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See detailLiving free radical polymerization of macromonomers: preparation of well defined graft copolymers
Hawker, Craig Jon; Mecerreyes, David; Elce, Edmund et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (1997), 198(1), 155-166

Well defined graft copolymers have been synthesized by a nitroxide-mediated "living" free radical process using pre-formed macromonomers. Analysis of the graft systems revealed that the macromonomer was ... [more ▼]

Well defined graft copolymers have been synthesized by a nitroxide-mediated "living" free radical process using pre-formed macromonomers. Analysis of the graft systems revealed that the macromonomer was efficiently incorporated into the polymeric back-bone to give block copolymers of controlled molecular weight and narrow polydispersi-ties. An added benefit of the "living" free radical process is that macromonomers, such as polylactide or polycaprolactone, which contain reactive functional groups can be used to form novel graft Systems using this approach. Functionalized monomers or polymeric initiators were also used in the copolymerization mixture to give graft Systems with a variety of functional groups attached to the backbone. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction and properties of fractal trees with tunable dimension: The interplay of geometry and physics
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physical Review E (1997), 55(1), 94-98

In this paper, we emphasize three different techniques for the growth of fractal trees with a desired fractal dimension D-f. The three different growths are due to the influence of (i) stretched branches ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we emphasize three different techniques for the growth of fractal trees with a desired fractal dimension D-f. The three different growths are due to the influence of (i) stretched branches, (ii) dead ends, or (iii) a variable branching rate. Several examples are given. We point out that geometrical and physical properties (skeleton dimension, percolation exponents, self-avoiding walk) of fractal tress depend strongly on their type. The most striking result is that the critical exponents at the percolation transition are nonuniversal since they depend on the tree type. The critical exponents depend on D-f for trees of types (ii) and (iii). [less ▲]

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See detailIncrease in Cytokine Production (Il-1 Beta, Il-6, Tnf-Alpha but Not Ifn-Gamma, Gm-Csf or Lif) by Stimulated Whole Blood Cells in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Zheng, S. X.; Vrindts-Gevaert, Yvonne; Lopez, Marie-Josée ULg et al

in Maturitas (1997), 26(1), 63-71

Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a progressive disorder characterized by a decreased bone mass and increased susceptibility to fractures. Several investigations have suggested that one of the mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a progressive disorder characterized by a decreased bone mass and increased susceptibility to fractures. Several investigations have suggested that one of the mechanisms through which estrogen prevents bone loss was a modulation on secretion or release of various cytokines that are known to influence bone remodeling, even if some recent data have challenged this hypothesis. However, in established osteoporosis, the possibility that enhanced cytokines activity may account for the progression of this disease remains unclear and controversial. We sought here to determine whether production of IL-1 beta, IL-6, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, GM-CSF and LIF, after direct stimulation in whole blood, was different in healthy (n = 30) or osteoporotic postmenopausal women (n = 24) and whether lumbar bone density (1-BMD) correlated with the values of cytokine production observed in these conditions. A significant difference was observed between the osteoporotic and control subjects for IL-1 beta (p < 0.0001), IL-6 (p < 0.001) and TNF-alpha (p = 0.027) productions, the values being higher in the osteoporotic women. No significant differences between the groups were observed for IFN-gamma (p = 0.51), GM-CSF (p = 0.70) or LIF (p = 0.97). In the whole population, statistically significant negative correlations were observed between lumbar BMD and IL-1 beta (r = -0.46) (p < 0.0005), IL-6 (r = -0.50) (p < 0.0001) and TNF-alpha (r = -0.39) (p < 0.005) production while no such correlations were observed for IFN-gamma, GM-CSF or LIF. In conclusion, the study of cytokine production by immune cells cultured in autologous whole blood suggests that in women more than 10 years past the menopause and presenting a decrease in lumbar bone density corresponding to the new WHO definition of "osteoporosis', production of IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alpha is still increased compared to controls matched for age and ovarian function, while no differences are reported for IFN-gamma, GM-CSF or LIF production. [less ▲]

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See detailAccident vasculaire cérébral et thrombus aortique chez un patient déficient en protéine S
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Marcelle, Roland ULg et al

in Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux (1997), 90(1), 99-102

The authors report the case of a 50 year old man admitted to hospital with a right hemiplegia and aphasia of sudden onset in whom embolic fragments were found in the left mid and anterior cerebral artery ... [more ▼]

The authors report the case of a 50 year old man admitted to hospital with a right hemiplegia and aphasia of sudden onset in whom embolic fragments were found in the left mid and anterior cerebral artery territories at left carotid angiography : transoesophageal echocardiography demonstrated a protrusive plaque of atherosclerosis in the ascending aorta and a pediculated thrombosis in the descending aorta. Biological investigations revealed a protein S level of 3% (normal : 70-140%). This case illustrates the acute development of a thromboembolic phenomenon originating from the aortic arch in a patient with a coagulation defect. [less ▲]

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See detailGeometric and healing laws in simple stochastic models of fracture in a sputtering process
Dhulst, R.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (1997), 55(1), 189-193

We investigated two simple models of two-dimensional square lattice fracture under sputtering process conditions extending a previously studied model by Ausloos and Kowalski [Phys. Rev. B 45, 12 830 (1992 ... [more ▼]

We investigated two simple models of two-dimensional square lattice fracture under sputtering process conditions extending a previously studied model by Ausloos and Kowalski [Phys. Rev. B 45, 12 830 (1992)]. The models differ by the particle displacement rules during the fracture. Healing of the medium is observed in both models. This effect implies the formation of several thresholds during sputtering process fracture. They are distributed as a size-dependent power law. An avalanche like exponent is also obtained. We study this phenomenology within scaling arguments of classical percolation theory and mean-field arguments. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcitonine et vieillissement osseux
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Pathologie Biologie (1997), 45(1), 52-6

There appears to be a consensus that 100 IU/day of nasally administered salmon calcitonin may prevent trabecular bone loss during the first years of the menopause. Strong evidence exists that half that ... [more ▼]

There appears to be a consensus that 100 IU/day of nasally administered salmon calcitonin may prevent trabecular bone loss during the first years of the menopause. Strong evidence exists that half that dose may also be sufficient to prevent trabecular bone loss and that higher doses (> or = 200 IU/day) induce a significant increase in spinal bone mineral content. Calcium supplements should be systemically administered when calcitonin is given, particularly at high doses. Rectal calcitonin seems also to be an efficient alternative in prevention of trabecular bone loss. Further studies are required to evaluate the effect of calcitonin in prevention of cortical bone loss. In established osteoporosis, calcitonin may prevent further bone loss at trabecular and cortical sites. A similar benefit is obtained following parenteral or nasal administration of the drug. Long-term administration of nasal salmon calcitonin induces a significant dose-dependent gain of bone at the lumbar spine, whereas discontinuous therapy with a ratio of 1:2 or 2:3 between the treatment and nontreatment periods is the best regimen for cortical bone. Epidemiological, retrospective, and prospective studies provide a convergent network of evidence that calcitonin administration in osteoporosis contributes to reduce significantly the frequency of subsequent fractures, both in the spine and in the hip. Finally, in established osteoporosis, nasal calcitonin possesses a potent analgesic effect, reduces the duration of bed confinement, and decreases the number of concomitant analgesic medications. The well-demonstrated effects of nasal calcitonin permit it to be considered as a highly rational solution for the prevention and the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailStreptococcus difficile Is a Nonhemolytic Group B, Type Ib Streptococcus
Vandamme, Peter; Devriese, L. A.; Pot, B. et al

in International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology (1997), 47(1), 81-5

Whole-cell protein electrophoretic analysis of the type strain of Streptococcus difficile (LMG 15799) revealed that this organism was indistinguishable from Streptococcus agalactiae strains. Although LMG ... [more ▼]

Whole-cell protein electrophoretic analysis of the type strain of Streptococcus difficile (LMG 15799) revealed that this organism was indistinguishable from Streptococcus agalactiae strains. Although LMG 15799'r (T = type strain) was originally described as serologically untypeable, we found that this strain was a group B streptococcus belonging to the capsular polysaccharide antigen type Ib group. The biochemical reactivity of S.difficile, which differed from the biochemical reactivity of typical S. agalactiae strains mainly by being less versatile, is similar to the biochemical reactivity of other group B, type Ib streptococci isolated from poikilothermic animals, such as fish and frogs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe veno-occlusive disease of the liver.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Haematologica (1997), 82(6), 718-25

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The veno-occlusive disease of the liver (VOD) is a disorder caused by the non-thrombotic occlusion of the central veins of hepatic lobules. The clinical features are similar to ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The veno-occlusive disease of the liver (VOD) is a disorder caused by the non-thrombotic occlusion of the central veins of hepatic lobules. The clinical features are similar to those of intrahepatic portal hypertension (unexplained weight gain, ascites, painful hepatomegaly, jaundice). In the past, this disease was rather infrequent and was linked to the absorption of toxic agents, liver irradiation or chemotherapy. However, the intensification of treatment protocols before hematopoietic stem cell transplants has considerably increased its incidence. The strategies used for its prevention and treatment remain limited in efficacy. The present review was undertaken in order to assess progress in the diagnosis and management of this severe complication in stem cell transplantation. INFORMATION SOURCES: The method used for preparing this review was an examination of 250 relevant articles or abstracts published in journals covered by Medline. STATE OF ART: Despite the progress made toward the understanding of its physiopathology and the identification of its risk factors, VOD is still one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality during the first two months post-BMT, and therefore often constitutes a limitation for the further increment of the dose of antineoplastic drugs. This may be explained by the difficulty in making an early diagnosis of this problem, at a time when therapeutic intervention may be more effective, and, on the other hand, the lack of a well-established prevention and treatment approach for patients with VOD. PERSPECTIVES AND CONCLUSIONS: New diagnostic procedures, such as laparoscopic liver biopsy, and new therapeutic approaches, such as transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunting (TIPS) or defibrotide, are now being evaluated. However, additional studies will be needed to determine the most appropriate therapy for each VOD patient depending on the severity of the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailLa tertiarisation des parcs d’activités économiques en Région wallonne
Devillet, Guénaël ULg

in Wallonie (1997), 24(49), 35-44

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

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

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

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

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See detailContemporary Crisis of the Nation State ? - J. Dunn
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Ethnic and Racial Studies (1997), 20(1), 210-211

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See detailEtat de nécessité et damnum incendii arcendi causa datum
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (1997), 44

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See detailLe maintien des droits aux prestations de santé lors d'une séparation de fait ou de corps
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Divorce : Actualité Juridique, Sociale et Fiscale (1997)

L'article examine la question du maintien des droits aux prestations de santé lors d'une séparation de corps ou d'une séparation de fait.

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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 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 detailRegolazione della crescité follicolare e luteinica. Ovulazione, corpo luteo e luteolisi. Summa.
Drion, Pierre ULg; Ectors, F. J.; Hanzen, Christian ULg et al

in Riproduzione dei ruminanti (1997), 14(9), 17-25

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See detailMechanisms of Hand Motor Recovery After Stroke: An Electrophysiologic Study of Central Motor Pathways
Bastings, Eric; Rapisarda, Giuseppe; Pennisi, Giovanni et al

in Journal of Neurologic Rehabilitation (1997), 11(2), 97-108

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See detailEvolution du couvert vegetal dans la region de Kinshasa (1960-1987) selon une approche cartographique.
Tshibangu, K. W. T.; Engels, Patrick ULg; Malaisse, François ULg

in Geo-Eco-Trop (1997), 21(1-4),

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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 detailRegolazione della crescité follicolare e luteinica. Folliculogenesi e atresia. Summa.
Drion, Pierre ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Ectors, Fabien ULg et al

in Summa (1997), 14(9), 5-16

Hypophyseal production of FSH and LH depends on a pulsating secretion of GnRH by the Hypothalamus. At the beginning of the cycle, this secretion sets free the FSH from the hypothesis responsible for ... [more ▼]

Hypophyseal production of FSH and LH depends on a pulsating secretion of GnRH by the Hypothalamus. At the beginning of the cycle, this secretion sets free the FSH from the hypothesis responsible for follicular recruiment. The recruited follicles produce estradiol, inhibin and follistatin which reduce the FSH secretion (negative feed back) reducing their support to hormonodependant follicles which become atresic. The dominant follicle, subjected to internal self stimulation is not sensitive to the reduction in FSH levels and carries on synthesising more and more estradiol. [less ▲]

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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 detailExploitation of trispecific hybrids to introgress the glandless seed and glanded plant trait of Gossypium sturtianum Willis into G. hirsutum L.
Mergeai, Guy ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg; Vroh Bi, I.

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

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See detailEstimation d'un indice de la valeur récréative des forêts
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Verstraete, Philippe

in Mitteilungen der Abteilung für Forstliche Biometrie (1997), 97(2), 20-30

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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 detailPlasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein and progesterone concentrations in pregnant Assaff ewes carrying single and twin lambs
Ranilla, Marie-José; Sulon, Joseph ULg; Mantecón, A. R. et al

in Small Ruminant Research (1997), 24(2), 125-131

Ovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (oPAG) and progesterone (P4) concentrations were monitored weekly during the last three months of gestation and the first month postpartum in plasma of twelve Assaf ... [more ▼]

Ovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (oPAG) and progesterone (P4) concentrations were monitored weekly during the last three months of gestation and the first month postpartum in plasma of twelve Assaf ewes. The oPAG levels were determined with a heterologous RIA using bovine PAG as standard and tracer and rabbit antiserum against oPAG. The P4 levels were measured with a radioimmunological procedure with a sensitivity to less than 0.1 ng/ml. The oPAG profiles in ewes carrying a single lamb and in those carrying twins were very similar from week 9 of gestation to lambing. Ewes which had twins presented numerically higher oPAG concentrations from week 12 to lambing, but that difference was only significant (p<0.05) at week 21. Ewes carrying twins presented higher (P<0.05) P4 concentrations from weeks 12 to 20 of gestation than those carrying a single lamb, but afterwards there was no difference. No correlation was found between P4 and oPAG concentrations at each stage of gestation studied in any group. After lambing, P4 levels dropped rapidly in one week, whereas oPAG decreased in four weeks to basal values in both groups of ewes. No relationship (P>0.05) was found between oPAG concentrations and lamb birth-weight at any week of gestation considered in this study. However, the lamb birth-weight was positively correlated (P<0.10) with the P4 concentrations from weeks 9 to 19 of gestation. Results indicate that number of fetuses could influence the oPAG production in ewes during the last three months of gestation. [less ▲]

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See detailPalynological evaluation of the Famennian Protosalvinia (Foerstia) Zone in the Amazon basin, Northern Brazil : a preliminary study.
Loboziak; Melo, J.H.G.; Quadros, L.P. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1997), 96

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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 detailMolecular cloning and chromosomal mapping of olfactory receptor genes expressed in the male germ line: evidence for their wide distribution in the human genome
Vanderhaeghen, P.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Vassart, G. et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1997), 237

Olfactory receptor genes constitute the largest family of G protein-coupled receptors. We have previously shown that members of this family are expressed during spermatogenesis, and that the corresponding ... [more ▼]

Olfactory receptor genes constitute the largest family of G protein-coupled receptors. We have previously shown that members of this family are expressed during spermatogenesis, and that the corresponding proteins are displayed on mature sperm cells. In each mammalian species, a restricted subset of olfactory receptors is expressed in male germ cells and displays a pattern of expression suggestive of their potential implication in the control of sperm physiology. In addition to the cDNA fragments available previously, we now report the molecular cloning of two olfactory receptor cDNAs from a human testis library. Five olfactory receptor genes expressed in germ cells were localized in the human genome by radiation hybrid mapping. Three of the genes map to the short arm of chromosome 19 (19p13.1-19p31.3), one to chromosome 11 (11q22.1-22.3), and one to chromosome 17 (17q21-22). The former two localizations fall within clusters previously identified for members of the putative olfactory receptor gene family expressed in olfactory mucosa. Similarly, sequence analysis has revealed that these testicular genes share no distinctive structural features from the other, non-testicular, members of the family. The expression of a subset of olfactory receptor genes in the male germ line is therefore not correlated to their belonging to a specific structural subgroup, or to a specific gene cluster or chromosomal segment [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de l'ouvrage de Th. Bardinet, Les papyrus médicaux de l'Egypte pharaonique, Paris, 1995
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences (1997), 47(139 bis), 139-141

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See detailTrace metal transfers between water and sediment in a freshwater system. Influence of microbial activity
Hambuckers-Berhin, Françoise; Hambuckers, Alain ULg; Remacle, Jean

in Studies in Environmental Science (1997), 68(353-368),

The purpose of our work was to determine, in a freshwater batch system, the importance and the direction of trace metal transfers between sediment and water as influenced by bacterial activity. Sediment ... [more ▼]

The purpose of our work was to determine, in a freshwater batch system, the importance and the direction of trace metal transfers between sediment and water as influenced by bacterial activity. Sediment was incubated in Meuse water in different conditions. Net transfer occurred on an average from sediment to water for Co, Cs, Cr, Cu, Hg, La, Ni, Zn and from water to sediment for Bi, Cd, Pb, Sb, Tl. Positive correlations between oxygen consumption and transfer of nine metals from sediment to water demonstrate the influence of bacterial activity. Correlations of the metal transfer either with water pH or with the variation of sediment weight at the end of incubation led to suppose that the alteration of the chemical conditions also strongly influenced the transfers. It was confirmed by the comparison of chemical characteristics of the water and of the sediment at the end of incubation in contrasted conditions. The uptake of 12 metals by a bacterial community isolated from the sediment was related to metal concentrations in the water. The specific transfer from the water to the bacterial biomass was appraised in the sediment incubation experiments. It allowed to compute the net metal transfer of 12 metals from the sediment to the water with significant bacterial activity. The comparison of these values with the transfers occurring at 4°C, i.e. with reduced bacterial activity, demonstrated that the transfer of 11 metals from the sediment to the water is clearly enhanced by bacterial activity. [less ▲]

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See detailAntisense galectin-3 alters thymidine incorporation in human MDA-MB435 breast cancer cells
van den Brûle, Frédéric; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Jackers, Pascale ULg et al

in International Journal of Oncology (1997), 11(2), 261-264

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See detailPour l’optimisation de la stratégie thérapeutique dans la maladie osseuse de Paget
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gennari, C; Hosking, DJ et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (1997), 64(4), 221-223

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See detailA propos de quelques utilisations non conventionnelles de la metformine
SCHEEN, André ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg; LETIEXHE, Michel ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (1997), 55

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See detailEuroback : Goals and achievement after one year
Jérome, Simone; Thirion, Paul ULg

in Serials Review (1997), 23(1), 53-56

EUROBACK is but a European clone of BackServ. It was launched because those who conceived it had a positive experience with the American-based electronic list. This article will explore why EUROBACK is ... [more ▼]

EUROBACK is but a European clone of BackServ. It was launched because those who conceived it had a positive experience with the American-based electronic list. This article will explore why EUROBACK is necessary as a separate list, and it will compare librarianship on the North American and European continents, where library materials are viewed quite differently. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological alterations of blood platelets induced by Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) and partial inhibition by Ketoprofen in calves
Bastos da Silva, Miriam; Doizé, Cécile ULg; David, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (1997), 28(5 Sep-Oct), 489-502

The influence of platelet activating factor (PAF) was investigated in vivo on the ultrastructure of bovine platelets, and on the platelet count. The effect of an intravenous administration of ketoprofen ... [more ▼]

The influence of platelet activating factor (PAF) was investigated in vivo on the ultrastructure of bovine platelets, and on the platelet count. The effect of an intravenous administration of ketoprofen (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) pretreatment followed by PAF infusion was also observed in a group of six healthy male Friesian calves. PAF infusion alone caused a moderate thrombocytopenia, which peaked one minute post challenge and returned to levels not significantly different from control after 30 min. Electron microscopy revealed that after PAF infusion, platelets lost their lentiform shape and became irregular, with many pseudopods. Their microtubules became impossible to distinguish. The numbers of alpha granules and dense bodies were significantly decreased. Glycogen particles became rare or even disappeared. Giant platelets occasionally appeared. The Golgi apparatus was more often visible and the number of mitochondria was significantly increased. Ketoprofen pretreatment lowered PAF-induced thrombocytopenia and decrease in the number of dense bodies. Under these conditions, the Golgi apparatus was rarely visible and giant platelets were not observed. These results showed that the morphological ultrastructure of blood platelets in bovines were modified following PAF infusion and that ketoprofen pretreatment before PAF infusion provided partial protection, limiting the extent of the morphological alterations and maintaining a normal platelet count [less ▲]

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See detailProcesses in regions of freshwater influence (ROFI)
Nihoul, Jacques ULg; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Huthnance, J. M. et al

in Journal of Marine Systems (1997), 12(1-4), 1-2

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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 detailPhylogenetic classification of the mitochondrial carrier family of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Elmoualij, Benaïssa ULg; Duyckaerts, Claire ULg; Brasseur, Josette ULg et al

in Yeast (Chichester, England) (1997), 13(6), 573-581

The screening of the open reading frames identified in the whole yeast genome has allowed us to discover 34 proteins belonging to the mitochondrial carrier family. By phylogenetic study, they can be ... [more ▼]

The screening of the open reading frames identified in the whole yeast genome has allowed us to discover 34 proteins belonging to the mitochondrial carrier family. By phylogenetic study, they can be divided into 27 subfamilies including ADP/ATP, phosphate and citrate carriers, putative oxoglutarate and GDC carriers and 22 new subfamilies. Topology predictions using the 'positive inside rule' approach have shown that the yeast carriers are similarly oriented with both extremities exposed to the cytosol. In each subfamily, a strict conservation of the charged residues in the six transmembrane alpha-helices is observed, suggesting a functional role for these residues and the existence of 27 functionally distinct carriers. [less ▲]

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See detailInformation transfer between angiographic films and CT images: a tool to delineate the target volume
Tercier, P-A; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Fankhauser, H et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1997), 45

Abstract Background and purpose: This work was undertaken to improve the definition of target volumes for radiosurgery using the angiographic and CT data. Materials and methods: The basis of this new ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background and purpose: This work was undertaken to improve the definition of target volumes for radiosurgery using the angiographic and CT data. Materials and methods: The basis of this new method is to combine both imaging modalities and to compare them in each representation, i.e. to plot the volume obtained by angiography on CT images and also the contours defined by the CT on angiographic films. To obtain the angiographic volume, the radiographs are taken at several incidence angles. The X-ray sources position and the position of the films are determined using rectangular markers, then the intersection of all the loci of the target volume are calculated. Results: Verifications with a phantom show the accuracy of the procedure and the benefit obtained by increasing the number of angles of incidence in the angiographic imaging. The centre of gravity of the experimental target could be localized to an accuracy of better than 0.4 mm. The method was used in 11 clinical cases with excellent clinical results. Conclusions: The method can be easily applied and improves the delineation of target volumes in radiosurgery. CT data counterbalances the relative weakness of angiography concerning the three-dimensional geometry. Angiography adds useful information on the blood flow that is not shown in CT. Almost all the presented clinical cases benefit from the technique described here. [less ▲]

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See detail(Meth)acrylates pseudo-living radical polymerization in the presence of transition metal complexes: the Kharasch reaction revisited
Granel, Claude; Moineau, George; Lecomte, Philippe ULg et al

in Polymer Preprints (1997), 38(1), 450-451

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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 detailSpectroscopy of Ne IV in the wavelength Range 450–1100 Å
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg; Dumont, Paul-Dominique ULg et al

in Journal of the Optical Society of America. B, Optical Physics (1997), 14

An analysis of the Ne IV spectrum was undertaken in the 450–1100-Å spectral range. The spectra were produced by the beam–foil method with beam energies of 1.2 and 2.5 MeV, respectively. The resolution ... [more ▼]

An analysis of the Ne IV spectrum was undertaken in the 450–1100-Å spectral range. The spectra were produced by the beam–foil method with beam energies of 1.2 and 2.5 MeV, respectively. The resolution that was achieved, with a normal-incidence 2-m spectrometer, was sufficient to identify 53 new Ne IV lines and, consequently, to determine 18 new levels in the quartet and doublet systems and one sextet term. The energy values of 13 additional levels were also revised. The classification work was facilitated by the use of scaled relativistic Hartree–Fock calculations. [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 detailAnisotropie de la suceptibilité magnétique dans une intrusion composite de la suite charnockitique: l'apophyse du massif stratiforme de Bjerkreim-Sokndal (Rogaland, Norvège méridionale)
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Duchesne, Jean-Clair ULg

in Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences. Série II, Mécanique, Physique, Chimie, Sciences de l'Univers, Sciences de la Terre (1997), 325

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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 detailGravitational lensing by damped Ly-alpha absorbers
Smette, Alain; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

in New Astronomy (1997), 2

Assuming that (i) damped Ly-alpha absorbers (DLAs) arise in present-day-like spiral galaxies which are immersed in isothermal dark matter halos, (ii) that these galaxies obey the Tully-Fisher sigma/sigma ... [more ▼]

Assuming that (i) damped Ly-alpha absorbers (DLAs) arise in present-day-like spiral galaxies which are immersed in isothermal dark matter halos, (ii) that these galaxies obey the Tully-Fisher sigma/sigma_* = (L/L_*)^1/alpha_TF and the Holmberg R_L/R_* = (L/L_*)^alpha_H relations, and (iii) that they follow the Schechter luminosity distribution, we describe how their observed number density (dN/dz), distribution of column density (f(N)) as well as inferred cosmological density of HI (Omega_HI) derived from DLA surveys are affected by gravitational lensing (GL). The `by-pass' effect causes the lines-of-sight (LOSs) towards background QSOs to avoid the central parts of galaxies and reduces their effective cross-section for absorption; the `amplification bias' leads observers to select QSOs whose LOSs preferentially cross galaxies close to their Einstein radius. As a consequence, the determination of the quantities dN/dz, f(N) and Omega_HI from DLA surveys does not only depend on the redshift z and luminosity L of galaxies responsible for the absorbers but also on the column density profile of HI within the galaxies and on the redshift z_q and magnitude b_q of the background QSOs. For most of the existing surveys using b_q <~ 19 QSOs, the amplification bias dominates the combined effect resulting in a slight overestimate of dN/dz, f(N) and Omega_HI. We mainly find that observational strategies presently used to produce high-z DLA surveys result in avoiding the signature of significant GL effects: following our model, we determine that an overestimate of Omega_HI by more than 10% is unlikely for the z > 1.7 existing surveys, but may reach ~= 35% for the low redshift ones. However, we show that, in the absence of extinction by dust and micro-lensing effects, surveys ideally designed to enhance GL effects, i.e. to search for DLAs at z ~ 0.5 in front of very bright (b_q ~= 16), high-z (z_q > 1) QSOs, may lead 1) to overestimate by up to ~= 90% the number of DLAs per unit redshift; 2) to bias the survey towards high HI column density systems so that it could contain up to 4 times as many such systems, thus 3) to overestimate by up to ~= 170% the cosmological density of gas associated with those DLAs. Identification of the galaxies responsible for the DLAs may be severely biased towards luminous galaxies if 2/alpha_TF - alpha_H>0 this latter effect is greatly increased for log N_HI > 21 DLAs. Hence, GL effects on the quantities derived from surveys for z ~ 0.5 DLAs are of the same order, but of opposite direction, as the effects of extinction by dust (cf. Fall & Pei, 1993). However, the GL and dust extinction effects do not compensate each other: combining them in a consistent way is necessary to interpret existing DLA surveys. Furthermore, the effects due to micro-lensing should be simultaneously taken into account. We intend to report the results on the complex interplay between macro-lensing, micro-lensing and dust in a subsequent paper. We briefly present statistical tests specifically designed to check whether GL affects existing DLA surveys, and assuming that extinction by dust is negligible. We only find indications of GL effects for the z < 1 ones which, if confirmed, might even be stronger than predicted by our model. We show that an independent work on the same subject by Bartelmann & Loeb (1996) incorrectly treats the inclination effects for the intervening galaxies, thus undermining some of their main results and conclusions. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychrophiles et thermophiles : un problème d’enzyme
Gerday, Charles ULg; Aittaleb, M.; Arpigny, J. L. et al

in Chimie Nouvelle (1997), 15

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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 detailThe application of spatial autocorrelation methods to the study of Calluna vulgaris population genetics
Mahy, Grégory ULg; Néve, Gabriel

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1997), 129

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See detailVerapamil, a phenylalkylamine Ca2+ channel blocker, inhibits ATP-sensitive K+ channels in insulin-secreting cells
Lebrun, P.; Antoine, M.-H.; Ouedraogo, R. et al

in Diabetologia (1997), 40

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See detailUne masse cervicale de diagnostic souvent errone: le chemodectome carotidien.
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Antoine, Paul ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(7), 485-97

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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 detailA new generation of hydrocolloid dressings in combination with topical corticosteroids in the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris
Dezfoulian, Bita ULg; de LA BRASSINNE, Michel ULg; Rosillon, D.

in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (1997), 9

Aim : A clinical, randomized, parallel, multicenter study was undertaken to compare the efficacy and Ihe tolerability of two known steroid creams, betamethasone 17-valerate and clobetasol propionate ... [more ▼]

Aim : A clinical, randomized, parallel, multicenter study was undertaken to compare the efficacy and Ihe tolerability of two known steroid creams, betamethasone 17-valerate and clobetasol propionate, alone or left under a hydrocolloid dressing (Contreei'* Derma Cover), in the treatment of chronic plaques of psoriasis. Methods : A total of 70 patients with symmetrical localized psoriasis were divided randomly into two groups for the study. Each patient applied ihe corticosteroid preparation under Contreet° Derma Cover once a week on one plaque and the same topical corticosteroid alone h.i.d on the other plaque; the treatment lasted 3 weeks for betamethasone 17-valerate, and 2 weeks for clobetasol propionate. Results : The heahng rate reached 79% with the Contreet" combined treatment versus 15% (P < 0,0001) with the standard treatment for betamethasone 17-valeratc (group I) and Sb% versus 14*70 (P < 0. 0001) for clobetasol propionate (group It). The mean difference in healing rate was 65% {95% confidence interval (C.I), 46-84%) and 69% (95% CL, 50-87%) in groups I and II, respectively. Conclusion : The use of the new generation of hydrocolloid dressings in combination with steroid preparations can be considered as another therapeutic option for the treatment of chronic localized psoriatic lesions. Furthermore, with this method the amount of the topical corticosteroid used can be reduced. [less ▲]

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See detailRegular compactly supported wavelets in Sobolev spaces
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Laubin, P.

in Duke Mathematical Journal (1997), 87(3), 481-508

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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 detailProgesterone receptors (PR) in ectopic endometrium?
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Fertility and Sterility (1997), 68(5), 943-4

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See detailUsing the Global Positioning System to monitor active faults in “stable continental Europe”
Warnant, René ULg

in Aardkundige Mededelingen (1997), 8

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See detailPrevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. National consensus of the Belgian Bone Club"
Kaufman, JM; Devogelaer, JP; Raeman, F et al

in Clinical Rheumatology (1997), 16(4), 343-345

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See detailPositron emission tomography in parkinsonism
Salmon, Eric ULg

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (1997), 97(3), 187-191

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See detailSpecific repertoire of olfactory receptor genes in the male germ cells of several mammalian species
Vanderhaeghen, P.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Vassart, G. et al

in Genomics (1997), 39

Olfactory receptors constitute the largest family among G protein-coupled receptors, with up to 1000 members expected. We have previously shown that genes belonging to this family were expressed in the ... [more ▼]

Olfactory receptors constitute the largest family among G protein-coupled receptors, with up to 1000 members expected. We have previously shown that genes belonging to this family were expressed in the male germ line from both dog and human. We have subsequently demonstrated the presence of one of the corresponding olfactory receptor proteins during dog spermatogenesis and in mature sperm cells. In this study, we investigated whether the unexpected pattern of expression of olfactory receptors in the male germ line was conserved in other mammalian species. Using reverse transcription-PCR with primers specific for the olfactory receptor gene family, about 20 olfactory receptor cDNA fragments were cloned from the testis of each mammalian species tested. As a whole, they displayed no sequence specificity compared to other olfactory receptors, but highly homologous, possibly orthologous, genes were amplified from different species. Finally, their pattern of expression, as determined by RNase protection assay, revealed that many but not all of these receptors were expressed predominantly in testis. The male germ line from each mammalian species tested ins thus characterized by a specific repertoire of olfactory receptors, which display a pattern of expression suggestive of their potential implication in the control of sperm maturation, migration, or fertilization [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional anatomy of verbal and visuospatial span tasks in Alzheimer's disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Human Brain Mapping (1997), 5(2), 110-118

The aim of the study was to emphasize cerebral regions which subserve the performance of short-term memory tasks in patients with Alzheimer's disease. We correlated scores obtained on span tasks with ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to emphasize cerebral regions which subserve the performance of short-term memory tasks in patients with Alzheimer's disease. We correlated scores obtained on span tasks with cerebral metabolism measured at rest with positron emission tomography. Scores obtained on the digit span task correlated with glucose metabolism in a brain area centered on the premotor cortex and extending to the adjacent motor and parietal gyri. There exists some evidence suggesting that this area may subserve the sequential organization of material stored in short-term memory. In a secondary analysis, we also observed significant interregional correlations between left-sided brain areas which are part of the neural network subserving verbal working memory processes in healthy controls. These data suggest that individual performance on verbal span tasks in AD patients may essentially depend on the preservation of their ordination processing capacity. The absence of correlation with prefrontal regions suggests that AD patients might not spontaneously engage central executive resources to reach their maximal span score. For simultaneous visuospatial span task, the performance of patients correlated with posterior brain regions, and not with prefrontal cortices. Hum. Brain Mapping 5:110-118, 1997. © 1997 Wiley-Liss Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailLettre de Biélorussie
Mouton, Charles ULg

in Revue Générale (1997), (8/9), 79-86

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See detailRectovaginal septum adenomyotic nodules: a series of 500 cases.
Donnez, Jacques; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Gillerot, Stépane et al

in British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (1997), 104(9), 1014-8

OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic procedure with excision of deep fibrotic endometriotic nodules of the rectovaginal septum and histological study of the lesions. SETTING: An academic teaching hospital ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic procedure with excision of deep fibrotic endometriotic nodules of the rectovaginal septum and histological study of the lesions. SETTING: An academic teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A series of 500 women undergoing laparoscopy for pelvic pain or infertility. RESULTS: Laparoscopic (n = 497) and laparotomic (n = 3) excision of endometriotic nodules resulted in considerable pain relief. Histologically the rectovaginal nodule was similar to an adenomyoma as it was a circumscribed nodular aggregate of smooth muscle and endometrial glands and stroma. The variations in oestrogen receptor and progesterone receptor content suggested a regulatory mechanism different from that of eutopic endometrium. CONCLUSION: This form of disease should be considered as an entity distinct from peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis, and originating from the Müllerian rests present in the rectovaginal septum. [less ▲]

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See detailClostridium perfringens urease genes are plasmid-borne.
Dupuy, B.; Daube, Georges ULg; Popoff, M. R. et al

in Infection and Immunity (1997), 65

Although many bacteria are ureolytic, and in some cases urease acts as a virulence factor, the urease phenotype has not been analyzed in the anaerobic pathogen Clostridium perfringens. In this study, ;2 ... [more ▼]

Although many bacteria are ureolytic, and in some cases urease acts as a virulence factor, the urease phenotype has not been analyzed in the anaerobic pathogen Clostridium perfringens. In this study, ;2% of C. perfringens strains, representing the principal biotypes, were found to harbor the urease structural genes, ureABC, and these were localized on large plasmids that often encode, in addition, the lethal « or i toxins or the enterotoxin. This represents the first report of a plasmid-encoded urease in a gram-positive bacterium. The C. perfringens enzyme was highly similar to the ureases of other bacteria and cross-reacted with antibodies raised against the urease purified from Helicobacter pylori. Urease production was inhibited by urea and induced under growth conditions where the availability of nitrogen sources was limiting. To date, this form of regulation has been observed only for chromosomal ureABC genes. [less ▲]

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See detailFloctafenin versus acetaminophen for pain control in patients with osteoarthritis in the lower limbs
Lequesne, M; Fannius, J; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (English ed.) (1997), 64(5), 327-333

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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 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 detailPalladium-silver sol-gel catalysts for selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene - I. Synthesis and characterization
Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Delhez, Patrice; Schoebrechts, Jean-Paul et al

in Journal of Catalysis (1997), 172(2), 322-335

Low-density xerogel Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalysts were prepared by a cogelation of tetraethoxysilane with organically substituted alkoxides capable of forming chelates with palladium and silver ions, followed by a ... [more ▼]

Low-density xerogel Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalysts were prepared by a cogelation of tetraethoxysilane with organically substituted alkoxides capable of forming chelates with palladium and silver ions, followed by a drying under vacuum, a calcination, and a reduction. The resulting Pd-Ag alloy particles have diameters of about 2-3 nm and are dispersed inside the silica particles which exhibit a monodisperse micropore size distribution centered at 0.8 nm. At low silver loading, the composition of the bimetallic particles is almost identical to the overall composition, but when this loading is increased, the percentage of silver in the alloy particles is appreciably lower than the overall percentage, In all bimetallic samples, a few large pure silver particles are observed. When dried under vacuum, the xerogels exhibit a texture similar to that of aerogels dried under supercritical conditions with pore volumes in the range 2-6 cm(3)/g and pores ranging from micro- to macropores of several hundred nanometers. When the silver loading is increased, xerogels containing palladium show aggregates of increasingly interpenetrated silica particles. This is explained bq an aggregation, during the gelation reaction, of colliding SiO2 particles which is limited by an increasingly slow sticking reaction due to the growing basicity in the precursor solution when the concentrations of Ag and associated compounds are increased. During thermal treatments, the Pd-Ag alloy seems to form by the migration, through the porous network, of silver which finally alloys with Pd crystallites trapped inside SiO2 particles. Whereas ethane is the main product when hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane is performed over pure palladium, the dilution of this active metal by silver leads to a strong increase in ethylene selectivity. (C) 1997 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailA primal-dual approach in truss topology optimization
Beekers, M.; Fleury, Claude ULg

in Computers & Structures (1997), 64(1-4), 77-88

The objective of truss topology optimization is to find, for a given weight, the stiffest truss, defined as a subset of an initially choosen set of bars called the ground structure. The restrictions are ... [more ▼]

The objective of truss topology optimization is to find, for a given weight, the stiffest truss, defined as a subset of an initially choosen set of bars called the ground structure. The restrictions are bounds on bar volumes and the satisfaction of equilibrium equations. For a single load case and without bounds on bar volumes, the problem can be written as a linear programming problem with nodal displacements as variables. The addition to the objective function of a quadratic term vanishing at the optimum allows us to use a dual solution scheme. A conjugate gradient method is well suited to maximize the dual function. Several ground structures are introduced. For large networks, those where each node is connected to those situated in a certain vicinity give a good compromise between generating a reasonable number of bars and obtaining a sufficient number of possible directions. Some examples taken from the literature are treated to illustrate the quality of the solution and the influence of initial topology. (C) 1997 Civil-Comp Ltd and Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailOxidation of allylselenides with the Sharpless AD-reagents
Krief, Alain; Colaux, Catherine ULg; Dumont, willy

in Tetrahedron Letters (1997), 38(18), 3315-3318

Allylselenides are efficiently oxidized by AD-mix reagents. Oxidation takes chemoselectively place on the selenium atom of allylselenides bearing a methylseleno or a phenylseleno moiety, but ... [more ▼]

Allylselenides are efficiently oxidized by AD-mix reagents. Oxidation takes chemoselectively place on the selenium atom of allylselenides bearing a methylseleno or a phenylseleno moiety, but chemoselectively occurs on the C,C double bond of the corresponding o-nitrophenyl derivatives. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of inland navigation in developping countries: the training center of Palembang (Sumatra, Indonesia), an example of transfer of technology through education
Marchal, Jean ULg

in Bulletin des Séances de l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer = Mededelingen der Zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen (1997), Nouvelle Série 42(4)(1er trimestre), 10

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See detailPhénomènes karstiques dans les roches plutoniques et métamorphiques du sud Cameroun
Vicat, Jean-Paul; Lips, Bernard; Pouclet, André et al

in Karstologia (1997), 29

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See detailLa nouvelle réglementation du concordat judiciaire
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Actualités du Droit (1997), (3), 379-420

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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 detailAnti-PMSG in sheep subjected annualy to oestrus synchronisation
Bodin, L.; Drion, Pierre ULg; Remy, Benoit et al

in Reproduction Nutrition Development (1997), 37

Estimation of the long-term consequences on reproduction performance of the oestrus synchronisation treatments that are annually applied to ewes was carried out on nine officially controlled dairy flocks ... [more ▼]

Estimation of the long-term consequences on reproduction performance of the oestrus synchronisation treatments that are annually applied to ewes was carried out on nine officially controlled dairy flocks in the Roquefort region of France. A hormonal treatment combining the insertion of a vaginal fluoro-gestone acetate (FGA) sponge for 14 days and the injection of about 500 IU of pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) at withdrawal was applied to the ewes in seven of the nine flocks. The ewes in the two other flocks were used as controls. Blood samples were taken from each female just before the treatment (to test for the presence of residual antibodies) and 20 days after the PMSG injection. Anti-PMSG antibody binding rates were calculated for each blood sample. The residual binding rate increased with age and induce negative effects on the following years reproduction performances, ie, they increased the probability that the ewes would not become pregnant. [less ▲]

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See detailAnaesthesia for thoracoscopic surgery
Larbuisson, Robert ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology (1997), 10

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See detailRecherches en production laitière et valorisation du lait.
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Burny, Philippe ULg; Fabry, Jules et al

in Annales de Gembloux (1997), 102(3-4), 131-181

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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 detailFreeze-drying of lactic acid bacteria : Lactobacillus acidophilus
Desmons, S.; Zgoulli, S.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Mededelingen - Faculteit Landbouwwetenschappen, Rijksuniversiteit Gent (1997), 62/4b

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See detailSurveillance des états hypertensifs sévères
Brichant, Jean-François ULg

in Percentile (1997), 2

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

in Epistemologia (1997)

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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 detailUse of anti inflammatory drugs in the treatment of bovine respiratory disease complex
Lekeux, Pierre ULg; VandeWeerdt, M. L.

in Israel Journal of Veterinary Medicine (1997), 52(2-3), 113-116

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See detailA domain of TEL conserved in a subset of ETS proteins defines a specific oligomerization interface essential to the mitogenic properties of the TEL-PDGFR beta oncoprotein.
Jousset, C.; Carron, C.; Boureux, A. et al

in EMBO Journal (1997)

TEL is a novel member of the ETS family of transcriptional regulators which is frequently involved in human leukemias as the result of specific chromosomal translocations. This study shows that the amino ... [more ▼]

TEL is a novel member of the ETS family of transcriptional regulators which is frequently involved in human leukemias as the result of specific chromosomal translocations. This study shows that the amino-terminal domain conserved in a subset of the ETS proteins has evolved to generate a specialized protein-protein interaction interface which is likely to be an important determinant of their specificity as transcriptional regulators. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite les hypertensions réfractaires
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(1), 2-6

L'hypertension artérielle réfractaire représente 10% des hypertensions artérielles traitées. La définition, arbitraire, consiste en la persistance de valeurs de pression artérielle au-delà de 140/90 mmHg ... [more ▼]

L'hypertension artérielle réfractaire représente 10% des hypertensions artérielles traitées. La définition, arbitraire, consiste en la persistance de valeurs de pression artérielle au-delà de 140/90 mmHg malgré une trithérapie antihypertensive dont un diurétique. Ce traitement a été administré à dose optimale pendant une durée suffisante. La reconnaissance des vraies hypertensions réfractaires est la première démarche diagnostique (bonne mesure de la pression artérielle et authenticité de l'augmentation de pression). Ensuite il convient de rechercher une non-observance, une forme secondaire d'hypertension artérielle ou encore une résistance thérapeutique liée à un excès de poids et à un hyperinsulinisme. Cette démarche permettra de proposer un schéma thérapeutique approprié visant à normaliser la pression artérielle, gage d'un risque cardio-vasculaire atténué. Une prise en charge globale des facteurs de risque cardio-vasculaire trouve ici une pleine implication. [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 detailBiomarqueurs et bioindicateurs chez les vertébrés : importance pour l’évaluation de la santé d’un écosystème
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Delaunois, Annie; Gustin, Pascal ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

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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 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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