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See detailPlasma Membrane-Dependent Activation of Gelatinase a in Human Vascular Endothelial Cells
Lewalle, J. M.; Munaut, Carine ULg; Pichot, B. et al

in Journal of Cellular Physiology (1995), 165(3), 475-83

The initiation of the angiogenic process requires a locally confined and time-limited proteolysis of the basement membrane (BM) components at the site of new vessel sprout. Gelatinase A, a member of the ... [more ▼]

The initiation of the angiogenic process requires a locally confined and time-limited proteolysis of the basement membrane (BM) components at the site of new vessel sprout. Gelatinase A, a member of the matrix metalloproteinase family, degrades BM type IV collagen and is involved in the BM breakdown by migrating tumor cells and endothelial cells (EC). Gelatinase A is synthesized as latent proenzyme and must be activated in order to express its proteolytic activity. A plasma membrane-dependent mechanism of activation has been described for several tumor and transformed cells lines. In the present study, we show that latent (72 kD) and mature (62-59 kD) forms of gelatinase A are present in EC membrane fraction from Triton X-114 extract while only latent form is found in the cytosolic fraction. The incubation of EC membrane fraction with exogenous latent gelatinase A resulted in a significant activation giving rise to 62-59 kD mature forms. 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA), a strong potentiator of angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo, increases the amount of both latent and activated forms of gelatinase A in EC membrane fraction as well as the ability of this latter fraction to activate exogenous latent gelatinase A. We show that the mRNA transcript coding for the membrane-integrated MMP, the MT-MMP, previously described as a potential gelatinase A activator in invasive tumor cells is also expressed in vascular EC and is regulated through a TPA sensitive process. This enzyme may be responsible for membrane-dependent gelatinase A activation in normal vascular EC and may therefore be a determinant in the control of BM proteolysis during angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Motion and Kinematics in Cool and Hot Stars
Güdel, Manuel; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Space Science Reviews (2010), 157

The environments of both hot and cool stars are the sites of highly dynamic processes involving motion of gas and plasma in winds, flows across shocks, plasma motions in closed magnetic fields, or streams ... [more ▼]

The environments of both hot and cool stars are the sites of highly dynamic processes involving motion of gas and plasma in winds, flows across shocks, plasma motions in closed magnetic fields, or streams along magnetospheric accretion funnels. X-ray spectroscopy has opened new windows toward the study of these processes. Kinematics are evident in line shifts and line broadening, and also more indirectly through the analysis and interpretation of density-sensitive lines. In hot stellar winds, expanding-wind kinematics are directly seen in broadened lines although the broadening has turned out to often be smaller than anticipated, and some lines are so narrow that coronal models have been revived. Although X-ray spectra of cool stars have shown line shifts and broadening due to the kinematics of the entire corona, e.g., in binary systems, intrinsic mass motions are challenging to observe at the presently available resolution. Much indirect evidence for mass motion in magnetic coronae is nevertheless available. And finally, spectral diagnostics has also led to a new picture of X-ray production in accreting pre-main sequence stars where massive accretion flows collide with the photospheric gas, producing shocks in which gas is heated to high temperatures. We summarize evidence for the above mechanisms based on spectroscopic data from XMM-Newton and Chandra. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma myeloperoxidase and vitamin E levels in head injury: preliminary results related to outcome.
Hans, Pol ULg; Franssen, Colette ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (1992), 4(1), 26-30

This preliminary study was designed to assess a possible role of neutrophil activation and to determine the prognostic value of plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO) and vitamin E (Vit. E) levels in severe head ... [more ▼]

This preliminary study was designed to assess a possible role of neutrophil activation and to determine the prognostic value of plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO) and vitamin E (Vit. E) levels in severe head injury. Plasma MPO and Vit. E levels were measured in nine severely head-injured patients (Glasgow Coma Score </=8) (ages 12-80 years) 6, 12. 18, 24, and 30 h after trauma. Patients were classified into two groups according to outcome after discharge from the ICU: group D (death; n = 5) and group S (survival; n = 4). Plasma MPO levels were increased immediately after trauma and then decreased. The MPO peak observed after 6 h was significantly higher (p < 0.05) in group D (mean +/- SEM: 1,237 +/- 122 ng/ml) than in group S (mean +/- SEM: 543 +/- 148 ng/ml). Plasma Vit. E levels were lower than normal values and decreased over time. They were always significantly lower (p < 0.05) in group D than in group S, except for the first sample. These differences cannot be explained entirely by total plasma lipid (TL) values since no statistical difference in TL concentrations was found between the two groups during the course of study. The ratio of Vit. E to TL. considered as the best index of Vit. E status, was lower in group D than in group S. and the difference reached statistical significance (p < 0.05) 12 h after trauma. In conclusion, in spite of the limited number of patients included in this study, it appears that severe head injury is associated with an increase in MPO and a decrease in Vit. E levels. These biochemical changes are of greater magnitude in group D than in group S; they suggest neutrophil activation and lipoperoxidation processes. Finally, plasma MPO and Vit. E seem to be new discriminant factors of outcome in head-injured patients. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Myeloperoxidase Level and Polymorphonuclear Leukocyte Activation in Horses Suffering from Large Intestinal Obstruction Requiring Surgery: Preliminary Results
Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Benbarek, Hama; Caudron, I. et al

in Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research = Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire (1999), 63(2), 142-7

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a specific enzyme of neutrophil azurophilic granules with a strong oxidative activity. Thanks to a radioimmunoassay of equine myeloperoxidase, the authors have observed a ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a specific enzyme of neutrophil azurophilic granules with a strong oxidative activity. Thanks to a radioimmunoassay of equine myeloperoxidase, the authors have observed a significantly higher plasma level of MPO in horses operated for strangulation obstruction of the large intestine (n = 6) than in horses suffering from a non-strangulating displacement of the large intestine (n = 9). For the 2 groups, 3 phases were distinguished: reception (P1), intensive care (P2) and terminal phase (P3). The mean peak values of MPO for these phases were 121.6 ng/mL (P1), 168.6 ng/mL (P2), and 107.0 ng/mL (P3) for the non-strangulating group, and 242.6 ng/mL (P1); 426.0 ng/mL (P2), and 379.5 ng/mL (P3) for the strangulation group. The variations of the mean peak values of plasma MPO were significantly different between the 2 groups and between the different phases. A significant increase of the least square means of MPO was observed between P1 and P2. A significant decrease of the least square means of the number of circulating leukocytes was observed between P1 and P3. Polymorphonuclear neutrophil activation could play a major role in the pathogenesis of acute abdominal disease and endotoxic shock. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma myeloperoxidase level and polymorphonuclear leukocyte activation in horses suffering from large intestinal obstruction requiring surgery: preliminary results.
Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Benbarek, H.; Caudron, I. et al

in Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research = Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire (1999), 63(2), 142-7

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a specific enzyme of neutrophil azurophilic granules with a strong oxidative activity. Thanks to a radioimmunoassay of equine myeloperoxidase, the authors have observed a ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a specific enzyme of neutrophil azurophilic granules with a strong oxidative activity. Thanks to a radioimmunoassay of equine myeloperoxidase, the authors have observed a significantly higher plasma level of MPO in horses operated for strangulation obstruction of the large intestine (n = 6) than in horses suffering from a non-strangulating displacement of the large intestine (n = 9). For the 2 groups, 3 phases were distinguished: reception (P1), intensive care (P2) and terminal phase (P3). The mean peak values of MPO for these phases were 121.6 ng/mL (P1), 168.6 ng/mL (P2), and 107.0 ng/mL (P3) for the non-strangulating group, and 242.6 ng/mL (P1); 426.0 ng/mL (P2), and 379.5 ng/mL (P3) for the strangulation group. The variations of the mean peak values of plasma MPO were significantly different between the 2 groups and between the different phases. A significant increase of the least square means of MPO was observed between P1 and P2. A significant decrease of the least square means of the number of circulating leukocytes was observed between P1 and P3. Polymorphonuclear neutrophil activation could play a major role in the pathogenesis of acute abdominal disease and endotoxic shock. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity and intracellular ions during hemodialysis
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Du, F.; Pequeux, M. L. et al

in International Journal of Artificial Organs (1993), 16(1), 23-30

We have investigated the relationship between plasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity (EDLS) and intracellular ions in 37 uremic hemodialysed hypertensive patients, and in 20 normotensive non uremic ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the relationship between plasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity (EDLS) and intracellular ions in 37 uremic hemodialysed hypertensive patients, and in 20 normotensive non uremic controls (NC). As compared with the NC population, significantly enhanced values for erythrocyte (RBC) Na, Ca, platelet cytosolic Ca and EDLS were observed in all the uremic patients tested just before a dialysis session, as well as a decrease in RBC Ca ATPase and in the platelet pH. In uremia, significant correlations have been noted between RBC Na and platelet Ca (r = 0.6) or systolic BP (r = 0.45); between platelet Ca and systolic blood pressure (r = 0.8) or diastolic BP (r = 0.5) and between EDLS and RBC Na, Ca or platelet Ca (r = 0.5). Anti-hypertensive treatment has no influence on these parameters. During dialysis, a significant decrease has been noted in RBC Na, Ca, platelet Ca, SBP (only in untreated patients) and EDLS and an increase in RBC Ca ATPase and platelet pH. These modifications are significantly correlated with the weight change. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity and intracellular ions in volume expanded hypertension
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Du, F.; Rorive, Georges ULg

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1991), 21

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See detailPlasma oxytocin and anxiety in depressed patients
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Fuchs, Sonia; Pitchot, William ULg et al

in European Neuropsychopharmacology (2005, October), 15(Suppl. 3), 430

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See detailPlasma oxytocin levels and anxiety in patients with major depression
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Hansenne, Michel; Fuchs, Sonia et al

in Psychoneuroendocrinology (2007)

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See detailPlasma oxytocin levels and anxiety in patients with major depression
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Fuchs, Sonia et al

in Psychoneuroendocrinology (2007), 32(4), 407-410

Cerebrospinal fluid and plasmatic levels of oxytocin (OT) have been found to change in mood disorders. In post-mortem studies, the numbers of OT-expressing neurons in the paraventricular nucleus have been ... [more ▼]

Cerebrospinal fluid and plasmatic levels of oxytocin (OT) have been found to change in mood disorders. In post-mortem studies, the numbers of OT-expressing neurons in the paraventricular nucleus have been reported to be increased. Moreover, OT is considered as an endogenous antistress hormone. It has also revealed antidepressive effects. OT may contribute to the dysregulation of the HPA system in major depression. The aim of the study was to assess a possible relationship between anxiety and plasma oxytocin (OT) Levels in depressive patients. Severity of depression was estimated with the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and anxiety by using the Spielberger State-Anxiety Inventory. Results showed a significant negative correlation between oxytocin and the scored symptoms depression (r = -0.58, p = 0.003) and anxiety (r = -0.61, p = 0.005). (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma phospholipid long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and body weight change.
Jakobsen, Marianne U.; Dethlefsen, Claus; Due, Karen M. et al

in Obesity facts (2011), 4(4), 312-8

OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association between the proportion of long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in plasma phospholipids from blood samples drawn at enrollment and subsequent change ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: We investigated the association between the proportion of long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in plasma phospholipids from blood samples drawn at enrollment and subsequent change in body weight. Sex, age, and BMI were considered as potential effect modifiers. METHOD: A total of 1,998 women and men participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) were followed for a median of 4.9 years. The associations between the proportion of plasma phospholipid long-chain n-3 PUFA and change in weight were investigated using mixed-effect linear regression. RESULTS: The proportion of long-chain n-3 PUFA was not associated with change in weight. Among all participants, the 1-year weight change was -0.7 g per 1% point higher long-chain n-3 PUFA level (95% confidence interval: -20.7 to 19.3). The results when stratified by sex, age, or BMI groups were not systematically different. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that the proportion of long-chain n-3 PUFA in plasma phospholipids is not associated with subsequent change in body weight within the range of exposure in the general population. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (PAG) profiles in sheep
Ledezma-Torres, R.A; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Holtz, W

in Proceeding of the 35th Annual Meeting on Physiology and Pathology of Reproduction of the German Veterinary Medical Society (2002, February 14)

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See detailPlasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein and progesterone concentrations in pregnant Assaff ewes carrying single and twin lambs
Ranilla, Marie-José; Sulon, Joseph ULg; Mantecón, A. R. et al

in Small Ruminant Research (1997), 24(2), 125-131

Ovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (oPAG) and progesterone (P4) concentrations were monitored weekly during the last three months of gestation and the first month postpartum in plasma of twelve Assaf ... [more ▼]

Ovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (oPAG) and progesterone (P4) concentrations were monitored weekly during the last three months of gestation and the first month postpartum in plasma of twelve Assaf ewes. The oPAG levels were determined with a heterologous RIA using bovine PAG as standard and tracer and rabbit antiserum against oPAG. The P4 levels were measured with a radioimmunological procedure with a sensitivity to less than 0.1 ng/ml. The oPAG profiles in ewes carrying a single lamb and in those carrying twins were very similar from week 9 of gestation to lambing. Ewes which had twins presented numerically higher oPAG concentrations from week 12 to lambing, but that difference was only significant (p<0.05) at week 21. Ewes carrying twins presented higher (P<0.05) P4 concentrations from weeks 12 to 20 of gestation than those carrying a single lamb, but afterwards there was no difference. No correlation was found between P4 and oPAG concentrations at each stage of gestation studied in any group. After lambing, P4 levels dropped rapidly in one week, whereas oPAG decreased in four weeks to basal values in both groups of ewes. No relationship (P>0.05) was found between oPAG concentrations and lamb birth-weight at any week of gestation considered in this study. However, the lamb birth-weight was positively correlated (P<0.10) with the P4 concentrations from weeks 9 to 19 of gestation. Results indicate that number of fetuses could influence the oPAG production in ewes during the last three months of gestation. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) concentrations during gestation in Neospora-infected dairy cows.
Lopez-Gatius, F.; Garbayo, J. M.; Santolaria, P. et al

in Theriogenology (2007), 67(3), 502-8

The aim of this study was to determine whether plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) concentrations in pregnancy are affected by persistent Neospora caninum infection in dairy cows. The data ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine whether plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) concentrations in pregnancy are affected by persistent Neospora caninum infection in dairy cows. The data analyzed were derived from 22 multiparous cows: 16 N. caninum-seropositive and 6 N. caninum-seronegative animals (used as controls). Three of the 16 seropositive cows aborted during the study period and the corresponding data were analyzed separately. Pregnancy diagnoses were performed on day 40 post-insemination by transrectal ultrasound, and by palpation per rectum on days 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210. Blood samples were collected from each animal immediately before each pregnancy diagnosis, and then at parturition or at the time of abortion detection. Plasma was tested for antibodies against N. caninum and PAG-1 concentrations were determined by radioimmunoassay. In non-aborting animals, the effects of neosporosis (seropositive versus seronegative), N. caninum antibody levels, semen providing bull, sex of the newborn, and day of gestation on PAG-1 concentrations were evaluated by GLM repeated measures analysis of variance. The effect of the gestation period (first half versus second half) on the N. caninum antibody titer was established by the Student's t-test in seropositive cows. A significant positive effect of gestation day on PAG-1 concentrations was observed (d.f.=6; F=12.6; P<0.0001). For all cows, PAG-1 concentrations increased steadily during the course of gestation, with peak concentrations recorded at parturition. Neosporosis (P=0.493), N. caninum antibody levels (P=0.921), sex of the newborn (P=0.856) and semen providing bull (P=0.087) had no effect on plasma PAG-1 concentration. There was a significant 52% increase (P<0.0001) in N. caninum antibody titers during the second half of gestation compared to the first half. The fates of the three aborting cows were abortion on gestation day 215 in one, and fetus mummification diagnosed on gestation days 180 and 210, respectively, in the remaining two cows. A luteolytic dose of prostaglandin was applied 30 days after mummification diagnosis in these last two cows, and fetus expulsion was detected on days 215 and 250, respectively. Two of the aborted fetuses were submitted to laboratory analysis and the presence of N. caninum was confirmed by specific PCR. In the cows with a mummified fetus, PAG-1 concentrations were low or undetectable when the diagnosis was made. These findings suggest that N. caninum infection has no effect on placental function in chronically infected, cows not suffering abortion, while PAG-1 measurements in aborting animals provide a useful indication of feto-placental status. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma profile of pregnancy associated glycoprotein (PAG) in pregnant Alpine goats using two radioimmunoassay (RIA) systems
Batalha, E. S.; Sulon, Joseph ULg; Figueiredo, J. R. et al

in Small Ruminant Research (2001), 42(2), 111-118

This paper evaluates the profiles obtained for caprine pregnancy associated glycoprotein (cPAG) in pregnant multiparous and nulliparous goats using the heterologous-radioimmunoassay (htPAG-RIA) and the ... [more ▼]

This paper evaluates the profiles obtained for caprine pregnancy associated glycoprotein (cPAG) in pregnant multiparous and nulliparous goats using the heterologous-radioimmunoassay (htPAG-RIA) and the homologous-RIA (hmPAG-RIA) systems during the pregnancy and postpartum periods. The results show that the cPAG concentrations detected through the hmPAG-RIA procedure were lower than those found through the htPAG-RIA method. No statistical differences were observed due to the maternal reproductive status (nulliparous or multiparous goats) during pregnancy using either one of the methods. However, pregnant and cyclic goats were distinguished from each other by cPAG concentrations verified through the hmPAG-RIA procedure. The lower cPAG concentrations detected through this method suggest that this system is more specific than the htPAG-RIA procedure to measure cPAG during pregnancy and postpartum period in goats. The homologous system was also an efficient method to predict pregnancies of only 35 days in both nulliparous and multiparous goats. (C) 2001 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma progesterone and IGF-I levels at puberty in Italian Simmental and Friesian heifers with various genetic merit.
Prandi, A.; Rossi, C.; Tondolo, A. et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1995), 73(Suppl 1), 222

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See detailPlasma progesterone and IGF-I levels at puberty in Italian Simmenthal and Friesian heifers with various genetic merit
Rossi, C.; Tondolo, A.; Massart, Serge et al

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See detailPlasma prokallikrein and kininogens in burned patients.
Adam, Albert; Damas, Jacques ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Thrombosis Research (1986), 41(4), 537-43

Using specific immunological (1) and enzymatic (2) methods, we have measured prokallikrein, total, high, and low molecular weight kininogens in 36 severely burned patients. At admission to the intensive ... [more ▼]

Using specific immunological (1) and enzymatic (2) methods, we have measured prokallikrein, total, high, and low molecular weight kininogens in 36 severely burned patients. At admission to the intensive care unit, all constituents were significantly decreased when compared to previously defined reference intervals. The values remained low during the three first days after burn. The changes affecting total and low molecular weight kininogens were significantly correlated (p less than 0.05) with the severity of the burn area. Prokallikrein and kininogens levels were also closely related to the concentrations of C3c and C4 complement factors. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma renin activity and urine beta 2-microglobulin during and after cardiopulmonary bypass: pulsatile vs non-pulsatile perfusion
Canivet, Jean-Luc ULg; Larbuisson, Robert ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in European Heart Journal (1990), 11(12), 1079-1082

Fourteen patients with normal preoperative renal function underwent aortocoronary bypass graft using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with pulsatile (P;n = 7) or non pulsatile (NP;n = 7) perfusion. In the two ... [more ▼]

Fourteen patients with normal preoperative renal function underwent aortocoronary bypass graft using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with pulsatile (P;n = 7) or non pulsatile (NP;n = 7) perfusion. In the two groups prebypass values of plasma renin activity (PRA) and urine beta 2-microglobulin (beta 2-M) were within normal limits. PRA increased significantly during CPB and the first 6 h after CPB only in the non-pulsatile group. In both groups, the urine beta 2-M level increased significantly during and after CPB; however, there was no significant difference in urine beta 2-M levels between the two groups. Also, the amount of beta 2-M excreted in urines per unit of time increased significantly in both groups during and after CPB; there was no significant difference between the two groups. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma surface fluorination of hydrogel materials-coating stability and in vitro biocompatibility testing
Bozukova, Dimitriya; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Soft Materials (2010), 8(2), 164-182

Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition has been tested for the formation of hydrophobic perfluorinated coating on the surface of hydrophilic poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate ... [more ▼]

Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition has been tested for the formation of hydrophobic perfluorinated coating on the surface of hydrophilic poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) [poly(HEMA-co-MMA)] substrates, used for the fabrication of intraocular lenses (IOLs). The properties of the dry and hydrated surface modified by two plasma techniques, Radio-frequency (RF) and Microwave (MW), were investigated in parallel by contact angle measurements in the dry and hydrated state, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The coating stability and hydrophobicity were challenged by swelling and sterilizing the samples in water. Investigation of the optical performances of the modified samples was performed by ultraviolet spectroscopy and diopter measurements. Since materials with biomedical application are considered, the performances of their surface in contact with lens epithelial cells were tested at in vitro conditions, and repulsion was not found to be enhanced upon modification. Generally, the results showed poor stability of the coating and bring in question its covalent grafting to the surface. [less ▲]

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