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See detail3D characterisation of the structure of activated carbon packed beds using X-ray microtomography
Almazan, Maria del Carmen; Léonard, Angélique ULg; López-Garzón, J. et al

in 3rd International Workshop on Process Tomography (CD Rom) (2009, April)

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See detailWater desorption from resorcinol-formaldehyde hydrogels and adsorption in the resulting xerogels
Escalona, Ivonne; Gommes, Cédric ULg; Job, Nathalie ULg et al

in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2009), 117

Water desorption isotherms of resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) hydrogels and subsequent water adsorption isotherms of the resulting xerogels are determined using the static gravimetric method, at various ... [more ▼]

Water desorption isotherms of resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) hydrogels and subsequent water adsorption isotherms of the resulting xerogels are determined using the static gravimetric method, at various temperatures. Isotherms obtained from samples synthesized at various pH are compared. Two different mechanisms are involved in RF hydrogels water desorption. At large relative humidity the capillary tension resulting from water removal induces a macroscopic shrinkage of the gel, whereas at low humidity water is evaporated with no network deformation. These two mechanisms are analyzed using a plastic deformation model and the Guggenheim-Anderson-de Boer (GAB) model, respectively. Adsorption isotherms of RF xerogels are analyzed using the GAB model. [less ▲]

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See detailMembrane-Type 4 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT4-MMP) induces lung metastasis by alteration of primary breast tumor vascular architecture
Chabottaux, Vincent; Ricaud, Stéphanie; Host, Lorin et al

in Journal of Cellular & Molecular Medicine (2009)

The present study aims at investigating the mechanism by which MT4-MMP, a membrane-anchored MMP expressed by human breast tumor cells promotes the metastatic dissemination into lung. We applied ... [more ▼]

The present study aims at investigating the mechanism by which MT4-MMP, a membrane-anchored MMP expressed by human breast tumor cells promotes the metastatic dissemination into lung. We applied experimental (intravenous) and spontaneous (subcutaneous) models of lung metastasis using human breast adenocarcinoma MDA-MB-231 cells overexpressing or not MT4-MMP. We found that MT4-MMP does not affect lymph node colonization nor extravasation of cells from the bloodstream, but increases the intravasation step leading to metastasis. Ultrastructural and fluorescent microscopic observations coupled with automatic computer-assisted quantifications revealed that MT4-MMP expression induces blood vessel enlargement and promotes the detachment of mural cells from the vascular tree, thus causing an increased tumor vascular leak. On this basis, we propose that MT4-MMP promotes lung metastasis by disturbing the tumor vessel integrity and thereby facilitating tumor cell intravasation. [less ▲]

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See detailChorionic Gonadotropin Stimulation of Angiogenesis and Pericyte Recruitment
Berndt, Sarah; Blacher, Silvia ULg; PERRIER d'HAUTERIVE, Sophie ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2009), 94(11), 4567-74

During the periimplantation period, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) plays a key role by increasing the uterine blood flow through uterine vessel vasodilatation but also through angiogenesis. Indeed, we ... [more ▼]

During the periimplantation period, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) plays a key role by increasing the uterine blood flow through uterine vessel vasodilatation but also through angiogenesis. Indeed, we previously demonstrated that hCG contributes to endothelial cell recruitment and vessel formation. OBJECTIVE: In this study, hCG was proposed as an arteriogenic factor that could promote perivascular cell recruitment and vessel stabilization. DESIGN: The aortic ring assay, a three-dimensional ex vivo angiogenesis system mimicking all the steps of the angiogenesis process was used to study the impact of hCG on pericyte recruitment and vessel maturation. SETTING: The study was conducted at a university hospital laboratory. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Perivascular cell proliferation, migration, and apposition were quantified by computerized image analysis. RESULTS: Physiological concentrations of hCG (10-400 IU/ml) significantly enhanced pericyte sprouting and migration and gave rise to the maturation and coverage of endothelial capillaries. In a three-dimensional coculture model of endothelial and perivascular cells, hCG enhanced vessel tube formation and endothelial/mural cell adhesion. In addition, hCG stimulated the proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells. The specificity of these effects was determined by using an anti-hCG blocking antibody. Signaling pathways implicated on this hCG effect is protein kinase A and phospholipase C/protein kinase C dependent for the proliferative effect but only phospholipase C/protein kinase C for the migrative process. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings highlight a novel paracrine role of this early embryonic signal in vessel maturation by stimulating perivascular cell recruitment, migration, and proliferation. [less ▲]

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See detailAdditional parameters for the morphometry of angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis in corneal flatmounts
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Detry, Benoît ULg; Bruyere, Françoise et al

in Experimental Eye Research (2009), 89(2), 274-276

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See detailEvaluation of the antitumor activity of 16K prolactin
Kinet, Virginie; Nguyen, Ngoc-Quynh-Nhu ULg; Sabatel, Céline et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailAltered expression of angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis markers in the uninvolved skin of plaque-type psoriasis
Henno, Audrey ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Lambert, Charles ULg et al

in British Journal of Dermatology (2009), 160(3), 581-90

Background Vascular alterations are significant events in the pathomechanism of psoriasis. A disorder in the mechanisms regulating skin angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis could participate in the ... [more ▼]

Background Vascular alterations are significant events in the pathomechanism of psoriasis. A disorder in the mechanisms regulating skin angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis could participate in the pathogenesis of the disease. Objectives To quantify differences in the expression of angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis growth factors, receptors, coreceptors as well as their antagonists in the uninvolved skin of patients with psoriasis compared with the skin of nonpsoriatic volunteers. Methods Skin biopsies were collected from the involved skin of 13 patients with untreated plaque-type psoriasis, from their nonlesional skin at distance from the lesions and from the skin of 16 healthy volunteers. The mRNA steady-state level of keratins 10, 14 and 16, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), vimentin, collagen I and IV, proliferating cell nuclear antigen, the various splice variants of vascular endothelial growth factor, VEGF-A, VEGF-C and VEGF-D, their receptors VEGFR1, VEGFR2 and VEGFR3, neuropilin (NRP)-1 and its soluble forms, NRP-2, semaphorin 3A and prox-1, was measured by reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction. Immunohistochemistry was performed for Ki-67, von Willebrand factor and D2-40. Blood and lymphatic vessel density, area and distance from epidermis were estimated by morphological analysis coupled to an original computer-assisted method of quantification. Results Skin from healthy volunteers and nonlesional skin from patients with psoriasis displayed similar histological, morphometric and proliferative features. However, a significant overexpression of VEGFR3, the VEGF-A isoform VEGF121, soluble 12 NRP-1 and GAPDH was observed in the nonlesional psoriatic skin as compared with that of normal volunteers. Conclusions These data point to significant differences in the blood and lymphatic vascular transcriptome between the clinically normal-appearing skin of patients with psoriasis and the skin of volunteers without psoriasis. [less ▲]

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See detailContrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic sonography of knee synovitis correlates with histological vessel density: 2 automated digital quantifications
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Hauzeur, Jean-Philippe ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2009), 36(7), 1391-400

OBJECTIVE: To use contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography to assess the acoustic enhancement of the synovial area of the knee; and to compare the data with the histological ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To use contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography to assess the acoustic enhancement of the synovial area of the knee; and to compare the data with the histological vessel density. METHODS: Eleven patients eligible for a knee arthroscopy were studied. Acoustic quantification was carried out by a digital image analysis program that detects the time-dependent increase [intensity (time) = k x time + C] of gray-level intensity in all the pixels of a specific region of interest (ROI) following intravenous injection of the microbubble contrast agent sulfur hexafluoride. Echo-guided synovial biopsies were carried out in the same ROI. Synovial vessel areas were quantified after Factor VIII immunostaining of synovial biopsies using an automated digital image analysis. RESULTS: Significant (p < 0.05) correlations were observed between histological vessel density and percentage of the synovial area with a k value > 0.01 (r = 0.93) and k(max) values (r = 0.79), as well as between the 2 latter parameters (r = 0.72). The histological vessel density and the 2 acoustic parameters were also significantly correlated with the logarithm of erythrocyte sedimentation rate (r = 0.77, r = 0.87, r = 0.67, respectively) and with log C-reactive protein serum concentration (r = 0.69, r = 0.83, r = 0.62, respectively). CONCLUSION: Contrast-enhanced coded phase-inversion harmonic B-mode sonography coupled with an appropriate data analysis method is a new tool to identify and quantify vessel density in knee synovitis. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo methods of random seed generation to avoid over-segmentation with stochastic watershed: application to nuclear fuel micrographs
Cativa Tolosa, Sebastian; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Denis, Alicia et al

in Journal of Microscopy (2009), 236

A stochastic version of the watershed algorithm is obtained by choosing randomly in the image the seeds from which the watershed regions are grown. The output of the procedure is a probability density ... [more ▼]

A stochastic version of the watershed algorithm is obtained by choosing randomly in the image the seeds from which the watershed regions are grown. The output of the procedure is a probability density function (PDF) corresponding to the probability that each pixel belongs to a boundary. In the present paper, two stochastic seed-generation processes are explored to avoid over-segmentation. The first is a non-uniform Poisson process, the density of which is optimized on the basis of opening granulometry. The second process positions the seeds randomly within disks centered on the maxima of a distance map. The two methods are applied to characterize the grain structure of nuclear fuel pellets. Estimators are proposed for the total edge length and grain number per unit area, LA and NA, which take advantage of the probabilistic nature of the PDF and do not require segmentation. [less ▲]

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See detailX-Ray Microtomography Studies of Tannin-Derived Organic and Carbon Foams
Tondi, G.; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Microscopy and Microanalysis (2009), 15

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See detailApplication of image analysis in food drying
Jinorose, Maturada; Devahastin, Sakamon; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Ratti, C. (Ed.) Advances in Food Dehydration (2009)

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See detailIn situ follow-up of adsorption in activated carbon beds using X-ray microtomography
Almazan, Maria del Carmen; Léonard, Angélique ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

in Kaskel, S.; Llewellyn, P.; Rodriguez-Reinoso, F. (Eds.) et al Characterisation of Porous Solids VII - Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on the Characterisation of Porous Solids (2009)

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See detailAntiangiogenic liposomal gene therapy with 16K human prolactin efficiently reduces tumor growth.
Kinet, Virginie ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc-Quynh-Nhu ULg; Sabatel, Céline ULg et al

in Cancer Letters (2009), 284(2), 222-228

Human 16K PRL (16K hPRL) is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo. It has been shown to prevent tumor growth in three xenograft mouse models. Here we have used a gene transfer ... [more ▼]

Human 16K PRL (16K hPRL) is a potent inhibitor of angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo. It has been shown to prevent tumor growth in three xenograft mouse models. Here we have used a gene transfer method based on cationic liposomes to produce 16K hPRL and demonstrate that 16K hPRL inhibits tumor growth in a subcutaneous B16F10 mouse melanoma model. Computer-assisted image analysis shows that 16K hPRL treatment results in the reduction of tumor vessel length and width, leading to a 57% reduction in average vessel size. We thus show, for the first time, that administration of the 16K hPRL gene complexed to cationic liposomes is effective to maintain antiangiogenic activities of 16K hPRL level. [less ▲]

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See detail6-Substituted 2-Oxo-2h-1-Benzopyran-3-Carboxylic Acid Derivatives in a New Approach of the Treatment of Cancer Cell Invasion and Metastasis
Kempen, I.; Hemmer, Marc ULg; Counerotte, Stéphane ULg et al

in European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2008), 43(12), 2735-50

Novel 6-substituted 2-oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carboxylic acid derivatives were synthesized and their potency in reducing the invasive behaviour of HT 1080 fibrosarcoma cells was evaluated. Structure ... [more ▼]

Novel 6-substituted 2-oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carboxylic acid derivatives were synthesized and their potency in reducing the invasive behaviour of HT 1080 fibrosarcoma cells was evaluated. Structure-activity relationships were deduced from biological results and will be used in further design of new active compounds. In particular, the acetoxymethyl substituent found at the 6-position of previously described active compounds can be replaced by an acetamidomethyl substituent without loss of potency; while the presence of an aryl ester function at the 3-position was preferred to a thioester or an amide function to induce marked biological activity. This work confirms the interest of aryl esters of 6-substituted coumarin-3-carboxylic acids as potential new anti-cancer agents. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of the tortuosity of porous materials from binary or grey-tone tomographic reconstructions
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Almazan, Maria del Carmen; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

Conference (2008, November)

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See detailCharacterization of the porous structure of biodegradable scaffolds obtained with supercritical CO2 as foaming agent
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Calberg, Cédric ULg; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg et al

in Journal of Porous Materials (2008), 15(4), 397-403

Poly(ε-caprolactone) foams were prepared, via a batch process, by using supercritical CO2 as foaming agent. Their porous structure was characterized through mercury porosimetry, helium and mercury ... [more ▼]

Poly(ε-caprolactone) foams were prepared, via a batch process, by using supercritical CO2 as foaming agent. Their porous structure was characterized through mercury porosimetry, 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 CO2 saturation pressure (higher than 250 bars). [less ▲]

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