Jean-François Laes

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The synthesis of interferon-beta (IFNbeta) and IFN-inducible factors elicited by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) depends on the transcriptional activity of interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF-3) downstream of Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4). To examine the ability of human newborns to mount TLR4-mediated IRF-3-dependent responses, we analyzed the pattern of genes(More)
OBJECTIVE We investigated a large consanguineous Moroccan family with progressive myoclonic epilepsy (PME) consistent with autosomal recessive inheritance, to describe the phenotype and identify the causal gene. METHODS We recorded the clinical course of the disease and the response to drug therapy, whereas carefully excluding known causes of progressive(More)
MOTIVATION Because of its low cost, amplicon sequencing, also known as ultra-deep targeted sequencing, is now becoming widely used in oncology for detection of actionable mutations, i.e. mutations influencing cell sensitivity to targeted therapies. Amplicon sequencing is based on the polymerase chain reaction amplification of the regions of interest, a(More)
We previously mapped several quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling DMBA-induced mammary tumor development in female rats derived from a SPRD-Cu3 (susceptible strain) x WKY (resistant strain) cross. Two of these QTLs were assigned to chromosomes 5 and 18. In the present study, we generated and characterized congenic strains in which a segment of WKY(More)
BACKGROUND Preclinical and clinical studies have shown that the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (PS341, Velcade) is highly effective when combined with chemotherapeutic agents. The value of trastuzumab (Herceptin) in HER-2-positive (3+ score by immunohistochemistry or fluorescence in situ hybridization positive) breast cancer is also known; however, the(More)
It has been shown previously that female mice homozygous for an alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) null allele are sterile as a result of anovulation, probably due to a defect in the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Here we show that these female mice exhibit specific anomalies in the expression of numerous genes in the pituitary, including genes involved in the(More)
Following congenital human CMV (HCMV) infection, 15-20% of infected newborns develop severe health problems whereas infection in immunocompetent adults rarely causes illness. The immaturity of neonatal antigen presenting cells could play a pivotal role in this susceptibility. Neonatal myeloid DC were shown to be deficient in IFN-beta and IL-12 synthesis in(More)
The rat is considered an excellent model for studying human breast cancer. Therefore, understanding the genetic basis of susceptibility to mammary cancer in this species is of great interest. Previous studies based on crosses involving the susceptible strain WF (crossed with the resistant strains COP or WKY) and focusing on tumor multiplicity as the(More)
The rat strain COP is resistant to spontaneous and carcinogen-induced mammary cancer, whereas the strain WF is susceptible. Using genetic linkage analysis of (WF × COP) F1× WF backcrosses, LC Hsu, LA Shepel and co-workers showed that a region at the centromeric end of Chromosome (Chr) 2 (2q1) segregates with the sensitivity to mammary cancer development.(More)
The centromeric region of rat chromosome 2 (2q1) harbors unidentified quantitative trait loci of genes that control tumor growth or development. To improve the mapping of this chromosome region, we microdissected it and generated 10 new microsatellite markers, which we included in the linkage map and/or radiation hybrid map of 2q1, together with other known(More)