Gladys Deumer

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BACKGROUND Trace elements (TEs) are ubiquitous and their potential interest for human health has been constantly expanding. Biological monitoring is generally considered to be a useful tool to assess human exposure to chemical agents in risk assessment both at occupational and environmental levels. However, the knowledge of accurate reference values, which(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The particularly high rate of urbanization in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) is associated with environmental degradation. Outdoor and indoor air pollution, as well as water pollution and waste accumulation, are issues of major concern. However, little documented information exists on the nature and extent of this(More)
BACKGROUND Trypanosomes can synthesize polyunsaturated fatty acids. Previously, we have shown that they possess stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD) and oleate desaturase (OD) to convert stearate (C18) into oleate (C18:1) and linoleate (C18:2), respectively. Here we examine if OD is essential to these parasites. METHODOLOGY Cultured procyclic (insect-stage) form(More)
BACKGROUND The current risk assessment for environmental cadmium (Cd) largely relies on the assumption that urinary Cd (U-Cd) is a reliable biomarker of the Cd body burden. Recent studies have questioned the validity of this assumption. OBJECTIVES We studied the lifetime trend of U-Cd as a function of diuresis, gender, smoking status, and protein tubular(More)
A significant fraction of patients with acute liver failure (ALF) suffer from a concomitant acute kidney injury (AKI), the mechanism of which is probably multifactorial. Cadmium (Cd) is a widespread environmental pollutant and a tubulotoxic metal that accumulates in the liver. We tested the hypothesis that a release of Cd during ALF may cause a(More)
BACKGROUND The industrial uses of indium, a rare metal with no known physiological role in humans, have increased dramatically over the past 15 years. The results of animal toxicity studies showing pulmonary and systemic effects as well as some reports in workers have created a growing concern about the possible occurrence of toxic effects in exposed(More)
BACKGROUND There is raising concern about the potential neurotoxic effects of manganese (Mn) inhalation exposure in welders. Because most of the airborne particles in welding fume are in the respirable fraction, their bioavailability is likely to be higher than for coarser dust exposure. No well-validated biomarker for Mn exposure is available. OBJECTIVES(More)
BACKGROUND Some but not all studies have reported abnormal polyunsaturated fatty acid composition in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. We investigated the influence of pancreatic status and sex on the fatty acid profile in plasma and erythrocyte membranes in patients with CF. METHODS After a 1-step transesterification with acetyl chloride on plasma and(More)
Trypanosoma brucei, the etiologic agent of sleeping sickness, is exposed to important changes in nutrients and temperature during its life cycle. To adapt to these changes, the fluidity of its membranes plays a crucial role. This fluidity, mediated by the fatty-acid composition, is regulated by enzymes named desaturases. We have previously shown that the(More)
Metabolism in trypanosomatids is compartmentalised with major pathways, notably glycolysis, present in peroxisome-like organelles called glycosomes. To date, little information is available about the transport of metabolites through the glycosomal membrane. Previously, three ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters, called GAT1-3 for Glycosomal ABC(More)