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See detailRole of Nuclear Factor-Kappa B in Colon Cancer Cell Apoptosis Mediated by Aminopyropheophorbide Photosensitization
Matroule, J. Y.; Hellin, A. C.; Morliere, P. et al

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (1999), 70(4), 540-8

Aminopyropheophorbide (APP) is a second generation of photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT). We demonstrated that APP strongly absorbed red light and, after being taken up by colon cancer cells ... [more ▼]

Aminopyropheophorbide (APP) is a second generation of photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy (PDT). We demonstrated that APP strongly absorbed red light and, after being taken up by colon cancer cells (HCT-116 cells), was localized in cytoplasmic and internal membranes but not in mitochondria. The APP-mediated photosensitization was cytotoxic for HCT-116 cells through an induction of apoptosis. Indeed, DNA fragmentation (DNA laddering and terminal deoxyuridine nick-end labeling) and chromatin condensation (4',6-diamidine-2'-phenylindole staining) could be visualized soon after photosensitization. Because nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B is involved in the response to many photosensitizers, we also demonstrated its nuclear translocation in two waves: a rapid and transient one, followed by a slow and sustained phase. The NF-kappa B turned out to be involved in an antiapoptotic response to APP-mediated photosensitization because the HCT-116 cell line expressing the dominant negative mutant of inhibitor-kappa B alpha was more sensitive to apoptosis as measured by DNA fragmentation and caspase activation. These data unambiguously show that a membrane-located photosensitizer can lead to effective apoptosis, reinforcing the idea that PDT can be an effective means to eradicate colon cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-aspects architectural design: the conception of new building envelopes
Dupagne, Albert ULg; Hauglustaine, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (1999, October)

The building is not a unique object any more, but results from the assembly of components, among which the envelope is one of the objects assembled. The components are more and more specialised and ... [more ▼]

The building is not a unique object any more, but results from the assembly of components, among which the envelope is one of the objects assembled. The components are more and more specialised and acquire an actual independence. On the other hand, the components of the building and of the envelope have a large diversity of life cycles; moreover the life duration of the components shortens, because they rapidly become obsolescent from many points of view: technology, technique, performance, functionality, etc., so that their easy transformability, adaptability (and/or removability) becomes an important quality required to them. The conception of new building envelopes must take these aspects into account, in order to obtain a best practice design. [less ▲]

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See detailMarqueurs cardiaques : CK-MB ou troponines?
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Legrand, Victor ULg

Conference (1999, October)

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See detailApplication of nuclear scintigraphy to evaluation of pulmonary function
Votion, Dominique ULg

in In Proceedings: 17th Comparative Respiratory Society Meeting (1999, October)

Nuclear imaging techniques have a long history in pulmonary medicine and the clinical and experimental uses of lung scintigraphy have largely expanded these last years. Currently, the pulmonary ... [more ▼]

Nuclear imaging techniques have a long history in pulmonary medicine and the clinical and experimental uses of lung scintigraphy have largely expanded these last years. Currently, the pulmonary applications of nuclear scintigraphy are essentially: (I), the study of regional lung function; (II), the imaging of pulmonary infection and/or inflammation; (III), the determination of inflammatory cells involvement in lung diseases; (IV), the assessment of the alveolar-capillary barrier integrity; (V), the imaging of lung cancers and (VI), the study of aerosol deposition within the lung. Many faculty of veterinary medicine have acquired nuclear imaging facilities. The primary application of scintigraphy is in the investigation of equine orthopaedic conditions and, with the exception of rodents, only a few publications report the use of lung scintigraphy in any animal species. Nevertheless, lung scintigraphy using animals would be of great interest to better understand the lung physiology in general as well as animals’ peculiarities in particular. Following a brief introduction to the technique, this paper will review the main applications of pulmonary scintigraphy and will survey some new nuclear imaging techniques that should be available in the next future. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential effects of NSAID on myocellular enzyme leakage and delayed onset muscle soreness induced by isokinetic eccentric exercise
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Camus, Gérard; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Actes du XIXe Congrès National de la Société Française de Médecine du Sport (1999, October)

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See detailUne analyse de discours spécifique : le média de masse
Servais, Christine ULg

Scientific conference (1999, October)

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See detailBrève sociologie de la littérature belge
Servais, Christine ULg

Scientific conference (1999, October)

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See detailReflux gastro-oesophagien et asthme
Lamproye, Anne ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(10), 805-8

Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GER) is more frequent in asthmatic patients than in the community at large. A causative association between the two diseases is suspected. Twenty-four hour ambulatory ... [more ▼]

Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GER) is more frequent in asthmatic patients than in the community at large. A causative association between the two diseases is suspected. Twenty-four hour ambulatory intraoesophageal pH monitoring represents the golden standard for the diagnosis of GER. The medical and/or surgical treatment of reflux in asthmatic patients with GER can improve pulmonary symptoms and to a lesser extent pulmonary function. The selection of the patients who will benefit from a GER treatment is difficult. Some symptoms like intrinsic asthma, nocturnal crises, could predict a good response to GER treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma clinics. Le médicament du mois. La lercanidipine (Zanidip)
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(10), 832-834

Lercanidipine (Zanidip) is a new calcium antagonist belonging to the dihydropyridine family suitable for the first-line treatment of hypertension. This molecule displays a high specificity and selectivity ... [more ▼]

Lercanidipine (Zanidip) is a new calcium antagonist belonging to the dihydropyridine family suitable for the first-line treatment of hypertension. This molecule displays a high specificity and selectivity for vascular smooth muscle cells and has, in spite of a short plasma half-life, a long duration of action due to its liposolubility. The usual and once a day dose to treat high blood pressure of any grade is 10 mg, which if needed could be increased to 20 mg once a day. It has a gradual onset of effect on blood pressure, thus leading to a good tolerability and hopefully a better compliance in the treatment of hypertension. No adaptation of the dose is needed in older patients or in patients with moderate renal or liver impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailA general framework for power system transient stability control
Pavella, Mania ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Ruiz-Vega, Daniel

in IEEE Power Engineering Society Letters (1999), 19(10), 45-46

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See detailSymposium Acromegaly : Current treatment modalities and pre-surgical approaches of acromegaly
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (1999, October)

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See detailKinetics modelling of convective heat drying of wastewater treatment sludge
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Salmon, Thierry ULg; Janssens et al

in Flamand, G. (Ed.) Récents progrés en génie des procédés vol.13 n.68 : separations. ECCE 2 conference Montpellier 5/7.10.99 (1999, October)

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See detailCharacterization of nonlinear aeroservoelastic behaviour
Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Cooper, Jonathan Edware

in RTO-MP-036 Structural Aspects of Flexible Aircraft Control (1999, October)

The characterisation of the behaviour of nonlinear aeroelastic systems has become a very important re- search topic. Nevertheless, most of the work carried out to date concerns the development of unsteady ... [more ▼]

The characterisation of the behaviour of nonlinear aeroelastic systems has become a very important re- search topic. Nevertheless, most of the work carried out to date concerns the development of unsteady CFD solutions in the transonic region. Important though this work is, there is also a need for research which aims at understanding the behaviour of non- linear systems, particularly the occurance of Limit Cycle Oscillations (LCOs). The purpose of this pa- per is to study the stability of a simple aeroservoelas- tic system with nonlinearities in the control system. The work considers both structural and control law nonlinearities and assesses the stability of the system response by use of bifurcation diagrams. It is shown that simple feedback systems designed to increase the stability of the linearised system also stabilise the nonlinear system, although their effects can be less pronounced. Additionally, a nonlinear control law designed to limit the control surface pitch response was found to increase the flutter speed considerably by forcing the system to undergo limit cycle oscilla- tions instead of fluttering. Finally, friction was found to affect the damping of the system but not its sta- bility, as long as the amplitude of the frictional force is low enough not to cause stoppages in the motion. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude des causes de la ruine du Bateau Ave Maria,
Rigo, Philippe ULg

Report (1999)

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See detailThe Catalytic, Glycosyl Transferase and Acyl Transferase Modules of the Cell Wall Peptidoglycan-Polymerizing Penicillin-Binding Protein 1b of Escherichia Coli
Terrak, Mohammed ULg; Ghosh, Tushar K.; van Heijenoort, Jean et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1999), 34(2), 350-364

The penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1b of Escherichia coli catalyses the assembly of lipid-transported N-acetyl glucosaminyl-beta-1, 4-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-gamma-D-glutamyl-(L)-meso-diaminopimelyl ... [more ▼]

The penicillin-binding protein (PBP) 1b of Escherichia coli catalyses the assembly of lipid-transported N-acetyl glucosaminyl-beta-1, 4-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-gamma-D-glutamyl-(L)-meso-diaminopimelyl+ ++- (L)-D-alanyl-D-alanine disaccharide pentapeptide units into polymeric peptidoglycan. These units are phosphodiester linked, at C1 of muramic acid, to a C55 undecaprenyl carrier. PBP1b has been purified in the form of His tag (M46-N844) PBP1bgamma. This derivative provides the host cell in which it is produced with a functional wall peptidoglycan. His tag (M46-N844) PBP1bgamma possesses an amino-terminal hydrophobic segment, which serves as transmembrane spanner of the native PBP. This segment is linked, via an congruent with 100-amino-acid insert, to a D198-G435 glycosyl transferase module that possesses the five motifs characteristic of the PBPs of class A. In in vitro assays, the glycosyl transferase of the PBP catalyses the synthesis of linear glycan chains from the lipid carrier with an efficiency of congruent with 39 000 M-1 s-1. Glu-233, of motif 1, is central to the catalysed reaction. It is proposed that the Glu-233 gamma-COOH donates its proton to the oxygen atom of the scissile phosphoester bond of the lipid carrier, leading to the formation of an oxocarbonium cation, which then undergoes attack by the 4-OH group of a nucleophile N-acetylglucosamine. Asp-234 of motif 1 or Glu-290 of motif 3 could be involved in the stabilization of the oxocarbonium cation and the activation of the 4-OH group of the N-acetylglucosamine. In turn, Tyr-310 of motif 4 is an important component of the amino acid sequence-folding information. The glycosyl transferase module of PBP1b, the lysozymes and the lytic transglycosylase Slt70 have much the same catalytic machinery. They might be members of the same superfamily. The glycosyl transferase module is linked, via a short junction site, to the amino end of a Q447-N844 acyl transferase module, which possesses the catalytic centre-defining motifs of the penicilloyl serine transferases superfamily. In in vitro assays with the lipid precursor and in the presence of penicillin at concentrations sufficient to derivatize the active-site serine 510 of the acyl transferase, the rate of glycan chain synthesis is unmodified, showing that the functioning of the glycosyl transferase is acyl transferase independent. In the absence of penicillin, the products of the Ser-510-assisted double-proton shuttle are glycan strands substituted by cross-linked tetrapeptide-pentapeptide and tetrapeptide-tetrapeptide dimers and uncross-linked pentapeptide and tetrapeptide monomers. The acyl transferase of the PBP also catalyses aminolysis and hydrolysis of properly structured thiolesters, but it lacks activity on D-alanyl-D-alanine-terminated peptides. This substrate specificity suggests that carbonyl donor activity requires the attachment of the pentapeptides to the glycan chains made by the glycosyl transferase, and it implies that one and the same PBP molecule catalyses transglycosylation and peptide cross-linking in a sequential manner. Attempts to produce truncated forms of the PBP lead to the conclusion that the multimodular polypeptide chain behaves as an integrated folding entity during PBP1b biogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailAntimicrobial Susceptibility of Streptococcus agalactiae isolated from patients in Belgium through 1989-1991 and 1996-1999
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Rodriguez Cuns, Grisel; Vincento Fernandez, Walter et al

Poster (1999, October)

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