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See detailEvaluation of oxygen consumption during field exercise tests in Standardbred trotters
Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Votion, Dominique ULg; Serteyn, Didier ULg et al

in Equine & Comparative Exercise Physiology (2007), 4(1), 43-49

Reasons for performing the study: In human exercise physiology, the current gold standard for evaluating aerobic capacity is the measurement of oxygen consumption (VO2max) and maximal oxygen uptake ... [more ▼]

Reasons for performing the study: In human exercise physiology, the current gold standard for evaluating aerobic capacity is the measurement of oxygen consumption (VO2max) and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). The evaluation of VO2, in horses is performed in some laboratories equipped with a treadmill but has only been exceptionally reported in field conditions because of the lack of adapted equipment. Objectives: The aim of this study was (1) to assess the feasibility of VO2 measurement on the track using a recently validated portable breath-by-breath gas analyser system adapted to horses (Cosmed K4b® and Equimask®), (2) to compare these results with those obtained during a treadmill exercise test and (3) to study correlations between VO2 and physiological parameters usually measured in field condition such as heart rate (HR), lactataemia (LA) and the speed at which HR equals 200 beats per minute (bpm) (V200) or LA 4 mmol-1 (VLA4). Methods: Five healthy Standardbred trotters in training were submitted to two stepwise incremental exercise tests, one driven on the racetrack and the other on a high-speed treadmill with a 4% incline. Speed (v), HR, ventilatory parameters and VO2 were continu¬ously recorded throughout the duration of the tests and LA was evaluated after each step. Results: All horses com¬pleted the test satisfactorily after an initial acclimatization to the mask. There were marked individual differences in ventilatory strategy, and breathing frequency (Rf) at the higher levels of exercise was noticeably low. The VCO2 measurements were incoherent. There were no significant differences between track and treadmill maximal data obtained during the last stop [VO2peak (track: 139.9 ± 8.9 ml kg-1min-1; treadmill: 139.9 ± 13.4 ml kg-1min-1), LAmax (track: 6.5 ± 1.6mmol-1; treadmill: 7.3 ± 3.Ommol-1-1), HRma (track: 229 ± 6.2 bpm; treadmill:222 ± 13 bpm)], although the maximal speed required to reach similar workloads was significantly higher on the track (11.9 ± 0.6 ms-1 vs. 9.7 ± 0.4 ms-1). The correlation between VO, and HR (r= 0.87; P < 0.001) and VO2 and LA (r = 0.75; P < 0,001) during both tests was good but no correlation was found between VO2peak and HRmax, LAmax, V200 or VLA4. Conclusions: This is the first report of a practical portable system to measure VO2 and ventilation continuously during high-speed field exercise tests. However, current mask design markedly influences ventilation and could have prohibited the attainment of VO2max Furthermore, consistent VCO2 measurements should be implemented by the manufacturers. Potential relevance: Continuous breath-by-breath ventilation and VO2 measurements can be recorded in horses in the field at submaximal levels. With necessary adaptations to the system entailed, this study opens new perspectives in the analysis of physiological and metabolic mechanisms of exercise in the equine species in genuine track conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of p-[F-18]MPPF, 5-HT1A antagonist, in rats: tissue distribution, autoradiography and metabolism.
Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Aerts, Joël ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1997), 38

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See detailEvaluation of particle translocation across the alveolo-capillary barrier in isolated perfused rabbit lung model
Nemmar, A.; Hamoir, J.; Nemery, B. et al

in Toxicology (2005), 208(1), 105-113

Particulate air pollution is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. It has been suggested that ultrafine particles are able to translocate from the airways into the ... [more ▼]

Particulate air pollution is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. It has been suggested that ultrafine particles are able to translocate from the airways into the bloodstream in vivo. We have investigated this in an isolated perfused and ventilated rabbit lung preparation lacking pulmonary lymphatic flow. Fluorescent polystyrene particles of different diameters (24, 110 or 190 nm) and surface chemistry (carboxylate or amine modified) were injected either intratracheally (i.t.) or intravascularly (i.v.) and, after a period of 2 h, their presence in the perfusion liquid or in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, was assessed by spectrofluorimetry. Vascular pressures and lung weights were monitored. Following the i.t. administration, no particle translocation was observed from the alveoli into the vascular compartment. Similarly, no particle translocation was found after i.v. administration of particles. However, when microvascular permeability was pharmacologically increased by administering histamine (10(-4) M) in the vascular compartment, inducing a positive driving force provided by fluid filtration, a fluorescent signal in BAL was recorded (2.5 +/- 1% of the dose of particles administered), suggesting a translocation of particles through the alveolo-capillary barrier. We conclude that ultrafine polystyrene particles cannot significantly diffuse from lung into the vascular compartment in our model, but they are able to translocate in the opposite direction when the microvascular permeability is increased by histamine. The relevance of these ex vivo findings for the in vivo translocation of inhaled ultrafine particles remains to be established [less ▲]

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See detailEVALUATION OF PERFORMANCES OF HYBRID ELECTRIC ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM (LI-ION BATTERIES/ SUPERCAPACITORS) EV AND HEV APPLICATIONS
Lemaire, Julien ULg; Nzisabira, Jonathan ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg

Conference (2013, June)

Electric and hybrid electric vehicles sound the best alternative to internal combustion engines. However, energy storage systems must have a sufficient power and energy density (to answer accelerations ... [more ▼]

Electric and hybrid electric vehicles sound the best alternative to internal combustion engines. However, energy storage systems must have a sufficient power and energy density (to answer accelerations, regenerate breaking power and have sufficient autonomy). The advantage of batteries is their relatively large energy capacity. But batteries life time and capacity are limited by the number and the magnitude of current peaks [1]. The efficiency also depends on the discharge current regime. More there is high peak current, more the efficiency decreases [2]. Electrical double layer capacitors (EDLC) have a huge specific power and long life cycle because of their internal working principles especially based on charges transfer [3]. The main disadvantage is low specific energy. A combination of the two systems is interesting to gain energy capacity and lengthens the life of the batteries by limiting current peaks inside. The aim of this study is to evaluate the performances of a hybrid energy storage system (Li-ion batteries and EDLC) using a simulation tool. Batteries and EDLC are assembled in parallel in a high power bus. Batteries are directly linked on the bus because their nearly constant voltage. Conversely EDLC have to be connected with a DC/DC converter. Efficiencies of the elements are dependent on the actual current within each component. Given a total energy capacity and a current profile, the difference in final energy capacity may vary from about 15% whether the storage system is composed of batteries and EDLC or not. With hybrid energy storage the batteries are less discharged because of presence of EDLC (particularly due to efficiency difference) and their life cycle is longer. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Physiological Amino Acids Profiling by Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Filee, Romain; Schoos, Roland; BOEMER, François ULg

in Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease Reports (2013)

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See detailEvaluation of pitch accuracy: from occasional to operatic singers
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Nowak, Marion; Roig-Sanchis, Virginie et al

Conference (2014, January 15)

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See detailAn evaluation of pixel-based methods for the detection of floating objects on the sea surface
Borghgraef, Alexander; Barnich, Olivier ULg; Lapierre, Fabian et al

in EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (2010), 2010

Ship-based automatic detection of small floating objects on an agitated sea surface remains a hard problem. Our main concern is the detection of floating mines, which proved a real threat to shipping in ... [more ▼]

Ship-based automatic detection of small floating objects on an agitated sea surface remains a hard problem. Our main concern is the detection of floating mines, which proved a real threat to shipping in confined waterways during the first Gulf War, but applications include salvaging, search-and-rescue operation, perimeter, or harbour defense. Detection in infrared (IR) is challenging because a rough sea is seen as a dynamic background of moving objects with size order, shape, and temperature similar to those of the floating mine. In this paper we have applied a selection of background subtraction algorithms to the problem, and we show that the recent algorithms such as ViBe and behaviour subtraction, which take into account spatial and temporal correlations within the dynamic scene, significantly outperformthe more conventional parametric techniques, with only little prior assumptions about the physical properties of the scene. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of plasma carboxy-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type I collagen concentration in horses.
Carstanjen, Bianca; Hoyle, Nicholas R; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (2004), 65(1), 104-9

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a human assay for quantification of carboxy-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX-I), assess the influence of age on plasma CTX-I concentration, investigate the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a human assay for quantification of carboxy-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type I collagen (CTX-I), assess the influence of age on plasma CTX-I concentration, investigate the relationship between plasma CTX-I and serum osteocalcin concentrations, and determine whether concentrations of plasma CTX-I or serum osteocalcin fluctuate in circadian manner in horses. HORSES: 75 clinically normal horses. PROCEDURE: Cross-reactivity between equine serum CTX-I and CTX-I antibodies in an automated electrochemiluminescent sandwich antibody assay (ECLIA) was evaluated via a specificity test (ie, dilution test) and recovery calculation. Serum osteocalcin concentration was measured with an equine-specific osteocalcin radioimmunoassay. To analyze diurnal variations in plasma CTX-I and serum osteocalcin concentrations, blood samples were obtained hourly during a 24-hour period. RESULTS: Results of the dilution test indicated good correlation (r > 0.99) between expected serum CTX-I concentrations and measured serum CTX-I concentrations. The calculated CTX-I recovery was 97.6% to 109.9%. Plasma CTX-I and serum osteocalcin concentrations were correlated. Plasma CTX-I concentration was inversely correlated with age of the horse. No significant circadian variations in plasma CTX-I and serum osteocalcin concentrations were detected. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Results suggest that the fully automated CTX-I ECLIA can be used for evaluation of plasma and serum samples from horses and may be a useful tool to monitor bone metabolism changes. Horses in this study did not have notable diurnal fluctuations in serum osteocalcin and plasma CTX-I concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of pleural disease with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging
Duysinx, Bernard ULg; Nguyen, Delphine; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in CHEST (2004), 125(2), 489-493

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To study the ability of positron emission tomography (PET) using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) to distinguish between benign and malignant disease in exudative pleural effusions and ... [more ▼]

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To study the ability of positron emission tomography (PET) using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) to distinguish between benign and malignant disease in exudative pleural effusions and pleural thickening. DESIGN: Prospective study of 98 consecutive patients presenting with either pleural thickening or an exudative pleural effusion. SETTING: Department of pulmonary medicine of a university hospital. METHODS: FDG-PET was performed on each subject before invasive procedures were used to determine the etiologic diagnosis. FDG-PET data were analyzed by visual interpretation. RESULTS: Sixty-three of 98 patients were found to have malignant pleural disease after histologic analysis. Sixty-one of 63 patients with histologically confirmed malignant disease showed FDG uptake within the area of pleural thickening. Uptake was graded as intense in 51 cases and moderate in 10 cases. Only two patients with malignant pleural disease did not show increased FDG uptake. FDG-PET imaging showed an absence of FDG uptake, and correctly classified 31 of 35 benign lesions. For the remaining four lesions, intense FDG uptake was seen in one case of parapneumonic effusion, while moderate and localized uptake was observed in one parapneumonic, one tuberculous, and one uremic pleurisy. The sensitivity of the method to identify malignancy was 96.8% with a negative predictive value of 93.9%, while its specificity was 88.5% and its positive predictive value was 93.8%. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that FDG-PET is an effective tool for differentiating between benign and malignant pleural diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of pleural diseases with FDG-PET imaging: preliminary report.
Bury, Thierry ULg; Paulus, P; Dowlati, A et al

in Thorax (1997), 52(2), 187-9

BACKGROUND: Positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is an accurate method for differentiating benign from malignant disease. The use of FDG-PET for the aetiological diagnosis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is an accurate method for differentiating benign from malignant disease. The use of FDG-PET for the aetiological diagnosis of pleural disease was investigated in 25 patients. METHODS: PET was performed on each subject before invasive procedures were used to determine the aetiological diagnosis. The PET data were analysed by visual interpretation of coronal, sagittal, and transverse slices. RESULTS: Sixteen patients were found to have malignant pleural disease and nine had benign disease. All patients with histologically confirmed malignant disease showed FDG uptake within the pleural thickening which was intense in 14 cases and moderate in two. PET imaging showed the absence of FDG uptake and correctly categorised seven non-malignant lesions. Two patients with infectious pleural diseases showed a localised and moderate FDG uptake. CONCLUSION: Our preliminary results suggest that FDG-PET could be an effective tool for differentiating between benign and malignant pleural diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of plyometric training on functional performances and isokinetic strength
Lehance, Cédric ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Maquet, Didier ULg et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2004, March), 12(1), 79-80

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See detailEvaluation of population density of Pichia anomala strain K and Candida oleophila strain O and their protection against Penicillium expansum Link on apples.
Lahlali, Rachid; Jijakli, Haissam ULg

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2004), 27(8), 341-346

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See detailEvaluation of power line cable fatigue parameters based on measurements on a laboratory cable test span
Guérard, Suzanne ULg; van dyke, Pierre; Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg

in Lilien, Jean-Louis (Ed.) EIght International symposium on Cable Dynamics, ISCD 2009 (2009)

The present paper describes experiments carried out on IREQ laboratory cable test bench. Test span arrangement is a 63.15m cable span with termination ends designed so as to minimize energy dissipation. A ... [more ▼]

The present paper describes experiments carried out on IREQ laboratory cable test bench. Test span arrangement is a 63.15m cable span with termination ends designed so as to minimize energy dissipation. A shaker provides a vertical alternating force to the conductor. During the experiments, a maximum of information on mode shape is collected: location of nodes, antinode amplitude of vibration, relative displacement at 44.5, 89, and 178mm from the last point of contact with the metallic clamp. Several configurations are studied: span equipped with an homogeneous steel cable, span equipped with an ACSR Crow conductor, sometimes in combination with other equipments such as a vibration damper or a local mass, to investigate how the presence of such devices impacts conductor vibrations. It results from these experiments an interesting comparison of two widely used fatigue indicators, the relative displacement Yb 2 (also called “bending amplitude”) and fymax (the product of antinode amplitude of vibration by frequency). Also, collected data gives indirect information on conductor variable bending stiffness. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of preoperative use of danazol, gestrinone, lynestrenol, buserelin spray and buserelin implant, in the treatment of endometriosis associated infertility.
Donnez, Jacques; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Clerckx, Françoise et al

in Progress in Clinical & Biological Research (1990), 323

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See detailEvaluation of prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in men presenting at multiple risk detection campaign
Hanssens, L. C.; De Ceulaer, F.; Tancredi, Annalisa ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2004, May), 15(Suppl.1), 54

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See detailEvaluation of prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in men presenting at multiple risk detection campaign
Hanssens, L.; De Ceulaer, F.; Tancredi, Annalisa ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003, November), 14(Suppl. 7), 90

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See detailEvaluation of primary brain tumors with F-TYR and FDG PET : correlation with pathology and survival.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg; BORN, J.; MARTIN, Didier ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2008), 49(SUPPL), 77

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