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See detailPopulation of nonnative States of lysozyme variants drives amyloid fibril formation.
Buell, Alexander K.; Dhulesia, Anne; Mossuto, Maria F. et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2011), 133(20), 7737-43

The propensity of protein molecules to self-assemble into highly ordered, fibrillar aggregates lies at the heart of understanding many disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to systemic lysozyme ... [more ▼]

The propensity of protein molecules to self-assemble into highly ordered, fibrillar aggregates lies at the heart of understanding many disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to systemic lysozyme amyloidosis. In this paper we use highly accurate kinetic measurements of amyloid fibril growth in combination with spectroscopic tools to quantify the effect of modifications in solution conditions and in the amino acid sequence of human lysozyme on its propensity to form amyloid fibrils under acidic conditions. We elucidate and quantify the correlation between the rate of amyloid growth and the population of nonnative states, and we show that changes in amyloidogenicity are almost entirely due to alterations in the stability of the native state, while other regions of the global free-energy surface remain largely unmodified. These results provide insight into the complex dynamics of a macromolecule on a multidimensional energy landscape and point the way for a better understanding of amyloid diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailLifestyle Behaviours and Plasma Vitamin C and β-Carotene Levels from ELAN Population (Liège, Belgium)
PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg; Vanbelle, Sophie ULg; Degrune, Fabien et al

in Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (2011), 2011

Several factors, including fruit and vegetables intakes, have been shown to significantly influence the plasma concentrations of the two antioxidants vitamin C and β-carotene. Deficiency levels of 6 mg/L ... [more ▼]

Several factors, including fruit and vegetables intakes, have been shown to significantly influence the plasma concentrations of the two antioxidants vitamin C and β-carotene. Deficiency levels of 6 mg/L (34.2 μM) for vitamin C and of 0.22 mg/L (0.4 μM) for β-carotene have been suggested below which cardiovascular risk might be increased. The present study performed on 897 presumably healthy subjects aged 40–60 years aimed to examine how modifiable lifestyle factors may be related to vitamin C and/or β-carotene deficiency. Gender, smoking, lack of regular physical activity and of daily fruit consumption (≥2/day), and social status (in particular, unemployment) were found to be significant risk factors for vitamin C deficiency. For β-carotene deficiency, the same factors were identified except social status; moreover, overweight and OC use in women were also found to have a deleterious effect. For non exposed subjects, the probability of developing vitamin C deficiency was 4% in men and 2.4% in women. This probability increased to 66.3% for men and to 44.3% for women (and even to 50.4% under OC use), when all risk factors were present. For β-carotene deficiency, the corresponding probabilities were equal to 29.7% in men and 13.7% in women (no risk factor present), and to 86.1% for men and 69.9% (91.6% for OC use) for women (all factors present), respectively [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction
Breux, Sandra; Reuchamps, Min ULg

in Breux, Sandra; Reuchamps, Min; Loiseau, Hugo (Eds.) Carte mentale et science politique : Regards et perspectives critiques sur l’emploi d’un outil prometteur (2011)

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See detailImpact of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) as treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) : a survey from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the EBMT
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Labopin, Myriam; Niederwieser, Dietger et al

in Blood (2011), 118

The goal of RIC allo-SCT is to harness the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect, while minimizing toxicities and the risk of GVHD. However, prior studies have shown a lower risk of relapse in AML patients ... [more ▼]

The goal of RIC allo-SCT is to harness the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect, while minimizing toxicities and the risk of GVHD. However, prior studies have shown a lower risk of relapse in AML patients (pts) who experienced chronic GVHD after RIC allo-SCT versus in those who did not. Here, we investigated the impact of occurrence of GVHD on transplantation outcomes in a large cohort of AML pts given allogeneic PBSC after RIC conditioning. Data from 1859 AML pts in first (n=1439) or second (n=420) CR transplanted between 2000 and 2009 following a RIC regimen at EBMT affiliated centres were analyzed. Pts were given PBSC from HLA-identical sibling (MRD, n=1208), or from HLA-matched unrelated donors (MUD, n=651). Median pt age at transplantation was 56 y (range, 18–77). 338 male pts were given grafts from female donors. RIC was based on low-dose TBI in 520 (28%) pts, while the remaining pts received chemotherapy-based RIC. ATG was given in 269 (22%) MRD and in 267 (41%) MUD recipients, respectively, while 151 (13%) MRD and 165 (25%) MUD recipients received in-vivo T cell depletion with alemtuzumab. The impact of chronic GVHD on relapse risk, non-relapse mortality (NRM), leukemia-free survival (LFS), and overall survival (OS) was assessed using time-dependent multivariate Cox models and in a landmark analysis at 18 months after transplant. Three-year incidences of relapse, NRM, LFS and OS were 34±1%, 15±1%, 51±2% and 60±2% in MRD recipients, respectively, and 34±2% (p=NS), 24±2% (P<0.001), 42±2% (P=0.001) and 47±2% (P=0.001) in MUD recipients, respectively. Grade II, III and IV acute GVHD were observed in 133 (11%), 61 (5%) and 30 (2%) MRD recipients and in 119 (18%), 41 (6%) and 24 (4%) MUD recipients, respectively. The 3-y cumulative incidence of chronic GVHD was 47%. Fifty-three percent of patients with chronic GVHD had extensive chronic GVHD, while the remaining 47% had limited chronic GVHD. In multivariate analyses, occurrence of grade II-IV acute GVHD was associated with a lower risk of relapse (HR=0.8; P=0.04), a higher risk of chronic (HR=2.2; P<0.001) and extensive chronic GVHD (HR=2.8; P<0.001), a higher risk of NRM (HR=2.4 P<0.001), a worsened LFS (HR=1.3; P=0.01), and a worsened OS (HR=1.5; P<0.001). In multivariate time-dependent analyses, occurrence of limited chronic GVHD was associated with a lower risk of relapse (HR=0.7; P=0.05), comparable NRM (HR=1.4; P=0.16), comparable LFS (HR=0.9; P=0.29) and better OS (HR=0.5; P<0.001), while occurrence of extensive chronic GVHD was associated with a lower risk of relapse (HR=0.6; P=0.01), higher NRM (HR=3.2; P<0.001), a trend for worsened LFS (HR=1.3; P=0.06) and comparable OS (HR=0.9; P=0.34). The median interval from transplantation to occurrence of chronic GVHD was 163 (range, 100–1545) days. To further assess the graft-versus-leukemia effect of chronic GVHD, we performed a landmark analysis in patients who were leukemia-free at 18 months after transplantation (n=776). Median follow-up from this landmark time-point was 24 (range, 0.1–112) months. Two-year relapse, NRM, LFS and OS were 16±2%, 2.5±1%, 82±2%, and 89±2%, respectively, in patients without chronic GVHD before the landmark time-point, versus 9±1% (P=0.001), 8±1% (P<0.001), 83±2% (P=0.65), and 86±2% (P=0.38), respectively, in patients with chronic GVHD before the landmark time-point.In conclusion, in this cohort of AML patients transplanted in remission, occurrence of chronic GVHD was associated with a lower risk of relapse that translated to better OS in patients with limited chronic GVHD but not in those with extensive chronic GVHD who experienced higher long term NRM, highlighting the need for long term prospective assessment of long term effects and quality of life in patients receiving RIC allo-SCT. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt d'une augmentation de dose des analogues de la somatostatine dans l'acromégalie
Vasilev, Vladimir; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Andrologic (2011), 7(4),

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See detailIP Sustainable pig production : economic aspects
Berti, Fabio ULg

Scientific conference (2011)

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See detailEtude de l'activité antifongique des bactéries lactiques isolées de produits alimentaires fermentés et caractérisation de leurs métabolites inhibiteurs
Ndagano, Dora ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

Summary: The aim of this present research was to study the antifungal properties of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from fermented Mill flour and fermented cassava in order to use them for ... [more ▼]

Summary: The aim of this present research was to study the antifungal properties of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from fermented Mill flour and fermented cassava in order to use them for biopreservation. Antifungal activity of these LAB were assessed in MRS solid medium against food spoilage moulds as Aspergillus niger MUCL 28699, Aspergillus niger CWBIF194, Aspergillus tubingensis MP1 and Penicillium crustosum MY1. Three strains, Lactobacillus plantarum VE56, Weissella cibaria FMF4B16 and Weissella paramesenteroides LC11 were selected among 116 for their strongest inhibitory activity and their broad inhibitory spectrum against food moulds. The 4-fold concentrated supernatant of L. plantarum VE56 and W. paramesenteroides LC11 had the strongest inhibitory activity to compare to W. cibaria FMF4B16. The antifungal activity of the cell-free supernatant was pH dependent and insensitive to proteolytic enzymes action suggesting that the inhibitory activity was due to other compounds than proteins. The identification of antifungal compounds by chromatographic studies highlighted the production of phenyllactic acid by the three strains. In addition, 2-hydroxy-3-methylpentanoic acid and 2-hydroxy-4-methylpentanoic acid were produced by L. plantarum VE56 and W. paramesenteroides LC11. However, the concentration assessed in the supernatant was lower than the minimal inhibitory concentration showing a synergic action of all these produced compounds. The effect of the antifungal supernatant of L. plantarum VE56 and W. paramesenteroides LC11 on Aspergillus flavus NRRL 3357 resulted to an inhibition of conidial development and aflatoxin B1 production which was reflected in decreased gene expression of brlA (conidiophore specific transcription factor) and laeA (global regulator of secondary metabolism). These two bacteria also delayed Penicillium expansum MUCL 14498 conidial development in bread. [less ▲]

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See detailActors' benefit analysis on value chain of fresh dairy milk in Vietnam
Tran Huu; Bui, Thi Nga ULg

in Journal of Economics & Development (2011), (169(II)), 32-38

Vietnam locates in the Asia-the most active region, where gains the highest economic growth rate and highest milk consumption in the world. Vietnam also ranks the second among the highest milk ... [more ▼]

Vietnam locates in the Asia-the most active region, where gains the highest economic growth rate and highest milk consumption in the world. Vietnam also ranks the second among the highest milk productivity in the Asia and milk consumption is increasing rapidly. However, the dairy industry in Vietnam is currently able to meet only 22% of domestic demand; the remaining amount has been imported (VOV/VNA, 2008). In addition, raw milk price is very low while retail price is too high. It leads to low effective in the production of the whole chain. This paper is based on the value chain approach within both quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate a typical fresh value chain in the North of Vietnam in (Moc Chau platation) in 2008 - 2010. The findings show that the dairy plant is the most powerful actor in the chain and it drives the whole chain while power of dairymen is very weak. The value added of the chain is distributed unequally among its actors in whom more benefitable for non-dairy cow producers. In particular, the value added in dairy cow stage would be much lower. [less ▲]

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See detailOnderneming en recht. Bedrijfsfiscaliteit
Peeters, Bart ULg

Book published by Knops Publishing (2011)

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See detailBespreking HvJ 18 maart 2010
Peeters, Bart ULg

in Rechtskundig Weekblad (2011)

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See detailTraumatologie du golf
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

Learning material (2011)

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See detailLa main de Gilliatt-Sumner ou le syndrome de défilé cervicothoracique neurogène vrai. A propos de sept cas opérés.
DUBUISSON, Annie ULg; NGUYEN KHAC, Minh-Tuan ULg; SCHOLTES, Félix ULg et al

in Neuro-Chirurgie (2011), 57(1), 9-14

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The clinical picture of hand atrophy related to a cervical rib or elongated C7 transverse process was well described in the modern literature by Gilliatt and Sumner; in 1970, they ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The clinical picture of hand atrophy related to a cervical rib or elongated C7 transverse process was well described in the modern literature by Gilliatt and Sumner; in 1970, they reported a series of nine patients whose motor status was stabilized following brachial plexus decompression. We report here seven patients suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), who developed hand atrophy, sometimes because of diagnostic delay. METHODS: The patient's charts were analysed retrospectively. RESULTS: The seven patients were all female; the mean age was 43 years. The first complaints were arm pain and paresthesias lasting six months to 5 years. Three patients were treated with C56/C67 discectomy plus disc prosthesis (one patient), ulnar neurolysis at the elbow (the same patient), carpal tunnel release (one patient), and intravenous immunoglobulins (one patient) before TOS diagnosis. Hand atrophy, severe in five patients, was present at presentation. All patients underwent brachial plexus decompression by the anterior (four), posterior (two), or transaxillary (one) approach. This last approach was completed 18 months later by brachial plexus neurolysis via the anterior approach. Postoperatively, motor deficit was improved in two patients and stabilized in five patients. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians' unfamiliarity with TOS diagnosis or their reluctance to accept the diagnosis without electrical confirmation can lead to hand atrophy. Brachial plexus decompression at this stage usually stabilizes the deficit. [less ▲]

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See detailThe extension of the INCL model for simulation of shielding in space
Pedoux, Sophie ULg; Cugnon, Joseph ULg; Mancusi, Davide ULg et al

in Advances in Space Research (2011), 48(2), 383-389

Radiation hazard for space missions is mainly due to cosmic ray protons, helium nuclei and light ions, whose energy spectrum is maximum around 1 GeV per nucleon but remains non-negligible for energies up ... [more ▼]

Radiation hazard for space missions is mainly due to cosmic ray protons, helium nuclei and light ions, whose energy spectrum is maximum around 1 GeV per nucleon but remains non-negligible for energies up to 15 GeV per nucleon. Nuclear reactions induced by high energy protons are often described by intranuclear cascade plus evaporation models. The attention is focused here on the Liège Intranuclear Cascade model (INCL), which has been shown to reproduce fairly well a great deal of experimental data for nucleon-induced reactions in the 200 MeV to 2 GeV range, when coupled with the ABLA evaporation-fission code. In order to extend the model to other conditions relevant for space radiation, three improvements of INCL are under development. They are reported on here. First, the reaction model has been extended to nucleon-nucleus reactions at incident energies up to 15 GeV, mainly by the inclusion of additional pion production channels in nucleon-nucleon collisions during the cascade. Second, a coalescence mechanism for the emission of light charged particles has been implemented recently. Finally, the model has been modified in order to accommodate light ions as projectiles. First results are shown and compared with illustrative experimental data. Implications for issues concerning radiation protection in space are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Moyen Âge. Revue d'histoire et de philologie
Marchandisse, Alain ULg; Dumont, Jonathan ULg

Book published by De Boeck (2011)

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See detailDe invloed van een muzikale opleiding op de perceptie van de prosodie van een vreemde taal: een verkennend onderzoek
Degrave, Pauline; Rasier, Laurent ULg; Hiligsmann, Philippe

in Rasier, Laurent; Van Heuven, Vincent; Defrancq, Bart (Eds.) et al Nederlands in het perspectief van uitspraakverwerving en contrastieve taalkunde (2011)

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See detailEcological or recalled assessments in chronic musculoskeletal pain? A comparative study of prospective and recalled pain assessments in low back pain and lower limb painful osteoarthritis.
Perrot, Serge; Marty, Marc; Legout, Valerie et al

in Pain Medicine : The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (2011), 12(3), 427-36

OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to compare ecological and recalled pain intensity assessments over 29 days in hip and knee osteoarthritis (O) and chronic low back pain (L). PATIENTS AND ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to compare ecological and recalled pain intensity assessments over 29 days in hip and knee osteoarthritis (O) and chronic low back pain (L). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Rheumatologists were asked to enroll patients with O and L, with pain intensity above 40 mm, in a prospective study for 29 days. Pain intensity was assessed with physicians on Days 1 and 29, and ecologically, over the intervening 28-day period, by random phone calls. RESULTS: We carried out correlation analyses for 353 (159 O, 194 L) patients: Overall recalled daily pain was strongly correlated with calculated 3-day mean pain assessments (r=0.96 [O]; 0.93 [L]) and evening pain (r=0.96 [O], 0.90 [L]). Correlations between ecological and recalled measures were stronger for recall over the last 7 days than for recall over the last 28 days in osteoarthritis patients (r=0.78, r=0.63), but were similar for both recall periods in low back pain patients (r=0.70, r=0.72). Correlations between assessments for the last 7 and 28 days were stronger for ecological (r=0.88 [O], 0.91 [L]) than for clinical (r=0.77 [O]; 0.86 [L]) assessments. After adjustment for current pain intensity, correlations remained significant for ecological assessments, but not for clinical assessments. Recalled pain assessments were more accurate when made after 24 hours (r=0.71 [O]; 0.70 [L]) than when made after 48 hours (r=0.63 [O]; 0.61 [L]). CONCLUSIONS: For both low back pain and osteoarthritis, overall daily pain recall is a reliable measurement correlated with daily ecological measurements, whereas a rapid decrease in recall occurs after 48 hours. The most reliable period for pain recall was 7 days, but the results obtained were influenced by current pain. [less ▲]

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