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See detailTwo-year clinical, angiographic, and intravascular ultrasound follow-up of the XIENCE V everolimus-eluting stent in the treatment of patients with de novo native coronary artery lesions: the SPIRIT II trial.
Claessen, Bimmer E.; Beijk, Marcel A.; Legrand, Victor ULg et al

in Circulation. Cardiovascular interventions (2009), 2(4), 339-47

BACKGROUND: This article reports the 2-year clinical, angiographic, and intravascular ultrasound outcomes of the everolimus-eluting stent (EES) compared with the paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES) in the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This article reports the 2-year clinical, angiographic, and intravascular ultrasound outcomes of the everolimus-eluting stent (EES) compared with the paclitaxel-eluting stent (PES) in the randomized SPIRIT II trial. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a prospective, single-blind clinical trial in which a total of 300 patients with de novo native coronary artery lesions were randomized to either EES or PES in a 3:1 fashion. Clinical follow-up was planned at 2 years in all patients. A subset of 152 patients underwent serial angiographic and intravascular ultrasound analyses at 6 months and 2 years. After 2 years, target lesion failure (cardiac death, myocardial infarction, and ischemia-driven target lesion revascularization) rates were 6.6% and 11% in EES and PES, respectively (P=0.31). At 6 months, a significant reduction in angiographic in-stent late loss and percentage volume obstruction measured by intravascular ultrasound was observed in the EES group. However, at 2-year follow-up, a late increased intimal hyperplasia growth after implantation of an EES was observed. There were no significant differences between EES and PES for in-stent late loss (EES, 0.33+/-0.37 mm versus PES, 0.34+/-0.34 mm; P=0.84) and percentage volume obstruction (EES, 5.18+/-6.22% versus PES, 5.80+/-6.31%; P=0.65) at 2 years. The incidence of stent thrombosis was low and comparable in both groups (EES, 0.9%; PES, 1.4%). CONCLUSIONS: Although the previously reported angiographic and clinical superiority of the EES has vanished over time, this report confirms and extends the previously demonstrated noninferiority in terms of in-stent late loss of the EES when compared with the PES up to 2-year follow-up. There were no significant differences between EES and PES in clinical, angiographic and intravascular ultrasound outcomes at 2 years. [less ▲]

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See detailTargeting nanoparticles to M cells with non-peptidic ligands for oral vaccination
Fievez, Virginie; Plapied, Laurence; des Rieux, Anne et al

in European Journal of Pharmaceutics & Biopharmaceutics (2009)

The presence of RGD on nanoparticles allows the targeting of β1 integrins at the apical surface of human M cells and the enhancement of an immune response after oral immunization. To check the hypothesis ... [more ▼]

The presence of RGD on nanoparticles allows the targeting of β1 integrins at the apical surface of human M cells and the enhancement of an immune response after oral immunization. To check the hypothesis that non-peptidic ligands targeting intestinal M cells or APCs would be more efficient for oral immunization than RGD, novel non-peptidic and peptidic analogs (RGD peptidomimitic (RGDp), LDV derivative (LDVd) and LDV peptidomimetic (LDVp)) as well as mannose were grafted on the PEG chain of PCL–PEG and incorporated in PLGA-based nanoparticles. RGD and RGDp significantly increased the transport of nanoparticles across an in vitro model of human M cells as compared to enterocytes. RGD, LDVp, LDVd and mannose enhanced nanoparticle uptake by macrophages in vitro. The intraduodenal immunization with RGDp-, LDVd- or mannose-labeled nanoparticles elicited a higher production of IgG antibodies than the intramuscular injection of free ovalbumin or intraduodenal administration of either non-targeted or RGD-nanoparticles. Targeted formulations were also able to induce a cellular immune response. In conclusion, the in vitro transport of nanoparticles, uptake by macrophages and the immune response were positively influenced by the presence of ligands at the surface of nanoparticles. These targeted-nanoparticles could thus represent a promising delivery system for oral immunization. [less ▲]

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See detailCellular source and amount of vascular endothelial growth factor and platelet-derived growth factor in tumors determine response to angiogenesis inhibitors.
Sennino, Barbara; Kuhnert, Frank; Tabruyn, Sébastien ULg et al

in Cancer Research (2009), 69(10), 4527-36

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and their receptors are important targets in cancer therapy based on angiogenesis inhibition. However, it is unclear ... [more ▼]

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and their receptors are important targets in cancer therapy based on angiogenesis inhibition. However, it is unclear whether inhibition of VEGF and PDGF together is more effective than inhibition of either one alone. Here, we used two contrasting tumor models to compare the effects of inhibiting VEGF or PDGF alone, by adenovirally generated soluble receptors, to the effects of inhibiting both together. In RIP-Tag2 tumors, VEGF and PDGF inhibition together reduced tumor vascularity and abundance of pericytes. However, VEGF inhibition reduced tumor vascularity without decreasing pericyte density, and PDGF inhibition reduced pericytes without reducing tumor vascularity. By contrast, in Lewis lung carcinomas (LLC), inhibition of VEGF or PDGF reduced blood vessels and pericytes to the same extent as did inhibition of both together. Similar results were obtained using tyrosine kinase inhibitors AG-013736 and imatinib. In LLC, VEGF expression was largely restricted to pericytes and PDGF was largely restricted to endothelial cells, but, in RIP-Tag2 tumors, expression of both growth factors was more widespread and significantly greater than in LLC. These findings suggest that inhibition of PDGF in LLC reduced pericytes, and then tumor vessels regressed because pericytes were the main source of VEGF. The vasculature of RIP-Tag2 tumors, in which most VEGF is from tumor cells, was more resistant to PDGF inhibition. The findings emphasize the interdependence of pericytes and endothelial cells in tumors and the importance of tumor phenotype in determining the cellular effects of VEGF and PDGF inhibitors on tumor vessels. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative analysis of large Nc QCD and quark model approaches to baryons
Buisseret, F.; Semay, C.; Stancu, Floarea ULg et al

in Acta Physica Polonica. B, Proceedings Supplement (2009), 2(2), 223-228

We show that a remarkable compatibility exists between the results of a potential model with constituent quarks and the 1/Nc expansion mass formula for strange and nonstrange baryon resonances. Such ... [more ▼]

We show that a remarkable compatibility exists between the results of a potential model with constituent quarks and the 1/Nc expansion mass formula for strange and nonstrange baryon resonances. Such compatibility brings support to the basic assumptions of relativistic quark models and sheds light on the physical content of the model-independent large Nc mass formula. Good agreement between both approaches is also found for heavy baryons, made of one heavy and two light quarks, in the ground state band. [less ▲]

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See detailLa négociation internationale comme mode de résolutions de conflits politiques
Kabamba, Bob ULg

Learning material (2009)

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See detailAdult neurogenesis and the diseased brain.
Vandenbosch, Renaud ULg; Borgs, Laurence ULg; Beukelaers, Pierre ULg et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2009), 16(6), 652-66

For a long time it was believed that the adult mammalian brain was completely unable to regenerate after insults. However, recent advances in the field of stem cell biology, including the identification ... [more ▼]

For a long time it was believed that the adult mammalian brain was completely unable to regenerate after insults. However, recent advances in the field of stem cell biology, including the identification of adult neural stem cells (NSCs) and evidence regarding a continuous production of neurons throughout life in the dentate gyrus (DG) and the subventricular zone of the lateral ventricles (SVZ), have provided new hopes for the development of novel therapeutic strategies to induce regeneration in the damaged brain. Moreover, proofs have accumulated this last decade that endogenous stem/progenitor cells of the adult brain have an intrinsic capacity to respond to brain disorders. Here, we first briefly summarize our current knowledge related to adult neurogenesis before focusing on the behaviour of adult neural stem/progenitors cells following stroke and seizure, and describe some of the molecular cues involved in the response of these cells to injury. In the second part, we outline the consequences of three main neurodegenerative disorders on adult neurogenesis and we discuss the potential therapeutic implication of adult neural stem/progenitors cells during the course of these diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Tools in Nail Disorders
Richert, Bertrand ULg; Lateur, Nadine; Theunis, Anne et al

in Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (2009), 28

Tumors of the nail unit may be difficult to diagnose because of the screening effect of the nail plate. In longitudinal melanonychia, several new promising techniques assist with early diagnosis of ... [more ▼]

Tumors of the nail unit may be difficult to diagnose because of the screening effect of the nail plate. In longitudinal melanonychia, several new promising techniques assist with early diagnosis of melanoma (in vivo matrix dermoscopy and immunohistochemistry) as well as sparing as much of the healthy tissues as is possible (shave biopsy technique). Diagnosing nail disorders is in some instances difficult both for the clinician and the pathologist. New tools such as polymerase chain reaction have been proposed for onychomycosis, which accounts for more than half of nail conditions, will allow quick and accurate diagnosis. However, polymerase chain reaction analysis remains expensive and is not routinely used by clinicians. Scoring nail dystrophy by clinical observation remains very subjective; therefore, severity indexes have been proposed. Another emerging noninvasive technique is forensic analysis of nail clippings for detection of drug intake and abuse, as well as exposure to environmental pollution [less ▲]

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See detailEarly identification of inner pillar cells during rat cochlear development.
Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Breuskin, Ingrid ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (2009), 337(1), 1-14

Although the structure of the auditory organ in mature mammals, the organ of Corti, is clearly established, its development is far from being elucidated. Here, we examine its spatio-temporal development ... [more ▼]

Although the structure of the auditory organ in mature mammals, the organ of Corti, is clearly established, its development is far from being elucidated. Here, we examine its spatio-temporal development in rats from embryonic day 16 (E16) to E19 by using cytochemical and immunocytochemical methods at the light- and electron-microscope levels. We demonstrate that the organ of Corti develops from a non-proliferating cell zone that is located in the junctional region between two edges of the dorsal epithelium of the cochlear duct. We also reveal that the first cells to develop in this zone are the inner pillar cells, a particular type of non-sensory supporting cell, which arise in the base of the cochlear duct at the boundary between the two ridges at E16. Cell differentiation in this prosensory region continues according to a base-to-apex gradient; the inner hair cells appear in the greater epithelial ridge at E17 and the outer hair cells in the lesser epithelial ridge at E18. At E19, the various cell types of the organ of Corti are in place. Finally, we show that unlike the development of all the supporting cell types of the organ of Corti, the development of inner pillar cells within the prosensory domain seems not to involve Notch1 activation. These results highlight the central role that the inner pillar cells probably play in the development of the organ of Corti. [less ▲]

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See detailImpaired respiration discloses the physiological significance of state transitions in Chlamydomonas.
Cardol, Pierre ULg; Alric, Jean; Girard-Bascou, Jacqueline et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2009), 106(37), 15979-84

State transitions correspond to a major regulation process for photosynthesis, whereby chlorophyll protein complexes responsible for light harvesting migrate between photosystem II and photosystem I in ... [more ▼]

State transitions correspond to a major regulation process for photosynthesis, whereby chlorophyll protein complexes responsible for light harvesting migrate between photosystem II and photosystem I in response to changes in the redox poise of the intersystem electron carriers. Here we disclose their physiological significance in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using a genetic approach. Using single and double mutants defective for state transitions and/or mitochondrial respiration, we show that photosynthetic growth, and therefore biomass production, critically depends on state transitions in respiratory-defective conditions. When extra ATP cannot be provided by respiration, enhanced photosystem I turnover elicited by transition to state 2 is required for photosynthetic activity. Concomitant impairment of state transitions and respiration decreases the overall yield of photosynthesis, ultimately leading to reduced fitness. We thus provide experimental evidence that the combined energetic contributions of state transitions and respiration are required for efficient carbon assimilation in this alga. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom subspace learning to distance learning: a geometrical optimization approach
Meyer, Gilles ULg; Journée, Michel; Bonnabel, Silvère et al

in Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE Workshop on Statistical Signal Processing (SSP2009) (2009)

In this paper, we adopt a differential-geometry viewpoint to tackle the problem of learning a distance online. As this prob- lem can be cast into the estimation of a fixed-rank positive semidefinite (PSD ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we adopt a differential-geometry viewpoint to tackle the problem of learning a distance online. As this prob- lem can be cast into the estimation of a fixed-rank positive semidefinite (PSD) matrix, we develop algorithms that ex- ploits the rich geometry structure of the set of fixed-rank PSD matrices. We propose a method which separately updates the subspace of the matrix and its projection onto that subspace. A proper weighting of the two iterations enables to continu- ously interpolate between the problem of learning a subspace and learning a distance when the subspace is fixed. [less ▲]

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See detailAntigone et Manon s’invitent en droit social. Quelques propos sur la légalité de la preuve
Kefer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue Critique de Jurisprudence Belge (2009), 3

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See detailInternet et la reconfiguration de l’espace public tunisien : le rôle de la diaspora
Lecomte, Romain ULg

in tic&société (2009), 3(1-2),

Using a sociological approach, we show how Tunisians of the diaspora take advantage of Internet to keep themselves involved and informed and to denounce what they consider as unjust in their native ... [more ▼]

Using a sociological approach, we show how Tunisians of the diaspora take advantage of Internet to keep themselves involved and informed and to denounce what they consider as unjust in their native country. We describe the style of critical speech preferred by these activist Internet users and the type of public sphere they claim. We study the activist paths of some of them and analyse their relationships with Internet users living in Tunisia. While they are initially less likely to openly denounce (use of indirect criticism) the authoritarian regime, we illustrate how these Internet users in Tunisia come to play an increasingly important role in this new space of contestation. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution to the study of semiochemical slow release formulations. Development of flash chromatographic methods.
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Farmakidis, Julien; Lorge, Stéphanie et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailArt mosan
George, Philippe ULg

in CHARRON, P.; GUILLOUËT, J.-M. (Eds.) Dictionnaire d’Histoire de l’art du Moyen Age occidental (2009)

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See detailThe reanalysis and grammaticalization of nominal constructions with kind/sort of: Chronology and paths of change.
Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Davidse, Kristin

in Cantos Gómez, Pascual; Sánchez Pérez, Aquilino (Eds.) A Survey on Corpus-based research (2009)

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See detailQuestions sur le questionnement des pratiques
Van Beveren, Julien ULg

in La Lettre de l'AIRDF (2009), 44

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See detailCollaboration industrielle et enseignement par projet en électronique de puissance
Plumier, Frédéric ULg; Bleus, Paul; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in J3eA : Journal sur l'Enseignement des Sciences et Technologies de l'Information et des Systèmes (2009), 8(Hors série 1), 1015

For the first time during year 2007-2008, a complete design of a DC/DC converter, based on specifications only, was asked to the students following the basic Power Electronics course at University of ... [more ▼]

For the first time during year 2007-2008, a complete design of a DC/DC converter, based on specifications only, was asked to the students following the basic Power Electronics course at University of Liège. This very realistic pedagogical way of teaching helped the students to be autonomous, to learn project and team work. [less ▲]

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See detailReaching the schools
Nazé, Yaël ULg

Poster (2009)

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