Valérie Guérin

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Rituximab (RTX) is a new treatment strategy in high-degree steroid-dependent idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (SDNS) in childhood. Thirty patients (nine girls) with SDNS with steroid side effects and previously treated with immunosuppressive drugs, mostly calcineurin inhibitors, were treated with RTX and included in this non-controlled single-centre study.(More)
Although most patients with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (NS) respond to steroid treatment, development of steroid dependency may require a long-term multidrug therapy including steroid and calcineurin inhibitor. Rituximab was shown to allow a reduction of the doses of steroid and immunosuppressive drugs in those patients. In the present series, 22(More)
We investigated the value of procalcitonin kinetics as a prognostic marker during ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). This prospective, observational study was conducted in a medical intensive care unit in a university hospital. All consecutive patients with microbiologically proven VAP who survived 3 days after its diagnosis were included and grouped(More)
The controversy surrounding silicon (Si) benefits and essentiality in plants is exacerbated by the differential ability of species to absorb this element. This property is seemingly enhanced in species carrying specific nodulin 26-like intrinsic proteins (NIPs), a subclass of aquaporins. In this work, our aim was to characterize plant aquaporins to define(More)
Silicon (Si) confers several benefits to many plant species when absorbed as silicic acid through nodulin 26-like intrinsic proteins (NIPs). The NIPs belong to major intrinsic protein (MIP) family, members of which form channels with high selectivity to control transport of water and different solutes. Here, comparative genomic analysis of the MIPs was(More)
Splicing regulates gene expression and contributes to proteomic diversity in higher eukaryotes. However, in yeast only 283 of the 6000 genes contain introns and their impact on cell function is not clear. To assess the contribution of introns to cell function, we initiated large-scale intron deletions in yeast with the ultimate goal of creating an(More)
We report a 7-year-old boy with high-degree steroid-dependent idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (SDNS) who went into remission with rituximab (RTX) maintenance therapy. Four months after this patient received his first RTX infusion, there was a progressive and sustained decrease of immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgM levels. Thirteen months after the initiation of RTX(More)
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a progressive, fatal neurological disorder of childhood and early adolescence. It is caused by a persistent measles virus infection of the brain without any available treatment to date. The physiopathology of the disease is largely unknown. Considering the potential role of humoral immunity in the pathogenesis(More)
The effect of manganese ions Mn2+ (Mn Cl2) on hematocrit and the antibody response of carp (Cyprinus carpio) was investigated after exposure of fish to contaminated water for 2.5 months. Contamination of water with 50 mg/l Mn2+ did not decreased antibody production against Yersinia ruckeri (measured by agglutination) but significantly decreased hematocrit.(More)