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See detailCorrelation between Bronchoalveolar Lavage (Bal) Fluid Cell Lysate Histamine Content and Bal Fluid Eosinophil Count in Atopic and Nonatopic Asthmatics
Louis, Renaud ULg; Van Tulder, L.; Poncelet, M. et al

in International Archives of Allergy & Immunology (1997), 112(3), 309-12

We have compared the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) cellular composition and the BAL cell lysate histamine content (fluorometric assay) in 28 stable mild to moderate asthmatics (atopic n = 18 and ... [more ▼]

We have compared the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) cellular composition and the BAL cell lysate histamine content (fluorometric assay) in 28 stable mild to moderate asthmatics (atopic n = 18 and intrinsic n = 10) and 11 control subjects. When compared to control subjects, the whole group of asthmatics had a higher proportion of BAL eosinophils (p < 0.01) and metachromatic cells (p < 0.05). The BAL cell lysate histamine was increased in atopic (p < 0.05) and intrinsic asthmatics (p < 0.05) in comparison with control subjects. In the whole group of asthmatics, the BAL cell lysate histamine content correlated with the percentage of BAL eosinophils (r = 0.58, p < 0.01). This relationship was significant in both atopic (r = 0.48, p < 0.05) and intrinsic (r = 0.70, p < 0.05) asthmatics. For the whole group of asthmatics, both the BAL cell lysate histamine and the percentage of BAL eosinophils inversely correlated with the percent predicted FEV1 (r = -0.42, p < 0.05; r = -0.51, p < 0.05). We conclude that an increased BAL cell lysate histamine content correlates with airway eosinophilic infiltration and lung function impairment in mild to moderate atopic and intrinsic asthmatics. This suggests that BAL mast cells play a key role in recruiting eosinophils in the airways of asthmatics irrespective of the presence of an atopic status. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between c-reactive protein (CRP) levels and the importance of enzyme release after myocardial infarction
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; El Allaf, M.; Pierard, Luc ULg et al

in European Heart Journal Supplements : Journal of the European Society of Cardiology (1989), 10(suppl.1), 262

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See detailCorrelation between endotoxin level and bacterial count in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of ventilated patients
Nys, Monique ULg; Ledoux, Didier ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in Critical Care Medicine (2000), 28(8), 2825-2830

OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of the endotoxin level in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and to propose to the clinician a guide in the diagnosis of gram-negative bacterial (GNB) pneumonia ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of the endotoxin level in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and to propose to the clinician a guide in the diagnosis of gram-negative bacterial (GNB) pneumonia. DESIGN: Retrospective and prospective studies to investigate the relation between endotoxin level and quantitative bacterial culture of BAL and to test the predictive value of a defined threshold. SETTING: University hospital general intensive care unit. PATIENTS: In the first part of the study, 77 consecutive ventilated patients with clinical suspicion of nosocomial pneumonia between January 1995 and January 1996. In the second part of the study, 93 consecutive ventilated patients studied prospectively between February 1996 and April 1997. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Quantitative cultures for aerobic bacteria were performed directly from the fluid. Bacterial species were determined with standard techniques. The detection of endotoxin in BAL was made using a quantitative chromogenic Limulus assay. In the retrospective analysis, a significant correlation between quantitative GNB cultures and BAL endotoxin levels was observed (r2 = 0.60, p < .0001). An endotoxin level > or = 4 endotoxin units/mL (EU/mL) distinguishes patients with a significant GNB count from colonized patients with a sensitivity of 92.6%, a specificity of 81.4% and a correct classification rate of 84.9%. In the prospective analysis, the 4 EU/mL threshold permits identification of infected patients with a sensitivity of 82.2%, a specificity of 95.6%, and a correct classification rate of 90.3%. The receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed that the Limulus assay still had a good discrimination power in the prediction of significant bacterial count in BAL fluid. CONCLUSIONS: Endotoxin detection immediately after bronchoscopy is a distinct advantage to the clinician because antimicrobial gram-negative therapy may be immediately justified according to the results. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between exercise parameters and oxidant markers in horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Art, Tatiana ULg; De Moffarts, Brieux et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (2002), 443

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See detailCorrelation between five radioimmunoassay systems for bovine pregnancy associated glycoprotein (PAG).
Ayad, A.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Iguer-Ouada, M. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2008), 43(Suppl 5), 90

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See detailCorrelation between increased bone mineral density and decreased fracture risk - Bone mineral density as a tool to monitor postmenopausal osteoporosis treatment
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Medicographia (2008), 30(4), 355-359

Although low bone mineral density (BMD) is predictive of fracture risk in untreated patients, there is currently debate about the extent to which the antifracture efficacy of antiosteoporotic agents is ... [more ▼]

Although low bone mineral density (BMD) is predictive of fracture risk in untreated patients, there is currently debate about the extent to which the antifracture efficacy of antiosteoporotic agents is related to BMD changes. The goal of this article is to make an overview of studies dealing with the association between BMD changes and fracture risk reduction. The percent- age of the reduction in fracture risk attributable to changes in BMD after an- tiresorptive treatments (risedronate, alendronate, and raloxifene) varies from 4% to 28%. One study with a bone-forming agent (teriparatide) found that the proportion of fracture risk reduction attributable to the increase in BMD ranged from 30% to 41%. With strontium ranelate, the changes in femoral neck and total hip BMD explained 76% and 74%, respectively, of the reduction in verte- bral fractures observed during treatment. However, study designs as well as statistical methods often differ, making the comparison between studies rather difficult. Our review indicates that the association between BMD changes and fracture risk is equivocal, but seems to be higher for strontium ranelate than that reported for its competitors. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between Nuclear Factor-Kappab Activity in Bronchial Brushing Samples and Lung Dysfunction in an Animal Model of Asthma
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Bonizzi, G.; Kirschvink, N. et al

in American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (2000), 161(4, Pt 1), 1314-1321

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, in which many inflammatory genes are overexpressed. Transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB), which is thought to control the ... [more ▼]

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, in which many inflammatory genes are overexpressed. Transcription factor, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB), which is thought to control the transcriptional initiation of inflammatory genes, has been poorly investigated in asthma. In the present report, bronchial cells (BCs), recovered by bronchial brushing in healthy and heaves-affected horses (i.e., an animal model of asthma), were assessed for NF-kappaB activity. Small amounts of active NF-kappaB were present in BCs of healthy horses, whereas high levels of NF-kappaB activity was found during crisis (i.e., acute airway obstruction) in all heaves-affected horses. Three weeks after the crisis, the level of NF-kappaB activity found in BCs of heaves-affected horses was highly correlated (p < 0.01) to the degree of residual lung dysfunction. Unexpectedly, active NF- kappaB complexes found in BCs of heaves-affected horses were mainly p65 homodimers, rather than classic p65-p50 heterodimers. At last, intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression paralleled p65 homodimers activity in these cells. These results demonstrate that the kinetics of NF-kappaB activity is strongly related to the course of the disease and confirm the relevance of NF-kappaB as a putative target in asthma therapy. Moreover, uncommon p65 homodimers could transactivate, in BCs, a subset of genes, such as ICAM-1, characteristic of chronic airway inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between optical constants and crystal chemical parameters of ZrW2O8
Shannon, Robert D; Fischer, Reinhard X; Medenbach, Olaf et al

in Journal of Solid State Chemistry (2009), 182(10), 2762-2768

The refractive indices of ZrW2O8, measured at wavelengths of 435.8-643.8 nm, were used to calculate n(D) at lambda = 589.3 nm and n(infinity) at lambda = infinity from a one-term Sellmeier equation ... [more ▼]

The refractive indices of ZrW2O8, measured at wavelengths of 435.8-643.8 nm, were used to calculate n(D) at lambda = 589.3 nm and n(infinity) at lambda = infinity from a one-term Sellmeier equation. Refractive indices, n(D) and dispersion values, A, are, respectively, 1.8794 and 114 x 10(-16) m(2). The high dispersion, relative to other molybdates, tungstates and Zr-containing compounds, is attributed to the low value of E-o = 7.7 eV and mean cation coordination number. Total electronic polarizabilities, alpha(total), were calculated from n(infinity) and the Lorenz-Lorentz equation. The unusually large difference between the observed polarizability of 20.087 angstrom(3) and the calculated total polarizability alpha(T) of 17.59 angstrom(3) (Delta = +12.4%) is attributed to (1) a large M-O-W angle, (2) a high degree of W 5d-O(terminal) 2p and Zr nd-O 2p hybridization, and (3) unusually high oxygen displacement factors, B(O), normalized to B(W). (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between radiographic severity of knee osteoarthritis and future disease progression. Results from a 3-year prospective, placebo-controlled study evaluating the effect of glucosamine sulfate.
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Honore, Aline; Ethgen, Olivier ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2003), 11(1), 1-5

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between baseline radiographic severity of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and the importance of long-term joint space narrowing. DESIGN: Sub-analysis from a three-year ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between baseline radiographic severity of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and the importance of long-term joint space narrowing. DESIGN: Sub-analysis from a three-year randomized, placebo-controlled, prospective study, of 212 patients with knee OA, recruited in an osteoarthritic outpatient clinic and having been part of a study evaluating the effect of glucosamine sulfate on symptom and structure modification in knee OA. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Measurements of mean joint space width (JSW), assessed by a computer-assisted method, were performed at baseline and after 3 years, on weightbearing anteroposterior knee radiographs. RESULTS: In the placebo group, baseline JSW was significantly and negatively correlated with the joint space narrowing observed after 3 years (r=-0.34, P=0.003). In the lowest quartile of baseline mean JSW (<4.5mm), the JSW increased after 3 years by (mean (S.D.)) 3.8% (23.8) in the placebo group and 6.2% (17.5) in the glucosamine sulfate group. The difference between the two groups in these patients with the most severe OA at baseline was not statistically significant (P=0.70). In the highest quartile of baseline mean JSW (>6.2mm), a joint space narrowing of 14.9% (17.9) occurred in the placebo group after 3 years while patients from the glucosamine sulfate group only experienced a narrowing of 6.0% (15.1). Patients with the most severe OA at baseline had a RR of 0.42 (0.17-1.01) to experience a 0.5mm joint space narrowing over 3 years, compared to those with the less affected joint. In patients with mild OA, i.e. in the highest quartile of baseline mean JSW, glucosamine sulfate use was associated with a trend (P=0.10) towards a significant reduction in joint space narrowing. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that patients with the less severe radiographic knee OA will experience, over 3 years, the most dramatic disease progression in terms of joint space narrowing. Such patients may be particularly responsive to structure-modifying drugs. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between RNA and protein levels in a large european series from the LYSA
Bossard, C.; Dobay, M.P.; Lamant, L. et al

in Hematological Oncology (2013), 31 Suppl.1

Introduction: CD22 is expressed on most B-non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL); inotuzumab ozogamicin (INO) is an anti-CD22 antibody conjugated to calicheamicin. This study evaluated the safety and tolerability of ... [more ▼]

Introduction: CD22 is expressed on most B-non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL); inotuzumab ozogamicin (INO) is an anti-CD22 antibody conjugated to calicheamicin. This study evaluated the safety and tolerability of INO plus R-CVP in patients (pts) with relapsed/refractory CD22+ B-NHL. Efficacy data were also collected. Methods: Part 1 of this open-label study identified a maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of INO 0.8mg/m,2 on day 2 plus R-CVP (rituximab 375mg/m,2 cyclophosphamide 750mg/m,2 and vincristine 1.4mg/m,2 on day 1; prednisone 40mg/m,2 on days 1-5) every 21 days. Subsequently, pts were enrolled in the MTD confirmation cohort (part 2, n = 10), which required a dose-limiting toxicity rate of <33% in cycle 1 and <4 pts discontinuing prior to cycle 3 due to an adverse event (AE) in the MTD expansion cohort (part 3, n = 22), which explored preliminary activity. Results: Parts 2 and 3 enrolled 32 pts: 16 pts with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, 15 with follicular lymphoma and one with mantle cell lymphoma. Median age was 64.5 years (range 44-81 years); 34% of pts had 1 prior regimen, 34% had 2, 28% had ≥3 and 3% had none (median 2; range 0-6).Median treatment duration was five cycles (range 1-6). Part 2 confirmed the MTD as standard dose R-CVP plus INO 0.8mg/m,2; 2/10 pts had a dose-limiting toxicity (grade 3 increased ALT/AST, grade 4 neutropenia requiring G-CSF). One pt discontinued because of an AE prior to cycle 3. Common treatment-related AEs were thrombocytopenia (78%), neutropenia (66%), fatigue (50%), leukopenia (50%), nausea (41%) and lymphopenia (38%); common grade 3/4 AEs were neutropenia (63%), thrombocytopenia (53%), leukopenia (38%) and lymphopenia (31%). There was one case of treatment-related fatal pneumonia with grade 4 neutropenia. Ten pts discontinued treatment due to AEs; thrombocytopenia/delayed platelet recovery was the leading cause (grade 1/2, n = 6; grade 3/4, n = 3). Objective response rate (ORR) was 77% (n = 24/31 evaluable pts), including 26% (n=8/31) with complete response (CR); three pts had stable disease. Of the pts with follicular lymphoma, ORR was 100% (n = 15/15), including seven pts with CR. Of the pts with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, ORR was 60% (n = 9/16), including one pt with CR. Conclusions: Results suggest that INOplus R-CVP has acceptable toxicity and promising activity in relapsed/refractory CD22+ B-NHL. The most common grade 3/4 AEs were hematologic. Follow-up for progression-free and overall survival is ongoing. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between superhydrophobicity and the power spectral density of randomly rough surfaces
Awada, Houssein; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Langmuir (2010), 26(23), 17798-17803

We show experimentally and analytically that for single-valued, isotropic, homogeneous, randomly rough surfaces consisting of bumps randomly protruding over a continuous background, superhydrophobicity is ... [more ▼]

We show experimentally and analytically that for single-valued, isotropic, homogeneous, randomly rough surfaces consisting of bumps randomly protruding over a continuous background, superhydrophobicity is related to the power spectral density of the surface height, which can be derived from microscopy measurements. More precisely, superhydrophobicity correlates with the third moment of the power spectral density, which is directly related to the notion of Wenzel roughness (i.e., the ratio between the real area of the surface and its projected area). In addition, we explain why randomly rough surfaces with identical root-mean-square roughness values may behave differently with respect to water repellence and why roughness components with wavelength larger than 10 μm are not likely to be of importance or, stated otherwise, why superhydrophobicity often requires a contribution from submicrometer-scale components such as nanoparticles. The analysis developed here also shows that the simple thermodynamic arguments relating superhydrophobicity to an increase in the sample area are valid for this type of surface, and we hope that it will help researchers to fabricate efficient superhydrophobic surfaces based on the rational design of their power spectral density. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between the neutralizing response to BRSV vaccinal strains and the prevention of pulmonary dysfunction induced by a challenge strain
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Genicot, B.; Coghe, J. et al

in Proceedings: Réunion de la Société Belge de Physiologie et de Pharmacologie Fondamentales et Cliniques (1999)

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See detailCorrelation between the roughness of the substrate surface and the debonding risk
Perez, Fabien; Morency, Maxim; Bissonnette, Benoît et al

in Alexander, M. G.; Beushausen, H.-D.; Dehn, F. (Eds.) et al Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting II (2009)

This paper presents the influence of substrate surface preparation on the adhesion strength of repaired beams system. Bond between new and old concrete has been the subject of a number of investigations ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the influence of substrate surface preparation on the adhesion strength of repaired beams system. Bond between new and old concrete has been the subject of a number of investigations, but in most cases, only adhesion strength was addressed. This parameter was used to estimate the durability and/or the debonding risk for repaired structure and it’s a generally accepted auditing standards. Usually, surface preparation of the substrate concrete is considered essential to achieve a durable repair because of its influence on the bond strength. To better understand debonding mechanism, in particular these related to surface preparation, roughness parameters were calculated to quantify the influence of surface preparation on the structural behaviour. Using this approach, repair beams prepared by way of four (4) concrete surface preparations were characterized. Results obtained show that repaired beams presenting a substrate with a rough surface permit to achieve a monolithic behaviour of the repaired system. Opposite structural behaviour, with large debonding, was recorded for those having smooth surface. However, all surface preparations used have promoted the same bond strength regardless the roughness of the substrate. The resulting analysis highlights the relation between roughness parameter αrough and the debonding mechanism of repaired beams. Such results will be useful to better predict the performance of concrete repairs. [less ▲]

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