphoinvasion. [less ▲]

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See detailGerminal centre innervation of bovine and human tonsils related to prion diseases.
Defaweux, Valérie ULiege; Dorban, Gauthier; Antoine, Nadine ULiege et al

in Brain, Behavior and Immunity (2009), 23(1), 10

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See detailAre CNA42 and FDC-B1 directed against ovine follicular dendritic cells?
Toppets, Vinciane ULiege; Piret,J; Minne , M et al

Poster (2006, October)

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See detailMorphometric study of the equine fetlock and coffin joints
Riccio, Barbara; Carstanjen, Bianca; Denoix, Jean-Marie et al

in Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology (2006), 111

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See detailHistological study of equine interphalangeal joints
Toppets, Vinciane ULiege; Pastoret, V.; Antoine, Nadine ULiege et al

Poster (2005, July)

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