Liesbet Henckaerts

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Fecal microbiome variation in the average, healthy population has remained under-investigated. Here, we analyzed two independent, extensively phenotyped cohorts: the Belgian Flemish Gut Flora Project (FGFP; discovery cohort; N = 1106) and the Dutch LifeLines-DEEP study (LLDeep; replication; N = 1135). Integration with global data sets (N combined = 3948)(More)
BACKGROUND Crohn's Disease (CD) has a heterogeneous presentation, and is typically classified according to extent and location of disease. The genetic susceptibility to CD is well known and genome-wide association scans (GWAS) and meta-analysis thereof have identified over 30 susceptibility loci. Except for the association between ileal CD and NOD2(More)
BACKGROUND TGR5, the G protein-coupled bile acid receptor 1 (GPBAR1), has been linked to inflammatory pathways as well as bile homeostasis, and could therefore be involved in primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) a chronic inflammatory bile duct disease. We aimed to extensively investigate TGR5 sequence variation in PSC, as well as functionally characterize(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Granulomas are a characteristic microscopic finding in Crohn's disease. Their clinical significance is controversial and their pathogenesis is unknown, but impaired processing of bacterial components has been suggested. Autophagy is a fundamental process involved in the elimination of intracellular bacteria. Genetic variants in autophagy(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Infliximab (IFX) and iron sucrose (FeS) are of high value in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We aimed to assess the relative role of both therapies in IBD related anaemia and their safety when used in combination. METHODS IBD patients with anaemia receiving a first series of FeS infusions in addition to IFX were prospectively(More)
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