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See detailOptimizing the treatment of Paget’s disease of bone
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gennari, C; Hosking, DJ et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (English ed.) (1997), 64(4), 207-209

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See detailLe bois de tension. 2 Evaluation quantitative, formation et rôle dans l'arbre.
Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1997), 1(3), 167-177

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See detailGezonheidszorg : actuele standpunten. Diagnostiek van osteoporose
Devogelaer, JP; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Raeman, F et al

in Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (1997), 53(10), 639-645

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See detailPower system security assessment: a position paper
Marceau, R.J.; Endrenyi, J.; Allan, R. et al

in Electra (1997), 175

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See detailFatty acid hydroperoxides pathway in plants. A review
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Marlier, M.

in Grasas y Aceites (1997), 48(1), 30-37

The present paper focusses on the fatty acid hydroperoxides pathways, mainly hydroperoxide lyase and hydroperoxide dehydrase. For each enzyme, the definition, occurrence and subcellular localization is ... [more ▼]

The present paper focusses on the fatty acid hydroperoxides pathways, mainly hydroperoxide lyase and hydroperoxide dehydrase. For each enzyme, the definition, occurrence and subcellular localization is presented. Particular attention is given to reaction mecanisms and to substrate specificity. Physiological roles of reaction products are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign for an Ipriflavone Multicenter European Fracture Study
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Bufalino, L.; Christiansen, C. et al

in Calcified Tissue International (1997), 61(Suppl 1), 28-32

In order to investigate the efficacy of ipriflavone (i.p.) on the prevention of vertebral fractures and the effect on bone mineral density (BMD) in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis, a large ... [more ▼]

In order to investigate the efficacy of ipriflavone (i.p.) on the prevention of vertebral fractures and the effect on bone mineral density (BMD) in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis, a large multicentric European study was designed and is presently ongoing. Included in the study were 460 Caucasian, nonobese postmenopausal women aged > 45 and < 75 years, menopaused for at least 12 months. Inclusion was on the basis of a lumbar bone mineral density (BMD) lower than 2 SD compared with healthy women aged 50 years, corresponding to values below 0.860 g/cm2 (antero-posterior measurement) by Hologic QDR 1000. Women with prevalent vertebral fractures were excluded as well as those presenting secondary osteoporosis or having been treated with medications that could affect bone metabolism. This study was designed as a 3-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study that randomized the women to the oral administration of either 3 x 200 mg/day of i.p. or placebo. All patients received a daily supplement of 500 mg calcium. The primary purpose of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of i.p. in preventing vertebral nontraumatic fractures. Fracture is defined here as a > or = 20% decrease in any anterior, central, or posterior T4-L4 vertebral height. Blinded vertebral X-ray readings and vertebral morphometry have been centralized in an independent Center, with standardized evaluation of two experts. Power calculations have been based on the hypothesis that 21% of placebo-treated patients would fracture within 3 years and that treatment with i.p. would lead to a 50% reduction in the incidence of fracture. Statistical tests have been designed to have a power of 80%, with a type I error equal to 5%. Secondary endpoints were changes in vertebral, radial, and femoral BMD. Centralized controls on 100% BMD scans would ensure the good quality of BMD readings. This study should verify the hypothesis that i.p. significantly decreases the risk of vertebral fracture in postmenopausal, osteoporotic women. [less ▲]

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See detailGREES recommendations for the Registration of new drugs in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Compston, J

in Calcified Tissue International (1997), 60

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See detailFontes Graeci Sami, I. Η Σάμος στις πηγές από τον 8ο ως τον 6ο αι.
Vanhaegendoren, Koen ULg; Karla, Grammatiki

in Samiakes Meletēs (1997), 3

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See detailcompte rendu de : Les Grecs et l'Occident. Actes du colloque de la Villa "Kérylos" (1991), Rome, 1995
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (1997), 75(1), 156-158

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See detailUretero-arterial fistula: two observations.
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; KEPPENNE, Véronique ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1997), 97(3), 133-6

Two cases of life-threatening haematuria, secondary to an uretero-arterial fistula, are reported. Both cases present predisposing causative factors. One patient had a combination of previous aorto ... [more ▼]

Two cases of life-threatening haematuria, secondary to an uretero-arterial fistula, are reported. Both cases present predisposing causative factors. One patient had a combination of previous aorto-bifemoral bypass grafting, an iliac artery aneurysm (retrogradely perfused), and an indwelling ureteral stent for ureteral compression. The other patient had previous aortoiliac surgery and obstructive uropathy with chronic urinary tract infection. Preoperative diagnosis of uretero-arterial fistula was made in only one patient. He was successfully operated (exclusion of the iliac aneurysm). In the other patient, nephrectomy was attempted to control reno-ureteral bleeding of unknown origin. Fatal recidive of brisk haematuria occurred some days later. Factors contributing to the development of uretero-arterial fistula, their diagnosis and optimal treatment are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRégime et tactique alimentaires de la loutre (Lutra lutra) dans le Massif Central
Libois, Roland ULg

in Vie et milieu (1997), 47(1), 33-45

Otter spaints were collected in 1991 on a seasonal basis in the river Chavanon catchment, a tributary of the river Dordogne, in central France. Small sized species (bullhead, three-spined stickleback ... [more ▼]

Otter spaints were collected in 1991 on a seasonal basis in the river Chavanon catchment, a tributary of the river Dordogne, in central France. Small sized species (bullhead, three-spined stickleback, gudgeon and minnow) are the most numerous items in the diet: they account for more than 50% of the 3,148 identified preys. However, when expressed in relative biomass, their importance falls down (8 %). In fact, the brown trout, large cyprinid fish, birds and mammals make up the bulk of the diet. We found strong differences linked to the general habitat types and also seasonal ones. Frogs are mainly preyed upon during the spring whereas the snakes are exclusively taken in the summer and autumn months. Gudgeon and insects are also mainly summer and autumn preys. Perch and large cyprinid fish remais are more frequent during winter and even spring. The present results confirm the opportunistic way of predation of the otter and the fact that its hunting takes place more on the bottom and along the river banks than in the open water. [less ▲]

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See detailPhosphorylation of the Bovine Leukemia Virus transactivator p34Tax is required for transformation but not for transactivation.
Kettmann, Richard ULg; Grimonpont, C.; Kerkhofs, Pierre et al

in FASEB Journal (1997), 11(9), 1179

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See detailAménagement et gestion des territoires : essai de bilan des recherches françaises
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Intergeo Bulletin (1997), 128

Review of research funded by the CNRS within the framework of Section "Spaces, Territories, Societies"

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See detailRelationship of human follicular diameter with oocyte fertilization and development after in-vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Vanderzwalmen, P.; Van Hoeck, J. et al

in Human Reproduction (1997), 12(9), 2002-2005

The aim of this work was to evaluate the relationship between follicular size at the time of oocyte retrieval, and the subsequent oocyte competence to be fertilized and to develop in vitro. All the ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to evaluate the relationship between follicular size at the time of oocyte retrieval, and the subsequent oocyte competence to be fertilized and to develop in vitro. All the obtained oocytes were classified according to the corresponding volume of aspirated follicular fluid. Aspirated volume of follicular fluid <2 ml corresponded to a follicular diameter <16 mm and constituted the small size group. Volume of follicular fluid from 2 to 6 ml corresponded to a diameter from 16 to 23 mm and constituted the medium size group. The large size group contained follicles with diameter >23 mm and corresponded to an aspirated volume of follicular fluid of >6 ml. A progressive and significant increase in the rates of oocytes with a first polar body was observed from the small size group to the other groups and from the medium to the large size group: 75.3, 85.9 and 95.3% respectively. After classical in-vitro fertilization (IVF), significantly better rates of fertilization and development were obtained in the medium size group compared to the two other groups. Moreover, a positive relationship was observed between follicular diameter and rates of embryos scored as 'good' when oocytes were fertilized by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). These results demonstrated that follicular size is positively related to the oocyte ability to be fertilized and to develop. Although oocytes from small follicles gave lower percentages of development probably due to partial oocyte incompetence, they allowed an increase in the total number of embryos scored as 'good'. [less ▲]

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See detailIntellectuels malgré eux
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (1997), (79-81), 49-52

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See detailAssessment of pain in herpes zoster: lessons learned from antiviral trials
Dworkin, R. H.; Carrington, D.; Cunningham, A. et al

in Antiviral Research (1997), 33(2), 73-85

Pain typically accompanies acute herpes zoster and, in a proportion of patients, it persists well beyond rash healing. Pain must therefore be analyzed in trials of antiviral agents in herpes zoster, but ... [more ▼]

Pain typically accompanies acute herpes zoster and, in a proportion of patients, it persists well beyond rash healing. Pain must therefore be analyzed in trials of antiviral agents in herpes zoster, but different methods have been used to analyze pain in recent published trials. These reports are reviewed and their methodological strengths and weaknesses examined. Based on this review, recommendations for the design and analysis of future trials of antiviral agents in herpes zoster are proposed. The principal recommendation is that antiviral efficacy should be evaluated both by distinguishing post-herpetic neuralgia from acute pain and by considering pain as a continuum. The primary endpoint should address both the prevalence and duration of post-herpetic neuralgia and should be examined in those patients who have post-herpetic neuralgia. Adopting the proposed recommendations in design and analysis of future trials should facilitate comparison across trials of the efficacy of antiviral agents in the treatment of herpes zoster. [less ▲]

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See detailReversibility of thiamine deficiency-induced partial necrosis and mitochondrial uncoupling by addition of thiamine to neuroblastoma cell suspensions.
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg; Sluse, Francis ULg

in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (1997), 174(1-2), 121-4

Culture of neuroblastoma cells in the presence of low thiamine concentration (16 nM) and of the transport inhibitor amprolium leads to the appearance of signs of necrosis: the chromatin condenses, the ... [more ▼]

Culture of neuroblastoma cells in the presence of low thiamine concentration (16 nM) and of the transport inhibitor amprolium leads to the appearance of signs of necrosis: the chromatin condenses, the oxygen consumption decreases and is uncoupled, the mitochondrial cristae are disorganized, the thiamine diphosphate-dependent dehydrogenase activities are impaired. When 10 microM thiamine are added to these cells, the basal respiration increases, the coupled respiration is restored and mitochondrial morphology is recovered within 1 h. Addition of succinate, which is oxidized via a thiamine diphosphate-independent dehydrogenase, to digitonin-permeabilized cells immediately restores a coupled respiration. Our results suggest that the slowing of the citric acid cycle is the cause of the biochemical lesion induced by severe thiamine deficiency and that part of the mitochondria remain functional. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman follicular dendritic cells in vitro and follicular dendritic-cell-like cells.
Tsunoda, R.; Bosseloir, A.; Onozaki, K. et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (1997), 288(2), 381-9

Human follicular dendritic cell (FDC)-like cells (FLC) have been utilized for the in vitro analysis of germinal center reactions. However, there is no consensus whether FLC represent FDC in vitro. The ... [more ▼]

Human follicular dendritic cell (FDC)-like cells (FLC) have been utilized for the in vitro analysis of germinal center reactions. However, there is no consensus whether FLC represent FDC in vitro. The purpose of the present study has therefore been to determine distinguishing features of FDC and FLC in vitro. The expression of CD40, CD54, CD49d, cytokine (gamma-IFN and IL-4)-dependent MHC-class II, and CD106 was observed to be specific for the determination of FDC in long-term culture. The cytokine-dependent emperipolesis of germinal center B cells was establised as another discriminating property for FDC in vitro. In 2 out of 72 long-term cultures of FDC, we encountered dividing cells among the non-dividing population of FDC. The dividing cells expressed accessory molecules similar to those of FDC but showed emperipolesis only for the initial few days of their growth. FDC did not enhance the CD40-dependent proliferation of germinal center B cells; in contrast, FLC augumented it. Both types of cells produced a significant amount of cytokine-dependent IL-6. Further studies are needed to determine whether FLC originate from FDC in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailThe lowest 5g-6h supermultiplet of Fe II
Biémont, Emile ULg; Johansson, S.; Palmeri, P.

in Physica Scripta (1997), 55

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See detailLe niveau de lecture à l'entrée du secondaire en Communauté française de Belgique: Des compétences fragiles et si diverses…
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (1997), 41-42(129), 161

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See detailTotal cholesterol levels during adolescence: results of a Belgian MONICA population
Paulus, D.; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg et al

in Acta Cardiologica (1997), 52(2), 182-183

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See detailKarst non carbonaté au Cameroun méridional. L'exemple des grottes de Mfoula
Willems, Luc ULg; Pouclet, André; Vicat, Jean-Paul

in Würzburger Geographische Arbeiten (1997), 89

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See detailAnomalously large Born effective charges in cubic WO3
Detraux, F.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1997), 56(3), 983-985

Within density-functional theory, we compute the Born effective charges of tungsten trioxyde in its reference cubic phase (defect-perovskite structure). For the tungsten atom, the effective charge tensor ... [more ▼]

Within density-functional theory, we compute the Born effective charges of tungsten trioxyde in its reference cubic phase (defect-perovskite structure). For the tungsten atom, the effective charge tensor is isotropic, with Z(W)*=+12.51. For the oxygen atoms, the two independent components of the tensor, corresponding, respectively, to a displacement of the atom parallel or perpendicular to the W-O bond, have the values Z(O parallel to)* = -9.13 and Z(O perpendicular to)* = -1.68. Z(W)* and Z(O parallel to)* are anomalously large with respect to the nominal ionic charges (+6 on W and -2 on O), but compatible with the Born effective charges found in related ABO(3)-perovskite compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailCertification in the meat channel.
Mortiaux, Frédéric; Renaville, Robert ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1997), 75(1), 136

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See detailPolarization dependence of the exchange energy
Gonze, X.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Godby, R. W.

in Physical Review Letters (1997), 78(10), 2029-2029

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See detailDrug treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in the 1990s. Achievements and future developments.
Scheen, André ULg

in Drugs (1997), 54(3), 355-68

Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM, type 2 diabetes) is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. There are various ... [more ▼]

Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM, type 2 diabetes) is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. There are various pharmacological approaches to improving glucose homeostasis, but those currently used in clinical practice either do not succeed in restoring normoglycaemia in most patients or fail after a variable period of time. For glycaemic regulation, 4 classes of drugs are currently available: sulphonylureas, biguanides (metformin), alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose) and insulin, each of which has a different mode and site of action. These standard pharmacological treatments may be used individually for certain types of patients, or may be combined in a stepwise fashion to provide more ideal glycaemic control for most patients. Adjunct treatments comprise a few pharmacological approaches which may help to improve glycaemic control by correcting some abnormalities frequently associated with NIDDM, such as obesity (serotoninergic anorectic agents) and hyperlipidaemia (benfluorex). There is intensive pharmaceutical research to find new drugs able to stimulate insulin secretion (new sulphonylurea or nonsulphonylurea derivatives, glucagon-like peptide-1), improve insulin action (thiazolidinediones, lipid interfering agents, glucagon antagonists, vanadium compounds) or reduce carbohydrate absorption (miglitol, amylin analogues, glucagon-like peptide-1). Further studies should demonstrate the superiority of these new compounds over the standard antidiabetic agents as well as their optimal mode of administration, alone or in combination with currently available drugs. [less ▲]

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See detailBounds on the Soft Pomeron Intercept
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Kang, Kyungsik; Kim, Sung Ku

in Physics Letters B (1997), 395

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See detailTechnical validation of a face mask adapted for dry powder inhalation in the equine species
Duvivier, Dominique Hannia; Votion, Dominique ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (1997), 29(6), 471-476

Development of dry powder inhalation (DPI) for horses requires the use of an adapted face mask. In experiment I, 4 masks (A, B, C and D) were tested and factors influencing the delivery of the dry powder ... [more ▼]

Development of dry powder inhalation (DPI) for horses requires the use of an adapted face mask. In experiment I, 4 masks (A, B, C and D) were tested and factors influencing the delivery of the dry powder were determined. Mask A was one which is commercially available for metered-dose inhalation. Mask B had the same shape as Mask A but an airtight rubber seal was added for the connection between the mask and horse's head. Mask C was a prototype adapted for DPI with connection for the DPI device between the nostrils, airtight expiratory valves in front of each nostril and airtight rubber seal to attach the mask on the horse's head. Mask D was the same as Mask C but the airtight expiratory valve was situated in front of one nostril and the connection for the DPI device was placed in front of the other nostril. Inhalet emptying and peak inspiratory pressure were measured on 5 healthy horses with each face mask. Both Masks A and B gave a low rate of inhalet emptying. Inspiratory pressures created in Masks C and D were negative enough to ensure inhalet emptying rates of mean +/- s.d. 98.28 +/- 1.79% and 100% respectively. In experiment 2, the face masks giving the greatest inhalet emptying were used to test the therapeutic efficacy of ipratropium bromide DPI. This was tested on 6 horses suffering from acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At a dose of 200 micrograms/100 kg bwt, ipratropium administered with Mask D improved significantly pulmonary function measurements compared to baseline values and placebo inhalation. With Mask C, a double dose of ipratropium (400 micrograms/100 kg bwt) was necessary to improve these parameters compared to baseline values. This indicated the importance of locating the DPI device in front of one nostril. It was concluded that inhalet emptying is correlated to inspiratory pressures measured in the face masks. Secondly, these pressures are in turn dependent on the air-tightness of the mask, i.e. air-tightness of the expiratory valve and close connection between the horse's head and the mask. Thirdly, position of the DPI device in front of a nostril allows bronchodilation at a dose half that required when the device is placed between the nostrils. Finally DPI using Mask D (EquiPoudre) is a rapid, effective and well tolerated inhalation treatment for COPD horses. [less ▲]

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See detailInvolvement of different transduction pathways in NF-kappaB activation by several inducers
Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Zecchinon, Laurent; Piret, Bernard et al

in Free Radical Research (1997)

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See detailSite-directed mutagenesis of glutamate 166 in two beta-lactamases. Kinetic and molecular modeling studies.
Guillaume, Gilliane; Vanhove, M; Lamotte-Brasseur, J et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1997), 272(9), 5438-44

The catalytic pathway of class A beta-lactamases involves an acyl-enzyme intermediate where the substrate is ester-linked to the Ser-70 residue. Glu-166 and Lys-73 have been proposed as candidates for the ... [more ▼]

The catalytic pathway of class A beta-lactamases involves an acyl-enzyme intermediate where the substrate is ester-linked to the Ser-70 residue. Glu-166 and Lys-73 have been proposed as candidates for the role of general base in the activation of the serine OH group. The replacement of Glu-166 by an asparagine in the TEM-1 and by a histidine in the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamases yielded enzymes forming stable acyl-enzymes with beta-lactam antibiotics. Although acylation of the modified proteins by benzylpenicillin remained relatively fast, it was significantly impaired when compared to that observed with the wild-type enzyme. Moreover, the E166N substitution resulted in a spectacular modification of the substrate profile much larger than that described for other mutations of Omega-loop residues. Molecular modeling studies indicate that the displacement of the catalytic water molecule can be related to this observation. These results confirm the crucial roles of Glu-166 and of the "catalytic" water molecule in both the acylation and the deacylation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailUne chambre noire pour l’analyse textuelle
Tilkin, Françoise ULg; Mathonet, Anne

in Espace pour un humanisme européen (1997), 33

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See detailGrecs, Romains et Barbares. A la recherche de l'identité ethnique et linguistique des Grecs et des Romains
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (1997), 75

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See detailEtude histologique de lésions subcliniques de la lèvre latérale du talus chez le cheval
Yousfi, S.; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Maroit, V. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

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See detailUsefulness of Induced Sputum Analysis in Pulmonary Diseases
Kayembe, J. M.; Louis, Renaud ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1997), 52(2), 106-11

In this study, we analysed the cellular component of induced sputum in healthy control subjects (n = 30), asthmatics (n = 44), patients suffering from COPD (n = 15), pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) (n = 14 ... [more ▼]

In this study, we analysed the cellular component of induced sputum in healthy control subjects (n = 30), asthmatics (n = 44), patients suffering from COPD (n = 15), pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) (n = 14) and healthy steel workers (HSW) (n = 14). [less ▲]

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See detailComment les enseignants évaluent-ils la géométrie au premier degré de l'enseignement secondaire ?
Burton, Réginald; Detheux-Jehin, Monique; Fagnant, Annick ULg

in Informations pédagogiques (1997), 38(15), 24

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See detailIn vivo behavior of poly(D,L)-lactide microspheres designed for chemoembolization
Flandroy, P.; Grandfils, Christian ULg; Danen, B. et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (1997), 44(2-3), 153-170

Although chemoembolization advantageously combines arterial embolization of the vascular supply of a neoplasm with controlled intra-arterial infusion of chemotherapeutic drug(s), its application is ... [more ▼]

Although chemoembolization advantageously combines arterial embolization of the vascular supply of a neoplasm with controlled intra-arterial infusion of chemotherapeutic drug(s), its application is limited by the lack of appropriate and reliable embolization materials. Recently, calibrated microspheres of poly(D,L)-lactide have proved to be promising in embolization. Nevertheless, repetitive chemoembolization requires the availability of microspheres degradable within a few days. For this purpose, microspheres consisting of a blend of two polyesters of a very different molecular weight (Mn =65 000 and 3500 in a 16:84 wt. ratio) have been prepared and injected in the renal arteries of rabbits. The in vivo fate of these two component microspheres has been compared by radiology and histology to microspheres prepared from the high molecular weight poly(D,L)-lactide. Furthermore, the in vivo degradation of the polymer has been measured by size exclusion chromatography after quantitative reextraction from the embolized kidney. Degradation kinetics has been compared to data previously reported in vitro. According to the observations performed during the in vivo study, the 50/50 microspheres appear more useful for the chemoembolization of tumors. [less ▲]

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See detailRoles of circadian rhythmicity and sleep in human glucose regulation.
Van Cauter, E.; Polonsky, K. S.; Scheen, André ULg

in Endocrine Reviews (1997), 18(5), 716-38

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See detailGenetic markers may predict disease behavior in patients with ulcerative colitis.
Roussomoustakaki, M.; Satsangi, J.; Welsh, K. et al

in Gastroenterology (1997), 112(6), 1845-53

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recent studies have suggested that HLA DRB1*0103 and allele 2 of the interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) gene predict severe and extensive ulcerative colitis, respectively. The ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recent studies have suggested that HLA DRB1*0103 and allele 2 of the interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) gene predict severe and extensive ulcerative colitis, respectively. The aim of this study was to test these hypotheses in patients undergoing surgery for their colitis. METHODS: HLA DRB1 and DQB1 genotyping was performed in 99 patients and 472 controls. Genotyping for polymorphisms of genes encoding tumor necrosis factor alpha and IL-1RA was performed in 107 patients and 89 controls. Measurement of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) was performed in 72 patients and 58 healthy subjects by fixed neutrophil enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and indirect immunofluorescence. RESULTS: The DRB1*0103 allele was increased in patients (14.1% vs. 3.2% in controls; P < 1 x 10[-5]). This association was greatest in patients with extensive disease (15.8%; P < 0.0001) or extraintestinal manifestations (22.8%; P < 0.0001): mouth ulcers (25.8%; P < 0.0001), arthritis (27.2%; P < 0.0001), and uveitis (35.7%; P < 0.0001). The DRB1*04 alleles were reduced in patients (P = 0.005). Differences were noted between extensive and distal disease in the frequency of allele 2 of IL-1RA (10.9% in distal vs. 28.6% in extensive; P = 0.01) and allele 2 homozygosity. ANCA was detected in 76.4% of patients. Carriage of IL-1RA allele 2 and tumor necrosis factor 2 allele was increased in ANCA-positive patients. CONCLUSIONS: Genetic markers may predict disease behavior in ulcerative colitis. [less ▲]

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See detailRecherche d'information et pragmatisme : I. Le paradigme de la confirmation d'hypothèses
Dardenne, Benoît ULg; Leyens, J.; Yzerbyt, V. Y.

in Année Psychologique (L') (1997), 97

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See detailFatal Massive Liver Steatosis. A Clinicopathological Case Report
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1997), 60(2, Apr-Jun), 180-183

Hepatic fatty change is a common lesion. Two forms are recognized: micro- and macrovesicular steatosis, the former being much less frequent and more serious than the latter. The case of an alcoholic woman ... [more ▼]

Hepatic fatty change is a common lesion. Two forms are recognized: micro- and macrovesicular steatosis, the former being much less frequent and more serious than the latter. The case of an alcoholic woman under anticonvulsivant therapy and with medications for a syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone (SIADH) who presented with rapidly progressive cholestasis and hepatocellular failure is reported. Massive macro- and micro-vesicular hepatic steatosis was diagnosed at autopsy. The authors review the clinico-pathological features associated with this condition, and causal factors possibly implicated in this case are discussed in regard with currently considered pathophysiological mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailA one-nucleotide difference in a cAMP and phorbol ester response element leads to differential regulation of the human chorionic somatomammotropin A and B gene transcription
Oury, Cécile ULg; Alsat, E.; Jacquemin, P. et al

in Journal of Molecular Endocrinology (1997), 18(2), 87-99

Human chorionic somatomammotropin (hCS) is encoded by two highly related genes, hCS-A and hCS-B, located in the hGH/hCS gene locus. Both genes are expressed in the syncytiotrophoblast layer of the ... [more ▼]

Human chorionic somatomammotropin (hCS) is encoded by two highly related genes, hCS-A and hCS-B, located in the hGH/hCS gene locus. Both genes are expressed in the syncytiotrophoblast layer of the placenta and hCS release from trophoblast cells is known to be increased by cAMP and phorbol esters. However, it remains unclear whether this regulation acts at the level of hCS gene expression or secretion and whether both genes are affected. We examined the effects of cAMP and phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) on the transcription of the hCS-A and hCS-B genes. Transient expression experiments revealed a 7 bp cAMP- and PMA-responsive element (CRElhCS-A) spanning nucleotides-1102 to -1096 upstream of the hCS-A gene. In contrast, the homologous sequence upstream of hCS-B (CRElhCS-B), differing from CRElhCS-A by a single substitution, shows little or no response to cAMP. In band-shift assays, the CRElhCS-A oligonucleotide was shown to bind two factors related to CREBP and AP-1, whereas CRElhCS-B only competes for one of these complexes. Finally, Southwestern analysis revealed that the CRElhCS-A element binds two ubiquitous proteins of 100 kDa and 47 kDa respectively, whereas CRElhCS-B interacts only with the 47 kDa protein. Taken together, these results suggest that a 47 kDa protein binding to the CRElhCS-A and CRElhCS-B elements is involved in the PMA response of the hCS-A and hCS-B genes, and a 100 kDa protein plays a crucial role in cAMP regulation of the hCS-A gene. [less ▲]

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See detailSIME: A hybrid approach to fast transient stability assessment and contingency selection
Zhang, Ywee; Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Rousseaux, Patricia ULg et al

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (1997), 19(3), 195-208

We propose an integrated scheme for transient stability assessment which in a sequence screens contingencies and scrutinizes only the selected ones. This scheme is based on a hybrid method, called SIME ... [more ▼]

We propose an integrated scheme for transient stability assessment which in a sequence screens contingencies and scrutinizes only the selected ones. This scheme is based on a hybrid method, called SIME for Single Machine Equivalent. SIME relies on a particular direct method coupled with time-domain programs so as to combine the strengths of both, namely: the flexibility with respect to power system modelling of time-domain methods; the speed and richer information of the direct method. This paper lays the foundations of SIME, devises appropriate techniques for transient stability assessment per se and for contingency screening, and finally integrates these two techniques in a fully general function, i.e. able to comply with any power system modelling and stability scenario, and to assess any type of stability limits (critical clearing times or power limits). Throughout, real-world examples illustrate the proposed techniques and highlight their performances. [less ▲]

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See detailEndocrinologie et immunologie au service des productions animales.
Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Burny, A.; Renaville, Robert ULg

in Agricontact (1997), (290),

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See detailBiomechanical assessment of the transversalis fascia and rectus abdominis aponeurosis in inguinal herniation - Preliminary results
PANS, Alain ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Hernia : the Journal of Hernias & Abdominal Wall Surgery (1997), 1

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See detailEvolution des populations du tétras lyre Tetrao tetrix L. en Europe: un essai de synthèse
Loneux, Michèle ULg; Ruwet, Jean-Claude

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1997), 17((2-3-4)), 287-343

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See detailMusaespora kalbii (lichenized Ascomycetes: Melanommatales), a new foliicolous lichen with a pantropical distribution
Lücking, Robert; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Nordic Journal of Botany (1997), 16

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See detailGlobal adaptive stabilization of cascade nonlinear systems
Jankovic, M.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Kokotovic, Petar V.

in Automatica (1997), 33(2), 263-368

An adaptive controller is developed for a class of nonlinear systems for which other approaches (e.g. backstepping) may fail to be applicable. The new design employs feedback passivation and an explicit ... [more ▼]

An adaptive controller is developed for a class of nonlinear systems for which other approaches (e.g. backstepping) may fail to be applicable. The new design employs feedback passivation and an explicit construction of a Lyapunov function for the zero dynamics with respect to a relative degree 1 output. As an illustration a longstanding "nonlinear benchmark problem" is solved. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional heterogeneity of human CD34(+) cells isolated in subcompartments of the G0 /G1 phase of the cell cycle.
GOTHOT, André ULg; Pyatt, R.; McMahel, J. et al

in Blood (1997), 90(11), 4384-93

Using simultaneous Hoechst 33342 (Hst) and Pyronin Y (PY) staining for determination of DNA and RNA content, respectively, human CD34(+) cells were isolated in subcompartments of the G0 /G1 phase of the ... [more ▼]

Using simultaneous Hoechst 33342 (Hst) and Pyronin Y (PY) staining for determination of DNA and RNA content, respectively, human CD34(+) cells were isolated in subcompartments of the G0 /G1 phase of the cell cycle by flow cytometric cell sorting. In both bone marrow (BM) and mobilized peripheral blood (MPB) CD34(+) cells, primitive long-term hematopoietic culture-initiating cell (LTHC-IC) activity was higher in CD34(+) cells isolated in G0 (G0CD34(+) cells) than in those residing in G1 (G1CD34(+) cells). However, as MPB CD34(+) cells displayed a more homogeneous cell-cycle status within the G0 /G1 phase and a relative absence of cells in late G1 , DNA/RNA fractionation was less effective in segregating LTHC-IC in MPB than in BM. BM CD34(+) cells belonging to four subcompartments of increasing RNA content within the G0 /G1 phase were evaluated in functional assays. The persistence of CD34 expression in suspension culture was inversely correlated with the initial RNA content of test cells. Multipotential progenitors were present in G0 or early G1 subcompartments, while lineage-restricted granulomonocytic progenitors were more abundant in late G1 . In vitro hematopoiesis was maintained for up to 6 weeks with G0CD34(+) cells, whereas production of clonogenic progenitors was more limited in cultures initiated with G1CD34(+) cells. To test the hypothesis that primitive LTHC-ICs would reenter a state of relative quiescence after in vitro division, BM CD34(+) cells proliferating in ex vivo cultures were identified from their quiescent counterparts by a relative loss of membrane intercalating dye PKH2, and were further fractionated with Hst and PY. The same functional hierarchy was documented within the PKH2(dim) population whereby LTHC-IC frequency was higher for CD34(+) cells reselected in G0 after in vitro division than for CD34(+) cells reisolated in G1 or in S/G2 + M. However, the highest LTHC-IC frequency was found in quiescent PKH2(bright) CD34(+) cells. Together, these results support the concept that cells with distinct hematopoietic capabilities follow different pathways during the G0 /G1 phase of the cell cycle both in vivo and during ex vivo culture. [less ▲]

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See detail5-(Diethoxyphosphorylmethyl)-5-methyl-4,5-dihydro-3H-pyrrole N-oxide : Synthesis and Evaluation of Spin Trapping Properties
Roubaud, Valérie; Mercier, Anne; Olive, Gilles ULg et al

in Journal of the Chemical Society. Perkin Transactions 2 (1997), 9

A new spin trap, the 5-(diethoxyphosphorylmethyl)-5-methyl-4,5-dihydro-3H-pyrrole N-oxide (3), is prepared through a four-step synthetic route. The in vitro spin trapping properties of 3 have been ... [more ▼]

A new spin trap, the 5-(diethoxyphosphorylmethyl)-5-methyl-4,5-dihydro-3H-pyrrole N-oxide (3), is prepared through a four-step synthetic route. The in vitro spin trapping properties of 3 have been investigated and the hydroxyl and superoxide spin adducts characterised. The persistence of the superoxide spin adduct obtained with 3 is compared with those of the analogues obtained with DEPMPO [5-(diethoxyphosphoryl)-5-methyl-4,5-dihydro-3H-pyrrole N-oxide] and DMPO in both phosphate buffer and pyridine. In 0.1 M phosphate buffer at pH 7.0, the HOO-3? adduct is found to be 2.8 times more persistent than HOO-DMPO?, but 5.7 times less than HOO-DEPMPO?. In phosphate buffer, HOO-3? decomposes to give HO-3?. The stereoselectivity of the addition of free radicals on 3 is generally poor, and mixtures of diastereomers have been observed by EPR. The overall spin trapping behaviour of nitrone 3 is more similar to that of DMPO than that of DEPMPO. [less ▲]

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See detailMéthodes de stereologie et de morphometrie appliquées a l'etude des poumons
Jolly, S.; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

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See detailmorbidity in neonates afetr labour induction or cesarean section
Battisti, Oreste ULg; Bertrand, J. M.; Adant-François, A. et al

in vlaamse verenigong voor obstetrie en gynaecologie jaarboek (1997), 1

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See detailComparison of results of carotid artery surgery after either direct closure or use of a vein patch.
Desiron, Quentin ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Van Damme, Hendrik ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1997), 5(3), 295-303

In order to assess the benefit of vein patching versus direct closure after carotid endarterectomy, a series of 2271 carotid operations were analysed retrospectively. Apart from 114 procedures consisting ... [more ▼]

In order to assess the benefit of vein patching versus direct closure after carotid endarterectomy, a series of 2271 carotid operations were analysed retrospectively. Apart from 114 procedures consisting of saphenous vein bypass (n = 29) and eversion endarterectomy (n = 85), 2157 open endarterectomies were performed. They were closed either directly (n = 837) or using a vein patch (n = 1320). The combined mortality-major neurological morbidity rate was 1.7%, i.e. 1% mortality (0.2% neurological) and 0.7% permanent neurological morbidity (0.5% ipsilateral to the operated artery). Early symptomatic internal carotid thrombosis was documented in six cases (four following direct closure and two after vein patching). A total of 827 carotid arteries were followed up by duplex scanning on an annual basis (244 direct closure and 583 vein patching). The mean follow-up was 44 months; 69 months for direct closure and 35 months for vein patching. In direct closure, there were 21 stenoses (9%) and 10 occult thromboses (4%); in vein patching carotids, there were 17 stenoses (3%), nine thromboses (1.8%) [corrected] and six pseudoaneurysms (1%). Annual incidence of poor results was 2.4% in direct closure, and 0.87% in vein patching. The only other factor responsible for a significant difference was gender (3.4% in women versus 2.1% in men). In this retrospective study, vein patching appears to be beneficial for the prevention of acute postoperative thrombosis and late stenosis or thrombosis. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of radiography , magnetic resonance imaging and surgical findings in dogs with elbow dysplasia
Snaps, Frédéric ULg; Balligand, Marc ULg; Saunders, J. et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1997), 58(12), 1367-1370

Objective-To describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearance of medial coronoid process and humeral condyle lesions in dysplastic cubital joints and to compare survey radiography and MRI for ... [more ▼]

Objective-To describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearance of medial coronoid process and humeral condyle lesions in dysplastic cubital joints and to compare survey radiography and MRI for evaluation of fragmented medial coronoid process (FMCP) and lesions of the medial aspect of the humeral condyle (MAHC). Animals-18 dogs with elbow dysplasia. Procedure-Radiography of 22 cubital joints was performed. The 22 joints then underwent MRI. The scans were evaluated with regard to the shape and signal of the coronoid process; articular cartilage change, subchondral bone disruption of the MAHC. Surgical findings were used as the standard to calculate accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and positive-and negative-predictive values for specific diagnosis of FMCP (free fragment) and lesions of the MAHC. Results-At surgery, 31.8% of the joints had FMCP (free), 36.4% had nondisplaced unmineralized coronoid process, and 27.2% had nondisplaced mineralized coronoid process, Eleven joints had lesions of the MAHC, and wear lesions were observed in 41% of the joints. On radiography, FMCP (free) was visualized in 9% of the joints and lesions of the MAHC were observed in 23%. MRI had the highest accuracy (95.5%), sensitivity (100%), and negative-predictive value (100%) for detection of FMCP (free), and had accuracy (91%), sensitivity (87.5%), specificity (92.5%), and positive (87.5%)- and negative (92.5%)- predictive values for detection of nondisplaced unmineralized coronoid process. Conclusions and Clinical relevance-Compared with radiography, MRI was useful for detection of nondisplaced unmineralized coronoid process; images consistently correlated with surgical findings. The technique is accurate and especially useful when radiographic findings are inconclusive. [less ▲]

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See detailNanoindentation and scanning force microscopy as a novel method for the characterization of tribological transfer films
Randall, N. X.; Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg

in Wear (1997), 212(1), 18-24

In conventional pin-on-disk testing of the tribological characteristics of two different materials in sliding contact, the main parameters of interest are notably the friction and wear properties of the ... [more ▼]

In conventional pin-on-disk testing of the tribological characteristics of two different materials in sliding contact, the main parameters of interest are notably the friction and wear properties of the material pair. However, when two bodies consisting of hard and soft materials respectively are subjected to such testing, the appearance of a transfer film, or third body, which can be a composite mixture of the two, is often observed. Until now the characterization of transfer films in terms of their mechanical properties has been hampered by their nonhomogeneous distribution across a tested surface, their small size, low thickness and the difficulty in accurately positioning a test probe such that the film properties can be measured independently from those of the substrate. In this paper a new method is introduced, consisting of nanoindentation and scanning force microscopy (SFM), which is capable of highly localized indentation testing of a specified sample site with high resolution imaging of the area prior to and after indentation. In this way the hardness and modulus of a transfer film can be obtained, as well as valuable surface topographical information concerning the material response to the indentation. Measurements are presented for the material pair A286/polyimide after testing on a pin-on-disk tribometer in ambient air and liquid nitrogen. Distinct variations in hardness between the transfer films and their contacting bodies have een observed and correlated to the wear behaviour and testing environment. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science S.A. [less ▲]

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See detail1897-1997 Les cent ans de la section des Eaux et Forêts
Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1997), 1(4), 236-238

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See detailAttitude des élèves face à l'école et au cours d'éducation physique, âge et retard scolaire
Piéron, Maurice; Delfosse, Catherine; Ledent, Maryse et al

in Revue de l'Education Physique (1997), 37(1), 31-41

Le terme motivation fait partie du langage habituel des psychologues, des enseignants, des sportifs,... Nous pourrions continuer cette liste sans parvenir à lui donner un caractère exhaustif. Parfois ... [more ▼]

Le terme motivation fait partie du langage habituel des psychologues, des enseignants, des sportifs,... Nous pourrions continuer cette liste sans parvenir à lui donner un caractère exhaustif. Parfois utilisé de manière abusive, ce concept présente néanmoins des aspects théoriques et pratiques fondamentaux. A la notion de motivation, on associe très fréquemment celle d'attitude. Toutes deux sont définies en référence à l'affect, c'est-à-dire à une impression d'attraction ou de répulsion vis-à-vis d'un objet déterminé. ... [less ▲]

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See detailEndoscopic laser treatment of uterine malformations.
Donnez, Jacques; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg

in Human Reproduction (1997), 12(7), 1381-7

Hysteroscopic resection of an intrauterine septum may benefit patients suffering from infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss. A partial or complete uterine septum can be easily resected using a Nd-YAG ... [more ▼]

Hysteroscopic resection of an intrauterine septum may benefit patients suffering from infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss. A partial or complete uterine septum can be easily resected using a Nd-YAG laser. If present, the vaginal septum may also be removed during the same procedure. The reproductive outcome of women treated by operative hysteroscopy for an intrauterine septum is reviewed. To avoid pregnancy in a non-communicating rudimentary horn, the removal of the horn and the homolateral tube may be performed by either bipolar coagulation or a CO2 laser. [less ▲]

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See detailF. Furet : Le communisme. L'histoire d'une illusion
Melard, François ULg

in Recherches sociologiques (1997), 2

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See detailLe concept de qualité de vie
Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg; Fontaine, Ovide ULg

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (1997), II(3), 16-25

Les auteurs examinent les problèmes rencontrés pour définir et mesurer la qualité de vie. Il se dégage des multiples définitions un ensemble de propriétés et de caractéristiques telles que la ... [more ▼]

Les auteurs examinent les problèmes rencontrés pour définir et mesurer la qualité de vie. Il se dégage des multiples définitions un ensemble de propriétés et de caractéristiques telles que la multifactorialité, l'auto-évaluation, la variabilité temporelle et la subjectivité. De plus, l'étude comparative des multiples outils existants devrait permettre d'affiner leur spécificité et donc aider à la compréhension du concept... [less ▲]

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See detailUse of the alpha parameter method to calculate matrix corrections for infinitely thick targets (TTPIXE) with two different incident beam energies
Delbrouck Habaru, J.; Roelandts, I.; Strivay, David ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B (1997), 129(1), 92-100

The alpha parameter correction method for calculating matrix effects in PIXE data does not require a priori knowledge of the major element composition of the matrix but implies the determination of a so ... [more ▼]

The alpha parameter correction method for calculating matrix effects in PIXE data does not require a priori knowledge of the major element composition of the matrix but implies the determination of a so-called alpha parameter linking two independent phenomena: X-ray absorption and proton energy loss. The method extrapolated to the infinitely thick targets (TTPIXE) has been previously studied using two PIXE measurements in two different geometric configurations. The present Study deals with the possibility of using pairs of PIXE measurements at two different energies to obtain the alpha corresponding to thick samples (TTPIXE). The experimental conditions and error minimization problems are discussed. General tables allowing an easy use of the method are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point d'une technique de culture in vitro d'embryons immatures de Phaseolus.
Mergeai, Guy ULg; Schmit, V.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1997), 1(1),

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See detailLong term follow-up of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia who received the daunorubicin, vincristine, and cytosine arabinoside regimen.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Forget, Patricia ULg et al

in Cancer (1997), 79(7), 1351-4

BACKGROUND: In 1985, the authors published a study of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients treated with a chemotherapeutic regimen that was then considered intensive. Ten years later, the authors ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In 1985, the authors published a study of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) patients treated with a chemotherapeutic regimen that was then considered intensive. Ten years later, the authors reanalyzed the same cohort to determine whether the very promising actuarial results observed at 5 years held after longer follow-up. METHODS: Between 1977 and 1982, 61 patients with AML were treated with a protocol consisting of daunorubicin, vincristine, and cytosine arabinoside induction followed by consolidation and maintenance for a total of 2 years. The complete remission (CR) rate was 66%, 84% in males versus 47% in females (P < 0.005). At the time of the first analysis in 1984, the overall survival (OS) was 17%, the projected 5-year continuous CR rate (CCR) 32%, and the disease free survival (DFS) rate 29%, with the best results observed for males and for patients ages 40-60 years (P < 0.05). RESULTS: When the data were reanalyzed 11 years later in 1995, the results were 14% OS, 23% CCR, and 16% DFS at 5 years. However, these figures dropped to 8%, 18%, and 11% at 10 years and to 8%, 12%, and 7% at 15 years, respectively. Among the 40 CR patients, 31 relapsed (up to 13 years after CR), and all died within 1.6 years after relapse. Nine patients were in CCR: 4 died of unrelated causes (suicide, alcoholic cirrhosis, acute peritonitis, or bladder carcinoma), 1 was lost to follow-up after 11 years, 2 were alive and well at 17 years at last follow-up, and 2 were transplanted in first CR and were doing well at 13 and 14 years at last follow-up. The survival advantage for males over females persisted (P = 0.0197), but the advantage for patients age 40-60 years did not hold. CONCLUSIONS: These long term data indicate that actuarial analysis at 5 years may overestimate the cure rate of AML patients because a number of late relapses do occur. However, the picture is blurred by the incidence of death not related to leukemia or its treatment; and when these patients were censored at the time of death, 17% of CR patients were still projected to be alive and free of leukemia after 17 years. [less ▲]

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See detailAppraisal of the validity of histamine-induced wheal and flare to predict the clinical efficacy of antihistamines.
Monroe, E. W.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Shalhoub, R. F.

in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (The) (1997), 99(2), 798-806

Antihistaminic drugs have been used successfully for many years in the treatment of allergic diseases. Second-generation antihistamines have fewer sedating side effects than first-generation agents, and ... [more ▼]

Antihistaminic drugs have been used successfully for many years in the treatment of allergic diseases. Second-generation antihistamines have fewer sedating side effects than first-generation agents, and the number of newer drugs available for clinical use is growing. Various methods have been used to assess antihistaminic activity, the most popular of which is the epicutaneous histamine-induced wheal and flare. This test relies on the ability of epicutaneously injected histamine to bring about the wheal and flare, a neurovascular response that involves reflex vasodilation (flare) and local swelling caused by plasma extravasation (wheal). Antihistamines have been compared on the basis of their ability to block the histamine-induced wheal and flare in the skin. Results of these trials have been applied to predict the global antiallergic efficacy of various antihistamines. The review has examined the reliability of suppression of the histamine wheal and flare reaction in the skin to predict an antihistamine's clinical efficacy in two common allergic diseases seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria. Although histamine is one mediator in the allergic response in the skin and nasal mucosa, many other agents are important modulators of the allergic response. In addition, the major structural and functional differences that exist between the nasal mucosa and the skin affect the type of local response. These manifest themselves as differences between the responses to antigen and histamine challenge in the skin and the nose. The allergic responses in these tissues are not simply the consequence of one chemical but are the result of a cascade of interactions among various cells and mediators. The clinical manifestations of these complex interactions obviously cannot be fully replicated by injection of one chemical mediator, histamine, into the outer layer of the skin. Studies with antihistamines have shown that certain drugs, such as cetirizine, are more suppressive than others (loratadine, terfenadine) in controlling the histamine-induced wheal and flare reaction in the skin. When the clinical efficacy of these medications is compared in clinical trials in seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria, all are equally efficacious in controlling symptoms. Although the histamine-induced wheal and flare reaction can serve as a useful clinical pharmacologic test to assess dose-response relations for an antihistamine, its lack of correlation with clinical responses among antihistamines indicates that this model should not be used to predict or compare clinical efficacies of antihistamines in seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Degradation Of L-Tyrosine To Phenol And Benzoate In Pig Manure - The Role Of 4-Hydroxy-Benzoate
Antoine, P.; Taillieu, X.; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1997), 63-5

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See detailAbdominal sequelae after pedicled TRAM flap breast reconstruction
PETIT, JY; RIETJENS, M; FERREIRA, M et al

in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1997), 99

A considerable interest in autologous tissue breast reconstructions has developed recently, especially since Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts have raised the polemic on silicone implants ... [more ▼]

A considerable interest in autologous tissue breast reconstructions has developed recently, especially since Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts have raised the polemic on silicone implants. Although such enthusiasm for the transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (TRAM) flap is justified in what concerns the final cosmetic result of the reconstructed breast, the risk of abdominal sequelae should be explained to the patient. Abdominal scarring, parietal weakness, strength loss, and back pain have been recorded in a series of pedicled TRAM flap reconstructions performed at the Institut Gustave-Roussy before 1991. Cosmetic results of the abdomen were tested by three independent judges on the photographs taken of 132 patients. The global appearance of the abdomen was rated as "natural" in 70 percent of the patients. The umbilical scar was unacceptable in 25 percent and very good or not visible in 21 percent. The lower abdominal scar was rated as "not acceptable" in 35 percent. Abdominal strength was tested among the 38 patients who underwent both preoperative and postoperative muscular testing, of whom 18 had single-pedicled and 20 had bipedicled TRAM flap reconstructions. In the first group, the physiotherapist observed an impairment of function of the upper portion of the rectus abdominis and of the oblique muscle in almost 50 percent. In the second group, the same muscles were more severely impaired (in 60 percent), as well as the function of the lower portion of the rectus (in 15 percent). The percentage of patients complaining of "light back pain" in the 6-month postoperative period was 55 percent in the single-pedicle group and 30 percent in the double-pedicle group. However, 20 percent of the bipedicled patients complained of "severe" back pain, while there was none in the single-pedicled group. In conclusion, abdominal sequelae after TRAM flap breast reconstruction should not be underestimated and constitute one of the drawbacks of the technique when it is compared with reconstruction with a prosthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Amphipathic Asymmetric Peptides Ubiquitous Structures For Membrane Destabilisation?
Rahman, M.; Lins, Laurence ULg; Thomas, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Modeling (1997), 3(5), 203-215

The fusion of some viruses (SIV, BLV, etc) to host cells implicates short fragments of the fusion protein that are asymmetric amphipathic helices in molecular modelling. The tilted orientation of these ... [more ▼]

The fusion of some viruses (SIV, BLV, etc) to host cells implicates short fragments of the fusion protein that are asymmetric amphipathic helices in molecular modelling. The tilted orientation of these fragments at a water/lipid interface is directly related to their fusogenic capacity. On this basis, we have searched for fragments of sequences corresponding to “viral fusion peptides” in other proteins. We have developed a strategy to detect them from primary sequences. Many candidates were detected, especially in transmembrane areas of membranous proteins, in signal sequences and in globular proteins. We suggest that they are involved in the dynamics of lipid-protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of lung inflammation in the control of bovine respiratory disease
Van de Weerdt, ML; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Bovine Practitioner (1997), 31.1

The purpose of this paper is to review the potential strategies which could improve the treatment of respiratory disorders in general and the modulation of lung inflammation in particular. Possible ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to review the potential strategies which could improve the treatment of respiratory disorders in general and the modulation of lung inflammation in particular. Possible preventive treatments will not be discussed in this review. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 118-135 Peptide Lot The Human Prion Protein Forms Amyloid Fibrils And Induces Liposome Fusion
Pillot, T.; Lins, Laurence ULg; Goethals, M. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1997), 274(3), 381-93

The prion protein (PrPC) is a glycoprotein of unknown function normally found at the surface of neurons and of glial cells. It is involved in diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and ... [more ▼]

The prion protein (PrPC) is a glycoprotein of unknown function normally found at the surface of neurons and of glial cells. It is involved in diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the human, where PrPC is converted into an altered form (termed PrPSc). PrPSc is highly resistant towards proteolytic degradation and accumulates in the central nervous system of affected individuals. By analogy with the pathological events occuring during the development of Alzheimer's disease, controverses still exist regarding the relationship between amyloidogenesis, prion aggregation and neuronal loss. To unravel the mechanism of PrP neurotoxicity and understand the interaction of PrP with cellular membranes, a series of natural and variant peptides spanning residues 118 to 135 of PrP was synthesized. The potential of these peptides to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles was investigated. According to computer modeling calculations, the 120 to 133 domain of PrP is predicted to be a tilted lipid-associating peptide, and to insert in a oblique way into a lipid bilayer through its N-terminal end. In addition to amyloidogenic properties exhibited in vitro by these peptides, peptide-induced vesicle fusion was demonstrated by several techniques, including lipid- and core-mixing assays. Elongation of the 120 to 133 peptide towards the N- and C-terminal ends of the PrP sequence showed that the 118 to 135 PrP peptide has maximal fusogenic properties, while the variant peptides had no effect. Due to their high hydrophobicity, all peptides tested were able to interact with liposomes to induce leakage of encapsulated calcein. We demonstrate also that the propensity of the peptides to fold as an alpha-helix increases their fusogenic activity, thus accounting for the maximal fusogenic activity of the most stable helix at residues 118 to 135. These data suggest that, by analogy with the C-terminal domain of the beta-amyloid peptide, the fusogenic properties exhibited by the prion peptides might contribute to the neurotoxicity of these peptides by destabilizing cellular membranes. [less ▲]

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See detailRelative and absolute in Leibniz' physics and metaphysics
Bouquiaux, Laurence ULg

in Epistemologia (1997)

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See detailIdentification des vaches laitières traitées à la somatotropine bovine
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Duyckaerts, Anne et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141(5), 381-390

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See detailUse Of Mycosphaerella Fijiensis Toxins For The Selection Of Banana Cultivars Resistant To Black Leaf Streak
Harelimana, Germain; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Jijakli, Haissam ULg et al

in Euphytica : International Journal of Plant Breeding (1997), 96(1), 125-128

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See detailMonotonous stability for neutral fixed points
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society Simon Stevin (1997), 4(5), 639-646

We give subtle, simple and precise results about the convergence or the divergence of the sequence (x(n)), where x(j) = f(x(j-1)) for every integer j, when the initial element x(0) is in the neighbourhood ... [more ▼]

We give subtle, simple and precise results about the convergence or the divergence of the sequence (x(n)), where x(j) = f(x(j-1)) for every integer j, when the initial element x(0) is in the neighbourhood of a neutral fixed point, i.e. a point x* such that f(x*) = x* with \f'(x*)\ = 1 (where f is a C-infinity function defined on a subset of R). [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential expression of c-fos, Hsp70 and Hsp27 after photothrombotic injury in the rat brain.
Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Armstrong, J. N.; Wood, N. I. et al

in Molecular Brain Research (1997), 45(2), 239-46

In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry were used to examine the expression of c-fos, Hsp70 and Hsp27 following photothrombotic injury in the right fronto-parietal cortex of the rat. C-fos mRNA and ... [more ▼]

In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry were used to examine the expression of c-fos, Hsp70 and Hsp27 following photothrombotic injury in the right fronto-parietal cortex of the rat. C-fos mRNA and protein were detected in the entire cerebral cortex on the lesioned side. Hsp70 mRNA accumulation was observed only adjacent and peripheral to the site of the lesion. At 1 h after photothrombotic injury, Hsp70 expression delineates the area of necrosis at 24 h after photothrombotic injury. Hsp27 protein was observed in the ipsilateral cerebral cortex with the exception of the deep layers of the cingulate cortex. In addition, while c-Fos immunoreactivity was localized in cell nuclei, Hsp27 immunoreactivity was detected in the cytoplasm of astrocytes. These results demonstrate that unilateral cortical injury induces changes in gene expression that vary according to cell type and brain region. [less ▲]

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See detailDifférences entre les pathotypes et les sérogroupes des Escherichia coli vérotoxinogènes isolées de veaux sains et celles isolées de veaux souffrant de diarrhée
Pohl, P.; Cleenwerk, I.; Imberechts, H. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

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See detailLa maladie de Buerger: aspects cliniques et pronostiques
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Deprez, E.; DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(10), 675-82

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See detailInterobserver agreement on MNA nutritional scale of hospitalized elderly patients
Gazzotti, C.; Pepinster, A.; Petermans, Jean ULg et al

in Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (The) (1997), 1

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See detailSédimentologie des Formations de Marteau, du Bois d'Ausse et de la partie inférieure de la Formation d'Acoz (Dévonien inférieur) dans l'Est de la Belgique, au bord nord de Massif de Stavelot
Goemara, E.; Catot, E.; Dejonghe, L. et al

in Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Belgium (1997), 42

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See detailChanges in the Distribution Pattern of Galectin-1 and Galectin-3 in Human Placenta Correlates with the Differentiation Pathways of Trophoblasts
Maquoi, Erik ULg; van den Brule, F. A.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in Placenta (1997), 18(5-6, Jul-Aug), 433-9

Human placentation is a complex biological phenomenon that results from precisely regulated interactions between cells and the extracellular matrix. Galectin- 1 and galectin-3 belong to a newly defined ... [more ▼]

Human placentation is a complex biological phenomenon that results from precisely regulated interactions between cells and the extracellular matrix. Galectin- 1 and galectin-3 belong to a newly defined family of galactose-binding lectins that can bind several glycoconjugates such as the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin, and are involved in many biological events including cell adhesion. In this study, the expression of these two galectins in first and third trimester normal human placenta was examined using single and double immunohistochemical staining and specific antibodies for galectins and cytokeratins. Galectin-3 was detected in all trophoblastic lineages including villous cytotrophoblasts and extravillous trophoblasts (trophoblastic cell columns, infiltrating trophoblasts, endovascular trophoblasts and placental bed giant cells). On the contrary, galectin-1 distribution was restricted to endometrium. A reduction of galectin-3 expression was observed from the villous trophoblasts to the trophoblastic cell columns. This pattern correlated with the switch from a proliferative to a migratory phenotype. Galectin-1 and galectin-3 were both detected in maternal decidual cells. Our data demonstrate a specific pattern of galectin-1 and galectin-3 expression in trophoblastic tissue, and suggest these lectins could contribute to cell-cell and cell matrix interactions of trophoblast during placentation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Spectrum of Ne V
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg; Dumont, Paul-Dominique ULg et al

in Physica Scripta (1997), 55

A new investigation of the Ne V spectrum is reported. The beam-foil method has been used to produce spectra at two different energies (1.2 MeV and 2.5 MeV) between 450 and 11OOA Sixty-five lines of Ne V ... [more ▼]

A new investigation of the Ne V spectrum is reported. The beam-foil method has been used to produce spectra at two different energies (1.2 MeV and 2.5 MeV) between 450 and 11OOA Sixty-five lines of Ne V have been newly identified. Fifty levels have been determined for the first time and energies have been revised for seven levels. [less ▲]

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See detailEtudes phénoménologiques
Ryle, Gilbert; Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in Recherches Husserliennes (1997), 7

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See detailInfluence du stade de maturité de la plante de maïs récoltée pour ensilage sur la composition, la digestibilité apparente, les caractéristiques de fermentation dans le rumen et les performances zootechniques chez le taurillon
Mayombo, Asangule Pierre; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Annales de Zootechnie (1997), 46

Un maïs plante entière a été ensilé à trois stades de maturité différents (S1, S2, S3) correspondant à des teneurs respectives en matière sèche de 25,1 (S1), 29,8 (S2) et 32,3 % (S3). La production de ... [more ▼]

Un maïs plante entière a été ensilé à trois stades de maturité différents (S1, S2, S3) correspondant à des teneurs respectives en matière sèche de 25,1 (S1), 29,8 (S2) et 32,3 % (S3). La production de matière sèche s'élevait à 10,7 ; 11,1 et 11,7 tonnes par hectare. Chacun de ces ensilages, distribué à des taureaux à l'engraissement, a été supplémenté par des pulpes séchées, du tourteau de soja, des sels minéraux et des vitamines. Le stade de maturité n'a pas affecté les teneurs en cendres, cendres insolubles, extrait éthéré ou protéines ; cependant une réduction significative de la teneur en fibre ADF a été enregistrée avec S3. La digestibilité de la matière sèche et de la matière organique de la ration mesurée in vivo sur des taureaux en cages à bilan ainsi que celle du maïs ensilage n'ont pas été non plus influencées par le stade de maturité. En revanche, la digestibilité de la fibre ADF a été significativement plus faible pour S3 par rapport à S1 et S2 (62,1 vs 67,2 ou 65,6 %, p < 0,05 pour la ration; 54,1 vs 63,3 ou 60,7 %, p < 0,001 pour le maïs). Quant aux potentialités du rumen à dégrader les aliments, il est à noter que la dégradabilité totale par la méthode in sacco des différents composants testés a été supérieure dans le rumen des animaux qui recevaient le maïs à teneur en matière sèche élevée. Il n'y a pas eu d'effets significatifs du stade de maturité sur les performances animales durant un essai de 5,5 mois dans le cas d'une alimentation ad libitum. A partir de l'indice de consommation, du gain total de poids vif et de la production de matière sèche par hectare, il était possible d'estimer que 13,8, 14,2 et 15,7 taurillons pouvaient être engraissés respectivement à partir des ensilages de maïs S1, S2 et S3 produits par ha. [less ▲]

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See detailSquare cells in gravitational and capillary thermoconvection
Regnier, Vincent; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Parmentier, P. et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (1997), 55(6), 6860-6865

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See detailAcetaldehyde-induced changes in the monoamine and amino acid extracellular microdialysate content of the nucleus accumbens
Ward, Roberta J.; Colantuoni, Carlo; Dahchour, Abdelkhader et al

in Neuropharmacology (1997), 36(2), 225-232

The effect of an acute intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of acetaldehyde, 20 mglkg or 100mg/kg, on the microdialysate content of both amino acids and monoamine was studied in the nucleus accumbens (NA) by ... [more ▼]

The effect of an acute intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of acetaldehyde, 20 mglkg or 100mg/kg, on the microdialysate content of both amino acids and monoamine was studied in the nucleus accumbens (NA) by a microdialysis technique. Acetaldehyde (ACH) which was detectable at levels of 50-130 µmol/g brain tissue 10 min after injection, evoked a significantd ecrease in the extracellular microdialysis dopamine content, which was sustained for the period of the study, i.e. 120 min. Homovanillicacid, HVA, decreased significantly when the lower dose of ACH was administered while dihydrophenylaceticacid, DOPAC, showed no significant change with either dose of ACH during the period of the study. Serotonin levels decreased significantly after both doses of acetaldehyde, with significant increases of its major metabolite, hydroxyindolacetic acid, 5-HIAA, with the higher acetaldehyde dose. Taurine increased significantly, only during the first twenty minutes, after both doses of acetaldehyde, although neither of the excitatory amino acids assayed, glutamate and aspartate, nor the inhibitoryamino acid, GABA, showed any significant changes. Acetaldehyde clearly evokes significant perturbation in the monoamine content of the NA, such changes being the converse to those reported for monoamine after ethanol administration, which might indicate a negative reinforcement effect. [less ▲]

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See detailPresence of pap-, sfa- and afa-related sequences in necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli isolates from cattle : evidence for new variants of the AFA family
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Jacquemin, E.; Hérault, F. et al

in Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research = Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire (1997), 61

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See detailEmerging Roles for Proteinases in Cancer
Noël, Agnès ULg; Gilles, Christine ULg; Bajou, Khalid ULg et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1997), 17(5), 221-39

Metalloproteinases and serine proteinases have been associated with tumor invasion and formation of metastasis which represent the major obstacles to cancer cure. The contribution of proteinases in these ... [more ▼]

Metalloproteinases and serine proteinases have been associated with tumor invasion and formation of metastasis which represent the major obstacles to cancer cure. The contribution of proteinases in these processes was initially thought to be the destruction of extracellular matrices. However, recent evidence suggests that they mainly affect tumor growth rather than invasion. Proteinases can indeed generate active matrix protein fragments, influence the release, the activation and the bioavailability of growth factors, and consequently modulate tumor cell growth, apoptosis and angiogenesis. Additionally, proteinases, their receptors and/or inhibitors can be directly involved in cell migration and in the processing or shedding of cell surface proteins. Further elucidation of the functions of proteinases is essential for the development of novel anticancer strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential of Varicella zoster virus thymidine kinase as a suicide gene in breast cancer cells
Grignet, Christine ULg; Calberg-Bacq, Claire-Michelle

in Gene Therapy (1997), 4

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See detailInfractions et sanctions d'urbanisme en Région wallonne : examen de quelques décisions récentes
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Aménagement - Environnement (1997), 3

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See detailLa torsion isolée de la rate : cas clinique et revue de la littérature
Zonderland, J. L.; Balligand, Marc ULg; Snaps, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

This paper describes a case report and reviews the literature concerning isolated torsion of the splenic pedicle in a dog. Splenic torsion is found in young, large and deep-chested dogs with a prevalence ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a case report and reviews the literature concerning isolated torsion of the splenic pedicle in a dog. Splenic torsion is found in young, large and deep-chested dogs with a prevalence of 3.5 to 6%. The pathogenesis of isolated splenic torsion is unknown, Clinical signs and diagnostic procedures are non specific. Only sonographic changes are valuable in performing an etiologic diagnosis, The surgical treatment consists in a splenectomy, An early diagnosis and surgical treatment usually lead to a good prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... le syndrome d'insulinoresistance grace a ses marqueurs biologiques.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Gielen, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(10), 686-91

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See detail"De l'Olympe au réseau..." Comment les philologues classiques allemands font face aux réalités contemporaines
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Bulletin de la Fédération des Professeurs de Grec et de Latin (1997), 108(septembre-octobre), 6-7

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See detailMulticité. Le jeu du développement urbain
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Demeuse, Yves; Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg et al

in G.E.O. (1997), 41(Numéro spécial),

Une équipe municipale doit définir le devenir de sa cité et gérer une série de projets (écoles, multiplex, logements sociaux, parcs industriels) avec comme consigne la minimisation des coûts pour la ... [more ▼]

Une équipe municipale doit définir le devenir de sa cité et gérer une série de projets (écoles, multiplex, logements sociaux, parcs industriels) avec comme consigne la minimisation des coûts pour la maximisation des retombées pour la collectivité ; elle fait appel à des bureaux d’études qui doivent monter ces projets. Le jeu se joue sur un territoire (plateau de jeu) avec ses quartiers d’habitat, son centre, ses réseaux de communication et aussi 350 îlots colorés selon l’affectation du sol et leur statut (public et privé). Le jeu – qui se déroule aussi sur deux fois 50 minutes dans sa version courte (un projet) – permet d’abord à l’équipe municipale de définir ses critères de choix et aux bureaux d’étude de monter leur projet, il met ensuite les protagonistes en contact puis en débat avant le choix final. Outre le plateau figurant le territoire, le jeu comprend encore des fiches relatives aux équipements, des consignes particulières pour les membres du bureau d’études et de l’équipe municipale (dont une fiche budget et une fiche argumentaire). À l’issue du jeu, il est possible non seulement de mettre en évidence les facteurs de localisation des équipements mais également le jeu des acteurs et les contraintes d’une politique de développement communal. [less ▲]

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