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See detailThe NDWI as a drought index applied to Belgium and Heilongjiang
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Pêcheur, Céline; Ozer, Pierre ULg

in Tychon, Bernard (Ed.) Belgian and Chinese Crop Growth Monitoring Systems: comparison, adaptation and improvement (2003)

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See detailRegulation of neural markers nestin and GFAP expression by cultivated bone marrow stromal cells.
Wislet-Gendebien, Sabine ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg et al

in Journal of Cell Science (2003), 116(Pt 16), 3295-302

Bone marrow stromal cells can differentiate into many types of mesenchymal cells, i.e. osteocyte, chondrocyte and adipocyte, but can also differentiate into non-mesenchymal cells, i.e. neural cells under ... [more ▼]

Bone marrow stromal cells can differentiate into many types of mesenchymal cells, i.e. osteocyte, chondrocyte and adipocyte, but can also differentiate into non-mesenchymal cells, i.e. neural cells under appropriate in vivo experimental conditions (Kopen et al., 1999; Brazelton et al., 2000; Mezey et al., 2000). This neural phenotypic plasticity allows us to consider the utilization of mesenchymal stem cells as cellular material in regenerative medicine. In this study, we demonstrate that cultured adult rat stromal cells can express nestin, an intermediate filament protein predominantly expressed by neural stem cells. Two factors contribute to the regulation of nestin expression by rat stromal cells: serum in the culture medium inhibits nestin expression and a threshold number of passages must be reached below which nestin expression does not occur. Only nestin-positive rat stromal cells are able to form spheres when they are placed in the culture conditions used for neural stem cells. Likewise, only nestin-positive stromal cells are able to differentiate into GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein)-positive cells when they are co-cultivated with neural stem cells. We thus demonstrated that adult rat stromal cells in culture express nestin in absence of serum after passaging the cells at least ten times, and we suggest that nestin expression by these cells might be a prerequisite for the acquisition of the capacity to progress towards the neural lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailPerspectives in data fusion between x-ray computed tomography and electrical capacitance tomography in an absorption column
Toye, Dominique ULg; L'Homme, Guy ULg; Crine, Michel ULg et al

in Dyakowski, T.; Kantzas, A.; Ronson, P. (Eds.) Proceedings of 3rd World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography, Banff, Canada, 2-5 septembre 2003 (2003)

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See detailMagnetic properties of iron nitride-alumina nanocomposite materials prepared by high-energy ball milling
Mishra, S. R.; Long, G. J.; Grandjean, Fernande ULg et al

in European Physical Journal D -- Atoms, Molecules, Clusters & Optical Physics (2003), 24(1-3), 93-96

The structural and magnetic properties of the granular iron nitride-alumina composite materials: (FexN)(0.2)(Al2O3)(0.8) and (FexN)(0.6)(Al2O3)(0.4), fabricated using high-energy ball milling have been ... [more ▼]

The structural and magnetic properties of the granular iron nitride-alumina composite materials: (FexN)(0.2)(Al2O3)(0.8) and (FexN)(0.6)(Al2O3)(0.4), fabricated using high-energy ball milling have been determined by using X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and magnetization measurements. The Mossbauer spectra, fit with a distribution of hyperfine fields between zero and 40 T. indicate that the weighted average field decreases with increasing milling time. The isomer shift increases with milling time because of a reduced iron 4s-electron density at the grain boundaries. Coercive fields as high as 325 and 110 Oe are obtained for (FexN)(0.2)(Al2O3)(0.8) at 5 and 300 K, respectively; the increase in the coercive field upon cooling indicates the presence of superparamagnetic particles. The coercive field increases with milling time because of the reduced particle size. The decrease in the magnetization results from the increase in both the superparamagnetic fraction and the concentration of surface defects with increased milling time. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-adiabatic Pulsational Observables in Scuti and Doradus Stars: a Comparison of Different Numerical Codes
Moya, A.; Garrido, R.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Asteroseismology Across the HR Diagram (2003)

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See detailMédecins et vétérinaires célestes d’Ardenne
Donneau, Olivier ULg

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

Short history of the evolution of the cults devoted to the healing saints in the Ardenne (Belgium).

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See detailDe "l'incapacité littéraire des Belges". Complexe national et contrefaçon
Droixhe, Daniel ULg; Ledain, O.

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

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See detailEffets de la nicotine et du cannabis sur le systeme nerveux central.
Seutin, Vincent ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(1), 19-21

We describe the molecular mechanisms of action of nicotine and delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the most potent component of cannabis. Like other drugs of abuse, these compounds enhance dopamine release in a ... [more ▼]

We describe the molecular mechanisms of action of nicotine and delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the most potent component of cannabis. Like other drugs of abuse, these compounds enhance dopamine release in a precise area of the limbic system when administered acutely. It has recently been shown that the cannabinoid receptors on which delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol acts are also activated by endogenous ligands such as anandamide. This unconventional neurotransmitter appears to have important physiological effects in the central nervous system. Both preclinical and clinical evidence suggests that nicotine is more addictive than delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol. However, the intimate interactions that exist between cannabinoid and opioid systems within the brain suggest that cannabinoids should not be considered as harmless drugs of abuse. [less ▲]

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See detailQuel est le "noyau dur" de la formation en géographie? Le point de vue d'un géographe climatologue.
Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Géographes associés , AFDG , Université Lyon II (2003), 27

Which geograpry to teach tomorrow at university? The point of view of a geographer working in climatology and topoclimatology.

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See detailThymic IGF-2 and central self-tolerance of the insulin family: a basis for the development of a negative vaccine against type 1 diabetes
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Brilot, Fabienne; Hansenne, Isabelle et al

in Diabetologia (2003), 46 (Suppl. 2)

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See detailThe Radcalwet observation campaign: relative and absolute calibration of WVR's
Pottiaux, Eric; Becker, M.; Buerki, B. et al

Conference (2003)

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See detailStratégies thérapeutiques dans les adénomes somatotropes avec extension extrasellaire. Place du traitement médical. Etude consensus du Répertoire français de l'Acromégalie.
Jaquet, Ph; Cortet-Rudelli, Ch; Sassolas, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2003), 64(6), 434-441

From the first 198 patient files included into the French Acromegaly Registry, we analyzed 68 patients harboring a somatotroph adenoma with extrasellar extension, after exclusion of those treated by ... [more ▼]

From the first 198 patient files included into the French Acromegaly Registry, we analyzed 68 patients harboring a somatotroph adenoma with extrasellar extension, after exclusion of those treated by stereotactic or conventional radiotherapy. In these patients (including 37 women), aged 21-77 yr. (45.7 +/- 13.3), GH concentrations ranged from 2-260 microg/L (38.6 +/- 44.3), and IGF I from 86-967% of age-matched upper limit of normal (303 +/- 164). Maximal diameter of the adenoma at MRI was 11-36.5 mm (20.4 +/- 6.5), with cavernous sinus involvement in 68% of cases. Three subgroups were defined: 20 patients treated by long-acting somatostatin analogs only (group M), for a mean duration of 3 yr. (extremes 1-7 yr.), 48 patients initially treated by transsphenoidal surgery (group C), of whom 21 were secondarily treated by long-acting somatostatin analogs (group CM) for a mean duration of 1.2 yr. (extremes 0.2-2 yr.). All 3 groups were not statistically different in terms of tumor mass and initial levels of GH and IGF-1. Patients from group M were significantly older than those of the other groups (p<0.05). RESULTS: 46% of patients from group C after surgery vs. 45% of patients from group M had a mean GH below 2.5 microg/L. Biochemical remission (GH<2.5 microg/L and normal IGF1 normal) was obtained in 31% of cases in group C, vs. 25% in group M. In this group, a decrease of the largest tumor diameter was observed in 10 patients (71.5%), ranging from 10-25% in 7 (50%) and exceeded 50% in 3 (21.5%). In group CM, the biochemical remission rate (42%) and final GH or IGF1 values were not significantly different from group M. In conclusion, these data suggest that surgery or long-acting somatostatin analogs have a comparable efficacy in terms of remission rates in somatotroph macroadenomas with extrasellar extensions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of reactive oxygen species in homeostasis and degradation of cartilage.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Bruckner, P.; Pujol, J. P.

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2003), 11(10), 747-55

OBJECTIVES: The metabolism of cells in articular joint tissues in normal and pathological conditions is subject to a complex environmental control. In addition to soluble mediators such as cytokines and ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The metabolism of cells in articular joint tissues in normal and pathological conditions is subject to a complex environmental control. In addition to soluble mediators such as cytokines and growth factors, as well as mechanical stimuli, reactive oxygen species (ROS) emerge as major factors in this regulation. ROS production has been found to increase in joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but their role in joint diseases initiation and progression remains questionable. METHOD: This review is focused on the role of ROS, mainly nitric oxide, peroxynitrite and superoxide anion radicals, in the signaling mechanisms implied in the main cellular functions, including synthesis and degradation of matrix components. The direct effects of ROS on cartilage matrix components as well as their inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects are also considered. RESULTS: Some intracellular signaling pathways are redox sensitive and ROS are involved in the regulation of the production of some biochemical factors involved in cartilage degradation and joint inflammation. Further, ROS may cause damage to all matrix components, either by a direct attack or indirectly by reducing matrix components synthesis, by inducing apoptosis or by activating latent metalloproteinases. Finally, we have highlighted the uncoupling effect of ROS on tissue remodeling and synovium inflammation, suggesting that antioxidant therapy could be helpful to treat structural changes but not to relieve symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: This review of the literature supports the concept that ROS are not only deleterious agents involved in cartilage degradation, but that they also act as integral factors of intracellular signaling mechanisms. Further investigation is required to support the concept of antioxidant therapy in the management of joint diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailp-mode Oscillations of alpha Cen A
Thoul, Anne ULg; Scuflaire, Richard ULg; Vatovez, B. et al

in Astrophysics & Space Science (2003), 284

Models of alpha Cen A & B have been computed using the masses determined by Pourbaix et al. (2002) and the data derived from the spectroscopic analysis of Neuforge and Magain (1997). The seismological ... [more ▼]

Models of alpha Cen A & B have been computed using the masses determined by Pourbaix et al. (2002) and the data derived from the spectroscopic analysis of Neuforge and Magain (1997). The seismological data obtained by Bouchy and Carrier (2001, 2002) do help improve our knowledge of the evolutionary status of the system. All the constraints are satisfied with a model which gives an age of about 6 Gyr for the binary. [less ▲]

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See detailSylviculture et qualité du bois de l'épicéa en Région wallonne
Hebert, Jacques ULg; Herman, Marc; Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2003), 62

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See detailModèles expérimentaux in vitro des HPV
Delvenne, Philippe ULg; Hubert, Pascale ULg; Havard, Laurence et al

in Aubin, F.; Pretet, J. F.; Mougin, C. (Eds.) Papillomavirus Humains (2003)

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See detailReconstruction OSEM de tomoscintigraphies acquises avec un collimateur sténopé et une trajectoire non-circulaire.
Seret, Alain ULg; Flérès, David; Defrise, Michel

in Médecine Nucléaire : Imagerie Fonctionnelle et Métabolique (2003), 27

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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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