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See detailReversal of oxalosis cardiomyopathy after combined liver and kidney transplantation
Detry, Olivier ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg; De Roover, Arnaud ULg et al

in Transplant International (2002), 15(1), 50-52

Few data have been published on the course of oxalosis cardiomyopathy after combined liver and kidney transplantation in hyperoxaluria patients with myocardial involvement. We report the case of a primary ... [more ▼]

Few data have been published on the course of oxalosis cardiomyopathy after combined liver and kidney transplantation in hyperoxaluria patients with myocardial involvement. We report the case of a primary hyperoxaluria type I patient with renal failure who developed end-stage cardiomyopathy. Left venticulography showed severe diffuse hypokinesia and left ventricular ejection fraction was calculated at 12%. Endomyocardial biopsy demonstrated platelike calcium oxalate crystals within the myocardium and the connective tissue, and mild perivascular fibrosis. The patient was first considered for combined liver-heart-kidney transplantation, but as his cardiac function improved slightly with an intensive dialysis program, combined liver and kidney transplantation was performed. Normal cardiac function was demonstrated at 1-year follow-up, and comparative endomyocardial biopsy showed regression of the myocardial oxalate deposits. This case adds stronger clinical, hemodynamic, and histopathological evidence that severe oxalosis cardiomyopathy may be reversed after combined liver and kidney transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidural administration of low-dose morphine combined with clonidine for postoperative analgesia after lumbar disc surgery
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Doll, Anne; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (2002), 14(1), 1-6

This study evaluates the efficacy and side effects of a low dose of epidural morphine combined with clonidine for postoperative pain relief after lumbar disc surgery. In 36 of 51 patients who accepted the ... [more ▼]

This study evaluates the efficacy and side effects of a low dose of epidural morphine combined with clonidine for postoperative pain relief after lumbar disc surgery. In 36 of 51 patients who accepted the procedure, an epidural catheter was inserted (L1-L2 level). General anesthesia was induced with propofol and sufentanil, and maintained with sevoflurane in O2/N2O. After emergence from anesthesia, epidural analgesia was initiated according to two randomly assigned protocols: 1 mg of morphine with 75 microg of clonidine (Group M) or 12.5 mg of bupivacaine with 75 microg of clonidine (Group B), in 10 mL saline. Piritramide was administered during the first postoperative 24 hours using a patient-controlled analgesia device (PCA). The following parameters were recorded: piritramide consumption during the first 24 hours; pain at rest during the first postoperative hours (D0), during the first night (D1), and during the first mobilization; [visual analogue scale (VAS)]; and the occurrence of drowsiness, motor blockade, respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, itching, micturition problems, and bladder catheterization during D0 and D1. Epidural administration of morphine-clonidine significantly improved postoperative pain relief and reduced piritramide consumption as compared to epidural bupivacaine-clonidine. Side effects did not differ between groups except for a higher incidence of micturition problems in Group M during D1. The occurrence of bladder catheterization was not significantly higher in that group. We conclude that a low dose of epidural morphine combined with clonidine offers a better postoperative analgesia than does bupivacaine-clonidine. The excellent analgesic conditions were obtained at the expense of a higher incidence of difficulties in initiating micturition. [less ▲]

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See detailChroniques douce-amères
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in 9e Art : Les Cahiers du Musée de la Bande Dessinée (2002), 7

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See detailEffect of endogenous serotonin on the binding of the 5-HT1A PET ligand 18 F in the rat hippocampus: kinetic b measurements combined with microdialysis
Zimmer, Luc; Mauger, Gweltas; Le Bars, Didier et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2002), 80(2), 278-286

By using a combination of an original beta(+)-sensitive intracerebral probe and microdialysis, the effect of increased endogenous serotonin on specific binding of F-18-MPPF [4-(2'-methoxy-phenyl)-1-[2'-[N ... [more ▼]

By using a combination of an original beta(+)-sensitive intracerebral probe and microdialysis, the effect of increased endogenous serotonin on specific binding of F-18-MPPF [4-(2'-methoxy-phenyl)-1-[2'-[N-(2"-pyridinyl)-p-fluorobenzamido]ethyl]piperazine] to the serotonin-1A (5-HT1A) receptors was investigated in the hippocampus of the anaesthetized rat. Our beta-sensitive probe prototype was sensitive enough to obtain Specific F-18-MPPF time-activity curves in the rodent (hippocampus/cerebellum ratio approximate to 2). The serotonin neuronal release was pharmacologically enhanced using fenfluramine at three different doses (1, 2 and 10 mg/kg intravenous) multiplying by 2-15 the extracellular serotonin in the hippocampus. These extracellular variations of extracellular serotonin resulted in dose-ranging decreases in F-18-MPPF-specific binding in the same rat. Our results showed for the first time that F-18-MPPF binding could be modulated by modifications of extracellular serotonin in the rat hippocampus. These results were confirmed by the enhancement of extracellular radioactivity collected in dialysates after the displacement of F-18-MPPF by fenfluramine. After modelization, F-18-MPPF binding could constitute an interesting radiotracer for positron emission tomography in evaluating the serotonin endogenous levels in limbic areas of the human brain. [less ▲]

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See detailLes kystes bronchogeniques: observation clinique et revue de la litterature
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Moscato, A.; Delbecque, Katty ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(1), 45-8

Pulmonary bronchogenic cysts are benign lesions that can be suspected from clinical background and imaging. We present the case of a huge subcarinal bronchogenic cyst and review the embryology ... [more ▼]

Pulmonary bronchogenic cysts are benign lesions that can be suspected from clinical background and imaging. We present the case of a huge subcarinal bronchogenic cyst and review the embryology, physiopathology, surgical indications and techniques of this congenital lesion. [less ▲]

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See detailAn improved clean-up strategy for simultaneous analysis of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in fatty food samples
Pirard, Catherine ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2002), 372(2), 373-381

The study and extension of a simple automated clean-up method for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF) to a broad range of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) is ... [more ▼]

The study and extension of a simple automated clean-up method for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD) and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF) to a broad range of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) is described. The isolation of seven PCDD, ten PCDF, and three coplanar PCB (cPCB) is extended to eight monoortho substituted PCB and seven so-called "marker PCB" (Aroclor 1260) for fatty food samples. This enables quantification of 35 compounds - including all congeners with a WHO toxic equivalent factor (TEF)--in a single extraction and single purification step. The chromatographic behaviour of mono-ortho PCB and marker PCB on a variety of adsorbents, including basic alumina, has been studied. Partitioning of analytes through multi-column sequences is described and correlated with their structural and electronic properties, by use of molecular modelling calculations. The fractionation process available with the Power-Prep automated clean-up system enables rapid independent analysis of the different groups of compounds. Gas chromatography with high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS) is used for the PCDD/F and cPCB fraction and quadrupole ion-storage tandem in time mass spectrometry (GC-QISTMS) for analysis of the remaining PCB. A comparison study was performed on quality-control samples and real fatty food samples to evaluate the robustness of the new strategy compared with a reference method. On the basis of this simultaneous clean-up, a rapid simplified strategy for PCDD/F and selected PCB analysis determination is proposed for fatty food samples. [less ▲]

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See detailLa nuit et le jour. L'être, l'art, l'autre selon Lévinas
Steinmetz, Rudy ULg

in Voir (2002)

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See detailA Set Of Primers For Amplification Of Mitochondrial Dna In Picea Abies And Other Conifer Species
Jeandroz, S.; Bastien, D.; Chandelier, A. et al

in Molecular Ecology Notes (2002), 2(4),

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See detailSynthetic, structural, magnetic, and Mossbauer spectral study of {Fe[HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3)](2)}I-2 and its spin-state crossover behavior
Reger, D. L.; Little, C. A.; Smith, M. D. et al

in European Journal Of Inorganic Chemistry (2002), (5), 1190-1197

The complex {Fe[HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3)](2)}I-2 (1) has been prepared from the reaction of FeI2 and HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3) (pz = pyrazolyl ring) in a 1:2 ratio. The complex is high-spin in both the solid state and ... [more ▼]

The complex {Fe[HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3)](2)}I-2 (1) has been prepared from the reaction of FeI2 and HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3) (pz = pyrazolyl ring) in a 1:2 ratio. The complex is high-spin in both the solid state and in solution at ambient temperature, In the solid state, magnetic susceptibility and Mossbauer spectral studies indicate that samples of the complex that have been crystallized and dried change completely from high-spin to low-spin upon cooling below 195 K, with a substantial two-step thermal hysteresis in the transition, The spin-crossover properties of I are sample dependent: powder samples do not change to low-spin at low temperatures. Two crystalline forms of I have been identified by X-ray crystallography, one form containing no solvent of crystallization and the other containing solvent, In both, there is only one iron site, with average Fe-N bond lengths of 2.18 and 2.17 Angstrom, values that confirm that the complex is high-spin. Single crystals of the nonsolvated form shatter at low temperatures whereas single crystals of the solvated form can be cooled to 110 K with no loss of crystallinity and remain fully high spin at this temperature, Crystallographic information: nonsolvated form is triclinic, P (1) over bar, a = 8,8062(2) Angstrom, b = 10.3549(2) Angstrom, c = 11.3549(2) Angstrom, a = 104.0768(10), beta = 110.2473(10)degrees, gamma = 92.6385(11)degrees, Z = 1; solvated form is monoclinic P2(1)/c, a 10.3214(5) Angstrom, b = 12.7753(7) Angstrom, c = 20.1995(11) Angstrom, alpha = 90degrees, beta = 97.5380(10)degrees, gamma = 90degrees, Z = 2. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of a water purification unit on the contamination level of salmonella in outcoming water and sludge
Jacob, Benoit; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Grooven, Bénédicte et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5), 303-310

Foodborne pathogens occasionally harboured in the gastro-intestinal tract of some domestic animals may be retrieved in slaughterhouses waste water and in sludge of water purification units. Salmonella ... [more ▼]

Foodborne pathogens occasionally harboured in the gastro-intestinal tract of some domestic animals may be retrieved in slaughterhouses waste water and in sludge of water purification units. Salmonella, athogen common to man and Animals, is often used as a biological risk indicator. The aim of the present study was to assess effectiveness of a recent water purification unit by rapid and semi-quantitative detection of this micro-organism. The water purification unit collects waste water of seven food-processing industries, including a pig slaughterhouse. This latest was the main source of Salmonella contamination with a level of more 103 colony forming unit (CFU) per ml, that was very close to the average level of contamination of total incoming waste water. The unit, whose principle of action is based on biological purification, has permitted a 4 log10 reduction of Salmonella contamination, with a final contamination level of less than 1 CFU/ml. It was observed only a little decrease of contamination levels during the biological treatment steps, in contrast with the one observed during the clarification step. This was due to adsorption of bacteria by material in suspension. Fresh sludge were harboured an average of 102 CFU of Salmonella per gram. In the beginning of December 1999, two sludge piles were let on the ground along a field and sampled microbiologically every month. Seven month later, no Salmonella were recovered from the piles. 309 [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogeny and Morphological Evolution of the Amblystegiaceae (Bryopsida)
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Hedenäs, L.; Cox, C. J. et al

in Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution (2002), 23

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See detailUn diabete peut en cacher un autre.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 267-9

The abrupt interruption of insulin therapy in a severely obese diabetic woman submitted to a protein-sparing modified fast in a metabolic ward led to a severe ketoacidosis. This complication occurred ... [more ▼]

The abrupt interruption of insulin therapy in a severely obese diabetic woman submitted to a protein-sparing modified fast in a metabolic ward led to a severe ketoacidosis. This complication occurred because the patient had type 1 rather than type 2 diabetes, and the diagnosis of ketoacidosis was delayed because of confusion between ketonuria resulting from insulin deprivation and ketonuria associated with carbohydrate and energy restriction. This case report illustrates the danger of accepting an apparently obvious diagnosis which might be in fact erroneous. More particularly, it points out the importance of a correct differential diagnosis between C-peptide positive insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes and C-peptide negative (insulin-dependent) type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailDe zinsaccentuering in de tussentaal van Franstalige leerders van het Nederlands
Hiligsmann, Philippe; Rasier, Laurent ULg

in N/F (2002), 1

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See detailPhase And Amplitude Of Ecosystem Carbon Release And Uptake Potentials As Derived From Fluxnet Measurements
Falge, Eva; Tenhunen, John; Baldocchi, Dennis et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 113(1-4),

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See detailTaxonomic assessment, distribution, and ecology of Tortula vahliana var. minor (Pottiaceae, Bryopsida)
Andriessen, L.; Nagels, C.; Arts, T. et al

in Journal of Bryology (2002), 24

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See detailResults of obesity treatment.
Scheen, André ULg

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2002), 63(2 Pt 1), 163-70

Obesity is a chronic disease so that results of obesity treatment should only be evaluated on a long-term basis. The present paper aims at analyzing the long-term (1 year or more) results of three anti ... [more ▼]

Obesity is a chronic disease so that results of obesity treatment should only be evaluated on a long-term basis. The present paper aims at analyzing the long-term (1 year or more) results of three anti-obesity approaches, i.e. lifestyle modifications, pharmacological treatments and surgical procedures. Dietary interventions include diets with moderate calorie restriction and very-low energy diets (VLED). Even if an initial greater weight loss is observed with VLED, no study has conclusively shown that the long-term approaches including VLED are better than non-VLED programmes. Physical activity is not the most efficient method of initial weight loss, but it appears to be more crucial for maintaining weight loss once it has occurred. In general, long-term results of lifestyle modifications are disappointing because of poor compliance. Several 1-2 year large-scale randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials with orlistat, an intestinal lipase inhibitor, and sibutramine, a central appetite regulator, have demonstrated that both drugs significantly, although modestly on average, increase weight reduction, almost double the number of responders (weight loss >=5 or 10% of initial body weight) and improve weight maintenance up to 2 years. Surgical procedures provide a much greater weight reduction than medical interventions in patients with morbid obesity, particularly after a follow-up of several years. Weight loss is greater with gastric bypass, inducing some malbsorption, than with gastroplasty, a pure gastric restriction technique. Associated risk factors such as markers of insulin resistance syndrome and type 2 diabetes are remarkably reduced, but no prospective study of morbidity or mortality is available yet. In all cases, the management of obesity requires a multidisciplinary approach to improve the success rate. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a quantification of ecological theory: the importance of multivariate analysis and of an accurate diversity measurement
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Ceulemans, R; Impens, I et al

in Acta Biotheoretica (2002), 50(1), 57-61

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See detailResonance-assisted tunneling
Brodier, O.; Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Ullmo, D.

in Annals of Physics (2002), 300(1), 88-136

We present evidence that tunneling processes in near-integrable systems are enhanced due to the manifestation of nonlinear resonances and their respective island chains in phase space. A semiclassical ... [more ▼]

We present evidence that tunneling processes in near-integrable systems are enhanced due to the manifestation of nonlinear resonances and their respective island chains in phase space. A semiclassical description of this "resonance-assisted" mechanism is given, which is based on a local perturbative description of the dynamics in the vicinity of the resonances. As an underlying picture, we obtain that the quantum state is coupled, via a succession of classically forbidden transitions across nonlinear resonances, to high excitations within the well, from where tunneling occurs with a rather large rate. The connection between this description and the complex classical structure of the underlying integrable dynamics is furthermore studied, giving ground to the general coherence of the description as well as guidelines for the identification of the dominant tunneling paths. The validity of this mechanism is demonstrated within the kicked Harper model, where good agreement between quantum and semiclassical (resonance-assisted) tunneling rates is found. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). [less ▲]

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See detailA mixture model to assess the effect of a hormonal stimulation on the development of follicles in prepubertal heifers
Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society : Series C (Applied Statistics) (2002), 4

The goal of this study is to assess the effect of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the growth of follicles in prepubertal heifers. Adams and co-workers have shown that follicles develop in waves as ... [more ▼]

The goal of this study is to assess the effect of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the growth of follicles in prepubertal heifers. Adams and co-workers have shown that follicles develop in waves as in post-pubertal heifers: after a few days, a dominant follicle arises on one of the two ovaries whereas the other subordinate follicles regress.The dominant follicle remains detectable when the next wave occurs. The number and the diameters of these follicles have been measured for 14 days.The same experiment was repeated after a 3-day FSH stimulation. Several large follicles now arise simultaneously on both ovaries together with small follicles which cannot be detected any more when the next wave occurs. Unfortunately, follicles were not individually tracked. Therefore a three-component mixture model was used to describe the potential simultaneous observation of dominant, decaying dominant and subordinate follicles before the FSH stimulation; the same type of model was considered for large, decaying large and small follicles after the hormonal stimulation. Moreover, for technical reasons, only follicles larger than 2 mm are observable. Measurements were thus left truncated.The models fitted are used to quantify the effects of the stimulation and to determine the ideal time point at which follicles should be punctured under ultrasonography to harvest ovocytes that will be fertilized and cultured in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailTexture characterization of ultramacroporous materials using non-destructive methods
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Maquet, Véronique; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2002), 158

Image analysis, impedance spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography have been used as non-destructive methods in order to characterize ultramacroporous materials (pore width > 1 mum). These methods are used ... [more ▼]

Image analysis, impedance spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography have been used as non-destructive methods in order to characterize ultramacroporous materials (pore width > 1 mum). These methods are used to investigate the texture of different kinds of materials, i.e., highly oriented polylactide (PLA) foams prepared by freeze-drying, isotropic polyolefin foams prepared by thermal degradation of a chemical foaming agent and convective heat dried wastewater sludges. The image analysis of SEM micrographs recorded at different magnifications gave information on the pore size distribution and pore morphology. Impedance spectroscopy was used to investigate the transport properties of the three-dimensional porous matrices by measurement of the water ionic conduction. Finally, 3D image reconstruction from 2D cross-sections obtained by X-ray microtomography allowed visualizing the pore structure. [less ▲]

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See detailLa traducción, otra de las plenitudes de Borges
Willson, Patricia ULg

in Variaciones Borges (2002), (14), 103-112

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See detailSensitive and high throughput metabolite assays for inorganic pyrophosphate, ADPGlc, nucleotide phosphates, and glycolytic intermediates based on a novel enzymic cycling system.
Gibon, Yves; Vigeolas, Hélène ULg; Tiessen, Axel et al

in Plant Journal (The) (2002), 30(2), 221-35

Metabolite assays are required to characterise how metabolism changes between genotypes during development and in response to environmental perturbations. They provide a springboard to identify important ... [more ▼]

Metabolite assays are required to characterise how metabolism changes between genotypes during development and in response to environmental perturbations. They provide a springboard to identify important regulatory sites and investigate the underlying mechanisms. Due to their small size, Arabidopsis seeds pose a technical challenge for such measurements. A set of assays based on a novel enzymic cycling system between glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and glycerol-3-phosphate oxidase have been developed and optimised for use with growing Arabidopsis seeds. In combination with existing assays they provide a suite of high throughput, sensitive assays for the immediate precursors for starch (adenine diphosphate glucose) and lipid (acetyl coenzyme A, glycerol-3-phosphate) synthesis, as well as pyrophosphate, ATP, ADP and most of the glycolytic intermediates. A method is also presented to rapidly quench intact siliques, lyophilise them and then manually separate seeds for metabolite analysis. These techniques are used to investigate changes in overall seed metabolite levels during development and maturation, and in response to a stepwise decrease of the external oxygen concentration. [less ▲]

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See detailRéplication, clivage-encapsidation et recombinaison de l'ADN des herpèsvirus
Schynts, Frédéric; Meurens, François; Muylkens, Benoît ULg et al

in Virologie (2002), 6

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude PROSPER (PROspective study of pravastatin in the elderly at risk).
Kulbertus, Henri ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 809-13

Statins reduce coronary and cerebrovascular mortality and morbidity in middle-aged individuals. Until recently, their efficacy and safety in elderly people had not yet been firmly established. PROSPER was ... [more ▼]

Statins reduce coronary and cerebrovascular mortality and morbidity in middle-aged individuals. Until recently, their efficacy and safety in elderly people had not yet been firmly established. PROSPER was a controlled, randomised study involving 2,804 men and 3,000 women aged 70-82, with a history of, or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Their baseline cholesterol level was 135-350 mg/dl; they were randomised to either 40 mg pravastatin per day, or matching placebo. Average follow-up was 3.2 years. The primary endpoint was a composite of coronary death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and fatal or non-fatal stroke. Pravastatin lowered LDL-cholesterol (-34%), and reduced the incidence of the primary endpoint (-15%; CI 95%: 3-26%; p = 0.014). Coronary death and non-fatal myocardial infarction risk was also reduced (-19%; p = 0.006), and mortality from coronary disease fell by 24% (p = 0.043). The risk for stroke, however, was unaffected (p = 0.8), whereas the incidence of transient ischemic attacks was reduced by 25%, which was (marginally) insignificant (p = 0.051). Pravastatin had no effect on cognitive functions or incapacity. New cancers were more frequent amongst pravastatin-treated individuals (+25%; p = 0.020). However incorporation of this new data in a meta-analysis of all pravastatin and all statin trials revealed no overall increase of cancer risk. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat shock proteins. I : Classification and roles in pathological processes
Wirth, Delphine; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4), 201-216

All living systems have evolved mechanisms to maintain homeostasis in the face of rapid environmental changes. When exposed to elevated temperatures, most of the cells activate the synthesis of a specific ... [more ▼]

All living systems have evolved mechanisms to maintain homeostasis in the face of rapid environmental changes. When exposed to elevated temperatures, most of the cells activate the synthesis of a specific group of proteins called Heat Shock Proteins (Hsps). This heat shock response, under control of specific transcription factors, the Heat Shock factors (HSF), is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism, from bacteria to humans. Heat Shock Proteins are classified into families according to their molecular weight (Hsp 25, 40, 70, 90, 105). They play the role of molecular chaperones by binding and protecting other molecules (proteins, RNAs). The function of Hsp is to prevent accumulation of non-native proteins either by assisting proper folding of polypeptides or by driving them to proteosome pathway for degradation. Hsps are involved in various pathological processes that are accompanied by protein alterations such as chronic or degenerative diseases. This review describes structural and functional characteristics of the six main Hsps classes. It also focuses on their respective role in highly studied pathologies. The diversity of Hsps implications in these diseases explains that they became recently a strategic target in development of new therapeutic strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailRestorative Justice: Activities and expectations at European LEvel
Lauwaert, Katrien ULg; Aertsen, Ivo

in Era Forum : Scripta Iuris Europaei (2002)

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See detailEconomic evaluation of chronic hepatitis C treatment by interferon-ribavirin combination therapy in Belgium
Delwaide, Jean ULg

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(4), 233-236

With present treatments for chronic hepatitis C by the combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, it is possible to obtain a sustained viral response in a large number of patients. This viral response ... [more ▼]

With present treatments for chronic hepatitis C by the combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, it is possible to obtain a sustained viral response in a large number of patients. This viral response is associated with long-term disappearance of the C virus, improvement of histology, improvement in quality of life and, most than likely, a reduction in the risk of premature death or infection-linked complications. This therapy is, however, expensive and the number of potentially treatable patients is high in view of the relatively high prevalence of the disease in the population. An economic evaluation is thus indispensable in order, on the one hand, to assess the cost-effectiveness ratio of the treatment (i.e. the extra cost to be paid for obtaining the greater effectiveness provided by the therapeutic combination in comparison with absence of treatment or treatment by interferon alone), and, on the other hand, to estimate practically the global cost of treatment for Belgium (i.e. the annual expense for society according to the number of patients treated per year). [less ▲]

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See detailThe Euler number as an index of spatial integrity of landscapes: evaluation and proposed improvement.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Van Hecke, P; Ceulemans, R

in Environmental Management (2002), 29(5), 673-682

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See detailAssociation of a new c-Cbl related protein with the very first stages of apoptosis induction
Corsois, L.; Quatannens, B.; Dumont, P. et al

in Cancer Detection and Prevention (2002), 26(2), 93-104

This study investigates the involvement of the c-cbl proto-oncogene during the first stages of the apoptotic process. We have already shown that a c-Cbl aptotosis-related protein of 90 kDa (CARP 90) is ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the involvement of the c-cbl proto-oncogene during the first stages of the apoptotic process. We have already shown that a c-Cbl aptotosis-related protein of 90 kDa (CARP 90) is detected very rapidly in the cytoplasm as well as in the nucleus of murine thymocytes after hydrocortisone (HC) treatment. We report here that this protein appeared as well after in vivo treatment of mice by gamma-irradiation or injection of anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody, two potent thymic apoptosis inductors, providing a close relationship between the occurrence of apoptosis and the appearance of CARP 90. We showed that CARP 90 and p120(cbl) share numerous epitopes strikingly suggesting that CARP 90 is coded by c-cbl. In addition, KO mice do not sustain CARP 90 appearance. We finally showed that CARP 90 contains N- and C-terminal end epitopes of p120(cbl) which suggests that CARP 90 is an alternative spliced form of c-cbl. This protein was also observed under gamma-irradiation in tissues of different origin, which enlarges the physiological significance of this phenomenon. The very rapid CARP 90 appearance under apoptotic conditions in the nucleus of cells originating in different tissues makes this protein if not a possible new actor of the apoptotic process, at least an interesting marker of this process. (C) 2002 International Society for Preventive Oncology. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLa recherche scientifique en Hautes-Fagnes
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Sciences (2002), XIII(1-6), 55-65

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See detailOver Kathrin Kötz, Die Prosa Paul van Ostaijens
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Nachbarsprache Niederländisch (2002), 17(1-2), 122-125

This is a review of a study by Katrhin Kötz on Paul van Ostaijen's literary ('grotesque') prose and its German influences.

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See detailPrevention de l'apparition du diabete de type 2 par l'inhibition du systeme renine-angiotensine.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 449-52

Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension are part of the insulin resistance syndrome. Besides a metabolic component, insulin resistance has also an haemodynamic component, especially in relation ... [more ▼]

Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension are part of the insulin resistance syndrome. Besides a metabolic component, insulin resistance has also an haemodynamic component, especially in relation with an endothelial dysfunction. Some studies suggested that inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme can improve insulin sensitivity. Interestingly enough, three clinical trials recently reported concordant results showing that the inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system significantly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in patients at high risk of vascular complications, essentially with hypertension: the CAPPP trial with captopril (-14%, p = 0.39), the HOPE study with ramipril (-34%, p < 0.001) and the LIFE study with losartan (-25%, p < 0.001). However, these observations could be criticized because such a protective effect was only considered as a secondary endpoint in these studies. Two large prospective, controlled, randomized, double-blind trials are ongoing to specifically confirm this interesting hypothesis, one with ramipril and the other with valsartan. [less ▲]

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See detailPreemptive cellular immunotherapy after T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2002), 8(7), 351-9

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor ... [more ▼]

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor lymphocytes are primed by histocompatibility differences between donors and recipients and activated by a cytokine storm caused by the conditioning regimen. The most efficient method for prevention of GVHD consists of T-cell depletion (TCD) of the graft. However, TCD usually leads to an increased risk of leukemia relapse because of the loss of the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Several groups have studied the feasibility of preemptive donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) to lessen the impact of TCD on leukemia relapse. Preemptive DLI is given several weeks to months after the transplantation, ie, after the cytokine storm and after the patient has recovered from conditioning-regimen-related toxicities. After briefly discussing various techniques of TCD of the graft and the efficacy of DLI, this article reviews the first clinical studies evaluating a strategy of TCD of the graft followed by preemptive DLI. [less ▲]

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See detailWeapons of Mass Destruction Export Control Regime : From Export Control List to Catch-all Clause
Michel, Quentin ULg

in Studia Diplomatica (2002), Vol. LV : 2002(n°5/6), 39-50

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See detailInfo-congres. Prevention du diabete de type 2 chez le sujet obese: premiers resultats avec l'orlistat dans l'etude XENDOS.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(9), 617-21

The results of the XENDOS study were presented by Professor Lars Sjostrom (Gothenburg, Sweden), on August 26, 2002, at the 9th International Congress on Obesity in Sao Paulo, Brazil. XENDOS (XENical in ... [more ▼]

The results of the XENDOS study were presented by Professor Lars Sjostrom (Gothenburg, Sweden), on August 26, 2002, at the 9th International Congress on Obesity in Sao Paulo, Brazil. XENDOS (XENical in the prevention of Diabetes in Obese Subjects) is a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group prospective study performed in Sweden over a period of 4 years. The aim of XENDOS was to investigate the use of a weight loss agent (orlistat, Xenical) compared with lifestyle changes for the prevention of type 2 diabetes in obese patients (body mass index > or = 30 kg/m2). Weight loss was greater in the orlistat group (-6.9 kg; n = 1.640) than in the placebo group (-4.1 kg; n = 1.637; p < 0.001). Such a difference in weight reduction was sufficient to significantly reduce the cumulative incidence of type 2 diabetes (6.2% versus 9.0%; p = 0.0032; relative risk reduction of 37.3%). The difference was especially remarkable in obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance (21% of the cohort), with a reduction of conversion to diabetes from 28.8% in the placebo group to 18.8% in the orlistat group (p < 0.005) and a number needed to treat to avoid one event of 11 only. Significant and sustained reductions in cardiovascular risk factors such as arterial blood pressure and lipid levels were also observed in the orlistat group as compared to the placebo group. XENDOS is the first study demonstrating that an antiobesity agent, like orlistat, is able to reduce the progression to diabetes in obese subjects as compared with lifestyle changes alone. [less ▲]

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See detailLes herpèsviroses des petits ruminants
Thiry, Etienne ULg; Keuser, Véronique; Tempesta, Maria

in Point Vétérinaire (2002), 33(74-76),

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See detailFrontal hypometabolism does not explain inhibitory dysfunction in Alzheimer disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Delrue, Gaël ULg et al

in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders (2002), 16(4, Oct-Dec), 228-238

A series of tasks assessing inhibitory processes was administered to patients with Alzheimer disease and control subjects. Two groups of patients with Alzheimer disease were examined: patients with ... [more ▼]

A series of tasks assessing inhibitory processes was administered to patients with Alzheimer disease and control subjects. Two groups of patients with Alzheimer disease were examined: patients with hypometabolism restricted to the posterior (temporal and parietal) cerebral areas and patients with hypometabolism in both posterior and anterior (frontal) cerebral areas. The performances of the patients with Alzheimer disease were inferior to those of control subjects on all inhibitory tasks, but the two groups of patients obtained similar scores. These data indicate that frontal lobe hypometabolism is not necessary to produce inhibitory impairment in Alzheimer disease. Consequently, inhibitory dysfunction could be the consequence of a (partial) disconnection process between posterior and anterior cerebral areas. [less ▲]

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See detailThermo-hydro-mechanical coupling in clay barriers
Collin, Frédéric ULg; Li, Xian-Ling; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Engineering Geology (2002), 64(2-mars Sp. Iss. SI),

A thermo-hydro-mechanical model is presented to tackle the complex coupling problems encountered in clay barriers. A detailed formulation. coupling heat, moisture (liquid water and water vapour) and air ... [more ▼]

A thermo-hydro-mechanical model is presented to tackle the complex coupling problems encountered in clay barriers. A detailed formulation. coupling heat, moisture (liquid water and water vapour) and air transfer in a deformable unsaturated soil is given. The formulation of Alonso-Gens' mechanical model for unsaturated soil is also incorporated. Finally, a small-scale wetting-heating test on compacted bentonite is performed for validation; the numerical results are compared to the experimental measurements. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPresence in bovine enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli of genes encoding for putative adhesins of human EHEC strains
Szalo, Ioan Mihai ULg; Goffaux, Frédéric; Pirson, Vinciane et al

in Research in Microbiology (2002), 153(10), 653-658

Enteropathogenic and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EPEC and EHEC) infections are characterised by the formation of attaching and effacing lesions on intestinal epithelial cells. The first step of ... [more ▼]

Enteropathogenic and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EPEC and EHEC) infections are characterised by the formation of attaching and effacing lesions on intestinal epithelial cells. The first step of EPEC and EHEC pathogenesis involves the initial adherence of the bacterium to the intestinal epithelium. A collection of bovine EPEC and EHEC strains belonging to different serogroups was tested by colony blot hybridization with gene probes for putative adhesins (BFPA, LPFA, IHA, LIFA) of human EPEC and EHEC, and also for fimbrial and afimbrial adhesins (AFA8, F17, Cs31A) of bovine necrotoxigenic E. coli (NTEC). In the bovine EPEC and EHEC strains tested, sequences homologous to lifA, ihA, and lpfA genes were detected, sometimes in association with particular serogroups. Bovine O26 EPEC also possessed a sequence homologous to a gene of the clp operon, coding for the CS31A adhesin, associated with bovine NTEC. Overall results showed that different genes encoding for putative adhesins of human EHEC strains are present in bovine EPEC and EHEC strains, but not one of them is present in all strains. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA immunisation. New histochemical and morphometric data.
Ehirchiou, D.; Zorzi, Willy ULg; Biemans, R. et al

in European Journal of Histochemistry (2002), 46(3), 215-22

Splenic germinal center reactions were measured during primary response to a plasmidic DNA intramuscular injection. Cardiotoxin-pretreated Balb/c mice were immunized with DNA plasmids encodmg or not the ... [more ▼]

Splenic germinal center reactions were measured during primary response to a plasmidic DNA intramuscular injection. Cardiotoxin-pretreated Balb/c mice were immunized with DNA plasmids encodmg or not the SAG1 protein, a membrane antigen of Toxoplasma gondii. Specific anti-SAG1 antibodies were detected on days 16 and 36 after injection of coding plasmids. The results of ELISAs showed that the SAG1-specific antibodies are of the IgG2a class. Morphometric analyses were done on serial immunostained cryosections of spleen and draining or non-draining lymph nodes. This new approach made it possible to evaluate the chronological changes induced by DNA immunisation in the germinal centres (in number and in size). Significant increases in the number of germinal centres were measured in the spleen and only in draining lymph nodes after plasmid injection, the measured changes of the germinal centers appeared to result from the adjuvant stimulatory effect of the plasmidic DNA since both the coding and the noncoding plasmid DNA induced them. No measurable changes were recorded in the T-dependent zone of lymph organs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe intracellular tyrosine residues of the ATP-gated P2X(1) ion channel are essential for its function.
Oury, Cécile ULg; Toth-Zsamboki, Emese; Watanabe, Hiroyuki et al

in FEBS Letters (2002)

In this study, we mutated the four highly conserved intracellular tyrosine residues of the P2X(1) ion channel were mutated into phenylalanine. Simultaneous electrophysiological and calcium measurements in ... [more ▼]

In this study, we mutated the four highly conserved intracellular tyrosine residues of the P2X(1) ion channel were mutated into phenylalanine. Simultaneous electrophysiological and calcium measurements in transfected human embryonic kidney (HEK 293) cells indicated that Y362F and Y370F mutants were non-functional, despite their proper plasma membrane expression. The Y16F and Y363F mutants retained 2.2% and 26% of the wild-type P2X(1) activity, respectively. However, no tyrosine phosphorylation was detected on Western blots of P2X(1) immunoprecipitates derived either from HEK 293 cell lysates or from human platelets, expressing P2X(1) endogenously. Thus, Y16, Y362, Y363 and Y370 are required for the appropriate three-dimensional structure and function of the intracellular P2X(1) domains. [less ▲]

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See detailLa clé des champs au risque de mettre la clé sous la porte
Graas, Christelle; Noel, Véronique; argento, gino et al

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2002), 5

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See detailSteroid receptor coactivator SRC-1 exhibits high expression in steroid-sensitive brain areas regulating reproductive behaviors in the quail brain.
Charlier, Thierry ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Ball, Gregory F et al

in Neuroendocrinology (2002), 76(5), 297-315

The steroid receptor coactivator SRC-1 modulates ligand-dependent transactivation of several nuclear receptors, including the receptors for sex steroid hormones. Reducing the expression of SRC-1 by ... [more ▼]

The steroid receptor coactivator SRC-1 modulates ligand-dependent transactivation of several nuclear receptors, including the receptors for sex steroid hormones. Reducing the expression of SRC-1 by injection of specific antisense oligonucleotides markedly inhibits the effects of estrogens of the sexual differentiation of brain and behavior in rats and inhibits the activation of female sexual behavior in adult female rats. SRC-1 thus appears to be involved in both the development and activation of sexual behavior. In the Japanese quail brain, we amplified by RT-PCR a 3,411-bp fragment extending from the HLH domain to the activating domain-2 of the protein. The quail SRC-1 is closely related to the mammalian (m) SRC-1 and contains a high proportion of GC nucleotides (62.5%). Its amino acid sequence presents 70% identity with mammalian SRC-1 and contains the three conserved LXXLL boxes involved in the interaction with nuclear receptors. In both males and females, RT-PCR demonstrates a similarly high level of expression in the telencephalon, diencephalon, optic lobes, brain stem, spinal cord, pituitary, liver, kidney, adrenal gland, heart, lung, gonads and gonoducts. Males express significantly higher levels of SRC-1 in the preoptic area-hypothalamus than females. In both sexes, lower levels of expression are observed in the cerebellum and muscles. In situ hybridization utilizing a mixture of four digoxigenin-labeled oligonucleotides confirms at the cellular level the widespread distribution of SRC-1 mRNA in the brain and a particularly dense expression in steroid-sensitive areas that play a key role in the control of male sexual behavior. These data confirm the presence and describe for the first time the SRC-1 distribution in the brain of an avian species. They confirm its broad, nearly ubiquitous, distribution in the entire body including the brain as could be expected for a coactivator that regulates to the action of many nuclear receptors. However this distribution is heterogeneous in the brain and sexually differentiated in at least some areas. The very dense expression of SRC-1 in limbic and mesencephalic nuclei that are associated with the control of male sexual behavior is consistent with the notion that this coactivator plays a significant role in the activation of this behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailNew antiobesity agents in type 2 diabetes: overview of clinical trials with sibutramine and orlistat.
Scheen, André ULg; Ernest, Philippe ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2002), 28(6 Pt 1), 437-45

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight ... [more ▼]

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight subjects. After failure of lifestyle modifications, antiobesity drugs such as orlistat, a potent and selective inhibitor of gastric and pancreatic lipases that reduces lipid intestinal absorption, or sibutramine, a noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine reuptake inhibitor that regulates food intake, may be considered to favour weight loss and/or weight maintenance. Several placebo-controlled studies have recently demonstrated that both drugs are able to promote weight loss in obese type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulphonylureas, metformin or insulin. The greater weight reduction as compared to placebo was associated with a significant reduction of glycated haemoglobin levels and/or of the doses of classical antihyperglycaemic agents, especially in good responders who lost at least 10% of initial body weight. In addition, vascular risk factors associated to insulin resistance were also reduced after weight loss. These antiobesity agents may also contribute to delay or prevent the progression from impaired glucose tolerance to overt type 2 diabetes in at risk obese individuals ("Xenical in the prevention of diabetes in obese subjects" trial). Large long-term prospective studies, such as the "Sibutramine cardiovascular and diabetes outcome study" should better determine the place of pharmacological anti-obesity strategy in the overall management of obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailAg/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 cogelled xerogel catalysts for benzene combustion and 2-butanol dehydrogenation
Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Tcherkassova, Natalia; Cellier, Caroline et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2002), 143

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See detailAtteintes neuromusculaires aiguës de réanimation (ANMAR) : étude électrophysiologique prospective de 56 cas
BARTSCH, Valérie ULg; TOMASELLA, Marco ULg; Zeevaert, Bernard et al

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2002)

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See detailCambios en la participación política de los inmigrantes en la región de Bruselas capital. Elecciones de octubre de 2000
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Jacobs, Dirk; Rea, Andrea

in Revista Migraciones (2002), 11

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See detail2-Alkyl-3-alkylamino-2H-benzo- and pyridothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides: from K+ATP channel openers to Ca++ channel blockers?
Ouedraogo, R.; Becker, B.; Boverie, S. et al

in Biological Chemistry (2002), 383

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See detailEcological network and local authorities - sociological instrument
Mougenot, Catherine ULg; Roussel, Laurence

in Nature and environment (2002), (126), 37

Ever closer links have been forged between caring for nature on the one hand and human activities on the other. In recent years there has been a shift from an interest in reserve-based nature, which ... [more ▼]

Ever closer links have been forged between caring for nature on the one hand and human activities on the other. In recent years there has been a shift from an interest in reserve-based nature, which excluded man and human activities, to an increasingly powerful nature-culture relationship. Nature protection became nature conservation and then nature development with the integration of socio-economic and cultural aspects. Within the framework of the setting-up of the pan-european ecological network, these sociological aspects have a great importance for establishing an ecological network where the scientific aspects of biodiversity protection must co-exist with nature management and development. [less ▲]

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See detailLa preuve du contrat conclu par voie électronique – clap 2ème
Lecocq, Pascale ULg; Vanbrabant, Bernard ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2002), 3

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See detailEntre dermatoses et entéropathies.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Bourguignon, R.; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 528-34

A series of gastro-intestinal diseases exhibits some connection with various cutaneous lesions. Some skin manifestations are clinically or histologically evocative, while others lack specificity. These ... [more ▼]

A series of gastro-intestinal diseases exhibits some connection with various cutaneous lesions. Some skin manifestations are clinically or histologically evocative, while others lack specificity. These manifestations can occur in overt digestive disease or be the clue for a silent one. A careful skin examination can thus reveal some inflammatory or neoplastic diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, a malabsorption syndrome or food intolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailLes sobriquets de Pompée dans la correspondance de Cicéron
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2002), 61(1, JAN-MAR), 41-45

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See detailNew trends in dual 5-LOX/COX inhibition
De Leval, X.; Julémont, F.; Delarge, J. et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 9

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See detailIn vitro and in vivo effects of new insulin releasing agents
Nguyen, Q. A.; Antoine, M. H.; Ouedraogo, R. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2002)

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See detailSedimentology, magnetic susceptibility and isotopes of a middle frasnian carbonate platform: Tailfer section, Belgium
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg

in Facies (2002), 46

The Tailfer section (Belgium, northern border of the Dinant Synclinorium) exposes Middle Frasnian shallow-water limestones. This paper proposes a sedimentological analysis based on classical petrology ... [more ▼]

The Tailfer section (Belgium, northern border of the Dinant Synclinorium) exposes Middle Frasnian shallow-water limestones. This paper proposes a sedimentological analysis based on classical petrology, which leads to the identification of 19 fourth order sequences, forming three third order system tracts. This sedimentological analyses is complemented by carbon isotopic and magnetic susceptibility (MS) data (based on the relation between MS and lithogenic input). Each system tracts is characterised by a particular evolution of the isotope and MS curve: Biostromal Unit: the biostromes are built by lamellar and branching stromatoporoids and massive metazoans. MS values are weak, in relation with the important distance from landmasses and lesser amounts of lithogenic contribution. The carbon isotope values are close to Frasnian seawater values. Lagoonal Unit: it corresponds to a lagoonal facies succession, from inter- to supratidal zones, rich in Amphipora, paleosiphonocladales, Umbella, and pellets, alternating with paleosoils. MS values are high, related to landmass proximity and high lithogenic input. The carbon isotopic curve shows strongly negative values, close to -7 parts per thousand, resulting probably from a continental influence. Lagoonal and biostromal Unit: it consists of a lagoonal succession with some biostromal interruptions. MS values are lower than in the lagoonal unit and the isotopic values are higher (close to 0 parts per thousand), related to an increase in distality. [less ▲]

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See detailComputer simulation of liquid semiconductors
Bichara, C.; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2002), 312

We discuss two examples of computer simulation of liquid semiconductors by two different techniques. Both examples are concerned with the relationship between thermodynamic properties and the atomic ... [more ▼]

We discuss two examples of computer simulation of liquid semiconductors by two different techniques. Both examples are concerned with the relationship between thermodynamic properties and the atomic structure in the liquid state. By means of ab initio molecular dynamics we analyze the atomic structure of liquid Ge15Te85 eutectic alloys. We show that the changes observed in the experimental total structure factor S(q) are located in the GeTe partial structure factor, the TeTe partial structure factor remaining essentially unaltered. Using a semi-empirical tight binding approach, coupled with Gibbs ensemble and constant pressure Monte Carlo calculations, we can calculate the liquid vapor equilibrium of selenium. We obtain a liquid-vapor equilibrium curve and a critical point in the correct range of magnitude and an atomic structure of the liquid phase in good agreement with the experimental data. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailApercu nosologique du spectre des histiocytoses cutanees. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 715-8

Histiocytes belong to distinct groups of cells. Similarly, histiocytoses represent some pathologic expressions of the various histiocyte lineages recognized by their distinct phenotypes. The recognition ... [more ▼]

Histiocytes belong to distinct groups of cells. Similarly, histiocytoses represent some pathologic expressions of the various histiocyte lineages recognized by their distinct phenotypes. The recognition of four major histiocytosis types relies on the distinction between monocytes-macrophages, dermal dendrocytes, Langerhans cells and the so-called indeterminate cells. Each of these groups exhibits a distinctive clinical and histological presentation. The risk of internal involvement, the prognosis and therapy are different as well. The diagnostic mainly relies on the clinico-pathologic assessment, and more particularly on the combination of histological, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural examinations. [less ▲]

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See detailColumnar defects acting as passive internal field detectors
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Civale, L.; Avila, M. A.

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2002), 65(17),

We have studied the angular dependence of the irreversible magnetization of several YBa2Cu3O7 and 2H-NbSe2 single crystals with columnar defects tilted off the c axis. At high magnetic fields, the ... [more ▼]

We have studied the angular dependence of the irreversible magnetization of several YBa2Cu3O7 and 2H-NbSe2 single crystals with columnar defects tilted off the c axis. At high magnetic fields, the irreversible magnetization M-i(Theta) exhibits a well-known maximum when the applied field is parallel to the tracks. As the field is decreased below Hsimilar to0.02H(c2), the peak shifts away from the tracks' direction toward either the c axis or the ab planes. We demonstrate that this shift results from the misalignment between the external and internal field directions due to the competition between anisotropy and geometry effects. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of some insecticides on acetylcholinesterase from beneficial insects: Coccinella septempunctata, Chrysoperla carnea and Forficula auricularia
Boszic, Andras; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Gaspar, Charles et al

in Med. Fac. Landbouw. Univ. Gent (2002), 67(3), 671-677

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See detailL'implication dans la recherche clinique : un chemin vers la psychanalyse
Naziri, Despina ULg

in Revue Belge de Psychanalyse (2002), 40

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See detailSynthesis of 2-amino-1,4-dihydro-4-quinolinones and diaminomethylene Meldrum’s acids derivatives as potential potassium channel openers
Erb, B.; Rigo, B.; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (2002), 39

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See detailA full-acceptance detector at the LHC (FELIX)
Ageev, A.; Akhobadze, K.; Alvero, L. et al

in Journal of Physics : G Nuclear & Particle Physics (2002), 28(6), 117-215

The FELIX collaboration had proposed the construction of a full-acceptance detector for the LHC. The primary mission of FELIX was the study of QCD: to provide comprehensive and definitive observations of ... [more ▼]

The FELIX collaboration had proposed the construction of a full-acceptance detector for the LHC. The primary mission of FELIX was the study of QCD: to provide comprehensive and definitive observations of a very broad range of strong-interaction processes. This document contains an extensive discussion of this physics menu. In a further paper the FELIX detector will be reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailAdhesion of synchronized human hematopoietic progenitor cells to fibronectin and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 fluctuates reversibly during cell cycle transit in ex vivo culture.
Huygen, Sandra; Giet, Olivier ULg; Artisien, Vincent et al

in Blood (2002), 100(8), 2744-52

Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells may result in defective engraftment. Human cord blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were synchronized and assayed for adhesion and migration onto ... [more ▼]

Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells may result in defective engraftment. Human cord blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were synchronized and assayed for adhesion and migration onto fibronectin (Fn) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) at different stages of a first cell cycle executed ex vivo. During S phase transit, adhesion to Fn was transiently increased while binding to VCAM-1 was reversibly decreased, after which adhesion to both ligands returned to baseline levels with cell cycle completion. Transmigration across Fn and VCAM-1 decreased irreversibly during S phase progression. The function of alpha4 and alpha5 integrins was assessed with specific neutralizing antibodies. In uncultured CD34(+) cells and long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-ICs), both adhesion and migration on Fn were inhibited by anti-alpha4 but not by anti-alpha5 antibodies. In mitotically activated CD34(+) cells and LTC-ICs, adhesion and migration on Fn were mainly dependent on alpha5 integrin and to a lesser extent on alpha4 integrin. Changes in integrin function were not dependent on parallel modulation of integrin expression. In conclusion, Fn and VCAM-1 binding of progenitor cells fluctuates reversibly during cell cycle transit ex vivo. In addition, our data show that mitogenic activation induces a shift from a dominant alpha4 to a preferential alpha5 integrin-dependent interaction with Fn. [less ▲]

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See detailMigraines et vertiges, une relation à vous faire tourner la tête
FUMAL, Arnaud ULg; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Migraine Contact (2002), 2

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See detailSaussure entre deux épistémologies
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Le français moderne (2002), 70(2), 231-238

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See detailPre- and post-harvest practical application of Pichia anomala strain K, beta-1,3-glucans and calcium chloride on apples: two years of monitoring and efficacy against post-harvest diseases.
Jijakli, Mohamed ULg; de Clercq, Deborah; Dickburt, Catherine et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2002), 25(10), 29-32

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See detailComparison of plasma cardiac troponins T and I in chronically hemodialyzed patients in relation to cardiac status and age
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Dubois, Bernard ULg; Bovy, Christophe ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2002), 40(3), 240-245

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See detailEffects of prolactin deficiency on myelopoiesis and splenic T lymphocyte proliferation in thermally injured mice.
Dugan, Amy L.; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Buckley, Donna J. et al

in Endocrinology (2002), 143(10), 4147-4151

The importance of prolactin (PRL) in mammopoiesis and milk production is undisputed. However, previous studies investigating the role of PRL in immune function have yielded inconsistencies. These ... [more ▼]

The importance of prolactin (PRL) in mammopoiesis and milk production is undisputed. However, previous studies investigating the role of PRL in immune function have yielded inconsistencies. These inconsistencies have led to our hypothesis that the immunomodulatory effects of PRL are only manifest under conditions in which the organism is subjected to stress. Thermal injury is a well-known stressor. The goal of this study was to determine whether the lack of PRL enhanced the negative effects of thermal injury-induced immune alterations utilizing a mouse model in which the PRL gene had been disrupted. Mice received either sham or burn treatment, and were sacrificed 4 days later. The immune parameters studied were the capacity of bone marrow cells to form granulocyte-macrophage colony forming units (GM-CFU) in the presence of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, and the ability of the splenic T lymphocytes to proliferate in response to phytohemagglutin (PHA). As shown by others, our results reveal that burn increased the number of GM-CFU compared to sham controls; however, this elevation was only significant in the PRL-/- mice. Thermal injury increased PHA-stimulated proliferation of splenic T lymphocytes, however this increase was only significant in the PRL+/- group. We conclude that under conditions of a controlled stress event (thermal injury) [a] the increase in the GM-CFU is exaggerated in the absence of PRL, and [b] the enhancement of PHA-induced proliferation of splenic lymphocytes required PRL. This study supports the hypothesis that the immunomodulatory effects of PRL are manifest when the organism is subjected to stress. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuity preserving modified maximum cross-correlation technique
Zavialov, Peter O.; Grigorieva, Julia V.; Moller, Osmar O. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans (2002), 107(C10, SEP-OCT),

The maximum cross-correlation (MCC) method reconstructs the surface advective velocity fields from the displacements of spatial patterns in pairs of sequential satellite (normally infrared) images ... [more ▼]

The maximum cross-correlation (MCC) method reconstructs the surface advective velocity fields from the displacements of spatial patterns in pairs of sequential satellite (normally infrared) images. However, the performance of the conventional MCC method is not always satisfactory. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the method can correctly estimate only the velocity component parallel to the gradient of the property depicted in the images, while any small displacement perpendicular to the gradient (i.e., directed along the isolines) essentially maps the spatial pattern onto itself and therefore can not be detected using the conventional MCC technique. In the present work we propose a modification of the MCC method that allows circumventing this basic deficiency and improving the performance of the MCC technique. In this approach, the "cross-isoline'' components of the velocity field are obtained as in the conventional MCC scheme; however, the "along-isoline'' components derived from the MCC are disregarded as unreliable. Instead, the "true'' along-isoline components are then reconstructed from the given cross-isoline velocity field based on the continuity requirement and on the condition of no normal flow at solid boundaries. This inverse problem is solved by constructing the two-dimensional stream function in the curvilinear coordinate frame associated with the image isolines. The method is illustrated using AVHRR images from the southwestern Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea. The results are compared with some direct drifter and current meter measurements and geostrophic estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunocytochemical study of subcellular distribution of bovine leukaemia virus regulatory Tax protein.
Russev, R.; Shikova, E.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Annals of Oncology (2002), 13(2), 14

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See detailQuels espoirs de remyélinisation dans la sclérose en plaques ?
Rogister, Bernard ULg; Wislet, Sabine ULg; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg

in Agenda Psychiatrie (L') (2002), 24

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See detailHsp27 in the nervous system: expression in pathophysiology and in the aging brain.
Krueger-Naug, A. M. R.; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Hopkins, D. A. et al

in Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology (2002), 28

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See detailControlled radical polymerisation catalysed by ruthenium complexes: Variations on Ru-Cp#
Delfosse, Sébastien; Guillaume, Bernard; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

in Polymer Preprints (2002)

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See detailSex control and sex determinism study in Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis, by use of hormonally sex-reversed male breeders
Rougeot, Carole ULg; Jacobs, Bruno; Kestemont, Patrick et al

in Aquaculture (2002), 121

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See detailBiocontrol Of Listeria Monocytogenes In A Model Cultured Milk (Lben) By In Situ Bacteriocin Production From Lactococcus Lactis Ssp Lactis
Benkerroum, N.; Ghouati, Y.; Ghalfi, H. et al

in International Journal of Dairy Technology (2002), 55(3),

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory ... [more ▼]

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory activity against Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644. Production of bacteriocin (arbitrary units, AU) in MRS broth fortified with yeast extract (MRSY) in a fermentor under controlled and uncontrolled pH conditions was also investigated. This Bac+ strain yielded about 35 times more bacteriocin when the pH was maintained constant at 6.5 than under varying pH conditions. To test the effect of in situ bacteriocin production against L. monocytogenes, lben was made from cow's milk artificially contaminated with approximately 107 cfu/mL and fermented with a mixed mesophilic starter culture consisting of the lactococcal Bac+ organism and Lc. lactis ssp. lactis biovar diacetylactis 66, a diacetyl-producing strain, in a ratio of 1 : 1. Numbers of L. monocytogenes were monitored during fermentation and storage of lben at refrigeration temperature (c. 7°C) for up to 6 days. Performances of the Bac+ starter were compared to those of an isogenic Bac- derivative strain obtained from the Bac+ starter by curing with ethidium bromide. The results showed that the amount of L. monocytogenes decreased to below the detectable level in a 1-mL sample within 24 h of storage at 7°C in lben fermented with the Bac+ starter culture. On the contrary, L. monocytogenes survived for 6 days of storage at 7°C in lben made with the Bac- starter. The Bac+ wild strain of the starter studied could be adequately used to produce lben or similar indigenous fermented milks of improved hygienic quality on an industrial scale. Alternatively, it could be used as an adjunct in minimally processed products or in products obtained from raw milk to add a safety factor. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic T cell receptor clonotype changes in synovial tissue of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis: effects of treatment with cyclosporin A (Neoral)
VanderBorght, Ann; De Keyser, Filip; Geusens, Piet et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2002), 29(3), 416-426

OBJECTIVE: To study T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire changes in synovial membrane over a 16 week period in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to study the influence of cyclosporin A (CSA ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire changes in synovial membrane over a 16 week period in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to study the influence of cyclosporin A (CSA) on TCR repertoire in a subgroup of these patients. METHODS: Synovial tissue biopsies and paired blood samples were obtained from 12 patients with early RA at 2 time points. Seven patients were treated with CSA (Neoral-Sandimmun, 3 mg/kg/day) and 5 patients with placebo for 16 weeks. TCR V gene repertoires were analyzed by semiquantitative PCR-ELISA. CDR3 spectratyping and sequence analysis was used to compare TCR clonotype distributions. RESULTS: TCR-specific mRNA was detected in all synovial tissue biopsies at the first sampling, but in only 8/12 biopsies 16 weeks later (4/7 CSA group, 4/5 placebo group). Overrepresented TCR BV genes were found in biopsies of 10/12 patients at the first time point, and in 7/12 patients after 16 weeks (3/7 CSA, 4/5 placebo). CDR3 sequence analysis revealed dynamic repertoire changes with only a few persisting clonotypes in the synovial tissue of placebo controls. Persisting T cell clonotypes were more frequently found in the synovial tissue of CSA treated patients compared to the placebo group. CONCLUSION: These data suggest a dynamic process of T cell recruitment in the joints of RA patients. This process, possibly due to activation and subsequent infiltration of new T cell clones, apparently is influenced by CSA treatment. Synovial tissue T cells were no longer detected after 16 weeks' CSA treatment in 3 patients. In the other CSA treated patients, new T cell clones infiltrated, while other clones were persistently represented in the joints. These data may have important consequences for the design of T cell targeted therapies for RA. [less ▲]

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See detailTight binding of the antitumor drug ditercalinium to quadruplex DNA
Carrasco, Carolina; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg et al

in Chembiochem : A European Journal of Chemical Biology (2002), 3(12), 1235-1241

The structural selectivity of the DNA-binding antitumor drug ditercalinium was investigated by competition dialysis with a series of nineteen different DNA substrates. The 7H-pyridocarbazole dimer was ... [more ▼]

The structural selectivity of the DNA-binding antitumor drug ditercalinium was investigated by competition dialysis with a series of nineteen different DNA substrates. The 7H-pyridocarbazole dimer was found to bind to double stranded DNA with a preference for GC rich species but can in addition form stable complex with triplex and quadruplex structures. The preferential interaction of the drug with four-stranded DNA structures was independantly confirmed by electrospray mass spectrometry and a detailed analysis of the binding reaction was performed by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectrospray. The BIAcore SPR study showed that the kinetic parameters for the interaction of ditercalinium with the human telomeric quadruplex sequence are comparable to those measured with a duplex sequence. Slow association and dissociation were observed with both the quadruplex and duplex structures. The newly discovered preferential binding of ditercalinium to the antiparallel quadruplex sequence d(AG(3)[T(2)AG(3)](3)) provides new perspective for the design of drugs that can bind to human telomeres. [less ▲]

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See detailPoesia dell’alto medioevo europeo : manoscritti, lingua e musica dei ritmi latini
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Scriptorium (2002), 267

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See detailA performance study of RSVP with proposed extensions
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Hutchison, D.; Schmid, S. et al

in Computer Communications (2002), 25(18), 1782--1798

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See detailQualité et action publique
Mormont, Marc ULg

in Pyramides (2002), 5

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See detailEffect of chronic airway inflammation and exercise on pulmonary and systemic antioxidant status of healthy and heaves-affected horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Smith, N.; Fievez, Laurence ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2002), 34(6), 563-571

In heaves-affected horses the relation between oxidant status, airway inflammation (AI) and pulmonary function (PF) is unknown. The oxidant status of blood and pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (PELF) of ... [more ▼]

In heaves-affected horses the relation between oxidant status, airway inflammation (AI) and pulmonary function (PF) is unknown. The oxidant status of blood and pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (PELF) of healthy (H, n = 6) and heaves-affected horses in clinical remission (REM, n = 6) and in crisis (CR, n = 7) was assessed at rest, during and after standardised exercise test by measurement of reduced and oxidised glutathione, glutathione redox ratio [GRR%]; uric acid and 8-epi-PGF2alpha. Oxidant status was related to PF parameters (mechanics of breathing and arterial blood gas tension) and Al parameters (bronchoalveolar lavage [BAL] neutrophil % and AI score). Haemolysate glutathione was significantly different between groups and was correlated with PF and AI parameters; GRR in PELF was increased during CR and was correlated with PF and AI parameters. Exercise induced an increase of plasma uric acid that was significantly higher both in REM and CR. PELF 8-epi-PGF2alpha was significantly increased in CR and correlated with PF and AI parameters. These results suggest that oxidative stress occurring in heaves is correlated with PF and AI and may be locally assessed by PELF glutathione status, uric acid and 8-epi-PGF2alpha. Systemic repercussions are reflected by assay of GSH in resting horses and by uric acid in exercising horses. [less ▲]

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See detailModelled glacial and non-glacial HCO3-, Si and Ge fluxes since the LGM: little potential for impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations and a potential proxy of continental chemical erosion, the marine Ge/Si ratio
Jones, Ian W; Munhoven, Guy ULg; Tranter, Martyn et al

in Global and Planetary Change (2002), 33(1-2), 139-153

The runoff and riverine fluxes of HCO3-, Si and Ge that arise from chemical erosion in non-glaciated terrain, are modelled at six time steps from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the present day. The ... [more ▼]

The runoff and riverine fluxes of HCO3-, Si and Ge that arise from chemical erosion in non-glaciated terrain, are modelled at six time steps from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the present day. The fluxes that arise from the Great Ice Sheets are also modelled. Terrestrial HCO3- fluxes decrease during deglaciation, largely because of the reduction in the area of the continental shelves as sea level rises. The HCO3- fluxes. and the inferred consumption of atmospheric CO2 are used as inputs to a carbon cycle model that estimates their impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations ((CO2)-C-atms). A maximum perturbation of (CO2)-C-atms by similar to 5.5 ppm is calculated, The impact of solutes from glaciated terrain is small in comparison to those from non-glaciated terrain. Little variation in terrestrial Si and Ge fluxes is calculated (< 10%). However, the global average riverine Ge/Si ratio may be significantly perturbed if the glacial Ge/Si ratio is high. At present. variations in terrestrial chemical erosion appear to have only a reduced impact on (CO2)-C-atms and only little influence on the global Si and Ge cycle and marine Ge/Si ratios during deglaciation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMyopathies atypiques chez les chevaux au pré: une série de cas en Belgique
Delguste, Catherine ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg; Baise, Etienne ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4, AUG-SEP), 235-247

Atypical myoglobinuria in grazing horses was described in United Kingdom and Germany between 1984 and 1996. Fourteen horses were presented at the University of Liege between November 2000 and April 2001 ... [more ▼]

Atypical myoglobinuria in grazing horses was described in United Kingdom and Germany between 1984 and 1996. Fourteen horses were presented at the University of Liege between November 2000 and April 2001, with a clinical history suggesting atypical myoglobinuria. Lesions were similar to those previously described. All horses were at rest and grazing when they developed clinical signs. Three times, the syndrome killed several horses grazing together. Horses were generally found recumbent, nearly or totally unable to stand up. They were presenting tachycardia, polypnoea, myoglobinuria and died rapidly. When performed, blood analysis revealed severe muscular enzymatic activity rises. Histopathology revealed pulmonary congestion and oedema, and squeletal muscular fibers degeneration, mostly in respiratory and postural muscles. These observations are in accordance with cases of atypical myoglobinuria previously described in UK and Germany. The aetiology of this pathology is still unknown, despite of research attempts. [less ▲]

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See detailLittérature dialectale à Farciennes et Atlas linguistique de la Wallonie. De la géographie à la généricité
Droixhe, Daniel ULg; Vanwelkenhuyzen, Nadine ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(3), 875-904

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See detailCompte rendu de V. de Coorebyter, Sartre face à la phénoménologie
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Revue Philosophique de Louvain (2002), 1-2

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See detailStudy of the role of ionogenic amino-acid residues in catalytic activity of thiamine triphosphatase from bovine kidney by means of chemical modification
Makarchikov, Alexander F; Luchko, A. A.; Bettendorff, Lucien ULg et al

in News of Biomedical Sciences (2002), 3

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See detailLe mélèze, un bois de qualité aux multiples usages
Charron, Stéphane; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), (61), 37-41

Réputé pour son aspect esthétique, sa résistance mécanique et sa durabilité naturelle, le mélèze est une essence polyvalente, apte à de multiples usages tant intérieurs qu’extérieurs. Pourtant ... [more ▼]

Réputé pour son aspect esthétique, sa résistance mécanique et sa durabilité naturelle, le mélèze est une essence polyvalente, apte à de multiples usages tant intérieurs qu’extérieurs. Pourtant, l’industrie de la transformation belge ne s’y est pas beaucoup intéressée. <br />Plusieurs explications peuvent être évoquées : faibles volumes commercialisés, mauvaise réputation en raison de quelques expériences malheureuses, <br />etc. Actuellement, les préjugés s’estompent et la demande en bois de mélèze est croissante. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclin-dependent kinase-2 controls oligodendrocyte progenitor cell cycle progression and is downregulated in adult oligodendrocyte progenitors.
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Aguirre, Adan A.; Wang, Hang et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 22(19), 8553-62

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E ... [more ▼]

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E/cyclin-dependent kinase-2 (cdk2) activity. To establish a causal link between cyclin E/cdk2 activity and OP proliferation, we selectively modulated cdk2 activity in vitro by transfection of cultured OP cells. Dominant-negative (Dn)-cdk2 overexpression inhibited mitogen-induced OP cell proliferation, whereas wild-type (wt)-cdk2 prevented cell cycle arrest caused by anti-mitotic signals. Dn-cdk2- or wt-cdk2-mediated regulation of G(1)/S transition, per se, did not influence initiation of OP differentiation. To study the function of cyclin E/cdk2 in OP cells during development in vivo, we analyzed cdk2 and cyclin E expression in cells acutely isolated from transgenic mice expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of the 2'-3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase gene promoter. Both cyclin E/cdk2 protein levels and activity were decreased in GFP(+) oligodendrocyte lineage cells between postnatal days 4 and 30. Immunostaining of NG2(+)/GFP(+) OP cells in brain tissue sections showed a 90% decrease in overall cell proliferation and cdk2 expression between perinatal and adult cells. However, cdk2 expression within the proliferating (i.e., expressing the proliferating cell nuclear antigen) OP cell population was maintained throughout development. Our data indicate that: (1) cyclin E/cdk2 activity plays a pivotal function in OP cell cycle decisions occurring at G(1)/S checkpoint; (2) initiation of OP differentiation is independent of cyclinE/cdk2 checkpoint, and (3) intrinsic differences in cyclin E/cdk2 expression and activity may underlie the slowly proliferative state that characterizes so-called "quiescent" adult OP cells in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, cytotoxicity, and antiplasmodial and antitrypanosomal activity of new neocryptolepine derivatives.
Jonckers, Tim H M; van Miert, Sabine; Cimanga, Kanyanga et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 45(16), 3497-508

On the basis of the original lead neocryptolepine or 5-methyl-5H-indolo[2,3-b]quinoline, an alkaloid from Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, derivatives were prepared using a biradical cyclization methodology ... [more ▼]

On the basis of the original lead neocryptolepine or 5-methyl-5H-indolo[2,3-b]quinoline, an alkaloid from Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, derivatives were prepared using a biradical cyclization methodology. Starting from easily accessible educts, this approach allowed the synthesis of hitherto unknown compounds with a varied substitution pattern. As a result of steric hindrance, preferential formation of the 3-substituted isomers over the 1-substituted isomers was observed when cyclizing N-(3-substituted-phenyl)-N'-[2-(2-trimethylsilylethynyl)phenyl]carbodiimides. All compounds were evaluated for their activity against chloroquine-sensitive as well as chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum strains, for their activity against Trypanosoma brucei and T. cruzi, and for their cytotoxicity on human MRC-5 cells. Mechanisms of action were investigated by testing heme complexation using ESI-MS, inhibition of beta-hematin formation, DNA interactions (DNA-methyl green assay and linear dichroism), and inhibition of human topoisomerase II. Neocryptolepine derivatives with a higher antiplasmodial activity and a lower cytotoxicity than the original lead have been obtained. This selective antiplasmodial activity was associated with inhibition of beta-hematin formation. 2-Bromoneocryptolepine was the most selective compound with an IC(50) value against chloroquine-resistant P. falciparum of 4.0 microM in the absence of cytotoxicity (IC(50) > 32 microM). Although cryptolepine, a known lead for antimalarials also originally isolated from Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, was more active (IC(50) = 2.0 microM), 2-bromoneocryptolepine showed a low affinity for DNA and no inhibition of human topoisomerase II, in contrast to cryptolepine. Although some neocryptolepine derivatives showed a higher antiplasmodial activity than 2-bromocryptolepine, these compounds also showed a higher affinity for DNA and/or a more pronounced cytotoxicity. Therefore, 2-bromoneocryptolepine is considered as the most promising lead from the present work for new antimalarial agents. In addition, 2-bromo-, 2-nitro-, and 2-methoxy-9-cyanoneocryptolepine exhibited antitrypanosomal activity in the micromolar range in the absence of obvious cytotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailProlégomènes à l'étude de la Schola du Trajan à Ostie.
Morard, Thomas ULg; Wavelet, David

in Mélanges de l'Ecole Française de Rome. Italie et Méditérranée (2002), 114(2), 759-815

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See detailAromatic Side-Chain Interactions In Proteins. I. Main Structural Features
Thomas, Annick ULg; Meurisse, R.; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg et al

in Proteins-Structure Function and Genetics (2002), 48(4), 628-34

In a data set of 593 nonhomologous proteins from the PDB, we have analyzed the pairing of phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, and histidine residues with their closest aromatic partner. The frequency ... [more ▼]

In a data set of 593 nonhomologous proteins from the PDB, we have analyzed the pairing of phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, and histidine residues with their closest aromatic partner. The frequency distribution of the shortest interatomic distance of partners is bimodal with a sharp peak at approximately 3.8 A and a wider one at a longer distance. Only the 3.8 A peak corresponds to direct ring-ring interactions thus aromatic pairs. The aromatic pairs were separated into two classes, near-sequence pairs and far-sequence pairs. Near sequence pairs stabilize local structure, and far-sequence pairs stabilize tertiary structure. Far-sequence pairs (74% of all pairs) mainly bridge two beta-strands, followed by pairs that bridge a beta-strand and a helix, and pairs that bridge a beta-strand and a random coil structure. Pairs that bridge helices are rare. The secondary structure of the near-sequence pairs depends on the partner distance in the sequence. When the partners are 1, 3, or 4 residues apart in the sequence, pairs are mostly found in helical structures. When the partners are two apart, pairs are mostly found in the same beta-strand. Analysis of the frequency of near sequence pairs supports the hypothesis that aromatic pairing occurs after, rather than before, the formation of secondary structures. [less ▲]

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See detailIntragranular and intergranular behaviour of multifilamentary Bi-2223/Ag tapes
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Crate, David et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 970-973

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes determined by using various measuring techniques. First. the original samples have been characterized by electrical ... [more ▼]

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes determined by using various measuring techniques. First. the original samples have been characterized by electrical resistance, AC susceptibility. and DC magnetization. The transport (intergranular) critical Current vs. magnetic field was also determined at T = 77 K using pulsed currents up to 40 A. Next. the same combination of experiments as performed oil bent tapes in order to bring out relevant information concerning the strength of the intergranular coupling. The results show that intergranular and intragranular currents differ by at least one order of magnitude, Finally, additional magnetic measurements were carried out in order to determine the anisotropy ratio Jc(ab)/Jc(c), which was found to lie around 30. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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