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See detailCellular Uptake Of Antennapedia Penetratin Peptides Is A Two-Step Process In Which Phase Transfer Precedes A Tryptophan-Dependent Translocation
Dom, G.; Shaw-Jackson, C.; Matis, C. et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2003), 31(2), 556-61

Several homeodomains and homeodomain-containing proteins enter live cells through a receptor- and energy-independent mechanism. Translocation through biological membranes is conferred by the third alpha ... [more ▼]

Several homeodomains and homeodomain-containing proteins enter live cells through a receptor- and energy-independent mechanism. Translocation through biological membranes is conferred by the third alpha-helix of the homeodomain, also known as Penetratin. Biophysical studies demonstrate that entry of Penetratin into cells requires its binding to surface lipids but that binding and translocation are differentially affected by modifications of some physico-chemical properties of the peptide, like helical amphipathicity or net charge. This suggests that the plasma membrane lipid composition affects the internalization of Penetratin and that internalization requires both lipid binding and other specific properties. Using a phase transfer assay, it is shown that negatively charged lipids promote the transfer of Penetratin from a hydrophilic into a hydrophobic environment, probably through charge neutralization. Accordingly, transfer into a hydrophobic milieu can also be obtained in the absence of negatively charged lipids, by the addition of DNA oligonucleotides. Strikingly, phase transfer by charge neutralization was also observed with a variant peptide of same charge and hydrophobicity in which the tryptophan at position 6 was replaced by a phenylalanine. However, Penetratin, but not its mutant version, is internalized by live cells. This underscores that charge neutralization and phase transfer represent only a first step in the internalization process and that further crossing of a biological membrane necessitates the critical tryptophan residue at position 6. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperthermie chez le cheval: Approche diagnostique clinique
Amory, Hélène ULg

in Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the French Equine Veterinary Association (AVEF) (2003)

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See detailStochastic modelling of the hydrogeological environment in low permeability sediment
Huysmans, Marijke; Berckmans, Arne; Feyen, Luc et al

in Proceedings of IAMG 2003 (2003)

In Belgium, the Boom Clay is being considered as a potential host formation for the disposal of nuclear waste. Part of the safety assessment and feasibility studies of a potential nuclear waste disposal ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, the Boom Clay is being considered as a potential host formation for the disposal of nuclear waste. Part of the safety assessment and feasibility studies of a potential nuclear waste disposal consists of hydrogeological modeling. In order to model the groundwater flow and possible radionuclide transport in the clay, the spatial distribution of the hydraulic conductivity of the clay has to be assessed. In this study, geostatistical methods are used to characterize the hydraulic conductivity field. More specific, direct sequential simulation of the hydraulic conductivity is carried out, using measurements of hydraulic conductivity and 4 types of soft data or secondary variables: resistivity logs, gamma ray logs, grain size measurements and descriptions of the lithology. The primary and secondary information is analyzed with geostatistical tools and combined to generate 100 fields of the hydraulic conductivity of the Boom Clay. Next, each field is input to a groundwater flow model to predict the advective travel time of constituents released from the disposed waste in the Boom Clay to the aquifers surrounding the Boom Clay. Statistical analysis of the ensemble of model predictions results in a predictive distribution for the advective travel time. This distribution reflects the uncertainty of the advective travel time that results from the uncertainty of the spatial distribution of the hydraulic conductivity of the Boom Clay [less ▲]

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See detailL'éloge de la folie en hôpital de jour: présent du passé et perspectives
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2003)

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See detailFacteurs de virulence et propriétés spécifiques des souches invasives d'Escherichia coli : I) les adhésines et facteurs de colonisation
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(2, APR-MAY), 105-126

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, enterohaemmorrhagic, 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 first manuscript presents the current knowledge on the receptors, roles in pathogenesis, structures, genetic determinism and identification methods of fimbrial adhesins of P (Pap, Prs), S (Sfa, F1C, Sfr) and F17 (Vir, Att25, FY, 20K, G, Att111) families and of afimbrial adhesins of Afa family (Afa, Nfa, F1845, Bma, Dr...). [less ▲]

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See detailNullité et réduction, note sous Rb. Gent, 4 février 2002
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2003)

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See detailMathematical modelling and design of an advanced once-through heat recovery steam generator
Dumont, Marie-Noëlle ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg

in Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (2003), 14

The once-through heat recovery steam generator design is ideally matched to very high temperature and pressure, well into the supercritical range. Moreover this type of previous termboilernext term is ... [more ▼]

The once-through heat recovery steam generator design is ideally matched to very high temperature and pressure, well into the supercritical range. Moreover this type of previous termboilernext term is structurally simpler than a conventional one, since no drum is required. A specific mathematical model has been developed. Thermodynamic model has been implemented to suit very high pressure (up to 240 bar), sub- and supercritical steam properties. We illustrate the model use with a 180 bar once-through previous termboilernext term (OTB). [less ▲]

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See detailDistinct T cell subsets and cytokine production in cultures derived from transformation zone and squamous intraepithelial lesion biopsies of the uterine cervix.
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Renard, Isabelle; Al-Saleh, Walid et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2003), 49(1), 6-13

PROBLEM: The characterization of lymphocytes issued from squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) and from the transformation zone (TZ), where the majority of SIL occur, is important to understand the role ... [more ▼]

PROBLEM: The characterization of lymphocytes issued from squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) and from the transformation zone (TZ), where the majority of SIL occur, is important to understand the role of immunity in SIL development. METHOD OF STUDY: We compared lymphocyte populations of the TZ and SIL with those of normal exocervix, using a technique allowing for the isolation of lymphocytes, either from the epithelium or from the underlying stroma of small biopsies. RESULTS: The majority of cells derived from the epithelium of all biopsies were CD8+ T cells. Some SIL-derived cultures were characterized by an increased proportion of activated TCRgammadelta+. The production of the immunosuppressive cytokine IL10 was significantly higher in lymphocyte cultures from the normal TZ in comparison with the exocervix. A decreased percentage of effector T cells was observed in cultures derived from the stroma of normal TZ (TCRgammadelta+) or SIL (CD8+) in comparison with the exocervix. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that a low proportion of effector T cells and IL10 production could contribute to the predisposition of the TZ to the development of SIL and to the progression of SIL to cervical cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailLes guérisseurs dans les provinces belges de Liège et de Luxembourg : quelques données chiffrées
Donneau, Olivier ULg

in Guérisseurs d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (2003)

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See detailThe Paradoxes of Marginalization: David Malouf and the "Great World"
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Durix, Jean-Pierre (Ed.) The Global and the Particular in the English-Speaking World (2003)

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See detailEstimation of genetic parameters of test-day records for milk yield for the first three lactations of French Holstein cows
Druet, Tom ULg; Jaffrézic, F.; Ducrocq, V.

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

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See detailLe monument à Léopold Ier: approche architecturale et typologique
Houbart, Claudine ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Beaux-Arts (2003)

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See detailLa violence des jeunes en regard des nouvelles socialisations
Born, Michel ULg

in Violence juvénile : nouvelles formes et stratégies locales - expériences à l'est et à l'ouest (2003)

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See detailEGF amplifies the replacement of parvalbumin-expressing striatal interneurons after ischemia.
Teramoto, Tetsuyuki; Qiu, Jianhua; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2003), 111(8), 1125-32

EGF promotes proliferation and migration of stem/progenitor cells in the normal adult brain. The effect of epidermal growth factor on neurogenesis in ischemic brain is unknown, however. Here we show that ... [more ▼]

EGF promotes proliferation and migration of stem/progenitor cells in the normal adult brain. The effect of epidermal growth factor on neurogenesis in ischemic brain is unknown, however. Here we show that intraventricular administration of EGF and albumin augments 100-fold neuronal replacement in the injured adult mouse striatum after cerebral ischemia. Newly born immature neurons migrate into the ischemic lesion and differentiate into mature parvalbumin-expressing neurons, replacing more than 20% of the interneurons lost by 13 weeks after ischemia and representing 2% of the total BrdU-labeled cells. These data suggest that administration of EGF and albumin could be used to manipulate endogenous neurogenesis in the injured brain and to promote brain self-repair. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential valorization of the fine light fraction of automotive shredder residues (ASR)
Bareel, Pierre-François; Bastin, David ULg; Frenay, Jean ULg

in Proceedings of the International Symposium of Metals and Energy Recovery (2003)

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See detailEu10Mn6Sb13: A new ternary rare-earth transition-metal
Holm, A. P.; Park, S. M.; Condron, C. L. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2003), 42(15), 4660-4667

A new transition-metal-containing Zintl compound, Eu10Mn6Sb13, was prepared by a high-temperature Sn-flux synthesis. The structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu10Mn6Sb13 ... [more ▼]

A new transition-metal-containing Zintl compound, Eu10Mn6Sb13, was prepared by a high-temperature Sn-flux synthesis. The structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu10Mn6Sb13 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/m with a = 15.1791(6) Angstrom, b = 19.1919(7) Angstrom, c = 12.2679(4) Angstrom, beta = 108.078(1)degrees, Z = 4 (R1 = 0.0410, wR2 = 0.0920), and T = 90(2) K. The structure of Eu10Mn6Sb13 is composed of double layers of Mn-centered tetrahedra separated by Eu2+ cations. The double layers are composed of edge- and corner-sharing Mn-centered tetrahedra which form cavities occupied by Eu2+ cations and [Sb-2](4-) dumbbells. Linear [Sb-3](5-) trimers bridging two tetrahedra across the cavity are also present. Bulk susceptibility data indicate paramagnetic behavior with a ferromagnetic component present below 60 K. Temperature-dependent electrical resistivity measurements show semiconducting behavior above 60 K (E-a = 0.115(2) eV), a large and unusually sharp maximum in the resistivity at similar to40 K, and metallic behavior below 40 K. Eu-151 Mossbauer spectra confirm that the europium is divalent with an average isomer shift of -11.2(1) mm/s at 100 K; the spectra obtained below 40 K reveal magnetic ordering of six of the seven europium sublattices and, at 4.2 K, complete ordering of the seven europium sublattices. [less ▲]

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See detailRheumatoid hand joint synovitis: gray-scale and power Doppler US quantifications following anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha treatment: pilot study
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Marcelis, Stefaan et al

in Radiology (2003), 229(2), 562-569

PURPOSE: To evaluate by using B-mode and power Doppler ultrasonography (US) and clinical assessment the response of hand joint synovitis in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to treatment with ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To evaluate by using B-mode and power Doppler ultrasonography (US) and clinical assessment the response of hand joint synovitis in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to treatment with the anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha agent infliximab. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wrists, metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints, and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints in 11 patients with active RA were assessed before and 6 weeks after three infliximab infusions. US assessment was performed at a single site in the MCP and PIP joints and at two sites (radiocarpal and intercarpal) in the wrists. Twenty measurements were performed in the wrists; 110 measurements, in the MCP joints; and 103 measurements, in the PIP joints. Two wrists and seven PIP joints were excluded owing to complete joint destruction. US parameters (synovial thickness, number of US-positive joints [ie, with synovial thickness > or = 1 mm], cumulative synovial thickness index, and presence of Doppler signal) and clinical parameters (swollen joint count) were independently assessed and compared with baseline values by using the McNemar chi2 and paired Student t tests. RESULTS: After infliximab treatment, there was a significant decrease in the mean numbers of swollen and US-positive joints and in the cumulative synovial thickness (P <.05). The mean synovial thickness decreased in all joints swollen at baseline and in the MCP and PIP joints not swollen at baseline (P <.01). Change from baseline cumulative synovial thickness correlated significantly with change in disease activity score (r = 0.69, P <.05). The number of positive Doppler US signals decreased significantly (in 13 US-positive joints at baseline, in five after treatment; P <.05). CONCLUSION: US is a feasible imaging modality for measurement of the response of RA small-joint synovitis to therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailOne-pot surfactant assisted synthesis of aluminosilicate macrochannels with tunable micro- or mesoporous wall structure
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Blin, J.-L.; Su, B.-L.

in Chemical Communications (2003), 9(20), 2568-2569

A one-step surfactant assisted synthesis pathway was developed leading to novel hierarchical macro-meso- (or micro-)porous aluminosilicates made of an assembly of macrochannels with openings between 0.5 ... [more ▼]

A one-step surfactant assisted synthesis pathway was developed leading to novel hierarchical macro-meso- (or micro-)porous aluminosilicates made of an assembly of macrochannels with openings between 0.5 and 2.0 μm and wormhole-like amorphous walls with tunable pore sizes. [less ▲]

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