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See detailL'image du mois. Sclérose tubéreuse de Bourneville.
Garcia, Roy; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 425-7

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See detailVegetation composition of a threatened hypersaline lake (Lake Bardawil), North Sinai
El-Bana, M I; Khedr, A-H A; Van Hecke, P et al

in Plant Ecology (2002), 163(1), 63-75

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See detailEvolution pluviométrique et relation inondations – événements pluvieux au Sénégal
Sene, Souleymane; Ozer, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2002), 42

Since the late 1960s, Senegal suffered from the dramatic drought which affected all the Sahel of West Africa. Thirty years later, rainfall amounts well above the 1961-1990 average may announce the end of ... [more ▼]

Since the late 1960s, Senegal suffered from the dramatic drought which affected all the Sahel of West Africa. Thirty years later, rainfall amounts well above the 1961-1990 average may announce the end of this period of aridity. Together with this rainfall increase, floods have been reported in most Senegalese cities in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Because of these floods, many affected areas have been abandoned and stricken population has to be rehoused in precarious conditions. Most analysts consider these floods as a new phenomenon, never observed before, and they are blamed on the exceptional heavy daily rainfall. Analysing the relationship between floods and rainfall events in 1999 et 2000, it appears that rainfall amounts responsible for the beginning of each flood are far to be exceptional. However, the vulnerability of the Senegalese cities facing the risk of flood seems to have increased as a result of urban mismanagement. [less ▲]

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude LIFE: protection cardio-vasculaire du patient hypertendu par le losartan.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 240-4

The LIFE study ("Losartan Intervention For Endpoint reduction in hypertension study") demonstrated a significant cardiovascular protection by an angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonist, losartan, in ... [more ▼]

The LIFE study ("Losartan Intervention For Endpoint reduction in hypertension study") demonstrated a significant cardiovascular protection by an angiotensin AT1 receptor antagonist, losartan, in hypertensive patients with left ventricular hypertrophy. At similar blood pressure control, losartan, as compared to atenolol, reduced the relative risk of primary cardiovascular event (death, myocardial infarction, or stroke) by 13% (p = 0.021) in the whole cohort of 9.193 patients after a mean follow-up of 4.7 years. In a subgroup of 1.195 diabetic patients, the protection was even more marked with a reduction of the combined risk of 24% (p = 0.031) and a fall of the mortality of 39% (p = 0.002). In conclusion, losartan prevents cardiovascular morbidity and death more effectively than atenolol, and seems to confer benefits beyond reduction in blood pressure. [less ▲]

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See detailMore on generalized automatic sequences
Rigo, Michel ULg; Maes, Arnaud

in Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics (2002), 7

We give some generalizations of $k$-automatic sequences replacing the $k$-ary system by an abstract numeration system on a regular language. We study some of the closure properties of these sequences and ... [more ▼]

We give some generalizations of $k$-automatic sequences replacing the $k$-ary system by an abstract numeration system on a regular language. We study some of the closure properties of these sequences and the possible extension to the multidimensional case or to infinite alphabets. The equivalence of these sequences and morphic predicates is given and the relationship to recognizability is also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperfine structure of neutral vanadium lines and livels
Lefèbvre, P.-H.; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg

in Physica Scripta (2002), 66

We have recorded hollow-cathode spectra of neutral vanadium by Fourier transform spectroscopy in the near infrared - visible region (9000-17 000 cm-1). 36 transitions showing hyperfine structure have been ... [more ▼]

We have recorded hollow-cathode spectra of neutral vanadium by Fourier transform spectroscopy in the near infrared - visible region (9000-17 000 cm-1). 36 transitions showing hyperfine structure have been analyzed, allowing us to deduce magnetic dipole constants for 27 levels belonging to the 3d44p and 3d34s4p configurations. For 22 of these levels no data were previously available. [less ▲]

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See detailSubclinical speckled perifollicular melanosis of the scalp.
Petit, Ludivine; Saint Leger, Didier; Loussouarn, Genevieve et al

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(6), 565-8

Based on the clinical presentation of some skin pigmentation disorders it is thought that a bicompartmental functional system exists in the epidermal melanocyte population. It corresponds to the ... [more ▼]

Based on the clinical presentation of some skin pigmentation disorders it is thought that a bicompartmental functional system exists in the epidermal melanocyte population. It corresponds to the perifollicular and interfollicular compartments, respectively. The present study was undertaken looking for the presence of such a system on scalp unaffected by pigmentary disorders. The scalps of 100 men with incipient to severe androgenic alopecia were examined using a videocamera equipped with an internal ultraviolet light-emitting unit. The face, trunk and limbs were similarly examined in 45 of these adults and in 13 children of both sexes. In 92 men, a subclinical hypermelanosis was found as a speckled pattern centered on every single follicle. With increasing baldness severity, another epidermal hyperpigmentation pattern involving the interfollicular area was superimposed to the perifollicular pattern. These stereotyped patterns of subclinical melanoderma were also disclosed on the face of adults, but not in children. In addition, the spotty perifollicular pattern was discrete or not apparent on the other parts of the body. It is concluded that the perifollicular subclinical melanotic pattern is a regional characteristic of cephalic skin, perhaps related to the local production of melanocortins, particularly alpha-MSH by the pilosebaceous unit. [less ▲]

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See detailLes "sans-papiers" et les régularisations dans l'Union Européenne à la lumière du cas belge
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Revue des Affaires Européennes (2002), 11ème-12ème Année

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See detailIdentification of bioindicator species among Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera in a survey of streams belonging to the rhithral classification in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Dohet, A.; Dolisy, D.; Hoffmann, L. et al

in Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie = Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (2002), 28

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See detailComment je traite ... une polyarthrite rhumatoïde. L'avènement d'une nouvelle ère thérapeutique: les anticorps anti-TNF-alpha
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Malaise, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 486-492

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities ... [more ▼]

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities with impaired physical function. These consequences are more or less delayed by standard disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A better knowledge of the basic mechanisms of the disease and new biomolecular tools led to the development of novel biological agents including TNF alpha blockers. TNF alpha is a key inflammatory cytokine that plays a critically important role in the pathogenesis of RA. TNF alpha blockers brought dramatic improvements in efficacy of RA treatment. Here we will review the pathophysiological elements of RA wich explain the therapeutic efficacy of these TNF alpha blockers and we will describe in details the molecules, Remicade (Infliximab) and Enbrel (Etanercept), wich will be very soon used in daily practice in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailPeritoneal Tuberculosis in an African Immigrant
Milicevic, Mladen ULg; Boverie, J. H.; Dondelinger, R. F.

in JBR-BTR : Journal Belge de Radiologie - Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie (2002), 85(3, Jun-Jul), 140-1

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See detailSoil Seed Bank And Seed Dormancy In Wild Populations Of Lima Bean (Fabaceae): Considerations For In Situ And Ex Situ Conservation
Degreef, J.; Rocha, O.; Vanderborght, T. et al

in American Journal of Botany (2002), 89(10), 1644-1650

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See detailMise au point d'un modèle cartographique pour la description des stations forestières en Ardenne belge.
Claessens, Hugues ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Cuvelier, M. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(4), 209-220

The paper presents an original method dealing with the forest site types delineation. The suggested method consists in integrating a typological key in a GIS aiming at producing a thematic map that ... [more ▼]

The paper presents an original method dealing with the forest site types delineation. The suggested method consists in integrating a typological key in a GIS aiming at producing a thematic map that describes forest site types. Data used are the soil map of Belgium (digitized at the scale 1:20,000) and a digital elevation model built from a topographic map (scale 1:10,000). The typological key is mainly based on the methodology used by Thill et al. (1988) in the site types system for central Ardenne, the potential vegetation map of Sougnez and Dethioux (1975) and the ecoregion map of Delvaux and Galoux (1962). In that respect, site types are closely linked to the soil map and the phytosociological classification. So, they can be connected to the afforestation guide and different phytosociological and autecological studies concerning forest species. It is then possible to map the potential habitats or the site potentialities related to tree species. The key is valid for the Ardenne ecoregion located in Southern Belgium (elevation higher than 300 m). It has to be validated through an intensive use in the field, taking into account its imprecision linked to the types of collected data, chieffly those being digitized. The integration of such a tool in a SIG can be considered as an original way in terms of integrated forest management or forest sites description in the context of the project “Natura 2000” launched by the European Union. The study has been carried out within the framework of an experimental integrated management project concerning the Saint-Hubert forest (17,000 ha). [less ▲]

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See detailExamination of Escherichia coli from poultry for selected adhesin genes important in disease caused by mammalian pathogenic E. coli
Stordeur, Philippe; Marlier, Didier ULg; Blanco, J. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 84(3), 231-241

A collection of 1601 extraintestinal and intestinal Escherichia coli isolated from chickens, turkeys and ducks. in Belgium, France and Spain, was hybridised with gene probes specific for fimbrial and ... [more ▼]

A collection of 1601 extraintestinal and intestinal Escherichia coli isolated from chickens, turkeys and ducks. in Belgium, France and Spain, was hybridised with gene probes specific for fimbrial and afimbrial adhesins (F17, F18, S (Sfa/F1C), Bfp, Afa, Cs31A, Intimin (Eae), Aida-1) of intestinal, urinary and invasive E. coli of mammals and with a probe specific for the P (Pap/Prs) fimbrial adhesin of urinary and invasive E. coli of mammals and birds. Three hundred and eighty-three strains (23.9%) were P-positive, 76 strains (4.8%) were Afa-positive, 75 strains (4.7%) were F17-positive, 67 strains (4.2%) were S-positive, 23 (1.4%) were Intimin-positive. and all were F18-, Cs31A-, Aidal- and Bfp-negative. The 75 F17-positive strains harboured different major subunit A-encoding gene variants, but the f17Ac variant was the most frequent (52 strains, 69,3%) and seven strains (9.3%) were not typeable. The f17G gene variant coding for the GII adhesin was the most frequent (56 strains, 75.0%), whereas the f17GI gene variant was present in four strains (5%) and 15 strains (20.0%) were not typeable. All Afa-positive strains harboured the afa-8 variant. The 23 Intimin-positive E. coli tested positive for the beta -variant (16 strains; 69.6%) or for the gamma -variant (seven strains;, 30.4%) of the eae gene. Chicken and turkey E. coli were more frequently probe-positive (43.6 and 43.1 %, respectively) than duck E. coli 31.5%) and extraintestinal E. coli were also more frequently probe-positive (48.4%) than intestinal strains (18.5%). Different combinations of probe positive hybridisation results were observed in 72 of the 540 probe-positive E. coli (13.3%). The most frequent combinations were between AfaE-8 and F17 probes (47 strains; 8.7%) and between P and S probes (13 strains. 2.4%). Although f17- and afa-8-related DNA sequences can be plasmid-located in mammalian E. coli. they were not in avian E. coli. Besides the P fimbrial adhesin, F17 and S fimbrial and Afa-VIII and Intimin afimbrial adhesins may thus represent colonisation factors of avian pathogenic E. coli. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Malacoplasie pulmonaire a Rhodococcus equi chez un patient atteint du SIDA.
Delbecque, Katty ULg; Radermecker, Maurice ULg; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 685-7

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See detailThe flowering process: On the track of controlling factors in Sinapis alba
Bernier, Georges ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Russian Journal of Plant Physiology (2002), 49(4, JUL-AUG), 445-450

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of ... [more ▼]

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana are also summarized with a brief overview of the several pathways, each including several genes, identified. Clearly, both the experimental data of physiological experiments and the multiplicity of interacting genetic pathways best support the theory of the multifactorial control of flowering. This is further shown by the fact that a critical gene expressed in the shoot meristem at floral transition in S. alba, MADS A (orthologous to A. thaliana SOC1), can be upregulated by a single dose of a cytokinin or a gibberellin, without leading to flowering. This indicates that the floral shift requires upregulation of other genes by other factors. [less ▲]

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See detailInsecticide resistance enhances male reproductive success in a beetle
Arnaud, Ludovic; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Evolution (2002), 56(12), 2435-2444

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See detailLes figures féminines dans le théâtre de Jean-Marie Piemme
Delhalle, Nancy ULg

in Alternatives Théâtrales (2002), (75),

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See detailOxygen consumption and electron spin resonance studies of free radical production by alveolar cells exposed to anoxia: inhibiting effects of the antibiotic ceftazidime.
Mouithys-mickalad, A.; Mathy-hartert, M.; Du, G. et al

in Redox Report : Communications in Free Radical Research (2002), 7(2), 85-94

By EPR spectroscopy, we investigated free radical production by cultured human alveolar cells subjected to anoxia/re-oxygenation (A/R), and tested the effects of ceftazidime, an antibiotic previously ... [more ▼]

By EPR spectroscopy, we investigated free radical production by cultured human alveolar cells subjected to anoxia/re-oxygenation (A/R), and tested the effects of ceftazidime, an antibiotic previously demonstrated to possess antioxidant properties. Two A/R models were performed on type II pneumocytes (A549 cell line), either on cells attached to culture dishes (monolayer A/R model; 3.5 h of anoxia, 30 min of re-oxygenation) or after cell detachment (suspension A/R model; 1 h of anoxia, 10 min of re-oxygenation). Ceftazidime and selective inhibitors (SOD, Tiron, L-NMMA) were added before anoxia. Free radical production was assessed by the EPR spin trapping technique. Oxygen consumption was monitored, in parallel with EPR studies, in the suspension A/R model. The production of free radical species was demonstrated by the generation of PBN-radical adducts: (a(N) = 15.2 G) in the monolayer A/R model and a six-line EPR spectrum (a(N) = 15.7 G and a(H) = 2.7 G) in the suspension A/R model. A kinetic study performed by oximetry, in parallel with EPR spectroscopy, demonstrated marked alterations of the cell respiratory function and that the free radical production started during anoxia and increased during re-oxygenation. In the suspension A/R model, the amplitude of EPR spectra were decreased upon the addition of 200 U/ml SOD (37% inhibition), 0.1 mM Tiron (67% inhibition) and 1 mM L-NMMA (43% inhibition). Addition of 1 mM ceftazidime decreased the amplitude of EPR spectra (37% inhibition) in both A/R models. Complementary in vitro EPR studies demonstrated that CAZ scavenged the hydroxyl radical (produced by the Fenton reaction). The protective effect of ceftazidime in the cell model could thus be linked to its ability to scavenge superoxide anions, nitrogen-derived species and hydroxyl radicals. [less ▲]

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See detailShunt cardiaque droite-gauche : étiologie possible de migraine avec aura ?
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Migraine Contact (2002), 2

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See detailLa certification des modes de production de la viande sous label
De Longueville, Bertrand; Peeters, Alain; Stassart, Pierre M ULg

in Wallonie : Revue du Conseil Economique et Social de la Région Wallonne (2002)

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

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

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

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

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See detailDevelopment and validation of a new Fourier transform infrared spectrometric method for the quantification of urea in creams and ointments
Otte, X; Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Delattre, Luc ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2002), 451

A new Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometric method for the quantification of urea in creams and ointments was developed and validated. The sample was solubilized in a mixture of chloroform ... [more ▼]

A new Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometric method for the quantification of urea in creams and ointments was developed and validated. The sample was solubilized in a mixture of chloroform/acetonitrile (1/1 v/v) which allows to solubilize the vaseline or other fats as well as urea and water. The solution was examined in a transmission cell with a pathlength of 500 μm provided with NaCI windows. The urea spectrum was obtained by subtraction of the reference solvent mixture spectrum and the reference water spectrum from the sample spectrum. The absorbance of the peak at ±1688 cm-1 was compared to those of calibration standards to quantify urea. The detection limit and the quantification limit (three times and 10 times the noise, respectively) were estimated as 0.4 and 1.3 μg ml-1, respectively. Validation of the method was realized and application of this method to stability tests was done. [less ▲]

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See detailMigration between States and Markets (Conference Report)
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in International Migration Review (2002), 36(2), 593-596

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See detailBlood oxygen binding in hypoxaemic calves
Cambier, Carole ULg; Clerbaux; Detry, Bruno et al

in Veterinary Research (2002), 33(3), 283-290

Blood oxygen transport and tissue oxygenation were studied in 28 calves from the Belgian White and Blue breed (20 healthy and 8 hypoxaemic ones). Hypoxaemic calves were selected according to their high ... [more ▼]

Blood oxygen transport and tissue oxygenation were studied in 28 calves from the Belgian White and Blue breed (20 healthy and 8 hypoxaemic ones). Hypoxaemic calves were selected according to their high respiratory frequency and to their low partial oxygen pressure (PaO2) in the arterial blood. Venous and arterial blood samples were collected, and 2,3-diphosphoglycerate, adenosine triphosphate, chloride, inorganic phosphate and hemoglobin concentrations, and pH, PCO, and PO2 were determined. An oxygen equilibrium curve (OEC) was measured in standard conditions, for each animal. The arterial and venous OEC were calculated, taking body temperature, pH and PCO2 values in arterial and venous blood into account. The oxygen exchange fraction (OEF%), corresponding to the degree of blood desaturation between the arterial and the venous compartments, and the amount of oxygen released at the tissue level by 100 mL of blood (OEF Vol%) were calculated from the arterial and venous OEC combined with the PO2 and hemoglobin concentration. In hypoxaemic calves investigated in this study, the hemoglobin oxygen affinity, measured under standard conditions, was not modified. On the contrary, in vivo acidosis and hypercapnia induced a decrease in the hemoglobin oxygen affinity in arterial blood, which combined to the decrease in PaO2 led to a reduced hemoglobin saturation degree in the arterial compartment. However, this did not impair the oxygen exchange fraction (OEF%), since the hemoglobin saturation degree in venous blood was also diminished. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of placebo-controlled and non-inferiority trials for the evaluation of new drugs in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis
Delmas, P. D.; Calvo, Gisèle ULg; Boers, M. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2002), 13(1), 1-5

Registration of new agents for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis has been based over the past few years on placebo-controlled phase III trials with the incidence of patients with new vertebral ... [more ▼]

Registration of new agents for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis has been based over the past few years on placebo-controlled phase III trials with the incidence of patients with new vertebral/nonvertebral fractures as the most usual primary endpoint. The use of a placebo in diseases where an active treatment is available has been a matter of debate following the update of the Declaration of Helsinki by the World Medical Association which questioned this trial design. Current regulatory recommendations within the European Union suggest that placebo-controlled trials are still the best option when assessing the efficacy and safety of new drugs intended for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. This suggestion seems to be in apparent contradiction with the current content of the Declaration of Helsinki. This paper addresses the ethics and feasibility of placebo-controlled trials in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, in the light of available therapeutic options, and discusses possible alternative approaches in those patients where placebo treatment could be deemed to be unethical. It is concluded that placebo-controlled trials remain the most efficient design to establish the efficacy and safety of a new agent for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Such trials are feasible and ethically acceptable in patients with osteoporosis but without prevalent vertebral fractures. Conversely, in patients with prevalent vertebral fractures, placebo-controlled trials are ethically questionable and non-inferiority trials are more appropriate. A relative margin of non inferiority of 20-30% is suggested, to be discussed on a case by case basis. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response and other improvements on the limitations of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy in anemic cancer patients.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Haematologica (2002), 87(11), 1209-21

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of cancer patients suffer from chronic anemia. While recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) offers many of the advantages of blood transfusions, response rates ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of cancer patients suffer from chronic anemia. While recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) offers many of the advantages of blood transfusions, response rates to this treatment are variable and in some trials a large proportion of patients (30 50%) did not respond. This failure may be due to factors related to the underlying disease, the chemotherapy given or functional iron deficiency. An accurate means of predicting response to rHuEPO would be beneficial to both healthcare providers and patients. EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION SOURCES: Data were identified by searches of the published literature, including PubMed, references from relevant reviews, and abstracts presented at recent international oncology and hematology meetings. Only papers in English published between 1990 and 2002 were included. References were selected according to direct relevance to the topic discussed and availability. STATE OF THE ART: The best algorithms for predicting response appear to be those combining an assessment of the adequacy of endogenous erythropoietin production together with some early indicators of erythropoietic marrow response. Further characterization of the dose-response relationship of erythropoietic agents may allow better understanding of ways in which response may be enhanced. Adequate iron availability could also contribute to better response rates. PERSPECTIVES: Further characterization of the predictors of response for current and upcoming erythropoietic agents may enhance the management of anemia associated with cancer, and provide more convenient, effective, and flexible therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailL'intensité des soins en gériatrie : élaboration d'un document de réflexion
Petermans, Jean ULg

in Revue Médicale de Bruxelles (2002), 23

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See detailStudy of the early abortion in reciprocal crosses between Phaseolus vulgaris L. and Phaseolus polyanthus Greenm
Geerts, P.; Toussaint, André ULg; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(2), 109-119

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See detailPersonne morale administrateur et comité de direction
Caprasse, Olivier ULg

in Droit des Affaires : Revue Internationale du Droit des Affaires = Ondernemingsrecht : Internationaal Tijdschrift voor Ondernemingsrecht [= DA OR] (2002)

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See detailLes débuts du paléolithique supérieur dans le nord-ouest de l’Europe : le Lincombien-Ranisien-Jerzmanowicien (état de la question)
Flas, Damien ULg

in Anthropologica et Praehistorica : Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Anthropologie et de Préhistoire (2002), 113

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See detail" Entre Notre-Dame de Paris et Chartres : Le portail de Longpont-sur-Orge (vers 1235) "
Kasarska, Iliana ULg

in Bulletin Monumental (2002), 160

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See detailAnalysis Of The C-Terminal Membrane Anchor Domains Of Hepatitis C Virus Glycoproteins E1 And E2: Toward A Topological Model
Charloteaux, Benoît ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg; Moereels, H. et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(4), 1944-58

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) glycoproteins E1 and E2 should be anchored in the viral membrane by their C-terminal domains. During synthesis, they are translocated to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) lumen ... [more ▼]

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) glycoproteins E1 and E2 should be anchored in the viral membrane by their C-terminal domains. During synthesis, they are translocated to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) lumen where they remain. The 31 C-terminal residues of the E1 protein and the 29 C-terminal residues of the E2 protein are implicated in the ER retention. Moreover, the E1 and E2 C termini are implicated in E1-E2 heterodimerization. We studied the E1 and E2 C-terminal sequences of 25 HCV strains in silico using molecular modeling techniques. We conclude that both C-terminal domains should adopt a similar and peculiar configuration: one amphipathic alpha-helix followed by a pair of transmembrane beta-strands. Several three-dimensional (3-D) models were generated. After energy minimization, their ability to interact with membranes was studied using the molecular hydrophobicity potentials calculation and the IMPALA procedure. The latter simulates interactions with a membrane by a Monte Carlo minimization of energy. These methods suggest that the beta-hairpins could anchor the glycoproteins in the ER membrane at least transiently. Anchoring could be stabilized by the adsorption of the nearby amphipathic alpha-helices at the membrane surface. The 3-D models correlate with experimental results which indicate that the E1-E2 transmembrane domains are involved in the heterodimerization and have ER retention properties. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailQuelques résultats prometteurs pour une sylviculture de l'Aulne glutineux en Wallonie.
Claessens, Hugues ULg; Thibaut, A.; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Revue Forestière Française (2002), 54(3), 259-270

In Belgium, black alder is well known for its ecological functions, but is generally considered as a secondary species without any true economic value. The present study, based on data pertaining to 166 ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, black alder is well known for its ecological functions, but is generally considered as a secondary species without any true economic value. The present study, based on data pertaining to 166 plots, aims at evaluating the potential of black alder silviculture in the Walloon forest (Southern Belgium). We successively analysed dominant height growth, dominant girth growth and solid stem volume over time. It appears that by controlling competition within stands it should be possible to produce quality, 150-cm girth logs within 50 – 100 years, depending on the level of productivity. The German tables of Mitscherlich (in Schöber, 1975) seem to be most suitable for describing the growth parameters of the Belgian alder stands over time and black alder stand production can be estimated at 3 to 9 m3/ha/year according to site classes. We can conclude that black alder silviculture can be a viable economic activity. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailUntersuchung von Spaltungs- und Koaleszenzvorgängen in einer Messzelle mit pulsierten Füllkörpern
Klinger, S; Henschke, M; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (2002), 74(3), 256-261

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

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

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

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

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See detailMurine 5T multiple myeloma cells induce angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo
Van Valckenborgh, E.; De Raeve, H.; Devy, L. et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2002), 86(5), 796-802

Multiple myeloma is a B cell malignancy. Recently, it has been demonstrated that bone marrow samples of patients with multiple myeloma display an enhanced angiogenesis. The mechanisms involved seem to be ... [more ▼]

Multiple myeloma is a B cell malignancy. Recently, it has been demonstrated that bone marrow samples of patients with multiple myeloma display an enhanced angiogenesis. The mechanisms involved seem to be multiple and complex. We here demonstrate that the murine 5T multiple myeloma models are able to induce angiogenesis in vitro by using a rat aortic ring assay and in vivo by determining the microvessel density. The rat aortic rings cultured in 5T multiple myeloma conditioned medium exhibit a higher number of longer and more branched microvessels than the rings cultured in control medium. In bone marrow samples from 5T multiple myeloma diseased mice, a statistically significant increase of the microvessel density was observed when compared to bone marrow samples from age-matched controls. The angiogenic phenotype of both 5T multiple myeloma cells could be related, at least in part, to their capacity to produce vascular endothelial growth factor. These data clearly demonstrate that the 5T multiple myeloma models are good models to study angiogenesis in multiple myeloma and will allow to unravel the mechanisms of neovascularisation, as well as to test new putative inhibitors of angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphology, displacement and slip rates along the North Antolian Fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Armijo, R.; Meyer, B. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2002), 107(10.1029/2001JB000393),

Geological and geomorphological offsets at different scales are used to constrain the localization of deformation, total displacement, and slip rates over various timescales along the central and eastern ... [more ▼]

Geological and geomorphological offsets at different scales are used to constrain the localization of deformation, total displacement, and slip rates over various timescales along the central and eastern North Anatolian Fault (NAF) in Turkey. The NAF total displacement is reevaluated using large rivers valleys (80 ± 15 km) and structural markers (Pontide Suture, 85 ± 25 km; Tosya-Vezirko ̈pru ̈ basins, 80 ± 10 km). These suggest a Neogene slip rate of 6.5 mm/yr over 13 Myr. The river network morphology shows offsets at a range of scales (20 m to 14 km) across the main fault trace and is also used to estimate the degree to which deformation is localized. At a smaller scale the morphology associated with small rivers is offset by 200 m along the NAF. The age of these features can be correlated with the Holocene deglaciation and a slip rate of 18 ± 3.5 mm/yr is determined. This is consistent with a rate of 18 ± 5 mm/yr deduced independently from the 14C dating of stream terrace offsets. Over the short term, GPS data gives a similar rate of 22 ± 3 mm/yr. All our results tend to show that most of the deformation between the Anatolian and Eurasian lithospheric plates has been accommodated along, or very close to, the active trace of the NAF. The difference between the Neogene and the Holocene slip rate may be due to the recent establishment of the current plate geometry after the creation of the NAF. INDEX TERMS: 8107 Tectonophysics: Continental neotectonics; 8158 Tectonophysics: Plate motions—present and recent (3040); 7230 Seismology: Seismicity and seismotectonics; KEYWORDS: North Anatolian Fault, slip rate, total offset, strain localization [less ▲]

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See detailWilliam S. Burroughs: Du cut-up au simulacre
Claisse, Frédéric ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2002), (94-95-96), 151-174

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See detailAxillary artery injury secondary to anterior shoulder dislocation: report of two cases.
MAWEJA, Sylvie ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(3), 187-91

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed ... [more ▼]

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed diagnosis. The authors describe two cases that presented with an anterior shoulder dislocation, complicated by a disruption of the axillary artery with subsequent thrombosis. The various pathogenic mechanisms are discussed. The pathognomic triad consists of anterior shoulder dislocation, absent or diminished distal pulse and an axillary protruding hematoma. Prompt surgical arterial repair is mandatory. [less ▲]

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See detailA duality principle for homogeneous vector fields with applications
Moreau, Luc; Aeyels, Dirk; Peuteman, Joan et al

in Systems & Control Letters (2002), 47(1), 37-46

We introduce a duality principle for homogeneous vectorfields. As an application of this duality principle, stability and boundedness results for negative order homogeneous differential equations are ... [more ▼]

We introduce a duality principle for homogeneous vectorfields. As an application of this duality principle, stability and boundedness results for negative order homogeneous differential equations are obtained, starting form known results for positive order homogeneous differential equations. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Validation Of The Constant Level Method For Identification Of Non-Linear Multi-Degree-Of-Freedom Systems
Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Journal of Sound & Vibration (2002), 258(5), 829-845

System identification for non-linear dynamical systems could find use in many applications such as condition monitoring, finite element model validation and determination of stability. The effectiveness ... [more ▼]

System identification for non-linear dynamical systems could find use in many applications such as condition monitoring, finite element model validation and determination of stability. The effectiveness of existing non-linear system identification techniques is limited by various factors such as the complexity of the system under investigation and the type of non-linearities present. In this work, the constant level identification approach, which can identify multi-degree-of-freedom systems featuring any type of non-linear function, including discontinuous functions, is validated experimentally. The method is shown to identify accurately an experimental dynamical system featuring two types of stiffness non-linearity. The full equations of motion are also extracted accurately, even in the presence of a discontinuous non-linearity. [less ▲]

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See detailModellierung von Faserbett-Koaleszenzabscheidern
Speth, H; Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Chatterjee, M et al

in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (2002), 74(3), 266-270

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

in Era Forum : Scripta Iuris Europaei (2002)

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See detailPolyamines as essential substances in metabolism
Dandrifosse, Anne-catherine; Deloyer, Patricia; Loret, Suzanne et al

in Trends in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (2002), 9

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

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

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

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See detailLe poids du Brésil dans le Mercosur: obstacle à l'intégration?
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Cahiers du GELA-IS (2002), 2

L'article vise à analyser les implications du poids du Brésil dans la construction du régionalisme sud-américaine et en particulier du Marché commun du sud.

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

in Voir (2002)

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See detailNew 3-deoxyanthocyanidins from leaves of Arrabidaea chica
Devia, B.; Llabres, Gabriel ULg; Wouters, J. et al

in Phytochemical Analysis (2002), 13(2, Mar-Apr), 114-120

Two new 3-deoxyanthocyanidins, 6,7,3',4'-tetrahydroxy-5-methoxyflavylium and 6,7,4'-trihydroxy-5-methoxyflavylium, and the pigment carajurin, which has been previously identified, were isolated from dried ... [more ▼]

Two new 3-deoxyanthocyanidins, 6,7,3',4'-tetrahydroxy-5-methoxyflavylium and 6,7,4'-trihydroxy-5-methoxyflavylium, and the pigment carajurin, which has been previously identified, were isolated from dried leaves of Arrabidaea chica, a creeper native to the American tropics. The structures of the components were elucidated by H-1- and C-13-NMR spectroscopy and HPLC-MS, including X-ray crystallographic analysis for carajurin. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detail- La bande dessinée muette et le texte
Paques, Frédéric ULg

in Art&Fact (2002), 21

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

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

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

in Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution (2002), 23

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See detailAssesment of the situation, three years later, on 'the Belgian Dioxin Crisis'. Probable impact on the health of the Belgian population
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Pirard, Catherine ULg; Douny, Caroline ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(6, DEC-JAN), 321-327

In January 1999, Belgium encounters an accidental contamination of the food chain, which was named "the Belgian Dioxin Crisis". The aim of the present review is to estimate the impact of this crisis on ... [more ▼]

In January 1999, Belgium encounters an accidental contamination of the food chain, which was named "the Belgian Dioxin Crisis". The aim of the present review is to estimate the impact of this crisis on public health. Currently, it does not really exist any exhaustive epidemiological study. Various scientific studies actually report somewhat conflicting results. As an example, concerning the population living in Wallonia, recorded dioxin levels are not higher than background levels reported for other industrialized countries, despite the 1999 "dioxin crisis". Conversely, based on levels measured in foodstuffs collected by the end of the crisis period, the dioxin body burden of potential consumers would have increased in the range of 40 to 75 %. The real impact of this crisis on consumers' health could thus only be estimated through well structured epidemiological campaigns. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-organismes pathogènes et viande : la traçabilité alliée de la sécurité.
Daube, Georges ULg

in Extrait du Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2002), 1

Meat microbial contamination is frequent in relation to the multiple sources of contamination farm the farm to the fork. These potential hazards must be considered in term of real risk for the consumer ... [more ▼]

Meat microbial contamination is frequent in relation to the multiple sources of contamination farm the farm to the fork. These potential hazards must be considered in term of real risk for the consumer. Thus, each microbiological hazard must be c1assified by scientists by on going probability and by disease gravity. Belgium has developed a high quality surveillance system for the zoonotic agents along the meat production chain. Today, the authorities must make the adequate choices for prevention and communication about these risks. [less ▲]

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

in Journal of Bryology (2002), 24

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See detailAdenylate kinase 1 knockout mice have normal thiamine triphosphate levels
Makarchikov, Alexander F; Wins, Pierre; Janssen, E. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular Cell Research (2002), 1592(2), 117-121

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found at low concentrations in most animal tissues and it may act as a phosphate donor for the phosphorylation of proteins, suggesting a potential role in cell signaling ... [more ▼]

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found at low concentrations in most animal tissues and it may act as a phosphate donor for the phosphorylation of proteins, suggesting a potential role in cell signaling. Two mechanisms have been proposed for the enzymatic synthesis of ThTP. A thiamine diphosphate (ThDP) kinase (ThDP + ATP double left right arrow ThTP + ADP) has been purified from brewer's yeast and shown to exist in rat liver. However, other data suggest that, at least in skeletal muscle, adenylate kinase I (AK1) is responsible for ThTP synthesis. In this study, we show that AK1 knockout mice have normal ThTP levels in skeletal muscle, heart, brain, liver and kidney, demonstrating that AK1 is not responsible for ThTP synthesis in those tissues. We predict that the high ThTP content of particular tissues like the Electrophorus electricus electric organ, or pig and chicken skeletal muscle is more tightly correlated with high ThDP kinase activity or low soluble ThTPase activity than with non-stringent substrate specificity and high activity of adenylate kinase. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFactor XIII a-positive dermal dendrocytes and shear wave propagation in human skin.
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Uhoda, I.; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (2002), 32(11), 847-51

BACKGROUND: The in vivo interdependence between the phenotypic characteristics of dermal cells and the strain imposed on the tissue has not been studied thoroughly in humans. In particular the mechanical ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The in vivo interdependence between the phenotypic characteristics of dermal cells and the strain imposed on the tissue has not been studied thoroughly in humans. In particular the mechanical force modulation of Factor XIII a expression in dermal dendrocytes (DD) remains unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study compares the numerical density of Factor XIII a-positive DD and the in vivo shear wave velocity in the skin. The investigation was performed in 20 men of normal weight and 20 obese men before and after entering a slimming process. RESULTS: Excess cutaneous fat places the skin under increased intrinsic tension. The resonance running time measurement (RRTM) and the DD density were significantly reduced in overweight individuals. After a short-term but intense slimming process, the same individuals showed a trend to normalization of these two parameters without, however, reaching significance. Pooling all data yielded a significant logarithmic correlation between RRTM values and densities in Factor XIII a-positive DD. CONCLUSION: Factor XIII a expression in human DD may be partially regulated by the intrinsic resting tensions in the skin. [less ▲]

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

in FEBS Letters (2002)

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

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

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See detailThe role of the somatotropic axis in the mammalian metabolism
Renaville, Robert ULg; Parmentier, Isabelle; Haezebroeck, Valérie et al

in Acta Anatomica. Supplementum (2002), 5

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See detailAspects de la conclusion du contrat par voie électronique
Biquet, Christine ULg; Decharneux, Joëlle ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2002)

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See detailUncoupling protein and alternative oxidase of Dictyostelium discoideum: occurrence, properties and protein expression during vegetative life and starvation-induced early development.
Jarmusszkiewicz, W.; Behrendt, M.; Navet, R. et al

in FEBS Letters (2002), 532

In this study we show that mitochondria of Dictyostelium discoideum contain both alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP). AOX was stimulated by purine mononucleoside and was monomeric. UCP ... [more ▼]

In this study we show that mitochondria of Dictyostelium discoideum contain both alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP). AOX was stimulated by purine mononucleoside and was monomeric. UCP was stimulated by free fatty acids and was poorly sensitive to GTP. Both proteins collaborated in energy dissipation when activated together. AOX expression in free-living ameboid cells decreased strongly from exponential to stationary phase of growth but much less during starvation-induced aggregation. In contrast, UCP expression was constant in all conditions indicating permanent need. Our results suggest that AOX could play a role in cell differentiation, mainly by protecting prespore cells from programmed cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence of an equilibrium between selenides and osmium(VIII) reagents and selenoxides and osmium(VI) reagents
Krief, A.; Destree, A.; Durisotti, V. et al

in Chemical Communications (2002), (6), 558-559

Driving the equilibrium between selenides and osmium( VIII) reagents with selenoxides and osmium( VI) by a subsequent reaction (rearrangement of allyl selenoxides to allyl alcohols or addition of osmium ... [more ▼]

Driving the equilibrium between selenides and osmium( VIII) reagents with selenoxides and osmium( VI) by a subsequent reaction (rearrangement of allyl selenoxides to allyl alcohols or addition of osmium( VIII) species on C C double bonds) to one side, allows the transformation of methyl geranyl selenides to linalool and of methyl citronellyl selenoxide to 6,7-dihydroxy citronellyl selenide. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailPredicting transpiration from forest stands in Belgium for the 21st century
Misson, Laurent; Rasse, Daniel; Vincke, Caroline et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 111(4), 265-282

Canopy transpiration is a major element of the hydrological cycle of temperate forests. Levels of water stress during the 21st century will be largely controlled by the response of canopy transpiration to ... [more ▼]

Canopy transpiration is a major element of the hydrological cycle of temperate forests. Levels of water stress during the 21st century will be largely controlled by the response of canopy transpiration to changing environmental conditions. One year of transpiration measurement in two stands (Quercus robur L. and Fagus sylvatica L.) was used to calibrate the ASPECTS model on a(1) and D-0, two parameters of a modified version of Leuning's equation of stomatal conductance. A second year of data was used to validate the model. The results indicate a higher sensitivity of g(sc), to vapour pressure deficit (DS) in oak than in beech (D-0 (oak) < D-0 (beech)). To simulate future forest transpiration, site specific weather data sets were constructed from GCM outputs, spatially and temporally downscaled with local climatic data. Temperature increase between the end of the 20th and 21st centuries was predicted to be 2.8 degreesC in the beech stand and 3.1 degreesC in the oak stand. Based solely on temperature change, ASPECTS predicted an increase in transpiration of 17% in the beech and 6% in the oak stand, the difference being due to variation in local climate and the sensitivity of both species to D-s. Based solely on increased atmospheric CO2 (355 ppm in 1990 to 700 ppm in 2100), ASPECTS predicted that transpiration would decrease by 22% in beech and 19% in oak. With the combined scenarios of climatic change and increased atmospheric CO2, ASPECTS showed a decrease of 7% in transpired water in the oak stand and only 4% in the beech stand, which are not significant differences from zero. Consequently, water stress should not increase in either stand during the 21st century. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBody size increase in insular rodent populations: a role for predators?
Michaux, Johan ULg; De Bellocq, J. G.; Sara, M. et al

in Global Ecology & Biogeography Letters (2002), 11(5), 427-436

Insular mammalian populations living in areas of small size are often characterized by a drastic change in body mass compared to related continental populations or species. Generally, small mammals (less ... [more ▼]

Insular mammalian populations living in areas of small size are often characterized by a drastic change in body mass compared to related continental populations or species. Generally, small mammals (less than 100 g) evolve into giant forms while large mammals (up to 100 g) evolve into dwarf forms. These changes, coupled with changes in other life, behavioural, physiological or demographic traits are referred to generally as the insular syndrome. We tested in this study the relative contribution of three factors - area of island, numbers of competitor species and number of predator species - to changes in body size of the woodmouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Our results, based on a comparative analysis using the phylogenetic independent contrasts method, indicate that the increase in body size is related both to the decrease of island size and to the lower number of predator species. A decrease of competitor species does not seem to have an important effect. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailFirst-principles study of the dielectric and dynamical properties of lithium niobate
Veithen, M.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2002), 65

Using a first-principles approach based on density-functional theory, the electronic, dielectric, and dynamical properties of the two phases of lithium niobate are studied. In particular, the spontaneous ... [more ▼]

Using a first-principles approach based on density-functional theory, the electronic, dielectric, and dynamical properties of the two phases of lithium niobate are studied. In particular, the spontaneous polarization, the optical dielectric tensors, the Born effective charges, and the zone-center phonons are computed. The Born effective charges are found to be significantly larger than the nominal ionic charges of the ions, a feature similar to what is observed in related ABO(3) compounds and attributed to the hybridization between the O 2p and Nb 4d states. The analysis of the zone-center phonons in the paraelectric phase reveals an unstable A(2u) mode to be responsible for the phase transition. The origin of the structural instability is attributed to destabilizing long-range dipolar interactions, which are not fully compensated by stabilizing short-range forces. Finally, the identification of the E modes in the ferroelectric phase, which is still the cause for debates in spite of the numerous experimental and theoretical studies, is discussed and an assignation based on the analysis of the mode-oscillator strengths and the angular dispersion relation of extraordinary phonons is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailGénération d'un maillage pour éléments finis à partir de fichiers stéréolithographie (STL) : une interface indépendante des formats de CAO
Béchet, Eric ULg; Cuillière, Jean-Christophe; Trochu, François

in Revue internationale de CFAO et d'informatique graphique (2002), 17/1-2

The aim of the method proposed here is to show the possibility of generating adaptive surface meshes suitable for the finite element method, directly from an approximated boundary representation of an ... [more ▼]

The aim of the method proposed here is to show the possibility of generating adaptive surface meshes suitable for the finite element method, directly from an approximated boundary representation of an object created with CAD software. First, we describe the boundary representation, then we will show how to obtain a conforming sizeadapted mesh. The size adaptation is made considering geometrical approximation and with respect to an isotropic size map provided by an error estimator. The principle used to generate the mesh is based on the Delaunay method. Finally, we will show that not using the parametric representation of the geometrical model allows us to override some of the limitations of conventional meshing software that is based on an exact representation of the geometry. [less ▲]

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

in Aquaculture (2002), 121

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See detailMedical imaging and MRI in nail disorders: report of 119 cases and review of the literature
Richert, Bertrand ULg; Baghaie, Mahmoud

in Dermatologic Therapy (2002), 15

Radiographs remain the golden standard for exploration of the bony structures located beneath the nail plate, but they provide no information on the perionychium. Until a few years ago the nail apparatus ... [more ▼]

Radiographs remain the golden standard for exploration of the bony structures located beneath the nail plate, but they provide no information on the perionychium. Until a few years ago the nail apparatus was deprived of investigative medical imaging. Glomus tumor was the only condition that was explored using invasive techniques such as angiography or scintigraphy. High-frequency ultrasound rapidly came up against technical limits. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a superior alternative in detection of distal lesions as well as their relationship with the adjacent structures. MRI provides an accurate analysis of the nail apparatus with detection of lesions as small as 1 mm. This noninvasive technique will allow us to better understand, diagnose, and treat pathologies of the distal phalanx. [less ▲]

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See detailA quinze ans, trop de jeunes sont brouillés avec la lecture
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Caractères (2002), 7

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See detailEntre Italie et Pays-Bas méridionaux. Le « Libro de memoria » de la famille Cassina. 1576-1650.
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Studi e Problemi di Critica Testuale (2002)

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

in Biological Chemistry (2002), 383

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See detailSystemic release of endotoxins induced by gentle mastication: association with periodontitis severity
Geerts, Sabine ULg; Nys, Monique; De Mol, Patrick ULg et al

in Journal of Periodontology (2002), 73(1), 73-78

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See detailPrésentation. Du fantastique réel au réalisme magique
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2002), (21), 7-9

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

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

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

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2002)

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

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

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

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

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See detailResults of a whole genome scan targeting QTL for growth and carcass traits in a Pietrain x Large White intercross
Nezer, C.; Moreau, L.; Wagenaar, D. et al

in Genetics, Selection, Evolution (2002), 34(3, May-Jun), 371-387

We herein report the results of a whole genome scan performed in a Pietrain x Large White intercross counting 525 offspring to map QTL influencing economically important growth and carcass traits. We ... [more ▼]

We herein report the results of a whole genome scan performed in a Pietrain x Large White intercross counting 525 offspring to map QTL influencing economically important growth and carcass traits. We report experiment-wide significant lod scores (> 4.6) for meatiness and fat deposition on chromosome SSC2, and for average daily gain and carcass length on chromosome SSC7. Additional suggestive lod scores (> 3.3) for fat deposition are reported on chromosomes SSC1, SSC7 and SSC13. A significant dominance deviation was found for the QTL on SSC1, while the hypothesis of an additive QTL could not be rejected for the QTL on SSC7 and SSC13. No evidence for imprinted QTL could be found for QTL other than the one previously reported on SSC2. [less ▲]

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See detailQuel statut pour l'embryon et le foetus dans le champ juridique belge?
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Langenaken, Evelyne ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2002)

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on visual evoked potentials in migraine.
Bohotin, V.; Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Vandenheede, M. et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2002), 125(Pt 4), 912-22

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical ... [more ▼]

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical excitability. We have studied the changes in visual cortex excitability by recording pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) after low- and high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), known respectively for their inhibitory and excitatory effect on the cortex. In 30 patients (20 migraine without, 10 with aura) and 24 healthy volunteers, rTMS of the occipital cortex was performed with a focal figure-of-eight magnetic coil (Magstim). Nine hundred pulses were delivered randomly at 1 or 10 Hz in two separate sessions. Stimulus intensity was set to the phosphene threshold or to 110% of the motor threshold if no phosphenes were elicited. Before and after rTMS, PR-VEP were averaged sequentially in six blocks of 100zztieresponses during uninterrupted 3.1 Hz stimulation. In healthy volunteers, PR-VEP amplitude was significantly decreased in the first block after 1 Hz rTMS and the habituation normally found in successive blocks after sustained stimulation was significantly attenuated. In migraine patients, 10 Hz rTMS was followed by a significant increase of first block PR-VEP amplitude and by a reversal to normal habituation of the potentiation (or dishabituation) characteristic of the disorder. This effect was similar in both forms of migraine and lasted for at least 9 min. There were no significant changes of PR-VEP amplitudes after 1 Hz rTMS in migraineurs and after 10 Hz rTMS in healthy volunteers, nor after sham stimulation. The recovery of a normal PR-VEP habituation pattern after high-frequency rTMS is probably due to activation of the visual cortex and the dishabituation in healthy volunteers to cortical inhibition. We conclude, therefore, that the deficient interictal PR-VEP habituation in migraine is due to a reduced, and not to an increased, pre-activation excitability level of the visual cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailGeochemistry of bitter brines in the Salar de Coipasa - Bolivia
Lebrun, Vincent; Pacosillo, Pedro; Gutierrez, Jorge et al

in Aardkundige Mededelingen (2002), 12

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See detailExamen critique de l'étymologie de brasser
Boutier, Marie-Guy ULg

in Dialectes de Wallonie (2002), 29-30

La filiation traditionnellement établie entre gaulois brace "matière servant à préparer la bière" (dont provient fr. brais) et fr. brasser "préparer la bière" est réexaminée dans cet article par l'examen ... [more ▼]

La filiation traditionnellement établie entre gaulois brace "matière servant à préparer la bière" (dont provient fr. brais) et fr. brasser "préparer la bière" est réexaminée dans cet article par l'examen de l'ensemble du vocabulaire technologique wallon de la brasserie et des réalités concrètes qui sont désignées: la préparation du brais, d'une part; le brassage de la bière, d'autre part. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication de Pichia anomala souche K, Beta 1,3-glucanes et chlorure de Calcium pour le contrôle des maladies de conservation des pommes en conditions proches de la pratique
Jijakli, Haissam ULg; Dickburt, C.; De Clerck, D. et al

in Colloque transnational sur les luttes biologiques, intégrée et raisonnée (2002)

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

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

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See detailNormative and psychometric data from the Body Image Assessment - Revised in a population of french-speaking women
Bragard, Isabelle ULg; Mayers, I.; Demoulin, Catherine et al

in Psychologica Belgica (2002), 42(4), 227-249

This article concerns the creation of norms and the validation in French of the Body Image Assessment – Revised (BIA-R; Beebe, Holmbeck, & Grzeskiewicz, 1999). The sample comprised 100 normal female ... [more ▼]

This article concerns the creation of norms and the validation in French of the Body Image Assessment – Revised (BIA-R; Beebe, Holmbeck, & Grzeskiewicz, 1999). The sample comprised 100 normal female subjects. They completed questionnaires assessing body experience, eating pathology, psychological functioning, general perception and the BIA-R (Beebe et al., 1999). This test consists of nine silhouettes from which the subject has to choose the somatotype corresponding to her actual shape (cognitive response), the way she feels (affective response) and the way she would like to look (optative response). The results show a good concurrent validity for the cognitive and affective indices and the affective/ cognitive vs. optative divergences. On the other hand, we were not able to demonstrate such validity for the optative index and the affective vs. cognitive divergence index [less ▲]

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See detailStimulation of collagen biosynthesis by topically applied vitamin C.
Nusgens, Betty ULg; Humbert, P.; Rougier, A. et al

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(4), -

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See detailSingle-domain antibody fragments with high conformational stability.
Dumoulin, Mireille ULg; Conrath, Katja; Van Meirhaeghe, Annemie et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2002), 11(3), 500-15

A variety of techniques, including high-pressure unfolding monitored by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, have been ... [more ▼]

A variety of techniques, including high-pressure unfolding monitored by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, have been used to investigate the equilibrium folding properties of six single-domain antigen binders derived from camelid heavy-chain antibodies with specificities for lysozymes, beta-lactamases, and a dye (RR6). Various denaturing conditions (guanidinium chloride, urea, temperature, and pressure) provided complementary and independent methods for characterizing the stability and unfolding properties of the antibody fragments. With all binders, complete recovery of the biological activity after renaturation demonstrates that chemical-induced unfolding is fully reversible. Furthermore, denaturation experiments followed by optical spectroscopic methods and affinity measurements indicate that the antibody fragments are unfolded cooperatively in a single transition. Thus, unfolding/refolding equilibrium proceeds via a simple two-state mechanism (N <--> U), where only the native and the denatured states are significantly populated. Thermally-induced denaturation, however, is not completely reversible, and the partial loss of binding capacity might be due, at least in part, to incorrect refolding of the long loops (CDRs), which are responsible for antigen recognition. Most interestingly, all the fragments are rather resistant to heat-induced denaturation (apparent T(m) = 60-80 degrees C), and display high conformational stabilities (DeltaG(H(2)O) = 30-60 kJ mole(-1)). Such high thermodynamic stability has never been reported for any functional conventional antibody fragment, even when engineered antigen binders are considered. Hence, the reduced size, improved solubility, and higher stability of the camelid heavy-chain antibody fragments are of special interest for biotechnological and medical applications. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailCharacterization Of Kenyan Isolates Of Fusarium Udum From Pigeonpea [Cajanus Cajan (L.) Millsp.] By Cultural Characteristics, Aggressiveness And Aflp Analysis
Kiprop, E. K.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg; Mwang'Ombe, A. W. et al

in Journal of Phytopathology-Phytopathologische Zeitschrift (2002), 150

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

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

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