New road map through the land of IBD.

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Impact Factor: 5.12). 07/2008; 14(6):868-9. DOI: 10.1002/ibd.20394
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    ABSTRACT: Ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD) are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) with variable, overlapping clinical features and complex pathophysiologies. To identify pathogenic processes underlying these disease subtypes, we used single endoscopic pinch biopsies to elucidate patterns of gene expression in active and inactive areas of UC and CD and compared these to infectious colitis and healthy control samples. Unsupervised classification of a total of 36 samples yielded promising separation between the affected IBD, unaffected IBD, non-IBD colitis, and normal control samples, suggesting each sample type had a distinctive gene expression pattern. Genes differentially expressed in the CD samples compared to in the controls were related to IFNgamma-inducible TH1 processes (IFITM1, IFITM3, STAT1, and STAT3) and antigen presentation (TAP1, PSME2, PSMB8). The most noticeable change in the UC samples was reduced expression of genes regulating biosynthesis, metabolism, and electrolyte transport (HNF4G, KLF5, AQP8, ATP2B1, and SLC16A). Twenty-five percent of genes down-regulated in the UC samples were also down-regulated in the infectious colitis samples. Unaffected biopsy samples of IBD patients also registered differences expression of genes compared to in the normal controls. Of these differentially expressed genes, only 2 were up-regulated, PSKH1, a regulator of mRNA processing, and PPID, a suppressor of apoptosis. The study shows that the gene expression patterns of IBD, CD in particular, are quite different from those of infectious colitis, highlighting distinctive expression of genes and pathways in UC and CD.
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    ABSTRACT: The loss of intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) function is a critical component in the initiation and perpetuation of chronic intestinal inflammation in the genetically susceptible host. We applied proteome analysis (PA) to characterize changes in the protein expression profile of primary IEC from patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Surgical specimens from 18 patients with active CD (N = 6), UC (N = 6), and colonic cancer (N = 6) were used to purify primary IEC from ileal and colonic tissues. Changes in protein expression were identified using 2D-gel electrophoreses (2D SDS-PAGE) and peptide mass fingerprinting via MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (MS) as well as Western blot analysis. PA of primary IEC from inflamed ileal tissue of CD patients and colonic tissue of UC patients identified 21 protein spots with at least 2-fold changes in steady-state expression levels compared to the noninflamed tissue of control patients. Statistical significance was achieved for 9 proteins including the Rho-GDP dissociation inhibitor alpha that was up-regulated in CD and UC patients. Additionally, 40 proteins with significantly altered expression levels were identified in IEC from inflamed compared to noninflamed tissue regions of single UC (N = 2) patients. The most significant change was detected for programmed cell death protein 8 (7.4-fold increase) and annexin 2A (7.7-fold increase). PA in primary IEC from IBD patients revealed significant expression changes of proteins that are associated with signal transduction, stress response as well as energy metabolism. The induction of Rho GDI alpha expression may be associated with the destruction of IEC homeostasis under condition of chronic intestinal inflammation.
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