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See detailAllogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in solid organ transplant recipients: a retrospective, multicenter study of the EBMT
Basak, GW.; Wiktor-Jedrzejczak, W.; Labopin, M. et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (in press)

We conducted a questionnaire survey of the 565 European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation centers to analyze the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) in ... [more ▼]

We conducted a questionnaire survey of the 565 European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation centers to analyze the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) in recipients of solid organ transplantation (SOT). We investigated 28 patients with malignant (N=22) or nonmalignant diseases (N=6), who underwent 31 alloSCT procedures: 12 after kidney, 13 after liver, and three after heart transplantation. The incidence of solid organ graft failure at 60 months after first alloSCT was 33% (95% confidence interval [CI], 16–51%) for all patients, 15% (95% CI, 2–40%) for liver recipients, and 50% (95% CI, 19–75%) for kidney recipients (p = 0.06). The relapse rate after alloSCT (22%) was low following transplantation for malignant disorders, despite advanced stages of malignancy. Overall survival at 60 months after first alloSCT was 40% (95% CI, 19–60%) for all patients, 51% (95% CI, 16–86%) for liver recipients, and 42% (95% CI, 14–70%) for kidney recipients (p = 0.39). In summary, we show that selected SOT recipients suffering from hematologic disorders may benefit from alloSCT and experience enhanced long-term survival without loss of organ function. [less ▲]

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See detailPractical management of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in Belgium
Benghiat, FS.; Beguin, Yves ULg; Dessars, B. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (in press)

Imatinib has drastically changed the outcome of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), with the majority of them showing a normal life span. Recently, the development of second and third generation ... [more ▼]

Imatinib has drastically changed the outcome of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), with the majority of them showing a normal life span. Recently, the development of second and third generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and the possibility of treatment discontinuation made the management of these patients more challenging. In this review, practical management guidelines of CML are presented, adapted to the Belgian situation in 2014. In first line chronic phase patients, imatinib, nilotinib and dasatinib can be prescribed. While second generation TKIs give faster and deeper responses, their impact on long-term survival remain to be determined. The choice of the TKI depends on CML risk score, priority for a deep response to allow a treatment-free remission protocol, age, presence of comorbid conditions, side effect profile, drug interactions, compliance concerns and price. Monitoring the response has to be made according the 2013 ELN criteria, and is based on the bone-marrow cytogenetic response during the first months and on the blood molecular response. Molecular follow-up is sufficient in patients with a complete cytogenetic response. For patients who fail frontline therapy, nilotinib, dasatinib, bosutinib and ponatinib are an option depending of the type of intolerance or resistance. T315I patients are only sensitive to ponatinib, which has to be carefully handled due to cardiovascular toxicity. Advanced phase diseases are more difficult to handle, with treatments including allogeneic stem cell transplantation, which is also an option for patients failing at least two TKIs. The possibility of treatment-free remission and pregnancy are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRituximab therapy for hairy cell leukemia : a retrospective study of 41 cases
Leclerc, Mathieu; Suarez, Felipe; Noël, Marie-Pierre et al

in Annals of Hematology (in press)

The purine analogs (PAs) cladribine and pentostatin have transformed the prognosis of hairy cell leukemia (HCL). However, some patients still relapse after PAs, or fail to reach an optimal response, and ... [more ▼]

The purine analogs (PAs) cladribine and pentostatin have transformed the prognosis of hairy cell leukemia (HCL). However, some patients still relapse after PAs, or fail to reach an optimal response, and new agents are needed to further improve treatment outcome. We retrospectively studied 41 HCL patients from 10 centers in France and Belgium, who received 49 treatment courses with the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab. Most of the patients were treated at relapse (84 % of cases) and rituximab was combined to a PA in 41 % of cases. Overall, response rate is 90 % including 71 % complete hematologic responses (CHRs). Frontline treatment, combination therapy, and absolute neutrophil count were associated with response in multivariate analysis. Three-year relapse-free and overall survivals are 68 and 90 %, respectively. When combined to a PA, rituximab yields a 100 % response rate, even beyond frontline therapy. In contrast, response rate is only 82 % (59 % CHR) when rituximab is used alone. In this latter setting, relapse rate is 56 % and median time to relapse is 17.5 months. All eight patients who were treated two times with the antibody responded again to retreatment. We confirm the high efficacy of the combination rituximab + PA. However, when rituximab is used as monotherapy, response rate is lower and the high relapse rate is a concern. Prospective clinical trials are needed to confirm the superiority of the combination rituximab + PA over PA alone, both as frontline therapy and at relapse. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Hémangiome épithélioïde, une tumeur osseuse rare.
Gérard, Valérie; TOMASELLA, Marco ULg; KURTH, William ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (in press)

A case of pathological hip fracture associated with an epithelioid hemangioma is reported. Epithelioid hemangioma is a benign tumor, rarely localized in a bone. When the tumor is found on the skeleton, it ... [more ▼]

A case of pathological hip fracture associated with an epithelioid hemangioma is reported. Epithelioid hemangioma is a benign tumor, rarely localized in a bone. When the tumor is found on the skeleton, it generally involves a long bone. X-ray does not permit the differenciation of epithelioid hemangioma from other,malignant, vascular tumors. Therefore,the diagnosis requires surgery. Although no consensus treatment guidelines exist, the curettage – filling is most often proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailDescribing the ‘elusive’ : Availability, Preparation and Use of Anthocyanin Colourants in Mediaeval European Illuminators’ Workshops
Neven, Sylvie ULg; Sanyova, Jana

in Dubois, Hélène; Eyb-Green, Sigrid; Kroustallis, Stephanos (Eds.) et al Making and transforming art : changes in artists’ materials and practice (in press)

Anthocyanins are colorants which provide most of the blue, red and violet colours in numerous plants and fruits. Because of their great sensitivity to the slightest changes in pH and their instability in ... [more ▼]

Anthocyanins are colorants which provide most of the blue, red and violet colours in numerous plants and fruits. Because of their great sensitivity to the slightest changes in pH and their instability in ordinary daylight, it is generally thought that these colorants were used only to dye everyday clothes in a domestic context. However, medieval artists’ recipe books not only describe these elusive substances, but also indicate their use in illumination. This is notably the case for the texts of the so-called ‘Strasbourg Tradition’, written in the south of Germany and the north of France between 1400 and 1560, and partly composed from an older Alsatian treatise on illumination. Departing from these sources, this paper details the methods employed to prepare these colorants and (re)evaluates their diverse uses in painting and illuminating techniques. This technical data subsequently served as a basis upon which to make reconstructions. Finally, an attempt to correlate the information provided by these recipe books with specific artistic practices was carried out by collating the descriptions with the results of analyses from contemporary illuminations by an Alsatian workshop active in the same geographical area. [less ▲]

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See detailBrazil – EU Partnership: from high expectations to limited results
Santander, Sébastian ULg; Saraiva, Miriam

in European Journal of International Relations (in press)

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See detailMeteorological variation in daily travel behaviour: evidence from revealed preference data from the Netherlands
Creemers, Lieve; Wets, Geert; Cools, Mario ULg

in Theoretical & Applied Climatology (in press)

This study investigates the meteorological variation in revealed preference travel data. The main objective of this study is to investigate the impact of weather conditions on daily activity participation ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the meteorological variation in revealed preference travel data. The main objective of this study is to investigate the impact of weather conditions on daily activity participation (trip motives) and daily modal choices in the Netherlands. To this end, data from the Dutch National Travel Household Survey of 2008 were matched to hourly weather data provided by the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute and were complemented with thermal indices to indicate the level of thermal comfort and additional variables to indicate the seasonality of the weather conditions. Two multinomial logit–generalised estimation equations (MNL-GEE) models were constructed, one to assess the impact of weather conditions on trip motives and one to assess the effect of weather conditions on modal choice. The modelling results indicate that, depending on the travel attribute of concern, other factors might play a role. Nonetheless, the thermal component, as well as the aesthetical component and the physical component of weather play a significant role. Moreover, the parameter estimates indicate significant differences in the impact of weather conditions when different time scales are considered (e.g. daily versus hourly based). The fact that snow does not play any role at all was unexpected. This finding can be explained by the relatively low occurrence of this weather type in the study area. It is important to consider the effects of weather in travel demand modelling frameworks because this will help to achieve higher accuracy and more realistic traffic forecasts. These will in turn allow policy makers to make better long-term and short-term decisions to achieve various political goals, such as progress towards a sustainable transportation system. Further research in this respect should emphasise the role of weather conditions and activityscheduling attributes. [less ▲]

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See detailLe champ de l'accompagnement des demandeurs d'emploi est-il un marché ?
Remy, Céline ULg

in Soulages, François; Rouet, Gilles (Eds.) Services publics en Europe (in press)

Le but de cet article est d’interroger le champ de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi comme étant ou non un marché conventionnel. Pour ce faire, les concepts de marché, de quasi-marché, de marché ... [more ▼]

Le but de cet article est d’interroger le champ de l’accompagnement des demandeurs d’emploi comme étant ou non un marché conventionnel. Pour ce faire, les concepts de marché, de quasi-marché, de marché public et de champ sont clarifiés dans un premier temps. Pour comprendre le fonctionnement du marché de l’accompagnement, il est nécessaire dans un deuxième temps d’examiner quatre dimensions qui sont le périmètre et le financement de celui-ci mais également la sélection des opérateurs externes par les services publics de l’emploi et les stratégies développées par les différents acteurs appartenant à ce marché. L’étude de ces dimensions qui s’appuie sur trois études de cas permet de montrer la singularité du marché de l’accompagnement. [less ▲]

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See detailLes jugements de Dominique Lampson sur Jan Gossart et Lambert Lombard
Allart, Dominique ULg

in Delfosse, Annick; Glesener, Thomas (Eds.) Ecrire, lire et éduquer à la Renaissance, Hommage en l’honneur de Franz Bierlaire (in press)

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See detailSophistique et Philosophie: Platon, héritier de Protagoras
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

Book published by Vrin (in press)

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See detailAmour tordu de la patrie. Érotique et politique dans Pompes funèbres de Jean Genet
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Dubois, Jacques (Ed.) Érotique et politique dans la prose française du XXe-XXIe siècle (in press)

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See detailDocument Kinetic study of volatile oil of Curcuma longa L. rhizome and Carum carvi L. fruits extracted by microwave-assisted techniques using the cryogrinding
Akloul, R; Benkaci-Ali, F; Eppe, Gauthier ULg

in Journal of Essential Oil Research (in press)

Hydrodistillation assisted by microwave (HDAM) and steam distillation assisted by microwave (SDAM) of Curcuma longa L. rhizome (CL) and Carum carvi fruits (CC) were investigated. The effect of the ... [more ▼]

Hydrodistillation assisted by microwave (HDAM) and steam distillation assisted by microwave (SDAM) of Curcuma longa L. rhizome (CL) and Carum carvi fruits (CC) were investigated. The effect of the cryogrinding (CG) showed differences in yields and composition of volatile oils compared with classical grinding. HDAM–CG (CL: 1.20%, CC: 1.25%) and SDAM–CG (CL: 1.45%, CC: 1.75%) allowed extraction of substantial amounts of volatile oils in less time compared with HDAM (CL: 0.6%, CC: 1.00%) and SDAM (CL: 0.90%, CC: 1.00%). In addition, the major amounts of volatile oils were globally obtained during the first 5 and 10 minutes of extraction for CL and CC, respectively. A kinetic study of essential oils extraction from CL and CC was quantitatively performed. The composition of the major components and family classes present a significant variation with the extraction time. Essential oils extracted by these two methods were quantitatively (yield) and qualitatively [aromatic profile by gas chromatography (GC) and GC–mass spectrometry (GC–MS)] analyzed. There were differences, especially in the major compounds ar-turmerone (HDAM: 46.00–57.96%, HDAM–CG: 30.85–60.32%) and β-turmerone (HDAM: 14.43–16.74%, HDAM–CG: 10.46–15.77%) for CL, and limonene (HDAM: 23.61–56.97%, HDAM–CG: 38.04–43.00%) and carvone (HDAM: 36.19–64.54%, CC–CG: 53.65–56.31%) for CC. [less ▲]

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See detailHis cognitis vs. His cognitis rebus : ordre des constituants et bornage de l’Ablatif absolu
Longrée, Dominique ULg; Philippart de Foy, Caroline ULg; Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Haverling, Gerd (Ed.) Proceedings of the 16th Int. Coll. on Latin Linguistics, Uppsala, 6-12 juin 2011 (in press)

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See detailPortrait dévotionnel et ascension spirituelle dans la peinture flamande du XVe siècle : le cas de la Vierge d’Exeter de Petrus Christus
Falque, Ingrid ULg

in BERGMANS, Luc (Ed.) La contempplation dans la peinture flamande (14e-16e siècles). Actes de la journée d'études organisée au Centre d'études supérieures de Tours (in press)

Consacré à la célèbre Vierge d’Exeter de Petrus Christus (Berlin, Gemäldegalerie), cet article vise à montrer que le tableau – commandé par le chartreux Jan Vos qui y apparaît en prière devant la Vierge – ... [more ▼]

Consacré à la célèbre Vierge d’Exeter de Petrus Christus (Berlin, Gemäldegalerie), cet article vise à montrer que le tableau – commandé par le chartreux Jan Vos qui y apparaît en prière devant la Vierge – comporte des références au thème de l’ascension spirituelle et visualise ainsi le progrès spirituel de Jan Vos. Ce dernier est représenté à l’entrée du palais céleste, où il est introduit par sa sainte patronne et accueilli par la Vierge. Il s’apprête ainsi à délaisser le monde terrestre, symbolisé par la ville représentée en contrebas, pour rejoindre le Christ et atteindre la béatitude éternelle, comme le préconise Gérard Zerbolt van Zutphen dans son De spiritualibus ascensionibus. Les données historiques relatives au dévot m’ont permis de découvrir qu’il a eu accès à plusieurs ouvrages traitant de l’évolution de la vie intérieure et plus précisément au texte de Zerbolt pendant son séjour long de plusieurs années à la chartreuse de Nieuwlicht. Le lien entre le tableau et le traité de Gérard Zerbolt est ainsi patent. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of the French version of a tool assessing patient's expectations in lower limb osteoarthritis
NEUPREZ, Audrey ULg; Delcour, JP; Fatemi, F et al

in Journal of Orthopaedics (in press)

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See detaileffects of cholecaciferol supplementation and optimized calcium intakes on vitamin D status, muscle strength and bone haelth: a one-year pilot randomized controlled trial in adults with severe burns
ROUSSEAU, Anne-Françoise ULg; FOIDART-DESSALLE, Marguerite ULg; LEDOUX, Didier ULg et al

in Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries (in press)

Objective: Burn patients are at risk of hypovitaminosis D and osteopenia or sarcopenia. Vitamin D pleiotropic effects may influence bone and muscle health. The aim of this pilot study was to assess ... [more ▼]

Objective: Burn patients are at risk of hypovitaminosis D and osteopenia or sarcopenia. Vitamin D pleiotropic effects may influence bone and muscle health. The aim of this pilot study was to assess effects of a cholecalciferol (VD3) supplementation and an optimized calcium (Ca) regimen on vitamin D (VD) status, bone and muscle health during sequelar stage of burn injury. Design: Monocentric randomized controlled trial. Methods: Fifteen adults with thermal burns dating from 2 to 5 years were randomized into two groups. For 12 months, they either received a quarterly IM injection of 200,000 IU VD3 and daily oral Ca (Group D) or placebo (Group P). VD status and bone remodeling markers were assessed every 3 months. Knee muscle strength and bone mineral density were, respectively, assessed using isokinetic dynamometry and dual X-ray absorptiometry at initiation (M0) and completion (M12) of the protocol. Results: Of all the patients, 66% presented with VD deficiency and 53% (with 3 men <40 y) were considered osteopenic at inclusion. After one year, calcidiol levels significantly increased in Group D to reach 40 (37–61) ng/ml. No significant change in bone health was observed in both groups while Group D significantly improved quadriceps strength when tested at high velocity. Conclusions: This VD3 supplementation was safe and efficient to correct hypovitaminosis D in burn adults. When combined with optimized Ca intakes, it demonstrated positive effects on muscle health but not on bone health. A high prevalence of hypovitaminosis D and osteopenia in these patients, as well as their wide range of muscle performances, seem to be worrying when considering rehabilitation and quality of life. [less ▲]

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See detailAn atomistic view of DNA dynamics and its interaction with small binders: insights from Molecular Dynamics and Principal Component Analysis
Fresch, Barbara ULg; Remacle, Françoise ULg

in Joachim, Christian (Ed.) Advances in Atom and Single Molecule Machines (in press)

DNA oligomers are promising building blocks for the development of bottom-up nano-devices and molecular logic machines. To control and exploit their unique capabilities of self-assembling and molecular ... [more ▼]

DNA oligomers are promising building blocks for the development of bottom-up nano-devices and molecular logic machines. To control and exploit their unique capabilities of self-assembling and molecular recognition a deep understanding of their dynamical properties is essential. We theoretically investigate the dynamics of a DNA dodecamer and its complexes with two common ligands, Hoechst33258 and the ethidium cation, by means of classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and Principal Component Analysis (PCA). We study the structural relation between the flexibility of the double helix and the binding process. The dynamics of a terminal base pair unbinding is also analysed as an example of process that involves multiple energy minima in the underlying free energy landscape. [less ▲]

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