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See detailEvaluation of [73Se]PROMOSE as a tracer of the human cerebral pH.
Demonceau, G.; Cantineau, R.; Plenevaux, Alain ULg et al

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See detailEvaluation of a Bovine Concentrated Lactoserum for Preventing Neonatal Diarrhoea in Belgian Blue Calves
Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg; Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Guyot, Hugues ULg et al

in Open Veterinary Science Journal (The) (2010), 4

The purpose of this study was to evaluate, under field conditions, the efficacy of an european registered bovine concentrated lactoserum (Locatim) in 3 farms with neonatal diarrhoea in calves. A total of ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate, under field conditions, the efficacy of an european registered bovine concentrated lactoserum (Locatim) in 3 farms with neonatal diarrhoea in calves. A total of 117 healthy Belgian Blue (BB) calves were allocated in 2 groups. Two thirds of the calves received Locatim orally immediately after birth and maternal colostrum one hour later (treated group), while control calves only received maternal colostrum. Every day during 14 days, mental status, faeces consistency, suckling reflex and hydration status of each calf were monitored. Individual blood samples were assessed for passive transfer and specific Escherichia coli antibodies against strains F5, CS31A, F17 and F41. Faecal samples from diarrheic and non diarrheic calves were analysed for rotavirus, bovine coronavirus, Cryptosporidium parvum and Escherichia coli F5. Locatim had no significant effect on the onset, duration and incidence of diarrhoea. The mean serum IgG concentration of 23.1 ± 7.8 mg/ml indicates a good IgG transfer. Only the CS31A strain titer was significantly higher in the treated group. The major identified causative agent of diarrhoea was C. parvum. In conclusion, Locatim only has a slight effect when IgG transfer is optimal, but could be justified when specific antibodies lacking in colostrum are needed [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a campaign for osteoporosis screening in the general population: what is the follow-up given by general practitioners to a positive screening result?
Richy, Florent; Pire, G.; Maassen, P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003, November), 14(Suppl. 7), 67

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See detailEvaluation of a Diphenylphosphorylazide-Crosslinked Collagen Membrane for Guided Bone Regeneration in Mandibular Defects in Rats
Zahedi, Sharam ULg; Legrand, Roman ULg; Brunel, G. et al

in Journal of Periodontology (1998), 69(11), 1238-46

In the present study, the potential of a diphenylphosphorylazide-crosslinked type I bovine collagen membrane was evaluated in the healing of mandibular bone defects applying the biological concept of ... [more ▼]

In the present study, the potential of a diphenylphosphorylazide-crosslinked type I bovine collagen membrane was evaluated in the healing of mandibular bone defects applying the biological concept of guided bone regeneration. The experiment was carried out on 25 Wistar rats. After exposing the mandibular ramus bilaterally, 5 mm diameter full-thickness circular bone defects were surgically created. While the defect on one side was covered by the membrane (experimental), the defect on the other side was left uncovered (control) before closure of the overlying soft tissues. The rats were sacrificed in groups of 5 after 7, 15, 30, 90, and 180 days of healing. Although at early stages of healing similar amounts of bone formation were observed in the experimental and control defects, after 1 month of healing, most of the experimental defects were completely closed with new bone, while in the control defects, only limited amounts of new bone were observed at the rims and in the lingual aspect of the lesions. In the 90- and 180-day animals, all experimental defects were completely closed, while in the control defects, no statistically significant increase in bone regeneration was observed. The increase in percentage of bone regeneration in the experimental defects was statistically significant between the 15-day specimens as compared with the 7-day specimens (P < 0.01) and likewise between 30-day and 15-day specimens (P < 0.001). It can be concluded that a DPPA-crosslinked collagen membrane yields biocompatibility, ad hoc mechanical hindrance, and handling characteristics suitable for guided bone regeneration applications in this experimental model. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a Fine-mapping Method Exploiting Linkage Disequilibrium in Livestock Populations: Simulation Study
Kim, J. J.; Farnir, Frédéric ULg

in Asian-Australian Journal of Animal Science (2006), 19(12), 1702

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See detailEvaluation of a geometry-based knee joint compared to a planar knee joint
Sandholm, Anders; Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Pronost, Nicolas et al

in Visual Computer (2011)

Today neuromuscular simulations are used in sev- eral fields, such as diagnostics and planing of surgery, to get a deeper understanding of the musculoskeletal system. Dur- ing the last year, new models ... [more ▼]

Today neuromuscular simulations are used in sev- eral fields, such as diagnostics and planing of surgery, to get a deeper understanding of the musculoskeletal system. Dur- ing the last year, new models and datasets have been pre- sented which can provide us with more in-depth simulations and results. The same kind of development has occurred in the field of studying the human knee joint using complex three dimensional finite element models and simulations. In the field ofmusculoskeletal simulations, no such knee joints can be used. Instead themost common knee joint description is an idealized knee joint with limited accuracy or a planar knee joint which only describes the knee motion in a plane. In this paper, a new knee joint based on both equations and geometry is introduced and compared to a common clinical planar knee joint. The two kinematical models are analyzed using a gait motion, and are evaluated using the muscle ac- tivation and joint reaction forces which are compared to in- vivo measured forces. We show that we are able to predict the lateral, anterior and longitudinal moments, and that we are able to predict better knee and hip joint reaction forces. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a high-resolution regional climate simulation over Greenland
Lefebre, Filip; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Gallée, Hubert et al

in Climate Dynamics (2005), 25(1), 99-116

A simulation of the 1991 summer has been performed over south Greenland with a coupled atmosphere–snow regional climate model (RCM) forced by the ECMWF re-analysis. The simulation is evaluated with in ... [more ▼]

A simulation of the 1991 summer has been performed over south Greenland with a coupled atmosphere–snow regional climate model (RCM) forced by the ECMWF re-analysis. The simulation is evaluated with in-situ coastal and ice-sheet atmospheric and glaciological observations. Modelled air temperature, specific humidity, wind speed and radiative fluxes are in good agreement with the available observations, although uncertainties in the radiative transfer scheme need further investigation to improve the model’s performance. In the sub-surface snow-ice model, surface albedo is calculated from the simulated snow grain shape and size, snow depth, meltwater accumulation, cloudiness and ice albedo. The use of snow metamorphism processes allows a realistic modelling of the temporal variations in the surface albedo during both melting periods and accumulation events. Concerning the surface albedo, the main finding is that an accurate albedo simulation during the melting season strongly depends on a proper initialization of the surface conditions which mainly result from winter accumulation processes. Furthermore, in a sensitivity experiment with a constant 0.8 albedo over the whole ice sheet, the average amount of melt decreased by more than 60%, which highlights the importance of a correctly simulated surface albedo. The use of this coupled atmosphere–snow RCM offers new perspectives in the study of the Greenland surface mass balance due to the represented feedback between the surface climate and the surface albedo, which is the most sensitive parameter in energy-balance-based ablation calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a hydro-alcoholic solution as pre-surgical hand antisepsis in a veterinary setting.
Verwilghen, Denis ULg; Mastrocicco, Emilie; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

Conference (2010, July 02)

Introduction: Despite the fact that presurgical antiseptic hand treatment of surgical staff has since become a worldwide accepted procedure, surgical site infection is still one of the most frequent types ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Despite the fact that presurgical antiseptic hand treatment of surgical staff has since become a worldwide accepted procedure, surgical site infection is still one of the most frequent types of nosocomial infections. Many products have been used for hand antisepsis, but the popularity of alcoholic rubs amongst human surgeons is increasing as they have shown to provide a rapid and immediate action, are considerably faster than disinfecting soap scrubs and cause less skin damage after repeated use. The purpose of this study was 1) to identify surgical hand antisepsis habits amongst veterinary surgery specialists in Europe (ECVS) and the United States (ACVS), 2) to compare povidone iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate scrubs with a hydro-alcoholic rub hand antisepsis protocol and 3) to evaluate the usefulness of a hydro-alcoholic rub solution in a veterinary surgical setting. Materials and Methods: Emails were sent to 1300 Diplomates to invite them to participate to an online survey in order to obtain an idea about pre-surgical hand disinfection techniques. In a preliminary trial the efficiency of 4% chlorhexidine gluconate, 7.5 % PVP-iodine and an alcoholic solution containing 45% 2-propanol, 30% 1-propanol, 0.2% mecetronium ethylsulphate (Sterillium®) in bacterial reduction on hands was compared. In a clinical trial, the suitability of Sterillium® was assessed in an equine and small animal set up during surgery procedures. Fingertips were pressed on blood agar plates and Gassner plates prior to hand antisepsis (PHA), after handantisepsis (AHA) and three hours after wearing sterile gloves (AG) in the preliminary trial or at the end of surgery (AS) in the clinical trial. Bacterial counts (colony forming units : CFU’s) were obtained after 24 h of incubation of the plates. The obtained values of CFU from PHA, AHA, AG and AS were expressed as log10 values. For each sample, a reduction factor (RF) was obtained from the difference of log10 pre-value and log10 post-value. An ANOVA comparison between the effects of the different antisepsis protocols on the mean log10 CFU values and RF’s in function of the different steps was established. Results: A 42.6% response rate was obtained for the survey. Most surgeons’ still use a disinfecting soap only (79.9%) for hand antisepsis prior to surgery, the majority based on chlorhexidine gluconate (81.4%). Significant differences were found between immediate and sustained activities of the different products tested. Sterillium® was shown to have significantly lower LSM log10 CFU at AG compared to both other products. At AHA, povidone iodine revealed to have significantly higher LSM log10 CFU than Sterillium® and chlorhexidine gluconate, with the last two products having comparable activities. Reduction factors for the Sterillium® were significantly greater than for the other products. Only RF1 was comparable between Sterillium® and chlorhexidine gluconate. In the clinical trial, no significant differences were found between surgeons regarding LSM log10 CFU after hand antisepsis, neither between RF from samples taken at the small animal versus the equine surgery theatre. Discussion: This study confirms that Sterillium® is more effective in reducing bacterial counts on hands prior to surgery in a veterinary setting as are chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) and povidone iodine soap. Moreover, they provide better tolerance and compliance to surgical hygiene protocols. Despite this, veterinary surgeons from all over the world still prefer the use of CHX soap, which has far more disadvantages than commonly accepted. Apart from the better skin tolerance and the absence of known resitance to the product, the use of Sterillium® offers the advantage of a fast (1.5 minute) surgical handantisepsis. This study shows that, as previously reported for human medicine, Sterillium® can safely be used in a veterinary surgical setting. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a Large-Scale Topology Discovery Algorithm
Donnet, Benoît ULg; Huffaker, Bradley; Friedman, Timur et al

in IEEE International IP Operation and Management (IPOM) Workshop (2006, October)

In the past few years, the network measurement community has been interested in the problem of internet topology discovery using a large number (hundreds or thousands) of measurement monitors. The ... [more ▼]

In the past few years, the network measurement community has been interested in the problem of internet topology discovery using a large number (hundreds or thousands) of measurement monitors. The standard way to obtain information about the internet topology is to use the traceroute tool from a small number of monitors. Recent papers have made the case that increasing the number of monitors will give a more accurate view of the topology. However, scaling up the number of monitors is not a trivial process. Duplication of effort close to the monitors wastes time by reexploring well-known parts of the network, and close to destinations might appear to be a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack as the probes converge from a set of sources towards a given destination. In prior work, authors of this paper proposed Doubletree, an algorithm for cooperative topology discovery, that reduces the load on the network, i.e., router IP interfaces and end-hosts, while discovering almost as many nodes and links as standard approaches based on traceroute. This paper presents our open-source and freely downloadable implementation of Doubletree in a tool we call traceroute@home. We evaluate the performance of our implementation on the PlanetLab testbed and discuss a large-scale monitoring infrastructure that could benefit of Doubletree. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for the detection of group B streptococci
MELIN, Pierrette ULg

Conference (2012, October 09)

BACKGROUND GBS are still the leading cause of severe neonatal disease. Screening for vaginal-rectal GBS colonization in pregnant women at 35-37 weeks of gestation, followed by intrapartum ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND GBS are still the leading cause of severe neonatal disease. Screening for vaginal-rectal GBS colonization in pregnant women at 35-37 weeks of gestation, followed by intrapartum antibioprophylaxis to colonized women has proven to be the most effective strategy for prevention of perinatal GBS disease. Despite GBS improved culture method, predictive values (PV) of prenatal screening for GBS colonization at delivery remain limited and contribute to ongoing disease. Switching from time-consuming cultures to a rapid molecular based assay for prenatal screening could be considered: a new assay, the illumigene® Group B Streptococcus (illuB) from Meridian Bioscience, based on LAMP technology is awaited to improve antenatal screening sensitivity. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the illuB performed on culture obtained by 18-24 hours incubation of vaginal-rectal swab in Lim broth versus the reference culture for GBS screening. To determine if and how the illuB may be integrated in the current recommended screening strategy. METHODS Vaginal-rectal specimens collected from 242 pregnant women, were sent to and processed by the labs of the University Hospital of Liege and Hospital Sint Lucas of Gent to determine the status of GBS colonization by the reference culture method for prenatal GBS screening and by illuB. Cultures were performed by direct plating onto Granada agar and inoculation in a selective enrichment Lim broth subsequently subcultured after overnight incubation onto Granada and StrepB Select agar. All illuB were performed from the same incubated Lim broth. Discrepant results were controlled by a PCR assay detecting a gene different from the target of the illuB. RESULTS GBS were recovered in culture from 20.7% of the specimens. By comparison with culture, sensitivity and specificity (S, Sp) of the illuB for identifying GBS colonization were 90% and 98.9%. The positive and negative PV (PPV,NPV) were 95.7% and 97.4% respectively. Among the discrepancies, the 2 illuB positive/culture negative results were also tested positive by the control PCR assay, confirming the presence of GBS DNA even if GBS were not cultured from these specimens. Overall for GBS detection, Sp and PPV were 100%. Out of the 5 false negative illuB, 3 matched cultures with very rare GBS meaning that GBS could have been absent in the aliquots used for illuB. Therefore, S and NPV of the illuB for the detection of GBS are probably higher than 90.4% and 97.4%. CONCLUSION The illuB demonstrated S and Sp close to those of the reference culture method and did not significantly improve the GBS detection. The higher cost of such molecular test may be an obstacle to its wide use as there is not a net benefice when compared with culture method; but a shorter turnaround time and limited hands on time could balance positively the decision. Additional clinical trials are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a method for estimating configuration parameters in bistatic radars using directive antennas
Neyt, Xavier; Lapierre, Fabian D.; Verly, Jacques ULg

Conference (2004)

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See detailEvaluation of a Model-Based Hemodynamic Monitoring Method in a Porcine Study of Septic Shock
Revie, James; Stevenson, David; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

in Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine (2013)

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See detailEvaluation of a monostatic STAP-radar range-compensation method applied to selected bistatic configurations
Lapierre, Fabian D.; Verly, Jacques ULg

Conference (2002, March)

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See detailEvaluation of a new [18F] labeled tracer targeting synaptic vesicle protein 2C by ex vivo autoradiography and in vivo PET study in rat brain.
Warnock, Geoffrey; Aerts, Joël ULg; Mestdagh, Nathalie et al

Poster (2013)

Introduction The synaptic vesicle protein 2 (SV2) family is a group of integral membrane glycoproteins homologous to the major facilitator superfamily and could be involved in several neuronal diseasesa ... [more ▼]

Introduction The synaptic vesicle protein 2 (SV2) family is a group of integral membrane glycoproteins homologous to the major facilitator superfamily and could be involved in several neuronal diseasesa. The binding of the novel, no-carrier-added, [18F] labeled compound [18F]UCB-F to the SV2C isoform was evaluated in rat brain. Methods Radiochemistry No-carrier added [18F]UCB-F was obtained following the method shown in Fig. 1. The identity and purity of the tracer were evaluated by radioUPLC and chiral radioHPLC. Autoradiography Sprague Dawley rat brain sections were incubated at RT with buffered [18F]UCB-F solutions and exposed on film. Matching sections were stained with cresyl violet for structural identification. PET studies PET studies (Siemens Concorde Focus 120 µPET) were performed under isoflurane anesthesia. The tracer was injected as a bolus via the tail vein. After a 10-min transmission scan to correct for attenuation, dynamic emission data was recorded for a total of 60 min. The impact of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) activity on tracer uptake in the brain was evaluated using cyclosporine (50 mg/kg SC). Metabolite analysis During PET studies, arterial blood samples were taken for the measurement of tracer metabolites. Plasma was separated by centrifugation and proteins were acid-precipitated. Metabolites were detected using HPLC and confirmed by gamma counting. Results The tracer was obtained with a decay corrected yield of ±10%. Specific activity ranged from 10 GBq/µmol to 40 GBq/µmol. Ex vivo autoradiography showed that the binding of [18F]UCB-F to SV2C closely matched the expected distribution b (Fig.2). In vivo PET studies revealed that [18F]UCB-F briefly entered the brain, but exhibited extremely rapid washout. A large accumulation in the liver and intestines was observed. Metabolite analysis in the plasma revealed high protein binding and rapid metabolism. Inhibition of P-gp transport with cyclosporin had no clear effect on the rapid washout from the brain. Conclusions Despite a close match between [18F]UCB-F SV2C binding and the expected brain distribution, the pharmacokinetics in rat brain appear unfavorable for the use of this tracer to quantify SV2C in vivo. Acknowledgement / References a Lynch & al (2004) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101:9861 b Janz & Sudhof (1999) Neuroscience 94:1279 c The authors thank the Walloon Region and the FRNS Belgium for financial support. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a new automated immunoassay for measuring cardiac troponin I in serum
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Boland, P.; Marechal, P. et al

Poster (1998, May)

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See detailEvaluation of a new biocompatible poly(N-(morpholino ethyl methacrylate)-based copolymer for the delivery of ruthenium oligonucleotides, targeting HPV16 E6 oncogene
Reschner, Anca ULg; Shim, Yong Ho; Dubois, Philippe et al

in Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology (2013), 9

This study investigates the use of a new biocompatible block copolymer poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate-N-(morpholino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA) for the delivery of a particular ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the use of a new biocompatible block copolymer poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate-N-(morpholino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA) for the delivery of a particular antisense oligonucleotide targeting E6 gene from human papilloma virus. This antisense oligonucleotide was derivatized with a polyazaaromatic RuII complex which, under visible illumination, is able to produce an irreversible crosslink with the complementary targeted sequence. The purpose of this study is to determine whether by the use of a suitable transfection agent, it is possible to increase the efficiency of the antisense oligonucleotide targeting E6 gene, named Ru-P-4. In a recent study, we showed that Oligofectamine® transfected Ru-P-4 antisense oligonucleotide failed to inhibit efficiently the growth of cervical cancer cell line SiHa, contrarily to the Ru-P-6 antisense oligonucleotide, another sequence also targeting the E6 gene. The ability of PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA to form polyplexes with optimal physicochemical characteristics was investigated first. Then the ability of the PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA/Ru-P-4 antisense oligonucleotide polyplexes to transfect two keratinocyte cell lines (SiHa and HaCat) and the capacity of polyplexes to inhibit HPV16 + cervical cancer cell growth was evaluated. PDMAEMA-b-PMEMA base polyplexes at the optimal molar ratio of polymer nitrogen atoms to DNA phosphates (N/P), were able to deliver Ru-P-4 antisense oligonucleotide and to induce a higher growth inhibition in human cervical cancer SiHa cells, compared to other formulations based on Oligofectamine®. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a new commercial real time PCR for the detection of Aspergillus spp. in serum and respiratory samples
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Meex, Cécile ULg; Boreux, Raphaël ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

Objectives. Diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is still disappointing and often delayed because of the lack of sensitivity of diagnostic tools. DNA detection based-methods have been developed, but differ ... [more ▼]

Objectives. Diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is still disappointing and often delayed because of the lack of sensitivity of diagnostic tools. DNA detection based-methods have been developed, but differ widely and comparisons are difficult to assess. The objective of the study is to compare a new commercial real-time PCR kit, affigene® Aspergillus tracer assay, with an in house nested PCR targeting 18S rRNA Aspergillus sp. gene. Methods. Twelve patients at risk for invasive aspergillosis were included in the study. They were classified to have possible (5 cases), probable (1 case) or proven (6 cases) invasive aspergillosis following E.O.R.T.C. criteria. Fifteen serum and respiratory paired samples were collected. The DNA extraction was performed by using the QIAmp DNA mini kit® (Qiagen, Germany). All samples were tested by both PCR assays and respiratory samples were cultured. Results. Respiratory samples. A. fumigatus, A. niger and A. flavus were isolated from 10/15 samples; both PCR methods were positive for these samples except one that was positive for affigene® and equivocal for the nested PCR. The real-time PCR assay reported cycle thresholds ranging from 25 to 38. Three of the five culture-negative samples were negative by both PCR methods; one of three was negative in affigene® assay and equivocal by nested PCR; the last sample was positive in affigene® assay and negative by nested PCR. Serum. Thirteen of fifteen blood samples were negative by both PCR methods. One sample was equivocal by nested PCR and was inhibited in affigene® assay despite a culture-positive paired respiratory sample. The last case was inhibited by the real-time PCR assay and negative by nested PCR. Nor the nested PCR, nor affigene® assay could detect any Aspergillus DNA in serum. In total, there was 93% of agreement between the two PCR assays. Conclusion. Both methods are in good agreement and can detect at least three different species of Aspergillus. However, the sensitivity of both assays does not permit the detection of Aspergillus DNA in serum. affigene® assay can easy replace the “in house” assay: it allows a fast and standardized detection of Aspergillus sp. DNA in respiratory samples without inconvenient due to the handling of PCR products. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a new immunoassay analyzer: the photon "ERA"
El Allaf, M.; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Heusghem, C.

Poster (1986)

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