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See detailTranssexualism and connection with reality: Rorschach data
Mormont, Christian ULg; Michel, Aude; Wauthy, Jacques ULg

in Rorschachiana (1995), 20(1), 172-187

AB Presents 12 various types of responses to the Rorschach that indicate a distinctive connection with reality that seems to resemble the inability of transsexuals to resign themselves as easily to ... [more ▼]

AB Presents 12 various types of responses to the Rorschach that indicate a distinctive connection with reality that seems to resemble the inability of transsexuals to resign themselves as easily to perceived reality as to symbolic satisfactions (desired reality). The authors then compare the frequency of such responses in the Rorschach protocols of transsexuals and control subject in order to test the validity of this hypothesis. The research to be reported here involved an initial sample of 36 transsexuals, 24 men and 12 women (with the designated sex determined by the original anatomical sex). These subjects had consulted a psychologist for an evaluation that was required prior to a medical decision to perform an anatomical sex-change operation. Clinical observation indicates that transsexuals (a) correctly perceive the anatomical reality of their sex; (b) do not modify their conviction (that of belonging to the other sex) in accord with this perception; and (c) seek to resolve the resulting dissonance by changing their anatomy rather than their conviction (gender identity). On the basis of this observation, we have inferred that transsexuals should maintain a characteristic relationship with reality that we have formulated in terms of indices to be identified during Rorschach testing. [less ▲]

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See detailInvolvement of MMP2 and MMP9 in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; DELVENNE, Philippe ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Cell Biology International (1995), 19(3), 250-51

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See detailThiamine Deficiency--Induced Partial Necrosis and Mitochondrial Uncoupling in Neuroblastoma Cells Are Rapidly Reversed by Addition of Thiamine
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Sluse, Francis ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1995), 65(5), 2178-2184

Culture of neuroblastoma cells in a medium of low-thiamine concentration (6 nM) and in the presence of the transport inhibitor amprolium leads to the appearance of overt signs of necrosis; i.e., the ... [more ▼]

Culture of neuroblastoma cells in a medium of low-thiamine concentration (6 nM) and in the presence of the transport inhibitor amprolium leads to the appearance of overt signs of necrosis; i.e., the chromatin condenses in dark patches, the oxygen consumption decreases, mitochondria are uncoupled, and their cristae are disorganized. Glutamate formed from glutamine is no longer oxidized and accumulates, suggesting that the thiamine diphosphate-dependent alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase activity is impaired. When thiamine (10 microM) is added to the cells, the O2 consumption increases, respiratory control is restored, and normal cell and mitochondrial morphology is recovered within 1 h. Succinate, which is oxidized via the thiamine diphosphate-independent succinate dehydrogenase, is also able to restore a normal O2 consumption (with respiratory control) in digitonin-permeabilized thiamine-deficient cells. Our results therefore suggest that the slowing of the citric acid cycle is the main cause of the biochemical lesion induced by thiamine deficiency as observed in Wernicke's encephalopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation de la disponibilite de la ressource forestiere. Cas d'une essence traitée en futaie équienne monospecifique.
Hebert, Jacques ULg; Laurent, Christian

in Revue Forestière Française (1995), 47(5), 572-580

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See detailDecomposing efficiency into its managerial and its regulatory components: The case of European railways
Gathon, Henry-Jean ULg; Pestieau, Pierre ULg

in European Journal of Operational Research (1995), 80

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See detailAnalysis of Liquid Flow Distribution in Trickling Flow Reactor Using Computer-Assisted X-Ray Tomography
Toye, Dominique ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg; Crine, Michel ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Research & Design : Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Part A (1995), 73(A3), 258-262

In this paper, we propose a new experimental technique, based on X-ray tomography, allowing the analysis of the gas-liquid-solid phase distribution in trickling flow reactors. Tomography refers to the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a new experimental technique, based on X-ray tomography, allowing the analysis of the gas-liquid-solid phase distribution in trickling flow reactors. Tomography refers to the cross-sectional imaging of an object from data collected by illuminating this object from many directions. The experimental set-up allows the scanning of transverse sections of rather large columns: up to 0.8 m diameter and 2 m height can be irradiated. Experiments were carried out both without and with liquid flow. In the absence of liquid, the reconstructed images give a view of the non-uniformity of the solid phase distribution. The images obtained are very complex because they result from the superposition of several distributions with different Spatial scales. We show the existence of a first spatial scale which allows us to separate properties belonging to the individual packing elements from those belonging to the bed scale. When liquid is flowing through the packed bed X-ray scans give a clear picture of the distribution of the liquid phase saturation, despite the very low liquid film thickness. Average values of this liquid phase saturation are determined and confronted with a partial wetting model. [less ▲]

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See detailSU (3) scaled effective lagrangians for a hot and strange system
Jaminon, Martine ULg; Van Den Bossche, Bruno

in Nuclear Physics A (1995), 582

We construct two effective lagrangians which reproduce the explicit flavor SU(3) symmetry breaking and the trace and axial anomalies of QCD. All analytical expressions are derived for a hot strange matter ... [more ▼]

We construct two effective lagrangians which reproduce the explicit flavor SU(3) symmetry breaking and the trace and axial anomalies of QCD. All analytical expressions are derived for a hot strange matter but the results are only shown for zero baryonic density. We study the coupling of the quark condensates (u and s) to the gluon condensate. We also consider the temperature behavior of the pion and of the kaon masses. We show that the results crucially depend on the choice of the two free parameters of the model: the chiral transition can be of first or of second order; the coupling between the gluon and the quark condensates can be large or not; the meson masses can increase or decrease with temperature. The introduction of the QCD trace anomaly in the SU(3) NJL model kills the predictive character of the NJL. [less ▲]

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See detailEmergence of the ZNF91 Kruppel-associated box-containing zinc finger gene family in the last common ancestor of anthropoidea
Bellefroid, Eric J.; Marine, Jean-Christophe; Matera, A Gregory et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1995), 92(23), 10757-61

The ZNF91 gene family, a subset of the Kruppel-associated box (KRAB)-containing group of zinc finger genes, comprises more than 40 loci; most reside on human chromosome 19p12-p13.1. We have examined the ... [more ▼]

The ZNF91 gene family, a subset of the Kruppel-associated box (KRAB)-containing group of zinc finger genes, comprises more than 40 loci; most reside on human chromosome 19p12-p13.1. We have examined the emergence and evolutionary conservation of the ZNF91 family. ZNF91 family members were detected in all species of great apes, gibbons, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys examined but were not found in prosimians or rodents. In each species containing the ZNF91 family, the genes were clustered at one major site, on the chromosome(s) syntenic to human chromosome 19. To identify a putative "founder" gene, > 20 murine KRAB-containing zinc finger protein (ZFP) cDNAs were randomly cloned, but none showed sequence similarity to the ZNF91 genes. These observations suggest that the ZNF91 gene cluster is a derived character specific to Anthropoidea, resulting from a duplication and amplification event some 55 million years ago in the common ancestor of simians. Although the ZNF91 gene cluster is present in all simian species, the sequences of the human ZNF91 gene that confer DNA-binding specificity were conserved only in great apes, suggesting that there is not a high selective pressure to maintain the DNA targets of these proteins during evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of infused sodium lactate on glucose and energy metabolism in healthy humans.
Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Schneiter, P.; Cayeux, M. C. et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (1995), 21(5), 345-52

To assess the effects of lactate on glucose metabolism, sodium lactate (20 mumol.kg-1.min-1) was infused into healthy subjects in basal conditions and during application of a hyperinsulinaemic (6 pmol.kg ... [more ▼]

To assess the effects of lactate on glucose metabolism, sodium lactate (20 mumol.kg-1.min-1) was infused into healthy subjects in basal conditions and during application of a hyperinsulinaemic (6 pmol.kg-1.min-1) euglycaemic clamp. Glucose rate of appearance (GRa) and disappearance (GRd) were measured from plasma dilution of infused U- 13C glucose, and glucose oxidation (G(ox)) from breath 13CO2 and plasma 13C glucose. In basal conditions, lactate infusion did not alter G(ox) (8.8 +/- 0.9 vs 9.2 +/- 1.1 mumol.kg-1.min-1), while GRa slightly decreased from 15.2 +/- 0.8 basal to 13.9 +/- 0.9 mumol.kg-1.min-1 after lactate (p < 0.05). During a hyperinsulinaemic clamp, hepatic glucose production was completely suppressed with or without lactate. Lactate decreased G(ox) from 17.1 +/- 0.4 to 13.4 +/- 1.2 mumol.kg-1.min-1 (p < 0.05), whereas GRd was unchanged (39.7 +/- 3.6 vs 45.6 +/- 2.6 mumol.kg-1.min-1. It is concluded that infusion of lactate in basal conditions does not increase GRa or interfere with peripheral glucose oxidation, and that during hyperinsulinaemia lactate decreases glucose oxidation but does not alter hepatic or peripheral insulin sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse Modulation of Intraepithelial Langerhans' Cells and Stromal Macrophage/Dendrocyte Populations in Human Papillomavirus-Associated Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions of the Cervix
Al-Saleh, Walid; Delvenne, Philippe ULg; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv : An International Journal of Pathology (1995), 427(1), 41-8

Ninety-four cervical biopsies from normal tissue to high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (SILs) were examined for the presence of intraepithelial Langerhans' cells and subpopulations of stromal ... [more ▼]

Ninety-four cervical biopsies from normal tissue to high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (SILs) were examined for the presence of intraepithelial Langerhans' cells and subpopulations of stromal macrophages/dendrocytes by immunohistochemistry using anti-S100, -L1, -CD68 and -factor XIIIa antibodies. Human papillomavirus (HPV) detection was performed in all cases by using first a mixture of DNA probes for 14 HPV types commonly found in anogenital biopsies at low stringency conditions (Tm -40 degrees C) and by reanalyzing the tissues at high stringency (Tm -10 degrees C) with HPV 6/11, 16/18 and 31/33/35 biotinylated probe cocktails and individual digoxigenin-labelled probes. SILs and metaplastic tissues were significantly associated with a depletion of S100-positive intraepithelial Langerhans' cells when compared with normal epithelium. In contrast, there was a significant increase in L1-positive stromal macrophages in SIL biopsies compared with normal or metaplastic cervix. A significantly higher density of CD68-positive macrophages was also observed in high-grade SILs compared with normal or metaplastic biopsies and with low-grade SILs. The density of factor XIIIa-positive dendrocytes was found to be higher in SILs compared with metaplastic tissues and in high-grade SILs when compared with normal cervical biopsies. No specific relationship was found between the densities of these cells and the HPV type detected in SILs separated into low grade and high grade. The significance of this inverse modulation of intraepithelial Langerhans' cells and stromal macrophages/dendrocytes in normal and SIL biopsies is discussed in relation to HPV infection and malignant transformation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Anatolian Middle Palaeolithic. New Research at Karain Cave
Otte, Marcel ULg; Yalçinkaya, Isin; Taskiran, Harun et al

in Journal of Anthropological Research (1995), 51(4), 287-299

The aims of this report are three-fold: i. to provide new informattion concerning the Palaeolithic of Turkey; ii. to present the shifts in lithic techniques évidenced during this period; and iii. to ... [more ▼]

The aims of this report are three-fold: i. to provide new informattion concerning the Palaeolithic of Turkey; ii. to present the shifts in lithic techniques évidenced during this period; and iii. to demonstrate significance of the new information for interpreting long distance relations between Western Asia and Europe. In fact, in spite of the crucial geographic situation of Anatolia between the Near East and Europe, it has rarely been the subject of intensive excavations and publications concerning the Paleolithic periods. Recently obtained data are therefore of significant interest. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du miveau de contamination par les PCBs et les pesticides organochlorés de loutres (Lutra lutra) et l'anguilles (Anguilla anguilla) issues de zones humides de l'oeust de la France
Tans, Michael; Hugla, Jean Louis; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1995), 15(2-3-4), 321-324

Organochlorinated pesticides and PCBs were identified in 32 otter carcasses (road casualties) found in the wetlands of western France. The contamination levels are relatively low compared to those found ... [more ▼]

Organochlorinated pesticides and PCBs were identified in 32 otter carcasses (road casualties) found in the wetlands of western France. The contamination levels are relatively low compared to those found in other otter European populations. As eel is the main prey of otters in that area, samples of that fish from the Marais poitevin were analysed too. They also show a low level of contamination by these compounds, their PCB congener pattern being different. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose metabolism in obese subjects: lessons from OGTT, IVGTT and clamp studies.
Scheen, André ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Letiexhe, Michel ULg et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (1995), 19 Suppl 3

Impaired glucose tolerance and overt diabetes are more frequent in presence than in absence of obesity. In obese subjects, glucose tolerance can be maintained within the normal range by compensating for ... [more ▼]

Impaired glucose tolerance and overt diabetes are more frequent in presence than in absence of obesity. In obese subjects, glucose tolerance can be maintained within the normal range by compensating for insulin resistance by peripheral hyperinsulinism, the latter resulting from both increased insulin secretion and reduced insulin clearance. Impaired glucose tolerance is observed when insulin resistance is associated to impaired first-phase insulin response, which results in a significant increase in plasma glucose levels and a late insulin hyperresponsiveness. Both hyperinsulinaemia and hyperglycaemia are then able to overcome peripheral insulin resistance and impaired glucose disposal. When a more marked defect in insulin secretion is present, hyperglycaemia progresses, probably due to an additional participation of impaired suppression of hepatic glucose output. Overt diabetes then occurs with persistent post-absorptive hyperglycaemia. All these abnormalities can be reversed after a marked weight loss and recovery of ideal body weight, arguing for acquired rather than inherited metabolic defects in presence of morbid obesity. If a sufficient weight reduction can not be obtained, pharmacological approaches may be considered to improve insulin resistance of obese subjects, especially those with impaired glucose tolerance or overt diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailEpithelioid Cell Histiocytoma: A Report of Two Cases
Dezfoulian, Bita ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (1995), 190(4), 349-350

Epithelioid cell histiocytoma is a rarely reported tumor derived from factor-XIIIa-positive dermal dendrocytes. Two additional cases are presented including their clinical, histologic and ... [more ▼]

Epithelioid cell histiocytoma is a rarely reported tumor derived from factor-XIIIa-positive dermal dendrocytes. Two additional cases are presented including their clinical, histologic and immunohistochemical features. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Formation of National Elites de A. Kappeler (ed.)
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Ethnic and Racial Studies (1995), 18(2), 421-422

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See detailClinical neurophysiology and neurotransmitters
MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg; Wang, Wei; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1995), 15(4), 301-9

Clinical neurophysiology allows non-invasive assessment of neurotransmitter function in various regions of the central and peripheral nervous system. In this review, we describe examples of functional ... [more ▼]

Clinical neurophysiology allows non-invasive assessment of neurotransmitter function in various regions of the central and peripheral nervous system. In this review, we describe examples of functional evaluation of neurotransmission at the neuromuscular junction, in some spinal interneurons and intracortical circuits as well as evaluation of pharmacological modulation of some electrophysiological tests. These investigations are carried out to help our understanding of the pathophysiology of brain diseases. Finally, we discuss possible relationships between electrophysiological tests (evoked/event-related potentials and exteroceptive suppression of temporalis muscle activity) and neurotransmitter function in headache. [less ▲]

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See detailVentilatory and arterial blood gas tension adjustments to strenuous exercise in standardbreds
Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1995), 56(10), 1332-1337

Five healthy, fit Standardbreds (mean +/- SEM, 490.4 +/- 15.0 kg, 4.0 +/- 0.5 years) were studied during a standardized test carried out on a treadmill. The test consisted of an 8-minute warm-up and a 9 ... [more ▼]

Five healthy, fit Standardbreds (mean +/- SEM, 490.4 +/- 15.0 kg, 4.0 +/- 0.5 years) were studied during a standardized test carried out on a treadmill. The test consisted of an 8-minute warm-up and a 9-minute exercise period (1 minute at 1.7, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 m/s; 2 minutes at 4 m/s; and a 1-minute walk at a 6% slope). Respiratory airflow, tidal volume (V(T)), and respiratory frequency (f) were continuously recorded, using 2 ultrasonic pneumotachographs connected to a face mask and mass spectrometer. Oxygen uptake, carbon dioxide output, and expired minute volume (V(E)) were obtained on a breath by breath basis. Arterial blood was tested at the end of each step for O2 and CO2 partial pressures. Heart rate was continuously recorded, using a heart rate recording system. Stride frequency was measured at each step, and the stride frequency-to-f ratio was calculated. Venous blood was tested for plasma lactate concentration be fore and 2 minutes after completion of the test. Some horses had a locomotion-respiration coupling (LRC), but this coupling was occasional and intermittent. The f was lower and V(T) was higher than values reported for thoroughbreds working under similar experimental conditions. Nevertheless, maximal V(E) did not overshoot maximal V(E) reported in Thoroughbreds. All horses were hypoxemic and hypercapnic, but there was wide variability between subjects. The horses with the highest oxygen uptake and the lowest plasma lactate concentration were more hypoxemic and hypercapnic. The Standardbreds, studied under our laboratory conditions, did not have constant LRC and had lower f with higher V(T) than did Thoroughbreds under similar experimental conditions. Despite these differences in breathing strategy, the Standardbreds did not have higher V(E) than did Thoroughbreds, and they were hypoxemic and hypercapnic. The fact that these Standardbreds, which obviously freely selected their breathing strategy, were unable or unwilling to adopt compensatory hyperventilation reinforces the hypothesis that, in strenuous exercising horses, there could be a physiologic limit to ventilation, most probably related to mechanical factors, but independent of any LRC. [less ▲]

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See detailA experiência Pedagógica «Renovação do Ensino Elementar - Desenvolvimento Corporal das Crianças dos 2,5 Anos aos 12 Anos»
Piéron, Maurice; Cloes, Marc ULg; Delfosse, Catherine et al

in Boletim Sociedade Portuguesa de Educação Física (1995), 12(2), 31-58

This paper presents the methodology and main results of a research program aiming to identify the effect of a daily physical education project implemented in the French speaking part of Belgium.

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See detailL'articulation des réglementations en matière de crédit hypothécaire
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Revue de Droit Commercial Belge [= RDC] = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht [=TBH] (1995), Dossier n° 2

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See detailLumière und der Augen-Blick
Belloi, Livio ULg

in KINtop : Jahrbuch zur Erforschung des frühen Films (1995), 4

Analyse de la pratique de la vue chez Lumière, envisagée dans sa double dimension spatiale et temporelle.

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See detailGrowth hormone, Insulin-like growth factor-I and their plasma binding proteins in different cattle breeds
Renaville, Robert ULg; Devolder, Anne; Shojae, Djalil et al

in Zootecnica e Nutrizione Animale (1995), 21

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See detailSpores et pollens, témoins remarquables de la végétation des continents depuis un demi-milliard d'années.
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences. Académie Royale de Belgique (1995), 6e Série

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See detailThermohydrodynamical modelling of a power plant implementation in the Zeebrugge harbour
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Vanormelingen, J.-J.

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (1995), 33(2), 163-180

A mathematical model and numerical simulation has been used to test the validity of a water and thermal circulation scheme induced by the implementation of a new power plant in the Zeebrugge harbour. The ... [more ▼]

A mathematical model and numerical simulation has been used to test the validity of a water and thermal circulation scheme induced by the implementation of a new power plant in the Zeebrugge harbour. The aim of the study was to: a) verify that in the interior basin of the inner harbour, a sufficient stratification is present to allow for the capture of cold bottom waters, whereas the ejected heated water remains at the surface and is evacuated to the main harbour, b) study the way the water cools in the main harbour and to quantify the amount of thermal energy which is pumped back into the inner harbour, c) determine if the global heat excess is evacuated and if the resulting temperature increase remains within reasonable limits at the power plant pump inlet. The study, accomplished in three steps, determined the parameters that control the recirculation (e.g. atmospheric conditions) and what their relative importance is. It was shown that a stratification is created in the interior basin. In the main harbour the heat evacuation is done primarily by evaporation in the harbour and only for 20% by the outflow to the open sea. Extreme temperature increases at the pump inlet are expected to be 1.6 degrees C and 6.6 degrees C,but generally the temperature increase lies between 3-4 degrees C. The actual value was found to be most sensitive to the atmospheric conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailÉvolution technique au Paléolithique ancien de Karain (Turquie)
Otte, Marcel ULg; Yalçinkaya, Isin; Kozlowski, Janusz et al

in Anthropologie (L') (1995), 99(4), 529-561

The Karain Cave, in Southern Turkey, provided a long sequence pf Lower and Middle Palaeoliothic. A "Clactonian" type flake industry is present at the basis, with numerous denticulates and notches. The ... [more ▼]

The Karain Cave, in Southern Turkey, provided a long sequence pf Lower and Middle Palaeoliothic. A "Clactonian" type flake industry is present at the basis, with numerous denticulates and notches. The evolution is marked by the development of the elaborated preparation of flakes leading to the Levallois technology. Four climatic cycles were recognized, each with an alternance of a long cold phase and thinner tempered deposits. The now available radiometric datations place the last tempered phase around 120 to 100,000 years. [less ▲]

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See detailA biotechnological process to produce sulfide from the industrial by-product gypsum : new investigations
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Taillieu, Xavier; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Med. Fac. Landbouww. Univ. Gent 60/4b (1995)

Different methods to isolate acetate-oxidizing sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) have been applied to samples containing relatively high concentrations of sulfate. However, the presence of facultative ... [more ▼]

Different methods to isolate acetate-oxidizing sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) have been applied to samples containing relatively high concentrations of sulfate. However, the presence of facultative anaerobic bacteria, identified as enterobacteriaceae, did not allow to obtain pure strains. Consequently, the influence of this contaminant in SRB cultures was investigated with particular attention being paid to the gases produced by the contaminant. [less ▲]

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See detailRobert Feulgen Prize Lecture 1995. New approaches to in situ detection of nucleic acids.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (1995), 104(2), 81-95

The present paper reviews recent results obtained by different molecular biology-based, immunocytological approaches to the localization and identification of nucleic acids in sections of biological ... [more ▼]

The present paper reviews recent results obtained by different molecular biology-based, immunocytological approaches to the localization and identification of nucleic acids in sections of biological material. Examples of sensitive, high-resolution detection methods for RNA, DNA or specialized DNA regions are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the potential values and limitations of these new methods. [less ▲]

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See detailVariations temporelles de la phénologie et de la composition biochimique de la phanérogame marine Posidonia oceanica en baie de Calvi
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Belkhiria, Samy; Dauby, Patrick ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1995), 64

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See detailDiarylazepine derivatives as potent atypical neuroleptic drugs: Recent advances
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, J.; Rogister, F. et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (1995), 1

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See detailIn vitro modulation of keratinocyte attachment by minocycline H-Cl
Van Heusden, Alain ULg; Rompen, Eric ULg; Lebfevre, P. et al

in Journal of Dental Research (1995), 74

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See detailDNA polymorphism detection in Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae): potential use in stored product pest management
Braet, Yves; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in DNA Sequence : The Journal of DNA Sequencing & Mapping (1995), 6

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See detailDesign for polarizing holographic optical elements
Habraken, Serge ULg; Renotte, Yvon; Roose, Stéphane ULg et al

in Applied Optics (1995), 34(19), 3595-3602

We present results of the application of a three-dimensional rigorous-vector coupled-wave theory to the design of polarizing holographic optical elements. Two different cases have been selected giving ... [more ▼]

We present results of the application of a three-dimensional rigorous-vector coupled-wave theory to the design of polarizing holographic optical elements. Two different cases have been selected giving rise to two types of element, one of which is completely original. Experimental realizations were performed. The recording material was dichromated gelatin because of its outstanding performance related to diffraction efficiency. A fair agreement between the theoretical previsions and the experimental results was achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailTroubles du rythme et risques somatiques chez le petit enfant
Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg

in Thérapie Psychomotrice et Recherches (1995), 102

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See detailQuantitative assessment of erythropoiesis in haemodialysis patients demonstrates gradual expansion of erythroblasts during constant treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1995), 89(1), 17-23

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors increase within 1-2 weeks, with no further elevation beyond this time interval. However, the erythroblast pool is quantitatively the most important compartment of erythropoiesis, and the rate, extent and duration of the expansion of erythropoietic activity in response to rHuEpo is not known. Treatment with rHuEpo was given to 64 patients i.v. thrice weekly after haemodialysis. The effect of rHuEpo was obvious from the early elevation of reticulocyte counts, but much of this increase was due to a rapid output of shift reticulocytes which levelled off after a few weeks. Serum transferrin receptor (TfR), a quantitative measure of erythropoiesis, increased progressively over 6 weeks to reach a plateau phase at about twice baseline values. The Hct increased progressively and continued to rise steadily after the TfR plateau was reached. The speed and extent of the expansion of erythropoietic activity correlated with the later haematological response to rHuEpo. When rHuEpo was discontinued, erythropoietic activity returned progressively to baseline values, to rise again gradually when treatment was resumed. Part of the Hct increase was also due to haemoconcentration. The results indicate that changes in the various erythroid compartments vary considerably in intensity and speed, and that the erythroblast compartment in particular is slow to respond to modifications in the erythropoietin stimulus. [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 detailAnomalous pion decay in effective QCD at finite temperature
Blaschke, David; Jaminon, Martine ULg; Kalinovsky, Yu. L. et al

in Nuclear Physics A (1995), 592

The width of the process π0 → γγ is calculated within effective QCD at finite temperature. We use two different effective models which describe chiral symmetry breaking and its restoration at finite ... [more ▼]

The width of the process π0 → γγ is calculated within effective QCD at finite temperature. We use two different effective models which describe chiral symmetry breaking and its restoration at finite temperature in SU(2)ƒ: (i) an effective lagrangian with a nonlocal separable interaction kernel, (ii) A- and B-scaledNJL lagrangians which implement the scale anomaly of QCD. We calculate the temperature dependences of the quark and pion masses as well as of the pion-park-antiquark coupling strength below and above the double quark mass threshold. At zero temperature we obtain a fairly good agreement with the experimental value for the decay width. The temperature dependence of the decay width is related to that of the pion mass. Γπ0 → γγ is enhanced in the vicinity of the Mott temperature (Mπ = 2mq) for the nonlocal as well as for the A-scaled model and suppressed for the B-scaled model. We compare our results with the SU(2) Nambu-Jona-Lasinio model which is contained as a limiting case in our approach. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure, chromosomal location, and expression pattern of three mouse genes homologous to the human MAGE genes.
De Backer, O.; Verheyden, A. M.; Martin, B. et al

in Genomics (1995), 28(1), 74-83

The human MAGE1 gene directs the expression of an antigen recognized on a melanoma by autologous cytolytic T lymphocytes. MAGE1 belongs to a family of genes that are expressed in a number of tumors of ... [more ▼]

The human MAGE1 gene directs the expression of an antigen recognized on a melanoma by autologous cytolytic T lymphocytes. MAGE1 belongs to a family of genes that are expressed in a number of tumors of various histological types but not in normal tissues except testis. The MAGE genes are arranged in two groups that are located within two different regions of the human X chromosome (Xq26-qter and Xp21.3). By hybridizing mouse genomic libraries with a MAGE1 probe, we identified three homologous genes. Two of these mouse genes, Smage1 and Smage2, are more than 99% identical to each other and encode the same protein of 330 aa. The 5' noncoding region of Smage2 provides the potential for regulating the expression of the gene through several different promoters located in front of alternative first exons. The third gene, Smage3, has the structure of a processed transcript. It codes for a protein with only 11 aa substitutions with respect to the Smage1/2 product. Somatic cell hybrids and interspecific backcross analysis showed that Smage3 is autosomal and that Smage1 and Smage2 are located between the Dmd and the Ar loci on the mouse X chromosome. Since this region is syntenic to the human Xp21.1-p22.1 region, we conclude that Smage1 and Smage2 are homologous to the MAGE-Xp rather than to the MAGE-Xq genes. Smage1/2 transcripts were detected in several tumor and embryonal cell lines but not in normal mouse tissues with the exception of testis. Expression of Smage3 was found in embryos from Day 11 to Day 15. [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 detailMapping quantitative trait loci controlling milk production by exploiting progeny testing
Georges, Michel ULg; Nielsen, D.; Mackinnon, M. et al

in Genetics (1995), 139

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny ... [more ▼]

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny tests based on the milking performances of > 150,000 daughters jointly, was genotyped for 159 autosomal microsatellites bracketing 1645 centimorgan or approximately two thirds of the bovine genome. Using a maximum likelihood multilocus linkage analysis accounting for variance heterogeneity of the phenotypes, we identified five chromosomes giving very strong evidence (LOD score > or = 3) for the presence of a QTL controlling milk production: chromosomes 1, 6, 9, 10 and 20. These findings demonstrate that loci with considerable effects on milk production are still segregating in highly selected populations and pave the way toward marker-assisted selection in dairy cattle breeding. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential distribution of single-stranded DNA, double-stranded DNA, and RNA in adenovirus-induced intranuclear regions of HeLa cells.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Puvion-Dutilleul, F.

in Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society (1995), 43(8), 749-59

We investigated in great detail the fine spatial distribution of nucleic acids within adenovirus-infected HeLa cells by various immunogold labeling procedures. To detect DNA, we used the in situ terminal ... [more ▼]

We investigated in great detail the fine spatial distribution of nucleic acids within adenovirus-infected HeLa cells by various immunogold labeling procedures. To detect DNA, we used the in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-immunogold technique. In addition to the expected evident label over the condensed host chromatin and the structures containing viral double- and single-stranded DNA, label was consistently revealed over round fibrillar spots. By contrast, other virus-induced substructures, such as compact rings, crystalloids, clear amorphous inclusions, and electron-dense amorphous inclusions, displayed no significant label. Except for the viral single-stranded DNA accumulation sites, identical labeling pattern was obtained with the in situ nick-translation-immunogold method. We further labeled the sections with anti-RNA antibodies. Label was present not only over the cytoplasm and the intranuclear fibrillogranular network but also quite obviously over the compact rings and interchromatin granule clusters. None was seen over the other nuclear structures of infected cells, notably over the fibrillar spots. We suggest that these fibrillar spots might be involved in the formation of the viral, non-encapsidated, double-stranded DNA storage site. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple two species ecological model exhibiting chaotic behaviour
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Nihoul, Jacques ULg

in Mathematical & Computer Modelling (1995), 21(6), 3-11

The classical prey-predator model of Lotka-Volterra is revisited. Instead of constant growth rates, a modulated growth rate for the prey is used. It is shown that in this very simple case, the resulting ... [more ▼]

The classical prey-predator model of Lotka-Volterra is revisited. Instead of constant growth rates, a modulated growth rate for the prey is used. It is shown that in this very simple case, the resulting system's evolution may become nonlinearly resonant. This shows that complex behaviour is not necessarily related to complex systems. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the Clozapine Structure Increases Its Selectivity for the Dopamine D4 Receptor
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, J.; Damas, Jacques ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 273(3), 1-3

Clozapine has a more marked affinity for the recently cloned dopamine D4 receptor than for the dopamine D2 receptor. In the search for a selective ligand for the dopamine D4 receptor, useful as a ... [more ▼]

Clozapine has a more marked affinity for the recently cloned dopamine D4 receptor than for the dopamine D2 receptor. In the search for a selective ligand for the dopamine D4 receptor, useful as a pharmacological tool or as a potent atypical antipsychotic, a pyridobenzodiazepine derivative bioisoster of clozapine, JL 18, 8-methyl-6-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-11H-pyrido [2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepine, was found to be the most dopamine D4-selective ligand belonging to the diarylazepine class. Indeed, JL 18 binds to the dopamine D4 receptor with affinity up to 25 times superior to that for the dopamine D2 receptor and presents reduced affinities for other receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailPulmonary Ventilation, Mechanics, Gas Exchange and Haemodynamics in Calves Following Intratracheal Inoculation of Pasteurella Haemolytica
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Zentralblatt für Veterinarmedizin. Reihe A (1995), 42(8), 531-544

A Pasteurella haemolytica A1 broth was injected intratracheally in eight calves and measurements of pulmonary function values (PFV) were made once before and hourly post inoculation (p.i.). Changes in ... [more ▼]

A Pasteurella haemolytica A1 broth was injected intratracheally in eight calves and measurements of pulmonary function values (PFV) were made once before and hourly post inoculation (p.i.). Changes in PFVs, included increased respiratory rate and minute ventilation (up to 158% of baseline 2 h p.i.) and decreased tidal volume and lung dynamic compliance (up to 33% of baseline 3 h p.i.). Total pulmonary resistance was not affected. At and after 3 h p.i. there was a progressive impairement of gas exchange, as judged from arterial O2 tension which decreased up to 65% of baseline. In contrast, arterial CO2 tension was not affected. Pulmonary hypertension was observed during the 3 last h of the study and was attributable to an increased pulmonary vascular resistance. Severe neutropenia was observed at 3 h p.i. and post-mortem histological findings were consistent with an acute fibrinohemorragic bronchopneumonia. In conclusion, P. haemolytica airway challenge unequiovocally resulted in acute pneumonia, providing a reproducible pathophysiological model for investigations regarding new therapeutic strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of monoclonal antibodies against stromelysin-3 and their use to evaluate stromelysin-3 levels in breast carcinoma by semi-quantitative immunohistochemistry
Santavicca, M.; Noël, Agnès ULg; Chenard, M. P. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1995), 64(5), 336-341

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase which is expressed in fibroblastic cells of most human invasive carcinomas and represents a potential new prognostic indicator. Expression of recombinant ... [more ▼]

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase which is expressed in fibroblastic cells of most human invasive carcinomas and represents a potential new prognostic indicator. Expression of recombinant ST3 forms in Escherichia coli from cDNA constructs indicated that high levels of expression were achieved when the ST3 pro-domain was deleted. The putative mature form of ST3 thus produced and recovered from bacterial inclusion bodies was used to prepare monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against ST3 by immunization of BALB/C mice. Ten hybridomas producing MAbs against ST3 were obtained and analyzed for their ability to detect endogenous ST3 in breast cancer and in conditioned media from human fibroblasts. One of these MAbs (5ST-4A9) was found to be suitable for the routine detection of ST3 on breast cancer tissue sections, thus opening the possibility to evaluate ST3 prognostic value in breast cancer using semi-quantitative immunohistochemistry [less ▲]

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See detailAminoglycoside Antibiotics Induce Aggregation But Not Fusion Of Negatively-Charged Liposomes
Vanbambeke, F.; Tulkens, Pm.; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology-Molecular Pharmacology Section (1995), 289(2), 321-33

The binding of aminoglycoside antibiotics to acidic phospholipids of membranes is an essential step in the development of both their renal and auditory toxicities, which could be associated with critical ... [more ▼]

The binding of aminoglycoside antibiotics to acidic phospholipids of membranes is an essential step in the development of both their renal and auditory toxicities, which could be associated with critical modifications of the membrane properties. This work examines the capacity of aminoglycosides to induce membrane aggregation and fusion. Three techniques were used in parallel: (i) measurement of the dequenching rate of a lipid-soluble fluorescent probe (octadecylrhodamine B) incorporated at self-quenched concentration in membranes; (ii) measurement of the increase in the energy transfer between two fluorescent derivatives of phospholipids; and (iii) electron microscopy of negatively-stained replicas. The results were compared with those obtained with spermine (an aggregating polycation) and melittin (a fusogenic peptide). The three approaches indicate that aminoglycosides induce liposomes aggregation, but not fusion. Aggregation is related to the capacity of each drug studied to bind phosphatidylinositol, as evaluated by its energy of interaction with this acidic phospholipid, and to its toxic potential. Membrane aggregation occurring in vivo could therefore contribute to, or be a determinant of this toxicity, which could rationally be screened for new derivatives by the methods applied here. [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment of patent ductus arteriosus by placement of intravascular coils in a pup
Snaps, Frédéric ULg; Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Saunders, J. et al

in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association [=JAVMA] (1995), 6(6), 724-725

A 3-month-old female mixed-breed pup was referred for evaluation and treatment of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Selective angiography was performed to confirm the diagnosis. A cone-shaped PDA with a ... [more ▼]

A 3-month-old female mixed-breed pup was referred for evaluation and treatment of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). Selective angiography was performed to confirm the diagnosis. A cone-shaped PDA with a large aortic base was outlined. A second selective angiographic procedure was performed to functionally close the PDA by use of thrombotic coils; complete obstruction was obtained. Twenty-four hours after the procedure, the murmur disappeared. One month later, the dog was reexamined and found to be clinically normal. [less ▲]

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See detailA new analysis of the OH radical spectrum from solar infrared observations.
Mélen, F.; Sauval, A. J.; Grevesse, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (1995), 174

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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 detail24-hour glucose profiles during continuous or oscillatory insulin infusion. Demonstration of the functional significance of ultradian insulin oscillations.
Sturis, J.; Scheen, André ULg; Leproult, R. et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (1995), 95(4), 1464-71

Under basal and stimulated conditions, normal insulin secretion oscillates with periods in the ultradian 100-150-min range. To test the hypothesis that oscillatory insulin delivery is more efficient in ... [more ▼]

Under basal and stimulated conditions, normal insulin secretion oscillates with periods in the ultradian 100-150-min range. To test the hypothesis that oscillatory insulin delivery is more efficient in reducing blood glucose levels than continuous administration, nine normal young men were each studied on two occasions during a 28-h period including a period of polygraphically recorded sleep. Endogenous insulin secretion was suppressed by somatostatin, a constant intravenous glucose infusion was administered, and exogenous insulin was infused either at a constant rate or in a sinusoidal pattern with a period of 120 min. The mean glucose level over the 28-h period was 0.72 +/- 0.31 mmol/liter lower when insulin was infused in an oscillatory pattern than when the rate of infusion was constant (P < 0.05). The greater hypoglycemic effect of oscillatory versus constant infusion was particularly marked during the daytime, with the difference averaging 1.04 +/- 0.38 mmol/liter (P < 0.03). Serum insulin levels tended to be lower during oscillatory than constant infusion, although the same amount of exogenous insulin was administered under both conditions. Ultradian insulin oscillations appear to promote more efficient glucose utilization. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of lipoxygenase activity in seed extracts from 35 plant species
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Vanzeveren, E.; Marlier, Michel et al

in Grasas y Aceites (1995), 46(1), 6-10

Lipoxyganase activity in 35 seed extracts was determined an the basis of hydroperoxide synthesis using linoleic acid as substrate. The results referring to the extracted protein content show that several ... [more ▼]

Lipoxyganase activity in 35 seed extracts was determined an the basis of hydroperoxide synthesis using linoleic acid as substrate. The results referring to the extracted protein content show that several species of Vigna (V. unguiculata, V. radiata and V. mungo) and one of Trifolium exhibit stronger lipoxygenase activity than soybean enzyme extracts. The pH-activity relationship was also established for 4 very active samples. GCMS analysis revealed equal amounts of 9- and 13 hydroperoxides of linoleic acid In these seed extracts, indicating no enzyme positional specificity. [less ▲]

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See detailThe mh gene causing double-muscling in cattle maps to bovine chromosome 2
Charlier, Carole ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society (1995), 6

While the hereditary nature of the double-muscling phenotype (a generalized muscular hypertrophy documented in several cattle breeds) is well established, its precise segregation mode has remained ... [more ▼]

While the hereditary nature of the double-muscling phenotype (a generalized muscular hypertrophy documented in several cattle breeds) is well established, its precise segregation mode has remained controversial. Both monogenic models (autosomal dominant or recessive) and oligogenic models have been proposed. Using a panel of 213 bovine microsatellite markers, and an experimental pedigree obtained by backcrossing double-muscled (Belgian Blue)xconventional (Friesian) F1 dams to double-muscled sire, we have mapped a locus on bovine Chromosome (Chr) 2 that accounts for all the phenotypic variance in the backcross generation. This locus, referred to as mh (muscular hypertrophy), has been positioned with respect to a map composed of seven Chr 2-specific microsatellites, at 2 cM from the closest marker. This result confirms the validity in the Belgian Blue population of the monogenic model involving an autosomal mh locus, characterized by a wild-type + and a recessive mh allele, causing the double-muscling phenotype in the homozygous condition. The linkage relationship between the mh locus and the Chr 2 markers was confirmed in three informative pedigrees collected from the general Belgian Blue Cattle population, reinforcing the notion of genetic homogeneity of the double-muscling trait in this breed. This work paves the way towards marker-assisted selection for or against the double-muscling trait, and towards positional cloning of the corresponding gene. [less ▲]

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See detailNausea and vomiting in fractionated radiotherapy: a prospective on-demand trial of tropisetron rescue for non-responders to metoclopramide.
Miralbell, R; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Behrouz, F et al

in European Journal of Cancer Prevention (1995)

A prospective trial was performed to better assess the risk of nausea and vomiting and the rescue value of tropisetron (TRO), a 5HT3 receptor antagonist, in 88 patients undergoing fractionated ... [more ▼]

A prospective trial was performed to better assess the risk of nausea and vomiting and the rescue value of tropisetron (TRO), a 5HT3 receptor antagonist, in 88 patients undergoing fractionated radiotherapy to the abdomen or to large supradiaphragmatic fields and failing a first anti-emetic trial with metoclopramide (MET). Nausea was graded 0 (absent), 1 (mild), 2 (moderate) and 3 (severe). Nausea requiring anti-emetics (L grade 2) was present in 64% of the patients. MET was able to control nausea (I grade 1) in 26 of 58 patients (45%) who developed 1 grade 2 nausea during radiation treatment (2 patients vomiting without nausea included). 34 patients required TRO, and 31 experienced immediate relief. However, nausea (1 grade 2) recurred in 7 patients from 1 to 3 weeks after starting, TRO. Sex, age, field type and field size (cm*) did not influence the incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting. Only 24188 patients vomited after starting radiotherapy. MET helped to eliminate emesis in one third of these patients. TRO helped to control vomiting in 73% of the salvaged patients. Constipation was observed in 8 patients on TRO and was a reason to stop the medication in 4 cases. [less ▲]

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See detailHemodynamic effects of intratracheal administration of Pasteurella haemolytica in calves
Amory, Hélène ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (1995), 430

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See detailL'hypothyroidie subclinique.
Moreau, L.; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(4), 171-4

L'hypothiroïdie subclinique associe, chez des patients asymptomatiques, une élévation de la TSH sérique et une hormonologie thyroïdienne dans les limites de la normale. Le traitement de cette pathologie ... [more ▼]

L'hypothiroïdie subclinique associe, chez des patients asymptomatiques, une élévation de la TSH sérique et une hormonologie thyroïdienne dans les limites de la normale. Le traitement de cette pathologie affectant surtout les personnes âgées est justifié par l'existence de troubles du bilan lipidique, de goitres et de perturbations neuropsychologiques. Celui-ci repose sur l'administration de lévothyroxine à dose minimale pour normaliser la TSH [less ▲]

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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 detailGuianensine, a zwitterionic alkaloid from Strychnos guianensis
Quetin-Leclercq, Joëlle; Llabres, Gabriel ULg; Warin, Roger et al

in Phytochemistry (1995), 40(5), 1557-1560

The isolation and structure determination of an alkaloid isolated from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis is described. Elucidation of its structure is based mainly on 1D and 2D NMR studies. The new ... [more ▼]

The isolation and structure determination of an alkaloid isolated from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis is described. Elucidation of its structure is based mainly on 1D and 2D NMR studies. The new alkaloid has a zwitterionic asymmetrical bis-indole structure and is named guianensine. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation des Écoulements Hydrologiques Quasi-Tridimensionnels : Problèmes Théoriques et Numériques
Pirotton, Michel ULg

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1995), 48(573), 19-26

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See detailPlace de l'érythropoiétine recombinante en période périopératoire
Janssens, Marc ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation (1995), 14(Suppl 1), 98-106

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See detailForbidden transitions of Astrophysical Interest in the 5pk (k=1-5) Configurations
Biémont, Emile ULg; Hansen, J. E.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1995), 111

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See detailEvaluation of cryopreservation techniques for goat embryos
Fiéni, F.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Buggin, M. et al

in Reproduction Nutrition Development (1995), 35

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See detailLa classification fonctionnelle des dysfonctions de la valvule mitrale selon Carpentier
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(7), 292-4

Pour aborder le traitement chirurgical de la valvule mitrale autrement, c'est-à-dire par une réparation valvulaire comme alternative raisonnable au remplacement sytématique, il faut recourir à une ... [more ▼]

Pour aborder le traitement chirurgical de la valvule mitrale autrement, c'est-à-dire par une réparation valvulaire comme alternative raisonnable au remplacement sytématique, il faut recourir à une classfication fonctionnelle des dysfonctions mitrales. Cette classification, établie par Carpentier (1, 2) regroupe les dysfonctions valvulaire mitrales en trois rubriques : a) le type caractérisé par des mouvements valvulaires normaux, b) le type 2, équivalent au prolapsus valvulaire, c) le type 3, correspondant à la restriction des mouvements valvulaires. Cette approche nouvelle postule, en outre, qu'une affection valvulaire n'est parfaitement définie que lorsqu'on en connaît l'étiologie, les lésions et les dysfonctions. L'utilisation de cette méthode analytique (qui a l'avantage de la simplicité et de la clarté) permet au chirurgien de réparer la valvule mitrale en adaptant à chaque dysfonction une correction appropriée et, par l'application de règles, d'obtenir des résultats reproductibles (3-6). [less ▲]

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See detailLes aliments industriels chez le chien: caractéristiques et utilisation dans différents états physiologiques
Diez, Marianne ULg; Istasse, Louis ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1995), 139(5), 309-316

Commercial dog food is more and more frequently used as sole diet. The present review characterizes the different types of commercial diets. Principles of bioenergetic allow the calculation of energy ... [more ▼]

Commercial dog food is more and more frequently used as sole diet. The present review characterizes the different types of commercial diets. Principles of bioenergetic allow the calculation of energy density using a prediction equation. Energy requirements are also calculated. Practical use of industrial dog food are illustrated for growing pups, dogs at maintenance or in reproduction. [less ▲]

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See detailAzidothymidine as a potential modifier of radiation-reponse
Copaceanu, M-L; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Cottin, E et al

in Acta Oncologica (1995)

Abstract The potential effect of AZT as a thymidine analogue on radiation response in vitro was investigated. Two human cell lines (WiDr and HeLa) were used. The effect of 10 μM AZT on exponentially ... [more ▼]

Abstract The potential effect of AZT as a thymidine analogue on radiation response in vitro was investigated. Two human cell lines (WiDr and HeLa) were used. The effect of 10 μM AZT on exponentially growing cells was studied after different exposure times (24, 48 and 72 h). The surviving fraction (clonogenic assay) or metabolic activity (MTT assay) after irradiation of AZT-exposed cells, was compared to unexposed irradiated controls. Flow cytometry was used to assess the cell-cycle effect of pre-exposure of exponentially growing cells to AZT. AZT had a radioprotective effect for all experimental time points as far as WiDr was concerned. For HeLa the effect was significant at 24 h. Cell-cycle analysis showed a significant accumulation in S-phase at 72 h for WiDr. For HeLa there was a significant accumulation in S-phase at 48 h. We conclude that under the reported experimental conditions, AZT as a thymidine analogue seems to reduce the cytotoxic effect of irradiation. [less ▲]

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See detailFoie et maladies inflammatoires du tube digestif
Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Houbiers, G.; Louis, Edouard ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53

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See detailCD4+ T cells determine the ability of spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmunity in parental mice
Gonzales, M.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Ramos, A. et al

in European Journal of Immunology (1995), 25

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune ... [more ▼]

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune syndrome characterized by the production of multiple autoantibodies and glomerulonephritis. Previous reports indicated that the depletion of F1 donor T cells, shortly prior the injection into parental mice, does not interfere with any of these events. Here, we have explored whether the continuous absence of T cells in F1 mice influences the ability of their spleen cells to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and the associated autoimmune manifestations. Our results revealed that spleen cells from athymic (BALB/c x C57BL/6) F1 hybrid (CB6F1) nu/nu mice or from euthymic CB6F1 mice depleted from birth of CD4+ T cells, but not of CD8+ T cells, are unable to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmune manifestations. By contrast, the partial reconstitution of T cells in CB6F1 nu/nu mice, after the neonatal graft of a syngeneic thymus, restored the capacity of spleen cells from these mice to induce tolerance and autoimmunity when injected into newborn BALB/c mice. These results demonstrate that the functional defect of spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens is directly related to the long-term absence of mature CD4+ T cells. Interestingly, a new increase in the titers of anti-DNA Ab was observed when spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice were injected into adult BALB/c mice that had been tolerized at birth with normal CB6F1 spleen cells. This finding indicates that B cells from CB6F1 nu/nu mice recover their capacity to interact with alloreactive Th2 cells when they are placed into mice having functional CD4+ T cells. These data indicate that the continuous absence of CD4+ T cells causes a reversible functional defect in F1 spleen cells that determines their inability to induce neonatal tolerance and autoimmunity [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Hormones and Metabolites in Cattle in Relation to Breed (Belgian Blue Vs Holstein) and Conformation (Double-Muscled Vs Dual-Purpose Type)
Clinquart, Antoine ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Mayombo, A. P. et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1995), 19(3), 185-94

Four Belgian Blue double-muscled type (BBDM) bulls, four Belgian Blue dual-purpose type (BBDP) bulls and four Holstein bulls were used in a fattening trial in order to relate differences in the extent of ... [more ▼]

Four Belgian Blue double-muscled type (BBDM) bulls, four Belgian Blue dual-purpose type (BBDP) bulls and four Holstein bulls were used in a fattening trial in order to relate differences in the extent of muscle development and adiposity to differences in digestibility, endocrine status, protein and lipid metabolism. The larger muscle development in BBDM animals was associated with a trend to higher nitrogen retention, higher food conversion efficiency (p < 0.05) and lower apparent digestibility (p < 0.05). No difference was found between the groups for plasma glucose concentration. Higher creatinine, lower alpha-amino nitrogen, lower triglycerides and higher non-esterified fatty acid plasma levels were observed in BBDM as compared to Holstein bulls (p < 0.05), the BBDP group being intermediate. A trend to a higher cholesterol plasma level was found in BBDM animals. There was no difference between the three groups in plasma fatty acid composition, except for the C14:0 content. Some of the differences in plasma metabolites were related to carcass composition and endocrine regulation, a decrease in muscle development and an increase in adiposity being associated with lower growth hormone production (p < 0.05) and higher insulin (p < 0.05) and IGF secretions. The insulin/growth hormone ratio at the end of the fattening period was 0.0011, 0.0018 and 0.0069 in BBDM, BBDP and Holstein bulls, respectively, and was directly associated with fat deposition. [less ▲]

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Biémont, Emile ULg

in Annuaire de l'Académie Royale de Belgique (1995)

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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 detailSecond-generation octarellins: two new de novo (beta/alpha)8 polypeptides designed for investigating the influence of beta-residue packing on the alpha/beta-barrel structure stability
Houbrechts, Annick ULg; Moreau, Benoît; Abagyan, Ruben et al

in Protein Engineering (1995), 8(3), 249-59

The sequence of octarellin I, the first de novo (beta/alpha)8 polypeptide, was revised according to several criteria, among others the symmetry of the sequence, beta-residue volume and hydrophobicity, and ... [more ▼]

The sequence of octarellin I, the first de novo (beta/alpha)8 polypeptide, was revised according to several criteria, among others the symmetry of the sequence, beta-residue volume and hydrophobicity, and charge distribution. These considerations and the overall conclusions drawn from the first design led to two new sequences, corresponding to octarellins II and III. Octarellin II retains perfect 8-fold symmetry. Octarellin III has the same sequence as octarellin II, except for the beta-strands which exhibit a 4-fold symmetry. The two proteins were produced in Escherichia coli. Infrared and CD spectral analyses of octarellins II and III reveal a high secondary structure content. Non-denaturing gel electrophoresis, molecular sieve chromatography and analytical ultracentrifugation suggest that both of these second-generation artificial polypeptides exist as a mixture of a monomer and a dimer form. Octarellins II and III are at least 10 times more soluble than octarellin I. Urea-induced unfolding followed by fluorescence emission suggests that the tryptophan residues, designed to be buried in the (beta/alpha)8, are indeed packed in the hydrophobic core of both proteins. However, octarellin III displays a higher stability towards urea denaturation, indicating that introducing 4-fold symmetry into the beta-barrel might be important for stability of the overall folding. [less ▲]

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See detailCabergoline in prolactinomen.
Abs, R.; Verhaert, G.; Demez, Pierre ULg et al

in Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (1995), 51

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See detailThiamine Homeostasis in Neuroblastoma Cells
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg

in Neurochemistry International (1995), 26(3), 295-302

We recently showed that thiamine uptake by neuroblastoma cells is mediated by two saturable transport system: the first with high affinity for thiamine (Km = 35 nM) is blocked by veratridine; the other ... [more ▼]

We recently showed that thiamine uptake by neuroblastoma cells is mediated by two saturable transport system: the first with high affinity for thiamine (Km = 35 nM) is blocked by veratridine; the other, with low affinity is blocked by Ca2+. The driving force for thiamine uptake is its phosphorylation to thiamine diphosphate (TDP) by thiamine pyrophosphokinase and subsequent binding of this cofactor to apoenzymes. Our results suggest that cells of neuronal origin possess mechanisms regulating the intracellular concentration of thiamine. At low external thiamine, the vitamin is taken up by a high-affinity transporter and pyrophosphorylated in thiamine diphosphate (TDP): this is the TDP pool of slow turnover. An intraover extracellular concentration gradient of free thiamine is observed at low external concentration of the vitamin. At higher external thiamine concentration, TDP accumulation is limited by the binding capacity to the apoenzymes and unbound TDP (i.e. a small pool of fast turnover) is quickly hydrolyzed. Thiamine is slowly released by the cells by at least two different mechanisms. The first, accounting for a maximum of 50% of total thiamine release, is stimulated by external thiamine and is blocked by veratridine, suggesting that it is a self-exchange mechanism catalyzed by the high affinity thiamine transporter. The remaining thiamine efflux is neither sensitive to veratridine nor to Ca2+ and its mechanism is unknown. About 25% of intracellular thiamine is not released, even after treatment of the cells with digitonin, thus maintaining an apparent gradient. This suggests a binding or sequestration in intracellular compartments.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailPhysiologie et physiopathologie du facteur d'activation plaquettaire et perspectives thérapeutiques de ses antagonistes
Van de Weerdt, ML; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1995), 139

Le facteur d'activation plaquettaire (PAF) est un phospholipide dérivé de l'acide arachidonique dont la particularité est d'activer l'agrégation et la dégranulation des plaquettes. Le PAF est également un ... [more ▼]

Le facteur d'activation plaquettaire (PAF) est un phospholipide dérivé de l'acide arachidonique dont la particularité est d'activer l'agrégation et la dégranulation des plaquettes. Le PAF est également un puissant médiateur de l'inflammation sécrété par de multiples cellules. Il est capable de moduler et d'amplifier la cascade de l'inflammation. Ce travail de synthèse expose dans sa première partie, le processus de biosynthèse du PAF ainsi que le rôle qu'il joue dans le rétrocontrôle ou l'amplification de la cascade de l'inflammation. Dans la seconde partie, l'accent est mis sur la physiopathologie du PAF et cela plus particulièrement pour les systèmes respiratoire et cardiovasculaire. Enfin, les antagonistes du PAF les plus couramment utilisés sont repris dans un tableau où figurent l'espèce étudiée ainsi que les améliorations cliniques obtenues. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the open reading frames of the main capsid proteins of actinophage VWB.
Anne, J; Fiten, P; Van Mellaert, L et al

in Archives of Virology (1995), 140(6), 1033-47

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases ... [more ▼]

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases indicated that the phage VWB main late proteins were all novel. A search for special motifs revealed that p14 (13.3 kDa) has a P-loop sequence commonly found in ATP- and GTP-binding proteins. This observation might indicate that p14 is important for ATP-driven DNA translocation during encapsidation of VWB phage DNA into the phage head. Furthermore, the polypeptide ORF2 (26.9 kDa) has an unusual primary structure consisting of 3 stretches of acidic amino acid residues and a glycine/arginine rich C-terminal end. From comparison with other proteins including the bacteriophage T4 prohead core component and from the data of special motif analysis the ORF2 gene product is probably involved in prohead core formation. [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 detailDeux chansons relatives à des imprimeries liégeoises du XVIIIe siècle
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (1995), 268

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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 detailEtiologie et physiopathologie du diabète de type 2.
SCHEEN, André ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg; Lefevre, P.

in Problèmes Actuels d'Endocrinologie et de Nutrition (1995), 10

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See detailProtective Effect of Various Antagonists of Inflammatory Mediators against Paraoxon-Induced Pulmonary Edema in the Rabbit
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Vargas, M. et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1995), 132(2), 343-345

The protective effect of some antagonists of various inflammatory mediators against paraoxon-induced increases in endothelial permeability has been investigated in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. The ... [more ▼]

The protective effect of some antagonists of various inflammatory mediators against paraoxon-induced increases in endothelial permeability has been investigated in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. The edema induced by paraoxon has been previously related to a chain reaction mediated by acetylcholine. Lungs were ventilated and blood-free perfused with a constant flow. Arterial and venous pressures and lung weight were continuously recorded. Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). Paraoxon (4 x 10(-4) M) was injected in the perfusion circuit, in lungs with or without pretreatment with atropine, ketanserin, clonidine, morphine, indomethacin, and terfenadine plus cimetidine. Paraoxon induced a time-dependent increase in the Kf,c, a maximal effect being recorded 60 min after the injection. All the antagonists used as pretreatment significantly reduced the maximal effect recorded after paraoxon. These results show that muscarinic receptor antagonists, inhibitors of neuropeptides release, cyclooxygenase inhibitors, and 5-hydroxytryptamine and histamine receptor antagonists can protect the lung against the edema induced by paraoxon. This protective effect is due to inhibition of the chain reaction triggered by acetylcholine. [less ▲]

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See detailBORN EFFECTIVE CHARGES OF BARIUM-TITANATE - BAND-BY-BAND DECOMPOSITION AND SENSITIVITY TO STRUCTURAL FEATURES
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; GONZE, X.; LAMBIN, P. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1995), 51(10), 6765-6768

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See detailStimulus spacing effects in temporal bisection by humans
Wearden, J. H.; Ferrara, André ULg

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (1995), 48B(4), 289-310

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See detailFeed restriction and IGFBP in bulls: effects of increasing starving period lengths.
Massart, Serge; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1995), 73(suppl 1), 225

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See detailModulation of the Expression of Interstitial and Type-Iv Collagenases in Coculture of Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells and Fibroblasts
Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Weidle, U. H. et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1995), 15(5-6), 169-78

Members of the metalloproteinase family (MMPs) are known to play a crucial role in the metastatic cascade. Here, we report some investigations about the synthesis of interstitial and type-IV collagenases ... [more ▼]

Members of the metalloproteinase family (MMPs) are known to play a crucial role in the metastatic cascade. Here, we report some investigations about the synthesis of interstitial and type-IV collagenases (gelatinases A and B) in a model of coculture of human fibroblasts and HT 1080 fibrosarcoma cells. The interstitial collagenase activity, mainly found in the conditioned medium of fibroblasts, and its mRNA level were increased in the in vitro coculture model. In contrast, gelatinase A was produced by both cell types. The HT 1080 cells additionally synthesised gelatinase B. In coculture, an enhancement of gelatinase A and the presence of its activated form were observed. Northern blot analysis demonstrated that this enzymatic enhancement occurred at a pretranslational level. The stimulation of the interstitial collagenase activity was partially mediated through soluble factor(s), whereas increased gelatinase A appeared to require direct cell-cell interactions. The extracellular matrix component, type-I collagen, stimulated the enzymatic activities released by the individual cells, but it did not modulate the synthesis of interstitial collagenase in coculture. Our results demonstrate that distinct MMPs are modulated by distinct mechanisms, all depending on specific interactions between tumour cells and host fibroblasts. [less ▲]

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus gene regulation
Piette, Jacques ULg; Defechereux, Patricia; Baudoux, Laurence et al

in Neurology (1995), 45(12, suppl. 8), 23-27

The varicella-zoster virus genome contains 71 open reading frames (ORFs), five of which (ORF62, ORF4, ORF63, ORF61, and ORF10) encode regulatory proteins. ORF62 codes for the major immediate early protein ... [more ▼]

The varicella-zoster virus genome contains 71 open reading frames (ORFs), five of which (ORF62, ORF4, ORF63, ORF61, and ORF10) encode regulatory proteins. ORF62 codes for the major immediate early protein of the virus exhibiting DNA-binding and regulatory functions. This protein, localized in the cell nucleus, is a functional homologue to ICP4 of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). It trans-activates several varicella-zoster virus promoters of the various gene classes and autoregulates its own expression. ORF4 protein activates gene promoters provided they have basal activities, but it is not a functional homologue of HSV-1 ICP27. Gene regulation activity appears to be linked to its cysteine-rich C-terminal region. ORF63 codes for an immediate early protein mainly located in the cell nucleus. The regulatory functions it performs are still unclear. ORF61 protein is the functional homologue of HSV-1 ICPO. Its N-terminal region exhibits a RING domain responsible for trans-activating and trans-repressing activities. ORF10 protein exhibits similarities with HSV-1 VP16 and activates the ORF62 promoter. [less ▲]

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See detailBiological activity and immunological reactivity of human prolactin mutants
Rhee, Harrison K; Sun, Zhenyu; Kim, Steve S et al

in Endocrinology (1995), 136(11), 4990-5

We examined the biological activity and immunological reactivity of four mutants of human PRL. Two were mutants that changed the ability of human PRL to inhibit rat PRL storage when transfected into a rat ... [more ▼]

We examined the biological activity and immunological reactivity of four mutants of human PRL. Two were mutants that changed the ability of human PRL to inhibit rat PRL storage when transfected into a rat pituitary cell line:mutations S34A and N31T. Two mutations were in regions of PRL that are highly conserved. One, des(3-11)-PRL, removed the N-terminal cystine loop that most PRLs, except those from certain fish, have, and no GHs have. The other, S90A, mutated a serine that is present in all PRLs but those from some fish and in all GHs. The immunological properties of des(3-11)-PRL were reduced 10-fold compared to those of wildtype human PRL in a RIA using NIH antihuman PRL-3, AFP C11580; the others were similar to those of wild-type PRL. The biological activity of des(3-11)-PRL was the most affected; activity was reduced about 8-fold compared to that of wild-type PRL in the Nb2 cell assay. The activities of the others were similar to that of the wild type. Serine 90 may be partially buried by loops connecting the alpha-helixes. The mutation of serine 90 did not affect the stability of the molecule in vitro, determined by comparing the red shift in tryptophan fluorescence that occurs with increasing concentrations of urea in S90A and wild-type PRL. The activity of S34A and N31T mutations indicates there is no correlation between biological activity and ability to affect storage. The N-terminal cystine loop may be conserved because it is needed for biological activity, but the conservation of serine 90 in GH and PRL must be determined by other properties, such as spacial requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence du risque suicidaire et du desespoir sur l'amplitude de l'onde P300 dans la depression majeure.
Urcelay-Zaldua, I.; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 25(5), 291-6

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an ... [more ▼]

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an increase of its latency. However, functional significance of the P300 modifications remain unclear. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of suicidal risk and hopelessness on P300 amplitude among 40 depressive inpatients. The results showed significant relationships between P300 amplitude and suicidal risk (r = -0.68, p < 0.001) and with hopelessness (r = -0.76, p < 0.001). From a clinical point of view, P300 amplitude should be considered as a psychophysiological index of suicidal risk in major depressive disorder. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy levels of High l - States in Neutral and Singly Ionized Argon
Palmeri, P.; Biémont, Emile ULg

in Physica Scripta (1995), 51

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus induces apoptosis in cell culture
Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg; Thonard, P.; Schoonbroodt, Sonia et al

in Journal of General Virology (The) (1995), 76(Pt 11), 2875-2879

Apoptosis is an active mechanism of cell death which can be initiated in response to various stimuli including virus infections. In this work, we demonstrate that lytic infection by varicella-zoster virus ... [more ▼]

Apoptosis is an active mechanism of cell death which can be initiated in response to various stimuli including virus infections. In this work, we demonstrate that lytic infection by varicella-zoster virus (VZV), a human herpesvirus, is characterized by nuclear fragmentation of DNA into oligonucleosomal fragments and by chromatin condensation. In vitro, VZV-induced cell death is actually mediated by apoptosis. The mechanisms developed by cells to protect themselves against apoptosis could be one of the parameters allowing the establishment of virus latency. In the case of VZV, which can remain latent in sensory ganglia, we have not yet identified a cellular or viral protein which could play this protective role, since the observed apoptosis mechanism seems to be independent from Bcl-2, the most frequently described inhibitor of apoptosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRetinopathy, but not neuropathy, is influenced by the level of residual endogenous insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes.
Bozet, Marie-Claire ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Gerard, Pascale ULg et al

in Diabète & Métabolisme (1995), 21(5), 353-9

The files of 132 patients with Type 2 diabetes were retrospectively studied to characterize the influence of metabolic control and residual insulin secretion on neuropathy and retinopathy, the two most ... [more ▼]

The files of 132 patients with Type 2 diabetes were retrospectively studied to characterize the influence of metabolic control and residual insulin secretion on neuropathy and retinopathy, the two most frequent degenerative diabetic complications. Patients were classified according to their metabolic control (mean HbA1C either < or > or = 8%; reference values: 3-6%) and residual endogenous insulin secretion (fasting plasma C-peptide levels either < or > or = 0.600 nmol/l). Neuropathy was more frequent in patients with poor metabolic control (32/64 = 50%) than in those adequately controlled (17/68 = 25%; p < 0.005). In both subgroups, the level of endogenous insulin secretion did not influence the prevalence of neuropathy. Retinopathy was less effected than neuropathy by the degree of metabolic control (37.5% in the subgroup with HbA1C > or = 8% v.s. 25% in the subgroup with HbA1C < 8%; p < 0.10), but was influenced by residual insulin secretion. Indeed, in patients with inadequate metabolic control, the prevalence of retinopathy was significantly increased in those with higher endogenous insulin secretion (51.4 versus 20.6%, p < 0.02) and thus probably higher insulin resistance. Furthermore, higher systolic arterial blood pressure was observed in the subgroups with a higher prevalence of retinopathy. Such conclusions were confirmed using multivariate analysis. Thus, in Type 2 diabetes, neuropathy is essentially affected by the degree of metabolic control, whereas retinopathy is also influenced by the level of residual endogenous insulin secretion and the presence of systolic hypertension. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la necessite des services d'urgence de la main.
CARLIER, Alain ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1995), 150(7-9), 268-80280-2

Microsurgical techniques have been able to realize anastomoses of small vessels and nerves, with a high rate of success when performed by teams involved in that field. This has changed the concept of ... [more ▼]

Microsurgical techniques have been able to realize anastomoses of small vessels and nerves, with a high rate of success when performed by teams involved in that field. This has changed the concept of surgery of the hand. Reconstruction aims now at a functional result. Organisation of emergencies in hand surgery requires facilitations: hand surgeons, equipment and a team on a 24-hour basis, able to operate any kind of hand trauma. Since 1979, Liege is affiliated to the European Federation. Advantages of the immediate repair are significant repair are significant: reduction of the permanent disability rate, and in many instances, return to work at the same position. In conclusion, early treatment of the injuries of the hand is very effective, but need to be performed by specialists in the field of hand surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a model to understand prolactin and growth hormone specificities
Goffin, Vincent; Martial, Joseph ULg; Summers, Neena L.

in Protein Engineering (1995), 8(12), 1215-31

A human prolactin (hPRL) model based on a 2.1 A resolution X-ray refinement of porcine growth hormone is reported. Only regions clearly defined in the growth hormone template (the four-helix bundle) or ... [more ▼]

A human prolactin (hPRL) model based on a 2.1 A resolution X-ray refinement of porcine growth hormone is reported. Only regions clearly defined in the growth hormone template (the four-helix bundle) or previously assumed to be involved in hPRL-receptor binding (the bundle and the binding site loop) are included. A description of the model construction is provided and the resulting hPRL structure is used to interpret mutation/activity data for the cross-reactivity of human growth hormone (hGH) with the lactogenic receptor and the binding of human and bovine prolactin to the lactogenic receptor. The recognition of hPRL by its receptor unexpectedly appears to resemble more closely the interaction of hGH with the somatogenic receptor than with the lactogenic receptor. Each hGH binds to two receptor molecules, and an essential second messenger mediated by correct formation of the receptor-receptor interface has been proposed. The absence of receptor cross-reactivity for hPRL is linked to key sequence changes in hPRL which could disrupt hPRL-somatogenic receptor binding at the second site. A number of previous experiments have relied on the assumption that bioactivity is mediated by homologous residues at topologically equivalent positions. According to the model, this does not appear to be strictly true at either binding site. Good correlation at equivalent positions may be restricted to residues that are important for maintaining binding site shape as well as providing complementary stabilizing interactions between the hormone and receptor. Experiments are proposed to test our hypotheses. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of learning tasks proposed within a volleyball teaching unit in secondary education. Comparison between two teachers differentiated by their expertise
Cloes, Marc ULg; Lapierre, Annick; Piéron, Maurice

in International VolleyTech (1995), 4

School physical education focussed on the harmonious development of the individual's various components - namely his motor, cognitive, affective and social dimensions. Within the French-speaking Community ... [more ▼]

School physical education focussed on the harmonious development of the individual's various components - namely his motor, cognitive, affective and social dimensions. Within the French-speaking Community of Belgium, as in many other regions in the world, the practive of voleyball comes within the activities proposed in the physical education programme of secondary education. The analysis of activites put forward by physical education teachers shows that volayball is the most practised collective sport in secondary education... [less ▲]

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