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See detailFluorescent labeling of degradable poly(lactide-co-glycolide) for cellular nanoparticles tracking in living cells
Freichels, Hélène; Danhier, Fabienne; Préat, Véronique et al

in International Journal of Artificial Organs (2011), 34(2), 152-160

Fluorescent-labeled aliphatic polyesters are essential materials for in vitro and in vivo studies of the behavior of these biodegradable polymers in interaction with cells or in a body. In particular, the ... [more ▼]

Fluorescent-labeled aliphatic polyesters are essential materials for in vitro and in vivo studies of the behavior of these biodegradable polymers in interaction with cells or in a body. In particular, the direct cellular localization of drug delivery systems based on these materials allows better understanding of the internalization mechanism and determination of the pharmacokinetics. Polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) is a rapidly degradable copolymer widely used in pharmaceutics and nanomedecine. It was prepared by ring-opening polymerization of lactide and glycolide in order to obtain a well-defined material to investigate conditions allowing the covalent linkage of a fluorescent dye (fluorescein) while preserving the macromolecular characteristics of the polymer. The success of the functionalization was ascertained by proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and fluorescence spectroscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorescent microparticle incorporation in chondrogenic cell aggregates to monitor local oxygen tension
Lambrechts, Dennis; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Roberts, Scott et al

in Histology and Histopathology (2011)

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See detailFluorescent oxygen sensitive microbead incorporation for measuring oxygen tension in cell aggregates.
Lambrechts, Dennis; Roeffaers, Maarten; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg et al

in Biomaterials (2013), 34(4), 922-9

Molecular oxygen is a main regulator of various cell functions. Imaging methods designed as screening tools for fast, in situ, 3D and non-interfering measurement of oxygen tension in the cellular ... [more ▼]

Molecular oxygen is a main regulator of various cell functions. Imaging methods designed as screening tools for fast, in situ, 3D and non-interfering measurement of oxygen tension in the cellular microenvironment would serve great purpose in identifying and monitoring this vital and pivotal signalling molecule. We describe the use of dual luminophore oxygen sensitive microbeads to measure absolute oxygen concentrations in cellular aggregates. Stable microbead integration, a prerequisite for their practical application, was ensured by a site-specific delivery method that is based on the interactions between streptavidin and biotin. The spatial stability introduced by this method allowed for long term measurements of oxygen tension without interfering with the cell aggregation process. By making multiple calibration experiments we further demonstrated the potential of these sensors to measure local oxygen tension in optically dense cellular environments. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorescent Pseudomonas mainly produce the dihydro form of pyoverdine at low specific growth rate.
Jacques, P.; Ongena, MARC ULg; Bernard, F. et al

in Letters in Applied Microbiology (2003), 36(5), 259-62

AIMS: To analyse the influence of cell growth rate and iron concentration on the production of pyoverdines (PVDs) and of their reduced dihydro forms by three fluorescent Pseudomonas strains (P. putida ... [more ▼]

AIMS: To analyse the influence of cell growth rate and iron concentration on the production of pyoverdines (PVDs) and of their reduced dihydro forms by three fluorescent Pseudomonas strains (P. putida BTP16, P. fluorescens BTP7 and P. aeruginosa 7NSK2). METHODS: PVD and dihydropyoverdine (DHPVD) productions were determined by LC ESI-MS and spectrophotometry during batch and chemostat culture at different dilution rates. SIGNIFICANCE: The relatively high PVD-to-DHPVD ratio (0.57) observed in pH-controlled batch cultures suggested that a base-catalysed chemical oxidation of the dihydroform is not the prime mechanism involved in generating PVDs. Interestingly, in chemostat cultures the PVD-to-DHPVD ratio was significantly reduced at low specific growth rate. Our results suggest that the oxidation of DHPVD to PVD is catalysed by an iron-dependent enzymatic reaction rather than a chemical oxidation. [less ▲]

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See detailFluoride for the treatment of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Annals of Internal Medicine (1999), 130

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See detailFluoride PET-CT.
Hustinx, Roland ULg; Beckers, Catherine ULg

in Fanti, Stefano; Farsad, Mohsen; Mansi, Luigi (Eds.) PET-CT Beyond FDG. (2010)

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See detailFluoride salts compared to calcium-vitamin D in the treatment of established osteoporosis: The FAVOS study
Meunier, PJ; Sebert, JL; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (1996), 6(S1), 251

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See detailFluorinated analogs of nucleosides and fluorinated tracers of gene expression for positron emission tomography
Couturier, Olivier; Chatal, Jean-François; Hustinx, Roland ULg

in Bulletin du Cancer (2004), 91(9), 695-703

F-18-FDG is currently the only fluorinated tracer used in routine clinical positron emission tomography (PET). Fluorine 18 is considered as the ideal radioisotope for PET, thanks to a low positron energy ... [more ▼]

F-18-FDG is currently the only fluorinated tracer used in routine clinical positron emission tomography (PET). Fluorine 18 is considered as the ideal radioisotope for PET, thanks to a low positron energy, which not only limits the dose rate to the patients but also provides high-resolution images. Furthermore, the 110 min. physical half-life allows for high-yield radiosynthesis, transport from the production site to the imaging site, and imaging protocols that could span hours, which permits dynamic studies and assessing metabolic processes that may be fairly slow Recently, synthesis of fluorinated tracers from prosthetic group precursors, which allows easier radiolabeling of biomolecules, has given a boost to the development of numerous fluorinated tracers, Given the wide availability of fluorine 18, such tracers may well develop into important routine tracers. This article is a review of the literature concerning fluorinated analogs of nucleosides and fluorinated radiotracers of gene expression recently developed and under investigation. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorinated tracers for imaging cancer with positron emission tomography
Couturier, Olivier; Luxen, André ULg; Chatal, Jean-François et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2004), 31(8), 1182-1206

2-[F-18]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) is currently the only fluorinated tracer used in routine clinical positron emission tomography (PET). Fluorine-18 is considered the ideal radioisotope for PET ... [more ▼]

2-[F-18]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) is currently the only fluorinated tracer used in routine clinical positron emission tomography (PET). Fluorine-18 is considered the ideal radioisotope for PET imaging owing to the low positron energy (0.64 MeV), which not only limits the dose rate to the patient but also results in a relatively short range of emission in tissue, thereby providing high-resolution images. Further, the 110-min physical half-life allows for high-yield radiosynthesis, transport from the production site to the imaging site and imaging protocols that may span hours, which permits dynamic studies and assessment of potentially fairly slow metabolic processes. The synthesis of fluorinated tracers as an alternative to FDG was initially tested using nucleophilic fluorination of the molecule, as performed when radiolabelling with iodine-124 or bromide-76. However, in addition to being long, with multiple steps, this procedure is not recommended for bioactive molecules containing reactive groups such as amine or thiol groups. Radiochemical yields are also often low. More recently, radiosynthesis from prosthetic group precursors, which allows easier radiolabelling of biomolecules, has led to the development of numerous fluorinated tracers. Given the wide availability of 18F, such tracers may well develop into important routine tracers. This article is a review of the literature concerning fluorinated radiotracers recently developed and under investigation for possible PET imaging in cancer patients. Two groups can be distinguished. The first includes "generalist" tracers, i.e. tracers amenable to use in a wide variety of tumours and indications, very similar in this respect to FDG. These are tracers for non-specific cell metabolism, such as protein synthesis, amino acid transport, nucleic acid synthesis or membrane component synthesis. The second group consists of "specific" tracers for receptor expression (i.e. oestrogens or somatostatin), cell hypoxia or bone metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorine in the atmosphere: Inorganic fluorine budget and long-term trends based on FTIR measurements at Jungfraujoch
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

High resolution solar spectra are routinely recorded since more than two decades by the University of Liège at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (Swiss Alps, 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m ... [more ▼]

High resolution solar spectra are routinely recorded since more than two decades by the University of Liège at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (Swiss Alps, 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m asl) with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometers. Over the last years, major improvements have been implemented in the algorithms used to retrieve the abundances of atmospheric constituents accessible to the FTIR technique. Now, in addition to total column, information on the vertical distribution of the target gas is often available, allowing producing partial column data sets. We take advantage of these improvements to generate and characterize long-term total and partial columns time series of some important inorganic fluorinated trace gases deduced from FTIR measurements performed at Jungfraujoch. First, our investigations on hydrogen fluoride (HF) indicate that the adoption of a Galatry line shape model for this species significantly improves the fitting quality of the retrievals. The sensitivity of our FTIR measurements to HF inversions in three distinct regions that range from the low to the high stratosphere is confirmed thanks to products derived from two satellites and from two numerical models. We further demonstrate that the HF seasonal variations that occur in the low stratosphere are mainly responsible for the seasonal cycle observed in our HF total column time series. We have also developed an original multi-spectrum multi-window retrieval strategy allowing to derive, for the first time, some information on the vertical distribution of carbonyl fluoride (COF2) from ground-based FTIR measurements. After comparison with model data, our COF2 and HF FTIR datasets are combined to assess the atmospheric inorganic fluorine burden Fy. A trend analysis of our HF, COF2 and Fy time series is then performed for four different time periods spanning the 1985-2010 time interval. While we observe a recent stabilization for HF, corresponding COF2 data show a significant rise, after a period of significant reduction in its accumulation rate. This is probably ascribable to the combination of the decrease of its main source gas CFC-12 with the increase of the substitute product HCFC-22. However, this increase in the COF2 rate of change does not significantly impact the Fy trend, which is essentially driven by the change in HF. In addition, we show that the partitioning between the two major fluorine reservoirs HF and COF2 has not changed since the beginning of this century. Together, they account for around 95% of total inorganic fluorine in the atmosphere. Finally, we study the long-term evolution of carbon tetrafluoride (CF4), for the first time from ground-based FTIR measurements. The trend analysis of our time series indicates a slowing, initiated during the nineties, in the CF4 growth rate despite the fact that the absolute loading of this compound is still increasing. Our linear accumulation rates are consistent with those deduced from space or surface measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorine-18 deoxyglucose positron emission tomography for the detection of bone metastases in patients with non-small cell lung cancer
Bury, Thierry ULg; BARRETO, A.; Daenen, Frédéric ULg et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1998), 9

Despite advances in morphological imaging, some patients with lung cancer are found to have non resectable disease at surgery or die of recurrence within a year of surgery. At present, metastatic bone ... [more ▼]

Despite advances in morphological imaging, some patients with lung cancer are found to have non resectable disease at surgery or die of recurrence within a year of surgery. At present, metastatic bone involvement is usually assessed using bone scintigraphy, which has a high sensitivity but a poor specificity. We have attempted to evaluate the utility of the fluorine-18 deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) for the detection of bone metastasis. One hundred and ten consecutive patients with histological diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who underwent both FDG PET and bone scintigraphy were selected for this review. In this group, there were 43 patients with metastatic disease (stage IV). Among these. 21 (19% of total group) had one or several bone metastases confirmed by biopsy (n = 8) or radiographic techniques (n = 13). Radionuclide bone scanning correctly identified 54 out of 89 cases without osseous involvement and 19 out of 21 osseous involvements. On the other hand, FDG PET correctly identified the absence of osseous involvement in 87 out of 89 patients and the presence of bone metastasis in 19 out of 21 patients. Thus using PET there were two false-negative and two false-positive cases. PET and bone scanning had, respectively, an accuracy of 96% and 66% in the evaluation of osseous involvement in patients with NSCLC. In conclusion, our data suggest that whole-body FDG PET may be useful in detecting bone metastases in patients with known NSCLC. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorine-18 labeling of radiopharmaceuticals for PET studies: main aspects and problems encountered in chemical syntheses
Lemaire, Christian ULg

in Emran, A (Ed.) Chemists' Views of Imaging Centers (1995)

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See detailFluorine-18-altanserin: a radioligand for the study of serotonin receptors with PET: radiolabeling and in vivo biologic behavior in rats.
Lemaire, Christian ULg; Cantineau, Robert; Guillaume, Marcel et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1991), 32(12), 2266-72

No-carrier-added [18F]altanserin was synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the corresponding nitro compound with [18F]fluoride in the presence of kryptofix 222 and K2CO3. After purification by ... [more ▼]

No-carrier-added [18F]altanserin was synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the corresponding nitro compound with [18F]fluoride in the presence of kryptofix 222 and K2CO3. After purification by preparative HPLC, [18F]altanserin was produced in less than 2 hr with a radiochemical yield of 10% (EOS) and a specific activity of 0.8-1.3 Ci/mumol. In rats, the tracer localized rapidly in the whole brain (0.5% ID/g organ) with a high binding to the frontal cortex. The frontal cortex/cerebellum ratio increased with time and reached a plateau of 11 at 2 hr postinjection. This uptake in S2 receptor regions was saturable and could be blocked by pretreatment with various S2 antagonists. This radiopharmaceutical appears to be more selective for S2 receptor sites than other ligands available today and allows the study of S2 receptors under in vivo conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailFluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and somatostatin receptor scintigraphy for diagnosing and staging carcinoid tumours: correlations with the pathological indexes p53 and Ki-67
Belhocine, Tarik; Willems, Jacqueline ULg; Rigo, Pierre ULg et al

in Nuclear Medicine Communications (2002), 23(8), 727-734

We performed this study in order to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of whole-body fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) imaging and somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) for ... [more ▼]

We performed this study in order to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of whole-body fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) imaging and somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) for localizing primary carcinoid tumours and evaluating the extent of the disease. A secondary aim was to correlate those findings with the histological characteristics of the lesions. FDG PET was performed in 17 patients and SRS in 16. All patients had pathologically proven carcinoids. All lesions were verified by histopathological analysis or by follow-up. Ki-67 and p53 expression were assessed as an indicator of the tumours' aggressiveness. FDG PET correctly identified 4/7 primary tumours and 8/11 metastatic spreads, as compared to six and 10 respectively, for SRS. Most tumours were typical carcinoids with low Ki-67 expression. No correlation was found between the histological features and the tracer's uptake. We conclude that SRS remains the modality of choice for evaluating patients with carcinoid tumours, regardless of their proliferative activity. FDG PET should be reserved to patients with negative results on SRS. ((C) 2002 Lippincott Williams Wilkins). [less ▲]

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See detailFluorodopa uptake and glucose metabolism in early stages of corticobasal degeneration.
Laureys, Steven ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Garraux, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Journal of Neurology (1999), 246(12), 1151-8

Fluorodopa (FDOPA) and fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET was performed in six patients in early stages of corticobasal degeneration (CBD) and compared to Parkinson's disease (PD) patients with a similar degree ... [more ▼]

Fluorodopa (FDOPA) and fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET was performed in six patients in early stages of corticobasal degeneration (CBD) and compared to Parkinson's disease (PD) patients with a similar degree of bradykinesia and rigidity and to healthy controls. Statistical parametric mapping analysis comparing CBD to controls showed metabolic decrease in premotor, primary motor, supplementary motor, primary sensory, prefrontal, and parietal associative cortices, and in caudate and thalamus contralateral to the side of clinical signs. Except for the prefrontal regions a similar metabolic pattern was observed when CBD was compared to PD. Putamen FDOPA uptake was decreased in both CBD and PD. Caudate FDOPA uptake in CBD patients was decreased contralateral to clinical signs when compared to controls, but was higher than in PD. In early stages of CBD, FDOPA and FDG PET patterns differed from those observed in PD. In CBD the asymmetry in FDOPA uptake was less pronounced than that of clinical signs or metabolic impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailLes fluoroquinolones
Damas, Pierre ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(1), 50-52

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