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See detailLe rappresentazioni della relazione tra operatori e bambini autistici. Résultati di una ricerca.
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg; Onnis, Luigi

in Psicobiettivo (1998), 18(1), 103-121

Relationals representations constitute an important study area for understanding of interactive phenomena, especially, in the field of relationship between health care workers (medical doctors ... [more ▼]

Relationals representations constitute an important study area for understanding of interactive phenomena, especially, in the field of relationship between health care workers (medical doctors, psychotherapists, counsellors and so on) and patients because relational representations circularly influence mutual behaviours and expectations. This research suggests an observational model of the relational representations between a therapist and an autistic child. This model, based upon the use of metaphors and sculpting, put in evidence how the way the therapist represents the child and the relationship with him could have important implications on the therapeutic process as on its developments and issues. The subjectivity of the therapist and his personal aspects, consequently, become a crucial field of auto reflection: this requires adequate training courses and regular supervision experiences. [less ▲]

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See detailLe bilan biologique de base, un examen inutile
Roland, Michel; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Bruxelles (1998), 19(4), 255-262

A critical analysis of the theoretical concepts applying to mass screening (Frames' criteria) in relation with the "Evidence-Based Medicine" methodology leads to rule out the basic blood test from the ... [more ▼]

A critical analysis of the theoretical concepts applying to mass screening (Frames' criteria) in relation with the "Evidence-Based Medicine" methodology leads to rule out the basic blood test from the periodic health examination. A good questioning with a good clinical examination will select high risk populations for specific health problems for which some oriented tests can be performed with an acceptable positive predictive value. [less ▲]

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See detailLes associations radiochimiothérapiques dans les cancers du col utérin.
Maingon, Philippe; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Haie-Meder, Catherine et al

in Cancer Radiotherapie (1998), 2

Le traitement des cancers du col utérin repose sur la radiothérapie et la chirurgie. Le pronostic des formes évoluées a conduit à proposer différentes modalités d’association dont seuls les traitements ... [more ▼]

Le traitement des cancers du col utérin repose sur la radiothérapie et la chirurgie. Le pronostic des formes évoluées a conduit à proposer différentes modalités d’association dont seuls les traitements concomitants ont montré un intérêt. Les associations de radiothérapie et d’un radiosensibilisant n’ont pas apporté, de bénéfice, voire abouti à des résultats inférieurs à ceux de l’irradiation exclusive. L’Hydroxyurée et la Mitomycine C ont été largement testées, seules ou en association, sans qu’elles puissent être retenues comme efficaces. Des associations modernes et des essais récents, il peut être établi que seul le Cisplatine (et peut-être ses dérivés) peut être retenu dans !es propositions thérapeutiques futures. 1998 Elsevier, Paris [less ▲]

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See detailPreoperative evaluation of 54 gliomas by PET with fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose and/or carbon-11-methionine.
Kaschten, Bruno ULg; Stevenaert, Achille ULg; Sadzot, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1998), 39(5), 778-85

This study evaluates the usefulness of PET for the preoperative evaluation of brain gliomas and methods of quantification of PET results. METHODS: Fifty-four patients with brain gliomas were studied by ... [more ▼]

This study evaluates the usefulness of PET for the preoperative evaluation of brain gliomas and methods of quantification of PET results. METHODS: Fifty-four patients with brain gliomas were studied by PET with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) (n = 45) and/or 11C-methionine (MET) (n = 41) before any treatment. Results of visual analysis, calculation of glucose consumption and five tumor-to-normal brain ratios for both tracers were correlated with two histologic grading systems and with follow-up. RESULTS: Visual analysis (for FDG) and tumor-to-mean cortical uptake (T/MCU) ratio proved to be the best tools for the evaluation of PET results. Methionine was proven to be better than FDG at delineating low-grade gliomas. Tumor-to-mean cortical uptake ratios for FDG and MET were clearly correlated (r = 0.78), leading to the equation T/MCU(FDG) = 0.4 x T/MCU(MET). We showed a good correlation between FDG PET and histologic grading. MET uptake could not differentiate between low-grade and anaplastic astrocytomas but was significantly increased in glioblastomas. Low-grade oligodendrogliomas exhibited high uptake of FDG and MET, probably depending more on oligodendroglial cellular differentiation than on proliferative potential. Uptake was decreased in anaplastic oligodendrogliomas, probably due to dedifferentiation. Care must be taken with peculiar histologic subgroups, i.e., juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas, because of a discrepancy between high PET metabolism and low proliferative potential (good prognosis). Both tracers proved useful for the prediction of survival prognosis. Methionine proved slightly superior to FDG for predicting the histologic grade and prognosis of gliomas, despite the impossibility of differentiation between Grades II and III astrocytomas with MET. This superiority of MET could be explained by patient sampling (low number of Grade III gliomas submitted to examination with both tracers). The combination of both tracers improved the overall results compared to each tracer alone. CONCLUSION: Both tracers are useful for the prediction of the histologic grade and prognosis. The apparent superiority of MET over FDG could be due to the small number of Grade III gliomas studied with both tracers. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased parathyroïd hormone secretions as a risk factor for femoral osteoporosis in elderly women
Deroisy, Rita ULg; Collette, Julien ULg; Dewe, W. et al

in Osteoporosis International (1998), 8(S3), 40

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See detailIsolation and characterization of photoactive complexes of NADPH : protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase from wheat
Chahdi, M. A. O.; Schoefs, B.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Planta (1998), 206(4), 673-680

A photoactive substrate-enzyme complex of the NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR; EC 1.3.1.33) was purified from etiolated Triticum aestivum L. by gel chromatography after solubilization of ... [more ▼]

A photoactive substrate-enzyme complex of the NADPH:protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR; EC 1.3.1.33) was purified from etiolated Triticum aestivum L. by gel chromatography after solubilization of prolamellar bodies by dodecyl-maltoside. Irradiation by a 1-ms flash induced the phototransformation of protocholorophyllide a (Pchlide) with -196 degrees C absorbance and emission maxima at 640 and 643 nm, respectively. The apparent molecular weight of this complex was 112 +/- 24 kDa, which indicates aggregation of enzyme subunits. By lowering the detergent concentration in the elution buffer, a 1080 +/- 250-kDa particle was obtained which displayed the spectral properties of the predominant form of photoactive Pchlide in vivo (-196 degrees C absorbance and fluorescence maxima at 650 and 653 nm). In this complex, FOR was the dominant polypeptide. Gel chromatography in the same conditions of an irradiated sample of solubilized prolamellar bodies indicated rapid disaggregation of the complex after Pchlide phototransformation. High performance liquid chromatographic analysis of the FOR complexes obtained using two detergent concentrations indicates a possible association of zeaxanthin and violaxanthin with the photoactive complex. [less ▲]

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See detailThe origin of the alpha-domain intermediate in the folding of hen lysozyme
Matagne, André ULg; Chung, E. W.; Ball, L. J. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1998), 277(5), 997-1005

Stopped-flow fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy have been used in conjunction with quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling, monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, to ... [more ▼]

Stopped-flow fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy have been used in conjunction with quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling, monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, to compare the refolding kinetics of hen egg-white lysozyme at 20 degrees C and 50 degrees C. At 50 degrees C there is clear evidence for distinct fast and slow refolding populations, as observed at 20 degrees C, although folding occurs significantly more rapidly. The folding process is, however, substantially more cooperative at the higher temperature. In particular, the transient intermediate on the major refolding pathway at 20 degrees C, having persistent native-like structure in the alpha-helical domain of the protein, is not detected by hydrogen exchange labelling at 50 degrees C. Ln addition, the characteristic maximum in negative ellipticity and the minimum in fluorescence intensity observed in far UV CD and intrinsic fluorescence experiments at 20 degrees C, respectively, are not seen at 50 degrees C. Addition of 2 M NaCl to the refolding buffer at 50 degrees C, however, regenerates both the hydrogen exchange and optical properties associated with the alpha-domain intermediate but has no significant effect on the overall refolding kinetics. Together with previous findings, these results indicate that non-native interactions within the alpha-domain intermediate are directly responsible for the unusual optical properties observed during refolding, and that this intermediate accumulates as a consequence of its intrinsic stability in a folding process where the formation of stable structure in the beta-domain constitutes the rate-limiting step for the majority of molecules. (C) 1998 Academic Press Limited. [less ▲]

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See detailA Novel Bacteriocin With A Ygngv Motif From Vegetable-Associated Enterococcus Mundtii: Full Characterization And Interaction With Target Organisms
Bennik, Mhj.; Vanloo, B.; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes (1998), 1373(1), 47-58

A novel broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptide produced by vegetable-associated Enterococcus mundtii was purified and characterized, and designated mundticin. To our knowledge, this is the first report on ... [more ▼]

A novel broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptide produced by vegetable-associated Enterococcus mundtii was purified and characterized, and designated mundticin. To our knowledge, this is the first report on bacteriocin production by this organism. The elucidation of the full primary amino acid sequence of mundticin (KYYGNGVSCNKKGCSVDWGKAIGIIGNNSAANLATGGAAGWSK) revealed that this antimicrobial peptide belongs to the class IIa bacteriocins of lactic acid bacteria which share a highly conserved N-terminal 'YGNGV' motif. Data obtained by computer modelling indicated an oblique orientation of the alpha-helical regions of mundticin and homologous class IIa bacteriocins at a hydrophobic-hydrophilic interface, which may play a role in the destabilization of phospholipid bilayers. The average mass of mundticin, as determined by electron spray mass spectrometry, was found to be 4287.21+/-0.59 Da. With respect to its biological activity, mundticin was shown to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium botulinum and a variety of lactic acid bacteria. Moreover, it was demonstrated to have a bactericidal effect on L. monocytogenes as a result of the dissipation of the membrane potential, and a loss of intracellular ATP in absence of ATP leakage. Its good solubility in water, and its stability over a wide pH and temperature range indicate the potential of this broad spectrum bacteriocin as a natural preservation agent for foods. [less ▲]

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See detailIsotopic constraints on the Cenozoic evolution of the carbon cycle
François, Louis ULg; Godderis, Y.

in Chemical Geology (1998), 145(3-4), 177-212

In the last few years, several models have been built to explore the Cenozoic evolution of the carbon and strontium cycles. Of particular interest is the study of the impact on the carbon cycle of major ... [more ▼]

In the last few years, several models have been built to explore the Cenozoic evolution of the carbon and strontium cycles. Of particular interest is the study of the impact on the carbon cycle of major mountain uplifts such as the Himalayan orogeny. To explain the Cenozoic increase in the measured seawater strontium isotopic ratio, it was recently proposed that the Himalyan uplift could be responsible for an enhanced consumption of atmospheric CO2 by continental silicate weathering. Here, a new model of the carbon cycle evolution over Cenozoic times is presented. It calculates the various fluxes involved in the organic and inorganic components of the carbon cycle from the seawater delta C-13, the biological isotopic fractionation in the ocean and the seafloor spreading rate. The model equilibrates the budgets of the carbon and alkalinity cycles on the million year timescale, assuming as many previous investigators that the system remains close to equilibrium. The validity of this equilibrium approximation is examined critically. Various sensitivity experiments are performed in order to test the impact of the model parameters on the results. The calculated history of the carbonate deposition rate is consistent with the available reconstruction. The continental silicate weathering rate calculated by the model appears to be widely insensitive to the model parameters, showing three distinct evolutions over the Cenozoic. The model indeed suggests a time of relative constancy of the silicate weathering flux before 40 Ma, followed by a period of slow decrease until 15 Ma and finally a marked increase up to the present. In a progressively cooler world, this evolution may be interpreted as a change from a 'chemically' controlled to a 'physically' controlled weathering regime. The evolution of continental silicate weathering thus partly appears decoupled from the increase in the observed seawater strontium isotopic ratio. For this reason, the evolution of the calculated riverine Sr-87/ Sr-86 ratio shows a strong increase over the Cenozoic, from about 0.710 to 0.712. However, this increase may largely be reduced by considering the recycling of a pelagic carbonate reservoir increasing over the Cenozoic or by assuming that seafloor basalt weathering is a CO2- or climate-dependent process. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the nasal cavity: prognostic significance of paranasal extension and role of radiotherapy and chemotherapy
Li, Y-X; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Li, J-Y et al

in International Journal of Gynecological Cancer : Official Journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society (1998), 83(3), 449-456

BACKGROUND. This study was conducted to determine whether the paranasal extension of a primary non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) of the nasal cavity has any deleterious effect on patient outcome. METHODS. One ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. This study was conducted to determine whether the paranasal extension of a primary non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) of the nasal cavity has any deleterious effect on patient outcome. METHODS. One hundred and seventy-five patients with previously untreated nasal NHL were reviewed. There were 2 with low grade, 107 with intermediate grade, 17 with high grade, and 49 with unclassifiable lymphomas. In 48 cases the immunophenotype was available and 46 were T-cell lymphoma. According to the Ann Arbor system, there were 133 patients with Stage IE, 28 with Stage IIE, 4 with Stage IIIE, and 10 with Stage IVE lymphomas. Stage IE was subdivided into limited Stage IE (i.e., confined to the nasal cavity [67 patients]) or extensive Stage IE (i.e., presenting with extension beyond the nasal cavity [66 patients]). For patients with limited Stage IE disease the treatment of choice was radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy. In patients with extensive Stage IE disease, treatment was comprised of a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy or radiotherapy alone. For patients with a more advanced stage of disease (IIE–IVE), chemotherapy was an integral part of the treatment and was completed by irradiation, especially for patients with Stage IIE disease. RESULTS. The actuarial overall survival (OS) and disease free survival (DFS) rates at 5 years for the whole group were 65% and 57%, respectively. The 5-year OS and DFS rates were influenced by stage, with a gradual decrease from 75% and 68% for Stage IE disease to 35% and 28% for Stage IIE disease, and 31% and 19% for Stage IIIE/IVE disease. Patients with limited Stage IE disease survived significantly longer (90% 5-year OS) compared with those with extensive Stage IE disease (57% 5-year OS; P , 0.001). For 67 patients with limited Stage IE disease, the 5-year OS was 89% with radiotherapy alone and 92% with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, whereas for 66 patients with extensive Stage IE disease, the 5-year OS was 54% with radiotherapy and 58% with combined modality therapy or chemotherapy (P . 0.05). CONCLUSIONS. The prognosis of patients with primary NHL of the nasal cavity is stage dependent. In this large cohort of Stage IE patients, it was demonstrated that the paranasal local extension was a significant prognostic factor associated with poorer treatment outcome. The authors believe that Ann Arbor Stage IE should be subclassified further into limited and extensive Stage IE. The addition of chemotherapy did not appear to modify significantly the survival of patients with either limited or extensive Stage IE disease. The extranodal progression observed in patients with extensive Stage IE and Stage IIE-IVE disease clearly illustrates the need for improvement of systemic treatment. Cancer 1998;83:449–56. [less ▲]

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See detailL'enseignement en sciences commerciales: les valeurs liées à la relation pédagogique
Robert, Jocelyne ULg

in Education-Formation (1998), 254(Printemps), 15-24

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See detailFocalized external radiotherapy for resected solitary brain metastasis: the dogma stands
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Zouhair, A; Ozsahin, M et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1998), 47

Abstract Purpose: To investigate whether whole brain irradiation might be replaced by focalized irradiation after resection of a single brain metastasis in patients where extracranial tumor control is ... [more ▼]

Abstract Purpose: To investigate whether whole brain irradiation might be replaced by focalized irradiation after resection of a single brain metastasis in patients where extracranial tumor control is deemed to be obtained. Patients and methods: Twelve patients were introduced in a phase I/II prospective study of conformal postoperative external irradiation after resection of a solitary brain metastasis. The radiation treatment consisted of 50.4 Gy (1.8 Gy per fraction, five fractions per week). The planning target volume consisted of the tumor bed and a 2 cm safety margin. All treatments were optimized with head immobilization, dedicated tomodensitometry and computer assisted three-dimensional treatment planning. Results: The median survival was 7.2 months (range 2.4–50.4 months). Eleven of the 12 patients died. Eight of the 12 patients presented intracranial recurrence and seven died as a consequence of intracranial tumor progression. Conclusions: Focalized external irradiation cannot serve as a reasonable alternative to whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) even for patients with apparently one single resected brain metastasis. The dogma of ‘one metastasis=multiple metastases' seems to be confirmed. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructural distribution of DNA within plant meristematic cell nucleoli during activation and the subsequent inactivation by a cold stress.
Mineur, Pierre ULg; Jennane, A.; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (1998), 123(3), 199-210

We have investigated the precise location of DNA within the meristematic cell nucleolus of Zea mays root cells and Pisum sativum cotyledonary buds, in the course of their activation and induced ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the precise location of DNA within the meristematic cell nucleolus of Zea mays root cells and Pisum sativum cotyledonary buds, in the course of their activation and induced inactivation following a subsequent treatment at low temperature. For this purpose, we combined the acetylation method, providing an excellent distinction between the various nucleolar components, with the in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-immunogold technique, a highly sensitive method for detecting DNA at the ultrastructural level. In addition to the presence of DNA in the condensed chromatin associated with the nucleolus, we demonstrated that a significant label was detected in the nucleolus of quiescent cells in both plant models. Evident labels were also found in the dense fibrillar component of actived nucleoli. Whereas in inactivated nucleoli no significant label was observed within the dense fibrillar component, an intense label was seen over the large heterogeneous fibrillar centres only during inactivation. The granular component was never significantly labelled. These results appear to indicate that the DNA present in the dense fibrillar component of activated nucleoli withdraws from this structure during its inactivation and becomes incorporated in the large fibrillar centres. These observations suggest that in plant cells inactivation of rRNA genes is clearly accompanied by changes in the conformation of ribosomal chromatin. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of false ultrasonographic pregnancy diagnoses in cows by measuring plasma levels of bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein 1 (bPAG1).
Szenci, Otto; Taverne, M. A. M.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1998), 142(2), 304-306

Between days 27 and 59 after artificial insemination (AI),189 ultrasonographic pregnancy diagnoses were made in 56 dairy cows using a 7·5 MHz linear-array rectal transducer. Blood samples were withdrawn ... [more ▼]

Between days 27 and 59 after artificial insemination (AI),189 ultrasonographic pregnancy diagnoses were made in 56 dairy cows using a 7·5 MHz linear-array rectal transducer. Blood samples were withdrawn from a jugular vein on the day of AI, on day 21, and after each ultrasonographic examination between days 27 and 31, days 34 and 38, days 41 and 45 and days 55 and 59 after AI. Plasma concentrations of bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein 1 (bPAG-1) were measured by radioimmunoassay. The results showed that before day 31, ultrasonographic scanning was not very sensitive because six of the 30 calving cows were incorrectly diagnosed as non-pregnant. In five of these animals, the uterus was located far cranial to the pelvic inlet. Five of the cows examined between days 27 and 31 were pregnant on the basis of plasma bPAG-1 levels on the same day, using 0·5 ng/ml as the cut-off point. Plasma levels of bPAG-1 and progesterone proved that four of the cows which had early positive ultrasonographic diagnoses but did not produce a calf, were pregnant when they were examined. [less ▲]

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See detailOsteochondrosis lesion of the lombo-sacral joint in a mastiff
Snaps, Frédéric ULg; Heimann, M.; Saunders, J. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1998), 143(17), 476-477

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See detailA formal definition of time in LOTOS
Léonard, Luc; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Formal Aspects of Computing (1998), 10(3), 248-266

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, denoted ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS that allows the modelling of real-time behaviours. It covers all the aspects of full LOTOS, including data types, it supports both a dense ... [more ▼]

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, denoted ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS that allows the modelling of real-time behaviours. It covers all the aspects of full LOTOS, including data types, it supports both a dense and a discrete time domain and can manipulate time values as any other data values. A tutorial on ET-LOTOS, showing many application examples, has already been published elsewhere. The present paper adds to it by providing an in-depth presentation of its theoretical aspects. The complete semantics is given and explained, and its proper-ties are studied. In particular, we prove that the semantics is consistent and that strong bisimulation is a congruence. This requires to deal carefully with the presence of negative premises in the operational semantics, which are necessary to express urgency. ET-LOTOS is also shown to be a conservative extension of LOTOS for guarded processes, and is the basis of the timed extension of LOTOS currently developed by ISO. To our knowledge, this is the first in-depth study of a language that combines data types and real-time behaviours. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysiopathologie et pathogenèse des douleurs zostériennes
Rentier, Bernard ULg

in Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses (1998), 28(Sp. Iss), 848-850

The origin of post-zosterian pain appears to be multiple. It implies: neuronal lesions in the central and peripheral nervous system. Young patients are less often affected than older individuals, perhaps ... [more ▼]

The origin of post-zosterian pain appears to be multiple. It implies: neuronal lesions in the central and peripheral nervous system. Young patients are less often affected than older individuals, perhaps because of damages that are caused or not to central afferences. Pain could be due to a central hyperexcitability induced and maintained by nociceptors. Antagonists of the NMDA receptor could thus prove efficient against installation of the chronic pain by interfering with neuronal discharges of the peripheral nociceptors and the induction of a hyperexcitability. [less ▲]

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See detailParcours lapidaire à travers le Musée en Plein Air du Sart-Tilman
Duchesne, Jean-Patrick ULg

in Bulletin de la commission royale des Monuments, Sites et Fouilles (1998), 16.1

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See detailAspects genetiques du male 46, XX.
Marquet, F.; Beckers, Albert ULg; Verloes, Alain ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(12), 738-740

The XX males represent a proportion of 1/25 of all patients suffering of the Klinefelter syndrome. From a clinical and endocrinological point of view, they exhibit a hypogonadotropic hypogonadism ... [more ▼]

The XX males represent a proportion of 1/25 of all patients suffering of the Klinefelter syndrome. From a clinical and endocrinological point of view, they exhibit a hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. Isolated cases are rare and familial forms are exceptional. The XX males may be divided in 3 subgroups: 46, XX males with the SRY gene; 46, XX males without the SRY gene and XX/XY mosaics. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of dominance variance in purebred Yorkshire swine
Culbertson, M. S.; Mabry, J. W.; Misztal, I. et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1998), 76(2), 448-451

We used 179,485 Yorkshire reproductive and 239,354 Yorkshire growth records to estimate additive and dominance variances by Method Fraktur R. Estimates were obtained for number born alive (NBA), 21-d ... [more ▼]

We used 179,485 Yorkshire reproductive and 239,354 Yorkshire growth records to estimate additive and dominance variances by Method Fraktur R. Estimates were obtained for number born alive (NBA), 21-d litter weight (LWT), days to 104.5 kg (DAYS), and backfat at 104.5 kg (BF). The single-trait models for NBA and LWT included the fixed effects of contemporary group and regression on inbreeding percentage and the random effects mate within contemporary group, animal permanent environment, animal additive, and parental dominance. The single-trait models for DAYS and BF included the fixed effects of contemporary group, sex, and regression on inbreeding percentage and the random effects litter of birth, dam permanent environment, animal additive, and parental dominance. Final estimates were obtained from six samples for each trait. Regression coefficients for 10% inbreeding were found to be -.23 for NBA, -.52 kg for LWT, 2.1 d for DAYS, and 0 mm for BF. Estimates of additive and dominance variances expressed as a percentage of phenotypic variances were, respectively, 8.8 +/- .5 and 2.2 +/- .7 for NBA, 8.1 +/- 1.1 and 6.3 +/- .9 for LWT, 33.2 +/- .4 and 10.3 +/- 1.5 for DAYS, and 43.6 +/- .9 and 4.8 +/- .7 for BF. The ratio of dominance to additive variances ranged from .78 to .11. [less ▲]

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See detailInductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) analysis of silicate rocks and minerals
Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg; Bologne, Guy; Roelandts, Iwan et al

in Geologica Belgica (1998), 1

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See detailLa vaccination contre les hépatites A et B
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Médecine & Chirurgie Digestives (1998)

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See detailRésistance bactérienne aux beta-lactamines
Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (1998), 14(5), 544-555

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See detail3 ',4 ',5 ',6 ' tetradehydrolongicaudatine Y, an anhydronium base from Strychnos usambarensis
Frederich, Michel ULg; Quetin-Leclercq, J.; Biala, R. G. et al

in Phytochemistry (1998), 48(7), 1263-1266

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See detailUrbanisation et consommation d’espace en Belgique. Tendances régionales récentes
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg; Jehin, Jean-Baptiste

in Acta Geographica Lovaniensia (1998), (37), 171-184

The object of this article is to measure the recent evolution of the urban space in Belgium, to show the regional diversity of the process and to seek its main mechanisms. It is based on the cadastral on ... [more ▼]

The object of this article is to measure the recent evolution of the urban space in Belgium, to show the regional diversity of the process and to seek its main mechanisms. It is based on the cadastral on a communal scale. As one could reasonably expect, the Belgian urban space has progressed since 1980, yet at a slower rhythm than during the years 1959-1970. Housing is its main component with over a half of the entire land-use. What growth rate concerns, services (and especially offices) are in the second place while industry ranks to the third position. Regional contrasts generally sharpened. Considering that urbanisation reflects the regional or local dynamism very distinctly, higher values spread out not only in places of suburbanisation and rurbanisation, but also in the developing regions. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh field behavior of artificially engineered boundaries in melt-processed YBa2Cu3O7-delta
Doyle, R. A.; Bradley, A. D.; Lo, W. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (1998), 73(1), 117-119

Artificial bulk "zero-angle" boundaries parallel to the c axis have been engineered between large melt-processed YBa2CU3O7-delta (YBCO) grains and observed to carry a transport supercurrent at fields up ... [more ▼]

Artificial bulk "zero-angle" boundaries parallel to the c axis have been engineered between large melt-processed YBa2CU3O7-delta (YBCO) grains and observed to carry a transport supercurrent at fields up to at least 5 T at 77 K. The temperature and angular dependencies of the boundary resistance have exactly the same form as those of the grains, which is evidence that the grains are intimately coupled. The limiting mechanism for current transfer across these boundaries is, therefore, not a simple weak link or Josephson effect. This joining technique is extremely promising for production of macroscopic engineering artifacts. (C) 1998 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... les pathologies thyroidiennes par cytoponction echoguidee.
Meunier, Paul ULg; Lebrun, Yves ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(12), 784-787

From a retrospective study of 259 files, the authors stress the value of US-guided thyroid cytoponction and its essential role in case of thyroid cancer suspicion. This very specific and inexpensive ... [more ▼]

From a retrospective study of 259 files, the authors stress the value of US-guided thyroid cytoponction and its essential role in case of thyroid cancer suspicion. This very specific and inexpensive method fits perfectly into the other exploration techniques. It is the deciding factor in the thyroid nodule differential diagnostic and therapeutic planning. [less ▲]

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See detailLes modes de transmission du virus de l'hépatite C
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Gerard, Christiane ULg; Sondag, D. et al

in NOSO-info (1998), 2(1), 7-10

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See detailEvaluation Of The Genetic Variability Of 23 Bovine Microsatellite Markers In Four Belgian Cattle Breeds
Peelman, Lj.; Mortiaux, F.; Van Zeveren, A. et al

in Animal Genetics (1998), 29(3),

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See detailCharacterizations by automorphism groups of some rank 3 buildings - I. Some properties of half strongly-transitive triangle buildings
Van Maldeghem, H.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg

in Geometriae Dedicata (1998), 73(2), 119-142

In a sequence of papers, we will show that the existence of a (half) strongly-transitive automorphism group acting on a locally finite triangle building Delta forces Delta to be one of the examples ... [more ▼]

In a sequence of papers, we will show that the existence of a (half) strongly-transitive automorphism group acting on a locally finite triangle building Delta forces Delta to be one of the examples arising from PSL3(K) for a locally finite local skewfield K. Furthermore, we introduce some Moufang-like conditions in affine buildings of rank 3, and characterize those examples arising from algebraic,classical or mixed type groups over a local field. In particular, we characterize the p-adic-like affine rank 3 buildings by a certain p-adic Moufang condition, and show that such a condition has zero probability to survive in hyperbolic rank 3 buildings. This shows that a construction of hyperbolic buildings as analogues of p-adic affine buildings is very unlikely to exist. Mathematics Subject Classifications (1991): 51E24, 51C05. [less ▲]

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See detailGrazing incidence X-ray reflectometry studies of CdTe(1 1 1) surfaces and a-Si thin films
Ijdiyaou, I.; Hafidi, K.; Azizan, M. et al

in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells (1998), 52

Chemically treated cadmium telluride (CdTe) surfaces and amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin films were characterized by X-ray reflectometry at grazing incidence. In the case of the surface of CdTe single ... [more ▼]

Chemically treated cadmium telluride (CdTe) surfaces and amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin films were characterized by X-ray reflectometry at grazing incidence. In the case of the surface of CdTe single crystal treated with an oxidizing agent (a solution of Br2 in CH3OH), the superficial layer was found to be less dense than its support with a profound alteration of CdTe in the volume. After rinsing in KOH solution, the properties of single-crystalline CdTe are obtained. In the case of a-Si thin layers, we show that the simulation of the reflectometry curves enables not only the determination of the layer thickness but also the detection of an ultrathin superficial oxide layer. [less ▲]

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See detailUne préparation multimédias à affronter les conflits professeur-élèves en classe
Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg; Rommes, O.; Georges, François ULg et al

in Education-Formation (1998), 36130

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See detailNotre école offre-t-elle à tous les mêmes occasions d'apprendre?
Crahay, Marcel ULg

in Scientia Paedagogica Experimentalis (1998), 35(2), 381-418

Cet article présente les données de six études portant sur la gestion du temps scolaire en Communauté française de Belgique. Trois d'entre elles ont été menées dans des classes maternelles, deux dans des ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente les données de six études portant sur la gestion du temps scolaire en Communauté française de Belgique. Trois d'entre elles ont été menées dans des classes maternelles, deux dans des classes primaires et une au niveau secondaire. Les données ont été recueillies par observation directe dans cinq études et par l'intermediaire de rapports d'enseignant dans la sixième. L'analyse des résultats montre l'importante variabilité inter-classes du temps alloué aux différentes activités éducatives. Ce constat est valable pour tous les niveaux d'enseignement enquêtes. D'autres conclusions sont spécifiques au niveau d'enseignement. Au niveau préscolaire, il existe peu d'activités communes à toutes les classes (Ceci signifie que la nature du programme applique varie d'une classe a l'autre.) Au niveau primaire bien que le temps alloué aux différentes disciplines scolaires varie énormement d'une classe a l'autre, certaines tendances se dégagent : tous les enseignants consacrent aux mathématiques un temps superieur à ce qui est recommandé par le programme; l'enseignement de la grammaire débute en deuxieme année du primaire, alors que le programme fait démarrer cet apprentissage plus tard ; l'enseignement des sciences est negligé partout. Au niveau secondaire, on observe que les enseignants utilisent le temps de façon moins efficace dans les sections professionnelles que dans les sections générales. L'auteur avance que des systèmes de pilotage du rendement scolaire et des formules utilisant l'évaluation externe a des fins de régulation pourraient constituer une garantie d'égalité. [less ▲]

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See detailQuestions de droit pénal du travail
Kefer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Droit Social = Tijdschrift voor Sociaal Recht (1998)

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See detailBiosynthesis of 5-aminolevulinic acid via the Shemin pathway in a green sugar beet callus
Bisbis, Badia; Billard, Jean-Pierre; Huault, Claude et al

in Biologia Plantarum (1998), 40(4), 493-497

5-Aminolevulinic acid synthase (ALAS) has been detected in a normal (auxin- and cytokinin-dependent) green sugar beet callus under light and under darkness. ALAS activity was lower when the callus was ... [more ▼]

5-Aminolevulinic acid synthase (ALAS) has been detected in a normal (auxin- and cytokinin-dependent) green sugar beet callus under light and under darkness. ALAS activity was lower when the callus was grown under light. The supply of precursors of the Shemin pathway (glycine and succinate) to dark-grown callus enhanced considerably the capacity of the 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) formation. Glutamate, gamma-aminobutyrate or a-ketoglutarate also increased ALA accumulation. Such an accumulation was also obtained after inhibition of polyamine synthesis. The results show that glutamate or its derivatives might feed the Shemin pathway in conditions preventing glutamate to be used through the Beale pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative palynology of latest Famennian events in the Sauerland.
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Newsletter. Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (1998), 15

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See detailContinuous and non-invasive study of brain oxygenation in the calf by near infrared spectroscopy
Pringle, John; Uystepruyst, C.; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (1998), 65

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) was used to detect changes in brain oxygenation in five tranquilised calves that were placed on a hypoxic gas mixture (10 per cent O2/90 per cent N2) and hyperoxic gas ... [more ▼]

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) was used to detect changes in brain oxygenation in five tranquilised calves that were placed on a hypoxic gas mixture (10 per cent O2/90 per cent N2) and hyperoxic gas mixture (30 per cent O2/70 per cent N2) for five minutes at each concentration. A NIRO 500 (Hamamatsu, Japan) was used for the NIRS, with the incident light source and separate detector (optodes) placed on shaved skin on the most dorsal surface of the frontal bone. Sequential arterial blood gas sample analyses provided confirmation of the appropriate change in systemic oxygenation status. By the end of the five-minute-period of breathing 10 per cent oxygen, NIRS of the calf head detected highly significant changes in haemoglobin oxygenation reflective of hypoxaemia, with oxyhaemoglobin decreasing by 23.5 units (P<0.01) and deoxyhaemoglobin increasing by 45.6 units, (P<0.01) from the baseline of breathing room air. Total haemoglobin (oxyhaemoglobin + deoxyhaemoglobin) showed a significant increase of 22.1 units (P<0.05) but there was no significant change in NIRS determined cytochrome aa3 oxygenation. Concomitant blood gas alterations included significant decreases in PaO2 (-27.8 mmHg, P<0.01), haemoglobin saturation (-29.0 per cent, P<0.05), and PaCO2 (-7.8 mmHg, P<0.05) and significantly increased blood pH (0.059, P<0.05). At the end of the five minutes of breathing 30 per cent oxygen NIRS of the calf head detected significantly increased oxyhaemoglobin (13.1 units, P<0.01) and decreased deoxyhaemoglobin (-13.7 units, P<0.05) when compared with baseline breathing of room aim. Total haemoglobin and cytochrome aa3 were unchanged from baseline. The accompanying arterial blood gas changes included significant increases in PaO2 (30.9 mmHg, P<0.05), arterial O2 saturation (11.7 per cent, P<0.05), and significantly decreased pH (-0.026, P<0.05). This study showed that NIRS can be used to continuously and non-invasively detect cerebral oxygenation changes in the live calf in response to both increased and decreased systemic arterial oxygen. Additionally, despite induction of profound hypoxaemia, cytochrome aa3 in the brain did not appear to become reduced. [less ▲]

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See detailA lichenological excursion in May 1997 near Han-sur-Lesse and Saint-Hubert, with notes on rare or critical taxa of the flora of Belgium and Luxembourg
van den Boom, Pieter; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Diederich, Paul et al

in Lejeunia, Revue de Botanique (1998), 158

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See detailPreserved artificial grammar learning in Parkinson's disease
Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Peigneux, Philippe ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Brain & Cognition (1998), 37(1), 109-112

Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and matched control subjects were compared in an artificial grammar learning task. The test strings were constructed in such a way that grammaticality judgments could not ... [more ▼]

Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and matched control subjects were compared in an artificial grammar learning task. The test strings were constructed in such a way that grammaticality judgments could not be based on some superficial features of the learning strings: the grammatical and nongrammatical test strings did not differ according to different measures of chunk strength (based on the frequency with which their bigrams and trigrams appear in the learning strings). Results show that PD patients and controls performed at the same level during the first presentation of the test strings series, which suggests that the striatum is not (crucially) implicated in the ability to abstract rules implicitly from exemplars generated by a finite-state grammar. However, and contrary to control subjects, the classification performance of PD patients was at chance during the second presentation of the test strings. We argue that this latter result could be the consequence of the attentional deficit of PD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailVirulence Plasmids of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli Isolates from Piglets
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Jacquemin, Etienne et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1998), 62(4), 291-301

Virulence plasmids of 68 ETEC isolates from piglets belonging to different pathotypes and six ETEC isolates from calves with pathotypes typical of porcine ETEC were identified with seven virulence probes ... [more ▼]

Virulence plasmids of 68 ETEC isolates from piglets belonging to different pathotypes and six ETEC isolates from calves with pathotypes typical of porcine ETEC were identified with seven virulence probes for the heat-stable (STa and STb) and heat-labile (LT) enterotoxins, for the F4, F5, F6, and F41 fimbrial adhesion subunit, and also with five Rep probes for the RepFIA and RepFIB basic replicons, and the RepFIC family of basic replicons. With the exception of the F41 probe, the other virulence probes hybridized with at least one plasmid band of a size range from 65 to more than 100 Mda. Common associations of virulence factor-encoding genes on plasmid bands were: STb/LT, STa/F5, STa/F6, STa/STb. Other associations, STa/F4, STa/F4/F6, and STa/STb/LT/F6, were rarer. On the other hand the F4 adhesin-encoding genes were isolated on one plasmid band in all but three F4+ isolates. All but one of the 92 virulence plasmids which were studied have Rep probe hybridization profiles and replicon types typical of the uni- or multireplicon plasmids belonging to the various incompatibility groups of the F incompatibility complex. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmungsmechanik beim Tier. 3. Mitteilung : Methodische und physiologische Aspekte bei der Anwendung des Impuls-Oszilloresistometrie-Systems (IOS)
Reinhold, Petra; Steinbach, Günther; Langenberg, Annelie et al

in Berliner und Munchener Tierarztliche Wochenschrift (1998), 111

The impulse oscillometry system (IOS) which was originally developed for human medicine was found to be suitable for analysing respiratory mechanics in spontaneously breathing animals. This technique is ... [more ▼]

The impulse oscillometry system (IOS) which was originally developed for human medicine was found to be suitable for analysing respiratory mechanics in spontaneously breathing animals. This technique is non-invasive. METHODOLOGICAL ASPECTS: In order to use the IOS-technique in animals, a tightly fitting face mask is necessary. Furthermore, a flexible tube needs to be inserted into the measuring system. While the tube does not influence the measured results significantly, the face mask may affect the measurements. Therefore, its influence on the measured respiratory impedance must be taken into account. To prevent methodological errors, the head and body position of the animal should be standardised during the IOS-measurement. Since the methodological variability of the system is very small, the measuring results are highly reproducible. PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS: In growing subjects, all parameters of respiratory mechanics depend on body weight. Since respiratory physiology is influenced by circadian rhythms, measurements of different days are only comparable when they have been done each day at the same hour. Comparing the respiratory impedance of different animals of similar age and body weight, a considerable inter-individual variability was observed. Due to the low level of physiological intra-individual variability, the method seems to be especially useful for studying influences on the respiratory system (i.e. pharmaceutics, therapeutics) in long-term studies using the same group of subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailAminoglycoside 6 '-N-Acetyltransferase Variants Of The Ib Type With Altered Substrate Profile In Clinical Isolates Of Enterobacter Cloacae And Citrobacter Freundii
Casin, I.; Bordon, F.; Bertin, P. et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (1998), 42(2), 209-15

Three clinical isolates, Enterobacter cloacae EC1562 and EC1563 and Citrobacter freundii CFr564, displayed an aminoglycoside resistance profile evocative of low-level 6'-N acetyltransferase type II [AAC(6 ... [more ▼]

Three clinical isolates, Enterobacter cloacae EC1562 and EC1563 and Citrobacter freundii CFr564, displayed an aminoglycoside resistance profile evocative of low-level 6'-N acetyltransferase type II [AAC(6')-II] production, which conferred reduced susceptibility to gentamicin but not to amikacin or isepamicin. Aminoglycoside acetyltransferase assays suggested the synthesis in the three strains of an AAC(6') which acetylated amikacin practically as well as it acetylated gentamicin in vitro. Both compounds, however, as well as isepamicin, retained good bactericidal activity against the three strains. The aac genes were borne by conjugative plasmids (pLMM562 and pLMM564 of ca. 100 kb and pLMM563 of ca. 20 kb). By PCR mapping and nucleotide sequence analysis, an aac(6')-Ib gene was found in each strain upstream of an ant(3")-I gene in a sulI-type integron. The size of the AAC(6')-Ib variant encoded by pLMM562 and pLMM564, AAC(6')-Ib7, was deduced to be 184 (or 177) amino acids long, whereas in pLMM563 a 21-bp duplication allowing the recruitment of a start codon resulted in the translation of a variant, AAC(6')-Ib8, of 196 amino acids, in agreement with size estimates obtained by Western blot analysis. Both variants had at position 119 a serine instead of the leucine typical for the AAC(6')-Ib variants conferring resistance to amikacin. By using methods that predict the secondary structure, these two amino acids appear to condition an alpha-helical structure within a putative aminoglycoside binding domain of AAC(6')-Ib variants. [less ▲]

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See detail"Dans la langue de nos pères"
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Byzantion : Revue Internationale des Etudes Byzantines (1998), 68

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See detailPharma clinics. Comment je traite ... un patient diabetique avec obesite severe.
Scheen, André ULg; Triches, K.; Luyckx, Françoise ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(7), 386-9

Obesity plays a crucial role in type 2 diabetes pathophysiology and a major weight loss markedly improves glycaemic control. The common failure of classical treatments leads to the use of more aggressive ... [more ▼]

Obesity plays a crucial role in type 2 diabetes pathophysiology and a major weight loss markedly improves glycaemic control. The common failure of classical treatments leads to the use of more aggressive weight-reduction approaches, such as very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs), anti-obesity drugs or even bariatric surgery. VLCDs are very successful in the short-term but rather disappointing in the long-term. Anti-obesity compounds only induce a modest mean weight reduction, even if some patients appear to be better responders. Interestingly, serotoninergic agents increase insulin sensitivity and glycaemic control, independently of weight loss. Bariatric surgery provides the most impressive results. In well-selected subjects, gastroplasty (either vertical ring gastroplasty or adjustable silicone gastric banding) generally induces a considerable weight loss which results in a remarkable and sustained glycaemic control improvement and allows the reduction, or even the suppression, of any antidiabetic treatment. This ultimate solution should not be neglected after failure of medical approaches, provided that the indication is correct, the surgical procedure is performed in a specialized centre and the followup is well organized by a multidisciplinary team. [less ▲]

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See detailPhénomènes pseudo-kartiques et karstiques dans la couverture latéritique et le substratum plutono-métamorphique du Sud du Cameroun
Vicat, Jean-Paul; Willems, Luc ULg; Pouclet, André

in Géosciences au Cameroun - collection Geocam (1998), 1

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See detailEvolution de la végétation du secteur sud de la tourbière haute active de la fagne Wallonne, au cours de ces 60 dernières années (Plateau des Hautes-Fagnes, Belgique)
Frankard, Philippe; Hindryckx, Marie-Noëlle ULg

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1998), 131(1), 28-40

Evolution of the vegetation in the southern part of the fagne Wallonne raised bog, during the last 60 years (Hautes- Fagnes, Belgium). – Less than 500 years ago, raised bogs covered over 1000 ha on the ... [more ▼]

Evolution of the vegetation in the southern part of the fagne Wallonne raised bog, during the last 60 years (Hautes- Fagnes, Belgium). – Less than 500 years ago, raised bogs covered over 1000 ha on the Hautes-Fagnes plateau. Today, only + 125 ha of ombrotrophic little disturbed raised bogs remain. Recent studies have proved that these remnants show evidences of typical peat-forming communities regression. The aim of this study is to follow the vegetation dynamic of the southern part of the fagne Wallonne raised bog, by comparison of old and recent vegetation transects made in 1938, 1957 and 1995 and to detect in it some possible signs of evolution or regression. The vegetation has been mapped at 1 :10 scale and qualitatively surveyed on 4 m2 plots each 20 m along the transect. The cover degree of each species has been estimated. The results show a large reduction of the cover degree of Sphagnum species, an almost disappearance of the "Schlenken" and an increase of heathland species. These results are compared with the observations for the northern and the central zones (HINDRYCKX 1989). The damage to the typical raised bog vegetation is very clear and important in the northern part of the bog: disappearance of typical species overgrown by Molinia caerulea. In the central and the southern parts, the increasing cover degree of ericaceous plants indicates clearly that the peat forming activity is strongly slowed down. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation : passage d'un problème réel à un problème mathématique
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Bulletin de l'APMEP (1998), 418

Cet article présente un modèle relatif à la transformation d'un problème réel en un problème mathématique, puis du passage d'une solution mathématique à une solution réelle. Cette modélisation est ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente un modèle relatif à la transformation d'un problème réel en un problème mathématique, puis du passage d'une solution mathématique à une solution réelle. Cette modélisation est illustrée par des exemples concrets. [less ▲]

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See detailActualites therapeutiques 1997-1998 (1). Premiere partie.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(8), 459-66

The most important drugs registered and/or launched in Belgium during the last year in the various disciplines of internal medicine will be briefly described. The originality of each molecule as well as ... [more ▼]

The most important drugs registered and/or launched in Belgium during the last year in the various disciplines of internal medicine will be briefly described. The originality of each molecule as well as its modalities of appropriate use in clinical practice will be stressed. This first part is devoted to drugs acting on cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and neurologic diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailImagination et imaginaire
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolisme (1998), 89

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See detailDe la protection possessoire à la maxime "Spoliatus ante omnia restituendus" : possession, détention et pouvoir de fait
Lecocq, Pascale ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (1998)

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See detailShear-induced order in aqueous micellar solutions of amphiphilic poly(tert-butylstyrene)-b-poly(Na methacrylate) diblock
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Creutz, S.; Gaspard, J. P. et al

in Macromolecules (1998), 31(26), 9258-9264

Shear-induced order of aqueous micellar solutions of a poly(tert-butylstyrene)-b-poly(sodium methacrylate) diblock (c ) 2.5-15 w/v %) has been investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering. Data collected ... [more ▼]

Shear-induced order of aqueous micellar solutions of a poly(tert-butylstyrene)-b-poly(sodium methacrylate) diblock (c ) 2.5-15 w/v %) has been investigated by small-angle X-ray scattering. Data collected from a Couette cell in both radial and tangential geometries agree with a crystalline ordering of micelles in close packed hexagonal layers perpendicular to the velocity gradient, when c is in the 5-10 w/v % range. The measured interlayer distance is indeed very close to the value expected for a closepacked structure. The experimental data are consistent with a zigzag motion of adjacent planes upon shear. Shear-induced order is, however, restricted to a narrow concentration range just above the concentration for the sol-gel transition. This domain is thought to correspond to a regime where relative layer translation modes are allowed whereas mutual rotation is hindered. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Une nephropathie galopante chez un patient diabetique de type 2.
Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Firre, E. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(4), 171-4

We report the case of a patient with insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes who exhibited a rapid deterioration of his renal function leading to haemodialysis in a few months. Various diagnosis were considered ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a patient with insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes who exhibited a rapid deterioration of his renal function leading to haemodialysis in a few months. Various diagnosis were considered to explain this rapid deterioration, excluding diabetic nephropathy as major etiology. The exploration, especially renal biopsy, demonstrated the presence of a glomerulonephritis due to the deposition of immune complexes associated to active hepatitis C rather than diabetic glomerulosclerosis. A treatment with interferon-alpha allowed to partially restore renal function, this recovery permitting the interruption of hemodialysis, with a current follow-up of more than 6 months. [less ▲]

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See detailProtective Effects of Web 2086 (Paf Antagonist) and Ketoprofen (Nsaid) on Paf-Induced Changes in the Morphological Ultrastructure of Blood Platelets in Calves
Bastos da Silva, Miriam; Doizé, Cécile ULg; Coghe, Joost et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1998), 22(4), 273-291

The ultrastructure of bovine platelets was examined by transmission electron microscopy without any pretreatment (control), and after WEB 2086 (a triazolodiazepine) or ketoprofen (NSAID) pretreatment ... [more ▼]

The ultrastructure of bovine platelets was examined by transmission electron microscopy without any pretreatment (control), and after WEB 2086 (a triazolodiazepine) or ketoprofen (NSAID) pretreatment, followed by PAF infusion. The blood platelet count was also investigated. The group of calves that received WEB 2086 pretreatment before platelet-activating factor (PAF) infusion did not show a decreased number of platelets. However, in the other group, with ketoprofen pretreatment before PAF infusion, there was a rapid decrease from 1 to 3 min, while from 5 min the number of platelets recovered to the normal value. Electron microscopy revealed that pretreatment with WEB 2086 followed by PAF infusion did not alter the morphological ultrastructure of bovine platelets, except that the microtubules were briefly modified from 1 until 3 min after PAF challenge. After ketoprofen pretreatment, bovine platelets kept their regular shape, the number of dense bodies was not significantly altered, the number of mitochondria was maintained from 5 min after PAF infusion, giant platelets were not observed and the Golgi apparatus was rarely visible. Thus pretreatment with WEB 2086 and ketoprofen before PAF infusion had a protective activity on the ultrastructure of bovine platelets and, in cattle, pretreatment with WEB 2086 and ketoprofen before PAF challenge prevented the thrombocytopenia induced by PAF. [less ▲]

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See detailToxiques et analyses biologiques en toxicologie hospitalière
Capolaghi, B.; Charlier, Corinne ULg; Feuillu, A. et al

in Toxicorama (1998), X

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See detailDevelopment of colorimetric RT-PCR tets for apple stem grooving virus detection in apple trees
Daniels, J.; Marinho, Véra Lucia; Kummert, Jean et al

in Acta Horticulturae (1998), 472

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See detailSynthesis of poly(norbornene-g-ε-caprolactone) copolymers by sequential controlled ring opening polymerization
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; Mecerreyes, David; Dubois, Philippe ULg et al

in Polymer Bulletin (1998), 40(6), 631-638

Poly(norbornene-g-ε-caprolactone) copolymers have been prepared by the "grafting from" technique. Well controlled polynorbornene containing 5% acetate pendant groups has been firstly synthesized by ... [more ▼]

Poly(norbornene-g-ε-caprolactone) copolymers have been prepared by the "grafting from" technique. Well controlled polynorbornene containing 5% acetate pendant groups has been firstly synthesized by ruthenium complex-mediated ring opening metathesis polymerization. The acetate groups have been derivatized into aluminum alkoxides by hydrolysis into alcohol followed by reaction of the alcohol with triethylaluminum. The two polymerization steps are under complete control, so that graft copolymers have been synthesized with a narrow molecular weight distribution and are free from any detectable traces of the parent homopolymers as stated by selective fractionation experiments. These original copolymers have been characterized by SEC, FTIR, 1H NMR, DSC, TGA. [less ▲]

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See detailStress coupling between earthquakes in Northwest Turkey and the North Aegean Sea
Nalbant, Süleyman; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; King, G. C. P.

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1998), 103

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See detailInfluence de facteurs abiotiques ou biotiques sur l'evaluation de la sensibilite d'Aphidius rhopalosiphi De Stefani-Perez a la phosalone.
Guelton, O.; Deleu, R.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Parasitica (1998), 54(2-3),

MEAD-BRIGGS (1992) a proposé une méthode de laboratoire permettant d'évaluer la toxicité de contact d'un pesticide à l'égard d'Aphidius rhopalosiphi De Stefani-Perez, un parasitoïde des pucerons des ... [more ▼]

MEAD-BRIGGS (1992) a proposé une méthode de laboratoire permettant d'évaluer la toxicité de contact d'un pesticide à l'égard d'Aphidius rhopalosiphi De Stefani-Perez, un parasitoïde des pucerons des céréales. L'influence de l'humidité relative, de la photo période, du mode de conservation des momies ainsi que du sexe des insectes sur la sensibilité des parasitoïdes à la phosalone a été étudiée. L'humidité relative influence le plus la sensibilité des insectes lors des essais, le mode de conservation des momies se révèle important lui aussi. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of the lensing galaxy for the double QSO HE 1104-1805
Remy, M.; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg et al

in New Astronomy (1998), 3

High angular resolution ground-based direct imaging (V, R, I_c) of the double QSO HE 1104-1805 has been obtained with the NOT and NTT telescopes. Analysis of these data led to the first detection of the ... [more ▼]

High angular resolution ground-based direct imaging (V, R, I_c) of the double QSO HE 1104-1805 has been obtained with the NOT and NTT telescopes. Analysis of these data led to the first detection of the lensing galaxy. Direct imaging of HE 1104-1805 has subsequently been carried out with the Planetary Camera (WFPC2) through the F555W (nearly Johnson V) and F814W (nearly Kron-Cousins I_c) filters onboard HST. These images confirm the presence of the deflector between the two lensed quasar components (A & B). Direct imaging of this system in the near infrared (IR) at 2.2 mu-m (K'), with IRAC-2b at the Cassegrain focus of the ESO/MPI 2.2 m telescope, indicates that the additional component is indeed a very red extended object with magnitude K ~= 16.5. We present deconvolutions of the HST and IR images using the 2-channel PLUCY method. From the HST observations, we also report very accurate relative positions and brightnesses of the QSO components. By comparison between the ground-based and the HST observations, from February-March 1994 to November 1995, we possibly detect the fading of component A by ~ 0.3 magnitudes in the optical and a corresponding fading of B by about half this value. The observed monotonic decrease of the magnitude difference between B and A as a function of wavelength is consistent with a partial amplification of the A component by microlensing. Evolutionary models for galaxies show that, in order to produce the observed colour indices V - I_c > 2 and 4 < I_c - K < 4.5, the galaxy is likely to be of elliptical type with a redshift 0.95 < z < 1.4. This range is consistent with the redshift z=1.32 measured from the absorption lines of metallic species in the spectra of the quasar components. However, other values for the redshift of the lens inside this range cannot be excluded. This galaxy would presently be among the most distant known gravitational lenses. Several theoretical models are found to fit the observations. The simplest one is a singular isothermal sphere (SIS) lens immersed in an external shear with gamma=0.123. The derived mass-to-light ratio (11 h_50 M_Sun/L_Sun) for the galaxy is large but does not imply an excess of dark matter with respect to other well known lensing galaxies. [less ▲]

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See detailHematopoietic recovery in cancer patients after transplantation of autologous peripheral blood CD34+ cells or unmanipulated peripheral blood stem and progenitor cells.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Transfusion (1998), 38(2), 199-208

BACKGROUND: A study of CD34+ cell selection and transplantation was carried out with particular emphasis on characteristics of short- and long-term hematopoietic recovery. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: A study of CD34+ cell selection and transplantation was carried out with particular emphasis on characteristics of short- and long-term hematopoietic recovery. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Peripheral blood stem and progenitor cells (PBPCs) were collected from 32 patients, and 17 CD34+ cell-selection procedures were carried out in 15 of the 32. One patient in whom two procedures failed to provide 1 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg was excluded from further analysis. After conditioning, patients received CD34+ cells (n = 10, CD34 group) or unmanipulated (n = 17, PBPC group) PBPCs containing equivalent amounts of CD34+ cells or progenitors. RESULTS: The yield of CD34+ cells was 53 percent (18-100) with a purity of 63 percent (49-82). The CD34+ fraction contained 66 percent of colony-forming units--granulocyte-macrophage (CFU-GM) and 58 percent of CFU of mixed lineages, but only 33 percent of burst-forming units-erythroid (BFU-E) (p < 0.05). Early recovery of neutrophils and reticulocytes was identical in the two groups, although a slight delay in platelet recovery may be seen with CD34+ cell selection. Late hematopoietic reconstitution, up to 1.5 years after transplant, was also similar. The two groups were thus combined for analyses of dose effects. A dose of 40 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg ensured recovery of neutrophils to a level of 1 x 10(9) per L within 11 days, 15 x 10(4) CFU of mixed lineages per kg was associated with platelet independence within 11 days, and 100 x 10(4) BFU-E per kg predicted red cell independence within 13 days. However, a continuous effect of cell dose well beyond these thresholds was apparent, at least for neutrophil recovery. CONCLUSION: CD34+ cell selection, despite lower efficiency in collecting BFU-E, provides a suitable graft with hematopoietic capacity comparable to that of unmanipulated PBPCs. In both groups, all patients will eventually show hematopoietic recovery of all three lineages with 1 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or 5 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg, but a dose of 5 x 10(6) CD34+ cells or 40 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg is critical to ensure rapid recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailEnvironmental control to maintain stabled COPD horses in clinical remission: effects on pulmonary function
Vandenput, Sandrina ULg; Duvivier, D. H.; Votion, Dominique ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (1998), 30(2), 93-96

The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that stabled COPD horses can be maintained in clinical remission by replacing hay by grass silage and bedding made of wood shavings (Period B) and of ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that stabled COPD horses can be maintained in clinical remission by replacing hay by grass silage and bedding made of wood shavings (Period B) and of wheat straw (Period C) during 6 weeks, respectively. At the end of these different periods, the pulmonary function of the horses was assessed by mechanics of breathing and arterial blood analyses. These results were compared to those measured in clinical remission obtained after 2 months in pasture (Period A). No significant difference was observed between these 3 periods neither to values obtained for healthy horses placed during 6 weeks in a hay environment. For all that, COPD horses placed in contact with hay in the same barn developed within mean +/- s.d. 8+/-3 days clinical signs of heaves and significant alterations of pulmonary function parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostic des troubles fonctionnels et inflammatoires chroniques des petites voies aériennes
Art, Tatiana ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Duvivier, D. H. et al

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1998), 30

Faced with the numerous respiratory dysfunctions, there is a large variety of investigation techniques. None is sufficient. Each has its specific application, its advantages and its drawbacks. Detection ... [more ▼]

Faced with the numerous respiratory dysfunctions, there is a large variety of investigation techniques. None is sufficient. Each has its specific application, its advantages and its drawbacks. Detection of disorders associated with inflammation of small air ways (bronchos¬pasm, pulmonary vasoconstriction, bronchial hyper-reactivity) is a first step. The field examinations Wow: arterial blood gases (which give a global appreciation of the pulmonary function), LTB and LBA (which may characterize the pathogenic agent), endoscopy and biop¬sy are the most useful. Then, a battery of tests is used, performed in a very specialized infrastructure : scanning, ventilation mechanics... which allow to evaluate the state of the respiratory apparatus. Finally, the tests during effort help to evaluate, more specifically, the effects of a treatment [less ▲]

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See detailClinical efficacy of acarbose in diabetes mellitus: a critical review of controlled trials.
Scheen, André ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (1998), 24(4), 311-20

Acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, is a new antihyperglycaemic agent which has been proposed as add-on therapy in Type 2 diabetic patients not well-controlled with diet alone, sulphonylurea ... [more ▼]

Acarbose, an alpha-glucosidase inhibitor, is a new antihyperglycaemic agent which has been proposed as add-on therapy in Type 2 diabetic patients not well-controlled with diet alone, sulphonylurea, metformin or insulin, and in Type 1 diabetic patients with large meal-related plasma glucose excursions. Numerous controlled studies investigating the clinical effects of acarbose in Type 2 diabetes versus either placebo or, more rarely, versus a reference drug (sulphonylurea or metformin) have been published during the last 10 years. All placebo-controlled studies have demonstrated the superiority of acarbose, at a dose of 150-600 mg/day, in decreasing fasting and postprandial glucose levels as well as HbA1c concentrations (mean decrease of 0.7%), whether acarbose was given as first-line therapy in diet-treated diabetic patients or in combination in individuals already receiving a sulphonylurea, metformin or insulin. Only a few controlled studies have compared the effects of acarbose with those of either sulphonylurea or metformin, yielding controversial results. In Type 1 diabetic patients, a small reduction of HbA1c levels was also reported after addition of acarbose to insulin therapy, which in some cases allowed a slight reduction of daily insulin needs. All these favourable biological effects occurred without exposing the patient to hypoglycaemia or weight gain. A few studies have also reported favourable effects on postprandial lipid profile and some other vascular risk factors. However, it is not clear whether the extra cost of acarbose, when compared to that of older oral antidiabetic agents, is justified since no study has yet demonstrated its potential benefit on the complications and long-term prognosis of diabetic patients. [less ▲]

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See detailIGF-I and their binding proteins in growing horses.
Gerin, Daniele; Messina, Mariella; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1998), 2(special issue), 34

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See detailRelevant radiological anatomy of the pig as a training model in interventional radiology
Dondelinger, R. F.; Ghysels, M. P.; Brisbois, D. et al

in European Journal of Radiology (1998), 8

The use of swine for teaching purposes in medicine and surgery has largely increased in recent years. Detailed knowledge of the porcine anatomy and physiology is a prerequisite for proper use of pigs as a ... [more ▼]

The use of swine for teaching purposes in medicine and surgery has largely increased in recent years. Detailed knowledge of the porcine anatomy and physiology is a prerequisite for proper use of pigs as a teaching or an experimental model in interventional radiology. A systematic study of the radiological anatomy was undertaken in more than 100 female pigs aged 6-8 weeks. All studies were performed under general anesthesia in a single session. Animals were sacrificed at the end of the study. Selective angiographies were systematically obtained in all anatomical territories. In other animals CT and MRI examinations were performed and were correlated to anatomical sections and acrylic casts of the vascular structures. Endoscopical examinations of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including retrograde opacification of the biliary and pancreatic ducts, were added in selected animals. The main angiographic aspects of the brain, head and neck, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis were recorded. Similarities and differences in comparison with human anatomy are stressed. Potential applications in interventional radiology are indicated. [less ▲]

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See detailA General Environment for the Treatment of Discrete Problems and its Application to the Finite Element Method
Dular, Patrick ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Henrotte, F. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (1998), 34(5), 3395--3398

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See detailOral antidiabetic agents. A guide to selection.
Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Drugs (1998), 55(2), 225-36

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (formerly named non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM) is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin ... [more ▼]

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (formerly named non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or NIDDM) is a heterogeneous disease resulting from a dynamic interaction between defects in insulin secretion and insulin action. Various pharmacological approaches can be used to improve glucose homeostasis via different modes of action: sulphonylureas essentially stimulate insulin secretion, biguanides (metformin) act by promoting glucose utilisation and reducing hepatic-glucose production, alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose) slow down carbohydrate absorption from the gut and thiazolidinediones (troglitazone) enhance cellular insulin action on glucose and lipid metabolism. These pharmacological treatments may be used individually for certain types of patients, or may be combined in a stepwise fashion to provide more ideal glycaemic control for most patients. Selection of oral antihyperglycaemic agents as first-line drug or combined therapy should be based on both the pharmacological properties of the compounds (efficacy and safety, profile) and the clinical characteristics of the patient (stage of disease, bodyweight, etc.). Mildly hyperglycaemic patients should preferably be treated with metformin, acarbose or thiazolidinediones (which are not associated with any hypoglycaemic risk), while more severely hyperglycaemic individuals should receive a sulphonylurea. In moderately hyperglycaemic patients, sulphonylureas should be preferred in nonobese patients while metformin, and probably also thiazolidinediones, should have priority in obese insulin-resistant type 2 diabetic patients. Acarbose is mainly indicated to reduce post-prandial glucose fluctuations and improve glycaemic stability. Each antihyperglycaemic agent may also be combined with insulin therapy to improve glycaemic control and/or reduce the insulin requirement of diabetic patients after secondary failure to oral treatment. Finally, safety should be taken into account in elderly patients and/or those with renal impairment, especially as far as the use of sulphonylureas (higher risk of hypoglycaemia) and metformin (higher risk of lactic acidosis) is concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailEin Devon/Karbon-Grenzprofil im Untergrund Der Niederrheinischen Bucht Bei Krefeld.
Bless, M.J.M.; Brauckmann, C.; Conil, R. et al

in Fortschr. Geol. Rheinld. U. Westf (1998), 37

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See detailInfluence Of The Mode Of Insertion Of Siv Peptides Into Membranes On The Structure Of Model Membrane As Studied By P-31 Nmr
Schanck, A.; Peuvot, J.; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1998), 250(1), 12-4

The influence on model membrane organization of a fusion peptide of SIV and of a nonfusogenic mutant of this peptide was examined by molecular modeling and by 31P NMR. The calculated mode of insertion of ... [more ▼]

The influence on model membrane organization of a fusion peptide of SIV and of a nonfusogenic mutant of this peptide was examined by molecular modeling and by 31P NMR. The calculated mode of insertion of the fusion peptide shows that it adopts an oblique orientation towards the lipid-water interface and that this fusion peptide induces a destabilization of the bilayer structure of multilamellar vesicles as evidenced by 31P NMR observations. The SIV mutant showing a more vertical insertion into lipid layers is unable to induce nonlamellar structures. This study reinforces the correlation between fusogenic activity, induction of structures not organized in extended bilayers, and calculated mode of insertion of peptides into lipid layers. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the effect of two training regimes on the resumption of the ovarian activity by analysis of faecal 20 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone in trotter mares
Messina, Mariella; Prandi, Alberto; Bolelli, G. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1998), 2

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See detailLa chirurgie sous hypnosedation. Une nouvelle approche therapeutique pour l'hyperparathyroidie.
Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Faymonville, Marie ULg; Joris, Jean ULg et al

in Annales de Chirurgie (1998), 52(5), 439-43

The elective unilateral approach, sometimes under local anaesthesia, offers many advantages in terms of less invasive and faster surgical approach compared to the conventional surgery under general ... [more ▼]

The elective unilateral approach, sometimes under local anaesthesia, offers many advantages in terms of less invasive and faster surgical approach compared to the conventional surgery under general anaesthesia. Nevertheless this approach is restricted to patients unsuspected of multiglandular disease, free from thyroid disease and for whom localization studies are contributive. Surgery under hypnosedation offers the same advantages and provides the possibility of not only exploring the four glands but also of performing a partial thyroidectomy if needed. In our experience 21 patients underwent a cervicotomy under hypnosedation for primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT). No conversion to general anaesthesia was needed; mean operative time was 52 +/- 16 min. In 17 cases, HPT was due to a single adenoma, in 3 cases to hyperplasia (among them a MEN-1 case), and in one last case to a double adenoma. The four glands were identified in 85%. With a follow-up running from 4 to 45 months, all patients are cured. Hypnosedation offers the same medical and economic advantages than the unilateral access under local anaesthesia. Moreover indications are not restricted to selected patients. [less ▲]

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See detailSupercritical fluid extraction of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins from fly ash: the importance of fly ash origin and composition on extraction efficiency
Windal, I.; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Gridelet, A. C. et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (1998), 819(1-2), 187-195

Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (dioxins) from by ash samples, collected at different municipal waste incinerators, was investigated using supercritical CO2 and ... [more ▼]

Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (dioxins) from by ash samples, collected at different municipal waste incinerators, was investigated using supercritical CO2 and compared to the classical Soxhlet extraction. Results were correlated to fly ash composition, which is strongly related to the fume purification system used in the incinerators. Fly ash collected at the bottom of the electrostatic precipitator is composed of dust coming from the combustion unit, but also of lime and eventually of activated charcoal injected in the fumes for acids and pollutants removal. When only lime is used for the fume purification, SFE of dioxins from fly ash leads to better results than Soxhlet extraction. The use of a binary cosolvent (trifluoroacetic acid in toluene) greatly increases the percentage recovery. When activated charcoal is used in conjunction with lime for the fume purification, SFE under classical extraction conditions is not powerful enough to extract dioxins, which are strongly adsorbed to the residual activated charcoal. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement ultime du diabete de type 2: insulinotherapie intensive ou chirurgie bariatrique?
Scheen, André ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Triches, K. et al

in Journées Annuelles de Diabetologie de l'Hôtel-Dieu (1998)

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See detailUltrastructural nucleolar alterations induced by an ametantrone--poly r(A-U) complex.
Jamison, J. M.; Gilloteaux, J.; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Tissue & Cell (1998), 30(4), 475-84

The current study has documented changes in the ultrastructure as well as in the intranucleolar distribution of rDNA and rRNA in RT4 (human transitional cell bladder carcinoma) cell nucleoli following a 3 ... [more ▼]

The current study has documented changes in the ultrastructure as well as in the intranucleolar distribution of rDNA and rRNA in RT4 (human transitional cell bladder carcinoma) cell nucleoli following a 3-h exposure to toxic doses of 50 microM ametantrone (AMT), 200 microM poly (adenylate-uridylate) (poly r(A-U) or an AMT/poly r(A-U) combination with an AMT/polyribonucleotide ratio of 1:4 and a poly r(A-U) concentration of 200 microM. While the main nucleolar components (fibrillar center (F), dense fibrillar component (D), granular component (G) and interstices (I) can be discerned following all treatments, the nucleoli exhibit: compaction, segregation, a decrease in the number of F, an increase in the size of remaining F, margination of intranucleolar chromatin and retention of intranucleolar pre-rRNA and rRNA. The relative abilities of the test agents to induce nucleolar compaction are AMT/poly r(A-U) > poly r(A-U) > AMT > sham-treated, while the abilities of the test agents to induce the remaining nucleolar changes are AMT/poly r(A-U) > or = AMT > poly r(A-U) > sham-treated cells. Poly r(A-U) and the induced interferon induce nucleolar compaction, while AMT produces nucleolar segregation. These results are consistent with a model in which the poly r(A-U) and/or the AMT inhibit DNA transcription and rRNA processing as well as the release of nascent preribosomes from the nucleolus. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of the total glucosinolate content in rapeseed seeds by liquid chromatography: comparative study between the rapid isocratic and the reference gradient methods by a ring test
Quinsac, A.; Krouti, M.; Ribaillier, D. et al

in Ocl-Oleagineux Corps Gras Lipides (1998), 5(5), 398-406

Isocratic liquid chromatography (LC) on cyanopropyl bonded silica column is an alternative method to gradient IC on octadecyl bonded silica column involved in the standardized method for total ... [more ▼]

Isocratic liquid chromatography (LC) on cyanopropyl bonded silica column is an alternative method to gradient IC on octadecyl bonded silica column involved in the standardized method for total glucosinolotes (GSL) analysis in rapeseed seeds. Its advantages consist in more simple apparatus and eluent, and a shorter analysis duration. In the aim of a next standardization of isocratic LC, the performances of both methods ore compared on three rapeseed samples during a ring-test including six laboratories. Statistical treatment or the results according to ISO 5725 shows, with a risk level of 5%, the equivalency of both methods to determine total GSL content in rapeseed seeds. The elution mode appears to have no significant effect on results in opposite to the internal standard when its purity is not well-known. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois Un homme a caryotype 46,XX.
Marquet, F.; Verloes, Alain ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1998), 53(9), 515-517

The XX males represent a rare expression of the Klinefelter syndrome associated with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism. Generally the patients are of small stature with normal secondary sexual male features ... [more ▼]

The XX males represent a rare expression of the Klinefelter syndrome associated with hypergonadotropic hypogonadism. Generally the patients are of small stature with normal secondary sexual male features but with small testes and constant sterility. The plasma concentrations of FSH and LH are very high in accordance with the decrease of the testicular function. From the genetic point of view, the XX males may be divided in 3 groups: 1) in 80% of cases, the XX males bear the SRY gene and exhibit a XY translation during the paternal meiosis with the presence of the SRY gene on one of the X chromosomes as a marker of the male differentiation; 2) in 10% of cases, the males are (SRY-)XX; the abnormal development is then due to other genes than the TDF, which, when mutated, can induce sexual male differentiation. The remaining 10% of cases are due to chromosomal mosaicism with more XX than XY. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction and kinematics of sodium atoms in the coma of comet Hale-Bopp
Arpigny, Claude ULg; Rauer, H.; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1998), 334(Letters), 53-56

High-resolution spectra of sodium D line emission in comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) were obtained at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France, on 25-27 March and on 15-17 April, 1997. The observations have ... [more ▼]

High-resolution spectra of sodium D line emission in comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) were obtained at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France, on 25-27 March and on 15-17 April, 1997. The observations have been used to measure the velocity of sodium atoms in the coma within 2 10(5) km from the nucleus. A comparison between the March and April data provides an illustration of the influence of the heliocentric radial velocity on the strength of the fluorescence (Swings effect), and on the velocity of Na atoms achieved by solar radiation pressure acceleration. Evidence for the presence of a distributed source in the coma is found from the relatively high tailward velocities on the sunward side of the coma, in addition to the sunward extent of sodium emission up to 1.4 10(5) km in April. Based on observations secured at OHP (France) [less ▲]

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See detailStructured imagination of novel creatures' faces
Brédart, Serge ULg; Ward, T. B.; Marczewski, P.

in American Journal of Psychology (The) (1998), 111(4), 607-625

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See detailQuelques orientations chiffrées sur l'accroissement des chênaies en région wallonne
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Lecomte, Hugues; Florkin, Pierre et al

in Silva Belgica (1998), 105(3), 35-43

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See detailLe monticule frasnien de la carrière du Nord à Frasnes (Belgique): sédimentologie, stratigraphie séquentielle et coraux
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Coen-Aubert, M.

in Professional Paper Belgian Geological Survey (1998), 285

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See detailIron metabolism and erythropoiesis after surgery.
van Iperen, C. E.; Kraaijenhagen, Rob J.; Biesma, D. H. et al

in British Journal of Surgery (1998), 85(1), 41-5

BACKGROUND: This was a prospective study comparing the effect of major and minor surgery on haematological variables concerning erythropoiesis, iron metabolism and acute-phase response proteins. METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This was a prospective study comparing the effect of major and minor surgery on haematological variables concerning erythropoiesis, iron metabolism and acute-phase response proteins. METHODS: Thirty-one otherwise healthy patients, 15 having major orthopaedic surgery and 16 undergoing minor surgery, were studied. Blood samples were taken before surgery and 1, 4, 10 and 28 days after operation. RESULTS: Haemoglobin concentration was decreased for up to 4 weeks after surgery. Serum erythropoietin concentration and reticulocyte count were raised after major surgery only. Serum iron concentration dropped the day after major (to 23 per cent of its preoperative level) and minor (to 46 per cent of its preoperative level) surgery and remained lower for up to 28 days after major surgery. Serum transferrin concentration and transferrin saturation decreased after both types of surgery while ferritin concentration increased. Serum transferrin receptor concentration increased only 4 weeks after major surgery (P < 0.01). The interleukin 6 peak (day 1) was greater after major than minor surgery, as was the C-reactive protein peak (day 4). CONCLUSION: Both major and minor surgery induce a state of hypoferraemia in the presence of adequate iron stores. The degree of this transient form of 'anaemia of chronic disease' is related to the extent of surgery. Iron supplementation in the first weeks after surgery (if iron stores were normal before operation) is ineffective. [less ▲]

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See detailThe C-terminal helix of human apolipoprotein AII promotes the fusion of unilamellar liposomes and displaces apolipoprotein AI from high-density lipoproteins.
Lambert, Géraldine ULg; Decout, A.; Vanloo, B. et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1998), 253(1), 328-38

To assess the functional properties of apolipoprotein (apo) AII and to investigate the mechanism leading to the displacement of apo AI from native and reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (HDL and r ... [more ▼]

To assess the functional properties of apolipoprotein (apo) AII and to investigate the mechanism leading to the displacement of apo AI from native and reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (HDL and r-HDL) by apo AII, wild-type and variant apo AII peptides were synthesized. The wild-type peptides, residues 53-70 and 58-70, correspond to the C-terminal helix of apo AII and are predicted to insert at a tilted angle into a lipid bilayer. We demonstrate that both the apo AII-(53-70) peptide, and to a lesser extent the apo AII-(58-70) peptide are able to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles together with membrane leakage, and to displace apo AI from HDL and r-HDL. Two variants of the apo AII-(53-70)-wild-type (WT) peptide, designed either to be parallel to the water/lipid interface [apo AII-(53-70)-0 degrees] or to retain an oblique orientation [apo AII-(53-70)-30 degrees], were synthesized in order to test the influence of the obliquity on their fusogenic properties and ability to displace apo AI from HDL. The parallel variant did not bind lipids, due to its self-association properties. However, the apo AII-(53-70)-30 degrees variant was fusogenic and promoted the displacement of apo AI from HDL. Moreover, the extent of fusion of the apo AII-(53-70)-WT, apo AII-(58-70)-WT and apo AII-(53-70)-30 degrees peptides was related to the alpha-helical content of the lipid-bound peptides measured by infrared spectroscopy. Infrared measurements using polarized light also confirmed the oblique orientation of the helical component of the three peptides. In native and r-HDL, the tilted insertion of the C-terminal helix of apo AII resulting in a partial destabilization of the HDL external lipid layer might contribute to the displacement of apo AI by apo AII. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response to optimize outcome of treatment with erythropoietin.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Seminars in Oncology (1998), 25(3 Suppl 7), 27-34

Recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO; epoetin) has been shown to be effective in improving anemia in a proportion of cancer patients. The response rate is approximately 60%, but varies considerably ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO; epoetin) has been shown to be effective in improving anemia in a proportion of cancer patients. The response rate is approximately 60%, but varies considerably according to baseline hematocrit and transfusion needs, as well as the response criteria used. Response is not greatly influenced by the type of tumor, except in situations of major marrow involvement and limited residual hematopoiesis, or in the presence of specific mechanisms of anemia, such as hemolysis, splenomegaly, bleeding, hemodilution, or ineffective erythropoiesis. Stem cell damage by previous therapy as well as marrow suppression by current intensive chemotherapy can impair response. Besides its intensity, the type of chemotherapy may not be critical, although patients undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy may respond faster than those receiving non-platinum regimens. Complications, such as infections, bleeding, or nutritional deficiencies, may have a major negative impact on outcome. An important response-limiting factor is functional iron deficiency (ie, an imbalance between iron needs in the erythropoietic marrow and iron supply), which depends on the level of iron stores and its rate of mobilization. Functional iron deficiency is best monitored by the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells, and oral or intravenous iron supplements should be given when this percentage increases above 10%. All these factors explain why the response rate to epoetin is only approximately 60%. Therefore, it would be interesting to develop models that could help predict response to epoetin to help select the most appropriate cancer patients for this therapy. Few baseline parameters have been shown to be highly predictive of response in patients with solid tumors, although most studies in patients with myeloma or lymphoma have indicated that patients with a low baseline serum EPO level will respond better. Early changes after 2 to 4 weeks of treatment are also of great interest. Among these early changes, increments of soluble transferrin receptor, reticulocytes, and hemoglobin, as well as the persistence of elevated ferritin or EPO levels, have all shown some predictive value. Combination of baseline serum EPO and the 2-week increment of soluble transferrin receptor or hemoglobin may provide the best prediction of response. [less ▲]

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See detailVector mesons from tensor couplings in the NJL model
Jaminon, Martine ULg; Ruiz Arriola, Enrique

in Physics Letters B (1998), 443

We propose to describe vector mesons in a pure quark model such as the one of Nambu and Jona-Lasinio by means of four point tensor interactions, but with vanishing vector and axial couplings. This becomes ... [more ▼]

We propose to describe vector mesons in a pure quark model such as the one of Nambu and Jona-Lasinio by means of four point tensor interactions, but with vanishing vector and axial couplings. This becomes possible due to tensor-vector mixing at the one quark loop level. As a consequence a bound particle with rho quantum numbers is generated. This has the advantage of avoiding the A-pi mixing which is known to generate a wrong off-shell pion wave function renormalization. In addition, there is no A1 meson. We make our arguments quantitative by computing Euclidean correlators via dispersion relations and comparing with lattice QCD and random instanton model results. [less ▲]

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See detailThe prevalence of Clostridium perfringens in the horse
Griffiths, N. J.; Walton, J. R.; Edwards, G. B. et al

in Rev Med Microbiol (1998), 9

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See detailGrowth hormone binding protein (GHBP) during lactation in cows
Renaville, Robert ULg; Prandi, Alberto; Massart, Serge et al

in Archivio Veterinario Italiano (1998), 48

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See detailTreatment of anemia in myelodysplastic syndromes with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor plus erythropoietin: results from a randomized phase II study and long-term follow-up of 71 patients.
Hellstrom-Lindberg, E.; Ahlgren, T.; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in Blood (1998), 92(1), 68-75

Treatment with erythropoietin (epo) may improve the anemia of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in approximately 20% of patients. Previous studies have suggested that treatment with the combination of ... [more ▼]

Treatment with erythropoietin (epo) may improve the anemia of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in approximately 20% of patients. Previous studies have suggested that treatment with the combination of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and epo may increase this response rate. In the present phase II study, patients with MDS and anemia were randomized to treatment with G-CSF + epo according to one of two alternatives; arm A starting with G-CSF for 4 weeks followed by the combination for 12 weeks, and arm B starting with epo for 8 weeks followed by the combination for 10 weeks. Fifty evaluable patients (10 refractory anemia [RA], 13 refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts [RARS], and 27 refractory anemia with excess blasts [RAEB]) were included in the study, three were evaluable only for epo as monotherapy and 47 for the combined treatment. The overall response rate to G-CSF + epo was 38%, which is identical to that in our previous study. The response rates for patients with RA, RARS, and RAEB were 20%, 46%, and 37%, respectively. Response rates were identical in the two treatment groups indicating that an initial treatment with G-CSF was not neccessary for a response to the combination. Nine patients in arm B showed a response to the combined treatment, but only three of these responded to epo alone. This suggests a synergistic effect in vivo by G-CSF + epo. A long-term follow-up was made on 71 evaluable patients from both the present and the preceding Scandinavian study on G-CSF + epo. Median survival was 26 months, and the overall risk of leukemic transformation during a median follow-up of 43 months was 28%. Twenty patients entered long-term maintenance treatment and showed a median duration of response of 24 months.The international prognostic scoring system (IPSS) was effective to predict survival, leukemic transformation, and to a lesser extent, duration of response, but had no impact on primary response rates. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of BaZrO3 addition on transport properties of Dy-based 123-211 composite materials: electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power
Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Pekala, M. et al

in Superconductor Science & Technology (1998), 11(8), 803-809

Composite samples made of 123-211 DyBaCuO-based systems with 1, 4, 10 and 15% in weight BaZrO3 additions have been synthesized. Their electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power ... [more ▼]

Composite samples made of 123-211 DyBaCuO-based systems with 1, 4, 10 and 15% in weight BaZrO3 additions have been synthesized. Their electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power have been measured. The electrical resistivity has also been measured in a magnetic field less than 1 T. The data show that BaZrO3 addition has a non-trivial effect: beside mildly reducing the critical temperature of the superconductor, it increases the scattering at small concentration, and effectively reduces weak link features in the electrical property, but increases the thermal conductivity. The field influence on T-c is shown to be T-c(O)- T-c(B) approximate to B-1/2. [less ▲]

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See detailPathogenesis of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) formation.
Limet, Raymond ULg; Richelle, Betty ULg; VERLOES, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1998), 98(5), 195-8

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See detailTopology Optimization of Continuum Structures with Local Stress Constraints
Duysinx, Pierre ULg; Bendsoe, Martin Philip

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (1998), 43

We introduce an extension of current technologies for topology optimization of continuum structures which allows for treating local stress criteria. We rst consider relevant stress criteria for porous ... [more ▼]

We introduce an extension of current technologies for topology optimization of continuum structures which allows for treating local stress criteria. We rst consider relevant stress criteria for porous composite materials, initially by studying the stress states of the so-called rank 2 layered materials. Then, on the basis of the theoretical study of the rank 2 microstructures, we propose an empirical model which extends the power penalized sti ness model (also called SIMP for Solid Isotropic Microstructure with Penalization for intermediate densities). In a second part, solution aspects of topology problems are considered. To deal with the so-called 'singularity' phenomenon of stress constraints in topology design, an -constraint relaxation of the stress constraints is used. We describe the mathematical programming approach that is used to solve the numerical optimization problems, and show results for a number of example applications. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent periods of feed restriction before compensatory growth in Belgian Blue bulls: II. Plasma metabolites and hormones
Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Diez, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1998), 76(1), 260-271

Plasma metabolites and hormones were studied in 16 double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls maintained at low growth (.5 kg/d) for 114 (G2), 243 (G3), or 419 (G4) d (low growth period, LGP) before fattening ... [more ▼]

Plasma metabolites and hormones were studied in 16 double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls maintained at low growth (.5 kg/d) for 114 (G2), 243 (G3), or 419 (G4) d (low growth period, LGP) before fattening (rapid growth period, RGP). Animals from the control group (CG) were fed a diet high in energy and protein. The animals from G2, G3, and G4 were fed a restricted amount of a diet low in energy and protein during LGP and the same diet as CG during RGP. Plasma glucose, alpha-amino nitrogen (AAN), NEFA, urea, creatinine, thyroxine (T4), 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (T3), and IGF-I were measured in blood samples taken fortnightly. Plasma GH and insulin (I) profiles were measured in serial blood samples obtained at three times during growth. The RGP was characterized by an initial compensatory growth, by higher plasma glucose, AAN, and urea levels, and by lower plasma NEFA and creatinine levels. Plasma GH concentration decreased after refeeding. Plasma T4 increased linearly during refeeding, as opposed to T3, which showed a different profile in each group. Plasma IGF-I showed a curvilinear increase during RGP and reached a plateau after 3 mo in each compensating group. In G4, changes of plasma metabolites and hormones differed often distinctly from G2 or G3. During refeeding, higher nutrient supply improved the functionality of the somatotropic axis and increased the concentration of anabolic hormones, allowing rapid muscle deposition. However, animals underfed the longest period behaved differently from the other groups, possibly because they reached a more complete sexual maturity. [less ▲]

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See detailDécouverte laparoscopique d'une leiomyomatose péritonéale disséminée: une étroite ressemblance avec la carcinose péritonéale métastatique
Heidebroek, A.; Gielen, J. L.; Kolh, Philippe ULg et al

in Annales de Chirurgie (1998), 52(3), 298-300

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