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See detailValve Replacement for Acute Left Heart Endocarditis
Detry, Olivier ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1995), 3(5), 529-35

Between January 1982 and June 1993, 66 patients (48 men and 18 women of mean (range) age 50 (21-77) years) underwent valve replacement for acute infective endocarditis. There were 45 aortic valve and 17 ... [more ▼]

Between January 1982 and June 1993, 66 patients (48 men and 18 women of mean (range) age 50 (21-77) years) underwent valve replacement for acute infective endocarditis. There were 45 aortic valve and 17 mitral valve infections. Four patients had bivalvular involvement. Fifty-three patients suffered from native valve endocarditis, with underlying valvular lesions documented for 31 patients. Staphylococci and Streptococci spp. were responsible for 68% of infection, and 20% of blood and valve cultures were negative. Refractory congestive heart failure was the leading surgical indication in 86% of patients. The mean follow-up period was 44 months. The perioperative mortality rate was 6%. Actuarial survival rates were 88.5% at 1 year and 83% at 3 years. No early recurrence of infection was noted. Six patients (9%) needed reoperation. Satisfactory results confirm that early surgical management should be considered in patients with complicated infective endocarditis. [less ▲]

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See detailINVESTIGATION OF THE ELECTRICAL-RESISTIVITY BEHAVIOR BETWEEN THE KOSTERLITZ-THOULESS TEMPERATURE AND THE GINZBURG-LANDAU TEMPERATURE IN SPRAY-DRIED BULK BI2SR2CACU2O8+D - THE ROLE OF 2-DIMENSIONAL FLUCTUATIONS AND DEFECTS
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; DUVIGNEAUD, P. H. et al

in Physica C (1995), 251(3-4), 337-347

The resistive transition R(T) between the Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature and the Ginzburg-Landau temperature was studied in spray-dried bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d superconductors for a magnetic-field range ... [more ▼]

The resistive transition R(T) between the Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature and the Ginzburg-Landau temperature was studied in spray-dried bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d superconductors for a magnetic-field range between 0 and 0.3 T. The samples were prepared by the spray-drying technique with Bi2+xSr2-x-yCa2+yCu2O8+d for x = y = 0.05 or 0.1 as a starting composition here. The data analysis was performed assuming various resistive laws previously proposed. When numerically analyzed in terms of a two-dimensional Kosterlitz-Thouless theory the results lead to remarkable quantitative agreement. This implies that the R(T) behavior can be described within a picture of a highly two-dimensional behavior of macroscopic fluctuations of vortex-antivortex depairing type. The role of defects or inhomogeneities in the resistive behavior is outlined. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of core excitations on energies and oscillator strengths of iron group elements
Quinet, Pascal ULg; Hansen, J E

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (1995), 28

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See detailUn autre regard sur les atlas de France et de Belgique.
Vansteenwegen, Christian; Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Lebrun, Philippe

in AVES (1995), 31

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See detailConformational-Analysis Of The Calcium Complexes Formed By Meglitinide Analogs
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj.

in Research Communications In Molecular Pathology and Pharmacology (1995), 90(1), 153-64

The conformation of calcium complexes formed with meglitinide and its hypoglycemic analogs KAD-1229, A-4166, S 3075 and repaglinide was analyzed by a semi-empirical procedure, which includes calculation ... [more ▼]

The conformation of calcium complexes formed with meglitinide and its hypoglycemic analogs KAD-1229, A-4166, S 3075 and repaglinide was analyzed by a semi-empirical procedure, which includes calculation of the molecular hydrophobicity potential. The calcium complexes formed with KAD-1229, A-4166, repaglinide or its enantiomer, displayed favourable attributes to act as ionophores. Such was not the case for the poorly efficient insulinotropic agent meglitinide and the biologically inactive enantiomer of A-4166. The configuration of the calcium complex formed with S 3075 also failed to display the features required for a high ionophoretic capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical analysis of cytoplasmic and mitochondrial Asn-tRNA synthetase functions in two mutant yeast strains.
Landrieu, Isabelle; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1995), 103

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See detailAssociation Of Synthetic Peptide-Fragments Of Human Apolipoprotein-A-I With Phospholipids
Vanloo, B.; Demoor, L.; Boutillon, C. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (1995), 36(8), 1686-96

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and ... [more ▼]

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and functional units of this class of proteins. We proposed that the 22-mer repeats of the plasma apolipoproteins consist of 17-mer helical segments separated by extended beta-strands comprising five amino acid residues with a proline in the center of this segment. These beta-strand segments help reverse the orientation of the consecutive helices of apoA-I, A-IV, and E in a discoidal apolipoprotein-phospholipid complex. In order to support this hypothesis, we synthesized apoA-I fragments consisting of, respectively, one putative helix (residues 166-183), one helix plus a beta-strand (residues 161-183), and a pair of helices separated by a beta-strand (residues 145-183). The structural and lipid-binding properties of these peptides were investigated by turbidity, fluorescence, binding studies with unilamellar phospholipid vesicles, electron microscopy, and circular dichroism measurements. Our data show that one single putative helical segment or one helical segment plus one extended beta-strand do not form stable complexes with phospholipids. The addition of a second adjacent helix has no influence on the lipid affinity of the apoA-I 145-183 peptide compared to the shorter segments but substantially improves the stability of the complexes. The helical content of the peptide increases upon lipid association as observed with apoA-I. The complexes generated with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide appear as discoidal particles by negative staining electron microscopy, with heterogeneous sizes ranging between 250 and 450 A. The relative orientation of the peptide and the phospholipid is the same as in a DMPC/apoA-I complex as the helices are oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipid. However, the stability of these complexes is significantly lower than that of the corresponding DMPC/apoA-I complexes. The transition temperature, fluidity, and cooperativity of the phospholipid bilayer are only weakly affected by the association with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide. These data suggest that a pair of helical peptides linked through a beta-strand associates more tightly with lipids and can form discoidal lipid-peptide complexes, than a single helix. A comparison with the properties of native apoA-I suggests, however, that the cooperativity between pairs of helices in native apoA-I further contributes to strengthen the lipid-protein association. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular description of the interactions of aminoglycoside antibiotics with negatively-charged phospholipids. Theoretical molecular modelling and experimental results.
Mingeot-Leclercq, M. P.; Schanck, A.; Van Bambeke, F. et al

in Pharmacology (1995), 14

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See detailFra Stein til Waldrop: sprogdigtningen og de nye prosadigtere
Delville, Michel ULg; Schatz-Jakobsen, Claus

in Den Blå Port: Tidsskrift for Litteratur (1995)

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See detailAneurysms of the abdominal aorta: familial and genetic aspects in three hundred thirteen pedigrees.
VERLOES, Alain ULg; SAKALIHASAN, Natzi ULg; Koulischer, Lucien ULg et al

in Journal of Vascular Surgery (1995), 21(4), 646-55

PURPOSE: Familial clustering of abdominal aortic aneurysm was first noticed in 1977. METHODS: Through questionnaire and phone inquiry, familial data on 324 probands with abdominal aortic aneurysms allowed ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Familial clustering of abdominal aortic aneurysm was first noticed in 1977. METHODS: Through questionnaire and phone inquiry, familial data on 324 probands with abdominal aortic aneurysms allowed the establishment of 313 multigenerational pedigrees including 39 with multiple affected patients. RESULTS: There were 276 sporadic cases (264 men, 12 women); 81 cases belonged to multiplex pedigrees (76 men; 5 women). We compared familial and sporadic male cases; the ages at diagnosis were 64.1 +/- 7.9 years and 66.0 +/- 7.3 years (p < 0.05), respectively, the ages at rupture were 65.4 +/- 6.6 years and 75.2 +/- 8.6 years (p < 0.001), and the rupture rate was 32.4% and 8.7% (p < 0.001). Survival curves were computed. Relative risk for male siblings of a male patient was 18. We performed a segregation analysis with the mixed model, the most likely explanation for occurrence of abdominal aortic aneurysm in our families was a single gene effect showing dominant inheritance. The frequency of the morbid allele was 1:250, and its age-related penetrance was not higher than 0.4. CONCLUSION: This analysis indicates the preeminence of genetic factors on multifactorial/environmental effects of the pathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm. [less ▲]

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See detailProximal Migration of Vena Caval Filters: Report of Two Cases with Operative Retrieval
DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg; Vahdat, Olivier; Lacroix, Hendrik et al

in Annals of Vascular Surgery (1995), 9(6), 571-5

Operative retrieval of two proximally migrated vena caval filters was performed in two patients, ages 42 and 45 years, respectively. In the first patient the filter was encrusted in the right ventricle ... [more ▼]

Operative retrieval of two proximally migrated vena caval filters was performed in two patients, ages 42 and 45 years, respectively. In the first patient the filter was encrusted in the right ventricle, and in the second one the filter was found in the pulmonary artery. Both filters were retrieved under cardiopulmonary bypass via an incision in the right atrium and the pulmonary artery, respectively. These two observations underscore the risk of increased unwarranted indications and consequent higher complication rates of vena caval filters. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la densité osseuse généralisée en implantologie orale
PTAK, Jean ULg; Legrand, Roman; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Actualités Odonto-Stomatologiques (1995), 189

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See detailSituation actuelle de la loutre, Lutra lutra, en Belgique et problématique de sa conservation
Libois, Roland ULg; Hallet, Catherine

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1995), 15(2-3-4), 157-168

Widespread all over the country till the end of the last century, the otter has rapidly declined. In 1973 when hunting was definitely closed, the otter was already threatened and restricted to a few ... [more ▼]

Widespread all over the country till the end of the last century, the otter has rapidly declined. In 1973 when hunting was definitely closed, the otter was already threatened and restricted to a few localities. In 1889, the Belgian Ministry of agriculture decided to pay bounties for otters, a system which was cancelled only in 1963. Game statistics of the past century allow the annual otter bag to evaluated as roughly 25 % of the standing population. As it is the case in other European industrialised countries, freshwater habitat loss and water pollution lead to a considerable decrease of the river carrying capacity. Almost all the rivers flowing in the Northern part of Belgium are now lifeless or at least in a very bad condition. South of the river Meuse, some accidental pollutions are regularly reported (chloring in the river Ourthe in 1993; chloracetic acid in the Sûre in 1990...) and the level of organic pollution rises from year to year. Moreover, the tourism (angling, camp sites, kayak) nare more and more intensive leading to major disturbances, particularly during the summer months. Finally, the Ministery of equipment is developing a policy of big hydraulic works (dams, embankments, dredging...) along the river Ourthe, one of the last to be occupied by a few otters. [less ▲]

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See detailBiocronoestratigrafia de miosporos do Devoniano Medio – Carbonifero inferior das bacias do Solimoes e Parnaiba (Estado da arte).
Loboziak, S; Melo, JHG; Quadros, LP et al

in Annals Academia Braziliensis Ciencas (1995), 67(3), 394-395

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See detailTEM1 beta-lactamase structure solved by molecular replacement and refined structure of the S235A mutant.
Fonze, E.; Charlier, Paulette ULg; To'th, Y. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (1995), 51(Pt 5), 682-94

beta-Lactamases are bacterial enzymes which catalyse the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins and related compounds, thus inactivating these antibiotics. The crystal structure ... [more ▼]

beta-Lactamases are bacterial enzymes which catalyse the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins and related compounds, thus inactivating these antibiotics. The crystal structure of the TEM1 beta-lactamase has been determined at 1.9 A resolution by the molecular-replacement method, using the atomic coordinates of two homologous beta-lactamase refined structures which show about 36% strict identity in their amino-acid sequences and 1.96 A r.m.s. deviation between equivalent Calpha atoms. The TEM1 enzyme crystallizes in space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) and there is one molecule per asymmetric unit. The structure was refined by simulated annealing to an R-factor of 15.6% for 15 086 reflections with I >/= 2sigma(I) in the resolution range 5.0-1.9 A. The final crystallographic structure contains 263 amino-acid residues, one sulfate anion in the catalytic cleft and 135 water molecules per asymmetric unit. The folding is very similar to that of the other known class A beta-lactamases. It consists of two domains, the first is formed by a five-stranded beta-sheet covered by three alpha-helices on one face and one alpha-helix on the other, the second domain contains mainly alpha-helices. The catalytic cleft is located at the interface between the two domains. We also report the crystallographic study of the TEM S235A mutant. This mutation of an active-site residue specifically decreases the acylation rate of cephalosporins. This TEM S235A mutant crystallizes under the same conditions as the wild-type protein and its structure was refined at 2.0 A resolution with an R value of 17.6%. The major modification is the appearance of a water molecule near the mutated residue, which is incompatible with the OG 235 present in the wild-type enzyme, and causes very small perturbations in the interaction network in the active site. [less ▲]

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See detailCatecholaminergic function and P300 amplitude in major depressive disorder (P300 and catecholamines).
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 96(2), 194-6

The neurobiology of P300 is still a subject of controversy. P300 amplitude appears to be modulated by multiple neurotransmitter systems, especially dopaminergic, noradrenergic as well as cholinergic and ... [more ▼]

The neurobiology of P300 is still a subject of controversy. P300 amplitude appears to be modulated by multiple neurotransmitter systems, especially dopaminergic, noradrenergic as well as cholinergic and GABAergic. In this study, we investigated the relationship between P300 amplitude and catecholaminergic neurotransmission as assessed by the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine and apomorphine challenges in 20 major depressive patients. Results showed a correlation of P300 amplitude with the apomorphine test (r = 0.54; P = 0.01), but not with the clonidine test (r = 0.22; NS). This study supports a role for dopamine in the neurobiological modulation of P300 amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailBiopharmaceutical aspects of the development of a sulfamethazine oral sustained release bolus for lambs
Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Delahaut, P.; Hubert, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Controlled Release (1995), 35

Pharmacokinetic parameters of sulfamethazine (SMZ) administered intravenously or orally either as an aqueous solution or as a lipid matrix formulation, were determined in young lambs. The value of the ... [more ▼]

Pharmacokinetic parameters of sulfamethazine (SMZ) administered intravenously or orally either as an aqueous solution or as a lipid matrix formulation, were determined in young lambs. The value of the rate constant for elimination (ke) for the intravenous solution was 0.18 h−1 compared to 0.10 h−1 for the oral aqueous solution. The absolute bioavailability of the oral solution was about 75%. A lipid matrix containing SMZ and a high density excipient is able to be retained in the reticulo-rumen and to produce a sustained release of the drug for at least 100 h provided that the mechanical strength of the bolus is sufficient. The pharmacokinetic data obtained with the lipid matrix show a release profile with two pulses due to both diffusion and erosion mechanisms. Plasma levels are maintained above the MIC of SMZ during 100 h with an absolute bioavailability of 51.7% [less ▲]

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See detailFactors regulating megakaryocyte progenitor commitment to polyploidization.
Paulus, Jean-Michel ULg; Grosdent, J C; Prenant, M et al

in Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences. Série III. Sciences de la Vie (1995), 318(3), 381-6

Recognizable megakaryocytes are polyploid cells generated by a clonogenic, diploid progenitor, termed CFU-MKC (colony forming unit, megakaryocyte). In order to quantify polyploidization, ploidy histograms ... [more ▼]

Recognizable megakaryocytes are polyploid cells generated by a clonogenic, diploid progenitor, termed CFU-MKC (colony forming unit, megakaryocyte). In order to quantify polyploidization, ploidy histograms of megakaryocytes determined by microphotometric or flow cytometric measurements of megakaryocyte DNA have generally been used. However these techniques provide no information on the rate of commitment of CFU-MKC to polyploidy. Using a technique of clonal analysis determining the distributions of the number of doublings (NbD) undergone by CFU-MKC before committing to polyploidization, the polyploidization probability of CFU-MKC could be derived. This probability was found to be a constant independent from CFU-MKC mitotic history, since NbD distributions are exponential functions characterized by a constant rate of decay per doubling. By studying the effects of growth factors on polyploidization probability, it was also shown that: (1) this parameter is negatively regulated by growth factors contained in poke-weed or WEHI conditioned media, as well as by erythropoietin; (2) commitment to polyploidization does not require prior CFU-MKC division; (3) bipotent erythroid-megakaryocyte progenitors have a lower polyploidization probability than CFU-MKC; (4) determination of polyploidization probability reflects the activity of growth factors with greater accuracy than megakaryocyte colony count. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional analysis of the Antirrhinum floral homeotic DEFICIENS gene in vivo and in vitro by using a temperature-sensitive mutant.
Zachgo, S.; Silva, E de A; Motte, Patrick ULg et al

in Development (1995), 121(9), 2861-75

Flowers of the temperature-sensitive DEFICIENS (DEF) mutant, def-101, display sepaloid petals and carpelloid stamens when grown at 26 degrees C, the non-permissive temperature. In contrast, when ... [more ▼]

Flowers of the temperature-sensitive DEFICIENS (DEF) mutant, def-101, display sepaloid petals and carpelloid stamens when grown at 26 degrees C, the non-permissive temperature. In contrast, when cultivated under permissive conditions at 15 degrees C, the morphology of def-101 flowers resembles that of the wild type. Temperature shift experiments during early and late phases of flower development revealed that second and third whorl organ development is differentially sensitive to changes in DEF expression. In addition, early DEF expression seems to control the spatially correct initiation of fourth whorl organ development. Reduction of the def-101 gene dosage differentially affects organogenesis in adjacent whorls: at the lower temperature development of petals in the second whorl and initiation of carpels in the centre of the flower is not affected while third whorl organogenesis follows the mutant (carpelloid) pattern. The possible contribution of accessory factors to organ-specific DEF functions is discussed. In situ analyses of mRNA and protein expression patterns during def-101 flower development at 15 degrees C and at 26 degrees C support previously proposed combinatorial regulatory interactions between the MADS-box proteins DEF and GLOBOSA (GLO), and provide evidence that the autoregulatory control of DEF and GLO expression by the DEF/GLO heterodimer starts after initiation of all organ primordia. Immunolocalisation revealed that both proteins are located in the nucleus. Interestingly, higher growth temperature affects the stability of both the DEF-101 and GLO proteins in vivo. In vitro DNA binding studies suggest that the temperature sensitivity of the def-101 mutant is due to an altered heterodimerisation/DNA-binding capability of the DEF-101 protein, conditioned by the deletion of one amino acid within the K-box, a protein region thought to be involved in protein-protein interaction. In addition, we introduce a mutant allele of GLO, glo-confusa, where insertion of one amino acid impairs the hydrophobic carboxy-terminal region of the MADS-box, but which confers no strong phenotypic changes to the flower. The strong mutant phenotype of flowers of def-101/glo-conf double mutants when grown in the cold represents genetic evidence for heterodimerisation between DEF and GLO in vivo. The potential to dissect structural and functional domains of MADS-box transcription factors is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailProgress from 1989 to 1992 in understanding the circulation of the Western Mediterranean Sea
Lehucher, P. M.; Beautier, L.; Chartier, M. et al

in Oceanologica Acta (1995), 18(2), 255-271

The present paper describes the major results obtained from 1989 to 1992 by the EUROMODEL group in studying the circulation in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Particular emphasis has been given to the ... [more ▼]

The present paper describes the major results obtained from 1989 to 1992 by the EUROMODEL group in studying the circulation in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Particular emphasis has been given to the physical processes responsible for seasonal and mesoscale variabilities. Observations (in situ and satellite), together with theoretical, physical and numerical models, have been widely used in the course of these studies. Attention has been focused on the dynamics of the northern basin (deep water formation, dynamics of the Northern Mediterranean Current, circulation and shelf/slope interaction in the Balearic Sea) and of the southern basin (Alboran Sea circulation, instabilities of the Algerian Current). The straits dynamics have been studied with particular reference to the Corsica channel. Preliminary runs of a basin-scale circulation model of the Western Mediterranean Sea forced by the straits are also presented. They are shown to be capable of generating a cyclonic circulation in the western basin. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization and partial amino acid sequencing of a 107-kDa procollagen I N-proteinase purified by affinity chromatography on immobilized type XIV collagen.
Colige, Alain ULg; Beschin, A.; Samyn, B. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1995), 270(28), 16724-30

Procollagen I N-proteinase (EC 3.4.24.14), the enzyme that specifically processes type I and type II procollagens to collagen, was isolated from extracts of fetal calf skin. After two chromatographic ... [more ▼]

Procollagen I N-proteinase (EC 3.4.24.14), the enzyme that specifically processes type I and type II procollagens to collagen, was isolated from extracts of fetal calf skin. After two chromatographic steps on concanavalin A-Sepharose and heparin-Sepharose, the semi-purified preparation was used to produce monoclonal antibodies. One reacting antibody was found to recognize not the enzyme itself but type XIV collagen on which the enzyme was bound. This binding, highly sensitive to ionic conditions (plH, salt concentrations) but not affected by non-ionic detergents, was used for affinity chromatography that strongly improved the purification procedure. The enzyme is extensively characterized: 1) it has a molecular mass of 107 kDa as determined by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in presence of SDS and of about 130 kDa when estimated by gel filtration on a Sephacryl-S300; 2) in standard assay (pH 7.5, 0.2 M NaCl, 35 degrees C), the activation energy for reaction with amino procollagen type I was 17,000 calories per mole. In the same conditions, Km and Vmax values were, respectively, 435 and 39 nM per hour but varied strongly with pH and salt concentration; 3) the enzyme cleaved the NH2-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen at the specific site, the Pro-Gln bond in the alpha 1 type I procollagen chain; 4) the enzyme contained a high proportion of Gly, Asx, and Glx residues but no Hyp or Hyl; 5) partial amino acid sequences obtained from internal peptides of the enzyme displayed no significant homology with known sequences. The association of procollagen I N-proteinase with a FACIT (fibril-associated collagens with interrupted triple helices) collagen as found here might be of physiological significance. [less ▲]

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See detailSurgery for Occlusive Renal Artery Disease: Immediate and Long-Term Results
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Lombet, P.; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1995), 95(1, Jan-Feb), 1-10

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years ... [more ▼]

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years (mean: 58.8 years). The underlying occlusive arterial disease was atherosclerosis in 87 patients, fibromuscular dysplasia in 21, and miscellaneous causes in 7 cases. One hundred and one patients (88%) were hypertensive. Some degree of impaired renal excretory function (serum creatinine level above 16 mg/l) was present in 30% (n = 42) of the patients, whereas 11 patients had severe renal insufficiency (creatinemia above 30 mg/l). Primary nephrectomy was performed in 11 patients as sole procedure and was associated with contralateral revascularization in another 9 patients. A variety of types of arterial reconstruction was performed, although more than half of the procedures were aortorenal bypass grafts. Bilateral procedures were performed in 19 cases. Simultaneous extrarenal operations included aortic reconstruction (n = 43), mesenteric arterial repair (n = 8), and carotid endarterectomy (n = 5). Operative mortality (9/115, 7.8%) varied considerably between the subgroups: 4% for group I (hypertension alone, n = 73), 15% for group II (renal impairment with or without hypertension, n = 34), and 12.5% for group III (acute renal failure, n = 8). There were 3 late non procedure-related in-hospital deaths. Preoperative renal insufficiency was the only independent predictive risk factor for operative death. The procedure was curative or led to improved blood pressure control in 79% (80/101) of hypertensive patients. The response rate was better for recent onset hypertension, compared to long-standing hypertension. Of the 42 azotemic patients, 78% had a benefit (improvement in 50%, stabilization in 28%) of renal revascularization. Associated longstanding hypertension had a negative prognostic value. Sequential clinical and functional follow-up evaluations are available on 99 of the 103 surviving patients. Cumulative 5-year survival is 87%. Cardiovascular causes account for most (11/15) of the late deaths.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailAcquis de la recherche en matière d'évaluation génétique des ovins et des caprins en Tunisie
D'Jemali, M'naouer; Jamal, Sofiene; Ben-Dhiaf, Sonia et al

in Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes (1995), 11

Work carried out on performance recording for growth and milk yield in sheep and goats for use in genetic evaluation is briefly summarized, and preliminary data on the growth and reproductive traits of 9 ... [more ▼]

Work carried out on performance recording for growth and milk yield in sheep and goats for use in genetic evaluation is briefly summarized, and preliminary data on the growth and reproductive traits of 9 flocks of Barbary sheep in 1987-92 are presented in 14 tables and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning of an SNF2/SWI2-related protein that binds specifically to the SPH motifs of the SV40 enhancer and to the HIV-1 promoter.
Sheridan, P. L.; Schorpp, M.; Voz, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1995), 270(9), 4575-87

We have isolated a human cDNA clone encoding HIP116, a protein that binds to the SPH repeats of the SV40 enhancer and to the TATA/inhibitor region of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 promoter. The ... [more ▼]

We have isolated a human cDNA clone encoding HIP116, a protein that binds to the SPH repeats of the SV40 enhancer and to the TATA/inhibitor region of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 promoter. The predicted HIP116 protein is related to the yeast SNF2/SWI2 transcription factor and to other members of this extended family and contains seven domains similar to those found in the vaccinia NTP1 ATPase. Interestingly, HIP116 also contains a C3HC4 zinc-binding motif (RING finger) interspersed between the ATPase motifs in an arrangement similar to that found in the yeast RAD5 and RAD16 proteins. The HIP116 amino terminus is unique among the members of this family, and houses a specific DNA-binding domain. Antiserum raised against HIP116 recognizes a 116-kDa nuclear protein in Western blots and specifically supershifts SV40 and HIV-1 protein-DNA complexes in gel shift experiments. The binding site for HIP116 on the SV40 enhancer directly overlaps the site for TEF-1, and like TEF-1, binding of HIP116 to the SV40 enhancer is destroyed by mutations that inhibit SPH enhancer activity in vivo. Purified fractions of HIP116 display strong ATPase activity that is preferentially stimulated by SPH DNA and can be inhibited specifically by antibodies to HIP116. These findings suggest that HIP116 might affect transcription, directly or indirectly, by acting as a DNA binding site-specific ATPase. [less ▲]

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See detailThermographie routière nocturne de la Région Wallonne : méthodologie, présentation des résultats et intérêts de l'approche topoclimatologique
Funcken, Ph.; Erpicum, Michel ULg; Frédéric, Marc ULg et al

in Publications de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (1995), 8

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See detailCytokines and cartilage degradation
Henrotin, Yves ULg; De Groote, D; Labasse, A et al

in Mediators of Inflammation (1995), 4

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See detailStreptomyces K15 active-site serine DD-transpeptidase: specificity profile for peptide, thiol ester and ester carbonyl donors and pathways of the transfer reactions.
Grandchamps, Jacqueline; Nguyen-Distèche, Martine ULg; Damblon, Christian ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1995), 307(Pt 2), 335-339

The Streptomyces K15 transferase is a penicillin-binding protein presumed to be involved in bacterial wall peptidoglycan crosslinking. It catalyses cleavage of the peptide, thiol ester or ester bond of ... [more ▼]

The Streptomyces K15 transferase is a penicillin-binding protein presumed to be involved in bacterial wall peptidoglycan crosslinking. It catalyses cleavage of the peptide, thiol ester or ester bond of carbonyl donors Z-R1-CONH-CHR2-COX-CHR3-COO- (where X is NH, S or O) and transfers the electrophilic group Z-R1-CONH-CHR2-CO to amino acceptors via an acyl-enzyme intermediate. Kinetic data suggest that the amino acceptor behaves as a simple alternative nucleophile at the level of the acyl-enzyme in the case of thiol ester and ester donors, and that it binds to the enzyme.carbonyl donor Michaelis complex and influences the rate of enzyme acylation by the carbonyl donor in the case of amide donors. Depending on the nature of the scissile bond, the enzyme has different requirements for substituents at positions R1, R2 and R3. [less ▲]

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See detail7-Methyl-3-methylthio-4H-pyrido[4,3-e]-1,2,4-thiadiazin-7-ium-4-ide 1,1-dioxide zwitterion
Dupont, L.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica (1995), C51

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See detailInsulinotropic action of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate. II. Ionophoretic and conformational aspects.
Malaisse, W. J.; Nadi, A. B.; Malaisse-Lagae, F. et al

in General Pharmacology (1995), 26(6), 1319-25

1. The non-sulphonylurea insulinotropic agent sodium (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate (KAD-1229) was found to display calcium ionophoretic activity in an artificial ... [more ▼]

1. The non-sulphonylurea insulinotropic agent sodium (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate (KAD-1229) was found to display calcium ionophoretic activity in an artificial membrane model. 2. Conformation analysis indicated that a complex between calcium and KAD-1229, with a 1:2 stoichiometry, indeed displays favourable attributes for ionophoretic activity across a hydrophobic environment. 3. It is speculated that the ionophoretic property of KAD-1229 might participate to the remodelling of cationic fluxes evoked by this insulinotropic agent in pancreatic islet cells. [less ▲]

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See detailThe continuum of cytokine involvement in the physiology of reproduction
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Hazee, Marie-Thérèse ULg; Goxe, Béatrice et al

in GENESIS (1995), 14

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See detailModulation of acetylcholine, capsaicin and substance P effects by histamine H3 receptors in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Garbarg, M. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 277(2-3), 243-50

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). Acetylcholine (10(-8) to 10(-4) M), substance P (10(-10) to 10(-6) M), capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) induced an increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide, a novel histamine H3 receptor antagonist, induced a significant leftward shift of the concentration-response curve to acetylcholine and also enhanced the effect of capsaicin on the Kf,c, while it had no significant effect on the response to substance P and 5-HT. Imetit, a new histamine H3 receptor agonist, strongly inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin. Imetit also strongly protected the lung against substance P effects but did not prevent the 5-HT-induced increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide completely blocked the inhibitory effect of Imetit on the acetylcholine response. (R)-alpha-Methylhistamine, an other histamine H3 receptor agonist, had the same protective effect against acetylcholine response as Imetit. We conclude that histamine H3 receptors could protect the lung against acetylcholine- and capsaicin-induced oedema via a prejunctional modulatory effect on the C-fibres. However, since the response to exogenous substance P was also inhibited by histamine H3 receptor stimulation, the presence of such receptors at a postsynaptic level, probably on mast cells, was also suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailR-HuEPO hyporesponsiveness - who and why ?
Danielson, B.; Beguin, Yves ULg; Bommer, J. et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (1995), 10

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See detailEen geval van hypocalciëmie
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Belgische Medische Actualiteiten (1995), 472

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See detailRhythmic and Electrophysiological Study after Dynamic Cardiomyoplasty
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Waleffe, André ULg; Gobin, Eric ULg et al

in Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology (1995), 18(5, Pt 1), 965-72

To question the possible proarrhythmic effects of cardiomyoplasty (CMP), six adult goats were submitted to rhythmic and electrophysiological (EP) study 15 days before and 8 months after a posteroanterior ... [more ▼]

To question the possible proarrhythmic effects of cardiomyoplasty (CMP), six adult goats were submitted to rhythmic and electrophysiological (EP) study 15 days before and 8 months after a posteroanterior clockwise CMP procedure using Medtronic Cardiomyostimulator (CMS) (SP1005) and electrodes (SP5528) and completion of a progressive stimulation protocol. Pre and postoperative screening included a surface ECG, 24-hour Holter monitoring, high amplitude and filtered QRS averaging, and invasive EP study performed in the postoperative period with the CMS "ON" and "OFF." One-hour Holter recording with desynchronization of the CMS was obtained. Comparison of pre and postoperative ECG and rhythmic data showed no significant difference. High amplitude QRS averaging did not evidence meeting the usual criteria of late potentials. EP values were stable in both conditions and the aggressive EP program did not show evidence of increased susceptibility to arrhythmias. Asynchronous cardiomyostimulation did not induce arrhythmias. Our data strongly suggest that provided meticulous surgical technique is used, CMP does not significantly interfere with the electrical characteristics of the normal goat heart. The procedure, despite the disturbances it provokes, does not seem to be arrhythmogenic. The function of the CMS was always appropriate, even under stressful EP conditions. [less ▲]

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Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Barnsley, Mike

in GISDATA Newsletter (1995), 6

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See detailSOURCE STRATEGIES AND THE MEDIATIZATION OF CLIMATE-CHANGE
Mormont, Marc ULg; Dasnoy, Christine ULg

in Media, Culture & Society (1995), 17(1), 49-64

A wide approach to the problem of science-media relations is taken in this study of the visibility of science in three >European countries. Differences of national cultures within France, Germany and ... [more ▼]

A wide approach to the problem of science-media relations is taken in this study of the visibility of science in three >European countries. Differences of national cultures within France, Germany and Belgium hod the key to the analysis. This paper explores the impact on the media's representation of climate change that derives from the variations in the balance of power between the press, its scientific sources and other actors, especially pressure groups whoa have interest in how science is represented. France and Germany are shown to have very different approaches scignificantly in distinctive models of the role of media held by scinetists. These models look to be based in what is termed a "spontaneous media sociology" that frame the webs of relations between media and their sources and have a feedback effect oin them. [less ▲]

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See detailTRANSPORT STUDY OF BA-DEFICIENT THIN-FILM Y123 SUPERCONDUCTORS ENRICHED WITH NA
PEKALA, M.; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; AZOULAY, J. et al

in Superconductor Science & Technology (1995), 8(8), 660-666

Nominal Y0.3Ba0.6Na0.1CuO3-delta thin films were prepared with small grains having an orientation of the c axis perpendicular to the MgO substrate. The electrical resistivity and the thermoelectric power ... [more ▼]

Nominal Y0.3Ba0.6Na0.1CuO3-delta thin films were prepared with small grains having an orientation of the c axis perpendicular to the MgO substrate. The electrical resistivity and the thermoelectric power in the absence and in the presence of a magnetic field are reported. The magnetic field dependence of the irreversibility line is discussed. The role of the field for disentangling intragrain and intergrain effects in both coefficients is emphasized. [less ▲]

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See detailCe que tromper veut dire: à propos des éditions maestrichtoises d'Helvétius (1774-1777)
Droixhe, Daniel ULg; Vanwelkenhuyzen, Nadine ULg

in Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century (1995), 329

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See detailPolitics in the lifeboat. Immigrants and the American Democratic Order de J.C. Harles
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in International Migration Review (1995), 28(108), 900-901

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See detailIntérêt du calcul du rapport Trough/Peak (effet en fin de dose/effet maximum) lors d'un traitement antihypertenseur
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53

Un rapport entre l'effet antihypertenseur résiduel (à la fin de l'intervalle entre deux prises) et l'effet au pic d'efficacité (TroughlPeak) constitue un index arithmétique utile pour apprécier l ... [more ▼]

Un rapport entre l'effet antihypertenseur résiduel (à la fin de l'intervalle entre deux prises) et l'effet au pic d'efficacité (TroughlPeak) constitue un index arithmétique utile pour apprécier l'efficacité antihypertensive pour la fréquence d'administration proposée après soustraction de l'effet placebo. Un rapport inférieur à 50% indique que la molécule doit être administrée soit à posologie plus élevée, soit plus fréquemment. A l'inverse, un rapport approchant les 100% indique que l'effet antihypertenseur est maintenu de façon homogène pendant tout l'intervalle considéré, intéressant chez les sujets peu compliants. Il existe cependant une variabilité individuelle importante de la réponse antihypertensive traduite par la dispersion des valeurs autour de la moyenne de ce rapport TroughlPeak (TIP). Quoi qu'il en soit, il reste à démontrer que le calcul de ce rapport TIP est utile en pratique, notamment par l'objectivation d'une relation entre sa valeur et la prévention des phénomènes de morbidité et de mortalité cardio-vasculaires. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Coléoptères Carabidae (Coleoptera) de la Réserve Naturelle du Pré des Forges à Mirwart
Waeyenbergh, M.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Lebrun, Philippe

in Bulletin en Annalen van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (1995), 131

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See detailNucleotide sequence of the bovine P53 tumor-suppressor cDNA.
Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Willems, Luc ULg; Burny, A. et al

in DNA Sequence : The Journal of DNA Sequencing & Mapping (1995), 5(4),

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See detailMiospore Biozonation in the Middle Devonian - Lower Carboniferous of Europe : its application to Western Gondwana
Loboziak, S.; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciencias (1995), 67(3), 311-312

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See detailAn approach to corrective control of voltage instability using simulation and sensitivity
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (1995), 10

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See detailAcetic acid esters synthesis catalysed by Candida antarctica lipase.
Fonteyn, Fabienne ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg; Marlier, M.

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1995), 30(3), 183-188

Synthesis of various acetates catalysed by the Candida antarctica SP435 lipase was carried out in n-heptane. Reactions progress was established over a one hour period. Differences appeared in function of ... [more ▼]

Synthesis of various acetates catalysed by the Candida antarctica SP435 lipase was carried out in n-heptane. Reactions progress was established over a one hour period. Differences appeared in function of the structure and the chain length of alcohols: linalool and menthol were not esterified whereas the esterification of 1-dodecanol gave the highest rate (474 micromole per min and per g) and yield (86 per cent). [less ▲]

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See detailBases biologiques du comportement suicidaire: approche neuroendocrinienne et psychophysiologique du role des catecholamines.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (1995), 95(4-5), 210-33

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior principally involve the serotonergic system. Few data are available about the possible role of the ... [more ▼]

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior principally involve the serotonergic system. Few data are available about the possible role of the catecholaminergic (noradrenergic and dopaminergic) function. In the present study, in a first part, we assessed the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine, a selective alpha 2-adrenergic agonist, and to apomorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, in 22 DSM-III-R major depressive male inpatients with a history of suicide attempts compared to 22 age-matched major depressive inpatients without history of suicidal behavior. Hormonal responses to clonidine and apomorphine were also compared with 4.00 PM postdexamethasone cortisol levels. The two groups differed significantly in the GH peak response after apomorphine: 6.27 +/- 3.18 ng/ml in suicide attempters vs 17.40 +/- 14.87 ng/ml in nonattempters (F = 11.78, p = 0.001). There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups for GH peak responses after clonidine. Moreover, mean postdexamethasone cortisol levels did not exhibit any significant difference between suicide attempters and nonattempters. Violent and nonviolent attempters did not differ on any of the biological measures. In a second part, P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in 20 depressive inpatients subgrouped into suicide attempters (n = 10) and nonattempters (n = 10). The results showed a significant reduction of both P300 and CNV amplitudes in patients who attempted suicide compared to patients without history of suicide attempts. Moreover, a significant correlation was found between the Suicidal Risk scale and CNV amplitude. In conclusion, these results suggest that a dopaminergic hypoactivity as assessed by a blunted GH response to apomorphine and by a reduction of both P300 and CNV amplitudes, could be considered as a biological correlate of suicidal behavior. In contrast, noradrenergic disturbances, particularly at the level of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors, seem to play a more minor role. Moreover, DST nonsuppression cannot be considered as a biological marker of suicidal behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailMémoire et imagerie mentale
Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Coyette, Françoise; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Questions de Logopédie (1995), 31

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See detailFracture de la hanche. Données épidémiologiques et approche thérapeutique
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Le Monde Médical de la Femme (1995), 8

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See detailLas palabras póstumas de Albert Camus
Ardissone, Diana; Willson, Patricia ULg

in Espacios de crítica y producción (1995), (16), 63-64

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See detailThe role of bisphosphonates in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Clinical Rheumatology (1995), 14(3), 22-25

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See detailMacroarthropod-habitat relationships in oak forests in South Belgium. 1. Environments and communities
Branquart, E.; Kime, R. D.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg et al

in Pedobiologia (1995), 39(3), 243-263

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See detailRelative importance of the trophic and direct pathways on PCB contamination in the rotifer species Brachionus calyciflorus (Pallas)
Joaquim-Justo, Célia ULg; Gosselain, V; Descy, Jean-Pierre et al

in Hydrobiologia (1995)

To determine the contribution of food ingestion (trophic pathway) to PCB contamination of zooplankton in the river Meuse (Belgium), we used 14 C-labelled algae (Dictyosphaerium ehrenbergianum) to measure ... [more ▼]

To determine the contribution of food ingestion (trophic pathway) to PCB contamination of zooplankton in the river Meuse (Belgium), we used 14 C-labelled algae (Dictyosphaerium ehrenbergianum) to measure ingestion and assimilation rates in the rotifer species Brachionus calyciflorus . When the concentration of algae in the culture medium varied from 20 103 to 200 103 algal cells ml -1 (0.12 to 1 .18 mg C 1 - '), the Brachionus calyciflorus ingestion rate varied from 0 .25 ± 0 .12 to 1 .52 ± 0 .43 ng C ind -1 h-1 at 15 °C and from 0 .74 ± 0 .17 to 5 .93 ± 0.61 ng Cind-' h-1 at 20 °C . The assimilation efficiency (ratio of the assimilation rate to the ingestion rate) measured in a culture medium containing 200 103 algal cells ml`' was 55 .7 ± 5.8%. Since the PCB concentration measured in the phytoplankton of the river Meuse is about 3 pg PCBs g -1 D.W., the estimated PCB contamination of zooplankton ascribable to the trophic pathway ranges from 0 .22 ± 0 .17 to 1 .31 ± 0.77 jag PCBs g -1 D.W. at 15 °C and from 0.64 ± 0 .34 to 5 .10 ± 2 .10 pg PCBs g -1 D. W. at 20'C . The lower figure based on measurements effected at 20 ° C is comparable to the actual level measured in zooplankton samples collected in the river Meuse (0 .69 ± 0.20 pg PCBs g`' D.W.) . The applicability of the formula used in our estimate was checked in a 48-hour in vitro experiment in which the rotifers were fed contaminated algae . The PCB accumulation measured in the rotifers was found to coincide with the calculated PCB contamination . Additional experiments were carried out to determine the contribution of the direct pathway to PCB contamination of zooplankton living in the river Meuse (0.02 pg PCBs 1-1 of water; average dissolved organic matter : 3 mg C 1 -1 ). The PCB concentration in zooplankton resulting from direct uptake of PCBs from the water was estimated at 0 .19 ± 0.05 jug PCBs g -1 D.W. These results show that in zooplankton living in polluted ecosystems, PCBs are likely to accumulate via the trophic pathway to concentrations up to 30 times higher than by direct contamination . Furthermore, our estimates of PCB contamination via the trophic pathway coincide quite well with actual concentrations measured in situ . [less ▲]

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See detail- Establishment of normal and transformed root cultures of Artemisia annua L. for artemisinin production.
Jaziri, M.; Shimomura, K.; Yoshimatsu, K. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (1995), 145(1-2), 175-177

Transformed cultures of Artemisia annua L. (Asteraceae) were established by the co-culture method using leaf segments of A. annua and Agrobacterium rhizogenes NCIB 8196 or MAFF 03-01724. The hairy root ... [more ▼]

Transformed cultures of Artemisia annua L. (Asteraceae) were established by the co-culture method using leaf segments of A. annua and Agrobacterium rhizogenes NCIB 8196 or MAFF 03-01724. The hairy root clones thus obtained grew vigorously on hormone-free medium, showing the typical transformed morphology. The genetic transformation of the root was proved by the opine assay. Normal root and shoot cultures were also established. A highly specific and sensitive enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) method was used for the detection and semi-quantitative determination of artemisinin and structurally related compounds in these cultures. The presence of artemisinin was confirmed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. The hairy roots cultured in the dark produced no detectable level of artemisinin as shown by the adventitious shoots cultured under light conditions. The ELISA analysis of the green hairy roots cultured in liquid medium under a 16 h light/day photoperiod showed the existence of compound(s) structurally related to artemisinin, though normal and hairy roots cultured in the dark give no detectable levels of immuno-signal. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiation instead of habituation characterizes visual evoked potentials in migraine patients between attacks
Schoenen, Jean ULg; Wang, W.; Albert, A. et al

in European Journal of Neurology (1995), 2

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See detailLes participes présents féminins actifs dans l'Avesta
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Annali (1995)

In Avestan, much feminine present participles in the active voice are problematic. However, the behaviour of the epenthesis of the feminine suffix is quite perfectly regular.

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See detailMechanisms of substance P-induced pulmonary oedema in the rabbit: interactions between parasympathetic and excitatory NANC nerves.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (1995), 9(5), 450-7

The pharmacological mechanisms involved in the substance P (SP)-induced pulmonary oedema were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. Substance P induced a dose-dependent increase in the capillary ... [more ▼]

The pharmacological mechanisms involved in the substance P (SP)-induced pulmonary oedema were studied in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. Substance P induced a dose-dependent increase in the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c), responsible for oedema. Atropine, hemicholinium-3 and ruthenium red pretreatment partly protected the lungs against SP effects, while tetrodotoxin and hexamethonium did not significantly modify them. (+/-)CP96,345, a NK1 receptor antagonist, completely inhibited the SP-induced increase in the Kf,c. Like SP, acetylcholine (ACh) and capsaicin also increased the Kf,c. Atropine and (+/-)CP96,345 completely blocked the oedema induced by both drugs. Tetrodotoxin and ruthenium red strongly inhibited the response to capsaicin and acetylcholine. It was concluded that SP-induced pulmonary oedema is in part mediated by a stimulating action on cholinergic efferent nerves, with subsequent release of endogenous acetylcholine. Acetylcholine can, in turn, stimulate the release of SP from excitatory non adrenergic, non cholinergic nerves. The effects induced by capsaicin and exogenous acetylcholine, thus endogenous SP, involve tetrodotoxin-sensitive mechanisms, while those produced by exogenous SP are tetrodotoxin-resistant. [less ▲]

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See detailAttitude of a Young Surgeon toward Experimental Surgery. Roles and Limits of Experimental Surgery
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1995), 95(2, Mar-Apr), 113-7

At the moment, the place of experimental surgery within the clinical surgical cores is questioned. However, its role in the progresses of surgical practice and training of surgeons is undisputable. It is ... [more ▼]

At the moment, the place of experimental surgery within the clinical surgical cores is questioned. However, its role in the progresses of surgical practice and training of surgeons is undisputable. It is through research that surgeons can keep some critical mind, essential in their daily activities. However, too often actually, the surgeons abandon research. Two essential reasons explain the phenomenon: on the one hand, the weight of the clinical tasks and on the other hand the complexity of research founded on more and more specialized basic notions. In fact, the part of a surgical investigator must be to form a link between basic research and clinical activities. As such, work in collaboration with motivated basic investigators is cardinal. Also, the success of research depends upon the will of the departments to maintain a research activity, but it meets often with the difficulty in obtaining sufficient research credits. Finally, research can play an essential part in the education of the trainees and partly fill some gaps in their clinical training. [less ▲]

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See detailBiology and clinical uses of erythropoietin in infants and children
Beguin, Yves ULg

in International Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (1995), 2

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See detailA comprehensive analysis of mid-term voltage stability
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Jacquemart, Yannick; Marquet, Jean-Noël et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (1995), 10

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See detailBone mineral density of the spine and the hip measured with dual energy X-ray absorptiometry: normal range and fracture threshold for western European (Belgian) postmenopausal females.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Janssen, C; DEROISY, Rita ULg et al

in Clinical Rheumatology (1995), 14(1), 68-75

Bone mineral density (BMD) of the spine and the different regions of interest (ROI) of the hip were measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in 278 healthy Belgian postmenopausal women and 93 ... [more ▼]

Bone mineral density (BMD) of the spine and the different regions of interest (ROI) of the hip were measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in 278 healthy Belgian postmenopausal women and 93 postmenopausal type I osteoporotic females in order to: a) determine the normal range for lumbar and hip BMD values; b) define an "hypothetical" fracture threshold in this population; c) determine the preferential region to be considered for clinical use in type I osteoporosis. In the normal subjects, there is a negative relationship (< 0.001) between age or time elapsed since menopause (Tm) and BMD measured at the level of the spine or at the ROI of the hip. For the spine, evidence of a curvilinear relationship was assessed. Regressions of BMD at the hip as a function of age or time elapsed since menopause, were best fitted by a linear relationship. In the population of postmenopausal women who have experienced a vertebral crush fracture, no relationships were observed between spine BMD and age or Tm but the osteoporotic women had a spine BMD significantly lower compared to age-matched normal controls: Z-score = -1.2 +/- 0.6 (mean +/- SD) (p < 0.0001). Fracture threshold calculated as the 90th percentile of spine BMD measured in osteoporotic patients was 0.840 g/cm2, corresponding to the mean value -1 SD for a population of women aged 51 years. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of liposomes as models and tools in the understanding of photosensitization mechanisms
Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1995), 28(3), 189-196

The various applications of liposomes in understanding photosensitization are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the various kinds of information that these models allow to obtain in ... [more ▼]

The various applications of liposomes in understanding photosensitization are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the various kinds of information that these models allow to obtain in phototherapy. Liposomes are simple vesicles in which an aqueous phase is enclosed by a phospholipidic membrane. They are suitable models mimicking specific situations occurring <br />m vivo and they allow study of the influence of physieochemieal, photobioiogieal and biochemical factors on the uptake of photosensitizers by tissues, their mechanisms of action and the subsequent photoinduced tumor necrosis. Moreover, solubilization of the sensitizer into the bilayer seems to improve its tumoral selectivity and its photodynamic efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear transplantation using bovine primordial germ cells from male fetuses.
Delhaise, F.; Ectors, Fabien ULg; de Roover, R. et al

in Reproduction, Fertility and Development (1995), 7(5), 1217-9

The developmental potential of nuclei of bovine gonial cells was investigated by nuclear transfer. Gonial cells were collected from male fetuses at about 175 days post coitum (p.c.). They were fused with ... [more ▼]

The developmental potential of nuclei of bovine gonial cells was investigated by nuclear transfer. Gonial cells were collected from male fetuses at about 175 days post coitum (p.c.). They were fused with enucleated oocytes; reconstituted embryos were cultured in vitro for 7 days. Embryos reaching the compacted morula or blastocyst stage were either fixed for cell counting or transferred into recipients. Out of 115 oocyte-gonia fusions, 101 (87.8%) gave rise to cleaved embryos at Day 3 and 26 (22.6%) had reached the 8-cell stage. At Day 7, 1 (1%) developed to the morula stage and 5 (4%) reached the blastocyst stage. Three blastocysts were fixed and showed normal cell numbers (135; 90; 76 cells). Three blastocysts and one morula were transferred in four recipients; two recipients were pregnant at Day 21 but only one was positive at Day 35 p.c.; this last one aborted around Day 40 p.c. No conceptus was collected. These results indicate that gonial cell nuclei can be partially reprogrammed; they are able to develop into blastocysts and to initiate gestation. However, more experiments will be necessary to prove the nuclear totipotency of bovine gonial cells. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative double-blind multicenter study of the efficacy of tiludronate and etidronate in Paget's disease of bone
Roux, C; Gennari, C; Farrerons, J et al

in BONE (1995), 16(S1), 503

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See detailHYDRODYNAMIC SIMULATIONS OF GALAXY FORMATION .1. DISSIPATION AND THE MAXIMUM MASS OF GALAXIES
Thoul, Anne ULg; WEINBERG, D. H.

in Astrophysical Journal (1995), 442(2), 480-491

We describe an accurate, one-dimensional, spherically symmetric Lagrangian hydrodynamics/gravity code, designed to study the effects of radiative cooling and photoionization on the formation of ... [more ▼]

We describe an accurate, one-dimensional, spherically symmetric Lagrangian hydrodynamics/gravity code, designed to study the effects of radiative cooling and photoionization on the formation of protogalaxies. The code can treat an arbitrary number of fluid shells (representing baryons) and collisionless shells (representing cold dark matter). As a test of the code, we reproduce analytic solutions for the pulsation behavior of a poly-trope and for the self-similar collapse of a spherically symmetric, cosmological perturbation. In this paper we concentrate on the effects of radiative cooling, examining the ability of collapsing perturbations to cool within the age of the universe. In contrast to some studies based on order-of-magnitude estimates, we find that cooling arguments alone cannot explain the sharp upper cutoff observed in the galaxy luminosity function. [less ▲]

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See detailRespiratory adjustments in unacclimatised horses exercised under hot, humid conditions
Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1995), 18

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit Standardbred horses ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit Standardbred horses were investigated twice at 8 day intervals, once in temperate conditions (TC) (ambient temperature: 15°C; relative humidity: 55%) and once in hot and humid conditions (HHC) (ambient temperature: 30°C; relative humidity: 75%). The standardised treadmill exercise test consisted of 8 min warm-up and 8 min exercise (1 min at 1.7, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 m/s and 2 min at 4 m/s with a 6% slope). Running in HHC induced a significant decrease in peak expired minute volume (VE), oxygen uptake (VO2), VCO2 and oxygen pulse, while RQ remained unchanged and PACO2 increased. The changes in skin temperature (ST), i.e. the difference between ST at rest and at 10 m/s, was dramatically higher in HHC. The test induced changes, i.e. the differences between the values before and after the test, in cortisol, (beta-endorphins and plasma lactate (LA) values after the test were significantly higher. This study showed that performing a strenuous exercise in hot, humid conditions in unacclimatised horses induced a reduction of the aerobic capacity, i.e. decrease of the V02 and increase of LA production. A relative hypoventilation could be partly responsible for this observation, but all the steps of the oxygen transport from the pulmonary ventilation to the muscle metabolism could also potentially be impaired in such conditions [less ▲]

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See detailRecommendations for the registration of new chemical entities used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Compston, JE; Jones, EA et al

in Calcified Tissue International (1995), 57

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See detailLes activateurs de canaux potassiques: étude structurale comparative du pinacidil, du diazoxide et du cromakalim
Dupont, Léon ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises (1995), 53(5), 201-208

A conformational analysis has been performed with SYBYL starting from the energy optimized (Tripos force field) X-ray conformation of (R,S)-pinacidil. The geometry of four selected low energy conformers ... [more ▼]

A conformational analysis has been performed with SYBYL starting from the energy optimized (Tripos force field) X-ray conformation of (R,S)-pinacidil. The geometry of four selected low energy conformers has been reoptimized using the AM1 semiempirical Molecular Orbital method (MOPAC 5.0), and the total energy of the optimized conformers has been compared. In spite of an apparent structural dissimilarity, a good analogy has been found between the calculated isopotential map of diazoxide and that of at least one selected low energy conformer of pinacidil. It has been suggested that, unlike cromakalim, the low but observable activity of pinacidil on pancreatic B-cells could be explained by adoption for this compound of a conformation having a diazoxide-like stereoelectronical imprint which could assume a similar interaction on the same biological receptor. [less ▲]

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See detailFemoral bone density and vitamin D deficiency in elderly women
DEROISY; Pirenne, H; Frederick, I et al

in Archives of Public Health (1995), 52(S1), 81

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See detailMigraine and cluster headache--their management with sumatriptan: a critical review of the current clinical experience.
Wilkinson, M.; Pfaffenrath, V.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1995), 15(5), 337-57

Sumatriptan is a potent and selective agonist at the vascular 5HT1 receptor which mediates constriction of certain large cranial blood vessels and/or inhibits the release of vasoactive neuropeptides from ... [more ▼]

Sumatriptan is a potent and selective agonist at the vascular 5HT1 receptor which mediates constriction of certain large cranial blood vessels and/or inhibits the release of vasoactive neuropeptides from perivascular trigeminal axons in the dura mater following activation of the trigeminovascular system. The mode of action of this drug in migraine and cluster headache is discussed. On the basis of a detailed review of all published trials and available data from post-marketing studies, the efficacy, safety, tolerability and the place of oral and subcutaneous sumatriptan in the treatment of both conditions are assessed. A number of double-blind clinical trials have demonstrated that sumatriptan 100 mg administered orally is clearly superior to placebo in the acute treatment of migraine headache and achieves significantly greater response rates than ergotamine or aspirin. In other studies, 70 to 80% of patients receiving sumatriptan 6 mg sc experienced relief of migraine headaches by 1 or 2 h after administration, and patients consistently required less rescue medication for unresolved symptoms. Sumatriptan was also effective in relieving associated migraine symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Sumatriptan was equally effective regardless of migraine type or duration of migraine symptoms. Overall, approximately 40% of patients who initially responded to oral or subcutaneous sumatriptan experienced recurrence of their headache usually within 24 h, effectively treated by a further dose of this drug. In 75% of patients with cluster headache treated with sumatriptan 6 mg sc, relief was achieved within 15 min. Based on pooled study data, sumatriptan is generally well tolerated and most adverse events are transient. Adverse events following oral administration include nausea, vomiting, malaise, fatigue and dizziness. With the subcutaneous injection, injection site reactions occur in approximately 30%. Chest syumptoms are reported in 3 to 5% but have been associated with myocardial ischaemia only in rare isolated cases. The recommended dosage of sumatriptan at the onset of migraine symptoms is 100 mg orally or 6 mg subcutaneously. The recommended dosage for cluster headache is 6 mg sumatriptan sc. Sumatriptan must not be given together with vasoconstrictive substances, e.g., ergotamines, or with migraine prophylactics with similar properties, e.g., methysergide. Sumatriptan should not be given during the migraine aura. It is contraindicated in patients with ischaemic heart disease, previous myocardial infarction, Prinzmetal (variant) angina and uncontrolled hypertension. [less ▲]

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See detailThe quark propagator from the Dyson-Schwinger equations: (I). The chiral solution
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Gentles, A. J.; Ross, D. A.

in Nuclear Physics B (1995), 440

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See detailEndogenous nitric oxide modulates acetylcholine-induced edema and vasoconstriction in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1995), 274(2), 559-97

The modulatory role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) on pulmonary edema induced by acetylcholine (ACh), capsaicin, substance P (SP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was investigated by using an inhibitor of ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) on pulmonary edema induced by acetylcholine (ACh), capsaicin, substance P (SP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was investigated by using an inhibitor of NO synthase, N-omega-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA). The effects of endogenous NO on the hemodynamic response to ACh, 5-HT and SP were also investigated. The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c), the total pressure gradient (delta Pt) and its four components [arterial (delta Pa), pre- (delta Pa') and post-capillary (delta Pv'), and venous gradient (delta Pv)] were evaluated on isolated, ventilated, perfused rabbit lungs. ACh (10(-8) to 10(-4) M) and SP (10(-10) to 10(-6) M) induced a concentration-dependent increase in the Kf,c. Capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-HT (10(-4) M) also increased this parameter. L-NNA (10(-4) M) completely inhibited the effects of ACh and capsaicin on the Kf,c, without preventing the effects of SP and 5-HT. ACh induced a concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in the precapillary segment. Pretreatment with L-NNA enhanced this increase in delta Pa' but also increased delta Pv' and delta Pv. 5-HT increased delta Pt and delta Pa proportionally to the concentration. This effect was enhanced by L-NNA, which also increased delta Pa'. SP had no significant hemodynamic effect. Pretreatment with L-NNA did not modify the response to SP. Sodium nitroprusside (10(-5) M) induced a left shift of the concentration-response curve to ACh on the Kf,c, although it did not change the response to SP. Sodium nitroprusside also inhibited the hemodynamic effect of ACh. It was concluded that endogenous NO is involved in ACh-and capsaicin-induced edema via a prejunctional stimulatory effect on the C-fibers. Endogenous NO can also modulate ACh- and 5-HT-induced vasoconstriction by exerting a vasodilator action on the whole pulmonary vascular bed. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacité du piège à fosse pour la collecte d' Hypnoidus riparius (Fabricius) (Coleoptera, Elateridae)
Jeuniaux, C.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg

in Bulletin et Annales de la Société Royale Belge d’Entomologie = Bulletin en Annalen van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (1995), 131

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See detailThe hydrophobic effect in protein folding.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in FASEB Journal (1995), 9(7), 535-40

In this review of protein folding we consider the noncovalent interactions existing between atoms or molecules at the molecular level. The electrostatic, Van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic ... [more ▼]

In this review of protein folding we consider the noncovalent interactions existing between atoms or molecules at the molecular level. The electrostatic, Van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic interactions are described and their contribution to protein conformation is discussed. The growing interest in the hydrophobic effect arises from its importance in the protein folding process, and a semiempirical simulation of the free energy of solvation is proposed. In most proteins, the different forces we describe contribute to the stability of the protein conformation in a complex way. However, in the case of the apolipoproteins and cytochrome C551, the energetic contributions are easily distinguished. For this reason, these proteins are used to illustrate the importance of the different energy fields. [less ▲]

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See detailTransient respiration locomotion decoupling in galloping thoroughbreds
Jolly, Sandra ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1995), 18(suppl), 13-17

The compulsory respiration locomotion coupling may sometimes be broken in healthy galloping horses, leading to a `big respiratory cycle' (BRC). This work is aimed at describing the ventilatory pattern of ... [more ▼]

The compulsory respiration locomotion coupling may sometimes be broken in healthy galloping horses, leading to a `big respiratory cycle' (BRC). This work is aimed at describing the ventilatory pattern of the BRC and at studying the influence of the individual horse, gallop speed and training. Eleven healthy Thoroughbred horses were studied during a 9 week period of incremental training intensity. Instantaneous respiratory airflow, tidal volume, respiratory rate and the 02 and C02 fraction in inspired and expired gases were continuously obtained on a breath-by-breath basis during 4 standardised treadmill exercise tests (SET) performed at 3 week intervals. The inspiratory airflow of the BRC had a bi- or triphasic shape and ils inspiratory time was 1.5-fold longer than that of a normal breath. The expiratory flow was monophasic and lasted 2.5-fold longer than the normal breath. The inspiratory, but not the expiratory peak flows, remained unchanged during the BRC. The inspiratory volume was 2.0-to 1.5-fold higher than normal, according to the gallop speed. Each BRC was followed by a`readjustment cycle' (RC), which allowed the recovery of normal respiration locomotion coupling. The sum of BRC + RC times always equalled the time for 3 normal respiratory cycles. The sum of the inspiratory volumes of BRC and RC was significantly higher than the sum of their expiratory volumes. There was a highly significant effect of horse and of training on the frequency of BRC. Lastly, during the BRC and at least the 4 following respiratory cycles, the end-tidal 02 and CO, fractions were significantly lower and higher respectively. It was hypothesised that this respiratory manoeuvre could result from a negative feedback mechanism providing, at least, transiently either a readjustment of the end expiratory lung volume or an improvement of the pulmonary gas exchange [less ▲]

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See detailThe effectiveness of combined oral lysine acetylsalicylate and metoclopramide compared with oral sumatriptan for migraine.
Tfelt-Hansen, P.; Henry, P.; Mulder, L. J. et al

in Lancet (1995), 346(8980), 923-6

Aspirin is commonly used to treat migraine attacks, although sumatriptan, a much more expensive treatment, is also effective. We compared a combination of lysine acetylsalicylate (equivalent to 900 mg ... [more ▼]

Aspirin is commonly used to treat migraine attacks, although sumatriptan, a much more expensive treatment, is also effective. We compared a combination of lysine acetylsalicylate (equivalent to 900 mg aspirin) and 10 mg metoclopramide (LAS+MTC) with oral sumatriptan (100 mg) and placebo in 421 patients with migraine. LAS+MTC was as effective as sumatriptan with a decrease of headache from severe or moderate to mild or none of 57% and 53%, respectively, for the first migraine attack treated. Both treatments were better than placebo (success rate 24%, p < 0.0001). LAS+MTC was significantly more effective in the treatment of nausea than sumatriptan (p < 0.0001) and was better tolerated (adverse events in 18% and 28%, respectively, p < 0.05). LAS+MTC is as effective as sumatriptan in the treatment of migraine attacks. It is also much cheaper. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a Second Receptor Binding Site on Human Prolactin
Goffin, Vincent; Struman, Ingrid ULg; Mainfroid, V. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1994), 269(51), 32598-606

The existence of a second receptor binding site on human prolactin (hPRL) was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. First, 12 residues of helices 1 and 3 were mutated to alanine. Since none of the ... [more ▼]

The existence of a second receptor binding site on human prolactin (hPRL) was investigated by site-directed mutagenesis. First, 12 residues of helices 1 and 3 were mutated to alanine. Since none of the resulting mutants exhibit reduced bioactivity in the Nb2 cell proliferation bioassay, the mutated residues do not appear to be functionally necessary. Next, small residues surrounding the helix 1-helix 3 interface were replaced with Arg and/or Trp, the aim being to sterically hinder the second binding site. Several of these mutants exhibit only weak agonistic properties, supporting our hypothesis that the channel between helices 1 and 3 is involved in a second receptor binding site. We then analyzed the antagonistic and self-antagonistic properties of native hPRL and of several hPRLs analogs altered at binding site 1 or 2. Even at high concentrations (approximately 10 microM), no self-inhibition was observed with native hPRL; site 2 hPRL mutants self-antagonized while site 1 mutants did not. From these data, we propose a model of hPRL-PRL receptor interaction which slightly differs from that proposed earlier for the homologous human growth hormone (hGH) (Fuh, G., Cunningham, B. C., Fukunaga, R., Nagata, S., and Goeddel, D. V., and Well, J. A. (1992) Science 256, 1677-1680). Like hGH, hPRL would bind sequentially to two receptor molecules, first through site 1, then through site 2, but we would expect the two sites of hPRL to display, unlike the two binding sites of hGH, about the same binding affinity, thus preventing self-antagonism at high concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailA conserved 5' to 3' exonuclease activity in yeast and human nucleotide excision repair protein RAD2 and XPG
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Sung, Patrick; Prakash, Louise et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1994), 269(50), 31342-5

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See detailTraitement de l'ostéoporose: données actuelles et perspectives
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg; Franchimont, P.

in Revue du Rhumatisme (1994), 61(10, Pt 2), 155-164

Postmenopausal osteoporosis is characterized not only by a reduction in bone mass but also by bone microarchitecture alterations, which result in greater bone frailty and in an increased fracture risk ... [more ▼]

Postmenopausal osteoporosis is characterized not only by a reduction in bone mass but also by bone microarchitecture alterations, which result in greater bone frailty and in an increased fracture risk. Many drugs have been studied to determine whether they prevent bone loss or reduce the incidence of additional fractures in patients with established osteoporosis. Primary prevention of osteoporosis rests on regular exercising and adequate intake of dietary calcium. For secondary prevention in women undergoing menopause, replacement estrogen therapy given for at least ten years is associated with substantial reductions in fractures of the radius, hip, and spine. Other drugs capable of arresting postmenopausal bone loss include parenteral, nasal or rectal calcitonin and diphosphonates. However, the long-term safety of the latter requires further evaluation. Current studies are evaluating new molecules with potential preventive efficacy, such as ipriflavone. There is no general consensus about the efficacy of treatments for established osteoporosis with fractures. To date, no controlled studies have demonstrated a reduction in the incidence of further fractures in patients given calcium alone. Studies of hydroxylated vitamin D derivatives have been disappointing, although daily administration of vitamin D3 in combination with calcium significantly reduced the incidence of nonvertebral fractures in a population of elderly institutionalized subjects. Plausible explanations for this effect include increased vitamin D levels and reduced parathyroid levels in the bloodstream. Parenteral or nasal calcitonin stabilizes or increases bone mineral content in both cancellous and cortical bone. This effect is especially marked in high-turn-over patients. Several lines of evidence suggest that calcitonin therapy has a protective effect against vertebral and hip fractures. In patients with osteoporosis, oral or intravenous diphosphonates are associated with a significant increase in cancellous bone mass with no loss of cortical bone. Etidronate may be especially beneficial in severe osteoporosis with marked loss of bone and multiple vertebral crush fractures. Fluoride stimulates the growth and synthetic activity of osteoblasts. Accurate information is needed on the optimal dosage of fluoride, on the effects of fluoride on the appendicular skeleton, and, above all, on the biomechanical properties of the bone produced under fluoride therapy. In addition to these commercially available drugs, several other agents are at various stages of the development process.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailMaladie de Kaposi chez une patiente souffrant d'une immunodéficience acquise VIH négative
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Collignon, Jacques ULg; Moutschen, M. P. et al

in Presse Médicale (1994), 23(38), 1760-1761

A 79-year-old woman of Mediterranean ascent suffered from corticosteroid-dependent chronic obstructive lung disease, hypogammaglobulinemia (IgG 1 and 2), decreased CD16 natural killer cell function and ... [more ▼]

A 79-year-old woman of Mediterranean ascent suffered from corticosteroid-dependent chronic obstructive lung disease, hypogammaglobulinemia (IgG 1 and 2), decreased CD16 natural killer cell function and non-HIV related CD4 and CD8 lymphopenia. Such immunodeficiency could be either a variant of common variable immunodeficiency or an early stage of the idiopathic CD4 + T lymphocytopenia syndrome. She developed bilateral lesions of Kaposi's sarcoma on the lower extremities resembling the classic European type of the disease. The tumors contained both CD34 + and Factor XIIIa + cells. The HLA-DR5 haplotype was not found. Weekly low intravenous dosages of vinblastine improved the lesions but the patient died from pontic infarction. [less ▲]

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See detail(Erratum) Further observational evidence that MG J0414+0534 is a gravitational mirage.
Angonin-Willaime, M.-C.; Vanderriest, C.; Hammer, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 292

In Sect. 3.3, the identifications of components A1 and A2 for the optical data were inadvertently inverted. This does not change substantially the discussion; just read A1 for A2 and vice versa. In ... [more ▼]

In Sect. 3.3, the identifications of components A1 and A2 for the optical data were inadvertently inverted. This does not change substantially the discussion; just read A1 for A2 and vice versa. In particular, the ratio A2/A1 = 0.3 cannot be made compatible with the radio value without one or several of the mechanisms we suggested. We apologize for the error and thank Dr S. Mao for bringing it to our attention. Erratum to Astron. Astrophys. 281, 388-394 (1994) [less ▲]

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See detailLes phéromones humaines: vestige animal ou réalité non reconnue
Foidart, Agnès ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(12), 662-80

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See detailA kinetic model of the formation of the hot oxygen geocorona. 1: Quiet geomagnetic conditions
Shematovich, V. I.; Bisikalo, D. V.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1994), 99

A model of the hot oxygen geocorona in the transition region near the exobase is described. It is based on a Monte Carlo solution of the nonlinear Boltzmann equation for hot oxygen atoms produced by ... [more ▼]

A model of the hot oxygen geocorona in the transition region near the exobase is described. It is based on a Monte Carlo solution of the nonlinear Boltzmann equation for hot oxygen atoms produced by chemical processes usually considered as a source of hot oxygen (photodissociation of O2 and dissociative recombination of O2(+) and NO(+) ions). The evolution of the system is described stochastically as a series of random Markovian processes. The energy distribution function of the thermal and non-thermal O(3P) atoms and of the nonthermal O(1D) atoms is calculated from the thermospheric collision-dominated region to the exosphere where the gas flow is virtually collisionless. The model is applied to equatorial latitudes for conditions of low solar and geomagnetic activity. Numerical simulations show that the distribution function of thermal oxygen is increasingly perturbed by collisions with the hot oxygen population at high altitudes and departs significantly from a Maxwellian distribution at all altitudues. The number density and temperature of the nonthermal oxygen atoms are derived from their microscopic distribution function and found tobe in qualitative agreement with previous theoretical and experimental estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailA flare event on HR2517
Sterken, C.; Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (1994), 4120

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See detailEpithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Hpv-33-Transfected Cervical Keratinocytes Is Associated with Increased Invasiveness and Expression of Gelatinase A
Gilles, Christine ULg; Polette, M.; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1994), 59(5), 661-6

The invasive potential of a set of HPV-33- and HPV-33 + ras-transfected cervical keratinocytes was investigated. These cell lines were previously separated into 2 groups according to their behavior on ... [more ▼]

The invasive potential of a set of HPV-33- and HPV-33 + ras-transfected cervical keratinocytes was investigated. These cell lines were previously separated into 2 groups according to their behavior on collagen rafts. Cell lines from the first group reconstituted CINIII-like lesions, whereas cell lines from the second group reconstituted epithelia comparable to micro-invasive carcinomas. They were thus postulated to represent distinct stages of cervical carcinogenesis. The present results have shown that lines from group I, which have conserved an epithelial morphology in monolayer, (i) could not invade matrigel when tested in a modified Boyden chamber assay, (ii) produced solely gelatinase B and (iii) were unable to activate exogenous gelatinase A. On the other hand, lines from group II associated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (acquisition of elongated morphology, vimentin positivity) with high in vitro invasive potential and with the ability both to produce and to activate gelatinase A. These results strongly support the hypothesis that the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and the associated events might be implicated in the progression to the metastatic phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailLa socialisation politique, par Annick Percheron, textes réunis par Nonna Mayer et Anne Muxel (compte rendu)
Fournier, Bernard ULg

in Revue canadienne de science politique (1994), XXVII(4)

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See detailA novel glycoprotein of the aspartic proteinase gene family expressed in bovine placental trophectoderm
Xie, Sancai; Low, Boon G.; Nagel, Robert J. et al

in Biology of Reproduction (1994), 51(6), 1145-1153

The pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAG 1) that appear in the maternal serum of cattle and sheep soon after implantation are apparently inactive members of the aspartic proteinase family. Here we ... [more ▼]

The pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAG 1) that appear in the maternal serum of cattle and sheep soon after implantation are apparently inactive members of the aspartic proteinase family. Here we describe the isolation of a highly abundant cDNA (PAG 2 cDNA) that represents a second member of this gene family which is structurally related to bovine PAG 1, ovine PAG 1, and pepsin (58%, 58%, and 51% amino acid sequence identity, respectively). The bovine PAG 2 cDNA was identified in two ways. First, the bovine placental library was screened under relatively nonstringent conditions with an ovine PAG 1 cDNA. The second fortuitous approach employed immunoscreening with an antiserum raised against a partially purified factor that competed with bovine LH for binding to the LH receptor on the CL of the ovary. The full-length cDNA (1258 bp) codes for a polypeptide of 376 amino acids. Bovine PAG 2, unlike bovine PAG 1, has a catalytic center with a consensus sequence of amino acids. Its mRNA is expressed in fetal placenta but not in other fetal organs, and is localized to both the mononucleate and binucleate cells of the trophectoderm, whereas PAG 1 is expressed only in binucleate cells. PAG 2 is synthesized by placental explants as a 70-kDa glycoprotein that is processed to several smaller molecules. Western blot analysis of culture media developed with epitope-selected antibodies to PAG 2 reveals several bands ranging in apparent M(r) from 31,000-70,000, which correspond in size to the polypeptides present in the preparation used for immunization [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of gelatinases A and B and their tissue inhibitors by cells of early and term human placenta and gestational endometrium
Polette, Myriam; Nawrocki, B.; PINTIAUX, Axelle ULg et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1994), 71(6), 838-846

BACKGROUND: Human placentation is mediated by fetal trophoblastic cells that invade the maternal uterine endometrium. Trophoblast invasion requires a precisely regulated secretion of specific proteolytic ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Human placentation is mediated by fetal trophoblastic cells that invade the maternal uterine endometrium. Trophoblast invasion requires a precisely regulated secretion of specific proteolytic enzymes able to degrade the endometrial basement membrane and extracellular matrix. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Several studies have documented the key roles of matrix metalloproteinases and their tissue inhibitors in the invasion of various matrices by cultured trophoblasts. In vitro studies suggest that placentation could result from a balance between the secretion of these enzymes by trophoblast cells and their inhibition by the natural tissue inhibitors (TIMPs) produced by maternal decidual cells. The precise localization and levels of expression of these proteins that account for and control invasion during human placentation in vivo however, have not been described. We have evaluated, in vivo, by immunohistochemistry, Northern blot analysis and in situ hybridization, the expression of two metalloproteinases (gelatinases A and B) and their two tissue inhibitors (TIMPs 1 and 2) in placental villi and placental beds of first and third trimesters of normal pregnancy. RESULTS: Human first trimester intermediate trophoblast produced both gelatinases A and B; these two gelatinases were respectively less and no more detected at term in these cells. We found that both TIMP1 and 2 were also expressed in maternal decidual cells with a dramatic increase of TIMP1 at the term of pregnancy. In floating villi, gelatinase A and TIMP1 were localized in the stromal compartment, whereas gelatinase B and TIMP2 were codistributed in trophoblast cells. CONCLUSIONS: The gelatinases A and B and their tissue inhibitors are thus expressed by specific cells in early and late placental beds and villi. This pattern of expression varies during pregnancy. Therefore, our morphologic study supports biologic findings suggesting that these proteins may participate in placentation. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulated growth front of 123-(RE)BCO near 211 particles
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physica C: Superconductivity (1994), 235(Part 1), 427-428

The microstructural features observed on some DyBa2Cu3O7-x, samples show that kinetic considerations are as important as thermodynamic ones. In order to compute and characterize the kinetic growth front ... [more ▼]

The microstructural features observed on some DyBa2Cu3O7-x, samples show that kinetic considerations are as important as thermodynamic ones. In order to compute and characterize the kinetic growth front of 123-(RE)BCO compounds, we have introduced an anisotropic growth direction into a simple two-dimensional growth model: the Eden model defined on a square lattice. The presence of 211 particles has been also considered. The simulated patterns in the ab and ac planes agree with observations and contribute to a more comprehensive model of the kinetic of the growth front near 211 particles. [less ▲]

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See detailVaricelle et zona: Virus VZV, étiologie, complications et traitement
Rentier, Bernard ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg

in Patient Care (1994), 17

La varicelle est une affection très fréquente et très contagieuse. Presque toujours bénigne chez l'enfant, elle peut être plus grave chez l'adulte. Quant au zona, il frappe essentiellement les adultes. C ... [more ▼]

La varicelle est une affection très fréquente et très contagieuse. Presque toujours bénigne chez l'enfant, elle peut être plus grave chez l'adulte. Quant au zona, il frappe essentiellement les adultes. C'est le seul et même virus de la varicelle et du zona (Varicella-Zoster Virus, VZV) qui constitue le lien commun entre les 2 maladies. Sa particularité est de fonctionner par disparition-réactivation. Le VZV appartient à la famille des Herpesviridae. Proche des autres Herpès-virus comme les virus de l'Herpes simplex (HSV-1 et HSV-2), le cytomégalovirus (CMV), le virus d'Epstein-Barr (EBV) et les Herpèsvirus humains 6 et 7 (HHV-6 et HHV-7) nouvellement décrits, il possède néanmoins certaines caractéristiques propres. [less ▲]

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See detailReduction of Temporalis Exteroceptive Suppression by Peripheral Electrical Stimulation in Migraine and Tension-Type Headaches
Wang, W.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Pain (1994), 59(3), 327-34

Inhibition of the second exteroceptive suppression of temporalis muscle activity (ES2) produced by a preceding electrical stimulus applied at the index was studied in patients suffering from migraine ... [more ▼]

Inhibition of the second exteroceptive suppression of temporalis muscle activity (ES2) produced by a preceding electrical stimulus applied at the index was studied in patients suffering from migraine without aura (MO), chronic (CTH) or episodic (ETH) tension-type headache. Each patient group comprised of 12 subjects was compared to a group of healthy controls. Mean duration of unconditioned ES2, measured on 10 averaged rectified responses after labial stimulation at a 0.1 Hz frequency, was reduced in CTH only. From stimulation intensities of 20 mA onward, peripheral-induced inhibition of temporalis ES2 was significantly more pronounced in both subtypes of tension-type headache compared to migraineurs or controls. After an index finger stimulus of 20 mA, temporalis ES2 was abolished in 83% of CTH, 67% of ETH, 25% of MO patients and 8% of controls, whereas unconditioned ES2 was present in all patients. Among 9 ETH patients with normal (> or = 32 msec) unconditioned ES2, 5 had total disappearance of ES2 after a 20 mA index stimulation. These results demonstrate that peripheral conditioning at 20 mA increases the diagnostic sensitivity of ES2 studies. They suggest that the changes observed in tension-type headache are due to hyperexcitability of the reticular nuclei which inhibit the medullary inhibitory interneurons mediating ES2. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la durée de vie des outils de fraisage
Debongnie, Jean-François ULg

in European Journal of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering (1994), 39(3), 151-155

A method of prediction of the life of milling tools is presented. Founded on the cumulative damage principle, this method evenly covers peripherical and face milling. In the latter case, the theory is ... [more ▼]

A method of prediction of the life of milling tools is presented. Founded on the cumulative damage principle, this method evenly covers peripherical and face milling. In the latter case, the theory is illustrated by a comparison of symmetrical and asymmetrical face milling from the point of view of tool life. [less ▲]

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See detailDe ruimtebeleving in Vestdijks Verzamelde verhalen I
Nachtergaele, Lutgarde ULg

in Vestdijkkroniek (1994), 85

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