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See detailL'endometriose extragenitale
Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (2007), 36(2), 173-8

Parietal, appendiceal, pleuropulmonary and diaphragmatic endometriosis represent 5% of endometriosis cases. Diagnosis and management of these extra-genital localisations are described according to the ... [more ▼]

Parietal, appendiceal, pleuropulmonary and diaphragmatic endometriosis represent 5% of endometriosis cases. Diagnosis and management of these extra-genital localisations are described according to the literature. Parietal endometriosis usually requires large resection of the tumor. Appendiceal endometriosis is frequently observed in cases of digestive endometriosis. Induration or rigidity of the appendix due to the presence of deep infiltrating endometriosis justifies appendicectomy. Thoracic and diaphragmatic endometriosis is characterized by the presence of typical symptoms during the perimenstrual periode. Medical treatment obtaining therapeutic amenorrhea is firstly administered and surgery is indicated in cases of symptoms recurrence. [less ▲]

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See detailPrise en charge du médulloblastome de l'enfant
Fransolet, A. C.; Born, J. D.; Misson, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62(4), 200-4

We present the experience of the Citadelle Hospital (Liege, B) in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of medulloblastoma in children. A retrospective study of 10 cases of medulloblastoma was performed ... [more ▼]

We present the experience of the Citadelle Hospital (Liege, B) in the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of medulloblastoma in children. A retrospective study of 10 cases of medulloblastoma was performed. Five years after diagnosis, the event-free survival was 77%. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to Improve Assessment of Tetanus Immunity in the Emergency Room: A Prospective Cost-Effectiveness, Double Blind Study
STUBBE, Muriel; SWINNEN, Ronny; DESRUELLES, Didier et al

in Prehospital & Disaster Medicine (2007), 22(Suppl 1), 86

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See detailDissolved inorganic carbon dynamics in the Gulf of Biscay (June 2006)
Suykens, K.; Delille, Bruno ULg; Borges, Alberto ULg

Poster (2007, April)

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See detailAminoglycoside antibiotics and the sensory hair cells of inner ear and lateral line system in the Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua: effects on fish hearing threshold
Faucher, Karine ULg; Aas-Hansen, Øyvind; Damsgard, Borge et al

Poster (2007, April)

The aims of the present study were to investigate: a) the potential involvement of the fish lateral line system in hearing at 250 Hz and b) the possible regeneration of the inner ear hair cells in the ... [more ▼]

The aims of the present study were to investigate: a) the potential involvement of the fish lateral line system in hearing at 250 Hz and b) the possible regeneration of the inner ear hair cells in the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). The inner ear and lateral line system of the Atlantic cod were inactivated using ototoxic aminoglycoside antibiotics by injection (gentamicin) or bath (gentamicin and streptomycin), respectively. Hearing thresholds were measured in the fish using the Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) technique at 10, respectively 17 - 20 days following antibiotic treatment. Results were compared between groups of individuals i) with inner ear damage, ii) with lateral line system altered, iii) placebo (immersion in fresh sea water) and iv) control. The sound stimuli applied were series of 2000 five-cycle (2-1-2) 250 Hz tone bursts delivered using a Brüel & Kjær (Nærum, Denmark) loudspeaker. ABRs were measured using a filter set at 30-3000 Hz, a gain of 100 000 and visual interpretation using the Bio-Logic AEP software. Sound stimulus level was reduced until threshold was attained. To check the tissue status of the inner ear and lateral line system, hair cells from sensory maculae were visualized using scanning electron microscope (SEM). Ten days after treatment, hearing thresholds of placebo and lateral line damaged cods did not differ from controls fish (p = 0.387 and p = 0.095, respectively), whereas the fish that received intravenous gentamicin injection had significantly elevated hearing thresholds compared to controls (p < 0.0001). SEM analyses further demonstrated that, 10 days following antibiotic treatment, cod inner ear hair cells were damaged, as well as lateral line hair cells and more particularly in the case of canal neuromasts. There was no hearing effect or microscopic tissue damage in untreated fish. From the 17th day after treatment, ABR measurements showed that some of the gentamicin treated fish had regained hearing thresholds comparable to the control cods (p = 0.535), and this was associated with an apparent regeneration of hair cells in the sensory maculae of their inner ear. This study indicates a capacity for inner ear hair cell regeneration in Atlantic cod, and illustrates the advantages of the ABR-method for investigation of fish hearing after intervention on the inner ear, and during the hair cell regeneration process. The present work further suggests that the lateral line system is not involved in cod hearing at 250 Hz. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration of a Bottom-Up Production Cost Model in LBR-5 Optimization Tool
Toderan, Catalin; Pircalabu, Eugen ULg; Caprace, Jean-David ULg et al

in Conference on Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) (2007, April)

The LBR-5 software allows the optimization of ship structures following different objectives as the highest inertia, least weight and/or least cost. The interest of European shipyards to optimize the ship ... [more ▼]

The LBR-5 software allows the optimization of ship structures following different objectives as the highest inertia, least weight and/or least cost. The interest of European shipyards to optimize the ship structure is basically related to the production cost and mainly to the labor cost. In order to increase the quality of cost estimation, a bottom-up module has been developed by University of Liege in partnership with AKERYARDS France. This module has been validated on different types of ships (LNG, Cruise Vessels, Fast Ferry) and integrated in the LBR-5 optimization process. The bottom-up cost module has two important goals. The first one is to estimate accurately the labor cost of a given ship structure taking into account the production breakdown, the block splitting sequence and all the individual operations required by the fabrication process. The second one is to compute properly the sensitivities of the design objective (construction cost) related to the design variables (scantlings). The paper also presents the results of a validation test on a large passenger vessel. The effect of the bottom-up cost module on the optimal scantling and on the cost gain is highlighted through a comparison with the results obtained using a basic cost module. [less ▲]

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See detailVergelijkend nationaliteitsrecht - Belgie vs Nederland
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Learning material (2007)

This presentation was used as support in teaching a course on comparative Belgian-Dutch Nationality Law. The focus of the course was on the methods and requirements for the acquisition of the nationality ... [more ▼]

This presentation was used as support in teaching a course on comparative Belgian-Dutch Nationality Law. The focus of the course was on the methods and requirements for the acquisition of the nationality. The course was financed by a Chair granted by the Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. It was taught at the University of Maastricht in April-May 2007. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the usefulness of bird feathers as a non-destructive biomonitoring tool for organic pollutants: A comparative and meta-analytical approach
Jaspers, V. L. B.; Voorspoels, S.; Covaci, Adrian et al

in Environment International (2007), 33(3), 328-337

In this study, we investigated whether bird feathers can be used as a non-destructive biomonitor for organic pollutants. We analysed the outermost tail feathers of 8 terrestrial and aquatic bird species ... [more ▼]

In this study, we investigated whether bird feathers can be used as a non-destructive biomonitor for organic pollutants. We analysed the outermost tail feathers of 8 terrestrial and aquatic bird species from Belgium (8 species, n = 108) for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Every compound class could be quantified in one single tail feather of the birds under study (sum PCBs ranging from 5.5 to 5 10 ng/g feather, sum PBDEs from 0.33 to 53 ng/g feather, sum DDTs from 1.5 to 730 ng/g feather), except for PBDEs in feathers of the common moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Further, we calculated Pearson correlations between concentrations of organic pollutants in feathers and concentrations in corresponding muscle or liver tissue from the birds. Correlations were found significant in half of the cases of the terrestrial species, but were found not significant for the aquatic species, with the exception of a significant correlation of sum PCBs in the common moorhen. Only for the common buzzard (Buteo buteo) (n=43) all correlations were found significant (0.32 < r < 0.77). In order to cope for low statistical power, we performed a meta-analysis on all bird species together. This led to significant correlations between levels in feathers and corresponding levels in muscle or liver for all terrestrial birds (p < 0.05 in all cases, effect size 0.59 (p,p'-DDE) to 0.71 (Sigma PCB) for levels in feather and muscle). When correlations were recalculated excluding the birds that had died due to starvation, correlation coefficients for the terrestrial birds were found even higher (effect size up to 0.83 (Sigma PCB)). These results have important implications for non-destructive and retrospective biomonitoring. Although our results suggest that exact concentrations in the body cannot be predicted using feathers, bird feathers can give a good estimate of contamination levels in a population and as such are a potential non-destructive biomonitoring tool for organic pollutants. Outermost tail feathers and muscle tissue were also examined for nitrogen (delta N-15) and carbon (delta C-13) stable isotope content in the different bird species. However, delta N-15/delta C-13 signatures in feather or muscle were not significantly correlated with the corresponding levels of organic pollutants in these tissues. Various confounding factors (such as habitat, condition, age, sex) may have masked a relationship between delta N-15 values and organic pollutant levels in the birds under study. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAortic valve surgery in octogenarians: predictive factors for operative and long-term results
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Kerzmann, Arnaud ULg; Honoré, Charles ULg et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2007), 31(4), 600-605

Objective: To assess factors influencing operative and tong-term outcome in octogenarians undergoing aortic valve surgery (AVR). Methods: Records of 220 consecutive octogenarians having AVR between 1992 ... [more ▼]

Objective: To assess factors influencing operative and tong-term outcome in octogenarians undergoing aortic valve surgery (AVR). Methods: Records of 220 consecutive octogenarians having AVR between 1992 and 2004 were reviewed, and follow-up obtained (99% complete). Of the group (mean age: 82.8 years; 174 females), 142 patients (65%) were in New York Heart Association (NYHA) class III-IV, 22 (10%) had previous myocardial infarction, 11 (5%) had previous coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and 8 (4%) had percutaneous aortic valvuloplasty. There were 44 urgent procedures (20%), and additional CABG was performed in 58 patients (26%). Results: Operative mortality was 13% (9% for AVR, 24% for AVR + CABG). Among the 29 patients who died, 14 (48%) were operated on urgently (32% mortality for urgent procedures). Causes of hospital death were respiratory insufficiency or infection in 16 patients (16/29 = 55%), myocardial, infarction in 8 (28%), stroke in 2 (7%), sepsis in 2 (7%), and renal failure in 1 (3%). Significant postoperative complications were atrial fibrillation in 48 patients (22%), respiratory insufficiency in 46 (21%), permanent atrio-ventricular bloc in 12 (5%), myocardial infarction in 10 (5%), hemodialysis in 4 (2%), and stroke in 4 (2%). Mean hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) stays were 17.6 +/- 5.2 and 6.9 +/- 3.4 days, respectively. Multivariate predictors (p < 0.05) of hospital death were urgent procedure, associated CABG, NYHA class IV, and percutaneous aortic valvuloplasty. Age, associated CABG, and urgent procedure were predictors of prolonged ICU stay. Mean follow-up was 58.2 months and actuarial 5-year survival was 73.2 +/- 6.9%. Age, preoperative myocardial infarction, urgent procedure, and duration of ICU stay were independent predictors of late death. Among 130 patients alive at follow-up, 91% were angina free and 81% in class I-II. Conclusions: AVR in octogenarians can be performed with acceptable mortality, although significant morbidity. These results stress the importance of early operation on elderly patients with aortic valve disease, avoiding urgent procedures. Associated coronary artery disease is a harbinger of poor operative outcome. Long-term survival and functional recovery are excellent. (c) 2007 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailField measurements of inorganic nitrogen uptake by epiflora components of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (Monocotyledons, Posidoniaceae)
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Jacquemart, Julien; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Journal of Phycology (2007), 43(2), 208-218

Crustose corallines, crustose and erect brown algae, and sessile animals are major components of the epiphytic community of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Production, biomass ... [more ▼]

Crustose corallines, crustose and erect brown algae, and sessile animals are major components of the epiphytic community of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. Production, biomass, and specific composition of this epiphyte-seagrass association are impacted by anthropogenic increase of nutrient load in this oligotrophic area. In this context, nitrogen uptake by P. oceanica and its epiflora was measured using the isotope N-15 at a 10 m depth in the Revellata Bay (Corsica, Mediterranean Sea). Epiflora components showed various seasonal patterns of biomass and abundance. The epiphytic brown algae appeared at the end of spring, later than the crustose corallines, and after the nitrate peak in the bay. Because of their later development in the season, epiphytic brown algae mostly rely on ammonium for their N needs. We hypothesize that the temporal succession of epiphytic organisms plays a crucial role in the N dynamics of this community under natural conditions. The epiphytic brown algae, which have a growth rate one order of magnitude greater than that of crustose corallines, showed lower N-uptake rates. The greater N-uptake rates of crustose corallines probably reflect the greater N requirements (i.e., lower C/N ratios) of red algae. We determined that the epiflora incorporated ammonium and nitrate more rapidly than their host. Nevertheless, when biomass was taken into account, P. oceanica was the most important contributor to N uptake from the water column by benthic macrophytes in this seagrass bed. [less ▲]

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude TORCH (TOwards a Revolution in COPD Health): vers une revolution de la sante des patients souffrant de BPCO
Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2007), 62(4), 230-4

The TORCH study (Towards a Revolution in COPD Health) was a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial, investigating the combination of salmeterol/fluticasone propionate for 3 years in ... [more ▼]

The TORCH study (Towards a Revolution in COPD Health) was a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial, investigating the combination of salmeterol/fluticasone propionate for 3 years in COPD. The primary end point was on all-cause mortality. Secondary end points included COPD exacerbation rate, lung function and health status. More than 6000 patients were randomised. In this article, we briefly report the most significant results of the study. The efficacy on mortality (reduction of the risk of death of 17.5%) was near the predetermined level of statistical significance (p = 0.052); the combination had a significant effect on the three pillars of COPD management, that is: improvement of quality of life and respiratory function, and reduction of the rate of exacerbations. In addition to being effective, the combination salmeterol/fluticasone (50/500 microg 2x/day) is well tolerated in COPD and had a favourable benefit/risk ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailPeter Ladislaw Hammer (1936-2006)
Boros, Endre; Crama, Yves ULg; Simeone, Bruno

in 4OR : Quarterly Journal of the Belgian, French and Italian Operations Research Societies (2007), 5(1), 1-4

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See detailProcess monitoring using a combination of data driven techniques and model based data validation
Duchesne, Arnaud; Heyen, Georges ULg; Mack, Philippe et al

in Revista de Chimie (2007), 58(4), 423-426

Process monitoring is made difficult when measurements are subjected to errors, since pertinent information is hidden in the measurement noise. To address this issue, one can use model based data ... [more ▼]

Process monitoring is made difficult when measurements are subjected to errors, since pertinent information is hidden in the measurement noise. To address this issue, one can use model based data validation, or rely on statistical techniques to analyze large historical data sets (data mining). An industrial case study is presented here, where a model based approach (data validation) is compared to data driven techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of SHIP1 in T-lymphocyte life and death
Gloire, Geoffrey ULg; Erneux, Christophe; Piette, Jacques ULg

in Biochemical Society Transactions (2007), 35(Pt 2), 277-280

SHIP1 [SH2 (Src homology 2)-containing inositol phosphatase-1], an inositol 5-phosphatase expressed in haemopoietic cells, acts by hydrolysing the 5-phosphates from PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) and Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4 ... [more ▼]

SHIP1 [SH2 (Src homology 2)-containing inositol phosphatase-1], an inositol 5-phosphatase expressed in haemopoietic cells, acts by hydrolysing the 5-phosphates from PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) and Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4), thereby negatively regulating the PI3K (phosphoinositide 3-kinase) pathway. SHIP1 plays a major role in inhibiting proliferation of myeloid cells. As a result, SHIP1(-/-) mice have an increased number of neutrophils and monocytes/macrophages due to enhanced survival and proliferation of their progenitors. Although SHIP1 contributes to PtdIns(3,4,5)P(3) metabolism in T-lymphocytes, its exact role in this cell type is much less explored. Jurkat cells have recently emerged as an interesting tool to study SHIP1 function in T-cells because they do not express SHIP1 at the protein level, thereby allowing reintroduction experiments in a relatively easy-to-use system. Data obtained from SHIP1 reintroduction have revealed that SHIP1 not only acts as a negative player in T-cell lines proliferation, but also regulates critical pathways, such as NF-kappaB (nuclear factor kappaB) activation, and also appears to remarkably inhibit T-cell apoptosis. On the other hand, experiments using primary T-cells from SHIP1(-/-) mice have highlighted a new role for SHIP1 in regulatory T-cell development, but also emphasize that this protein is not required for T-cell proliferation. In support of these results, SHIP1(-/-) mice are lymphopenic, suggesting that SHIP1 function in T-cells differs from its role in the myeloid lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of COF2 vertical distributions above Jungfraujoch by FTIR and multi-spectra fitting
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. Photolysis of these compounds leads to release of chlorine atoms, while the fluorine is, in a first step, present in the form of ... [more ▼]

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. Photolysis of these compounds leads to release of chlorine atoms, while the fluorine is, in a first step, present in the form of carbonyl compounds like COClF and COF2. Their further photolysis liberates fluorine atoms, which are quickly converted to HF. Given its long life time, COF2 is the second stratospheric fluorine reservoir. The first COF2 vertical distributions were derived from occultation measurements performed by the ATMOS instrument during the SPACELAB-3 Space Shuttle mission in 1985. The Canadian FTIR spectrometer ACE-FTS, onboard the SCISAT-1 satellite, is the first instrument since the last ATMOS flight in 1994, to record COF2 vertical profiles from space. All these observations show that, at mean latitudes, COF2 concentration is maximum between 30 and 35 km. Several COF2 IR absorption lines located either in the so-called InSb (1-5 µm) and MCT (2-16 µm) spectral ranges can be used to determine its total column from ground-based FTIR observations. In this context, several studies concerning the evolution of COF2 total column above various stations were published during the nineties. At this time, no study concerning the inversion of COF2 vertical distributions from ground-based FTIR spectra has been published. This report deals with the feasibility of such inversions, using, simultaneously, via the SFIT-2 v3.91 algorithm, a multi-microwindows and a multi-spectra fitting procedure. The multi-spectra method consists of combining several FTIR observations, recorded during the same day, to increase the information content. A selection of microwindows in InSb and MCT ranges, a complete discussion about the data characterization (e.g. information content) and typical examples of COF2 retrieved profiles from high resolution solar spectra recorded with the University of Liège Jungfraujoch FTS will be revealed. [less ▲]

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See detailApproaches for retrieving abundances of methane isotopologues in the frame of the AGACC project from ground-based FTIR observations performed at the Jungfraujoch
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

This work has been performed within the frame of AGACC(http://www.oma.be/AGACC/Home.html), a contribution to the Belgian Scientific Support for a Sustainable Development. The project intends to make an ... [more ▼]

This work has been performed within the frame of AGACC(http://www.oma.be/AGACC/Home.html), a contribution to the Belgian Scientific Support for a Sustainable Development. The project intends to make an advanced exploitation of existing ground-based remote-sensing measurements for a selection of atmospheric species that play an important role in the chemistry of the atmosphere and that have a direct or indirect impact on climate. Target species include -among others- lower tropospheric aerosols, H2O, HDO, CH4, HCN and CO. The instrumentation includes 3 types of spectrometers (FTIR, MAXDOAS and Brewer) and one CIMEL sun photometer. These instruments are operated at 3 different sites (Jungfraujoch, Ile de la Réunion and Uccle) and most of them are affiliated with the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC, formerly NDSC - http://www.ndacc.org), a group dedicated to performing high-quality long-term observations. This contribution will deal with the detection of the isotopologues of methane, a species released to the atmosphere by natural processes (e.g. wetlands, termites) as well as by anthropogenic activities (e.g. fossil fuel exploitation, rice agriculture, biomass burning, etc). Due to its high warming potential and its relatively long chemical lifetime, atmospheric methane is a major greenhouse gas. Methane also affects climate by influencing tropospheric ozone and stratospheric water. The cycle of methane is complex and a thoroughly study of the sources and sinks of its main isotopologue, as well as the other isotopic species, is necessary to characterize it. Isotopic ratios are also useful to differentiate between various sources of atmospheric methane. To study the vertical distribution of methane isotopologues from the high resolution FTIR spectra recorded by the University of Liège instrument at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (ISSJ; 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580m a.s.l., Swiss Alps), we have selected several 13CH4 lines distributed in the so-called InSb (1-5 µm) and MCT (2-16 µm) spectral ranges. A set of four microwindows has also been selected for the study of CH3D. Using the SFIT-2 v3.91 algorithm, vertical column abundances as well as low-resolution vertical distributions have been retrieved, adjusted from an a priori profile defined on a 41 layers scheme and derived from ACE-FTS space observations. The information content and first preliminary retrieval results will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrievals of HCN from high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2007, April)

Recent investigations have resulted in the revision of the lifetime of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) from 2.5 years to 2-5 months, more in line with its important and well documented variability in the ... [more ▼]

Recent investigations have resulted in the revision of the lifetime of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) from 2.5 years to 2-5 months, more in line with its important and well documented variability in the troposphere. The main HCN source is believed to be biomass burning, making this species a useful tracer of fires, e.g. the widespread and intense 2004 boreal fires. Oxidation by the OH radical is among the identified sinks, while uptake by oceans has been hypothesized as the dominant sink. As shown by previous investigations, several lines from the nu3 fundamental HCN band at 3 μm can be used to retrieve information on vertical distribution of hydrogen cyanide from high-resolution FTIR solar absorption spectra. The major interfering gas in this region is water vapor. A series of typical observations recorded at the Jungfraujoch station (46.5ºN, 8.0ºE, 3580m asl, Swiss Alps) by the NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change)-affiliated Bruker instrument have been fitted using various approaches to determine the optimum strategy to be used for HCN retrievals at that site, even under very wet conditions. The selected approach is made of 7 windows encompassing 5 HCN lines. The a priori information (HCN vertical distribution and covariance matrix) is based on ACE-FTS measurements performed over northern midlatitudes. The HITRAN-2004 spectroscopic line parameters including the August 2006 updates for water vapor have been adopted in the retrievals performed with the OEM-SFIT-2 (v3.91) algorithm. This contribution will give a full description of the adopted retrieval approach, including error budget and information content analysis. Tropospheric column time series of HCN from 1994 onwards will also be presented and discussed. [less ▲]

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