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See detailComparative Fe and Zn K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopic study of the ferroxidase centres of human H-chain ferritin and bacterioferritin from Desulfovibrio desulfuricans.
Toussaint, Louise ULg

in Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry : A Publication of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (2009), 14(1), 35-49

Iron uptake by the ubiquitous iron-storage protein ferritin involves the oxidation of two Fe(II) ions located at the highly conserved dinuclear ‘‘ferroxidase centre’’ in individual subunits. We have ... [more ▼]

Iron uptake by the ubiquitous iron-storage protein ferritin involves the oxidation of two Fe(II) ions located at the highly conserved dinuclear ‘‘ferroxidase centre’’ in individual subunits. We have measured X-ray absorption spectra of four mutants (K86Q, K86Q/E27D, K86Q/E107D, and K86Q/E27D/E107D, involving variations of Glu to Asp on either or both sides of the dinuclear ferroxidase site) of recombinant human H-chain ferritin (rHuHF) in their complexes with reactive Fe(II) and redoxinactive Zn(II). The results for Fe–rHuHf are compared with those for recombinant Desulfovibrio desulfuricans bacterioferritin (DdBfr) in three states: oxidised, reduced, and oxidised/Chelex -treated. The X-ray absorption nearedge region of the spectrum allows the oxidation state of the iron ions to be assessed. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure simulations have yielded accurate geometric information that represents an important refinement of the crystal structure of DdBfr; most metal–ligand bonds are shortened and there is a decrease in ionic radius going from the Fe(II) to the Fe(III) state. The Chelex -treated sample is found to be partly mineralised, giving an indication of the state of iron in the cycled-oxidised (reduced, then oxidised) form of DdBfr, where the crystal structure shows the dinuclear site to be only half occupied. In the case of rHuHF the complexes with Zn(II) reveal a surprising similarity between the variants, indicating that the rHuHf dinuclear site is rigid. In spite of this, the rHuHf complexes with Fe(II) show a variation in reactivity that is reflected in the iron oxidation states and coordination geometries. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative fluxes of HCO3- and Si from glaciated and non-glaciated terrain during the last deglaciation.
Jones, I. W.; Munhoven, Guy ULg; Tranter, M.

in Tranter, M.; Armstrong, R.; Brun, E. (Eds.) et al Interactions Between the Cryosphere, Climate and Greenhouse Gases (1999)

There is current interest in the riverine fluxes of bicarbonate and Si at the last glacial maximum (LGM), since modelling suggests that these were higher than today (Gibbs and Kump, 1994; Froelich et al ... [more ▼]

There is current interest in the riverine fluxes of bicarbonate and Si at the last glacial maximum (LGM), since modelling suggests that these were higher than today (Gibbs and Kump, 1994; Froelich et al., 1992). If this is the case, removal of atmospheric CO2 by silicate weathering is also likely to have been greater at the LGM (Munhoven and Francois, 1996), so contributing to the lower atmospheric CO2 recorded by ice cores (Barnola et al., 1987). To date, the magnitude of glacial chemical erosion on bicarbonate and Si fluxes at the LGM is poorly quantified, and the locus of the inferred doubled terrestrial Si flux is unknown. This paper aims to provide first estimates of the relative fluxes of bicarbonate and Si fluxes from ice-free and glaciated terrain for five time steps between the LGM (21ka), by extending the modelling approach of Gibbs and Kump (1994) and incorporating new data on glacial solute fluxes (Tranter et al., submitted). [less ▲]

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See detailComparative genome organization of vertebrates. The First International Workshop on Comparative Genome Organization.
Andersson, L.; Archibald, A.; Ashburner, M. et al

in Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society (1996), 7(10), 717-34

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See detailA comparative Genome-Wide Association Interaction study using BOOST and MB-MDR algorithms on Ankylosing Spondylitis
Bessonov, Kyrylo ULg

Poster (2013, April 29)

Genome-Wide Association (GWA) studies have gained popularity after the completion of the Human Genome Project and advancement of high-throughput technologies. These studies aim to scan thousands of ... [more ▼]

Genome-Wide Association (GWA) studies have gained popularity after the completion of the Human Genome Project and advancement of high-throughput technologies. These studies aim to scan thousands of genomic variations (e.g., SNPs) for their association to phenotypic variables (i.e. traits), such as disease related phenotypes, with the hope of extracting biologically and clinically relevant information. Understanding of genetic, environmental as well as other components of the disease brings the key insights into disease pathology and approaches us closer to the ultimate goal - personalized medicine. In this work we rely on a minimal GWAI protocol for genome-wide epistasis detection using SNPs, as developed in our lab [6][9]. Using the advanced non-parametric Model-Based Multifactor Dimensionality Reduction (MB-MDR) method [1] and BOolean Operation-based Screening and Testing (BOOST) algorithms [4][*] for detection of statistically significant epistatic SNP-SNP interactions, we investigate the effect of exhaustive (BOOST) and non-exhaustive (MB-MDR) marker processing strategies, LD effects, as well as different adjustment schemes for lower-order effects (i.e. epistasis). Our approach was tested on Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) data as provided by the WTCCC2 consortium [1]. AS is a long-term / chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the joints between the spinal bones. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs calming down the immune system inflammatory responses are used as a treatment but there is no permanent cure for AS. The disease has also a strong environmental component and affects 3.5 - 13 per 1,000 people in USA [5] [less ▲]

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See detailComparative genomics to investigate the evolutionary development of the genus Bifidobacterium
Lugli, Gabriele; Milani, Christian; Turroni, Francesca et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2014)

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See detailComparative haemodynamic effects of intravenous flecainide in patients with and without heart failure and with and without beta-blocker therapy.
Legrand, Victor ULg; Materne, P.; Vandormael, M. et al

in European heart journal (1985), 6(8), 664-71

The haemodynamic effects of flecainide were compared in three different subsets of patients with documented coronary disease. Ten patients (A) had no heart failure, 5 patients were on beta blockers (B ... [more ▼]

The haemodynamic effects of flecainide were compared in three different subsets of patients with documented coronary disease. Ten patients (A) had no heart failure, 5 patients were on beta blockers (B) and 5 patients had overt heart failure (C). Flecainide was associated with negative inotropic effects that were relatively more pronounced in patients with left ventricular dysfunction: pulmonary wedge pressure increased by 27% in A, by 31% in B and by 42% in C; left ventricular stroke volume and stroke work decreased respectively by 10 and 12% in A, 21 and 19% in B, 26 and 28% in C. Ejection fraction decreased by 9% in A, 13% in B and 20% in C, in relation with an increase in end systolic volume (+9% in A, +10% in B and +5% in C). Absolute changes, however, were not significantly different from one group to another except for the increase of systemic vascular resistance which was more pronounced in C as compared with the other groups. The myocardial depression was also confirmed by the fall in dP/dt that was maximal at the end of injection; dP/dt remained depressed 15 min later despite some improvement. Flecainide thus exerts negative inotropic effects that are maximal at the end of infusion and may be of importance in patients with established left ventricular dysfunction. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative imaging of the podotrochlear apparatus in the horse
Schneider, Nicole ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2000)

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See detailComparative immunohistochemical study of herpes-simplex and varicella-zoster infections
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Debrus, S.; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv. A : Pathological Anatomy and Histopathology (1993), 422(2), 121-126

Herpes simplex (HSV) and varicella-zoster (VZV) skin infections share so many histological similarities that distinguishing between them may prove to be impossible. We developed and characterized a new ... [more ▼]

Herpes simplex (HSV) and varicella-zoster (VZV) skin infections share so many histological similarities that distinguishing between them may prove to be impossible. We developed and characterized a new monoclonal antibody, VL8, IgG kappa isotype, directed to the VZV envelope glycoprotein gpI. Immunohistochemistry with VL8 appeared highly sensitive and specific on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded biopsies and a clear-cut distinction between HSV and VZV infections was possible. The pattern of VL8 immunolabelling in VZV infections was strikingly different from that found in HSV infections studied with polyclonal antibodies to HSV I and II. Double immunolabelling revealed the VL8 positivity of sebaceous cells, endothelial cells, Mac 387-and CD68-positive monocyte-macrophages, and factor XIIIa-positive perivascular, perineural and interstitial dendrocytes. Intracytoplasmic VL8 labelling of endothelial cells and perivascular dendrocytes was found at the site of leukocytoclastic vasculitis. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative In Vitro Activity of Amphotericine B, Itraconazole, Voriconazole and Posaconazole against Aspergillus fumigatus
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Amadore, Agatha; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2001, December)

Background. New azoles have been successfully used as treatment of invasive aspergillosis. The purpose of this study was to compare the in vitro activity of posaconazole (Posa) with that of amphotericin B ... [more ▼]

Background. New azoles have been successfully used as treatment of invasive aspergillosis. The purpose of this study was to compare the in vitro activity of posaconazole (Posa) with that of amphotericin B (AmB), itraconazole (Itra) and voriconazole (Vor) against A. fumigatus isolates according to NCCLS method (M38-P), and to compare visual and spectrophotometric readings for MIC determination. Methods. A total of 106 A. fumigatus isolates were selected as follows: 88 clinical isolates from colonized patients, 18 from patients with invasive aspergillosis and 7 environmental isolates. Their in vitro susceptibility was evaluated by the NCCLS microdilution method (M38-P) in RPMI 1640 medium. Determination of results was made by visual and spectrophotometric readings (630 nm) after 48 hours incubation at 35 degreesC. Three A. fumigatus reference strains (IHEM 5734, 6149 and 13935) were included as control. Results. 1. Geometric mean MICs/MIC90 (microg/ml) obtained by visual reading were respectively 0.66/1 (AmB), 0.37/0.5 (Itra), 0.27/0.5 (Vor) and 0.02/0.03 (Posa). 2. MIC values were comparable by spectrophotometric and by visual readings for all antifungal agents tested (p>.05) and did not depend on the isolates origin (p>.05). 3. Posaconazole had the lowest MICs (p< 0.001). 4. The itraconazole-resistant reference strain did not give cross resistance with voriconazole and posaconazole. CONCLUSIONS: Among azoles, posaconazole had a better in vitro activity against A. fumigatus than did voriconazole or itraconazole. Spectrophotometric reading could replace the less standardized visual reading for NCCLS microdilution method and MIC values obtained were comparable among all A. fumigatus isolates. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative influence of burial depth on the clay mineral assemblage of the Agadir-Essaouira basin (western High Atlas, Morocco)
Daoudi, Lachen; Ouajhain, B.; Rocha, F. et al

in Clay Minerals (2010), 45(4), 453-467

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See detailComparative intradermal tuberculin test in dairy cattle in the north of Ecuador and risk factors associated with bovine tuberculosis
Proano-Perez, F.; Benitez-Ortiz, Washington; Celi-Erazo, M. et al

in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (The) (2009), 81(6), 1103-1109

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See detailA Comparative Investigation of Contraceptive Reliability, Cycle Control and Tolerance of Two Monophasic Oral Contraceptives Containing Either Drospirenone or Desogestrel
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Wuttke, W.; Bouw, G. M. et al

in European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care : The Official Journal of the European Society of Contraception (2000), 5(2), 124-34

OBJECTIVE: To assess the contraceptive reliability, cycle control and tolerance of a new monophasic oral contraceptive (Yasmin) containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone and compare it ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the contraceptive reliability, cycle control and tolerance of a new monophasic oral contraceptive (Yasmin) containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone and compare it with a preparation containing an equal dose of ethinylestradiol combined with 150 microg desogestrel (Marvelon). METHODS: A multicenter, open-label, randomized study was carried out in 26 European centers. Contraceptive efficacy, cycle control and tolerance (including body weight, blood pressure and heart rate) were assessed over 26 cycles, plus a 3-month follow-up period. RESULTS: Of 900 women who were randomized, 887 started treatment and 627 completed the 26 cycles plus follow-up (310 in the ethinylestradiol/drospirenone group and 317 in the ethinylestradiol/desogestrel group). Both study preparations were found to be effective with regard to contraceptive reliability and cycle control was good. There were six pregnancies (three in each group), but none were considered to have been the result of method failures. The subjective and objective tolerances were good in both groups. A statistically significant difference was found in body weight changes between the two groups. While there was an increase in mean body weight in the ethinylestradiol/desogestrel group from cycle 5 onward, the mean body weight per cycle in the ethinylestradiol/drospirenone group was slightly below the baseline value throughout the study. The incidence ofpremenstrual symptoms was higher in the ethinylestradiol/drospirenone group than in the ethinylestradiol/desogestrel group during the 6 months prior to the study, but lower during treatment. The rates ofdysmenorrhea were identical under both treatments but the symptoms were more often mild and less often severe in the ethinylestradiol/drospirenone group. CONCLUSION: The combination of 30 microg ethinylestradiol combined with 3 mg drospirenone provides effective oral contraception and good cycle control, and is well tolerated. Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone had a more favorable effect on body weight than ethinylestradiol/desogestrel, with the mean body weight remaining lower than baseline for the majority of the women. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative joint imaging in smalls animals
van bree; Gielen; Van Rijssen et al

Conference (2001, October 25)

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See detailComparative long-term effects of coronary artery bypass graft surgery and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty on regional coronary flow reserve.
Bates, E. R.; Aueron, F. M.; Legrand, Victor ULg et al

in Circulation (1985), 72(4), 833-9

To evaluate the relative long-term improvement in coronary artery hemodynamics after revascularization by coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty ... [more ▼]

To evaluate the relative long-term improvement in coronary artery hemodynamics after revascularization by coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), regional coronary flow reserve (CFR) was measured, by digital computer analysis of 35 mm cine film, in 50 men undergoing cardiac catheterization. CFR (mean +/- SEM) in 12 atherosclerotic arteries before revascularization was 1.02 +/- 0.05. Mean CFR in 29 normal arteries of men with normal coronary arteriograms was significantly higher (2.59 +/- 0.11) than that in 16 atherosclerotic arteries of patients revascularized by CABG (2.02 +/- 0.17, p less than .01) or in 14 atherosclerotic arteries of those revascularized by PTCA (1.97 +/- 0.12, p less than .01). No difference in CFR between the CABG and PTCA groups was found and variables known to influence CFR were similar between groups. Equivalent and significant long-term improvement in coronary artery hemodynamics is provided by CABG or PTCA. We postulate that the difference in CFR in the men with normal arteries and those who underwent revascularization was related to the effects of the general atherosclerotic process, which remain despite successful treatment by these techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative magnetotail flapping: An overview of selectec events ad Earth, Jupiter and Saturn
Volwerk, M.; Andre, N.; Arridge, C. et al

in Annales Geophysicae [= ANGEO] (2013)

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