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Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Dossiers L (Littérature française de Belgique (2003), 64(4),

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See detailProbing a molecular electronic transition by two-colour sum-frequency generation spectroscopy
Humbert, Christophe; Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Nihonyanagi, S. et al

in Applied Surface Science (2003), 212–213

We demonstrate that a new emerging technique, two-colour sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, can be used to probe the molecular electronic properties of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). In the ... [more ▼]

We demonstrate that a new emerging technique, two-colour sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, can be used to probe the molecular electronic properties of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). In the CH spectral range (2800–3200 cm-1), we show that the sum-frequency generation signal of a porphyrin alkanethiol derivative adsorbed on Pt(1 1 1) reaches a maximum intensity at ~435 nm SFG wavelength. This wavelength corresponds to the porphyrin moiety specific p–p*$ molecular electronic transition which is called the Soret or B band. This resonant behaviour is not observed for 1-dodecanethiol SAMs, which are devoid of molecular electronic transition in the investigated visible spectral range. [less ▲]

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See detailThermometer ions for matrix-enhanced laser desorption/ionization internal energy calibration
Greisch, Jean-François ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Remacle, Françoise ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2003), 17(16), 1847-1854

This work describes a method to use relative fragmentation yields to characterize the internal energy distribution of ions produced by matrix-enhanced laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MELDI ... [more ▼]

This work describes a method to use relative fragmentation yields to characterize the internal energy distribution of ions produced by matrix-enhanced laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MELDI-MS, see: Wright LG, Cooks RG, Wood KL. Biomed. Mass Spectrom. 1985; 12:153162). Assuming that the fragmentation proceeds statistically and that the collisions in the source lead to a Boltzmann-like distribution of the internal energy, a characteristic parameter, the effective temperature, is introduced to describe the internal energy distribution of the ions observed. The hypotheses, advantages and drawbacks of the implementation of the method that uses substituted benzylpyridinium salts as thermometer ions are discussed. Use is made of two matrices that produce no matrix cations in MELDI and are suitable for small cationic salts. The actual value of this effective temperature significantly depends on an accurate determination of the threshold dissociation energies and on the time spent in the source, in addition to the statistical hypothesis itself. The method could be applied to normalize spectra in order to compare results issued from different instruments. [less ▲]

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See detailIsokinetic profile of javelin throwers and relationship to field tests
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Forthomme, L. et al

in Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Sport Geneeskunde & Sport Wetenschappen (2003), 95

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See detailAssociation of milk traits with SSCP polymorphisms at the growth hormone gene in the serrana goat
Marques, P. X.; Pereira, M.; Marques, M. R. et al

in Small Ruminant Research (2003), 50

The five exons and the 5' and 3'-untranslated regions (5'-UTR and 3'-UTR) of the oGH gene were screened for mutations using PCR-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) procedures in 523 Serra ... [more ▼]

The five exons and the 5' and 3'-untranslated regions (5'-UTR and 3'-UTR) of the oGH gene were screened for mutations using PCR-single strand conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) procedures in 523 Serra da Estrela ewes and were found to be highly polymorphic. The region extending across and between the GH2-N and GH2-Z copies was sequenced allowing the design of primers for the specific PCR amplification of each copy. These were cloned and sequenced in 20 animals representative of all SSCP patterns. The corresponding genotypes were established for each copy following nucleotide sequencing of SSCP alleles. Twenty-four polymorphic sites were found at the GH2-N (or GH1) and fourteen at the GH2-Z copies. Eight amino acid substitutions were predicted at the GH2-N and six at the GH2-Z copies. Milk yield adjusted to 150 lactation days was analysed for the genotype of each oGH gene copy taken separately or together (associated genotypes) by restricted maximum likelihood (REML) through a univariate best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP) animal model with repeated measures. Significant associations between genotypes and milk yield were observed. Within GH2-N genotypes there was a milk yield differential of 21.4+/-0.2 l/150 d between the most (N7) and the least (N5) productive ones. Within GH2-Z genotypes there was a differential of 21.6+/-0.2 l/150 d between the most (Z8) and the least (Z1) productive ones. The effect of associated GH2-N and GH2-Z genotypes revealed a differential of 39.6+/-0.3 l/150 d between the most (N1+Z7) and the least (N3+Z2) productive associated genotypes. The results show that GH2-N and GH2-Z genotypes significantly affect milk yield in Serra da Estrela ewes. Moreover, the apparent joint effect of GH2-N and GH2-Z genotype could improve milk yield in 25% as compared with the mean milk production of the analysed population. [less ▲]

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See detailWild edible mushrooms from a Zambezian woodland area (Copperbelt Province, Zambia).
Bourdeaux, Quentin; Buyck, B.; Malaisse, François ULg et al

in Geo-Eco-Trop (2003), 27(1-2), 33-44

Dans de nombreux pays d'Afrique tropicale, la consommation de champignons sauvages constitue un appoint alimentaire non négligeable pour les populations locales. La présente étude fut menée dans la ... [more ▼]

Dans de nombreux pays d'Afrique tropicale, la consommation de champignons sauvages constitue un appoint alimentaire non négligeable pour les populations locales. La présente étude fut menée dans la Copperbelt Province( Zambie), un territoire situé en Région zambézienne. La récolte de sporophores et les enquêtes participatives menées auprès des villageois ont permis de dresser une liste de 47 tâxons de champignons comestibles. [less ▲]

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See detailComments on Pouillot, R., Gerbier, G. & Gadner, I.A. “TAGS”, a program for the evaluation of test accuracy in the absence of a gold standard
Berkvens, D. L.; Speybroeck, N.; Lesaffre, E. et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2003), 59

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See detailDevelopment and evaluation of an automated atlas-based image analysis method for microPET studies of the rat brain.
Rubins, Daniel J.; Melega, William P.; Lacan, Goran et al

in NeuroImage (2003), 20(4), 2100-18

An automated method for placement of 3D rat brain atlas-derived volumes of interest (VOIs) onto PET studies has been designed and evaluated. VOIs representing major structures of the rat brain were ... [more ▼]

An automated method for placement of 3D rat brain atlas-derived volumes of interest (VOIs) onto PET studies has been designed and evaluated. VOIs representing major structures of the rat brain were defined on a set of digitized cryosectioned images of the rat brain. For VOI placement, each PET study was registered with a synthetic PET target constructed from the VOI template. Registration was accomplished with an automated algorithm that maximized the mutual information content of the image volumes. The accuracy and precision of this method for VOI placement was determined using datasets from PET studies of the striatal dopamine and hippocampal serotonin systems. Each evaluated PET study could be registered to at least one synthetic PET target without obvious failure. Registration was critically dependent upon the initial position of the PET study relative to the synthetic PET target, but not dependent on the amount of synthetic PET target smoothing. An evaluation algorithm showed that resultant radioactivity concentration measurements of selected brain structures had errors=2% due to misalignment with the corresponding VOI. Further, radioligand binding values calculated from these measurements were found to be more precise than those calculated from measurements obtained with manually drawn regions of interest (ROIs). Overall, evaluation results demonstrated that this atlas-derived VOI method can be used to obtain unbiased measurements of radioactivity concentration from PET studies. Its automated features, and applicability to different radioligands and brain regions, will facilitate quantitative rat brain PET assessment procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailToward a better control of internal structure and external morphology of mesoporous silicas synthesized using a nonionic surfactant
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Blin, J. L.; Robert, M. et al

in Langmuir (2003), 19(13), 5484-5490

Mesoporous silicas with controlled morphologies have been synthesized using decaoxyethylene cetyl ether [C 16(EO) 10] as a surfactant (10 wt % in aqueous solution). A large series of characterization ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous silicas with controlled morphologies have been synthesized using decaoxyethylene cetyl ether [C 16(EO) 10] as a surfactant (10 wt % in aqueous solution). A large series of characterization results (SEM, TEM, XRD, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis) have demonstrated how the surfactant/silica molar ratio as well as hydrothermal treatment conditions can drastically influence not only the regular organization of the compounds on the nanometer scale but also the morphogenesis of the particles at the micrometer level. High loadings of a silica precursor yield highly structured mesoporous compounds with a morphology of ropes, gyroids and toroids whereas an increase of the surfactant/silica molar ratio results in spherical materials with a disordered channel array. A phase transition from hexagonal to disordered structure and then again to a regular hexagonal array with increasing gel heating temperature from 40 to 80°C has been evidenced. [less ▲]

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See detailChronique de la 56ème Session de la Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher à Cagliari (17-21 Septembre 2002)
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (2003), L

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See detailEffect of low-dose perindopril/indapamide on albuminuria in diabetes: preterax in albuminuria regression: PREMIER.
Mogensen, Carl Erik; Viberti, Giancarlo; Halimi, Serge et al

in Hypertension (2003), 41(5), 1063-71

Microalbuminuria in diabetes is a risk factor for early death and an indicator for aggressive blood pressure (BP) lowering. We compared a combination of 2 mg perindopril/0.625 mg indapamide with enalapril ... [more ▼]

Microalbuminuria in diabetes is a risk factor for early death and an indicator for aggressive blood pressure (BP) lowering. We compared a combination of 2 mg perindopril/0.625 mg indapamide with enalapril monotherapy on albumin excretion rate (AER) in patients with type 2 diabetes, albuminuria, and hypertension in a 12-month, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group international multicenter study. Four hundred eighty-one patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension (systolic BP > or =140 mm Hg, <180 mm Hg, diastolic BP <110 mm Hg) were randomly assigned (age 59+/-9 years, 77% previously treated for hypertension). Results from 457 patients (intention-to-treat analysis) were available. After a 4-week placebo period, patients with albuminuria >20 and <500 microg/min were randomly assigned to a combination of 2 mg perindopril/0.625 mg indapamide or to 10 mg daily enalapril. After week 12, doses were adjusted on the basis of BP to a maximum of 8 mg perindopril/2.5 mg indapamide or 40 mg enalapril. The main outcome measures were overnight AER and supine BP. Both treatments reduced BP. Perindopril/indapamide treatment resulted in a statistically significant higher fall in both BP (-3.0 [95% CI -5.6, -0.4], P=0.012; systolic BP -1.5 [95% CI -3.0, -0.1] diastolic BP P=0.019) and AER -42% (95% CI -50%, -33%) versus -27% (95% CI -37%, -16%) with enalapril. The greater AER reduction remained significant after adjustment for mean BP. Adverse events were similar in the 2 groups. Thus, first-line treatment with low-dose combination perindopril/indapamide induces a greater decrease in albuminuria than enalapril, partially independent of BP reduction. A BP-independent effect of the combination may increase renal protection. [less ▲]

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See detailSemantische en pragmatische aspecten van connectieven onder de loep
Perrez, Julien ULg

Conference (2003)

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See detailUn « Front populaire » en Belgique ? L’inexportable exemple français
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

in Les courants politiques et la Résistance : continuités ou ruptures? (2003)

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See detailInositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate is essential for normal T lymphocyte development
Pouillon, V.; Hascakova-Bartova, R.; Pajak, B. et al

in Nature Immunology (2003), 4

Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (Ins(1,4,5)P(3)) is phosphorylated by Ins(1,4,5)P(3) 3-kinase, generating inositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate (Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4)). The physiological function of Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4 ... [more ▼]

Inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (Ins(1,4,5)P(3)) is phosphorylated by Ins(1,4,5)P(3) 3-kinase, generating inositol 1,3,4,5-tetrakisphosphate (Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4)). The physiological function of Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4) is still unclear, but it has been reported to be a potential modulator of calcium mobilization. Disruption of the gene encoding the ubiquitously expressed Ins(1,4,5)P(3) 3-kinase isoform B (Itpkb) in mice caused a severe T cell deficiency due to major alterations in thymocyte responsiveness and selection. However, we were unable to detect substantial defects in Ins(1,4,5)P(3) amounts or calcium mobilization in Itpkb(-/-) thymocytes. These data indicate that Itpkb and Ins(1,3,4,5)P(4) define an essential signaling pathway for T cell precursor responsiveness and development [less ▲]

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See detailKarsts en roches non carbonatées - l'exemple des quartzites et des itabérites de Minas Gerais, Brésil
Willems, Luc ULg; Rodet, Joël; Auler, Augusto et al

in Rodet, Joël (Ed.) Actes des Journées Européennes de l'AFK 2003 (2003)

The state of Minas Gérais, Brazil, contains numerous karsts booth inside carbonated and non carbonated rocks. Différent caves are found in quartzite and Itaberite formations (Banded Iron formation). The ... [more ▼]

The state of Minas Gérais, Brazil, contains numerous karsts booth inside carbonated and non carbonated rocks. Différent caves are found in quartzite and Itaberite formations (Banded Iron formation). The term karst is used in the meaning of "any features of the classical karst morphology (caves, sink-holes, lapies...) where dissolution plays the main genetically action and this in any kind of rocks". In some areas, lapiaz and kamenitza affect wide landscapes (area of Diamantina, Natural Parc of Rio Preto). Several caves are found and some of these are several kilomeetres long (grutta do Bromelias, Natural Parc of Ibitipoca). Inside caves, we found numerous forms like dissolution alveoli, spelothems, .... Many times, the cave sides and solutional forms are covered by crust which solidify a very crumbly quartzite. Différent morphologies show an primary solutional stage of the rocks before a physical erosional stage which destroy the earliest forms (piping, river érosion, collapsing). [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle formation andragogique pour les enseignants universitaires demain ?
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Actes du Geoforum (2003), 27

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See detailSalmonella contamination of pigs and pork in an integrated pig production system
Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Jacob, Benoit; Groven, Bénédicte et al

in Journal of Food Protection (2003), 66(7), 1126-1133

This paper describes the monitoring of Salmonella in a closed pig production system in Belgium over a 2-year period. A sampling scheme including animal feeds and carcasses was designed to cover the entire ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the monitoring of Salmonella in a closed pig production system in Belgium over a 2-year period. A sampling scheme including animal feeds and carcasses was designed to cover the entire chain of production from farrow to finishing pigs. Salmonella was detected by a method based on the use of semisolid Rappaport-Vassiliadis as a selective medium. The serotypes of the isolated strains were determined, and the antibiotic resistance of these strains to six antibiotics was also investigated. Feeds were found to be more contaminated than expected (10.2%, 34 of 332 samples). The percentage of positive fecal samples for pregnant sows (8.1%, 11 of 135 samples) was significantly higher than that for young and lactating sows (2.9%, 11 of 378 samples) (P<0.05). The percentage of positive samples for colon contents collected at the slaughterhouse (47.3%, 88 of 186 samples) was significantly higher than that for feces collected during the fattening stage (5.6%, 18 of 320 samples) (P<0.001). For carcass swab samples, the observed prevalence was 11.2% (17 of 152 samples). On farms, Salmonella recovery levels were higher for overshoe samples than for fecal samples, except for pregnant sows. Salmonella Typhimurium was the most frequently isolated serotype (32.2%, 55 of 171 samples), while Salmonella Brandenburg was predominant in the colon contents collected at the abattoir (21.4%, 18 of 84 samples). Feeds harbored a wide diversity of serotypes of minor epidemiological significance. Of 55 isolated strains of Salmonella Typhimurium, 11 (20%) were resistant to tetracycline, ampicillin, choramphenicol, streptomycin, trimethoprim, and nalidixic acid (R Type TeAmCSNa), while 12 (21.8%) were resistant to all of these antibiotics except nalidixic acid (R Type TeAmCS). The majority of Salmonella Typhimurium strains that exhibited resistance to more than four antimicrobial agents were characterized as Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 or as being closely related to Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 (7 of 12 isolates). In conclusion, our system of surveillance is effective in identifying most points of contamination in the production chain and will be useful in ongoing efforts to develop a Salmonella-free production system. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial processes in landscape transformation: definition, classification and detection.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Ceulemans, R; Van Eysenrode Salvador, D

in Abstracts of the IALE World Congress 2003. (2003)

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See detailClinicopathological data in equids suffering from ante-hepatic, hepatic and post-hepatic diseases
Amory, Hélène ULg; Perron, MF; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 42th Annual Congress of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) (2003)

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