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See detailExpression et localisation spatio-temporelle de KISS1 et de son récepteur KISSR dans le placenta normal et pathologique.
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; CHAVEZ, Viviana ULg et al

Poster (2012, October)

Objectif : Etudier l’expression de KISS1 (métastatine) et de son récepteur KISS1R lors de la grossesse normale et pathologique. Matériels et méthodes : Nous avons étudié la localisation de KISS1 et KISS1R ... [more ▼]

Objectif : Etudier l’expression de KISS1 (métastatine) et de son récepteur KISS1R lors de la grossesse normale et pathologique. Matériels et méthodes : Nous avons étudié la localisation de KISS1 et KISS1R par immunohistochimie dans des placentas normaux (1 er et 3 ème trimestre). Par RT-PCR quantitative, nous avons évalué le niveau d’expression des ARNm dans les placentas et les lits placentaires correspondants. Les niveaux d’expression de ARNm ont été comparés entre les grossesses normales (GN, n=13) et les grossesses spathologiques Prééclampsiques -PE-, n=17 et retard de croissance intrautérine -RCIU-, n=9). Résultats : Au premier trimestre des GN, KISS1 est majoritairement localisé dans les syncitiotrophoblastes, alors que KISS1R est détecté dans le mesenchyme villositaire. Au cours du troisième trimestre, KISS1 est uniquement localisé dans le syncitiotrophoblaste au contact avec la décidue et dans le mésenchyme villositaire et KISS1R est détecté dans le trophoblaste extra-villeux ainsi que dans quelques cellules de la décidue. Les analyses par RT-PCR mettent en évidence une expression plus importante des ARNm de KISS1 (p<0,001) et de KISS1R (p=0.039) dans les placentas (GN,PE et RCIU) par rapport aux lits placentaires correspondants. Les niveaux d’expression de KISS1 et KISS1R ne sont pas, cependant, significativement modulés dans les grossesses pathologiques. Conclusions : Par immunohistochimie, nos résultats indiquent une expression spatiotemporelle différente pour KISS1 et KISS1R entre le 1 er et 3 ème trimestre des grossesses normales. Nous n’avons pas mis en évidence de modulation de l’expression des ARNm dans les grossesses pathologiques. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la réciprocité des échanges aux dettes d’alliance : L’anti-Œdipe et l’économie politique des sociétés “primitives”
Janvier, Antoine ULg

in Actuel Marx (2012), 52

The present article aims at pinpointing the issues involved in the analysis of the economy of ‘primitive’ societies carried out by Deleuze and Guattari in Anti-Oedipus by relying on a logic of debt ... [more ▼]

The present article aims at pinpointing the issues involved in the analysis of the economy of ‘primitive’ societies carried out by Deleuze and Guattari in Anti-Oedipus by relying on a logic of debt (Nietzsche) rather than on a logic of reciprocity (Lévi-Strauss). Deleuze and Guattari’s critical discussion of Lévi-Strauss’s ethnology should related to the problematization of kinship as a system of alliance and filiation relationships suggested by French Marxist anthropology (E. Terray, C. Meillassoux) on the one hand, and to Edmund Leach’s critical anthropology on the other. This double mediation helps to show that in Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari seek to identify the political strategies which are at work in economic relationships, that is to say, in the present case, the finite alliance strategies in ‘primitive’ societies, which are deeper than trade and production relationships. [less ▲]

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See detailPragmatique de la planification
Brunet, Sébastien ULg; Thiry, Aline ULg

in Brunet, Sébastien; Fallon, Catherine; Ozer, Pierre (Eds.) et al Articuler risques, planification d'urgence et gestion de crise (2012)

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See detailProposition de Règlement europén régimes matrimoniaux : le choix de la loi applicable
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2012, October)

In this presentation I review the provisions of the EU Draft Proposed Regulation on Matrimonial Property, focusing on the choice of law, in the light of the amendments suggested by the EP. Based on this ... [more ▼]

In this presentation I review the provisions of the EU Draft Proposed Regulation on Matrimonial Property, focusing on the choice of law, in the light of the amendments suggested by the EP. Based on this critical review, I offer some suggestions for amendment of the Draft Proposal. [less ▲]

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See detailHost-microbe interactions have shaped the genetic architecture of inflammatory bowel disease.
Jostins, Luke; Ripke, Stephan; Weersma, Rinse K. et al

in Nature (2012), 491(7422), 119-24

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), affect over 2.5 million people of European ancestry, with rising prevalence in other populations. Genome ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), affect over 2.5 million people of European ancestry, with rising prevalence in other populations. Genome-wide association studies and subsequent meta-analyses of these two diseases as separate phenotypes have implicated previously unsuspected mechanisms, such as autophagy, in their pathogenesis and showed that some IBD loci are shared with other inflammatory diseases. Here we expand on the knowledge of relevant pathways by undertaking a meta-analysis of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis genome-wide association scans, followed by extensive validation of significant findings, with a combined total of more than 75,000 cases and controls. We identify 71 new associations, for a total of 163 IBD loci, that meet genome-wide significance thresholds. Most loci contribute to both phenotypes, and both directional (consistently favouring one allele over the course of human history) and balancing (favouring the retention of both alleles within populations) selection effects are evident. Many IBD loci are also implicated in other immune-mediated disorders, most notably with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriasis. We also observe considerable overlap between susceptibility loci for IBD and mycobacterial infection. Gene co-expression network analysis emphasizes this relationship, with pathways shared between host responses to mycobacteria and those predisposing to IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic variation in PLAG1 associates with early life body weight and peripubertal weight and growth in Bos taurus.
Littlejohn, M.; Grala, T.; Sanders, K. et al

in Animal Genetics (2012), 43(5), 591-4

Variation at the pleiomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) locus has recently been implicated in the regulation of stature and weight in Bos taurus. Using a population of 942 outbred Holstein-Friesian dairy ... [more ▼]

Variation at the pleiomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) locus has recently been implicated in the regulation of stature and weight in Bos taurus. Using a population of 942 outbred Holstein-Friesian dairy calves, we report confirmation of this effect, demonstrating strong association of early life body weight with PLAG1 genotype. Peripubertal body weight and growth rate were also significantly associated with PLAG1 genotype. Growth rate per kilogram of body weight, daily feed intake, gross feed efficiency and residual feed intake were not significantly associated with PLAG1 genotype. This study supports the status of PLAG1 as a key regulator of mammalian growth. Further, the data indicate the utility of PLAG1 polymorphisms for the selection of animals to achieve enhanced weight gain or conversely to aid the selection of animals with lower mature body weight and thus lower maintenance energy requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailLiège 2017: Connectez-vous
Brandt, Céline ULg

Article for general public (2012)

Le comité de Liège Expo 2017 a pris le parti de faire de la connectivité sa thématique phare: 4 scientifiques s'expriment au sujet de la connectivité.

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See detailParenteral nutrition in premature infants, is there a place for a standardized industrialized parenteral nutrition solution
SENTERRE, Thibault ULg

in 4th Congress of the European Academy of Paediatric Societies (2012, October)

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See detailFamilial Pituitary Syndromes
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2012, October)

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See detailStudy of the Boettcher cells along their development: Junctions and expression of the urea-transporter B (UT-B)
Cloes, Marie ULg; Renson, Thomas; Johnen, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2012, September 30)

The Boettcher cells (BC) lie on the sensory epithelium of the cochlea. Their function has never been clearly defined. However it has been suggested that they may influence the ionic composition of the ... [more ▼]

The Boettcher cells (BC) lie on the sensory epithelium of the cochlea. Their function has never been clearly defined. However it has been suggested that they may influence the ionic composition of the fluids of the inner ear, which play a central role in the conduction of the sensory information. In this context the compartimentating function of the BC around and after the onset of hearing may influence the subsequent refining of hearing. We collected ultrastructural and immunohistological data during the final maturation stage of the sensory epithelium. In particular the cell junctions were investigated to clarify the compartimentating function of the BC at early stages. As a potential actor in the ion flow in the sensory epithelium, the urea transporter-B (UT-B) was also immunolocalised during the development of the BC. At the mature stage (P25) the BC are linked to the adjacent cells by numerous adherens and non-adherens junctions. They rest on a basilar membrane to which they are attached by hemidesmosomes. They typically exhibit large basolateral interdigitations. We found that, at the 8th postnatal day, the BC are separated from the neighbouring cells by wide spaces entered by scarce cytoplasmic extensions. These spaces are interrupted by areas of close contact, where adherens and non-adherens junctions may be found. Thus, although there seems to be fewer interdigitations at P8, gap junctions probably still allow easy cell-to-cell exchanges. Moreover non-adherens junctions can systematically be identified apically. Although it was impossible to differenciate tight and gap junctions without specific labeling, we postulate that these non-adherens junctions correspond to tight junctions and seal the apex of the BC. This feature is necessary to enable the control of the ion concentrations surrounding the sensory epithelium. We also found that UT-B, known for water and urea transport in red blood cells, is present in the membranes of the BC from P12 (the earliest stage tested) to P25. Thus UT-B may play a role in the regulation of the ionic concentrations of the inner ear fluids. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen should we measure Vitamin D in Clinical Practice
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg

Conference (2012, September 29)

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See detailHjelmslev's notion of "Participation"
Cigana, Lorenzo ULg

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See detailAbout the diagnosis of acute transfusion-related reaction during cardiopulmonary bypass
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg et al

Conference (2012, September 29)

Many advances have been realized in the field of blood safety during the last decade: donors’ selection, leukoreduction of packed red blood cells and platelet concentrates, genomic screening of blood ... [more ▼]

Many advances have been realized in the field of blood safety during the last decade: donors’ selection, leukoreduction of packed red blood cells and platelet concentrates, genomic screening of blood-borne diseases, viral and bacterial inactivation process,... However, transfusion of blood components remains unsafe. Therefore, detecting and reporting transfusion-related complications are still essential means for both the patients’ management and the public health approach, since these measures help to adjust preventive measures to be applied in a haemovigilance purpose. Most acute transfusion-related complications occur within minutes or hours after transfusion and require urgent medical care; delayed transfusion reactions may also develop days, even months later, implying a longer follow-up. Transfusion of red blood cells is not infrequent during cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. Symptoms of acute transfusion-related reactions include hypotension, diffuse bleeding, hemoglobinuria and oliguria. These symptoms are identical to those that can be observed during a complicated cardiopulmonary bypass. Consequently, identification of acute transfusion-related reactions in this particular situation is quite difficult and probably leads to an under-reporting of their occurrence. In this paper, we explore how to track acute transfusion-related reactions during cardiopulmonary bypass. Any suspicion of such reactions must leads to investigations, in order to confirm the diagnosis. Their detection would allow to better focus their specific treatment and further their notification in a global blood safety policy. [less ▲]

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See detailPostoperative bleeding and autotransfusion
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg et al

Poster (2012, September 29)

Introduction: Bleeding in the postoperative period of cardiac surgery is not infrequent. Mediastinal bleeding is usually collected in a chest drainage system and discarded. Nevertheless, this blood could ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Bleeding in the postoperative period of cardiac surgery is not infrequent. Mediastinal bleeding is usually collected in a chest drainage system and discarded. Nevertheless, this blood could potentially be managed with a cell salvage device during the first six postoperative hours. This practice is generally performed only in case of a surgical re-exploration for massive bleeding and may contribute to decreased allogeneic transfusion. But in case of postoperative coagulopathy requiring medical treatment, re-exploration is usually postponed and consequently, collected blood is discarded. Therefore, chest drainage systems combined with a cell salvage option could optimize the management of blood losses and transfusions in the postoperative period, regardless of any surgical re-exploration. The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of such a system during the postoperative period of cardiac surgery, in patient at high risk of bleeding. Method : During a 6 months period, the CardioPAT® (Haemonetics) device was used in all cardiac surgery patients at high risk of postoperative bleeding. The following data were prospectively collected: hemoglobin level, bleeding volume, volume of autologous washed red blood cell transfused by the CardioPAT® (WRBC), volume of allogeneic red blood cell (RBC), fresh frozen plasma (FFP) or platelets (PT) transfused and surgical re-exploration. Results : The CardioPAT® was used in 16 patients during the target period. Mean postoperative bleeding volume was 338±337mL after 1 hour and 820±727mL after 6 hours. The cell salvage option was used in 9 (56%) cases and mean WRBC transfused volume was 153±212mL. One patient required surgical re-exploration. All patients transfused by WRBC received previously an allogeneic transfusion (RBC, FFP and/or PT). The hemoglobin level of blood collected in the CardioPAT® device impacted on the delay and the blood volume required for WRBC availability; lower was the hemoglobin level, larger was the volume of blood required to obtain a concentrate of WRBC. Consequently, patients with a very low hemoglobin level were anyway transfused with RBC. Conclusion : The CardioPAT® device can reduce allogeneic blood transfusion after cardiac surgery in patients at high risk of bleeding. It gives time to treat coagulopathy, leading to a decrease of surgical re-exploration. However, a device with a larger reservoir and with a flexible processing speed would be more accurate in case of major haemorrhage. Systematic utilisation of this device at the time of FFP and/or PT transfusion is a safe but expensive strategy. It seems more accurate to use this device in a permissive bleeding strategy, waiting for the spontaneous coagulation recovery of the patient, in the first postoperative hours. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimodality blood conservation strategy in cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass : the CHU of Liège experience
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg et al

Poster (2012, September 29)

Introduction: The aim of this study is to analyze the transfusion rates of cardiac surgery patients in a single centre following an in-house strategy of blood conservation. Methods: The data of all adult ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The aim of this study is to analyze the transfusion rates of cardiac surgery patients in a single centre following an in-house strategy of blood conservation. Methods: The data of all adult patients undergoing normothermic cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) over a 1 year period were retrospectively collected (n=491). Management protocols were described. The transfusion rates of allogeneic blood components were recorded: red blood cells (RBC), fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and platelets (PT), as well as the number of units transfused. The timing of transfusion was categorized: during CPB (peroperative period), within the first 48 postoperative hours after wean out CPB (early postoperative period) and during the hospitalisation from surgery until discharge (hospitalisation). The hematocrit values were recorded during CPB, 10 minutes after wean out CPB, after the first 48 postoperative hours and at discharge from hospital. Results: Two hundred and forty-eight patients (50%) received an allogeneic blood component transfusion during hospitalisation. One hundred and twenty-one patients (25%) received RBC during the operative period; the median of units transfused was 2(1-2).The lowest hematocrit value during CPB was 21(19-24) % in median. A cell salvage device was used in each case: the median volume of washed red blood cells transfused was 678(512-891) mL. The median hematocrit value after CPB was 23(21-25) %. One hundred and sixty-five patients (34%) were transfused in the early postoperative period: 27% received RBC, 18% received FFP and 18% received PT. The median of units transfused was 2(1-3) for RBC, 4(2-6) for FFP and 1(1-2) for PT. The median hematocrit value after 48 hours was 32(29-34) % and 32(30-35) % at discharge. Conclusion: The transfusion rates observed in this series are relatively high compared with the literature. Improvements will be made in our practice and protocols management in order to decrease the need of transfusion. This detailed audit of the transfusion practices in our cardiac surgery centre would be helpful to value the effectiveness of further improvements. [less ▲]

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See detailTransplantation et don d'organes en Belgique
DETRY, Olivier ULg

Conference (2012, September 29)

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See detailCardiac surgery and acute kidney injury: retrospective study
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; BLAFFART, Francine ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2012, September 29)

Background: In cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe postoperative complication and associated with increased rates of mortality, morbidity, and length of stay in intensive care units ... [more ▼]

Background: In cardiac surgery, acute kidney injury (AKI) is a severe postoperative complication and associated with increased rates of mortality, morbidity, and length of stay in intensive care units (ICU). It occurs in 5% to 30% of patients depending on the definition used [1] [2] [3]. The aim of this study is to present an overview of AKI following cardiac surgery associated or not with cardiopulmonary bypass. Methods: This retrospective study includes patients treated by cardiac surgery from April 1st, 2008 to March 31th, 2009 in a single center. We selected patients who underwent on-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), off-pump CABG (OPCAB), aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair or replacement and aortic valve replacement combined with CABG. Patients undergoing renal replacement therapy preoperatively were excluded. The RIFLE classification (Risk, Injury, Failure, Loss and End stage kidney disease) allowed to stratify the patients into the 3 grades of AKI severity. The stratification was based on the most pejorative element observed within 7 days after surgery: increased serum creatinine level or decreased urine output, or decreased glomerular filtration rate according to criteria of Bellomo [4]. Occurrence of AKI was studied by type of cardiac surgery as its impact on the length of stay in ICU and in the hospital. Proportions were compared by the Chi-square test and median values by the Kruskal-Wallis. Results were considered significant at p < 0.05. Results: Four hundred and thirty four patients were included: median (IQR) age 69.0(60.0-76.0) year, 30.2% females, 2.76% urgent/emergent cases. Fifty-eight patients (13.4%) underwent OPCAB, 182(41.9%) on-pump CABG, 104(24.0%) aortic valve replacement, 44(10.1%) mitral valve repair or replacement and 46(10.6%) aortic valve replacement combined with CABG. AKI occurred in 213(49.1%) patients: 79(37.1%) “Risk”, 108(50.7%) “Injury” and 26(12,2%) “Failure”. Occurrence of AKI after OPCAB was 21(9.86%), CABG 80(37.6%), aortic valve replacement 51(23.9%), mitral valve surgery 23(10.8%) and aortic valve replacement combined with CABG 38(17.8%). AKI occurrences differed significantly between the different groups of surgery (p<0.0001). Lengths of stay in ICU were significantly longer (p<0.0001) in AKI group compared with non AKI group: 3(2-4) days versus 2(2-3) days. No difference (p = 0.65) was observed between the two (AKI and NON-AKI) groups in hospital length of stay: 13(10-18) days versus 12(10-16) days. Conclusions: The incidence of AKI is very high in this population as compared to the literature. This may be due to the fact that the three elements of the RIFLE classification for all the population studied have been used: serum creatinine level, urine output and glomerular filtration rate. This study emphasizes the need for clear definition of AKI in order to compare adequately different studies. AKI after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass would be further studied in order to develop more appropriate preventive measures. [less ▲]

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