Katrien Vekemans

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Liver sinusoids harbor populations of 2 important types of immunocompetent cells, Kupffer cells (KCs) and natural killer (NK) cells, which are thought to play an important role in controlling hepatic metastasis in the first 24 hr upon arrival of the tumor cells in the liver. We studied the early interaction of KCs, NK and CC531s colon carcinoma cells in a(More)
The hepatotropism and intrahepatic distribution of adenoviral vectors may be species dependent. Hepatocyte transduction was evaluated in three rabbit strains after transfer with E1E3E4-deleted adenoviral vectors containing a hepatocyte specific alpha1-antitrypsin promoter-driven expression cassette (AdAT4). Intravenous administration of 4 x 10(12)(More)
In this study, X-ray micro-computed tomography (CT) was used to reconstruct the fine structure macro- and microvasculature in three dimensions in contrast-enhanced rat liver samples. The subsequent application in the experimental CC531s colorectal cancer model was concurrent with results obtained from confocal microscopy in earlier studies. The en bloc(More)
Investigating rare cellular events is facilitated by studying thick sections with confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Localization of cells in tissue sections can be done by immunolabelling or by fluorescent labelling of cells prior to intravenous administration. Immunolabelling is technically complicated because of the preservation of antigens(More)
Immunocytochemistry has been widely used to localize molecules involved in apoptosis. In this short report, we describe with the aid of confocal laser scanning microscopy the immunolocalization of Fas and FasL on liver sinusoidal endothelial cells, and show how the localization of these two molecules differ when the cells are fixed with different fixation(More)
Prolactin (PRL) shares structural and functional features with haemopoietic factors and cytokine peptides. Dendritic cells (DC) are involved in both initiating the primary and boosting the secondary host immune response and can be differentiated in vitro from precursors under the effect of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) plus other(More)
INTRODUCTION In contrast with kidneys, data on hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) of livers remain scarce. Optimal liver HMP is poorly defined. Superiority of liver HMP over simple cold storage (SCS), the current standard preservation, must be proven before HMP is applied clinically. In this study, morphology and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) contents of(More)
Livers exposed to warm ischemia (WI) before transplantation are at risk for primary nonfunction (PNF), graft dysfunction, and ischemic biliary strictures, all associated with ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI). Our multifactorial approach, Leuven drug protocol (LDP), has been shown to reduce these effects and increase recipient survival in WI/IRI-damaged(More)
Introduction During hepatic metastasis, tumor cells are exposed to the sinusoidal environment, involving endothelial cells, Kupffer cells, pit cells (NK cells) and fat-storing cells [1]. It is known that Kupffer cells and pit cells play a direct role in killing metastasizing colon carcinoma cells [1,2]. Only few studies describe the interactions of Kupffer(More)