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See detailPetrogenesis of jotunitic and acidic members of an AMC suite (Rogaland anorthosite province, SW Norway): a Sr and Nd isotopic assessment
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Demaiffe, Daniel; Duchesne, Jean-Clair ULg

in Precambrian Research (2003), 124(2-4), 185-214

Sr and Nd isotopic data from the anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite (AMC) suite of the Late-Sveconorwegian (ca. 0.93 Ga) Rogaland anorthosite province of SW Norway are discussed. The study focuses on new ... [more ▼]

Sr and Nd isotopic data from the anorthosite-mangerite-charnockite (AMC) suite of the Late-Sveconorwegian (ca. 0.93 Ga) Rogaland anorthosite province of SW Norway are discussed. The study focuses on new data obtained from three distinct rock occurrences: (1) primitive (=MgO-rich and K2O-poor)jotunites that represent the parental magmas of leuconorite and mafic plutons (Sr-87/Sr-86(0.93Ga) = ca. 0.704-0.707, epsilon(Nd)(0.93 Ga) = +3.6 down to +1.2); (2) evolved jotunites that differentiated from the primitive jotunites and constitute the starting components of dyke-scale fractionation trends (Sr-87/Sr-86(0.93Ga) = ca. 0.705-0.713, epsilon(Nd)(0.93 Ga) = +0.4 down to -2.0); and (3) felsic plutons (Sr-87/Sr-86(0.93Ga) = ca. 0.707-0.723, epsilon(Nd)(0.93Ga) = +1.4 down to -1.7). A comparison of the Sr and Nd isotopic compositions with available geochemical data (major and trace elements) is also made. Fractionation of the primitive to the evolved jotunites, below the intrusion level of the anorthosite province, is shown to have involved crustal contamination. A case of fractional crystallization and simultaneous contamination/assimilation is substantiated in the felsic cap of a layered intrusion (the Bjerkreim-Sokndal intrusion). It is further proposed that the Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of the various felsic occurrences result from fractional crystallization of primitive jotunitic melts, with or without contamination/assimilation; this strengthens the possibility for large volumes of silica-rich magmas to have been produced by fractionation, through evolved jotunites, of primitive jotunites. The entire range in Sr and Nd isotopic compositions of the Rogaland anorthosite province is interpreted as reflecting a mixing of crustal contaminants, having variable Sr-87/Sr-86(0.93Ga) ratios and (negative) epsilon(Nd)(0.93 Ga) values, with a more isotopically primitive source. The crustal end members of that mixing array are represented by moderatey to strongly LILE-enriched high-grade gneisses from the Pre-Sveconorwegian basement of southernmost Norway, that have a crustal history extending back to 1.5-1.9 Ga in the surroundings of the anorthosite province. The primitive end member is either an unusual LREE-depleted and Rb-enriched component, possibly corresponding to an originally depleted source subsequently modified by metasomatic fluids, or a more classical depleted component; it corresponds to a gabbronoritic rock of the deep crust, as shown by recent experimental data, with a quite short crustal residence time (<0.4-0.2 Ga). If that mafic end member is the lower granulitic crust itself, this would imply the presence in the deep continental crust of southwesternmost Norway of a crustal material strongly different from the 1.7- to 1.9-Gyr-old, moderately LILE-enriched component that is supposed to constitute the largest volume of the present deep continental crust in southern Norway. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCent ans de Didactique de la Géographie à l’Université de Liège
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Puzzle (2003), (14), 14-16

One hundred years of training and research in didactics of geography at the University of Liege

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See detailInteractions of cryptolepine and neocryptolepine with unusual DNA structures
Guittat, Lionel; Alberti, Patrizia; Rosu, Frédéric ULg et al

in Biochimie (2003), 85(5), 535-547

Cryptolepine, the main alkaloid present in the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, presents a large spectrum of biological properties. It has been reported to behave like a DNA intercalator with a ... [more ▼]

Cryptolepine, the main alkaloid present in the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, presents a large spectrum of biological properties. It has been reported to behave like a DNA intercalator with a preference for GC-rich sequences. In this study, dialysis competition assay and mass spectrometry experiments were used to determine the affinity of cryptolepine and neocryptolepine for DNA structures among duplexes, triplexes, quadruplexes and single strands. Our data confirm that cryptolepine and neocryptolepine prefer GC over AT-rich duplex sequences, but also recognize triplex and quadruplex structures. These compounds are weak telomerase inhibitors and exhibit a significant preference for triplexes over quadruplexes or duplexes. (C) 2003 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS and Societe francaise de biochimie et biologic moleculaire. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailApproximation algorithms for the design of SDH/SONET networks
Brauner, Nadia; Crama, Yves ULg; Finke, Gerd et al

in RAIRO : Operations Research = Recherche Opérationnelle (2003), 37(4, OCT-DEC), 235-247

In this paper, a graph partitioning problem that arises in the design of SONET/SDH networks is defined and formalized. Approximation algorithms with performance guarantees are presented. To solve this ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a graph partitioning problem that arises in the design of SONET/SDH networks is defined and formalized. Approximation algorithms with performance guarantees are presented. To solve this problem efficiently in practice, fast greedy algorithms and a tabu-search method are proposed and analyzed by means of an experimental study. [less ▲]

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See detailA conceptual framework to design and support self-directed learning in a blended learning program. A case-stydy: the DES-TEF
Denis, Brigitte ULg

in Journal of Educational Media (2003), 28(2-3), 115-127

This paper relates different strategies developed in order to support the learning process in a blended learning programme involving adults from different backgrounds who are interested in the use of ... [more ▼]

This paper relates different strategies developed in order to support the learning process in a blended learning programme involving adults from different backgrounds who are interested in the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Education (ICTE). Referring to Carré & Pearn’s model of the seven pillars of self-learning, the author describes some principles, tools and resources that have been developed within the framework of a postgraduate diploma and that could be extended to similar adult training programmes. [less ▲]

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See detailLa problématique de la résistance des pneumocoques aux antibiotiques
Marchal, Valérie; Melin, Pierrette ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(11), 675-680

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and it is also a common cause of sinusitis, otitis media, bacteremia and meningitis. The increasing resistance to ... [more ▼]

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and it is also a common cause of sinusitis, otitis media, bacteremia and meningitis. The increasing resistance to antimicrobial agents, now endemic in many countries, reflects an uncontrolled use of antibiotics. A good antibiotics policy and vaccination are at the moment the only way to control efficaciously the increasing antibiotic resistance of Streptococcus pneumoniae [less ▲]

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See detailDeep infection by Trichophyton rubrum in an immunocompromised patient.
Nir-Paz, Ran; Elinav, Hila; Pierard, Gérald ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2003), 41(11), 5298-301

Dermatophytes are common pathogens of skin but rarely cause invasive disease. We present a case of deep infection by Trichophyton rubrum in an immunocompromised patient. T. rubrum was identified by ... [more ▼]

Dermatophytes are common pathogens of skin but rarely cause invasive disease. We present a case of deep infection by Trichophyton rubrum in an immunocompromised patient. T. rubrum was identified by morphological characteristics and confirmed by PCR. Invasiveness was apparent by histopathology and immunohistochemistry. The patient was treated successfully with itraconazole. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerus clausus en fin de troisieme candidature en medecine: mort annoncee d'une heresie?
Rabenda, Véronique ULg; Boniver, Jacques ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(7-8, Jul-Aug), 508-14

Owing to the establishment of a procedure aiming at a reduction of the medical supply (numerus clausus), the French Community of Belgium had decided to introduce, at the end of the third year of medical ... [more ▼]

Owing to the establishment of a procedure aiming at a reduction of the medical supply (numerus clausus), the French Community of Belgium had decided to introduce, at the end of the third year of medical studies (third candidature), a procedure of selective attribution of the certificate allowing for a unlimited medical practice. We assessed the predictive value of the results obtained during and at the end of the first candidature (first year of medicine) for the attribution of this certificate. We studied the results of the 225 students enrolled in the first candidature in medicine at the University of Liege during the academic year 1997-1998, and we correlated them to the subsequent attribution (1999-2000- and 2000-2001) of the certificate. The success of the first candidature in the first or second session is an important predicting factor towards the reception of the certificate. A non-authorization to continue the studies in medicine in case of failure in the first session or a non-authorization to repeat the first candidature in case of failure in the second session would have, respectively, a negative predictive value (NPV) of 91.9% and 97.4% and would allow to restream 111 students at the end of the first session or 39 students at the end of the first candidature. The results of the preliminary assessments mode during the month of January are also highly predictive of the chances to get the certificate. Among the 160 students who have not successfully passed a minimum of 3 exams, only 14 students obtained the certificate. The restreaming of those students would correspond to a NPV of 91.2%. Students who were not successful in a minimum of 2 exams would have less than 5% chance to obtain the certificate. In this case, 109 students would be restreamed (NPV = 95.4%). In conclusion, the selection of the students who will obtain, at the end of the third year of medicine, the certificate allowing them for an unlimited medical practice is obtained, in a large proportion, during the first candidature and especially after the session of January. In view of those results and considering the decree abolishing the selection at the end of the third year of medical studies, one could argue about the appropriateness of the current procedure, chosen by the French Community of Belgium, compared to other solutions prioritising an earlier selection of the future doctors. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of cardiac contraction, relaxation and rate by the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS): lessons from genetically modified mice.
MASSION, Paul ULg; Balligand, J.-L.

in Journal of Physiology (2003), 546(Pt 1), 63-75

The modulatory role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) on heart contraction, relaxation and rate is examined in light of recent studies using genetic deletion or overexpression in mice under ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) on heart contraction, relaxation and rate is examined in light of recent studies using genetic deletion or overexpression in mice under specific conditions. Unstressed eNOS-/- hearts in basal conditions exhibit a normal inotropic and lusitropic function, with either decreased or unchanged heart rate. Under stimulation with catecholamines, eNOS-/- mice predominantly show a potentiation in their beta-adrenergic inotropic and lusitropic responsiveness. A similar phenotype is observed in beta 3-adrenoceptor deficient mice, pointing to a key role of this receptor subtype for eNOS coupling. The effect of eNOS on the muscarinic cholinergic modulation of cardiac function probably operates in conjunction with other NO-independent mechanisms, the persistence of which may explain the apparent dispensability of this isoform for the effect of acetylcholine in some eNOS-/- mouse strains. eNOS-/- hearts submitted to short term ischaemia-reperfusion exhibit variable alterations in systolic and diastolic function and infarct size, while those submitted to myocardial infarction present a worsened ventricular remodelling, increased 1 month mortality and loss of benefit from ACE inhibitor or angiotensin II type I receptor antagonist therapy. Although non-conditional eNOS gene deletion may engender phenotypic adaptations (e.g. ventricular hypertrophy resulting from chronic hypertension, or upregulation of the other NOS isoforms) potentially confounding the interpretation of comparative studies, the use of eNOS-/- mice has undoubtedly advanced (and will probably continue to improve) our understanding of the complex role of eNOS (in conjunction with the other NOSs) in the regulation of cardiac function. The challenge is now to confirm the emerging paradigms in human cardiac physiology and hopefully translate them into therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la géographie des professeurs à la géographie de l’action : une place nouvelle dans l’enseignement secondaire
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Belgeo (2003), 2003(2), 157-164

Within 50 years, school geography changed drastically, especially in the secondary schools of French-speaking Belgium. This evolution, made of four major phases, is related with the changes of both ... [more ▼]

Within 50 years, school geography changed drastically, especially in the secondary schools of French-speaking Belgium. This evolution, made of four major phases, is related with the changes of both, societies and values. Although school geography is not any more a “reduction” of academic geography, its evolution is also related with the changes that took place within universities. On the basis of a SWOT analysis, forces and weaknesses of this secondary school geography are underlined and some action proposals are suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailCombined enzymatic hydrolysis and HPAEC method for simultaneous analysis of galacturonic acid and neutral sugars of pectin.
Garna, H.; Mabon, N.; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2003), 68(2 Pt A), 297-300

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See detailLa guerre et la médecine d'une culture de paix. 3- Synopsis des armes chimiques.
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in FALCO (2003), Janvier

A variety of chemical components can be used as warfare threats directly targeting humans. They can be classified according to their main biological effects as nerve agents, vesicants, lung damaging ... [more ▼]

A variety of chemical components can be used as warfare threats directly targeting humans. They can be classified according to their main biological effects as nerve agents, vesicants, lung damaging agents, cyanogen agents and incapacitants. Other chemical agents are water and food contaminants. Sill other less aggressive compounds are mainly used to control riots. Smokes, flame materials and herbicides belong to other classes of chemical agents of the warlike armamentum exhibiting a direct effect on man. [less ▲]

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See detailAlcool, sensibilite a l'insuline et diabete sucre.
Magis, Delphine ULg; Jandrain, Bernard ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(7-8), 501-7

The relationship between alcohol consumption and insulin resistance shows a U-shaped curve: insulin resistance is minimal in individuals with regular mild to moderate alcohol consumption and increases in ... [more ▼]

The relationship between alcohol consumption and insulin resistance shows a U-shaped curve: insulin resistance is minimal in individuals with regular mild to moderate alcohol consumption and increases in both heavy drinkers and subjects without any alcohol consumption. These favourable metabolic effects on insulin sensitivity of moderate alcohol consumption may explain the significant reduction in the development of type 2 diabetes and the risk of cardiovascular complications reported in numerous epidemiological studies. This latter effect has also reported in patients with diabetes mellitus, although this observation remains controversial. However, alcohol consumption could increase the global risk of hypoglycaemia, both in the fasting state and after a meal (reactive hypoglycaemia) in both diabetic and nondiabetic subjects. These latter effects may result from a direct inhibition of gluconeogenesis, from a reduced secretion of counterregulatory hormones and/or from an alcohol-induced inappropriate behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailNew or interesting lichens and lichenicolous fungi from Belgium, Luxembourg and northern France. IX.
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Diederich, Paul; Ertz, Damien et al

in Lejeunia, Revue de Botanique (2003), 173

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See detailLe cancer medullaire de la thyroide ou, comment des marqueurs tumoraux et les outils de la genetique autorisent le deploiement de mesures preventives.
Meurisse, Nicolas ULg; Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 346-350

Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) arises from parafollicular C cells secreting calcitonin. MTC occurs both as sporadic tumors and as part of specific inherited autosomal dominant syndromes in which point ... [more ▼]

Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) arises from parafollicular C cells secreting calcitonin. MTC occurs both as sporadic tumors and as part of specific inherited autosomal dominant syndromes in which point mutations within a discrete set of RET codons were described. Total thyroidectomy and aggressive neck dissection represents the only chance for cure in the affected patients. Therefore, all patients with thyroid nodular disease should undergo measurement of calcitonin plasma levels to allow preclinical diagnosis of the disease and early appropriate surgery ("secondary prevention"). In case of proband patient for inherited disease, all the family members should be genetically screened to detect the disease gene carriers. Patients with germline mutation would benefit either from earlier surgery at the stage of C-cell hyperplasia or microcarcinoma or prophylactic surgery (total thyroidectomy without neck dissection) (primary prevention) before the onset of any C-cells pathology. The ideal age for performance of such prophylactic surgery is determined by the genotypic features of the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de "La parola al testo. Scritti per Bice Mortara Garavelli"
Benzoni, Pietro ULg

in Stilistica e metrica italiana (2003), III(3), 316-320

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See detailDesioratadine: Safety and tolerability data in clinical practice
Borchard, U. H. J.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Plenker, A.

in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (The) (2003), 111(1), 74

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See detailCamouflage et dislocation : de l’alexandrin au vers libre chez Breton et Cocteau
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Revue des Lettres Modernes. Jean Cocteau (2003), 4

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See detailLes ateliers du Matériel: pivots de la diffusion de l'organisation rationnelle au sein de la Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges, 1910-1940
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Revue d'Histoire des Chemins de Fer (2003), (28-29), 207-221

Les ateliers du Matériel des Chemins de fer de l'Etat belge, puis de la SNCB, ont été à la fois le point d'entrée des méthodes d'organisation rationnelle du travail et, après l'étape concluante d ... [more ▼]

Les ateliers du Matériel des Chemins de fer de l'Etat belge, puis de la SNCB, ont été à la fois le point d'entrée des méthodes d'organisation rationnelle du travail et, après l'étape concluante d'expérimentation, le point de diffusion de ces méthodes vers d'autres services de la société, mais aussi vers les constructeurs belges de matériel roulant. L'introduction du système de rémunération Rowan à l'atelier central de Malines (principal atelier du matériel du réseau belge) peut être tenu pour le point de départ de l'adoption de méthodes d'organisation rationnelle, dans la mesure où elle impliquait une première forme d'étude systématique du travail ouvrier. Au lendemain de la Première Guerre, une nouvelle organisation du travail d'inspiration taylorienne et son corollaire indispensable - une comptabilité industrielle - vont être introduits dans les ateliers de moyenne réparation des locomotives. Associée initialement à une concentration des ateliers, la taylorisation ne va cesser de progresser. L'adoption du travail à la chaîne pour le placement de freins à air sur ses wagons a constitué une des innovations majeures dans l'organisation du travail à la SNCB. Forte de cette expérience, la SNCB va étendre le travail à la chaîne à d'autres travaux exécutés par le service du Matériel, puis à certaines activités d'autres services. Ainsi cette technique, adoptée pour une opération ponctuelle, va être appliquée aux travaux récurrents de réparation et d'entretien du matériel roulant. Au service de l'Exploitation, la recherche d'un équilibre optimal entre les tâches successives, déterminant majeur du rendement dans le travail à la chaîne, va fournir le principe d'une organisation nouvelle du triage des wagons; de même, les travaux d'entretien des voies vont être réorganisés de manière à les faire exécuter suivant certains principes du travail à la chaîne. La baisse du trafic de marchandises et la dégradation de ses résultats financiers au début des années '30 vont amener la SNCB à approfondir la rationalisation des différents travaux, par une combinaison de techniques déjà éprouvées et de procédures nouvelles; la gestion très centralisée des ateliers va s'appuyer sur deux techniques particulières: les plannings et le contrôle budgétaire. Par une modification de ses principes d'adjudication, la société va aussi imposer le travail à la chaîne, puis le planning, à ses fournisseurs de matériel roulant, amenant ainsi une modernisation de leurs méthodes de travail. L'adoption et la diffusion des méthodes d'organisation a impliqué une très forte centralisation des structures administratives, dont une illustration est donnée par le service d'entretien des wagons, où tous les ateliers sont dirigés par le service central des wagons de la direction du Matériel. Au début de la Seconde Guerre, les limites de cette centralisation vont être perçues par les fonctionnaires dirigeants qui avaient introduit les méthodes d'organisation tayloriennes. Il en résultera une décentralisation des responsabilités; son abandon au lendemain du conflit marque toutefois le retour à une centralisation taylorienne dont les effets se feront sentir pendant plusieurs décennies. [less ▲]

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See detailFamilial abdominal aortic aneurysms: collection of 233 multiplex families.
Kuivaniemi, Helena; Shibamura, Hidenori; Arthur, Claudette et al

in Journal of Vascular Surgery (2003), 37(2), 340-5

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated a large number of families in which at least two individuals were diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysms to identify the relationship of the affected relatives to the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated a large number of families in which at least two individuals were diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysms to identify the relationship of the affected relatives to the proband. Subjects and Methods: Families for the study were recruited through various vascular surgery centers in the United States, Finland, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and through our patient recruitment website (www.genetics.wayne.edu/ags). RESULTS: We identified 233 families with at least two individuals diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysms. The families originated from nine different nationalities, but all were white. There were 653 aneurysm patients in these families, with an average of 2.8 cases per family. Most of the families were small, with only two affected individuals. There were, however, six families with six, three with seven, and one with eight affected individuals. Most of the probands (82%) and the affected relatives (77%) were male, and the most common relationship to the proband was brother. Most of the families (72%) appeared to show autosomal recessive inheritance pattern, whereas in 58 families (25%), abdominal aortic aneurysms were inherited in autosomal dominant manner, and in eight families, the familial aggregation could be explained by autosomal dominant inheritance with incomplete penetrance. In the 66 families where abdominal aortic aneurysms were inherited in a dominant manner, 141 transmissions of the disease from one generation to another were identified, and the male-to-male, male-to-female, female-to-male, and female-to-female transmissions occurred in 46%, 11%, 32%, and 11%, respectively. CONCLUSION: Our study supports previous studies about familial aggregation of abdominal aortic aneurysms and suggests that first-degree family members, male relatives, in particular, are at increased risk. No single inheritance mode could explain the occurrence of abdominal aortic aneurysms in the 233 families studied here, suggesting that abdominal aortic aneursyms are a multifactorial disorder with multiple genetic and environmental risk factors. [less ▲]

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See detailLe vers contemporain : recherches et innovations en France dans les années 80 et 90
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Formes poétiques contemporaines (2003), 1

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See detailStrontium ranelate phase 2 dose-ranging studies: PREVOS and STRATOS studies
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Meunier, P. J.

in Osteoporosis International (2003), 14(Suppl. 3), 56-65

The aim of the PREVOS study (PREVention Of early postmenopausal bone loss by Strontium ranelate) and the STRATOS study (STRontium Administration for Treatment of OSteoporosis) was to determine the minimum ... [more ▼]

The aim of the PREVOS study (PREVention Of early postmenopausal bone loss by Strontium ranelate) and the STRATOS study (STRontium Administration for Treatment of OSteoporosis) was to determine the minimum dose at which strontium ranelate (SR) is effective in, respectively, the prevention of bone loss in early postmenopausal nonosteoporotic women and the treatment of postmenopausal vertebral osteoporosis. Both studies were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-finding studies in parallel groups and lasted 2 years. In the PREVOS study, 160 early postmenopausal women were randomized to receive placebo, SR 125 mg/day, 500 mg/day or 1 g/day. In the STRATOS study, 353 osteoporotic postmenopausal women with at least one previous vertebral fracture and a lumbar T-score < -2.4 were randomized to receive placebo, SR 500 mg/day, 1 g/day or 2 g/day. In both studies, the primary efficacy parameter was lumbar bone mineral density (BMD) measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Secondary efficacy criteria included incidence of new vertebral deformities (in the STRATOS study only) and biochemical markers of bone metabolism. In the PREVOS study, the increase in lumbar BMD from baseline in the 1 g/day group (+ 5.53%) was significantly different from the decrease in the placebo group (p < 0.001). In the STRATOS study, the annual increase in lumbar BMD in the 2 g/day group (+7.3% per year) was significantly higher than in the placebo group (p<0.001). There was a significant reduction in the number of patients experiencing new vertebral deformities in the second year of treatment in the 2 g/day group (relative risk: 0.56; 95% confidence interval: 0.35, 0.89). In both studies, there was a significant increase in the bone formation marker (bone alkaline phosphatase) in the higher-dose group. Urinary excretion of the marker of bone resorption (cross-linked N-telopeptide) was lower with SR than with placebo in the STRATOS study. SR was very well tolerated in both studies. The minimum dose at which SR is effective in preventing bone loss in early postmenopausal nonosteoporotic women and in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis is 1 g/day and 2 g/day, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailThermometer ions for matrix-enhanced laser desorption/ionization internal energy calibration
Greisch, Jean-François ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Remacle, Françoise ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2003), 17(16), 1847-1854

This work describes a method to use relative fragmentation yields to characterize the internal energy distribution of ions produced by matrix-enhanced laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MELDI ... [more ▼]

This work describes a method to use relative fragmentation yields to characterize the internal energy distribution of ions produced by matrix-enhanced laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (MELDI-MS, see: Wright LG, Cooks RG, Wood KL. Biomed. Mass Spectrom. 1985; 12:153162). Assuming that the fragmentation proceeds statistically and that the collisions in the source lead to a Boltzmann-like distribution of the internal energy, a characteristic parameter, the effective temperature, is introduced to describe the internal energy distribution of the ions observed. The hypotheses, advantages and drawbacks of the implementation of the method that uses substituted benzylpyridinium salts as thermometer ions are discussed. Use is made of two matrices that produce no matrix cations in MELDI and are suitable for small cationic salts. The actual value of this effective temperature significantly depends on an accurate determination of the threshold dissociation energies and on the time spent in the source, in addition to the statistical hypothesis itself. The method could be applied to normalize spectra in order to compare results issued from different instruments. [less ▲]

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See detailStatistical models for the analysis of controlled trials on acute migraine
Vandenhende, François; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Pharmaceutical Statistics (2003), 2

pecific efficacy criteria were defined by the International Headache Society for controlled clinical trials on acute migraine. They are derived from the pain profile and the timing of rescue medication ... [more ▼]

pecific efficacy criteria were defined by the International Headache Society for controlled clinical trials on acute migraine. They are derived from the pain profile and the timing of rescue medication intake. We present a methodology to improve the analysis of such trials. Instead of analysing each endpoint separately, we model the joint distribution and derive success rates in any criteria as predictions. We use cumulative regression models for each response at a time and a multivariate normal copula to model the dependence between responses. Parameters are estimated using maximum likelihood. Benefits of the method include a reduction in the number of tests performed and an increase in their power. The method is well suited to dose-response trials from which predictions can be used to select doses and optimize the design of subsequent trials. More generally, our method permits a very flexible modelling of longitudinal series of ordinal data. [less ▲]

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See detailFoam imbibition in microgravity - An experimental study
Caps, Hervé ULg; Decauwer, H.; Chevalier, M. L. et al

in European Physical Journal B -- Condensed Matter (2003), 33(1), 115-119

We report an experimental study of aqueous foam imbibition in microgravity with strict mass conservation. The foam is in a Hele-Shaw cell. The bubble edge width l is measured by image analysis. The ... [more ▼]

We report an experimental study of aqueous foam imbibition in microgravity with strict mass conservation. The foam is in a Hele-Shaw cell. The bubble edge width l is measured by image analysis. The penetration of the liquid in the foam, the foam imbibition, the foam inflation, and the rigidity loss are shown all to obey strict diffusion processes. The motion of bubbles needed for the foam inflation is a slow two-dimensional process with respect to the one-dimensional capillary rise of liquid. The foam is found to imbibes faster than it inflates. [less ▲]

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See detailDelayed onset muscle soreness induced by eccentric isokinetic exercise
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Camus, Gérard; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2003), 11(1), 21-29

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) follows unaccustomed muscular exercise, most notably in the eccentric mode. That concept refers to a dull ache combined with tenderness, stiffness and weakness of the ... [more ▼]

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) follows unaccustomed muscular exercise, most notably in the eccentric mode. That concept refers to a dull ache combined with tenderness, stiffness and weakness of the previously active muscles. lsokinetic device constitutes a specific model in generating and investigating DOMS. Respective effects of concentric and eccentric actions have been compared, emphasizing on the variability in the response (serum activity of CK for instance). The particular sensitivity of the hamstrings was underlined although causes remained unexplained. Some treatment have been proposed in the management of DOMS. Several studies reported that anti-inflammatory agents fail to alleviate pain and discomfort even if other authors indicated a relative effectiveness. Based on the repeated-bout effect, submaximal eccentric exercise currently represent the most useful preventive strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... un nez rouge.
Pierard, Claudine ULg; Henry, Frédérique ULg; Rakic, L. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(7-8), 515-8

A red nose is a semiological sign shared in common by a series of diseases. The differential diagnosis is important to establish. A careful clinical examination often allows to reach the precise diagnosis ... [more ▼]

A red nose is a semiological sign shared in common by a series of diseases. The differential diagnosis is important to establish. A careful clinical examination often allows to reach the precise diagnosis. A skin biopsy is required when erythema is accompanied by a cutaneous infiltration suggesting some granulomatous and tumoral processes. [less ▲]

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See detailA survey of proposals for an alternative group communication service
El-Sayed, A.; Roca, V.; Mathy, Laurent ULg

in IEEE Network (2003), 17(1), 46--51

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See detailThe inhibitor thiomandelic acid binds to both metal ions in metallo-beta-lactamase and induces positive cooperativity in metal binding.
Damblon, Christian ULg; Jensen, Mikael; Ababou, Abdessamad et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(31), 29240-51

Thiomandelic acid is a simple, broad spectrum, and reasonably potent inhibitor of metallo-beta-lactamases, enzymes that mediate resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics. We report studies by NMR and ... [more ▼]

Thiomandelic acid is a simple, broad spectrum, and reasonably potent inhibitor of metallo-beta-lactamases, enzymes that mediate resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics. We report studies by NMR and perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy of the mode of binding of the R and S enantiomers of thiomandelic acid, focusing on their interaction with the two metal ions in cadmium-substituted Bacillus cereus metallo-beta-lactamase. The 113Cd resonances are specifically assigned to the metals in the two individual sites on the protein by using 113Cd-edited 1H NMR spectra. Each enantiomer of thiomandelate produces large downfield shifts of both 113Cd resonances and changes in the PAC spectra, which indicate that they bind such that the thiol of the inhibitor bridges between the two metals. For R-thiomandelate, this is unambiguously confirmed by the observation of scalar coupling between Halpha of the inhibitor and both cadmium ions. The NMR and PAC spectra reveal that the two chiral forms of the inhibitor differ in the details of their coordination geometry. The complex with R-thiomandelate, but not that with the S-enantiomer, shows evidence in the PAC spectra of a dynamic process in the nanosecond time regime, the possible nature of which is discussed. The thiomandelate complex of the mononuclear enzyme can be detected only at low metal to enzyme stoichiometry; the relative populations of mononuclear and binuclear enzyme as a function of cadmium concentration provide clear evidence for positive cooperativity in metal ion binding in the presence of the inhibitor, in contrast to the negative cooperativity observed in the free enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailNasal aspergillosis associated with an impacted canine tooth in a Belgian shepherd dog
Saunders, J.; Clercx, Cécile ULg; Zonderland, J.L. et al

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2003), 72(6), 396-398

A 9-month-old Belgian shepherd dog was evaluated for chronic nasal discharge. Oral examination revealed the absence of the left upper canine tooth. Radiographs showed impaction of this tooth into the left ... [more ▼]

A 9-month-old Belgian shepherd dog was evaluated for chronic nasal discharge. Oral examination revealed the absence of the left upper canine tooth. Radiographs showed impaction of this tooth into the left nasal cavity with caudal displacement of the tooth root. Rhinoscopy demonstrated the presence of fungal colonies. The impacted tooth was surgically removed and the nasal cavity flushed with enilconazole 1%. No recurrence was observed during a follow-up period of two years. [less ▲]

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See detailCytokinin levels in leaves, leaf exudate and shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana during floral transition
Corbesier, Laurent; Prinsen, Els; Jacqmard, Annie ULg et al

in Journal of Experimental Botany (2003), 54(392), 2511-2517

Understanding the complete picture of floral transition is still impaired by the fact that physiological studies mainly concern plant species whose genetics is poorly known, and vice versa. Arabidopsis ... [more ▼]

Understanding the complete picture of floral transition is still impaired by the fact that physiological studies mainly concern plant species whose genetics is poorly known, and vice versa. Arabidopsis thaliana has been successfully used to unravel signalling pathways by genetic and molecular approaches, but analyses are still required to determine the physiological signals involved in the control of floral transition. In this work, the putative role of cytokinins was investigated using vegetative plants of Arabidopsis (Columbia) induced to flower synchronously by a single 22 h long day. Cytokinins were analysed in leaf extracts, leaf phloem exudate and in the shoot apical meristem at different times during floral transition. It was found that, in both the leaf tissues and leaf exudate, isopentenyladenine forms of cytokinins increased from 16 h after the start of the long day. At 30 h, the shoot apical meristem of induced plants contained more isopentenyladenine and zeatin than vegetative controls. These cytokinin increases correlate well with the early events of floral transition. [less ▲]

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See detailEu10Mn6Sb13: A new ternary rare-earth transition-metal
Holm, A. P.; Park, S. M.; Condron, C. L. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2003), 42(15), 4660-4667

A new transition-metal-containing Zintl compound, Eu10Mn6Sb13, was prepared by a high-temperature Sn-flux synthesis. The structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu10Mn6Sb13 ... [more ▼]

A new transition-metal-containing Zintl compound, Eu10Mn6Sb13, was prepared by a high-temperature Sn-flux synthesis. The structure was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Eu10Mn6Sb13 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/m with a = 15.1791(6) Angstrom, b = 19.1919(7) Angstrom, c = 12.2679(4) Angstrom, beta = 108.078(1)degrees, Z = 4 (R1 = 0.0410, wR2 = 0.0920), and T = 90(2) K. The structure of Eu10Mn6Sb13 is composed of double layers of Mn-centered tetrahedra separated by Eu2+ cations. The double layers are composed of edge- and corner-sharing Mn-centered tetrahedra which form cavities occupied by Eu2+ cations and [Sb-2](4-) dumbbells. Linear [Sb-3](5-) trimers bridging two tetrahedra across the cavity are also present. Bulk susceptibility data indicate paramagnetic behavior with a ferromagnetic component present below 60 K. Temperature-dependent electrical resistivity measurements show semiconducting behavior above 60 K (E-a = 0.115(2) eV), a large and unusually sharp maximum in the resistivity at similar to40 K, and metallic behavior below 40 K. Eu-151 Mossbauer spectra confirm that the europium is divalent with an average isomer shift of -11.2(1) mm/s at 100 K; the spectra obtained below 40 K reveal magnetic ordering of six of the seven europium sublattices and, at 4.2 K, complete ordering of the seven europium sublattices. [less ▲]

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See detailOccurrence of sulphides on the bornite-idaite join from Vielsalm, Stavelot Massif, Belgium
Hatert, Frédéric ULg

in European Journal of Mineralogy (2003), 15(6, NOV-DEC), 1063-1068

Sulphides with chemical compositions between idaite and bornite have been identified from several quartz veins crosscutting Ordovician schists in Vielsalm, Belgium. Idaite is an oxidation product of ... [more ▼]

Sulphides with chemical compositions between idaite and bornite have been identified from several quartz veins crosscutting Ordovician schists in Vielsalm, Belgium. Idaite is an oxidation product of bornite, and occurs in the more oxidised parts of the quartz veins. The alteration sequence bomite --> "anomalous bornite" --> idaite is observed, associated with the growth of chalcopyrite lamellae parallel to the {100} and {111} directions of precursor bornite. Electron microprobe analyses indicate a chemical composition significantly enriched in Cu, when compared with the ideal composition of idaite, Cu3FeS4, as well as a progressive compositional evolution from bomite to idaite. The X-ray powder pattern is indexed in the space group I (4) over bar 2m, similar to that of stannite, and gives the unit-cell parameters a = 5.279(4) and c = 10.47(2) Angstrom. [less ▲]

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See detailCultures maraîchères et insectes utiles
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Colignon, Pierre; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Le Canard déchaîné du Kauwberg (2003), 46

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See detailAnatomische, histologische en immunologische aspecten van de tonsille bij het schaap in het kader van de BSE problematiek
Cocquyt, G.; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Van den Broeck, W.

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2003), 72

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See detailDistinct T cell subsets and cytokine production in cultures derived from transformation zone and squamous intraepithelial lesion biopsies of the uterine cervix.
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Renard, Isabelle; Al-Saleh, Walid et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2003), 49(1), 6-13

PROBLEM: The characterization of lymphocytes issued from squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) and from the transformation zone (TZ), where the majority of SIL occur, is important to understand the role ... [more ▼]

PROBLEM: The characterization of lymphocytes issued from squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) and from the transformation zone (TZ), where the majority of SIL occur, is important to understand the role of immunity in SIL development. METHOD OF STUDY: We compared lymphocyte populations of the TZ and SIL with those of normal exocervix, using a technique allowing for the isolation of lymphocytes, either from the epithelium or from the underlying stroma of small biopsies. RESULTS: The majority of cells derived from the epithelium of all biopsies were CD8+ T cells. Some SIL-derived cultures were characterized by an increased proportion of activated TCRgammadelta+. The production of the immunosuppressive cytokine IL10 was significantly higher in lymphocyte cultures from the normal TZ in comparison with the exocervix. A decreased percentage of effector T cells was observed in cultures derived from the stroma of normal TZ (TCRgammadelta+) or SIL (CD8+) in comparison with the exocervix. CONCLUSIONS: Our results suggest that a low proportion of effector T cells and IL10 production could contribute to the predisposition of the TZ to the development of SIL and to the progression of SIL to cervical cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailJean Michel-Bonvin : Figures de sociologues. Introduction à l'epistémologie sociologique
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie = Revue Suisse de Sociologie (2003), 29

Jean-Michel Bonvin introduces the reader to the sociological method through the study of eight classical sociologists throught the 19th and 20th centurites : Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber ... [more ▼]

Jean-Michel Bonvin introduces the reader to the sociological method through the study of eight classical sociologists throught the 19th and 20th centurites : Comte, Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel, Goffman and Parsons [less ▲]

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See detailLes marques de provenance des incunables conservés à la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique : essai de synthèse
Adam, Renaud ULg

in Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique = Archief en Bibliotheekwezen in Belgie (2003), 75

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See detailInvestigation of the inhibition mechanism of coumarins on chymotrypsin by mass spectrometry
Pochet, L.; Dieu, M.; Frederick, R. et al

in Tetrahedron (2003)

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See detailComparative clinical and electrometric assessments of the impact of surfactants on forearm skin.
Uhoda, Emmanuelle ULg; Paye, Marc; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Exogenous Dermatology : Physical, Chemical, Biological (2003), 2

Surfactant-based skin care products can induce minimal to more severe alterations to human stratum corneum (SC). These changes can be conveniently assessed using electrometric devices. Four different ... [more ▼]

Surfactant-based skin care products can induce minimal to more severe alterations to human stratum corneum (SC). These changes can be conveniently assessed using electrometric devices. Four different surfactant-based solutions were applied on the forearms of 10 healthy volunteers following a soap chamber test method. The 2-day patch testing was followed by a 2-week follow-up. Clinical and instrumental assessments were performed at 7 time points. Data generated by the Corneometer® CM820, the DermaLab Moisture Module® and the Nova Dermal Phase Meter (DPM)® 9003 were compared. The significant differences between the product aggressiveness to the SC were similarly disclosed by the Corneometer® and the DermaLab Moisture Module®. The ranking of product aggressiveness given by the 3 devices 5 days after patch removal was similar to that given by the clinical assessment of erythema. A high level of correlation were found between the values yielded by the immediate and continuous mode assessments using the DermaLab Moisture Module with the Pin Probe, while the correlation was weaker with the Nova DPM®. This finding may be related to the fact that the Nova DPM is influenced by the accumulation of the transepidermal water loss in the continuous mode assessment while there is no significant occlusion effect of the DermaLab Moisture® Pin Probe that is more representative of the initial level of SC hydration. In conclusion, the Corneometer® and the DermaLab Moisture Module® respond similarly to changes in the SC content. This finding is different from some previous reports. [less ▲]

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See detailRecycling plant wax constituents for chemical defense: hemi-biosynthesis of triterpene saponins from beta-amyrin in a leaf beetle
Laurent, Pascal ULg; Dooms, Cédric; Braekman, Jean-Claude et al

in Naturwissenschaften (Die) (2003), 90(11), 524-527

Several species of Doryphorina leaf beetles from Central- and South America produce oleanane triterpene glycosides in their defensive glands. The presence of pentacyclic triterpenes in insects is ... [more ▼]

Several species of Doryphorina leaf beetles from Central- and South America produce oleanane triterpene glycosides in their defensive glands. The presence of pentacyclic triterpenes in insects is intriguing since they lack the key enzymes necessary to synthesize these compounds. Since beta-amyrin is a common constituent of leaf waxes, we hypothesized that these leaf beetles use this compound as a precursor to their oleanane glycosides. To test this hypothesis we first confirmed the presence of beta-amyrin in Ipomoea batatas, the food plant of Platyphora kollari. Next, adults of P. kollari were fed for 10 days with I. batatas leaf disks painted with a solution of [2,2,3-H-2(3)]beta-amyrin ([2,2,3-H-2(3)]-1). The secretion from their defensive glands was collected and analyzed by HPLC-ESIMS. The results demonstrated that the secretion of beetles fed with an amount of [2,2,3-H-2(3)]beta-amyrin corresponding to the quantity of unlabeled (natural) beta-amyrin present in the leaf disks contained on average 5.1% of [2,2,3-H-2(3)]-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->4)-beta-D-glucuronopyranosyl-hederagenin ([2,2,3-H-2(3)]-2), whereas the secretions of beetles fed with 10 times this amount of [2,2,3-H-2(3)]beta-amyrin contained on average 23.9% of [2,2,3-H-2(3)]-2. In both series of experiments, the percentage of labeled versus unlabeled triterpene glycoside in the secretion was positively correlated with the amount of deuterated beta-amyrin ingested. These results demonstrate for the first time that some leaf beetles are able to metabolize a widespread triterpenic constituent of leaf wax into more complex glycosides that are stored in their defensive glands. [less ▲]

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See detailLe positionnement multidimensionnel : principes et applications
Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (2003), (1), 1-32

This note describes some multidimensional scaling methods for two-way, one-mode tables and for three-way, two-mode tables. The methods are illustrated by an example processed by PROC MDS of SAS software.

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See detailNew 1-alk(en)yl-1,3,5-trihydroxycyclohexanes from the Dufour gland of the African ant Crematogaster nigriceps
Laurent, Pascal ULg; Hamdani, Anissa; Braekman, Jean-Claude et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2003), 44(7), 1383-1386

The Dufour gland of the African ant Crematogaster nigriceps contains a mixture of at least eight 1-heptadec(en)yl- and 1-nonadec(en)yl-1,3,5-trihydroxycyclohexane derivatives, the mono-unsaturated ... [more ▼]

The Dufour gland of the African ant Crematogaster nigriceps contains a mixture of at least eight 1-heptadec(en)yl- and 1-nonadec(en)yl-1,3,5-trihydroxycyclohexane derivatives, the mono-unsaturated components being the major ones (about 65%). They are accompanied by small amounts of (Z,Z)-dienic derivatives (<10%). The structures, the relative and absolute configurations, and the preferred conformation of these new compounds have been established by spectroscopic and chemical methods, whereas the positions of the double bond in the alkenyl chains were determined by DMDS derivatisation followed by linked scan EIMS. [less ▲]

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See detailThe value of serologic markers in indeterminate colitis: A prospective follow-up study - Reply
Joossens, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Vermeire, S. V. et al

in Gastroenterology (2003), 125(3), 999-1000

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See detailRéflexions sur l'idée de la "confiance mutuelle"
Flore, Daniel ULg

in L'espace pénal européen (2003)

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See detail3D h-phi finite element formulation for the computation of a linear transverse flux actuator
Deliège, Geoffrey ULg; Henrotte, François; Vande Sande, Hans et al

in COMPEL (2003), 22(4), 1077-1088

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See detailLa responsabilité pénale des personnes morales : question de droit transitoire
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Journal du Juriste (2003), (22), 16

L'article 5 alinéa 2 du Code pénal permet de poursuivre pénalement des personnes morales. Il offre également à la personne physique identifiée, qui serait poursuvie en même temps que la personne morale ... [more ▼]

L'article 5 alinéa 2 du Code pénal permet de poursuivre pénalement des personnes morales. Il offre également à la personne physique identifiée, qui serait poursuvie en même temps que la personne morale, la possibilité de se prévaloir, si l'infraction n'a été commise ni sciemment, ni volontairement, d'une cause d'excuse absolutoire. L'article fait le point sur la question du droit transitoire applicable à ce nouveau régime. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity analysis on ultimate strength of aluminium stiffened panels
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Sarghiuta, B.; Estefen, S. et al

in Marine Structures (2003)

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See detailCorrelation between Paired Responses Confirms the Existence of a Positive Ephaptic Feedback in Central Synapses
Koulchitsky, Stanislav ULg; (Kulchitsky); Maximov, V. V. et al

in Doklady Biological Sciences (2003), 389(1), 102-104

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See detailFinite element modeling of an electrostatic painting device
Deliège, Geoffrey ULg; Henrotte, François; Hameyer, Kay

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2003), 39(3), 1432-1435

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See detailTandem high-dose therapy (HDT) for multiple myeloma: recombinant human erythropoietin therapy given between first and second HDT allows second peripheral blood stem cell transplantation without red blood cell transfusion.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Frere, Pascale ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2003), 123(1), 103-5

We evaluated the ability of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) therapy, given before high-dose therapy (HDT), to allow autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) without red ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the ability of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) therapy, given before high-dose therapy (HDT), to allow autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (PBSCT) without red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. Eleven multiple myeloma patients underwent tandem HDT and autologous PBSC, receiving 500 U/kg/week rHuEpo from d 30 after initial transplant. Haemoglobin levels were 9.5 +/- 1.1 g/dl and 12.5 +/- 0.9 g/dl at the first and second transplant respectively (P < 0.001). RBC transfusions were required for 10/11 patients for the first transplant versus 1/11 for the second (P < 0.001). To conclude, a short course of rHuEpo therapy before HDT facilitates the performance of an autologous transplant without RBC transfusions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe treatment of sporadic versus MEN1-related pituitary adenomas.
Beckers, Albert ULg; Betea, Daniela ULg; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg et al

in Journal of Internal Medicine (2003), 253(6), 599-605

The treatment of pituitary tumours strongly depends on their clinical presentation. In general, the treatment aims are reducing tumour volume and/or decreasing hormone hypersecretion. It relies on single ... [more ▼]

The treatment of pituitary tumours strongly depends on their clinical presentation. In general, the treatment aims are reducing tumour volume and/or decreasing hormone hypersecretion. It relies on single or a combination of three different methods: surgery, medication and radiotherapy. The rationale for deciding the treatment are many but include the aggressiveness of the tumour. The aetiologies of sporadic pituitary adenomas are not fully understood. However, several causes have been identified resulting in specific familial phenotypes like multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN1). MEN1 is related to mutations in the MEN1 gene, a tumour suppressor gene localized on chromosome 11q13 and which encodes menin, a 610 amino acid protein. During the last years, an evidence progressively emerged that MEN1-related adenomas were more aggressive and less responsive to therapy than their sporadic counterparts. In this article, we review the differences between sporadic and MEN1-related adenomas and suggest specific ways of treatment and follow-up for MEN1-related tumours. [less ▲]

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See detailWriting and the Other Arts in Wilson Harris's Fiction
Maes-Jelinek, Hena ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (2003), SP 5

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See detailTreatment of type 2 diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2003), 58(5), 318-24

Type 2 diabetes is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. As most subjects are overweighted or obese, the initial treatment ... [more ▼]

Type 2 diabetes is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. As most subjects are overweighted or obese, the initial treatment is optimization of the meal plan and enhancement of physical activity in order to obtain sustained weight reduction. In case of failure of life-style changes, various oral antihyperglycaemic agents may be used. Some are targeting defective insulin secretion (sulphonylureas, glinides) while others are targeting insulin resistance (metformin, thiazolidinediones). Criteria of drug selection should include both patient's characteristics (body weight, age, degree of hyperglycaemia, comorbidities) and pharmacological properties of the compound (mode of action, safety profile, cost). Monotherapy is usually recommended first, but combined therapy using drugs with additive or synergistic effects may be required to obtain appropriate blood glucose control. As the natural history of the disease is characterized by a progressive exhaustion of beta cells, exogenous insulin may be required in the long term, usually in combination with oral agents. Finally, as patients with type 2 diabetes are insulin-resistant and often have a metabolic syndrome, a multifactorial intervention including aggressive treatment of arterial hypertension and dyslipidaemia is recommended in order to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular complications. [less ▲]

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See detailQuand l’employeur ne respecte pas les barèmes de rémunération
Kefer, Fabienne ULg

in Orientations : la Revue du Droit Social et de la Gestion du Personnel (2003), (8/9), 22-26

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See detailIsolation and partial characterization of three pregnancy-associated glycoproteins from the ewe placenta
El Amiri, B.; Remy, Benoit; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg et al

in Molecular Reproduction and Development (2003), 64(2), 199-206

Pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) are synthesized in the outer epithelial layer of the placenta in artiodactyls. In this work, three novel ovine PAGs were isolated from late-pregnancy fetal ... [more ▼]

Pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) are synthesized in the outer epithelial layer of the placenta in artiodactyls. In this work, three novel ovine PAGs were isolated from late-pregnancy fetal cotyledons and characterized biochemically. The isolation procedure included acid and ammonium sulfate precipitations and anion and cation exchange chromatographies. The isolated PAGs have different NH2-terminal amino acid sequences (RGSXLTILPLRNMRDIVY, ISRVSXLTIHPLRNIMDML, and RGSNLTIHPLRNIRD) and apparent molecular masses (55, 57, and 59 kDa). Each shows several isoforms with different pl values. The three proteins share high sequence identity with each other and with other ovine, bovine, and caprine PAGs. They have not been described previously. The ovPAG-59 sequence differs from the previously identified ovPAG-4 sequence (determined by DNA cloning and sequencing) at only one position among the 15 N-terminal residues. The newly characterized ovPAGs and the procedure used to isolate them will be helpful in producing new antisera for investigating PAG secretion in pregnant ewes. [less ▲]

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See detailToward tissue-selective pancreatic B-cells KATP channel openers belonging to 3-alkylamino-7-halo-4H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides
De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Becker, B.; Boverie, S. et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2003), 46

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See detailVie, mort et résurgence du follicule pileux.
Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Skin (2003), 6

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See detailLa figure de la Vierge Marie dans l’histoire des femmes et du féminisme
Delfosse, Annick ULg

in Hieros : Bulletin Annuel de la Société Belgo-luxembourgeoise d'Histoire des Religions (2003), 8

The A. offers to study the place of the Marian figure in the women story. She proves to show various points of view: the masculine cleric authorities’ use of the Virgin as an identification norm imposed ... [more ▼]

The A. offers to study the place of the Marian figure in the women story. She proves to show various points of view: the masculine cleric authorities’ use of the Virgin as an identification norm imposed to the women as well as the claim of these latter to define the Virgin also as an emancipation tool. [less ▲]

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See detailNegative association between smoking and anti-saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies in Crohn's disease
Van Kemseke, Catherine ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Steeman, C. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2003), 66(1, Jan-Mar), 1-6

Background: Crohn's disease (CD) is a polygenic multifactorial heterogeneous disease. Anti-Saccharomyces Cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) correlate highly with CD and are present in 50-80% of patients. The ... [more ▼]

Background: Crohn's disease (CD) is a polygenic multifactorial heterogeneous disease. Anti-Saccharomyces Cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) correlate highly with CD and are present in 50-80% of patients. The reason for ASCA positivity or negativity in CD is unknown. The aim of our work was to analyse clinical, epidemiological and genetic characteristics in ASCA + or ASCA- CD patients. Methods : 113 patients with CD were tested for ASCA (IgA and IgG) by using a commercial kit (Medipan Diagnostica). Age, gender, systemic manifestations, familial form of disease, age at diagnosis, location and behaviour of the disease, smoking habit as well as genotyping for -308 TNF gene polymorphisms were determined. Results : 38.9% CD patients were negative for both IgA and IgG ASCA while 61.1% were ASCA positive (respectively IgA and IgG : 31.9%; IgA only : 9.7%; IgG only : 19.5%). The only significant difference between ASCA+ and ASCA- patients was for smoking habit : there were 29% smokers in ASCA+ versus 50% in ASCA- CD patients (P = 0.03). This low proportion of smokers was more prominent in ASCA IgA+ patients than in isolated ASCA IgG+ patients (25.6% versus 45.5%) and was minimal in patients with high titers of ASCA IgA (0/8). Logistic regression showed smoking habit still borderline for significance (P = 0.057). Conclusions : Our results suggest a negative association between smoking and ASCA positivity in CD. This association was more prominent for ASCA IgA+. It indicates that smoking habit should be taken into account when analysing ASCA status in CD patients and may suggest an influence of smoking on immunization against intestinal material. [less ▲]

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See detailAu delà de l’irrationalité : vers une psychologique du phénomène de harcèlement moral.
Geuzaine, Caroline; Faulx, Daniel ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Psychologie Sociale (2003), 48

De prime abord, les situations de harcèlement moral dégagent une impression d’irrationalité intense (Geuzaine & Faulx, 2000). Depuis notre position d’observateur extérieur, nous sommes face à un ensemble ... [more ▼]

De prime abord, les situations de harcèlement moral dégagent une impression d’irrationalité intense (Geuzaine & Faulx, 2000). Depuis notre position d’observateur extérieur, nous sommes face à un ensemble d’éléments qui heurtent la logique. Du point de vue de celui qui s’en sent victime, d’abord : une personne vit une situation d’abus sur son lieu de travail, elle nous décrit, dans un flot de détails, les agissements qu’elle subit et nous percevons l’intensité de son angoisse. Les affects sont à l’avant-plan, intenses et souvent désespérés. La personne se sent persécutée, bafouée, démolie, et pourtant tente obstinément de continuer à fonctionner dans une situation insupportable. Pourquoi ? Du point de vue de l’organisation, ensuite : le harcèlement moral, entre autres conséquences dommageables, entrave la productivité, augmente l’absentéisme, génère des surcoûts importants et détériore la qualité des produits et des services. Si un fonctionnement optimal et une bonne gestion des ressources humaines semblent un objectif profitable à l’organisation, comment le harcèlement moral peut-il s’y développer ? Lorsque l’on tente d’intégrer le « harceleur» au système compréhensif, l’irrationnel est de nouveau à l’avant-plan. En effet, les raisons qui amènent cette personne à développer un mode relationnel persécutoire ont beau être logiquement justifiées (« je veille à la qualité du travail et promeus l’excellence ». «cette personne ne répond pas aux critères », « c’est de mon devoir de la sanctionner ,«c’est pour qu’elle apprenne »), il n’en sert pas moins, même involontairement, des fins totalement irrationnelles : mettre en échec puis détruire psychologiquement une personne et l’évacuer du système professionnel en invoquant sa propre responsabilité, son déséquilibre, son inadaptation au travail. Pourquoi ? Le but de cet article est de présenter un modèle d’analyse qui permette de dépasser l’impression d’irrationalité qui se dégage des situations de harcèlement moral. Nous verrons qu’il existe une logique sous-jacente au processus de harcèlement moral; logique certes subjective et biaisée, mais à la base d’un système de comportements et d’attentes très influent. Après avoir exposé quelques repères théoriques, nous présenterons notre recherche et nos postulats méthodologiques. La partie consacrée à nos résultats s’articulera autour de deux axes : la présentation de certaines régularités parmi les situations de harcèlement moral et une réflexion sur l’aide que l’on peut proposer aux personnes qui en sont victimes. [less ▲]

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See detailPreventing, delaying, or masking type 2 diabetes with metformin in the diabetes prevention program?
Scheen, André ULg

in Diabetes Care (2003), 26(9), 27012701-3

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Delfosse, Annick ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2003), 109(2), 388-389

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See detailLa mesure du sentiment de compétence chez les aidants de patients déments
Vernooij-Dassen, M.; Kurz, Xavier; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Revue épidémiologique Santé publique (2003), 51

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See detailSymetrie et reproductibilite temporelle des donnees neurographiques.
Bouquiaux, Olivier ULg; Horward, A.; Wang, François-Charles ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2003), 33(4), 185-95

The aims of the present study are to document side-to-side differences and temporal variability, between two trials (T1 and T2 at a time interval of 3 months) of nerve conduction measurements collected ... [more ▼]

The aims of the present study are to document side-to-side differences and temporal variability, between two trials (T1 and T2 at a time interval of 3 months) of nerve conduction measurements collected from 30 healthy subjects (mean age 22 +/- 2 years). METHODS: The protocol at T1 consisted of motor nerve conduction studies of median, ulnar, peroneal and tibial nerves bilaterally, with measurement of (a) motor response size (amplitude and area); (b) terminal latency; (c) minimal, mean and maximal F-wave latency; (d) motor conduction velocity; and (e) F-wave occurrence. T1 also involved sensory nerve conduction studies of median, ulnar, radial, lateral and medial cutaneous, sural and superficial peroneal nerves bilaterally, with measurement of sensory potential size (amplitude and area) and computation of sensory conduction velocity. The protocol at T2 consisted of identical measurements from the dominant side. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: There was a negative relationship between the variability of parameters evaluating nervous conduction and the length of the nerve segment under study. Thus, the smallest side-to-side and temporal variabilities are measured for minimal F-wave latencies (on average 2-3%). The limits of symmetry and temporal variability are particularly useful for diagnosis of unilateral peripheral neuropathy or neurophysiological follow-up of patients with neuropathy, when the variability of the parameter under study is weak and when there is a high correlation between values recorded on the left and on the right or at T1 and T2. This was the case for motor response size of tibial and ulnar nerves, sensory potential size of radial nerve and minimal F-wave latencies from each studied motor nerve. [less ▲]

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See detailA dip into the world of veterinary nuclear medicine: equine lung scintigraphy
Votion, Dominique ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Clinical Techniques in Equine Practice (2003), 2(3), 222-230

The clinical and experimental uses of equine lung scintigraphy have largely expanded in recent years. Lung imaging using large animals is of great interest for the understanding of general lung physiology ... [more ▼]

The clinical and experimental uses of equine lung scintigraphy have largely expanded in recent years. Lung imaging using large animals is of great interest for the understanding of general lung physiology, for the knowledge of animal peculiarities, for the study and diagnosis of equine respiratory disorders as well as for the development of their treatment. This article surveys some methodological constraints due to the scanning of a noncooperative large-sized animal, reviews the contribution of equine nuclear imaging in lung physiology and pathology, and discusses future clinical and fundamental applications of lung scintigraphy. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate on GPIIb/IIIa antagonists
Hanson, Julien ULg; De Leval, X.; Kolh, Philippe ULg et al

in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents (2003), 13

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See detailEcological requirements for black grouse. A case study in the belgian Hautes-Fagnes.
Keulen, C.; Pieper, Y.; Doyen, A. et al

in Silvia (2003), 39

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See detailThe fate of the adjacent motion segments after lumbar fusion.
Gillet, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques (2003), 16(4), 338-45

Lumbar spine fusion is a commonly performed procedure in various pathologic conditions of the spine. Its role remains debated, and moreover, delayed complications may occur, among which is transitional ... [more ▼]

Lumbar spine fusion is a commonly performed procedure in various pathologic conditions of the spine. Its role remains debated, and moreover, delayed complications may occur, among which is transitional segment alteration leading to recurrence of back pain, gross instability, and neurologic symptoms. Little is known about the long-term prevalence of this complication because of a lack of specific studies. We analyzed the fate of the transitional segments in a homogeneous group of patients operated on during a 14-year period for degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine resistant to conservative treatment. Follow-up ranged from 2 to 15 years. Seventy-five percent of our study group had a minimal 5-year follow-up. In this subgroup, 41% of the patients developed transitional segment alterations, and 20% needed a secondary operation for extension of the fusion. Potential risk factors such as postoperative delay, length of fusion, and spine imbalance were recognized. The frequency of delayed alterations of the adjacent segment and the severity of symptoms related to this complication in this study raise questions about the justification of fusion procedures in degenerative conditions of the spine without threatening instability. Data from the literature confirm the severity of the problem, but many uncertainties remain because of the lack of homogeneous and complete data on both the normal evolution of motion segments of the lumbar spine with age and the fate of the same segments when transformed in transitional segments. Future prospective studies on the subject are needed and must deal with homogeneous groups of patients. More reconstructive surgical procedures need to be developed to lessen the need for fusion procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophic habits and aquatic microhabitat use in gilled immature, paedomorphic and metamorphic Alpine newts (Triturus alpestris apuanus) in a pond in central Italy
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Andreone, F.

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2003), 133(2), 95-102

Current evolutionary models suggest that the presence of heterogeneous habitats favours the evolution of polymorphisms. In such cases, alternative phenotypes can coexist because they use different ... [more ▼]

Current evolutionary models suggest that the presence of heterogeneous habitats favours the evolution of polymorphisms. In such cases, alternative phenotypes can coexist because they use different resources. Facultative paedomorphosis is a heterochronic polymorphism in which a morph - the paedomorph - retains larval traits during the adult stage while the other morph - the metamorph - is fully metamorphosed. The aim of this study was to determine the microhabitat use and the diet of Alpine newt paedomorphs, metamorphs and immatures (Triturus alpestris apuanus) coexisting in a small pond in Tuscany, central Italy, i.e. in a habitat where dimorphism is not expected. Although the two adult morphs do not use exactly the same resources, resource partitioning was weaker than in deep Alpine lakes. Nevertheless, the diet of immature gilled newts (larvae) differed from that of adults (metamorphs and paedomorphs). While the larvae eat a large number of planktonic organisms, the adults focus on insect larvae and newt eggs. The differences in resource use favour the coexistence of aquatic juveniles and adults. In the studied pond, facultative paedomorphosis was previously shown to be favoured by a precocious maturity of the paedomorphs. This study shows that the coexistence of paedomorphs and metamorphs may also be supported by some dietary and spatial segregation, although any advantages gained by this pattern are rather limited in the adult stage. [less ▲]

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See detailL'idiologue à raison : A propos du P. Cattaoui, recto, col. V = M. Chr. 372, col. VI
Straus, Jean ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (2003), LXXVIII(155-156), 217-220

Examination of the minutes of a hearing before the idios logos (M. Chr. 372; 22 November A.D. 136) in which the ownership of slaves left by a deceased soldier without heirs poses problems. The solution ... [more ▼]

Examination of the minutes of a hearing before the idios logos (M. Chr. 372; 22 November A.D. 136) in which the ownership of slaves left by a deceased soldier without heirs poses problems. The solution chosen by the idios logos rests on a sound logic and a fair application of the law.. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgium's immigration Policy
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in International Migration Review (2003), 37(1), 225-232

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See detailBasalt weathering laws and the impact of basalt weathering on the global carbon cycle
Dessert, C.; Dupre, B.; Gaillardet, J. et al

in Chemical Geology (2003), 202(3-4), 257-273

This study attempts to characterise the chemical weathering of basalts and to quantify the flux of carbon transferred from the atmosphere to the ocean during this major process at the surface of the Earth ... [more ▼]

This study attempts to characterise the chemical weathering of basalts and to quantify the flux of carbon transferred from the atmosphere to the ocean during this major process at the surface of the Earth. To this aim, we have compiled different published chemical compositions of small rivers draining basalts. Basaltic river waters are characterised by relatively high Na-normalized molar ratios (Ca/Na: 0.2-3.9; HCO3/Na: 1-10; Mg/Na: 0.15-6) in comparison with those usually observed for river draining silicates. The data also show the climatic influence on basalt weathering and associated CO2 consumption. Runoff and temperature are the main parameters controlling the chemical weathering rate and derived CO2 consumption during basaltic weathering. From these relationships and digital maps, we are able to define the contribution of basalts to the global silicate flux. Taking account of this result, we estimate that the CO2 flux consumed by chemical weathering of basalts is about 4.08 x 10(12) mol/year. The fluxes from the islands of Indonesia and regions of central America represent around 40% of this flux. The global flux of CO2 consumed by chemical weathering of basalts represents between 30% and 35% of the flux derived from continental silicate determined by Gaillardet et al. [Chem. Geol. 159 (1999) 3]. Finally, it appears that volcanic activity not only acts as a major atmospheric CO2 source, but also creates strong CO2 sinks that cannot be neglected to better understand the geochemical and climatic evolution of the Earth. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison empirique des estimateurs des taux d'erreur en analyse discriminante
Glele Kakai, R.; Piraux, F.; Fonton, N. H. et al

in Revue de Statistique Appliquée (2003), LI(3), 61-74

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare twenty estimators or error rates in discriminant analysis in the case of two populations and linear classification rule. Several distributions (normal, chi ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare twenty estimators or error rates in discriminant analysis in the case of two populations and linear classification rule. Several distributions (normal, chi-square and beta) have been considered. Estimators eOS (for actual and expected error rate) and eB (for optimal error rate) are the best, except for distributions very different from normal distributions. The e632 estimator is the best non parametric estimator. This estimator is better than parmetric estimators for distributions very different from normal distributions. [less ▲]

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See detailLe gigantisme : Un mystère élucidé
Beckers, Albert ULg

in Louvain Medical (2003), 122(6), 241-248

L'acromégalie a été décrite par Pierre Marie en 1886. Peu de temps après, il est devenu clair que le gigantisme et l'acromégalie ont la même étiologie: une hypersécrétion d'hormone de croissance, la ... [more ▼]

L'acromégalie a été décrite par Pierre Marie en 1886. Peu de temps après, il est devenu clair que le gigantisme et l'acromégalie ont la même étiologie: une hypersécrétion d'hormone de croissance, la plupart du temps par un adénome hypophysaire, produit un géant si elle a lieu avant l'âge adulte et un acromégale si elle survient après la puberté. Au cours du XXe siècle, cette affection sera caractérisée et divers traitements efficaces mis au point. A la fin du siècle, les mécanismes génétiques responsables de la maladie seront élucidés. [less ▲]

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See detailMaedi-visna virus and caprine arthritis encephalitis virus genomes encode a Vpr-like but no Tat protein
Villet, S.; Bouzar, Amel ULg; Verdier, G. et al

in Journal of Virology (2003)

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See detailEinstein oscillators in thallium filled antimony skutterudites
Hermann, Raphaël ULg; Jin, R. J.; Schweika, W. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2003), 90(13),

Inelastic neutron scattering measurements on several Tl filled skutterudites (Tl0.5Co3.5Fe0.5Sb12, Tl0.8Co3FeSb12, and Tl0.8Co4Sb11Sn) all show a sharp peak in the vibrational density of states at 57 ... [more ▼]

Inelastic neutron scattering measurements on several Tl filled skutterudites (Tl0.5Co3.5Fe0.5Sb12, Tl0.8Co3FeSb12, and Tl0.8Co4Sb11Sn) all show a sharp peak in the vibrational density of states at 57 +/- 2 K, which is absent in the unfilled skutterudite CoSb3. Heat capacity measurements on Tl0.8Co4Sb11Sn as compared to CoSb3 are consistent with the presence of a localized vibrational mode associated with the "rattling" thallium atoms in this filled skutterudite compound. Both results are well described by a localized Einstein mode model with an Einstein temperature Theta(E) of 53 +/- 1 K. These data provide perhaps the clearest example of local mode behavior in a concentrated metallic system. [less ▲]

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See detailThe family systems approach to treating families of persons with brain injury: a potential collaboration between family therapist and brain injury professional
Laroi, Frank ULg

in Brain Injury (2003), 17

Although brain injury may have a great impact on the family as a whole, family reactions are not adequately addressed in rehabilitative programmes. When they are, treatment tends to be approached from a ... [more ▼]

Although brain injury may have a great impact on the family as a whole, family reactions are not adequately addressed in rehabilitative programmes. When they are, treatment tends to be approached from a family education and support perspective and not from a family therapy perspective. The aim of the following paper is to illustrate the important role that a family systems approach can play in treating families of individuals with brain injury. In particular, clinical examples taken from the literature will be presented that illustrate how family roles can be modified as a consequence of a brain injury, and the importance of re-establishing or re-distributing these roles. It will be argued that an intimate collaboration between family therapist and brain injury professional is essential, and that the ideal professional make-up of clinicians working with families of persons with brain injury are those well-versed in both brain injury rehabilitation and family therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe changing spectrum of TSH-secreting pituitary adenomas: diagnosis and management in 43 patients.
Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Chanson, Philippe; Delemer, B. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2003), 148(4), 433-442

OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to report the recent changes in diagnosis and management of TSH-secreting pituitary adenomas. METHODS: We retrieved 43 consecutive patients with TSH-secreting pituitary tumors (23 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to report the recent changes in diagnosis and management of TSH-secreting pituitary adenomas. METHODS: We retrieved 43 consecutive patients with TSH-secreting pituitary tumors (23 male and 20 female) among 4400 pituitary adenomas followed between 1976 and 2001 in six Belgian and French centers. RESULTS: TSH was elevated in 18/43 and alpha subunit in 13/32 patients. In patients with intact thyroid (n=30), mean free tri-iodothyronine was 13.1 pmol/l (range 3.5-23) and mean free thyroxine was 38.4 pmol/l (range 10.2-62.7). Hyperprolactinemia and acromegaly were associated in 9/43 and 8/43 cases. The number of associated hypersecretions was higher in macroadenomas than in microadenomas (Chi square = 11.2, P<0.01). Two women had sporadic multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1-associated syndrome. The proportion of microadenomas versus macroadenomas was 1/11 (period 1974-1986) and 8/32 (period 1987-2001). Bilateral petrosal sinus sampling, (111)In-pentreotide scintigraphy and ((11)C)-l-methionine positron emission tomography scan confirmed diagnosis in four questionable microadenomas. Macroadenomas with extrasellar extension (31 cases) had a tendency to be medially located. Medical treatment with somatostatin analogs was initiated as first-line treatment in 26 patients. TSH levels were reduced by more than 50% in 23/26 cases. A tumoral shrinkage of more than 20% was observed in 5/13 cases. Surgery was performed in 36 patients. After 1 year, 21 of them (58.3%) met the criteria of surgical favorable outcome. Pituitary radiotherapy (n=8) and somatostatin analogs allowed normalization in cases not cured by surgery. CONCLUSION: Ultrasensitive methods for TSH measurement led to an earlier recognition of TSH-secreting pituitary tumors. In this series, we observed that TSH-secreting pituitary tumors are today more frequently found at the stage of microadenomas, medially located, without associated hypersecretions and needing new exploration methods as compared with older series. This changing spectrum in the presentation of TSH-secreting pituitary tumors and the excellent response to somatostatin analogs has been accompanied by an improvement in the prognosis of the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailLa critique de la perception interne de Brentano à Heidegger
Seron, Denis ULg

in Etudes Phénoménologiques (2003), 37-38

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See detailGrowth hormone (GH) secretion in patients with childhood-onset GH deficiency: Retesting after one year of therapy and at final height
Thomas, Muriel; Massa, Guy; Maes, Maes et al

in Hormone Research (2003), 59(1), 7-15

Background. Recent studies have shown that many patients treated with growth hormone (GH) during childhood because of idiopathic GH deficiency (GHD) are no longer GH deficient when retested after ... [more ▼]

Background. Recent studies have shown that many patients treated with growth hormone (GH) during childhood because of idiopathic GH deficiency (GHD) are no longer GH deficient when retested after cessation of GH therapy when final height is achieved. These patients are labelled as transient GHD. We hypothesized that normalization of GH secretion in transient GHD could occur earlier during the course of GH treatment, which could allow earlier cessation of GH treatment. Methods: In a retrospective study, GH secretion was re-evaluated after cessation of GH treatment at final height in 43 patients diagnosed during childhood as idiopathic GHD 10 with multiple pituitary hormonal deficiencies (MPHD) and 33 with isolated GHD ([sGHD]). In a prospective study, GH secretion was re-assessed after interruption of GH treatment given for 1 year in 18 children with idiopathic GHD (2 MPHD, 16 IsGHD). GH secretion was evaluated by glucagon or insulin stimulation tests. Results: In the retrospective study, all the 10 patients with MPHD and 64% of the 33 patients with IsGHD were still deficient at re-evaluation using the paediatric criteria to define GHD (GH peak < 10 ng/ml at provocative test). The proportion of persisting deficiency was greater in patients with complete IsGHD (86%, 12/14 patients) than in patients with partial IsGHD (47%, 9/19 patients). With the criteria proposed in adulthood (GH peak <3 ng/ml), all the 10 patients with MPHD were still considered to be deficient. In contrast, only 15% (5/33 patients) with IsGHD had a maximal GH value < 3 ng/ml (36% of the 14 patients with complete IsGHD and none of the 19 patients with partial IsGHD). In the prospective study, after interruption of GH therapy given for 1 year, the 2 patients with MPHD were still GHD at re-evaluation and they resumed GH treatment. Among the 16 patients with IsGHD, 13 (81%) were still deficient (peak response < 10 ng/ml) after 1 year. Two of the 3 patients in whom GHD was not confirmed at retesting after 1 year GH showed again a deficient response at second retesting. Conclusions: Although many patients diagnosed with IsGHD during childhood have a normalized GH secretory capacity when retested during adulthood, early retesting after interruption of GH treatment given for 1 year during childhood does not enable to determine if GH therapy has to be discontinued before cessation of growth. Copyright (C) 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel. [less ▲]

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See detailLa conception d'une exposition : du schéma programmatique à sa mise en espace
Drouguet, Noémie ULg; Gob, André ULg

in Culture et Musées (2003), 2

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See detailLe délai de prescription de l'action civile résultant d'une infraction : fin d'une controverse
Monville, Pierre ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2003)

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See detailThe new concept-temporary stents, an experimental study.
Kavteladze, Z. A.; Dundua, D. P.; Dondelinger, R. F. et al

in International Journal of Interventional Cardioangiology (2003), 1

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See detailNudging epidermal field cancerogenesis by imiquimod.
Uhoda, Isabelle; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2003), 206(4), 357-60

BACKGROUND: The coexistence of malignancies close to each other on the skin has been occasionally reported. The concept of field cancerogenesis applies to such cases. Given the purported mechanism of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The coexistence of malignancies close to each other on the skin has been occasionally reported. The concept of field cancerogenesis applies to such cases. Given the purported mechanism of action of imiquimod, it should not be surprising that this treatment could inhibit epidermal field cancerogenesis. AIM: To assess the effect of imiquimod applied twice weekly on incipient bowenoid changes disclosed in the vicinity of basal cell carcinomas. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Biopsies were taken before treatment and after 4-6 weeks and 12 weeks of imiquimod treatment. RESULTS: Large atypical bowenoid keratinocytes and dyskeratotic cells were cleared in time while factor-XIIIa-positive dermal dendrocytes appeared boosted and admixed with a brisk lymphocytic infiltration. CONCLUSION: Epidermal field cancerogenesis appears to be controlled by imiquimod. Dermal dendrocytes might play a pivotal role in this regression phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailAutoimmunity associated with anti-tumor necrosis factor alpha treatment in Crohn's disease: A prospective cohort study
Vermeire, S.; Noman, M.; Van Assche, G. et al

in Gastroenterology (2003), 125(1), 32-39

Background & Aims: Infliximab therapy is an effective approach to treating Crohn's disease. Development of antinuclear antibodies has been described in patients treated, but the size of the problem and ... [more ▼]

Background & Aims: Infliximab therapy is an effective approach to treating Crohn's disease. Development of antinuclear antibodies has been described in patients treated, but the size of the problem and the relationship with autoimmunity have not been investigated. We investigated the occurrence of antinuclear antibodies in 125 consecutive Crohn's disease patients and studied the relationship with symptoms of autoimmunity. Methods: Autoantibodies and clinical data were investigated before and 1, 2, and 3 months after infliximab infusion. If antinuclear antibodies were greater than or equal to1:80, further study of double-stranded DNA, single-stranded DNA, histones, and ENA was performed. Results: Cumulative antinuclear antibody incidence at 24 months was 71 of 125 (56.8%). Almost half of these patients developed antinuclear antibodies after the first infusion, and >75% became antinuclear antibody positive after fewer than 3 infusions. So far, only :15 of 71 patients have become seronegative, after a median of 12 months. Of 43 antinuclear antibody-positive patients who were further subtyped, 14 of 43 (32.6%) had double-stranded DNA, 17 (39.5%) had single-stranded DNA, 9 (20.9%) had antihistone, and 0% were ENA positive. Two patients (both antihistone and double-stranded DNA positive) developed drug-induced lupus without major organ damage, and I developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Antinuclear antibodies were associated with the female sex (odds ratio, 3.166; 95% confidence interval, 1.167-8.585; P = 0.024) and with papulosquamous or butterfly rash (odds ratio, 10.016; 95% confidence interval, 1.708-58.725; P = 0.011). Conclusions: The cumulative incidence of antinuclear antibodies was 56.8% after 24 months in this cohort of infliximab-treated Crohn's disease patients. Antinuclear antibodies persisted up to I year after the last infusion, and only a few patients became seronegative. Two patients developed drug-induced lupus erythematosus. Antinuclear antibodies were associated with the female sex and skin manifestations. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Integrated Software for Scantling Optimization and Least Production Cost
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Ship Technology Research = Schiffstechnik (2003)

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See detailSpline wavelets in periodic Sobolev spaces and application to high order collocation methods
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Boigelot, Christine; Laubin, Pascal

in Revista de la Union Matematica Argentina (2003), 44(1), 53-74

In this paper, we present a particular family of spline wavelets constructed from the Chui-Wang Riesz basis of $L^2(\mathbb{R})$. The construction is explicit, allowing the study of specific functional ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present a particular family of spline wavelets constructed from the Chui-Wang Riesz basis of $L^2(\mathbb{R})$. The construction is explicit, allowing the study of specific functional properties and rather easy handling in numerical computations. This family constitutes a Riesz hierarchical basis in periodic Sobolev spaces. We also present a necessary and sufficient condition of strong ellipticity for pseudodifferential operators obtained with respect to these splines. It uses a new expression for the numerical symbol of the boundary integral operators. This expression allows us to use efficiently collocation methods with different meshes and splines. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la prescription acquisitive abrégée : autour et alentour du juste titre
Lecocq, Pascale ULg

in Revue Critique de Jurisprudence Belge [= RCJB] (2003)

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See detailDu nouveau en matière de crédit à la consommation
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2003)

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See detailLes onychomycoses--echec et mat?
Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(9), 559-62

According to individuals, onychomycoses or their treatments can be held in check. Some of the "promises" sometimes offered by pharmaceutical companies are not fully kept and hopes of cure may remain wild ... [more ▼]

According to individuals, onychomycoses or their treatments can be held in check. Some of the "promises" sometimes offered by pharmaceutical companies are not fully kept and hopes of cure may remain wild. Some special therapeutic strategies should be employed in case of recalcitrant or recurrent onychomycosis. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévention tertiaire de l'insuffisance rénale chronique chez l'adulte
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg

in Médi-Sphère (2003), 197

L'insutfisance rénale chronique est une maladie méconnue, insidieuse, qui présente souvent peu je symptômes au début. Cet article veut insister sur les règles de bonne pratique pour freiner ou mieux ... [more ▼]

L'insutfisance rénale chronique est une maladie méconnue, insidieuse, qui présente souvent peu je symptômes au début. Cet article veut insister sur les règles de bonne pratique pour freiner ou mieux prévenir les complications de l'urémie et préparer si nécessaire le malade au traitement de suppléance. [less ▲]

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See detailLa servitude légale d'enclave : un tour d'horizon
Boufflette, Sophie ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2003)

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See detailOn Iterating Linear Transformations over Recognizable Sets of Integers
Boigelot, Bernard ULg

in Theoretical Computer Science (2003), 309(1-3), 413-468

It has been known for a long time that the sets of integer vectors that are recognizable by finite-state automata are those that can be defined in an extension of Presburger arithmetic. In this paper, we ... [more ▼]

It has been known for a long time that the sets of integer vectors that are recognizable by finite-state automata are those that can be defined in an extension of Presburger arithmetic. In this paper, we address the problem of deciding whether the closure of a linear transformation preserves the recognizable nature of sets of integer vectors. We solve this problem by introducing an original extension of the concept of recognizability to sets of vectors with complex components. This generalization allows to obtain a simple necessary and sufficient condition over linear transformations, in terms of the eigenvalues of the transformation matrix. We then show that these eigenvalues do not need to be computed explicitly in order to evaluate the condition, and we give a full decision procedure based on simple integer arithmetic. The proof of this result is constructive, and can be turned into an algorithm for applying the closure of a linear transformation that satisfies the condition to a finite-state representation of a set. Finally, we show that the necessary and sufficient condition that we have obtained can straightforwardly be turned into a sufficient condition for linear transformations with linear guards. [less ▲]

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