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See detailElevated amh Gene Expression in the Brain of Male Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) during Testis Differentiation
Poonlaphdecha, S.; Soler, P.; Sheng-Hui, H. et al

in Sexual Development (2011), 5(1), 33-47

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See detailElevated anti-alpha-galactosyl antibody titres. A marker of progression in autoimmune thyroid disorders and in endocrine ophthalmopathy?
Etienne-Decerf, J.; Malaise, Michel ULg; Mahieu, P. et al

in Acta Endocrinologica (1987), 115(1), 67-74

The titres of anti-alpha-galactosyl antibodies were measured by passive haemagglutination in 50 control subjects and in 128 patients presenting with various thyroid disorders. Titres of control subjects ... [more ▼]

The titres of anti-alpha-galactosyl antibodies were measured by passive haemagglutination in 50 control subjects and in 128 patients presenting with various thyroid disorders. Titres of control subjects ranged from 1/10 to 1/80, regardless of age and blood group. Elevated titres (greater than 1/80) were constantly noted in 6/6 patients with progressive exophthalmos, in 5/5 patients with untreated Graves' disease, and in 11/12 patients with progressive nontoxic goitre. By contrast, the titres were within the normal range in primary myxoedema (17 patients) and in residual exophthalmos (11 patients), whereas they were only erratically increased in 1/31 patients with treated or cured Graves' disease and in 5/36 patients with nonprogressive nontoxic goitre. Finally, elevated titres were also found in 3/7 patients presenting with autoimmune thyroiditis. No correlations could be established between elevated titres and the thyrotropin binding inhibiting immunoglobulin activity, the antithyroglobulin antibody titres or the antimicrosomal antibody titres. As in the control subjects, the anti-alpha-galactosyl antibodies mainly belonged to the IgG class. Affinity purified anti-alpha-galactosyl antibodies were capable of binding to trypsinized human and porcine thyroid cells in culture, as shown by indirect immunofluorescence. On the other hand, they were not able to react with untreated thyroid cells. The data show that the measurement of anti-alpha-galactosyl antibody titres could represent an easy and useful tool to determine whether an autoimmune thyroid disorder is in progression. Besides, they suggest that some of the antigenic determinants implicated in the enhanced production of anti-alpha-galactosyl antibodies are present, but normally hidden, within the cell surface of thyroid cells. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated antigalactosyl antibody titers reflect renal injury after gold or D-penicillamine in rheumatoid arthritis
Malaise, Michel ULg; Davin, J. C.; Mahieu, P. R. et al

in Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology (1986), 40(2), 356-364

Titers of circulating antigalactosyl antibodies (a-Gal Ab) were assessed by passive hemagglutination using rabbit red blood cells in 40 normal subjects, in 14 patients with immunodeficient states, in 47 ... [more ▼]

Titers of circulating antigalactosyl antibodies (a-Gal Ab) were assessed by passive hemagglutination using rabbit red blood cells in 40 normal subjects, in 14 patients with immunodeficient states, in 47 patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and in 15 patients with an Henoch-Schonlein disease (HS). Titers of controls ranged from 1:16 to 1:64. All immunodeficient patients exhibited very low titers (1:1). On the contrary, the existence of an enhanced humoral immune response status, as observed in RA, was not reflected by a parallel increase of a-Gal Ab titers. However, in this disease, a strong relationship existed between titers exceeding control values (greater than 1:64) and the prior occurrence of renal injury under gold or D-penicillamine therapy. Lastly, the discovery of elevated titers (greater than 1:64) in HS only when renal involvement occurred further suggests that such antibodies reflect a renal injury. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated atmospheric CO2 in open top chambers increases net nitrification and potential denitrification
Carnol, Monique ULg; Hogenboom, L.; Jach, M. E. et al

in Global Change Biology (2002), 8

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on ... [more ▼]

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on belowground processes have so far attracted limited research and they are assumed to be controlled by indirect effects through changes in plant physiology and chemistry. In this study, we investigated the effects of a 4-year exposure to elevated CO2 (ambient + 400 mumol mol(-1) ) in open top chambers under Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) seedlings on soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification. Potential denitrification (DP) and potential N-2 O emissions were significantly higher in soils from the elevated CO2 treatment, probably regulated indirectly by the changes in soil conditions (increased pH, C availability and NO3 (-) production). Net N mineralization was mainly accounted for by nitrate production. Nitrate production was significantly larger for soil from the elevated CO2 treatment in the field when incubated in the laboratory under elevated CO2 (increase of 100%), but there was no effect when incubated under ambient CO2 . Net nitrate production of the soil originating from the ambient CO2 treatment in the field was not influenced by laboratory incubation conditions. These results indicate that a direct effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbial processes might take place. We hypothesize that physiological adaptation or selection of nitrifiers could occur under elevated CO2 through higher soil CO2 concentrations. Alternatively, lower microbial NH4 assimilation under elevated CO2 might explain the higher net nitrification. We conclude that elevated atmospheric CO2 has a major direct effect on the soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification despite generally higher soil CO2 concentrations compared to atmospheric concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated atmospheric CO2 influences ammonia oxidiser community structure and net nitrification
Carnol, Monique ULg; Malchair, Sandrine ULg

Conference (2003, September)

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on ... [more ▼]

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on belowground processes have so far attracted limited research and they are assumed to be controlled by indirect effects through changes in plant physiology and chemistry. In this study, we investigated the effects of a 4-year exposure to elevated CO2 (ambient + 400 μmol mol-1) in open top chambers under Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) on net nitrification and the community of ammonia-oxidising bacteria. Net nitrate production was significantly increased for soil from the elevated CO2 treatment in the field when incubated in the laboratory under elevated CO2, but there was no effect when incubated under ambient CO2. Net nitrate production of the soil originating from the ambient CO2 treatment in the field was not influenced by laboratory incubation conditions. These results indicate that a direct effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbial processes might take place. Molecular analysis of the ammonia-oxidising bacteria from the same soils before laboratory incubation was investigated using a PCR-based approach targeting the 16S rRNA gene of beta-subgroup ammonia oxidisers. After specific PCR, DGGE (Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis) and sequence analysis were used to determine ammonia-oxidiser community structure. First results indicate the disappearance of Nitrosospira clusters I, II and III under elevated CO2 but also call for systematic analysis of replicates to take into account methodological and sample variability. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated atmospheric CO2 influences ammonia oxidiser community structure and net nitrification
Carnol, Monique ULg; Malchair, Sandrine ULg

in International Symposium: Structure and Function of Soil Microbiota, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany, September 18-20, 2003 (2003)

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See detailElevated GH and normal IGF-1
Beckers, Albert ULg

in Acromegaly Consensus (2009)

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See detailElevated GH and normal IGF-1 : Discrepant biochemical results
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009)

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See detailElevated MMP-12 protein levels in induced sputum from patients with COPD
Demedts, Inge K.; Morel-Montero, A.; Lebecque, S. et al

in Thorax (2006), 61(3), 196-201

Background: Several matrix metalloproteinases ( MMPs) are involved in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD). In mice, MMP-12 plays a crucial role in the development of ... [more ▼]

Background: Several matrix metalloproteinases ( MMPs) are involved in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD). In mice, MMP-12 plays a crucial role in the development of cigarette smoke induced emphysema. A study was undertaken to investigate the role of MMP-12 in the development of COPD in human smokers. Methods: Induced sputum samples were collected from patients with stable COPD (n = 28), healthy smokers ( n = 14), never smokers ( n = 20), and former smokers ( n = 14). MMP-12 protein levels in induced sputum were determined by ELISA and compared between the four study groups. MMP-12 enzymatic activity in induced sputum was evaluated by casein zymography and by cleaving of a fluorescence quenched substrate. Results: Median (IQR) MMP-12 levels were significantly higher in COPD patients than in healthy smokers, never smokers, and former smokers (17.5 (7.1 - 42.1) v 6.7 (3.9 - 10.4) v 4.2 (2.4 - 11.3) v 6.1 (4.5 - 7.6) ng/ml, p = 0.0002). MMP-12 enzymatic activity was significantly higher in patients with COPD than in controls (4.11 (1.4 - 8.0) v 0.14 (0.1 - 0.2) mu g/ml, p = 0.0002). Conclusion: MMP-12 is markedly increased in induced sputum from patients with stable COPD compared with controls, suggesting a role for MMP-12 in the development of COPD in smokers. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated Plasma Alpha 1-Acid Glycoprotein Levels: Lack of Connection to Resistance to Vecuronium Blockade Induced by Anticonvulsant Therapy
Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Pieron, F. et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (1997), 9(1), 3-7

This study was designed to investigate the relationships among anticonvulsant therapy, plasma alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AAG) levels, and resistance to vecuronium blockade. Thirty-one patients scheduled ... [more ▼]

This study was designed to investigate the relationships among anticonvulsant therapy, plasma alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AAG) levels, and resistance to vecuronium blockade. Thirty-one patients scheduled for routine neurosurgery were included in the study. The patients were treated (TG; n = 20) with phenytoin (n = 15) and/or carbamazepine (n = 4) and/or phenobarbital (n = 3) for > or = 6 days or were left untreated (UG; n = 11, control group). TG patients were further assigned to one of two subgroups according to the plasma anticonvulsant level measured the day before surgery and found to be within (TGW, n = 10) or below (TGB, n = 10) the therapeutic range. Finally, the 31 patients were divided into two more groups according to their plasma AAG levels: higher than (HAAG, n = 17) or within (NAAG, n = 14) the normal range (25-94 mg dl-1). Anesthesia was induced and maintained with propofol and sufentanil. Muscle relaxation was obtained with vecuronium 0.1 mg kg-1. A train-of-four (TOF) stimulation mode at 2 Hz was applied to the ulnar nerve every 15 s, and neuromuscular transmission was assessed using a TOF-Guard accelograph monitor. Plasma AAG concentrations (means +/- SEM) were 103.7 +/- 7.6 mg dl-1 in TG, 80.7 +/- 6.7 mg dl-1 in UG, 95.9 +/- 13.2 mg dl-1 in TGW, 111.6 +/- 7.6 mg dl-1 in TGB. 114.9 +/- 7.4 mg dl-1 in HAAG, and 71.4 +/- 3.8 mg dl-1 in NAAG groups. The differences in plasma AAG concentrations between UG and TG and between HAAG and NAAG groups were statistically significant. No significant relationship was found between plasma AAG levels and phenytoin concentrations (r = -0.26). The time (mean +/- SEM) to recovery of T1 to 25% of control was significantly shorter in TG (28.2 +/- 1.4 min) than in UG (42.2 +/- 3.1 min) but did not differ significantly according to the plasma anticonvulsant level (27.3 +/- 2.0 min in TGW; 29.1 +/- 1.9 min in TGB) and the plasma AAG level 31.7 +/- 1.9 min in HAAG; 35.3 +/- 3.3 min in NAAG). The time for the TOF ratio to recover to 25% yielded similar profiles and statistical significance levels: TG, 32.9 +/- 2.2 min; UG, 51.2 +/- 4.0 min; TGW, 35.0 +/- 3.9 min; TGB, 30.7 +/- 1.8 min; HAAG, 38.1 +/- 3.1 min; NAAG, 42.0 +/- 4.1 min. We conclude that anticonvulsant therapy induces an increase in plasma AAG independently of the plasma anticonvulsant level. However, duration and recovery of vecuronium blockade do not differ according to plasma AAG levels. Consequently, elevated AAG does not contribute to the resistance to vecuronium blockade induced by anticonvulsants. [less ▲]

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See detailElevation des biomarqueurs cardiaques apres un effort physique intense.
DUGAUQUIER, Christophe ULg; Hanssen, M.; GACH, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue medicale de Liege (2009), 64(7-8), 370-2

We present the case of a patient who felt faint after a strenuous exercise. A coronary angiography was performed because of an elevated level of troponin, but it failed to demonstrat any significant ... [more ▼]

We present the case of a patient who felt faint after a strenuous exercise. A coronary angiography was performed because of an elevated level of troponin, but it failed to demonstrat any significant coronary stenosis. We discuss the effect of strenuous exercise on cardiac biomarkers. Most previous published studies involved young trained populations. The frequency of these abnormalities in older, less trained people is unknown. Moreover, the possible impact of these abnormalities on mid- or long-term outcome is a matter of debate. Seniors practising intensive sport activities should systematically be submitted to a cardiological evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailElévation faible d’hCG en dehors d’un contexte gravidique : à propos de deux cas et revue de la littérature
DE BACKER, Benjamin ULg; GOFFIN, Frédéric ULg; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (2013), 71(4), 496-502

Unexpected finding or persistence of low human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels is not a rare situation. It requires a clinico-biological approach in order to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to ... [more ▼]

Unexpected finding or persistence of low human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels is not a rare situation. It requires a clinico-biological approach in order to avoid misunderstandings that could lead to inappropriate diagnostic or therapeutic attitudes. Beyond pregnancy, persistent low levels of hCG may be associated with various benign and malignant conditions, i.e. quiescent gestational trophoblastic disease (QTD), raised pituitary hCG or false positive elevation caused by circulating heterophile antibodies. We report the cases of two non-pregnant patients with low serum hCG. In the first case, hCG levels raised during several years following a spontaneous abortion. The likelihood of heterophilic antibodies interference was ruled out and extensive clinical investigation excluded the presence of a tumour. The diagnosis was QTD. In the second case, elevated hCG came to light as an incidental finding in a women with chronic renal failure and led the clinicians to question the laboratory. The cause was probably an increase in pituitary hCG consecutive to terminal renal failure. These cases illustrate the importance of understanding the biology of the hCG and the causes of its persistent low elevation, which are reviewed in this article. It is essential to demonstrate clinically the presence of a tumour in order to avoid unnecessary and ineffective chemotherapy and/or hysterectomy. [less ▲]

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See detailElevation of cardiac and oxidative stress biomarkers after a running activity in sedentary subjects
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2011, May), 49(Special Suppl), 313

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See detailELEVATIONAL PATTERNS OF GENETIC VARIATION IN THE COSMOPOLITAN MOSS BRYUM ARGENTEUM (BRYACEAE)
Pisa, S; Werner, OJ; Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg et al

in American Journal of Botany (2013), 100

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See detailElever les truies gestantes en groupes. Témoignages d'éleveurs
Boudry, Christelle ULg

Article for general public (2009)

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See detailLes élèves apprennent mieux les langues quand ils y croient!
Blondin, Christiane ULg; Goffin, Christelle ULg; Baye, Ariane ULg

Learning material (2014)

Written for the teachers, the short paper shows a few results of ESLC about students' attitudes toward the languages and their competences

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