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See detailEmile Adan en de introductie van reisinstructies voor de Belgische wetenschappelijke exploratie in Midden-Afrika.
Vandersmissen, Jan ULg

in Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique = Archief en Bibliotheekwezen in Belgie (2003), 74(1-4), 205-217

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See detailChronique de la 56ème Session de la Société Internationale Fernand de Visscher à Cagliari (17-21 Septembre 2002)
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (2003), L

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See detailRecognising the usual orientation of one's own face : the role of asymmetrically located details
Brédart, Serge ULg

in Perception (2003), 32(7), 805-811

Our ability to recognise the usual horizontal orientation Of Our own face (mirror orientation) as compared with another very familiar face (normal orientation) was examined in experiment 1. Participants ... [more ▼]

Our ability to recognise the usual horizontal orientation Of Our own face (mirror orientation) as compared with another very familiar face (normal orientation) was examined in experiment 1. Participants did not use the same kind of information in determining the orientation of their own face as in determining the orientation of the other familiar face. The proportion of participants who reported having based their judgment on the location of an asymmetric feature (eg a mole) was higher when determining the orientation of their own face than when determining that of the other familiar face. In experiment 2, participants were presented with pairs of manipulated images of their own face and of another familiar face showing conflicting asymmetric features and configural information. Each pair consisted of one picture showing asymmetric features of a given face in a mirror-reversed position, while the facial configuration was left unchanged; and one picture in which the location of the asymmetric features was left unchanged, while the facial configuration was mirror-reversed. As expected from the hypothesis that asymmetric local features are more frequently used for the judgment of one's own face, participants chose the picture showing mirror-reversed asymmetric features when determining the usual orientation of their own face significantly more often than they chose the picture showing normally oriented asymmetric features when determining the orientation of the other face. These results are explained in terms of competing forward and mirror-reversed representations of one's own face. [less ▲]

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See detailSurfactant-assisted synthesis of unprecedented hierarchical meso-macrostructured zirconia
Yuan, Z.-Y.; Vantomme, A.; Léonard, Alexandre ULg et al

in Chemical Communications (2003), 9(13), 1558-1559

A surfactant-assisted one-step synthesis route was developed, leading to the formation of a very high surface area (600 m 2 g -1) of zirconia and unprecedented hierarchical meso-macroporous structure with ... [more ▼]

A surfactant-assisted one-step synthesis route was developed, leading to the formation of a very high surface area (600 m 2 g -1) of zirconia and unprecedented hierarchical meso-macroporous structure with wormhole-like mesoporous walls and a novel, uniform assembly of macropores ranging in size from 300 to 500 nm. [less ▲]

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See detailMemory processing during human sleep as assessed by functional neuroimaging.
Maquet, Pierre ULg; Peigneux, Philippe ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg et al

in Revue Neurologique (2003), 159(11 Suppl), 627-9

Sleep is believed to participate in memory consolidation, possibly through off-line processing of recent memory traces. In this paper, we summarize functional neuroimaging data testing this hypothesis ... [more ▼]

Sleep is believed to participate in memory consolidation, possibly through off-line processing of recent memory traces. In this paper, we summarize functional neuroimaging data testing this hypothesis. First, sleep deprivation disrupts the processing of recent memory traces and hampers the changes in functional segregation and connectivity which underpin the gain in performance usually observed in subjects allowed to sleep on the first post-training night. Second, experience-dependent changes in regional brain activity occur during post-training sleep. These changes are shown to be related to the processing of high-level material and to be modulated by the amount of learning achieved during the training session. These changes do not involve isolated brain areas but entire macroscopic cerebral networks. These data suggest a role for sleep in the processing of recent memory traces. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet des bordures de champs sur les populations de Chrysopes [Neuroptera: Chrysopidae] en cultures maraîchères
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Colignon, Pierre; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Phytoprotection (2003), 84(2), 121-128

Both diversity and density of lacewings depend on prey availability but also on plant composition near crops. The impact of field borders vegetation on abundance and diversity of Syrphidae and ... [more ▼]

Both diversity and density of lacewings depend on prey availability but also on plant composition near crops. The impact of field borders vegetation on abundance and diversity of Syrphidae and Coccinellidae is well known but very few studies have been realised to assess its effect on the abundance and diversity of Chrysopidae. In 2000 and 2001, the impact of adjacent habitats on lacewing populations was investigated in both carrot and broad bean open fields. Three types of field borders were selected: (1) set-asides mainly composed by Lolium perenne and Trifolium spp., (2) crops (wheat, beet or other vegetables) and (3) woody areas (mixture of Acer sp., Populus sp. and Salix sp.). Insects were caught using yellow pan traps. Chrysopidae populations were shown to be significantly lower in carrot and broad bean fields bordered with woodland. Lacewing and other Neuroptera species richness were always low and were discussed in relation with their role of pest predators associated with other aphidophagous insects. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy by the sum-frequency generation spectroscopy of a model biosensor : The biocytin-avidin complex*
Sartenaer, Y.; Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Humbert, Christophe et al

in Physicalia Magazine (2003), 25(3), 221-229

Infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is used to study the recognition of a protein (avidin) by a derivated vitamin (biocytin). No interaction is observed when the measurements are ... [more ▼]

Infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is used to study the recognition of a protein (avidin) by a derivated vitamin (biocytin). No interaction is observed when the measurements are performed on metallic substrates in the normal co-propagative configuration. When the biocytin layer is deposited on a CaF2 substrate and the SFG measurements are performed in the total internal reflection configuration, drastic modifications in the C-H and N-H spectral ranges attest the molecular recognition of avidin by biocytin. The specificity of the recognition process is confirmed by replacing avidin by other proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailA taxonomic reassessment of the Vittiaceae (Hypnales, Bryopsida):evidence from phylogenetic analyses of combined chloroplast and nuclear sequence data
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Goffinet, B.; Hedenäs, L. et al

in Plant Systematics & Evolution (2003), 241

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See detailLe Robinier faux-acacia en Wallonie : utopie ou réalité? Premiers résultats
Fourbisseur, Anne; Devillet, Stéphane; Jourez, Benoît ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2003), (67), 12-23

Malgré son grand potentiel technologique et écologique, le Robinier faux-acacia (Robinia pseudacacia L.) est une essence sinon méconnue, du moins négligée en Région wallonne. Dans le contexte actuel où la ... [more ▼]

Malgré son grand potentiel technologique et écologique, le Robinier faux-acacia (Robinia pseudacacia L.) est une essence sinon méconnue, du moins négligée en Région wallonne. Dans le contexte actuel où la notion de gestion durable s’est imposée, certaines de ses propriétés, notamment écologiques, ouvrent la voie à une plus grande prise en considération de l’espèce. De plus, le robinier présente des caractéristiques remarquables, liées à sa vitesse de croissance et aux propriétés de son bois, et est susceptible, dans une certaine mesure, de trouver des débouchés très valorisants, par exemple dans des emplois réservés jusqu’à présent aux bois tropicaux. Cette essence mérite certainement un intérêt particulier, d’autant plus que la littérature ne présente pas d’argument précis en sa défaveur. La présence d’épines et la nécessité d’améliorer la morphologie de l’arbre ne sont certes pas des raisons suffisantes pour justifier l’absence d’expérimentation sylvicole en Région wallonne, mis à part les dispositifs installés voilà maintenant deux ans par l’Unité de Gestion des Ressources forestières et des Milieux naturels de la Faculté universitaire des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux (FUSAGx) et par le Centre de Recherche de la Nature, des Forêts et du Bois, Direction de Technologie <br />du Bois (CRNFB, DTB). Un programme d’amélioration génétique pourrait en parallèle générer en quelques années un matériel de qualité en s’inspirant des recherches menées en Hongrie, pays à la pointe en matière de gestion du Robinier faux- acacia. Pour répondre à l’attente des estionnaires privés et publics, nous présentons une synthèse des connaissances relatives au robinier. Dans ce but, nous tenterons d’abord de cerner ses exigences stationnelles, et nous en déduirons les potentialités d’implantation de l’essence en Wallonie. Nous décrirons ensuite <br />la sylviculture appliquée au robinier en Hongrie et en France, pays réputés pour leur expérience dans le domaine, et verrons dans quelle mesure il est possible de profiter de cette expérience en Région wallonne. Nous détaillerons enfin les possibilités de valorisation de son bois. Les premiers résultats issus des dispositifs expérimentaux de sylviculture mis en place par la FUSAGx depuis <br />2 ans en Région wallonne seront inclus dans cet état des lieux et comparés aux expériences étrangères. [less ▲]

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See detailA General Method for the Frequency Domain FE Modelling of Rotating Electromagnetic Devices
Gyselinck, J.; Vandevelde, L.; Dular, Patrick ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2003), 39(3), 1147--1150

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See detailPrincipal component analysis of Piezo-Sensor Array for damage localization
De Boe, Pascal; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Structural Health Monitoring (2003), 2(2), 137-144

This paper focuses on applying statistical process control techniques, based on principal component analysis, to vibration-based damage diagnosis. It is well known that localized structural damages with ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on applying statistical process control techniques, based on principal component analysis, to vibration-based damage diagnosis. It is well known that localized structural damages with relative small amplitude do not affect much the global modal response of the structure, at least at low frequencies. Nevertheless, it can be expected that the local dynamic behavior of a damaged structural subcomponent is significantly affected. Assuming that each structural subcomponent is monitored, local structural damage, with relative small amplitude, will only affect a particular sensor without affecting significantly the response of the others. By applying a principal component analysis on the sensor time responses, it is possible to see that any change of one particular sensor will affect the subspace spanned by the complete sensor response set. The subspace corresponding to the damaged structure can then be compared with the subspace of an initial state in order to diagnose possible damage. The principal component analysis may also be performed for every potential subset of damaged sensors in order to identify the involved sensor, and, therefore, the damaged structural component. The spatial information given by the distributed sensors (e.g. piezoelectric laminates) can be used to forecast structural damages on a critical area but damage localization is also possible with classical sensors (e.g. accelerometers). The damage may be located as the errors attain the maximum at the sensors instrumented in the damaged substructures. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Zone Villageoise de Chasse de Sia (Ranch de Gibier de Nazinga, Burkina Faso)
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Ouédraogo, M.

in Parcs & Réserves (2003), 58(2), 32-44

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See detailDe ereburgers. Een sociale geschiedenis van de Limburgse mijnwerkers
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Cahiers d'Histoire du Temps Présent = Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Geschiedenis (2003), 11

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See detailThe Uses of Poxviruses as Vectors
Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Pastoret, Paul-Pierre ULg

in Current Gene Therapy (2003), 3(6), 583-95

Poxviruses have played an amazing role in the development of virology, immunology and vaccinology. In 1796, deliberate inoculation of cowpox virus to humans was proved by Dr. Edward Jenner to protect ... [more ▼]

Poxviruses have played an amazing role in the development of virology, immunology and vaccinology. In 1796, deliberate inoculation of cowpox virus to humans was proved by Dr. Edward Jenner to protect against the antigenically related smallpox virus (variola). This discovery founded the science of immunology and eventually led to smallpox eradication from the earth in 1980 after a world wide vaccination campaign with vaccinia virus (another poxvirus). Paradoxically, despite the eradication of smallpox, there has been an explosion of interest in vaccinia virus in the eighties. This interest has stemmed in part from the application of molecular genetics to clone and express foreign genes from recombinant vaccinia virus. The use of these recombinant vaccinia viruses as efficacious in vitro expression system and live vaccine has raised concerns about their safety. The work of the scientific community of the last 20 years has contributed to improve drastically the safety of poxvirus derived vectors. Firstly, the safety of vaccinia virus has been enhanced by production of genetically attenuated strains. Secondly, alternative poxvirus vectors, such as avipoxviruses, were proved to be extremely safe and efficacious non-replicating vectors when used in non avian species. In the present chapter, the basic concepts of poxvirus biology required to assess the safety of a poxvirus derived vector are provided. The principal poxvirus vectors available to date are described in regards to their biosafety. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Zápara Indians : the Consecration of an Endangered People
Bilhaut, Anne-Gaël ULg

in Museum International (2003), 55(2), 25-30

Focuses on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) declaration of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara people of Amazonia as a 'Masterpiece ... [more ▼]

Focuses on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) declaration of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara people of Amazonia as a 'Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.' Impact that the UNESCO recognition has had on the Zápara; Details of how the Zápara were able to secure sacred status from the UNESCO. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie du hêtre en Région wallonne : état des lieux chiffré de 2001 à 2003
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Huart, O.; Lecomte, H. et al

in Silva Belgica (2003), 110(3), 18-28

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See detailMultiple mechanisms control brain aromatase activity at the genomic and non-genomic level
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Baillien, Michelle; Charlier, Thierry ULg et al

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2003), 86

Evidence has recently accumulated indicating that aromatase activity in the preoptic area is modulated in parallel by both slow (hours to days) genomic and rapid (minutes to hours) non-genomic mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Evidence has recently accumulated indicating that aromatase activity in the preoptic area is modulated in parallel by both slow (hours to days) genomic and rapid (minutes to hours) non-genomic mechanisms. We review here these two types of control mechanisms and their potential contribution to various aspects of brain physiology in quail. High levels of aromatase mRNA, protein and activity (AA) are present in the preoptic area of this species where the transcription of aromatase is controlled mainly by steroids. Estrogens acting in synergy with androgens play a key role in this control and both androgen and estrogen receptors (ER; alpha and beta subtypes) are present in the preoptic area even if they are not necessarily co-localized in the same cells as aromatase. Steroids have more pronounced effects on aromatase transcription in males than in females and this sex difference could be caused, in part, by a sexually differentiated expression of the steroid receptor coactivator 1 in this area. The changes in aromatase concentration presumably control seasonal variations as well as sex differences in brain estrogen production. Aromatase activity in hypothalamic homogenates is also rapidly (within minutes) down-regulated by exposure to conditions that enhance protein phosphorylation such as the presence of high concentrations of calcium, magnesium and ATP. Similarly, pharmacological manipulations such as treatment with thapsigargin or stimulation of various neurotransmitter receptors (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid (AMPA), kainate, and N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA)) leading to enhanced intracellular calcium concentrations depress within minutes the aromatase activity measured in quail preoptic explants. The effects of receptor stimulation are presumably direct: electrophysiological data confirm the presence of these receptors in the membrane of aromatase-expressing cells. Inhibitors of protein kinases interfere with these processes andWestern blotting experiments on brain aromatase purified by immunoprecipitation confirm that the phosphorylations regulating aromatase activity directly affect the enzyme rather than another regulatory protein. Accordingly, several phosphorylation consensus sites are present on the deduced amino acid sequence of the recently cloned quail aromatase. Fast changes in the local availability of estrogens in the brain can thus be caused by aromatase phosphorylation so that estrogen could rapidly regulate neuronal physiology and behavior. The rapid as well as slower processes of local estrogen production in the brain thus match well with the genomic and non-genomic actions of steroids in the brain. These two processes potentially provide sufficient temporal variation in the bio-availability of estrogens to support the entire range of established effects for this steroid. [less ▲]

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See detailBook review: Marine mammals biology and Conservation. Eds. PGH Evans and Raga J.A. Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers
Das, Krishna ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2003), 43

Book review

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See detailKCNQ2 and KCNQ3 potassium channel genes in benign familial neonatal convulsions: expansion of the functional and mutation spectrum.
Singh, Nanda A; Westenskow, Peter; Charlier, Carole ULg et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2003), 126(Pt 12), 2726-37

Benign familial neonatal convulsions (BFNC) is a rare autosomal dominant generalized epilepsy of the newborn infant. Seizures occur repeatedly in the first days of life and remit by approximately 4 months ... [more ▼]

Benign familial neonatal convulsions (BFNC) is a rare autosomal dominant generalized epilepsy of the newborn infant. Seizures occur repeatedly in the first days of life and remit by approximately 4 months of age. Previously our laboratory cloned two novel potassium channel genes, KCNQ2 and KCNQ3, and showed that they are mutated in patients with BFNC. In this report, we characterize the breakpoints of a previously reported interstitial deletion in the KCNQ2 gene and show that only KCNQ2 is deleted. We identify 11 novel mutations in KCNQ2 and one novel mutation in the KCNQ3 potassium channel genes. In one family, the phenotype extends beyond neonatal seizures and includes rolandic seizures, and a subset of families has onset of seizures in infancy. In the Xenopus oocyte expression system, we characterize five KCNQ2 and one KCNQ3 disease-causing mutations. These mutations cause a variable loss of function, and selective effects on the biophysical properties of KCNQ2/KCNQ3 heteromultimeric channels. We report here the first dominant negative mutation in KCNQ2 that has a phenotype of neonatal seizures without permanent clinical CNS impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailE-service quality expectations: a case study
Van Riel, Allard ULg; Semeijn, Janjaap; Janssen, Wendy

in Total Quality Management & Business Excellence (2003), 14(4), 437-450

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See detailA new approach to the qualitative evaluation of functional disability in dementia
Kurz, Xavier; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Rive, B. et al

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2003), 18

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See detailChanging concepts in plant hormone action
Gaspar, Thomas ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg; Faivre-Rampant, Odile et al

in In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant (2003), 39(2, MAR-APR), 85-106

A plant hormone is not, in the classic animal sense, a chemical synthesized in one organ, transported to a second organ to exert a chemical action to control a physiological event. Any phytohormone can be ... [more ▼]

A plant hormone is not, in the classic animal sense, a chemical synthesized in one organ, transported to a second organ to exert a chemical action to control a physiological event. Any phytohormone can be synthesized everywhere and can influence different growth and development processes at different places. The concept of physiological activity under hormonal control cannot be dissociated from changes in concentrations at the site of action, from spatial differences and changes in the tissue's sensitivity to the compound, from its transport and its metabolism, from balances and interactions with the other phytohormones, or in their metabolic relationships, and in their signaling pathways as well. Secondary messengers are also involved. Hormonal involvement in physiological processes can appear through several distinct manifestations (as environmental sensors, homeostatic regulators and spatio-temporal synchronizers, resource allocators, biotime adjusters, etc.), dependent on or integrated with the primary biochemical pathways. The time has also passed for the hypothesized 'specific' developmental hormones, rhizocaline, caulocaline, and florigen: root, stem, and flower formation result from a sequential control of specific events at the right places through a coordinated control by electrical signals, the known phytohormones and nonspecific molecules of primary and secondary metabolism, and involve both cytoplasmic and apoplastic compartments. These contemporary views are examined in this review. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling tracer injection and well-aquifer interactions: A new mathematical and numerical approach
Brouyère, Serge ULg

in Water Resources Research (2003), 39(3),

[1] A new mathematical and numerical approach is presented to model solute exchange between a well and the surrounding aquifer for the interpretation of field tracer tests. On the basis of water and ... [more ▼]

[1] A new mathematical and numerical approach is presented to model solute exchange between a well and the surrounding aquifer for the interpretation of field tracer tests. On the basis of water and tracer mass balance equations integrated over the volume of water in the well, the approach allows for finite volumes of tracer fluid and water flush. It deals with tracer mixing and capturing in the well bore, local distortion of the flow field around the well, and possible tracer back-migration into the well. A numerical solution, implemented in the three-dimensional finite element groundwater flow and transport simulator SUFT3D, is proposed that allows for modeling nonuniform distributions of tracer mass fluxes along the well screens related to variations in aquifer hydraulic conductivity. Showing its ability to reproduce concentration evolutions monitored in a well during field tracer experiments, considering various injection conditions, validates the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailSoluble transferrin receptor for the evaluation of erythropoiesis and iron status.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2003), 329(1-2), 9-22

Iron transport in the plasma is carried out by transferrin, which donates iron to cells through its interaction with a specific membrane receptor, the transferrin receptor (TfR). A soluble form of the TfR ... [more ▼]

Iron transport in the plasma is carried out by transferrin, which donates iron to cells through its interaction with a specific membrane receptor, the transferrin receptor (TfR). A soluble form of the TfR (sTfR) has been identified in animal and human serum. Soluble TfR is a truncated monomer of tissue receptor, lacking its first 100 amino acids, which circulates in the form of a complex of transferrin and its receptor. The erythroblasts rather than reticulocytes are the main source of serum sTfR. Serum sTfR levels average 5.0+/-1.0 mg/l in normal subjects but the various commercial assays give disparate values because of the lack of an international standard. The most important determinant of sTfR levels appears to be marrow erythropoietic activity which can cause variations up to 8 times below and up to 20 times above average normal values. Soluble TfR levels are decreased in situations characterized by diminished erythropoietic activity, and are increased when erythropoiesis is stimulated by hemolysis or ineffective erythropoiesis. Measurements of sTfR are very helpful to investigate the pathophysiology of anemia, quantitatively evaluating the absolute rate of erythropoiesis and the adequacy of marrow proliferative capacity for any given degree of anemia, and to monitor the erythropoietic response to various forms of therapy, in particular allowing to predict response early when changes in hemoglobin are not yet apparent. Iron status also influences sTfR levels, which are considerably elevated in iron deficiency anemia but remain normal in the anemia of inflammation, and thus may be of considerable help in the differential diagnosis of microcytic anemia. This is particularly useful to identify concomitant iron deficiency in a patient with inflammation because ferritin values are then generally normal. Elevated sTfR levels are also the characteristic feature of functional iron deficiency, a situation defined by tissue iron deficiency despite adequate iron stores. The sTfR/ferritin ratio can thus describe iron availability over a wide range of iron stores. With the exception of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and possibly hepatocellular carcinoma, sTfR levels are not increased in patients with malignancies. We conclude that soluble TfR represents a valuable quantitative assay of marrow erythropoietic activity as well as a marker of tissue iron deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotorefractive ZnTe grown by traveling heater method
Verstraeten, David; Launay, Jean-Claude; Delaye, Philippe et al

in Trends in Optics and Photonics (2003), 87

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See detailLa loi du 20 décembre 2002 relative au recouvrement amiable de dettes du consommateur
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2003)

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See detailEffect of low-dose perindopril/indapamide on albuminuria in diabetes: preterax in albuminuria regression: PREMIER.
Mogensen, Carl Erik; Viberti, Giancarlo; Halimi, Serge et al

in Hypertension (2003), 41(5), 1063-71

Microalbuminuria in diabetes is a risk factor for early death and an indicator for aggressive blood pressure (BP) lowering. We compared a combination of 2 mg perindopril/0.625 mg indapamide with enalapril ... [more ▼]

Microalbuminuria in diabetes is a risk factor for early death and an indicator for aggressive blood pressure (BP) lowering. We compared a combination of 2 mg perindopril/0.625 mg indapamide with enalapril monotherapy on albumin excretion rate (AER) in patients with type 2 diabetes, albuminuria, and hypertension in a 12-month, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group international multicenter study. Four hundred eighty-one patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension (systolic BP > or =140 mm Hg, <180 mm Hg, diastolic BP <110 mm Hg) were randomly assigned (age 59+/-9 years, 77% previously treated for hypertension). Results from 457 patients (intention-to-treat analysis) were available. After a 4-week placebo period, patients with albuminuria >20 and <500 microg/min were randomly assigned to a combination of 2 mg perindopril/0.625 mg indapamide or to 10 mg daily enalapril. After week 12, doses were adjusted on the basis of BP to a maximum of 8 mg perindopril/2.5 mg indapamide or 40 mg enalapril. The main outcome measures were overnight AER and supine BP. Both treatments reduced BP. Perindopril/indapamide treatment resulted in a statistically significant higher fall in both BP (-3.0 [95% CI -5.6, -0.4], P=0.012; systolic BP -1.5 [95% CI -3.0, -0.1] diastolic BP P=0.019) and AER -42% (95% CI -50%, -33%) versus -27% (95% CI -37%, -16%) with enalapril. The greater AER reduction remained significant after adjustment for mean BP. Adverse events were similar in the 2 groups. Thus, first-line treatment with low-dose combination perindopril/indapamide induces a greater decrease in albuminuria than enalapril, partially independent of BP reduction. A BP-independent effect of the combination may increase renal protection. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel surgical technique for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: transobturator vaginal tape inside-out.
de Leval, Jean ULg

in European Urology (2003), 44(6), 724-30

OBJECTIVES: To describe a new, simple surgical technique for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and to evaluate its feasibility. METHODS: We have developed a novel surgical ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To describe a new, simple surgical technique for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and to evaluate its feasibility. METHODS: We have developed a novel surgical treatment of SUI, the transobturator inside-out tension-free urethral suspension, which uses specifically designed surgical tools, and in which a synthetic tape is passed from underneath the urethra, through the obturator foramens, towards the thigh folds, without entering the pelvic region at any time during the procedure. The tape is positioned without tension under the junction between mid and distal urethra. RESULTS: The procedure was carried out in 107 consecutive patients (mean age: 62 years) using the same operative protocol in all case subjects, independently of the patient's size and weight. Mean operative time was 14 min (range: 7-20) in case of isolated SUI treatment. No bladder or urethral injuries and no vascular (hematoma or bleeding) or neurological complications were encountered. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study indicate that our novel transobturator inside-out surgical technique for treating SUI is feasible, accurate, and quick. This technique avoids damage to the urethra and bladder and, therefore, makes cystoscopy not necessary. Further prospective studies are currently ongoing to determine the efficacy of our new surgical approach for treating SUI. [less ▲]

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See detailAdherence to various host cell lines of Mycoplasma bovis strains differing in pathogenic and cultural features
Thomas, Anne; Sachse, Konrad; Dizier, Isabelle ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2003), 91(2-3), 101-113

Mycoplasma bovis is known to be responsible for pneumonia and arthritis in calves, as well as mastitis in dairy cows. Despite clear evidence of its pathogenic potential, little is known about mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasma bovis is known to be responsible for pneumonia and arthritis in calves, as well as mastitis in dairy cows. Despite clear evidence of its pathogenic potential, little is known about mechanisms of cytadherence and the molecular factors involved. The purpose of this work was to compare adherence rates of M. bovis field strains to different host cell lines and study the effects of cloning and sub-culturing M. bovis strains on their adherence properties. Eighteen metabolically labeled M. bovis strains isolated from different pathological backgrounds were examined in adherence trials using four different host cell lines, i.e. embryonic bovine lung (EBL), embryonic bovine trachea (EBTr), Madin Darby bovine kidney (MDBK) and rabbit kidney (RK) cells. Although large interstrain variations in adherence rates (3.4-19.1%) were measured they could not be correlated to the pathological background (pneumonia, arthritis or mastitis). Adherence rates to the fibroblast cell line (EBTr) were significantly lower than those to the three epithelial cell lines (EBL, MDBK and RK). The only non-pathogenic strain (221/89) exhibited lower adherence rates than three isolates from clinical mastitis. Interestingly, adherence rates were significantly reduced after in vitro passaging. In contrast, no effect of single cloning of strains on adherence was observed. There was no general correlation between expression of variable surface proteins (Vsps) as monitored by immunoblotting and adherence rates, although alterations in Vsp expression profiles were seen as a consequence of passaging. As there is probably a large number of adhesins, variable and non-variable, on the surface of M. bovis cells the issue is very complex, and the most active components have yet to be identified. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbonate dissolution in the turbid and eutrophic Loire estuary
Abril, Gwenaël; Etcheber, Henri; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2003), 259

We measured particulate and dissolved organic carbon (POC and DOC), chlorophyll, oxygen, partial pressure of Co-2, pH, total alkalinity (TAlk) and particulate inorganic carbon (PIC) during a late summer ... [more ▼]

We measured particulate and dissolved organic carbon (POC and DOC), chlorophyll, oxygen, partial pressure of Co-2, pH, total alkalinity (TAlk) and particulate inorganic carbon (PIC) during a late summer cruise in the eutrophic Loire estuary. These parameters reveal an intense mineralisation of organic matter in the estuarine maximum turbidity zone (MTZ) that results in oxygen deficits (down to 20% of the saturation level) and high CO2 oversaturations (pCO(2) up to 2900 muatm). Several facts revealed the occurrence of carbonate dissolution in the Loire MTZ: large amounts of alkalinity were produced in the upper estuary, increasing its transfer to the ocean by 30%; the calculated saturation index showed a net undersaturation for aragonite and a slight undersaturation for calcite in the MTZ; and PIC decreased from 2.1% (% dry weight) in riverine suspension to 0.4% in the MTZ. A stoichiometric approach is used to assess the coupling between aerobic respiration and carbonate dissolution, where apparent oxygen utilisation, excess CO2, TAlk and dissolved inorganic carbon are compared quantitatively. About 20%, of the CO2 generated by respiration was involved in carbonate dissolution. The loss of PIC at the river-estuary transition quantitatively corresponds to the amount of authigenic calcite precipitated upstream in the highly eutrophic river. This suggests that CO2 exchange with the atmosphere along the eutrophic river-estuary continuum is buffered by carbonate precipitation in the autotrophic river and its dissolution in the heterotrophic estuary. [less ▲]

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See detailCatecholamine and HPA axis dysfunction in depression : relationship with suicidal behavior
Pitchot, William ULg; Reggers, Jean ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Neuropsychobiology (2003), 47(3), 152-157

A large body of evidence suggests a potential role for catecholaminergic function as a possible biological factor in the control of suicidal behavior. Recently, we have used a neuroendocrine strategy to ... [more ▼]

A large body of evidence suggests a potential role for catecholaminergic function as a possible biological factor in the control of suicidal behavior. Recently, we have used a neuroendocrine strategy to study dopaminergic and noradrenergic activities in depressed suicide attempters. However, some problems are associated with the use of growth hormone (GH) response to catecholaminergic challenge, because GH release could be decreased by a direct effect of corticosteroids at the pituitary level. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to assess GH response to both apornorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, and clonidine, an alpha2-adrenergic agonist, according to the dexamethasone suppression test (DST) status in a sample of 20 major depressed inpatients with a history of suicide attempt compared with nonattempters. Our results tended to show that hypercortisolemia as assessed by post-DST cortisol values did not inhibit GH response to apornorphine or clonidine, suggesting that hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis overactivity does not explain the impaired GH response to apornorphine in major depressed patients with a history of suicide attempt. [less ▲]

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See detailLes lignes de force de l'accord interprofessionnel pour 2003-2004
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Journal du Juriste (2003), 23

Plan: Les dispositions relatives aux groupes à risque et aux jeunes auxquels s'applique un parcours d'insertion; La convention de premier emploi; La prépension; Les cotisations et retenues sur les ... [more ▼]

Plan: Les dispositions relatives aux groupes à risque et aux jeunes auxquels s'applique un parcours d'insertion; La convention de premier emploi; La prépension; Les cotisations et retenues sur les avantages complémentaires. [less ▲]

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See detailA note on stability, robustness and performance of output feedback nonlinear model predictive control
Imsland, Lars; Findeisen, Rolf; Bullinger, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Process Control (2003), 13(7), 633-644

In recent years. nonlinear model predictive control (NMPC) schemes have been derived that guarantee stability of the closed loop under the assumption of full state information. However, only limited ... [more ▼]

In recent years. nonlinear model predictive control (NMPC) schemes have been derived that guarantee stability of the closed loop under the assumption of full state information. However, only limited advances have been made with respect to output feedback in the framework of nonlinear predictive control. This paper combines stabilizing instantaneous state feedback NMPC schemes with high-gain observers to achieve output feedback stabilization. For a uniformly observable MIMO system class it is shown that the resulting closed loop is asymptotically stable. Furthermore, the output feedback NMPC scheme recovers the performance of the state feedback in the sense that the region of attraction and the trajectories of the state feedback scheme can be recovered to any degree of accuracy for large enough observer gains, thus leading to semi-regional results. Additionally, it is shown that the output feedback controller is robust with respect to static sector bounded nonlinear input uncertainties. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFestina lente: evidences for fast and slow learning processes and a role for sleep in human motor skill learning.
Maquet, Pierre ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg; Perrin, Fabien et al

in Learning & Memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) (2003), 10(4), 237-9

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See detailThe course of some bone remodelling plasma metabolites in healthy horses and in horses offered a calcium-deficient diet.
de Behr, V.; Daron, D.; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Physiology & Animal Nutrition (2003), 87(3-4), 149-59

An inquiry was carried out to assess the concentrations of plasma metabolites related to bone remodelling in 21 saddle horses of Warmblood breed aged 4-26 years, five draught horses of Ardennes breed aged ... [more ▼]

An inquiry was carried out to assess the concentrations of plasma metabolites related to bone remodelling in 21 saddle horses of Warmblood breed aged 4-26 years, five draught horses of Ardennes breed aged 4-10 years, and 10 Ardennes foals aged 9-11 months. They were fed according to normal feeding practice in Belgium. The changes in some bone remodelling plasma metabolite concentrations were studied when an unbalanced diet was offered and later corrected for four Warmblood horses. Bone formation was evaluated by bone alkaline phosphatase (BALP), total alkaline phosphatase (TALP) and osteocalcin (bone gla-protein, OC). Bone resorption was assessed by hydroxyproline (HYP). Total calcium, ionized calcium, phosphorus (P) and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25-(OH)D] concentrations were more or less constant. The comparison of four bone remodelling factors between the Ardennes and Warmblood horses showed higher concentrations in the Ardennes breed. Bone marker concentrations decreased according to age. The correction of the unbalanced Ca : P diet induced inconsistent effects at plasma level. The interpretation of the different bone parameters appeared to be difficult if not associated with other parameters such as a complete anamnesis and clinical examination of the animal in addition to dietary evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailLes facteurs de virulence des alphaherpèsvirus
Muylkens, Benoît ULg; Meurens, François; Schynts, Frédéric et al

in Virologie (2003), 7

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See detailMagnetic fabrics in the Holum granite (Vest-Agder, southernmost Norway): implications for the late evolution of the Sveconorwegian (Grenvillian) orogen of SW Scandinavia
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Trindade, Ricardo I.F.

in Precambrian Research (2003), 121(3-4), 221-249

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See detailLe medicament du mois. Le vardenafil (Levitra).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(9), 576-9

Vardenafil (Levitra), recently launched in Belgium by Bayer and Glaxo-SmithKline, is a new drug that potently and selectively inhibits phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) in the cavernosum tissue of the penis ... [more ▼]

Vardenafil (Levitra), recently launched in Belgium by Bayer and Glaxo-SmithKline, is a new drug that potently and selectively inhibits phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) in the cavernosum tissue of the penis. Inhibition of PDE5 blocks the hydrolysis of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (GMPc) and results in increased arterial blood flow leading to enlargement of the corpus cavernosum and resulting in erection. In controlled clinical trials, vardenafil at least doubled the rate of successful erections as compared to placebo, whatever the evaluation parameter considered and the subgroup of patients studied. Vardenafil is thus indicated in the treatment of patients with erectile dysfunction. It is presented as 5, 10 and 20 mg tablets and the usual dose is 10 mg to be ingested 25 to 60 minutes before sexual activity. Vardenafil has a more potent inhibitory activity of PDE5 in vitro than sildenafil or tadalafil while its pharmacokinetics in vivo is somewhat more rapid than that of the two other compounds. The dosage of vardenafil may be reduced to 5 mg (especially in older individuals) to improve tolerance or be increased up to 20 mg (especially in the presence of organic diseases aggravating erectile dysfunction) to improve efficacy. Contra-indications (co-administration with drugs increasing nitric oxide) and side-effects (headache and flushing due to vasodilatation) of vardenafil are similar to those of other PDE5 inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolising risk: food scares and the un/re-making of Belgian beef
Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Whatmore, Sarah J.

in Environment & Planning A (2003), 35

In this paper we explore the event of foodscares as an example of what Callon calls 'hot situations', in which the landscape of competing knowledge claims is at its most molten, and alternative production ... [more ▼]

In this paper we explore the event of foodscares as an example of what Callon calls 'hot situations', in which the landscape of competing knowledge claims is at its most molten, and alternative production and consumption practices galvanise new modes of sense-making against the market and state-sanctioned rationalities of industrialisation. Through a case study of the Belgian cooperative Coprosain and its meat products, we examine the 'stuff' of food as a ready messenger of connectedness and affectivity in which 'risk' is transacted as a property both of the growing distance between the spaces of production and consumption and of the enduring metabolic intimacies between human and nonhuman bodies. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailLarval development of Myzostoma cirriferum (Myzostomida)
Eeckhaut, I.; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Muller, M. C.

in Journal of Morphology (2003), 258

The larval development of Myzostoma cirriferum is described by means of SEM, TEM, and cLSM. It is similar to that of other myzostomids and includes three stages: the protrochophore, the trochophore, and ... [more ▼]

The larval development of Myzostoma cirriferum is described by means of SEM, TEM, and cLSM. It is similar to that of other myzostomids and includes three stages: the protrochophore, the trochophore, and the metatrochophore. The protrochophore is a ball-shaped larva present in culture from 18-48 h after egg laying. It has no internal organs and its body is made of three cell types: covering cells and ciliated cells that are external and surrounded by a cuticle, and resting cells that fill the blastocoel. The trochophore is a pear-shaped larva that develops 20-72 h after egg laying; the body includes the same three cell types as the previous stage. The metatrochophore is a pear-shaped larva that develops between 40 h and 14 days and is characterized by the presence of two bundles of four chaetae. When fully developed, the metatrochophore has a digestive system (made of a pharynx, an esophagus, and a blind digestive pouch), two pairs of protonephridia, and a nervous system composed of a supraesophageal ganglion, circumesophageal connectives, and dorsal and ventral nerves. Metamorphosis generally occurs 7 days after egg laying. At that time, the metatrochophore loses its chaetae and becomes pleated ventrally. This ultrastructural analysis suggests that chaetae and the five ventral longitudinal nerve cords of M. cirriferum metatrochophores are homologous structures to those observed in some polychaete trochophores. Coupled with recent phylogenetic analyses, where the Myzostomida are placed outside the Annelida, homologies between myzostomid and polychaete larvae support the view that a trochophore appeared early during the spiralian evolution [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention cardio-vasculaire par les statines: faut-il encore doser le cholesterol?
Scheen, André ULg; Kulbertus, Henri ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(4), 191-7

Statins, the most popular lipid-lowering agents, have proven their efficacy in preventing cardiovascular events in subjects with lower and lower initial plasma cholesterol levels. Besides, the protective ... [more ▼]

Statins, the most popular lipid-lowering agents, have proven their efficacy in preventing cardiovascular events in subjects with lower and lower initial plasma cholesterol levels. Besides, the protective effect does not seem to be directly related neither to the degree of the cholesterol reduction nor to the final level of plasma cholesterol level reached under treatment. Such observations suggest that statins may exert vascular protective effects, at least in part, independently of their specific cholesterol-lowering effect (so-called pleiotropic effects). The present paper will discuss the arguments pro and contra the dosage of cholesterolaemia before initiating a therapy with statin and during treatment follow up, both in subjects with previous cardiovascular events (secondary prevention) and in subjects with a high cardiovascular absolute risk but without previous clinical expression of atherosclerosis (primary prevention). [less ▲]

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See detailStratégies thérapeutiques dans les adénomes somatotropes avec extension extrasellaire. Place du traitement médical. Etude consensus du Répertoire français de l'Acromégalie.
Jaquet, Ph; Cortet-Rudelli, Ch; Sassolas, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2003), 64(6), 434-441

From the first 198 patient files included into the French Acromegaly Registry, we analyzed 68 patients harboring a somatotroph adenoma with extrasellar extension, after exclusion of those treated by ... [more ▼]

From the first 198 patient files included into the French Acromegaly Registry, we analyzed 68 patients harboring a somatotroph adenoma with extrasellar extension, after exclusion of those treated by stereotactic or conventional radiotherapy. In these patients (including 37 women), aged 21-77 yr. (45.7 +/- 13.3), GH concentrations ranged from 2-260 microg/L (38.6 +/- 44.3), and IGF I from 86-967% of age-matched upper limit of normal (303 +/- 164). Maximal diameter of the adenoma at MRI was 11-36.5 mm (20.4 +/- 6.5), with cavernous sinus involvement in 68% of cases. Three subgroups were defined: 20 patients treated by long-acting somatostatin analogs only (group M), for a mean duration of 3 yr. (extremes 1-7 yr.), 48 patients initially treated by transsphenoidal surgery (group C), of whom 21 were secondarily treated by long-acting somatostatin analogs (group CM) for a mean duration of 1.2 yr. (extremes 0.2-2 yr.). All 3 groups were not statistically different in terms of tumor mass and initial levels of GH and IGF-1. Patients from group M were significantly older than those of the other groups (p<0.05). RESULTS: 46% of patients from group C after surgery vs. 45% of patients from group M had a mean GH below 2.5 microg/L. Biochemical remission (GH<2.5 microg/L and normal IGF1 normal) was obtained in 31% of cases in group C, vs. 25% in group M. In this group, a decrease of the largest tumor diameter was observed in 10 patients (71.5%), ranging from 10-25% in 7 (50%) and exceeded 50% in 3 (21.5%). In group CM, the biochemical remission rate (42%) and final GH or IGF1 values were not significantly different from group M. In conclusion, these data suggest that surgery or long-acting somatostatin analogs have a comparable efficacy in terms of remission rates in somatotroph macroadenomas with extrasellar extensions. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... les secrets d'une meta-analyse.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(1), 41-6

Meta-analysis is becoming a key partner of Evidence-Based Medicine. This statistical tool is currently used in most systematic reviews and allows to quantitatively synthesize the results of several ... [more ▼]

Meta-analysis is becoming a key partner of Evidence-Based Medicine. This statistical tool is currently used in most systematic reviews and allows to quantitatively synthesize the results of several studies by a single weighted average whose precision is indicated by the confidence interval. A standardized graphical representation allows, at first glance, to derive a lot of useful information, especially the number of studies taken into account for the analysis, the mean effect observed in each study with its confidence interval, the relative size (number of subjects) of each study, the homogeneity/heterogeneity of between-study results, finally the overall mean effects with its confidence interval. The meta-analysis plays a key-role in epidemiology, for the evaluation of a risk or a protective factor, and in therapeutics, for summarizing the results of numerous clinical trials with a specific drug or a pharmacological class in a given disease. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of ERK and calcium in the hypoxia-induced activation of HIF-1.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Michel, Gaetan; Renard, Patricia et al

in Journal of Cellular Physiology (2003), 194(1), 30-44

Oxygen-dependent regulation of HIF-1 activity occurs at multiple levels in vivo. The mechanisms regulating HIF-1alpha protein expression have been most extensively analyzed but the ones modulating HIF-1 ... [more ▼]

Oxygen-dependent regulation of HIF-1 activity occurs at multiple levels in vivo. The mechanisms regulating HIF-1alpha protein expression have been most extensively analyzed but the ones modulating HIF-1 transcriptional activity remain unclear. Changes in the phosphorylation and/or redox status of HIF-1alpha certainly play a role. Here, we show that ionomycin could activate HIF-1 transcriptional activity in a way that was additive to the effect of hypoxia without affecting HIF-1alpha protein level. In addition, a calmodulin dominant negative mutant and W7, a calmodulin antagonist, as well as BAPTA, an intracellular calcium chelator, inhibited the hypoxia-induced HIF-1 activation. These results indicate that elevated calcium in hypoxia could participate in HIF-1 activation. Furthermore, ERK but not JNK phosphorylation was evidenced in both conditions, ionomycin and hypoxia. PD98059, an inhibitor of the ERK pathway as well as a ERK1 dominant negative mutant also blocked HIF-1 activation by hypoxia and by ionomycin. A MEKK1 (a kinase upstream of JNK) dominant negative mutant had no effect. In addition, BAPTA, calmidazolium, a calmodulin antagonist and PD98059 inhibited VEGF secretion by hypoxic HepG2. All together, these results suggest that calcium and calmodulin would act upstream of ERK in the hypoxia signal transduction pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent modes of food restriction and compensatory growth in double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls: plasma metabolites and hormones
Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Kerrour, M.; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg et al

in Animal Science (2003), 77

The effects of different sequences of food restriction and fattening have been studied on plasma metabolites and hormones in double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls. Twenty animals were divided into five groups ... [more ▼]

The effects of different sequences of food restriction and fattening have been studied on plasma metabolites and hormones in double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls. Twenty animals were divided into five groups. The first group (control, CG) was given, ad libitum, a fattening diet based on sugar-beet pulp. In G2 and G3, fattening was interrupted after 103 and 187 days, respectively, by a period of food restriction lasting about 2 months during which the animals received a maintenance ration. They were finished with the same diet as CG. The last two groups, G4 and G5, received a limited amount of the restriction diet to support 0.5 and 0 kg gain per day, respectively, for 4 months, before being fattened as CG. Plasma glucose, alpha-amino nitrogen, non-esterified fatty acids, urea, creatinine, thyroxine (T4), 3, 3', 5'-tri-iodothyroxine (T3), and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) were measured in blood samples taken every 2 weeks. Plasma GH and insulin profiles were measured in serial blood samples obtained at three different times during growth. Animals that showed compensatory growth had lower plasma urea, associated with high levels of T3, T4 and IGF-1. Animals from G2 and G3 failed to show compensatory growth. In Belgian Blue bulls, compensatory growth is markedly affected when food restriction is severe or fattening interrupted. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a more versatile alpha-glucan biosynthesis in plants
Jacon, Géraldine ULg

in Journal of Plant Physiology (2003)

During the last 10 years, the increased need for starches with novel properties has occupied the research community, and many efforts were concentrated on unraveling the starch bio- synthesis pathways ... [more ▼]

During the last 10 years, the increased need for starches with novel properties has occupied the research community, and many efforts were concentrated on unraveling the starch bio- synthesis pathways. The knowledge generated in these investigations was subsequently used to produce tailor-made starches in higher plants using recombinant DNA technology. Examples of starches with new functionalities are those with a modified degree of branching (Schwall et al. 2000, Shewma- ker et al. 1994, Kortstee et al. 1996) and the amylose-free starch (Visser et al. 1991a, Kuipers et al.1994), some of which hold potential for applications in the paper-, textile-, plastics-, food and pharmaceutical industry. The accumulation of more starch has also been an objective, but this will not be dis- cussed further here, (see: Slattery et al. 2000). In our laboratory, we have embarked on two generic tech- nologies with a very wide range of applicability: (i) introduction of new linkages types and structural elements using glu- cansucrases, and (ii) engineering granule-boundness by using microbial starch-binding domains (SBDs). It is expected that these technologies will contribute substantially to the biosynthesis of more versatile α-glucans in the near future, leading to starches with altered functionalities that cannot be obtained by conventional breeding. In this study recent developments in starch modification using heterologous expression of microbial genes will be reviewed, with emphasis on the potato plant. [less ▲]

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See detailMismatch negativity is not correlated with neuroendocrine indicators of catecholaminergic activity in healthy subjects.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg; Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg et al

in Human Psychopharmacology (2003), 18(3), 201-5

The identification of the brain structures and neurotransmitters responsible for the generation and/or modulation of the mismatch negativity (MMN) may contribute to a clearer understanding of its ... [more ▼]

The identification of the brain structures and neurotransmitters responsible for the generation and/or modulation of the mismatch negativity (MMN) may contribute to a clearer understanding of its functional significance, and may have clinical implications. In this context, some findings suggest that the scalp-recorded MMN reflects activity from multiple neuronal ensembles within or in the immediate vicinity of the primary auditory cortex and with possible contribution from the frontal cortex. However, few data are available concerning the influence of neurotransmitter systems on the MMN. In this study, the relationship between both noradrenergic and dopaminergic systems and the MMN were investigated in 34 healthy volunteers. Noradrenergic and dopaminergic activities were assessed with the apomorphine and clonidine challenge tests. The results showed no significant relationship between either growth hormone (GH) responses to apomorphine or clonidine and the MMN amplitude or latency. Therefore, this study does not demonstrate the implication of dopaminergic and noradrenergic activities as assessed by GH response to apomorphine and clonidine for the generation and/or the modulation of the MMN. However, given the complexity of the central neurotransmitter systems, these results cannot be considered as definitive evidence against a relationship between dopaminergic and noradrenergic activity and the MMN. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Belgique francophone face au référendum sarrois de 1955
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

in Revue d'Allemagne et des Pays de Langue Allemande (2003), 35(4), 525-545

Since 1945, French-speaking Belgians were looking at the « Saar problem », stumbling block of Europe’s build-up, with a mixture of awe and hope. In 1955, as the inhabitants were asked to vote on a ... [more ▼]

Since 1945, French-speaking Belgians were looking at the « Saar problem », stumbling block of Europe’s build-up, with a mixture of awe and hope. In 1955, as the inhabitants were asked to vote on a peculiar status of “Europeanised” autonomous territory (within the WEU but keeping economical union with France), the coming plebiscite was seen as a good bid on Europe’s future. At first, Belgian public opinion was under the influence of optimistic statements made by official French and autonomist propaganda. After the failure of the plebiscite, Belgian journalists and diplomats tried to find some simple and often rather bombastic explanations: intern and extern weakness of France seen as over-cautious or tinted with europhobia, lack of appeal of the European idea, attractiveness of the German economical bloom, Nazi nostalgia or even perennial nationalism of the German man. Then, Saarland, having refused to be an oddity in a nation-based Europe, fell from public interest into oblivion... [less ▲]

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See detailUne évocation pythagoricienne des Enfers chez Tibulle (I, 3, 59-66)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Etudes Classiques (2003), 71(2), 175-180

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See detail3D spatial relationships model: a useful concept for 3D cadastre?
Billen, Roland ULg; Zlatanova, Siyka

in Computers, Environment & Urban Systems (2003), 27(4), 411-425

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See detailLa cartographie et la géomatique
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2003), 43

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See detailSH2 domain containing inositol 5-phosphatases 1 and 2 in blood platelets: interaction and respective role in the control of phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate levels
Giuriato, S.; Pesesse, X.; Bodin, S. et al

in Biochemical Journal (2003), 376

Src homology domain 2-containing inositol 5-phosphatases 1 and 2 (SHIP1 and SHIP2) are capable of dephosphorylating the second messenger PtdIns(3,4,5) P3 (phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate) and ... [more ▼]

Src homology domain 2-containing inositol 5-phosphatases 1 and 2 (SHIP1 and SHIP2) are capable of dephosphorylating the second messenger PtdIns(3,4,5) P3 (phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate) and interacting with several signalling proteins. SHIP1 is essentially expressed in haematopoietic cells, whereas SHIP2, a closely related enzyme, is ubiquitous. In the present study, we show that SHIP1 and SHIP2 are expressed as functional PtdIns(3,4,5) P3 5-phosphatases in human blood platelets and are capable of interacting when these two lipid phosphatases are co-expressed, either naturally (platelets and A20 B lymphoma cells) or artificially (COS-7 cells). Using COS-7 cells transfected with deletion mutants of SHIP2, we demonstrate that the Src homology domain 2 of SHIP2 is the minimal and sufficient protein motif responsible for the interaction between the two phosphatases. These results prompted us to investigate the relative importance of SHIP1 and SHIP2 in the control of PtdIns(3,4,5) P3 levels in platelets using homozygous or heterozygous SHIP1- or SHIP2-deficient mice. Our results strongly suggest that SHIP1, rather than SHIP2, plays a major role in controlling PtdIns(3,4,5) P3 levels in response to thrombin or collagen activation of mouse blood platelets [less ▲]

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See detailLifting, Superadditivity, Mixed Integer Rounding and Single Node Flow Sets Revisited
Louveaux, Quentin ULg; Wolsey, Laurence A.

in 4OR : Quarterly Journal of the Belgian, French and Italian Operations Research Societies (2003), 1

In this survey we attempt to give a unified presentation of a variety of results on the lifting of valid inequalities, as well as a standard procedure combining mixed integer rounding with lifting for the ... [more ▼]

In this survey we attempt to give a unified presentation of a variety of results on the lifting of valid inequalities, as well as a standard procedure combining mixed integer rounding with lifting for the development of strong valid inequalities for knapsack and single node flow sets. Our hope is that the latter can be used in practice to generate cutting planes for mixed integer programs. The survey contains essentially two parts. In the first we present lifting in a very general way, empha- sizing superadditive lifting which allows one to lift simultaneously different sets of variables. In the second, our procedure for generating strong valid inequalities consists of reduction to a knapsack set with a single continuous variable, construc- tion of a mixed integer rounding inequality, and superadditive lifting. It is applied to several generalizations of the 0-1 single node flow set. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial distribution and morphological characteristics of the trunk lateral line neuromasts of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, L.; Teleostei, Serranidae).
Faucher, Karine ULg; Aubert, Anne; Lagardère, Jean-Paul

in Brain, Behavior & Evolution (2003), 62(4), 223-32

The morphology and spatial distribution of the different types of neuromasts encountered on the trunk lateral line of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) were examined using scanning electron microscopy ... [more ▼]

The morphology and spatial distribution of the different types of neuromasts encountered on the trunk lateral line of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) were examined using scanning electron microscopy. The sea bass trunk lateral line exhibits a complete straight pattern. In their basic features, the two types of neuromasts present, canal and superficial, resemble what has been described in other fishes. They are similar in their general cellular organization but differ in sizes, and shapes, as well as in the densities and lengths of their hair bundles. However, the sea bass trunk lateral line distinguishes itself in several ways. For instance, the pores of the canal segments are partially obstructed due to the overlap of scales throughout the trunk. Moreover, based on the density and length of the hair bundles, two distinct areas, central and peripheral, could be distinguished within the maculae of canal neuromasts. Their cupulae are also peculiar as they possess two wing-like extensions and that their central core appears to be organized in layers instead of columns. In addition, the superficial neuromasts, up to 6 per scale, are either round or elliptical and seem to be distributed serendipitously. Finally, within the maculae of both types of neuromasts, a significant number of hair bundles do not follow the two-directional polarity pattern usually described. Although some hypotheses are proposed, the influence of these characteristics in terms of signal encoding and fish behavior is yet to be understood. [less ▲]

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See detailQu'est-ce qu'un éditeur ? Naissance de la fonction éditoriale
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Texte : Revue de Critique et de Théorie Littéraire (2003), (31-32), 13-55

Cet article, après avoir mis en évidence les transformations du système de production du livre au XVIIIe siècle, envisage les facteurs divers ayant déterminé, en France, l'émergence commune, sous la ... [more ▼]

Cet article, après avoir mis en évidence les transformations du système de production du livre au XVIIIe siècle, envisage les facteurs divers ayant déterminé, en France, l'émergence commune, sous la Monarchie de Juillet, des deux figures à la fois sociales et symboliques de l'Auteur et de l'Editeur : facteurs politico-juridiques, socio-économiques, mais aussi culturels et esthétiques. Il décrit ensuite la morphologie du champ éditorial du XIXe siècle et met en lumière les articulations étroites que celui-ci entretient avec les structures du champ littéraire. [less ▲]

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See detailHaplotype sharing refines the location of an imprinted quantitative trait locus with major effect on muscle mass to a 250-kb chromosome segment containing the porcine IGF2 gene
Nezer, C.; Collette, C.; Moreau, L. et al

in Genetics (2003), 165(1), 277-285

We herein describe the fine mapping of an imprinted QTL with major effect on muscle mass that was previously assigned to distal SSC2p in the pig. The proposed approach exploits linkage disequilibrium in ... [more ▼]

We herein describe the fine mapping of an imprinted QTL with major effect on muscle mass that was previously assigned to distal SSC2p in the pig. The proposed approach exploits linkage disequilibrium in combination with QTL genotyping by marker-assisted segregation analysis. By identifying a haplotype shared by all "Q" chromosomes, we map the QTL to an approximately 250-kb chromosome segment containing INS and IGF2 as the only known paternally expressed genes. This considerably reinforces the candidacy of these genes, justifying their detailed analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailAnimal welfare: The contribution of ethology
Vandenheede, Marc ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(1, FEB-MAR), 17-22

During the last fifty years, intensive husbandry has profoundly modified the animal living conditions, especially in pigs and poultry. At the same time, concerns about animal welfare were growing on ... [more ▼]

During the last fifty years, intensive husbandry has profoundly modified the animal living conditions, especially in pigs and poultry. At the same time, concerns about animal welfare were growing on. "Welfare " (" le bien-etre " in french) can be defined as a state of dynamic balance (homeostasy) between the animal and its environment (internal and external). The attempts of the animal to maintain or to adjust this balance may induce physical and mental sufferings, eventually harmful even on a health than on a performance point of view. Welfare of farm animals is assessed using 4 complementary and closely linked types of measures, i.e. performance, health, physiology and ethology. Ethological measurements involve a lot of advantages and are more and more utilised: study of adaptation abilities, behavioural disorders or animal motivation and preference. Ethology is thus considered as a very useful tool that can not be neglected, as shown by the important scientific work, notably in pigs and poultry. Research results have to constitute an essential prerequisite to the ethical reflection process regarding animal welfare, allowing to induce concrete and relevant political acts. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat are the realistic hopes for remyelinisation in the central nervous system ?
Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Nationale de Médecine (2003), 158

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See detailPharmacological evaluation of the novel thromboxane modulator BM-567 (II/II). Effects of BM-567 on osteogenic sarcoma-cell-induced platelet aggregation
De Leval, X.; Benoit, V.; Delarge, J. et al

in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids (2003)

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See detailA New Wor(l)d Order: Language in the Fiction of the New Caribbean Diaspora
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (2003), 16

Language has always been a major issue for post-colonial writers, being at once an instrument used by the colonial power and one of the prime avenues of resistance to this oppression. For displaced West ... [more ▼]

Language has always been a major issue for post-colonial writers, being at once an instrument used by the colonial power and one of the prime avenues of resistance to this oppression. For displaced West Indian writers in particular, English has been a significant tool for self-assertion, all the more ambiguous because it is their "mother tongue" while being the tongue of their ancestors' masters as well. This paper analyses how the younger novelists of the Caribbean diaspora use and transform the English language in their search for a new diasporic, cross-cultural identity. Robert Antoni, Michelle Cliff, Fred D'Aguiar, David Dabydeen, M. Nourbese Philip and Caryl Phillips will be among the writers mentioned in this paper. While some of them resort to non-standard linguistic forms and thereby deal head on with the tension between local languages and the need for international communication, others have had a more oblique approach to linguistic change, one that involves not so much lexis as tone and rhythm and often operates by rehabilitating silenced voices from the past. I will attempt to demonstrate how these writers have turned speech into a site of creolization expressive of what Caryl Phillips has called" A New World Order". [less ▲]

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See detailNew ruthenium catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands for ATRP
Tudose, Adriana; Delfosse, Sébastien; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

in e-polymers (2003)

New ruthenium catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands in Kharasch chemistry

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See detailTIMP-2 and PAI-1 mRNA levels are lower in aneurysmal as compared to athero-occlusive abdominal aortas.
Defawe, Olivier D; Colige, Alain ULg; Lambert, Charles ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Research (2003), 60(1), 205-13

OBJECTIVE: Significant alterations of the vascular wall occurs in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and atherosclerotic occlusive disease (AOD) that ultimately may lead to either vascular rupture or ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Significant alterations of the vascular wall occurs in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and atherosclerotic occlusive disease (AOD) that ultimately may lead to either vascular rupture or obstruction. These modifications have been ascribed to one or a group of proteases, their inhibitors or to the matrix macromolecules involved in the repair process without considering the extent of the observed variations. METHODS: The mRNA steady-state level of a large spectrum of proteolytic enzymes (matrix metalloproteinases: MMP-1, -2, -3, -8, -9, -11, -12, -13, -14; urokinase plasminogen activator: u-PA), their physiological inhibitors (tissue inhibitors of MMPs: TIMP-1, -2, -3; plasminogen activator inhibitor: PAI-1) and that of structural matrix proteins (collagens type I and III, decorin, elastin, fibrillins 1 and 2) was determined by RT-PCR made quantitative by using a synthetic RNA as internal standard in each reaction mixture. The profile of expression was evaluated in AAA (n=7) and AOD (n=5) and compared to non-diseased abdominal (CAA, n=7) and thoracic aorta (CTA, n=5). RESULTS: The MMPs -8, -9, -12 and -13 mostly associated with inflammatory cells were not or barely detected in CAA and CTA while they were largely and similarly expressed in AAA and AOD. Expression of protease inhibitors or structural proteins were only slightly increased in both pathological conditions with the exception of elastin which was reduced. The main significant difference between AAA and AOD was a lower expression of TIMP-2 and PAI-1 in the aneurysmal lesions. CONCLUSIONS: The remodeling of the aortic wall in AAA and AOD involves gene activation of a large and similar spectrum of proteolytic enzymes while the expression of two physiological inhibitors, TIMP-2 and PAI-1, is significantly lower in AAA compared to AOD. The repair process in the aneurysmal disease seems similar to that of the occlusive disease. [less ▲]

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See detailBiosynthesis of defensive compounds from beetles and ants
Laurent, Pascal ULg; Braekman, Jean-Claude; Daloze, Désiré et al

in European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2003), 15

Many beetle and ant species owe their protection against predators to the presence of defensive compounds in their hemolymph or in specialized exocrine glands. A growing number of studies devoted to the ... [more ▼]

Many beetle and ant species owe their protection against predators to the presence of defensive compounds in their hemolymph or in specialized exocrine glands. A growing number of studies devoted to the elucidation of the biosynthetic pathways used by the insects to produce these compounds have been reported in recent years. An over-view of these studies is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailLes partis et la politique de défense
Dumoulin, André ULg

in Courrier hebdomadaire du CRISP (2003), 1798

Le présent Courrier hebdomadaire a pour objet l’analyse de l’intégration des questions de défense nationale et européenne au sein des préoccupations des partis politiques belges. Cette analyse comprend ... [more ▼]

Le présent Courrier hebdomadaire a pour objet l’analyse de l’intégration des questions de défense nationale et européenne au sein des préoccupations des partis politiques belges. Cette analyse comprend deux volets. Le premier examine les activités parlementaires en rapport avec les affaires militaires belges et européennes. Nous procéderons, plus précisément, à l’analyse des travaux conduits par la commission de la Défense nationale de la Chambre au cours de la dernière législature. Le second repose sur un examen des propositions relatives à la défense belge et européenne (politique européenne de sécurité et de défense) au sein des programmes politiques des partis représentés au Parlement fédéral dans la perspective des élections législatives du 18 mai 2003. L’objet de cette étude est de déceler les lieux de convergences et de divergences entre les formations politiques du pays (mise à l’agenda politique des partis, définition des priorités, visions prospectives, etc.). Il s’est agi, plus exactement, de relever les principales thématiques abordées par les partis en matière de défense nationale et européenne. En effet, à l’instar d’un grand nombre de compétences régaliennes, le secteur de la défense constitue un lieu d’intersection de multiples problématiques de type économique, social, budgétaire, environnemental et politique au sens propre du terme. En outre, le concept même de défense peut être décliné en une variété de sous-thèmes qui lui sont constitutifs (structure de forces, choix des systèmes d’armes et des matériels, définition des tâches et missions, statut du personnel, intégration au sein des enceintes multilatérales, spécialisation,…). Il est, enfin, utile de préciser que cette étude ne prend en compte ni les divers documents internes (à diffusion publique ou restreinte), ni les notes de travail produites par les partis, ni les études spécialisées sur la place de la Belgique en matière de sécurité européenne. Ce choix a été opéré à dessein. Il s’agit, en effet, de s’intéresser aux seules dispositions programmatiques spécifiquement adressées à l’ensemble des concitoyens dans le cadre de travaux parlementaires et d’un choix électoral donné. Aussi, cette étude ne peut être assimilée à un bilan exhaustif des positions et conceptions des partis en la matière ; il est plutôt un indicateur des messages que les formations politiques entendent transmettre aux citoyens [less ▲]

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See detailMarocains de Belgique : du travailleur immigré au citoyen transnational
Bousetta, Hassan ULg; Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Hommes & Migrations (2003), 1242(Mars-Avril), 94-106

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See detailEpidural hematoma after cervical spine surgery.
Hans, Pol ULg; Delleuze, Pierre Philippe; Born, Jacques Daniel et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (2003), 15(3), 282-5

The authors report an acute epidural hematoma after the surgical removal of a cervical C6-C7 disc herniation through an anterolateral approach of the cervical spine. Clinical history consisted of ... [more ▼]

The authors report an acute epidural hematoma after the surgical removal of a cervical C6-C7 disc herniation through an anterolateral approach of the cervical spine. Clinical history consisted of respiratory distress and flaccid tetraplegia that appeared 2.5 hours after surgery. Without any complementary radiologic investigation, the patient was immediately transferred to the operating room for a second look, which was unsuccessful. Magnetic resonance imaging performed after this second surgical procedure showed an anterior cervical hematoma extending from C3 to T3 without significant spinal cord compression. A cervical laminectomy was performed to evacuate the hematoma. The patient was extubated the next morning and discharged from the hospital after 5 days with no residual neurologic deficit. An extensive postoperative investigation revealed no coagulation disorder. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation continue en jonglerie
Fischbach, Willi; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2003), 43(4), 114-125

Le premier auteur est étudiant passionné de jonglerie, il a réalisé un mémoire de fin d’études portant sur l’utilisation de la jonglerie en milieu scolaire. Cet article est préparé à partir du contenu de ... [more ▼]

Le premier auteur est étudiant passionné de jonglerie, il a réalisé un mémoire de fin d’études portant sur l’utilisation de la jonglerie en milieu scolaire. Cet article est préparé à partir du contenu de formations continuées proposées aux maîtres de stage qui collaborent à la formation des étudiants de l’AESS de l’Institut Supérieur d’Education Physique et de Kinésithérapie de l’ULg. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical and textural characteristics of hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil and low-erucic acid rapeseed oil blends
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Deroanne, Claude ULg

in Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (2003), 80(2), 109-114

Low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (LERO) and hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (HLERO) were blended in binary systems. The blends were then studied for their physical properties such as solid fat ... [more ▼]

Low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (LERO) and hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (HLERO) were blended in binary systems. The blends were then studied for their physical properties such as solid fat content, melting curves by DSC, textural properties, and polymorphism. Phase behavior diagrams were constructed from the DSC and X-ray results, and isosolid diagrams were constructed from the NMR results. The mixture of HLERO and LERO displayed a monotectic behavior for all the storage time at 15degreesC. The aim of this work was to evaluate physical characteristics of binary blends of HLERO and nonhydrogenated LERO in order to use only LERO and hardened LERO in bakery shortenings. The mixture of 60% HLERO and 40% LERO is suitable to use as a plastic shortening, This blend is beta tending upon storage at 15degreesC. It could be used in pie crust applications. [less ▲]

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See detailCellular Uptake Of Antennapedia Penetratin Peptides Is A Two-Step Process In Which Phase Transfer Precedes A Tryptophan-Dependent Translocation
Dom, G.; Shaw-Jackson, C.; Matis, C. et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2003), 31(2), 556-61

Several homeodomains and homeodomain-containing proteins enter live cells through a receptor- and energy-independent mechanism. Translocation through biological membranes is conferred by the third alpha ... [more ▼]

Several homeodomains and homeodomain-containing proteins enter live cells through a receptor- and energy-independent mechanism. Translocation through biological membranes is conferred by the third alpha-helix of the homeodomain, also known as Penetratin. Biophysical studies demonstrate that entry of Penetratin into cells requires its binding to surface lipids but that binding and translocation are differentially affected by modifications of some physico-chemical properties of the peptide, like helical amphipathicity or net charge. This suggests that the plasma membrane lipid composition affects the internalization of Penetratin and that internalization requires both lipid binding and other specific properties. Using a phase transfer assay, it is shown that negatively charged lipids promote the transfer of Penetratin from a hydrophilic into a hydrophobic environment, probably through charge neutralization. Accordingly, transfer into a hydrophobic milieu can also be obtained in the absence of negatively charged lipids, by the addition of DNA oligonucleotides. Strikingly, phase transfer by charge neutralization was also observed with a variant peptide of same charge and hydrophobicity in which the tryptophan at position 6 was replaced by a phenylalanine. However, Penetratin, but not its mutant version, is internalized by live cells. This underscores that charge neutralization and phase transfer represent only a first step in the internalization process and that further crossing of a biological membrane necessitates the critical tryptophan residue at position 6. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of a simplified bryostatin C-ring analogue that binds to the CRD2 of human PKC-alpha and construction of a novel BC-analogue by an unusual Julia olefination process
Hale, K. J.; Frigerio, M.; Manaviazar, S. et al

in Organic Letters (2003), 5(4), 499-502

[GRAPHICS] The synthesis of two truncated bryostatin analogues 2 and 3 is described. High-field NMR measurements on the C-ring analogue 3 in (CH3CN)-H-2 containing 25% (H2O)-H-2 have shown that it binds ... [more ▼]

[GRAPHICS] The synthesis of two truncated bryostatin analogues 2 and 3 is described. High-field NMR measurements on the C-ring analogue 3 in (CH3CN)-H-2 containing 25% (H2O)-H-2 have shown that it binds to the CRD2 of human PKC-alpha at virtually the same position as phorbol-13-acetate (PA) and bryostatin 1 (1). NMR titration studies have also revealed that 3 binds to the CRD2 with a potency similar in magnitude to PA but much less potently than 1. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentités et valeurs politiques : quelle homogénéité pour l'Eurégio ?
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Fédéralisme - Régionalisme (2003)

Euregio Mosa-Rhine is a euregional structure that agregates Province of Liege and German-speaking belgian community (Belgium) Province of Limburg (Belgium), Province of South-Limburg (Netherlands) and ... [more ▼]

Euregio Mosa-Rhine is a euregional structure that agregates Province of Liege and German-speaking belgian community (Belgium) Province of Limburg (Belgium), Province of South-Limburg (Netherlands) and Regio Aachen (Germany). It is supposed to be an area with many commercial and cultural inter-relations. Throuth a survey led in 2002, the paper tries to assess cultural similitaries and differences between the five components at the level of social identity and political values. It shows a contrasted landscape where the two dutch-speaking parts being more individualist, the german part being more comunitarian and, at the heart, the province of Liege more materialist and egalitarian. [less ▲]

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See detailEnfin "Tubambe" devoile son identite! Hadraphe ethiopica (Bethune-Baker) (Limacodidae), une chenille comestible des forets claires zambeziennes.
Malaisse, François ULg; Demesmaecker, Anne; Matera, Joseph et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2003), 7(2), 67-77

La consommation humaine de chenilles de Limacodidae avait été signalée en Afrique centro-australe. L’une de ces espèces, Hadraphe ethiopica, a été déterminée. Des données relatives à sa biologie ont été ... [more ▼]

La consommation humaine de chenilles de Limacodidae avait été signalée en Afrique centro-australe. L’une de ces espèces, Hadraphe ethiopica, a été déterminée. Des données relatives à sa biologie ont été rassemblées. Des analyses d’échantillons séchés ont permis de préciser leur composition chimique et leur valeur nutritionnelle, notamment sur le plan des acides aminés et des acides gras. [less ▲]

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See detailEcoFerme: un logiciel d'évaluation environnementale de l'exploitation agricole
Debouche, Charles ULg

in Les Nouvelles de l'été (2003), (3e trimetre), 14-15

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See detailLa géographie économique, Cent ans de géographie à l’Université de Liège, 1903-2003
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2003), (43), 111-119

100 years of economic geography at the University of Liege

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See detailNonisotopic substrate for assaying both human zinc and NAD+-dependent histone deacetylases.
Heltweg, Birgit; Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Verdin, Eric et al

in Analytical Biochemistry (2003), 319(1), 42-8

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are involved in the regulation of transcription and their inhibitors are a promising class of new anticancer drugs. We have previously reported Boc(Ac)Lys-AMC, also termed MAL ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are involved in the regulation of transcription and their inhibitors are a promising class of new anticancer drugs. We have previously reported Boc(Ac)Lys-AMC, also termed MAL, as a fluorescent substrate for HDACs. Now we present a modification of MAL called Z-MAL that is characterized by an increased rate of conversion by histone deacetylases of classes I and II and the recently discovered sirtuins (histone deacetylases class III). MAL and Z-MAL are the first nonradioactive substrates for class III enzymes. The new substrate Z-MAL allows for shorter assay times in inhibitor screening and is applicable to diverse sources of deacetylase activity even with completely different catalytic mechanisms. Interestingly, MAL shows some relative preference toward class II, indicating that subtype selectivity in small-molecule HDAC substrates might be obtained. [less ▲]

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See detailEphrinA1 inactivates integrin-mediated vascular smooth muscle cell spreading via the Rac/PAK pathway.
Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Vouret-Craviari, Valerie; Wang, Bingcheng et al

in Journal of Cell Science (2003), 116(Pt 7), 1367-76

Interactions between the Eph receptor tyrosine kinase and ephrin ligands transduce short-range signals regulating axon pathfinding, development of the cardiovascular system, as well as migration and ... [more ▼]

Interactions between the Eph receptor tyrosine kinase and ephrin ligands transduce short-range signals regulating axon pathfinding, development of the cardiovascular system, as well as migration and spreading of neuronal and non-neuronal cells. Some of these effects are believed to be mediated by alterations in actin dynamics. The members of the small Rho GTPase family elicit various effects on actin structures and are probably involved in Eph receptor-induced actin modulation. EphrinA1 is proposed to contribute to angiogenesis as it is strongly expressed at sites of neovascularization. Moreover, angiogenic factors induce the expression of ephrinA1 in endothelial cells. In this study, using rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), we investigated the contribution of the small Rho GTPases in ephrinA1-induced integrin inactivation. EphrinA1 did not significantly affect early adhesion of VSMCs on purified laminin or fibronectin, but strongly impaired cell spreading. The Rho kinase inhibitor Y-27632 partly reversed the ephrinA1 effect, suggesting involvement of Rho in this model. However, inhibition of RhoA synthesis with short interfering (si)RNA had a modest effect, suggesting that RhoA plays a limited role in ephrinA1-mediated inhibition of spreading in VSMCs. The ephrinA1-mediated morphological alterations correlated with inhibition of Rac1 and p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) activity, and were antagonized by the expression of a constitutively active Rac mutant. Moreover, repression of Rac1 synthesis with siRNA amplifies the ephrinA1-induced inhibition of spreading. Finally, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a lipid mediator known to inhibit Rac activation in VSMCs amplifies the ephrinA1 effect. In conclusion, our results emphasize the role of the Rac/PAK pathway in ephrinA1-mediated inhibition of spreading. In this way, ephrinA1, alone or in synergy with S1P, can participate in blood vessel destabilization, a prerequisite for angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence and identity of cdt-related sequences in necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Jacquemin, E.; Oswald, E.

in Veterinary Microbiology (2003), 94

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See detailLes protéines de choc thermique (heat shock proteins). II Les protéines de choc thermique (heat shock proteins). II. Hsp70, biomarqueur, bioprotecteur.
Wirth, Delphine; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(2), 127-144

The exposure of any organism to high temperature induces rapid and transient cellular overexpression of specific proteins, the heat shock proteins (Hsps). This response, called heat shock response, was ... [more ▼]

The exposure of any organism to high temperature induces rapid and transient cellular overexpression of specific proteins, the heat shock proteins (Hsps). This response, called heat shock response, was initially discovered in Drosophila. The genes hsps were among the first eukaryotic genes to be cloned and whose regulation, which involves activation of heat shock factor (HSF), was elucidated. More recently, study of Hsp functions, particularly Hsp70, started. Their protective role, related to their molecular chaperon function, was inferred from experiments showing that Hsp70 expression, induced by a first stress, results in a cellular tolerance to second stress. Better understanding of the heat shock response had led to the development of two search fields on Hsp70 expression : (1) its use as biomarker of cellular stress and (2) the exploitation of its cytoprotective functions against various insults. This review includes historic of the research on the heat shock response, description of regulation mechanism of Hsp70 expression, and the interesting perspectives allocated to Hsp70 as biomarker and therapeutic tool. ----------- L’exposition de tout organisme à des températures élevées induit l'expression cellulaire rapide et transitoire de protéines spécifiques, les protéines de choc thermique (Hsps pour " heat shock proteins "). Cette réponse des cellules au choc thermique ou " heat shock response " a été initialement découverte chez la drosophile. Les gènes hsps furent parmi les premiers gènes eucaryotes à être clonés et utilisés comme paradigme dans l'étude des mécanismes de régulation transcriptionnelle faisant intervenir l'activation d'un ou plusieurs " heat shock factors" (HSFs). C'est plus récemment que l'étude des fonctions des Hsps, particulièrement Hsp70, a débuté. Le rôle protecteur de celle-ci, lié à sa fonction de " chaperon " protéique, a été déduit d'expériences montrant que l'induction de l'expression de Hsp70 lors d'un stress était associée au développement d'une tolérance cellulaire vis-à-vis d'un stress ultérieur. En plus d'un intérêt fondamental pour la compréhension de la "réponse au choc thermique", deux axes de recherche appliquée se sont développés visant à investiguer la possibilité d'utiliser l'expression de Hsp70 comme biomarqueur de souffrance cellulaire d'une part et, d'autre part, d'exploiter ses fonctions comme moyen de protection des cellules contre divers types d'agressions. Cette revue décrit l'historique des découvertes sur la " réponse au choc thermique ", le mécanisme régulant l'expression de Hsp70 ainsi que les perspectives intéressantes s'ouvrant à l'utilisation de l'expression de Hsp70 en tant que biomarqueur et outil thérapeutique. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Droit des sociétés
Caprasse, Olivier ULg

in Chronique de Droit à l'Usage du Notariat (2003)

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See detailLe passé récent, la réforme de l'impôt des personnes physiques, le cas des villes
Jurion, Bernard ULg

in Bulletin de Documentation du Ministère des Finances (2003)

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See detailFacteurs de virulence et propriétés spécifiques des souches invasives d'Escherichia coli : I) les adhésines et facteurs de colonisation
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(2, APR-MAY), 105-126

Escherichia coli bacterial species is subdivided into several strains that are pathogenic for man and animals, on the basis of their specific properties and factors which are responsible for their ... [more ▼]

Escherichia coli bacterial species is subdivided into several strains that are pathogenic for man and animals, on the basis of their specific properties and factors which are responsible for their pathogenic characters. The pathogenic strains are classically subdivided into strains with intestinal tropism (enterotoxigenic, enteropathogenic, enterohaemmorrhagic, verotoxigenic and enteroinvasive) and with extraintestinal tropism (uropathogenic and invasive). Invasive strains cause septicaemia and/or bacteraemia with localisations in different internal organs (systemic infections): If specific virulence properties and factors of strains with intestinal tropism are quite well known and described, those of strains with extraintestinal tropism are much less characterised, especially in animals. The purpose of this serie of review articles is to present the current knowledge on specific properties and factors of extraintestinal strains: adhesins and colonisation factors, transmucosal transfer and survival in blood and internal organs, toxicity. The fourth manuscript will deal with the invasive strains themselves, focusing on the necrotoxigenic strains. This first manuscript presents the current knowledge on the receptors, roles in pathogenesis, structures, genetic determinism and identification methods of fimbrial adhesins of P (Pap, Prs), S (Sfa, F1C, Sfr) and F17 (Vir, Att25, FY, 20K, G, Att111) families and of afimbrial adhesins of Afa family (Afa, Nfa, F1845, Bma, Dr...). [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction Of Surfactin With Membranes: A Computational Approach
Deleu, Magali ULg; Bouffioux, O.; Razafindralambo, Hary ULg et al

in Langmuir (2003), 19(8),

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See detailNumeros a theme et numero d'ete.
Kulbertus, Henri ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(7-8), 453-4

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See detailUne méthode générique pour la classification automatique d'images à partir des pixels
Marée, Raphaël ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in Revue des Nouvelles Technologies de l'Information (2003), 1

Dans cet article, nous évaluons une approche générique de classification automatique d'images. Elle repose sur une méthode d'apprentissage récente qui construit des ensembles d'arbres de décision par ... [more ▼]

Dans cet article, nous évaluons une approche générique de classification automatique d'images. Elle repose sur une méthode d'apprentissage récente qui construit des ensembles d'arbres de décision par sélection aléatoire des tests directement sur les valeurs basiques des pixels. Nous proposons une variante, également générique, qui réalise une augmentation fictive de la taille des échantillons par extraction et classification de sous-fenêtres des images. Ces deux approches sont évaluées et comparées sur quatre bases de données publiques de problèmes courants: la reconnaissance de chiffres manuscrits, de visages, d'objets 3D et de textures. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscription-coupled TA and GC strand asymmetries in the human genome
Touchon, M.; Nicolay, Samuel ULg; Arneodo, Alain et al

in FEBS Letters (2003), 555

Abstract Analysis of the whole set of human genes reveals that most of them present TA and GC skews, that these biases are correlated to each other and are speci¢c to gene sequences, exhibiting sharp ... [more ▼]

Abstract Analysis of the whole set of human genes reveals that most of them present TA and GC skews, that these biases are correlated to each other and are speci¢c to gene sequences, exhibiting sharp transitions between transcribed and non-tran- scribed regions. The GC asymmetries cannot be explained solely by a model previously proposed for (G+T) skew based on tran- sitions measured in a small set of human genes. We propose that the GC skew results from additional transcription-coupled mu- tation process that would include transversions. During evolu- tion, both processes acting on a large majority of genes in germ- line cells would have produced these transcription-coupled strand asymmetries. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-Performance Liquid Chromatography Analyses Of Pyoverdin Siderophores Differentiate Among Phytopathogenic Fluorescent Pseudomonas Species
Bultreys, Alain; Gheysen, Isabelle; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2003), 69(2),

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See detailMultiscale texture characterization of wastewater sludges dried in a convective rig
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2003), 21(8), 1507-1526

Secondary sludges from two different wastewater treatment plants are conditioned and dewatered in the same way before drying in a lab-scale convective rig at the same operating conditions. Several ... [more ▼]

Secondary sludges from two different wastewater treatment plants are conditioned and dewatered in the same way before drying in a lab-scale convective rig at the same operating conditions. Several techniques are used to characterize the texture of the dried materials over a wide range of scales from nm up to mm. Texture and porosity of the dried products are studied by SEM imaging, nitrogen absorption isotherms (0.5 < d(p) < 50 nm), mercury porosimetry (7.5 nm < d(p) < 150 mum) and X-ray microtomography (spatial resolution= 41 mum). The image analysis of cross-sections reconstructed by microtomography also allows following shrinkage and textural evolution during drying. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomarqueurs de toxicité et anomalies métaboliques dans les principales intoxications graves. Symptomatologie clinique et toxique. Le prélèvement conservatoire.
Goullé, Jean-Pierre; Lhermitte, Michel; Bartholi, M. et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (2003), 61(4), 421-433

Les membres du groupe de travail pluridisciplinaire « Toxicologie et biologie clinique » appartenant à la Société française de biologie clinique (SFBC), à la Société française de toxicologie analytique ... [more ▼]

Les membres du groupe de travail pluridisciplinaire « Toxicologie et biologie clinique » appartenant à la Société française de biologie clinique (SFBC), à la Société française de toxicologie analytique (SFTA), à la Société de toxicologie clinique (STC), proposent une aide méthodologique à l’intention des biologistes non spécialistes en toxicologie. Ils formulent également pour respecter les bonnes pratiques de laboratoire un certain nombre de recommandations. Trois documents de synthèse ont été élaborés. Ils concernent d’une part, les biomarqueurs de toxicité et les anomalies métaboliques dans les principales intoxications graves et, d’autre part, les symptômes cliniques essentiels correspondant à ces intoxications, enfin des recommandations sur le prélèvement conservatoire. Pour les biomarqueurs de toxicité, le tableau de synthèse concerne une cinquantaine de xénobiotiques : les principaux symptômes, les méthodes d’identification ou de dosage disponibles en urgence, les marqueurs biologiques utiles, la décision clinique correspondante, les dosages éventuels nécessaires à la prise en charge du patient, ainsi que l’antidote lorsque celui-ci existe. En ce qui concerne les techniques, le groupe propose un certain nombre de recommandations relatives au domaine clinique et médico-légal. Le groupe insiste également sur la nécessité de procéder dans certains cas à des prélèvements biologiques conservatoires dès la prise en charge du malade, prélèvements qui seront ou ne seront pas analysés en fonction du contexte et/ou de l’évolution de l’intoxication. [less ▲]

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See detailMéthodologie des plans de gestion piscicole en Région wallonne, application au bassin de la Semois
Conjaerts, C.; Hauptmann, Y.; Waltzing, D. et al

in Pêcheur Belge (Le) (2003), (8), 22-25

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See detailDust-acoustic modes in plasmas with dust distributions and charge fluctuations
Verheest, F.; Jacobs, G.; Cattaert, Tom ULg

in New Journal of Physics (2003), 5

Charge fluctuations in dusty plasmas are discussed starting from charge, mass, momentum and current equations for the combined dusty plasma. This allows a generic description of low-frequency waves in ... [more ▼]

Charge fluctuations in dusty plasmas are discussed starting from charge, mass, momentum and current equations for the combined dusty plasma. This allows a generic description of low-frequency waves in plasmas with dust distributions, and leads to the damping and other modifications of the dust-acoustic and related modes, like generalized dust-Coulomb modes. [less ▲]

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See detailRuthenium alkylidenes: a new class of catalysts for Kharasch addition and controlled radical polymerisation of vinyl monomers
Delfosse, Sébastien; Richel, Aurore ULg; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in e-polymers (2003)

Air-stable and readily available ruthenium benzylidene complexes of the general type (RuCl2 (=CHPh)(L)(L')) (L, L' = P(cC5H9)3, PCy3 and/or a N-heterocyclic carbene) constitute a new class of catalyst ... [more ▼]

Air-stable and readily available ruthenium benzylidene complexes of the general type (RuCl2 (=CHPh)(L)(L')) (L, L' = P(cC5H9)3, PCy3 and/or a N-heterocyclic carbene) constitute a new class of catalyst precursors for atom transfer radical addition (ATRA, also called Kharasch addition) and atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) of methyl methacrylate and styrene, and provide an unprecedented example for the involvement of ruthenium alkylidenes in radical reactions. They promote the addition of carbon tetrachloride to methyl methacrylate and styrene in moderate to high yield (Table 1). They also promote the polymerisation of methyl methacrylate and styrene in a controlled way with good to excellent yields (Table 2). The ligands L (P(cC5H9)3, PCy3 and/or a N-heterocyclic carbene) play a particularly important role in determining the rate of the polymerisation. A similarly pronounced influence is exerted by the substituents on the N-heterocyclic carbene. Our results indicate that: 􀀀 The catalysts decompose quickly under ATRA and ATRP conditions; 􀀀 Polymerisations are mediated by both (RuCl2(=CHPh)(L)(L')) complexes and ruthenium species bereft of the benzylidene moiety. [less ▲]

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