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See detailComparative efficacy of everolimus plus exemestane versus fulvestrant for hormone-receptor-positive advanced breast cancer following progression/recurrence after endocrine therapy: a network meta-analysis.
Bachelot, Thomas; McCool, Rachael; Duffy, Steven et al

in Breast cancer research and treatment (2013)

Postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer recurring/progressing on or after initial (adjuvant or first-line) endocrine therapy may be treated multiple times with one of several endocrine or ... [more ▼]

Postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer recurring/progressing on or after initial (adjuvant or first-line) endocrine therapy may be treated multiple times with one of several endocrine or combinatorial targeted treatment options before initiating chemotherapy. In the absence of direct head-to-head comparisons of these treatment options, an indirect comparison can inform treatment choice. This network meta-analysis compared the efficacy of everolimus plus exemestane with that of fulvestrant 250 and 500 mg in the advanced breast cancer setting following adjuvant or first-line endocrine therapy. The reported hazard ratios (HRs) for progression-free survival (PFS) or time to progression from six studies that formed a network to compare everolimus plus exemestane (BOLERO-2 trial) with fulvestrant were analyzed by means of a Bayesian network meta-analysis. In the primary comparison (PFS analysis based on the local review of disease progression from BOLERO-2 with the data from the other studies), everolimus plus exemestane appeared to be more efficacious than both fulvestrant 250 mg (HR = 0.47; 95 % credible interval [CrI] 0.38-0.58) and 500 mg (HR = 0.59; 95 % CrI 0.45-0.77). Similar results were obtained in an alternate comparison based on central review of disease progression from BOLERO-2 with the data from the other studies (HR = 0.40; 95 % CrI 0.31-0.51 and HR = 0.50; 95 % CrI 0.37-0.67, respectively), and in a subgroup analysis of patients who had received prior aromatase inhibitor therapy (HR = 0.47; 95 % CrI 0.38-0.58 and HR = 0.55; 95 % CrI 0.40-0.76, respectively). These results suggest that everolimus plus exemestane may be more efficacious than fulvestrant in patients with advanced breast cancer who progress on or after adjuvant or first-line therapy with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative emergence phenology of the orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) and its parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae and Platygastridae) under controlled conditions
Chavalle, Sandrine ULg; Buhl, Peter Neerup; Censier, Florence ULg et al

in Crop Protection (2015), 76

The orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), is a wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) pest that can cause significant yield losses. Several hymenopterous parasitoids ... [more ▼]

The orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), is a wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) pest that can cause significant yield losses. Several hymenopterous parasitoids are known to attack S. mosellana. For the effective biological control of this pest by its parasitoids, the hostparasitoid synchrony is particularly important. The synchronization between the emergence of S. mosellana and its parasitoids was studied under controlled conditions with soils sampled from two locations. For both sites, three parasitoid species were identified: Macroglenes penetrans (Kirby) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), Euxestonotus error (Fitch) (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) and Platygaster tuberosula (Kieffer) (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). The hypothesis that parasitoid emergence is triggered by the same rainfall that induces host emergence was tested by simulating three rainfall events, a week apart. The parasitoid M. penetrans emerged later than S. mosellana with a mean of 57 ± 7 DD (degree-days above 7 °C) for insects collected from Juprelle and 68 ± 10 DD for those from Veurne (i.e., 4-5 days after its host). M. penetrans was therefore closely synchronized with its host through the same inductive rainfall, but this was not the case for E. error or P. tuberosula. Depending on when the rainfall that triggered the emergence of S. mosellana occurred, E. error and P. tuberosula emerged either before or after their host. M. penetrans is a more effective biocontrol agent of S. mosellana compared to P. tuberosula and E. error. Greater knowledge about parasitoid emergence could lead to the better positioning of insecticide treatments against wheat midge that protect and conserve the parasitoid populations. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative enantiomer affinity pattern of beta-blockers in aqueous and non-aqueous CE using single-component anionic cyclodextrins
Feng, Y; Wang, T; Chankvetadze, B et al

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See detailComparative enantiomer affinity pattern of beta-blockers in aqueous and nonaqueous CE using single-component anionic cyclodextrins.
Feng, Ying; Wang, Tingting; Jiang, Zhengjin et al

in Electrophoresis (2015), 36(11-12), 1358-64

A series of eight chiral beta-blocker drugs, acebutolol, atenolol, carazolol, carteolol, carvedilol, propranolol, sotalol, and talinolol, have been enantioseparated using two single-component anionic beta ... [more ▼]

A series of eight chiral beta-blocker drugs, acebutolol, atenolol, carazolol, carteolol, carvedilol, propranolol, sotalol, and talinolol, have been enantioseparated using two single-component anionic beta-CD derivatives, namely heptakis (2,3-di-O-methyl-6-sulfo)-beta-CD (HDMS-beta-CD) and heptakis (2,3-di-O-acetyl-6-sulfo)-beta-CD (HDAS-beta-CD), in aqueous CE and NACE. The influence of the nature of substituents (methyl or acetyl) in positions 2 and 3 on the CD derivatives and of the electrophoretic medium (water or methanol) on the enantioselectivity and enantiomer affinity pattern (EAP) of these structurally related compounds was systematically studied. All eight beta-blockers could be enantioseparated at least partially in the four CE systems, except sotalol with HDMS-beta-CD in NACE. In general, lower affinity and enantioselectivity were obtained in the presence of HDMS-beta-CD compared to HDAS-beta-CD. Reversals of EAPs were observed for all compounds. EAPs toward these two CDs were found to be opposite to each other in NACE for all compounds except carvedilol and in aqueous CE for atenolol, carteolol, talinolol, and sotalol. It is particularly noteworthy that opposite EAPs were also observed using the same CD derivative when the aqueous BGE was replaced with the methanolic one: for carazolol, carvedilol, and propranolol in the presence of HDMS-beta-CD and for acebutolol and carvedilol with HDAS-beta-CD. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative enantioseparation of talinolol in aqueous and non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis and study of related selector-selectand interactions by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Chankvetadze, Lali; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2012), 1267

The enantiomers of the chiral beta-blocker drug talinolol were separated with two single component sulfated beta-cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives, namely heptakis (2,3-di-O-methyl-6-sulfo)-beta-CD) (HDMS ... [more ▼]

The enantiomers of the chiral beta-blocker drug talinolol were separated with two single component sulfated beta-cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives, namely heptakis (2,3-di-O-methyl-6-sulfo)-beta-CD) (HDMS-beta-CD) and heptakis (2,3-di-O-acetyl-6-sulfo)-beta-CD) (HDAS-beta-CD), in aqueous and non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis (CE). The enantiomer affinity pattern of talinolol toward these two CDs was opposite in both aqueous and non-aqueous CE. However, the enantiomer affinity pattern for a given CD derivative did not change when aqueous buffer was replaced with non-aqueous background electrolyte. The structures of the analyte-selector complexes in both, aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes were studied using rotating frame nuclear Overhauser effect (ROESY) NMR spectroscopy. Inclusion complex formation between the enantiomers of talinolol and HDAS-beta-CD was confirmed in aqueous buffer, while the complex between the enantiomers of talinolol and HDMS-beta-CD was of the external type. The complex of the talinolol enantiomers with HDAS-beta-CD in non-aqueous electrolyte was also of the external type. In spite of external complex formation excellent separation of the enantiomers was observed in non-aqueous CE. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of a one-pot strategy for the preparation of beta-cyclodextrin-functionalized monoliths: Effect of the degree of amino substitution of beta-cyclodextrin on the column performance.
Zhang, Qiaoxuan; Guo, Jialiang; Xiao, Yuan et al

in Journal of separation science (2015), 38(11), 1813-21

To further evaluate the feasibility and applicability of the one-pot strategy in monolithic column preparation, two novel beta-cyclodextrin-functionalized organic polymeric monoliths were prepared using ... [more ▼]

To further evaluate the feasibility and applicability of the one-pot strategy in monolithic column preparation, two novel beta-cyclodextrin-functionalized organic polymeric monoliths were prepared using two beta-cyclodextrin derivatives, i.e. mono(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin and heptakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin. In this improved method, mono(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin or heptakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin reacted with glycidyl methacrylate to generate the corresponding functional monomers and were subsequently copolymerized with ethylene dimethacrylate. The polymerization conditions for both monoliths were carefully optimized to obtain satisfactory column performance with respect to column efficiency, reproducibility, permeability, and stability. The obtained poly(glycidyl methacrylate-mono(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) and poly(glycidyl methacrylate-heptakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) monoliths exhibited a uniform structure, good permeability, and mechanical stability as indicated by scanning electron microscopy and micro-high-performance liquid chromatography experimental results. Because of the probable existence of multi-glycidyl methacrylate linking spacers on the poly(glycidyl methacrylate-heptakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) monolith, the effect of the ratio of glycidyl methacrylate/heptakis(6-amino-6-deoxy)-beta-cyclodextrin was especially studied, and satisfactory reproducibility could still be achieved by strictly controlling the composition of the polymerization mixture. To investigate the effect of the degree of amino substitution of beta-cyclodextrin on column performance, a detailed comparison of the two monoliths was also carried out using series of analytes including small peptides and chiral acids. It was found that the beta-cyclodextrin-functionalized monolith with mono-glycidyl methacrylate linking spacers demonstrated better chiral separation performance than that with multi-glycidyl methacrylate linking spacers. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Evaluation of Cerebral Aneurysms with Selective Arterially Enhanced Ct and Dsa
Vanderschelden, P.; Flandroy, P.; Dondelinger, R. F. et al

in European Radiology (1998), 8(7), 1181-6

The purpose of our study was to compare selective arterially enhanced spiral computed tomographs (ACT) with digital subtraction angiographies (DSA) in the presurgical assessment of cerebral aneurysms. A ... [more ▼]

The purpose of our study was to compare selective arterially enhanced spiral computed tomographs (ACT) with digital subtraction angiographies (DSA) in the presurgical assessment of cerebral aneurysms. A total of 24 aneurysms in 18 patients were explored in a prospective study by ACT and DSA, using an interactive combined CT-angiography suite. Dimensions of the aneurysm, its relation to the parent vessel, and the aneurysmal index were defined on DSA and on surface-shaded display of 3D reformatted images obtained from ACT. Results were correlated with surgical findings. Three aneurysms suspected on DSA were not confirmed by ACT. One fusiform aneurysm suspected on DSA corresponded to a sacciform aneurysm on ACT. Surgical findings confirmed 20 sacciform aneurysms. The aneurysmal index could be measured in all 20 cases of sacciform aneurysms on ACT and could not be determined with confidence in 55 % of the cases on DSA. DSA and ACT gave identical results in 35 % of cases. In 10 %, the index measured by ACT was superior to that determined by DSA for aneurysms which had a diameter of less than 3 mm. In conclusion, the combination of DSA and ACT improved the results of DSA alone. ACT is a reliable method to measure the aneurysmal index in aneurysms with a diameter superior to 3 mm. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of existing and new methods for correcting ocular artifacts in electroencephalographic recordings
Kirkove, Murielle ULg; François, Clémentine ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

in Signal Processing (2014), 98(C), 102-120

EEG signals are often contaminated by ocular artifacts (OAs), in particular when they are recorded for a subject that is, in principle, awake, such as in a study of drowsiness. It is generally desirable ... [more ▼]

EEG signals are often contaminated by ocular artifacts (OAs), in particular when they are recorded for a subject that is, in principle, awake, such as in a study of drowsiness. It is generally desirable to detect and/or correct these OAs before interpreting the EEG signals. We have identified 11 existing methods for dealing with OAs. Their study allowed us to create 16 new methods. We performed a comparative performance evaluation of the resulting 27 distinct methods using a common set of data and a common set of metrics. The data was recorded during a driving task of about two hours in a driving simulator. This led to a ranking of all methods, with five emerging clear winners, comprising two existing methods and three new ones. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of five hygroscopic condenser humidifiers during short-term postoperative mechanical ventilation
Sottiaux, Thierry; Meurice, F.; Mignolet, Ghislaine ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Italica & Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Italy (1997), 48(1-2), 59-68

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See detailComparative Evaluation of Four Detectors in the High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic Analysis of Chiral Nonaromatic Alcohols
Toussaint, B.; Duchateau, A. L.; van der Wal, S. et al

in Journal of Chromatographic Science (2000), 38(10), 450-7

A comparative evaluation of ultraviolet, polarimetric, refractive index, and evaporative light-scattering detection coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography has been developed for the ... [more ▼]

A comparative evaluation of ultraviolet, polarimetric, refractive index, and evaporative light-scattering detection coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography has been developed for the separation and quantitation of the enantiomers of chiral nonaromatic alcohols, some of which are intermediates in the synthesis of chiral drugs. (R,S)-3-tert-butylamino-1,2-propanediol; (R,S)-glycidol; and (R,S)-1-(4-morpholino)-2-octanol are selected as model compounds in order to compare the detection sensitivity and the linearity of the response with the four detectors. Separation of the enantiomers is performed using chiral stationary phases in normal-phase liquid chromatography. A one-day validation is achieved for (S)-3-tert-butylamino-1,2-propanediol with each detector, and limits of quantitation are determined for the three compounds. Advantages and limitations of the four detectors are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of four detectors in the HPLC analysis of chiral non-aromatic alcohols
Toussaint, B.; Duchateau, A. L. L.; Van der Wal, S. et al

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See detailComparative evaluation of Fungitest, Neosensitabs and broth microdilution method for yeasts susceptibility testing
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Bolland, Pascal; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (1999, May)

The need of a simple and reliable method for routine yeasts susceptibility testing led us to evaluate two commercially available methods. We investigated the in vitro susceptibility of 67 clinical ... [more ▼]

The need of a simple and reliable method for routine yeasts susceptibility testing led us to evaluate two commercially available methods. We investigated the in vitro susceptibility of 67 clinical isolates (26 C. albicans, 32 C. glabrata, 4 C. krusei, 2 C. tropicalis, 2 C. kefyr and 1 S. cerevisiae) to 6 drugs flucytosine (FC), amphotericin B (A), fluconazole (FZ), itraconazole (IT), kétoconazole (K), miconazole (M), comparing two methods Fungitest (Sanofi Pasteur) and Neosensitabs (Rosco). A broth microdilution adaptation from the NCCLS-M27A procedure was used as reference method. Fungitests consist of individually packed 16 wells microplates containing 6 drugs at two critical concentrations in buffered medium. Reading was performed after 24 and 48h incubation. Neosensitabs is an agar diffusion method on Shadomy agar using antifungals tablets. Reading was performed after 24h. For all strains Neosensitabs was in concordance with NCCLS M27-A for FC (94%), A (98%), FZ (55%) I (53%) with p<0.05. Fungitest correlated with NCCLS method for all antifungals after 24 and 48h incubation time (p<0.05) with respectively 95/95% for FC, 100/100% for A, 80/76% for FZ, 81/55% for I and 93/75% for K, and 88/81 for M. Candida glabrata gave the poorest result with Neosensitabs with 28% concordance for FZand 39% for I; therefore the method can't be recommended for this species. Fungitest concordance observed was 55% for I after 48h. Our results suggest that Fungitest is appropriate for routine yeast susceptibility testing. However itraconazole testing has to be improved with this method. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of impulse oscillometry and a monofrequency forced oscillation technique in clinically healthy calves undergoing bronchochallenges
Reinhold, Petra; MacLeod, D.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Research in Veterinary Science (1996), 61

Multifrequency impulse oscillometry (IOS) was compared with a monofrequency forced oscillation technique (MFO) in calves undergoing experimentally induced bronchoconstriction and subsequent ... [more ▼]

Multifrequency impulse oscillometry (IOS) was compared with a monofrequency forced oscillation technique (MFO) in calves undergoing experimentally induced bronchoconstriction and subsequent bronchodilatation. The dynamic lung compliance (Cdyn) was also measured by conventional methods. For each test, the baseline mean and the responses to saline, a bronchoconstrictive agent (carbachol) and a bronchodilator (fenoterolhydrobromide) were calculated. Using the IOS, the information was markedly frequency-dependent. The resistance (R) and the magnitude of respiratory impedance (Z) were only sensitive at 5 Hz, leading to negative frequency dependence of these parameters as an indicator of peripheral airway obstruction. A high sensitivity for reactance (X) and phase angle phi values was observed between 5 and 20 Hz. For MFO (10 Hz), the parameters Ros (which includes resistive and capacitive components of the respiratory system), phase shift (psi), and the oscillatory derived compliance of the respiratory system (Crs) were of the greatest clinical potential. Crs showed a significant coefficient of linear correlation (r = 0.88, P < 0.001) with Cdyn. At the 10 Hz test frequency similar results were observed with MFO and IOS, suggesting that for healthy calves the measurement effect of an impulse is not significant. With respect to peripheral airway calibre, a test frequency less than 10 Hz appeared to be most sensitive and least variable. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of local poultry breeds status in Algeria, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Moula, Nassim ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Abdellah, Salhi et al

in The Role of Poultry in Improving Human Welfare (2012, September)

Local chicken breeds contribute significantly to the world production of meat and eggs. Indigenous breeds represent 80% of the world poultry population. However, the majority of these breeds has not been ... [more ▼]

Local chicken breeds contribute significantly to the world production of meat and eggs. Indigenous breeds represent 80% of the world poultry population. However, the majority of these breeds has not been recorded and studied. About 40% of poultry breeds have an unknown risk status. Hence, considerable efforts are necessary to evaluate them. Obviously, managing animal genetic resources requires the identification of the concerned phenotypes, population sizes, their geographical distribution, and their genetic diversity within and between breeds, using molecular biology methods. Nevertheless, the thorough understanding of the breeding contexts within which they are found is an oft-neglected prerequisite to set up sustainable management strategy of these resources. In the framework of our studies, the characterization of local poultry populations and their breeding systems have been carried out in Northeastern Algeria, Northern Vietnam and Southwestern Congo (DRC). A large phenotypic diversity has been revealed in each region of study, contributing different insights into the concept of local breed. The breeding systems have in common multiple objectives (nutritional, financial, and socio-cultural). Women and children played an important role in family poultry farming. The latter elements are, however, subject to variations between the regions of study and within them. Thus, solutions aiming at the promotion of biodiversity in poultry need to be tailored in accordance with the uniqueness of each breeding context. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative evaluation of three heat and moisture exchangers during short-term postoperative mechanical ventilation
Sottiaux, Thierry; Mignolet, Ghislaine ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in CHEST (1993), 104(1), 220-224

This study compared performance of three heat and moisture exchangers (HME) during short-term postoperative mechanical ventilation. Temperature and absolute humidity (AH) were measured at various points ... [more ▼]

This study compared performance of three heat and moisture exchangers (HME) during short-term postoperative mechanical ventilation. Temperature and absolute humidity (AH) were measured at various points of the ventilatory circuit. There was no statistical difference between the groups, regarding ambient and body To, body weight, fraction of inspired oxygen, tidal volume, and respiratory rate. Only the hygroscopic HME (groups 2 and 3) provide adequate conditioning with regard to AH and To of the inspiratory gases. The performance of hydrophobic HME (group 1) was inferior and appears to be unsatisfactory. Indirect evaluation (variations of inspiratory gases and tracheal temperatures, AH of the expired gases) confirmed the superiority of the hygroscopic HME. These data suggest that humidification of inspiratory gases with a hygroscopic HME is a defensible practice during short-term postoperative mechanical ventilation. Performance of hydrophobic HME may be weak and can expose the patient to an unacceptable risk of endotracheal tube occlusion. [less ▲]

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