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See detailSequencing of over 100,000 individuals identifies multiple genes and rare variants associated with Crohns disease susceptibility
International IBD Genetics Consortium; Rahmouni, Souad ULiege; Georges, Michel ULiege

in MedRxiv (2022)

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of loci associated with Crohns disease (CD), however, as with all complex diseases, deriving pathogenic mechanisms from these non-coding ... [more ▼]

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified hundreds of loci associated with Crohns disease (CD), however, as with all complex diseases, deriving pathogenic mechanisms from these non-coding GWAS discoveries has been challenging. To complement GWAS and better define actionable biological targets, we analysed sequenced data from more than 30,000 CD patients and 80,000 population controls. We observe rare coding variants in established CD susceptibility genes as well as ten genes where coding variation directly implicates the gene in disease risk for the first time. [less ▲]

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See detailAge-dependent impact of the major common genetic risk factor for COVID-19 on severity and mortality.
Nakanishi, Tomoko; Pigazzini, Sara; Degenhardt, Frauke et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2021), Online ahead of print.

BACKGROUND: There is considerable variability in COVID-19 outcomes amongst younger adults-and some of this variation may be due to genetic predisposition. We characterized the clinical implications of the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There is considerable variability in COVID-19 outcomes amongst younger adults-and some of this variation may be due to genetic predisposition. We characterized the clinical implications of the major genetic risk factor for COVID-19 severity, and its age-dependent effect, using individual-level data in a large international multi-centre consortium. METHOD: The major common COVID-19 genetic risk factor is a chromosome 3 locus, tagged by the marker rs10490770. We combined individual level data for 13,424 COVID-19 positive patients (N=6,689 hospitalized) from 17 cohorts in nine countries to assess the association of this genetic marker with mortality, COVID-19-related complications and laboratory values. We next examined if the magnitude of these associations varied by age and were independent from known clinical COVID-19 risk factors. FINDINGS: We found that rs10490770 risk allele carriers experienced an increased risk of all-cause mortality (hazard ratio [HR] 1·4, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1·2-1·6) and COVID-19 related mortality (HR 1·5, 95%CI 1·3-1·8). Risk allele carriers had increased odds of several COVID-19 complications: severe respiratory failure (odds ratio [OR] 2·0, 95%CI 1·6-2·6), venous thromboembolism (OR 1·7, 95%CI 1·2-2·4), and hepatic injury (OR 1·6, 95%CI 1·2-2·0). Risk allele carriers ≤ 60 years had higher odds of death or severe respiratory failure (OR 2·6, 95%CI 1·8-3·9) compared to those > 60 years OR 1·5 (95%CI 1·3-1·9, interaction p-value=0·04). Amongst individuals ≤ 60 years who died or experienced severe respiratory COVID-19 outcome, we found that 31·8% (95%CI 27·6-36·2) were risk variant carriers, compared to 13·9% (95%CI 12·6-15·2%) of those not experiencing these outcomes. Prediction of death or severe respiratory failure among those ≤ 60 years improved when including the risk allele (AUC 0·82 vs 0·84, p=0·016) and the prediction ability of rs10490770 risk allele was similar to, or better than, most established clinical risk factors. INTERPRETATION: The major common COVID-19 risk locus on chromosome 3 is associated with increased risks of morbidity and mortality-and these are more pronounced amongst individuals ≤ 60 years. The effect on COVID-19 severity was similar to, or larger than most established risk factors, suggesting potential implications for clinical risk management. FUNDING: Funding was obtained by each of the participating cohorts individually. [less ▲]

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See detailDual‑specificity phosphatase 3 deletion promotes obesity, non‑alcoholic steatohepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma
Jacques, Sophie ULiege; Arjomand, Arash ULiege; Perée, Hélène ULiege et al

in Scientific Reports (2021), 11

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic hepatic pathology in Western countries. It encompasses a spectrum of conditions ranging from simple steatosis to more severe and ... [more ▼]

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic hepatic pathology in Western countries. It encompasses a spectrum of conditions ranging from simple steatosis to more severe and progressive non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) that can lead to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Obesity and related metabolic syndrome are important risk factors for the development of NAFLD, NASH and HCC. DUSP3 is a small dual-specificity protein phosphatase with a poorly known physiological function. We investigated its role in metabolic syndrome manifestations and in HCC using a mouse knockout (KO) model. While aging, DUSP3-KO mice became obese, exhibited insulin resistance, NAFLD and associated liver damage. These phenotypes were exacerbated under high fat diet (HFD). In addition, DEN administration combined to HFD led to rapid HCC development in DUSP3-KO compared to wild type (WT) mice. DUSP3-KO mice had more serum triglycerides, cholesterol, AST and ALT compared to control WT mice under both regular chow diet (CD) and HFD. The level of fasting insulin was higher compared to WT mice, though, fasting glucose as well as glucose tolerance were normal. At the molecular level, HFD led to decreased expression of DUSP3 in WT mice. DUSP3 deletion was associated with increased and consistent phosphorylation of the insulin receptor (IR) and with higher activation of the downstream signaling pathway. In conclusion, our results support a new role for DUSP3 in obesity, insulin resistance, NAFLD and liver damage. [less ▲]

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See detailNew approach to determine the healthy immune variations by combining clustering methods
Lieferinckx, Claire; De Grève, Zacharie; Toubeau, Jean‑François et al

in Scientific Reports (2021), 11

Immune-mediated infammatory diseases are characterized by variability in disease presentation and severity but studying it is a challenging task. Defning the limits of a healthy immune system is therefore ... [more ▼]

Immune-mediated infammatory diseases are characterized by variability in disease presentation and severity but studying it is a challenging task. Defning the limits of a healthy immune system is therefore a prior step to capture variability in disease conditions. The goal of this study is to characterize the global immune cell composition along with their infuencing factors. Blood samples were collected from 2 independent cohorts of respectively 389 (exploratory) and 208 (replication) healthy subjects. Twelve immune cells were measured in blood together with biological parameters. Three complementary clustering approaches were used to evaluate if variability related to the immune cells could be characterized as clusters or as a continuum. Large coefcients of variation confrmed the inter-individual variability of immune cells. Considering all subset variations in an overall analysis, it appeared that the immune makeup was organized as a continuum through the two cohorts. Some intrinsic and environmental factors afected the inter-individual variability of cells but without unveiling separable groups with similar features. This study provides a framework based on complementary clustering approach for analyzing inter-individual variability of immune cells. Our analyses support the absence of clusters in our two healthy cohorts. Also, our study reports some infuence of age, gender, BMI, cortisol, season and CMV infection on immune variability [less ▲]

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See detailMapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19 by worldwide meta-analysis
The COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative; Gazon, Hélène; JUSZCZAK, Danusia ULiege et al

in Nature (2021)

The genetic makeup of an individual contributes to susceptibility and response to viral infection. While environmental, clinical and social factors play a role in exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 ... [more ▼]

The genetic makeup of an individual contributes to susceptibility and response to viral infection. While environmental, clinical and social factors play a role in exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease severity, host genetics may also be important. Identifying host-specific genetic factors indicate biological mechanisms of therapeutic relevance and clarify causal relationships of modifiable environmental risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 infection and outcomes. We formed a global network of researchers to investigate the role of human genetics in SARS-COV-2 infection and COVID-19 severity. We describe the results of three genome-wide association meta-analyses comprising 49,562 COVID-19 patients from 46 studies across 19 countries worldwide. We reported 15 genome-wide significant loci that are associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection or severe manifestations of COVID-19. Several of these loci correspond to previously documented associations to lung or autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. They also represent potentially actionable mechanisms in response to infection. We further identified smoking and body mass index as causal risk factors for severe COVID-19. The identification of novel host genetic factors associated with COVID-19, with unprecedented speed, was enabled by prioritization of shared resources and analytical frameworks. This working model of international collaboration a blue-print for future genetic discoveries in the event of pandemics or for any complex human disease. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiomics Analyses to Deliver the Most Effective Treatment to Every Patient With Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Weersma, RK; Barrett, JC; Vermeire, S et al

in Gastroenterology (2018), 155(5), 1-4

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See detailIBD risk loci are enriched in multigenic regulatory modules encompassing causative genes
Yukihide, Momozawa; Dmitrieva, Joelia Borisovna ULiege; Theatre, Emilie ULiege et al

in Nature Communications (2018)

GWAS have identified >200 risk loci for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The majority of disease associations are known to be driven by regulatory variants. To identify the putative causative genes that ... [more ▼]

GWAS have identified >200 risk loci for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The majority of disease associations are known to be driven by regulatory variants. To identify the putative causative genes that are perturbed by these variants, we generate a large transcriptome dataset (9 disease-relevant cell types) and identify 23,650 cis-eQTL. We show that these are determined by ∼9,720 regulatory modules, of which ∼3,000 operate in multiple tissues and ∼970 on multiple genes. We identify regulatory modules that are driveing the disease association for 63 of the 200 risk loci, and show that these are enriched in multigenic modules. We resequence 45 of the corresponding 100 candidate genes in 6,600 Crohn disease (CD) cases and 5,500 controls and show that they are significantly enriched in causative genes. Our analyses indicate that ≥10-fold larger sample sizes will be required to demonstrate the causality of individual genes using standard burden tests. [less ▲]

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See detailDusp3 deletion in mice promotes experimental lung tumour metastasis in a macrophage dependent manner
Vandereyken, Maud; Jacques, Sophie ULiege; Van Overmeire, Eva et al

in PLoS ONE (2017)

Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) dual-specificity phosphatase, or DUSP3, plays an important role in cell cycle regulation and its expression is altered in several human cancers. In mouse model, DUSP3 deletion ... [more ▼]

Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) dual-specificity phosphatase, or DUSP3, plays an important role in cell cycle regulation and its expression is altered in several human cancers. In mouse model, DUSP3 deletion prevents neo-angiogenesis and b-FGF-induced microvessel out- growth. Considering the importance of angiogenesis in metastasis formation, our study aimed to investigate the role of DUSP3 in tumour cell dissemination. Using a Lewis Lung carcinoma (LLC) experimental metastasis model, we observed that DUSP3-/- mice devel- oped larger lung metastases than littermate controls. DUSP3-/- bone marrow transfer to lethally irradiated DUSP3+/+ mice was sufficient to transfer the phenotype to DUSP3+/+ mice, indicating that hematopoietic cells compartment was involved in the increased tumour cell dissemination to lung tissues. Interestingly, we found a higher percentage of tumour- promoting Ly6Cint macrophages in DUSP3-/- LLC-bearing lung homogenates that was at least partially due to a better recruitment of these cells. This was confirmed by 1) the pres- ence of higher number of the Ly6Bhi macrophages in DUSP3-/- lung homogenates and by 2) the better migration of DUSP3-/- bone marrow sorted monocytes, peritoneal macrophages and bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs), compared to DUSP3+/+ monocytes, macrophages and BMDMs, in response to LLC-conditioned medium. Our study demon- strates that DUSP3 phosphatase plays a key role in metastatic growth through a mechanism involving the recruitment of macrophages towards LLC-bearing lungs. [less ▲]

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See detailDual-Specificity Phosphatase Deletion Protects Female, but Not Male, Mice from Endotoxemia- and Polymicrobial-Induced Septic Shock
Vandereyken, Maud; Singh, Pratibha; Wathieu, Caroline ULiege et al

in Journal of Immunology (2017)

Dual-specificity phosphatase 3 (DUSP3) is a small phosphatase with poorly known physiological functions and for which only a few substrates are known. Using DUSP3-deficient mice, we recently reported that ... [more ▼]

Dual-specificity phosphatase 3 (DUSP3) is a small phosphatase with poorly known physiological functions and for which only a few substrates are known. Using DUSP3-deficient mice, we recently reported that DUSP3 deficiency confers resistance to endotoxin- and polymicrobial-induced septic shock. We showed that this protection was macrophage dependent. In this study, we further investigated the role of DUSP3 in sepsis tolerance and showed that the resistance is sex dependent. Using adoptive-transfer experiments and ovariectomized mice, we highlighted the role of female sex hormones in the phenotype. Indeed, in ovariectomized female and male mice, the dominance of M2-like macrophages observed in DUSP32/2 female mice was reduced, suggesting a role for this cell subset in sepsis tolerance. At the molecular level, DUSP3 deletion was associated with estrogen dependent decreased phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and Akt in peritoneal macrophages stimulated ex vivo by LPS. Our results demonstrate that estrogens may modulate M2-like responses during endotoxemia in a DUSP3-dependent manner. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Prosurvival IKK-Related Kinase IKK« Integrates LPS and IL17A Signaling Cascades to Promote Wnt-Dependent Tumor Development in the Intestine
Göktuna, Serkan ULiege; Shostak, Kateryna ULiege; Chau, Tieu-Lan ULiege et al

in Cancer Research (2016), 76

Constitutive Wnt signaling promotes intestinal cell proliferation, but signals from the tumor microenvironment are also required to support cancer development. The role that signaling proteins play to ... [more ▼]

Constitutive Wnt signaling promotes intestinal cell proliferation, but signals from the tumor microenvironment are also required to support cancer development. The role that signaling proteins play to establish a tumor microenvironment has not been extensively studied. Therefore, we assessed the role of the proinflammatory Ikk-related kinase Ikke in Wnt-driven tumor development. We found that Ikke was activated in intestinal tumors forming upon loss of the tumor suppressor Apc. Genetic ablation of Ikke in b-catenin-driven models of intestinal cancer reduced tumor incidence and consequently extended survival. Mechanistically, we attributed the tumor-promoting effects of Ikke to limited TNF-dependent apoptosis in transformed intestinal epithelial cells. In addition, Ikke was also required for lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and IL17A-induced activation of Akt, Mek1/2, Erk1/2, and Msk1. Accordingly, genes encoding proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and anti-microbial peptides were downregulated in Ikke-deficient tissues, subsequently affecting the recruitment of tumor-associated macrophages and IL17A synthesis. Further studies revealed that IL17A synergized with commensal bacteria to trigger Ikke phosphorylation in transformed intestinal epithelial cells, establishing a positive feedback loop to support tumor development. Therefore, TNF, LPS, and IL17A-dependent signaling pathways converge on Ikke to promote cell survival and to establish an inflammatory tumor microenvironment in the intestine upon constitutive Wnt activation. [less ▲]

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See detailDUSP3 Phosphatase Deficiency or Inhibition Limits Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis
Tautz, Lutz; Rahmouni, Souad ULiege; Oury, Cécile ULiege et al

Conference (2015, June 27)

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See detailDUSP3 Phosphatase Deficiency or Inhibition Limits Platelet Activation and Arterial Thrombosis
Rahmouni, Souad ULiege; MUSUMECI, Lucia ULiege; Kuijpers, Marijke J et al

Conference (2015, June 24)

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See detailCLEC-2 is required for the activation of mouseplatelets by bacterial DNA mimetics
Delierneux, Céline ULiege; Hego, Alexandre ULiege; LECUT, Christelle ULiege et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Background: Short nuclease-resistant phosphorothioate synthetic CpG motif-bearing oligonucleotides (CpG ODNs) mimicking bacterial DNA display potent immunostimulatory activity and are therefore being used ... [more ▼]

Background: Short nuclease-resistant phosphorothioate synthetic CpG motif-bearing oligonucleotides (CpG ODNs) mimicking bacterial DNA display potent immunostimulatory activity and are therefore being used in clinical trials as vaccine adjuvants. Cellular uptake and activation depends on the interaction of CpG ODNs with the C-type lectin receptor DEC-205 and subsequent stimulation of the Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) and myeloid differentiation primary response 88 (MyD88) signaling cascade. Platelets express TLR9, MyD88, and the C-type lectin-like receptor 2 (CLEC-2). However, the impacts of CpG ODNs on platelet function have been elusive. Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice with CpG ODNs. We performed platelet aggregometry, flow cytometric binding and platelet activation assays as well as signal transduction analyses. Thrombus formation and fibrin generation were also analyzed by intravital microscopy in mouse microcirculation upon intravenous injection of CpG ODNs. Results: We show that CpG ODNs bind on platelet surface and are internalized. They activate platelets and induce their aggregation. TLR9- or MyD88-deficient platelets aggregated normally in response to CpG ODN. Interestingly, platelets deficient for the C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 were unable to capture and internalize CpG ODN. CLEC-2 deficiencyabolished CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and aggregation. CpG ODN stimulated CLEC-2 dependent tyrosine kinase pathway and Syk phosphorylation. In vivo, intravenously injected CpG ODN interacted with platelets adhered to laser injured arteriolar endothelia and promoted fibrin generation and thrombus growth. Conclusion: CLEC-2 mediates CpG ODN uptake and subsequent platelet activation, independently of TLR9, which may serve an important role in the interplay between platelets and immunity. [less ▲]

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See detailCLEC-2 is required for the activation of mouse platelets by bacterial DNA mimetics
Delierneux, Céline ULiege; Hego, Alexandre ULiege; LECUT, Christelle ULiege et al

Conference (2015, June 22)

Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice ... [more ▼]

Aims: To evaluate whether CpG ODNs affect platelet activation and thrombus formation via CLEC-2 and TLR9. Methods: We incubated washed platelets or whole blood from TLR9-, MyD88- or CLEC-2- deficient mice with CpG ODNs. We performed platelet aggregometry, flow cytometric binding and platelet activation assays as well as signal transduction analyses. Thrombus formation and fibrin generation were also analyzed by intravital microscopy in mouse microcirculation upon intravenous injection of CpG ODNs. Results: We show that CpG ODNs bind on platelet surface and are internalized. They activate platelets and induce their aggregation. TLR9- or MyD88-deficient platelets aggregated normally in response to CpG ODN. Interestingly, platelets deficient for the C-type lectin receptor CLEC-2 were unable to capture and internalize CpG ODN. CLEC-2 deficiency abolished CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and aggregation. CpG ODN stimulated CLEC-2 dependent tyrosine kinase pathway and Syk phosphorylation. In vivo, intravenously injected CpG ODN interacted with platelets adhered to laser injured arteriolar endothelia and promoted fibrin generation and thrombus growth. Conclusion: CLEC-2 mediates CpG ODN uptake and subsequent platelet activation, independently of TLR9, which may serve an important role in the interplay between platelets and immunity. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic depletion of the dual specificity protein phosphatase DUSP3 promotes LLC Lung tumour metastasis
Vandereyken, Maud ULiege; Amand, Mathieu; Van Overmeire, Eva et al

Poster (2015, June)

DUSP3, also called Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) is a small dual specificity phosphatase dephosphorylating both tyrosine and serine/threonine phosphorylated residues. DUSP3 plays an important role in cell ... [more ▼]

DUSP3, also called Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) is a small dual specificity phosphatase dephosphorylating both tyrosine and serine/threonine phosphorylated residues. DUSP3 plays an important role in cell cycle regulation and is up-regulated in several human cancers. The physiological role of this phosphatase is, however, poorly understood. We have recently generated a DUSP3 knockout mouse by homologous recombination. The obtained mice have no spontaneous phenotype or pathology. However, DUSP3 deficiency prevented neo-vascularization of subcutaneously transplanted Matrigel plugs and Lung Lewis Carcinoma (LLC) tumours, suggesting an involvement of DUSP3 in tumour angiogenesis. Considering the importance of angiogenesis in metastatic formation, our study aimed to investigate the role of DUSP3 in metastatic dissemination. To do so, we used the LLC experimental metastasis model that shortcuts the intravasation/extravasation processes by injecting intravenously the LLC and the B16 (metastatic melanoma cell line) cells. Surprisingly, LLC, but not B16, lung metastasis developed twice faster in DUSP3-KO than WT mice. The enhanced LLC metastatic growth in DUSP3-/- mice was transferable to WT mice via DUSP3-/- bone marrow adoptive transfer, suggesting an involvement of the hematopoietic compartment in the observed phenotype. This was confirmed by a higher infiltration of neutrophils and macrophages in the lungs of DUSP3-KO compared to WT mice after LLC injection. This infiltration was correlated with higher expression of the chemokine receptor CCR2 in LLC-bearing DUSP3-KO lungs macrophages. Interestingly, LLC, but not B16 cells, were found to secrete high level of CCL2/MCP1, the CCR ligand chemokine. In line with this observation, we found that DUSP3-/- bone marrow derived-macrophages have a higher migration potential in response to LLC, but not B16, -conditionned medium. Altogether, our results suggest that DUSP3 plays an important role in metastatic dissemination/growth by a mechanism involving the control of CCR2-CCL2 chemoattraction axis in macrophages. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic depletion of the dual specificity protein phosphatase DUSP3 promotes LLC Lung tumour metastasis
Vandereyken, Maud ULiege; Amand, Mathieu ULiege; Van Overmeire, Eva et al

Conference (2015, June)

DUSP3, also called Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) is a small dual specificity phosphatase dephosphorylating both tyrosine and serine/threonine phosphorylated residues. DUSP3 plays an important role in cell ... [more ▼]

DUSP3, also called Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) is a small dual specificity phosphatase dephosphorylating both tyrosine and serine/threonine phosphorylated residues. DUSP3 plays an important role in cell cycle regulation and is up-regulated in several human cancers. The physiological role of this phosphatase is, however, poorly understood. We have recently generated a DUSP3 knockout mouse by homologous recombination. The obtained mice have no spontaneous phenotype or pathology. However, DUSP3 deficiency prevented neo-vascularization of subcutaneously transplanted Matrigel plugs and Lung Lewis Carcinoma (LLC) tumours, suggesting an involvement of DUSP3 in tumour angiogenesis. Considering the importance of angiogenesis in metastatic formation, our study aimed to investigate the role of DUSP3 in metastatic dissemination. To do so, we used the LLC experimental metastasis model that shortcuts the intravasation/extravasation processes by injecting intravenously the LLC and the B16 (metastatic melanoma cell line) cells. Surprisingly, LLC, but not B16, lung metastasis developed twice faster in DUSP3-KO than WT mice. The enhanced LLC metastatic growth in DUSP3-/- mice was transferable to WT mice via DUSP3-/- bone marrow adoptive transfer, suggesting an involvement of the hematopoietic compartment in the observed phenotype. This was confirmed by a higher infiltration of neutrophils and macrophages in the lungs of DUSP3-KO compared to WT mice after LLC injection. This infiltration was correlated with higher expression of the chemokine receptor CCR2 in LLC-bearing DUSP3-KO lungs macrophages. Interestingly, LLC, but not B16 cells, were found to secrete high level of CCL2/MCP1, the CCR ligand chemokine. In line with this observation, we found that DUSP3-/- bone marrow derived-macrophages have a higher migration potential in response to LLC, but not B16, -conditionned medium. Altogether, our results suggest that DUSP3 plays an important role in metastatic dissemination/growth by a mechanism involving the control of CCR2-CCL2 chemoattraction axis in macrophages. [less ▲]

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See detailLes antiplaquettaires : quoi de neuf ?
Oury, Cécile ULiege; Rahmouni, Souad ULiege; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULiege

in MS. Medecine Sciences (2015)

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See detailMinocycline attenuates HIV-1 infection and suppresses chronic immune activation in humanized NOD/LtsZ-scidIL-2Rgamma(null) mice.
Singh, Maneesh; Singh, Pratibha; VAIRA, Dolorès ULiege et al

in Immunology (2014), 142(4), 562-72

More than a quarter of a century of research has established chronic immune activation and dysfunctional T cells as central features of chronic HIV infection and subsequent immunodeficiency. Consequently ... [more ▼]

More than a quarter of a century of research has established chronic immune activation and dysfunctional T cells as central features of chronic HIV infection and subsequent immunodeficiency. Consequently, the search for a new immunomodulatory therapy that could reduce immune activation and improve T-cell function has been increased. However, the lack of small animal models for in vivo HIV study has hampered progress. In the current study, we have investigated a model of cord blood haematopoietic progenitor cells (CB-HPCs) -transplanted humanized NOD/LtsZ-scidIL-2Rgamma(null) mice in which progression of HIV infection is associated with widespread chronic immune activation and inflammation. Indeed, HIV infection in humanized NSG mice caused up-regulation of several T-cell immune activation markers such as CD38, HLA-DR, CD69 and co-receptor CCR5. T-cell exhaustion markers PD-1 and CTLA-4 were found to be significantly up-regulated on T cells. Moreover, increased plasmatic levels of lipopolysaccharide, sCD14 and interleukin-10 were also observed in infected mice. Treatment with minocycline resulted in a significant decrease of expression of cellular and plasma immune activation markers, inhibition of HIV replication and improved T-cell counts in HIV-infected humanized NSG mice. The study demonstrates that minocycline could be an effective, low-cost adjunctive treatment to regulate chronic immune activation and replication of HIV. [less ▲]

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See detailDUSP3/VHR is a pro-angiogenic atypical dual-specificity phosphatase
Amand, Mathieu ULiege; Erpicum, Charlotte ULiege; BAJOU, Khalid ULiege et al

in Molecular Cancer (2014)

Background DUSP3 phosphatase, also known as Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) phosphatase, encoded by DUSP3/Dusp3 gene, is a relatively small member of the dual-specificity protein phosphatases. In vitro studies ... [more ▼]

Background DUSP3 phosphatase, also known as Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) phosphatase, encoded by DUSP3/Dusp3 gene, is a relatively small member of the dual-specificity protein phosphatases. In vitro studies showed that DUSP3 is a negative regulator of ERK and JNK pathways in several cell lines. On the other hand, DUSP3 is implicated in human cancer. It has been alternatively described as having tumor suppressive and oncogenic properties. Thus, the available data suggest that DUSP3 plays complex and contradictory roles in tumorigenesis that could be cell type-dependent. Since most of these studies were performed using recombinant proteins or in cell-transfection based assays, the physiological function of DUSP3 has remained elusive. Results Using immunohistochemistry on human cervical sections, we observed a strong expression of DUSP3 in endothelial cells (EC) suggesting a contribution for this phosphatase to EC functions. DUSP3 downregulation, using RNA interference, in human EC reduced significantly in vitro tube formation on Matrigel and spheroid angiogenic sprouting. However, this defect was not associated with an altered phosphorylation of the documented in vitro DUSP3 substrates, ERK1/2, JNK1/2 and EGFR but was associated with an increased PKC phosphorylation. To investigate the physiological function of DUSP3, we generated Dusp3-deficient mice by homologous recombination. The obtained DUSP3-/- mice were healthy, fertile, with no spontaneous phenotype and no vascular defect. However, DUSP3 deficiency prevented neo-vascularization of transplanted b-FGF containing Matrigel and LLC xenograft tumors as evidenced by hemoglobin (Hb) and FITC-dextran quantifications. Furthermore, we found that DUSP3 is required for b-FGF-induced microvessel outgrowth in the aortic ring assay. Conclusions All together, our data identify DUSP3 as a new important player in angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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