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See detailFactors controlling the distribution of diatoms and Phaeocystis in the Ross Sea
Goffart, Anne ULg; Catalano, Guilio; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2000), 27

The spatial and temporal distributions of phytoplankton pigments were investigated in the western and south central Ross Sea during austral spring 1994 and summer 1990. Large gradients in biomass and ... [more ▼]

The spatial and temporal distributions of phytoplankton pigments were investigated in the western and south central Ross Sea during austral spring 1994 and summer 1990. Large gradients in biomass and phytoplankton community composition were observed both in the east-west and south-north directions, in relation to differences in water column structure and stability, which themselves depend on the processes of ice retreat within the different areas. Important are melting in the western Ross Sea, which induces strong stratification, and ice breakup and wind stress in the south central Ross Sea, which result in deep mixing and weakly stratified waters. In the western Ross Sea, the highest chl a concentrations observed in this study (129 - 358 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m) were tightly coupled to the stratified region of meltwater influence and were dominated by diatoms, as indicated by elevated fucoxanthin concentrations (89 - 239 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m). In the diatom bloom area, high levels of phaeophorbides a (maximum value of 192 mg . m-2 in the upper 100 m) indicated that the dominant grazers, identified as Limacina helecina and copepods (Hecq et al., 1992), transferred a sustained part of the diatom production to the herbivore trophic level. Synthesis of our data with published information suggests that the diatom bloom we observed in the western Ross Sea was dominated by the species Fragilariopsis curta, and occurs annually off the coast of Victoria Land from 72°30'S to 77°S within 100 to 250 km from the coastal ice edge. It is assumed to persist on the order of 2.5 - 3 months during summer. In the south central Ross Sea, which was characterized by a poorly or unstratified water column, moderate chl a concentrations (55 - 186 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m) were found in the polynya and in the ice edge area in early spring. 19'-hexanoyloxyfucoxanthin, a biomarker for Phaeocystis, was the major contributor to the total carotenoid abundance (29 - 132 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m), corroborating the hypothesis that Phaeocystis are well adapted to develop in a relatively mixed water column. At the northern limit of the polynya, a quite narrow (c. a. 30 km) diatom bloom (31 - 67 mg fucoxanthin m-2 in the upper 100 m) overlapped with the Phaeocystis bloom in the slightly stratified marginal ice zone. This was an area of increased grazing pressure by various types of herbivorous zooplankton, among which very large amounts of krill were observed. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors correlated with volleyball spike velocity.
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Ciccarone, Guido et al

in American Journal of Sports Medicine (2005), 33(10), 1513-9

BACKGROUND: Spike effectiveness represents a determining element in volleyball. To compete at a high level, the player must, in particular, produce a spike characterized by a high ball velocity ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Spike effectiveness represents a determining element in volleyball. To compete at a high level, the player must, in particular, produce a spike characterized by a high ball velocity. HYPOTHESIS: Some muscular and physical features could influence ball velocity during the volleyball spike. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study. METHODS: A total of 19 male volleyball players from the 2 highest Belgian national divisions underwent an isokinetic assessment of the dominant shoulder and elbow. Ball velocity performance (radar gun) during a spike test, morphological feature, and jump capacity (ergo jump) of the player were measured. We tested the relationship between the isokinetic parameters or physical features and field performances represented by spike velocity. We also compared first-division and second-division player data. RESULTS: Spike velocity correlated significantly with strength performance of the dominant shoulder (internal rotators) and of the dominant elbow (flexors and extensors) in the concentric mode. Negative correlations were established with the concentric external rotator on internal rotator ratio at 400 deg/s and with the mixed ratio (external rotator at 60 deg/s in the eccentric mode on internal rotator at 240 deg/s in the concentric mode). Positive correlations appeared with both the volleyball players' jump capacity and body mass index. First-division players differed from second-division players by higher ball velocity and increased jump capacity. CONCLUSION: Some specific strength and physical characteristics correlated significantly with spike performance in high-level volleyball practice. CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Our results could provide useful information for training management and propose some reflections on injury prevention. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors determining the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells in hemodialysis patients.
Bovy, Christophe ULg; Tsobo, C.; Crapanzano, L. et al

in Kidney International (1999), 56(3), 1113-9

Factors determining the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells determines iron status in hemodialysis patients. BACKGROUND: Determination of the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells (RBC; %HYPO ... [more ▼]

Factors determining the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells determines iron status in hemodialysis patients. BACKGROUND: Determination of the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells (RBC; %HYPO) has been advocated as a sensitive index of functional iron deficiency during erythropoietin (EPO) therapy in hemodialyzed patients. METHODS: The significance of %HYPO in chronic renal failure was evaluated in 64 chronically hemodialyzed patients. The linear correlation was determined between %HYPO and 13 variables, including age, sex, weight, C-reactive protein (CRP), ferritin, transferrin (Tf), Tf saturation, soluble Tf receptor (sTfR), serum iron (SI), urea, parathormone, dialysis dose (Kt/V), dose of EPO administered (EPO), and absolute reticulocyte count. Multiple regression analyses were then performed to select the parameters that jointly provide the best prediction of %HYPO. RESULTS: Univariate analysis showed significant correlations between %HYPO and iron parameters (sTfR, Tf saturation, SI, and ferritin, in decreasing order), EPO, reticulocyte count, and CRP. Multivariate analysis yielded an equation showing that the variation of %HYPO is essentially associated with the combined changes in sTfR, CRP, and EPO dosage. CONCLUSIONS: %HYPO is a meaningful and inexpensive parameter that reflects the integrated effects of iron stores, inflammation, and erythropoietic stimulation on iron availability in hemodialyzed patients. Among iron exchange parameters, sTfR is the best predictor of %HYPO, followed by Tf saturation, SI, and ferritin. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors determining therapeutic strategy at diagnosis and evolution of disease severity in a cohort of Belgian pediatric Crohn’s disease patients (BELCRO)
De Greef, E; Mahachie John, Jestinah; Hoffman, I et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012)

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See detailFactors determining therapeutic strategy at diagnosis and evolution of disease severity in a cohort of Belgian pediatric Crohn's disease patients (BELCRO)
De Greef, E; Mahachie John, Jestinah; Hoffman, I et al

in Gastroenterology (2012)

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See detailFactors driving pCO2 dynamics in sea ice during a large-scale ice tank experiment
Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Delille, Bruno ULg; Tison, J.-L. et al

Conference (2014, March)

According to previous studies, pCO2 fluxes measured over Arctic sea ice are higher than those measured over Antarctic sea ice. We hypothesized that this was due to enhanced respiration in Arctic sea ice ... [more ▼]

According to previous studies, pCO2 fluxes measured over Arctic sea ice are higher than those measured over Antarctic sea ice. We hypothesized that this was due to enhanced respiration in Arctic sea ice, as a consequence of higher riverine inputs of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) into Arctic seawater. We tested this hypothesis during the Interice V experiment at the HSVA (Hamburg) environmental test basin facility. We reproduced the growth and decay cycle of sea ice in replicate mesocosms (1 m3) filled with North Sea water (NSW series), and compared these with another series of mesocosms to which humic-rich river water had been added (10%) to increase the DOC concentration (R series). Primary producers were excluded from the experiment. The evolution of the temperature, salinity, DOC, pCO2 and bacterial biomass and production were measured in ice sampled at regular intervals throughout the experiment, as well as in the under-ice water. In addition, ice-air pCO2 fluxes were continuously monitored over both NSW and R mesocosms. pCO2 values in ice were higher in the R ice than in the NSW ice. This is attributed to the DOC content and bacterial respiration, rather than to the ice physical properties (i.e., ice permeability constrained by the ice temperature and salinity). Indeed, R ice had higher DOC content and bacterial production than the NSW ice while both showed similar physical properties. The evolution of the ice-air pCO2 fluxes was consistent with the evolution of pCO2 in ice. The fluxes were, as expected, positive (from sea ice to the atmosphere) during ice growth and negative (from the atmosphere to the ice) during ice melt. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors explaining variation in serum dioxin concentrations for the specific congeners in the French dioxin and incinerators study
Zeghnoun, A.; Frery, N.; Volatier, J. L. et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2007), 69

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See detailFactors influencing between-laboratory variability of C-reactive protein results as evidenced by the Belgian External Quality Assessement (EQA) Scheme
Devleeschouwer, N.; Libeer, J. C.; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation (1994), 54(6), 435-40

Based on results from the Belgian External Quality Assessment (EQA) Scheme, we studied the main factors affecting the between-laboratory variation of C-reactive protein determination. Participants using ... [more ▼]

Based on results from the Belgian External Quality Assessment (EQA) Scheme, we studied the main factors affecting the between-laboratory variation of C-reactive protein determination. Participants using homogeneous systems with several calibration points generally achieved better performance. Working temperatures influenced the results to a lesser extent. The present study stresses the importance for EQA organizers to collect more detailed information about CRP analytical methods used by the participants. It also suggests that manufacturers should be more involved in the management of quality, in particular by striving for standardization of the material (kit and calibrator) they produce for CRP assay. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors Influencing Cyclodextrin-Mediated Chiral Separations
Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Crommen, Jacques ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg

in Chiral Separations by Capillary Electrophoresis (2010)

In this chapter, several factors likely to infl uence cyclodextrin (CD)-mediated enantioseparations, such as CD type and concentration, pH and ionic strength of the background electrolyte (BGE), addition ... [more ▼]

In this chapter, several factors likely to infl uence cyclodextrin (CD)-mediated enantioseparations, such as CD type and concentration, pH and ionic strength of the background electrolyte (BGE), addition of organic solvents, injection mode as well as temperature are discussed from a practical point of view and illustrated by examples. Finally, several types of dual systems including at least one CD are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing microbiological and chemical composition of South-Belgian raw sludge
Guillemet, Thibault A.; Maesen, Philippe ULg; Delcarte, Emile et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2009), 13(2), 249-255

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See detailFactors influencing multiple imputation in longitudinal ordinal data
Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg

Conference (2012, October 25)

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See detailFactors influencing pharmacological treatment in acromegaly
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2009, March)

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See detailFactors influencing physicians' detection of cancer patients' and relatives distress : can a communication skills training program improve physicians' detection?
Merckaert, I.; Libert, Y.; Delvaux, N. et al

in Psycho-oncology (2008), 17

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See detailFactors Influencing Responsiveness and Interpretability of the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Smeets, Rob; Ostelo, Raymond et al

in Abstract book of the Boston International Forum X - Primary Care Research on low back pain (2009, June)

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See detailFactors influencing temporal regulations
Lejeune, Helga ULg; Richelle, Marc ULg

in Richelle, Marc; Lejeune, Helga (Eds.) Time in animal behaviour (1980)

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See detailFactors influencing the behavior of steel columns exposed to fire
Talamona, Didier; Kruppa, Joël; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Fire Protection Engineering (1996), 8(1), 31-43

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See detailFactors influencing the bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants in food webs of the Scheldt estuary
Van Ael, Evy; Covaci, Adrian; Das, Krishna ULg et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2013)

Concentrations of several persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs) in aquatic species from the Scheldt estuary were related with factors (body size, lipids, trophic position), possibly ... [more ▼]

Concentrations of several persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs) in aquatic species from the Scheldt estuary were related with factors (body size, lipids, trophic position), possibly influencing their bioaccumulation. Stable nitrogen isotope ratios (δ15N) were used as a measure for trophic position. A decreasing trend in POP levels towards the sea was observed. For POP concentrations in sediments, this trend could be attributed to a dilution effect from mixing with seawater. However, concentrations in biota more downstream were higher than expected after taking into account the dilution effect, possibly due to differences in bioavailability. Tissue concentrations were correlated with the lipid content in biota, but not with body size. Biomagnification was only significant for some PCB congeners and p,p'-DDE at the most marine sampling location (Terneuzen, L1) and for p,p'-DDD and BDE 100 at the second sampling location (Bath, L2). A significant decreasing relationship was found for ɣ-HCH concentrations with increasing δ15N at Terneuzen. For Antwerpen (L3), no significant relationships were detected. TMFs ranged from 0.64 for ɣ-HCH up to 1.60 for PCB 194. These results suggest that biomagnification was more important in the marine part of the estuary, although the presence of multiple carbon sources at the freshwater side might have led to an underestimation of the influence of trophic position. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing the immediate and late outcome of cushing-disease treated by transsphenoidal surgery : A retrospective study by the european cushings-disease survey group
Bochicchio, D.; Losa, M.; Buchfelder, M. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1995), 80(11), 3114-3120

Hypercortisolism attributable to hypersecretion of ACTH by a pituitary adenoma is an uncommon and progressively lethal disease. Because of its rarity, it has been difficult to collect a large series of ... [more ▼]

Hypercortisolism attributable to hypersecretion of ACTH by a pituitary adenoma is an uncommon and progressively lethal disease. Because of its rarity, it has been difficult to collect a large series of patients in order to identify the prognostic factors influencing the outcome after transsphenoidal surgery. We conducted a multicenter, retrospective analysis of the early and late results of surgical treatment of Cushing's disease. Files of patients with Cushing's disease who underwent transsphenoidal surgery between 1975 and 1990 were collected from 25 institutions throughout Europe. Data from 668 of 716 patients were suitable for statistical analyses. Surgical mortality was 1.9%, and major morbidity occurred in 97 patients (14.5%). Clinical and biochemical remission of Cushing's disease after surgery occurred in 510 cases (76.3%). Identification of the tumor by neuroradiological imaging or at operation with histopathological corroboration was associated with remission of hypercortisolism. Recurrence of the disease occurred in 65 (12.7%) of 510 patients in remission after surgery at a mean time of 39.3 months (range 6-104 months). The distribution of the recurrences did not show any apparent plateau or cluster throughout the follow-up period. Low postoperative steroid levels, absence of cortisol response to CRH, and the need for long-term glucocorticoid substitution therapy were all associated with a high probability of long-term remission. Our study demonstrates that transsphenoidal surgery is a safe and effective treatment for patients with Cushing's disease. However, after successful surgery there is a steady increase in the percentage of recurrences, which continues with time. Patients who after operation had hypoadrenocorticism and needed long-term glucocorticoid substitution therapy had the lowest risk of relapse. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing the PCDD/F levels in plasma of Belgian blood donors
Debacker, Neomi; Van Wouwe, Nathalie; Sasse, André et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2005)

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See detailFactors influencing total cell count in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid obtained in healthy dogs and dogs with respiratory conditions
Lavoué, Rachel ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Massart, L. et al

in 19h ECVIM Meeting - Porto, Portugal - 8-10 septembre 2009 (2009, September 08)

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