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See detailEffect of number of lambs, their sex and birth weignt on ovine pregnancy associated glycoprotein (ovPAG) concentrations
Vandaele, L; Verberckmoes, S; De Cat, S et al

in Journal of Reproduction & Fertility. Abstract Series (2004), 16(2), 192193

Early pregnancy detection and prediction of the number of lambs would be profitable for sheep breeders, as this enables nourishment of pregnant ewes to their individual needs. Nonpregnant ewes can be ... [more ▼]

Early pregnancy detection and prediction of the number of lambs would be profitable for sheep breeders, as this enables nourishment of pregnant ewes to their individual needs. Nonpregnant ewes can be separated and sold before winter. Prediction of sex is interesting for the curiosity of impatient breeders. Early pregnancy detection (before 45 days after mating) by means of ovine pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (ovPAGs) has proved to be a more reliable test than the commonly used transrectal ultrasound. The concentration of ovPAG has been claimed to be related to the number of lambs, their sex and birth weight, but contradictory results were obtained in different small-scale studies. In this study the correlation between number of lambs, their sex and birth weight and the ovPAG concentration in the serum of the ewes was examined. In a field trial, 160 and 70 ewes of the Texel and Suffolk breed, respectively, housed on 6 different farms, were synchronized by means of intravaginal sponges impregnated with 40 mg cronolone (Chronogest®, Intervet, Boxmeer, The Netherlands). At the moment of synchronisation (T0) and at 25 (T25), 35 (T35) and 45 (T45) days after mating or artificial insemination, blood samples were taken by jugular vein puncture. A heterologous radioimmunoassay (RIA) was used to determine the ovPAG concentration. In the heterologous RIA boPAG molecules were used as tracer, and ovPAG molecules as standard, while rabbit antibodies against ovPAG were used as antiserum. At parturition, number, sex and birth weight of the lambs were registered and their effect on ovPAG concentrations was statistically evaluated. No significant difference in ovPAG concentration was found between ewes pregnant of a single male or female lamb (P = 0.29). ovPAG concentrations were affected by the total birth weight (P < 0.05). In ewes pregnant with multiples, the ovPAG concentrations were higher (P < 0.01) than in ewes pregnant with singles at T25, T35 and T45, respectively. Because ovPAG concentrations were affected by the farm, it was impossible to predict the number of lambs by the ovPAG level. In conclusion, ovPAG concentrations were not affected by the sex of the lamb. However, ovPAG concentrations were related to the total birth weight. Within the farm, increased ovPAG concentrations may indicate pregnancy of multiples. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of nutrient enrichments on the bacterial assemblage of Antarctic soils contaminated by diesel or crude oil
Delille, Daniel; Pelletier, Emilien; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

in Polar Record (2003), 39(4), 309-318

There is an urgent need to develop new technologies to address the problem of soil remediation in high-latitude regions. A field study was initiated in January 1997 in two contaminated soils in Terre ... [more ▼]

There is an urgent need to develop new technologies to address the problem of soil remediation in high-latitude regions. A field study was initiated in January 1997 in two contaminated soils in Terre Adélie (Antarctica) with the objective of determining the long-term effectiveness of two bioremediation agents on total and hydrocarbon-degrading microbial assemblages under severe Antarctic conditions. This study was conducted in two steps, from January to July 1997 and from February to November 1999 in the Géologie Archipelago (Terre Adélie, 66°40′S, 140°01′E). Changes in bacterial communities were monitored in situ after crude oil or diesel addition in a series of 600 cm2 soil sectors (20×30 cm). Four contaminated sectors were used for each experiment: diesel oil (10 ml), diesel oil (10 ml) + fertilizer (1 ml), Arabian light crude oil (10 ml), and crude oil (10 ml) + fertilizer (1 ml). Two different bioremediation agents were used: a slow release fertilizer Inipol EAP-22 (Elf Atochem) in 1997 and a fish compost in 1999. Plots were sampled on a regular basis during a three-year period. All samples were analysed for total, saprophytic psychrophilic, and hydrocarbon-utilising bacteria. A one order of magnitude increase of saprophytic and hydrocarbon-utilising micro-organisms occurred during the first month of the experiment in most of the contaminated enclosures, but no clear differences appeared between fertilized and unfertilized plots. Diesel-oil contamination induced a significant increase of all bacterial parameters in all contaminated soils. Crude-oil contamination had no clear effects on microbial assemblages. It was clear that the microbial response could be rapid and efficient in spite of the severe weather conditions. However, microbial growth was not clearly improved in the presence of bioremediation agents. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of nutritional antioxidant supplementation on systemic and pulmonary antioxidant status, airway inflammation and lung function in heaves-affected horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Bougnet, V. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2002), 34

An oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in favour of oxidants has been identified as playing a decisive role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Nutritional antioxidant supplementation ... [more ▼]

An oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in favour of oxidants has been identified as playing a decisive role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Nutritional antioxidant supplementation might reduce oxidative damage by enhancement of the antioxidant defence, thereby modulating inflammatory processes. In a placebo-controlled, blind study, it was tested whether a dietary antioxidant supplement administered for 4 weeks would improve lung function and reduce airway inflammation in heaves-affected horses. Eight horses in clinical remission of heaves were investigated at rest and after a standardised exercise test before and after treatment with an antioxidant supplement (consisting of a mixture of natural antioxidants including vitamins E and C and selenium from a variety of sources) or placebo (oatfeed pellets without additive). Pulmonary function and exercise tolerance were monitored; systemic and pulmonary lining fluid uric acid, glutathione and 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) were analysed, and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology and inflammatory scoring of the airways were performed. The antioxidant treatment significantly improved exercise tolerance and significantly reduced endoscopic inflammatory score. Plasma uric acid concentrations were significantly reduced, suggesting downregulation of the xanthine-dehydrogenase and xanthine-oxydase pathway. Haemolysate glutathione showed a nonsignificant trend to increase, while plasma 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) remained unchanged. Pulmonary markers and BAL cytology were not significantly affected by antioxidant supplementation. The present study suggests that the antioxidant supplement tested modulated oxidant/antioxidant balance and airway inflammation of heaves-affected horses [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of nutritional status on oxidative stress in an ex vivo perfused rat liver
Stadler, M.; Nuyens, V.; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Anesthesiology (2005), 103(5), 978-986

Background: Normothermic ischemia-reperfusion is a determinant in liver injury occurring during surgical procedures, ischemic state, and multiple organ failure. The preexisting nutritional status of the ... [more ▼]

Background: Normothermic ischemia-reperfusion is a determinant in liver injury occurring during surgical procedures, ischemic state, and multiple organ failure. The preexisting nutritional status of the liver might contribute to the extent of tissue injury and primary nonfunction. The aim of this study was to determine the role of starvation on hepatic ischemia-raperfusion injury in normal rat livers. Methods: Rats were randomly divided into two groups: one had free access to food, the other was fasted for 16 h. The portal vein was cannulated, and the liver was removed and perfused in a closed ex vivo system. Two modes of perfusion were applied in each series of rats, fed and fasting. In the ischemia-reperfusion mode, the experiment consisted of perfusion for 15 min, warm ischemia for 60 min, and reperfusion during 60 min. In the nonischemia mode, perfusion was maintained during the 135-min study period. Five rats were included in each experimental condition, yielding a total of 20 rats. Liver enzymes, potassium, glucose, lactate, free radicals, ie., dienes and trienes, and cytochrome c were analyzed in perfusate samples. The proportion of glycogen in hepatocytes was determined in tissue biopsies. Results: Transaminases, lactate dehydrogenase, potassium, and free radical concentrations were systematically higher in fasting rats in both conditions, with and without ischemia. Cytochrome c was higher after reperfusion in the fasting rats. Glucose and lactate concentrations were greater in the fed group. The glycogen content decreased in both groups during the experiment but was markedly lower in the fasting rats. Conclusions: In fed rats, liver injury was moderate, whereas hepatocytes integrity was notably impaired both after continuous perfusion and warm ischemia in fasting animals. Reduced glycogen store in hepatocytes may explain reduced tolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of obesity in dogs on airway reactivity measured by barometric whole body plethysmography
Bernaerts, Frederique ULg; Bolognin, M.; Dehard, S. et al

in 16th ECVIM Meeting - Amsterdam - Nederlands - Septembre 2006 (2006, September)

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See detailEffect of obesity on doxapram hydrochlorid-induced effects on whole body barometric plethysmography measurements in healthy Beagle dogs
Bolognin, M.; Bernaerts, Frederique ULg; Herpigny, F. et al

in 24th Symposium of the Veterinary Comarative Respiratory Society - Jena, Allemagne 8-10 octobre 2006 (2006, October 08)

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See detailEffect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation (fish oil) on bronchial reactivity, airway inflammation and oxidative stress markers in a feline model of asthma
Kirschvinck, N.; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, F. et al

in Proceedings: 16th Congress European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – companion animals (2006)

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See detailEffect of omp10 or omp19 deletion on Brucella abortus outer membrane properties and virulence in mice.
Tibor, Anne; Wansard, Valerie; Bielartz, Valery et al

in Infection and Immunity (2002), 70(10), 5540-6

The distinctive properties of Brucella outer membrane have been considered to be critical for Brucella sp. virulence. Among the outer membrane molecules possibly related to these properties, Omp10 and ... [more ▼]

The distinctive properties of Brucella outer membrane have been considered to be critical for Brucella sp. virulence. Among the outer membrane molecules possibly related to these properties, Omp10 and Omp19 are immunoreactive outer membrane lipoproteins. Moreover, these proteins of Brucella could constitute a new family of outer membrane proteins specifically encountered in the family RHIZOBIACEAE: We evaluated the impact of omp10 or omp19 deletion on Brucella abortus outer membrane properties and virulence in mice. The omp10 mutant was dramatically attenuated for survival in mice and was defective for growth in minimal medium but was not impaired in intracellular growth in vitro, nor does it display clear modification of the outer membrane properties. Significantly fewer brucellae were recovered from the spleens of mice infected with the omp19 mutant than from those of mice infected with the parent strain at 4 and 8 weeks postinfection. The omp19 mutant exhibited an increase in sensitivity to the polycation polymyxin B and to sodium deoxycholate. These results indicate that inactivation of the omp19 gene alters the outer membrane properties of B. abortus. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of oral and inhaled corticosteroids on bronchial reactivity and airway inflammation in a feline model of asthma
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Leemans, Jérôme ULg; Delvaux, François ULg et al

in In proceedings: 15th Congress European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – companion animals (2005)

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See detailEffect Of Oral And Parenteral N Nutrition Vs N-Free Nutrition On The Endogenous Amino Acid Flow At The Ileum Of The Pig
Leterme, Pascal; Monmart, Thierry; Thewis, André ULg et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (1996), 71(2), 265-271

Two methods were tested for suppressing the depressive effect of N-free diets on the digestive secretions in pigs: the blood perfusion of amino acids (AA) or the peptide alimentation method. In the latter ... [more ▼]

Two methods were tested for suppressing the depressive effect of N-free diets on the digestive secretions in pigs: the blood perfusion of amino acids (AA) or the peptide alimentation method. In the latter, enzymically hydrolysed casein (EHC), composed of oligopeptides and free AA, was used as the source of nitrogen. The unabsorbed dietary N molecules were discarded from the ileal digesta by ultrafiltration or gel filtration, assuming that the endogenous fraction did not contain significant amounts of small molecules. The AA supply by blood perfusion had no effect on the ileal endogenous AA losses (8.0 g AA kg-' DM intake) in growing pigs (k 50 kg), compared with the N-free diet alone (8.3 g), whereas the EHC supplementation significantly increased them (18.0 8). The increase was due to both endogenous and dietary N. The presence of unabsorbed dietary AA in the ileal digesta was confirmed by the AA profile of the soluble molecules with a very low molecular mass (< 3 kDa), which was close to that of EHC. Both ultrafiltration (cut-offs of 3 or 10 kDa) and gel filtration methods, utilised to discard the remaining dietary molecules, also eliminated a significant proportion of endogenous AA. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of oral and parenteral nutrition on the endogenous amino acid flow at the ileum of the pig.
Leterme, Pascal; Monmart, Thierry; Morandi, Pierre et al

in Proceeding of the 6th International Symposium on Digestive Physiology in Pigs, n°80. (1994)

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See detailEffect of oral antioxidant supplementation on blood antioxidant status in trained thoroughbred horses
De Moffarts, Brieuc; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2005), 169(1), 65-74

The oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium of trained thoroughbred horses (n = 40) was assessed on three occasions during a period of three months under field conditions by blood antioxidant markers analysis, i ... [more ▼]

The oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium of trained thoroughbred horses (n = 40) was assessed on three occasions during a period of three months under field conditions by blood antioxidant markers analysis, i.e. plasma ascorbic acid (AA), plasma antioxidant capacity of water-soluble components (ACW), whole blood (GSH) and oxidised (GSSG) glutathione, plasma alpha-tocopherol and beta-carotene, plasma antioxidant capacity of lipid-soluble components (ACL), red blood cell superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione-peroxidase activity (GPx) and plasma trace-elements, i.e. selenium (Se), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn). A control group of ten horses receiving a placebo and an antioxidant group of 30 horses orally supplemented with an antioxidant mixture were randomly formed. An antioxidant imbalance was observed after three months in the control group, reflected by a significant decrease in GSH, SOD, GPx, Se (P < 0.05) and a significant increase in GSSG (P < 0.05). The antioxidant supplement prevented GPx and Se decrease and significantly increased ACW, alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene and ACL (P < 0.05). Significant sex- or age-related differences were found for AA, ACW, alpha-tocopherol, SOD, GPx and Se, and there were significant correlations between ACW-AA, ACL-alpha-tocopherol, GPx-Se, CPK-Se, CPK-alpha-tocopherol and CPK-Cu. This field study has shown that trained thoroughbred horses undergo significant changes of several blood antioxidant markers and that oral antioxidant supplementation might partially counterbalance these changes by improving the hydrophilic, lipophilic and enzymatic antioxidant blood capacity. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of osmolality on availability of glucose ingested during prolonged exercise in humans.
Jandrain, Bernard ULg; Pirnay, Freddy ULg; Lacroix, M. et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1989), 67(1), 76-82

The aim of this study was to investigate whether the osmolality of a glucose solution, ingested at the beginning of a prolonged exercise bout, affects exogenous glucose disposal. We investigated the ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to investigate whether the osmolality of a glucose solution, ingested at the beginning of a prolonged exercise bout, affects exogenous glucose disposal. We investigated the hormonal and metabolic response to a 50-g glucose load dissolved in either 200 (protocol A), 400 (protocol B), or 600 (protocol C) ml of water and given orally 15 min after adaptation to exercise in five healthy male volunteers. Naturally labeled [13C]glucose was used to follow the conversion of the ingested glucose to expired-air CO2. Total carbohydrate oxidation (indirect calorimetry) was similar in the three protocols (A, 237 +/- 20; B, 258 +/- 17; C, 276 +/- 20 g/4 h), as was lipid oxidation (A, 128 +/- 4; B, 132 +/- 15; C, 124 +/- 12 g/4 h). Exogenous glucose oxidation rates were similar under the three experimental conditions, and the total amount of exogenous glucose utilized was slightly, but not significantly, increased with the more diluted solution (A, 42.6 +/- 4.4; B, 43.4 +/- 4.1; C, 48.7 +/- 7.2 g/4 h). The blood glucose response was similar in the three protocols. Thus, within the range investigated, the osmolality of the glucose solution ingested had no significant influence either on its oxidation (which was 86-98% of the load ingested) or on the utilization of endogenous carbohydrate, lipid, or protein stores. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of ovariectomy and ad libitum feeding on body composition, thyroid status, ghrelin and leptin plasma concentrations in female dogs.
Jeusette, Isabelle; Daminet, Sylvie; Nguyen, Patrick et al

in Journal of Animal Physiology & Animal Nutrition (2006), 90(1-2), 12-8

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of ovariectomy (i) and ad libitum feeding (ii) on energy intake, body weight (BW), body composition, thyroid status, leptin and ghrelin plasma ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of ovariectomy (i) and ad libitum feeding (ii) on energy intake, body weight (BW), body composition, thyroid status, leptin and ghrelin plasma concentrations. Four young adult female Beagle dogs were fed a maintenance diet for 6 weeks prior to ovariectomy, then 6 months after. Food allowance was adjusted in order to maintain optimal BW. Then, a diet slightly higher in energy concentration was fed ad libitum for 4 months. The maintenance diet was then fed ad libitum for one additional month. The maintenance of optimal BW after ovariectomy required a significant decrease in energy allowance. No increase in fat mass was observed. Ghrelin concentration remained unchanged. During the first month of ad libitum feeding, plasma ghrelin concentration and energy intake increased, then they decreased. Mean BW, plasma leptin, thyrotropin (TSH), total triiodothyronine (TT3) and total thyroxine (TT4) concentrations significantly increased over the study. The BW increase was exclusively due to an increase in body fat. In conclusion, energy allowance should be strictly controlled in spayed female dogs. The results suggest that in dogs, thyroid hormones, leptin and ghrelin concentrations change in response to a positive energy balance in an attempt to limit weight gain. However, the significant weight gain shows that this goal was not achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of oxytocin on growth hormone secretion in response to arginine-vasopressin in normal men.
Chiodera, Paolo; Geenen, Vincent ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Neuroendocrinology Letters (1984), 6

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