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See detailTime Domain Method to Identify Simultaneously Parameters of the Windkessel Model Applied to the Pulmonary Circulation
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg; Gérard, Paul ULg et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1998), 106(3), 245-52

Lumped models are frequently used to provide a satisfactory description of the hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary vasculature. The purpose of this study is to describe a method to identify ... [more ▼]

Lumped models are frequently used to provide a satisfactory description of the hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary vasculature. The purpose of this study is to describe a method to identify simultaneously the parameters values of windkessel models components. The following equation was used to obtain R1 (characteristic resistance), R2 (peripheral resistance), C (total compliance) and L (inertance): [formula: see text] where ki are the following functions of L, R1, R2 and C: [formula: see text] To assess the accuracy of the method, estimates of R1, R2, and C were compared to characteristic impedance Rc, vascular resistance PVR and pulmonary arterial compliance Cd respectively computed from referenced methods. Comparison between R1 and Rc, PVR and R1 + R2, C and Cd were obtained in 5 anaesthetised pigs during basal conditions and after endotoxin-shock. The results indicate that in both conditions, comparisons evidenced highly significant correlations between values computed by the different approaches (p < 0.0001). Although our method yielded to consistently lower values than values provided by referenced methods, the results were concordant with respect to the expected response of pulmonary vasculature to endotoxin insult. We conclude that our method of identification is suitable for the assessment of lumped parameters windkessel model estimates. The main interest is that actual resistance and compliance values can be obtained easily and simultaneously by a global method approach. [less ▲]

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See detailPulmonary Impedance and Right Ventricular-Vascular Coupling in Endotoxin Shock
D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Research (1998), 38(2), 375-82

OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that right heart failure during endotoxin shock may result from altered ventriculovascular coupling responsible for impeding power transfer to the pulmonary circulation ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that right heart failure during endotoxin shock may result from altered ventriculovascular coupling responsible for impeding power transfer to the pulmonary circulation. METHODS: The changes in vascular pulmonary input impedance and right ventricular contractility produced by low-dose endotoxin infusion were studied in 6 intact anesthetized dogs. RESULTS: Endotoxin insult resulted in pulmonary hypertension (from 22 +/- 2 to 33 +/- 3 mmHg) associated with significant decreases in stroke volume (from 26.9 +/- 4 to 20.2 +/- 3 ml) and right ventricular ejection fraction (from 41 +/- 3 to 32 +/- 2%). The first minimum of input impedance spectrum and zero phase were shifted towards higher frequencies. Input resistance and characteristic resistance were dramatically increased. The latter change contributed to a significant increase in the pulsatile component of total right ventricular power output from 13 to 21%, indicating a reduction in the hydraulic right ventricle power output delivered into the main pulmonary artery. Overall changes in input pulmonary impedance were indicative of increased afterload facing the right ventricle leading to depressed performance. In contrast, right ventricular systolic elastance was simultaneously increased from 0.56 to 0.93 mmHg/ml indicating an increase in right heart contractility. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that pulmonary hypertension in the setting of experimental endotoxin shock is accompanied by deleterious changes in the pulmonary impedance spectrum, which are responsible for a mismatch of increased contractile state of the right ventricle to the varying hydraulic load ultimately leading to ventricular-vascular uncoupling. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Dobutamine on Isovolumic and Ejection Phase Indices of Cardiac Contractility in Conscious Healthy Dogs
Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Pypendop, B. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (1998), 64(1, Jan-Feb), 45-50

The aim of this study was to determine cardiac contractility using indices derived from cardiac catheterisation in conscious healthy dogs during dobutamine infusion. Eight dogs were studied. An ECG was ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine cardiac contractility using indices derived from cardiac catheterisation in conscious healthy dogs during dobutamine infusion. Eight dogs were studied. An ECG was recorded together with left ventricular pressure and volume which were measured using a conductance catheter with an integrated microtip pressure sensor. Eight indices of left ventricular systolic performance were derived from these records. Measurements were realised under basal conditions and during an incremental dobutamine challenge. The maximal rate of rise in ventricular pressure (max dP/dt), max dP/dt divided by the developed pressure and the mean systolic ejection rate were the most sensitive indices to detect dobutamine induced changes in contractility with maximal percentage changes of 122+/-11 per cent, 130+/-7 per cent and 102+/-24 per cent respectively. Ejection fraction increased significantly during dobutamine infusion (maximal percentage change of 43+/-9 per cent) whereas the pre-ejection period (PEP) and the left ventricular ejection time (LVET) decreased significantly (maximal percentage change of -41+/-2 per cent and -28+/-3 per cent respectively). All these six indices were significantly correlated with each other. Conversely, the ratio PEP/LVET and the LVET corrected for heart rate dependency showed a maximal percentage change of only -10+/-1 per cent and -16+/-7 per cent, respectively, during the dobutamine infusion and were not significantly correlated with the other contractility indices. This study demonstrated the feasibility of the conductance method to determine cardiac contractility in conscious healthy dogs submitted to a pharmacological stress testing and provides control values for eight indices of left ventricular contractility during dobutamine infusion at increasing dosages. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Three- and Four-Element Windkessel Models to Characterize Vascular Properties of Pulmonary Circulation
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Gérard, Paul ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1997), 105(7), 625-32

In 11 anaesthetised pigs the accuracy of the three-element (WK3) and the four-element (WK4) Windkessel models to describe hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary circulation was compared during six ... [more ▼]

In 11 anaesthetised pigs the accuracy of the three-element (WK3) and the four-element (WK4) Windkessel models to describe hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary circulation was compared during six different experimental conditions increasing pulmonary arterial pressure: increase in left atrial pressure, increase in alveolar pressure, increase in pulmonary blood flow, endotoxin shock, mechanical obstruction of left pulmonary artery or histamine infusion. Our results showed that WK4 fitted better the data than did WK3 because values of 1-R2 decreased from 6 percent (WK3) to 1.4 percent (WK4) when WK4 was used (P < 0.0005). 1-R2 was an adequate marker of the accuracy of the linear regression used to solve equations of both models. Compliance values estimated by WK4 were decreased by 5% comparatively to WK3 (P = 0.008). However, this difference can be considered as not physiologically relevant. Values of characteristic resistance corresponding to R1 + (L/R2C) in WK4 and to R1 in WK3 were not different (P = 0.22). The relative changes in R1, R2, and C observed due to the different experimental conditions were comparable regardless of the model. In conclusion, the conversion of WK3 in WK4 by adding an inductance, whose physiological meaning is not clear, resulted in an increased statistical accuracy of the model, but did not seem to have relevant influence on parameters or their evolution during experimental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-rate of multiple genital HPV infections detected by DNA hybridization
Lauricella-Lefèbvre, M. A.; Piette, Jacques ULg; Lifrange, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (1992), 36(4), 265-270

Cervical smears collected from 450 patients involved in a clinical follow-up of cervical human papillomaviruses (HPV) infections were screened for the presence of HPV 6b, 11, 16, and 18 DNA by both dot ... [more ▼]

Cervical smears collected from 450 patients involved in a clinical follow-up of cervical human papillomaviruses (HPV) infections were screened for the presence of HPV 6b, 11, 16, and 18 DNA by both dot blot and southern blot hybridization methods. Using very high stringency hybridization assays, the four HPV types could be easily distinguished by dot blotting. After a preliminary clinical sorting, 42.9% of the samples were found to be HPV-positive. Among the samples infected by a single HPV, type 16 was the most frequent (25.4% of the positive samples) followed by 6b (19.7%), 11 (8.3%), and 18 (7.2%). Double or even multiple infections by the different HPV types were detected at a very high rate (39.4% of the positive samples). [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Three-Element Windkessel Model: Comparison of Time and Frequency Domain Techniques
Pochet, T.; Gérard, Paul ULg; Marnette, J. M. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1992), 100(3, May-Jun), 295-301

The problem of the parameter identification of the three-element windkessel model is studied. Minimization by least-square technique--LSQ--in time domain and frequential techniques--FFT--are compared ... [more ▼]

The problem of the parameter identification of the three-element windkessel model is studied. Minimization by least-square technique--LSQ--in time domain and frequential techniques--FFT--are compared. Continuous pressure and flow curves were recorded in the proximal aorta of an open chest dog. Comparison shows very high correlations between the parameter estimations obtained by LSQ and FFT methods. However, systematic differences appear between the calculated values, but do not seem to endanger physiological interpretation of the results. [less ▲]

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See detailElucidation of non-parallel EIA curves
François-Gérard, C.; Gérard, Paul ULg; Rentier, Bernard ULg

in Journal of Immunological Methods (1988), 111(1), 59-65

Quantitative determinations by EIA can be only obtained by reverse regression when linear portions of sample and standard curves are parallel. However, analysis of complex biological fluids often yields ... [more ▼]

Quantitative determinations by EIA can be only obtained by reverse regression when linear portions of sample and standard curves are parallel. However, analysis of complex biological fluids often yields sigmoid curves displaying lower slopes, thus invalidating any quantitative interpretation. We hypothesized that this phenomenon was due to a competition effect between the target (for example an antigen) and related molecules for the binding sites (for example a capture antibody) immobilized onto the solid phase. This has been confirmed experimentally using various target-to-competitor ratios and formulated as a mathematical model. The slope decrease in target detection was related to the proportion of competitor, not in a linear, but in an exponential manner. This mathematical model has been computerized and can be used to correct aberrant sample curves provided the relevant parameters have been previously determined in the same systems. A competition effect should be suspected whenever non-parallel EIA sigmoid slopes are obtained. [less ▲]

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See detailProblems in quantitation of anti-viral IgG isotypes: a computerized mathematical model
Rentier, Bernard ULg; Francois-Gerard, C.; Gérard, Paul ULg

in Charbonneau, K. (Ed.) Abstracts : sixth international congress of immunology, July 6-11,1986, Toronto, Canada (1986)

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