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See detailThe lymphatic ring assay: a new in vitro model of lymphangiogenesis
Bruyère, F; Melen, L; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2006)

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See detailThe porous structure of biodegradable scaffolds obtained with supercritical CO2 as foaming agent
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2006), 160

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See detailThe porous structure of biodegradable scaffolds obtained with supercritical CO(2) as foaming agent
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2006), 160

Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) foams were prepared, via a batch process, by using supercritical CO(2) as foaming agent. Their porous structure was characterized through helium and mercury pycnometry, scanning ... [more ▼]

Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) foams were prepared, via a batch process, by using supercritical CO(2) as foaming agent. Their porous structure was characterized through helium and mercury pycnometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray microtomography observations coupled with image analysis. The pore size distributions obtained by these two latter techniques show that the pore structure is more homogeneous when the foaming process is performed under a high CO(2) saturation pressure (higher than 250 bars). [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of Silica Xerogels Synthesized with Organoalkoxysilane Co-reactants Hints at Multiple Phase Separation
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Basiura, Monika; Goderis, Bart et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2006), 110

The microstructure of hybrid silica xerogels synthesized by the base-catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in ethanol in the presence of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AES) and of 3-(2 ... [more ▼]

The microstructure of hybrid silica xerogels synthesized by the base-catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) in ethanol in the presence of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AES) and of 3-(2-aminoethylamino)- propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) as co-reactants, and dried in subcritical conditions, is analyzed. A thorough structural characterization of the samples is performed combining nitrogen adsorption, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and transmission electron microscopy coupled with digital image analysis. The use of these methods shows that, for both co-reactants, the xerogels are made of macropores supported by filaments, with each filament being formed of smaller structures. The quantitative impact of the additive on each structural level is assessed. The data are compared with a previous time-resolved SAXS study conducted during the formation of the gels (J. Phys. Chem. B 2004, 108, 8983-8991). The results are analyzed in the framework of a double phase separation model. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasminogen activator inhibitor type I (PAI-1) controls bone marrow-dependent and independent vascularization
Jost, M.; Maillard, Catherine ULg; Lambert, Vincent ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2006), 61(2, MAR-APR), 87

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See detailHigh-resolution X-ray microtomography to determine the kinetics of water vapour adsorption
Lodewyckx, Peter; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg

Conference (2005, October)

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See detailStudy of the connectivity properties of Bioglass®-filled polylactide foam scaffolds by image analysis and impedance spectroscopy
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Maquet, Véronique; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Acta Biomaterialia (2005), 1(5), 565-574

The porous structure of two series of poly(d,l-lactide)/Bioglass® composite foams prepared by thermal-induced phase separation was investigated by image analysis and impedance spectroscopy. Polymer ... [more ▼]

The porous structure of two series of poly(d,l-lactide)/Bioglass® composite foams prepared by thermal-induced phase separation was investigated by image analysis and impedance spectroscopy. Polymer solutions of either low or high molecular weight containing different concentrations (up to 50 wt.%) of Bioglass® particles of mean particle size d < 5 µm were studied. The morphology of both macro- and micropores was studied by scanning electron microscopy and image analysis of both neat and composite foams (containing 10-50 wt.% Bioglass®). The pore connectivity of both neat polymer and composite foams was characterized by impedance spectroscopy in relation with their transport properties. The influence of the foam composition (i.e., polymer molecular weight and concentration of Bioglass®) on pore microstructure was studied using these non-destructive methods. It was found that addition of Bioglass® particles has a pronounced effect on pore orientation, leading to increasing loss of order of pore structure, especially for low-molecular weight PDLLA foams. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative Morphological Studies of mesoporous Catalysts at Nanometer Scale Resolution
Ziese, Ulrike; Gommes, Cédric ULg; BLACHER, Silvia ULg et al

Poster (2005, August)

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See detailPhase separation during silica gel formation followed by time-resolved SAXS
Gommes, Cédric; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Goderis, Bart et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2005), 238(1-4), 141-145

Time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering data are collected during the formation of silica gels from the base catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol with 3-(2-aminoethylamino ... [more ▼]

Time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering data are collected during the formation of silica gels from the base catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol with 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as additives. It is shown that a polymerization-induced spinodal demixing occurs during the gel formation. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of tomography to determine the kinetics of water vapour adsorption
Lodewyckx, Peter; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg

in Proceedings of Carbon 2005 – The International Carbon Conference (2005, July)

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See detailImage analysis of X-ray microtomograms of soft materials during convective drying: 3D measurements
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Microscopy-Oxford (2005), 218(Pt 3), 247-252

Drying dewatered sludge leads to a complex three-dimensional porous structure. Moreover, this operation is dependent on the way the material is processed. In this study, textural changes of sludge ... [more ▼]

Drying dewatered sludge leads to a complex three-dimensional porous structure. Moreover, this operation is dependent on the way the material is processed. In this study, textural changes of sludge extrudates submitted to convective drying are followed by a 3D image analysis of reconstructed X-ray microtomograms. To achieve this goal, two different wastewater sludges collected in wastewater treatment plant after the thickening step and dewatered in the laboratory are used. It is showed that the evolution of the 3D-crack ratio vs. the residual water content evolves following a hyperbolic law. The 3D opening crack size distribution reveals two different types of pore development, i.e. a continuous pore size evolution for one sludge and the sudden appearance of cracks for the other sludge. [less ▲]

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See detailMoisture profiles determination during convective drying using x-ray microtomography
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (2005), 83(1), 127-131

The knowledge of internal moisture profiles which develop during drying is essential for model validation purposes, but they are difficult to determine experimentally. This paper shows that X-ray ... [more ▼]

The knowledge of internal moisture profiles which develop during drying is essential for model validation purposes, but they are difficult to determine experimentally. This paper shows that X-ray microtomography, together with image analysis, provides an accurate, non destructive and easy to use technique to determine moisture profiles. Results reported concern the drying of wastewater sludges whose management is becoming a real environmental challenge. An analysis of the development of moisture gradients at the sample external wall shows an influence of drying operating conditions. Finally, mass diffusion coefficients are estimated from the knowledge of both the moisture gradients and the drying flux. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of Host MMP-2 and MMP-9 to Promote Tumor Vascularization and Invasion of Malignant Keratinocytes
Masson, Véronique ULg; de la Ballina, L. R.; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in FASEB Journal (2005), 19(2), 234-6

The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a key role in normal and pathological angiogenesis by mediating extracellular matrix degradation and/or controlling the biological activity of growth factors ... [more ▼]

The matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a key role in normal and pathological angiogenesis by mediating extracellular matrix degradation and/or controlling the biological activity of growth factors, chemokines, and/or cytokines. Specific functions of individual MMPs as anti- or proangiogenic mediators remain to be elucidated. In the present study, we assessed the impact of single or combined MMP deficiencies in in vivo and in vitro models of angiogenesis (malignant keratinocyte transplantation and the aortic ring assay, respectively). MMP-9 was predominantly expressed by neutrophils in tumor transplants, whereas MMP-2 and MMP-3 were stromal. Neither the single deficiency of MMP-2, MMP-3, or MMP-9, nor the combined absence of MMP-9 and MMP-3 did impair tumor invasion and vascularization in vivo. However, there was a striking cooperative effect in double MMP-2:MMP-9-deficient mice as demonstrated by the absence of tumor vascularization and invasion. In contrast, the combined lack of MMP-2 and MMP-9 did not impair the in vitro capillary outgrowth from aortic rings. These results point to the importance of a cross talk between several host cells for the in vivo tumor promoting and angiogenic effects of MMP-2 and MMP-9. Our data demonstrate for the first time in an experimental model that MMP-2 and MMP-9 cooperate in promoting the in vivo invasive and angiogenic phenotype of malignant keratinocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailRevascularization of ischemic tissues by PDGF-CC via effects on endothelial cells and their progenitors
Li, X. R.; Tjwa, M.; Moons, L. et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2005), 115(1), 118-127

The angiogenic mechanism and therapeutic potential of PDGF-CC, a recently discovered member of the VEGF/PDGF superfamily, remain incompletely characterized. Here we report that PDGF-CC mobilized ... [more ▼]

The angiogenic mechanism and therapeutic potential of PDGF-CC, a recently discovered member of the VEGF/PDGF superfamily, remain incompletely characterized. Here we report that PDGF-CC mobilized endothelial progenitor cells in ischemic conditions; induced differentiation of bone marrow cells into ECs; and stimulated migration of ECs. Furthermore, PDGF-CC induced the differentiation of bone marrow cells into smooth muscle cells and stimulated their growth during vessel sprouting. Moreover, delivery of PDGF-CC enhanced postischemic revascularization of the heart and limb. Modulating the activity of PDGF-CC may provide novel opportunities for treating ischemic diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation par analyse d’images de l’angiogenèse sur des coupes histologiques
Le Maire, Sophie; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Labied, Soraya ULg et al

Conference (2005)

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