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See detailCytokine production from sputum cells after allergenic challenge in IgE-mediated asthma
Bettiol, Jeanne; Sele, Jocelyne ULg; Henket, Monique ULg et al

in Allergy (2002), 57(12), 1145-1150

Background: Th2 cytokine production from airway cells is thought to govern the eosinophilic airways in ammation in allergic asthma. Induced sputum has become a widely used technique to assess airways in ... [more ▼]

Background: Th2 cytokine production from airway cells is thought to govern the eosinophilic airways in ammation in allergic asthma. Induced sputum has become a widely used technique to assess airways in ammation. Methods: By applying the technique of induced sputum to collect airways cells, we have assessed the spontaneous production of a set of cytokines, including interleukin-4, 6, 10, interferon-gamma and tumour necrosis factor-alpha 6 h after a bronchial allergenic hallenge with Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Dpt) in 12 sensitized asthmatics and compared the results obtained after inhalation of saline as control. A group of eight healthy non-allergic subjects was enrolled to control for any non-specific effect of Dpt. Cytokines were measured by a dynamic immunoassay during a 24-h sputum cell culture. Results: Allergen challenge in sensitized asthmatics caused an acute and a late bronchospasm together with a rise in sputum eosinophil counts. Afterwards allergen sputum cells from allergic asthmatics displayed a rise in their production of IL-4 (P < 0.01), IL-6 (P < 0.05) and IL- 10 (P < 0.05) when compared to saline. By this time sputum generation of IL- 4 in atopic asthmatics was greater than in healthy subjects (P < 0.001). Furthermore, in allergic asthmatics there was a strong correlation between the rise in interleukin-4 production from sputum cells and the rise in sputum eosinophils (r = 0.87, P < 0.001). Conclusions: Sputum cell culture is a useful model to assess cytokine production in allergic asthmatics who show a marked up-regulation of Th2 cytokines following acute allergen exposure. The rise in sputum eosinophil count following allergen challenge strongly correlates with the rise in IL-4 generation from sputum cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMotor and phosphene thresholds to transcranial magnetic stimuli: a reproducibility study
Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Bohotin, V.; Vandenheede, Michel et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2002), 102(4), 171-175

OBJECTIVES: As repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is often applied on different days, it is of interest to know whether motor (MT) and phosphene (PT) thresholds are reproducible across ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: As repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is often applied on different days, it is of interest to know whether motor (MT) and phosphene (PT) thresholds are reproducible across time and whether the intensity determined on the first day can be used in subsequent sessions. METHODS: We studied MT and PT over 5 separate recordings in 10 healthy volunteers using a focal coil and a Magstim(Rapid stimulator. After the initial recording (session 1), the others (2 to 5) were performed respectively after 1 day, 7 days, 1 month and 4 months. RESULTS: Mean MT at rest were 65.30 +/- 5.54%, 65.7 +/- 7.18%, 60.4 +/- 4.27%, 61.8 +/- 4.34%, and 63 +/- 9.1% at sessions 1 to 5. Mean PT were 71.43 +/- 6.68%, 66.29 +/- 10.67%, 60.71 +/- 8.64%, 60.57 +/- 8.08%, and 68.71 +/- 15.48% at sessions 1 to 5. MT and PT were reproducible (ANOVA analysis), however, as shown by coefficients of variation, variability between the first 3 sessions exceeded 10% for MT in 3 subjects and in 4 subjects for PT. CONCLUSIONS: It seems preferable to determine thresholds and adapt output intensity of the stimulator at each rTMS session. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin de la Société Voltaire n°4
Tilkin, Françoise ULg

E-print/Working paper (2002)

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See detailLittérature et Louisiane - Racisme, sexe, violence et magouilles au Pays des Bayous , pt 3
Sacré, Robert ULg

Article for general public (2002)

Kenneth ABEL - Ace ATKINS - John CONNOLLY - Robert CRAIS - Don J. DONALDSON - Anthony P. DUNBAR - Sophie DUNBAR - Jeff GULVIN - Barbara HAMBLY -Martin HEGWOOD - Greg ILES - Elmore LEONARD - David Lozell ... [more ▼]

Kenneth ABEL - Ace ATKINS - John CONNOLLY - Robert CRAIS - Don J. DONALDSON - Anthony P. DUNBAR - Sophie DUNBAR - Jeff GULVIN - Barbara HAMBLY -Martin HEGWOOD - Greg ILES - Elmore LEONARD - David Lozell MARTIN - Robert SKINNER - Julie SMITH - Penn WILLIAMSON - Daniel WOODRELL [less ▲]

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See detailShemekia Copeland - Talking to Strangers
Sacré, Robert ULg

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See detailLivres de Photographies
Sacré, Robert ULg

Article for general public (2002)

"Delta Land" by Maude Schuyler ( University Press of Mississippi , 1999) - "Sacred Space- Photographs from the Mississippi Delta" ( Univ. Press of MS,1993) - "Eudora Welty Photographs " (Univ. Press of MS ... [more ▼]

"Delta Land" by Maude Schuyler ( University Press of Mississippi , 1999) - "Sacred Space- Photographs from the Mississippi Delta" ( Univ. Press of MS,1993) - "Eudora Welty Photographs " (Univ. Press of MS, 1989) [less ▲]

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See detailJohn P. "Bobo" JENKINS - recordings
Sacré, Robert ULg

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See detailIs it possible to obtain a coherent image of the texture of porous materials?
Noville, Francis; Gommes, Cédric ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg et al

Poster (2002, December)

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See detailAsthénie et troubles visuels chez un peintre de 48 ans
Pirenne, Danièle ULg; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 785-8

Tiredness is a common complaint which may have multiple causes, sometimes difficult to ascertain. As occupational activities can play a major role in the incidence of various diseases, failure to ... [more ▼]

Tiredness is a common complaint which may have multiple causes, sometimes difficult to ascertain. As occupational activities can play a major role in the incidence of various diseases, failure to investigate the patient's work history may hinder an adequate patient care. In the clinical case described hereafter, the patient symptoms could eventually be ascribed to a psycho-organic syndrome (POS) caused by the chronic exposure to organic solvents in the painting material used. This syndrome is non specific, evolves with time in an insidious manner, and, in its last stages, may cause non reversible brain damages. When facing non typical neurological symptoms in a working age adult, one has thus to consider the possibility of this diagnosis since the workers populations exposed to solvents are large in several occupations, and because the recent legal recognition in Belgium of this syndrome as an occupational disease does provide some interesting means for a better follow-up and protection of the patients concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailBronchoalveolar lavage fluids of patients with lung injury activate the transcription factor nuclear factor-kappa beta in an alveolar cell line
Nys, Monique ULg; Deby-Dupont, G.; Habraken, Yvette ULg et al

in Clinical Science (2002), 103(6), 577-585

In bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from ventilated patients, cytotoxic oxidant activity is correlated with neutrophil activation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that BAL ... [more ▼]

In bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from ventilated patients, cytotoxic oxidant activity is correlated with neutrophil activation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that BAL fluid induces activation of the transcription nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) in human alveolar cells, in correlation with inflammatory mediators. We measured endotoxin, inflammatory cytokines [Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), IL-8], nitrated proteins and the activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO) in BAL fluid from ventilated patients developing bronchopneumonia (n = 19 samples) or with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) (n = 14), and from ARDS/infection-free patients (n = 11). We also exposed alveolar cells to the BAL fluid or to human MPO, H2O2 or HOCl, and tested nuclear extracts for the activation of NF-kappaB. IL-1beta, IL-8, nitrated protein, MPO and endotoxin levels were significantly higher in BAL fluid from patients with bronchopneumonia than in that from the ARDS and ARDS/infection-free groups. A correlation was observed between IL-8 and MPO values (r = 0.82). The level of NF-kappaB activity induced by the BAL fluid was correlated with levels of IL-1beta (P < 0.001), IL-8 (P < 0.005) and MPO (P < 0.002), and with the neutrophil count (P < 0.002), and was higher for BAL fluid from the bronchopneumonia group. NF-kappaB activation by MPO was also demonstrated. The activation of NF-kappaB by BAL fluid, especially that from bronchopneumonia patients, suggests that a similar phenomenon may occur in vivo, leading to potential amplification of the inflammatory reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in the arginine-vasopressin immunoreactive systems in male mice lacking a functional aromatase gene
Plumari, L.; Viglietti-Panzica, C.; Allieri, F. et al

in Journal of Neuroendocrinology (2002), 14(12), 971-978

In male rodents, the arginine-vasopressin-immunoreactive (AVP-ir) neurones of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and medial amygdala are controlled by plasma testosterone levels (decreased ... [more ▼]

In male rodents, the arginine-vasopressin-immunoreactive (AVP-ir) neurones of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and medial amygdala are controlled by plasma testosterone levels (decreased after castration and restored by exogenous testosterone). AVP transcription in these nuclei is increased in adulthood by a synergistic action of the androgenic and oestrogenic metabolites of testosterone and, accordingly, androgen and oestrogen receptors are present in both BNST and medial amygdala. We used knockout mice lacking a functional aromatase enzyme (ArKO) to investigate the effects of a chronic depletion of oestrogens on the sexually dimorphic AVP system. Wild-type (WT) and ArKO male mice were perfused 48 h after an i.c.v. colchicine injection and brain sections were then processed for AVP immunocytochemistry. A prominent decrease (but not a complete suppression) of AVP-ir structures was observed in the BNST and medial amygdala of ArKO mice by comparison with the WT. Similarly, AVP-ir fibres were reduced in the lateral septum of ArKO mice and but not in the medial preoptic area, a region where the AVP system is not sexually dimorphic in rats. No change was detected in the supraoptic and suprachiasmatic nuclei. However, a decrease in AVP-ir cell numbers was however, detected in one subregion of the paraventricular nucleus. These data support the hypothesis that the steroid-sensitive sexually dimorphic AVP system of the mouse forebrain is mainly under the control of aromatized metabolites of testosterone. [less ▲]

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See detailLe TVT: traitement revolutionnaire de l'incontinence urinaire
Sanjurjo, Sylvia ULg; Ben Younes, A.; Bonnet, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 765-70

Stress urinary incontinence represents an important, often unknown and, yet, certainly most unpleasant pathology. Over years, several different surgical techniques have been proposed and reported to have ... [more ▼]

Stress urinary incontinence represents an important, often unknown and, yet, certainly most unpleasant pathology. Over years, several different surgical techniques have been proposed and reported to have variable success. TVT, a simple and reproducible technique, aims at stabilizing mid-urethra, and not bladder-neck. Our own clinical experience amounts to 139 cases. All these patients were evaluated by clinical examination and, subjectively, by a questionnaire. 89.2% were cured and 6.5% improved. The most frequent complication was bladder perforation (6.5%), but it had no incidence on the final results. Morbidity was low. This revolutionary technique is very promising and our own results are similar to those reported by others. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... par hormonotherapie des patientes developpant des complications thrombo-emboliques lors du traitement d'un cancer du sein par tamoxifene
Pelerin, D.; Silvestre, R. M.; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 755-6

Thromboembolic complications are well known side effects of treatment with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer. The authors review the pathophysiology and the risk factors that increase the ... [more ▼]

Thromboembolic complications are well known side effects of treatment with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer. The authors review the pathophysiology and the risk factors that increase the probability to develop these complications. The most appropriate treatment is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMacrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) expression in human glioblastomas correlates with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression
Munaut, Carine ULg; Boniver, Jacques ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Neuropathology & Applied Neurobiology (2002), 28(6), 452-460

Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a peptide released upon hypothalamo-pituitary stimulation that acts as a potent endogenous antagonist of the glucocorticoid inhibition of acute inflammatory ... [more ▼]

Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a peptide released upon hypothalamo-pituitary stimulation that acts as a potent endogenous antagonist of the glucocorticoid inhibition of acute inflammatory response and subsequent antigen-specific response. MIF also sustains tumour growth as it promotes angiogenesis, overcomes p53-mediated cell growth arrest and inhibits tumour-specific immune responses. Using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry, we studied MIF expression in 35 human glioblastomas and two normal brains. We compared these results with the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), the most potent angiogenic factor in glioblastomas. We detected MIF in normal cortical neurons and glial cells. All glioblastomas were positive for MIF mRNA with expression levels similar to or higher than those of normal brain. MIF immunoreactivity was seen mainly in tumour cells and less frequently in hyperplastic endothelial cells. The expressions of MIF and VEGF mRNA were strongly correlated (P < 0.0001). Our results demonstrate the expression of MIF in human glioblastomas, and indicate a close relationship with VEGF expression. This is of particular interest given the potential modulation of MIF by glucocorticosteroids. [less ▲]

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See detailHematurie causee par un "nutcracker syndrome" ou "syndrome du casse-noisettes": confirmation peroperatoire de sa realite
Andrianne, Robert ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg; Waltregny, David ULg et al

in Progrès en Urologie (2002), 12(6), 1323-6

Nutcracker syndrome should be considered in the case of left ureteric haematuria based on computed tomography with vascular reconstruction of the hilar region of the kidney. The best confirmation is ... [more ▼]

Nutcracker syndrome should be considered in the case of left ureteric haematuria based on computed tomography with vascular reconstruction of the hilar region of the kidney. The best confirmation is obtained by studying the pressure gradient between the left renal vein and the inferior vena cava during cavography. Various modalities of surgical treatment have been proposed by a few authors, but have been criticised by some authors who question the clinical reality of this syndrome and the efficacy of treatment. The decision to operate may be difficult and other investigations may be useful to confirm the diagnosis. We report the case of a patient in whom the diagnosis of nutcracker syndrome was confirmed intraoperatively by the immediate appearance of massive, reversible haematuria induced by clamping of the renal vein during vein dissection and augmentation plasty. In the light of this original case, we believe that a preoperative percutaneous haematuria provocation test by temporary obstruction of the left renal vein during venography could allow a more formal diagnosis of nutcracker syndrome when this syndrome is highly suspected. [less ▲]

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See detailVALIDATION OF ENVISAT-1 LEVEL-2 PRODUCTS RELATED TO LOWER ATMOSPHERE O3 AND NOy CHEMISTRY BY A FTIR QUASI-GLOBAL NETWORK
De Mazière, M.; Coosemans, T.; Barret, B. et al

Scientific conference (2002, December)

A coordinated action involving eleven stations of the ground-based Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC) equipped with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) instruments was conducted to ... [more ▼]

A coordinated action involving eleven stations of the ground-based Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC) equipped with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) instruments was conducted to contribute to the validation of the three atmospheric chemistry instruments onboard ENVISAT, that are MIPAS, SCIAMACHY and GOMOS. The target products for validation are total columns of O3, CH4, CO and some important NOy species (NO2, HNO3, NO) and the source gas N2O. Together the eleven stations cover the latitudes between 79 °N and 78°S, including polar, mid -latitude and subtropical and tropical locations. The goal is to contribute to the assessment of the data quality of the aforementioned ENVISAT instruments, from a quasi-global perspective. The period of intensive ground-based data collection for the benefit of the ENVISAT Validation Commissioning Phase that is dealt with in the present paper is July 15 to December 1, 2002. The FTIR network involved collected a data set corresponding to an equivalent of approximately 400 days of measurements; about three quarter of the data have already been submitted to the ENVISAT Calval database and are included in the present work. Unfortunately, the distribution of ENVISAT data has been slow and limited. Only a limited number of coincidences has been found for making data inter-comparisons. Therefore, the conclusions drawn in this paper are very preliminary and cover only a limited set of data products from SCIAMACHY only. Our findings up to now concerning the above mentioned target products are the following: (1) SCIAMACHY near infrared operational products (CO, CH4, N2O) have no scientific meaning yet, (2), the operational SCIAMACHY total vertical O3 column product derived in the ultraviolet window has undergone some improvements with changing versions of the processor(s) but it still underestimates the column by about 5 – 10 %, (3), the operational SCIAMACHY total vertical O3 column product derived in the visible window is unrealistically large, and (3), the operational NO2 total column product from SCIAMACHY seems to largely overestimate the real column, but very few coincidences and large dispersions of the data do inhibit any further conclusion at present. In a next phase, the same ground-based correlative data set will be exploited to further validate the ENVISAT data as soon as more and reprocessed data will be distributed. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased expression of the putative axon growth-repulsive extracellular matrix molecule, keratan sulphate proteoglycan, following traumatic injury of the adult rat spinal cord
Krautstrunk, M.; Scholtes, Félix ULg; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Acta Neuropathologica (2002), 104(6), 592-600

Keratan sulphate proteoglycan (KSPG) is a developmentally regulated barrier molecule, directing axonal growth during central nervous system (CNS) formation. The possible re-expression and functional ... [more ▼]

Keratan sulphate proteoglycan (KSPG) is a developmentally regulated barrier molecule, directing axonal growth during central nervous system (CNS) formation. The possible re-expression and functional significance of KSPG in preventing axon regeneration following spinal cord injury (SCI) is poorly understood. In the present investigation, the spatio-temporal expression of KSPG was studied following experimental SCI. There was no indication of sparing of axons at the lesion epicentre following severe compression injury. By 7 days post operation (p.o.) a diffuse increase of KSPG immunoreactivity (KSPG-IR) was observed in the parenchyma surrounding the lesion. This was followed by a delayed (21-28 days p.o.) and largely heterogeneous increase of KSPG-IR in the lesion epicentre, which revealed both cellular and extracellular matrix-like distribution patterns. Although no re-growth of anterogradely labelled corticospinal axons was observed, many 200-kDa neurofilament (NF)-positive axon could be detected growing into the connective tissue scar. This phase of spontaneous axonal re-growth was closely associated with a framework of glial cells (including Schwann cells from damaged local spinal nerve roots) that had migrated into the lesion site. The spontaneous nerve fibre re-growth could be detected in both KSPG-rich and KSPG-poor territories. The present data suggest that the lesion-induced up-regulation of KSPG-IR may have contributed to the lack of corticospinal axon re-growth. However, the lack of any direct spatio-temporal correlation between the distribution of raised KSPG-IR and spontaneous NF-positive axonal regeneration suggests that at least some populations of axons can resist the putative inhibitory effects of this extracellular matrix molecule. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term Elasticity in the Continental Lithosphere; Modelling the Aden Ridge Propagation and the Anatolian Extrusion Process
King, G; Hubert, Aurelia ULg

in EOS : Transactions, American Geophysical Union (2002, December), 83

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