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See detailAcute Diverticulitis in Heart Transplant Recipients
Detry, Olivier ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Meurisse, Michel ULg et al

in Transplant International (1996), 9(4), 376-9

Immunosuppressed patients are susceptible to complicated diverticulitis, but reports of this complication are scarce in heart graft recipients. To estimate the prevalence of acute diverticulitis in heart ... [more ▼]

Immunosuppressed patients are susceptible to complicated diverticulitis, but reports of this complication are scarce in heart graft recipients. To estimate the prevalence of acute diverticulitis in heart graft recipients, we retrospectively reviewed the cases of diverticulitis in a series of 143 patients who underwent orthotopic heart transplantation in a period of 10 years. Six (4%) of these developed acute diverticulitis and required colectomy. All of them were male patients and were older than 50 years. Four patients underwent urgent laparotomy and colon resection with end colostomy (Hartmann procedure). The two other patients suffered from diverticulitis without generalized peritonitis and underwent laparoscopic sigmoidectomy with direct transanal end-to-end anastomosis. The postoperative outcomes of these six patients were satisfactory. As are other immunosuppressed patients, heart graft recipients are susceptible to diverticulitis. Early surgical management may be safe in well-compensated patients. [less ▲]

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See detailThrombolyse coronaire--actualisation
Legrand, Victor ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(9), 571-5

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See detailEnvironmental applications of isotope ratio - mass spectrometry
Dauby, Patrick ULg

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See detailTyping of Bovine Attaching and Effacing Escherichia Coli by Multiplex in Vitro Amplification of Virulence-Associated Genes
China, B.; Pirson, V.; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (1996), 62(9), 3462-3465

Attaching and effacing Escherichia coli is a new causal agent of diarrhea in calves. Its major virulence factors are the intimin protein, encoded by the eaeA gene, and the Shiga-like toxins, encoded by ... [more ▼]

Attaching and effacing Escherichia coli is a new causal agent of diarrhea in calves. Its major virulence factors are the intimin protein, encoded by the eaeA gene, and the Shiga-like toxins, encoded by slt genes. Because the sequences of these genes are available, we selected specific primers to amplify each virulence gene so as to develop a new identification test based on multiplex amplification of virulence-associated genes. Of 30 tested strains, 14 were eaeA+, 15 were eaeA+ slt-I+, 1 was eaeA+ slt-I+ slt-II+, and 1 was eaeA+ slt-II+. The method proved in our hands to be fast and specific and in perfect correlation with the hybridization method. [less ▲]

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See detailInflammatory reaction and capillary leak syndrome related to cardiopulmonary bypass in neonates undergoing cardiac operations
Seghaye, Marie-Christine ULg; Grabitz, R. G.; Duchateau, J. et al

in Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1996), 112(3), 687-697

We studied the inflammatory reaction related to cardiopulmonary bypass in 24 neonates (median age 6 days) undergoing the arterial switch operation for simple transposition of the great arteries, with ... [more ▼]

We studied the inflammatory reaction related to cardiopulmonary bypass in 24 neonates (median age 6 days) undergoing the arterial switch operation for simple transposition of the great arteries, with respect to the development of postoperative capillary leak syndrome. Complement proteins, leukocyte count, tumor necrosis factor-α, and histamine levels were determined before, during, and after cardiopulmonary bypass. Additionally, protein movement from the intravascular into the extravascular space during cardiopulmonary bypass was assessed by the measurement of plasma concentrations of proteins with molecular weights ranging from 21,200 to 718,000. Capillary leak syndrome developed in 13 of the 24 neonates. Patients with capillary leak syndrome, as compared with those without, had preoperatively higher C5a levels (C5a, 3.0 ± 0.6 μg/L vs 0.9 ± 0.2 μg/L) (mean ± standard error of the mean) (p < 0.05) and higher leukocyte counts (leukocytes, 17.9 ± 2.1 x 10 3 cells/ml versus 11.7 ± 0.8 x 10 3 cells/ml) (p < 0.05), suggesting in these neonates a preoperative inflammatory state. Preoperative clinical and operative data were identical in both patient groups. Before cardiopulmonary bypass, serum protein concentrations were similar in all patients. Ten minutes after institution of cardiopulmonary bypass, protein concentrations fell to significantly lower values in patients with capillary leak syndrome than in those without: albumin (19% ± 1.5% vs 30% ± 6% of the prebypass value, p < 0.05), immunoglobulin G (17% ± 1.5% vs 29% ± 5.5%, p < 0.001), and α 2-macroglobulin (15% ± 1.2% vs 25% ± 4%, p < 0.02). During cardiopulmonary bypass, albumin concentrations remained significantly lower in patients with capillary leak syndrome than in those without, whereas hematocrit values were similar in both groups. During cardiopulmonary bypass, patients with capillary leak syndrome also had lower concentrations of complement proteins C3 and C4 but not C1 inhibitor. C3d/C3 ratio and C5a levels were similar in both patient groups. In contrast, histamine liberation during cardiopulmonary bypass was significantly more pronounced in patients with capillary leak syndrome than in those without (725.2 ± 396.7 pg/ml vs -54.1 ± 58.4 pg/ml, p < 0.05). Tumor necrosis factor-α levels after protamine administration were also significantly higher in patients with capillary leak syndrome (38.1 ± 10.0 pg/ml vs 15.3 ± 3.4 pg/ml, p < 0.05). Leukocyte count during and after cardiopulmonary bypass was similar in both patient groups. This study demonstrates increased protein leakage as early as 10 minutes after initiation of cardiopulmonary bypass in patients having clinical signs of postoperative capillary leak syndrome. Patients with capillary leak syndrome displayed more pronounced histamine liberation and tumor necrosis factor-α liberation than patients without capillary leak syndrome, suggesting a relationship between cardiopulmonary bypass-related inflammatory reaction and perioperative capillary damage. A preoperative inflammatory state in patients with capillary leak syndrome could have enhanced the inflammatory response to cardiopulmonary bypass. [less ▲]

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See detailMigrations et Ethnicité
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (1996, August 25)

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See detailExpression of Bone Sialoprotein in Primary Human Breast Cancer Is Associated with Poor Survival
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Menard, S.; Bufalino, R. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1996), 69(4), 350-3

We have recently demonstrated that bone sialoprotein (BSP), a bone-matrix protein involved in hydroxyapatite crystal formation, is ectopically expressed in human breast cancers. We explored a possible ... [more ▼]

We have recently demonstrated that bone sialoprotein (BSP), a bone-matrix protein involved in hydroxyapatite crystal formation, is ectopically expressed in human breast cancers. We explored a possible association between expression of BSP in primary breast cancer and patients' survival. We analyzed BSP expression in 454 breast-cancer patients by immunohistochemistry on archival paraffin-embedded material using an anti-BSP polyclonal antibody. BSP expression was correlated to survival, tumor size, axillary lymph-node status and first site of distant metastasis. Of the breast cancers analyzed, 89% expressed detectable amounts of BSP. We found a statistical association between expression of BSP and poor prognosis as indicated by survival curves analyzed using the log rank and the Gehan methods. BSP expression was significantly higher in breast-cancer patients with axillary lymph-node involvement. Interestingly, survival of patients with positive lymph nodes but BSP-negative tumors was significantly higher than that of patients with no lymph-node involvement but BSP-positive cancers. The frequency of bone metastases was higher in the group of patients with BSP-positive tumors (22%) than in the group with BSP-negative cancers (7%). There was a significant increase in the incidence of lung metastases in patients whose tumors were negative for BSP. Our data show that bone sialoprotein expression in breast cancer is associated with poor prognosis. BSP detection also appears to be a valuable marker with which to identify, among the lymph-node-negative patients, those who have high risk of disease progression. [less ▲]

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See detailA combined theoretical and experimental study of the electrochemically induced chemisorption of acrylonitrile on nickel, copper, and zinc
Fredriksson, C.; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Brédas, Jean-Luc et al

in Chemical Physics Letters (1996), 258(3-4), 356-362

We report a combined theoretical and experimental study of the interaction between a series of transition metals (Ni, Cu, Zn) and acrylonitrile. We demonstrate experimentally that the transition metal has ... [more ▼]

We report a combined theoretical and experimental study of the interaction between a series of transition metals (Ni, Cu, Zn) and acrylonitrile. We demonstrate experimentally that the transition metal has a selective role in the grafting of electropolymerized acrylonitrile. Nickel and copper substrates support the formation of a polyacrylonitrile film, while zinc does not. Quantum chemical calculations indicate that acrylonitrile molecules form π-d bonds with Ni and Cu atoms, but do not react chemically with a Zn atom, in qualitative agreement with the experiment. Computational results also show that the electron affinity is significantly increased upon chemisorption, promoting radical anion species at the metal surface as initiators for polymerization. [less ▲]

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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

Conference (1996, August 12)

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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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