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See detailPli et subjectivation chez Heidegger
Pieron, Julien ULg

Conference (2004, November 23)

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See detailPreparation of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) brushes at the surface of conducting substrates
Voccia, Samuel; Bech, Loïc; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

in Langmuir (2004), 20(24), 10670-10678

This paper reports on the preparation of polyester brushes at the surface of electrically conducting materials. A two-step strategy has been worked out that consists of the electropolymerization of an ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on the preparation of polyester brushes at the surface of electrically conducting materials. A two-step strategy has been worked out that consists of the electropolymerization of an acrylate under a cathodic potential, such that the polyacrylate layer is chemisorbed at the surface. In a second step, either preformed poly(epsilon-caprolactone) chains are grafted onto the polyacrylate sublayer or the ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone is initiated from it. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of copolymer brushes endowed with adhesion to stainless steel surfaces and antibacterial properties by controlled nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization
Ignatova, Miléna; Voccia, Samuel; Gilbert, Bernard ULg et al

in Langmuir (2004), 20(24), 10718-10726

Novel copolymer brushes have been synthesized by a two-step "grafting from" method that consists of the electrografting of poly(2-phenyl-2-(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidin-1-yloxy)-ethylacrylate) onto ... [more ▼]

Novel copolymer brushes have been synthesized by a two-step "grafting from" method that consists of the electrografting of poly(2-phenyl-2-(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-piperidin-1-yloxy)-ethylacrylate) onto stainless steel, followed by the nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization of 2-(dimethylamino ethyl)acrylate and styrene or n-butyl acrylate, initiated from the electrografted polyacrylate chains. The grafted copolymers were quaternized in order to endow them with antibacterial properties. Peeling tests have confirmed the strong adhesion of the grafted copolymer onto the stainless steel substrate. Quartz crystal microbalance experiments have proven that fibrinogen adhesion is lower on the hydrophilic quaternized films compared to the nonionic counterpart. Such quaternized copolymers exhibit significant antibacterial activity against the Gram-positive bacteria S. aureus and the Gram-negative bacteria E. coli. [less ▲]

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See detailRachis – Nerfs périphériques.
Martin, Didier ULg

Conference (2004, November 21)

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See detailTraumatisme médullaire - imagerie post-mortem par résonance magnétique 9,4T avec corrélation anatomo-pathologique.
Scholtes, Félix ULg; Adriaensens, P.; Storme, L. et al

Conference (2004, November 21)

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See detailL’évaluation formative
Baye, Ariane ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2004)

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See detailDu noir au néo-noir: Hollywood et la terreur
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2004)

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See detailFigurines en argent du limes danubien à l’effigie d’Isis et d’Harpocrate
Veymiers, Richard ULg

Scientific conference (2004, November 19)

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See detailLes apports de l'ULg dans le domaine de l'incendie
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2004)

In this presentation, the output provided by the University to the community about fire safety are presented. Three subjects are mentionned: teaching, research and consulting services.

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See detailPreoptic aromatase modulates male sexual behavior: slow and fast mechanisms of action
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Baillien, M.; Cornil, Charlotte ULg et al

in Physiology & Behavior (2004), 83(2), 247-270

In many species, copulatory behavior and appetitive (anticipatory/motivational) aspects of male sexual behavior are activated by the action in the preoptic area of estrogens locally produced by ... [more ▼]

In many species, copulatory behavior and appetitive (anticipatory/motivational) aspects of male sexual behavior are activated by the action in the preoptic area of estrogens locally produced by testosterone aromatization. Estrogens bind to intracellular receptors, which then act as transcription factors to activate the behavior. Accordingly, changes in aromatase activity (AA) result from slow steroid-induced modifications of enzyme transcription. More recently, rapid nongenomic effects of estrogens have been described and evidence has accumulated indicating that AA can be modulated by rapid (minutes to hour) nongenomic mechanisms in addition to the slower transcriptional changes. Hypothalamic AA is rapidly down-regulated in conditions that enhance protein phosphorylation, in particular, increases in the intracellular calcium concentration, such as those triggered by neurotransmitter (e.g., glutamate) activity. Fast changes in brain estrogens can thus be caused by aromatase phosphorylation as a result of changes in neurotransmission. In parallel, recent studies demonstrate that the pharmacological blockade of AA by specific inhibitors rapidly (within 15-45 min) down-regulates motivational and consummatory aspects of male sexual behavior in quail while injections of estradiol can rapidly increase the expression of copulatory behavior. These data collectively support an emerging concept in neuroendocrinology, namely that estrogen, locally produced in the brain, regulates male sexual behavior via a combination of genomic and nongenomic mechanisms. Rapid and slower changes of brain AA match well with these two modes of estrogen action and provide temporal variations in the estrogen's bioavailability that can support the entire range of established effects for this steroid. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSynaptic and extrasynaptic neurotransmitter receptors in glial precursors' quest for identity
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Gallo, Vittorio

in Glia (2004), 48(3), 185-196

It is widely established that neurotransmitter receptors are expressed in non-neuronal cells, and particularly in neural progenitor cells in the postnatal central nervous system. The functional role of ... [more ▼]

It is widely established that neurotransmitter receptors are expressed in non-neuronal cells, and particularly in neural progenitor cells in the postnatal central nervous system. The functional role of these receptors during development is unclear, but it needs to be revisited now that cells previously considered restricted to glial lineages have been shown to generate neurons. The present review integrates recent advances, to shed new light on how neurotransmitter receptors may, alternatively, serve as excitable mediators of neuron-glia and neuron-neuroblast interactions. (C) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailGuanidinium chloride denaturation of the dimeric Bacillus licheniformis Blal repressor highlights an independent domain unfolding pathway
Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg; Van Melckebeke, H. et al

in Biochemical Journal (2004), 384(Pt 1), 179-190

The Bacillus licheniformis 74911 BlaI repressor is a prokaryotic regulator that, in the absence of a P-lactam antibiotic, prevents the transcription of the blaP gene, which encodes the BlaP beta-lactamase ... [more ▼]

The Bacillus licheniformis 74911 BlaI repressor is a prokaryotic regulator that, in the absence of a P-lactam antibiotic, prevents the transcription of the blaP gene, which encodes the BlaP beta-lactamase. The BlaI repressor is composed of two structural domains. The 82-residue NTD (N-terminal domain) is a DNA-binding domain, and the CTD (C-terminal domain) containing the next 46 residues is a dimerization domain. Recent studies have shown the existence of the monomeric, dimeric and tetrameric forms of BlaI in solution. In the present study, we analyse the equilibrium unfolding of BlaI in the presence of GdmCl (guanidinium chloride) using different techniques: intrinsic and ANS (8-anilinonaphthalene-1-sulphonic acid) fluorescence, far- and near-UV CD spectroscopy, cross-linking, analytical ultracentrifugation, size exclusion chromatography and NMR spectroscopy. In addition, the intact NTD and CTD were purified after proteolysis of BlaI by papain, and their unfolding by GdmCl was also studied. GdmCl-induced equilibrium unfolding was shown to be fully reversible for BlaI and for the two isolated fragments. The results demonstrate that the NTD and CTD of BlaI fold/unfold independently in a four-step process, with no significant cooperative interactions between them. During the first step, the unfolding of the Blal CTD occurs, followed in the second step by the formation of an 'ANS-bound' intermediate state. Crosslinking and analytical ultracentrifugation experiments suggest that the dissociation of the dimer into two partially unfolded monomers takes place in the third step. Finally, the unfolding of the Blal NTD occurs at a GdmCI concentration of approx. 4 M. In summary, it is shown that the Blal CTD is structured, more flexible and less stable than the NTD upon GdmCI denaturation. These results contribute to the characterization of the Blal dimerization domain (i.e. CTD) involved in the induction process. [less ▲]

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See detailHormonal regulation of brain circuits mediating male sexual behavior in birds
Ball, G. F.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Physiology & Behavior (2004), 83(2), 329-346

Male sexual behavior in both field and laboratory settings has been studied in birds since the 19th century. Birds are valuable for the investigation of the neuroendocrine mechanisms of sexual behavior ... [more ▼]

Male sexual behavior in both field and laboratory settings has been studied in birds since the 19th century. Birds are valuable for the investigation of the neuroendocrine mechanisms of sexual behavior, because their behavior can be studied in the context of a large amount of field data, well-defined neural circuits related to reproductive behavior have been described, and the avian neuroendocrine system exhibits many examples of marked plasticity. As is the case in other taxa, male sexual behavior in birds can be usefully divided into an appetitive phase consisting of variable behaviors (typically searching and courtship) that allow an individual to converge on a functional outcome, copulation (consummatory phase). Based primarily on experimental studies in ring doves and Japanese quail, it has been shown that testosterone of gonadal origin plays an important role in the activation of both of these aspects of male sexual behavior. Furthermore, the conversion of androgens, such as testosterone, in the brain to estrogens, such as 17beta-estradiol, is essential for the full expression of male-typical behaviors. The localization of sex steroid receptors and the enzyme aromatase in the brain, along with lesion, hormone implant and immediate early gene expression studies, has identified many neural sites related to the control of male behavior. The preoptic area (POA) is a key site for the integration of sensory inputs and the initiation of motor outputs. Furthermore, prominent connections between the POA and the periaqueductal gray (PAG) form a node that is regulated by steroid hormones, receive sensory inputs and send efferent projections to the brainstem and spinal cord that activate male sexual behaviors. The sensory inputs regulating avian male sexual responses, in contrast to most mammalian species, are primarily visual and auditory, so a future challenge will be to identify how these senses impinge on the POA-PAG circuit. Similarly, most avian species do not have an intromittent organ, so the projections from the POA-PAG to the brainstem and spinal cord that control sexual reflexes will be of particular interest to contrast with the well characterized rodent system. With this knowledge, general principles about the organization of male sexual circuits can be elucidated, and comparative studies relating known species variation in avian male sexual behaviors to variation in neural systems can be pursued. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonization of strategies for the validation of quantitative analytical procedures - A SFSTP proposal - part I
Hubert, Philippe ULg; Nguyen-Huu, J.-J.; Boulanger, Bruno ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2004), 36(3), 579-586

This paper is the first part of a summary report of a new commission of the Societe Francaise des Sciences et Techniques Pharmaceutiques (SFSTP). The main objective of this commission was the ... [more ▼]

This paper is the first part of a summary report of a new commission of the Societe Francaise des Sciences et Techniques Pharmaceutiques (SFSTP). The main objective of this commission was the harmonization of approaches for the validation of quantitative analytical procedures. Indeed, the principle of the validation of theses procedures is today widely spread in all the domains of activities where measurements are made. Nevertheless. this simple question of acceptability or not of an analytical procedure for a given application, remains incompletely determined in several cases despite the various regulations relating to the good practices (GLP, GMP,...) and other documents of normative character (ISO, ICH. FDA,...). There are many official documents describing the criteria of validation to be tested, but they do not propose any experimental protocol and limit themselves most often to the general concepts. For those reasons, two previous SFSTP commissions elaborated validation guides to concretely help the industrial scientists in charge of drug development to apply those regulatory recommendations. If these two first guides widely contributed to the use and progress of analytical validations, they present, nevertheless, weaknesses regarding the conclusions of the performed statistical tests and the decisions to be made with respect to the acceptance limits defined by the use of an analytical procedure. The present paper proposes to review even the bases of the analytical validation for developing harmonized approach, by distinguishing notably the diagnosis rules and the decision rules. This latter rule is based on the use of the accuracy profile, uses the notion of total error and allows to simplify the approach of the validation of an analytical procedure while checking the associated risk to its usage. Thanks to this novel validation approach, it is possible to unambiguously demonstrate the fitness for purpose of a new method as stated in all regulatory documents. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExpresión de la proteína p24 del Virus de la Leucosis Bovina en E. coli y su potencial utilización en pruebas de diagnostico
Gutiérrez, G.; Álvarez, I.; Rodriguez, Sabrina ULg et al

Poster (2004, November 14)

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