Jan H. W. M. Rombout

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Tyrosine nitration is a hallmark for nitrosative stress caused by the release of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species by activated macrophages and neutrophilic granulocytes at sites of inflammation and infection. In the first part of the study, we used an informative host-parasite animal model to describe the differential contribution of macrophages and(More)
In contrast to higher vertebrates, most fish species hatch at the embryonic stage of life. Consequently, they have to defend against a variety of micro-organisms living in their aquatic environment. This paper is focussed on the development of leucocytes functioning within this early innate system and later on in the acquired immune system (B and T cells).(More)
Uptake and transport of formalin-killed Vibrio anguillarum bacteria were studied in the second gut segment of carp and the resulting reaction of the immune system was investigated. Within a few hours after anal administration antigenic determinants of bacteria were present in intraepithelial macrophages of the second gut segment. In gut and skin mucus and(More)
The thymus plays a pivotal role in the development of the adaptive immune system, an important factor that separates higher vertebrates from the rest of the animal phyla. The development of functional T-cells from thymocytes is a crucial step in the development of a functional vertebrate immune system and whilst recent advances in molecular and(More)
A monoclonal antibody, WCL9, specific for membrane molecules of a thymocyte subpopulation was used to detect these cells in situ during the ontogeny of thymus. Cryo-sections revealed WCL9+ cells in the rudiment of the thymus (day 4 post fertilization); thereafter, the positive cells were observed exclusively in the cortex from the first appearance of thymic(More)
To analyse the functional activity of different leucocyte types, carp pronephros cells were separated on Percoll density gradients and by use of fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Cell populations were characterised by light and electron microscopy and by flow cytometry. Fractions enriched in macrophages and neutrophilic granulocytes were subsequently(More)
Expression of beta2-microglobulin (beta2m) in the common carp was studied using a polyclonal antibody raised against a recombinant protein obtained from eukaryotic expression of the Cyca-B2m gene. Beta2m is expressed on peripheral blood Ig+ and Ig lymphocytes, but not on erythrocytes and thrombocytes. In spleen and pronephros, dull- and bright-positive(More)
B cell and immunoglobulin (Ig) heterogeneity was demonstrated in carp, Cyprinus carpio L., using two monoclonal antibodies (MAbs; WC14, WCI12) produced against carp serum Ig. Immunochemical results showed that both WCI4 and WCI12 react with a protein determinant on the heavy chain of Ig (relative molecular mass approximately 70,000). Immunofluorescence(More)
The GALT of carp was studied with monoclonal antibodies reacting with carp Ig or carp leukocytes, using (dual) immunofluorescence or immunogold staining on cryosections, cytocentrifuge slides, and cell suspensions of the intestine. The intestinal epithelium contained many Ig-negative lymphoid cells and, in the hindgut, also many large Ig-positive(More)
The functional relationship between fish and mammalian thrombocytes is relatively unknown. In this study, a panel of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) was used to investigate the functional properties of rainbow trout thrombocytes. The mAbs recognize cell-surface molecules on thrombocytes with molecular weights ranging from 17 to 160 kDa. Flow cytometric and(More)