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See detailExact solution of the dynamic epidemic model on the Bethe lattice
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (1996), 230(1-2), 1-10

The dynamic epidemic model considers the spreading of a cluster in a medium containing a fraction x of mobile particles which are pushed by the propagation front. This model is analytically studied on the ... [more ▼]

The dynamic epidemic model considers the spreading of a cluster in a medium containing a fraction x of mobile particles which are pushed by the propagation front. This model is analytically studied on the Bethe lattice for any branching rate z. We give the exact solution x(c)= (z(2) - 1)/z(2) for the percolation threshold. This is in contrast with the x(c) = (z - 1)/z result for static particles. Moreover, we calculate the critical exponents y = 1 and v = 1 characterizing respectively the divergence of the cluster mass and the correlation length at x(c). These exponents are found to be the same as for the case of static particles, i.e. for random percolation on the Bethe lattice. [less ▲]

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See detailIncrease of stratospheric carbon tetrafluoride (CF4) based on ATMOS observations from space
Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Solomon, S.; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2353-2356

Stratospheric volume mixing ratio profiles of carbon tetrafluoride, CF4, obtained with the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) instrument during the ATLAS (Atmospheric Laboratory for ... [more ▼]

Stratospheric volume mixing ratio profiles of carbon tetrafluoride, CF4, obtained with the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) instrument during the ATLAS (Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science) -3 mission of 1994 are reported. Overall the profiles are nearly constant over the altitude range 20 to 50 km, indicative of the very long lifetime of CF4 in the atmosphere. In comparison to the stratospheric values of CF4 inferred from the ATMOS/Spacelab 3 mission of 1985, the 1994 concentrations are consistent with an exponential increase of (1.6 +/- 0.6)%/yr. This increase is discussed with regard to previous results and likely sources of CF4 at the ground. Further, it is shown that simultaneous measurements of N2O and CF4 provide a means of constraining the lower limit of the atmospheric lifetime of CF4 at least 2,300 years, two sigma. [less ▲]

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See detailATMOS/ATLAS-3 measurements of stratospheric chlorine and reactive nitrogen partitioning inside and outside the November 1994 Antarctic vortex
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Gunson, Michael R.; Salawitch, R. J. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2365-2368

Partitioning between HCl and ClONO2 and among the main components of the reactive nitrogen family (NO, NO2, HNO3, ClONO2, N2O5, and HO2NO2) has been studied inside and outside the Antarctic stratospheric ... [more ▼]

Partitioning between HCl and ClONO2 and among the main components of the reactive nitrogen family (NO, NO2, HNO3, ClONO2, N2O5, and HO2NO2) has been studied inside and outside the Antarctic stratospheric vortex based on ATMOS profiles measured at sunrise during the 3-12 November 1994 ATLAS-3 Shuttle mission. Elevated mixing ratios of HCl in the lower stratosphere with a peak of similar to 2.9 ppbv (10(-9) parts per volume) were measured inside the vortex near 500 K potential temperature (similar to 19 km). Maximum ClONO2 mixing ratios of similar to 1.2, similar to 1.4, and similar to 0.9 ppbv near 700 K (similar to 25 km) were measured inside, at the edge, and outside the vortex, respectively. Model calculations reproduce the higher levels of HCl and NOx (NO + NO2) inside the lower stratospheric vortex both driven by photochemical processes initiated by low O3. The high HCl at low O3 results from chemical production of HCl via the reaction of enhanced Cl with CH4, limited production of ClONO2, and the descent of inorganic chlorine from higher altitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 1994 northern midlatitude budget of stratospheric chlorine derived from ATMOS/ATLAS-3 observations
Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Gunson, M. R. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2357-2360

Volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of the chlorine-bearing gases HCl, ClONO2, CCl3F, CCl2F2, CHClF2, CCl4, and CH3Cl have been measured between 3 and 49 degrees northern- and 65 to 72 degrees southern ... [more ▼]

Volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of the chlorine-bearing gases HCl, ClONO2, CCl3F, CCl2F2, CHClF2, CCl4, and CH3Cl have been measured between 3 and 49 degrees northern- and 65 to 72 degrees southern latitudes with the Atmospheric Trace MOlecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) instrument during the ATmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS)-3 shuttle mission of 3 to 12 November 1994. A subset of these profiles obtained between 20 and 49 degrees N at sunset, combined with ClO profiles measured by the Millimeter-wave Atmospheric Sounder (MAS) also from aboard ATLAS-3, measurements by balloon for HOCl, CH3CCl3 and C2Cl3F3, and model calculations for COClF indicates that the mean burden of chlorine, Cl-TOT, was equal to (3.53 +/- 0.10) ppbv (parts per billion by volume), 1-sigma, throughout the stratosphere at the time of the ATLAS 3 mission. This is some 37% larger than the mean 2.58 ppbv value measured by ATMOS within the same latitude zone during the Spacelab 3 flight of 29 April to 6 May 1985, consitent with an exponential growth rate of the chlorine loading in the stratosphere equal to 3.3%/yr or a linear increase of 0.10 ppbv/yr over the Spring-1985 to Fall-1994 time period. These findings are in agreement with both the burden and increase of the main anthropogenic Cl-bearing source gases at the surface during the 1980s, confirming that the stratospheric chlorine loading is primarily of anthropogenic origin. [less ▲]

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See detailA Sequence-Specific DNA-Binding Protein Interacts with the Xlnc Upstream Region of Streptomyces Sp. Strain Ec3
Giannotta, F.; Georis, J.; Moreau, A. et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1996), 142(1), 91-7

The alignment of the promoter region of several Streptomyces xylanases shows three conserved sequences which could be involved in gene regulation. By electromobility shift assays these specific sequences ... [more ▼]

The alignment of the promoter region of several Streptomyces xylanases shows three conserved sequences which could be involved in gene regulation. By electromobility shift assays these specific sequences, present only in Streptomyces xylanolytic strains, were identified as protein-binding sites. The sequence required for efficient recognition by the retarding protein appeared to be a 4-bp inverted repeat: 5'-CTTT-Nx-AAAG-3'. The DNA-protein affinity was influenced by the culture conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailSignature of the Configuration and Conformation in the Valence Spectra of Alkanethiol Chains
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Riga, J.; Ghijsen, J. et al

Conference (1996, August 12)

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See detailSignature of the Surface Molecular Structure of Alkanethiol Chains in their Valence and Vibrational Spectra
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Yu L.M.; Ghijsen, J. et al

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See detailRAD26, the yeast homolog of human Cockayne 's syndrome group B, encodes a DNA dependent ATPase
Guzder, Sami; Habraken, Yvette ULg; Sung, Patrick et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(31), 18314-7

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See detailObserved Periods of Ap Stars (Catalano+ 1984)
Catalano, F. A.; Renson, Pierre ULg

in VizieR Online Data Catalog (1996), 3152

A table of all the periods proposed up to 1983 for Ap stars is given with references. The main identifiers (HD, HR, ... numbers), the variable-star name, and the spectral type are listed for each star in ... [more ▼]

A table of all the periods proposed up to 1983 for Ap stars is given with references. The main identifiers (HD, HR, ... numbers), the variable-star name, and the spectral type are listed for each star in the table. The nature of the periodic variability discovered (luminosity, equivalent widths of the lines, magnetic field, ...) is presented in a codified way. Notes are provided, mainly about duplicities. (2 data files). [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation from a multigene family of the active human gene of the metastasis-associated multifunctional protein 37LRP/p40 at chromosome 3p21.3.
Jackers, Pascale ULg; Minoletti, Fabiola; Belotti, Dorina et al

in Oncogene (1996), 13(3), 495-503

The 37 kD precursor of the 67 kD laminin receptor (37LRP) is a polypeptide whose expression is consistently upregulated in aggressive carcinoma. Interestingly, the 37LRP appears to be a multifunctional ... [more ▼]

The 37 kD precursor of the 67 kD laminin receptor (37LRP) is a polypeptide whose expression is consistently upregulated in aggressive carcinoma. Interestingly, the 37LRP appears to be a multifunctional protein involved in the translational machinery and has also been identified as p40 ribosome-associated protein. Although highly conserved cDNAs corresponding to this polypeptide have been isolated from several species including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and prokaryotes, characterization of any of the corresponding active genes has never been reported. In this study, we have cloned an intron-containing fragment which permitted us to isolate the active 37LRP/p40 human gene. This gene contains seven exons and six introns. Ribonuclease protection experiments suggest multiple transcription start sites. The promoter area does not bear a TATA box but contains four Sp1 sites. The first intron is also GC rich containing five Sp1 sites. Intron 4 contains the full sequence of the small nuclear RNA E2 and two Alu sequences are found in intron 3. Fluorescent in situ hybridization localized the 37LRP/p40 active gene on chromosome 3 in the locus 3p21.3 which, interestingly, is a hot spot for genetic alterations in several cancers and particularly in small cell lung carcinoma. [less ▲]

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See detailOn CCD standard stars and flat-field calibration.
Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1996), 118

Numerical simulations of a CCD flat-fielding calibration procedure on stellar fields have been performed in the monochromatic case. The relations between the photometric conditions, the observational ... [more ▼]

Numerical simulations of a CCD flat-fielding calibration procedure on stellar fields have been performed in the monochromatic case. The relations between the photometric conditions, the observational procedure and the calibration accuracy are explored. This analysis shows how and why one must establish high-quality standard sequences in clusters or moderately crowded fields. The advantages of a long-term management of the reduction procedures is stressed. [less ▲]

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See detailPresurgical Octreotide: Treatment in Acromegaly
Stevenaert, Achille ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Metabolism : Clinical and Experimental (1996), 45(8 Suppl. 1), 72-4

One hundred seventy-two acromegalics who were operated on using the trans-sphenoidal approach underwent long-term follow-up evaluation. Sixty-four received 100 micrograms octreotide subcutaneously three ... [more ▼]

One hundred seventy-two acromegalics who were operated on using the trans-sphenoidal approach underwent long-term follow-up evaluation. Sixty-four received 100 micrograms octreotide subcutaneously three times daily: for 3 to 6 weeks before surgery in 14 patients (group 1); and for 3 to 9 months in 41 and for 13 to 39 months in nine (n = 50, group 2). In 18 group 2 patients, the dose was increased stepwise to 500 micrograms three times daily because of incomplete suppression of growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Tumor shrinkage was seen in 60% within 3 weeks, being nearly maximal by 3 to 4 months. More group 2 patients had greater than 25% tumor shrinkage (14 of 48 v 1 of 14 in group 1). Clinical response was excellent or good in 89%. Decrease in soft-tissue swelling and weight loss, and improved vitality, performance, carbohydrate metabolism, and cardiovascular function, facilitated anesthetic and surgical management; tumor removal was easy in virtually all cases. In all 64 patients, GH levels decreased by > or = 50%, and to < 2 micrograms/L in three of 14 patients initially and 25 of 50 patients after more prolonged treatment. IGF-1 levels decreased to normal in seven of 14 group 1 and 31 of 50 group 2 patients. Light and electron microscopy showed that adenomatous tissue exposed to octreotide had lysosomal accumulation, amyloid deposition, mild to moderate perivascular fibrosis, and moderate size reduction in both cytoplasmic and nuclear areas, with virtually no cellular complications. Remission with enclosed adenomas was greater (p < .05) than for the 108 patients not treated with octreotide; there was no difference for invasive adenomas. Octreotide use for 3 to 4 months before surgery can be recommended. [less ▲]

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See detailDy2BaCu05 pattern formation in isothermally non-seeded melt-textured DyBa2Cu307-delta with 15 wt% Dy203 addition
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Mineur, N. et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (1996), 9(8), 665-670

Optically polarized light micrographs of isothermally melt-textured DyBa2Cu307-delta compounds (with 15 wt% Dy203 addition) are presented to show evidence for pattern formation of DyBa2Cu305 particles in ... [more ▼]

Optically polarized light micrographs of isothermally melt-textured DyBa2Cu307-delta compounds (with 15 wt% Dy203 addition) are presented to show evidence for pattern formation of DyBa2Cu305 particles in DyBa2Cu307-delta grains. Different types of pattern were observed and were understood as arising from the crystal growth mechanism of 123 melt-textured materials. In an appendix, the case of patterns in magnetically textured samples is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhancement of Varicella-Zoster virus infection in cell lines expressing ORF4- or ORF62-encoded proteins
Schoonbroodt, Sonia; Piette, Jacques ULg; Baudoux, Laurence et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (1996), 49(4), 264-273

Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV) open reading frames 4 (ORF4) and 62 (ORF62) encode putative immediate-early proteins (ORF4p and ORF62p, respectively) which are strong transactivators of other VZV genes and ... [more ▼]

Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV) open reading frames 4 (ORF4) and 62 (ORF62) encode putative immediate-early proteins (ORF4p and ORF62p, respectively) which are strong transactivators of other VZV genes and are involved in the very early stages of viral infection. ORF4p and ORF62p transactivate immediate-early and early gene promoters but have little or no effect on late gene promoters. To investigate the effect of ORF4p or ORF62p overexpression on the viral replication cycle, we constructed Vero cell lines expressing those genes under the control of the human cytomegalovirus major immediate-early promoter. VZV OKA infection of these stably transformed cell lines was followed-up using VZV glycoprotein E (gE) antigen quantification and virus titration. Upon serial passaging of infection in these cell lines expressing functionally active ORF4p or ORF62p, a 5- to 10-fold increase in viral gE antigen production was observed. Viral titers also demonstrated a 2- to 5-fold increase in viral production in these transformed cell lines. These results emphasize the role that both ORF4p and ORF62p play in enhancing the VZV replicative cycle. (C) 1996 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailAdolescence, post-adolescence et processus décisionnel sous l'éclairage du Rorschach
Stassart, Martine ULg

in Actes du 4ème Congrès A E R (1996, August), 30-31(VIII), 117-131

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See detailViral Integration Sites in Human Papilloma Virus-33-Immortalized Cervical Keratinocyte Cell Lines
Gilles, Christine ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Ploton, D. et al

in Cancer Genetics & Cytogenetics (1996), 90(1), 63-9

The viral organization of HPV-33 was determined by Southern blotting in 2 HPV-33-immortalized cervical cell lines (CK11 and CK12) and compared to our previous results obtained on 10 other already ... [more ▼]

The viral organization of HPV-33 was determined by Southern blotting in 2 HPV-33-immortalized cervical cell lines (CK11 and CK12) and compared to our previous results obtained on 10 other already characterized HPV-33-immortalized cell lines (CK1 to CK10). As observed in CK1 to CK10, the viral DNA was found integrated in the cellular genome of CK11 and CK12. However, in CK11 and CK12, the integrated viral genome was deleted and mostly limited to the URR and the E6-E7 ORFs, stressing the importance of those sequences in the immortalization process. Furthermore, CK11 and CK12 showed a unique and identical integration site, as observed in CK1 to CK10, which also harbored HPV-33 integrated at a unique and identical site (which was however different from the one evidenced in CK11 and CK12). Indeed, in situ hybridizations on chromosomes allowed the precise localization of the viral DNA on chromosome 13q33-34 in CK1 to CK10 whereas it was mapped to chromosome 9p13 in CK11 and CK12. We discuss the possibility that integration of HPV-33 at those two particular sites has conferred some growth advantages to the cells and could have thus played a crucial role in the immortalization. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple-Breath Washout and Washin Experiments in Steers
Rollin, Frédéric ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Verbanck, S. et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1996), 81(2), 957-63

Multiple-breath N2 washouts (WO) and washins (WI) were performed during regular tidal breathing in 11 unsedated healthy steers approaching pulmonary functional maturity (mean body weight = 271 kg). They ... [more ▼]

Multiple-breath N2 washouts (WO) and washins (WI) were performed during regular tidal breathing in 11 unsedated healthy steers approaching pulmonary functional maturity (mean body weight = 271 kg). They inspired 20% O2 in 80% Ar during the WO and air during the WI. For each steer, we computed two indexes of ventilation inhomogeneity from the N2 WO curves: 1) the curvilinearity of the logarithm of end-tidal N2 concentrations as a function of cumulative expired volume reflected in the ratio of two slopes fitted between 100 and 50% and between 50 and 10%, respectively, of end-tidal N2 concentration of the first breath of the WO; and 2) the N2 phase III slope divided by the mean expired concentration (Sn) of each breath also plotted as a function of cumulative expired volume. Equivalent computation of both parameters was done on WI and WO curves, and similar results were obtained. The mean slope ratio was 0.812 +/- 0.119 (SD) for all the steers, which is consistent with topographic gravity-dependent specific ventilation distribution inhomogeneity. Sn was independent of the breath number both for WO and WI (mean Sn = 0.130 +/- 0.057 liters-1), suggesting that emptying between unequally ventilated units, is synchronous. This behavior resembles that observed in rats postmortem (S. Verbanck, E.R. Weibel, and M. Paiva. J. Appl Physiol. 71: 847-854, 1991) but contrasts with experiments in humans, in whom convection-dependent ventilation inhomogeneities generate a marked increase in Sn throughout the entire WO (A. B. H. Crawford, M. Makowska, M. Paiva, and L. A. Engel. J. Appl. Physiol. 59: 838-846, 1985). This is surprising because one would expect gravity-dependent sequential emptying in animals of this size. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Bone Sialoprotein in Human Breast Cancer Tissue and Cell Lines at Both Protein and Messenger Ribonucleic Acid Levels
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Clausse, N. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1996), 75(2), 203-10

The recent demonstration that bone sialoprotein (BSP) can be detected in human breast cancer tissue by immunoperoxidase suggests that this phosphoprotein is ectopically expressed by malignant mammary ... [more ▼]

The recent demonstration that bone sialoprotein (BSP) can be detected in human breast cancer tissue by immunoperoxidase suggests that this phosphoprotein is ectopically expressed by malignant mammary epithelial cells. Its detection in human breast cancer cells raises questions about its potential role(s) during breast cancer progression. Because BSP is secreted and is present in the serum, the positivity of breast cancer cells for BSP could have been the result of an uptake of the circulating phosphoprotein by the cells rather than of an intrinsic expression. We examined the expression of BSP at both the protein and mRNA levels in nine human breast cancer samples as well as in three human breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7, T47-D, and MDA-MB-231) using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometric analysis, immunoblot, and reverse-transcriptase PCR. BSP was detected at both protein and mRNA levels in human breast cancer tissue and in the three human breast cancer cell lines. Using a specific polyclonal anti-BSP antibody, we showed by both fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis and immunohistochemistry experiments that all of the human breast cancer cell lines studied express BSP. This was localized at the cell surface and in the cytosol of the estrogen receptor-positive MCF-7 and T47-D cell lines, whereas it was detected only in the cytosol of the estrogen receptor-negative MDA-MB-231 cells. Using the same polyclonal anti-BSP antibody, we were able to identify an approximately 97-kd band on total protein extracts from the three cell lines by immunoblotting. Reverse-transcriptase PCR reactions using specific oligonucleotides performed on total RNA of nine human breast cancer biopsy samples and the three cell lines demonstrated the presence of BSP mRNA in all of the samples examined. This study is the first demonstration that human malignant breast epithelial cell lines express BSP at the protein and mRNA levels. Our study identified MCF-7, T47-D, and MDA-MB-231 cells as useful models for the examination of the molecular mechanisms involved in the ectopic expression of BSP in breast malignant lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailHierarchical Cluster Analysis of Environmental Pollutants through P450 Induction in Cultured Hepatic Cells
Dubois, Marilyn; Plaisance, H.; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety (1996), 34(3), 205-15

Environmental pollutants are classically associated with increased drug metabolism. Cultures of rat hepatocytes, quail hepatocytes, and human hepatoma (Hep G2) cells were used to study the effects of ... [more ▼]

Environmental pollutants are classically associated with increased drug metabolism. Cultures of rat hepatocytes, quail hepatocytes, and human hepatoma (Hep G2) cells were used to study the effects of pesticides on drug-metabolizing enzymes. Membrane integrity and mitochondrial activity were evaluated and induction of ethoxycoumarin-O-deethylase and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase activities were measured. Induced P450s were identified by immunoblotting. Pentachlorophenol and lindane appeared as the strongest inducers. On the immunoblots, specific antibodies revealed induced CYP1A1 in fetal rat hepatocytes, CYP2B in quail hepatocytes, and CYP3A7 in Hep G2 cells. Pesticide effects on these different activities in each type of cultured cells were compared by cluster analysis. Results obtained under similar conditions with reference inducers phenobarbital (PB) and benzo[a]anthracene and other environmental pollutants (polychlorobiphenyls) were added to previous data prior to multivariate analysis. The tested products fell into four major groups: a first group with pentachlorophenol, identified as a CYP3A inducer; a second group containing the methylcholanthrene-type inducers that increase CYP1A-related activities; a third class represented by dieldrin, a PB-type inducer; a fourth group including inert compounds or weak inducers. Lindane shares the criteria of the second and third groups and seems to induce both CYP1A and CYP2B activities. The current study results highlight the advantage of using several types of cultured hepatocytes to evaluate the short-term toxicity of environmental pollutants in vitro and constitute a useful model for predicting the potential toxicity of pesticides in humans (Hep G2 cells) and wildlife (fetal quail hepatocytes). [less ▲]

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