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See detailInterferon Response Factor 3 is essential for house dust mite-induced airway allergy
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret, Denis; Mesnil, Claire et al

Conference (2011, May)

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See detailInterferon Response Factor 3 is essential for house dust mite-induced airway allergy
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret, Denis; Mesnil, Claire ULg et al

in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (The) (2010), 126(4), 836-844

IRF3, mainly known as a central orchestrator of antiviral responses, is required for proallergic functions of dendritic cells in response to aeroallergens. Thus, this study demonstratively identifies a ... [more ▼]

IRF3, mainly known as a central orchestrator of antiviral responses, is required for proallergic functions of dendritic cells in response to aeroallergens. Thus, this study demonstratively identifies a new pathway potentially implicated in the etiology of airway allergy [less ▲]

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See detailInterferon Response Factor 3 is required for airway allergy to house dust mite in mice
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret Denis; Mesnil, Claire ULg et al

in Short Book of the Annual Congress of the Euopean Respiratory Society (ERS), Barcelone (2010, September)

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See detailInterferon Response Factor-3 is essential for house dust mite-induced airway allergy
Marichal, Thomas ULg; Bedoret Denis; Mesnil Claire et al

in Proceedings of the Belgian Thoracic Society Annual Meeting (2011, May 23)

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See detailInterferon-induced Sus scrofa Mx1 blocks endocytic traffic of incoming influenza A virus particles
Palm, Mélanie; Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Cornet, François ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2010), 41(3), 29

The interferon-induced Mx proteins of vertebrates are dynamin-like GTPases, some isoforms of which can additionally inhibit the life cycle of certain RNA viruses. Here we show that the porcine Mx1 protein ... [more ▼]

The interferon-induced Mx proteins of vertebrates are dynamin-like GTPases, some isoforms of which can additionally inhibit the life cycle of certain RNA viruses. Here we show that the porcine Mx1 protein (poMx1) inhibits replication of influenza A virus and we attempt to identify the step at which the viral life cycle is blocked. In infected cells expressing poMx1, the level of transcripts encoding the viral nucleoprotein is significantly lower than normal, even when secondary transcription is prevented by exposure to cycloheximide. This reveals that a pretranscriptional block participates to the anti-influenza activity. Binding and internalization of incoming virus particles are normal in the presence of poMx1 but centripetal traffic to the late endosomes is interrupted. Surprisingly but decisively, poMx1 significantly alters binding of early endosome autoantigen 1 to early endosomes and/or early endosome size and spatial distribution. This is compatible with impairment of traffic of the endocytic vesicles to the late endosomes. [less ▲]

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See detailLes interférons de type 1 et leur fonction antivirale
Leroy, Michael; Desmecht, Daniel ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2006), 150(2), 73-107

Type I interferons are part of the innate immune system involved in the first line defense against invasion, replication and spreading of pathogens such as viruses. Through specific membrane or ... [more ▼]

Type I interferons are part of the innate immune system involved in the first line defense against invasion, replication and spreading of pathogens such as viruses. Through specific membrane or intracellular receptors, virus entry induces the expression of type I interferons which stimulates the cells through an autocrine and paracrine manner. Interferons are polypeptides that stimulate cells through membrane receptors. They induce a cascade of events leading to the synthesis of many proteins some of which having specific antiviral properties. The most characterized are the MX proteins, the 2’5’ oligoadenylate synthetase/ ribonuclease L pathway and the double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase R system. Recently, the protein ISG20 has been involved in the specific antiviral function of type I interferons. The interferons act on multiple steps of the viral cycle including penetration, decapsidation, mRNA transcription, protein synthesis, genome replication, assembling and excretion of viral particles. Nowadays, due to their major efficiency, type I interferons are used in therapeutics against some viral infections and cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailInterfollicular fibrosis and organohalogens in the thyroid of the harbour porpoise (phocoena phocoena) of the British and Belgian coasts
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Das, Krishna ULg; Beineke, Andreas et al

Conference (2005, October 27)

Previous studies have described high levels of polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), p,p`-dichlordiphenyl-dichlorethen (DDT), p,p`-dichlordiphenyl-trichlorethan (DDE) and polybrominated diphenylether (PBDE) in the ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have described high levels of polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), p,p`-dichlordiphenyl-dichlorethen (DDT), p,p`-dichlordiphenyl-trichlorethan (DDE) and polybrominated diphenylether (PBDE) in the blubber of the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) from the North Sea raising the question of a potential endocrine disruption in this species. In the present study, the thyroids of 36 harbour porpoises from the British and the Belgian coast have been collected for histological and immunohistological investigations. The number and mean diameter of follicles and the relative distribution of follicular, connective and vascular tissues (%) were quantified in the thyroid of each individual. Then, the relationship between the thyroid morphometry data and previously described organic compounds (namely PCB, DDT, DDE and PBDE) was investigated using factor analysis and multiple regressions. The results of this work were compared to the previous study of harbour porpoises from the German (North and Baltic Seas), Norwegian and Icelandic coasts. Thyroid morphology was similar between the harbour porpoises from the British and Belgian coast. Compared to the previous study, the thyroids differed strongly between sampling sites. Porpoises from the German (North and Baltic Seas) and Norwegian coasts displayed a high percentage of connective tissues between 30 and 38% revealing severe inter-follicular fibrosis. The thyroids of Icelandic coasts displayed only a light inter-follicular fibrosis (percentage of connective tissue of 3%). The thyroids of the porpoises from the British and Belgian coasts occupied an intermediary place with a moderate fibrosis (percentage of connective tissue of 10%). A relation between mean diameter of follicles and the body size and mass suggesting a downward trend of activity of the thyroid with increasing body size and mass and thus, the age of the porpoises. A correlation-based principal component analysis (PCA) revealed one principal components explaining 69% of the total variance. The variables PCB, PBDE, DDT, and DDE compounds loaded highest on PC1. Our results pointed out a relationship between PCBs, PBDE, DDE and DDT (PC1) compounds and interfollicular fibrosis in the thyroids of harbour porpoises from the German coast of the Baltic Sea. The present report supports the hypothesis of a contaminant-induced thyroid fibrosis in harbour porpoises raising the question of the long term-viability in highly polluted areas [less ▲]

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See detailInterfollicular fibrosis in the thyroid of the harbour porpoise: An endocrine disruption?
Das, Krishna ULg; Vossen, Arndt; Tolley, Kristal et al

in Archives of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology (2006), 51

Previous studies have described high levels of polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), polybrominated diphenylether (PBDE), toxaphene, ,p0-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and ,p0 ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have described high levels of polychlorobiphenyls (PCB), polybrominated diphenylether (PBDE), toxaphene, ,p0-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), and ,p0-dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE) in the blubber of the harbour porpoise from the North Sea raising the question of a potential endocrine disruption in this species. In the present study, the thyroids of 57 harbour porpoises from the German and Danish (North and Baltic Seas), Norwegian, and Icelandic coasts have been collected for histological and immunohistological investigations. The number of follicles and the relative distribution of follicles, connective, and solid tissues (%) were quantified in the thyroid of each individual. Then, the potential relationship between the thyroid morphometry data and previously described organic compounds (namely, PCB, PBDE, toxaphene, DDT, and DDE) was investigated using factor analysis and multiple regressions. Thyroid morphology differed strongly between ampling sites. Porpoises from the German (North and Baltic Seas) and Norwegian coasts displayed a high percentage of connective tissues between 30 and 38% revealing severe interfollicular fibrosis and a high number of large follicles (diameter >200 lm). A correlation-based principal component analysis (PCA) revealed two principal components explaining 85.9% of the total variance. The variables PCB, PBDE, DDT, and DDE compounds loaded highest on PC1 whereas toxaphene compound loaded most on PC2. Our results pointed out a relationship between PC1 (PCBs, PBDE, DDE, and DDT compounds) and interfollicular fibrosis in the harbour porpoise thyroids. Such an association is not alone sufficient for a cause–effect relationship but supports the hypothesis of a contaminant-induced thyroid fibrosis in harbour porpoises raising the question of the longterm viability in highly polluted areas. [less ▲]

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See detailIntergenerational conflict in the first trilogy of Nuruddin Farah
Bajou, Issam ULg

Conference (2014, April)

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See detailThe interglacial carbon cycle
Kleinen, Thomas; Brovkin, Victor; Munhoven, Guy ULg et al

Poster (2011, April 07)

Explaining the difference in carbon cycle dynamics (and hence atmospheric CO2) between various interglacials is an elusive issue. Several biogeochemical mechanisms of different origin are involved in ... [more ▼]

Explaining the difference in carbon cycle dynamics (and hence atmospheric CO2) between various interglacials is an elusive issue. Several biogeochemical mechanisms of different origin are involved in interglacial CO2 dynamics, leading to a CO2 release from the ocean (carbonate compensation, coral growth) compensated by a land carbon uptake (biomass and soil carbon buildup, peat accumulation). The balance between these fluxes of CO2 is delicate and time-dependent, and it is not possible to provide firm constraints on these fluxes from proxy data. The best framework for quantification of all these mechanisms is an Earth System model that includes all necessary physical and biogeochemical components of the atmosphere, ocean, and land. To perform multi-millennial model integrations through the Holocene, Eemian, and MIS11, we use an earth system model of intermediate complexity, CLIMBER-2, coupled to the dynamic global vegetation model LPJ with a recently implemented module for boreal peatland dynamics. During glacial-interglacial cycles, the carbon cycle never is in complete equilibrium due to a number of small but persistent fluxes such as terrestrial weathering. This complicates setting up interglacial experiments as the usual approach to start model integrations from an equilibrium state is not valid any more. In order to circumvent the problem of non-equilibrium initial conditions, the model is initialised with the oceanic biogeochemistry state taken from a transient simulation through the last glacial cycle with CLIMBER-2 only. In this simulation, the CLIMBER-2 model was run through the last glacial cycle with carbon cycle in “offline mode” as interactive components of the physical climate system (atmosphere, ocean, ice sheets) were driven by concentration of greenhouse gases reconstructed from ice cores. Using these initial conditions, we performed coupled climate carbon cycle experiments for the Holocene, the Eemian and MIS11, driven by orbital forcing. Contrary to the results we published previously (Kleinen et al. 2010), peat accumulation was not prescribed, but rather determined dynamically, making this model setup applicable to previous interglacials as well. For the Holocene, our results resemble the carbon cycle dynamics as reconstructed from ice cores quite closely, both for atmospheric CO2 and delta13CO2. These experiments will be presented, analysing the role of different forcing mechanisms. The land surface appears to be an overall sink for CO2, due to carbon accumulation in the soil, as well as peat accumulation, and oceanic contributions due to temperature and circulation changes are quite small. Finally, results for MIS11 and the Eemian will be shown. [less ▲]

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See detailIntergrated Exercices on Environmental Issues : a presentation of an interdisciplinary learning process at the University of Liège
Melard, François ULg

Scientific conference (2007, July 04)

Presentation of an interdisciplinary seminar in a master of environmental Sciences and Management at the University of Liège.

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See detailInterictal abnormalities of gamma band activity in visual evoked responses in migraine: an indication of thalamocortical dysrhythmia?
Coppola, G.; Ambrosini, Anna; Di Clemente, L. et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2007), 27(12), 1360-1367

Between attacks, migraineurs lack habituation in standard visual evoked potentials (VEPs). Visual stimuli also evoke high-frequency oscillations in the gamma band range (GBOs, 20-35 Hz) assumed to be ... [more ▼]

Between attacks, migraineurs lack habituation in standard visual evoked potentials (VEPs). Visual stimuli also evoke high-frequency oscillations in the gamma band range (GBOs, 20-35 Hz) assumed to be generated both at subcortical (early GBOs) and cortical levels (late GBOs). The consecutive peaks of GBOs were analysed regarding amplitude and habituation in six successive blocks of 100 averaged pattern reversal (PR)-VEPs in healthy volunteers and interictally in migraine with (MA) or without aura patients. Amplitude of the two early GBO components in the first PR-VEP block was significantly increased in MA patients. There was a significant habituation deficit of the late GBO peaks in migraineurs. The increased amplitude of early GBOs could be related to the increased interictal visual discomfort reported by patients. We hypothesize that the hypofunctioning serotonergic pathways may cause, in line with the thalamocortical dysrhythmia theory, a functional disconnection of the thalamus leading to decreased intracortical lateral inhibition, which can induce dishabituation. [less ▲]

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See detailInterictal cognition in migraineurs: a study correlating psychometric and neurophysiological tests
Magis, Delphine ULg; Coppola, G.; Di Clemente, L. et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2007, June), 27(6), 714

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See detailInterictal cortical excitability in migraine: a study using transcranial magnetic stimulation of motor and visual cortices.
Afra, Judit; Mascia, Adolores; GERARD, Pascale ULg et al

in Annals of Neurology (1998), 44(2), 209-15

We performed transcranial magnetic stimulations of the motor and visual cortices in healthy controls (n = 27) and in patients suffering from migraine without (n = 33) or with (n = 25) aura between attacks ... [more ▼]

We performed transcranial magnetic stimulations of the motor and visual cortices in healthy controls (n = 27) and in patients suffering from migraine without (n = 33) or with (n = 25) aura between attacks. By using a 13-cm circular coil placed over the vertex and recordings of the first dorsal interosseus muscle, we measured thresholds (at rest and during contraction), amplitudes of motor evoked potentials and cortical silent periods. Paired stimulations with short (1-20 msec) interstimulus intervals were performed to assess intracortical inhibition. The visual cortex was stimulated with the same coil placed over the occipital scalp (7 cm above the inion) and the prevalence and threshold of phosphene production was determined. In patients with migraine with aura, motor thresholds during isometric contraction were significantly higher, whereas the prevalence of stimulation-induced phosphene production was lower compared with healthy controls. These changes were not correlated with attack frequency or disease duration. No differences were found between subject groups in thresholds at rest, motor evoked potential amplitudes, cortical silent periods, or response curves after paired stimuli. These results are in favor of cortical hypoexcitability rather than hyperexcitability in patients with migraine with aura between attacks. [less ▲]

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See detailInterictal habituation deficit of the nociceptive blink reflex: an endophenotypic marker for presymptomatic migraine?
Di Clemente, L.; Coppola, G.; Magis, Delphine ULg et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2007), 130(Pt 3), 765-770

Habituation of the nociception-specific blink reflex (nBR) is reduced interictally in migraine patients. This could be related to the habituation deficit of evoked cortical responses, a reproducible ... [more ▼]

Habituation of the nociception-specific blink reflex (nBR) is reduced interictally in migraine patients. This could be related to the habituation deficit of evoked cortical responses, a reproducible abnormality in migraine which has a familial character, or to central trigeminal sensitization due to repeated attacks. We compared nBR habituation in healthy volunteers devoid of personal or family history of migraine (HV), in migraine without aura patients (MO) and in healthy volunteers with a family history of migraine in first degree relatives (HV-F). We elicited the nBR by stimulating the right supraorbital region with a custom-built electrode in 16 MO between attacks, 15 HV and 14 HV-F. Habituation was measured as the percentage area-under-the-curve decrease in 10 consecutive blocks of five averaged rectified responses. nBR habituation was clearly reduced in MO and HV-F compared to HV. Percentage area under the curve decreased between the 1st and the 10th block by 55.01% in HV, 25.71% in MO (P = 0.001) and 26.73% in HV-F (P = 0.043). HV-F had the most pronounced abnormality with potentiation instead of habituation in the second block. We found a positive intraindividual correlation between attack frequency and habituation in MO (r = 0.621; P = 0.010). Migraine patients have interictally a deficient habituation of the nBR which is inversely related to attack frequency, suggesting that it is not due to trigeminal sensitization. Surprisingly, the most pronounced habituation deficit is found in asymptomatic individuals with a family history of migraine. Deficient nBR habituation could thus be a trait marker for the genetic predisposition to migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailInterictal Potentiation of Passive "Oddball" Auditory Event-Related Potentials in Migraine
Wang, W.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1998), 18(5), 261-5241

We have studied habituation of the P3a component of the passive "oddball" auditory event-related potential which reflects automatic processing of a "novel" stimulus in 24 patients suffering from migraine ... [more ▼]

We have studied habituation of the P3a component of the passive "oddball" auditory event-related potential which reflects automatic processing of a "novel" stimulus in 24 patients suffering from migraine without aura and in 21 healthy volunteers. Three blocks of responses to 160 standard and to 40 novel tones were sequentially averaged at Cz and analyzed for latencies and peak-to-peak amplitudes. Latencies of components N1 and P2 elicited by standard tones and of components N1, P2, N2, and P3a elicited by novel tones were not significantly different between sequential blocks or between subject groups, nor were mean N1-P2 amplitudes. The N2-P3a amplitude tended to be lower in migraine, but not significantly so. The most striking result in migraineurs was a significant potentiation of N2-P3a in successive blocks, contrasting with an habituation in controls. Our previous evoked- and event-related potential studies and the present one suggest that deficient habituation, or even potentiation, represents interictally a fundamental dysfunction of cortical information processing in migraine, which might increase energy demands and play a role in etiopathogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérieurs poétiques : quelle(s) réflexivité(s) ?
Hick, Anne-Laure ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (2012), 3

Cet article propose une analyse de la teneur réflexive des poèmes d’intérieur. Après une brève description de ces textes, nous en étudions quelques échantillons à partir desquels nous dégageons divers ... [more ▼]

Cet article propose une analyse de la teneur réflexive des poèmes d’intérieur. Après une brève description de ces textes, nous en étudions quelques échantillons à partir desquels nous dégageons divers types de réflexivité : premièrement, une réflexivité spéculaire ou mise en abîme, deuxièmement, une réflexivité psychique, troisièmement une réflexivité sociale, quatrièmement, une réflexivité « en gigogne » (Durand, 2008 : 206), et cinquièmement, une réflexivité critique. Chacune de ces réflexivités se voit définie et illustrée par l’analyse d’un cas concret. [less ▲]

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See detailInterim Report on clinical testing of a comprehensive solution for patient positioning and immobilization for high tech RT
Hideghéty, Katalin; Kahan, Zsuzsa; Thurzo, Laszlo et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2006), 81(supplement 1), 434

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See detailInterim results on the clinical effects of i.v. administered thymopentin in active rheumatoid arthritis
Malaise, Michel ULg; Franchimont, P.; Hauwaert, Christian ULg et al

in International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Therapy and Toxicology (1984), 4(6), 451-457

Forty-one patients with active rheumatoid arthritis entered a controlled, double-blind, randomized study; 21 received prolonged i.v. injections (10 min) of thymopentin 50 mg 3 times a week for 3 ... [more ▼]

Forty-one patients with active rheumatoid arthritis entered a controlled, double-blind, randomized study; 21 received prolonged i.v. injections (10 min) of thymopentin 50 mg 3 times a week for 3 consecutive weeks; the other 20 received placebo under the same conditions. The groups were comparable at the start of the study. Statistical tests of changes within the treatment groups after 3 weeks showed that the improvement achieved in the thymopentin group was significant (p less than 0.05 or p less than 0.01) for each clinical parameter, except for left-hand grip strength. On the other hand, no significant improvement was observed for any parameter except morning stiffness in the patients on placebo. The intergroup comparison showed significant differences, favouring thymopentin over placebo treatment, in the Ritchie index, scores for swollen joints, assessment of severity of pain and scores for changes in the activity of the disease. Only minor side-effects were experienced in the two treatment groups. The present placebo-controlled double-blind study confirms the previous positive results achieved in open studies, i.e., the beneficial therapeutic effect of prolonged i.v. injections of thymopentin in patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis observed after 3 weeks of therapy. The drug appears to be safe at the dose regimen used. [less ▲]

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See detailAn interior point method based optimal power flow
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Glavic, Mevludin; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

(2005, June)

This paper deals with the solution of an optimal power flow (OPF) problem by the interior point method (IPM). The latter is a very appealing approach to this nonlinear programming problem due to its speed ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the solution of an optimal power flow (OPF) problem by the interior point method (IPM). The latter is a very appealing approach to this nonlinear programming problem due to its speed of convergence and ease of handling inequality constraints. Two interior point algorithms are presented and compared: the pure primal-dual and the predictor-corrector. Several implementation aspects of these IPM algorithms are also discussed. The OPF is formulated in rectangular coordinates which confers some significant advantages because generally its objective and constraints are quadratic functions. Among the large variety of OPF objectives, emphasis is put on two classical ones: the minimization of generation cost and the minimization of transmission active power losses. The solution obtained by both algorithms proves to be robust for the two OPF sub-problems (optimization of active power flows and reactive power flows) as well as for a full OPF applied to the former objective, which is unanimously recognized as the hardest problem to solve. Finally, numerical results on three test systems ranging from 60 to 300 buses are provided. [less ▲]

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