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Denis, Benoît ULg; Bertrand, Jean-Pierre ULg; Biron, Michel et al

in Bertrand, Jean-Pierre; Biron, Michel; Denis, Benoît (Eds.) et al Histoire de la littérature belge francophone (1830-2000) (2003)

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See detailMuscle relaxants in neurosurgical anaesthesia: a critical appraisal.
Hans, Pol ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology (2003), 20(8), 600-5

The use of muscle relaxants, considered until recently as common practice in current neurosurgical anaesthesia protocols, becomes increasingly more questionable today. The reasons rely on the evolution of ... [more ▼]

The use of muscle relaxants, considered until recently as common practice in current neurosurgical anaesthesia protocols, becomes increasingly more questionable today. The reasons rely on the evolution of neurosurgery including the advent of new surgical techniques, the evolution of anaesthesia having the benefit of new drugs and devices, and the rationale for using muscle relaxants balanced against their potential side-effects and possible pharmacodynamic alterations in neurosurgical patients. [less ▲]

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See detailParticularités des organismes des abysses et des sources hydrothermales.
Dauby, Patrick ULg; Coulon, Pierre

Article for general public (2003)

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See detailLe cancer medullaire de la thyroide ou, comment des marqueurs tumoraux et les outils de la genetique autorisent le deploiement de mesures preventives.
Meurisse, Nicolas ULg; Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 346-350

Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) arises from parafollicular C cells secreting calcitonin. MTC occurs both as sporadic tumors and as part of specific inherited autosomal dominant syndromes in which point ... [more ▼]

Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) arises from parafollicular C cells secreting calcitonin. MTC occurs both as sporadic tumors and as part of specific inherited autosomal dominant syndromes in which point mutations within a discrete set of RET codons were described. Total thyroidectomy and aggressive neck dissection represents the only chance for cure in the affected patients. Therefore, all patients with thyroid nodular disease should undergo measurement of calcitonin plasma levels to allow preclinical diagnosis of the disease and early appropriate surgery ("secondary prevention"). In case of proband patient for inherited disease, all the family members should be genetically screened to detect the disease gene carriers. Patients with germline mutation would benefit either from earlier surgery at the stage of C-cell hyperplasia or microcarcinoma or prophylactic surgery (total thyroidectomy without neck dissection) (primary prevention) before the onset of any C-cells pathology. The ideal age for performance of such prophylactic surgery is determined by the genotypic features of the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailTreating non proportional damping by means of Taylor polynomial approximations
Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 2003 Extreme Loading Conference (2003)

In order to simplify the resolution of the equation of motion, structural damping is generally supposed to be proportional. Indeed, this coarse and unjustified hypothesis leads to uncoupled equations of ... [more ▼]

In order to simplify the resolution of the equation of motion, structural damping is generally supposed to be proportional. Indeed, this coarse and unjustified hypothesis leads to uncoupled equations of motion in the modal basis. The aerodynamic and concentrated dampings (dash-pots) are accurately characterized by mathematical laws. These are such that the equations of motion are no longer uncoupled in the modal basis. After presenting the usual ways to solve coupled system of equations, the paper focuses on a method based on Taylor series expansions which allows to partially account for the coupling. After developing the equations related to this method, some examples of application are provided. [less ▲]

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See detailCatecholamine and HPA axis dysfunction in depression : relationship with suicidal behavior
Pitchot, William ULg; Reggers, Jean ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Neuropsychobiology (2003), 47(3), 152-157

A large body of evidence suggests a potential role for catecholaminergic function as a possible biological factor in the control of suicidal behavior. Recently, we have used a neuroendocrine strategy to ... [more ▼]

A large body of evidence suggests a potential role for catecholaminergic function as a possible biological factor in the control of suicidal behavior. Recently, we have used a neuroendocrine strategy to study dopaminergic and noradrenergic activities in depressed suicide attempters. However, some problems are associated with the use of growth hormone (GH) response to catecholaminergic challenge, because GH release could be decreased by a direct effect of corticosteroids at the pituitary level. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to assess GH response to both apornorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, and clonidine, an alpha2-adrenergic agonist, according to the dexamethasone suppression test (DST) status in a sample of 20 major depressed inpatients with a history of suicide attempt compared with nonattempters. Our results tended to show that hypercortisolemia as assessed by post-DST cortisol values did not inhibit GH response to apornorphine or clonidine, suggesting that hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis overactivity does not explain the impaired GH response to apornorphine in major depressed patients with a history of suicide attempt. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of different doses of prostaglandin on the area of corpus luteum, the largest follicle and progesterone concentration in the dairy cow
Repasi, A.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Sulon, Joseph ULg et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2003), 38(6), 423-428

Lactating dairy cows with a mature corpus luteum (CL) (diameter of greater than or equal to17 mm determined by ultrasonography) and having a follicle with a diameter of 10 mm (n = 49) were randomly ... [more ▼]

Lactating dairy cows with a mature corpus luteum (CL) (diameter of greater than or equal to17 mm determined by ultrasonography) and having a follicle with a diameter of 10 mm (n = 49) were randomly assigned to three groups. The first group was treated with a single dose of exogenous prostaglandin (25 mg), while the second group was treated with 35 mg on day 0, and the third group served as control in order to evaluate the effect of rectal manipulation on the CL during ultrasonographic examination. Blood samples were collected daily for analysing progesterone (P4) concentrations. In group 1 the incidence of oestrus and artificial insemination (AI) in 10 days after treatment was 95% (19 of 20). The conception rate was 31.6%, and the average time to oestrus after treatment was 3.7 day. In group 2 the incidence of oestrus and A.I. was 84.2% (16/19). The conception rate was 31.2%, and the average time to oestrus after treatment was 2.8 day. In the untreated group only two cows (2/10) exhibited oestrus during the examined period and none of them became pregnant. There were no significant differences between the two treated groups in terms of reduction in the area of CL and P4 concentrations and of an increase in the area of the dominant follicles. At the same time, the decrease in the percentage changes relative to the area of CL and to the concentrations of P4 were statistically significant in both treated groups. [less ▲]

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See detailSong activation by testosterone is associated with an increased catecholaminergic innervation of the song control system in female canaries
Appeltants, D.; Ball, G. F.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Neuroscience (2003), 121(3), 801-814

In canaries, singing and a large number of morphological features of the neural system that mediates the learning, perception and production of song exhibit marked sex differences. Although these ... [more ▼]

In canaries, singing and a large number of morphological features of the neural system that mediates the learning, perception and production of song exhibit marked sex differences. Although these differences have been mainly attributed to sex-specific patterns of the action of testosterone and its metabolites, the mechanisms by which sex steroids regulate brain and behavior are far from being completely understood. Given that the density of immunoreactive catecholaminergic fibers that innervate telencephalic song nuclei in canaries is higher in males, which sing, than in females, which usually do not sing, we hypothesized that some of the effects induced by testosterone on song behavior are mediated through the action of the steroid on the catecholaminergic neurons which innervate the song control nuclei. Therefore, we investigated in female canaries the effects of a treatment with exogenous testosterone on song production, on the volume of song control nuclei, and on the catecholaminergic innervation of these nuclei as assessed by immunocytochemical visualization of tyrosine hydroxylase. Testosterone induced male-like singing in all females and increased by about 80% the volume of two telencephalic song control nuclei, the high vocal center (HVC) and the nucleus robustus archistriatalis (RA). Testosterone also significantly increased the fractional area covered by tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive structures (fibers and varicosities) in most telencephalic song control nuclei (HVC, the lateral and medial parts of the magnocellular nucleus of the anterior neostriatum, the nucleus interfacialis, and to a lesser extent RA). By contrast, testosterone did not affect the catecholaminergic innervation of the telencephalic areas adjacent to HVC and RA. Together these data demonstrate that, in parallel to its effects on song behavior and on the morphology of the song control system, testosterone also regulates the catecholaminergic innervation of most telencephalic song control nuclei in canaries. The endocrine regulation of singing may thus involve the neuromodulatory action of specialized dopaminergic and/or noradrenergic projections onto several key parts of the song control system. (C) 2003 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe cold atom micromaser in a vertical configuration
Martin, John ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg

Poster (2003)

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See detailTIMP-2 and PAI-1 mRNA levels are lower in aneurysmal as compared to athero-occlusive abdominal aortas.
Defawe, Olivier D; Colige, Alain ULg; Lambert, Charles ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Research (2003), 60(1), 205-13

OBJECTIVE: Significant alterations of the vascular wall occurs in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and atherosclerotic occlusive disease (AOD) that ultimately may lead to either vascular rupture or ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Significant alterations of the vascular wall occurs in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and atherosclerotic occlusive disease (AOD) that ultimately may lead to either vascular rupture or obstruction. These modifications have been ascribed to one or a group of proteases, their inhibitors or to the matrix macromolecules involved in the repair process without considering the extent of the observed variations. METHODS: The mRNA steady-state level of a large spectrum of proteolytic enzymes (matrix metalloproteinases: MMP-1, -2, -3, -8, -9, -11, -12, -13, -14; urokinase plasminogen activator: u-PA), their physiological inhibitors (tissue inhibitors of MMPs: TIMP-1, -2, -3; plasminogen activator inhibitor: PAI-1) and that of structural matrix proteins (collagens type I and III, decorin, elastin, fibrillins 1 and 2) was determined by RT-PCR made quantitative by using a synthetic RNA as internal standard in each reaction mixture. The profile of expression was evaluated in AAA (n=7) and AOD (n=5) and compared to non-diseased abdominal (CAA, n=7) and thoracic aorta (CTA, n=5). RESULTS: The MMPs -8, -9, -12 and -13 mostly associated with inflammatory cells were not or barely detected in CAA and CTA while they were largely and similarly expressed in AAA and AOD. Expression of protease inhibitors or structural proteins were only slightly increased in both pathological conditions with the exception of elastin which was reduced. The main significant difference between AAA and AOD was a lower expression of TIMP-2 and PAI-1 in the aneurysmal lesions. CONCLUSIONS: The remodeling of the aortic wall in AAA and AOD involves gene activation of a large and similar spectrum of proteolytic enzymes while the expression of two physiological inhibitors, TIMP-2 and PAI-1, is significantly lower in AAA compared to AOD. The repair process in the aneurysmal disease seems similar to that of the occlusive disease. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of race training on biochemical bone markers in young thoroughbreds
Carstanjen, B; Lepage, OM; Sulon, J et al

in Proceedings of the 13th annual scientific meeting of the ECVS (2003)

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See detailEpidural hematoma after cervical spine surgery.
Hans, Pol ULg; Delleuze, Pierre Philippe; Born, Jacques Daniel et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (2003), 15(3), 282-5

The authors report an acute epidural hematoma after the surgical removal of a cervical C6-C7 disc herniation through an anterolateral approach of the cervical spine. Clinical history consisted of ... [more ▼]

The authors report an acute epidural hematoma after the surgical removal of a cervical C6-C7 disc herniation through an anterolateral approach of the cervical spine. Clinical history consisted of respiratory distress and flaccid tetraplegia that appeared 2.5 hours after surgery. Without any complementary radiologic investigation, the patient was immediately transferred to the operating room for a second look, which was unsuccessful. Magnetic resonance imaging performed after this second surgical procedure showed an anterior cervical hematoma extending from C3 to T3 without significant spinal cord compression. A cervical laminectomy was performed to evacuate the hematoma. The patient was extubated the next morning and discharged from the hospital after 5 days with no residual neurologic deficit. An extensive postoperative investigation revealed no coagulation disorder. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of steroid activity by transcription coactivators in songbirds
Charlier, Thierry ULg; Auger, Catherine J; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in Hormones & Behavior (2003), 44

Songbirds have developed a specialized, steroid-dependent telencephalic vocal control system for the production of learned vocalization. Recent progress in the study of the mechanisms by which steroid ... [more ▼]

Songbirds have developed a specialized, steroid-dependent telencephalic vocal control system for the production of learned vocalization. Recent progress in the study of the mechanisms by which steroid receptors act on the eukaryotic genome has highlighted the role of a newly discovered protein family, the Nuclear Receptor Coactivators. More specifically, the CREB-binding protein (CBP) and the Steroid Receptor Coactivator-1 (SRC-1) have been shown to be actively involved in mediating steroid hormone action in the developing rat brain. The distribution of the coactivator SRC-1 was analyzed in canaries by in situ hybridization. A very broad but heterogeneous distribution of the transcript was observed, mainly in steroid-sensitive areas of the hypothalamus, the song control system and several catecholaminergic areas. The presence of SRC-1 in these regions was also confirmed by immunocytochemistry. A similar very high concentration of the coactivator CBP protein was also found in steroid-sensitive areas of the hypothalamus and in the song system. Sex differences in SRC-1 mRNA concentration were detected in HVC and in area X. Moreover, preliminary data obtained independently in starlings (CBP) and in quail (SRC-1) suggest that the expression of coactivators is regulated by steroids as well as by photoperiod. The presence of these steroid receptor coactivators in the telencephalic song control nuclei and in catecholaminergic cell groups that innervate the song system and their possible regulation by photoperiod and/or steroids support the idea that SRC-1 and CBP could play an important role in the control of singing behavior by modulating estrogen and androgen receptor action. [less ▲]

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See detailIsoperimetric geometry
Bogaert, Jan ULg

Learning material (2003)

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See detailMetabolic properties of bovine muscles: regulation by genetic and nutritional factors.
Hocquette, J. F.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Jurie, C. et al

in Book of absracts of the 54th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2003)

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See detailHigh level Vibration Facility at cryogenic temperature
Grodent, Christophe ULg

Conference (2003)

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See detailOvero lethal white syndrome - two case reports and a review of the litterature
Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Delguste, Catherine ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(5, OCT-NOV), 359-364

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