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See detailMythe en geschiedenis. De wereld van Paul de Wispelaere
Spinoy, Erik ULg

Book published by VUBPRESS (2003)

This volume contains the revised papers presented at the Paul de Wispelaere conference (Liège, May 2000).

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See detailA cognitive neuropsychological approach to Alzheimer's disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Juillerat, Anne-Claude et al

in Mulligan, Reinhild; Van der Linden, Martial; Juillerat, Anne-Claude (Eds.) Clinical management of Alzheimer's disease (2003)

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See detailLipides, dépression et suicide
Colin, A.; Reggers, Jean ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Encéphale (L') (2003), 29(1, JAN-FEB), 49-58

Polyunsatured fatty acids are made out of a hydrocarbonated chain of variable length with several double bonds. The position of the first double bond (omega; omega) differentiates polyunsatured omega3 ... [more ▼]

Polyunsatured fatty acids are made out of a hydrocarbonated chain of variable length with several double bonds. The position of the first double bond (omega; omega) differentiates polyunsatured omega3 fatty acids (for example : alpha-linolenic acid or alpha-LNA) and polyunsatured omega6 fatty acids (for example : linoleic acid or LA). These two classes of fatty acids are said to be essential because they cannot be synthetised by the organism and have to be taken from alimentation. The omega3 are present in linseed oil, nuts, soya beans, wheat and cold water fish whereas omega6 are present in maize, sunflower and sesame oil. Fatty acids are part of phospholipids and, consequently, of all biological membranes. The membrane fluidity, of crucial importance for its functionning, depends on its lipidic components. Phospholipids composed of chains of polyunsatured fatty acids increase the membrane fluidity because, by bending some chains, double bonds prevent them from compacting themselves perfectly. Membrane fluidity is also determined by the phospholipids/free cholesterol ratio, as cholesterol increases membrane viscosity. A diet based on a high proportion of essential polyunsatured fatty acids (fluid) would allow a higher incorporation of cholesterol (rigid) in the membranes to balance their fluidity, which would contribute to lower blood cholesterol levels. Brain membranes have a very high content in essential polyunsatured fatty acids for which they depend on alimentation. Any dietary lack of essential polyunsatured fatty acids has consequences on cerebral development, modifying the activity of enzymes of the cerebral membranes and decreasing efficiency in learning tasks. Epidemiological data - The prevalence of depression seems to increase continuously since the beginning of the century. Though different factors most probably contribute to this evolution, it has been suggested that it could be related to an evolution of alimentary patterns in the Western world, in which polyunsatured omega fatty acids contained in fish, game and vegetables have been largely replaced by polyunsatured omega6 fatty acids of cereal oils. Some epidemiological data support the hypothesis of a relation between lower depression and/or suicide rates and a higher consumption of fish. These data do not however prove a relation of causality. Cholesterol and depression - Several cohort studies (on nondepressed subjects) have assessed the relationship between plasma cholesterol and depressive symptoms with contradictory results. Though some results found a significant relationship between a decrease of total cholesterol and high scores of depression, some other did not. Studies among patients suffering from major depression signalled more constantly an association between low cholesterol and major depression. Besides, some trials showed that clinical recovery maybe associated with a significant increase of total cholesterol. Cholesterol and suicidal behaviour - The hypothesis that a low cholesterol level may represent a suicidal risk factor was discovered accidentally following a series of epidemiological studies which revealed an increase of the suicidal risk among subjects with a low cholesterol level. Though some contradictory studies do exist, this relationship has been confirmed by several subsequent cohort studies. These findings have challenged the vast public health programs aimed at promoting the decrease of cholesterol, and even suggested to suspend the administration of lipid lowering drugs. Recent clinical studies on populations treated whith lipid lowering drugs showed nevertheless a lack of significant increase of mortality, either by suicide or accident. In addition, several controlled studies among psychiatric patients revealed a decrease of the concentrations of plasma cholesterol among patients who had attempted suicide in comparison with other patients. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and depression - In major depression, all studies revealed a significant decrease of the polyunsaturated omega3 fatty acids and/or an increase of the omega6/omega3 ratio in plasma and/or in the membranes of the red cells. In addition, two studies found a higher severity of depression when the level of polyunsaturated omega fatty acids or the ratio omega3/omega6 was low. Parallel to these modifications, other biochemical perturbations have been reported in major depression, particularly an activation of the inflammatory response system, resulting in an increase of the pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukins: IL-1beta, IL-6 and interferon gamma) and eicosanoids (among others, prostaglandin E2) in the blood and the CSF of depressed patients. These substances cause a peroxidation and, consequently a catabolism of membrane phospholipids, among others those containing polyunsaturated fatty acids. The cytokines and eicosanoids derive from polyunsaturated fatty acids and have opposite physiological functions according to their omega or omega6 precursor. Arachidonic acid (omega6) is, among others, precursor of pro-inflammatoty prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), whereas polyunsaturated W fatty acids inhibit the formation of PGE2. It has been shown that a dietary increase of polyunsaturated W fatty acids reduced strongly the production of IL-1beta, IL-2, IL-6 and TNF-alpha (tumor necrosis factor-alpha). In contrast, diets with a higher supply of linoleic acid (omega6) increased significantly the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, like TNF-alpha. Therefore, polyunsaturated omega3 fatty acids could be associated at different levels in the pathophysiology of major depression, on the one hand through their role in the membrane fluidity which influences diverse steps of neurotransmission and, on the other hand, through their function as precursor of pro-inflammatory cytokines and eicosanoids disturbing neurotransmission. In addition, antidepressants could exhibit an immunoregulating effect by reducing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, by increasing the release of endogenous antagonists of pro-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10 and, finally, by acting like inhibitors of cyclo-oxygenase. Therapeutic use of fatty acids - Data available concerning the administration of supplements of DHA (docosahexanoic acid) or other polyunsaturated fatty acids omega3 are limited. In a double blind placebo-controlled study on 30 patients with bipolar disorder, the addition of polyunsaturated omega3 fatty acids was associated with a longer period of remission. Moreover, nearly all the other prognosis measures were better in the omega3 group. Very recently, a controlled trial showed the benefits of adding an omega3 fatty acid, eicosopentanoic acid, among depressed patients. After 4 weeks, six of the 10 patients receiving the fatty acid were considered as responders in comparison with only one of the ten patients receiving placebo. Conclusions Some epidemiological, experimental and clinical data favour the hypothesis that polyunsaturated fatty acids could play a role in the pathogenesis and/or the treatment of depression. More studies however are needed in order to better precise the actual implication of those biochemical factors among the various aspects of depressive illness. [less ▲]

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See detailLes facteurs de virulence des alphaherpèsvirus
Muylkens, Benoît ULg; Meurens, François; Schynts, Frédéric et al

in Virologie (2003), 7

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See detailQuantification of the role of mechanical parameters on the bone response around loaded titanium implants
Vandamme, Katleen; Geris, Liesbet ULg; Duyck, Joke et al

in European Cells and Materials (2003), 5(2), 96-97

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See detailResponse of coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi to elevated partial pressure of CO2 under nitrogen limitation
Sciandra, A.; Harlay, Jérôme ULg; Lefevre, D. et al

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2003), 261

Precipitation of calcium carbonate by phytoplankton in the photic oceanic layer is an important process regulating the carbon cycling and the exchange Of CO2 at the ocean-atmosphere interface. Previous ... [more ▼]

Precipitation of calcium carbonate by phytoplankton in the photic oceanic layer is an important process regulating the carbon cycling and the exchange Of CO2 at the ocean-atmosphere interface. Previous experiments have demonstrated that, under nutrient-sufficient conditions, doubling the partial pressure Of CO2 (pCO(2)) in seawater-a likely scenario for the end of the century-can significantly decrease both the rate of calcification by coccolithophorids and the ratio of inorganic to organic carbon production. The present work investigates the effects of high pCO(2) on calcification by the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi (Strain TW1) grown under nitrogen-limiting conditions, a situation that can also prevail in the ocean. Nitrogen limitation was achieved in NO3-limited continuous cultures renewed at the rate of 0.5 d(-1) and exposed to a saturating light level. pCO(2) was increased from 400 to 700 ppm and controlled by bubbling CO2-rich or CO2-free air into the cultures. The pCO(2) shift has a rapid effect on cell physiology that occurs within 2 cell divisions subsequent to the perturbation. Net calcification rate (C) decreased by 25% and, in contrast to previous studies with N-replete cultures, gross community production (GCP) and dark community respiration (DCR) also decreased. These results suggest that increasing pCO(2) has no noticeable effect on the calcification/photosynthesis ratio (C/P) when cells of E. huxleyi are NO3-limited. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités de droit familial. Le point en 2003
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg

Book (2003)

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See detailEvolutionary ecology of paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt Triturus alpestris
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

Conference (2003)

Paedomorphosis, in which individuals retain ancestral characteristics in the adult stage, is widespread in newts and salamanders and is suspected to play an important role in evolution. In some species ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis, in which individuals retain ancestral characteristics in the adult stage, is widespread in newts and salamanders and is suspected to play an important role in evolution. In some species, paedomorphosis is facultative with some individuals skipping the metamorphic stage. Dimorphic populations of the Alpine newt inhabit a large variety of aquatic habitats such as permanent lakes and temporary ponds. The aim of this study was to determine the benefits of the alternatives in these different habitats. To this end, I focused on resource partitioning, energy intake, body condition and age structures in different populations composed of the two morphs. In deep lakes, there was a substantial trophic differentiation between morphs. Paedomorphs primarily preyed on plankton whereas metamorphs foraged on terrestrial invertebrates that fell to the water surface. By reducing competition, resource partitioning may contribute to the coexistence of the alternative morphs in heterogeneous habitats. On the contrary, in a small pond, resource use was similar in the two morphs. Maturity is reached earlier in the paedomorphs from this small pond than in metamorphs (progenetic process), favoring then a rapid turn-over of the population, while similar gonadal development was observed in one of the deep lakes (neotenic process). Body condition was generally higher in paedomorphs than in metamorphs in each studied population. These results show that facultative paedomorphosis is adaptive in varied habitats, but that different factors may favor it depending of the characteristics of the environment. Paedomorphic phenotypes can thus be selected in low altitude productive ponds and high altitude oligotrophic lakes. [less ▲]

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See detailMultivariate and multidimensional analysis
Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Molenberghs, G.

in Wilson (Ed.) Biometrics (2003)

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See detailİzmir Gezisi: Antoine Galland'ın Bir Elyazması (1678)
Galland, Antoine; Bauden, Frédéric ULg; Üyepazarcı, Erol

Book published by İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi Kültür Yayını (2003)

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See detailStudy of the crp-like gene of Streptomyces coelicolor
Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Titgemeyer, Fritz; Dusart, Jean et al

Poster (2003)

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See detailL'élevage de la pintade au Bénin sous la loupe.
Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Woirin, Didier; Buldgen, André

Article for general public (2003)

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See detailConceptual issues in 3D Urban GIS
Billen, Roland ULg; Zlatanova, Siyka

in GIM International (2003), 17(1), 33-35

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See detailL'intérêt de la cystatine C dans l'évaluation de la fonction rénale
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Gielen, Jacques et al

in Nephrologie (2003), 24(8), 457-68

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best indicator of renal function. GFR is usually estimated by serum creatinine or the creatinine clearance calculated on urine collected over 24 hours or with the ... [more ▼]

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best indicator of renal function. GFR is usually estimated by serum creatinine or the creatinine clearance calculated on urine collected over 24 hours or with the Cockcroft formula. These methods are however limited. Serum creatinine has a very poor sensitivity and urine collection is difficult. Cystatin C is a protease inhibitor produced in a constant manner by nucleated cells. This molecule is freely filtrated by the glomerule and quite completely catabolized in the proximal tubules. Its plasmatic concentration might thus be used to estimate GFR. Presently available data allow to conclude that plasmatic cystatin C is at least as good as serum creatinine to estimate GFR. It is less sensible to changes in body mass. Its determination appears more sensitive to detect early mild changes in GFR. Reference values are presently available for the different methods of determination. Cystatin C plasma level determination is more expensive than routine creatinine plasma determination. In the absence of very significant advantages, this might explain its limited use in daily clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Tellnes ilmenite deposit (Rogaland, South Norway): magnetic and petrofabric evidence for emplacement of a Ti-enriched noritic crystal mush in a fracture zone
Diot, Hervé; Bolle, Olivier ULg; Lambert, Jean-Marc et al

in Journal of Structural Geology (2003), 25(4), 481-501

The Tellnes ilmenite deposit, a world class titanium deposit, occurs in the Ana-Sira anorthosite (Rogaland anorthosite province, South Norway). It is mainly made up of an ilmenite-rich norite that has ... [more ▼]

The Tellnes ilmenite deposit, a world class titanium deposit, occurs in the Ana-Sira anorthosite (Rogaland anorthosite province, South Norway). It is mainly made up of an ilmenite-rich norite that has been previously interpreted as injected in a crystal mush state, in a weakness zone of the enclosing anorthosite. This emplacement mechanism has produced a faint orientation in the ore due to the flow of the mush. The internal flow structure of the orebody is studied here using the low-field anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) method. Partial anhysteretic remanent magnetization (pAARM) indicates that coarse magnetite is the main mineral responsible for the magnetic fabric. Parallelism of the magnetic fabric with the shape-preferred orientation of the ore-forming minerals is checked using image analysis (IA) from oriented sections (intercept method). Interpretation of the AMS data verified by pAARM and IA, provides information on the magmatic foliation and lineation. Emplacement flow of the ilmenite norite crystal mush occurred in the direction of the orebody, parallel to its walls, and with an average SE 18degrees plunge. The feeder zone was likely situated below a network of veins on the SE end of the orebody. The sickle-shaped outcrop of the deposit suggests a transcurrent, dextral opening of a WNW-ESE-striking weakness zone across the anorthosite pluton. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes Export Controls Regimes could Contribute to Counter the Acquisition of WMD by Sub-national ?,
Michel, Quentin ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Sciences (2003)

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See detailPharmacological evaluation of the novel thromboxane modulator BM-567 (II/II). Effects of BM-567 on osteogenic sarcoma-cell-induced platelet aggregation
De Leval, X.; Benoit, V.; Delarge, J. et al

in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids (2003)

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See detailInternal anatomy of catfishes.
Kapoor, B. G.; Khana, B.; Diogo, Rui et al

in Kapoor, B. G.; Arratia, G.; Diogo, Rui (Eds.) et al Catfishes (2003)

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See detailReading for change : performance and engagement across countries : results of PISA 2000
Kirsch, I.; De Jong, J.; Lafontaine, Dominique ULg et al

Book published by OCDE (2003)

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