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See detailLBR-5, a Ship Hull Optimization Tool
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Hage, André ULg

in SIMOUEST’2000, European Conference, Marine Technology (2000, November)

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See detailAre Cities of Northern Europe at Risk ?
Plumier, André ULg; Jongmans, Denis

in Proceedings of the Workshop Mitigation of Seismic Risk - Support to recently Affected European Countries (2000, November)

A benchmark study on seimic risk has been realised on Liege, Belgium, at the request of the Regional Authority. Its main interest is that it deals with the seismic risk of a city in a low seismicity ... [more ▼]

A benchmark study on seimic risk has been realised on Liege, Belgium, at the request of the Regional Authority. Its main interest is that it deals with the seismic risk of a city in a low seismicity region. The work involves a hazard study based on the recently defined map of seismicity of Belgium, the definition of the individual vulnerability of buildings, the combination of hazard and vulnerability to define risk and static evaluations of connecting details in non engineered structures. For the evaluation of vulnerability, a simplified screening method has been defined. The main conclusion is that in regions where the Peak Ground Acceleration is higher than 0,1g and the building stock does not possess good structural quality, the seismic risk may be considered high. [less ▲]

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See detailSeismic Resistant Composite Structures
Mazzolani, F.; Gioncu, V.; Akiyama, H. et al

in Mazzolani, F.; Gioncu, V. (Eds.) Seismic Resistant Steel Structures (2000)

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See detailReactive compatibilization of SAN/EPR blends: Effect of rubber content and reactivity of the SAN functional groups
Pagnoulle, Christophe; Martin, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2000), 201(16), 2181-2194

SAN containing 20 wt.-% reactive SAN-X was melt blended with EPDM containing 50 wt.-% maleic anhydride EPR grafted chains (EP-g-MA). The rubber content was changed from 15 to 80 wt.-%, and 2 types of ... [more ▼]

SAN containing 20 wt.-% reactive SAN-X was melt blended with EPDM containing 50 wt.-% maleic anhydride EPR grafted chains (EP-g-MA). The rubber content was changed from 15 to 80 wt.-%, and 2 types of reactive groups (X) were attached to SAN (0.028 mol X/ wt.-%), i. e. primary amines and carbamates which are primary amine precursors at the processing temperature. Phase morphology, tensile properties and impact strength depend not only on the rubber content but also on the relative reactivity of the amine and the carbamate groups towards maleic anhydride, in a strong dependence on the reaction rate and the reaction completeness. The dispersion mechanism has been discussed, including formation of sub-inclusions. Dependence of the impact resistance on the rubber phase content for non-reactive blends (□) and blends modified by SAN-NH2 (;) and SAN-carb (o), respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailHeavy Metals Contamination and Body Condition of Wintering Guillemots (Uria Aalge) at the Belgian Coast from 1993 to 1998
Debacker, Virginie ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Coignoul, Freddy ULg et al

in Environmental Research (2000), A84(3), 310-317

A sample of 166 common guillemots (Uria aalge) recovered from Belgian beaches during five wintering seasons, from 1993-1994 to 1997-1998, were examined. At necropsy, postmortem examination including body ... [more ▼]

A sample of 166 common guillemots (Uria aalge) recovered from Belgian beaches during five wintering seasons, from 1993-1994 to 1997-1998, were examined. At necropsy, postmortem examination including body mass, fat reserves, presence or not of intestinal contents, eventual status of oiling, and pathological changes (cachexia, acute hemorrhagic gastroenteropathy (GEAH)) was attributed to each individual. Mild to severe cachexia, a pathology characterized by moderate to severe atrophy of the pectoral muscle as well as reduced amounts or absence of subcutaneous and/or abdominal fat, was observed for most specimens (85.8%). Heavy metal analyses (Cu, Zn, Fe, Cd, Ni, Cr, and Pb) of the tissues (typically liver, kidney, and pectoral muscle) were performed, and total lipids were determined (liver and pectoral muscle). The guillemots collected at the Belgian coast exhibited higher Cu and Zn concentrations compared to individuals collected in more preserved areas of the North Sea such as the northern colonies. A general decrease of their total body mass as well as liver, kidney, and pectoral muscle mass was associated to increasing cachexia severity. Moreover, significantly increasing heavy metal levels (Cu and Zn) in the tissues as well as depleted muscle lipid contents were observed parallel to increasing cachexia severity. On the contrary the organs' total metal burden barely correlates to this status. These observations tend to indicate a general redistribution of heavy metals within the organs as a result of prolonged starvation and protein catabolism (cachectic status). Such a redistribution could well be an additional stress to birds already experiencing stressfull conditions (starvation, oiling). [less ▲]

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See detailThe Dppa Gene of Bacillus Subtilis Encodes a New D-Aminopeptidase
Cheggour, Abdelatif; Fanuel, Laurence; Duez, Colette ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 38(3), 504-13

Different strains of Bacillus were screened for their ability to hydrolyse D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide. Activity was detected in Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus licheniformis 749I and Bacillus ... [more ▼]

Different strains of Bacillus were screened for their ability to hydrolyse D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide. Activity was detected in Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus licheniformis 749I and Bacillus subtilis 168. The last strain was the best producer and was selected for the production and purification of the enzyme. The determination of the N-terminal sequence identified the enzyme as the product of the dppA gene (previously named dciAA) belonging to the dipeptide ABC transport (dpp) operon expressed early during sporulation. Open reading frames (ORFs) encoding putative related proteins were found in the genomes of a variety of Archaea and both sporulating and non-sporulating bacteria. The enzyme behaves as a D-aminopeptidase and represents the prototype of a new peptidase family. Among the tested substrates, the highest activities were found with D-Ala-D-Ala and D-Ala-Gly-Gly. The active enzyme behaves as an octamer of identical 30 kDa subunits. It exhibits a broad pH optimum, extending between pH 9 and 11. It is reversibly inhibited in the presence of Zn2+ chelators, and the sequence comparisons highlight the conservation of potential Zn-binding residues. As it has been shown by others that null mutations in the dpp operon do not inhibit spore formation, the physiological role of DppA is probably an adaptation to nutrient deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailPowerful Alternative Asymmetric Catalytic Dihydroxylation of Olefins
Colaux, Catherine ULg; Krief, Alain

Poster (2000, November)

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See detailMorbidité de l'acromégalie
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2000, November)

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See detailRacismo y fascismo en la Europa de Hoy
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2000, November)

The development of new far right movements in Europe is an phenomenon that can be linked whith the weakened economic and political position of Europe in the world and with the progressive withdrawal of ... [more ▼]

The development of new far right movements in Europe is an phenomenon that can be linked whith the weakened economic and political position of Europe in the world and with the progressive withdrawal of material protections that offered the social state [less ▲]

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See detailTransition report 2000: Employment, skills and transition
Artige, Lionel ULg

Report (2000)

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See detailSerotype Distribution of Invasive Streptococcus agalactiae Isolated from Neonates and Adults in Belgium over a 4-years Period (1995-1999)
Melin, Pierrette ULg; De Mol, Patrick ULg

in Martin, Diana R; Tagg, John R (Eds.) Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases - Entering the New Millenium", Proceedings of the XIV Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases (2000)

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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; Vicentino Fernandez, Walter et al

in Martin, Diana R; Tagg, John R (Eds.) Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases - Entering the New Millenium", Proceedings of the XIV Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases (2000)

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See detailCan modelling approaches be helpful for karst vulnerability assessment?
Brouyère, Serge ULg; Popescu, Ileana Cristina ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg

Conference (2000, November)

L'objectif de l'exposé était de discuter des possibilité de recourir à la modélisation mathématique des écoulements et du transport des polluants en milieu souterrain pour l'évaluation de la vulnérabilité ... [more ▼]

L'objectif de l'exposé était de discuter des possibilité de recourir à la modélisation mathématique des écoulements et du transport des polluants en milieu souterrain pour l'évaluation de la vulnérabilité des eaux souterraines [less ▲]

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See detailLa fibromyalgie en l'an 2000
Maquet, Didier ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 991-7

Musculoskeletal pain is common in the population. Several pathologies like fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or spasmophilia are associated with functional myalgia. The etiology of FM ... [more ▼]

Musculoskeletal pain is common in the population. Several pathologies like fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or spasmophilia are associated with functional myalgia. The etiology of FM remains elusive, but the diagnosis is well established. The criteria for the classification are widespread pain combined with tenderness at 11 or more of the 18 specific tender points sites. The prevalence is 2% in the general population. This article reviews recent data on the pathophysiology and treatment of FM. [less ▲]

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See detail'Dolomite lime effects on acid forest soils: traditional and molecular approaches
Carnol, Monique ULg

Conference (2000, November)

The study of biogeochemical processes in soil has long been restricted by the techniques available for investigating the micro-organisms concerned. In particular, isolated nitrifying bacteria are not ... [more ▼]

The study of biogeochemical processes in soil has long been restricted by the techniques available for investigating the micro-organisms concerned. In particular, isolated nitrifying bacteria are not active in culture media below pH 5.5-6.0, and it is not clear to what extent these strains, if at all, are active in the acid soils of temperate forests. Since DNA/RNA based microbiological techniques do not require isolation of bacterial strains, they provide a new, powerful approach to gain insight into the nitrification process. We therefore combined the use of a large scale field experiment and laboratory soil incubations with molecular analysis of the nitrifying bacterial community to investigate the effect of dolomite lime on the nitrification process in the soil of the Belgian Ardenne. In this area, soils are naturally poor in magnesium and liming at moderate doses has been suggested to alleviate soil acidification and nutritional deficiencies. However, possible side effects needed to be evaluated, in particular on the nitrification process. As nitrification may be linked to soil acidification, cation leaching, aluminium mobilisation and N2O emission, increased knowledge is essential when evaluating effects of global environmental change and management strategies on forest ecosystems. The effects of dolomite lime (3-5 T/ha) were investigated at the watershed (80 ha, mainly Picea abies), plot (Quercus petraea and Picea abies stands) and laboratory level. Runoff chemistry, soil solution, net nitrate production in the laboratory and the community structure of ammonium oxidising bacteria (by PCR amplification of 16S-RNA genes, Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis - DGGE, sequence analysis and hybridisation) were analysed. In the watersheds, consequences on runoff water chemistry were minor. However, in the plot study, soil solution nitrate concentrations were significantly increased through liming in the Quercus plots. Increased net nitrification in the Quercus stand was confirmed by potential net nitrification measurements in the laboratory, whereas soil pH rose in both stands. The impact of liming on potential net nitrification was not related to a shift in the 16S rDNA DGGE community profile of ammonia-oxidising bacteria. The DDGE profile, combined with hybridisation and sequencing of cut out bands revealed a dominance of Nitrosomonas europea-like sequences and a minor presence of Nitrosospira cluster 2-like sequences. These results contrast with several reports suggesting a dominance of Nitrosospira-like organisms among ammonia oxidiser communities in acid soils. Our study reflects the great potential of combining new molecular techniques with conventional methods for improving our knowledge on the ecology of biogeochemical processes. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Histiocytome fibreux malin
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Heymans, Olivier; Boverie, Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 969

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Fusariose disseminee chez un patient immunodeprime
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Meiers, I.; Arrese, J. E. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 974-6

Fusarium spp are ubiquitous soil saprophytes and occasional plant pathogens. Fusariosis in humans is usually limited to superficial mycoses. We report the case of a disseminated fungal infection due to ... [more ▼]

Fusarium spp are ubiquitous soil saprophytes and occasional plant pathogens. Fusariosis in humans is usually limited to superficial mycoses. We report the case of a disseminated fungal infection due to Fusarium spp in an immunosuppressed patient suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This report and review of the recent literature suggest that Fusarium spp are emerging fungal pathogens in immunosuppressed patients. [less ▲]

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