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See detailChanges in the arginine-vasopressin immunoreactive systems in male mice lacking a functional aromatase gene
Plumari, L.; Viglietti-Panzica, C.; Allieri, F. et al

in Journal of Neuroendocrinology (2002), 14(12), 971-978

In male rodents, the arginine-vasopressin-immunoreactive (AVP-ir) neurones of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and medial amygdala are controlled by plasma testosterone levels (decreased ... [more ▼]

In male rodents, the arginine-vasopressin-immunoreactive (AVP-ir) neurones of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and medial amygdala are controlled by plasma testosterone levels (decreased after castration and restored by exogenous testosterone). AVP transcription in these nuclei is increased in adulthood by a synergistic action of the androgenic and oestrogenic metabolites of testosterone and, accordingly, androgen and oestrogen receptors are present in both BNST and medial amygdala. We used knockout mice lacking a functional aromatase enzyme (ArKO) to investigate the effects of a chronic depletion of oestrogens on the sexually dimorphic AVP system. Wild-type (WT) and ArKO male mice were perfused 48 h after an i.c.v. colchicine injection and brain sections were then processed for AVP immunocytochemistry. A prominent decrease (but not a complete suppression) of AVP-ir structures was observed in the BNST and medial amygdala of ArKO mice by comparison with the WT. Similarly, AVP-ir fibres were reduced in the lateral septum of ArKO mice and but not in the medial preoptic area, a region where the AVP system is not sexually dimorphic in rats. No change was detected in the supraoptic and suprachiasmatic nuclei. However, a decrease in AVP-ir cell numbers was however, detected in one subregion of the paraventricular nucleus. These data support the hypothesis that the steroid-sensitive sexually dimorphic AVP system of the mouse forebrain is mainly under the control of aromatized metabolites of testosterone. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... par hormonotherapie des patientes developpant des complications thrombo-emboliques lors du traitement d'un cancer du sein par tamoxifene
Pelerin, D.; Silvestre, R. M.; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 755-6

Thromboembolic complications are well known side effects of treatment with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer. The authors review the pathophysiology and the risk factors that increase the ... [more ▼]

Thromboembolic complications are well known side effects of treatment with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer. The authors review the pathophysiology and the risk factors that increase the probability to develop these complications. The most appropriate treatment is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailBronchoalveolar lavage fluids of patients with lung injury activate the transcription factor nuclear factor-kappa beta in an alveolar cell line
Nys, Monique ULg; Deby-Dupont, G.; Habraken, Yvette ULg et al

in Clinical Science (2002), 103(6), 577-585

In bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from ventilated patients, cytotoxic oxidant activity is correlated with neutrophil activation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that BAL ... [more ▼]

In bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from ventilated patients, cytotoxic oxidant activity is correlated with neutrophil activation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that BAL fluid induces activation of the transcription nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) in human alveolar cells, in correlation with inflammatory mediators. We measured endotoxin, inflammatory cytokines [Interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), IL-8], nitrated proteins and the activity of myeloperoxidase (MPO) in BAL fluid from ventilated patients developing bronchopneumonia (n = 19 samples) or with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) (n = 14), and from ARDS/infection-free patients (n = 11). We also exposed alveolar cells to the BAL fluid or to human MPO, H2O2 or HOCl, and tested nuclear extracts for the activation of NF-kappaB. IL-1beta, IL-8, nitrated protein, MPO and endotoxin levels were significantly higher in BAL fluid from patients with bronchopneumonia than in that from the ARDS and ARDS/infection-free groups. A correlation was observed between IL-8 and MPO values (r = 0.82). The level of NF-kappaB activity induced by the BAL fluid was correlated with levels of IL-1beta (P < 0.001), IL-8 (P < 0.005) and MPO (P < 0.002), and with the neutrophil count (P < 0.002), and was higher for BAL fluid from the bronchopneumonia group. NF-kappaB activation by MPO was also demonstrated. The activation of NF-kappaB by BAL fluid, especially that from bronchopneumonia patients, suggests that a similar phenomenon may occur in vivo, leading to potential amplification of the inflammatory reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailLe TVT: traitement revolutionnaire de l'incontinence urinaire
Sanjurjo, Sylvia ULg; Ben Younes, A.; Bonnet, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 765-70

Stress urinary incontinence represents an important, often unknown and, yet, certainly most unpleasant pathology. Over years, several different surgical techniques have been proposed and reported to have ... [more ▼]

Stress urinary incontinence represents an important, often unknown and, yet, certainly most unpleasant pathology. Over years, several different surgical techniques have been proposed and reported to have variable success. TVT, a simple and reproducible technique, aims at stabilizing mid-urethra, and not bladder-neck. Our own clinical experience amounts to 139 cases. All these patients were evaluated by clinical examination and, subjectively, by a questionnaire. 89.2% were cured and 6.5% improved. The most frequent complication was bladder perforation (6.5%), but it had no incidence on the final results. Morbidity was low. This revolutionary technique is very promising and our own results are similar to those reported by others. [less ▲]

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See detailMacrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) expression in human glioblastomas correlates with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression
Munaut, Carine ULg; Boniver, Jacques ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Neuropathology & Applied Neurobiology (2002), 28(6), 452-460

Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a peptide released upon hypothalamo-pituitary stimulation that acts as a potent endogenous antagonist of the glucocorticoid inhibition of acute inflammatory ... [more ▼]

Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a peptide released upon hypothalamo-pituitary stimulation that acts as a potent endogenous antagonist of the glucocorticoid inhibition of acute inflammatory response and subsequent antigen-specific response. MIF also sustains tumour growth as it promotes angiogenesis, overcomes p53-mediated cell growth arrest and inhibits tumour-specific immune responses. Using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunohistochemistry, we studied MIF expression in 35 human glioblastomas and two normal brains. We compared these results with the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), the most potent angiogenic factor in glioblastomas. We detected MIF in normal cortical neurons and glial cells. All glioblastomas were positive for MIF mRNA with expression levels similar to or higher than those of normal brain. MIF immunoreactivity was seen mainly in tumour cells and less frequently in hyperplastic endothelial cells. The expressions of MIF and VEGF mRNA were strongly correlated (P < 0.0001). Our results demonstrate the expression of MIF in human glioblastomas, and indicate a close relationship with VEGF expression. This is of particular interest given the potential modulation of MIF by glucocorticosteroids. [less ▲]

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See detailVALIDATION OF ENVISAT-1 LEVEL-2 PRODUCTS RELATED TO LOWER ATMOSPHERE O3 AND NOy CHEMISTRY BY A FTIR QUASI-GLOBAL NETWORK
De Mazière, M.; Coosemans, T.; Barret, B. et al

Scientific conference (2002, December)

A coordinated action involving eleven stations of the ground-based Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC) equipped with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) instruments was conducted to ... [more ▼]

A coordinated action involving eleven stations of the ground-based Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC) equipped with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) instruments was conducted to contribute to the validation of the three atmospheric chemistry instruments onboard ENVISAT, that are MIPAS, SCIAMACHY and GOMOS. The target products for validation are total columns of O3, CH4, CO and some important NOy species (NO2, HNO3, NO) and the source gas N2O. Together the eleven stations cover the latitudes between 79 °N and 78°S, including polar, mid -latitude and subtropical and tropical locations. The goal is to contribute to the assessment of the data quality of the aforementioned ENVISAT instruments, from a quasi-global perspective. The period of intensive ground-based data collection for the benefit of the ENVISAT Validation Commissioning Phase that is dealt with in the present paper is July 15 to December 1, 2002. The FTIR network involved collected a data set corresponding to an equivalent of approximately 400 days of measurements; about three quarter of the data have already been submitted to the ENVISAT Calval database and are included in the present work. Unfortunately, the distribution of ENVISAT data has been slow and limited. Only a limited number of coincidences has been found for making data inter-comparisons. Therefore, the conclusions drawn in this paper are very preliminary and cover only a limited set of data products from SCIAMACHY only. Our findings up to now concerning the above mentioned target products are the following: (1) SCIAMACHY near infrared operational products (CO, CH4, N2O) have no scientific meaning yet, (2), the operational SCIAMACHY total vertical O3 column product derived in the ultraviolet window has undergone some improvements with changing versions of the processor(s) but it still underestimates the column by about 5 – 10 %, (3), the operational SCIAMACHY total vertical O3 column product derived in the visible window is unrealistically large, and (3), the operational NO2 total column product from SCIAMACHY seems to largely overestimate the real column, but very few coincidences and large dispersions of the data do inhibit any further conclusion at present. In a next phase, the same ground-based correlative data set will be exploited to further validate the ENVISAT data as soon as more and reprocessed data will be distributed. [less ▲]

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See detailHematurie causee par un "nutcracker syndrome" ou "syndrome du casse-noisettes": confirmation peroperatoire de sa realite
Andrianne, Robert ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg; Waltregny, David ULg et al

in Progrès en Urologie (2002), 12(6), 1323-6

Nutcracker syndrome should be considered in the case of left ureteric haematuria based on computed tomography with vascular reconstruction of the hilar region of the kidney. The best confirmation is ... [more ▼]

Nutcracker syndrome should be considered in the case of left ureteric haematuria based on computed tomography with vascular reconstruction of the hilar region of the kidney. The best confirmation is obtained by studying the pressure gradient between the left renal vein and the inferior vena cava during cavography. Various modalities of surgical treatment have been proposed by a few authors, but have been criticised by some authors who question the clinical reality of this syndrome and the efficacy of treatment. The decision to operate may be difficult and other investigations may be useful to confirm the diagnosis. We report the case of a patient in whom the diagnosis of nutcracker syndrome was confirmed intraoperatively by the immediate appearance of massive, reversible haematuria induced by clamping of the renal vein during vein dissection and augmentation plasty. In the light of this original case, we believe that a preoperative percutaneous haematuria provocation test by temporary obstruction of the left renal vein during venography could allow a more formal diagnosis of nutcracker syndrome when this syndrome is highly suspected. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased expression of the putative axon growth-repulsive extracellular matrix molecule, keratan sulphate proteoglycan, following traumatic injury of the adult rat spinal cord
Krautstrunk, M.; Scholtes, Félix ULg; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Acta Neuropathologica (2002), 104(6), 592-600

Keratan sulphate proteoglycan (KSPG) is a developmentally regulated barrier molecule, directing axonal growth during central nervous system (CNS) formation. The possible re-expression and functional ... [more ▼]

Keratan sulphate proteoglycan (KSPG) is a developmentally regulated barrier molecule, directing axonal growth during central nervous system (CNS) formation. The possible re-expression and functional significance of KSPG in preventing axon regeneration following spinal cord injury (SCI) is poorly understood. In the present investigation, the spatio-temporal expression of KSPG was studied following experimental SCI. There was no indication of sparing of axons at the lesion epicentre following severe compression injury. By 7 days post operation (p.o.) a diffuse increase of KSPG immunoreactivity (KSPG-IR) was observed in the parenchyma surrounding the lesion. This was followed by a delayed (21-28 days p.o.) and largely heterogeneous increase of KSPG-IR in the lesion epicentre, which revealed both cellular and extracellular matrix-like distribution patterns. Although no re-growth of anterogradely labelled corticospinal axons was observed, many 200-kDa neurofilament (NF)-positive axon could be detected growing into the connective tissue scar. This phase of spontaneous axonal re-growth was closely associated with a framework of glial cells (including Schwann cells from damaged local spinal nerve roots) that had migrated into the lesion site. The spontaneous nerve fibre re-growth could be detected in both KSPG-rich and KSPG-poor territories. The present data suggest that the lesion-induced up-regulation of KSPG-IR may have contributed to the lack of corticospinal axon re-growth. However, the lack of any direct spatio-temporal correlation between the distribution of raised KSPG-IR and spontaneous NF-positive axonal regeneration suggests that at least some populations of axons can resist the putative inhibitory effects of this extracellular matrix molecule. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term Elasticity in the Continental Lithosphere; Modelling the Aden Ridge Propagation and the Anatolian Extrusion Process
King, G; Hubert, Aurelia ULg

in EOS : Transactions, American Geophysical Union (2002, December), 83

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See detailHyperpaysages - Sensibiliser à l'aménagement du territoire par les nouvelles technologies
Partoune, Christine ULg; Pirenne, Marie; Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2002)

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See detailLa carcinomatose hepatique du cancer colorectal: actualites therapeutiques
Polus, Marc ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg; De Roover, Arnaud ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 771-8

Important progress has been made in the treatment of liver metastases of advanced colorectal cancer. Surgery with curative intent, when possible, shows evidence of prolonged survival. Response rate and ... [more ▼]

Important progress has been made in the treatment of liver metastases of advanced colorectal cancer. Surgery with curative intent, when possible, shows evidence of prolonged survival. Response rate and overall survival can be improved with modern polychemotherapy. Cytotoxic drug combinations and sequential treatments sometimes make surgery possible for initially non resectable lesions. Impact of loco-regional treatment such as hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy must be defined in randomised trials. Radiofrequency ablation is also currently evaluated in clinical trials. In this review the benefit of each treatment is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRapport de recherche F.R.F.C. n° 2.4601.00 F (rapport final d’activités scientifiques : années 2000-2001 et 2002): Utilisation des techniques d’imagerie numérique pour l’étude de profils comportementaux de poissons d’eau douce (Salmonidés, Cyprinidés), d’eau de mer (Labridés) en fonction de leur environnement physique, chimique, biologique et social
Ylieff, Marc ULg

Report (2002)

Dans de nombreux secteurs axés sur les recherches comportementales, l'imagerie numérique (I.N.) apparaît aujourd'hui comme un outil dont la précision descriptive, les capacités à appréhender, à analyser ... [more ▼]

Dans de nombreux secteurs axés sur les recherches comportementales, l'imagerie numérique (I.N.) apparaît aujourd'hui comme un outil dont la précision descriptive, les capacités à appréhender, à analyser et à quantifier des paramètres comportementaux échappant aux méthodes éthométriques classiques ouvrent des perspectives originales et très prometteuses. En effet, par la puissance de calcul offerte par ces nouvelles techniques, les sciences du comportement et de l’environnement peuvent profiter de systèmes permettant de prendre en compte un grand nombre de variables qui habituellement ne peuvent être mesurées par les méthodes d'observation directe. Les travaux de recherche poursuivis dans le cadre de ce programme F.R.F.C., exploitant de nouvelles techniques éthométriques basées sur l’I.N., ont porté sur plusieurs problématiques ayant comme fil conducteur l’influence des facteurs environnementaux sur les profils comportementaux chez les poissons. Nous avons ainsi adapté, validé et exploité des techniques complémentaires d’I.N. au cours de travaux effectués sur le terrain et en laboratoire. Objectifs de la recherche Dans notre domaine de recherche, les techniques s’appuyant sur l’I.N. concernent deux approches méthodologiques distinctes : l'une concerne la création d'images numériques (donc modifiables à l'envi) à partir de bases de données topographiques (techniques de modélisation numérique de terrain ou MNT) ; l'autre concerne le traitement informatisé d'images numérisées, procédé permettant la reconnaissance d'objets caractéristiques par rapport à un modèle de référence (Computer Vision System ou Visionique). Le principe de base de nos recherches, réalisées tant en milieu naturel qu’en laboratoire, se résume en trois points : • Premièrement, définir de manière numérique l'habitat naturel (côte rocheuse méditerranéenne), semi-naturelle (aquarium de grande capacité ou mésocosme) ou artificiel (aquariums expérimentaux de petites tailles) des poissons étudiés : variables environnementales physiques, chimiques, biologiques et sociales (variables indépendantes) ; • Deuxièmement, décrire qualitativement puis quantitativement les profils comportementaux des poissons choisis, selon la nature, l'intensité et la répartition temporelle des activités ciblées : territorialité, construction de nids, comportements sexuels, compétition et agressivité, déplacements, vitesses de nage, interactions sociales (variables dépendantes) ; • Troisièmement, mettre en relation les variables des deux premières phases, c'est-à-dire celles des profils comportementaux et celles de l'environnement, par le biais de techniques de modélisations numériques et d’outils statistiques et graphiques. Ainsi, en mesurant sur le terrain ou en manipulant en laboratoire des variables environnementales abiotiques et biotiques, il est possible d’extraire, via le paradigme de l'imagerie numérique, les conditions idéales d'environnement dans lequel l'animal (ici les poissons) trouve son ou ses équilibre(s) psycho-physiologique(s). On est alors en mesure de pouvoir déterminer ses limites de tolérance à des perturbations de son milieu : uniformisation de l'habitat, densités excessives entraînant le stress, pollution, etc. Commencées concrètement en mai 1997 et poursuivies jusqu’en janvier 2002, nos recherches ont eu pour objectif d’adapter, de valider et d’exploiter, dans notre domaine, des techniques basées sur les deux pôles de l'imagerie numérique. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of unification of suboptimum methods applied to STAP radars
de Grève, Sébastien; Lapierre, Fabian D.; Verly, Jacques ULg

Conference (2002, December)

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See detailNovel bioresorbable and bioactive composites based on bioactive glass and polylactide foams for bone tissue engineering
Roether, J. A.; Gough, J. E.; Boccaccini, Aldo R. et al

in Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (2002), 13(12), 1207-1214

Bioresorbable and bioactive tissue engineering scaffolds based on bioactive glass (45S5 Bioglass®) particles and macroporous poly(DL-lactide) (PDLLA) foams were fabricated. A slurry dipping technique in ... [more ▼]

Bioresorbable and bioactive tissue engineering scaffolds based on bioactive glass (45S5 Bioglass®) particles and macroporous poly(DL-lactide) (PDLLA) foams were fabricated. A slurry dipping technique in conjunction with pretreatment in ethanol was used to achieve reproducible and well adhering bioactive glass coatings of uniform thickness on the internal and external surfaces of the foams. In vitro studies in simulated body fluid (SBF) demonstrated rapid hydroxyapatite (HA) formation on the surface of the composites, indicating their bioactivity. For comparison, composite foams containing Bioglass® particles as filler for the polymer matrix (in concentration of up to 40 wt%) were prepared by freeze-drying, enabling homogenous glass particle distribution in the polymer matrix. The formation of HA on the composite surfaces after immersion in phosphate buffer saline (PBS) was investigated to confirm the bioactivity of the composites. Human osteoblasts (HOBs) were seeded onto as-fabricated PDLLA foams and onto PDLLA foams coated with Bioglass® particles to determine early cell attachment and spreading. Cells were observed to attach and spread on all surfaces after the first 90 min in culture. The results of this study indicate that the fabricated composite materials have potential as scaffolds for guided bone regeneration. (C) 2002 Kluwer Academic Publishers. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of the separation of beta-blockers by ion-pair capillary electrophoresis in non-aqueous media using univariate and multivariate approaches
Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Chiap, Patrice ULg et al

in Journal of Separation Science (2002), 25(15-17), 1087-1095

The separation of four beta-blocking drug substances (atenolol, sotalol, betaxolol, and metoprolol) selected as model basic analytes has been investigated in non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE ... [more ▼]

The separation of four beta-blocking drug substances (atenolol, sotalol, betaxolol, and metoprolol) selected as model basic analytes has been investigated in non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE) using the principle of ion-pair formation. Camphorsulphonate was selected as the counter-ion in a background electrolyte (BGE) made up of formate buffer in a mixture of acetonitrile/methanol or acetonitrile/ethanol. The influence on resolution of the concentration of the counter-ion, the nature and proportion of the organic solvents, as well as the concentration of the ionic components of the BGE was first studied by a univariate approach. An experimental design was then applied to estimate possible quadratic effects and first-order interactions. To identify the most important factors affecting the separation of the four beta-blockers, a two-level fractional factorial design with 16 experimental points was applied as a screening test. A three factor Box-Behnken design with 12 experimental points was used to predict and optimize the selectivity. Finally the optimal conditions obtained by the univariate and the multivariate, approaches were compared. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemistry and comparative genomics of SxxK superfamily acyltransferases offer a clue to the mycobacterial paradox: Presence of penicillin-susceptible target proteins versus lack of efficiency of penicillin as therapeutic agent
Goffin, Colette ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Microbiology & Molecular Biology Reviews (2002), 66(4), 702-738

The bacterial acyltransferases of the SxxK superfamily vary enormously in sequence and function, with conservation of particular amino acid groups and all-alpha and alpha/beta folds. They occur as ... [more ▼]

The bacterial acyltransferases of the SxxK superfamily vary enormously in sequence and function, with conservation of particular amino acid groups and all-alpha and alpha/beta folds. They occur as independent entities (free-standing polypeptides) and as modules linked to other polypeptides (protein fusions). They can be classified into three groups. The group I SxxK D,D-acyltransferases are ubiquitous in the bacterial world. They invariably bear the motifs SxxK, SxN(D), and KT(S)G. Anchored in the plasma membrane with the bulk of the polypeptide chain exposed on the outer face of it, they are implicated in the synthesis of wall peptidoglycans of the most frequently encountered (4-->3) type. They are inactivated by penicillin and other beta-lactam antibiotics acting as suicide carbonyl donors in the form of penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs). They are components of a morphogenetic apparatus which, as a whole, controls multiple parameters such as shape and size and allows the bacterial cells to enlarge and duplicate their particular pattern. Class A PBP fusions comprise a glycosyltransferase module fused to an SxxK acyltransferase of class A. Class B PBP fusions comprise a linker, i.e., protein recognition, module fused to an SxxK acyltransferase of class B. They ensure the remodeling of the (4-->3) peptidoglycans in a cell cycle-dependent manner. The free-standing PBPs hydrolyze D,D peptide bonds. The group II SxxK acyltransferases frequently have a partially modified bar code, but the SxxK motif is invariant. They react with penicillin in various ways and illustrate the great plasticity of the catalytic centers. The secreted free-standing PBPs, the serine beta-lactamases, and the penicillin sensors of several penicillin sensory transducers help the D,D-acyltransferases of group I escape penicillin action. The group III SxxK acyltransferases are indistinguishable from the PBP fusion proteins of group I in motifs and membrane topology, but they resist penicillin. They are referred to as Pen(r) protein fusions. Plausible hypotheses are put forward on the roles that the Pen(r) protein fusions, acting as L,D-acyltransferases, may play in the (3-->3) peptidoglycan-synthesizing molecular machines. Shifting the wall peptidoglycan from the (4-->3) type to the (3-->3) type could help Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae survive by making them penicillin resistant. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation de la résistance au Sénégal d'Helicoverpa armigera Hubner (Lépidoptère, Noctuidae) par bioessai et méthodes moléculaires
Moreira, Christine; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in AFPP - 6ème Conférence Internationale sur les Ravageurs en Agriculture (2002, December)

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See detailIntermittent Versus Continuous Total Androgen Blockade in the Treatment of Patients with Advanced Hormone-Naive Prostate Cancer: Results of a Prospective Randomized Multicenter Trial
De Leval, Jean ULg; Boca, Philippe; Yousef, Enis et al

in Clinical Prostate Cancer (2002), 1(3), 163-71

The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of total intermittent androgen deprivation (IAD) versus total continuous androgen deprivation (CAD) for treating patients with advanced prostate cancer in ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of total intermittent androgen deprivation (IAD) versus total continuous androgen deprivation (CAD) for treating patients with advanced prostate cancer in a phase III randomized trial. A total of 68 evaluable patients with hormone-naive advanced or relapsing prostate cancer were randomized to receive combined androgen blockade according to a continuous (n = 33) or intermittent (n = 35) regimen. Therapeutic monitoring was assessed by use of serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) measurements. Patients in the CAD and IAD groups were equally stratified for age, biopsy Gleason score, and baseline serum PSA levels. The outcome variable was time to androgen-independence of the tumor, which was defined as increasing serum PSA levels despite androgen blockade. Mean follow-up was 30.8 months. The 35 IAD-treated patients completed 91 cycles, and 19 of them (54.3%) completed > or = 3 cycles. Median cycle length and percentage of time off therapy were 9.0 months and 59.5, respectively. The estimated 3-year progression rate was significantly lower in the IAD group (7.0% +/- 4.8%) than in the CAD group (38.9% +/- 11.2%, P = 0.0052). Our data suggest that IAD treatment may maintain the androgen-dependent state of advanced human prostate cancer, as assessed by PSA measurements, at least as long as CAD treatment. Further studies with longer follow-up times and larger patient cohorts are needed to determine the comparative impacts of CAD and IAD on survival. [less ▲]

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See detailSite effect analysis around the seismically induced Ananevo, Rockslide, Kyrgyzstan
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Jongmans, D.; Faccioli, E. et al

in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (2002), 92(8), 3190-3209

In 1911, the surface-wave magnitude 8.2 Kemin earthquake hit northeastern Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan), close to the cities of Bishkek and Almaty, the capitals of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, respectively ... [more ▼]

In 1911, the surface-wave magnitude 8.2 Kemin earthquake hit northeastern Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan), close to the cities of Bishkek and Almaty, the capitals of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, respectively. Several hundreds of people were killed by the earthquake, some by indirect effects such as landslides and mudflows. A particular but nonfatal landslide triggered by the Kemin event was a rockslide in the vicinity of Ananevo, north of lake Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan) rockslide located above the fault zone activated in 1911. In the summer of 1999, a geophysical-seismological field trip was organized to study geology and to record seismic ground motions on and around the Ananevo rockslide. The work was part of project assessing seismogenic landslide hazard in northern Kyrgyzstan, based on various case studies of slope failures in connection with site-specific ground-motion dynamics. The geophysical investigations consisted of seismic refraction tests processed as 2D seismic tomographies and surface-wave inversion, which were combined to build a 3D geophysical model of the landslide site. Ground motions from small earthquakes were analyzed using several techniques to define site effects over the mountain massif. Both H/V and standard spectral ratios indicated lower dominant frequencies with stronger amplification in the crest region with respect to the mountain slope. These effects could be partially simulated by I D, 2D, and 3D finite-element modeling. By comparing the numerical results with the experimental data, the presence of a surficial low-velocity layer of varying thickness appeared to be the key factor controlling the ground motion around the rockslide. [less ▲]

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See detailSevere lower gastrointestinal bleeding in Crohn's disease: Successful control with infliximab
Berlaiche, J.; Louis, Edouard ULg

in American Journal of Gastroenterology (2002), 97(12), 3210-3211

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