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See detailMechanical properties of highly porous PDLLA/Bioglass (R) composite foams as scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
Blaker, Jonny J.; Maquet, Véronique; Jérôme, Robert ULiege et al

in Acta Biomaterialia (2005), 1(6), 643-652

This study developed highly porous degradable composites as potential scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. These scaffolds consisted of poly-d,l-lactic acid filled with 2 and 15 vol.% of 45S5 Bioglass® ... [more ▼]

This study developed highly porous degradable composites as potential scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. These scaffolds consisted of poly-d,l-lactic acid filled with 2 and 15 vol.% of 45S5 Bioglass® particles and were produced via thermally induced solid–liquid phase separation and subsequent solvent sublimation. The scaffolds had a bimodal and anisotropic pore structure, with tubular macro-pores of 100 μm in diameter, and with interconnected micro-pores of 10–50 μm in diameter. Quasi-static and thermal dynamic mechanical analysis carried out in compression along with thermogravimetric analysis was used to investigate the effect of Bioglass® on the properties of the foams. Quasi-static compression testing demonstrated mechanical anisotropy concomitant with the direction of the macro-pores. An analytical modelling approach was applied, which demonstrated that the presence of Bioglass® did not significantly alter the porous architecture of these foams and reflected the mechanical anisotropy which was congruent with the scanning electron microscopy investigation. This study found that the Ishai–Cohen and Gibson–Ashby models can be combined to predict the compressive modulus of the composite foams. The modulus and density of these complex foams are related by a power-law function with an exponent between 2 and 3. [less ▲]

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See detailOxytocin receptor pattern of expression in primary lung cancer and in normal human lung
Pequeux, Christel ULiege; Breton, C.; Hagelstein, M. T. et al

in Lung Cancer (2005), 50(2), 177-188

In order to assess if oxytocin- and vasopressin-induced mitogenic effects detected on small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cell lines could be transposed on primary SCLC, the aim of the present work was to ... [more ▼]

In order to assess if oxytocin- and vasopressin-induced mitogenic effects detected on small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) cell lines could be transposed on primary SCLC, the aim of the present work was to identify mediators of these mitogenic actions on primary tumours samples. This was addressed on normal human lung tissue, on SCLC and on non-SCLC (NSCLC). Herein, we observe, in normal human lung, that OTR is colocalized with vascular endothelial cells of the lung and is not expressed by lung cells of epithelial nature. We detected mRNA amplification of V1aR, V2R and of a V2R variant. We observed that 86% of SCLC biopsies analyzed expressed at least the OTR and that 71% expressed the OTR, the V1aR and the V2R altogether. Comparatively, 50% of NSCLC biopsies tested expressed at least the OTR and 32% expressed the OTR, the V1aR and the V2R altogether. The occurrence of the V1bR/V3R is of 28 and 18% for SCLC and NSCLC, respectively. Nevertheless, for the SCLC biopsies analyzed in this study, V1bR/V3R expression correlates, in all cases, with the expression of all the other neurohypophysial peptide receptors. Our results suggest that neurohypophysial peptide antagonists may offer promise as a potential new therapeutic modality for the treatment of lung cancer expressing at least one of the neurhypophysial peptide receptor subtypes. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate)/clay nanocomposites: Effect of clay nature and organic modifiers on morphology, mechanical and thermal properties
Peeterbroeck, Sophie; Alexandre, Michaël ULiege; Jérôme, Robert ULiege et al

in Polymer Degradation & Stability (2005), 90(2), 288-294

Nanocomposites based on an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (27 wt% vinyl acetate) and various (organo-modified) clays have been prepared by melt blending and their morphology, tensile and thermal ... [more ▼]

Nanocomposites based on an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (27 wt% vinyl acetate) and various (organo-modified) clays have been prepared by melt blending and their morphology, tensile and thermal degradation properties have been evaluated. Special attention has been paid to the influence of the clay nature and origin (montmorillonite or fluoromica) as well as on the nature of the ammonium cation organic modifier. It has been shown that nanostructure and tensile properties mainly depend on the nature of the organic modifier while the delay in thermal volatilisation of EVA during thermo-oxidation is mainly driven by the nature of the clay (mainly its aspect ratio), with no significant influence of the nanostructure of the nature of the organic modifier. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPrecambrian geodynamics and ore formation: The Fennoscandian Shield
Weihed, Pär; Arndt, Nicholas; Billström, Kjell et al

in Ore Geology Reviews (2005), 27(1-4), 273-322

Compared with present-day global plate tectonics, Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic plate tectonics may have involved faster moving, hotter plates that accumulated less sediment and contained a thinner ... [more ▼]

Compared with present-day global plate tectonics, Archaean and Palaeoproterozoic plate tectonics may have involved faster moving, hotter plates that accumulated less sediment and contained a thinner section of lithospheric mantle. This scenario also fits with the complex geodynamic evolution of the Fennoscandian Shield from 2.06 to 1.78 Ga when rapid accretion of island arcs and several microcontinent-continent collisions in a complex array of orogens was manifested in short-lived but intense orogenies involving voluminous magmatism. With a few exceptions, all major ore deposits formed in specific tectonic settings between 2.06 and 1.78 Ga and thus a strong geodynamic control oil ore deposit formation is suggested. All orogenic gold deposits formed syn- to post-peak metamorphism and their timing reflects the orogenic younging of the shield towards the SW and west. Most orogenic gold deposits formed during periods of crustal shortening with peaks at 2.72 to 2.67, 1.90 to 1.86 and 1.85 to 1.79 Ga. The ca. 2.5 to 2.4 Ga Ni-Cu PGE deposits formed both as part of layered igneous complexes and associated with mafic volcanism, in basins formed during rifling of the Archaean craton at ca. 2.5 to 2.4 Ga. Svecokarelian ca. 1.89 to 1.88 Ga Ni-Cu deposits are related to mafic-ultramafic rocks intruded along linear belts at the accretionary margins of microcratons. All major VMS deposits in the Fennoscandian Shield formed between 1.97 and 1.88 Ga, in extensional settings, prior to basin inversion and accretion. The oldest "Cyprus-type" deposits were obducted onto the Archaean continent during the onset of convergence. The Pyhasalmi VMS deposits formed at 1.93 to 1.91 Ga in primitive, bimodal arc complexes during extension of the arc. In contrast, the Skellefte VMS deposits are 20 to 30 million years younger and formed in a strongly extensional intra-arc region that developed on continental or mature arc crust. Deposits in the Bergslagen-Uusimaa belt are similar in age to the Skellefte deposits and formed in a microcraton that collided with the Karelian craton at ca. 1.88 to 1.87 Ga. The Bergslagen-Uusimaa belt is interpreted as an intra-continental, or continental margin back-arc, extensional region developed on older continental crust. Iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) deposits are diverse in style. At least the oldest mineralizing stages, at ca. 1.88 Ga, are coeval with calc-alkaline to monzonitic magmatism and coeval and possibly cogenetic subaerial volcanism more akin to continental arcs or to magmatic arcs inboard of the active subduction zone. Younger mineralization of similar style took place when S-type magmatism occurred at ca. 1.80 to 1.77 Ga during cratonization distal to the active N-S-trending subduction zone in the west. Possibly, interaction of magmatic fluids with evaporitic sequences in older rift sequences was important for ore formation. Finally, the large volumes of anorthositic magmas that characterize the Sveconorwegian Orogeny formed a major concentration of Ti in the SW part of the Sveconorwegian orogenic belt under granulite facies conditions, about 40 million years after the last regional deformation of the Sveconorwegian Orogeny, between ca. 930 and 920 Ma. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence des differentes especes de Candida au niveau vaginal dans la region Liegeoise
Senterre, J. M.; Carpentier, Martine ULiege; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2005), 60(11), 882-4

We calculated the prevalences of different yeast species isolated from more than 20,000 vulvovaginal specimens carried out at the CHR hospital in Liege. To assess the value of the observed relative ... [more ▼]

We calculated the prevalences of different yeast species isolated from more than 20,000 vulvovaginal specimens carried out at the CHR hospital in Liege. To assess the value of the observed relative frequencies, the culture results of 149 samples were confronted with those of a real-time PCR technique of fungal identification. With a prevalence close to 90%, Candida albicans remains the largely dominant species. In contrast with other teams, we observed no increase of the prevalences of Candida non-albicans species. [less ▲]

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See detailSubchondral bone osteoblasts induce phenotypic changes in human osteoarthritic chondrocytes
Sanchez, Christelle ULiege; Deberg, Michelle ULiege; Piccardi, Nathalie et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2005), 13(11), 988-997

Objective: To determine the influence of osteoarthritic (OA) phenotype of subchondral osteoblasts on the phenotype of human chondrocytes Methods: Human chondrocytes were isolated from CA cartilage and ... [more ▼]

Objective: To determine the influence of osteoarthritic (OA) phenotype of subchondral osteoblasts on the phenotype of human chondrocytes Methods: Human chondrocytes were isolated from CA cartilage and cultured in alginate beads for 4 or 10 days in the absence or in the presence of osteoblasts in monolayer. The osteoblasts were either isolated from non-sclerotic (N) or sclerotic (SC) zones of human subchondral bone. Before co-culture, osteoblasts were incubated for 72 h with or without 1.7 ng/ml interleukin (IL)-1 beta, 100 ng/ml IL-6 with its soluble receptor (50 ng/ml) or 10 ng/ml oncostatin M. SOX9, type I, II and X collagen (COL1, COL2, COL10), osteoblasts-stimulating factor (OSF)-1, bone alkaline phosphatase (ALP), parathyroid hormone related peptide (PTHrP) and its receptor (PTH-R) messenger RNA (mRNA) levels in chondrocytes were quantified by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: In comparison with chondrocytes cultured alone in alginate beads, chondrocytes after 4 days in co-culture with N or SC osteoblasts expressed significantly less SOX9 and COL2 mRNA. The decrease of SOX9 and COL2 gene expression was significantly more pronounced in the presence of SC than in the presence of N osteoblasts (P < 0.001). OSF-1 mRNA level in chondrocyte was increased by both N and SC osteoblasts, but to a larger extent by SC osteoblasts (P < 0.001). PTHrP expression in chondrocytes was 21 -fold increased by N osteoblasts but four-fold inhibited by SC osteoblasts. PTHrP secretion was also increased by N but reduced by SC osteoblasts. SC, but not N osteoblasts, induced a significant decrease of PTH-R gene expression in chondrocyte. In our experimental conditions, chondrocytes did not express COL1, COL10 or ALP, even after 10 days of co-culture with osteoblasts. Conclusions: In co-culture, SC subchondral osteoblasts decrease SOX9, COL2, PTHrP and PTH-R gene expression by chondrocytes but increase that of OSF-1. These findings suggest that SC osteoblasts could initiate chondrocyte phenotype shift towards hypertrophic differentiation and subsequently further matrix mineralization. (c) 2005 OsteoArthritis Research Society International. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBenefits of strength and plyometric training on athletic performance in preadolescent soccer players
Bury, Thierry ULiege

in Abstract book of BASEM Congress (2005, November)

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See detailPrise en charge de la douleur chronique
Martin, Didier ULiege

Scientific conference (2005, November)

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See detailLinear and nonlinear analyses of convective instabilities in evaporating liquid layers
Dauby, Pierre ULiege; Dondlinger, Mireille; Marjerit, Jonathan et al

in Bulletin of the American Physical Society, Vol. 45, n°9 (2005, November)

The present work consists in a theoretical study of Rayleigh- B'enard-Marangoni instabilities in an evaporating horizontal liquid layer which is surmounted by a mixture of its vapour and an inert gas. The ... [more ▼]

The present work consists in a theoretical study of Rayleigh- B'enard-Marangoni instabilities in an evaporating horizontal liquid layer which is surmounted by a mixture of its vapour and an inert gas. The fluid and the gas mixture form a 2-layer system but simplified models can be built to analyse the behaviour of the system. In particular, a 1-layer model can be deduced by introducing a generalized Biot number. In the so- called 1.5-layer approximation, the behaviour of the gas is simplified by only keeping the linear equation of vapour diffusion. In the linear study of thermoconvective instabilities, both simplified models are shown to be in good agreement with the complete 2-layer system. For the non linear approach, only the simplified models are considered. A Galerkin-Eckhaus method is used to deduce amplitude equations for the weakly nonlinear analysis of the problem. The stability domains for the rolls, squares and hexagonal patterns emerging above threshold are determined. Both water and ethanol are used as fluids, while the inert gas is assumed to be air. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of cyclodextrins on the membrane permeability of liposomes
Piel, Géraldine ULiege; Piette, Marie ULiege; Barillaro, Valery et al

Poster (2005, November)

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See detailMétathèse des oléfines et réactions radicalaires catalysées par des complexes ruthénium-carbène N-hétérocycliques
Demonceau, Albert ULiege; Delfosse, Sébastien; Richel, Aurore ULiege et al

Scientific conference (2005, November)

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See detailConditions de travail et stress. Bien-être et mal-être au travail
Peters, Stéphanie ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2005)

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See detailConditions de travail et stress : analyse d’une base de données belge
Hansez, Isabelle ULiege; Peters, Stéphanie ULiege

Conference given outside the academic context (2005)

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See detailStress factors and associated physically based criteria and conclusions on the directions to be followed for developing a physically based vulnerability assessment method
Gardin, Nicolas; Wojda, Piotr; Brouyère, Serge ULiege

Report (2005)

The specific results and outcomes of this deliverable is the proposition of a methodological framework for groundwater vulnerability assessment to any kind of stress factors, from a physically-based point ... [more ▼]

The specific results and outcomes of this deliverable is the proposition of a methodological framework for groundwater vulnerability assessment to any kind of stress factors, from a physically-based point of view. This methodology is in addition compatible with the well-known EU DPSIR framework for analysis from a physical and socio-economical perspective, environmental problems. From a more generic perspective, this deliverable provides a very convenient and rigorous framework for integrating the various research components developed within the project, into a decision support system, integrating environmental problems, data, processes and models, and socio-economical aspects. [less ▲]

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See detailEndogenous mode of competition in general equilibrium
Tharakan, Joseph ULiege

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See detailNovel perspectives in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes
Geenen, Vincent ULiege

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See detailOsteoblasts from the sclerotic subchondral bone downregulate aggrecan but upregulate metalloproteinases expression by chondrocytes. This effect is mimicked by interleukin-6, -1 beta and oncostatin M pre-treated non-sclerotic osteoblasts
Sanchez, Christelle ULiege; Deberg, Michelle ULiege; Piccardi, Nathalie et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2005), 13(11), 979-987

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of osteoarthritic (OA) subchondral osteoblasts on the metabolism of human OA chondrocytes in alginate beads. METHODS: Human chondrocytes were isolated from OA cartilage ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of osteoarthritic (OA) subchondral osteoblasts on the metabolism of human OA chondrocytes in alginate beads. METHODS: Human chondrocytes were isolated from OA cartilage and cultured in alginate beads for 4 days in the absence or in the presence of osteoblasts isolated from non-sclerotic (N) or sclerotic (SC) zones of human OA subchondral bone in monolayer (co-culture system). Before co-culture, osteoblasts were incubated for 72 h with or without 1.7ng/ml interleukin (IL)-1beta, 100 ng/ml IL-6 with its soluble receptor (50 ng/ml) or 10 ng/ml oncostatin M (OSM). Aggrecan (AGG) and matrix metalloproteases (MMP)-3 and -13 mRNA levels in chondrocytes were quantified by real-time polymerase chain reaction. AGG production was assayed by a specific enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassay. RESULTS: SC, but not N, osteoblasts induced a significant inhibition of AGG production and AGG gene expression by human OA chondrocytes in alginate beads, and significantly increased MMP-3 and MMP-13 gene expression by chondrocytes. When they were pre-incubated with IL-1beta, IL-6 or OSM, N osteoblasts inhibited AGG synthesis and increased MMP-3 and -13 gene expression by chondrocytes in alginate beads in a same order of magnitude as SC osteoblasts. CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that SC OA subchondral osteoblasts could contribute to cartilage degradation by stimulating chondrocytes to produce more MMP and also by inhibiting AGG synthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailHepatitis C infection: eligibility for antiviral therapies
Delwaide, Jean ULiege; El Saouda, R.; Gerard, Christiane ULiege et al

in European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2005), 17(11), 1185-1189

Background Current treatments of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) are effective, but expensive and susceptible to induce significant side effects. Objectives To evaluate the proportion of HCV patients who ... [more ▼]

Background Current treatments of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) are effective, but expensive and susceptible to induce significant side effects. Objectives To evaluate the proportion of HCV patients who are eligible for a treatment. Methods In a database comprising 1726 viraemic HCV patients, the files of 299 patients who presented to the same hepatologist for an initial appointment between 1996 and 2003 were reviewed. Results Patients' characteristics were age 43.1 +/- 15.6 years, 53% male and 92% Caucasian. The main risk factors were transfusion (43%) and drug use (22%). Genotypes were mostly genotype 1 (66%), genotype 3 (12%) and genotype 2 (10%). These characteristics were not different from those of the whole series of 1726 patients. A total of 176 patients (59%) were not treated, the reasons for non-treatment being medical contraindications (34%), non-compliance (25%) and normal transaminases (24%). In addition, 17% of patients declined therapy despite being considered as eligible, mainly due to fear of adverse events. Medical contraindications were psychiatric (27%), age (22%), end-stage liver disease (15%), willingness for pregnancy (13%), cardiac contraindication (7%) and others (16%). Only 123 patients (41%) were treated. A sustained viral response was observed in 41%. The treatment was interrupted in 16% for adverse events. Conclusions The majority of HCV patients are not eligible for treatment. This implies that, with current therapies, only 17% of patients referred for chronic HCV become sustained responders. Some modifications of guidelines could extend the rate of treatment (patients with normal transaminases), but an important barrier remains the patients' and the doctors' fear of adverse events. [less ▲]

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