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See detailHow robust are district health systems? Coping with crisis and disasters in Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Porignon, Denis ULg; Soron'Gane, E. M.; Lokombe, T. E. et al

in Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH (1998), 3(7), 559-65

BACKGROUND: Since the eighties, the North Kivu Province socio-economic environment has been deteriorating. This province also faced an influx of Rwandan refugees in July 1994. The objective of the paper ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Since the eighties, the North Kivu Province socio-economic environment has been deteriorating. This province also faced an influx of Rwandan refugees in July 1994. The objective of the paper is to show how a rural health district has been able to adjust and maintain its medical activities under unfavourable conditions. METHOD: Performances of the local health system were assessed through the analysis of routine medical data collected in the Rutshuru Health District (RHD) between 1985 and 1995. Specific data collected during the Rwandan refugee crisis measured the workload of RHD due to the refugees. RESULTS: For 11 years, health infrastructures have remained accessible and functional in RHD. The curative utilization and preventive coverage rates increased. Obstetrical activities were intensified from a quantitative as well as from a qualitative point of view. Between July and October 1994, the RHD treated 65000 cases of various pathological conditions in Rwandan refugees settled outside the camps. This corresponds to 9.3% of consultations for Rwandan refugees settled on RHD's territory and represents a 400% increase in the curative workload for the RHD health services. Human and financial resources remained at a very low level, especially when compared with those available in the camps through relief agencies. CONCLUSION: The RHD was severely affected by various stresses but its services managed to provide significant and efficient response to these crises. Health district systems may constitute an effective tool to provide health care under adverse conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidermal Calprotectin Expression in Lymphocyte-Depleted Cutaneous Graft-versus-Host Reaction
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Nikkels, Nazli ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg et al

in Archivos Argentinos de Dermatologia (1998), 48

One of the most important complications associated with bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is graft-versus-host reaction (GVHR) altering different organs. The immunosuppressive regimen frequently abates ... [more ▼]

One of the most important complications associated with bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is graft-versus-host reaction (GVHR) altering different organs. The immunosuppressive regimen frequently abates the severity of cutaneous lesions to a peculiar lymphocyto-depleted GVHR (LD-GVHR) with scant recognizable inflammatory cells and almost absence of epidermal injury. The recently revisited histological criteria for cutaneous GVHR are of little help in diagnosing such LD-GVHR. As calprotectin (L1-protein) has been reported to be expressed in several types of stressed epithelia, we assessed the epidermal calprotectin expression during LD-GVHR. Calprotectin expression was studied by immuno-histochemistry using the Mac 287 moAb in 50 cases of LD-GVHR and 40 cases of toxic reactions due to the conditioning regimens or to post-transplant drugs. Calprotectin was evidenced in normal looking keratinocytes of all cutaneous LD-GVHR cases and in the vast majority of cytotoxic drug-induced dermatitis. It is concluded that calprotectin immunoreactivity appears to be a diagnostic clue in LD-GVHR. The epidermal calprotectin expression occurs early in GVHD, irrespective of the histological grading. However, it cannot be used alone to distinguish early LD-GVHR from drug-induced dermatitis. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of major histocompatibility complex class I expression by NF-kB-related proteins in breast cancer cells
Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Deregowski, Valérie; GREIMERS, Roland ULg et al

in Oncogene (1998)

Downregulation of MHC Class I antigens has been observed in many cancers and usually results from a decreased gene transcription. A reporter CAT gene dependent on the MHC Class I kB site or on a longer ... [more ▼]

Downregulation of MHC Class I antigens has been observed in many cancers and usually results from a decreased gene transcription. A reporter CAT gene dependent on the MHC Class I kB site or on a longer promoter is transactivated by NF-kB complexes contain- ing p65 or RelB. p100 as well as IkB-a are potent inhibitors of this transcription and p100 sequesters RelB and p65 complexes in the cytoplasm of breast cancer cells. However, although p100 is highly expressed in a number of breast cancer cell lines, MHC Class I antigen expression was observed on all the cell lines we analysed and could be further induced by stimulation with the cytokines IFN-g or TNF-a. Stable transfection of a unresponsive mutated IkB-a Ser 32-36 expression vector showed that TNF-a induced MHC Cl I expression in an NF-kB-dependent way while IFN-g did it independently of any NF-kB activation. [less ▲]

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See detailUn acceso de fiebre milenarista
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Anuario de Psicologia (1998), 29(2), 5-19

As an introduction to the present thematic issue of the Anuario de Psicología, the author, indulging in the millenarist mood at the approach of the year 2000, presents some reflections on the present ... [more ▼]

As an introduction to the present thematic issue of the Anuario de Psicología, the author, indulging in the millenarist mood at the approach of the year 2000, presents some reflections on the present state of psychology and on future prospects. In spite of the fragmentation of psychology into multiple subfields, he points to some signs towards recovering unity. Attention is given especially to current trends towards restoring the importance of emotion and motivation, of action and of environment factors, the place of which had been reduced or neglected by extreme cognitivism. Although the traditional conflict as to the roots - biological or cultural - of human nature is far from being solved, a new way to look at variations, both interindividual and intraindividual, offers a possibility to reconcile the biological and socio-historical dimensions, and also to face the many problems challenging applied psychology in the future. Emphasis is made on the increasing need for pluridisciplinary, for better communication within psychology, for more efficient and earlier information and education of the public at large as what psychology is about. Given the impossibility to predict what changes human nature might undergo during the next centuries, recommandations are made to maximal flexibility, and readiness to deal with humans fully shaped by virtual reality, eventually in need of virtual psychologists. [less ▲]

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See detailBurrhus Frederic Skinner : un des plus grands (et des plus décriés) psychologues du siècle
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Journal de Thérapie Comportementale et Cognitive (1998), 8(3), 113-115

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See detailGround-based FTIR Measurements from a Series of European sites during the Winter of 1995/96 and a Comparison with a 3D Chemical Transport Model: Evidence of Chlorine Activation and Ozone depletion
Paton Walsh, C.; Bell, W.; Blumenstock, T. et al

in Harris, N. R. P.; Kilbane-Dawe, I.; Amanatidis, G.T. (Eds.) Polar stratospheric ozone 1997 (1998)

Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) measurements of stratospheric trace species have been made at a network of five ground-based sites from 79°N to 47°N during the Northern hemisphere winter of 1995/1996 ... [more ▼]

Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) measurements of stratospheric trace species have been made at a network of five ground-based sites from 79°N to 47°N during the Northern hemisphere winter of 1995/1996. This winter was extremely cold with temperatures below the threshold for type 1 polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) formation from mid December 1995 until early March 1996 when there was a rapid warming of the stratosphere. Over 25 days experienced temperatures low enough for ice cloud (PSC type 2) formation. Vertical columns values for HCl, ClONO2, HF and HNO3 have been derived from FTIR measurements at the following sites: Ny Alesund, Spitzbergen (79°N, 12°E); Kiruna, Sweden (67°N, 21°E); Harestua, Norway (60°N, 11°E); London, England (51°N, 0°E) and the Jungfraujoch, Switzerland (48°N, 8°E), with measurements of other stratospheric trace gases, including O3 and ClO available from some of the sites. All of these sites are equipped with high resolution Bruker 120HR or 120M spectrometers, recording atmospheric spectra in the mid infrared using the Sun as a source. These measurements have been used to provide both evidence of substantial activation within large areas of the polar vortex and a subsequent O3 depletion. The measurements suggest a well mixed central vortex area surrounded by a vortex edge that may be highly variable in composition. The measurements also provide evidence of substantial mixing of activated air from the edge of the polar vortex into middle latitudes. Comparison with the SLIMCAT 3D chemical transport model highlights the underestimation of ClONO2 concentrations in the model, with subsequent implications for underestimating O3 loss. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent Characteristic Budgets of Inorganic Chlorine and Fluorine above the Jungfraujoch Station
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Mélen, Francine et al

in Harris, N. R. P.; Kilbane-Dawe, I.; Amanatidis, G.T. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 4th European Symposium on Polar Stratospheric Ozone 1997 (1998)

Within the frame of NDSC (Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change)-related monitoring activities conducted at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (Swiss Alps, 46.5°N, 8.0°E ... [more ▼]

Within the frame of NDSC (Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change)-related monitoring activities conducted at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (Swiss Alps, 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m a.s.l.), long-term investigations of the inorganic chlorine and fluorine budgets have been pursued during the last years. They are based on the analysis of high-resolution infrared solar spectra, recorded with grating and Fourier transform state-of-the-art spectrometers. Nonlinear least squares fittings of synthetic spectra to the observations are performed over selected intervals, encompassing characteristic absorptions of HCl, ClONO2, HF and COF2; this allows the retrieval of their total vertical column abundances above the Jungfraujoch and the evaluation of their budgets. [less ▲]

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See detailHST observation of high latitude UV regions of Jupiter and Saturn
Grodent, Denis ULg

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See detailEquine neutrophil myeloperoxidase in plasma: design of a radio-immunoassay and first results in septic pathologies.
Deby, Ginette ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Caudron, I. et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (1998), 66(3-4), 257-71

The strangulated intestinal pathologies of horses are accompanied by a local activation of the neutrophils, that can be revealed by measuring the tissular enzymatic activity of the granulocytic enzyme ... [more ▼]

The strangulated intestinal pathologies of horses are accompanied by a local activation of the neutrophils, that can be revealed by measuring the tissular enzymatic activity of the granulocytic enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO). To estimate the possible spreading of this neutrophil activation to the systemic circulation, we designed a radioimmunoassay (RIA) for equine neutrophil myeloperoxidase (MPO) (EC 1.11.1.7) using a specific rabbit antiserum. MPO was labeled with 1 mCi 125I by a technique of self-labeling in the presence of 10(-4) M hydrogen peroxide. The RIA was performed by incubation of 100 microl diluted antiserum, 100 microl labeled MPO (+/-30,000 cpm) and 100 microl of the reference molecule (unlabeled MPO) solution or the unknown sample, at room temperature for 18 h. The antibody-antigen complexes were isolated by double antibody precipitation. The sensitivity of the RIA was 2 ng/ml. The RIA showed good precision and accuracy with intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation 6% and 8%, respectively, for MPO concentrations ranging from 2 ng/ml to 60 ng/ml. The best sampling technique for MPO measurement in plasma was to collect blood into EDTA, which allowed us to get a plasmatic value stable with time. The mean MPO value in normal horses was 69.5 +/- 19.4 ng/ml in EDTA anticoagulated plasma (n = 48). The stress of transport and anaesthesia did not modify the mean plasmatic value of MPO. No significant increase of plasma MPO was observed in 17 horses submitted to surgery for pathologies without systemic impact. But, in 25 horses with obstructive intestinal pathologies, persistent abnormal MPO concentrations were measured (until 740 ng/ml). [less ▲]

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See detailLes minéraux secondaires en relation avec les sulfures de la région de Vielsalm, Belgique
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Blondieau, Michel; Dehove, José et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1998), 67

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See detailA sequence of spore assemblages from the subsurface Silurian strata in Saudi Arabia
Wellman, C. H.; Higgs, K. T.; Steemans, Philippe ULg et al

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See detailSpore assemblages from a subsurface sequence of Silurian strata from Saudi Arabia
Wellman, C. H.; Steemans, Philippe ULg; Higgs, K.

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See detailLes moines face à l'éternité
George, Philippe ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (1998), CIV

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See detailResultaten van het gebruikssporenonderzoek op silexmateriaal van het Goudenleeuwplein in Gent
Caspar, Jean-Paul; Rots, Veerle ULg

in Stadsarcheologie (1998), 22(1), 8

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See detailFunctional analysis of ZNF85 KRAB zinc finger protein, a member of the highly homologous ZNF91 family
Poncelet, Dominique A.; Bellefroid, Eric J.; Bastiaens, P. V. et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1998), 17(11), 931-43

We previously identified the ZNF85 (HPF4) KRAB zinc finger gene, a member of the human ZNF91 family. Here, we show that the ZNF85 gene is highly expressed in normal adult testis, in seminomas, and in the ... [more ▼]

We previously identified the ZNF85 (HPF4) KRAB zinc finger gene, a member of the human ZNF91 family. Here, we show that the ZNF85 gene is highly expressed in normal adult testis, in seminomas, and in the NT2/D1 teratocarcinoma cell line. Immunocytochemical localization of a panel of beta-Gal/ZNF85 fusion proteins revealed that ZNF85 contains at least one nuclear localization signal located in the spacer region connecting the KRAB domain with the zinc finger repeats. Bacterially expressed ZNF85 zinc finger domain bound strongly and exclusively to DNA in vitro in a zinc-dependent manner. The KRAB(A) domain of the ZNF85 protein and of several other members of the ZNF91 family exhibited repressing activity when tested in Gal4 fusion protein assays. The repression was significantly enhanced by the addition of the KRAB (B) domain, whereas further addition of other conserved regions had no effect. The ZNF85 KRAB(A) and (B) domains in vitro bound several nuclear proteins that might constitute critical cofactors for repression. [less ▲]

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See detailLe bilan biologique de base, un examen inutile
Roland, Michel; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Bruxelles (1998), 19(4), 255-262

A critical analysis of the theoretical concepts applying to mass screening (Frames' criteria) in relation with the "Evidence-Based Medicine" methodology leads to rule out the basic blood test from the ... [more ▼]

A critical analysis of the theoretical concepts applying to mass screening (Frames' criteria) in relation with the "Evidence-Based Medicine" methodology leads to rule out the basic blood test from the periodic health examination. A good questioning with a good clinical examination will select high risk populations for specific health problems for which some oriented tests can be performed with an acceptable positive predictive value. [less ▲]

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See detailGalloping of electrical lines in wind tunnel facilities
Chabart, Olivier; Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (1998), 74-76

Galloping on power lines is a difficult matter. In this paper a galloping has been reproduced in a wind tunnel on a section of an actual conductor with actual ice shape. Aerodynamics is first detailed ... [more ▼]

Galloping on power lines is a difficult matter. In this paper a galloping has been reproduced in a wind tunnel on a section of an actual conductor with actual ice shape. Aerodynamics is first detailed. Then flutter type and Den Hartod type galloping has been obtained in the wind tunnel depending on changeable ratio vertical to torsional frequencies. [less ▲]

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See detailLesions of morbillivirus infection in a fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) stranded along the Belgian coast
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Charlier, G.; Desmecht, M. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1998), 143(15), 423-424

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