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See detailComparison of impaired subcortico-frontal metabolic networks in normal aging, subcortico-frontal dementia, and cortical frontal demential
Garraux, Gaëtan ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Neuroimage (1999), 10(2), 149-162

Normal aging, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are characterized by different degrees of decline in frontal lobe functions. We used (18)FDG-PET and statistical ... [more ▼]

Normal aging, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are characterized by different degrees of decline in frontal lobe functions. We used (18)FDG-PET and statistical parametric mapping (SPM96) to compare relative subcorticofrontal metabolic impairment at rest in 21 healthy elderly subjects (HES), 20 PSP patients, and 6 FTD patients. When HES were compared to 22 healthy young subjects, widespread decrease in metabolism was observed in bilateral medial prefrontal areas including anterior cingulate cortices, in dorsolateral prefrontal areas, in left lateral premotor area, in Broca's area, and in left insula. In PSP compared to the 43 healthy subjects (HS), we observed subcorticofrontal metabolic impairment including both motor and cognitive neural networks. Impairment of functional connections between midbrain tegmentum and cerebellar, temporal and pallidal regions was demonstrated in PSP as compared to HS. When comparing FTD to HS, glucose uptake was primarily reduced in dorsolateral and ventrolateral prefrontal cortices and in frontopolar and anterior cingulate regions. There was also bilateral anterior temporal, right inferior parietal, and bilateral striatal hypometabolism. Finally, FTD showed more severe striatofrontal metabolic impairment than PSP, while mesencephalothalamic involvement was only observed in PSP. Our data suggest that subcorticofrontal metabolic impairment is distributed in distinct subcorticocortical networks in normal aging, PSP, and FTD. Subcorticofrontal dementia in PSP is related to hypometabolism in discrete frontal areas, which are probably disconnected from certain subcortical structures. The concept of subcortical dementia is reinforced by our data, which show disrupted functional connections between mesencephalon and cerebellar cortex, inferior and medial temporal regions, and pallidum. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of implementation techniques for Galerkin projection between different meshes
Wang, Zifu; Henneron, Thomas; Dular, Patrick ULg et al

in International Journal of Numerical Modeling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields (2014), 27(3), 517-526

To solve multiphysics problems, weak coupling of finite element calculations can be carried out: the subproblems of which the physical nature differs are solved separately on their own meshes. In this ... [more ▼]

To solve multiphysics problems, weak coupling of finite element calculations can be carried out: the subproblems of which the physical nature differs are solved separately on their own meshes. In this case, Galerkin projection provides useful tool to ensure the transfer of physical fields between different meshes. In terms of implementation, the Galerkin projection system can be either accurately assembled over the intersection of two meshes or approximately integrated over the target mesh. This paper describes and compares these two implementation techniques for the Galerkin projection. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of in vitro relaxant responses to ipratropium bromide, beta-adrenoceptor agonists and theophylline in feline bronchial smooth muscle.
Leemans, Jerome; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Gustin, Pascal ULg

in Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997) (2012), 193(1), 228-233

This study compares the potency and efficacy of different relaxant drugs including anticholinergic, beta-adrenergic and methylxanthine agents on acetylcholine-contracted feline bronchi, and investigates ... [more ▼]

This study compares the potency and efficacy of different relaxant drugs including anticholinergic, beta-adrenergic and methylxanthine agents on acetylcholine-contracted feline bronchi, and investigates the influence of the initial muscarinic-induced tone on bronchodilator response. Feline bronchi were removed from euthanased client-owned cats and were contracted with acetylcholine to cause either 40% or 80% of the acetylcholine maximal contraction. The efficacy and potency of bronchodilating drugs were obtained from cumulative dose-response curves with efficacy (E(max)) as the maximal relaxant response and potency (-logEC(50)) as the logarithm of the concentration of drug inducing 50% of maximal relaxation. Under low contractile tone (40%), all bronchodilators relaxed feline bronchi in a concentration-dependent manner with the following rank order of potency: formoterol>ipratropium bromide>fenoterol>isoprenaline>salbutamol>/=salmeterol>theophylline. E(max) values ranged from 80% to 100% depending on the tested drug. Constriction of feline bronchi with high-dose acetylcholine (80%) caused a rightward and downward shift of the beta(2)-mimetic dose-response curves. Significant decreases in -logEC(50) and E(max) values were reported for salbutamol, formoterol and salmeterol. This study provides evidence that existing classes of bronchodilators produce effective relaxation of acetylcholine-contracted feline bronchi and that airway responsiveness to beta(2)-stimulants is dependent on the magnitude of the initial muscarinic-induced tone. The clinical relevance of these in vitro findings has yet to be explored in clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Indicators to Evaluate the Resilience of Lab Scale Continuously Stirred Anaerobic Reactors Submitted to Biological Dysfunctions
Lemaigre, Sébastien; Adam, Gilles ULg; Goux, Xavier et al

Poster (2014, June 02)

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See detailComparison of Indium Tin Oxide and Indium Tungsten Oxide as Transparent Conductive Substrates for WO3-Based Electrochromic Devices
Maho, Anthony ULg; Nicolay, Sylvain; Manceriu, Laura ULg et al

in Journal of the Electrochemical Society (2017), 164(2), 25-31

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See detailComparison of individuals’ susceptibility to false memory induced by both DRM and misinformation paradigms involving emotional material
Martial, Charlotte ULg; Dehon, Hedwige ULg

Poster (2015, May)

False memories induced by the DRM procedure (“Deese, Roediger and McDermott”; Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995) or the misinformation procedure (in which a person’s recollection of a witnessed ... [more ▼]

False memories induced by the DRM procedure (“Deese, Roediger and McDermott”; Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995) or the misinformation procedure (in which a person’s recollection of a witnessed event is altered after exposure to misinformation about this event; Loftus et al., 1978) are due to errors in source monitoring processes (e.g., Johnson et al., 1993) and one might expect the correlation between these false memories quite positive. However, the few laboratory studies comparing the DRM paradigm and the misinformation paradigm show small (Zhu et al., 2013) or no correlation (Ost et al., 2013) between the false memories elicited by these procedures but these studies vary in terms of methodological details. For instance, false memories from the misinformation procedure involved emotional content while those from the DRM procedure only included neutral materials. This study investigated the relationship between false memories induced by two different paradigms (a DRM task and a misinformation procedure) both involving an emotional material. Participants (N = 154) completed an emotional variant of the DRM (neutral, positive and negative lists) and the misinformation (neutral, positive and negative images) procedures and their performances on both tasks were compared. Although both paradigms reliably induced false memories in participants, our analyses revealed only a marginally weak positive correlation (r = .147, p = .051) between misinformation and DRM false memories using emotional variants. These results support the idea that DRM and misinformation false memories are underpinned by (at least in part) different mechanisms and that the previous mixed results were not due to the specific content of the DRM or the misinformation task used. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of individuals’ susceptibility to false memory induced by both DRM and misinformation paradigms involving emotional material
Martial, Charlotte ULg; Dehon, Hedwige ULg

Poster (2015, September)

False memories induced by the DRM procedure (“Deese, Roediger and McDermott”; Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995) or the misinformation procedure (in which a person’s recollection of a witnessed ... [more ▼]

False memories induced by the DRM procedure (“Deese, Roediger and McDermott”; Deese, 1959; Roediger & McDermott, 1995) or the misinformation procedure (in which a person’s recollection of a witnessed event is altered after exposure to misinformation about this event; Loftus et al., 1978) are due to errors in source monitoring processes (e.g., Johnson et al., 1993) and one might expect the correlation between these false memories quite positive. However, the few laboratory studies comparing the DRM paradigm and the misinformation paradigm show small (Zhu et al., 2013) or no correlation (Ost et al., 2013) between the false memories elicited by these procedures. However, these studies vary in terms of methodological details. For instance, false memories from the misinformation procedure involved emotional content while those from the DRM procedure only included neutral materials. This study investigated the relationship between false memories induced by two different paradigms (a DRM task and a misinformation procedure) both involving an emotional material. Participants (N = 154) completed an emotional variant of the DRM (neutral, positive and negative lists) and the misinformation (neutral, positive and negative images) procedures and their performances on both tasks were compared. Although both paradigms reliably induced false memories in participants, our analyses revealed only a marginally weak positive correlation (r = .147, p = .051) between misinformation and DRM false memories using emotional variants. These results support the idea that DRM and misinformation false memories are underpinned by (at least in part) different mechanisms and that the previous mixed results were not due to the specific content of the DRM or the misinformation task used. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of inflammatory responses after off-pump and on-pump coronary surgery using surface modifying additives circuit
Quaniers, Janine ULg; Leruth, Julie ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2006), 81(5), 1683-1690

Background. Cardiac surgery is followed by various degrees of inflammation, which have harmful consequences. Because of the central role of extracorporeal circulation ( EC), off- pump coronary bypass ... [more ▼]

Background. Cardiac surgery is followed by various degrees of inflammation, which have harmful consequences. Because of the central role of extracorporeal circulation ( EC), off- pump coronary bypass surgery is deemed preferable. Do different modalities of EC challenge this view? Methods. Four groups of similar patients underwent coronary surgery: ( group 1) on- pump, EC with closed surface modifying additives ( SMA) circuit and no pump suckers ( n = 20); ( group 2) on- pump, EC with open SMA circuit and pump suckers ( n = 20); ( group 3) off- pump ( beating heart) and heparin 3 mg/ kg ( n = 20); ( group 4) off- pump ( beating heart) and heparin 1 mg/ kg ( n = 20). Interleukins ( IL)- 6, IL- 8, IL- 10, myeloperoxidase, elastase, and terminal complex of the complement ( TCC) were analyzed at various times: at induction ( time I); after heparin ( time II); after complete revascularization ( time III); after protamine ( time IV); and 24 hours later ( time V). Results. The TCC was significantly higher in groups 1 and 2 at time III. The pattern of IL- 6 was the same for the four groups. No significant difference in myeloperoxydase content was noted; however, elastase was significantly higher in the two EC ( on- pump) groups. Conclusions. Except for the complement system and elastase, on- pump surgery with SMA- coated circuits did not elicit any greater inflammatory response than off-pump surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of inhibitory functioning in mild Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Amieva, Hélène; Adam, Stéphane ULg et al

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2007), 43(7), 866-874

Executive dysfunction is frequently reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the frontal variant of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). More specifically, inhibitory dysfunction is observed early in AD and ... [more ▼]

Executive dysfunction is frequently reported in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the frontal variant of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). More specifically, inhibitory dysfunction is observed early in AD and inhibitory deficits are also prominent in patients with FTD. However, few studies have simultaneously explored and compared inhibitory abilities in both degenerative diseases. Consequently, the aim of this study was to compare verbal and motor inhibitory processes in the initial stages of AD and the frontal variant of FTD. Stroop and Go/No-go tasks were administered. The results demonstrate that, on the Go/No-go task, AD and FTD patients do not produce more errors than control subjects. However, both groups are impaired on the Stroop task (mainly with regard to the error score) but do not differ from each other. These results indicate that AD and FTD patients do not present a general impairment of their inhibitory abilities. Moreover, these two kinds of dementia present similar quantitative and qualitative inhibitory impairments on the two tasks, although their patterns of structural and functional cerebral impairments are known to be different. The presence of similar inhibitory deficits despite very different patterns of brain damage is in agreement with the hypothesis that inhibitory dysfunction in the two groups of patients depends on a disconnection process between anterior and posterior cerebral areas, rather than on the presence of focal metabolism decreases in different regions. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of insulin degludec with insulin glargine in insulin-naive subjects with Type 2 diabetes: a 2-year randomized, treat-to-target trial.
BEGIN Once Long Trial Investigators; RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Diabetic Medicine : A Journal of the British Diabetic Association (2013)

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See detailComparison of insulin degludec with insulin glargine in insulin-naive subjects with Type 2 diabetes: a 2-year randomized, treat-to-target trial.
Begin once trial investigators; RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Diabetic Medicine : A Journal of the British Diabetic Association (2013)

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See detailComparison of intense nightside shock induced aurora and substorms activity
Meurant, M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Blockx, Caroline ULg et al

Conference (2004, December 01)

Variations of the solar wind dynamic pressure induce perturbation of magnetospheric processes. These perturbations frequently induce dayside enhancements of activity with particular features such as low ... [more ▼]

Variations of the solar wind dynamic pressure induce perturbation of magnetospheric processes. These perturbations frequently induce dayside enhancements of activity with particular features such as low latitude proton flash, low latitude arcs and aurora propagating eastward and westward from noon to the night sector. In some cases, these shocks may also induce an enhancement of the nightside activity during which the power precipitated in the night sector may reach values as high as observed during substorms. Various studies have shown that high precipitated powers are more likely during period of negative values of the North - South IMF components. Liou et al (2003) have shown that substorm-like activity is not frequent after a shock and they concluded that a shock may not be considered as a substorm trigger. The question addressed in this study is to know up to what point the substorm like nightside activity triggered by a shock is comparable to a classical substorm. For this purpose, we analyze four events presenting nightside activity morphologically similar to substorms and occurring within a short time (less than 20 minutes) after the arrival of a pressure pulse on the front of the magnetosphere. Different features of these events such as the mean energy of precipitated electrons, the motion of boundaries before and after onset and the power precipitated in the nightside region are compared to typical substorms. Except for the absence of southward motion of activity before onset, shock induced substorms appear very similar to isolated substorms. We investigate the ability of a shock to trigger a substorm during periods characterized by particular conditions. We suggest that the sign of B[SUB]z[/SUB] plays an important role as well as the history of solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field and the resulting state of the magnetosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of intense nightside shock-induced precipitation and substorm activity
Meurant, M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Blockx, Caroline ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2005), 110(A7),

[1] Sudden variations of the solar wind dynamic pressure frequently induce dayside enhancements of auroral activity with features such as high-latitude arcs, low-latitude proton flashes, and enhancement ... [more ▼]

[1] Sudden variations of the solar wind dynamic pressure frequently induce dayside enhancements of auroral activity with features such as high-latitude arcs, low-latitude proton flashes, and enhancement of auroral precipitation propagating dawnward and duskward from noon to the night sector. In some cases, these shocks also induce enhanced activity during which the power precipitated into the night sector may reach values as high as observed during substorms. Several studies have shown that the triggering of nightside-enhanced precipitation is more likely during periods of southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) components. Early works showed that substorm-like activity is not frequent after a shock and suggested that shocks may not be considered as substorm triggers. We examine up to what point substorm-like nightside activity triggered by a shock is comparable to an isolated substorm. For this purpose, we analyze three events morphologically similar to substorms and occurring within less than 20 min after the arrival of a pressure pulse on the front of the magnetosphere. Different features of these events such as the mean energy of precipitated electrons, the latitudinal motion of boundaries before and after onset, and the power precipitated into the nightside sector are compared with isolated substorms. We conclude that the characteristics of shock-induced substorms appear very similar to those of isolated substorms. Shocks are able to trigger substorms when they hit an unstable magnetosphere. The interpretation is that the perturbation due to the shock induces a substorm by closure of the plasma sheet magnetic field. For the events presented in this study, the instability result from a period of southward IMF or stretching of the magnetic tail induced by a previous shock. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of intracellular and extracellular particles of the vaccinia virus
Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1999), 154

The construction of recombinant vaccinia viruses (VV) is definitely a promising approach to develop vaccines for pets. To produce safer VV recombinant vaccines, it is necessary to understand the ... [more ▼]

The construction of recombinant vaccinia viruses (VV) is definitely a promising approach to develop vaccines for pets. To produce safer VV recombinant vaccines, it is necessary to understand the pathogenesis of VV infection. The goal of this study was to compare the biological properties of the extracellular and intracellular infectious particles of VV. Four biological properties were investigated: (i) the binding into cellular receptor(s); (ii) the mechanism of entry; (iii) the resistance to neutralisation by antibodies; (iv) the resistance to complement lysis. The results obtained in this study emphasize the differences existing between the two infectious forms of VV and demonstrate the adaptation of the extracellular particle to its role of virus dissemination in vivo. The results of this study implicate that VV strains used as expression vector in vaccinology should be deleted for genes required for EEV morphogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of intubation conditions and time-course of action with rocuronium and mivacurium for day case anaesthesia.
Pendeville, P. E.; Lois, Fernande ULg; Scholtes, J.-L.

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology (2007), 24(6), 546-50

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To compare intubation conditions and time-course of action of rocuronium and mivacurium for day case anaesthesia. METHODS: Fifty ASA I or II patients were enrolled. Anaesthesia ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To compare intubation conditions and time-course of action of rocuronium and mivacurium for day case anaesthesia. METHODS: Fifty ASA I or II patients were enrolled. Anaesthesia was induced with propofol using a target controlled infusion system (target 6-8 microg mL(-1) ) and sufentanil (0.25 microg mL(-1). It was maintained with propofol (target 3.5-4.5 microg mL(-1) and 50% nitrous oxide in oxygen. Muscle relaxation was achieved with either mivacurium (0.15 mg kg(-1)) or rocuronium (0.3 mg kg(-1)). Neuromuscular transmission was monitored and recorded continuously by acceleromyography using a TOF-WATCH SX (Biometer; Denmark) with supramaximal train-of-four stimulation of the ulnar nerve. Tracheal intubation was carried out by an experienced anaesthetist blinded to the type of the muscle relaxant. Intubation conditions were evaluated according to a standard scheme (ease of laryngoscopy, position of vocal cords, airway reaction and limb movements). RESULTS: Intubation conditions were good or excellent for both mivacurium 0.15 mg kg(-1) (good = 8%; excellent = 92%) and rocuronium 0.3 mg kg(-1) (excellent = 100%). Times to maximum blockade and clinical duration were not different. CONCLUSIONS: There is no significant difference between mivacurium and rocuronium concerning the onset and the recovery of muscle relaxation. Rocuronium is an alternative to mivacurium for short procedures, without the risk of unexpected prolonged relaxation due to a possible defect in plasma cholinesterase. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of inulin to urea as dilutional marker of bronchoalveolar lavage in an animal model of asthma
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Dogné, S. et al

in Proceedings: International Conference of the American Thoracic Society (2001)

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See detailComparison of inulin with urea as dilutional markers of bronchoalveolar lavage in healthy and heaves-affected horses.
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Dogne, S. et al

in Veterinary Research (2001), 32(2), 145-154

Solute analysis in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid involves the use of dilutional markers to correct for variable recovery of pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (PELF). Urea is the best characterised ... [more ▼]

Solute analysis in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid involves the use of dilutional markers to correct for variable recovery of pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (PELF). Urea is the best characterised endogenous marker, whereas inulin appears to meet the requirements of an exogenous marker. In horses, the use of inulin has never been investigated and the impact of lower airway diseases such as heaves, on PELF recovery is unknown. In this study, five healthy and five heaves-affected horses underwent airway endoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage. PELF recovery from bronchoalveolar lavage was calculated by the inulin and the urea method. The inulin method was compared to the urea method and differences between healthy and heaves-affected horses were analysed. From a technical and analytical point of view, inulin fulfilled the requirements of a marker of dilution as well as urea. When both healthy and heaves-affected horses groups were pooled together, PELF recovery calculated by the inulin method was significantly higher than by the urea method (6.43+/-4.08% versus 0.789+/-0.299%, P < 0.005). No significant differences were observed between healthy and heaves-affected horses, neither by the inulin nor by the urea method. Inulin did not present major advantages over urea, but the combined use of both markers can improve the standardisation of studies comparing PELF compounds, by providing upper limits (inulin dilution) and lower limits (urea dilution) of PELF recovery. [less ▲]

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