Marcel J Vonk

Leiden University Medical Centre, Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands

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Publications (6)19.64 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Changes in the respiratory epithelium and chronic and recurrent infections are thought to play a central role in the pathogenesis of otitis media and sinusitis. The airway epithelium is the primary defense system of the respiratory tract. Bacterial cell membrane components like lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA) can affect the mucociliary clearance function of the respiratory epithelium. P60.4-Ac is a synthetic antimicrobial peptide based on the structure of the cathelicidin LL-37 that neutralizes the pro-inflammatory activity of LPS and LTA.Materials and Methods: Normal respiratory sinus epithelium was cultured at the air liquid interface. The cells were incubated with LPS or LTA in the presence or absence of P60.4-Ac.Results: P60.4-Ac neutralized the LPS- and LTA- induced effect on air-liquid interface cultured epithelial cells. P60.4-Ac significantly inhibited the increase in the epithelial layer caused by LPS or LTA.Conclusion: These data demonstrate that P60.4-Ac might be of clinical benefit in the management of otitis media with effusion and sinusitis.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2008 · The Laryngoscope
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To demonstrate the presence of mucosal biofilm in adenoid tissue using double staining for visualization of both the bacterial matrix and the bacterial cells. To identify bacterial species present on the surface of the studied adenoids.Study Design: Prospective study.Methods: A total of 39 specimens of adenoidectomy were removed from children with chronic and/or recurrent otitis media. The specimens were prepared for light microscopy using Gram staining, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Double staining was performed with CLSM to visualize both the bacteria and the glycocalyx matrix. Nine adenoids on which bacterial biofilms were visualized with CLSM were used for identification of bacterial species by 16S-DNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and homology analysis.Results: Of the 39 adenoids investigated, 22 (54%) showed evidence of mucosal biofilms. Gram staining, SEM and CLSM showed the presence of bacterial cells, organized in bacterial microcolonies. CLSM with double staining demonstrated mucosal biofilms by showing the presence of both bacteria and the glycocalyx. The use of 16S-DNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and subsequent sequence analyses identified the presence of Corynebacterium argentoratense, Streptococcussalivarius, Micrococcusluteus, and Staphylococcus aureus.Conclusions: This study demonstrates that adenoid tissue in children with chronic or/and recurrent otitis media contains mucosal biofilms in 54% of the cases. The existence of living bacteria has been demonstrated. Further studies are required to describe the panel of bacteria that can be harbored in the biofilms present in adenoids and the mechanisms involved in the physiopathology of otitis prone children.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2007 · The Laryngoscope
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    ABSTRACT: To demonstrate mucosal biofilms in human tissue by direct visualization of bacteria and glycocalyx using confocal laser scanning microscopy with double fluorescent staining on tonsils and to compare the findings with the results of scanning electron microscopy analysis. Prospective study. Tertiary university-based referral center. Twenty-four tonsils were obtained from children with chronic or recurrent tonsillitis. Tonsils were prepared for analysis by scanning electronic microscopy and by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Double fluorescent staining for confocal laser scanning microscopy consisted of propidium iodide staining to detect bacterial cells and fluorescein isothiocyanate concanavalin A staining to detect the glycocalyx matrix. Images were analyzed for characteristic biofilm morphologic features by 3 investigators who evaluated the images independently in a blinded retrospective manner. Consensus of all observers was required to demonstrate the presence of a biofilm in a specimen. Findings from analyses using scanning electronic microscopy suggested the presence of biofilm formations on tonsils by showing bacterial cells in microcolonies. Double-staining technique using confocal laser scanning microscopy showed bacterial cells and the glycocalyx matrix, providing visual evidence for the presence of biofilms on tonsils. Using a novel visualization approach in single sections of human mucosal tissue, the presence of biofilms was demonstrated on tonsils in most (17/24 [70.8%]) patients with tonsillitis.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2007 · Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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    ABSTRACT: Loss of both HLA class I and class II expression in B cell lymphomas is a mechanism of escape from a cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) immune response and will therefore give a strong selective survival advantage in tumours expressing strong immunogenic antigens. We investigated loss of HLA expression using specific antibodies on tissue sections from 254 B cell lymphomas originating from nodal and different extranodal sites in relation to numbers of tumour-infiltrating T cells. Complete loss of HLA class I and II was observed in a minority of the nodal, stomach, and skin lymphomas but in the majority of the lymphomas originating from the testis and the CNS. Interestingly, relatively high percentages of activated CTLs were detected in both primary testicular and CNS lymphomas compared to lymphomas at other sites, with highest percentages in the testis (p < 0.0001). We conclude that loss of both HLA class I and II expression occurs very frequently in lymphomas originating from the testis and the CNS as compared to nodal and some other extranodal sites. The presence of high percentages of activated CTLs in the testicular and CNS lymphomas suggests that loss of HLA expression provides a strong growth advantage for lymphoma cells in these immune-privileged sites.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2005 · The Journal of Pathology
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    ABSTRACT: The respiratory epithelium plays a major role in the primary defense of the airways against infection. It has been demonstrated that bacterial products are involved in the induction of inflammatory reactions of the upper airways. Little is known about the effects of bacterial products on expression of the antimicrobial peptide hCAP-18/LL-37, the only human cathelicidin identified so far. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of bacterial products from both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria on the expression of hCAP-18/LL-37 by sinus epithelial cells using an air-exposed tissue culture model. Lipopolysaccharide and lipoteichoic acid both increased hCAP-18/LL-37 expression in cultured sinus epithelium as assessed by immunohistochemistry, where maximal stimulation occurred at 100 ng ml(-1) lipopolysaccharide or 10 microg ml(-1) lipoteichoic acid. The stimulatory effect of lipopolysaccharide and lipoteichoic acid was not restricted to expression of hCAP-18/LL-37, since also mucin expression and IL-8 release from cultured sinus epithelium cells were increased by lipopolysaccharide and lipoteichoic acid. This suggests that bacterial products may stimulate innate immunity in the upper airways.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2004 · FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology
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    ABSTRACT: The characterization of genetic aberrations in paraffin-embedded tumor material is impaired by contaminating normal cells. In the present study on the genetic causes of loss of HLA expression in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), we compared the efficacy of microdissection with flow cytometric sorting of tumor cells. Single-cell suspensions from paraffin-embedded material of 5 DLBCL cases were stained for CD79a and DNA content (propidium iodide). Fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) using HLA class II and chromosome 6 centromeric probes and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) analysis with 5 HLA-specific microsatellite markers were performed on microdissected and flow cytometry-sorted fractions. FISH confirmed considerable enrichment of the samples after flow cytometric sorting and disclosed tumor heterogeneity in 4 cases. Moreover, lymphomas with a so-called zebra LOH pattern in the microdissected material showed unambiguous LOH after flow cytometric sorting, revealing in 1 case a biologically relevant hemizygous deletion in the HLA region.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2003 · American Journal of Clinical Pathology

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179 Citations
19.64 Total Impact Points


  • 2004-2008
    • Leiden University Medical Centre
      • Department of Pathology
      Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 2007
    • Leiden University
      • Institute of Biology Leiden
      Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands