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See detailVariations at different spatial scales of Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile beds; effects on the physico-chemical parameters of the sediment
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Kyramarios, Michael; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Oceanologica Acta (2003), 26(2), 199-207

The biometric parameters (shoot density, length and width of leaves, leaf and epiphyte biomasses, leaf surface) of the P. oceanica meadow present a significant spatial variability at the mesoscale level ... [more ▼]

The biometric parameters (shoot density, length and width of leaves, leaf and epiphyte biomasses, leaf surface) of the P. oceanica meadow present a significant spatial variability at the mesoscale level (100 m2). All the parameters studied, excepting the number of leaves, decrease according to the depth. The horizontal spatial variations (centrifuge and centripetal distributions) reach a maximum in the shallower areas. The analysis of the microstructures (m2) of the meadow has not allowed a relationship to be established between the spatial variations of the biometric parameters and the environmental factors in the sediment (pH, water and organic matter content, red-ox potential, nutrient content). The heterogeneity of the meadow in the Revellata Bay quite probably results from the internal shoot and rhyzome growth dynamics. <br />On the other hand, it appears that the presence of the prairie modifies the physical-chemical characteristics of the sediment. In fact, the sandy patches present different physical-chemical characteristics: lower organic matter, different granulometric and much higher interstitial water nutrient levels, as well as a higher pH and oxydo-reduction potential. [less ▲]

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See detailRevue de l'épidémiologie de la maladie de Crohn en Europe
Piront, Patricia ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg

in Acta Endoscopica (2003), 33

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See detailExtrême droite et fédéralisme
Matagne, Geoffroy ULg

in Fédéralisme - Régionalisme (2003), 2001-2002

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See detailLes onychomycoses--echec et mat?
Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(9), 559-62

According to individuals, onychomycoses or their treatments can be held in check. Some of the "promises" sometimes offered by pharmaceutical companies are not fully kept and hopes of cure may remain wild ... [more ▼]

According to individuals, onychomycoses or their treatments can be held in check. Some of the "promises" sometimes offered by pharmaceutical companies are not fully kept and hopes of cure may remain wild. Some special therapeutic strategies should be employed in case of recalcitrant or recurrent onychomycosis. [less ▲]

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See detailUnequal Lovers at the laboratory. Non-destructive analyses of a sixteenth century Netherlandish painting
Oger, Cécile ULg; Allart, Dominique ULg; Fraiture, Pascale et al

in Townsend, Joyce; Eremin, Katherine; Adriaens, Annemie (Eds.) Conservation Science 2002. Papers from the Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland 22-24 May 2002 (2003)

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See detailVerbes centraux du dispositif des chartes médiévales : essai d'analyse
Boutier, Marie-Guy ULg

in Sánchez Miret, Fernando (Ed.) Actas del XXIII Congreso internacional de lingüística y filología románica (2003)

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See detailThe Wife of Bath's Wanderinge by the Weye and Conduct Books for Women
Dor, Juliette ULg

in Harding, Wendy (Ed.) Drama Narrative and Poetry in the Canterbury Tales (2003)

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See detailSyncope sur passage en tachycardie ventriculaire par accélération d’une fibrillation auriculaire
Guillaume, T.; Melon, Pierre ULg; Bouffioux, Laurent ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(7-8), 468-471

We report a rare case of rapid atrial fibrillation triggering an episod of ventricular tachycardia. We review the literature and discuss the potential mechanisms of the ventricular arrhythmia.

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See detailAnalysis and Design of Ship Structure (Chap 18)
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Rizzutto, E.

in Ship Design and Construction (Vol 1) (2003)

The SNAME book is a ref book in ship Design and Construction. Chap 18, wriiten by P Rigo and his coleague focuss on Ship Structure. It is a typical lecture book.

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See detailOptimizing treatment with thioguanine derivatives in inflammatory bowel disease.
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Bailliere's Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology (2003), 17(1), 37-46

Thioguanine derivatives, azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine, represent major drugs in the treatment of chronic active inflammatory bowel disease. They are effective in two-thirds of the patients and safe ... [more ▼]

Thioguanine derivatives, azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine, represent major drugs in the treatment of chronic active inflammatory bowel disease. They are effective in two-thirds of the patients and safe over the long term in patients who can tolerate them (80-90%). Recent progress in understanding the metabolism of these drugs and its implication in clinical practice have brought up new tools and strategies that are proposed to optimize treatment. In particular, the measurement and characterization of key enzymes and metabolites may have clinical impact. Thus, thiopurine methyl transferase genotyping and activity measurement, as well as erythrocytes, 6-thioguanine nucleotides and 6-methyl mercaptopurine levels, may help in some situations of intolerance or inefficacy with these drugs. Indications for starting and stopping treatment with thioguanine derivatives are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of cardiac contraction, relaxation and rate by the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS): lessons from genetically modified mice.
MASSION, Paul ULg; Balligand, J.-L.

in Journal of Physiology (2003), 546(Pt 1), 63-75

The modulatory role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) on heart contraction, relaxation and rate is examined in light of recent studies using genetic deletion or overexpression in mice under ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) on heart contraction, relaxation and rate is examined in light of recent studies using genetic deletion or overexpression in mice under specific conditions. Unstressed eNOS-/- hearts in basal conditions exhibit a normal inotropic and lusitropic function, with either decreased or unchanged heart rate. Under stimulation with catecholamines, eNOS-/- mice predominantly show a potentiation in their beta-adrenergic inotropic and lusitropic responsiveness. A similar phenotype is observed in beta 3-adrenoceptor deficient mice, pointing to a key role of this receptor subtype for eNOS coupling. The effect of eNOS on the muscarinic cholinergic modulation of cardiac function probably operates in conjunction with other NO-independent mechanisms, the persistence of which may explain the apparent dispensability of this isoform for the effect of acetylcholine in some eNOS-/- mouse strains. eNOS-/- hearts submitted to short term ischaemia-reperfusion exhibit variable alterations in systolic and diastolic function and infarct size, while those submitted to myocardial infarction present a worsened ventricular remodelling, increased 1 month mortality and loss of benefit from ACE inhibitor or angiotensin II type I receptor antagonist therapy. Although non-conditional eNOS gene deletion may engender phenotypic adaptations (e.g. ventricular hypertrophy resulting from chronic hypertension, or upregulation of the other NOS isoforms) potentially confounding the interpretation of comparative studies, the use of eNOS-/- mice has undoubtedly advanced (and will probably continue to improve) our understanding of the complex role of eNOS (in conjunction with the other NOSs) in the regulation of cardiac function. The challenge is now to confirm the emerging paradigms in human cardiac physiology and hopefully translate them into therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailRetreatment of hepatitis C non-responsive to interferon. A placebo controlled randomized trial of ribavirin monotherapy versus combination therapy with Ribavirin and Interferon in 121 patients in the Benelux [ISRCTN53821378]
Veldt, Bart J; Brouwer, Johannes T; Adler, Michael et al

in BMC Gastroenterology (2003), 3(1), 24

BACKGROUND: Evidence based medicine depends on unbiased selection of completed randomized controlled trials. For completeness it is important to publish all trials. This report describes the first large ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Evidence based medicine depends on unbiased selection of completed randomized controlled trials. For completeness it is important to publish all trials. This report describes the first large randomised controlled trial where combination therapy was compared to placebo therapy and to ribavirin monotherapy, which has not been published until now. METHODS: One hundred and twenty one patients with chronic hepatitis C and elevated transaminases who did not respond to previous treatment with standard interferon monotherapy, were included from 16 centers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg between 1992 and 1996. Patient poor-response characteristics were: genotype 1 (69%), HCV RNA above 2 x 10(6) copies/ml (55%) and cirrhosis (38%). Patients were randomized to 6 months combination therapy with interferon alpha-2b (3 MU tiw) and ribavirin (1000-1200 mg/day), 6 months ribavirin monotherapy (1000-1200 mg/day) or 6 months ribavirin placebo. The study was double blinded for the ribavirin/placebo component. One patient did not fit the entry criteria, and 3 did not start. All 117 patients who received at least one dose of treatment were included in the intention to treat analysis. RESULTS: At the end of treatment, HCV RNA was undetectable in 35% of patients on combination therapy and in none of the patients treated with ribavirin monotherapy or placebo. The sustained virological response rate at 6 months after therapy was 15% for patients treated with interferon and ribavirin.During the 6 months treatment period 13% of patients on interferon ribavirin combination therapy, 13% of patients on ribavirin monotherapy and 11% of patients on placebo withdrew due to side effects or noncompliance. At 24 weeks of treatment the mean Hb level was 85% of the baseline value, which means a mean decrease from 9.1 mmol/l to 7.8 mmol/l. The Hb levels at the end of treatment were not significantly different from patients treated with ribavirin monotherapy (p = 0.76). End of treatment WBC was significantly lower in patients treated with combination therapy, compared to ribavirin (p < 0.01) as well as for patients treated with ribavirin monotherapy compared to placebo (p < 0.01). DISCUSSION: This belated report on the only placebo controlled study of interferon ribavirin combination therapy in non responders to standard doses of interferon monotherapy documents the effectiveness, be it limited, of this approach as well as the dynamics of the effects on blood counts. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of hypoxia on stress proteins of the piglet brain at birth
Chiral, Magali; Grongnet, Jean-François; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

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See detailPredictive factors in locally advanced rectal cancer treated with preoperative hyperfractionated and accelerated radiotherapy.
Bouzourene, H; Bosman, F; Matter, M et al

in Human Pathology (2003), 34(6), 541-548

This study examines the prognostic significance of pathologic factors in patients with primary locally advanced rectal cancer treated prospectively with preoperative radiotherapy. From 1992 to 1998, 104 ... [more ▼]

This study examines the prognostic significance of pathologic factors in patients with primary locally advanced rectal cancer treated prospectively with preoperative radiotherapy. From 1992 to 1998, 104 patients with rectal cancer of grades T3 or T4 and any N underwent preoperative radiotherapy followed by surgical resection. Survival curves were estimated according to the Kaplan-Meier method. Correlation of outcome with clinicopathologic variables (pathologic tumor and lymph node staging, histology, radial resection margin [RRM], clearance, vessel involvement, and tumor regression grade [TRG], quantitated in 5 grades) was evaluated using the Cox proportional hazards model. None of the patients achieved a histologically confirmed complete pathologic response, but 79% of the patients showed partial tumor regression (TRG2–4) and 21% did not show any tumor regression (TRG5). Among the tumors, 22% were of a mucinous type. The RRM was free of tumor in 76% of the surgical specimens. The median clearance was 2 mm. Vascular invasion was present in 37 cases (36%). In the univariate analysis, lymph node metastases, absence of tumor regression, positive RRM, and vascular invasion were correlated with adverse overall survival and diseasefree survival; absence of tumor regression, positive RRM, and clearance <2 mm were correlated with local recurrences; and advanced pT stage was correlated only with disease-free survival. However, in the multivariate analysis, only lymph node metastases and RRM were independent prognostic factors for overall survival and disease-free survival, and clearance <2 mm was an independent prognostic factor for local control. Pathologic parameters remain strong determinants of local recurrence and survival in locally advanced rectal cancer, treated preoperatively with hyperfractionated and accelerated radiotherapy. We show that patients with advanced pT, positive lymph nodes, vascular invasion, positive RRM, clearance <2 mm, or absence of tumor regression are known to have poor clinical outcome. HUM PATHOL 34:541-548. © 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Abbreviations: , computed tomography; DFS, disease-free survival; HART, hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy; OS, overall survival; RRM, radial resection margin; TRG, tumor regression grade. [less ▲]

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See detailTemporal variability of neurography
WANG, François-Charles ULg; Horward, Aain

Poster (2003)

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See detailFacteurs de virulence et propriétés spécifiques des souches invasives d'Escherichia coli : II) Franchissement des muqueuses et propriétés invasives
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(3, JUN-JUL), 159-171

Escherichia coli bacterial species is subdivided into several strains that are pathogenic for man and animals, on the basis of their specific properties and factors which are responsible for their ... [more ▼]

Escherichia coli bacterial species is subdivided into several strains that are pathogenic for man and animals, on the basis of their specific properties and factors which are responsible for their pathogenic characters. The pathogenic strains are classically subdivided into strains with intestinal tropism (enterotoxigenic, enteropathogenic, entero-haemorrhagic, verotoxigenic and enteroinvasive) and with extraintestinal tropism (uropathogenic and invasive). Invasive strains cause septicaemia and/or bacteraemia with localisations in different internal organs (systemic infections). If specific virulence properties and factors of strains with intestinal tropism are quite well known and described, those of strains with extraintestinal tropism are much less characterised, especially in animals. The purpose of this serie of review articles is to present the current knowledge on specific properties and factors of extraintestinal strains : adhesins and colonisation factors, transmucosal transfer and survival in blood and internal organs, toxicity. The fourth manuscript will deal with the invasive strains themselves, focusing on the necrotoxigenic strains. This second manuscript presents the current knowledge on the transmucosal transfer, resistance to the bactericidal activity of the complement, resistance to phagocytosis and production of colicins, that were, for several years, considered as an important specific property of invasive strains of E coli. [less ▲]

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