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See detailFirst synthesis of a '1,2-diquinone-calix[4]arene'. Interaction of its reduced form with Ag+
Vataj, Rame; Ridaoui, Hassan; Louati, Alain et al

in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2002), 519(1-2), 123129

Electrochemical oxidation of 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,26-bis(diphenylphosphinoylmethoxy)-27,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene (3), a calixarene with two phosphoryl units appended on proximal positions ... [more ▼]

Electrochemical oxidation of 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,26-bis(diphenylphosphinoylmethoxy)-27,28-dihydroxycalix[4]arene (3), a calixarene with two phosphoryl units appended on proximal positions, affords the corresponding '1,2-diquinonecalix[4]arene' (4). The formation of 4 results from nucleophilic attack of residual water on anodically generated diphenoxylium. cations. Preliminary voltammetric experiments in CH3CN on a platinum electrode showed that 4 is suitable for electrochemical detection of the silver metal cation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCollision-induced dissociation of 16-mer DNA duplexes with various sequences: evidence for conservation of the double helix conformation in the gas phase
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2002), 219(1), 151-159

The MS/MS of 11 different 16-mer non-self-complementary DNA duplexes with various sequences has been under-taken with a quadrupole-TOF hybrid instrument, The comparison of the dissociation yields for ... [more ▼]

The MS/MS of 11 different 16-mer non-self-complementary DNA duplexes with various sequences has been under-taken with a quadrupole-TOF hybrid instrument, The comparison of the dissociation yields for complexes having different amounts of GC base pairs, though complicated by side-reactions like single-strand fragmentation, confirms the effect of the number of GC base pairs. More importantly, for complexes containing the same fraction of GC and different base sequences, the fragmentation yield remarkably parallels the DeltaH(diss) in solution calculated by a nearest-neighbor model for B-DNA. In addition to specific hydrogen bonding interactions, base stacking interactions also seem to survive in the gas phase and the conformation is conserved in the gas phase. Moreover, we have studied the uneven partition of the negative charges between the single strands, which was found to be directed by the nature of the terminal bases exclusively, and correlated with the gas-phase acidities of the (sugar-phosphate-sugar-base) species. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the collision-induced dissociation of duplex DNA at different collision regimes: Evidence for a multistep dissociation mechanism
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(1), 91-98

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a ... [more ▼]

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a quadrupole collision cell (hybrid quadrupole-TOF instrument) or in a quadrupole ion trap with different activation times and energies. In addition to the noncovalent dissociation of the duplex into the single strands, other covalent bond fragmentation channels were observed. Neutral base loss from the duplex is favored by slow activation. In fast activation conditions, however, the major reaction channel is the noncovalent dissociation into single strands, which is highly entropy-favored. Fast activation regimes can favor the entropy-driven noncovalent dissociation, while in slow heating conditions the competition with enthalpy-driven covalent fragmentation can completely hinder the dissociation of the complex. We also evidence that the noncovalent dissociation of DNA duplex is a multistep process involving a progressive unzipping, preferentially at terminal positions. This is proposed to be a general feature for complexes containing a high number of contributing interactions organized at the interface of the ligands. The overall (observed) dissociation kinetics of noncovalent complexes can therefore depend on a complicated mechanism for which a single transition state description of the kinetics is too simplistic. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the specificity of cyclodextrin complexes detected by electrospray mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Galic, Nives; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(8), 946-953

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant ... [more ▼]

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant that increases with the diacid chain length. However, the electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS) spectra showed that the relative intensity of the complex did not vary significantly with chain length. This contradiction is caused by a contribution of nonspecific adducts to the signal of the complex in ES-MS. In order to estimate the contribution of nonspecific adducts to the total intensity of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin, the comparison was made between alpha-cyclodextrin and maltohexaose, the latter being incapable of making inclusion complexes in solution. The signal observed for complexes between diacids and maltohexaose can only result from nonspecific electrostatic aggregation, and is found to be more favorable with the shorter diacids. This is also supported by MS/MS experiments. A procedure is described which allows estimation of the contribution of the nonspecific complex in the spectra of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin by using the relative intensity of the complex with maltohexaose. The contribution of the specific complex to the total signal intensity is found to increase with the diacid chain length, which is in agreement with solution behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvantages and drawbacks of nanospray for studying noncovalent protein-DNA complexes by mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2002), 16(18), 1723-1728

The noncovalent complexes between the BlaI protein dimer (wild-type and GM2 mutant) and its double-stranded DNA operator were studied by nanospray mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS ... [more ▼]

The noncovalent complexes between the BlaI protein dimer (wild-type and GM2 mutant) and its double-stranded DNA operator were studied by nanospray mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Reproducibility problems in the nanospray single-stage mass spectra are emphasized. The relative intensities depend greatly on the shape of the capillary tip and on the capillary-cone distance. This results in difficulties in assessing the relative stabilities of the complexes simply from MS' spectra of protein-DNA mixtures. Competition experiments using MS/MS are a better approach to determine relative binding affinities. A competition between histidine-tagged BlaIWT (BlaIWTHis) and the GM2 mutant revealed that the two proteins have similar affinities for the DNA operator, and that they co-dimerize to form heterocomplexes. The low sample consumption of nanospray allows MS/MS spectra to be recorded at different collision energies for different charge states with 1 muL of sample. The MS/MS experiments on the dimers reveal that the GM2 dimer is more kinetically stable in the gas phase than the wild-type dimer. The MS/MS experiments on the complexes shows that the two proteins require the same collision energy to dissociate from the complex. This indicates that the rate-limiting step in the monomer loss from the protein-DNA complex arises from the breaking of the protein-DNA interface rather than the protein-protein interface. The dissociation of the protein-DNA complex proceeds by the loss of a highly charged monomer (carrying about two-thirds of the total charge and one-third of the total mass). MS/MS experiments on a heterocomplex also show that the two proteins BlaIWTHis and BlaIGM2 have slightly different charge distributions in the fragments. This emphasizes the need for better understanding the dissociation mechanisms of biomolecular complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging pattern of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Hermanne, J.-P.; Debouge, M.-H. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2002), 29(7), 589-94

Adequate infection prophylaxis and empirical antibiotic therapy are of critical importance after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We examined the evolution of bacterial susceptibility to ... [more ▼]

Adequate infection prophylaxis and empirical antibiotic therapy are of critical importance after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We examined the evolution of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in 492 patients (198 allografts and 294 autografts) transplanted between 1982 and 1999 and evaluated whether ciprofloxacin prophylaxis and an empirical antibiotic regimen (glycopeptide + third-generation cephalosporin) were still valid. We collected all susceptibility tests performed during the initial hospitalization on blood cultures as well as routine surveillance cultures and analyzed susceptibility to ciprofloxacin and to major antibiotics used in our unit. Gram-positive cocci rapidly became resistant to ciprofloxacin (susceptibility around 70% in 1990 to less than 20% in 1998) but sensitivity to glycopeptides remained unaltered. There was a rapid decline in the number of patients colonized with Gram-negative bacilli in the early years of ciprofloxacin prophylaxis. However, susceptibility to ciprofloxacin fell sharply from around 90% in 1990 to around 30% in 1999. In parallel, susceptibility to ceftazidime also decreased to less than 80% in recent years. Piperacillin (+/- tazobactam) did not show any variation over time and its efficacy remained too low (about 60%). Imipenem as well as recently introduced cefepim and meropenem showed stable and excellent profiles (>90% susceptibility). In conclusion: (1) quinolone prophylaxis has now lost most of its value; (2) the choice of a third-generation cephalosporin for empirical antibiotic therapy may no longer be the best because of the emergence of Gram-negative strains resistant to beta-lactamases, such as Enterobacter sp. More appropriate regimens of empirical antibiotic therapy in HSCT recipients may be based on the use of a carbapenem or fourth-generation cephalosporin. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective comparison of CD34-selected allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation followed by CD8-depleted donor lymphocyte infusions with unmanipulated bone marrow transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in Hematology (2002), 7(3), 137-43

We have previously reported the feasibility of allogeneic CD34-selected PBSC transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI (study group). In this report, we retrospectively compare the clinical ... [more ▼]

We have previously reported the feasibility of allogeneic CD34-selected PBSC transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI (study group). In this report, we retrospectively compare the clinical outcome of the 24 patients included in this study with an historical group of 35 patients receiving unmanipulated marrow (BMT group). Patients in the study group had significantly faster neutrophil and platelet recovery and were discharged earlier than BMT patients. The actuarial 150-day (after DLI) probability of developing grade II-IV acute GVHD was 28% for the study group versus 62% for the BMT group (p=0.002). The actuarial 2-year probability of developing chronic GVHD was similar (37 versus 36% (NS)) but chronic GVHD was significantly delayed in the study group (p=0.003). The actuarial 2-year probability of relapse was 30% in the study group versus 33% in the BMT group (NS). The actuarial 2-year probability of survival was 45% in the study group versus 43% in the BMT group (NS). We conclude that allogeneic transplantation of CD34-selected PBSC followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI is feasible with rapid engraftment and minimizes the risk of severe GVHD. Large prospective trials are required to confirm these results. [less ▲]

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See detailNonmyeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Journal of Hematotherapy & Stem Cell Research (2002), 11(2), 243-63

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the most effective treatment for selected hematological malignancies. Its curative potential is largely mediated by an immune-mediated ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the most effective treatment for selected hematological malignancies. Its curative potential is largely mediated by an immune-mediated destruction of malignant cells by donor lymphocytes termed graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. However, because of its toxicity, conventional allogeneic HSCT is restricted to younger and fitter patients. These observations led several groups to set up new (less toxic) transplant protocols (nonmyeloablative stem cell transplantation or NMSCT) based on a two-step approach: first, the use of immunosuppressive (but nonmyeloablative) preparative regimens providing sufficient immunosuppression to achieve engraftment of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells and, in a second step, destruction of malignant cells by the GVL effect. Preliminary results showed that NMSCT were feasible with a relatively low transplant-related mortality (TRM), even in patients older than 65 years. In addition, strong antitumor responses were observed in several hematological malignancies as well as in some patients with renal cell carcinoma. After discussing the mechanisms and efficacy of the GVL effect as well as the rationale for NMSCT strategies, this article reviews the first results of ongoing clinical trials. Innovative modalities that may permit amplification of the GVL effect while minimizing the risk of GVHD are discussed. Because the benefits of NMSCT over alternative forms of treatment remain to be demonstrated, this strategy should be restricted to patients included in clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailPreemptive cellular immunotherapy after T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2002), 8(7), 351-9

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor ... [more ▼]

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor lymphocytes are primed by histocompatibility differences between donors and recipients and activated by a cytokine storm caused by the conditioning regimen. The most efficient method for prevention of GVHD consists of T-cell depletion (TCD) of the graft. However, TCD usually leads to an increased risk of leukemia relapse because of the loss of the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Several groups have studied the feasibility of preemptive donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) to lessen the impact of TCD on leukemia relapse. Preemptive DLI is given several weeks to months after the transplantation, ie, after the cytokine storm and after the patient has recovered from conditioning-regimen-related toxicities. After briefly discussing various techniques of TCD of the graft and the efficacy of DLI, this article reviews the first clinical studies evaluating a strategy of TCD of the graft followed by preemptive DLI. [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoiesis after nonmyeloablative stem-cell transplantation is not impaired by inadequate erythropoietin production as observed after conventional allogeneic transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Transplantation (2002), 74(12), 1692-6

BACKGROUND: It is now well established that after conventional allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), erythropoietic recovery is impaired because erythropoietin (Epo) production ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: It is now well established that after conventional allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), erythropoietic recovery is impaired because erythropoietin (Epo) production remains inadequate for prolonged periods of time. However, erythropoietic reconstitution after nonmyeloablative SCT (NMSCT) has never been characterized. METHODS: Twelve patients received a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen consisting of 2 Gy total body irradiation (TBI) alone (n=6), 2 Gy TBI and fludarabine (n=3), or cyclophosphamide and fludarabine (n=3), followed by transplantation of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells. Graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) prophylaxis was carried out with mycophenolate mofetil (from day -1 to day 28) plus cyclosporine (from day -1 to day 120 or longer in case of chronic GvHD). Erythropoiesis was quantitated by soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) levels, and the adequacy of Epo production was evaluated by the observed-to-predicted Epo ratio (O/P Epo). RESULTS: Mean sTfR levels decreased following the conditioning regimen but remained well within the normal range throughout the posttransplant period. The O/P Epo ratio presented an initial surge quite similar to that observed after conventional conditioning. Thereafter, the O/P Epo ratio normalized rapidly, and Epo levels remained adequate during the whole observation period. CONCLUSION: Contrarily to what is observed after myeloablative transplant, Epo levels remained adequate after NMSCT, resulting in normal erythropoiesis. These results suggest that the administration of erythropoietin therapy (rHuEpo) could be less effective after NMSCT than after conventional allogeneic transplant. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Experimental hematology (2002), 30(6), 546-54

OBJECTIVE: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is associated with prolonged anemia caused by defective erythropoietin (Epo) production. We enrolled 34 recipients of an allogeneic ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is associated with prolonged anemia caused by defective erythropoietin (Epo) production. We enrolled 34 recipients of an allogeneic HSCT in three consecutive trials to determine the optimal utilization of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEpo) therapy in this setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the first trial (n = 7), rhEpo 1400 U/kg/week was given from day 1 until a hemoglobin (Hb) level of 10 g/dL was achieved, for a maximum of 60 days. In the second trial, rhEpo 500 U/kg/week was given to achieve Hb levels of 13 to 14 g/dL in 13 anemic patients with fatigue 56 to 1440 days after transplant. In the third trial, rhEpo was scheduled to start on day 35 in 14 patients at a dose of 500 U/kg/week with the aim of achieving Hb levels of 13 to 14 g/dL. RESULTS: In trial 1, erythroid recovery to 1% reticulocytes and red blood cell transfusion independence were faster, but the number of transfusions was not reduced compared to 10 controls. Responses were brisk in trial 2, with transfusion independence achieved after a median of 1 week in 12 of 13 patients, and 2-g Hb increments or Hb values of 11, 12, and 13 g/dL after 6, 7, 10, and 10 weeks, respectively. Transfusions were significantly reduced in the first month of rhEpo therapy. In trial 3, transfusion independence was obtained after a median of 1 week in 13 of 14 patients, and 2-g Hb increments or Hb values of 11, 12, and 13 g/dL after 3, 4, 6, and 8 weeks, respectively. Transfusions rates were considerably reduced compared to the previous month in the same patients or compared to controls undergoing peripheral blood or marrow transplant without rhEpo. CONCLUSIONS: Anemia after allogeneic HSCT is exquisitely sensitive to rhEpo. The benefit is minimal when it is given early post-transplant, as used in all trials to date. However, the rate of major response is greater than 90% when rhEpo is started after day 35. These data provide the basis on which to conduct a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of rhEpo therapy after allogeneic HSCT. [less ▲]

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See detailPre-emptive immunotherapy with CD8-depleted donor lymphocytes after CD34-selected allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Siquet, Jean; Schaaf-Lafontaine, Nicole ULg et al

in Haematologica (2002), 87(1), 78-88

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To maximize graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effects while minimizing the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), we undertook a study of allogeneic CD34-selected peripheral blood ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To maximize graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effects while minimizing the risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), we undertook a study of allogeneic CD34-selected peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation followed by CD8-depleted donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI). DESIGN AND METHODS: Twenty-four patients with advanced hematologic malignancies were included. PBSC were collected in matched (N=16) or one-mismatch (N=8) related donors and CD34-selected. On day 60, donors donated lymphocytes that were CD8-depleted and separated into 3 aliquots containing 2 x 10(6), 1 x 10(7) and 5 x 10(7) CD3+ cells/kg (patients 1-13) or into 2 aliquots containing 1 x 10(7) and 5 x 10(7) CD3+ cells/kg (patients 14-24). The 1st aliquot was infused on day 60 and the other 1 (2) cryopreserved and infused on days 100 (and 140). RESULTS: An average of 100%, 100% and 84% of the scheduled dose could be administered in DLI 1, 2 and 3, respectively. Although the study group was at very high risk of GVHD, the actuarial incidence of grade II-IV acute GVHD was 28% (13% for HLA-identical siblings) with only 1 patient developing grade III-IV GVHD (after DLI). The actuarial 2-year probability of extensive chronic GVHD was similarly low (13% for all patients and 0% for HLA-identical siblings). Individual cases as well as a 30% relapse rate (0% for standard-risk patients versus 55% for high-risk patients) indicated preservation of the GVL effect. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that allogeneic transplantation of CD34-selected PBSC followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI is feasible with rapid engraftment and minimizes the risk of severe GVHD. Large prospective trials are required to prove that it preserves the GVL effect fully. [less ▲]

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See detailOutpatient and home parenteral antibiotic therapy (OHPAT) in low-risk febrile neutropenia: consensus statement of a Belgian panel.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Benoit, Yves; Crokaert, F. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2002), 57(6), 309-16

Febrile neutropenia requires adequate antibiotic treatment. A subgroup of patients are only at low risk for complications and could be treated at home/as outpatients (OHPAT) after a short initial ... [more ▼]

Febrile neutropenia requires adequate antibiotic treatment. A subgroup of patients are only at low risk for complications and could be treated at home/as outpatients (OHPAT) after a short initial admission for work up. This position paper by a Belgian panel of experts presents criteria defining low-risk in febrile neutropenia, gives an overview of the existing experience and examines the present obstacles to a more widespread use of OHPAT in this country. [less ▲]

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See detailComment etablir le bilan de fin de traitement des patients atteints de lymphomes non-hodgkiniens (LNH) de malignite intermediaire ou elevee?
Warland, V.; Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Hustinx, Roland ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 779-84

Incomplete regression of a lymphomatous mass after chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy constitutes a major problem in the treatment of lymphoma. In patients with persisting tumor, it could be reasonable to ... [more ▼]

Incomplete regression of a lymphomatous mass after chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy constitutes a major problem in the treatment of lymphoma. In patients with persisting tumor, it could be reasonable to use salvage therapy and possibly hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at the time of minimal disease rather than at the time of clinically overt relapse. The authors reviewed the most appropriate imaging techniques for the assessment of response to treatment. The limitations of CT and MRI for predicting the nature of residual masses are well known. 67Ga scintigraphy has become a standard procedure for the posttreatment evaluation of patients with lymphoma, but it appears that 18F-FDG PET may be a more effective method. Personal experience in the field of PET scan is reported. Although PET should be considered the noninvasive imaging modality of choice, a histological confirmation of residual disease is always necessary before starting salvage therapy. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose is not a tumor specific radiotracer. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response and other improvements on the limitations of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy in anemic cancer patients.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Haematologica (2002), 87(11), 1209-21

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of cancer patients suffer from chronic anemia. While recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) offers many of the advantages of blood transfusions, response rates ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of cancer patients suffer from chronic anemia. While recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) offers many of the advantages of blood transfusions, response rates to this treatment are variable and in some trials a large proportion of patients (30 50%) did not respond. This failure may be due to factors related to the underlying disease, the chemotherapy given or functional iron deficiency. An accurate means of predicting response to rHuEPO would be beneficial to both healthcare providers and patients. EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION SOURCES: Data were identified by searches of the published literature, including PubMed, references from relevant reviews, and abstracts presented at recent international oncology and hematology meetings. Only papers in English published between 1990 and 2002 were included. References were selected according to direct relevance to the topic discussed and availability. STATE OF THE ART: The best algorithms for predicting response appear to be those combining an assessment of the adequacy of endogenous erythropoietin production together with some early indicators of erythropoietic marrow response. Further characterization of the dose-response relationship of erythropoietic agents may allow better understanding of ways in which response may be enhanced. Adequate iron availability could also contribute to better response rates. PERSPECTIVES: Further characterization of the predictors of response for current and upcoming erythropoietic agents may enhance the management of anemia associated with cancer, and provide more convenient, effective, and flexible therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailStunting may determine the severity of malaria-associated anemia in African children.
Verhoef, Hans; West, Clive E; Veenemans, Jacobien et al

in Pediatrics (2002), 110(4), 48

OBJECTIVE: Evidence from previous studies that malnourished children are protected against malaria is controversial. In individuals repeatedly exposed to malaria, immunity may develop first against severe ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Evidence from previous studies that malnourished children are protected against malaria is controversial. In individuals repeatedly exposed to malaria, immunity may develop first against severe disease, then against pyrogens, and last, against parasites. If this is true, this would suggest that reduced immune function that may exist in stunted children exacerbates the severity of malarial signs and symptoms, rather than the occurrence of parasitemia. On the other hand, several studies have suggested that malnourished children are protected to some degree against malaria. Our aim was to evaluate whether observational data support the hypothesis that nutritional inadequacies that cause stunting modify the associations between malaria and hematologic indicators such as hemoglobin concentration and serum concentrations of C-reactive protein and soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR). We showed earlier that increased serum concentrations of these receptors in asymptomatic malaria may be explained, at least in part, by increased erythropoiesis to compensate for malaria-induced hemolysis. METHODOLOGY: Community-based cluster survey among Kenyan children aged 2 to 36 months asymptomatic for malaria or anemia (n = 318). RESULTS: When adjusted for age and wasting, the malaria-associated decrease in mean hemoglobin concentration was 8.5 g/L and 15.8 g/L in nonstunted and stunted children, respectively. The malaria-associated increase in geometric mean serum concentrations of sTfR was 1.1-fold and 1.8-fold in nonstunted and stunted children, respectively. The malaria-associated increase in geometric mean serum concentrations of C-reactive protein was 1.4-fold and 2.3-fold in nonstunted and stunted children, respectively. Thus, children with malaria and those who were stunted suffered from more severe anemia and had higher serum concentrations of C-reactive protein and sTfR than would be expected from the combined effect of the 2 working independently. CONCLUSIONS: Our results are consistent with the notion that the nutritional inadequacies causing stunting also impair host immunity, thus increasing the degree to which malaria is associated with decreased concentrations of hemoglobin, with increased inflammation, and with increased iron demand in developing erythroblasts. Increased intake of micronutrients may not only reduce stunting and nutritional anemia, but also reduce malaria-associated anemia. [less ▲]

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See detailProposal for a new standard of faecal contamination indicator: Bifidobacterium
Delcenserie, Véronique ULg; China, Bernard; Gavini, Françoise et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5, OCT-NOV), 279-293

Micro-organisms of the genus Bifidobacterium are some of the most common micro-organisms in the human and animal intestinal tract. Bifidobacterium species are well known for their beneficial effects on ... [more ▼]

Micro-organisms of the genus Bifidobacterium are some of the most common micro-organisms in the human and animal intestinal tract. Bifidobacterium species are well known for their beneficial effects on the microflora. In this article, the interest for this microorganism is other. If this microorganism is found at different stages of the processing line, it indicates often a contamination of this processing line. An other characteristic is that Bifidobacterium species are different according to the host. It could be possible to determine the contamination origin (human or animal). That is an advantage over other bacteria such as the actual faecal contamination indicator, Escherichia coli. The aim of this project is to develop a test, using molecular genetic tools, to rapidly detect the most important Bifidobacterium species in food. If we know the contamination sources, the critical points will be pointed out and the control measures will be better. [less ▲]

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See detailL'orientation du jeune : Quels constats ? Quels cadres ? Quelles interventions
Donnay, Jean; Biémar, Sandrine; Boucenna, S. et al

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See detailVolumineuse masse pelvienne chez un homme jeune
Andrianne, Robert ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg; Delbecque, Katty ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(3), 148-154

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See detailL’authenticité iconographique des portails occidentaux de la cathédrale de Strasbourg
Van den Bossche, Benoît ULg

in Bulletin de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg (2002), 15

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