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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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See detailLayout Optimization : A Mathematical Programming Approach
Duysinx, Pierre ULg

Conference (1996, August)

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See detailA new poly (ε-caprolactone) containing hybrid ceramer prepared by the sol-gel process
Tian, Dong; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Polymer (1996), 37(17), 3983-3987

A new inorganic-organic hybrid material, known as ceramer, has been prepared by the sol-gel process. α,ω-Hydroxyl poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) has been used as an organic reagent, as such or after ... [more ▼]

A new inorganic-organic hybrid material, known as ceramer, has been prepared by the sol-gel process. α,ω-Hydroxyl poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) has been used as an organic reagent, as such or after conversion of the hydroxyl end-groups into triethoxysilane end-groups. The novelty has to be found in the biocompatibility and biodegradability of the organic constitutive component. Since the hydroxyl end-groups of PCL are less reactive than the triethoxysilane counterparts, the preliminary reaction of the hydroxyl end-groups with 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane is recommended for decreasing the gelation time and the amount of PCL extractable from the final hybrid material. In this respect, it has been observed that the amount of PCL incorporated into the network is limited by the early vitrification of the reactive system. This drawback can be alleviated by curing the sample at a high enough temperature (100°C). TEM observations have shown that the organic and inorganic phases are intimately mixed when the weight composition in SiO2 and PCL is close to 50%. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the 67 Kd Laminin Receptor in Human Ovarian Carcinomas as Defined by a Monoclonal Antibody, Mluc5
van den Brule, F. A.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Menard, S. et al

in European Journal of Cancer (1996), 32A(9), 1598-602

Previous immunohistochemical data from our laboratory have demonstrated that expression of the 67 kD laminin receptor (67LR), a cancer-associated, high-affinity laminin-binding protein, is upregulated in ... [more ▼]

Previous immunohistochemical data from our laboratory have demonstrated that expression of the 67 kD laminin receptor (67LR), a cancer-associated, high-affinity laminin-binding protein, is upregulated in ovarian carcinoma cells compared with normal serosal cells, and that this increased expression in cancer cells could be related to patient outcome. The aim of this study was to validate MLuC5, a monoclonal antibody that recognises the 67LR, as a tool to perform future immunohistochemical studies on larger populations of ovarian carcinoma patients. Expression of the 67LR was determined in 51 primary human ovarian carcinoma samples using immunohistochemistry and MLuC5. The 67LR was detected in ovarian carcinoma cell clusters of variable extent. Analysis of the data determined that 67LR expression was significantly increased in the samples from patients with disease progression, compared with those with no evidence of disease after completion of primary therapy, and in pooled grade 2 and 3 tumours compared to borderline and grade 1 tumours (P < 0.05, chi-squared test). No other significant correlation between 67LR expression and other clinicopathological parameters could be established. These data suggest that the 67LR is correlated to ovarian tumour progression. Detection of the 67LR using this monoclonal antibody could constitute an interesting parameter in prognosis determination of ovarian cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailLight scattering study of salt-free "polyelectrolyte behaviour" of monotelechelic ionomers in a polar solvent
Kupperblatt, Gary; Hara, Masanori; Vanhoorne, Pierre ULg et al

in Polymer (1996), 37(16), 3741-3744

Salt-free polyelectrolyte behaviour which is typically observed at low polymer concentrations for polyelectrolyte aqueous solutions and random ionomer non-aqueous solutions (in polar solvents) (i.e ... [more ▼]

Salt-free polyelectrolyte behaviour which is typically observed at low polymer concentrations for polyelectrolyte aqueous solutions and random ionomer non-aqueous solutions (in polar solvents) (i.e., negative angular dependence of the reciprocal scattering in static light scattering and an appearance of the fast mode in dynamic light scattering) has been observed for monotelechelic ionomer solutions in a polar solvent. This indicates that only single charge (per chain) is sufficient to produce intermolecular electrostatic interactions, which are responsible for such characteristic behaviour. However, the 'characteristic' behaviour, which is typically observed at higher concentrations for polyelectrolyte and random ionomer solutions (i.e., large positive apparent radius of gyration in static scattering and appearance of the slow mode in addition to the fast mode in dynamic scattering) has not been observed to date for monotelechelic ionomer solutions. The absence of high-concentration characteristics for the monotelechelic ionomer solutions gives additional insight as to the nature and structure of 'heterogeneities' in salt-free polyelectrolyte solutions, which is still controversial. [less ▲]

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See detailHerpesviridae granulomas. Letter
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in European Journal of Dermatology (1996), 6(5), 394

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See detailDaily and seasonal movements of radio-tagged trout (Salmo trutta) in the Belgian Ardennes: mobility versus residency
Ovidio, Michaël ULg

Conference (1996, August)

This study describes the mobility patterns of two trout (Salmo trutta L.) of different morphotypes (one typical brown trout and one intermediate between the sea and brown trout) telemetred during 172 ... [more ▼]

This study describes the mobility patterns of two trout (Salmo trutta L.) of different morphotypes (one typical brown trout and one intermediate between the sea and brown trout) telemetred during 172 consecutive days in the River Meuse Basin (Belgian Ardennes). The two trout behaved quite differently. The typical brown trout showed little mobility (home range < 1.1 km and longest net daily journey of 850 m) and a constant fidelity to a main area. The other trout was highly mobile (home range extending over 46 km, with net daily journeys as long as 14 km) with no apparent attachment to any particular residence. These results further question the colloquial belief that all freshwater trout are resident fish and support the idea that different ecotypes (i.e. stream and large river trout) would coexist in the same hydroecosystem. Due to small sample size, it is not permitted to affirm that these ecotypes would be associated to different morphotypes. [less ▲]

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See detailA critical review of surgery techniques for implanting telemetry devices into the body cavity of fish
Baras, Etienne; Birtles, Cymon; Westerloppe, Luc et al

Conference (1996, August)

Based on literature survey and personal experience, this paper presents a critical review of surgery procedures to implant telemetry devices (transmitters, transponders) into the body cavity of fish ... [more ▼]

Based on literature survey and personal experience, this paper presents a critical review of surgery procedures to implant telemetry devices (transmitters, transponders) into the body cavity of fish species. It debates on the relative adequacy of techniques which may compromise or enhance tagging success with respect to fish health and transmitter retention: anaesthesia, incision (position and length of incision), transmitter features (size and weight ratios, coating), ways of closing the incision (stitches, staples, adhesives), prophylaxy, pre- and postoperative care. Behavioural and physiological biases originating from tagging or internal presence of the transmitter are reviewed, evaluated and integrated to determine the actual duration of the post-operative perturbation and subsequent validation of telemetry data. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-Clinics. Comment je traite... un patient diabétique de Type 2 par régime
Paquot, Nicolas ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(8), 497-9

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See detailEvidence and purification of a novel bacterial dehydrogenase : a vanillin : NAD (P) oxydoreductase.
Bare, G.; Moukil, M.; Swiatkowski, Th. et al

Poster (1996, August)

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See detailLe texte dans l'apprentissage des langues
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Conference (1996, August)

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See detailPregnancies, calves and calf viability after transfer of in vitro produced bovine embryos
Schmidt, T.; Greve, T.; Avery, B. et al

in Theriogenology (1996), 46(3), 527-539

Pregnancy, parturition and calf survival following the transfer of embryos produced in vitro were monitored. A total of 44 blastocysts was transferred in pairs to 1 uterine horn ipsilateral to the corpus ... [more ▼]

Pregnancy, parturition and calf survival following the transfer of embryos produced in vitro were monitored. A total of 44 blastocysts was transferred in pairs to 1 uterine horn ipsilateral to the corpus luteum (CL) of 22 synchronized heifers. At Day 42 of development 14 recipients (64%) were pregnant; the calving rate was also 64%. The twinning rate was 9/14 at Day 42 and 7/14 at birth, for an overall fetal mortality rate of 9%. The average gestation length was 281 and 275 d for single and twin pregnancies, respectively. Blood samples from recipients were collected for determination of bovine pregnancy associated glycoprotein (bPAG) from 2 wk after transfer and throughout the pregnancy. During the first trimester of pregnancy, the bPAG concentration was significantly higher in twin than in single bearing heifers, and the perinatal increase in bPAG was correlated positively with the total weight of the fetus(es). The percentage of male calves was 43%. The birth weight of twin individuals was 25 ± 1 kg, which was 78% of the birthweight of the singletons (32 ± 2 kg). One singleton calf was oversized, weighing 58 kg (80% more than the median weight of the other singletons). Stillbirths occurred in 21% of the twins, butin none of the singletons. Calf mortality during the first 14 d was higher for twins (4/11) than for singletons (1/7) due to infections and cerebellar hypoplasia. Karyotyping the calves detected no cytogenetically recognizable abnormalities. All calves were negative for BVD virus and IBR antibodies. The results of this study showed that although the incidence of fetal loss was low, there was an unacceptable high perinatal mortality of the calves. Thus it is likely that the blood supply through the placenta of animals pregnant with twins was impaired or it is possible that these fetuses and calves had increased stress susceptibility caused by the in vitro conditions. Furthermore, the birth of 1 oversized calf, 2 calves with cerebellar hypoplasia and 5 calves succumbing to infections seems to indicate that a proportion of in vitro produced calves may suffer from factors inherent in the in vitro production system [less ▲]

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See detailDifunctional initiator based on 1,3-diisopropenylbenzene. 4. Synthesis and modification of poly(alkyl methacrylate-b-styrene-b-butadiene-b-styrene-b-alkyl methacrylate (MSBSM) thermoplastic elastomers
Yu, Y. S.; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (1996), 34(11), 2221-2228

MSBSM five-block copolymers where B stands for butadiene, S for styrene, and M for either methyl methacrylate (MMA) or tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA) have been synthesized by sequential anionic ... [more ▼]

MSBSM five-block copolymers where B stands for butadiene, S for styrene, and M for either methyl methacrylate (MMA) or tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA) have been synthesized by sequential anionic polymerization in an apolar solvent by using a difunctional anionic initiator derived from 1,3-diisopropenylbenzene. These block copolymers show improved mechanical properties and an extended service temperature compared to traditional SBS thermoplastic elastomers. Upon hydrolysis and further neutralization of the PolytBMA end-blocks, the upper glass transition temperature (Tg) of the five-block copolymers has been raised up to about 150°C. A further increase in this service temperature (up to ca. 160°C) has resulted from the blending of sPMMA-SBS-sPMMA five-block copolymers with isotactic poly(methacrylate) (iPMMA), due to the formation of a stereocomplex. The tensile properties of these modified five-block copolymers have remained essentially unchanged. [less ▲]

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