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See detailThe effects of purified Z- and E-guggulsterones from guggul-gum extract on human preadipocytes proliferation and differentiation through the study of gene expression of adipose markers.
Hanon, Emilien ULg; Keophiphath, Mayoura; Jacquemond-Collet, Ingrid et al

Poster (2009)

The rising prevalence of obesity within both industrialized and emerging societies is a major public health problem. Indeed obesity is a usual risk factor in the development of metabolic and ... [more ▼]

The rising prevalence of obesity within both industrialized and emerging societies is a major public health problem. Indeed obesity is a usual risk factor in the development of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases which nowadays rank among the highest causes of premature death. Therefore, modulating fat mass expansion represents a worldwide challenge. In this context, adipocyte differentiation, which corresponds to the cellular transition of a fibroblastic cell (the preadipocyte) to a highly specialized cell accumulating triglycerides (the adipocyte), is a decisive process in the expansion of adipose tissue during life span and consequently, in the development of obesity. Adipogenesis markers such as PPARg2, C/EBPa, lipoprotein lipase (LPL), perilipin (PLIN) and the adipokines (leptin and adinopectin) are known to be expressed throughout the different stages of adipocyte differentiation. Guggulsterones are the principal bioactive steroidal components found in the oleoresin (guggul gum) collected from the indian guggul tree, Commiphora mukul (Hook, ex Stocks) Engl. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of the two purified diastereoisomeric forms of guggulsterones (Z- and E-) on the human preadipocytes proliferation and differentiation. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of raloxifene on bone mineral density and biochemical markers of bone turnover in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis : 4-year results from the MORE trial
Delmas, PD; Ensrud, KE; Harper, K et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2000), 15(S1), 556

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See detailThe effects of raloxifene on incident vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis : 4-year results from the MORE trial
Eastell, R; Adachi, J; Harper, K et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2000), 15(S1), 229

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See detailThe effects of rater bias on hypothesis testing when using different assessment methods for estimating disease severity.
CHIANG, KUO-SZU; Bock, Clive; El Jarroudi, Moussa ULg et al

in Phytopathology (2014), 104(11), 26

Bias (over and underestimates) in estimates of disease severity, and the impact of that inaccuracy on hypothesis testing using different disease scales was explored. Nearest percent estimates (NPE), the ... [more ▼]

Bias (over and underestimates) in estimates of disease severity, and the impact of that inaccuracy on hypothesis testing using different disease scales was explored. Nearest percent estimates (NPE), the Horsfall-Barratt (H-B) scale and four different linear category scales (5% and 10% increments, with and without additional grades at low severity) were compared. Actual values and estimates by 4 different raters of the severity (0 to 100%) of Septoria leaf blotch on leaves of winter wheat were used to develop distributions for a simulation model. The simulations were based on i) all the 4 raters data combined, ii) only the most accurate rater estimates, and iii) only the most biased rater. Regardless of the effect of rater ability, we found that, there were lower type II error rates with NPEs as compared with the other category scales at severities of 80 to 100%. On the other hand, with lower severities (0 to 20%), the 5% and 10% scales with additional grades had type II error rates comparable to those for the NPEs. Raters who overestimated severity and used the H-B scale had the highest risk of a type II error when the mean disease severity was low. Knowledge of how rater ability and scale type can affect hypothesis testing can be used to improve disease assessment as well as to provide a logical framework for developing standard area diagrams. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of raw and processed Mucuna priurens seed based diets on the growth parameters and meat characteristics of Benin local Guinea fowl (Meleagris numida, L)
Dahouda, M.; Toleba, S. S.; Youssao, A. K. I. et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(9), 882-889

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See detailEffects of reducing sugar concentration on in vitro tuber formation and sprouting in yam (Dioscorea cayenensis-D. rotundata complex).
Ondo Ovono, Paul ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg; Dommes, Jacques ULg

in Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture (2009), 99(1), 55-59

The effects of reducing sucrose level on tuber formation (% of cultures with microtubers), development (length and fresh weight of microtubers) and sprouting in yam Dioscorea cayenensis-D. rotundata ... [more ▼]

The effects of reducing sucrose level on tuber formation (% of cultures with microtubers), development (length and fresh weight of microtubers) and sprouting in yam Dioscorea cayenensis-D. rotundata complex in vitro were investigated. Only 29% of the explants showed tuber formation after 3 weeks in the presence of 1% sucrose in contrast to 100% with 3%. After 120 days of culture, the length and the weight of the tubers obtained in the presence of 1% sucrose were less than with 3% sucrose. Addition of sorbitol to keep osmolarity at the same level did not restore normal rate of tuber formation. Similar results were obtained with the use of reduced fructose or glucose level. Microtuber sprouting was also affected by sucrose level incorporated into the tuberisation medium. Tubers obtained on reduced sucrose level sprouted later and the increase of osmolarity with sorbitol did not restore normal sprouting. The bigger tubers obtained on high sucrose media could contain more carbohydrate reserves that could partially explain a higher sprouting rate. These results can be used for optimising in vitro conditions for mass production of microtubers in yam and especially in Dioscorea cayenensis-D. rotundata complex, a very important species in West Africa. They specially showed the importance of tuberisation conditions on precocity of tuberisation, on tuber length and weight and on their further sprouting. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Regular Insulin or Insulin Lispro on Glucose Metabolism after an Oral Glucose Load in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Roulin, D.; Schneiter, P. et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (1998), 24(6), 523-8

Seven obese Type 2 diabetic patients were studied for two 4-h periods after ingestion of a glucose load to determine the effects of preprandial subcutaneous injection of Insulin Lispro (5 min before the ... [more ▼]

Seven obese Type 2 diabetic patients were studied for two 4-h periods after ingestion of a glucose load to determine the effects of preprandial subcutaneous injection of Insulin Lispro (5 min before the meal) or regular insulin (20 min before the meal) on glucose metabolism. Glucose production and utilisation were measured using a dual isotope method. After Lispro, the mean postprandial increase in plasma glucose was 29% lower and the increase in insulin concentration 25% higher than after regular insulin (p < 0.05). Suppression of endogenous glucose production was similar with both types of insulin. Thus, preprandial injection of Lispro reduced postprandial glucose increments in Type 2 diabetic patients as compared to regular insulin. This effect is best explained by the increased postprandial bioavailability of Lispro. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of regular or lispro insulin on glucose metabolism after an oral glucose load in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus
PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg; Schneiter, Ph; Ruiz, J. et al

in Diabetes (1998), 47(suppl 1), 3

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See detailEffects of repeated use of progestagen-PMSG treatment for estrus control in dairy goats out of breeding season
Baril, Gérard; Remy, Benoît ULg; Vallet, J. C. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (1992), 27(3), 161-168

Contents: In order to analyze the effects of repeated use of progestagen-PMSG treatment, estrus and pregnancy results have been analyzed for 1989 in a Saânen dairy goat herd in which breeding takes place ... [more ▼]

Contents: In order to analyze the effects of repeated use of progestagen-PMSG treatment, estrus and pregnancy results have been analyzed for 1989 in a Saânen dairy goat herd in which breeding takes place each year out of season after FGA/PMSG treatment. After the first 1989 treatment (169 goats), percentage of goats showing estrus and kidding have been lower for 59 multiparous than for 46 primiparous and 64 nulliparous females. Moreover, when 38 goats are treated for a second time in 1989, 44.7% exhibited estrus vs 71.0% after the first treatment (P < 0.05). The PMSG binding level before the 1st 1989 treatment is higher for multiparous (17.5 ± 23.1%) than nulli and primiparous (-0.06 ± 0.7 and 1.2 ± 1.9%) and is increased for all parities after treatment (23.2 ± 26.4 after vs 5.7 ± 15.0% before, P < 0.01). For nulliparous and primiparous females; PMSG binding levels are not different for pregnant or not pregnant nulliparous and primiparous goats. On the opposite, PMSG binding rates are higher in non pregnant (25.7 ± 23.3) than in pregnant multiparous goats (6.5 ± 15.9) (P < 0.01). However, when the binding rate is ≤ 5.12% (computerized distributions) multiparous goats exhibit estrus and pregnancy at levels not different from nulliparous or primiparous females (% estrus 95.8 vs 100 or 97.8%, % pregnancy 66.7 vs 70.3 and 63.0% respectively). Repeated use of PMSG during the female life or during one given year leads to active immunization against PMSG (as measured by percentage of binding of PMSG in plasma) decreasing the efficiency of ovarian stimulation out of breeding season. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of reperfusion on left ventricular hemodynamics and ventriculo-arterial coupling in acutely ischemic pigs
Lanoye, Lieve; KOLH, Philippe ULg; Rolin, Stéphanie et al

in Computer Methods in Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering (2005), 8(suppl. 1), 169-170

Rapid restoration of coronary blood flow following a period of myocardial ischemia (due to coronary occlusion) is mandatory to preserve the cardiac muscle. Reperfusion, however, not necessarily restores ... [more ▼]

Rapid restoration of coronary blood flow following a period of myocardial ischemia (due to coronary occlusion) is mandatory to preserve the cardiac muscle. Reperfusion, however, not necessarily restores cardiac function, and cellular damage of the cardiac muscle cells following reperfusion (reperfusion injury) is well documented. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of reperfusion on left ventricular (LV) hemodynamics and on left ventriculo-arterial (VA) coupling in acutely ischemic pigs. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Repetitive Administration of Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone on Growth Hormone Secretion, Insulin-Like Growth Factor I, and Bone Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women
Franchimont, P.; Urbain-Choffray, D.; Lambelin, P. et al

in Acta Endocrinologica (1989), 120(1), 121-8

This study sought to determine whether GH response to synthetic GHRH was impaired in 13 postmenopausal (55-71 years) as compared with that in 8 eugonadal women and whether IGF-I and bone metabolism were ... [more ▼]

This study sought to determine whether GH response to synthetic GHRH was impaired in 13 postmenopausal (55-71 years) as compared with that in 8 eugonadal women and whether IGF-I and bone metabolism were consequently depressed. Thereafter, the effects of daily iv injections of 80-micrograms GHRH-44 for 8 days were studied in the same postmenopausal group. In addition to significantly higher basal IGF-I and osteocalcin levels (P less than 0.005) in eugonadal as compared with the postmenopausal women, the administration of one GHRH-44 injection resulted in significantly higher 120-min postinjection GH maximum peak and cumulative responses in the former group as well (P less than 0.005). Highly significant correlations were observed between 17 beta-estradiol plasma levels and either GH maximum peak or cumulative responses to GHRH-44 when both groups were pooled together, but not when considered independently. In postmenopausal women, a correlation was found between both age and duration of menopause and GH responses. Repeated GHRH-44 injections in postmenopausal women induced a significant increase in GH response (P less than 0.001) as well as in IGF-I levels from day 4 to 8. No phospho-calcium parameters were modified except for a significant rise in osteocalcin from day 2 to 8. These data indicate an age-related loss of sensitivity of somatotrope cells to GHRH-44 in postmenopausal women, partly corrected by repeated daily GHRH-44 injections. As a consequence of the GHRH-induced increase in GH secretion, IGF-I was also enhanced and may be responsible for a stimulatory effect on bone formation, as shown by the osteocalcin increase, uncoupled from bone resorption. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on somatosensory evoked potentials and high frequency oscillations in migraine.
Coppola, Gianluca; De Pasqua, Victor; Pierelli, Francesco et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2012), 32(9), 700-9

Background: In previous studies we found that high-frequency somatosensory oscillations (HFOs) reflecting thalamo-cortical activation were decreased in migraineurs between attacks and that high-frequency ... [more ▼]

Background: In previous studies we found that high-frequency somatosensory oscillations (HFOs) reflecting thalamo-cortical activation were decreased in migraineurs between attacks and that high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) was able to normalize the habituation deficit of visual evoked potentials (VEPs). Here we study the effects of activating (10 Hz) or inhibiting (1 Hz) rTMS on conventional low-frequency (LF) and high-frequency somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs). Subjects and methods: rTMS was applied on the motor cortex of 13 healthy volunteers (HVs) and 13 migraine without aura (MO) patients. We measured N20-P25 LF-SSEP amplitude and habituation, and maximal peak-to-peak amplitude of early and late HFOs before and after rTMS. Results: In HVs, 1 Hz rTMS significantly reduced the amplitude of the first LF-SSEP block and its habituation. In MO patients, 10 Hz rTMS increased the amplitude of the first block and induced habituation. Ten Hz rTMS produced an increase of late HFO in both groups, but more interestingly, in MO patients also significantly increased the early HFOs, which are reduced at baseline compared to those of HVs. Conclusions: These data confirm for SSEP that excitatory rTMS can normalize habituation in migraine patients and show that this is accompanied by early an HFO increase, which is thought to reflect thalamo-cortical activity. Taken together with similar effects we observed for VEPs, this finding supports the hypothesis that dysfunctioning thalamo-cortical loops may be responsible for the interictal habituation deficit in migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on visual evoked potentials in migraine.
Bohotin, V.; Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Vandenheede, M. et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2002), 125(Pt 4), 912-22

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical ... [more ▼]

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical excitability. We have studied the changes in visual cortex excitability by recording pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) after low- and high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), known respectively for their inhibitory and excitatory effect on the cortex. In 30 patients (20 migraine without, 10 with aura) and 24 healthy volunteers, rTMS of the occipital cortex was performed with a focal figure-of-eight magnetic coil (Magstim). Nine hundred pulses were delivered randomly at 1 or 10 Hz in two separate sessions. Stimulus intensity was set to the phosphene threshold or to 110% of the motor threshold if no phosphenes were elicited. Before and after rTMS, PR-VEP were averaged sequentially in six blocks of 100zztieresponses during uninterrupted 3.1 Hz stimulation. In healthy volunteers, PR-VEP amplitude was significantly decreased in the first block after 1 Hz rTMS and the habituation normally found in successive blocks after sustained stimulation was significantly attenuated. In migraine patients, 10 Hz rTMS was followed by a significant increase of first block PR-VEP amplitude and by a reversal to normal habituation of the potentiation (or dishabituation) characteristic of the disorder. This effect was similar in both forms of migraine and lasted for at least 9 min. There were no significant changes of PR-VEP amplitudes after 1 Hz rTMS in migraineurs and after 10 Hz rTMS in healthy volunteers, nor after sham stimulation. The recovery of a normal PR-VEP habituation pattern after high-frequency rTMS is probably due to activation of the visual cortex and the dishabituation in healthy volunteers to cortical inhibition. We conclude, therefore, that the deficient interictal PR-VEP habituation in migraine is due to a reduced, and not to an increased, pre-activation excitability level of the visual cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on visual evoked potentials: new insights in healthy subjects
Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Bohotin, V.; Vandenheede, Michel et al

in Experimental Brain Research (2003), 150(3), 332-340

In a previous comparative study with migraineurs, we found in 24 normal subjects that the amplitude of the pattern-reversal visual evoked potential (PR-VEP) in the first block of 100 responses and its ... [more ▼]

In a previous comparative study with migraineurs, we found in 24 normal subjects that the amplitude of the pattern-reversal visual evoked potential (PR-VEP) in the first block of 100 responses and its habituation over 6 sequential blocks were significantly decreased after 1 Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), while 10 Hz rTMS had no significant effect. We report here our results on the reproducibility of the rTMS effect studied in ten of these subjects by repeating the recordings for each frequency three times on different days. We have also reanalysed the data obtained in 24 normal subjects, looking separately at the results in those stimulated at an intensity equal to phosphene threshold (group 1; n=14) and those stimulated at 110% of motor threshold because of unelicitable phosphenes (group 2; n=10). We finally determined the precise duration of the rTMS effect. Despite some interindividual variability, the effects of both rTMS frequencies on first block amplitude, habituation between first and sixth block and habituation slope over the six blocks were highly reproducible. The only difference between the two groups of subjects was the effect of 1 Hz rTMS on the second measured PR-VEP component. Whereas first block amplitude of the first P1-N1 component and habituation were decreased in both groups, such a decrease was found for the second P1-N2 component only in group 1 stimulated at phosphene threshold. The dishabituation of the N1-P1 component after 1 Hz rTMS was maximal at 15 min, but lasted up to 33 min, while that of P1-N2 disappeared after 3 min. There was a non-significant trend ( p=0.06) for a reduction of first block amplitude after 10 Hz rTMS in the total group of subjects, but no effect on habituation. The inhibitory effect of 1 Hz rTMS, which reduces in healthy controls both first block PR-VEP amplitude and habituation, probably by decreasing the preactivation excitability level of the underlying visual cortex, is thus reproducible and long lasting. Long trains of 10 Hz rTMS tend to attenuate reproducibly the cortical preactivation level in normal subjects, but they do not affect habituation at all, which contrasts with their effect in migraineurs, in whom, as previously reported, they significantly correct the habituation deficit. The absence of an effect of 1 Hz rTMS on PR-VEP P1-N2 in subjects stimulated at 110% of motor threshold may be explained by the deeper anatomical location of the cortical generators of this component and the lower stimulation intensity used. Taken together our results confirm that the effect of rTMS on the underlying cortex depends on several variables such as frequency, intensity and level of cortical preactivation. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of restricted growing diet and/or a fat supplemented fattening diet on fatty acid composition in carcasses of bulls
Clinquart, Antoine ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Istasse, Louis ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 38th International Congress of Meat Science Technology. (1992)

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See detailEffects of rhein on human articular chondrocytes in alginate beads
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Mathy-Hartert, Marianne; Deberg, Michelle ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2003), 65(3), 377-388

This study was designed to investigate the effects of them, the active metabolite of diacerhein, on the metabolic functions of human chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads. Enzymatically isolated ... [more ▼]

This study was designed to investigate the effects of them, the active metabolite of diacerhein, on the metabolic functions of human chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads. Enzymatically isolated ostcoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes were cultured in alginate beads in a well-defined culture medium for 12 days. Rhein was tested in a range of concentrations comprised between 10(-7) and 4 x 10(-5) M, in the presence or absence of 10(-10) M IL-1beta. Interleukin (IL)-6 and -8, macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP-1beta), stromelysin-1 (MMP-3), aggrecan (AGG), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1), prostaglandin E-2 (PGE(2)) and nitric oxide (NO) productions were assayed. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible NO synthase (iNOS) mRNA steady-state levels were also quantified. In the basal condition, 10(-5) M them increased by 46.5% the production of AGG, decreased by 17-30% the production of IL-6, MMP-3, NO and MIP-1beta but enhanced by 50% the production of PGE2(.) IL-1beta increased IL-6, IL-8, MIP-1beta, NO, PGE(2) and MMP-3 productions, but inhibited AGG and TIMP-1 synthesis. Rhein partially reversed the effect of IL-1beta on TIMP-1 and NO production, had no effect on AGG, IL-6 and MIP-1P production, but upregulated the IL-1beta stimulated PGE(2) production. The COX-2 and iNOS mRNA levels and IL-8 production were not modified by rhein. Overall, these results contribute to explain the clinical efficiency of rhein and give new information on its mechanisms of action. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Rice Straw on the Color and Microstructure of Bizen, a Traditional Japanese Stoneware, as a Function of Oxygen Partial Pressure
Kusano, Y.; Doi, A.; Fukuhara, M. et al

in Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2009), 92(8), 1840-1844

The effects of oxygen partial pressure during thermal treatment on the color and microstructure of Bizen, a traditional Japanese stoneware, were studied through model experiments using clay pellets ... [more ▼]

The effects of oxygen partial pressure during thermal treatment on the color and microstructure of Bizen, a traditional Japanese stoneware, were studied through model experiments using clay pellets covered lightly with rice straw as a coloring assistant. When heated in flowing nitrogen, the model pellet turned blackish owing to the formation of alpha-Fe particles coated with graphite. However, schreibersite (Fe3P), which is also blackish, was formed specifically on the pellet surface in direct contact with the straw. The rice straw seems to have generated a strongly reducing atmosphere, strong enough for the metallization to alpha-Fe, and also to have provided phosphorus through contact. When oxygen content in the surrounding gas atmosphere was raised to N-2/O-2=99/1, the pellet surface turned yellowish brown because the main coloring material was Fe3+-containing mullite. At oxygen contents of N-2/O-2=98/2 or more, the formation of hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) pushed the color to deep red. [less ▲]

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