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See detailThyrotropin-secreting pituitary adenomas. Report of 8 cases.
Beckers, Albert ULg; Abs, R.; Mahler, Ch. et al

Conference (1992)

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See detailCorrespondence analysis for quantification in electron energy loss spectroscopy and imaging.
Gelsema, E. S.; Beckers, Albert ULg; Sorber, C. W. et al

in Methods of Information in Medicine (1992), 31(1), 29-35

Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) is a technique to investigate the physical properties of material. Using this technique it is possible to detect the presence of a specific element in a specimen ... [more ▼]

Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) is a technique to investigate the physical properties of material. Using this technique it is possible to detect the presence of a specific element in a specimen. When used in combination with an electron microscope, energy filtered images may be obtained, which in principle may be used to quantify the local element concentration. This involves a process of background correction, conventionally performed assuming a specific parametric behavior of the spectral intensity as a function of electron energy loss. In this article a parameter-free method is described for background correction based on the formalism of correspondence analysis. Such a method may be used in parts of the spectrum where the functional dependence of the spectral intensity is unknown. Use of this method for element detection has been suggested before. This article reports simulation experiments suggesting its suitability for quantitative determination of element distributions and element concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailCauses and Incidence of growth hormone deficiency in the adults
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (1991, November 19)

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See detailPresurgical Octreotide Treatment in Acromegaly
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (1991, October)

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See detailEffect of treatment with octreotide on the morphology of growth hormone secreting pituitary adenomas : study of 24 cases.
Beckers, Albert ULg; Kovacs, K.; Horvwarth, E. et al

in Endocrine Pathology (1991), 2(3), 123-131

Twenty-four acromegalic patients were treated with octreotide subcutaneously for periods of 3 to 6 weeks (group I, 12 cases) or 6 months (group II, 12 cases) before transsphenoidal surgery. Radiological ... [more ▼]

Twenty-four acromegalic patients were treated with octreotide subcutaneously for periods of 3 to 6 weeks (group I, 12 cases) or 6 months (group II, 12 cases) before transsphenoidal surgery. Radiological studies performed in 19 patients before and at the end of this treatment period revealed no changes in 8 cases. In 8 other cases, a slight reduction in tumorsize was observed, and in 3 cases an important shrinkage was documented. At surgery, the adenomatous tissue appeared softer than in nonpretreated patients, facilitating the operation. Pathological examination revealed widening of perivascular spaces with accumulation of fibrous tissue and more crinophagy than in nonpretreated patients but failed to reveal morphologically pronounced cell involution as observed in prolactin-producing adenomas treated with dopamine agonists. No significant difference in frequency or extent of cellular changes was noted between the two groups. These morphological findings seem to be more consistent with a functional inhibition of growth hormone release than with cellular alterations induced by octreotide. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclical Cushing's disease : a case report.
Velkeniers, B.; Beckers, Albert ULg; Stevenaert, Achille ULg et al

in Pathology - Research & Practice (1991), 187(5), 603-607

A 41-year-old man with clinical Cushing's syndrome and intermittent central ACTH hypersecretion for a period of 9 1/2 years follow-up is described. Episodes of biochemical and clinical remission ... [more ▼]

A 41-year-old man with clinical Cushing's syndrome and intermittent central ACTH hypersecretion for a period of 9 1/2 years follow-up is described. Episodes of biochemical and clinical remission alternated with periods of florid Cushing's disease, characterized by circadian hyperpulsatile ACTH and cortisol secretion. Responses to metyrapone and inhibition of ACTH and cortisol hypersecretion after high dose dexamethasone during active phases of the disease favored a central origin of ACTH hypersecretion, confirmed by simultaneous bilateral venous sampling of the sinus petrosus inferior. Prolonged clinical remission followed near total anterior hypophysectomy. However, on anatomopathological examination of the pituitary neither corticotroph cell hyperplasia nor a microadenoma could be documented. The possibility of a functional ACTH hypersecretion is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes adénomes gonadotropes et thyréotropes
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (1991, March)

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See detailThyrotropin-Secreting Pituitary Adenomas: Report of Seven Cases
Beckers, Albert ULg; Abs, R.; Mahler, C. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1991), 72(2), 477-83

Seven patients with hyperthyroidism due to a TSH-secreting pituitary macroadenoma have been observed of a total of 800 patients with pituitary tumors over a period of 15 yr. Serum TSH levels varied ... [more ▼]

Seven patients with hyperthyroidism due to a TSH-secreting pituitary macroadenoma have been observed of a total of 800 patients with pituitary tumors over a period of 15 yr. Serum TSH levels varied between 1.1-36.3 mU/L. The serum alpha-subunit level was low in 1 case, while in 4 other cases the concentration was elevated and varied between 3.7-7.8 micrograms/L. Serum TSH beta levels were normal in the 4 cases in which it was determined. Serum GH or PRL levels were elevated in 5 cases. In 1 patient the cosecretion of TSH, GH, and PRL was confirmed by immunocytochemical examination. Serum TSH and alpha-subunit responses to TRH, GnRH, CRF, GRF, dexamethasone, methimazole, T3, and bromocriptine administration were variable when studied. Serum TSH and alpha-subunit circadian rhythms were absent in 1 case and inverted in another. A serum alpha-subunit pulsatility without TSH pulses was observed in 1 patient. Five patients underwent transsphenoidal adenomectomy. Three of 4 patients operated on in our center were cured, but a recurrence of the adenoma was found in 1 of them after 5 yr. The fifth patient was not cured. Treatment with octreotide in 3 patients resulted in normalization of serum TSH, GH, and thyroid hormones levels. Cosecretion of PRL in 1 case and alpha-subunit in 2 cases was also inhibited. Partial tachyphylaxis occurred in 1 patient. In summary, heterogeneity in clinical presentation, hormonal expression, and therapeutic response appears to characterize these TSH-secreting adenomas. [less ▲]

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See detailAdenohypophysis hormone gene products in 14 pituitary adenomas: analysis by immunohistochemistry and northern blotting.
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg; Frankenne, Francis ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1991), 99(2), 135-40

We investigated 14 pituitary adenomas (10 silent adenomas; 3 prolactinomas and one GH-secreting tumor) for the presence of hormone gene transcripts (Northern blot) as well as for translation products ... [more ▼]

We investigated 14 pituitary adenomas (10 silent adenomas; 3 prolactinomas and one GH-secreting tumor) for the presence of hormone gene transcripts (Northern blot) as well as for translation products (immunohistochemistry). The GH-secreting tumor was shown to express the genes coding for GH and PRL and to synthesize the corresponding hormones. In the cases of prolactinomas, immunohistochemical data demonstrated the synthesis of prolactin only. In addition to the PRL gene, Northern blot analysis revealed the transcription of the alpha-subunit gene in one case. Hormone genes were found to be expressed in 7 out of the 10 silent tumors, whereas no hormone synthesis was detected in any of these tissues. LH-beta mRNA was found in 3 cases, FSH-beta mRNA in 5 cases and alpha-subunit gene was shown to be expressed in one case. Surprisingly, the level of expression of the FSH-beta gene was higher than in normal tissue. This study confirms that some so called "silent" adenomas are expressing alpha- and/or beta-subunit glycoprotein hormone genes, even if no hormone is synthesized. The therapeutic action of bromocriptine described in some "silent" adenomas cases could be related to that hormone gene expression potentiality. [less ▲]

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See detailAbcès thyroïdien a streptocoque pneumoniae associé à un goitre nodulaire toxique. A propos d'un cas
Panas, N.; Zgheib, A.; Desaive, Claude ULg et al

in Semaine des Hôpitaux de Paris (La) (1991), 34

An unusual case of acute suppurative thyroiditis in association with toxic nodular goiter is reported by the authors. Surgical therapy was necessary due to the severity of the local and systemic ... [more ▼]

An unusual case of acute suppurative thyroiditis in association with toxic nodular goiter is reported by the authors. Surgical therapy was necessary due to the severity of the local and systemic inflammation induced by this association. [less ▲]

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See detailCV 205-502 : Een niewe lang-werkende dopamine-agonist voor de behandeling van hyperprolactinemie.
Verhelst, J.; Abs, R.; Beckers, Albert ULg et al

in Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (1991)

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See detailAcute effects of Parlodel-LAR and response to long-term treatment with bromocriptine in a patient with a follicle stimulating hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma.
Abs, R.; Parizel, P. M.; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Journal of Endocrinological Investigation (1991), 14(2), 135-8

A 68-year-old male patient presented with visual impairment due to a large pituitary tumor. After transsphenoidal adenomectomy the elevated serum FSH levels were lowered but not normalized. Deterioration ... [more ▼]

A 68-year-old male patient presented with visual impairment due to a large pituitary tumor. After transsphenoidal adenomectomy the elevated serum FSH levels were lowered but not normalized. Deterioration of the vision was detected five years later and tumor regrowth was evidenced. The patient was treated with the long-acting and repeatable form of bromocriptine (Parlodel-LAR). Three days after the first intramuscular injection it already resulted in an important improvement of the visual field defects. Serum FSH concentration was suppressed during a prolonged period, but no change in the size of the pituitary adenoma was recorded on CT scan. Long-term oral treatment with bromocriptine resulted in a sustained suppression of the serum FSH levels, without further visual improvement, but with a significant reduction of the volume of the adenoma. The rapid and prolonged effect of Parlodel-LAR upon the FSH secretion, with a possible correction of the visual field defects and a reduction of the tumor mass, could make this medication appropriate as adjunctive treatment in some gonadotroph cell adenomas. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunocytochemical evidence for production of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone in separate cells in the bovine.
Bastings, E.; Beckers, Albert ULg; Reznik, Michel ULg et al

in Biology of Reproduction (1991), 45(5), 788-96

In all mammalian females, follicular growth and maturation are essentially dependent on the pituitary gonadotropins, FSH and LH. These glycoprotein hormones have many similarities, but their action, based ... [more ▼]

In all mammalian females, follicular growth and maturation are essentially dependent on the pituitary gonadotropins, FSH and LH. These glycoprotein hormones have many similarities, but their action, based on high affinity binding to specific membrane receptors, are quite different. The purpose of this study was to perform a sensitive localization of FSH and LH in secretory granules of gonadotrophs using highly specific antisera. This morphological study included light microscopy (PAP) and electron microscopy (immunogold single and double labeling) procedures. Histologically, approximatively 11.5% of cells were positive for LH, whereas only 5.4% of cells were positive for FSH. With the electron microscope, single labeling allowed identification of morphologically distinct LH-containing cells and FSH-containing cells. Double immunostaining confirmed that no cells contained both hormones. The finding that FSH and LH are produced in separate pituitary cells is in agreement with recent studies that have suggested a specific role and regulatory process for gonadotropins in the bovine species. [less ▲]

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See detailAbcès thyroïdien a streptocoque pneumoniae associé à un goitre nodulaire toxique. A propos d'un cas
Panas, N.; Zgheib, A.; Desaive, Claude ULg et al

in Annales de Chirurgie (1991), 45(5), 429-31

An unusual case of acute suppurative thyroiditis in association with toxic nodular goiter is reported by the authors. Surgical therapy was necessary due to the severity of the local and systemic ... [more ▼]

An unusual case of acute suppurative thyroiditis in association with toxic nodular goiter is reported by the authors. Surgical therapy was necessary due to the severity of the local and systemic inflammation induced by this association. [less ▲]

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