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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 detailBIOSTATISTIQUE - Manuel d’exercices
Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Seidel, Laurence ULg

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See detailDétermination d'un index prédictif de la preeclampsie en préconceptionnel et propositions thérapeutiques de prévention primaire
Emonts, Patrick ULg; Seaksan, Sontera; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (2008), 37(5), 469-476

Objective To derive a prediction index based on the most salient history, laboratory and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk of developing preeclampsia (PE) and to suggest a primary ... [more ▼]

Objective To derive a prediction index based on the most salient history, laboratory and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk of developing preeclampsia (PE) and to suggest a primary prevention. Material and method Non-pregnant women with a history of PE (n =101) were compared to non-pregnant parous women with a history of one or more successful normotensive pregnancies (n =50) but with comparable age, gestation and parity profiles. The parameters included history and clinical examination; laboratory studies (hemostasis, coagulation, vitamins); and morphological and functional tests (cardiovascular and renal functions). Stepwise logistic regression analysis was applied to develop a three step PE prediction index based on the most discriminant parameters. Strategies to prevent PE in the high-risk group are described. Results Identification of women at high risk of PE can be done efficiently (88% sensitivity and specificity) using a predictive index based on a simple history, laboratory, clinical and functional information. Stategies to prevent PE in our high-risk group have given encouraging results during next pregnancy. Conclusion Our study gives a predictive index of PE outside of pregnancy and possibilities to do a primary prevention. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for neo-generation of T cells by the thymus after non-myeloablative conditioning.
Castermans, Emilie ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Willems, Evelyne ULg et al

in Haematologica (2008), 93(2), 240-7

BACKGROUND: Background and objective. We investigated immune recovery in 50 patients given either unmanipulated or CD8-depleted allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells after non-myeloablative conditioning ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Background and objective. We investigated immune recovery in 50 patients given either unmanipulated or CD8-depleted allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells after non-myeloablative conditioning. DESIGN AND METHODS: Fifty patients were randomized to receive either CD8-depleted (n=22) or non-manipulated (n=28) peripheral blood stem cells. The median patients age was 57 (range 36-69) years. The conditioning regimen consisted of 2 Gy total body irradiation with or without added fludarabine. Twenty patients received grafts from related donors, 14 from 10/10 HLA-allele matched unrelated donors, and 16 from HLA-mismatched unrelated donors. Graft-versus-host disease pro-phylaxis consisted of mycophenolate mofetil and cyclosporine. Immune recovery during the first year after hematopoietic cell transplantation was assessed by flow cytometry phenotyping, analyses of the diversity of the TCRBV repertoire, and quantification of signal-joint T-cell receptor excision circles (sjTREC). RESULTS: CD8-depletion of the graft reduced the recovery of CD8(+) T-cell counts in the first 6 months following transplantation (p<0.0001) but had no significant impact on the restoration of other T-cell subsets. Both sjTREC concentration and CD3(+) T-cell counts increased significantly between day 100 and 365 (p=0.010 and p=0.0488, respectively) demonstrating neo-production of T cells by the thymus. Factors associated with high sjTREC concentration 1 year after transplantation included an HLA-matched unrelated donor (p=0.029), a high content of T cells in the graft (p=0.002), and the absence of chronic graft-versus-host disease (p<0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that while immune recovery is mainly driven by peripheral expansion of the graft-contained mature T cells during the first months after non-myeloablative transplantation, T-cell neo-generation by the thymus plays an important role in long term immune reconstitution in transplanted patients. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of maternal predisposition to preeclampsia
Emonts, Patrick ULg; Seaksan, S.; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Hypertension in Pregnancy : Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (2008), 27(3), 237-45

Objective: To derive a prediction index based on the most salient patient history, laboratory, and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk for developing preeclampsia (PE). Methods ... [more ▼]

Objective: To derive a prediction index based on the most salient patient history, laboratory, and clinical parameters for identifying women at high risk for developing preeclampsia (PE). Methods: Nonpregnant women with a history of PE (n = 101) were compared with nonpregnant parous women with a history of one or more successful normotensive pregnancies (n = 50) but with comparable age, gestation, and parity profiles. The parameters included a medical examination (demographics, patient history, family history, and clinical and obstetrical findings), laboratory investigations (hemostasis, coagulation, and vitamins), and morphological and functional tests (cardiovascular and renal functions). Stepwise logistic regression analysis was applied to develop a three-step PE prediction index based on the most discriminant parameters. Results: Patients with and without PE differed significantly (p < 0.05) with respect to 1) maternal history of chronic hypertension, body mass index, and blood pressure; 2) APTT, PT, activated factor VIII, homocystein, free protein S and vitamin B1; and 3) relative plasma volume. Based on these three sets of parameters, a three-step PE prediction index was developed. The likelihood ratio of a positive index score was equal to 3.4, 7.3, and 8.8, respectively. Thus, assuming a PE prevalence (or prior probability) of 5%, a patient's chances of developing PE when presenting with a positive score on the three-step prediction index were 15%, 28%, and 32%, respectively. Discussion: In the absence of welldefined pre-pregnancy screening guidelines for PE, the present study attempts to proceed in a stepwise fashion by looking at medical examination data first, requesting, if necessary, specific hemostasis and coagulation tests next, and finally measuring the relative plasma volume for confirmatory purposes. This approach offers a satisfactory positive predictive value and cost efficiency ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term follow-up reveals low toxicity of radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma
Rutten, Isabelle; Baumert, B. G.; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2007), 82(1), 83-89

AIM: The long-term effects of radiosurgery of vestibular schwannomas were investigated in a group of consecutively treated patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 1995 and 2001, 26 patients (median age ... [more ▼]

AIM: The long-term effects of radiosurgery of vestibular schwannomas were investigated in a group of consecutively treated patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 1995 and 2001, 26 patients (median age: 67, range: 30-82) with a vestibular schwannoma were treated by Linac-based stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). The median follow-up was 49 months (16-85 months). Only progressive tumours were treated. The median size of tumours was 18 mm (range 9-30 mm). Before SRS, 11 patients had a useful hearing (Gardner-Robertson classes 1 and 2). Single doses of 10-14 Gy were prescribed at the 80% isodose at the tumour margin. The follow-up consisted of regular imaging with MRI the first 3-6 months after the intervention, followed by additional yearly MRIs, a hearing test and a neurological examination. RESULT: The 5-year-probability of tumour control (defined as stabilization or decrease in size) was 95%. Five-year-probability of preservation of hearing and facial nerve function was 96% and 100%, respectively. Hearing was preserved in 10 out of 11 patients who had a normal or useful hearing at the time of treatment. Mild and transient trigeminal toxicity occurred in 2 (8%) patients. It appeared to be significantly correlated to the dose used (p=0.044). However, only a tendency to significance could be demonstrated in the relationship between the two factors when using the Cox analysis (hazard ratio=1.7; 95% CI: 0.7-3.9; p=0.23). CONCLUSIONS: With the doses used, our study demonstrates that SRS provides an equivalent tumour control rate when compared to surgery, as well as on a long-term basis, an excellent preservation of the facial and the acoustic nerves. Although no permanent trigeminal toxicity was observed, our data confirm that doses below 14 Gy can avoid transient dysesthesias. [less ▲]

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See detailLimited usefulness of CA125 measurement in the management of Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Bonnet, Christophe ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Fassotte, Marie-France ULg et al

in European Journal of Haematology (2007), 78(5), 399-404

BACKGROUND: Several papers have reported an association of high CA125 serum levels with advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) as well as a relationship between high CA125 values and poor outcome. PATIENTS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Several papers have reported an association of high CA125 serum levels with advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) as well as a relationship between high CA125 values and poor outcome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ninety-nine patients with NHL or Hodgkin's disease (HD) underwent serum CA125 assessment at diagnosis. Gender, age, presence of B symptoms, performance status (PS), histology, sites of tumor involvement, presence of effusion, clinical stage, age-adjusted International Prognostic Index, C-reactive protein (CRP), Hb, lactate deshydrogenase (LDH) and beta2-microglobulin were evaluated for their association with serum CA125 levels. The impact of CA125 levels and other features on overall (OS) and progression-free (PFS) survival was also assessed. RESULTS: CA125 serum levels were elevated in 34% of the patients, including 19% of patients with aggressive NHL, 45% of patients with indolent NHL, and 29% of patients with HD. Univariate analyses showed that CA125 levels correlated with poor PS, the presence of B symptoms, advanced clinical stage, abdominal, bone marrow or mediastinal involvement, presence of effusions, high aaIPI, low Hb levels and high CRP, LDH or beta2-microglobulin levels. In multivariate analysis, bone marrow involvement, the presence of effusions, and high aaIPI were all associated with high CA125 serum levels. In univariate analyses, OS and PFS were affected by age (PFS only), poor PS, B symptoms, advanced clinical stage, bone marrow or abdominal involvement (PFS only), high aaIPI, low Hb, high CRP or beta2-microglobulin levels. OS and PFS were not different in patients with normal or elevated CA125 levels. Multivariate analyses showed significantly inferior OS and PFS in patients with high beta2-microglobulin but no influence of CA125. CONCLUSION: While CA125 serum level correlates significantly with a number of features associated with more aggressive disease, it does not enhance the performance of standard prognostic markers in the management of patients with NHL or HD. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation d'un an de parcours de patients schizophrenes en service psychiatrique liegeois
Sarto, D.; Desseilles, Martin ULg; Martin, Michel ULg et al

in Encéphale (L') (2006), 32(5, Pt 1), 722-8

OBJECTIVE: The study was aimed at assessing the clinical evolution and mobility of schizophrenic patients within the healthcare network of the Psychiatric Platform of Liege (Belgium) after a one-year ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The study was aimed at assessing the clinical evolution and mobility of schizophrenic patients within the healthcare network of the Psychiatric Platform of Liege (Belgium) after a one-year follow-up period. MATERIAL: and methods. The study material consisted of a random sample of 184 patients with schizophrenia drawn from the population of schizophrenic patients treated in the Liege psychiatric care network. The characteristics of these patients have been described previously (18). The 184 patients were followed-up for one-year and reassessed at the end of this period. Mobility (ie, changes between psychiatric care institutions, including home) was recorded for each patient within the institutional network. The diagnosis of schizophrenia was based on the DSM IV. Demographic, social and global functioning (GAF scale) data were collected from the "Resume psychiatrique Minimum (RPM)", a clinical summary which has been imposed by the Belgian Ministry of Public Health for each psychiatric hospital stay. Symptom components were derived from the Psychosis Evaluation tool for Common Use by Caregivers (PECC). RESULTS: Among the 184 patients enrolled in the initial analysis, 6 refused to participate in the follow-up study. The 178 remaining schizophrenic patients included 131 men (74%) and 47 women (26%) with a mean age of 43.1 +/- 13.6 and 48.8 +/- 14.9 years, respectively (p<0.05). The majority of patients (53%) suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. At baseline, 63% of the patients were hospitalised full-time, 6% part-time and 31% received ambulatory care. During the one-year follow-up period, 4 patients died, including one from suicide. When considering mobility, 48% of the patients experienced at least one change of institution, whereas 52% of the patients didn't change at all (see figure 1). The total number of changes over the 1-year period amounted 189, yielding a mean value of 1.1 changes per patient per year. Changes mostly occurred between institutions of similar care setting (see figure 2). Transfers (30%) were also observed directly between hospital and home. A multivariate Poisson regression analysis showed that the number of changes was unrelated to gender and initial care setting but decreased with age (p<0.0001). It was also higher for patients with schizo-affective disorders (2.5 +/- 1.9, p<0.01) or with residual type (1.2 +/- 1.8; p<0.05) than for patients with other types of schizophrenia (ranging from 0.3 +/- 0.5 to 0.9 +/- 1.4). No association was found with initial GAF or PECC, except for negative symptoms (p<0.05). After one year, despite the high proportion of institutional changes (48% of the patients), the distribution of the patients according to care setting remained the same (p=0.77). However, GAF scores significantly improved from 39.7 +/- 16.1 to 44.4 +/- 16.1 (p<0.0001) and likewise for total PECC scores (70 +/- 19.1 vs 63.2 +/- 19.4, p<0.001). Excitatory and disease perception items of the PECC remained unchanged. CONCLUSION: The present study reveals that mobility within the institutional network did affect about half of the schizophrenic patients. Mobility was related to age, type of schizophrenia and disease evolution. Changes occur mainly between psychiatric structures of similar care setting but also directly from hospital to home without passing through an intermediate care structure. Further efforts should be made to provide schizophrenic patients with a more coordinated care provision throughout the course of their disease. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a self-administered questionnaire for assessing exposure to back pain mechanical risk factors
Somville, Pierre ULg; Van Nieuwenhuyse, An; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health (2006), 79(6), 499-508

Objective: To validate a self-administered questionnaire assessing exposure to mechanical risk factors, developed for a cohort study aiming at assessing the influence of physical and psycho-social factors ... [more ▼]

Objective: To validate a self-administered questionnaire assessing exposure to mechanical risk factors, developed for a cohort study aiming at assessing the influence of physical and psycho-social factors on the incidence of low back pain (LBP). Methods: The study first involved a criterion validity test. A sample of the cohort workers (n=152) was observed at the workplace during four 30 min periods randomly distributed along the shift. At the end of the work shift, the questionnaire was filled in both by the worker and the observer. Agreements were tested between self-reports and observations, and between self-reports and observer opinion. Secondly, a comparison of exposure-effect relationships based on self-reports to those based on observations was carried out on the whole study cohort (n=716). Both sets of Relative Risks of being an incident case (LBP lasting at least 7 consecutive days in the follow-up year) were tested for heterogeneity. Results: Self-reports agreement levels were better with observer opinion than with observational data and were higher for answers at a dichotomous level. Vehicle driving, manual handling without estimation of weight and frequencies, or trunk bending without rotation showed a fair to good agreement with the external criteria. Limits in the validation procedure did not allow validating the sitting and standing durations. As regards the health outcome comparison, questionnaire and observations led to homogeneous Relative Risks for the variables tested. Conclusions: Results show that self-reports provide a limited accuracy to assess actual frequencies and durations of work activities. Using a questionnaire, classifying the workers into exposure categories is rather relative, but questionnaire and observations seem similar in their relationships to outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailInduction of long-lasting changes of visual cortex excitability by five daily sessions of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in healthy volunteers and migraine patients
Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Coppola, G.; Bohotin, V. et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2006), 26(2), 143-149

We have shown that in healthy volunteers (HV) one session of 1 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over the visual cortex induces dishabituation of visual evoked potentials (VEPs) on ... [more ▼]

We have shown that in healthy volunteers (HV) one session of 1 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over the visual cortex induces dishabituation of visual evoked potentials (VEPs) on average for 30 min, while in migraineurs one session of 10 Hz rTMS replaces the abnormal VEP potentiation by a normal habituation for 9 min. In the present study, we investigated whether repeated rTMS sessions (1 Hz in eight HV; 10 Hz in eight migraineurs) on 5 consecutive days can modify VEPs for longer periods. In all eight HV, the 1 Hz rTMS-induced dishabituation increased in duration over consecutive sessions and persisted between several hours (n = 4) and several weeks (n = 4) after the fifth session. In six out eight migraineurs, the normalization of VEP habituation by 10 Hz rTMS lasted longer after each daily stimulation but did not exceed several hours after the last session, except in two patients, where it persisted for 2 days and 1 week. Daily rTMS can thus induce long-lasting changes in cortical excitability and VEP habituation pattern. Whether this effect may be useful in preventative migraine therapy remains to be determined. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of nutritional status on oxidative stress in an ex vivo perfused rat liver
Stadler, M.; Nuyens, V.; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Anesthesiology (2005), 103(5), 978-986

Background: Normothermic ischemia-reperfusion is a determinant in liver injury occurring during surgical procedures, ischemic state, and multiple organ failure. The preexisting nutritional status of the ... [more ▼]

Background: Normothermic ischemia-reperfusion is a determinant in liver injury occurring during surgical procedures, ischemic state, and multiple organ failure. The preexisting nutritional status of the liver might contribute to the extent of tissue injury and primary nonfunction. The aim of this study was to determine the role of starvation on hepatic ischemia-raperfusion injury in normal rat livers. Methods: Rats were randomly divided into two groups: one had free access to food, the other was fasted for 16 h. The portal vein was cannulated, and the liver was removed and perfused in a closed ex vivo system. Two modes of perfusion were applied in each series of rats, fed and fasting. In the ischemia-reperfusion mode, the experiment consisted of perfusion for 15 min, warm ischemia for 60 min, and reperfusion during 60 min. In the nonischemia mode, perfusion was maintained during the 135-min study period. Five rats were included in each experimental condition, yielding a total of 20 rats. Liver enzymes, potassium, glucose, lactate, free radicals, ie., dienes and trienes, and cytochrome c were analyzed in perfusate samples. The proportion of glycogen in hepatocytes was determined in tissue biopsies. Results: Transaminases, lactate dehydrogenase, potassium, and free radical concentrations were systematically higher in fasting rats in both conditions, with and without ischemia. Cytochrome c was higher after reperfusion in the fasting rats. Glucose and lactate concentrations were greater in the fed group. The glycogen content decreased in both groups during the experiment but was markedly lower in the fasting rats. Conclusions: In fed rats, liver injury was moderate, whereas hepatocytes integrity was notably impaired both after continuous perfusion and warm ischemia in fasting animals. Reduced glycogen store in hepatocytes may explain reduced tolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy of coenzyme Q10 in migraine prophylaxis: A randomized controlled trial
Sandor, P. S.; Di Clemente, L.; Coppola, G. et al

in Neurology (2005), 64(4), 713-715

Riboflavin, which improves energy metabolism similarly to coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is effective in migraine prophylaxis. We compared CoQ10 (3 x 100 mg/day) and placebo in 42 migraine patients in a double ... [more ▼]

Riboflavin, which improves energy metabolism similarly to coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is effective in migraine prophylaxis. We compared CoQ10 (3 x 100 mg/day) and placebo in 42 migraine patients in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. CoQ10 was superior to placebo for attack-frequency, headache-days and days-with-nausea in the third treatment month and well tolerated; 50%-responder-rate for attack frequency was 14.4% for placebo and 47.6% for CoQ10 (number-needed-to-treat: 3). CoQ10 is efficacious and well tolerated. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-year increase of Coll 2-1, a new marker of type II collagen degradation, in urine is highly predictive of radiological OA progression.
Deberg, Michelle ULg; Labasse, Alain ULg; Collette, Julien ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2005), 13(12), 1059-65

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relationship between the levels of urinary biochemical markers of type II collagen degradation and the clinical and radiological severity and progression of knee osteoarthritis ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relationship between the levels of urinary biochemical markers of type II collagen degradation and the clinical and radiological severity and progression of knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHOD: Seventy-five patients with primary knee OA were included in this 3-year follow-up study. Mean joint space width (JSW) of the medial compartment of the femorotibial joint was measured with a computer assisted method on standardized radiographs taken at baseline and after a 3-year follow-up. Pain, stiffness, and physical function subscales of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) were assessed at the same time points. Type II collagen peptides Coll 2-1 and Coll 2-1 NO(2), as well as pyridinoline (Pyr) and deoxypyridinoline (D-Pyr) were measured in urines at baseline, after 1 year and 3 years, with specific immunoassays. RESULTS: At baseline, significant correlations were found between the urinary Coll 2-1 and Coll 2-1 NO(2) levels and the global WOMAC score (Coll 2-1: r=0.28, P=0.01; Coll 2-1 NO(2): r=0.27, P=0.02) and its subscales for pain (Coll 2-1: r=0.27, P=0.01; Coll 2-1 NO(2): r=0.30, P=0.01) and function (Coll 2-1: r=0.29, P=0.01; Coll 2-1 NO(2): r=0.27, P=0.02). Pyr and D-Pyr levels were not significantly correlated with the WOMAC scores. One-year change in Coll 2-1 and Coll 2-1 NO(2) urinary levels were negatively correlated with a 3-year change in JSW (Coll 2-1: r=-0.31, P=0.03; Coll 2-1 NO(2): r=-0.31, P=0.03), indicating that an increase of Coll 2-1 or Coll 2-1 NO(2) over 1 year is predictive of subsequent joint space narrowing. Neither Pyr nor D-Pyr was correlated with radiological OA progression. CONCLUSIONS: At baseline, Coll 2-1 and Coll 2-1 NO(2) urinary levels were indicative of the clinical activity of knee OA and the increase of these peptides over 1 year was predictive of the radiological progression of knee OA. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased IL-6 and TGF-beta(1) concentrations in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid associated with thoracic radiotherapy
Barthelemy-Brichant, Nicole ULg; Bosquee, Lionel; Cataldo, Didier ULg et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (2004), 58(3), 758-767

PURPOSE: To assess, in lung cancer patients, the effects of thoracic radiotherapy (RT) on the concentrations of transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To assess, in lung cancer patients, the effects of thoracic radiotherapy (RT) on the concentrations of transforming growth factor-beta(1) (TGF-beta(1)) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eleven patients with lung cancer requiring RT as part of their treatment were studied. BAL was performed bilaterally before, during, and 1, 3, and 6 months after RT. Before each BAL session, the patient's status was assessed clinically using pulmonary function tests and an adapted late effects on normal tissue-subjective, objective, management, analytic (LENT-SOMA) scale, including subjective and objective alterations. The National Cancer Institute Common Toxicity Criteria were used to grade pneumonitis. The TGF-beta(1) and IL-6 levels in the BAL fluid were determined using the Easia kit. RESULTS: The TGF-beta(1) and IL-6 concentrations in the BAL fluid recovered from the irradiated areas were significantly increased by thoracic RT. The increase in TGF-beta(1) levels tended to be greater in the group of patients who developed severe pneumonitis. In the BAL fluid from the nonirradiated areas, the TGF-beta(1) and IL-6 concentrations remained unchanged. CONCLUSION: The observed increase in TGF-beta(1) and IL-6 concentrations in the BAL fluid recovered from the irradiated lung areas demonstrated that these cytokines may contribute to the process leading to a radiation response in human lung tissue. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-year increase of Coll 2-1 level in urine is predictive of OA progression
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Deberg, Michelle ULg; Labasse, Alain ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003, November), 14(Suppl. 7), 12

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on visual evoked potentials: new insights in healthy subjects
Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Bohotin, V.; Vandenheede, Michel et al

in Experimental Brain Research (2003), 150(3), 332-340

In a previous comparative study with migraineurs, we found in 24 normal subjects that the amplitude of the pattern-reversal visual evoked potential (PR-VEP) in the first block of 100 responses and its ... [more ▼]

In a previous comparative study with migraineurs, we found in 24 normal subjects that the amplitude of the pattern-reversal visual evoked potential (PR-VEP) in the first block of 100 responses and its habituation over 6 sequential blocks were significantly decreased after 1 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), while 10 Hz rTMS had no significant effect. We report here our results on the reproducibility of the rTMS effect studied in ten of these subjects by repeating the recordings for each frequency three times on different days. We have also reanalysed the data obtained in 24 normal subjects, looking separately at the results in those stimulated at an intensity equal to phosphene threshold (group 1; n=14) and those stimulated at 110% of motor threshold because of unelicitable phosphenes (group 2; n=10). We finally determined the precise duration of the rTMS effect. Despite some interindividual variability, the effects of both rTMS frequencies on first block amplitude, habituation between first and sixth block and habituation slope over the six blocks were highly reproducible. The only difference between the two groups of subjects was the effect of 1 Hz rTMS on the second measured PR-VEP component. Whereas first block amplitude of the first P1-N1 component and habituation were decreased in both groups, such a decrease was found for the second P1-N2 component only in group 1 stimulated at phosphene threshold. The dishabituation of the N1-P1 component after 1 Hz rTMS was maximal at 15 min, but lasted up to 33 min, while that of P1-N2 disappeared after 3 min. There was a non-significant trend ( p=0.06) for a reduction of first block amplitude after 10 Hz rTMS in the total group of subjects, but no effect on habituation. The inhibitory effect of 1 Hz rTMS, which reduces in healthy controls both first block PR-VEP amplitude and habituation, probably by decreasing the preactivation excitability level of the underlying visual cortex, is thus reproducible and long lasting. Long trains of 10 Hz rTMS tend to attenuate reproducibly the cortical preactivation level in normal subjects, but they do not affect habituation at all, which contrasts with their effect in migraineurs, in whom, as previously reported, they significantly correct the habituation deficit. The absence of an effect of 1 Hz rTMS on PR-VEP P1-N2 in subjects stimulated at 110% of motor threshold may be explained by the deeper anatomical location of the cortical generators of this component and the lower stimulation intensity used. Taken together our results confirm that the effect of rTMS on the underlying cortex depends on several variables such as frequency, intensity and level of cortical preactivation. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention of malnutrition in older people during and after hospitalisation: results from a randomised controlled clinical trial
Gazzotti, C.; Arnaud-Battandier, F.; Parello, M. et al

in Age & Ageing (2003), 32(3), 321-325

Objective: to prevent the occurrence of weight loss during hospitalisation and following discharge by daily oral supplementation. Design: in a prospective, randomised, controlled study of 80 patients aged ... [more ▼]

Objective: to prevent the occurrence of weight loss during hospitalisation and following discharge by daily oral supplementation. Design: in a prospective, randomised, controlled study of 80 patients aged 75 or more, and at risk of undernutrition based on their initial Mini Nutritional Assessment score, patients were randomised into a control group or one receiving oral supplementation. The intervention was a prescription of 200 ml sweet or salty sip feed twice daily (500 kcal, 21 g protein per day) throughout hospitalisation and convalescence. Nutritional status was assessed at baseline and after 2 months using Mini Nutritional Assessment and body weight record. Results: compliance with oral supplementation was good and daily extra energy intake was 407+/-184 kcal. On day 60, significant weight loss from upon admission was observed in the control group (-1.23+/-2.5 kg; P=0.01), but not in the supplemented group (0.28+/-3.8 kg; NS). At the end of the study, Mini Nutritional Assessment scores were higher in the supplemented group than in the control group (23.5+/-3.9 versus 20.8+/-3.6; P<0.01). Conclusion: use of daily oral supplementation during and after hospitalisation maintains body weight and increases Mini Nutritional Assessment score in patients at risk of undernutrition. [less ▲]

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