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See detailThe importance of the effects of mora debitoris
Cavalleri, Vanessa ULg

Conference (2014, June 19)

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See detailImportance of the enveloppe glycoprotein gp51 in the diagnosis of BLV infection and in the development of an anti-BLV subunit vaccine.
Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Dandoy, Corinne; Gras, Hélène et al

in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. Supplement (1986), (suppl 10 A), 209

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See detailImportance of the His-298 Residue in the Catalytic Mechanism of the Streptomyces R61 Extracellular Dd-Peptidase
Hadonou, Ayaovi M.; Jamin, Marc; Adam, Maggy et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 2), 495-500

Among the active-site-serine penicillin-recognizing proteins, the Streptomyces R61 extracellular DD-peptidase is the only one to have a His-Thr-Gly sequence [instead of Lys-Thr(Ser)-Gly] in 'box' VII. The ... [more ▼]

Among the active-site-serine penicillin-recognizing proteins, the Streptomyces R61 extracellular DD-peptidase is the only one to have a His-Thr-Gly sequence [instead of Lys-Thr(Ser)-Gly] in 'box' VII. The His residue was replaced by Gln or Lys. Both mutations induced a marked decrease in the rates of both tripeptide substrate hydrolysis and acylation by benzylpenicillin and cephalosporin C. The rate of hydrolysis of the thioester hippuryl thioglycollate was less affected. The most striking result was the disproportionate loss of transpeptidation properties by both mutants, indicating an important role of His-298 in this reaction. We believe that this result represents the first modification of a DD-peptidase leading to a specific decrease of the transpeptidation-to-hydrolysis ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance Of The Hydrophobic Energy: Structural Determination Of A Hypoglycemic Drug Of The Meglitinide Family By Nuclear Magnetic Resonance And Molecular Modeling
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(8), 1155-68

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR ... [more ▼]

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and molecular modeling. The results of the NMR experiments indicated that KAD-1229 existed in solution in the form of two stable conformers of equal population, called KADI and KADII in this paper. Three different molecular modelings were then applied: the classical molecular dynamics using the commercial Biosym and Hyperchem softwares and the Prot+ program, which is not based on a dynamical study but on a systematic conformational analysis of the molecule, which includes a term that allows the estimation of the hydrophobic interaction. The modeling results showed the following points. First, in contrast with classical molecular dynamics, which uses restraints from two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) data, the Prot+ KAD structure provides conformations that support experimental NMR data without any external intervention. In the structures in agreement with NMR data, an important hydrophobic interaction between the phenyl cycle and the perhydroisoindole ring of KAD is observed. This interaction, which seems to play a role in the biological activity of the drug, is lost when no restraints are considered in classical molecular dynamics. Second, the difference between KADI and KADII arises mainly from slight distance geometric differences at the level of the perhydroisoindole and the phenyl rings. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of the microbenthic loop of Posidonia oceanica meadows to detect anthropogenic perturbations early: first results
Pete, Dorothée ULg; Velimirov, Branko; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg et al

Conference (2008, August)

It was demonstrated that Posidonia oceanica, the marine magnoliophyte endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, is a valuable tool to assess environmental qualities of the coastal zones. However, only few studies ... [more ▼]

It was demonstrated that Posidonia oceanica, the marine magnoliophyte endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, is a valuable tool to assess environmental qualities of the coastal zones. However, only few studies have attempted to use characteristics of its sediment compartment as an indicator of the environment state of health. Yet, organisms living in this compartment have a turnover which is faster than for canopy-organisms which makes them useful as valid early descriptors of pollution. The study described here takes place in a project which aims to find an early holistic indicator of anthropogenic perturbations in the Mediterranean coastal zones. The investigation is based on the microbenthic loop (organic matter, bacteria, microphytobenthos and meiofauna) and was led in two different sites of Calvi Bay (Corsica, France), at 10 m depth, in March and June 2007. Only results about bacteria (abundance, biomass, morphotypes), microphytobenthos (biomass) and organic matter (biomass) will be presented. For both seasons, significant differences between sites are found, irrespective on whether variables are treated separately or together, thus indicating that the microbenthic loop has potential to be a good early indicator of pollution. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Importance of the Negative Charge of Beta-Lactam Compounds in the Interactions with Active-Site Serine Dd-Peptidases and Beta-Lactamases
Varetto, Louis ULg; De Meester, Fabien; Monnaie, Didier et al

in Biochemical Journal (1991), 278(Pt 3), 801-807

The interaction between various penicillins and cephalosporins the carboxylate group of which at C-3 or C-4 had been esterified or amidated and different penicillin-recognizing enzymes was studied. In ... [more ▼]

The interaction between various penicillins and cephalosporins the carboxylate group of which at C-3 or C-4 had been esterified or amidated and different penicillin-recognizing enzymes was studied. In general, our findings reinforced the common assumption that an anionic group at that position is necessary for the effective acylation of these enzymes. However, the relative activities of the modified beta-lactams as inactivators of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase or as substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis, Streptomyces albus G and Enterobacter cloacae beta-lactamases did not fit a general scheme in which the intrinsic electronic and geometric properties of the beta-lactam compounds would be sufficient to explain their substrate or inactivator properties towards the various types of enzymes investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of the negative charge of β-lactam compounds for the inactivation of the active-site serine DD-peptidase of Streptomyces R61
Varetto, Louis ULg; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in FEBS Letters (1987), 225(1-2), 218-222

The interaction between the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidase and deacetyl-cephalosporin C or its lactone derivative has been studied at different pH values. The results show the ... [more ▼]

The interaction between the Streptomyces R61 penicillin-sensitive DD-peptidase and deacetyl-cephalosporin C or its lactone derivative has been studied at different pH values. The results show the importance of an enzyme group of pK approximately equal to 9 which might form an ion pair with the free carboxylate of the former compound. This electrostatic interaction is shown to contribute to the formation of the first, non-covalent enzyme-inactivator complex by a factor of at least 50. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of the PIKKs in NF-kappaB activation by genotoxic stress
Sabatel, Hélène ULg; Pirlot, Céline ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2011), 82(10), 1371-83

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See detailImportance of the reconciliation method to handle experimental data: application to a reversible heat pump / organic Rankine cycle unit integrated in a positive energy building
Dumont, Olivier ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

Conference (2015, June)

Experimental data is often the result of long and costly experimentations. Many times, measurements are used directly without (or with few) analysis and treatment. This paper therefore presents a detailed ... [more ▼]

Experimental data is often the result of long and costly experimentations. Many times, measurements are used directly without (or with few) analysis and treatment. This paper therefore presents a detailed methodology to use steady-state measurements efficiently in the analysis of a thermodynamic cycle. The reconciliation method allows to correct each measurement as little as possible, taking its accuracy into account, in order to satisfy all constraints and to evaluate the most probable physical state. The reconciliation method should be used for multiple reasons. First, this method allows to close energy and mass balances exactly, which is needed for predictive models. Also, it allows determining some unknowns that are not or that cannot be measured precisely. Furthermore, it fully exploits the collected measurements with redundancy and it allows to know which sensor should be checked or replaced if necessary. An application of this method is presented in the case of a reversible HP/ORC unit. This unit is a modified heat pump which is able to work as an organic Rankine cycle by reversing its cycle. Combined with a passive house comprising a solar roof and a ground heat exchanger, it allows to get a plus energy house. In this study case, the oil mass fraction is not measured despite of its strong influence on the results. The reconciliation method allows to evaluate it. The efficiency of this method is proven by comparing the error on the outputs of steady-state models of compressor and exchangers. An example is given with the prediction of the pinch-point of an evaporator. In this case, the normalized root mean square deviation (NRMSD) is decreased from 14.3 % to 4.1 % when using the reconciliation method. This paper proves the efficiency of the method and also that the method should be considered more often when dealing with experimentation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of the tumor microenvironment in the therapeutic management of cancer
Pottier, Charles ULg; Wheatherspoon, Alodie; RONCARATI, Patrick ULg et al

in Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy (in press)

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See detailImportance of the Two Tryptophan Residues in the Streptomyces R61 Exocellular Dd-Peptidase
Bourguignon-Bellefroid, Catherine; Wilkin, Jean-Marc; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1992), 282(Pt 2), 361-367

Modification of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase by N-bromosuccinimide resulted in a rapid loss of enzyme activity. In consequence, the role of the enzyme's two tryptophan residues was investigated by ... [more ▼]

Modification of the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase by N-bromosuccinimide resulted in a rapid loss of enzyme activity. In consequence, the role of the enzyme's two tryptophan residues was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. Trp271 was replaced by Leu. The modification yielded a stable enzyme whose structural and catalytic properties were similar to those of the wild-type protein. Thus the Trp271 residue, though almost invariant among the beta-lactamases of classes A and C and the low-Mr penicillin-binding proteins, did not appear to be essential for enzyme activity. Mutations of the Trp233 into Leu and Ser strongly decreased the enzymic activity, the affinity for beta-lactams and the protein stability. Surprisingly, the benzylpenicilloyl-(W233L)enzyme deacylated at least 300-fold more quickly than the corresponding acyl-enzyme formed with the wild-type protein and gave rise to benzylpenicilloate instead of phenylacetylglycine. This mutant DD-peptidase thus behaved as a weak beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of Tumor Pathology
Beckers, Albert ULg

Scientific conference (2001, June)

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See detailImportance of Tumor Regression Assessment in Predicting the Outcome in Patients with Locally Advanced Rectal Carcinoma Who Are Treated with Preoperative Radiotherapy
Bouzourene, Hanifa; Bosman, Fred; Seelentag, Walter et al

in Cancer (2002), 94(4), 1121-1130

BACKGROUND: Locally advanced rectal carcinoma has a poor prognosis. However, <br />since the introduction of preoperative radiotherapy, the outcome of patients with <br />rectal carcinoma has been ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Locally advanced rectal carcinoma has a poor prognosis. However, <br />since the introduction of preoperative radiotherapy, the outcome of patients with <br />rectal carcinoma has been reported to have improved. Nevertheless, to the authors’ <br />knowledge few data are available regarding the histopathologic response to <br />radiotherapy as assessed on surgical specimens as a potential predictive factor for <br />outcome. <br />METHODS: To estimate the effect of radiotherapy on rectal carcinoma, the authors <br />retrospectively reviewed the surgical specimens of 102 patients with T3-4, N0 or <br /> N1 rectal carcinoma and 1 patient with T2 but N1 rectal carcinoma. All patients <br />were treated preoperatively with a hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy <br />schedule in a prospective protocol (Trial 93-01). Using a standardized approach, <br />tumor regression was graded using a system that varies from Grade 1 (tumor <br />regression Grade [TRG] 1) when complete tumor regression is observed to Grade 5 <br />(TRG5) when no tumor regression is observed. <br />RESULTS: Radiotherapy resulted in tumor downstaging in 43% of the patients. <br />There were 2 pT1 tumors (2%), 21 pT2 tumors (20%), 66 pT3 tumors (64%), and 14 <br />pT4 tumors (14%) after treatment. Regional lymph nodes were involved in 55 <br />patients (53%). None of the patients demonstrated a complete tumor regression <br />after radiotherapy, but in 79% of the specimens a partial tumor regression was <br />observed (TRG1: 0%; TRG2: 20%; TRG3: 39%; TRG4: 20%; and TRG5: 21%). The <br />median actuarial overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were 52 <br />months. Actuarial local recurrence rates at 2 years and 5 years were 6.4% and 7.6%, <br />respectively. Univariate analysis showed the actuarial DFS to be significantly lower <br />in patients with lymph node metastases (P 0.0004) and advanced pT stages <br />(pT3-4) (P 0.03). A favorable outcome for OS, DFS, and local control was <br />observed in patients with TRG2-4 (i.e., responders) compared with patients with <br />TRG5 (i.e., nonresponders), but also in patients with low residual tumor cell <br />density (TRG2, 3, and 4). On multivariate analysis, TRG remained an independent <br />prognostic indicator for local tumor control. <br />CONCLUSIONS. Tumor regression as well as residual tumor cell density were found <br />to be predictive factors of survival in rectal carcinoma patients after preoperative <br />radiotherapy. Even after preoperative radiotherapy, the pathologic stage of the <br />surgical specimen remained a prognostic factor. The use of a standardized approach <br />for pathologic evaluation must be implemented to allow comparison between <br />the results of various treatment approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of wavenumber dependence of Biot numbers in one-sided models of evaporative Marangoni instability: horizontal layer and spherical droplet
Machrafi, Hatim ULg; Rednikov, Alexey; Colinet, Pierre et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2015)

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See detailImportance of Weight Loss and Sodium Restriction in the Treatment of Mild and Moderate Essential Hypertension
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Janssens, Marion; Vanderspeeten, Francine et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1993), 48(4), 234-245

The effectiveness of non pharmacological treatment of chronic arterial hypertension has been evaluated in 116 treated or not primary hypertensive out-patients. Those receiving diuretics were however ... [more ▼]

The effectiveness of non pharmacological treatment of chronic arterial hypertension has been evaluated in 116 treated or not primary hypertensive out-patients. Those receiving diuretics were however excluded. This population was requested to follow for 3 months a modification of their usual diet characterized by salt restriction combined with energy intake restriction when the patients were above their ideal body weight. Only 62 patients (53%) completed the study. However, this approach was effective by decreasing blood pressure and total cholesterol. The weight loss appears the most effective way to decrease blood pressure in untreated patients, but needs 3 months to be significant. In drug-treated patients, the sodium restriction significantly influences the blood pressure level, already after 1 month. However, salt sensitivity has been noted, especially in the most severe forms of the hypertensive disease. The combination of both modifications (weight loss and sodium restriction) does not appear to be more effective than each separate dietary measure. [less ▲]

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See detailL'importance stratégique de la Belgique avant la Première Guerre mondiale
Bechet, Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2013, November 12)

Présentation des principaux résultats de notre thèse à un groupe d'étudiants de master en Histoire

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See detailL’importance stratégique des chemins de fer belges avant la Première Guerre mondiale. Un enjeu international
Bechet, Christophe ULg

in Société archéologique de Namur (Ed.) Actes du LVème Congrès de la Fédération des Cercles d’Archéologie et d’Histoire de Belgique – Namur 2008 (2011)

Schlieffen réfléchit à la possibilité d’un passage par la Belgique depuis fin 1896 et la première trace écrite d’une stratégie de débordement de l’aile gauche française par le nord se trouve dans un ... [more ▼]

Schlieffen réfléchit à la possibilité d’un passage par la Belgique depuis fin 1896 et la première trace écrite d’une stratégie de débordement de l’aile gauche française par le nord se trouve dans un Denkschrift rédigé par lui le 2 août 1897. Toutefois, à ce moment, il n’est pas encore question pour Schlieffen de concrétiser ses réflexions dans le plan allemand officiel car il lui faut vaincre deux obstacles majeurs. Primo, la nécessité de créer un nombre de corps d’armée suffisant pour que la réalisation du mouvement tournant par la Belgique se fasse sans trop dégarnir les fronts d’Alsace-Lorraine et de Russie. Secundo, Schlieffen ne peut aligner de nombreuses divisions face à la Belgique que grâce à un réseau ferroviaire suffisamment développé dans l’Eiffel allemand. Le développement des lignes de chemin de fer dans la zone frontalière belgo-allemande offre de nouvelles perspectives stratégiques en cas de guerre future. [less ▲]

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See detailL’importance stratégique du territoire belge jugée par les attachés militaires anglais en poste à Bruxelles (1891-1914)
Bechet, Christophe ULg

Scientific conference (2012, March 06)

La série de rapports militaires encore présents dans la correspondance de la légation britannique à Bruxelles est incomplète et moins riche que les nombreux rapports conservés aux archives de l’Armée de ... [more ▼]

La série de rapports militaires encore présents dans la correspondance de la légation britannique à Bruxelles est incomplète et moins riche que les nombreux rapports conservés aux archives de l’Armée de Terre à Vincennes ; il n’empêche, le nombre de documents existants demeure important et susceptible de livrer des informations de première main sur les relations militaires belgo-britanniques avant la Première Guerre mondiale. Notre intervention consistera à faire un état des lieux des documents conservés, de leur localisation et de ce qu’ils peuvent nous apprendre sur la perception britannique du territoire belge. A l’aide des recherches que nous avons réalisées dans le cadre de notre thèse sur les plans français et allemands dans leurs rapports avec la Belgique, nous élargirons nos réflexions sur les relations belgo-britanniques dans une perspective militaire européenne. [less ▲]

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See detailImportances des profils phénotypiques dans la prise en charge des enfants présentant des retards mentaux
Comblain, Annick ULg

Conference (2001, September 28)

Les difficultés d'acquisition et de développement du langage oral des personnes retardées mentales, et plus particulièrement, de celles atteintes d'un retard mental d'origine génétique, sont, à l'heure ... [more ▼]

Les difficultés d'acquisition et de développement du langage oral des personnes retardées mentales, et plus particulièrement, de celles atteintes d'un retard mental d'origine génétique, sont, à l'heure actuelle, reconnues mais malheureusement encore mal connues. Il existe en effet une grand variabilité inter- et intra-syndromes qu'il est aujourd'hui important d'étudier et ce dans une perspective d'intervention adaptée et efficace. Les recherches menés depuis quelques années dans le domaine de la spécificité syndromique suggèrent que les développements et les fonctionnements cognitif, langagier, mnésique, perceptuel et attentionnel diffèrent considérablement d'un syndrome à l'autre. Jusqu'au début des années 1990, on envisageait le développement des personnes présentant un retard mental (plus particulièrement modéré) en référence à un modèle dit "prototypique" : le syndrome de Down ou trisomie 21. [less ▲]

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