Marleen Heuvelmans-Jacobs

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TLRs may contribute to the progression of rheumatoid arthritis through recognition of microbial or host-derived ligands found in arthritic joints. Here, we show that TLR2 and TLR4, but not TLR9, are involved in the pathogenesis of autoimmune arthritis and play distinct roles in the regulation of T cells and cytokines. We investigated the involvement of(More)
The IL-1R/Toll-like receptor (TLR) superfamily of receptors has a key role in innate immunity and inflammation. In this study, we report that streptococcal cell wall (SCW)-induced joint inflammation is predominantly dependent on TLR-2 signaling, since TLR-2-deficient mice were unable to develop either joint swelling or inhibition of cartilage matrix(More)
OBJECTIVE The pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis is often linked to bacterial infections. The present study was undertaken to develop a mouse model of chronic destructive arthritis induced by repeated intraarticular (IA) exposure to bacterial cell wall fragments and to investigate the cytokine dependence of this model. METHODS Mice that were deficient(More)
OBJECTIVE Repeated injection of streptococcal cell wall (SCW) fragments results in chronic arthritis in mice. The objective of this study was to identify genes and pathways that determine disease progression based on gene expression profiling in this model. METHODS Chronic arthritis was induced in mice by 4 injections of SCW fragments. RNA samples were(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether local overexpression of interleukin-12 (IL-12), a pleiotropic cytokine that promotes the development of naive T cells into Th1 cells, could aggravate murine streptococcal cell wall (SCW)-induced arthritis, a model of acute arthritis. METHODS C57BL/6 mice were injected intraarticularly with saline or with 10(7) plaque-forming(More)
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