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See detailInsights into fast-track colon surgery: a plea for a tailored program.
Pellegrino, L.; Lois, Fernande ULg; Remue, C. et al

in Surgical Endoscopy (2013), 27(4), 1178-85

BACKGROUND: This retrospective study compared the fast-track colon surgery program to conventional perioperative care and assessed factors that influence postoperative length of stay. DESIGN: This ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This retrospective study compared the fast-track colon surgery program to conventional perioperative care and assessed factors that influence postoperative length of stay. DESIGN: This retrospective study included 124 fast-track and 119 conventional care colon surgical patients. Exclusion criteria were primary rectal disease, stoma, American Society of Anesthesiologists score IV, and Association Francaise de Chirurgie index 3 or 4. Laparoscopy was the preferred approach. Variables influencing length of stay were analyzed by multivariate linear and logistic regression. RESULTS: Overall mortality and complication rates were not significantly different between groups (fast-track vs. controls 0 vs. 0.8 %, 30.6 vs. 38.6 % respectively). As expected, median length of stay was significantly reduced in fast-track patients (3 vs. 6 days, p < 0.001), but emergency readmission rate was higher (16.9 vs. 7.6 %, p = 0.026), although rehospitalization rates were similar (8 vs. 4.2 %, not significant). Independent risk factors of increased length of stay were identified as age >69 years (p = 0.001), laparotomy (p = 0.011), and conventional perioperative care (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of a fast-track program reduced postoperative length of stay without increasing complication rate. This study proposes a modulation of the program according to patient age and surgical approach. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into hallucinations in schizophrenia: novel treatment approaches
Aleman, André; Laroi, Frank ULg

in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics (2011), 11

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See detailInsights into nuclear organization in plants as revealed by the dynamic distribution of Arabidopsis SR splicing factors
Tillemans, Vinciane ULg; Leponce, Isabelle ULg; Rausin, Glwadys ULg et al

in Plant Cell (2006), 18(11), 3218-3234

Serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins are splicing regulators that share a modular structure consisting of one or two N-terminal RNA recognition motif domains and a C-terminal RS-rich domain. We investigated ... [more ▼]

Serine/arginine-rich (SR) proteins are splicing regulators that share a modular structure consisting of one or two N-terminal RNA recognition motif domains and a C-terminal RS-rich domain. We investigated the dynamic localization of the Arabidopsis thaliana SR protein RSZp22, which, as we showed previously, distributes in predominant speckle-like structures and in the nucleolus. To determine the role of RSZp22 diverse domains in its nucleolar distribution, we investigated the subnuclear localization of domain-deleted mutant proteins. Our results suggest that the nucleolar localization of RSZp22 does not depend on a single targeting signal but likely involves different domains/motifs. Photobleaching experiments demonstrated the unrestricted dynamics of RSZp22 between nuclear compartments. Selective inhibitor experiments of ongoing cellular phosphorylation influenced the rates of exchange of RSZp22 between the different nuclear territories, indicating that SR protein mobility is dependent on the phosphorylation state of the cell. Furthermore, based on a leptomycin B- and fluorescence loss in photobleaching-based sensitive assay, we suggest that RSZp22 is a nucleocytoplasmic shuttling protein. Finally, with electron microscopy, we confirmed that RSp31, a plant-specific SR protein, is dynamically distributed in nucleolar cap-like structures upon phosphorylation inhibition. Our findings emphasize the high mobility of Arabidopsis SR splicing factors and provide insights into the dynamic relationships between the different nuclear compartments. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into oxygen transport and net community production in sea ice from oxygen, nitrogen and argon concentrations
Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Delille, Bruno ULg; Brabant, F. et al

in Biogeosciences (2014), 11

We present the evolution of O2 standing stocks, saturation levels and concentrations in landfast sea ice, collected in Barrow (Alaska), from February to June 2009. The comparison of the standing stocks ... [more ▼]

We present the evolution of O2 standing stocks, saturation levels and concentrations in landfast sea ice, collected in Barrow (Alaska), from February to June 2009. The comparison of the standing stocks and saturation levels of O2 against those of N2 and Ar suggests that the dynamic of O2 in sea ice strongly depends on physical processes (gas incorporation and subsequent transport). We then discuss on the use of O2 / Ar and O2 / N2 to correct for the physical contribution and to determine the biological contribution (NCP) to O2 supersaturations. We conclude that O2 / Ar suits better than O2 / N2, because O2 / N2 is more sensitive due to the relative abundance of O2, N2 and Ar, and less biased when gas bubble formation and gas diffusion are maximized. We further estimate the NCP in the impermeable layers during ice growth and in the permeable layers during ice decay. Our results indicate that NCP contributed to a~release of carbon to the atmosphere in the upper ice layers, but to an uptake of carbon at sea ice bottom. Overall, seawater (rather than the atmosphere) may be the main supplier of carbon for sea ice microorganisms. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into the ancient methods of preparation of Prussian blue pigments by high-resolution powder diffraction and PDF analysis
Samain, Louise ULg; Martinetto, Pauline; Bordet, Pierre et al

Conference (2011, September 09)

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See detailInsights into the Defense-Related Events Occuring in Plant Cells Following Perception of Surfactin-Type Lipopeptide from Bacillus subtilis
Jourdan, Emmanuel ULg; Henry, Guillaume; Duby, F. et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2009), 22(4), 456-468

Multiple strains of Bacillus subtilis were demonstrated to stimulate plant defense responses, and cyclic lipopeptides may be involved in the elicitation of this induced systemic resistance phenomenon ... [more ▼]

Multiple strains of Bacillus subtilis were demonstrated to stimulate plant defense responses, and cyclic lipopeptides may be involved in the elicitation of this induced systemic resistance phenomenon. Here, we further investigated molecular events underlying the interaction between wuch lipopeptides and plant cells. Addition of surfactin but not fengycin or iturin in the micromolar range to tobacco cell suspensions induced defense-related early events such as extracellular medium alkalinization coupled with ion fluxes and reactive oxygen species production. Surfactin also stimulated the defense enzymes phenylalanine ammonia lyase and lipoxygenase and modified the pattern of phenolics produced by the elicited cells. The occurence of these surfactin-elicited early events is closely related to Ca2+ influx and dynamic changes in protein phosphorylation but is not associed with any marked phytotoxicity or adverse effect on the integrity and growth potential of the treated tobacco cells. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into the metagenomic approach : identification and characterization of cellulases involved in bacterial cellulose synthesis
Berlemont, Renaud ULg; Delsaute, Maud ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg

Conference (2010, March 22)

the mining of an Antarctic soil sample by functional metagenomics allowed the isolation of a cold-adapted protein (RBcel1) that hydrolyzes only carboxymethyl cellulose. The new enzyme is related to family ... [more ▼]

the mining of an Antarctic soil sample by functional metagenomics allowed the isolation of a cold-adapted protein (RBcel1) that hydrolyzes only carboxymethyl cellulose. The new enzyme is related to family 5 of the glycosyl hydrolase (GH5) protein from Pseudomonas stutzeri (Pst_2494) and does not possess a carbohydrate-binding domain. The protein was produced and purified to homogeneity. RBcel1 displayed an endoglucanase activity, producing cellobiose and cellotriose, using carboxymethyl cellulose as a substrate. Moreover, the study of pH and the thermal dependence of the hydrolytic activity shows that RBcel1 was active from pH 6 to pH 9 and remained significantly active when temperature decreased (18% of activity at 10 1C). It is interesting that RBcel1 was able to synthetize non-reticulated cellulose using cellobiose as a substrate. Moreover, by a combination of bioinformatics and enzyme analysis, the physiological relevance of the RBcel1 protein and its mesophilic homologous Pst_2494 protein from P. stutzeri, A1501, was established as the key enzymes involved in the production of cellulose by bacteria. In addition, RBcel1 and Pst_2494 are the two primary enzymes belonging to the GH5 family involved in this process. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights into the pathogenic PLMVd-peach tree relationship
Parisi, Olivier ULg; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Jijakli, Haissam ULg et al

in International Symposium on Crop Protection: Proceeding (2015)

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See detailInsights into the plant defense mechanisms induced by Bacillus lipopeptides
Ongena, Marc ULg; Henry, G.; Adam, A. et al

in Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions (2010)

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See detailInsights into the plant defense mechanisms induced by Bacillus lipopeptides.
Ongena, Marc ULg; Henry, Guillaume ULg; Adam, Akram et al

Poster (2009, July)

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See detailInsights into vaccine strategy to growth hormone
Renaville, Robert ULg; Maiter, Dominique; Deaver, Dan et al

Scientific conference (1998)

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See detailInsights on Molecular Mechanisms of Chondrocytes Death in Osteoarthritis
CHARLIER, Edith ULg; RELIC, Biserka ULg; Deroyer, Céline ULg et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2016)

Abstract: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint pathology characterized by progressive cartilage degradation. Medical care is mainly based on alleviating pain symptoms. Compelling studies report the presence of ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint pathology characterized by progressive cartilage degradation. Medical care is mainly based on alleviating pain symptoms. Compelling studies report the presence of empty lacunae and hypocellularity in cartilage with aging and OA progression, suggesting that chondrocyte cell death occurs and participates to OA development. However, the relative contribution of apoptosis per se in OA pathogenesis appears complex to evaluate. Indeed, depending on technical approaches, OA stages, cartilage layers, animal models, as well as in vivo or in vitro experiments, the percentage of apoptosis and cell death types can vary. Apoptosis, chondroptosis, necrosis, and autophagic cell death are described in this review. The question of cell death causality in OA progression is also addressed, as well as the molecular pathways leading to cell death in response to the following inducers: Fas, Interleukin-1 (IL-1 ), Tumor Necrosis factor- (TNF- ), leptin, nitric oxide (NO) donors, and mechanical stresses. Furthermore, the protective role of autophagy in chondrocytes is highlighted, as well as its decline during OA progression, enhancing chondrocyte cell death; the transition being mainly controlled by HIF-1 /HIF-2 imbalance. Finally, we have considered whether interfering in chondrocyte apoptosis or promoting autophagy could constitute therapeutic strategies to impede OA progression. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights on the Dusty Torus and Neutral Torus from Optical and X-Ray Obscuration in a Complete Volume Limited Hard X-Ray AGN Sample
Davies, R. I.; Burtscher, L.; Rosario, D. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2015), 806

We describe a complete volume limited sample of nearby active galaxies selected by their 14-195 keV luminosity, and outline its rationale for studying the mechanisms regulating gas inflow and outflow. We ... [more ▼]

We describe a complete volume limited sample of nearby active galaxies selected by their 14-195 keV luminosity, and outline its rationale for studying the mechanisms regulating gas inflow and outflow. We also describe a complementary sample of inactive galaxies, selected to match the host galaxy properties. The active sample appears to have no bias in terms of active galactic nucleus (AGN) type, the only difference being the neutral absorbing column, which is two orders of magnitude greater for the Seyfert 2s. In the luminosity range spanned by the sample, log {{L}14-195 keV}[erg\{{s}-1}]=42.4-43.7, the optically obscured and X-ray absorbed fractions are 50%-65%. The similarity of these fractions to more distant spectroscopic AGN samples, although over a limited luminosity range, suggests that the torus does not strongly evolve with redshift. Our sample confirms that X-ray unabsorbed Seyfert 2s are rare, comprising not more than a few percent of the Seyfert 2 population. At higher luminosities, the optically obscured fraction decreases (as expected for the increasing dust sublimation radius), but the X-ray absorbed fraction changes little. We argue that the cold X-ray absorption in these Seyfert 1s can be accounted for by neutral gas in clouds that also contribute to the broad-line region (BLR) emission, and suggest that a geometrically thick neutral gas torus co-exists with the BLR and bridges the gap to the dusty torus. [less ▲]

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See detailInsights on the role played by temperature on the biocontrol agent Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain S499
Puopolo, Gerardo; Jourdan, E.; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2013), 86

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See detailInsights upon the adsorption mechanism of KAX on malachite
Kanda, Jean-Marie; Kongolo, Mukendi; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg et al

in Yianatos, Juan (Ed.) Proceedings of the XXVII International Mineral Processing Congress (2014, October 20)

The adsorption patterns of potassium amylxanthate on the surface of high purity malachite subjected to prior sulfidization with NaSH have been followed and elucidated. DRIFTS spectroscopy has been used to ... [more ▼]

The adsorption patterns of potassium amylxanthate on the surface of high purity malachite subjected to prior sulfidization with NaSH have been followed and elucidated. DRIFTS spectroscopy has been used to trace the associated physicochemical alterations as well as the chemical species present on the mineral surface. Varying the collector concentration from 5.10-4 to 1.10-2 mol/L has led to different degree of surface coverage of the alkyl groups in combination with formation of organometallic hydrophobic complexes of CuX and CuX – X2 type. The results reveal that the CuX complex formed on the malachite surface without sulfidizing agent is more unstable and prone to dissolution-precipitation phenomena. Based upon the constructed adsorption isotherms and upon the degree of statistical coverage, different zones of mineral-reagent interactions could be distinguished. They correspond respectively to the monolayer, bi-layer and tridimensional condensation domains. In each of the identified zones mono or double layer adsorption patterns of the collector are proposed leading respectively to formation of surface compounds with different degree of hydrophobicity. [less ▲]

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