Philippe Tessier studied at Laval University, the John Curtin School of Medical Research (Australian National University) and the University of Adelaide, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (United Kingdom). He has been a researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec – Laval University since 1999, and a professor at the Department of Microbiology-Infectiology and Immunology of the Laval University School of Medicine.

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Professor Tessier studies the biological activities of the proteins S100A8 and S100A9, two small proteins expressed by neutrophils, monocytes, and activated endothelial and epithelial cells. These proteins are secreted during inflammation and activate the immune response. His research indicates that S100A8 and S100A9 have opposite functions: S100A8 is anti-inflammatory and inhibits myeloid cell differentiation, while S100A9 is pro-inflammatory and induces the differentiation of precursors of neutrophils and monocytes. He studies the roles of these proteins in autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease, in immune responses to solid tumors, and in the differentiation of leukemia cells.

Auto-inflammatory diseases are monogenic orphan diseases (<10,000 cases per syndrome worldwide) usually caused by defects in the genes regulating innate immunity. These diseases are characterized by recurrent, unprovoked inflammation (fever, abdominal pain, rash, arthralgia). High plasma concentrations of S100A8 and S100A9 are often found in patients with auto-inflammatory diseases. In collaboration with Professor Martin Pelletier and Dr. Anne-Laure Chetaille, Prof. Tessier is currently studying the roles of S100A8 and S100A9 in these diseases, to develop a diagnostic test to facilitate the treatment of these patients.

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Gauthier M, Roberge CJ, Pelletier M, Tessier PA, Girard D

Activation of human neutrophils by technical toxaphene.

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Clin Immunol, 98 (1), pp. 46-53, 2001, ISSN: 1521-6616.

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Tessier PA, Naccache PH, Diener KR, Gladue RP, Neote KS, Clark-Lewis I, McColl SR

Induction of acute inflammation in vivo by staphylococcal superantigens. II. Critical role for chemokines, ICAM-1, and TNF-alpha.

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J Immunol, 161 (3), pp. 1204-11, 1998, ISSN: 0022-1767.

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Diener K, Tessier P, Fraser J, Köntgen F, McColl SR

Induction of acute inflammation in vivo by staphylococcal superantigens I: Leukocyte recruitment occurs independently of T lymphocytes and major histocompatibility complex Class II molecules.

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Lab Invest, 78 (6), pp. 647-56, 1998, ISSN: 0023-6837.

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Tessier PA, Naccache PH, Clark-Lewis I, Gladue RP, Neote KS, McColl SR

Chemokine networks in vivo: involvement of C-X-C and C-C chemokines in neutrophil extravasation in vivo in response to TNF-alpha.

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J Immunol, 159 (7), pp. 3595-602, 1997, ISSN: 0022-1767.

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Tessier PA, Cattaruzzi P, McColl SR

Inhibition of lymphocyte adhesion to cytokine-activated synovial fibroblasts by glucocorticoids involves the attenuation of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 gene expression.

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Arthritis Rheum, 39 (2), pp. 226-34, 1996, ISSN: 0004-3591.

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Tessier P, Audette M, Cattaruzzi P, McColl SR

Up-regulation by tumor necrosis factor alpha of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 expression and function in synovial fibroblasts and its inhibition by glucocorticoids.

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Arthritis Rheum, 36 (11), pp. 1528-39, 1993, ISSN: 0004-3591.

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Bouillon M, Tessier P, Boulianne R, Destrempe R, Audette M

Regulation by retinoic acid of ICAM-1 expression on human tumor cell lines.

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Biochim Biophys Acta, 1097 (2), pp. 95-102, 1991, ISSN: 0006-3002.

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Active projects

  • Biology of S100A8 and S100A9 proteins in Human Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention Projet, from 2019-10-01 to 2024-09-30
  • Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec - Université Laval, Subvention, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - Université Laval, Centres de recherche affiliés, from 2017-01-01 to 2099-12-31

Recently finished projects

  • Centre de recherche en arthrite de l'Université Laval, Subvention, Institutionnel - BDR, BDR - Entités de recherche en émergence, from 2019-01-01 to 2020-01-31
  • Immunosuppressive function of S100A8 in arthritis., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2014-07-01 to 2019-06-30
  • The characterization of MICL, a novel negative regulator of the immune response in arthritis., Subvention, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada, Subvention de fonctionnement, from 2015-07-01 to 2020-06-30
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