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See detailInflammatory Effect of Intratracheal Instillation of Ultrafine Particles in the Rabbit: Role of C-Fiber and Mast Cells
Nemmar, A.; Delaunois, Annie ULg; Nemery, B. et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1999), 160(3), 250-61

The effects of ultrafine polystyrene carboxylate-modified (fluorospheres) on inflammatory processes are being investigated in rabbit lungs. One milliliter of sterile NaCl (0.9%) containing 4 mg of ... [more ▼]

The effects of ultrafine polystyrene carboxylate-modified (fluorospheres) on inflammatory processes are being investigated in rabbit lungs. One milliliter of sterile NaCl (0.9%) containing 4 mg of ultrafine particles (UFP) was intratracheally instilled into anesthetized rabbits. The control animals were only instilled with sterile NaCl (0.9%). Twenty hours after being instilled, the rabbits were killed and their lungs were excised and then tracheally perfused with phosphate-buffered physiological solution (PBS). The lung effluents, collected from small holes made in the pleura, were analyzed for substance P (SP) and histamine content by radioimmunoassay (RIA) methods, after administration of drugs. In addition, in other groups of rabbits, the lung wet/dry (W/D) weight ratio was monitored, as were the cellular and protein contents in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). Electron microscopy examination was also performed. In tracheally superfused experiments, UFP induced a significant enhancement of both SP and histamine releases after administration of capsaicin (10(-4) M), to stimulate C-fiber, and carbachol (10(-4) M), a cholinergic agonist. A significant increase in histamine release was also recorded in the UFP-instilled group following the administration of both SP (10(-6) M) plus thiorphan (10(-5) M) and compound 48/80 (C48/80) (10(-3) M) to stimulate mast cells. In addition, the BAL fluid analysis of UFP groups showed an influx of neutrophils and an increase in total protein concentration. An increase in the lung WW/DW ratio was also recorded. Both epithelial and endothelial injuries were observed in the lungs of UFP-instilled rabbits. The pretreatment of rabbits in vivo with a mixture of either SR 140333 and SR 48368, a tachykinin NK(1) and NK(2) receptor antagonist, or a mixture of terfenadine and cimetidine, a histamine H(1) and H(2) receptor antagonist, prevented UFP- induced neutrophil influx and increased total proteins and lung WW/DW ratio. Therefore, it can be concluded that chemicaly inert, electrically charged UFP induce a pulmonary inflammatory process during which the release of SP and histamine from C-fibers and mast cells was enhanced after various stimuli. These latter mediators can also modulate the inflammatory process. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Inflammatory Hypothesis of Ageing: Fascinating Concept or Confusing Dogma?
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg

in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2004), 3(4), 246

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See detailInflammatory pseudotumors of the central nervous system: Report of 3 cases and a literature review
Häusler, M.; Schaade, L.; Ramaekers, Vincent ULg et al

in Human Pathology (2003), 34(3), 253-262

Inflammatory pseudotumors (IPs), mostly benign lesions characterized by fibrotic ground tissue and polyclonal mononuclear infiltrate, may affect all organ systems. IPs originating in the central nervous ... [more ▼]

Inflammatory pseudotumors (IPs), mostly benign lesions characterized by fibrotic ground tissue and polyclonal mononuclear infiltrate, may affect all organ systems. IPs originating in the central nervous system (IP-CNS) are very rare, and their distinct histopathologic features are poorly characterized. Three otherwise healthy patients (age 8, 15, and 17 years) presented with focal neurologic symptoms (seizures, n = 2; headaches, n = 1), corresponding to a left temporal, left occipital, and left frontal IP, respectively, extending from meningeal structures into brain tissue. After resection, no recurrence was observed in patient 1 during 5 years of follow-up, whereas patient 2 developed a rapidly progressive local recurrence and a second intracerebral lesion despite antiviral, immunosuppressive, antibiotic, and radiation therapy. In patient 3, who also showed local recurrences, sequential histopathologic investigations revealed transformation to a semimalignant fibrohistiocytic tumor. In this patient, anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) expression was also positive, whereas it was negative in patient 1. A detailed literature analysis confirmed that most IP-CNS arise from dural/meningeal structures (n = 34). Intraparenchymatous (n = 7), mixed intraparenchymatous/meningeal (n = 4), and intraventricular lesions (n = 7) or IP extending per continuitatem from intracerebral to extracerebral sites (n = 5) were rare. The recurrence rate was 40% within 2 years in general. It was increased after incomplete resection and in female patients (multivariate Cox regression model, P < 0.02). Although rare, IP-CNS are important differential diagnoses among tumor-like intracranial lesions. Their potential risk of malignant transformation and high risk of recurrence necessitate close follow-up, especially when resection is incomplete. Prospective multicenter trials are needed to optimize classification and treatment of this rare inflammatory lesion. Copyright 2003, Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInflammatory reaction and capillary leak syndrome related to cardiopulmonary bypass in neonates undergoing cardiac operations
Seghaye, Marie-Christine ULg; Grabitz, R. G.; Duchateau, J. et al

in Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1996), 112(3), 687-697

We studied the inflammatory reaction related to cardiopulmonary bypass in 24 neonates (median age 6 days) undergoing the arterial switch operation for simple transposition of the great arteries, with ... [more ▼]

We studied the inflammatory reaction related to cardiopulmonary bypass in 24 neonates (median age 6 days) undergoing the arterial switch operation for simple transposition of the great arteries, with respect to the development of postoperative capillary leak syndrome. Complement proteins, leukocyte count, tumor necrosis factor-α, and histamine levels were determined before, during, and after cardiopulmonary bypass. Additionally, protein movement from the intravascular into the extravascular space during cardiopulmonary bypass was assessed by the measurement of plasma concentrations of proteins with molecular weights ranging from 21,200 to 718,000. Capillary leak syndrome developed in 13 of the 24 neonates. Patients with capillary leak syndrome, as compared with those without, had preoperatively higher C5a levels (C5a, 3.0 ± 0.6 μg/L vs 0.9 ± 0.2 μg/L) (mean ± standard error of the mean) (p < 0.05) and higher leukocyte counts (leukocytes, 17.9 ± 2.1 x 10 3 cells/ml versus 11.7 ± 0.8 x 10 3 cells/ml) (p < 0.05), suggesting in these neonates a preoperative inflammatory state. Preoperative clinical and operative data were identical in both patient groups. Before cardiopulmonary bypass, serum protein concentrations were similar in all patients. Ten minutes after institution of cardiopulmonary bypass, protein concentrations fell to significantly lower values in patients with capillary leak syndrome than in those without: albumin (19% ± 1.5% vs 30% ± 6% of the prebypass value, p < 0.05), immunoglobulin G (17% ± 1.5% vs 29% ± 5.5%, p < 0.001), and α 2-macroglobulin (15% ± 1.2% vs 25% ± 4%, p < 0.02). During cardiopulmonary bypass, albumin concentrations remained significantly lower in patients with capillary leak syndrome than in those without, whereas hematocrit values were similar in both groups. During cardiopulmonary bypass, patients with capillary leak syndrome also had lower concentrations of complement proteins C3 and C4 but not C1 inhibitor. C3d/C3 ratio and C5a levels were similar in both patient groups. In contrast, histamine liberation during cardiopulmonary bypass was significantly more pronounced in patients with capillary leak syndrome than in those without (725.2 ± 396.7 pg/ml vs -54.1 ± 58.4 pg/ml, p < 0.05). Tumor necrosis factor-α levels after protamine administration were also significantly higher in patients with capillary leak syndrome (38.1 ± 10.0 pg/ml vs 15.3 ± 3.4 pg/ml, p < 0.05). Leukocyte count during and after cardiopulmonary bypass was similar in both patient groups. This study demonstrates increased protein leakage as early as 10 minutes after initiation of cardiopulmonary bypass in patients having clinical signs of postoperative capillary leak syndrome. Patients with capillary leak syndrome displayed more pronounced histamine liberation and tumor necrosis factor-α liberation than patients without capillary leak syndrome, suggesting a relationship between cardiopulmonary bypass-related inflammatory reaction and perioperative capillary damage. A preoperative inflammatory state in patients with capillary leak syndrome could have enhanced the inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Inflammatory Reaction Induced by Formalin in the Rat Paw
Damas, Jacques ULg; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg

in Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology (1999), 359(3), 220-7

The involvement of bradykinin and some other inflammatory mediators in formalin-induced oedema and plasma extravasation was examined. Formalin was injected in rat paws at two doses, 1.75% or 5%. The lower ... [more ▼]

The involvement of bradykinin and some other inflammatory mediators in formalin-induced oedema and plasma extravasation was examined. Formalin was injected in rat paws at two doses, 1.75% or 5%. The lower dose induced the development of an immediate oedema associated with a progressive accumulation of 125I-labelled albumin in the paws. These changes were suppressed by pretreatment with capsaicin or xylocaine. They were abolished by RP67580, a NK1 receptor antagonist, and increased by phosphoramidon or diprotin A. They were not affected by HOE140, a bradykinin B2 antagonist, captopril, methysergide, mepyramine, indomethacin, ketoprofen or L-N(G)-nitroarginine. The higher dose of formalin induced a swelling of the paws which took place in two phases associated with two periods of increase in vascular permeability. This oedema was reduced by pretreatment with capsaicin but not with xylocaine. It was reduced by RP67580 injected before or 30 min after formalin. It was inhibited by mepyramine, methysergide, indomethacin and NS-398, a cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor. It was not modified by HOE140. Its development was similar in normal and kininogen-deficient rats. We concluded that formalin administered at a low dose induces an oedema which mainly results from a neurogenic inflammation mediated by neuropeptides such as substance P. At higher doses, formalin induces an oedema which mainly depends on the release of substance P, prostanoids, 5-hydroxytryptamine and histamine. Bradykinin plays no significant role in the vascular changes whereas this peptide has been reported to participate in the stimulation of nociceptive afferent neurons. This discrepancy could be explained by a difference in the threshold of stimulation of the nociceptive neurons and that of the cells of the vascular walls, or by a formation of kinins in close contact of the neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailInflammatory signatures for eosinophilic versus neutrophilic allergic pulmonary inflammation reveal critical regulatory checkpoints.
Bogaert, P.; Naessens, T.; De Koker, S. et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology (2011), sous presse

Contrarily to the Th-2-bias and eosinophil-dominated bronchial inflammation encountered in most asthmatics, other patients may exhibit neutrophil-predominant asthma sub-phenotypes along with Th-1 and Th ... [more ▼]

Contrarily to the Th-2-bias and eosinophil-dominated bronchial inflammation encountered in most asthmatics, other patients may exhibit neutrophil-predominant asthma sub-phenotypes along with Th-1 and Th-17 cells. However, the etiology of many neutrophil-dominated asthma sub-phenotypes remains ill-understood, in part due to a lack of appropriate experimental models. To better understand the distinct immune-pathological features of eosinophilic versus neutrophilic asthma types, we developed an Ovalbumin (OVA)-based mouse model of neutrophil-dominated allergic pulmonary inflammation. Consequently, we probed for particular inflammatory signatures and checkpoints underlying the immune-pathology in this new model as well as in a conventional, eosinophil-dominated asthma model. Briefly, mice were OVA-sensitized using either aluminium hydroxide (alum) or Complete Freund's (CFA)-adjuvants followed by OVA aerosol challenge. T-cell, granulocyte and inflammatory mediator profiles were determined along with alveolar macrophage genome-wide transcriptome profiling. In contrast to the Th-2-dominated phenotype provoked by alum, OVA/CFA-adjuvant-based sensitization followed by allergen challenge elicited a pulmonary inflammation that was poorly controlled by dexamethasone, and in which Th-1 and Th-17 cells additionally participated. Analysis of the overall pulmonary and alveolar macrophage inflammatory mediator profiles revealed remarkable similarities between both models. Nevertheless, we observed pronounced differences in the IL-12/IFN-γ axis and its control by IL-18 and IL-18 Binding Protein (BP), but also in macrophage arachidonic acid metabolism and expression of T-cell instructive ligands. These differential signatures, superimposed onto a generic inflammatory signature, denote distinctive inflammatory checkpoints potentially involved in orchestrating neutrophil-dominated asthma. Key words: neutrophil-predominant asthma, allergic inflammation, alveolar macrophage, transcriptome, mouse models. [less ▲]

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See detailInflated discrete Beta regression models for Likert and discrete rating scale outcomes
Taverne, Cédric; Lambert, Philippe ULg

E-print/Working paper (2014)

Discrete ordinal responses such as Likert scales are regularly proposed in questionnaires and used as dependent variable in modeling. The response distribution for such scales is always discrete, with ... [more ▼]

Discrete ordinal responses such as Likert scales are regularly proposed in questionnaires and used as dependent variable in modeling. The response distribution for such scales is always discrete, with bounded support and often skewed. In addition, one particular level of the scale is frequently inflated as it cumulates respondents who invari- ably choose that particular level (typically the middle or one extreme of the scale) without hesitation with those who chose that alternative but might have selected a neighboring one. The inflated discrete beta regression (IDBR) model addresses those four critical characteristics that have never been taken into account simultaneously by existing models. The mean and the dispersion of rates are jointly regressed on covariates using an underlying beta distribution. The probability that choosers of the inflated level invariably make that choice is also regressed on covariates. Simulation studies used to evaluate the statistical properties of the IDBR model suggest that it produces more precise predictions than competing models. The ability to jointly model the location and dispersion of (the distribution of) an ordinal response, as well as to characterize the profile of subject selecting an ”inflated” alternative are the most relevant features of the IDBR model. It is illustrated with the analysis of the political positioning on a ”left-right” scale of the Belgian respondents in the 2012 European Social Survey. [less ▲]

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See detailL'inflation est de retour
Partsch, Philippe-Emmanuel ULg

in Le Wort (2008)

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See detailInflation in Vietnam: a Look from macroeconomic aspect
Pham Van, Dinh; Bui, Thi Nga ULg

in Journal of Science and Development (2008), VI(3), 295-300

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See detailInfliximab and the bone in Crohn's disease
Franchimont, N.; Reenaers, Catherine ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2005), 21(7), 918-919

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See detailInflorescence development in tomato: gene functions within a zigzag model.
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Lobet, Guillaume ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg

in Frontiers in Plant Science (2014), 5

Tomato is a major crop plant and several mutants have been selected for breeding but also for isolating important genes that regulate flowering and sympodial growth. Besides, current research in ... [more ▼]

Tomato is a major crop plant and several mutants have been selected for breeding but also for isolating important genes that regulate flowering and sympodial growth. Besides, current research in developmental biology aims at revealing mechanisms that account for diversity in inflorescence architectures. We therefore found timely to review the current knowledge of the genetic control of flowering in tomato and to integrate the emerging network into modeling attempts. We developped a kinetic model of the tomato inflorescence development where each meristem was represented by its ‘vegetativeness’ (V), reflecting its maturation state towards flower initiation. The model followed simple rules: maturation proceeded continuously at the same rate in every meristem (dV); floral transition and floral commitment occurred at threshold levels of V; lateral meristems were initiated with a gain of V (ΔV) relative to the V level of the meristem from which they derived. This last rule created a link between successive meristems and gave to the model its zigzag shape. We next exploited the model to explore the diversity of morphotypes that could be generated by varying dV and ΔV and matched them with existing mutant phenotypes. This approach, focused on the development of the primary inflorescence, allowed us to elaborate on the genetic regulation of the kinetic model of inflorescence development. We propose that the lateral inflorescence meristem fate in tomato is closer to an immature flower meristem than to the inflorescence meristem of Arabidopsis. In the last part of our paper, we extend our thought to spatial regulators that should be integrated in a next step for unraveling the relationships between the different meristems that participate to sympodial growth. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence and interaction indexes for pseudo-Boolean functions: a unified least squares approach
Marichal, Jean-Luc; Mathonet, Pierre ULg

in Discrete Applied Mathematics (in press)

The Banzhaf power and interaction indexes for a pseudo-Boolean function (or a cooperative game) appear naturally as leading coefficients in the stan- dard least squares approximation of the function by a ... [more ▼]

The Banzhaf power and interaction indexes for a pseudo-Boolean function (or a cooperative game) appear naturally as leading coefficients in the stan- dard least squares approximation of the function by a pseudo-Boolean func- tion of a specified degree. We first observe that this property still holds if we consider approximations by pseudo-Boolean functions depending only on specified variables. We then show that the Banzhaf influence index can also be obtained from the latter approximation problem. Considering cer- tain weighted versions of this approximation problem, we introduce a class of weighted Banzhaf influence indexes, analyze their most important properties, and point out similarities between the weighted Banzhaf influence index and the corresponding weighted Banzhaf interaction index. We also discuss the issue of reconstructing a pseudo-Boolean function from prescribed influences and point out very different behaviors in the weighted and non-weighted cases. [less ▲]

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See detailL'influence belge sur la constitution d'une société civile en Roumanie postcommuniste. Une réflexion à partir de l'expérience de l'Opération Villages Roumains
Pirotte, Gautier ULg

in Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review (2008), VIII(1), 113-119

Cet article est consacré à une influence belge puis européenne, singulière et multiforme sur le projet de construction d'une société civile en Roumanie postcommuniste : l'Opération Villages Roumains. Ce ... [more ▼]

Cet article est consacré à une influence belge puis européenne, singulière et multiforme sur le projet de construction d'une société civile en Roumanie postcommuniste : l'Opération Villages Roumains. Ce mouvement a débuté au cours de la dernière année du régime de Nicolae Ceausescu et se poursuit encore aujourd'hui. Née à Bruxelles avec pour objectif sensibilisation de l'opinion publique belge puis européenne au plan de systématisation prévoyant la destruction de centaines de villages roumains, l'Opération s'est poursuivi dans le cadre des vagues humanitaires du début de la décennies quatre-vingt-dix avant de se prolonger dans divers projets d'aide au développement initié par les communes belges, françaises, helvétiques ou encore hollandaise. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence d’images évocatrices et distractrices sur une tâche de jugement en acoustique des salles
Defays, Aurore ULg; Safin, Stéphane ULg; Billon, Alexis ULg et al

in Proceedings IHM'09 (2009, October)

Dans le cadre de la conception d’un espace immersif multimodal visant à soutenir la tâche d’évaluation de la qualité acoustique de salles sur base de simulations numériques, nous nous intéressons aux ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre de la conception d’un espace immersif multimodal visant à soutenir la tâche d’évaluation de la qualité acoustique de salles sur base de simulations numériques, nous nous intéressons aux liens entre l’image et le son. 54 sujets ont été confrontés à une tâche de jugement du degré de réverbération d’un extrait sonore dans une situation contrôle (sans image) puis dans une situation expérimentale avec, pour la moitié des sujets, une image visant à soutenir le jugement (cohérente avec le son) et, pour l’autre moitié, une image « distractrice ». Nos résultats montrent une influence positive des images évocatrices et pas d’effet des images distractrice. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence d'un apport d'orge floconnee ou de pulpe de betterave a une herbe exploitee au stade epiaison sur la digestion dans le rumen et le flux d'azote non ammoniacal au duodenum chez le mouton.
Rodriguez, Fernando; Thewis, André ULg; Bartiaux Thill, Nicole et al

in Reproduction Nutrition Development (1988), 28(1), 115-116

The influence of barley and sugar beet pulp on the digestibility and duodenal N flow of a grass-base diet was studied in stall-fed sheep. Both supplements affected digestibility of the diet and increased ... [more ▼]

The influence of barley and sugar beet pulp on the digestibility and duodenal N flow of a grass-base diet was studied in stall-fed sheep. Both supplements affected digestibility of the diet and increased duodenal non ammonia nitrogen flow. [less ▲]

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