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See detailEffects of oligofructose on glucose and lipid metabolism in patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis : results of a pilot study
Daubioul, C. A.; Horsmans, Y.; Lambert, Philippe ULiege et al

in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2005), 59

Objective: In experimental animals, recent results suggest that the addition of inulin-type fructans such as oligofructose (OFS) in the diet decreases triacylglycerol accumulation in the liver tissue ... [more ▼]

Objective: In experimental animals, recent results suggest that the addition of inulin-type fructans such as oligofructose (OFS) in the diet decreases triacylglycerol accumulation in the liver tissue. Therefore, we have investigated the effect of daily ingestion of OFS in seven patients with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), confirmed by liver biopsies. Design: They received 16 g/day OFS or maltodextrine (placebo) for 8 weeks in a randomized double-blind crossover design. Energy intake, body composition, liver steatosis and blood parameters were analysed after 4 and 8 weeks of dietary supplementation. Results: Compared to placebo, OFS decreased significantly serum aminotransferases, aspartate aminotransferase after 8 weeks, and insulin level after 4 weeks, but this could not be related to significant effect on plasma lipids. Conclusion: This pilot study supports the putative interest of OFS in the management of liver diseases associated with abnormal lipid accumulation in humans. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of omeprazole on the canine cerebrospinal fluid composition
Girod, Maud ULiege; Allerton, Fergus; Gommeren, Kris ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 23rd ECVIM-CA CONGRESS (2013, September)

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See detailEffects of oral contraception with ethinylestradiol and drospirenone on oxidative stress in women 18-35 years old.
De Groote, D.; PERRIER d'HAUTERIVE, Sophie ULiege; Pintiaux, Axelle ULiege et al

in Contraception (2009), 80(2), 187-93

Background Oral contraceptives (OCs) with estrogens and progestins may affect oxidative stress (OS) status. Study design A group of 32 women using oral contraceptives (OCU) containing 0.03 mg ... [more ▼]

Background Oral contraceptives (OCs) with estrogens and progestins may affect oxidative stress (OS) status. Study design A group of 32 women using oral contraceptives (OCU) containing 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone have been compared to a matched control group of 30 noncontraception users (NCU). Blood levels of antioxidants, trace elements and markers of lipid peroxidation were assessed by biochemical methods. A microarray analysis of whole blood mRNA levels of 200 genes involved in OS-dependant pathway was also performed. Results Levels of zinc, vitamin E and antibodies to oxidized low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) were not significantly different between the two groups. On the other hand, significant increases in the mean levels of lipid peroxides (+176%, p<.001), oxidized LDLs (+145%, p<.002), copper (+103%, p<.001), Cu/Zn ratio (+100%, p<.001) and a significant decrease in the mean level of β-carotene (−41%, p<.01) were observed in the OCU compared to NCU. There was a highly significant positive correlation between the lipid peroxide levels and the copper-to-zinc ratio. From the 200 genes tested by microarray, one coding for HSP70 was significantly up-regulated (log2 fold change=+ 0.45, p<.02) and one coding for inducible nitric oxide synthase significantly down-regulated (log2 fold change=−0.24, p<.05) in the OCU compared to the NCU. Conclusions The recently introduced combination of ethinylestradiol and drospirenone induced the heightening of lipid peroxidation correlated with high levels of copper, a situation that could be associated with increased cardiovascular risk. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of oral preoperative carbohydrate on early postoperative outcome after thyroidectomy
Lauwick, Séverine ULiege; Kaba, Abdourahmane ULiege; Maweja, Sylvie ULiege et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2009), 60(2), 67-73

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See detailEffects Of Oral Supplementation With Bovine Colostrum On The Immune System Of Weaned Piglets
Boudry, Christelle ULiege; Buldgen, André; Portetelle, Daniel ULiege et al

in Research In Veterinary Science (2007), 83(1), 91-101

The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of bovine colostrum supplementation on the immune system of weaned piglets in a context of a full ban on in-feed antibiotics. After weaning at 21 days ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of bovine colostrum supplementation on the immune system of weaned piglets in a context of a full ban on in-feed antibiotics. After weaning at 21 days, 24 outbred piglets were fed with a diet supplemented daily for three weeks with 0, 1 or 5 g of colostrum. Feed intake, growth performance, haematological parameters, and serum and local anti-colostrum immunoglobulin levels were examined. Lymphocytes from the blood, spleen and gut-associated lymphoid tissues were analysed for phenotype as well as for their ability to produce cytokines. The stimulation index (SI) of mononuclear cells from different organs was obtained after colostral or mitogenic stimulation. Feed intake, growth and haematological parameters were not significantly affected by colostrum. Total serum IgA levels were increased after colostrum supplementation, with a transient decrease in total IgG. Local anti-colostrum immunization was observed in colostrum-fed piglets. The CD21+/CD3+ cells populations of the ileal Peyer’s patch (iPP) were markedly affected. The SI of lymphocyte populations changed significantly whereas, naive blood lymphocytes were not stimulated in vitro in the presence of bovine colostrum, suggesting local anti-colostrum immunization and an absence of direct mitogenic effects of the colostrum. Both Th1 and Th2 cytokine production was present in the different organs of colostrum-fed piglets. Bovine colostrum especially stimulated iPP cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of oral supplementation with bovine colostrum on the immunity of weaned piglets
Boudry, Christelle ULiege; Buldgen, André; Dehoux, Jean-Paul

in Proccedings of the 19th International Piv Veterinary Society Congress (2006, July)

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See detailEffects of original rehabilitation programs in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome
Maquet, Didier ULiege; BRONFORT, Stéphanie ULiege; LECART, Marie-Paule ULiege et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2010, June), 69(Suppl 3), 706

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See detailThe effects of orlistat on weight and on serum lipids in obese patients with hypercholesterolemia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study.
Muls, E.; Kolanowski, J.; Scheen, André ULiege et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (2001), 25(11), 1713-21

OBJECTIVE: Assessment of the effects of orlistat 120 mg three times daily vs placebo on weight loss and serum lipids in obese hypercholesterolemic patients. DESIGN: A 24 week multicentre, double-blind ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Assessment of the effects of orlistat 120 mg three times daily vs placebo on weight loss and serum lipids in obese hypercholesterolemic patients. DESIGN: A 24 week multicentre, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. After a 2-week single-blind run-in period (placebo+diet (-600 kcal/day; < or =30% of calories as fat)), 294 patients were submitted to the hypocaloric diet and randomly assigned to either orlistat 120 mg or placebo three times daily. Patients who completed the double-blind study (n=255) were eligible for participation in a subsequent 24 week open-label orlistat extension phase. SUBJECTS: Patients with body mass index (BMI) 27-40 kg/m2 and hypercholesterolemia (low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol, LDL-C, 4.1-6.7 mmol/l). MEASUREMENTS: Efficacy assessments included weight loss, lipid levels, other cardiovascular risk factors and anthropometric parameters. Safety assessments. RESULTS: Weight loss during run-in was similar in both groups. After randomization, orlistat-treated patients lost significantly more weight than placebo recipients: mean percentage weight loss from start of run-in to week 24 was-6.8% in the orlistat group and -3.8% in the placebo group (P<0.001). Moreover, more patients in the orlistat group than in the placebo group achieved clinically meaningful weight loss of > or =5% (64 vs 39%) or > or =10% (23 vs 13%) at week 24. Treatment with orlistat was associated with significantly greater changes in total cholesterol (-11.9% vs -4.0%; P<0.001) and LDL-C (-17.6 vs -7.6%; P<0.001). For any category of weight loss during the double-blind treatment period, change in LDL-C was more pronounced in orlistat-treated patients than in placebo recipients, indicating that orlistat had a direct cholesterol-lowering effect that was independent of weight reduction (P<0.001). Adjunction of orlistat during the extension phase in patients who initially received placebo induced a further decrease in weight, total cholesterol and LDL-C. Orlistat was generally well tolerated with a safety profile comparable to placebo, with the exception of a higher incidence of gastrointestinal events (> or =1 event in 64 vs 38% of patients). CONCLUSION: Orlistat as an adjunct to dietary intervention promotes weight loss and reduces LDL-C beyond the effect of weight loss in overweight or obese patients with concomitant hypercholesterolemia. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of ovum pick-up frequency and FSH stimulation: a retrospective study on seven years of beef cattle in vitro embryo production.
De Roover, R.; Feugang, J. M.; Bols, P. E. J. et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2008), 43(2), 239-245

The aim of this retrospective study was to compare the number of follicles, cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) and cultured In Vitro Produced (IVP) embryos obtained from 1396 non-stimulated Ovum Pick-up (OPU ... [more ▼]

The aim of this retrospective study was to compare the number of follicles, cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) and cultured In Vitro Produced (IVP) embryos obtained from 1396 non-stimulated Ovum Pick-up (OPU) sessions on 81 donor animals in a twice weekly OPU scheme. Results were obtained from 640 sessions following FSH-LH superstimulation, on 112 donors subjected to OPU once every 2 weeks. The stimulation protocol started with the insertion of an ear implant containing 3 mg norgestomet (Crestar, Intervet, Belgium) 8 days before puncture (day -8). The dominant follicle was ablated by ultrasound-guided follicle puncture on day -6. On day -3 and day -2, cows were injected with FSH (Ovagen, ICP) twice daily (8 am to 8 pm), i.e. a total dose of 160 mug FSH and 40 mug LG per donor per stimulation cycle. Animals were punctured 48 h after the last FSH injection (day 0). Progesterone implants were removed the next day. Stimulated donor cows were treated with this protocol at 14-day intervals. Follicles were visualized with a Dynamic Imaging ultrasound scanner, equipped with a 6.5 MHz sectorial probe. Follicles were punctured with 55 cm long, 18 gauge needles at an aspiration pressure corresponding to a flow rate of 15 ml/min. Cumulus oocyte complexes were recovered and processed in a routine IVF set-up. Results demonstrate that, expressed per session, FSH stimulation prior to OPU increases production efficiency with significantly more follicles punctured and oocytes retrieved. However, when overall results during comparable 2-week periods are considered (four non-stimulated sessions vs one stimulated), more follicles are punctured and more oocytes are retrieved using the non-stimulated protocol. No significant differences in the number of cultured embryos could be detected, indicating that FSH/LH stimulation prior to OPU might have a positive effect on in vitro oocyte developmental competence as more embryos are cultured with less, presumably better-quality, oocytes [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of parasite and historic driven selection on the diversity and structure of a MHC-II gene in a small mammal species (Peromyscus leucopus) undergoing range expansion
andré, adrien; millien, Virginie; Galan, Maxime et al

in Evolutionary Ecology (2017), DOI 10.1007/s10682-017-9898-z

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See detailEffects of Parecoxib on The Prevention of Postoperative Peritoneal Adhesions in Rats.
Arung, Willy; Jehaes, Francois; Cheramy, Jean-Paul et al

in Journal of Investigative Surgery : The Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research (2013), 26(6), 340-346

ABSTRACT Background: No systemic preventive therapy has been successful in inhibiting the development of postoperative peritoneal adhesions (PPAs). Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT Background: No systemic preventive therapy has been successful in inhibiting the development of postoperative peritoneal adhesions (PPAs). Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential effects of 5 day administration of parecoxib, on PPA prevention and on suture or wound healing in rats. Methods: In a model of PPAs induced by peritoneal electrical burn, 30 rats were randomized into 3 groups according to parecoxib administration route (control; intraperitoneal (IP); intramuscular (IM)). Plasma and peritoneal levels of PAI-1 and tPA were measured at T0, after 90 min of surgery (T90), and on postoperative day 10 (D10). In a cecum resection model, 20 rats were randomized into two groups (control and IP parecoxib), and abdominal wound healing and suture leakage were assessed at D10. In both models, PPAs were evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively on D10. Results: Administration of parecoxib significantly decreased the quantity (p < .05) and the severity (p < .01) of PPAs in both models. In addition, parecoxib administration did not cause healing defects or infectious complications in the two models. In the peritoneal burn model, IP or IM parecoxib administration inhibited the increase of postoperative plasma and peritoneum PAI-1 levels, an increase that was observed in the control group (p < .01). No anastomosis leakage could be demonstrated in both groups in the cecum resection model. Conclusion: This study showed that, in these rat models, parecoxib might reduce PPA formation. Confirmation of the safety of parecoxib on intestinal anastomoses is required and should be investigated in further animal models. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of parental material and land use on soil phosphorus forms in Southern Belgium
Renneson, Malorie ULiege; Dufey, Joseph; Bock, Laurent ULiege et al

in Gilkes, RJ; Prakongkep, N (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science; Soil Solutions for a changing World (2010, August 03)

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See detailEffects of Pcbs (Aroclor 1254) on Cytochrome-P450 Expression and Monooxygenase Activities in Cultured Foetal Rat Hepatocytes
Roelandt, L.; Todaro, Anna ULiege; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULiege et al

in Toxicology (1995), 98(1-3), 95-103

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are widespread residual micropollutants which accumulate in living organisms, probably as a consequence of their high lipophilicity. Cultured foetal rat hepatocytes used ... [more ▼]

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are widespread residual micropollutants which accumulate in living organisms, probably as a consequence of their high lipophilicity. Cultured foetal rat hepatocytes used as target cells constitute an interesting in vitro model for studying the mechanisms of action of PCBs. In this paper, and the accompanying one (Toxicology 98 (1995) 83-94), we have used this model to investigate the effects of PCBs on several cellular parameters. The inducibility of CYPIA1 is the most sensitive parameter studied, as shown by the induction of ethoxycoumarin-O-deethylase and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activities at PCB concentrations as low as 1 microM. Dexamethasone treatment of the cells potentiates this induction. PCB induction is reversible and occurs even in cells cultured for several days. CYP2B and CYP3A seem unaffected by PCBs in this experimental system. By inducing CYP1A1, PCBs can trigger the 'activation' of xenobiotics, such as polycyclic hydrocarbons, into mutagenic compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of PEEP on abdominal aortic input impedance
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULiege; DETRY, Olivier ULiege; FOSSION, A et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (1996), 22

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See detailEffects of PEEP on systemic vascular compliance in intact pigs
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULiege; DETRY, Olivier ULiege; FOSSION, A et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailEffects of Peep on Systemic Venous Capacitance
Lambermont, Bernard ULiege; Detry, Olivier ULiege; D'Orio, Vincenzo ULiege et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1998), 105(4), 373-8

The aim of the present study was to determine effects of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) application on peripheral venous capacitance and relate them to concomitant central hemodynamic ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to determine effects of positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) application on peripheral venous capacitance and relate them to concomitant central hemodynamic disturbances. The venous volume-pressure (V/P) relationships were studied in 6 intact anesthetized pigs to describe the effects of PEEP on systemic venous compliance (computed as the slope of the V/P relationship) and unstressed volume (referred to as the extrapolated volume intercept). Cardiac volumes as well as partitioning of circulating blood volume between central (ITBV) and peripheral (PBV) compartments were assessed by thermo-dye dilution techniques. During a 15 cm H2O PEEP application, venous compliance was reduced by 48%, while unstressed volume was increased by 25% and peripheral blood pooling increased from 63 to 74%. As a result, left heart and right ventricular end diastolic volumes were decreased by 8% and by 44%, respectively. It is concluded that increased venous unstressed volume and reduced compliance depicted the distension of the venous tree secondary to PEEP which acted as an impediment to venous return. As a consequence, cardiac output was reduced because of decreased preload. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of PEEP on venous return
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULiege; DETRY, Olivier ULiege; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULiege et al

in American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (1996), 2

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See detailEffects of perceived employee emotional competence on customer satisfaction and loyalty: The mediating role of rapport
Delcourt, Cécile ULiege; Gremler, Dwayne; van Riel, Allard et al

in Journal of Service Management (2013), 24(1), 5-24

Purpose – During service encounters, emotionally competent employees are likely to succeed in building rapport with their customers, which in turn leads to customer satisfaction and loyalty. However, the ... [more ▼]

Purpose – During service encounters, emotionally competent employees are likely to succeed in building rapport with their customers, which in turn leads to customer satisfaction and loyalty. However, the relationship between emotional competence and rapport has not been empirically examined. In the present study, we investigate effects of customer perceived employee emotional competence (EEC) on satisfaction and loyalty. We also examine how and to what extent rapport mediates these effects. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on the theory of affect-as-information, suggesting that emotions inform human behavior, we develop a structural model and test it on a sample of 247 customers in a personal service setting. Findings – Customer perceptions of EEC positively influence customer satisfaction and loyalty. Rapport partially mediates both effects. Practical implications – The extent to which customers perceive employees as emotionally competent is strongly correlated with the development of rapport, customer satisfaction, and loyalty. Managers of high-contact services should therefore pay attention to emotional competence when hiring new employees, and/or encourage and train existing employees to develop this type of competence. Originality/value – Previous studies have used employee self-reports or supervisor reports of EEC, essentially capturing an employee’s potential to behave in an emotionally competent way. We extend emotional competence theories with a customer perspective: the present study is the first to capture customer perceptions of employees’ emotional competence. [less ▲]

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