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See detailThe effect of auditory distractors on song discrimination in male canaries (Serinus canaria)
Appeltants, D.; Gentner, T. Q.; Hulse, S. H. et al

in Behavioural Processes (2005), 69(3), 331-341

Male songbirds such as canaries produce complex learned vocalizations that are used in the context of mate attraction and territory defense. Successful mate attraction or territorial defense requires that ... [more ▼]

Male songbirds such as canaries produce complex learned vocalizations that are used in the context of mate attraction and territory defense. Successful mate attraction or territorial defense requires that a bird be able to recognize individuals based on their vocal performance and identify these songs in a noisy background. In order to learn more about how birds are able to solve this problem, we investigated, with a two-alternative choice procedure, the ability of adult male canaries to discriminate between conspecific song segments from two different birds and to maintain this discrimination when conspecific songs are superimposed with a variety of distractors. The results indicate that male canaries have the ability to discriminate, with a high level of accuracy song segments produced by two different conspecific birds. Song discrimination was partially maintained when the stimuli were masked by auditory distractors, but the accuracy of the discrimination progressively declined as a function of the number of masking distractors. The type of distractor used in the experiments (other conspecific songs or different types of artificial white noise) did not markedly affect the rate of deterioration of the song discrimination. These data indicate that adult male canaries have the perceptual abilities to discriminate and selectively attend to one ongoing sound that occurs simultaneously with one or more other sounds. The administration of a noradrenergic neurotoxin did not impair markedly the discrimination learning abilities although the number of subjects tested was too small to allow any firm conclusion. In these conditions, however, the noradrenergic lesion significantly increased the number failures to respond in the discrimination learning task suggesting a role, in canaries, of the noradrenergic system in some attentional processes underlying song learning and processing. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of austenite destabilisation heat treatment on graphite precipitation in chromium iron
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Terziev, Luben; Breyer, Jean-Pierre

in Proceedings of the International Conference on Solid-SoUd Phase Transformations ‘99 (JIMIC3) (1999)

During solidification of chromium iron, carbides such as M7C3 are precipitating. It is possible to obtain crystallized graphite in the asaCast state by modifying the composition of the alloy[lJ.The aim of ... [more ▼]

During solidification of chromium iron, carbides such as M7C3 are precipitating. It is possible to obtain crystallized graphite in the asaCast state by modifying the composition of the alloy[lJ.The aim of the study is to understanding the mechanism of precipitation of graphite not only during solidification but also during heat treatment. Dilatometric, microcalorimetric, resistometric and microstructural examination methods were used for the investigations. We have shown that graphite precipitation occurs by decomposition ofM7C3 chromium carbides during austenite destabilisation heat treatment. The shape and the amount of graphite depend on the treatment temperature and time. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of avocado and soybean unsaponifiables on freshly isolated human articular chondrocytes
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Labasse, A; Zheng, S et al

in Rheumatology in Europe (1997), 26(S2), 280

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See detailThe effect of avocado and soybean unsaponifiables on freshly isolated human articular chondrocytes
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Labasse, A; Zheng, S et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (1997), 40(S9), 89

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See detailThe effect of avocado and soybean unsaponifiables on freshly isolated human articular chondrocytes
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Labasse, A; Zheng, S et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (English ed.) (1997), 11

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See detailEffect of Azawak colostrum administration on plasma protein profile in red kid
Abdoul, H; Marichatou, H; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 2nd Scientific Meeting of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2012, October 19)

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See detailEffect of back mixing during convective drying of wastewater sludges
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Meneses, Eustedio; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

in Proceeedings of the joint of AFSIA (Association Française de Séchage dans l'Industrie et l'Agriculture) and Working group on Drying of EFCE at INA P-G, Paris, 12th and 13th May, 2005 (2005, May)

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See detailEffect Of Barley Fibres And Barley Intake On The Ileal Endogenous Nitrogen Losses In Piglets
Leterme, Pascal; Souffrant, Wb.; Thewis, André ULg

in Journal of Cereal Science (2000), 31(3), 229-239

Ileal endogenous N losses (ENL) were measured, using the 15N isotope dilution technique, in piglets (17 kg) fed different barley genotypes (naked, spring, winter with low/high beta-glucan content) or ... [more ▼]

Ileal endogenous N losses (ENL) were measured, using the 15N isotope dilution technique, in piglets (17 kg) fed different barley genotypes (naked, spring, winter with low/high beta-glucan content) or diets containing 330, 530, 730 or 930 g of a blend of barleys/kg diet. The apparent protein and amino acid digestibilities of the naked variety and the winter variety with a high beta-glucan content were, on average, significantly higher than those for the other two varieties. The ENL were inversely correlated (p<0·01) with the apparent digestibilities but the difference between each of them was not significant (p>0·05). The ENL increased linearly with the inclusion level of barley in a N-free basal diet (2 mg endogenous N/g barley). Isolated hulls added to a N-free diet at the rate of 100 or 200 g/ kg diet exerted no significant effect on the ENL (1·80 g endogenous N/kg diet in both cases vs. 1·76 g for the basal level). On the contrary, the effect of isolated bran, measured under similar conditions, was significantly higher and dependent on fibre intake (2·59 and 3·31 g N/kg diet, respectively). It is concluded that the ENL are affected by the insoluble bran fibre but not by the hulls, nor by the level of beta-glucan. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of base mutations in GC rich binding site on recognition by minor groove binding dications
Munde, M; Ismail, M; Peixoto, Paul ULg et al

Poster (2007)

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See detailThe effect of BaZrO3 addition on transport properties of Dy-based 123-211 composite materials: electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power
Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Pekala, M. et al

in Superconductor Science & Technology (1998), 11(8), 803-809

Composite samples made of 123-211 DyBaCuO-based systems with 1, 4, 10 and 15% in weight BaZrO3 additions have been synthesized. Their electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power ... [more ▼]

Composite samples made of 123-211 DyBaCuO-based systems with 1, 4, 10 and 15% in weight BaZrO3 additions have been synthesized. Their electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power have been measured. The electrical resistivity has also been measured in a magnetic field less than 1 T. The data show that BaZrO3 addition has a non-trivial effect: beside mildly reducing the critical temperature of the superconductor, it increases the scattering at small concentration, and effectively reduces weak link features in the electrical property, but increases the thermal conductivity. The field influence on T-c is shown to be T-c(O)- T-c(B) approximate to B-1/2. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of BaZrO3 additions on the microstructure and physical properties of melt-textured Y-123 superconducting materials
Cloots, Rudi ULg; Robertz, B.; Auguste, F. et al

in Materials Science & Engineering : B (1998), 53(1-2), 154-158

The effect of BaZrO3 additions on the microstructure and physical properties of melt-textured Y-123 have been investigated. The distribution of the 211 particles is strongly modified by the presence of ... [more ▼]

The effect of BaZrO3 additions on the microstructure and physical properties of melt-textured Y-123 have been investigated. The distribution of the 211 particles is strongly modified by the presence of such an additive. In fact, BaZrO3 is effective in reducing the size of the 211 particles. As a consequence, a strong interaction in terms of repulsion takes place between the 123 growth front and the 211 particles which are partially dissolved in the reactive liquid phase. New types of patterns are also reported in the microstructure of such materials and are related to the presence of BaZrO3 in the melt. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Beclomethasone Dipropionate and Dexamethasone Isonicotinate on Lung Function, Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Cytology, and Transcription Factor Expression in Airways of Horses with Recurrent Airway Obstruction
Couetil, L.; Art, Tatiana ULg; de Moffarts, Brieuc et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2006), 20

Glucocorticoid (GC) therapy is recognized to be effective for the treatment of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) in horses. Anti-inflammatory properties of GC are thought to be mediated by suppression of ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoid (GC) therapy is recognized to be effective for the treatment of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) in horses. Anti-inflammatory properties of GC are thought to be mediated by suppression of inflammatory gene expression via inhibition of transcription factors such as nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB) and activator protein-1 (AP-1). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of low-dose inhaled beclomethasone dipropionate and injectable dexamethasone 21- isonicotinate on clinical signs, pulmonary function, airway cytology, and activity of NF-kB and AP-1 in bronchial cells of RAO-affected horses. Seven horses with RAO were exposed to moldy hay until they developed airway obstruction on 3 separate occasions. In a crossover design, they were then treated with a placebo (injection on day 1), inhaled beclomethasone (500 mg q12h for 10 days), or dexamethasone (0.06 mg/kg, IM on day 1) and monitored for 10 days. Pulmonary function, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cytology, and NF-kB and AP-1 activity in bronchial brushing cells were measured before (day 1) and after treatment (day 10). Treatment with beclomethasone resulted in significantly improved pulmonary function of RAOaffected horses compared with placebo and dexamethasone treatments. However, none of the treatments had an effect on bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cytology or NF-kB and AP-1 activity. These findings reveal that, in a model of severe RAO, the benefits of low-dose inhaled beclomethasone on pulmonary function are not accompanied by a decrease in airway inflammatory cells or a suppression of transcription factors NF-kB and AP-1 DNA-binding activity. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of beef type, body weight and dietary protein content on voluntary feed intake, digestibility, blood and urine metabolites and nitrogen retention
Fiems, Leo; Cottyn, B. G.; Boucqué, Charly et al

in Journal of Animal Physiology & Animal Nutrition (1997), 77

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See detailEffect of Benchmark Misspecification on Risk-Adjusted Performance Measures
Bodson, Laurent ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg

in Gregoriou, Greg N.; Hoppe, Christian; Wehn, Carsten (Eds.) The Risk Modeling Evaluation Handbook (2010)

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See detailEffect of benzoic acid analogs on myeloperoxidase activity measured by a new technique to study their direct interaction with the enzyme.
Franck, Thierry ULg; Mazloum, Ali; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg et al

Poster (2011, May)

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) plays a key role in inflammatory response and constitutes a target for new drug development. The effects of some benzoic acid analogs were studied on the specific activity of human ... [more ▼]

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) plays a key role in inflammatory response and constitutes a target for new drug development. The effects of some benzoic acid analogs were studied on the specific activity of human MPO measured by SIEFED (“Specific Immunologic Extraction Followed by Enzymatic Detection”), an original method that consists of incubation of the compound with MPO, followed by capture of the enzyme by specific antibodies, washing (elimination of the compounds) and enzymatic detection of the immunocaptured enzyme. The compounds tested at 10-4, 10-5 and 10-6 M were studied in terms of structure activity relationship. Gallic acid (3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid) with 3 hydroxyl groups had an important dose dependent inhibitory effect on MPO activity. Other molecules with less or without hydroxyl groups [3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, 2-hydroxybenzoic acid (salicylic acid) and benzoic acid] had rather an activator effect at 10-5 and 10-6 M. 2,4,6-Trihydroxybenzoic acid, with two hydroxyl groups adjacent to the carboxyl group, had a less efficient inhibitory effect. Caffeic acid (3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid) with a propenoic acid group presented a dose dependent inhibitory effect on MPO activity contrary to its analog 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid. The esterification of the carboxyl group of gallic acid to obtain propyl gallate induced an activation of MPO at 10-5 and 10-6 M. Finally, the substitution of one or two hydroxyl groups by methoxyl ones (ferulic and syringic acids) decreased the efficiency of the molecules on the enzyme inhibition. The SIEFED technique appears as an innovative pharmacological tool to study the direct interaction of compounds with MPO. Number and position of hydroxyl groups and the extension of the carboxyl group of benzoic acid play a crucial role in the inhibition of MPO activity probably by facilitating the interaction with the active site or another elements of the enzyme structure. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of bequest motives on the composition and distribution of assets in France
Arrondel, L.; Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Perelman, Sergio ULg

in Tachibanaki, T. (Ed.) Saving and Bequest (1994)

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See detailTHE EFFECT OF BETA MICROPROBE IMPLANTATION ON THE BLOOD BRAIN BARRIER
Warnock, Geoffrey ULg; Dedeurwaardere, Stefanie; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2010, September)

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See detailEffect of BHT-920 on monoaminergic neurons of the rat brain : an electrophysiological in vivo and in vitro study
Seutin, Vincent ULg; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Giesbers, Irène ULg et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwwetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (1990), 342

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See detailEffect of bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) nasal ventilation on the postoperative pulmonary restrictive syndrome in obese patients undergoing gastroplasty.
Joris, Jean ULg; Sottiaux, Thierry; Chiche, Jean-Daniel et al

in CHEST (1997), 111(3), 665-70

STUDY OBJECTIVE: Upper abdominal surgery results in a postoperative restrictive pulmonary syndrome. Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP System; Respironics Inc; Murrysville, Pa), which combines ... [more ▼]

STUDY OBJECTIVE: Upper abdominal surgery results in a postoperative restrictive pulmonary syndrome. Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP System; Respironics Inc; Murrysville, Pa), which combines pressure support ventilation and positive end-expiratory pressure via a nasal mask, could allow alveolar recruitment during inspiration and prevent expiratory alveolar collapse, and therefore limit the postoperative pulmonary restrictive syndrome. This study investigated the effect of BiPAP on postoperative pulmonary function in obese patients after gastroplasty. DESIGN: Prospective controlled randomized study. SETTING: GI surgical ward in a university hospital. PATIENTS: Thirty-three morbidly obese patients scheduled for gastroplasty were studied. INTERVENTION: The patients were assigned to one of three techniques of ventilatory support during the first 24 h postoperatively: O2 via a face mask, BiPAP System 8/4, with inspiratory and expiratory positive airway pressure set at 8 and 4 cm H2O, respectively, or BiPAP System 12/4 set at 12 and 4 cm H2O. Pulmonary function (FVC, FEV1, and peak expiratory flow rate [PEFR]) were measured the day before surgery, 24 h after surgery, and on days 2 and 3. Oxygen saturation by pulse oximeter (SpO2) was also recorded during room air breathing. RESULTS: Three patients were excluded. After surgery, FVC, FEV1, PEFR, and SpO2 significantly decreased in the three groups. On day 1, FVC and FEV1 were significantly improved in the group BiPAP System 12/4, as compared with no BiPAP; SpO2 was also significantly improved. After removal of BiPAP System 12/4, these benefits were maintained, allowing faster recovery of pulmonary function. No significant effects were observed on PEFR. BiPAP System 8/4 had no significant effect on the postoperative pulmonary restrictive syndrome. CONCLUSION: Prophylactic use of BiPAP System 12/4 during the first 24 h postoperatively significantly reduces pulmonary dysfunction after gastroplasty in obese patients and accelerates reestablishment of preoperative pulmonary function. [less ▲]

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