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See detailAnevrysmes mycotiques primaires de l'aorte sous-renale. A propos de deux cas
Rousie, Céline ULiege; Van Damme, Hendrik ULiege; Limet, Raymond ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2004), 59(2), 89-94

Infrarenal mycotic aneurysms are rare. The classic symptomatic triad is abdominal pain, fever and a pulsatile, rapidly growing abdominal mass. We present two cases of mycotic abdominal aneurysm, recently ... [more ▼]

Infrarenal mycotic aneurysms are rare. The classic symptomatic triad is abdominal pain, fever and a pulsatile, rapidly growing abdominal mass. We present two cases of mycotic abdominal aneurysm, recently managed. The principles of diagnosis and treatment of mycotic aneurysm are reviewed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes anevrysmes ventriculaires: principes de leur traitement chirurgical
Radermecker, M.A.; Moscato, A.; Coimbra, C. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(1), 33-6

After reviewing the historical background, the morphology and physiopathology of left ventricular aneurysms, the authors review the physiology, the technical aspects, and the current surgical indications ... [more ▼]

After reviewing the historical background, the morphology and physiopathology of left ventricular aneurysms, the authors review the physiology, the technical aspects, and the current surgical indications of aneurysmectomy, with a particular emphasis on the concept of endoventriculoplasty of Jatene [less ▲]

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See detailAnforderungen an die wissenschaftlich fundierte Auslegung der Phytoextraktion und Wege zu ihrer Umsetzung
Leistner, J; Haneke, M; Pilz, S et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailAnforderungen an die wissenschaftlich fundierte Auslegung der Phytoextraktion und Wege zu ihrer Umsetzung
Delinski, Dirk; Pfennig, Andreas ULiege; Leistner, Jörg et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailAnforderungen an Stahl- und Verbundknoten bei Stützenausfall in einem Rahmentragwerk
Kuhlmann, Ulrike; Rölle, Lars; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULiege et al

in Stahlbau (2010), 8(August 2010), 565-579

Local failure in a structure (e.g. sudden column loss due to impact or explosion) could lead to progressive collapse propagation of the global structural system resulting in a total collapse. To avoid ... [more ▼]

Local failure in a structure (e.g. sudden column loss due to impact or explosion) could lead to progressive collapse propagation of the global structural system resulting in a total collapse. To avoid progressive collapse initiated by local damage a redistribution of force from the damaged part of the structure has to be enabled by alternate load path. Activation of alternate load paths by change of the bearing mechanism from pure bending state to more or less pure membrane state is a measure but only possible by allowing large global deformations resulting in high de-formation requirements for the joints. In the frame of a European RFCS research project ductile joint solution have been developed to improve the robustness as characteristic of the structure. Main focus for the joint design was given to obtain the required deformation capacity for acci-dental design situations mainly from the joints and cause at the same time only less additional material and fabrication costs for the joints. As a result deformable and partial-strength joint solution has been chosen. Objective within the project was to determine requirements of the joints concerning deformation capacity as well as M-N-resistance to enable the activation of catenary action for the load case notional column removal. [less ▲]

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See detailAngiogenesis by Fibroblast Growth Factor 4 Is Mediated through an Autocrine Up-regulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Expression
Deroanne, Christophe ULiege; Hajitou, Amin; Calberg-Bacq, Claire-M. et al

in Cancer Research (1997), 57

The infection of normal mouse mammary EF43 cells by a retroviral vector carrying either Fgf-3 (EF43.Fgf-3) or Fgf-4 (EF43.Fgf-4) cDNA resulted in the transformation of cells displaying different ... [more ▼]

The infection of normal mouse mammary EF43 cells by a retroviral vector carrying either Fgf-3 (EF43.Fgf-3) or Fgf-4 (EF43.Fgf-4) cDNA resulted in the transformation of cells displaying different tumorigenic potentials in nude mice (A. Hajitou and C-M. Calberg-Bacq, Int. J. Cancer, 63: 702-709, 1995). EF43.Fgf-4 produced rapidly developing tumors at all sites of inoculation, whereas EF43.Fgf-3 produced slowly growing tumors only in the mammary fat pad. Cells infected with the vector carrying the selection gene alone (EF43.C) were not tumorigenic. The angiogenic properties of these cells were tested in an in vitro angiogenesis model using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) cultured at the surface of a type I collagen gel and their capacity to form tube-like structures on invasion of the gel. Only the conditioned medium (CM) of EF43.Fgf-4 induced an angiogenic morphotype in HUVECs. In parallel, the mRNA expression of matrix metalloproteinase 1 and c-ETS-1 was increased in the HUVECs displaying a differentiated phenotype, whereas the tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1 mRNA level was decreased. Recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 4 (FGF-4) did not induce an angiogenic phenotype in HUVECs by itself. By Western blot analysis, a high expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was detected in the EF43.Fgf-4 CM. This result was confirmed by Northern blot analysis of total RNA extracted from the three cell types; the steady-state level of VEGF mRNA was low and equivalent in EF43.C and EF43.Fgf-3, whereas it was strongly increased in EF43.Fgf-4. Culturing EF43 cells carrying only the selection gene with increasing concentrations of recombinant human FGF-4 resulted in a dose-dependent stimulation of VEGF. The induction of the angiogenic morphotype and the parallel modulations of the biosynthetic phenotype in HUVECs were completely suppressed by adding a neutralizing antibody directed against VEGF to EF43.Fgf-4 CM. Furthermore, inhibition of protein kinase C by bisindoylmaleimide suppressed the angiogenic phenotype induced by the CM of EF43.Fgf-4. Our results point to an indirect angiogenic activity of FGF-4 through the autocrine induction of VEGF secretion by EF43.Fgf-4 cells, an original signaling pathway that might be significant in tumor progression and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailAngiogenesis in bone fracture healing: a bioregulatory model.
Geris, Liesbet ULiege; Gerisch, Alf; Sloten, Jos Vander et al

in Journal of Theoretical Biology (2008), 251(1), 137-58

The process of fracture healing involves the action and interaction of many cells, regulated by biochemical and mechanical signals. Vital to a successful healing process is the restoration of a good ... [more ▼]

The process of fracture healing involves the action and interaction of many cells, regulated by biochemical and mechanical signals. Vital to a successful healing process is the restoration of a good vascular network. In this paper, a continuous mathematical model is presented that describes the different fracture healing stages and their response to biochemical stimuli only (a bioregulatory model); mechanoregulatory effects are excluded here. The model consists of a system of nonlinear partial differential equations describing the spatiotemporal evolution of concentrations and densities of the cell types, extracellular matrix types and growth factors indispensable to the healing process. The model starts after the inflammation phase, when the fracture callus has already been formed. Cell migration is described using not only haptokinetic, but also chemotactic and haptotactic influences. Cell differentiation is controlled by the presence of growth factors and sufficient vascularisation. Matrix synthesis and growth factor production are controlled by the local cell and matrix densities and by the local growth factor concentrations. Numerical simulations of the system, using parameter values based on experimental data obtained from literature, are presented. The simulation results are corroborated by comparison with experimental data from a standardised rodent fracture model. The results of sensitivity analyses on the parameter values as well as on the boundary and initial conditions are discussed. Numerical simulations of compromised healing situations showed that the establishment of a vascular network in response to angiogenic growth factors is a key factor in the healing process. Furthermore, a correct description of cell migration is also shown to be essential to the prediction of realistic spatiotemporal tissue distribution patterns in the fracture callus. The mathematical framework presented in this paper can be an important tool in furthering the understanding of the mechanisms causing compromised healing and can be applied in the design of future fracture healing experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailAngiogenesis is not impaired in connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) knock-out mice
Kuiper, Esther J.; Roestenberg, Peggy; Ehlken, Christoph et al

in Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry (2007), 55(11), 1139-1147

Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a member of the CCN family of growth factors. CTGF is important in scarring, wound healing, and fibrosis. It has also been implicated to play a role in ... [more ▼]

Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a member of the CCN family of growth factors. CTGF is important in scarring, wound healing, and fibrosis. It has also been implicated to play a role in angiogenesis, in addition to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). In the eye, angiogenesis and subsequent fibrosis are the main causes of blindness in conditions such as diabetic retinopathy. We have applied three different models of angiogenesis to homozygous CTGF(-/-) and heterozygous CTGF(+/-) mice to establish involvement of CTGF in neovascularization. CTGF(+/-) mice die around birth. Therefore, embryonic CTGF(-/-), CTGF(-/-), and CTGF(+/+) bone explants were used to study in vitro angiogenesis, and neonatal and mature CTGF(+/-) and CTGF(+/+) mice were used in models of oxygen-induced retinopathy and laser-induced choroidal neovascularization. Angiogenesis in vitro was independent of the CTGF genotype in both the presence and the absence of VEGF. Oxygen-induced vascular pathology in the retina, as determined semi-quantitatively, and laser-induced choroidal neovascularization, as determined quantitatively, were also not affected by the CTGF genotype. Our data show that downregulation of CTGF levels does not affect neovascularization, indicating distinct roles of VEGF and CTGF in angiogenesis and fibrosis in eye conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe angiogenesis suppressor gene AKAP12 is under the epigenetic control of HDAC7 in endothelial cells.
Turtoi, Andrei ULiege; Mottet, Denis ULiege; Matheus, Nicolas ULiege et al

in Angiogenesis (2012)

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are a family of 18 enzymes that deacetylate lysine residues of both histone and nonhistone proteins and to a large extent govern the process of angiogenesis. Previous studies ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are a family of 18 enzymes that deacetylate lysine residues of both histone and nonhistone proteins and to a large extent govern the process of angiogenesis. Previous studies have shown that specific inhibition of HDAC7 blocks angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are not fully understood and hence preclude any meaningful development of suitable therapeutic modalities. The goal of the present study was to further the understanding of HDAC7 epigenetic control of angiogenesis in human endothelial cells using the proteomic approach. The underlying problem was approached through siRNA-mediated gene-expression silencing of HDAC7 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). To this end, HUVEC proteins were extracted and proteomically analyzed. The emphasis was placed on up-regulated proteins, as these may represent potential direct epigenetic targets of HDAC7. Among several proteins, A-kinase anchor protein 12 (AKAP12) was the most reproducibly up-regulated protein following HDAC7 depletion. This overexpression of AKAP12 was responsible for the inhibition of migration and tube formation in HDAC7-depleted HUVEC. Mechanistically, H3 histones associated with AKAP12 promoter were acetylated following the removal of HDAC7, leading to an increase in its mRNA and protein levels. AKAP12 is responsible for protein kinase C mediated phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3). Phosphorylated STAT3 increasingly binds to the chromatin and AKAP12 promoter and is necessary for maintaining the elevated levels of AKAP12 following HDAC7 knockdown. We demonstrated for the first time that AKAP12 tumor/angiogenesis suppressor gene is an epigenetic target of HDAC7, whose elevated levels lead to a negative regulation of HUVEC migration and inhibit formation of tube-like structures. [less ▲]

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See detailAngiogenic activity of human chorionic gonadotropin through LH receptor activation on endothelial and epithelial cells of the endometrium
Berndt, Sarah ULiege; PERRIER d'HAUTERIVE, Sophie ULiege; Blacher, Silvia ULiege et al

in FASEB Journal (2006), 20(14), 2630-2632

Successful embryo development requires an extensive endometrial angiogenesis in proximity of implantation site. The glycoprotein hCG is produced even before implantation by trophoblast in normal pregnancy ... [more ▼]

Successful embryo development requires an extensive endometrial angiogenesis in proximity of implantation site. The glycoprotein hCG is produced even before implantation by trophoblast in normal pregnancy. In this manuscript, we demonstrate an angiogenic effect of hCG in several in vivo (chick chorioallantoic membrane, matrigel plug assay, aortic ring assay) and in vitro experimental models. In contrast, human placental lactogen (hPL) did not display angiogenic properties. LH/hCG receptor was detected in endothelial cells by reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and by Western blotting. In mice aortic ring assay, angiostimulation by hCG was abrogated by deletion of LH/hCG receptor (LuRKO mice). Use of recombinant hCG and anti-hCG antibody (Ab) further confirmed the specificity of this angiogenic activity. By using dibutyryl cAMP, adenylate cyclase, or protein kinase A inhibitors, we demonstrate that hCG-mediated angiogenesis involves adenylyl-cyclase-protein kinase A activation. Addition of hCG to endometrial epithelial epithelial cells, but not to cultured endothelial cells, stimulated vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). VEGF and hCG also displayed additive activities. Altogether, these data demonstrate that peritrophoblastic angiostimulation may result from a paracrine dialogue between trophoblast, epithelial, and endothelial cells through hCG and VEGF. [less ▲]

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See detailAngiogenic fast-growing melanomas and their micrometastases.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULiege; Pierard, Claudine ULiege; Paquet, Philippe ULiege et al

in European Journal of Dermatology (2010), 20(3), 302-7

Malignant melanoma (MM), particularly its fast-growing type, is prone to interstitial, intravascular and extravascular migratory metastases. There is no information linking their growth fraction, the ... [more ▼]

Malignant melanoma (MM), particularly its fast-growing type, is prone to interstitial, intravascular and extravascular migratory metastases. There is no information linking their growth fraction, the configuration of the MM advancing edge, the extent in vascularity and the propensity to metastatic progression. The objective of this study was to determine the growth fraction, the size of vascularity and the contours of the progression border of 32 fast-growing MM with regard to the presence or absence of a micrometastatic spread inside the skin and overt metastases in the sentinel lymph nodes. In vivo high resolution colorimetry was performed as a clinical estimate of MM vascularity. Euclidean geometry and fractal analysis were used on immunohistochemical sections. The relative microvasculature profile area beneath MM, and the fractal dimension D of the MM frontline were assessed. The MIB/Ki-67 index was determined in MM cells. Value a* of colorimetry was similarly increased in the presence or absence of micro-metastases. No difference in growth fraction was revealed between these neoplasms. Correlations were found between vascularity and angiotropism, and between the micrometastatic process and the sentinel lymph node involvement. By contrast, no correlation was shown between vascularity and the fractal D dimension of the MM advancing edge. In sum, this study establishes a link between the extent of MM growth fraction, vascularity and the presence of dermal and nodal micrometastases in fast-growing MM. [less ▲]

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See detailAngiographic pitfall: duplicated tapered A1 segment of the anterior cerebral artery mimicking an anterior communicating artery aneurysm.
Weil, A. G.; Bojanowski, M. W.; Scholtes, Félix ULiege et al

in Interventional Neuroradiology : Journal of Peritherapeutic Neuroradiology, Surgical Procedures and Related Neurosciences (2011), 17(2), 179-82

We describe a misleading case of a partially occluded A1 segment duplication that mimicked an ACoA aneurysm on computed tomography angiography and conventional angiography and led to surgical intervention ... [more ▼]

We describe a misleading case of a partially occluded A1 segment duplication that mimicked an ACoA aneurysm on computed tomography angiography and conventional angiography and led to surgical intervention. The location of such an anomaly at the ACoA on the side of least hemodynamic stress may provide a clue to recognizing this variant. [less ▲]

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See detailAngioplastie ou chirurgie chez le patient coronarien stable ?
LEGRAND, Victor ULiege

in La Revue du praticien (2015), 65(3), 352-6

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) must be considered among stable angina pectoris patients who remained symptomatic despite optimal medical treatment and ... [more ▼]

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) must be considered among stable angina pectoris patients who remained symptomatic despite optimal medical treatment and to improve prognosis of patients with large myocardial lschemia when occurring at low workload. PCI is preferred for single coronary artery stenosis, while CABG is recommended for severe multivessel disease patients, particularly when diabetes is present. There is no simple decisional algorithm, and, for patients with multivessel disease, each situation must be debated within a multidisciplinary decision-making team (Heart Team), taking into consideration risks and benefits of PCI vs CABG, patients' comorbidities and local experience. [less ▲]

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See detailAngioplastie percutanee coronaire chez le patient diabetique Partie 1 : echecs relatifs lies a la restenose apres angioplastie simple.
Warzee, Fabian ULiege; Legrand, Victor ULiege; Scheen, André ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2004), 59(10), 584-90

Diabetes mellitus, essentially type 2 diabetes, is markedly associated with a high risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary artery disease (CAD). Revascularization techniques, first coronary ... [more ▼]

Diabetes mellitus, essentially type 2 diabetes, is markedly associated with a high risk of cardiovascular diseases, especially coronary artery disease (CAD). Revascularization techniques, first coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and second percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), have drastically changed the management of patients with CAD. Unfortunately, overall results of such revascularization procedures are less impressive in diabetic patients than in nondiabetic subjects, because of a worse vascular bed due to a more diffuse disease including small vessels. The diabetic population is indeed characterized by higher rates of both post-CABG thrombosis and post-PTCA restenosis, as compared to the corresponding rates observed in a nondiabetic population. Such vascular complications result in a higher incidence of coronary events leading to greater morbidity and mortality in both the short (weeks-months) and long (years) term. The bad quality of blood glucose control appears to play a crucial role in the risk of restenosis and further complications. The use of endovascular stents, especially new drug-eluting stents reducing the risk of restenosis, may represent a new opportunity for the management of a high-risk population such as diabetic patients. [less ▲]

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See detailAngioplastie percutanee coronaire chez le patient diabetique. Partie 2: Espoirs apportes par les protheses endovasculaires.
Warzee, Fabian ULiege; Legrand, Victor ULiege; Scheen, André ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2004), 59(11), 653-8

Coronary artery revascularization procedures provide less favourable results in diabetic patients than in non-diabetic individuals. Especially, percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is associated with ... [more ▼]

Coronary artery revascularization procedures provide less favourable results in diabetic patients than in non-diabetic individuals. Especially, percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is associated with a higher rate of restenosis and recurrence of cardiac morbidity and death. In diabetic patients, PTCA should, if possible, be combined with a stent. Bare-stents allow to reduce approximately by half the risk of restenosis, but unfortunately their efficacy decreases as the vessel diameter decreases, a common finding among diabetic patients with angiopathy. ARTS ("Arterial Revascularization Therapy Study") recently showed that diabetic patients have a worse prognosis even when bare-stents are combined with PTCA as compared to non-diabetic subjects and as compared to diabetic patients treated with coronary artery bypass graft. These results open new perspectives in favour of the use of drug-eluting stents containing pharmacological agents capable of preventing restenosis. Such new stents might improve the management of diabetic patients with coronary heart disease. [less ▲]

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