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See detailUn menu qui pèse dans la balance climatique
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Perrin, Dominique ULg

Article for general public (2009)

Un menu qui pèse dans la balance climatique Prenons un menu un brin festif: potage, plat, dessert. Calculons : ensemble, les denrées parcourent 218 000 kilomètres avant de tomber dans notre assiette. Et ... [more ▼]

Un menu qui pèse dans la balance climatique Prenons un menu un brin festif: potage, plat, dessert. Calculons : ensemble, les denrées parcourent 218 000 kilomètres avant de tomber dans notre assiette. Et émettent 37,5 kg de CO2. À ce prix, l’avion est-il vraiment inéluctable pour transporter la nourriture? [less ▲]

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See detailMepolizumab treatment in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma.
Ortega, Hector G.; Liu, Mark C.; Pavord, Ian D. et al

in The New England journal of medicine (2014), 371(13), 1198-207

BACKGROUND: Some patients with severe asthma have frequent exacerbations associated with persistent eosinophilic inflammation despite continuous treatment with high-dose inhaled glucocorticoids with or ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Some patients with severe asthma have frequent exacerbations associated with persistent eosinophilic inflammation despite continuous treatment with high-dose inhaled glucocorticoids with or without oral glucocorticoids. METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, double-dummy study, we assigned 576 patients with recurrent asthma exacerbations and evidence of eosinophilic inflammation despite high doses of inhaled glucocorticoids to one of three study groups. Patients were assigned to receive mepolizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5, which was administered as either a 75-mg intravenous dose or a 100-mg subcutaneous dose, or placebo every 4 weeks for 32 weeks. The primary outcome was the rate of exacerbations. Other outcomes included the forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) and scores on the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) and the 5-item Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ-5). Safety was also assessed. RESULTS: The rate of exacerbations was reduced by 47% (95% confidence interval [CI], 29 to 61) among patients receiving intravenous mepolizumab and by 53% (95% CI, 37 to 65) among those receiving subcutaneous mepolizumab, as compared with those receiving placebo (P<0.001 for both comparisons). Exacerbations necessitating an emergency department visit or hospitalization were reduced by 32% in the group receiving intravenous mepolizumab and by 61% in the group receiving subcutaneous mepolizumab. At week 32, the mean increase from baseline in FEV1 was 100 ml greater in patients receiving intravenous mepolizumab than in those receiving placebo (P=0.02) and 98 ml greater in patients receiving subcutaneous mepolizumab than in those receiving placebo (P=0.03). The improvement from baseline in the SGRQ score was 6.4 points and 7.0 points greater in the intravenous and subcutaneous mepolizumab groups, respectively, than in the placebo group (minimal clinically important change, 4 points), and the improvement in the ACQ-5 score was 0.42 points and 0.44 points greater in the two mepolizumab groups, respectively, than in the placebo group (minimal clinically important change, 0.5 points) (P<0.001 for all comparisons). The safety profile of mepolizumab was similar to that of placebo. CONCLUSIONS: Mepolizumab administered either intravenously or subcutaneously significantly reduced asthma exacerbations and was associated with improvements in markers of asthma control. (Funded by GlaxoSmithKline; MENSA ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01691521.). [less ▲]

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See detailMepolizumab, a humanized anti-IL-5 mAb, as a treatment option for severe nasal polyposis.
Gevaert, Philippe; Van Bruaene, Nicholas; Cattaert, Tom ULg et al

in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (The) (2011), 128(5), 989-9958

BACKGROUND: Approximately 85% of nasal polyps (NPs) in white subjects are characterized by prominent eosinophilia. IL-5 is the key driver of eosinophilic differentiation and survival. OBJECTIVE: We sought ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Approximately 85% of nasal polyps (NPs) in white subjects are characterized by prominent eosinophilia. IL-5 is the key driver of eosinophilic differentiation and survival. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the therapeutic potential of inhibiting IL-5 with a humanized mAb as treatment for severe nasal polyposis. METHODS: Thirty patients with severe nasal polyposis (grade 3 or 4 or recurrent after surgery) refractory to corticosteroid therapy were randomized in a double-blind fashion to receive either 2 single intravenous injections (28 days apart) of 750 mg of mepolizumab (n = 20) or placebo (n = 10). Change from baseline in NP score was assessed monthly until 1 month after the last dose (week 8). Computed tomographic scans were also performed at week 8. RESULTS: Twelve of 20 patients receiving mepolizumab had a significantly improved NP score and computed tomographic scan score compared with 1 of 10 patients receiving placebo at week 8 versus baseline. CONCLUSION: Mepolizumab achieved a statistically significant reduction in NP size for at least 1 month after dosing in 12 of 20 patients. IL-5 inhibition is a potential novel therapeutic approach in patients with severe eosinophilic nasal polyposis. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mer et les hommes
Dubuisson, Marcel ULg

Speech/Talk (1969)

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See detailMercaptophosphonate Compounds as Broad-Spectrum Inhibitors of the Metallo-β-lactamases
Lassaux, Patricia ULg; Hamel, Matthieu; Gulea, Mihaela et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2010), 53

In this paper, we investigated the inhibitory effect of mercaptophosphonate derivatives against the three subclasses of MBLs (B1, B2, and B3). All 14 tested mercaptophosphonates, with the exception of one ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we investigated the inhibitory effect of mercaptophosphonate derivatives against the three subclasses of MBLs (B1, B2, and B3). All 14 tested mercaptophosphonates, with the exception of one, behaved as competitive inhibitors for the three subclasses. <br />Apart from two compounds, all the mercaptophosphonates tested exhibit a good inhibitory effect on the subclass B2 MBL CphA with low inhibition constants (Ki<15 μM). Interestingly, compound 18 turned out to be a potent broad spectrum MBL inhibitor. <br />The crystallographic structures of the CphA-10a and CphA-18 complexes indicated that the sulfur atom of 10a and the phosphonato group of 18 interact with the Zn2þ ion, respectively. Molecular modeling studies of the interactions between two compounds and the VIM-4 (B1), CphA (B2), and FEZ-1 (B3) enzymes brought to light different binding modes depending on the enzyme and the inhibitor, consistent with the crystallographic structures. [less ▲]

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See detailMerchant-Rankine approach for the design of steel and composite sway building frames
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Festschrift Richard Greiner (2001)

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See detailMerciadri (LaTeX) packages: An overview
Merciadri, Luca ULg

in TUGboat (2011), 32(2), 206-210

I have written three LaTeX2e packages, namely bigints, dashundergaps, and plantslabels. Because there are so many submitted packages, TeX-information sources are so used that communications rapidly go to ... [more ▼]

I have written three LaTeX2e packages, namely bigints, dashundergaps, and plantslabels. Because there are so many submitted packages, TeX-information sources are so used that communications rapidly go to the archives, their respective emergences could have been unoticed by the majority of the Community. I here propose a brief summary about what they do, and how they could be useful for your work. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Mercosur et ses Etats membres: les asymétries interétatiques en tant que problème pour l'intégration?
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Musset et Soria, Alain et Victor (Ed.) Alena - Mercosur: Enjeux et limites de l'intégration américaine (2001)

Mercosur est intégration régionale née en 1991. Elle se démarque par l'asymétrie entre ses Etats membres. L'article vise à identifier les différentes asymétries existantes et les répercutions de ces ... [more ▼]

Mercosur est intégration régionale née en 1991. Elle se démarque par l'asymétrie entre ses Etats membres. L'article vise à identifier les différentes asymétries existantes et les répercutions de ces dernières pour l'essor de l'intération régionale sud-américaine. et, partant, analyse L'article analyse les implications de cette asymétrie [less ▲]

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See detailMERCOSUR’s external relation policy: between the EU, FTAA and WTO
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Center for International Studies (Ed.) Neo-Functional vs. Neo-Institutional Policies of Regional Cooperation: East Asian and European Experiences (2005)

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See detailMercosur: Modèle d'intégration européen ou globalisation?
Santander, Sébastian ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (1998)

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See detailMercuric chloride induced autoimmune disease in Brown-Norway rats: sequential search for anti-basement membrane antibodies and circulating immune complexes.
Bellon, B.; Capron, M.; Druet, E. et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1982), 12(2), 127-33

Mercuric chloride induces in the Brown-Norway rat a biphasic autoimmune disease characterized initially by linear IgG deposits along the glomerular basement membrane followed later by granular IgG ... [more ▼]

Mercuric chloride induces in the Brown-Norway rat a biphasic autoimmune disease characterized initially by linear IgG deposits along the glomerular basement membrane followed later by granular IgG deposition. In the present study, anti-glomerular basement membrane antibodies and immune complex-like material were sequentially assessed in serial serum samples. Both were transiently found at the same period. Glomerular linear IgG deposits were present on day 11 but circulating anti-glomerular basement membrane antibodies were only found later on day 16. Circulating immune complexes were first detectable on day 8 before the earliest granular IgG deposits were first observed in the spleen vessels on day 16. The disappearance of circulating anti-glomerular basement membrane antibodies and of circulating immune complexes, although HgCl2 injections were pursued, is in agreement with the self-limited character of mercuric chloride induced autoimmune disease and suggests the induction of immunosuppressive mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailMercury analysis in hair: Comparability and quality assessment within the transnational COPHES/DEMOCOPHES project
Esteban, Marta; Schindler, Birgit K.; Jiménez-Guerrero, José A. et al

in Environmental Research (in press)

Human biomonitoring (HBM) is an effective tool for assessing actual exposure to chemicals that takes into account all routes of intake. Although hair analysis is considered to be an optimal biomarker for ... [more ▼]

Human biomonitoring (HBM) is an effective tool for assessing actual exposure to chemicals that takes into account all routes of intake. Although hair analysis is considered to be an optimal biomarker for assessing mercury exposure, the lack of harmonization as regards sampling and analytical procedures has often limited the comparison of data at national and international level. The European-funded projects COPHES and DEMOCOPHES developed and tested a harmonized European approach to Human Biomonitoring in response to the European Environment and Health Action Plan. Herein we describe the quality assurance program (QAP) for assessing mercury levels in hair samples from more than 1800 mother–child pairs recruited in 17 European countries. To ensure the comparability of the results, standard operating procedures (SOPs) for sampling and for mercury analysis were drafted and distributed to participating laboratories. Training sessions were organized for field workers and four external quality-assessment exercises (ICI/EQUAS), followed by the corresponding web conferences, were organized between March 2011 and February 2012. ICI/EQUAS used native hair samples at two mercury concentration ranges (0.20–0.71 and 0.80–1.63) per exercise. The results revealed relative standard deviations of 7.87–13.55% and 4.04–11.31% for the low and high mercury concentration ranges, respectively. A total of 16 out of 18 participating laboratories the QAP requirements and were allowed to analyze samples from the DEMOCOPHES pilot study. Web conferences after each ICI/EQUAS revealed this to be a new and effective tool for improving analytical performance and increasing capacity building. The procedure developed and tested in COPHES/DEMOCOPHES would be optimal for application on a global scale as regards implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. [less ▲]

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See detailMercury and cadmium levels in Belgian children and their mothers
PIRARD, Catherine ULg; De Cremer, Koen; Van Overmeire, Ilse et al

Conference (2013, September)

Within the frame of the EU projects DEMOCOPHES and COPHES, a harmonized European human biomonitoring pilot study was set up involving 17 European countries. The biomonitoring study consisted in measuring ... [more ▼]

Within the frame of the EU projects DEMOCOPHES and COPHES, a harmonized European human biomonitoring pilot study was set up involving 17 European countries. The biomonitoring study consisted in measuring in each participating country the level of some environmental pollutant biomarkers in children and their mothers. Here we present the results of cadmium and mercury levels in respectively the urine and hair of the Belgian participants. [less ▲]

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See detailMercury immune toxicity in harbour seals: Links to in vitro toxicity
Das, Krishna ULg; Siebert, Ursula; Gillet, Audrey et al

in Environmental Health : A Global Access Science Source (2008), 7

Background Mercury is known to bioaccumulate and to magnify in marine mammals, which is a cause of great concern in terms of their general health. In particular, the immune system is known to be ... [more ▼]

Background Mercury is known to bioaccumulate and to magnify in marine mammals, which is a cause of great concern in terms of their general health. In particular, the immune system is known to be susceptible to long-term mercury exposure. The aims of the present study were (1) to determine the mercury level in the blood of free-ranging harbour seals from the North Sea and (2) to examine the link between methylmercury in vitro exposure and immune functions using seal and human mitogen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (T-lymphocytes). Methods Total mercury was analysed in the blood of 22 harbour seals. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were isolated from seals (n = 11) and from humans (n = 9). Stimulated lymphocytes of both species were exposed to functional tests (proliferation, metabolic activity, radioactive precursor incorporation) under increasing doses of methylmercury (0.1 to 10 µM). The expression of cytokines (IL-2; IL-4 and TGF-beta was investigated in seal lymphocytes by RT-PCR and by real time quantitative PCR (n = 5) at methylmercury concentrations of 0.2 and 1 µM. Finally, proteomics analysis was attempted on human lymphocytes (cytoplasmic fraction) in order to identify biochemical pathways of toxicity at concentration of 1 µM (n = 3). Results The results showed that the number of seal lymphocytes, viability, metabolic activity, DNA and RNA synthesis were reduced in vitro, suggesting deleterious effects of methylmercury concentrations naturally encountered in free-ranging seals. Similar results were found for human lymphocytes. Functional tests showed that a 1 µM concentration was the critical concentration above which lymphocyte activity, proliferation and survival were compromised. The expression of IL-2 and TGF-beta mRNA was weaker in exposed seal lymphocytes compared to control cells (0.2 and 1 µM). Proteomics showed some variation in the protein expression profile (e.g. vimentin). [less ▲]

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See detailMercury in blood of free-ranging seals Phoca vitulina from the North Sea: Time-trend and association with environmental factors
Das, Krishna ULg; Brochoire, Charlène ULg; Chambosse, Mélanie et al

Conference (2012, March 27)

The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) population from the North Sea has experienced various fluctuations these last decades due to habitat loss, prey fluctuation and pollution of the marine environment ... [more ▼]

The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) population from the North Sea has experienced various fluctuations these last decades due to habitat loss, prey fluctuation and pollution of the marine environment. Recently, development of monitoring programs and non-invasive sampling techniques, including seal catches allowed blood sampling on a regular basis together with measurements of blubber thickness, body mass, sex and body length. Concentrations of total mercury (T-Hg) and other trace elements (Cd, Pb, Zn, Cu, Fe) as well as ∂13C and ∂15N values were determined by mass spectrometry in blood of 75 wild harbour seals caught in the German Wadden Sea between 1997 and 2011. ∂13C and ∂15N mean values (-17.5‰ and 18.1 ‰ respectively) were strongly similar to that measured previously in the muscle of stranded harbour seals from the Wadden Sea. In contrast, ∂15N mean value was strikingly higher than that recorded in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) from Scotland (14.1 ‰ respectively; Habran et al. submitted.) while ∂13C values remained similar between the two seal species. These values confirmed the high trophic position of the harbour seal in the North Sea. In contrast to Cd and Pb, T-Hg in blood harbour seals reached concentrations as high as 2.1 μg.g-1 dry weight (10 times higher than the 0.21 μg.g-1 dry weight recorded for grey seals from Scotland) but depended on several factors including ∂15N values, age group and the body mass. T-Hg was detected in juveniles confirming maternal transfer to offspring and time-trend revealed no decrease of T-Hg in blood of harbour seals these last 15 years. [less ▲]

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See detailMercury in the blood of free ranging pinnipeds: levels, sources of variation, toxicocinetic and potential impact using an in vitro model
Das, Krishna ULg; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Habran, Sarah ULg et al

Conference (2007)

Despite 30 years of international regulations, Hg levels in marine mammals have not decreased. Various environmental models even suggest a rise of mercury in the biota during the next decades, linked to ... [more ▼]

Despite 30 years of international regulations, Hg levels in marine mammals have not decreased. Various environmental models even suggest a rise of mercury in the biota during the next decades, linked to climate change. The objective of this study is (1) to assess Hg levels in blood samples of free-ranging pinnipeds, (2) to understand level variation during different periods of life (gestation, lactation, fasting) and potential impact on lymphocytes using a preliminary in vitro model (peripheral blood mononuclear cells, PBMC). Blood samples were collected from harbour seals (Phoca vitulina n= 22) from the North Sea and from elephant seals from the Californian coast (Mirounga angustirostris 12 females and 12 pups). Harbour seal PBMC were isolated, set in medium culture and contaminated with methyl-Hg (1 µM). Biological tests and proteomic assay were realized on control and contaminated PBMC. Hg levels were from the same order of magnitude for the two species despite two different lifestyles and habitats: from 40 to 590 ng.g-1 fw in harbour seal and from 63 to 919 ng.g-1 fw in elephant seal. Hg concentrations in the blood depend upon several factors such as body weight, fasting and lactation duration for mothers and pups. After 21 days of lactation, female elephant seals doubled their blood Hg levels (from 308 to 593 ng.g-1fw) while a decrease is observed for pups. This increase is linked to mobilization from blubber and muscle during fasting associated to lactation. Cell model revealed an in vitro effect of Hg even at low concentration (1µM). Number of PBMC, viability, metabolic activity, DNA and RNA synthesis were reduced in vitro suggesting deleterious effects of Hg in concentrations encountered in free-ranging pinnipeds. Knowing that Hg methylation in the ocean is linked to temperature, one can wonder on Hg levels (and effects) in pinnipeds during the next decades. [less ▲]

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See detailMercury porosimetry applied to low density xerogels
Pirard, René ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Characterization of Porous Solids IV (1997)

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See detailMercury porosimetry applied to low density xerogels
Pirard, René ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Van Cantfort, Olivier et al

Poster (1997)

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See detailMercury porosimetry applied to low density xerogels; relation between structure and mechanical properties
Pirard, René ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Van Cantfort, Olivier et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1998), 13(1-3), 335-339

Samples of low density xerogels were submitted to mercury porosimetry at pressures up to 200 MPa. These samples show an unusual behavior: they are first crushed by the isostatic mercury pressure without ... [more ▼]

Samples of low density xerogels were submitted to mercury porosimetry at pressures up to 200 MPa. These samples show an unusual behavior: they are first crushed by the isostatic mercury pressure without mercury intrusion and are then intruded by the mercury above a certain pressure. This transition allows the easy determination of the one constant found in the buckling model that is used to interpret the crushing part of the mercury porosimetry experiment. The relation between this constant and the structure of the xerogels determined by TEM and nitrogen adsorption is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMercury porosimetry applied to porous silica materials: successive buckling and intrusion mechanisms
Alié, Christelle ULg; Pirard, René ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Colloids and Surfaces A : Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (2001), 187

Some silica low-density xerogels exhibit two successive volume variation mechanisms, compaction and intrusion when submitted to mercury porosimetry. The position of the pressure of transition P-t between ... [more ▼]

Some silica low-density xerogels exhibit two successive volume variation mechanisms, compaction and intrusion when submitted to mercury porosimetry. The position of the pressure of transition P-t between the two mechanisms is characteristic of the tested material and allows to compute the buckling constant used to determine the pore size distribution in the compaction part of the experiment. The analysis of the mercury porosimetry data of a low-density xerogel wrapped in a tight membrane by the buckling law (intrusion is prevented and the sample is crushed during the whole porosimetry experiment) leads to a continuous unimodal distribution similar to the distribution of the unwrapped sample obtained by applying the buckling law below P-t and the intrusion law above P-t. This experiment confirms the validity of the use of the buckling law. The behaviour of the low-density xerogels can be related to one of their morphological characteristics. As the size of the aggregates of silica particles increases, the strength towards crushing increases and the change of mechanism from crushing to intrusion takes place at a lower pressure. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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