C Alexandre

Unité Inserm U1077, Caen, Lower Normandy, France

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  • Revue Du Rhumatisme - REV RHUM. 01/2007; 74:65-71.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate a possible association between wrist and periodontal destruction in rheumatoid arthritis, and between periodontal destruction, dry mouth, and labial salivary gland biopsy and the contribution of genetic factors (the shared epitope (SE) and IL1B (+3954) or TNFA (-238 or -308) gene polymorphisms). 147 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were enrolled. Periodontal damage was defined according to the Hugoson and Jordan criteria on panoramic dental x rays. Typing for the SE and cytokine polymorphisms was undertaken by enzyme linked oligosorbent assay. Odds ratios (OR), relative risk (RR), and chi2 values were calculated to quantify associations. An association was observed between wrist and periodontal bone destruction (chi2=11.82; p<0.001): 63 patients had both wrist and periodontal destruction, 31 had wrist destruction alone, 20 had periodontal destruction alone, and 33 had no destruction at either site. An association was seen between a positive labial salivary gland biopsy and periodontal bone destruction (RR=2.73 (95% CI, 1.35 to 5.51), p<0.01, n=41) or wrist bone destruction (RR=4.52 (1.96 to 10.45), p<0.001, n=41). The SE was associated with wrist bone destruction (OR=2.5 (1.16 to 5.42), p<0.05) and periodontal bone destruction (OR=2.2 (1.04 to 4.84), p<0.05). No association was found between the selected cytokine polymorphisms and bone destruction. A strong association was found between wrist and periodontal bone destruction. The destruction risk was further increased in patients with sicca syndrome. The SE appears to be a severity genetic marker for both wrist and periodontal bone destruction.
    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 07/2006; 65(7):905-9. · 9.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether joint destruction, indication for, and response to infliximab in rheumatoid arthritis are associated with the shared epitope (SE) or selected cytokine gene polymorphisms (interleukin (IL) 1B, IL1-RN, and tumour necrosis alpha). In a large rheumatoid arthritis population of 930 patients from the same area (Rhône-Alpes, France), patients with (n = 198) or without infliximab treatment (n = 732) were compared according to their genetic status. Clinical, biological, and radiological data were collected. Typing for SE status and cytokine polymorphisms was carried out using enzyme linked oligosorbent assay. Statistical analysis was by chi(2) testing and calculation of odds ratios (OR). A dose relation was observed between the number of SE copies and joint damage in the whole rheumatoid population (OR, 1 v 0 SE copy = 2.38 (95% confidence interval, 1.77 to 3.19), p<0.001; OR 2 v 0 SE copy = 3.92 (2.65 to 5.80), p<0.001. The SE effect increased with disease duration but was not significant before two years. Selection for infliximab treatment (n = 198) was associated with increased disease activity, joint damage, and the presence of the SE with a dose effect. In all, 66.2% patients achieved an ACR20 improvement. No clinical or genetic factors were able to predict the clinical response to infliximab. This post-marketing study in a large cohort of rheumatoid arthritis patients indicates a linkage between rheumatoid arthritis severity, selection for treatment with infliximab, and the presence and dose of the SE.
    Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 03/2006; 65(3):342-7. · 9.11 Impact Factor
  • Revue Du Rhumatisme - REV RHUM. 01/2006; 73(10):1045-1046.
  • Revue Du Rhumatisme - REV RHUM. 01/2006; 73(10):1151-1152.
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    ABSTRACT: Bone defects related to osteoporosis develop with increasing age and differ between males and females. It is currently thought that the bone remodeling process is supervised by osteocytes in a strain-dependent manner. We have shown an altered response of osteocytes from osteoporotic patients to mechanical loading, and osteocyte density is reduced in osteoporotic patients, which might relate to imperfect bone remodeling, leading to lack of bone mass and strength. Hence, information on osteocyte density will contribute to a better understanding of bone biology in males and females and to the assessment of osteoporosis. Osteocyte density as well as conventional histomorphometric parameters of trabecular bone were determined in cancellous iliac crest bone of healthy postmenopausal women and men and of osteoporotic women and men. Osteocyte density was higher in healthy females than in healthy males and lower in osteoporotic females than in healthy females. Bone mass was reduced in osteoporotic patients, both male and female. In females, trabecular number was reduced, whereas in males, trabecular thickness was reduced and eroded surface was increased. There were no correlations between the parameter groups bone architecture, bone formation, bone resorption, and osteocyte density. These results are consistent with impaired osteoblast function in osteoporotic patients and with a different mechanism of bone loss between men and women, in which osteocyte density might play a role. The reduced osteocyte numbers in female osteoporotic patients might relate to imperfect bone remodeling leading to lack of bone mass and strength.
    Calcified Tissue International 12/2005; 77(5):291-6. · 2.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have developed an in vitro mechanical stretching model of osteoblastic cells cultured on metallic biomaterials in order to study the effects of mechanical strain on osteointegration of orthopaedic implants. Titanium alloy discs coated with alumina or hydroxyapatite were used as substrates. Three Dynacell devices were especially designed to apply cyclic strains on rigid biomaterials. The regimen (600 mu epsilon strains, 0.25Hz) was defined on the basis of physiological data and estimated deformation on hip stem prostheses. The performances of these apparatus were reproducible and provided controlled deformations. Human osteosarcoma cell line MG-63, human osteoblasts obtained from primary cultures and ROS 17/2.8 rat osteosarcoma cells were used as cell models. Cell behaviour was assessed in terms of growth and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity by in situ assays for two regimens: 15-min deformations repeated three times a day to mimic rehabilitation exercises and 24-h continuous deformations. We demonstrated that continuous deformation did not affect the growth and ALP activity of MG-63 cells, in contrast with sequential deformations which had no effect on cell number, but which stimulated ALP activity after 5 days of stretching. This sequential regimen can also modify the behaviour of human bone-derived cells resulting in increased proliferation after 5 days and stimulation of ALP activity after 15 days. ROS 17/2.8 rat osteosarcoma cells submitted to sequential deformations responded faster than other cell lines by increasing their ALP activity only after 1 day of stretching. Like MG-63 cells, proliferation of the ROS 17/2.8 rat osteosarcoma cell line was not affected by sequential deformations. This study suggests that short, repeated deformations defined to mimic rehabilitation exercises recommended after prostheses implantation are more likely to exert beneficial effects on implanted bone than continuous strains.
    Biomaterials 09/2003; 24(18):3139-51. · 8.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We hypothesized that estrogen deficiency induces changes in bone vascularization which might be involved in bone loss mechanisms. First, we studied gene expression of angiogenic (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2)) and vasodilator (endothelial nitric oxide synthase (ecNOS), neuronal NOS (nNOS), inducible NOS (iNOS), PTH-related protein (PTHrP), and its receptor PTH/PTHrP) factors in proximal tibial metaphysis of ovariectomized (OVX) rats and OVX 17beta-estradiol-treated rats at 3, 7, and 14 days. We then evaluated bone and vessel histomorphometry in secondary spongiosae by infusing vessels with a mixture of India ink/barium sulfate after 7 and 14 days of OVX. After 7 days expression of angiogenic and vasodilator factors decreased, concomitant with a decrease in the bone vessel number and possibly area. After 14 days all factors except FGF-2 exhibited either increased or normalized expression, which was associated with the stimulation of both bone formation and resorption. 17beta-Estradiol administration for 7 or 14 days prevented not only the OVX-induced changes in bone remodeling but also the morphological alterations observed in bone vessels. It also prevented the alterations in the expression of genes modified by OVX, except for that of FGF-2 whose transcription was similarly down-regulated in OVX rats with or without estrogen treatment.
    Bone 07/2003; 32(6):630-41. · 4.46 Impact Factor
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    H Marotte, P Gaudin, C Alexandre, P Miossec
    Arthritis Research & Therapy 01/2003; · 4.30 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Quantitative microcomputed tomography using synchrotron radiation (SR microCT) was used to assess the effects of a sequential etidronate therapy on both three-dimensional (3D) microarchitecture and degree of mineralization of bone (DMB) in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Thirty-two iliac crest biopsy specimens were taken from 14 patients with osteoporosis (aged 64 +/- 1.8 years) before (baseline) and after 1 year of etidronate treatment, and after 2 years of treatment for four of the patients. The samples were imaged at high spatial resolution (voxel size = 10 microm) using the microtomography system developed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France. Three-dimensional microarchitecture parameters were calculated and compared with those obtained from conventional histomorphometry. In addition, the DMB was evaluated also in 3D. No significant statistical changes regarding bone mass and structural parameters were observed in histomorphometry or 3D analyses. The distribution of the DMB in cortical and trabecular bone showed a trend to a shift toward highest mineralization values after 1 year of etidronate treatment (3.88% and 1.24% in cortical and trabecular bone, respectively). This trend was more evident after 2 years. The study also showed that SR microCT is an accurate technique and the only one for quantifying both the mineralization and the microarchitecture of bone samples at the same time in 3D.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 09/2002; 17(8):1372-82. · 6.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Quantitative microcomputed tomography using synchrotron radiation (SR μCT) was used to assess the effects of a sequential etidronate therapy on both three-dimensional (3D) microarchitecture and degree of mineralization of bone (DMB) in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Thirty-two iliac crest biopsy specimens were taken from 14 patients with osteoporosis (aged 64 ± 1.8 years) before (baseline) and after 1 year of etidronate treatment, and after 2 years of treatment for four of the patients. The samples were imaged at high spatial resolution (voxel size = 10 μm) using the microtomography system developed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble, France. Three-dimensional microarchitecture parameters were calculated and compared with those obtained from conventional histomorphometry. In addition, the DMB was evaluated also in 3D. No significant statistical changes regarding bone mass and structural parameters were observed in histomorphometry or 3D analyses. The distribution of the DMB in cortical and trabecular bone showed a trend to a shift toward highest mineralization values after 1 year of etidronate treatment (3.88% and 1.24% in cortical and trabecular bone, respectively). This trend was more evident after 2 years. The study also showed that SR μCT is an accurate technique and the only one for quantifying both the mineralization and the microarchitecture of bone samples at the same time in 3D.
    Journal of bone and mineral research: the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 07/2002; 17(8):1372 - 1382. · 6.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Beside its well-known role in bone development, vascularization plays a major role in bone cell migration for bone remodeling and metastatic tumor invasion. However, the various techniques used to identify vessels in bone have never been tested for trabecular bone vessel quantification, whereas bone remodeling quantitative parameters are commonly assessed. In this context, we developed and compared various histological techniques used to visualize blood vessels in rat bone in order to quantify them. First, several products were tested by intracardiac infusion to opacify the bone vascular network. The best results were obtained using either an India ink-1% agarose solution or an India ink-saturated barium sulfate solution followed by X-ray microradiography. Second, to identify the types of vessels, we also performed histoenzymology and immunohistochemistry stainings. Neither alkaline phosphatase (for endothelial cells) nor adenosine triphosphatase (ATPase) stainings (for smooth muscle cells) provided a low enough background to allow for vessel identification and quantification. For immunohistochemistry, various specific vessel constituents were analyzed: laminin, smooth muscle cell alpha-actin, factor VIII, and lectin Griffonia simplifolia. Anti-laminin and anti-smooth muscle cell alpha-actin antibodies gave the best results for quantification. Third, after optimization of these techniques, we performed quantitative bone and vessel histomorphometry on two groups of 12 rats each, for which bone remodeling and vessel number and area parameters were measured. No statistical differences were observed between the two groups, confirming the reproducibility of our measurements. A significant relationship was found between vessel number and histodynamic parameters; that is, bone formation rate correlated positively with India ink-positive vessel area (p < 0.009, r2 = 0.54) and alpha-actin-positive vessel number (p < 0.05, r2 = 0.66). Furthermore, we report reproducible techniques for visualization and quantification of vessels in bone that also allowed for simultaneous conventional bone histomorphometry. This methodology should help researchers to better understand the functional and anatomical relationship between trabecular bone and its vascularization during normal or pathological processes.
    Bone 04/2002; 30(4):604-12. · 4.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this research we utilized tail-suspended rats as an in vivo model for bone loss studies in order to investigate the effects of the tail suspension on the structure of the suspended bones and in ex vivo cultures the activities of trabecular osteoblasts, marrow-derived osteogenic cells, and osteoclasts obtained from treated animals, compared with untreated controls. After a 5-day hind limb unloading, trabecular thinning was already evidenced in the tibial primary spongiosa. In the secondary spongiosa, the bone formation activity was reduced whereas osteoclastic parameters were not yet altered. Bone marrow-derived osteogenic cells and differentiated osteoblasts from enzymatic digestion of posterior limb trabecular bone were prepared from 5 day tail-suspended rats and from normally loaded rats as controls. Cell morphology, alkaline phosphatase (ALPH) activity, production of mineral matrix, osteocalcin, and IL-6 secretion were evaluated in both cell populations. Tail suspension reduced the osteogenic potential of stromal marrow cells and of already differentiated osteoblasts. In fact, ALP positive colonies were significantly reduced in number and were smaller in size compared with controls and bone nodules formed in permissive conditions were also significantly fewer and smaller, whereas in cultures of cells from control conditions, large mineralizing nodules were formed. Osteocalcin secretion was not affected by unloading. Finally, IL-6 concentration was increased in marrow-derived cells from treated rats compared with controls. Primary cultures of osteoclasts were obtained from the nonadherent fraction of the bone marrow of the same animals. The number of TRAP positive cells in culture from tail-suspended rats was significantly increased, as well as bone resorption activity, measured as resorbed surfaces of a suitable synthetic hydroxyapatite, compared with controls. These data clearly suggest that skeletal unloading not only reduces the osteogenic potential of osteoblastic cells but induces an increased osteoclastogenesis and osteoclast activity in ex vivo cultures. They also indicate for the first time that a possible mediator responsible for the increased osteoclastogenesis could be represented by the IL-6 whose secretion by bone marrow cells was significantly enhanced by unloading.
    Calcified Tissue International 04/2002; 70(3):176-85. · 2.75 Impact Factor
  • British Journal of Dermatology 03/2002; 146(2):334-5. · 3.76 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We compared quantitatively vinculin-related adhesion parameters in osteoblastic cells submitted to opposite mechanical stress (i.e. low deformation and frequency strain regimens (strained condition) and microgravity exposure (relaxed condition). In both ROS 17/2.8 and rat primary osteoblastic cells, 1% cyclic deformations at 0.05 Hz during a daily 10 min episode over 7 days stimulated cell growth whereas relaxed ROS proliferated similarly to static culture (BC). We studied short term (up to 24 hrs) adaptation of focal contact re-organization in these two conditions. Strain induced a biphasic response comprising new focal contacts formation followed by their clusterization in both ROS and primary osteoblasts. Microgravity exposure induced a reduction in focal contact number and clusterization in ROS cells. To relate the proliferation (strain) or the survival (relaxed) status of ROS cells with focal contact organization, we inhibited ERKs proliferative-dependent pathway. Inhibition of proliferation by PD98059 was overcome although not fully restored by strain and strain-induced clusterization of vinculin positive contact still occurs in presence of PD98059 whereas the increase in focal contact number is abolished. In conclusion, we showed that focal contacts are mechanoeffectors and we suggested that their morphological organization might serve as a discriminant functional parameter between survival and proliferation status in ROS 17/2.8 osteoblastic cells.
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    ABSTRACT: Six days of microgravity (Bion10 mission) induced dramatic shape changes in ROS 17/2.8 osteoblasts (7). During the Foton 11 and 12 space flights, we studied the kinetics (0-4 days) of ROS 17/2.8 morphology and adhesion, the relationships between adhesion and cell cycle progression after 4 days in space, and osteoblastic growth and activity after 6 days in space. Quantitative analysis of high-resolution adhesion [focal adhesion area imaged by total interference reflection fluorescent microscopy (TIRFM)] and integrin-dependent adhesion (imaged on confocal microscope by vinculin and phosphotyrosine staining) as well as cell cycle phase classification [Ki-67 staining, S-G2, mitotic cells and G1 (postmitotic cells)] were performed using programs validated in parabolic flight and clinostat. We observed disorganization of the cytoskeleton associated with disassembling of vinculin spots and phosphorylated proteins within focal contacts with no major change in TIRFM adhesion after 2 and 4 days of microgravity. Postmitotic cells, alone, accounted for the differences observed in the whole population. They are characterized by immature peripheral contacts with complete loss of central spots and decreased spreading. Osteocalcin, P1CP and alkaline phosphatase, and proliferation were similar in flight cells and 1 g centrifuge and ground controls after 6 days. In conclusion, microgravity substantially affected osteoblastic integrin-mediated cell adhesion. ROS17/2.8 cells responded differently, whether or not they were cycling by reorganizing adhesion plaque topography or morphology. In ROS 17/2.8, this reorganization did not impair osteoblastic phenotype.
    The FASEB Journal 10/2001; 15(11):2036-8. · 5.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Little is known about the onset and degree of biochemical and functional alterations in calcium metabolism during microgravity. To evaluate the effect of microgravity on intestinal calcium absorption and calcium-regulating hormones under metabolic ward conditions. Fractional calcium absorption (Fc240 in percentage of dose administered) was determined pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight, by use of a stable strontium test in one cosmonaut who spent 20 days in space. Moreover, a sequence of blood samples was collected for the determination of serum parathyroid hormone (PTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D, calcitriol and serum C-telopeptide (CTx, biomarker of bone resorption) levels. During all periods of data collection, calcium intake was held constant at a minimum level of 1.000 mg day(-1) and a daily supplement of 16.6 microg vitamin D2 was given. Personal ultraviolet (UV) light exposure was measured during the whole mission using a biologically weighting UV dosimeter. Fc240 was markedly reduced on flight day 19 (4.4%) as compared to pre-flight and post-flight data (13.4% and 17.2%, respectively). Serum calcitriol levels fell from 40.6 pg mL(-1) (mean pre-flight level) to 1.3 pg mL(-1) on flight day 18 and returned into the normal range after recovery. Serum CTx increased during the flight, while serum PTH and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels did not change significantly. Intestinal calcium absorption can be diminished after only three weeks of microgravity. Changes are associated with a severe suppression of circulating calcitriol levels, but are independent of exogenous vitamin D supply and serum PTH levels.
    European Journal of Clinical Investigation 01/2001; 30(12):1036-43. · 3.37 Impact Factor
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  • The Lancet 11/2000; 356(9244):1852. · 39.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Microgravity induces bone loss by mechanism(s) that remain largely unknown. We measured biochemical markers related to bone remodeling in two cosmonauts before, during, and after 21- and 180-day space flights, respectively. During both flights, type I procollagen propeptide and bone alkaline phosphatase decreased as early as 8 days after launch. Undercarboxylated osteocalcin percentage increased early and remained high during both flights. Vitamin K supplementation restored carboxylation of osteocalcin during the long-term flight. Urinary and serum C-telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX) increased as early as day 8 of the flights; the increase was greater in serum than in urine. Pyridinoline, free deoxypyridinoline, and N-telopeptide increased less than CTX during the short-term space flight. The circadian rhythm of bone resorption assessed by urine CTX and free deoxypyridinoline was not altered by microgravity. Vitamin K metabolism or action and bone remodeling may be altered in cosmonauts.
    Clinical Chemistry 09/2000; 46(8 Pt 1):1136-43. · 7.15 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2007
    • Unité Inserm U1077
      Caen, Lower Normandy, France
  • 2006
    • Hospices Civils de Lyon
      Lyons, Rhône-Alpes, France
  • 2002
    • Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
      • Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche ed Oncologia Umana (DIMO)
      Bari, Apulia, Italy
  • 1991–2002
    • French Institute of Health and Medical Research
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 1997–2001
    • Université Jean Monnet
      • Laboratoire de Biologie Intégrative du Tissu Osseux
      Saint-Étienne, Rhône-Alpes, France
    • GIP Ecofor
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France
  • 2000
    • University of Geneva
      Genève, Geneva, Switzerland