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See detailEffects of Pcbs (Aroclor 1254) on Cytochrome-P450 Expression and Monooxygenase Activities in Cultured Foetal Rat Hepatocytes
Roelandt, L.; Todaro, Anna ULg; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Toxicology (1995), 98(1-3), 95-103

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are widespread residual micropollutants which accumulate in living organisms, probably as a consequence of their high lipophilicity. Cultured foetal rat hepatocytes used ... [more ▼]

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are widespread residual micropollutants which accumulate in living organisms, probably as a consequence of their high lipophilicity. Cultured foetal rat hepatocytes used as target cells constitute an interesting in vitro model for studying the mechanisms of action of PCBs. In this paper, and the accompanying one (Toxicology 98 (1995) 83-94), we have used this model to investigate the effects of PCBs on several cellular parameters. The inducibility of CYPIA1 is the most sensitive parameter studied, as shown by the induction of ethoxycoumarin-O-deethylase and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activities at PCB concentrations as low as 1 microM. Dexamethasone treatment of the cells potentiates this induction. PCB induction is reversible and occurs even in cells cultured for several days. CYP2B and CYP3A seem unaffected by PCBs in this experimental system. By inducing CYP1A1, PCBs can trigger the 'activation' of xenobiotics, such as polycyclic hydrocarbons, into mutagenic compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of PEEP on abdominal aortic input impedance
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg; FOSSION, A et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (1996), 22

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See detailEffects of PEEP on systemic vascular compliance in intact pigs
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg; FOSSION, A et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailEffects of Peep on Systemic Venous Capacitance
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1998), 105(4), 373-8

The aim of the present study was to determine effects of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) application on peripheral venous capacitance and relate them to concomitant central hemodynamic ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to determine effects of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) application on peripheral venous capacitance and relate them to concomitant central hemodynamic disturbances. The venous volume-pressure (V/P) relationships were studied in 6 intact anesthetized pigs to describe the effects of PEEP on systemic venous compliance (computed as the slope of the V/P relationship) and unstressed volume (referred to as the extrapolated volume intercept). Cardiac volumes as well as partitioning of circulating blood volume between central (ITBV) and peripheral (PBV) compartments were assessed by thermo-dye dilution techniques. During a 15 cm H2O PEEP application, venous compliance was reduced by 48%, while unstressed volume was increased by 25% and peripheral blood pooling increased from 63 to 74%. As a result, left heart and right ventricular end diastolic volumes were decreased by 8% and by 44%, respectively. It is concluded that increased venous unstressed volume and reduced compliance depicted the distension of the venous tree secondary to PEEP which acted as an impediment to venous return. As a consequence, cardiac output was reduced because of decreased preload. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of PEEP on venous return
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

in American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (1996), 2

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See detailEffects of perceived employee emotional competence on customer satisfaction and loyalty: The mediating role of rapport
Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Gremler, Dwayne; van Riel, Allard et al

in Journal of Service Management (2013), 24(1), 5-24

Purpose – During service encounters, emotionally competent employees are likely to succeed in building rapport with their customers, which in turn leads to customer satisfaction and loyalty. However, the ... [more ▼]

Purpose – During service encounters, emotionally competent employees are likely to succeed in building rapport with their customers, which in turn leads to customer satisfaction and loyalty. However, the relationship between emotional competence and rapport has not been empirically examined. In the present study, we investigate effects of customer perceived employee emotional competence (EEC) on satisfaction and loyalty. We also examine how and to what extent rapport mediates these effects. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on the theory of affect-as-information, suggesting that emotions inform human behavior, we develop a structural model and test it on a sample of 247 customers in a personal service setting. Findings – Customer perceptions of EEC positively influence customer satisfaction and loyalty. Rapport partially mediates both effects. Practical implications – The extent to which customers perceive employees as emotionally competent is strongly correlated with the development of rapport, customer satisfaction, and loyalty. Managers of high-contact services should therefore pay attention to emotional competence when hiring new employees, and/or encourage and train existing employees to develop this type of competence. Originality/value – Previous studies have used employee self-reports or supervisor reports of EEC, essentially capturing an employee’s potential to behave in an emotionally competent way. We extend emotional competence theories with a customer perspective: the present study is the first to capture customer perceptions of employees’ emotional competence. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of percutaneous estradiol–oral progesterone versus oral conjugated equine estrogens–medroxyprogesterone acetate on breast cell proliferation and bcl-2 protein in healthy women
Murkes, Daniel; Conner, P; Leifland, K et al

in Fertility and Sterility (2011), 95(3), 1188-91

In a prospective, randomized clinical study 77 women were assigned randomly to receive sequential hormone therapy with either conventional oral conjugated equine estrogens (0.625 mg) with the addition on ... [more ▼]

In a prospective, randomized clinical study 77 women were assigned randomly to receive sequential hormone therapy with either conventional oral conjugated equine estrogens (0.625 mg) with the addition on 14 of the 28 days of oral medroxyprogesterone acetate (5 mg) or natural E(2) gel (1.5 mg) with oral micronized P (200 mg) on 14 of the 28 days of each cycle. Because oral conjugated equine estrogens-medroxyprogesterone acetate induced a highly significant increase in breast cell proliferation in contrast to percutaneous E(2)-oral P with a difference between therapies approaching significance, the former therapy has a marked impact on the breast whereas natural percutaneous E(2)-oral micronized P has not. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Perfluorocarbon Emulsions on Cultured Human Endothelial Cells
Mathy-Hartert, M.; Krafft, M. P.; Deby, Christiane ULg et al

in Artificial Cells, Blood Substitutes, & Immobilization Biotechnology (1997), 25(6), 563-75

Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and their emulsions (PFCEs) were used in organ preservation before transplantation, but not in organ perfusion. Our purpose was to achieve organ perfusion with a PFCE at room ... [more ▼]

Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and their emulsions (PFCEs) were used in organ preservation before transplantation, but not in organ perfusion. Our purpose was to achieve organ perfusion with a PFCE at room temperature or at 37 degrees C, i. e. with oxygenation, to prevent damages related to reoxygenation after hypoxia. Therefore, we first investigated the effect of such emulsions on endothelial cells, the first cells to be in contact with the emulsion. A stem emulsion was prepared from perfluorooctyl bromide (90% w/v), emulsified with egg yolk phospholipids (2% w/v) and stabilized with a mixed fluorocarbon-hydrocarbon "molecular dowel" (1.4% w/v) (droplets of ca 0.2 micron in diameter). This emulsion was found to be stable when diluted with cell culture media or organ preservation fluids. Endothelial cells from human umbilical vein (HUVECs) were cultured in multiwell plates in M199 medium (with growth factors, 10% foetal calf serum and 5% human serum). Confluent cells were incubated overnight with 51Cr, washed and overlayed with M199 (control) or the above PFCE diluted 2x or 4x with M199 (test). After incubation, the cytotoxicity of the PFCEs was estimated by measuring 51Cr release and observing cell morphology by electron and light microscopy. The percentages of released 51Cr were identical to those of the control cells for the 2x, 3x or 4x diluted PFCEs at 4, 25 or 37 degrees C. After return to the M199 medium, the cells grew and multiplied normally. We conclude that the diluted PFCEs were devoid of cytotoxicity. The 2x diluted PFCE was however partially taken up by the cells: by microscopy, we observed intracellular PFC droplets and by density gradient analysis we found a slight increase in cellular density. The diluted PFCEs were compared to classical organ preservation solutions : HUVECs were incubated with UW (University of Wisconsin) or EC (EuroCollins) solutions at +4 and 37 degrees C (3, 17 or 24 h of incubation). The solutions were observed to be toxic to the cells under these conditions, with cell mortality after return to the M199 medium. This cytotoxicity may be attributed to the high K+ concentration of UW and EC, since similar assays performed on HUVECs with Hank's solution adjusted to 100 mM K+ showed a similar % of 51Cr release. UW and EC are therefore not acceptable as dilution media for PFCEs. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of peripartum dietary supplements on productive/reproductive parameters in plasma concentration of insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I in camels.
Hammadi, M.; Khorchani, T.; Moslah, M. et al

in Advances in Reproduction (2002), 6

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See detailEffects of peripartum dietary supplements on productive/reproductive parameters, and plasma concentration of Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I in camels.
Hammadi, M.; Khorchani, T.; Moslah, M. et al

in Proceedings of the International Twin Conference on Reproduction/Production in Camelids. (2001, October)

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See detailEffects of persistent organic pollutants on the thyroid function of the European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) from the Aegean Sea, is it an endocrine disruption?
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Koutrarkis, Emmanuil; Siebert, Ursula et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2008), 56(10), 1755-1764

We evaluated the alterations of organochlorinated compounds such as polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), dichloro-diphenyl-dichloroethylene (DDE) and dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) on the thyroid in wild ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the alterations of organochlorinated compounds such as polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), dichloro-diphenyl-dichloroethylene (DDE) and dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) on the thyroid in wild and cultured sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) at environmental concentrations. These compounds influence the endocrine system of many fish species and are qualified as endocrine disruptors. The thyroid seems to be a target organ. Two alteration endpoints: the thyroid histology and the muscular thyroid hormone concentrations, were used simultaneously. High concentrations in PCBs and DDT were detected in muscles, supporting the idea that the Mediterranean fauna could be more polluted than the Atlantic fauna. The high abundance of DDE indicates a progressive degradation of remnant DDT load and the absence of new inputs in this area. Aquaculture sea bass shows a significant higher amount of pollutants on fresh weight basis (especially PCBs) in their muscles compared to the wild sea bass. Those differences may be related mainly to the contaminations of diet. Thyroid parameters vary between wild and aquaculture sea bass, wild sea bass were characterized by higher follicle diameters, epithelial cell heights and muscular T4 concentrations. A significant relationship between persistent organic pollutants (muscular PCBs and DDT concentration) and the different thyroid parameters (diameters of follicles, epithelial cell heights and muscular T4 levels) could be observed, which support the hypothesis that these compounds have an adverse impact on thyroid morphometry and function. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of persistent organic pollutants on the thyroid function of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), an endocrine disruption?
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Koutrakis, Emmanuil; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2007, May 23)

Organochlorinated compounds such as polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), dichloro-diphenyl-dichloroethylene (DDE) and dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) have the characteristic to influence the endocrine ... [more ▼]

Organochlorinated compounds such as polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), dichloro-diphenyl-dichloroethylene (DDE) and dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) have the characteristic to influence the endocrine system of many fish species and mammals and are thus qualified as endocrine disruptors. The objective of this project aims a better understanding of the effects of these compounds on the thyroid function of European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Thyroid tissue and muscle of 46 seabass from the Aegean Sea in Greece (fished and aquaculture, n=15 and n=31, respectively) were sampled. The levels in PCBs, DDT and DDE were evaluated in the muscles of 30 individuals. The diameter of follicles and the epithelial cell heights were measured in each individual by optical microscopy. The concentration of the thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxin) was measured by Radio-Immuno-Assay (RIA). Finally, the potential relationships between these thyroid parameters and these organic compounds were investigated using factor analysis and multiple regressions. A significant relationship between persistent organic pollutants (muscular PCBs and DDT concentration) and the different thyroid parameters (diameters of follicles, epithelial cell heights and muscular T4 levels) could be observed. We cannot exclude the assumption that an endocrine disruption of thyroid gland related to these pollutants could be the origin of the modifications of these thyroid parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of phosphatidylserine (BC-PS) on aged brain in normal subjects and senile demented patients
Delwaide, Paul ULg; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg; DE PASQUA, Victor ULg et al

in Bazan, N.G;; Horrocks, L. A.; Toffano, G. (Eds.) Phospholipids in the Nervous System: Biochemical and Molecular Pathology. Vol 17 (1989)

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See detailEffects of Physical Activity on the Aging of Motor and Perceptual Inhibition
Albinet, Cédric; Boucard, Grégory; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

Poster (2012)

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See detailEffects of physical activity on the aging of motor and perceptual inhibition
Albinet, Cédric; Boucard, Geoffrey; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2012), 44(5), 544

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See detailEffects of pituitary hormones on the prostate.
Reiter, E.; Hennuy, Benoît ULg; Bruyninx, M. et al

in Prostate (1999), 38(2), 159-65

BACKGROUND: Although essential, androgens alone are not sufficient to induce normal growth and functionality of the prostate. Nonandrogenic hormones must also be involved in the proliferation of the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Although essential, androgens alone are not sufficient to induce normal growth and functionality of the prostate. Nonandrogenic hormones must also be involved in the proliferation of the prostate cancer cells which do not respond to antiandrogenic therapy and which thus become androgen-independent. Prolactin, but also growth hormone and luteinizing hormone, are potentially able to act on both normal and abnormal prostatic cells. METHODS: In this review we summarize data from the literature concerning the physiological and pathological implications of prolactin, growth hormone, and luteinizing hormone on the prostate. RESULTS: In rodent prostates, prolactin and growth hormone can induce a variety of effects independently of androgens (e.g., transactivation of certain genes, or synthesis of the major secretion products). Moreover, hyperprolactinemia is responsible for inflammation and dysplasia of the gland, while growth hormone promotes the development of prostate tumors in vivo in the mouse and rat. Growth hormone acts on the gland directly, through prostatic growth hormone receptors, and/or indirectly via the stimulation of insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) synthesis in the liver. Luteinizing hormone receptor is expressed in rat and human prostates. Luteinizing hormone increases the amount of various transcripts in the rat prostate through an androgen-independent pathway. CONCLUSIONS: Prolactin, growth hormone, and luteinizing hormone, alone or synergistically with androgens, play physiologically significant roles in the normal prostate. The involvement of these hormones in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostatic carcinoma is an issue that needs to be addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on the healing of Achilles tendons of rats
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Wound Repair & Regeneration : Official Publication of the Wound Healing Society and the European Tissue Repair Society (2012), 20(5), 748-756

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors involved in the tissular healing process. The aim of the study was to determine if an injection of PRP could improve the healing of sectioned Achilles ... [more ▼]

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors involved in the tissular healing process. The aim of the study was to determine if an injection of PRP could improve the healing of sectioned Achilles tendons of rats. After surgery, rats received an injection of PRP (n=60) or a physiological solution (n=60) in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were submitted to a biomechanical test using cryo-jaws before performing transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the 5 remaining tendons in each group. Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days. The mechanical stress was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group at day 30. Histological analysis showed a precocious deposition of fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical measurement. The expression of tenomodulin was significantly higher at day 5. The mRNA level of type III collage, matrix metalloproteinase 2, 3 and 9 was similar in the 2 groups at all time points whereas type I collagen was significantly increased at day 30 in the PRP group. In conclusion, an injection of PRP in sectioned rat Achilles tendon influences the early phase of tendons healing and results in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma on the healing of tendons: animal model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Biomedica 2012 (2012, April)

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the cicatrisation of ruptured Achilles tendons of rats. Material and Methods: A 5mm defect was surgically made in the Achilles tendon of 120 rats. A few hours after surgery, 45 rats received a PRP or PBS injection in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were immediately submitted to a biomechanical tensile strength test until rupture using a “cryo-jaw” device. After, theses samples were used for transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the five remained tendons in each group. Results: Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days than those in the control group. The transverse area of tendons in the PRP group was significantly higher at day 5 and 15. The constraint was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group in the late phase of the healing (day 30). Histological and immunohistological analysis showed an increased staining for fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical analysis showing an increased collagen concentration in the callus. The expression of tenomodulin, a tenocyte differentiation marker, was significantly higher in the PRP-treated tendons at day 5. No significant difference in terms of mRNA for type III collagen and matrix metalloproteinase 9 was observed at any time between the 2 groups. Conclusion: A single injection of PRP in sectioned Achilles tendon of rats few hours after surgery influences the early phase of tendons healing, resulting in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of plyometric training combined with electrical stimulations versus plyometric training alone on functional performance
Bury, Thierry ULg

in Abstract book of 4th International Conference of Strength Training (2004, November)

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