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See detailA survey on staging and treatment in uterine cervical carcinoma in the Radiotherapy Cooperative Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Maingon, P; Ciernik, I et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2000), 54

Abstract Background: The treatment outcome of advanced stage uterine cervical carcinoma remains unsatisfactory. In order to elaborate a novel trial within The Radiotherapy Cooperative Group (RCG) of the ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: The treatment outcome of advanced stage uterine cervical carcinoma remains unsatisfactory. In order to elaborate a novel trial within The Radiotherapy Cooperative Group (RCG) of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), we conducted a survey in 1997±1998 to determine the variability of pre-treatment assessment and treatment options. The variability of choosing surgery, de®ned radiation therapy techniques and chemotherapy are investigated, as well as the center's choices of future treatment strategies. Methods: Fifty two of 81 RCG centers from the RCG have participated in the survey. As one would expect, there is a large variation in the techniques used for pretreatment evaluation and treatment options. There is no `standard' for reporting acute and late side effects. Chemotherapy is used neither systematically nor uniformly, and some centers continue to use neadjuvant chemotherapy modalities. Results: Furthermore, the survey reveals that there is a strong demand for the reduction of overall treatment-time, for clinical investigation of novel combined modality treatment strategies, especially chemo±radiation therapy, and also for the use of new radiation sensitizers. Conclusion:We conclude that a more homogeneous approach to the pretreatment evaluation as well as treatment techniques is required in order to allow adequate quality control in any future trial of the RCG in the EORTC.q2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une démarche de qualité dans la formation continuée des enseignants : rôle de l'évaluation
Giot, Bernadette ULg

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2000), 21

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See detailAerosol therapy in veterinary medicine : is it the future ?
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 160

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See detailReactions involving inorganic compounds
Krief, A.; Delmotte, C.; Colaux, Catherine ULg

in Pure & Applied Chemistry (2000), 72(9), 1709-1713

Selenium chemistry became, over the last 30 years, particularly useful for synthetic organic chemistry [1]. Inorganic as well as organic selenium compounds allow transformation which otherwise cannot be ... [more ▼]

Selenium chemistry became, over the last 30 years, particularly useful for synthetic organic chemistry [1]. Inorganic as well as organic selenium compounds allow transformation which otherwise cannot be done or require much more drastic conditions to proceed. We have over the last 25 years explored the reactivity of elemental selenium as well as its inorganic and organic derivatives. We report here our recent finding concerning (i) organic diselenols and -diselenolates and (ii) the role of selenoxides in the enantioselective dihydroxylation of C,C double bonds using catalytic amounts of osmium tetroxide. [less ▲]

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See detailNerve biopsy: indications and contribution to the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. The experience of the Born Bunge Foundation University of Antwerp and University of Liege between 1987 and 1997.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; Ceuterick-de Groote, C.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2000), 100(3), 162-6

We reviewed 355 nerve biopsies analysed at the Laboratories of Neuropathology of the Born-Bunge Foundation/University of Antwerp (BBF/UIA) and University of Liege (ULg) between 1987 and 1997. We examined ... [more ▼]

We reviewed 355 nerve biopsies analysed at the Laboratories of Neuropathology of the Born-Bunge Foundation/University of Antwerp (BBF/UIA) and University of Liege (ULg) between 1987 and 1997. We examined the indications for nerve biopsy, the yield of the procedure, and the influence of clinical and neuropathological parameters. Contributory biopsies accounted for 35.5% and 47.3% respectively at ULg and BBF/UIA laboratories: of these, one third showed specific histological findings, the majority being informative only when combined with the relevant clinical data. The profile of indications for nerve biopsy was roughly comparable in both laboratories. The search for an inflammatory neuropathy prompted 35-40% of all biopsies with more than 50% of specimens being informative in this indication. The lowest yield (20%) was obtained among the nerve biopsies performed in the absence of any presumptive aetiology. These accounted for 22-33% of all cases. Inadequate surgical resection, delays in transport or processing errors precluded histological study of 4% (BBF/UIA) to 8% (ULg) of the specimens. We conclude that nerve biopsies should be performed by experienced surgeons and handled in specialised laboratories. Only a relatively small number of causes of neuropathy can be diagnosed on the basis of histology alone. More often, contributory biopsies will result from the combination of non-specific suggestive histological features with relevant clinical information. The diagnostic yield of nerve biopsy is function of careful patient selection and close collaboration between the clinician and the neuropathologist. [less ▲]

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See detailPseudoscalar vertex and quark masses
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Le Yaouanc, Alain; Pittori, Carlotta

in Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplement (2000), 83

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See detailModeling the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea hydrodynamics: a comparative study
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Elmoussaoui, A.; Rixen, M. et al

in Balopoulos, E.; Chronis, G.; Lipiatou, E. (Eds.) et al International conference. Oceanography of the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea. Similarities and differences of two interconnected basins, Zappeion international conference Centre (2000)

The application of the GHER 3D primitive equation model to the simulation of the seasonal cycle of the Mediterranean and Black Sea circulation will be shown. The two basins are very illustrative for ... [more ▼]

The application of the GHER 3D primitive equation model to the simulation of the seasonal cycle of the Mediterranean and Black Sea circulation will be shown. The two basins are very illustrative for either concentration or dilution basins, and modelling such different systems needs some special attention with respect to the representation of the water masses and mixing between the different layers. The strength of the variability of both basins will be compared, including comparison with climatological data. Turbulent characteristics in both cases alalysed, showing that at the scales under investigations, both turbulent regimes are close to a balance between production, destruction and vertical diffusion of turbulence. ft is also shown how the river dominaled Black Sea exhibits specific free surface behaviors while the Mediterranean Sea exhibits specific deep water formations leading both to a different kind of vertical mixing. [less ▲]

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See detailIsokinetic evaluation of knee extensors and flexors in patients with unilateral symptomatic gonarthrosis
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Dumont, R et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2000), 59(S1), 275

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See detailAssessment of muscle oxygenation in the horse by near infrared spectroscopy
Pringle, John; Roberts, C.; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2000), 32(1), 59-64

This study examined the ability of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to noninvasively determine changes to muscle oxygenation in the resting horse. Five horses had (NIRS) performed over extremity muscle ... [more ▼]

This study examined the ability of near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to noninvasively determine changes to muscle oxygenation in the resting horse. Five horses had (NIRS) performed over extremity muscle while under general anaesthesia, first with 8 min limb ischaemia, then systemic hypoxaemia for 5 min. A second group of 6 awake horses had NIRS performed over extremity muscle while being administered hypoxic gas (F(I)O2 0.10) for 5 min, and after return to steady state, limb ischaemia was induced for an additional 5 min. In the anaesthetised horses' ischaemia induced marked and significant muscle deoxygenation of haemoglobin/myoglobin (P<0.01), with corresponding arterial saturation decreasing from 98.9 to 81.9%. Hypoxaemia induced small yet significant muscle deoxygenation (P<0.01) that was 3.2% of the ischaemia deoxygenation signal, with a corresponding decrease in arterial saturation from 98.6 to 90.4%. In the awake horses muscle deoxygenation was not detectable during hypoxia despite reduction of arterial saturation from 97.8 to 86.8%, whereas ischaemia induced rapid and significant deoxygenation of muscle (P<0.05), with corresponding reduction of venous saturation from 78.4 to 75.4%. In neither group of horses was there evidence of cytochrome aa3 reduction, despite complete ischaemia for up to 8 min. NIRS changes in the resting horse muscle clearly differed between ischaemia and hypoxaemia, and can readily show muscle deoxygenation in clinically relevant hypoxaemia in the horse under anaesthesia. Further, as the deoxygenation signal induced by ischaemia was clearly detectable above a background movement artefact, NIRS application to study of muscle oxygenation in the working horse should be explored. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of human chondrocyte metabolism by recombinant human interferon.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Zheng, S X; Labasse, A H et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2000), 8(6), 474-82

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the effects of IFN gamma on the production of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10), prostaglandin E(2)(PGE(2)), proteoglycans (PG), nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) and stromelysin by non-stimulated and IL-1 beta-treated human chondrocytes. The role played by NO in the responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma was also examined by incubation of chondrocytes with N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), a competitive inhibitor of NO synthase. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 48 h in the absence or presence of IL-1 beta, IFN gamma or N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) added solely or in combination. The productions of IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra and stromelysin were measured by enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays (EASIA). PG and PGE(2)were quantified by specific radioimmunoassays (RIA). Nitrite concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by a spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. RESULTS: As expected, IL-1 beta highly stimulated NO, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra, PGE(2)and stromelysin synthesis, but dramatically decreased PG production. NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and PGE(2)production by non-stimulated chondrocytes was dose-dependently increased by IFN gamma while PG production was inhibited. In the absence of IL-1 beta, IL-10 was undetectable in the culture supernatants. At the doses of 10 and 100 U/ml, IFN gamma markedly inhibited the constitutive and IL-1 beta-stimulated IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. Interestingly, IFN gamma synergized with IL-1 beta to increase NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and to depress PG production. As previously reported, the inhibition of NO synthesis by the competitive inhibitor L-NMMA led to enhancement of IL-6, IL-8 and PGE(2)production by IL-1 beta treated chondrocytes, but did not significantly modify IL-10, PG and MMP-3 productions. Inhibition of NO synthase significantly inhibited the stimulating effect of IFN gamma on IL-6 and IL-1ra but did not affect the inhibitory effect of IFN gamma on IL-8, PG or stromelysin production. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that IFN gamma and IL-1 synergistically stimulate the production of IL-6, IL-1ra, NO and PGE(2)and inhibit PG synthesis. By contrast, IL-1 beta and IFN gamma have opposite effects on IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. These effects are not reversed by L-NMMA, suggesting that NO is not the principal mediator involved in responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of grade on disease-free survival and overall survival in FIGO Stage I adenocarcinoma of the endometrium.
Delaloye, J-F; Pampallona, S; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology & Reproductive Biology (2000), 88

Abstract Objective : To analyse the effect of differentiation on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients with stage I adenocarcinoma of the endometrium. Patients and methods ... [more ▼]

Abstract Objective : To analyse the effect of differentiation on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients with stage I adenocarcinoma of the endometrium. Patients and methods : From 1979 to 1995, 350 patients with FIGO stage IA–IC with well (G1), moderately (G2) or poorly (G3) differentiated tumors were treated with surgery and high dose-rate brachytherapy with or without external radiation. Median age was 65 years (39–86 years). Results : The 5-year DFS was 8863% for the G1 tumors, 7764% for the G2 tumors, and 6767% for the G3 tumors (P50.0049). With regard to the events contributing to DFS, the 5-year cumulative percentage of local relapse was 4.6% for the G1 tumors, 9.0% for the G2 tumors, and 4.6% (P50.027) for the G3 tumors. Cumulative percentage of metastasis was 1.4, 6.3 and 7.2% (P,0.001), respectively, whereas percentages of death were 6.0, 7.9 and 20.7% (P,0.001). The 5-year OS was 9163, 8364 and 7667%, respectively (P50.0018). In terms of multivariate hazard ratios (HR), the relative differences between the three differentiation groups correspond to an increase of 77% of the risk of occurrence of either of the three events considered for the DFS (HR51.77, 95% Cl [0.94–3.33]), (P50.078) for the G2 tumors and of 163% (HR52.63, 95% Cl [1.27–5.43]), (P50.009) for the G3 tumors with respect to the G1 tumors. The estimated relative hazards for OS are, respectively, in line with those for DFS: HR51.51 (P50.282) for the G2 tumors; and HR53.37 (P50.003) for the G3 tumors. Conclusion : Patients with grade 1 tumors are those least exposed to either local relapse, metastasis, or death. In contrast patients with grade 2 tumors seem to be at higher risk of metastasis, whereas patients with grade 3 tumors appear at higher risk of death. Since we have looked at the first of three competing events (local relapse, metastasis and death), this suggests that patients with grade 3 tumors probably progress to death so fast that local relapse, if any, cannot be observed. Ó 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Variability of the Lambda Eri Star HD 105382: Pulsation or Rotation?
Briquet, Maryline ULg; Aerts, C.; De Cat, P.

in The Impact of Large-Scale Surveys on Pulsating Star Research, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 203; also IAU Colloquium #176. (2000)

HD 105382 is clearly a monoperiodic, very active λ Eri star with the frequency 0.7721 d[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Its photometric behaviour and the moment variations are not typical for a standard pulsational model.

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See detailMicroscopic model of ferroelectricity in stress-free PbTiO3 ultrathin films
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Rabe, K. M.

in Applied Physics Letters (2000), 76(19), 2767-2769

The ground-state polarization of PbTiO3 thin films is studied using a microscopic effective Hamiltonian with parameters obtained from first-principles calculations. Under short-circuit electrical boundary ... [more ▼]

The ground-state polarization of PbTiO3 thin films is studied using a microscopic effective Hamiltonian with parameters obtained from first-principles calculations. Under short-circuit electrical boundary conditions, (001) films with thickness as low as three unit cells are found to have a perpendicularly polarized ferroelectric ground state with significant enhancement of the polarization at the surface. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0003- 6951(00)02119-7]. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence of a reentrant Peierls distortion in liquid GeTe
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Godlevsky, V.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2000), 85(9), 1950-1953

The local atomic order of semiconducting liquid GeTe is studied using first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations. Our work points out a high degree of alternating chemical order in the liquid and ... [more ▼]

The local atomic order of semiconducting liquid GeTe is studied using first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations. Our work points out a high degree of alternating chemical order in the liquid and demonstrates the presence of a Peierls distortion close above the melting temperature. This distortion, absent in the high temperature crystalline structure of NaCl type, is a remnant of the atomic arrangement in the A7 low temperature crystalline phase. It disappears slowly with temperature, as the liquid evolves from a semiconducting to a metallic state. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects physiologiques de la sécrétion laitière par la mamelle bovine
Dosogne, H; Arendt, J; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailInternal and International migration. Chinese Perspectives.
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2000), Vol. XVII

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