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TNF-alpha is involved in infectious and immuno-inflammatory diseases. Different individuals may have different capacities for TNF-alpha production. This might determine a predisposition to develop some complications or phenotypes of these diseases. The aims of our study were to assess the inter-individual variability of TNF-alpha production and to correlate(More)
The enzymatic processing of the membrane-bound renal epidermal growth factor precursor (proEGF) could be an important step in the control of nephrogenic repair consecutive to kidney insult. The enzyme machinery responsible for that processing was examined in a cell-free system consisting of renal membranes isolated from kidney homogenates by differential(More)
Normal rat kidney (NRK-52E) cells, an established cell line of renal origin, were used as a bioassay system to reveal a possible mitogenic activity in tissue extracts prepared from kidneys undergoing tubular regeneration. Acute tubular injury was induced in female Wistar rats by a 4-day treatment with gentamicin at daily doses of 50 or 100 mg/kg twice(More)
The study aimed at comparing three strategies of supplementing selenium (Se) during the finishing period of Charolais young bulls: (1) administration of sodium selenite throughout the finishing (NaSe); (2) administration of an Se-enriched yeast strain (Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC R397) throughout the finishing (Se-Y); (3) administration of sodium selenite(More)
Urban conservation education programs aim to increase knowledge and awareness towards biodiversity and to change attitudes and behaviour towards the environment. However, to date, few urban conservation education studies have evaluated to what extent these programs have managed to achieve their goals. In this study, we experimentally explored the influence(More)
Our clinical experience with 58 patients receiving TBI as part of their treatment for a malignant hematopoietic disease suggests the following comments: 6 daily fractions of 2 Gy given over 6 days have a similar antitumoral effect as a single dose of 10 Gy, using a low dose rate, but with less toxicity. 7 daily fractions of 2.25 Gy given over 8 days exceed(More)
Freedom of the manducatory apparatus is critical to economical and accurate vocal production. Two types of dysfunction will be discussed: global muscular hypertonia of the muscular manducatory system and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Hypertonia occurs in a high number of dysphonic patients. It impairs mandibular mobility and also induces(More)
The authors summarise a study carried out in the University Hospital of Liège which attempts to correlate vocal cord pathology, posture, and the concept of muscular chains. They have hoped to develop the concept that a postural disorder may be the origin of demonstrable asymmetrical vocal cord disorders. Could there be a bilateral causal relationship(More)
The hominisation of the skull comes with the bipedic posture, due to a network of muscular and aponevrotic forces applied to the cranio-facial skeleton. A brief sight of the morphogenetic origine and issues of these forces help to understand more clearly the postural statement of the larynx, his functions, and his many extrinsic biomechanical bounds; then(More)