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See detailInternet est mort. Vive internet!
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

Article for general public (2002)

La crise économique et financière que nous traversons depuis deux ans ne diffère en rien de celles que notre monde a connues au cours de sa longue histoire (Malkiel, 2000). De tels ajustements sont ... [more ▼]

La crise économique et financière que nous traversons depuis deux ans ne diffère en rien de celles que notre monde a connues au cours de sa longue histoire (Malkiel, 2000). De tels ajustements sont nécessaires chaque fois que notre système économique doit s’adapter à des changements technologiques majeurs. La longueur atypique de cette crise et son ampleur - plusieurs milliers de milliards de dollars de capitalisation boursière perdus – soulignent toutefois l’importance exceptionnelle des ajustements qu’engendrent l’adoption et la diffusion de ces technologies nouvelles. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvantages and drawbacks of nanospray for studying noncovalent protein-DNA complexes by mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2002), 16(18), 1723-1728

The noncovalent complexes between the BlaI protein dimer (wild-type and GM2 mutant) and its double-stranded DNA operator were studied by nanospray mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS ... [more ▼]

The noncovalent complexes between the BlaI protein dimer (wild-type and GM2 mutant) and its double-stranded DNA operator were studied by nanospray mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Reproducibility problems in the nanospray single-stage mass spectra are emphasized. The relative intensities depend greatly on the shape of the capillary tip and on the capillary-cone distance. This results in difficulties in assessing the relative stabilities of the complexes simply from MS' spectra of protein-DNA mixtures. Competition experiments using MS/MS are a better approach to determine relative binding affinities. A competition between histidine-tagged BlaIWT (BlaIWTHis) and the GM2 mutant revealed that the two proteins have similar affinities for the DNA operator, and that they co-dimerize to form heterocomplexes. The low sample consumption of nanospray allows MS/MS spectra to be recorded at different collision energies for different charge states with 1 muL of sample. The MS/MS experiments on the dimers reveal that the GM2 dimer is more kinetically stable in the gas phase than the wild-type dimer. The MS/MS experiments on the complexes shows that the two proteins require the same collision energy to dissociate from the complex. This indicates that the rate-limiting step in the monomer loss from the protein-DNA complex arises from the breaking of the protein-DNA interface rather than the protein-protein interface. The dissociation of the protein-DNA complex proceeds by the loss of a highly charged monomer (carrying about two-thirds of the total charge and one-third of the total mass). MS/MS experiments on a heterocomplex also show that the two proteins BlaIWTHis and BlaIGM2 have slightly different charge distributions in the fragments. This emphasizes the need for better understanding the dissociation mechanisms of biomolecular complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailPhénomènes karstiques fossiles et actuels au sein des formations métamorphiques silico-alumineuses de la nappe pan-africaine de Yaoundé (Sud-Cameroun)
Vicat, Jean-Paul; Mvondoc, Henri; Willems, Luc ULg et al

in Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences. Série II, Mécanique, Physique, Chimie, Sciences de l'Univers, Sciences de la Terre (2002), 334

Fossil and present-time karstic phenomena in silico-aluminous metamorphic formations of the Pan-African nappe of Yaoundé (South-Cameroon). Numerous karstic features have been recognised in the non ... [more ▼]

Fossil and present-time karstic phenomena in silico-aluminous metamorphic formations of the Pan-African nappe of Yaoundé (South-Cameroon). Numerous karstic features have been recognised in the non-carbonaceous micaschists and gneisses of the Yaoundé Pan-African nappe, south of Cameroon. It is shown that their formation was controlled by the structural features of the rocks. The wells and the pipes in the bedrock outcrops point out a current karstification process, resulting from the plagioclase dissolution by the acid rain waters. Hill wall alveoli and caves, of pre-Miocene age, are exhumed features that were done by dissolution in the aquiferous underground. [less ▲]

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See detailIs FDG bowel uptake modified by oral spasmolytic premedication ?
DE BARSY, C.; DAENEN, Frédéric ULg; BENARD, F. et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine (The) (2002), 43

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See detailBiocontrol Of Listeria Monocytogenes In A Model Cultured Milk (Lben) By In Situ Bacteriocin Production From Lactococcus Lactis Ssp Lactis
Benkerroum, N.; Ghouati, Y.; Ghalfi, H. et al

in International Journal of Dairy Technology (2002), 55(3),

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory ... [more ▼]

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory activity against Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644. Production of bacteriocin (arbitrary units, AU) in MRS broth fortified with yeast extract (MRSY) in a fermentor under controlled and uncontrolled pH conditions was also investigated. This Bac+ strain yielded about 35 times more bacteriocin when the pH was maintained constant at 6.5 than under varying pH conditions. To test the effect of in situ bacteriocin production against L. monocytogenes, lben was made from cow's milk artificially contaminated with approximately 107 cfu/mL and fermented with a mixed mesophilic starter culture consisting of the lactococcal Bac+ organism and Lc. lactis ssp. lactis biovar diacetylactis 66, a diacetyl-producing strain, in a ratio of 1 : 1. Numbers of L. monocytogenes were monitored during fermentation and storage of lben at refrigeration temperature (c. 7°C) for up to 6 days. Performances of the Bac+ starter were compared to those of an isogenic Bac- derivative strain obtained from the Bac+ starter by curing with ethidium bromide. The results showed that the amount of L. monocytogenes decreased to below the detectable level in a 1-mL sample within 24 h of storage at 7°C in lben fermented with the Bac+ starter culture. On the contrary, L. monocytogenes survived for 6 days of storage at 7°C in lben made with the Bac- starter. The Bac+ wild strain of the starter studied could be adequately used to produce lben or similar indigenous fermented milks of improved hygienic quality on an industrial scale. Alternatively, it could be used as an adjunct in minimally processed products or in products obtained from raw milk to add a safety factor. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly pregnancy diagnosis in sheep by progesterone and pregnancy-associated glycoprotein tests.
Karen, A.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Sulon, J. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(1), 8

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See detailDeterministic and stochastic modelling for protection zone delineation
Rentier, Céline; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Calibration and Reliability in Groundwater Modelling: A Few Steps Closer to Reality (2002)

Protection zones delimited by isochrones are often computed using calibrated groundwater flow and transport models. In heterogeneous formations, all direct (hard) and indirect (soft) data must be used ... [more ▼]

Protection zones delimited by isochrones are often computed using calibrated groundwater flow and transport models. In heterogeneous formations, all direct (hard) and indirect (soft) data must be used optimally. Approaches involving in situ pumping and tracer tests, combined with geophysical and/or other geological observations, should be developed. In a deterministic framework, the calibrated model is considered to be the best representation of reality at the current investigation stage, but uncertainty of the results is not quantified. Using stochastic methods, a range of equally likely isochrones can be produced, allowing us to quantify the influence of our knowledge on the aquifer parameters on protection-zone uncertainty. Furthermore, integration of soft data in a conditioned stochastic generation process, possibly associated with an inverse modelling procedure, can reduce the resulting uncertainty. Proposed is a stochastic methodology for protection-zone delineation, integrating hydraulic conductivity measurements (hard data), head observations and electrical resistivity data (soft data). [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoiesis after nonmyeloablative stem-cell transplantation is not impaired by inadequate erythropoietin production as observed after conventional allogeneic transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Transplantation (2002), 74(12), 1692-6

BACKGROUND: It is now well established that after conventional allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), erythropoietic recovery is impaired because erythropoietin (Epo) production ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: It is now well established that after conventional allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), erythropoietic recovery is impaired because erythropoietin (Epo) production remains inadequate for prolonged periods of time. However, erythropoietic reconstitution after nonmyeloablative SCT (NMSCT) has never been characterized. METHODS: Twelve patients received a nonmyeloablative conditioning regimen consisting of 2 Gy total body irradiation (TBI) alone (n=6), 2 Gy TBI and fludarabine (n=3), or cyclophosphamide and fludarabine (n=3), followed by transplantation of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cells. Graft-versus-host-disease (GvHD) prophylaxis was carried out with mycophenolate mofetil (from day -1 to day 28) plus cyclosporine (from day -1 to day 120 or longer in case of chronic GvHD). Erythropoiesis was quantitated by soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) levels, and the adequacy of Epo production was evaluated by the observed-to-predicted Epo ratio (O/P Epo). RESULTS: Mean sTfR levels decreased following the conditioning regimen but remained well within the normal range throughout the posttransplant period. The O/P Epo ratio presented an initial surge quite similar to that observed after conventional conditioning. Thereafter, the O/P Epo ratio normalized rapidly, and Epo levels remained adequate during the whole observation period. CONCLUSION: Contrarily to what is observed after myeloablative transplant, Epo levels remained adequate after NMSCT, resulting in normal erythropoiesis. These results suggest that the administration of erythropoietin therapy (rHuEpo) could be less effective after NMSCT than after conventional allogeneic transplant. [less ▲]

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See detailPreemptive cellular immunotherapy after T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2002), 8(7), 351-9

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor ... [more ▼]

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor lymphocytes are primed by histocompatibility differences between donors and recipients and activated by a cytokine storm caused by the conditioning regimen. The most efficient method for prevention of GVHD consists of T-cell depletion (TCD) of the graft. However, TCD usually leads to an increased risk of leukemia relapse because of the loss of the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Several groups have studied the feasibility of preemptive donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) to lessen the impact of TCD on leukemia relapse. Preemptive DLI is given several weeks to months after the transplantation, ie, after the cytokine storm and after the patient has recovered from conditioning-regimen-related toxicities. After briefly discussing various techniques of TCD of the graft and the efficacy of DLI, this article reviews the first clinical studies evaluating a strategy of TCD of the graft followed by preemptive DLI. [less ▲]

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See detail'Love Poems for the Millennium'
Delville, Michel ULg

in Literary Review (2002), 46(1), 196-199

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See detailPistes de réflexion pour développer, à l’école, les compétences de tous les élèves
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in L’École valdôtaine (2002), 55

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See detailUne séquence didactique expérimentale sur les stratégies de communication (vidéogramme)
Doppagne, Véronique ULg; Hertay, Alain; Simons, Germain ULg

Learning material (2002)

Ce vidéogramme présente différentes stratégies de compensation utilisées par des élèves du secondaire confrontés à des problèmes de communication. Parmi ceux-ci, on trouve le mime, la demande d'assistance ... [more ▼]

Ce vidéogramme présente différentes stratégies de compensation utilisées par des élèves du secondaire confrontés à des problèmes de communication. Parmi ceux-ci, on trouve le mime, la demande d'assistance dans la langue étrangère, la circonlocution... La langue ciblée est l'anglais. [less ▲]

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See detailLiquidation des créances et récompenses au titre d'investissements immobiliers
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg

in Leleu, Yves-Henri; Casman, Hélène; Verbeke, Alain (Eds.) Le droit des régimes matrimoniaux en pratique (2002)

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See detailUsing word frequencies for testing equivalence between two DNA sequences
Jansen, I.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Molenberghs, G. et al

in Genetic Epidemiology (2002), 23

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See detailEvaluation de l'exactitude du capteur de glucose CGMS chez des patients hospitalisés
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg; Djakouré, C.; Reach, G. et al

in Diabète & Métabolisme (2002), 28

Evaluation d'un capteur de glucose

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