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See detailShortened first-line high-dose chemotherapy for patients with poor-prognosis aggressive lymphoma
Gisselbrecht, C.; Lepage, E.; Molina, T. et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2002), 20(10), 2472-2479

Purpose: Randomized trial LNH93-3 was conducted on patients who had poor-prognosis aggressive lymphoma and were younger than 60 years with two to three factors of the age-adjusted International Prognostic ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Randomized trial LNH93-3 was conducted on patients who had poor-prognosis aggressive lymphoma and were younger than 60 years with two to three factors of the age-adjusted International Prognostic Index to evaluate the benefit of early high-dose therapy (HDT) with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT). Patients and Methods: Patients were randomized between doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vindesine, bleomycin, and prednisone (ACVBP) chemotherapy followed by sequential consolidation and an experimental shortened treatment consisting of three cycles with escalated doses of cyclophosphamide, epirubicin, vindesine, bleomycin, and prednisone and collection of peripheral-blood stem cells. On day 60, HDT was administered with 1,3-bis(2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan followed by ASCT. Results: Eligible patients (n = 370) with aggressive lymphoma were analyzed. For ACVBP (181 patients) and HDT (189 patients), respective complete remission rates were 64% and 63%. With a median follow-up of 60 months, 5-year overall survival and event-free survival for ACVBP and HDT were 60% +/- 8% and 46% +/- 8% (P = .007) and 52 +/- 8% and 39 8% (P = .01), respectively. Survival was independently affected by age greater than 40 years (P = .0003), T-cell phenotype (P = .009), bone marrow involvement (P = .003), and HDT treatment group (P = .04). Conclusion: Early HDT with ASCT in high-risk patients was inferior to the ACVBP chemotherapy regimen. These results indicate that the received dose-intensity before HDT was too low when compared with ACVBP and HDT and was given too early. (C) 2002 by American Society of Clinical Oncology. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of epsilon-caprolactone as a polymerizable solvent for the atom transfer radical polymerization of MMA at low temperature
Wang, Wenxin; Yin, Zhihui; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2002), 203(7), 968-974

This paper report on the decisive effect that solvent has on the atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl metacrylate (MMA) at low temperature. In buta-none and in the presence of a copper(I ... [more ▼]

This paper report on the decisive effect that solvent has on the atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl metacrylate (MMA) at low temperature. In buta-none and in the presence of a copper(I)/bipyridine com-plex the polymerization is controlled and the molecular weight distribution is narrow, at 0°C and even lower. This control is maintained when ε-caprolactone (CL) is substi-tuted for butanone. The use of this polymerizable solvent together with a novel dual initiator, 2-hydroxyethyl. 2'-methyl-2'bromopropionate, is an efficient strategy to pre pare PMMA-b-PCL diblock polymers in a one-pot process. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin agrométéorologique - Avril 2002
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Ozer, Pierre ULg; Eerens, H. et al

in Bulletin Agrométéorologique (2002)

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See detailMutational analysis of the two zinc-binding sites of the Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 metallo-beta-lactamase
De Seny, Dominique ULg; Prosperi, Christelle ULg; Bebrone, Carine ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (2002), 363(Pt 3), 687-696

The metallo-beta-lactamase BcII from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 possesses a binuclear zinc centre. The mono-zinc form of the enzyme displays an appreciably high activity. although full efficiency is observed ... [more ▼]

The metallo-beta-lactamase BcII from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 possesses a binuclear zinc centre. The mono-zinc form of the enzyme displays an appreciably high activity. although full efficiency is observed for the di-zinc enzyme. In an attempt to assign the involvement of the different zinc ligands in the catalytic properties of BcII, individual substitutions of selected amino acids were generated. With the exception of His(116) --> Ser (H116S), C221A and C221S, the mono- and di-zinc forms of all the other mutants were poorly active. The activity of H116S decreases by a factor of 10 when compared with the wild type. The catalytic efficiency of C221A and C221S was zinc-dependent. The monozinc forms of these mutants exhibited a low activity, whereas the catalytic efficiency of their respective di-zinc forms was comparable with that of the wild type. Surprisingly, the zinc contents of the mutants and the wild-type Bell were similar. These data suggest that the affinity of the beta-lactamase for the metal was not affected by the substitution of the ligand. The pH-dependence of the H196S catalytic efficiency indicates that the zinc ions participate in the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring by acting as a Lewis acid. The zinc ions activate the catalytic water molecule, but also polarize the carbonyl bond of the beta-lactam ring and stabilize the development of a negative charge on the carbonyl oxygen of the tetrahedral reaction intermediate. Our studies also demonstrate that Asn(233) is not directly involved in the interaction with the substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailIntracellular free iron content of rat liver tissue after cold ischemia
Pincemail, Joël ULg; Sergent, O.; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2002), 34(3), 759-761

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See detailLa sténose d'artère rénale: cause possible de décompensation cardiaque aiguë
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 253-257

Among the different causes of pulmonary edema, there are all the clinical situations with hydrosaline overload. A significant (> 70%) bilateral renal artery stenosis or a unilateral stenosis in the ... [more ▼]

Among the different causes of pulmonary edema, there are all the clinical situations with hydrosaline overload. A significant (> 70%) bilateral renal artery stenosis or a unilateral stenosis in the presence of a solitary kidney is one possibility. Recurrent acute pulmonary edema not fully explained on a cardiac basis is rather typical for such a disease in a cardiac patient with moderate renal failure aggravated when angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors are used. [less ▲]

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See detailConstitutive nuclear factor-kappa B activity preserves homeostasis of quiescent mature lymphocytes and granulocytes by controlling the expression of distinct Bcl-2 family proteins
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Jaspar, Fabrice ULg et al

in Blood (2002), 99(10), 3683-3691

Constitutive nuclear factor kappaB (NFkappaB) activity protects quiescent mature Immune cells from spontaneous apoptosis. Here, we examined whether NF-kappaB exerts its antiapoptotic function in these ... [more ▼]

Constitutive nuclear factor kappaB (NFkappaB) activity protects quiescent mature Immune cells from spontaneous apoptosis. Here, we examined whether NF-kappaB exerts its antiapoptotic function in these cells through the control of Bcl-2 family proteins. Specific pharmacologic inhibitors of NF-kappaB were used to achieve total NF-kappaB inactivation In quiescent human blood lymphocytes, granulocytes, and monocytes. NF-kappaB inhibition induced drastic lymphocyte and granulocyte apoptosis, but only moderate monocyte apoptosis. T- and B-cell apoptosis was slow and associated with a gradual down-regulation of the prosurvival Bcl-2 family proteins Bcl-X-L and BcI-2, respectively. By contrast, granulocyte apoptosis was fast and accompanied by a rapid cellular accumulation of Bcl-x(s), the proapoptotic Bcl-x isoform that is generated from alternative splicing of the bcl-x pre-mRNA. Finally, antisense bci-x(L) and bcl-2 knockdown in T and B cells, respectively, and induction of Bcl-xs expression in granulocytes through antisense oligonucleotide-mediated redirection of bcl-x pre-mRNA splicing were sufficient to induce significant apoptosis in these cells. Taken together, these results reveal that basal NF-kappaB activity preserves homeostasis of quiescent mature lymphocytes and granulocytes through regulation of distinct members of the Bcl-2 family. This study sheds light on the constitutive mechanisms by which NF-kappaB maintains defense integrity. (C) 2002 by The American Society of Hematology. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between aromatase (estrogen synthase) and dopamine in the control of male sexual behavior in quail
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Baillien, M.; Ball, G. F.

in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part B (2002), 132(1), 37-55

In male quail, like in other vertebrates including rodents, testosterone acting especially through its estrogenic metabolites is necessary for the activation of male sexual behavior. Also, the ... [more ▼]

In male quail, like in other vertebrates including rodents, testosterone acting especially through its estrogenic metabolites is necessary for the activation of male sexual behavior. Also, the administration of dopamine agonists and antagonists profoundly influences male sexual behavior. How the steroid-sensitive neural network and dopamine interact physiologically, remains largely unknown. It is often implicitly assumed that testosterone or its metabolite estradiol, stimulates male sexual behavior via the modification of dopaminergic transmission. We have now identified in quail two possible ways in which dopamine could potentially affect sexual behavior by modulating the aromatization of testosterone into an estrogen. One is a long-acting mechanism that presumably involves the modification of dopaminergic transmission followed by the alteration of the genomic expression of aromatase. The other is a more rapid mechanism that does not appear to be dopamine receptor-mediated and may involve a direct interaction of dopamine with aromatase (possibly via substrate competition). We review here the experimental data supporting the existence of these controls of aromatase activity by dopamine and discuss the possible contribution of these controls to the activation of male sexual behavior. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostic differentiel et traitement medical dans la maladie de Cushing.
Beckers, Albert ULg; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Betea, Daniela ULg et al

in Neuro-Chirurgie (2002), 48(2-3 Pt 2), 163-172

Cushing's disease remains a difficult diagnosis in spite of new technical procedures such as pituitary MRI, selective bilateral petrosal or cavernous sampling, (111)In pentreotide scan and 18 ... [more ▼]

Cushing's disease remains a difficult diagnosis in spite of new technical procedures such as pituitary MRI, selective bilateral petrosal or cavernous sampling, (111)In pentreotide scan and 18 Flurodeoxyglucose pituitary PET scan. In this article, we review biological diagnostic procedures of Cushing's disease and corticotroph adenomas. According to our experience and the literature, we summarize the approach in medical treatment of Cushing's disease. [less ▲]

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See detail"Un bémol à l'exécution de l'appel", note sous Gand, 21 décembre 2000
Moreau, Pierre ULg; de Leval, Georges ULg

in Revue Générale de Droit Civil Belge = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Burgerlijk (2002)

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See detailMycophenolate mofetil monotherapy in stable liver transplant recipients with progressive renal failure
Detry, Olivier ULg; De Roover, Arnaud ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2002), 34(3), 782-783

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See detailPreventive control of voltage security margins: A multicontingency sensitivity-based approach
Capitanescu, Florin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2002), 17(2), 358-364

This paper addresses the problem of changing the operating point of a power system in order to keep voltage security margins with respect to contingencies above some minimal value. Margins take on the ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of changing the operating point of a power system in order to keep voltage security margins with respect to contingencies above some minimal value. Margins take on the form of maximum pre-contingency power transfers either between a generation and a load area or between two generation areas. They are determined by means of a fast time-domain method. We will first discuss the use of a general optimal power flow, in which linear voltage security constraints are added. The simultaneous control of several (possibly conflicting) contingencies is considered. Then, we will focus on the minimal control change objective. Among the possible controls, emphasis is put on generation rescheduling and load curtailment. Examples are presented on an 80-bus test system as well as on a real system. [less ▲]

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See detailThe shoot apical meristem of Sinapis alba L. expands its central symplasmic field during the floral transition
Ormenese, Sandra ULg; Havelange, Andrée ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg et al

in Planta (2002), 215(1), 67-78

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) is functionally subdivided into zones with distinct tasks. During vegetative growth the peripheral zone of the meristem gives rise to leaf primordia that develop into ... [more ▼]

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) is functionally subdivided into zones with distinct tasks. During vegetative growth the peripheral zone of the meristem gives rise to leaf primordia that develop into dorsiventral leaves under the influence of signals from the central zone. During the floral transition the function of the SAM is altered and its peripheral zone starts to form floral structures in a specific pattern. This requires alterations in the signal networks that coordinate the activities of the peripheral and central zone of the SAM. These signal networks are partly housed in the symplasmic space of the SAM. Dye-coupling experiments demonstrate that in the superficial layer of the Sinapis alba meristem this space is radially subdivided. The cells of the central zone are coupled into a symplasmic field, which is shielded from the peripheral zone by the positional closing of plasmodesmata. In the vegetative meristems, most of these central symplasmic fields have a triangular geometry and are relatively small in size. Plants that are induced to flower by exposure to a single long day alter the geometry as well as the size of their central symplasmic field. After two subsequent days under short photoperiod the central symplasmic fields exhibit a circular form. Simultaneously. their size strongly increases both in an absolute sense and relative to the enlarging meristem. The geometric change in the fields is hypothesized to be due to recruitment of extra initial cells, required to support the increase in phyllotactic complexity. The proportional increase in field size is interpreted as an adjustment in the balance between the central and peripheral zone of the SAM, accompanying the shift from leaf production to flower formation. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of migraine: Possible links to neurophysiological abnormalities
Sandor, P. S.; Ambrosini, A.; Agosti, R. M. et al

in Headache (2002), 42(5), 365-377

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See detailCeratopycnidium citricola is Byssoloma lueckingii
Lucking, R.; Sérusiaux, Emmanuel ULg; Santesson, R.

in Lichenologist (2002), 34(Part 3), 270-272

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See detailLa dissection aigue de l'aorte: la grande simulatrice
Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 258-62

Dissecting aneurysm is capable to induce death by cardiac complications, internal haemorrhage or acute ischemia of any organ supplied by an aortic branch. Only early and precise diagnosis can oppose the ... [more ▼]

Dissecting aneurysm is capable to induce death by cardiac complications, internal haemorrhage or acute ischemia of any organ supplied by an aortic branch. Only early and precise diagnosis can oppose the fatal evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailPersistent infection of human thymic epithelial cells by coxsackievirus B4
Brilot, F.; Chehadeh, W.; Charlet-Renard, C. et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(10), 5260-5265

Persistent replication of coxsackievirus B4 (CVB4) E2 (diabetogenic) and CVB4 JBV (nondiabetogenic) strains in thymic epithelial cell (TEC)-enriched cultures (>or=95%) was proved by detection of positive ... [more ▼]

Persistent replication of coxsackievirus B4 (CVB4) E2 (diabetogenic) and CVB4 JBV (nondiabetogenic) strains in thymic epithelial cell (TEC)-enriched cultures (>or=95%) was proved by detection of positive- and negative-strand viral RNA by reverse transcription-PCR in extracted RNA from cell cultures, VP1 capsid protein detection by immunofluorescence (IF) staining, and release of infectious particles up to 30 days after infection without obvious cytolysis. By double-IF staining, cytokeratin-containing cells were shown to be susceptible to CVB4. The persistence of CVB4 was associated with a significantly increased rate of TEC proliferation (up to 70%) after 20 days of culture and a significantly increased chronic production of immunoreactive interleukin-6 (IL-6), leukemia inhibitory factor, and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor in supernatant after 3 days of culture. The CVB4 replication and the release of cytokines were not restricted to the CVB4 E2 diabetogenic strain and did not depend on the genetic background of the host; however, TEC were more responsive to CVB4 E2 than CVB4 JBV as far as the production of cytokines. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatially resolved far ultraviolet spectroscopy of the jovian aurora
Gustin, Jacques ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies (2002), 157(1), 91-103

Spatially resolved spectra in four 50-Angstrom FUV spectral windows were obtained across the jovian aurora with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope. Nearly ... [more ▼]

Spatially resolved spectra in four 50-Angstrom FUV spectral windows were obtained across the jovian aurora with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on board the Hubble Space Telescope. Nearly simultaneous ultraviolet imaging makes it possible to correlate the intensity variations along the STIS slit with those observed in the images and to characterize the global auroral context prevailing at the time of the observations. Spectra at similar to1-Angstrom resolution taken in pairs included an unabsorbed window and a spectral region affected by hydrocarbon absorption. Both sets of spectra correspond to an aurora with a main oval brightness of about 130 kilorayleighs of H-2 emission. The far ultraviolet color ratios I(1550-1620 Angstrom)/I(1230-1300 Angstrom) are 2.3 and 5.9 for the noon and morning sectors of the main oval, respectively. We use an interactive model coupling the energy degradation of incoming energetic electrons, auroral temperature and composition, and synthetic H2 spectra to fit the intensity distribution of the H2 lines. It is found that the model best fitting globally the spectra has a soft energy component in addition to a 10 erg cm(-2) s(-1) flux of 80 keV electrons. It provides an effective H2 temperature of 540 K. The relative intensity of temperature-sensitive H-2 lines indicates differences between the auroral main oval and polar cap emissions. The amount of methane absorption across the polar region is shown to vary in a way consistent with temperature. For the second spectral pair, the polar cap shows a higher attenuation by CH4, indicating a harder precipitation along high-latitude magnetic field lines. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). [less ▲]

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See detailByssoloma llimonae sp nov., from continental Spain, Madeira and the Canary Islands
Sérusiaux, Emmanuel ULg; Gomez-Bolea, A.; Longan, A. et al

in Lichenologist (2002), 34(Part 3), 183-188

Byssoloma llimonae, a new species described from NE Spain, Madeira and the Canary Islands (Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife), is a mostly corticolous species, closely related to the more widespread and ... [more ▼]

Byssoloma llimonae, a new species described from NE Spain, Madeira and the Canary Islands (Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife), is a mostly corticolous species, closely related to the more widespread and usually foliicolous Bapalmuia kakouettae (=Byssoloma aptrootii). The generic position of this group of species within the Pilocarpaceae is still unclear. The new combination Byssoloma kakouettae (Serus.) R. Lucking [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity of follicles from prepubertal calves ovaires to in vitro stimulation with LH and FSH
Bister, J.L; De roover, R; Dessy, F et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(1), 15-16

Ovaries from prepubertal calves were harvested in an abattoir and quickly brought to the laboratory for the dissection of the follicles. The intact entire follicles were put in individual chambers and ... [more ▼]

Ovaries from prepubertal calves were harvested in an abattoir and quickly brought to the laboratory for the dissection of the follicles. The intact entire follicles were put in individual chambers and continuously perifused with TCM199 at the rate of 1ml/30 min. The medium was added LH at the time 60–90 min and FSH at the time 120–180 min. The perifusion lasted 5 hours and the perifused medium was collected every 30 min. The samples were assayed for Progesterone, D4-Androstenedione and Estradiol. Four different stimulations were assayed: LH +FSHc (FSH commercial with an estimated 20% LH contamination), LH + FSHp (pure FSH, with 0% LH activity), FSHc alone, and FSHp alone. No difference were observed between the treatments; this confirms the results of De Roover eet al. (this workshop) that the absence of LH is not the reason for the lack of Estradiol peak after FSH stimulation of calves ovaries in vivo. Only large follicles (diameter ³ 13 mm) were able to produce Estradiol in vitro. According to the follicular size, no difference can be measured in D4 production, but medium sized follicles produced significantly more Progesterone than small or large ones. It can be interpreted as a growing ability to produce Progesterone and the late acquisition of ability to produce Estradiol. The observation of the small proportion of follicles with diameter ³ 13 mm may be the explanation of the lack of E2 peak production after in vivo stimulation. High levels of Estradiol are suspected to be necessary for the acquisition of the oocyte competency to develop into viable embryos. The incapability of most of the follicles present in ovaries of prepubertal calves to produce significant level of E2 might be the reason of the poor results in embryo development after ovum pick-up in this kind of animal. [less ▲]

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See detailInterest of a prescreening questionnaire to reduce the cost of bone densitometry
Ben Sedrine, Wafa ULg; Broers, P.; Devogelaer, J. P. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2002), 13(5), 434-442

Bone mineral density (BMD) measurement is widely recognized as the best single tool to identify patients with a high lifetime risk of developing an osteoporosis-related fracture. However, the cost/benefit ... [more ▼]

Bone mineral density (BMD) measurement is widely recognized as the best single tool to identify patients with a high lifetime risk of developing an osteoporosis-related fracture. However, the cost/benefit value of screening the whole population has been repeatedly challenged and demonstrated to be rather poor. In many countries, BMD scan is not or no longer reimbursed because of lack of validated criteria to identify patients who should benefit from this procedure. Based on the proposals of a nationwide expert panel, a simple questionnaire identifying historical, clinical and behavioral risk factors for osteoporosis was developed. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of the proposed criteria; to determine the extent to which this questionnaire could be useful for optimizing the use of densitometry tests; and, more specifically, to estimate the diagnostic costs per osteoporotic or osteopenic patient detected. For this purpose, we applied the questionnaire to 3998 consecutive individuals at least 20 years old, of both genders, either consulting spontaneously or referred for a BMD measurement to an outpatient osteoporosis center. BMD was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at the lumbar spine and at the hip (both total hip and femoral neck). Diagnostic accuracies were evaluated through measures of sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values. After determining a benchmark value for age, different strategies were compared in order to identify the most cost-effective one in terms of cost per patient detected. According to the WHO operational definition of osteoporosis (T-score <-2.5), 31% of the subjects were classified as osteoporotic at one or more of the measured sites. If only patients with at least one of the proposed risk factors had been referred for scans, 33.3% of the BMD measurements would have been avoided. Among those, less than 5% were missclassified as they did have osteoporosis at the total hip and up to 23% at one or more of the considered sites. On the other hand, of the subjects who would be recommended for a densitometry test, only a small fraction were identified correctly (the positive predictive values varied from 11.3% at the total hip to 34.8% at any site). In this first setting, the suggested criteria seem useful chiefly for excluding subjects who do not need a DXA scan rather than selecting osteoporotic patients. When applied only to patients aged 61 years or more, the positive predictive values rose to 15.1% (total hip) and 42.9% (any site), whereas the corresponding negative predictive values were set at 93% and 68.6%. In comparison, with a mass screening scenario the estimated diagnostic costs (costs associated with the DXA procedure) per osteoporotic patient detected at any of the considered sites would be reduced by more than 9% (59.4 instead of 65.3 Euros) if the suggested indications are taken into account for prescreening patients. And when the questionnaire is applied only to women over the age of 60 years these costs would be further reduced to 50.6 Euros, representing a 23% decrease. Then, a prescreening strategy based on these indications concomitantly with an age-selective criterion could represent a promising way toward a more rational use of BMD measurement. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de l'huile de chaîne à base végétale
Debouche, Charles ULg; Novak, Marie Hélène; Sonneville, G.

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), 58

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See detailThe application of EIA/SEA procedures to the urban cultural heritage active conservation
Teller, Jacques ULg; Dupagne, Albert ULg

in Proc. of 5th European Commission Conference on Research for Protection, Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage (2002)

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See detailA proinflammatory role for the cyclopentenone prostaglandins at low micromolar concentrations: Oxidative stress-induced extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation without NF-kappa B inhibition
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Desmet, Christophe ULg; Burin Kefer, D. et al

in Journal of Immunology (2002), 168(10), 5318-5325

An anti-inflammatory role and therapeutic potential for cyclopentenone PGs (cyPGs) has been suggested, based on observations that levels of cyPGs in exudates increase during the resolution phase of ... [more ▼]

An anti-inflammatory role and therapeutic potential for cyclopentenone PGs (cyPGs) has been suggested, based on observations that levels of cyPGs in exudates increase during the resolution phase of inflammation, and that exogenous cyPGs may attenuate the inflammatory response in vivo and in vitro mainly through inhibition of NF-kappaB, a critical activator of inflammatory gene expression. However, exogenous cyPGs inhibit NF-kappaB only at concentrations substantially higher than those of endogenous cyPGs present in inflammatory fluids, thus challenging the hypothesis that cyPGs are naturally occurring inhibitors of inflammation and suggesting that cyPGs at low concentrations might have previously unappreciated effects. In this study, using various cell types, we report that cyPGs, when used at concentrations substantially lower than required for NF-kappaB inhibition (viz, low micromolar concentrations), significantly potentiate the inflammatory response to TNF-alpha. At these concentrations, cyPGs induce production of reactive oxygen species, thereby synergizing with TNF-alpha to activate the extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2, an activation which in turn potentiates proinflammatory cytokine expression at both transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Our studs establishes a proinflammatory role for cyPGs at low micromolar concentrations, raises the possibility that cyPGs do not act as physiologic anti-inflammatory mediators, and questions the therapeutic potential of these compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma trypsin level in horses suffering from acute intestinal obstruction
Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Gangl, M.; Deby, Ginette ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2002), 163(3), 283-291

Gastrointestinal disorders in horses leading to endotoxic shock could have further consequences on other splanchnic organs such as the pancreas, as can be seen in humans suffering from septic shock. In ... [more ▼]

Gastrointestinal disorders in horses leading to endotoxic shock could have further consequences on other splanchnic organs such as the pancreas, as can be seen in humans suffering from septic shock. In this study, the range of enzymatically active trypsin (EAT) in healthy horses was established and is similar to the range observed in healthy humans. EAT values were determined in horses with acute abdominal crises on admission as well as during anaesthesia and in the postoperative phase. A significant increase in plasma EAT was found in 59% of the horses with surgical colic when compared to our established reference range. Significantly higher values were found in severe shock cases. When separated in groups according to the duration of colic before referral, significantly higher EAT values were observed in the non-survivor group compared to the survivor group of colics of short duration. EAT plasma values increased significantly during the postoperative phase, and were significantly higher in small intestine obstructions than in large bowel disorders. In human medicine, hypovolaemic or septic shock patients show an increase in pancreatic proteases. Splanchnic hypoperfusion during shock could lead to pancreatic damage resulting in trypsin liberation into the peritoneal space and an increase in plasma levels. Trypsin is able to activate inflammatory cascades and leucocytes and could play a role in multiple organ failure. Further studies are needed to evaluate the implications of changes in plasma trypsin in the disease process of equine acute abdomen and to demonstrate possible pancreatic damage. [less ▲]

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See detailTime-resolved laser-induced fluorescence lifetime measurements and theoretical transition probabilities in Tb III
Biémont, Emile ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Physical Review A (2002), 65(5),

Lifetimes of four short-lived levels belonging to the 4f(8)(F-7)6p configuration of Tb III have been measured using a two-step excitation time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. They agree ... [more ▼]

Lifetimes of four short-lived levels belonging to the 4f(8)(F-7)6p configuration of Tb III have been measured using a two-step excitation time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. They agree quite well with multiconfigurational relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations performed with inclusion of core-polarization effects. Using the experimental lifetimes and the theoretical branching fractions, a set of transition probabilities has been deduced for this ion. [less ▲]

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See detailTroubles anxieux et pathologies organiques: un diagnostic differentiel difficile
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Fuchs, Sonia; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 303-306

The diagnostic criteria for panic disorder include symptoms commonly experienced by patients with organic diseases. We report a case of coronary artery spasm in a patient with chest pain, exhibiting ... [more ▼]

The diagnostic criteria for panic disorder include symptoms commonly experienced by patients with organic diseases. We report a case of coronary artery spasm in a patient with chest pain, exhibiting atypical characteristics, and accompanied by symptoms of nervousness. The approach and the management of anxiety disorders are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMaladie de Cushing et adénome corticotrope: fonctions antéhypophysaires avant et après microchirurgie transsphénoidale
Martin, Didier ULg; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg et al

in Neuro-Chirurgie (2002), 48(2-3, Pt 2), 226-233

Background and purpose. - Cushing's disease is characterized by an overproduction of ACTH inducing an hypersecretion of corticosteroids. We assessed the non-corticotrophic pituitary functions before and ... [more ▼]

Background and purpose. - Cushing's disease is characterized by an overproduction of ACTH inducing an hypersecretion of corticosteroids. We assessed the non-corticotrophic pituitary functions before and after microsurgical resection of the corticotrophic adenoma. Methods. - We reviewed retrospectively a series of 98 patients (19 males, 79 females) undergoing transsphenoidal surgery between 1974 and 2001. Prolactin levels, somatrotrophic, gonadotrophic and thyroidotrophic functions were assessed and compared before and after resection of the adenoma. Results. - Before surgery, we observed an elevation of prolactin and a reduction of the GH, TSH, LH and FSH levels. These modifications were not linked to the volume of the adenoma but depended on the systemic effect of the hypercorticism or on local paracrine mechanisms. Selective adenomectomy usually restored altered corticotrophic and also, unlike (partial or total) hypophysectomy, the non-corticotrophic functions. Conclusions. - Non-corticotrophic functions are often altered in Cushing's disease but can be restored after selective adenomectomy. [less ▲]

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See detailImmobilization of actinide ions in thin layers of polypyrrole/polyacrylamidoglycolic acid (PPy/PAGA) composite. Application to the preparation of alpha spectrometry sources
Leroy, D.; Martinot, Lucien; Mignosin, P. et al

in Radiochimica Acta (2002), 90(5), 279-284

We propose a new fully aqueous electrochemical method for the preparation of high resolution alpha sources. Thin films of polypyrrole (PPy) are prepared by anodic electropolymerization, starting from ... [more ▼]

We propose a new fully aqueous electrochemical method for the preparation of high resolution alpha sources. Thin films of polypyrrole (PPy) are prepared by anodic electropolymerization, starting from aqueous solutions of the pyrrole monomer and an anionic polyelectrolyte which is able to complex actinide and play the role of PPy doping agent: polyacrylamidoglycolic acid (PAGA). These thin films can be prepared on various electrodes: stainless steel, platinum, glassy carbon and polyethylene doped by carbon-black. Peeling tests revealed their strong adhesion on stainless steel electrode. Alpha sources were prepared by simple immersion in actinide containing solutions. This easy process results in alpha sources with outstanding energy resolution (FWHM: around 9 keV for various isotopes). [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of perioperative infusion of antioxidants on neutrophil activation during liver transplantation in humans
Biasi, F.; Poli, G.; Salizzoni, M. et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2002), 34(3), 755-758

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See detailThe fate of the Blal repressor during the induction of the Bacillus licheniformis BlaP beta-lactamase
Filée, Patrice ULg; Benlafya, Kamal; Delmarcelle, Michaël ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2002), 44(3), 685-694

The induction of the Staphylococcus aureus BlaZ and Bacillus licheniformis 749/l BIaP beta-lactamases by beta-lactam antibiotics occurs according to similar processes. In both bacteria, the products of ... [more ▼]

The induction of the Staphylococcus aureus BlaZ and Bacillus licheniformis 749/l BIaP beta-lactamases by beta-lactam antibiotics occurs according to similar processes. In both bacteria, the products of the blal and blaR1 genes share a high degree of sequence homology and act as repressors and penicillin-sensory transducers respectively. It has been shown in S. aureus that the Blal repressor, which controls the expression of BlaZ negatively, is degraded after the addition of the inducer. In the present study, we followed the fate of Blal during beta-lactamase induction in B. licheniformis 749/l and in a recombinant Bacillus subtilis 168 strain harbouring the pDML995 plasmid, which carries the B. licheniformis blaP, blal and blaR1 genes. In contrast to the situation in B. licheniformis 749/l, beta-lactamase induction in B. subtilis 168/pDML995 was not correlated with the proteolysis of Blal. To exclude molecular variations undetectable by SDS-PAGE, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis was performed with cellular extracts from uninduced or induced B. subtilis 168/pDML995 cells. No variation in the Blal isoelectric point was observed in induced cells, whereas the DNA-binding property was lost. Cross-linking experiments with dithiobis(succimidylpropionate) confirmed that, in uninduced recombinant B. subtilis cells, Blat was present as a homodimer and that this situation was not altered in induced conditions. This latter result is incompatible with a mechanism of inactivation of Blal by proteolysis and suggests that the inactivation of Blal results from a non-covalent modification by a co-activator and that the subsequent proteolysis of Blal might be a secondary phenomenon. In addition to the presence of this co-activator, our results show that the presence of penicillin stress is also required for full induction of beta-lactamase biosynthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimal extraction of multiple overlapping spectra using a maximum entropy algorithm
Khmil, S. V.; Surdej, Jean ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 387(1), 347-355

A general algorithm of slit spectra extraction for a system of point-like sources (e.g. multiple lensed images of a quasar) has been developed, assuming that the point-spread function (PSF) induced by the ... [more ▼]

A general algorithm of slit spectra extraction for a system of point-like sources (e.g. multiple lensed images of a quasar) has been developed, assuming that the point-spread function (PSF) induced by the measuring instrument and/or atmosphere and the positions of the spectra relative to the CCD frame are unknown. The main idea of the algorithm is to successively apply the maximum entropy method to each set of parameters, such as the spectra, the PSF, and the spectra positions, in order to iteratively improve their values. The algorithm uses all the a priori knowledge about the spectra (e.g. flux positivity, flux ratios between the components, astrometry, etc.) to compute the initial parameter sets. The main features of the algorithm, its implementation, as well as some important aspects of its practical use, are discussed in detail. Two sets of simulated spectroscopic data have been built in order to show the most characteristic properties of the algorithm and to justify its aplication to the spectra extraction of the gravitational lens system Q1009-0252 A [less ▲]

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See detailMuscle performance in patients with fibromyalgia
Maquet, Didier ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Renard, Cindy ULg et al

in Joint Bone Spine (2002), 69(3), 293-299

Objectives. To compare muscle performance in women with fibromyalgia and in healthy women. Patients and methods. Sixteen women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and 85 healthy women who were physically ... [more ▼]

Objectives. To compare muscle performance in women with fibromyalgia and in healthy women. Patients and methods. Sixteen women with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and 85 healthy women who were physically inactive or engaged in recreational sports underwent measurements of four parameters: maximal concentric isokinetic muscle strength of the knee extensors and flexors in the dominant limb, isometric grip strength on a Colin dynamometer, muscle fatigue resistance during 30 maximal concentric isokinetic contractions of the dominant knee flexors and extensors at 180° angular velocity, and static endurance during posture maintenance. Results. All muscle variables were decreased in the FMS patients as compared to the controls.The decreases were more marked during aerobic than during anaerobic exercise.Mean decreases were 39% (P<0.001) for muscle strength, 40% (P<0.0001) for fatigue resistance, and 81% (P<0.0001) for static endurance. Pain during exercise as evaluated using a visual analog scale was more marked in the FMS patients. Conclusion. This study of the three pathways supplying energy to muscle confirms that muscle function is globally impaired in FMS patients.The results suggest that the impairment predominates on aerobic processes. [less ▲]

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See detailL'allocation pour l'aide d'une tierce personne et son indexation
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Lexius Actua (2002), 5

L'article fait le point sur l'aide d'une tierce personne en accident du travail et sur l'indexation de cette allocation.

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See detailStrontium ranelate: Dose-dependent effects in established postmenopausal vertebral osteoporosis - A 2-year randomized placebo controlled trial
Meunier, P. J.; Slosman, D. O.; Delmas, P. D. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2002), 87(5), 2060-2066

The aim of the strontium ranelate (SR) for treatment of osteoporosis (STRATOS) trial was to investigate the efficacy and safety of different doses of SR, a novel agent in the treatment of postmenopausal ... [more ▼]

The aim of the strontium ranelate (SR) for treatment of osteoporosis (STRATOS) trial was to investigate the efficacy and safety of different doses of SR, a novel agent in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. A randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was undertaken in 353 osteoporotic women with at least one previous vertebral fracture and a lumbar T-score <-2.4. Patients were randomized to receive placebo, 0.5 g, 1 g, or 2 g SR/d for 2 yr. The primary efficacy endpoint was lumbar bone mineral density (BMD), assessed by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. Secondary outcome measures included femoral BMD, incidence of new vertebral deformities, and biochemical markers of bone metabolism. Lumbar BMD, adjusted for bone strontium content, increased in a dose-dependent manner in the intention-to-treat population: mean annual slope increased from 1.4% with 0.5 g/d SR to 3.0% with 2 g/d SR, which was significantly higher than placebo (P < 0.01). There was a significant reduction in the number of patients experiencing new vertebral deformities in the second year of treatment with 2 g/d SR [relative risk 0.56; 95% confidence interval (0.35; 0.89)]. In the 2 g/d group, there was a significant increase in serum levels of bone alkaline phosphatase, whereas urinary excretion of cross-linked N-telopeptide, a marker of bone resorption, was lower with SR than with placebo. All tested doses were well tolerated; the 2 g/d dose was considered to offer the best combination of efficacy and safety. In conclusion, SR therapy increased vertebral BMD and reduced the incidence of vertebral fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailAn empirical formula for L line X-ray production cross-section of elements from Ag to U for protons below 3.5 MeV
Strivay, David ULg; Weber, Georges ULg

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2002), 190

When computing element concentration from proton induced X-ray emission analysis, an important parameter is the X-ray production cross-section. There have been numerous experimental and theoretical works ... [more ▼]

When computing element concentration from proton induced X-ray emission analysis, an important parameter is the X-ray production cross-section. There have been numerous experimental and theoretical works in this field. Nonetheless, although there is a simple analytical formula to compute K X-ray cross-sections, there is no such ones for the L lines. We present here analytical formulas for the cross-section of the three main X-ray lines L-alpha L-beta and L-gamma based on experimental data. So far, nearly 3000 values of cross-sections for elements from Ag to U and proton energy ranging from 0.5 to 3.5 MeV have been collected from various references. This experimental data set has been fitted for each Xray line with an exponential function depending on the proton energy and on the element atomic number. These fitted values have then been compared to the experimental data and with theoretical values obtained by the ECPSSR theory and Coster-Kronig fluorescence yields. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios of subtidal benthic invertebrates in an estuarine mangrove ecosystem (Andhra Pradesh, India)
Bouillon, Steven; Raman, A. V.; Dauby, Patrick ULg et al

in Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science (2002), 54(5), 901-913

In order to assess the relative trophic importance of mangrove litterfall and aquatic primary production in the mangrove creeks of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary (Andhra Pradesh, India) and the adjacent ... [more ▼]

In order to assess the relative trophic importance of mangrove litterfall and aquatic primary production in the mangrove creeks of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary (Andhra Pradesh, India) and the adjacent semi-enclosed Kakinada Bay, carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios were determined in a variety of benthic invertebrate species collected at 22 sites during the pre-monsoon period (May-June) of 1997 and 1999. delta(13)C values showed little interspecific variation at any given location, but there was a distinct spatial gradient in consumer delta(13)C values of about 7parts per thousand, with more depleted values in the mangrove creeks ( - 23.6 +/- 0.6parts per thousand), and gradually increasing in the mangrove outlets ( - 21.5 +/- 0.9parts per thousand), a relatively restricted zone in the south-eastern part of Kakinada Bay adjacent to the mangroves ( - 18.8 +/- 0.8parts per thousand), and the central and northern part of the Bay ( - 16.7 +/- 1.4parts per thousand) which opens into the Bay of Bengal. This gradient is much larger than that observed during a previous study in suspended organic matter (maximum about 2.7parts per thousand) and during this study in sediment organic matter (about 1.5-2.5parts per thousand). The observed carbon stable isotope ratios thus suggest a marked selectivity of the benthic invertebrate community for pelagic and benthic microalgal food sources and indicate that mangrove-derived and other terrestrial carbon is not a significant food source for benthic invertebrate communities in this ecosystem during the pre-monsoon period. Furthermore, delta(13)C values of sediment organic matter (SOM) suggest that terrestrial carbon is not a major contributor to the SOM-pool in this ecosystem. Evidence for seaward migration of Penaeid prawns was provided by some individuals caught in the North Bay which displayed low delta(13)C values of characteristic of fauna found in the mangrove creeks or outlets. Nitrogen stable isotope ratios were found to be a useful indicator of trophic level, even though there remained some overlap between delta(15)N values of presumed low and higher trophic levels. Benthic invertebrates showed a delta(15)N gradient of about 3.2parts per thousand between the mangrove creeks and the Central and North Bay whereas sediment delta(15)N values showed a smaller spatial gradient of about 1.6parts per thousand. This gradient which is hypothesized to reflect differences in inorganic nitrogen sources and availability. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailClosure of "a unified approach to transient stability contingency filtering, ranking, and assessment"
Ernst, Damien ULg; Ruiz-Vega, Daniel; Pavella, Mania ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2002), 17(2), 528-529

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See detailMaladie de Cushing et adénome corticotrope: résultats de la microchirurgie hypophysaire
Stevenaert, Achille ULg; Perrin, G.; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Neuro-Chirurgie (2002), 48(2-3, Pt 2), 234-265

Between November 1994 and June 2001, 194 patients with Cushing's disease underwent transsphenoidal surgery: 167 patients had adenomectomy, 14 had ante hypophysectomy, 5 had subtotal hypophysectomy, 4 had ... [more ▼]

Between November 1994 and June 2001, 194 patients with Cushing's disease underwent transsphenoidal surgery: 167 patients had adenomectomy, 14 had ante hypophysectomy, 5 had subtotal hypophysectomy, 4 had hemihypophysectomy 4 had central hypophysectomy. Complications occurred in 18 patients (9.3%), including 4 deaths (three were apparently not related to surgery). Remission of disease was achieved in 162 of 190 (85.3%) patients analyzed. Surgical failures were associated with lack of pituitary adenoma, size of the tumor and invasiveness. Among patients with confirmed adenomas, the rate of remission was significantly higher (p<0.01) in patients with microadenomas (92.6%) than in patients with macroadenomas (66.7%). Reoperation in 6 failures was followed by remission in 4 cases. The overall remission rate was 87.4%. In the 162 patients with immediate success, duration of follow-up was 10.0 +/- 5.9 years (m +/- DS; median=10.0). Recurrence of the disease occurred in 24 (14.8%) of 162 patients at a mean 4.8 years (range: 0.8-12.0 years). Our longest sustained remission is 25.6 years. Actuarial analysis indicates that the probability of a patient remaining well 12 years after surgery is 80.0%. It is 86.2% in microadenomas versus 52.5% in macroadenomas and 94.5% in the patients with postoperative hypocortisolism versus 59.2% in the others. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of the free/included piroxicam ratio in cyclodextrin complexes: comparison between UV spectrophotometry and differential scanning calorimetry
Van Hees, Thierry ULg; Piel, Géraldine ULg; Henry de Hassonville, Sandrine et al

in European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (2002), 15(4), 347-353

Few analytical techniques allow to evaluate the inclusion yield of cyclodextrin-drug complexes, because most manufacturing processes give amorphous products, In this study we have developed an alternative ... [more ▼]

Few analytical techniques allow to evaluate the inclusion yield of cyclodextrin-drug complexes, because most manufacturing processes give amorphous products, In this study we have developed an alternative method to differential scanning calorimetry, to accurately determine the free/complexed piroxicam ratio by UV spectroscopy. This method is based on the differential solubility of the piroxicam-beta-cyclodextrin 1:2.5 mol/mol complex in water-acetonitrile (1:1 v/v) (Solvent A) or in anhydrous acetonitrile (Solvent B). both containing 0.05 M HCl. In anhydrous acetonitrile, beta-cyclodextrin is insoluble and the included drug remains entrapped, allowing the free piroxicam determination, while with 50% of water, the complex is totally dissolved, allowing the determination of the total guest content. This method was validated for linearity, precision and accuracy. The presence of cyclodextrin does not influence the assays, but more than 0.5% of water in Solvent B significantly affects the determination of the free piroxicam content. In comparison with differential scanning calorimetry, both delectability and precision were improved. It is now possible to analyse complexes with an inclusion purity greater than 99%. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLe marché intérieur : comment rendre effectifs les droits des intéressés ?
Munoz, Rodolphe ULg

in Revue du Marché Commun et de l'Union Européenne (2002), 458

Le marché intérieur est une réalité économique, juridique et politique. Il est l’instrument principal de la construction européenne. Certes, aujourd’hui d’autres sujets ont plus de visibilité sur la scène ... [more ▼]

Le marché intérieur est une réalité économique, juridique et politique. Il est l’instrument principal de la construction européenne. Certes, aujourd’hui d’autres sujets ont plus de visibilité sur la scène communautaire. Cependant, le marché intérieur reste un des piliers de la Communauté européenne. Le résultat atteint, en ce qui concerne les quatre libertés, est particulièrement impressionnant quant on regarde le chemin parcouru en quarante-cinq ans par la Communauté. Face à ce constat plutôt positif, un aspect reste encore à développer afin de rendre effectif le marché intérieur dans chaque Etat membre : il faut mettre en oeuvre des moyens de recours efficaces face aux problèmes rencontrés par ses principaux utilisateurs "les citoyens et les entreprises". La Commission a décidé à cette fin d’établir un nouveau système de règlement des différends. Ce système nommé "SOLVIT", a pour but de mettre en contact directement les entreprises et les citoyens en présence des administrations nationales avec pour objectif de régler à l’amiable, dans un laps de temps prédéterminé, les problèmes qui peuvent l’être au niveau national tout en gardant une supervision au niveau communautaire. Face à une telle perspective les attentes sont grandes même si l’établissement d’un système plus ou moins similaire avait précédemment échoué. Cependant, cette fois-ci la Commission a décidé de mettre toutes les chances de son côté. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-sensitisation conditioned hyperlocomotion induced by cocaine is augmented as a function of dose in C57BL/6J mice
Michel, Alexa ULg; Tirelli, Ezio ULg

in Behavioural Brain Research (2002), 132(2), 179-186

The study tested the possibility of a positive relationship between the dose of cocaine and the size of the placebo effect generated after contextual sensitisation to the behavioural effects of cocaine ... [more ▼]

The study tested the possibility of a positive relationship between the dose of cocaine and the size of the placebo effect generated after contextual sensitisation to the behavioural effects of cocaine. Male C57BL/6J mice were first injected (subcutaneous, s.c.) over seven successive daily sessions with saline or one of three doses of cocaine (2.5, 5 or 7.5 mg/kg), either in the test room or in the colony room (before being placed in a novel cage tub). On the test day, 24 h after chronic pre-treatment, mice from the four conditions were challenged under saline in the test room. Mice were video-recorded and their behaviours were scored using a time-sampling technique. A dose-dependent development of sensitisation was first generated. On the saline challenge test day, significant levels of placebo hyperlocomotion were obtained for mice previously given 5 and 7.5 mg/kg, but not 2.5 mg/kg cocaine, the effect being significantly greater in the mice pretreated with the highest dose than in those receiving the intermediate one, which exhibited a placebo effect that was greater than that of the mice pretreated with 2.5 mg/kg cocaine. Therefore, the magnitude of the placebo effect was a function of the intensity of the unconditioned stimulus (the dose used to generate sensitisation). Such results directly support the Pavlovian conditioning account of post-sensitisation placebo effects. [less ▲]

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See detailFibromyalgie et performances musculaires
Maquet, Didier ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Renard, Cécile ULg et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme [Ed Fr] (2002), 69(3), 518-525

Objectifs. Évaluer la fonction musculaire d’un groupe de patientes fibromyalgiques et la comparer à celle d’une population féminine de référence. Méthodes. Seize patientes fibromyalgiques et 87 sujets ... [more ▼]

Objectifs. Évaluer la fonction musculaire d’un groupe de patientes fibromyalgiques et la comparer à celle d’une population féminine de référence. Méthodes. Seize patientes fibromyalgiques et 87 sujets sains féminins sédentaires ou sportifs de loisir ont exécuté un protocole expérimental composé de quatre épreuves. La première évaluait le moment de force isocinétique concentrique maximum des muscles extenseurs et fléchisseurs du genou dominant. Un dynamomètre de Colin autorisait une mesure de la force manuelle isométrique. La résistance musculaire à la fatigue s’appréciait lors d’une épreuve isocinétique de flexion–extension des genoux : le sujet enchaînait 30 contractions concentriques d’intensité maximale à la vitesse angulaire de 180 °/s. La dernière épreuve évaluait l’endurance musculaire statique à l’aide de tests exigeant le maintien d’une position donnée. Résultats. Toutes les variables musculaires apparaissaient réduites chez les sujets fibromyalgiques. Ce déficit, déjà manifeste pour les efforts anaérobiques, s’accentuait lors des efforts en aérobie. Le déficit moyen correspondait à 39 % (p < 0,001) pour la force musculaire, 40 % (p < 0,0001) pour la résistance musculaire à la fatigue et 81 % (p < 0,0001) pour l’endurance musculaire statique. Les perceptions nociceptives au cours de l’effort, évaluées à l’aide d’une échelle visuelle analogique, étaient supérieures chez les patientes fibromyalgiques. Conclusion. L’exploration combinée des trois filières énergétiques confirme l’altération générale de la fonction musculaire du sujet fibromyalgique. Cette étude suggère cependant une perturbation préférentielle des composantes oxydatives. [less ▲]

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See detailPortable, high-resolution and user-friendly holographic camera
Georges, Marc ULg; Scauflaire, Véronique; Lemaire, Philippe

in SPIE's International Technical Group Newsletter : Holography (2002), 13(1), 1-9

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See detailThe assessment of nociceptive and non-nociceptive skin sensitivity in the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)
Evrard, H. C.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Journal of Neuroscience Methods (2002), 116(2), 135-146

We evaluated the efficacy of two nociceptive tests, the hot water (HWT) and the foot pressure tests (FPT), and one non-nociceptive test (Semmes-Weinstein test, SWT) in assessing skin sensitivity in ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the efficacy of two nociceptive tests, the hot water (HWT) and the foot pressure tests (FPT), and one non-nociceptive test (Semmes-Weinstein test, SWT) in assessing skin sensitivity in conscious Japanese quail. All stimuli elicited a reflex-like, strongly reproducible response. Responses in the HWT and FPT were identified as typical nocifensive flight-fight behavior. In untreated birds, these responses occurred at temperatures and forces described previously as noxious. In the SWT, two responses were observed: a slight ruffling of the cloacal gland feathers due to the stimulation of the cloacal gland, and a brief extension of the limbs due to the stimulation of the ilium or pectoral apterium. These reactions occurred at intensities recognized as innocuous. Morphine significantly altered the response latency and threshold in the HWT and FPT, but had no effect in the SWT. However, the SWT response threshold was significantly increased by local application of xylocaine. Taken together, the pattern of the responses, the intensities and the effects of morphine and xylocaine allowed to distinguish between nociceptive and non-nociceptive tests. They also demonstrate the efficacy of these tests to evaluate skin sensitivity in quail and to assess its modulation by chemical factors that affect somatosensory processes. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStrychnohexamine from Strychnos icaja, a naturally occurring trimeric indolomonoterpenic alkaloid
Philippe, Geneviève ULg; Prost, E.; Nuzillard, J. M. et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2002), 43(18), 3387-3390

A reinvestigation of Strychnos icaja roots has resulted in the isolation, from the EtOAC extract, of one tertiary trisindole alkaloid, named strychnohexamine. Its structure has been investigated by means ... [more ▼]

A reinvestigation of Strychnos icaja roots has resulted in the isolation, from the EtOAC extract, of one tertiary trisindole alkaloid, named strychnohexamine. Its structure has been investigated by means of spectroscopic data interpretation (UV. IR. HRESIMS. 1D and 2D NMR). This is the first time that a natural trimeric indolomonoterpenic alkaloid has been isolated directly from a plant species. This compound is one of the largest alkaloids ever discovered. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailpH-Dependence of the morphology of micelles formed by poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymers in water
Gohy, Jean-François; Mores, Sandrine; Varshney, Sunil K et al

in e-Polymers (2002), (21), 1-8

The morphology of micelles formed by two poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (P2VP-b-PEO) copolymers has been studied in phosphate-buffered water by dynamic light scattering and transmission ... [more ▼]

The morphology of micelles formed by two poly(2-vinylpyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (P2VP-b-PEO) copolymers has been studied in phosphate-buffered water by dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy. Spherical micelles are observed when the P2VP block is the minor component of the diblock copolymer. When P2VP dominates the composition, transition from spheres-to-rods-to-vesicles takes place in a narrow pH range that straddles the pKa of P2VP. This transition is controlled by the degree of protonation of the P2VP blocks. At high pH, the copolymer precipitates from the solution. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone in the presence of layered silicates and formation of nanocomposites
Kubies, Dana; Pantoustier, Nadège; Dubois, Philippe et al

in Macromolecules (2002), 35

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See detailThe origin of catecholaminergic inputs to the song control nucleus RA in canaries
Appeltants, D.; Ball, G. F.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Neuroreport (2002), 13(5), 649-653

Song control nuclei in oscines receive dense catecholaminergic inputs but their anatomical origin is poorly understood. We analyzed catecholaminergic inputs to the nucleus robustus archistriatalis (RA) in ... [more ▼]

Song control nuclei in oscines receive dense catecholaminergic inputs but their anatomical origin is poorly understood. We analyzed catecholaminergic inputs to the nucleus robustus archistriatalis (RA) in canaries by retrograde tract-tracing combined with immunocytochemistry for tyrosine hydroxylase. In both sexes, dopaminergic inputs to RA come mostly from the A1 1 (mesencephalic central gray) and A10 (area ventralis of Tsai) cell groups but the locus coeruleus and subcoeruleus (A6) also send noradrenergic projections to RA. No input originates in the hypothalamic and in the A5 to A1 catecholaminergic groups. These findings and previous work on the high vocal center (HVc) indicate that the two major nuclei of the motor pathway controlling song production (RA and HVc) receive catecholaminergic inputs of similar origins. [less ▲]

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See detailLifetime measurements for doubly ionized uranium
Biémont, Emile ULg; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (2002), 35(7), 1701-1705

The first lifetime measurements for doubly ionized uranium are reported in the present work. They relate to five levels belonging to the configurations 5f(2)6d(2), 5f(2)6d7s and 5f(3)7p and have been ... [more ▼]

The first lifetime measurements for doubly ionized uranium are reported in the present work. They relate to five levels belonging to the configurations 5f(2)6d(2), 5f(2)6d7s and 5f(3)7p and have been obtained with a time-resolved laser-induced-fluorescence technique, the ions being produced by laser ablation of a uranium oxide target. [less ▲]

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See detailSubdivision of the helix-turn-helix GntR family of bacterial regulators in the FadR, HutC, MocR, and YtrA subfamilies
Rigali, Sébastien ULg; Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Giannotta, F. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(15), 12507-12515

Haydon and Guest (Haydon, D. J, and Guest, J. R. (1991) FEMS Microbiol Lett. 63, 291-295) first described the helix-turn-helix GntR family of bacterial regulators. They presented them as transcription ... [more ▼]

Haydon and Guest (Haydon, D. J, and Guest, J. R. (1991) FEMS Microbiol Lett. 63, 291-295) first described the helix-turn-helix GntR family of bacterial regulators. They presented them as transcription factors sharing a similar N-terminal DNA-binding (D-b) domain, but they observed near-maximal divergence in the C-terminal effector-binding and oligomerization (E-b/O) domain. To elucidate this C-terminal heterogeneity, structural, phylogenetic, and functional analyses were performed on a family that now comprises about 270 members. Our comparative study first focused on the C-terminal E-b/O domains and next on DNA-binding domains and palindromic operator sequences, has classified the GntR members into four subfamilies that we called FadR, HutC, MocR, and YtrA. Among these subfamilies a degree of similarity of about 55% was observed throughout the entire sequence. Structure/function associations were highlighted although they were not absolutely stringent. The consensus sequences deduced for the DNA-binding domain were slightly different for each subfamily, suggesting that fusion between the D-b and E-b/O domains have occurred separately, with each subfamily having its own D-b domain ancestor. Moreover, the compilation of the known or predicted palindromic cis-acting elements has highlighted different operator sequences according to our subfamily subdivision. The observed C-terminal E-b/O domain heterogeneity was therefore reflected on the DNA-binding domain and on the cis-acting elements, suggesting the existence of a tight link between the three regions involved in the regulating process. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrografting of preformed aliphatic polyesters onto metallic surfaces
Lou, Xudong; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Langmuir (2002), 18(7), 2785-2788

Preformed aliphatic polyesters bearing pendent acrylate groups, poly(4-acryloyloxy-epsilon-caprolactone)co-epsilon-caprolactone) [poly(ACL-co-epsilonCL)], were grafted onto metallic surfaces by a cathodic ... [more ▼]

Preformed aliphatic polyesters bearing pendent acrylate groups, poly(4-acryloyloxy-epsilon-caprolactone)co-epsilon-caprolactone) [poly(ACL-co-epsilonCL)], were grafted onto metallic surfaces by a cathodic electrochemical process. Content of acrylates must exceed a lower limit for them to be adsorbed on the cathode with the proper orientation and for the grafting to be successful. The strongly adhering films were analyzed by IR reflection-absorption spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. As a result of the known miscibility of poly-e-caprolactone with poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), the pregrafting of poly(ACL-co-epsilonCL) imparts strong adhesion to PVC topcoats. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of non-adiabatic temperature variations on line profile variations of slowly rotating beta Cephei stars and SPBs. II. Simulations of line profile time series
De Ridder, J.; Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; Neuforge, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 385

We investigate to what extent non-adiabatic temperature variations at the surface of slowly rotating non-radially pulsating beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars affect silicon line profile ... [more ▼]

We investigate to what extent non-adiabatic temperature variations at the surface of slowly rotating non-radially pulsating beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars affect silicon line profile variations. We use the non-adiabatic amplitudes of the effective temperature and gravity variation presented in Dupret et al. (\cite{Dupret02}), together with a Kurucz intensity grid, to compute time series of line profile variations. Our simulations point out that the line shapes do not change significantly due to temperature variations. We find equivalent width variations of at most two percent of the mean equivalent width. We confront our results with observational equivalent width variations and with photometrically obtained effective temperature variations. Based on observations obtained with the Swiss photometric telescope and with the ESO/CAT telescope, at La Silla in Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailV4741 Sagittarii
Gosset, Eric ULg

in International Astronomical Union Circular (2002), 7887

IAUC 7887 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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See detailInfluence of non-adiabatic temperature variations on line profile variations of slowly rotating beta Cep stars and SPBs. I. Non-adiabatic eigenfunctions in the atmosphere of a pulsating star
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; De Ridder, J.; Neuforge, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 385

In this study, we compute theoretical line profiles of a non-radially pulsating star, taking the non-adiabatic effects into account. These non-adiabatic effects are especially important in the atmosphere ... [more ▼]

In this study, we compute theoretical line profiles of a non-radially pulsating star, taking the non-adiabatic effects into account. These non-adiabatic effects are especially important in the atmosphere, where the spectral lines are formed, and must be accounted for. In this first paper of the series, we present a new treatment of the perturbed thermal and dynamical equations in the atmosphere of a pulsating star. We apply our formalism to the computation of non-adiabatic eigenfunctions in a typical beta Cephei star with low order p-modes and in a typical slowly pulsating B star with high-order g-modes. [less ▲]

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See detailHadronic scattering amplitudes: Medium-energy constraints on asymptotic behavior
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Ezhela, Vladimir V.; Gauron, P. et al

in Physical Review. D (2002), 65(7),

We consider several classes of analytic parametrizations of hadronic scattering amplitudes, and compare their predictions to all available forward data (pp, (p) over barp, pip, Kp, gammap, gammagamma ... [more ▼]

We consider several classes of analytic parametrizations of hadronic scattering amplitudes, and compare their predictions to all available forward data (pp, (p) over barp, pip, Kp, gammap, gammagamma, Sigmap). Although these parametrizations are very close for rootsgreater than or equal to9 GeV, it turns out that they differ markedly at low energy, where a universal Pomeron term similar toln(2)s enables one to extend the fit down to roots=4 GeV. [less ▲]

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See detailEpstein-Barr virus in Hodgkin's disease: the example of central Tunisia
Korbi, S.; Trimeche, M.; Sriha, B. et al

in Annales de Pathologie (2002), 22(2), 96-101

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus in Hodgkin disease in Tunisia through a series of 77 cases. Association with Epstein-Barr virus was demonstrated by Epstein ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus in Hodgkin disease in Tunisia through a series of 77 cases. Association with Epstein-Barr virus was demonstrated by Epstein-Barr encoded early RNA transcripts (EBER) in situ hybridization in 70 % of cases and by latent membrane protein I (LMPI) immunohistochemistry in 58.4 % of cases. EBER positive cases were more frequent in extreme age clashes (< 15 and > 54 years) there was no correlation with sex, histologic sub-type and clinical stage. Our findings show a high prevalence for EBV infection in Tunisian Hodgkin's disease particularly among extreme ages. [less ▲]

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See detailPalaeozoic palynology. A special Issue in honour of Dr. Stanisla Loboziak
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Servais, T.; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2002), 118(Special Issue), 1-421

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See detailUse of PIXE-PIGE under variable incident angle for ancient glass corrosion measurements
Weber, Georges ULg; Strivay, David ULg; Martinot, Lucien et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2002), 189

Although glass is usually considered as a very stable archaeological material, it can undergo severe degradation. Soda-lime glass, the most common glass throughout ancient times, is particularly sensitive ... [more ▼]

Although glass is usually considered as a very stable archaeological material, it can undergo severe degradation. Soda-lime glass, the most common glass throughout ancient times, is particularly sensitive to this problem. The glass surface absorbs moisture from its environment and the contact with CO2 causes Na2O and NaOH to convert to Na2CO3, which is extremely hygroscopic. The subsequent unstable glass layer can be leached out and causes decomposition of the glass. The non-destructive PIGE-PIXE method of investigation allows detection of this phenomenon even if no visible effect appears. The variable incident angle method is able to discern the depth of the degradation. One aim of such studies is the possible dating or at least fake detecting of archaeological materials, Furthermore, even objects of large size can be investigated with the atmospheric PIGE-PIXE Set-LIP, Some examples of measurements on ancient glass are given. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDefense of the bovine mammary gland by polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes
Paape, Max; Mehrzad, Jalil; Zhao, Xin et al

in Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia (2002), 7(2), 109-121

The primary phagocytic cells of the bovine mammary gland, polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN), and macrophages, comprise the first line of defense against invading pathogens. In the normal ... [more ▼]

The primary phagocytic cells of the bovine mammary gland, polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN), and macrophages, comprise the first line of defense against invading pathogens. In the normal healthy mammary gland, macrophages predominate and act as sentinels to invading mastitis-causing pathogens. Once invaders are detected, macrophages, and possibly mammary epithelial cells, release chemoattractants that direct migration of PMN into the area. In the mammary gland, protection is only effective if rapid influx of PMN from the circulation and subsequent phagocytosis and killing of bacteria occur. The second line of defense against infection consists of a network of memory cells and immunoglobulins that interact with the first line of defense. To minimize mammary tissue damage caused by bacterial toxins and oxidative products released by PMN, elimination of invading bacteria must proceed quickly. Therefore, the inflammatory response needs to be regulated. Hormones, metabolites, and acute phase proteins act to influence the outcome of mastitis, especially around parturition. The number of circulating PMN in cows during early lactation is highly heritable and closely related to susceptibility to clinical mastitis at this time. Advances in molecular biology are making available the tools, techniques, and products to study and modulate host-pathogen interactions. For example, the cloning and expression of proteins such as recombinant bovine soluble (rbos) CD (cluster of differentiation) 14 antigens, may provide ways of minimizing damaging effects of endotoxin during acute coliform mastitis. Soluble CD14 binds and neutralizes lipopolysacharide (LPS) and causes local recruitment of PMN after binding of CD14-LPS complexes to mammary epithelial cells. Development of transgenic animals that express rbosCD14 in their milk could prevent infection by Gram-negative pathogens. [less ▲]

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See detailQualité de la prise en charge de l'hypertension artérielle. Pouvons-nous, devons-nous faire mieux?
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 202-206

Hypertension is well controlled in only less than 30% of the patients treated by drugs. It is thus important to improve this situation first by checking the treatment compliance but also by trying to ... [more ▼]

Hypertension is well controlled in only less than 30% of the patients treated by drugs. It is thus important to improve this situation first by checking the treatment compliance but also by trying to better educate the hypertensive population about the risk of uncontrolled hypertension and how to decrease this risk. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude electromyographique paravertebrale dorso-lombaire. Analyse en mode multi-MUP et etablissement de normes au sein d'une population de reference
Tomasella, Marco ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg; WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2002), 32(2), 109-17

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to contribute to draw up reference values relating to electromyographic (EMG) parameters in dorsal and lumbar paraspinal muscles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 75 healthy ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to contribute to draw up reference values relating to electromyographic (EMG) parameters in dorsal and lumbar paraspinal muscles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 75 healthy subjects without back pain underwent electromyography of multifidus bundles, which are innervated uni-segmentally by the dorsal ram of the spinal nerve. T8, L3, L4, L5 and S1 myotomes were systematically explored. Output variables were spontaneous denervation activity and quantitative EMG data obtained by multi-MUP (Motor Unit action Potential) analysis. RESULTS: No abnormal insertional or spontaneous activity (such as fibrillation, positive sharp waves or fasciculation) was recorded at rest. Neither sex nor age influenced motor unit action potential features in our series. Reference values were drawn up for T8 and L5 segmental levels using the mean values of 20 motor unit potentials in each patient studied, the reference interval being defined by the lower and the upper outlier limits on individual values. CONCLUSION: This study offers reference data to electromyographers to help better identifying possible myogenic or neurogenic pathological changes, especially in lumbosacral radiculopathies. [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome des ongles verts ou chloronychie
Maes, M.; Richert, Bertrand ULg; de LA BRASSINNE, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 233-235

"Green nails" or chloronychia is an infection mostly caused by Pseudomonas ueruginosa but also by other bacterial or fungal contamination. The clinical appearance consists in a typical triad: green ... [more ▼]

"Green nails" or chloronychia is an infection mostly caused by Pseudomonas ueruginosa but also by other bacterial or fungal contamination. The clinical appearance consists in a typical triad: green discoloration of the nail plate associated with proximal chronic paronychia and disto-lateral onycholysis. Exposition to moist environment, microtraumatisms, oaychotillomania and associated nail diseases such as psoriasis may promote infection by Pseudomonas. Treatment consists in cutting of the detached nail plate, brushing the nail bed with a 2% sodium hypochlorite solution twice daily and eviction of the repeated immersions by wearing cotton and latex gloves. [less ▲]

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See detailRemarkable conservation of internally transcribed spacer sequences of Arthrospira ("Spirulina") (Cyanophyceae, Cyanobacteria) strains from four continents and of recent and 30-year-old dried samples from Africa
Baurain, Denis ULg; Renquin, Laurent; Grubisic, Stana ULg et al

in Journal of Phycology (2002), 38(2), 384-393

The internally transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences of 21 Arthrospira clonal strains from four continents and assigned to four different species (A. platensis, A. maxima, A. fusiformis, A. indica) in the ... [more ▼]

The internally transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences of 21 Arthrospira clonal strains from four continents and assigned to four different species (A. platensis, A. maxima, A. fusiformis, A. indica) in the culture collections were determined. Two main clusters, I and H, were differentiated by 49 positions out of 475 nt or 477 nt, respectively. Each cluster was further subdivided into two subclusters. Subclusters LA and I.B were separated by two substitutions, whereas subclusters II.A, and II.B were distinguished by four substitutions. After direct sequencing of the PCR products, three dried samples from Chad aged between 3 months and 35 years yielded a sequence belonging to subcluster I.A, as did a recent commercial product. The strains grown in production plants belonged to the same (sub)clusters as strains from culture collections, mainly LA and II. PCR primers specific for each cluster and subcluster were designed and tested with crude cell lysates of Arthrospira strains. One dried sample ("dihe' 1) and a herbarium sample from Lake Sonachi (Kenya) only contained I.A sequences, whereas the commercial product was a mixture of the four genotypes and the other two dried samples contained minor polymorphisms characteristic of different clusters. Five clonal Arthrospira strains, thought to be duplicates, showed the simultaneous presence of the two :Forms of the four diagnostic positions that distinguish subclusters genotype H.A and genotype II.B. This is likely to be caused by multiple copies of the rDNA operon, in a intermediate stage of homogenization between subcluster II.A and subcluster II.B. The high conservation of ITS sequences is in contrast with the assignment to four different species, the great morphological variability of the strains, and their wide geographic distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of different impulse response measurement techniques
Stan, Guy-Bart; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Archambeau, Dominique

in Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (2002), 50(4), 249-262

The impulse response of an acoustical space or transducer is one of its most important characterizations. In order to perform the measurement of their impulse responses, four of the most suitable methods ... [more ▼]

The impulse response of an acoustical space or transducer is one of its most important characterizations. In order to perform the measurement of their impulse responses, four of the most suitable methods are compared: MLS (maximum-length sequence), IRS (inverse repeated sequence), time-stretched pulses, and SineSweep. These methods have already been described in the literature. Nevertheless, the choice of one of them depending on the measurement conditions is critical. Therefore an extensive comparison has been realized. This comparison was done through the implementation and realization of a complete, fast, reliable, and cheap measurement system. Finally, a conclusion for the use of each method according to the principal measurement conditions is presented. It is shown that in the presence of nonwhite noise, the MLS and IRS techniques seem to be more accurate. On the contrary, in quiet environments the logarithmic SineSweep method seems to be the most appropriate. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction and WHO perspective on the global burden of musculoskeletal conditions
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Khaltaev, N. G.

in Rheumatology (2002), 41(Suppl. 1), 1-2

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See detailThe prevalence and burden of arthritis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Rheumatology (2002), 41(Suppl. 1), 3-7

The prevalence of arthritis is high, with osteoarthritis (OA) being one of the most frequent disorders in the population. In England and Wales, between 1.3 and 1.75 million people have OA and a further 0 ... [more ▼]

The prevalence of arthritis is high, with osteoarthritis (OA) being one of the most frequent disorders in the population. In England and Wales, between 1.3 and 1.75 million people have OA and a further 0.25 0.5 million have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), while in France some 6 million new diagnoses of OA Lire made each year. In 1997, similar to16%, of the US population had some form of arthritis. This prevalence is expected to increase in the coining years, as arthritis more often affects the elderly, a proportion of the population that is increasing. The economic burden of such musculoskeletal diseases is also high, accounting for up to 1-2.5%, of the gross national product of western nations. This burden comprises both the direct costs of medical interventions and indirect costs, such as premature mortality and chronic and short-term disability. The impact of arthritis on quality of life is of particular importance. Musculoskeletal disorders are associated with some of the poorest quality-of-life issues, particularly in terms of bodily pain (mean score from the MOS 36-item Short Form Health Survey of 52.1) and physical functioning (49.9), where quality of life is lower than that for gastrointestinal conditions (bodily pain 52.9, physical functioning 55.4), chronic respiratory diseases (72.7, 65.4) and cardiovascular conditions (64.7, 59.3). [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of biologically active coating on biocompatibility of Nitinol devices designed for the closure of intra-atrial communications.
Kong, Xiangqing; Grabitz, R. G.; van Oeveren, W. et al

in Biomaterials (2002), 23(8), 1775-83

Anti-thrombogenicity and rapid endothelialisation are prerequisites for the use of closure devices of intra-atrial communications in order to reduce the risk of cerebral embolism. The purpose of this ... [more ▼]

Anti-thrombogenicity and rapid endothelialisation are prerequisites for the use of closure devices of intra-atrial communications in order to reduce the risk of cerebral embolism. The purpose of this study was therefore to assess the effect of bioactive coatings on biocompatibility of Nitinol coils designed for the closure of intra-atrial communications. Nitinol coils (n = 10, each) and flat Nitinol bands (n = 3, each) were treated by basic coating with poly(amino-p-xylylene-co-p-xylylene) and then coated with either heparin, r-hirudin or fibronectin. Anti-thrombogenicity was studied in vitro in a dynamic model with whole blood by partial thromboplastin time (PTT), platelet binding and thrombin generation, respectively, and cytotoxicity by hemolysis. Endothelialisation was studied on Nitinol bands with human umbilical venous endothelial cells (HUVEC) by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazole-2yl)-2,5-triphenyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay and immnuofluorescence analysis of Ki67, vinculin, fibronectin and von Willebrand Factor. Uncoated or coated devices did not influence hemolysis and PTT. r-Hirudin (but not heparin) and fibronectin coating showed lower platelet binding than uncoated Nitinol (p < 0.005, respectively). Heparin and r-hirudin coating reduced thrombin formation (p < 0.05 versus Nitinol, respectively). HUVEC adhesion, proliferation, and matrix formation decreased in the order: fibronectin coating > uncoated Nitinol > r-hirudin coating > heparin coating > basic coating. MTT assay corroborated these findings. In conclusion, r-hirudin and fibronectin coating, by causing no acute cytotoxicity, decreasing thrombogenicity and increasing endothelialisation improve in vitro biocompatibility of Nitinol devices designed for the closure of intra-atrial communications. [less ▲]

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See detailBiometry and paleoenvironment of Retispora lepidophyta (Kedo) Playford 1976 and associated miospores in the latest Famennian nearshore marine facies, eastern Ardenne (Belgium)
Maziane, N.; Higgs, K. T.; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2002), 118(1-avr Sp. Iss. SI), 211-226

The size diameter of Retispora lepidophyta, a stratigraphically important miospore, is reexamined in greater detail than in previous studies using three sections of the latest Famennian nearshore marine ... [more ▼]

The size diameter of Retispora lepidophyta, a stratigraphically important miospore, is reexamined in greater detail than in previous studies using three sections of the latest Famennian nearshore marine facies of the eastern Ardenne. The evolutionary character of the size reduction with time is confirmed and is used for accurate correlations between the three sections. Cluster analyses (dendrograms) are performed on the percentages of a selection of miospore species from the two most complete sections and show a clear analogy in the lateral distribution of R. lepidophyta and Vallatisporites hystricosus, a species known elsewhere (West Virginia, USA) to belong to coastal 'downstream' near-swamp plant communities [Streel and Scheckler, Rev. Palaeobot. Palynol. 64 (1990) 315-324]. By comparison also with the West Virginia data, three Diducites species are believed to represent the 'coal' swamp vegetation. A decrease in the proportion of the Diducites species from the lower to the upper portion of the studied sections is observed. Using biometric analysis, high resolution correlation between these sections reveals a lateral shift of facies with time during the latest Famennian in the eastern Ardenne. Local synsedimentary block-faulting processes were probably responsible. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMossbauer spectral evidence for next-nearest neighbor interactions within the alluaudite structure of Na1-xLixMnFe2(PO4)(3)
Hermann, Raphaël ULg; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Fransolet, André-Mathieu ULg et al

in Solid State Sciences (2002), 4(4), 507-513

The Mossbauer spectra of the Na1-xLixMnFe2(PO4)(3) compounds, with x = 0,00, 0.25, 0.50, and 0.75, have been measured between 90 and 295 K and analyzed in terms of a model which takes into account the ... [more ▼]

The Mossbauer spectra of the Na1-xLixMnFe2(PO4)(3) compounds, with x = 0,00, 0.25, 0.50, and 0.75, have been measured between 90 and 295 K and analyzed in terms of a model which takes into account the next-nearest neighbor interactions within the alluaudite structure. Surprisingly, the spectra reveal an unexpected presence of iron(II) in these compounds; the amount of iron(II) is observed to decrease from 19 to 15 atomic percent of the total iron content with increasing x. The temperature dependence of the Fe2+ and Fe3+ isomer shifts agrees with that expected from a second-order Doppler shift and the resulting iron vibrating masses and Mossbauer lattice temperatures are within the expected range of values for iron cations in an octahedral environment. The temperature dependence of the Fe2+ quadrupole splitting has been fit with the Ingalls' model and the results yield a ground state orbital splitting of ca. 500 cm(-1) for the iron(II) sites. The compositional dependence of the isomer shifts and Fe2+ content can be understood in terms of a decrease in the unit-cell volume with increasing substitution of sodium by lithium, a substitution which does not influence the observed quadrupole splittings. (C) 2002 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMain concepts of the "European approach" to karst-groundwater-vulnerability assessment and mapping
Daly, Donald; Dassargues, Alain ULg; Drew, David et al

in Hydrogeology Journal (2002), 10(2), 340-345

In order to achieve some consistency in the establishment of groundwater intrinsic vulnerability maps in Europe. a new, approach is proposed by Working Group 1 of the European COST Action 620 on ... [more ▼]

In order to achieve some consistency in the establishment of groundwater intrinsic vulnerability maps in Europe. a new, approach is proposed by Working Group 1 of the European COST Action 620 on "Vulnerability mapping for the protection of carbonate (karst) aquifers". A general procedure is offered which provides consistency while allowing the required flexibility for application to a continent and under conditions of varying geology, scale, information availability, time, and resources. The proposed methodology is designed to be clearly more physically based than the existing vulnerability-mapping techniques. It takes the specificity of the karstic environments into account without necessarily excluding the applicability to other geological conditions. Combined "core factors" for overlying layers and for concentration of flow, account for the relative protection of groundwater from contamination while taking into account any bypass of the overlying layers. A precipitation factor is distinguished for describing: characteristics of the input of water to the system. Differentiation is made between groundwater resource intrinsic vulnerability Mapping and Source intrinsic vulnerability mapping. For the latter, a factor describing the karst network development is relevant. This short technical note describes a first stop in the work program of Working Group 1 of the COST Action 620. Future steps are now in progress to quantify the approach and to apply it in various European pilot areas. [less ▲]

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See detailLa cardiologie preventive: strategies chez l'enfant
Massin, M.; Vandoorne, Chantal ULg; Coremans, C. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 207-12

The importance of preventive cardiology in youth has been established by several critical observations: there is evidence that the atherogenic process begins in childhood, and that the degree of ... [more ▼]

The importance of preventive cardiology in youth has been established by several critical observations: there is evidence that the atherogenic process begins in childhood, and that the degree of atherogenesis is related to measurable risk factors present during childhood. The literature indicated that long-range prevention of atheroselerosis and its sequelae by control of those risk factors should begin in childhood. This article reviews the established risk factors, the identification of high-risk individuals, public health strategies for the promotion of health in the French Community of Belgium and treatment of high-risk individuals. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of thermodynamic properties of concrete substrates and cement slurries modified with admixtures
Courard, Luc ULg

in Materials and Structures (2002), 35(247), 149-155

The study of the creation and the stability of the interface between concrete substrates and repair systems needs the knowledge of the thermodynamic properties of materials. The measurement of the surface ... [more ▼]

The study of the creation and the stability of the interface between concrete substrates and repair systems needs the knowledge of the thermodynamic properties of materials. The measurement of the surface free energies of liquids is realised by means of Wilhelmy plate method on reference liquid and repair products. In order to determine polar and dispersive components, it is necessary to measure the contact angle of these liquids and products on reference solid surfaces and on concrete, mortars and aggregates. Centrifuged solutions of repair product systems elements were prepared in order to measure surface free energies on pure liquids without solid particles in suspension. Evolution of properties versus time were also taken into account and analysed in comparison with well-known liquids and products. [less ▲]

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See detailFull-scale tests of torsional damper and detuner (TDD) antigalloping device
Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg; Vinogradov, Alexander

in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2002), 17(2), 638-643

A new antigalloping device for overhead lines with bundle conductors was introduced ten years ago, after laboratory tests and observations on actual 400-kV lines. A systematic fullscale test was performed ... [more ▼]

A new antigalloping device for overhead lines with bundle conductors was introduced ten years ago, after laboratory tests and observations on actual 400-kV lines. A systematic fullscale test was performed in Kazakhstan in order to better evaluate torsional damper and detuner (TDD) efficiency. This report details the test station and the results obtained over a several month period of testing and measurement. The tests were carried out thanks to the mutual efforts of the ESSP and the Kazakh Power Research Institute (KazNIIE) at the field tests stand located in Chokpar. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional glycine receptors are expressed by postnatal nestin-positive neural stem/progenitor cells
Nguyen, Laurent ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg et al

in European Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 15(8), 1299-1305

Multipotent neural stem and progenitor cells (NS/PCs) are well-established cell subpopulations occurring in the developing, and also in the mature mammalian nervous systems. Trophic and transcription ... [more ▼]

Multipotent neural stem and progenitor cells (NS/PCs) are well-established cell subpopulations occurring in the developing, and also in the mature mammalian nervous systems. Trophic and transcription factors are currently the main signals known to influence the development and the commitment of NS/PCs and their progeny. However, recent studies suggest that neurotransmitters could also contribute to neural development. In that respect, rodent-cultured embryonic NS/PCs have been reported to express functional neurotransmitter receptors. No similar investigation has, however, been made in postnatal and/or in adult rodent brain stem cells. In this study, using RT-PCR and immunocytochemical methods, we show that alpha(1) -, alpha(2) - and beta-subunit mRNAs and alpha-subunit proteins of the glycine ionotropic receptor are expressed by 80.5 +/- 0.9% of postnatal rat striatum-derived, nestin-positive cells within cultured neurospheres. Whole-cell patch-clamp experiments further demonstrated that glycine triggers in 33.5% of these cells currents that can be reversibly blocked by strychnine and picrotoxin. This demonstrates that NS/PCs express functional glycine receptors, the consequence(s) of their activation remaining unknown. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of adipose tissue expression of murine matrix metalloproteinases and their tissue inhibitors with obesity
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Diabetes (2002), 51(4), 1093-1101

The potential role of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) system in the pathophysiology of the adipose tissue was investigated in a mouse model of nutritionally induced obesity. mRNA levels of 16 MMPs and ... [more ▼]

The potential role of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) system in the pathophysiology of the adipose tissue was investigated in a mouse model of nutritionally induced obesity. mRNA levels of 16 MMPs and 4 tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs) were measured by semiquantitative RT-PCR in adipose tissue isolated from mice maintained for 15 weeks on a standard or high-fat diet. In mice on standard diet, with the exception of MMP-8, all MMP and TIMP transcripts were detected in both gonadal and subcutaneous depots. In obese mice, the expression of MMP-3, -11, -12, -13, and -14 and TIMP-1 mRNAs was upregulated, whereas that of MMP-7, -9, -16, and -24 and TIMP-4 was downregulated. Most MMP and TIMP mRNAs were expressed at higher levels in stromal-vascular cells than in mature adipocytes. Analysis of adipose tissue by in situ fluorescent zymography revealed MMP-dependent proteolytic activities, demonstrating the presence of active MMPs in the intact tissue. In vitro conversion of adipogenic 3T3-F442A cells into mature adipocytes was associated with substantial modulations of MMP and TIMP expression. Moreover, this in vitro adipogenesis was reduced in the presence of a synthetic MMP inhibitor. Thus, the adipose tissue expresses a large array of MMPs and TIMPs, which modulate adipocyte differentiation. [less ▲]

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See detailDemonstration of generalized infection with caprine herpesvirus 1 diagnosed in an aborted caprine fetus by PCR
Keuser, V.; Gogev, S.; Schynts, F. et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (2002), 26(3), 221-226

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See detailPolyethylene-layered silicate nanocomposites prepared by the polymerization-filling technique: synthesis and mechanical properties
Alexandre, Michaël ULg; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Sun, Tao et al

in Polymer (2002), 43(8), 2123-2132

Polyethylene-layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by the in situ intercalative polymerization of ethylene by the so-called polymerization-filling technique and analyzed by transmission electron ... [more ▼]

Polyethylene-layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by the in situ intercalative polymerization of ethylene by the so-called polymerization-filling technique and analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis and tensile testing. Non-modified montmorillonite and hectorite were first treated by trimethylaluminum-depleted methylaluminoxane before being contacted by a Ti-based constrained geometry catalyst. The nanocomposite was formed by addition and polymerization of ethylene. In the absence of a chain transfer agent, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene was produced. The tensile properties of these nanocomposites were poor and essentially independent of the nature and content of the silicate. Upon hydrogen addition, the molecular weight of the polyethylene was decreased with parallel improvement of the tensile and shear moduli, in relation to the filler content. The exfoliation of the layered silicates was confirmed by XRD analysis and TEM observation. The mechanical kneading of the molten nanocomposites resulted in the partial collapse of the exfoliated structure driven by the thermodynamic stability of the layered filler. [less ▲]

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See detailShort- and long-term effects of p-ethynylphenylalanine on brain serotonin levels
Zimmer, Luc; Luxen, André ULg; Giacomelli, Fabrice ULg et al

in Neurochemical Research (2002), 27(4), 269-275

Changes in tissue and extracellular serotonin (5-HT) in raphe dorsalis, raphe medialis and in their main projections areas (hippocampus, striatum and frontal cortex) were investigated at short and long ... [more ▼]

Changes in tissue and extracellular serotonin (5-HT) in raphe dorsalis, raphe medialis and in their main projections areas (hippocampus, striatum and frontal cortex) were investigated at short and long-term times after single injection (5 mg/kg ip) of a novel tryptophan hydroxylase inhibitor, p-ethynylphenylalanine (p-EPA). The 5-HT tissue concentration decreased significantly in raphe nuclei, 30 min post-injection and for 4 days, whereas it decreased from 24 hours post-injection in the 5-HT projections. Normal 5-HT levels reappeared after 12 days post-injection in all areas. Moreover, in the projection areas, the extracellular 5-HT levels decreased rapidly, 90, 40 and 30 min after p-EPA injection, in hippocampus, striatum and frontal cortex, respectively. Decreased accumulation of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) under NSD-101 perfusion in the serotoninergic projections after p-EPA injection, confirmed the direct inhibitory effect of the drug on the tryptophan hydroxylase activity. These results demonstrated that p-EPA is a useful pharmacological tool which powerfully, acutely and irreversibly reduces the 5-HT levels. [less ▲]

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See detailAntegrade palliation for diminutive pulmonary arteries in Tetralogy of Fallot.
Seipelt, Ralf G; Vazquez-Jimenez, Jaime F; Sachweh, Jorg S et al

in European Journal of Cardio - Thoracic Surgery (2002), 21(4), 721-4724

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome following palliative reconstruction of right ventricular outflow tract in Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with diminutive pulmonary arteries ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome following palliative reconstruction of right ventricular outflow tract in Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with diminutive pulmonary arteries with central and peripheral stenosis. METHODS: Between 1986 and 1999 in 15 children with the diagnosis of TOF palliative reconstruction of the right ventricular outflow tract without closure of the ventricular septal defect (VSD) was performed. All patients were not suitable for an AP-Shunt because of a diminutive pulmonary vascular bed. Six patients were younger than 1 year at operation. RESULTS: There was one hospital death (6.7%) in a child with additional aortic valve insufficiency in multi-organ failure. Although the postoperative course was prolonged (median duration on ICU: 8 days) and complicated by congestive heart failure, clinically the 14 patients discharged improved significantly. The arterial oxygen saturation increased from 67 to 93% (P<0.001), the hemoglobin decreased from 16.1 to 13.3g/l (P=0.02) and hematocrit from 0.52 to 0.40 (P=0.06). In control angiography, the McGoon Index increased in the average from 1.01 to 1.95 (P<0.001). VSD closure was performed in 12 patients (median: 2.5 years after initial operation) with one perioperative death. A homograft had to be implanted in seven patients and a mechanical prosthesis in the right ventricular outflow tract in one. One late death occurred due to ventricular arrhythmia 12 years after antegrade palliation (11 years after corrective operation). CONCLUSIONS: The antegrade palliation seems to be an adequate strategy for the treatment of selected children with diminutive pulmonary arteries in TOF, who were not candidates for primary correction or an AP-Shunt. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point de vue documentaire dans Le joli mai de Chris Marker
Van Cauwenberge, Geneviève ULg

in Théorème (2002), (6), 83-99

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See detailMetabolism of human articular chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads. Longterm effects of interleukin 1 beta and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Mateus, Marguarita; Defresne, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2002), 29(4), 772-782

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the longterm effects (12 days) of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs [NSAID: aceclofenac (ACECLO), sodium diclofenac (DICLO), indomethacin (INDO), nimesulide (NIM), rofecoxib ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the longterm effects (12 days) of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs [NSAID: aceclofenac (ACECLO), sodium diclofenac (DICLO), indomethacin (INDO), nimesulide (NIM), rofecoxib (ROFE), celecoxib (CELE), piroxicam (PIROX), and ibuprofen (IBUP)] on the metabolism of human chondrocytes cultured in alginate beads. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated osteoarthritic (OA) chondrocytes were cultured in alginate beads in a well defined culture medium for 12 days. The DNA content was measured according to a fluorimetric method and cell proliferation was determined by the incorporation of 3H-thymidine in the newly synthesized DNA. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) and IL-8, stromelysin [matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3)], and aggrecan (AGG) production were assayed by specific enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production by specific radioimmunoassay. All NSAID were tested at the mean peak plasma concentration (Cmax) obtained after oral administration of a therapeutic dose. RESULTS: In alginate beads, chondrocytes synthesized high amounts of AGG, which were largely (98%) immobilized in the alginate matrix. A large amount (43%) of the IL-8 produced was stored in the alginate beads, whereas almost all IL-6 production (94%) was released in the culture supernatant. At the therapeutic concentration, all NSAID tested fully blocked PGE2 production. ACECLO, DICLO, INDO, NIM significantly inhibited basal and IL-1beta stimulated IL-6 production; CELE and IBUP only inhibited IL-1beta stimulated IL-6 production; and ROFE and PIROX had no significant effects. No NSAID showed significant effects on basal and IL-1beta stimulated IL-8 production, except CELE and IBUP, which slightly increased basal IL-8 production. ACECLO and INDO increased AGG content by 25% in the alginate beads, while the other NSAID were without significant effect. No NSAID were able to modify the inhibitory effect of IL-1beta on AGG production. NSAID did not modify MMP-3 production. CONCLUSION: The mechanism of action of NSAID seems to be multifactorial and not limited to the inhibition of cyclooxygenases. Further, in our culture conditions, at the Cmax and by comparison with other NSAID, ACECLO and INDO show an advantageous activity profile. They fully blocked PGE2 production, inhibited IL-6 synthesis, and increased aggrecan synthesis. These effects appear advantageous for the longterm treatment of chronic joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. [less ▲]

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See detailHeart rate variability in infants with obstructive sleep apnea
Massin, M. M.; Withofs, Nadia ULg; Ravet, Françoise ULg

in Archives de Pédiatrie (2002), 9(4), 444-445

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See detailNeuroendocrinology of song behavior and avian brain plasticity: Multiple sites of action of sex steroid hormones
Ball, G. F.; Riters, L. V.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (2002), 23(2), 137-178

Seasonal changes in the brain of songbirds are one of the most dramatic examples of naturally occuring neuroplasticity that have been described in any vertebrate species. In males of temperate-zone ... [more ▼]

Seasonal changes in the brain of songbirds are one of the most dramatic examples of naturally occuring neuroplasticity that have been described in any vertebrate species. In males of temperate-zone songbird species, the volumes of several telencephalic nuclei that control song behavior are significantly larger in the spring than in the fall. These increases in volume are correlated with high rates of singing and high concentrations of testosterone in the plasma. Several song nuclei express either androgen receptors or estrogen receptors, therefore it is possible that testosterone acting via estrogenic or androgenic metabolites regulates song behavior by seasonally modulating the morphology of these song control nuclei. However, the causal links among these variables have not been established. Dissociations among high concentrations of testosterone, enlarged song nuclei, and high rates of singing behavior have been observed. Singing behavior itself can promote cellular changes associated with increases in the volume of the song control nuclei. Also, testosterone may stimulate song behavior by acting in brain regions outside of the song control system such as in the preoptic area or in catecholamine cell groups in the brainstem. Thus testosterone effects on neuroplasticity in the song system may be indirect in that behavioral activity stimulated by testosterone acting in sites that promote male sexual behavior could in turn promote morphological changes in the song system. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). [less ▲]

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See detailMT1-MMP expression promotes tumor growth and angiogenesis through an up-regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor expression
Sounni, Nor Eddine ULg; Devy, L.; Hajitou, A. et al

in FASEB Journal (2002), 16(6), 555-564

Membrane type 1 metalloprotease (MT1-MMP) is a transmembrane metalloprotease that plays a major role in the extracellular matrix remodeling, directly by degrading several of its components and indirectly ... [more ▼]

Membrane type 1 metalloprotease (MT1-MMP) is a transmembrane metalloprotease that plays a major role in the extracellular matrix remodeling, directly by degrading several of its components and indirectly by activating pro-MMP2. We investigated the effects of MT1-MMP overexpression on in vitro and in vivo properties of human breast adenocarcinoma MCF7 cells, which do not express MT1-MMP or MMP-2. MT1-MMP and MMP-2 cDNAs were either transfected alone or cotransfected. All clones overexpressing MT1-MMP 1) were able to activate endogenous or exogenous pro-MMP-2, 2) displayed an enhanced in vitro invasiveness through matrigel-coated filters independent of MMP-2 transfection, 3) induced the rapid development of highly vascularized tumors when injected subcutaneously in nude mice, and 4) promoted blood vessels sprouting in the rat aortic ring assay. These effects were observed in all clones overexpressing MT1-MMP regardless of MMP-2 expression levels, suggesting that the production of MMP-2 by tumor cells themselves does not play a critical role in these events. The angiogenic phenotype of MT1-MMP-producing cells was associated with an up-regulation of VEGF expression. These results emphasize the importance of MT1-MMP during tumor angiogenesis and open new opportunities for the development of anti-angiogenic strategies combining inhibitors of MT1-MMP and VEGF antagonists. [less ▲]

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See detailClinique et cytologie sputaire de l'asthme intrinseque
Bettiol, J.; Radermecker, Maurice ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 223-7

The diagnosis of intrinsic asthma is evoked in patients with clinical criteria of asthma but, who contrarily to atopic asthmatics, lack history of allergy, specific IgE and skin positive reaction towards ... [more ▼]

The diagnosis of intrinsic asthma is evoked in patients with clinical criteria of asthma but, who contrarily to atopic asthmatics, lack history of allergy, specific IgE and skin positive reaction towards common aeroallergens of the environment. While the bronchial cytology of these two types of asthma is comparable, the immunological mechanisms of intrinsic asthma remain poorly understood because the factors responsible for the bronchial inflammation are unknown. Intrinsic asthma normally begins in adulthood and carries often a more severe prognosis. This disease is more frequent in women and is often associated to nasal polyposis and/or aspirin hypersensitivity. In this work, we have retrospectively studied the demographic and clinical characteristics, as well as the lung function and the sputum cell counts of intrinsic asthmatic outpatients seen during the period of 1996 to 1998 in the Pneumology Department of the CHU Sart Tilman. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of lifetimes by laser-induced fluorescence and determination of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest in NdIII
Zhang, Z. G.; Svanberg, S.; Palmeri, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 385(2), 724-732

Selective lifetime measurements by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy for 5 levels belonging to the 4f(3)5d configuration of doubly ionized neodymium provide a first and useful ... [more ▼]

Selective lifetime measurements by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy for 5 levels belonging to the 4f(3)5d configuration of doubly ionized neodymium provide a first and useful experimental test of the relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations in this ion of astrophysical interest. As a consequence, the accuracy of the transition probabilities deduced in the present work is well assessed. These new data are expected to help astrophysicists in the future to refine the analysis of the composition of chemically peculiar stars which frequently show large overabundances of lanthanides when compared to the solar system standards. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of the singlet oxygen quantum yield of bacteriochlorin a: a comparative study in phosphate buffer and aqueous dispersion of dimiristoyl-L-a-phosphatidylcholine liposomes
Hoebeke, Maryse ULg; Damoiseau, Xavier

in Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences (2002), 1(4), 283-287

The production of singlet oxygen (1O2) by bacteriochlorin a (BCA) was studied in phosphate buffer and in dimyristoyl-L-α-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) unilamellar liposomes. The comparative method used to ... [more ▼]

The production of singlet oxygen (1O2) by bacteriochlorin a (BCA) was studied in phosphate buffer and in dimyristoyl-L-α-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) unilamellar liposomes. The comparative method used to measure 1O2 production was a quantitative analysis of photooxidation reactions leading to the loss of absorbance of the water-soluble specific probe: anthracene 9,10-dipropionic acid. Rose Bengal, whose 1O2 quantum yield (ΦRB) is well known in alcohols and phosphate buffer, was used as the standard for the quantification of the BCA singlet oxygen production. Our results confirm quantitatively that solubilization of BCA in liposomes leads to an increase in 1O2 production. Indeed, the quantum yield of 1O2 production by BCA (ΦBCA) is 0.05 in phosphate buffer and 0.33 in DMPC liposomes. Furthermore, the diffusion characteristics of 1O2 produced by BCA bound to liposome were also examined using the isotopic lifetime enhancement effect of D2O. It was shown that 1O2 spent at least 70% of its lifetime in the vesicular environment [less ▲]

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See detailEncephalitis related to primary varicella-zoster virus infection in immunocompetent children.
Hausler, M.; Schaade, L.; Kemeny, S. et al

in Journal of the neurological sciences (2002), 195(2), 111-6

INTRODUCTION: Encephalitis is a rare complication of primary varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in immunocompetent children. METHODS: The clinical and laboratory findings of two girls with VZV-related ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Encephalitis is a rare complication of primary varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in immunocompetent children. METHODS: The clinical and laboratory findings of two girls with VZV-related encephalitis are reported. RESULTS: Both children presented with focal epileptic seizures, corresponding to cortical/subcortical as well as white matter lesions. The first showed a typical vesicular skin rash. She was easily diagnosed and made a rapid recovery during acyclovir and steroid treatment. In the second girl, a preceding measles-mumps-rubella virus vaccination and the absence of skin vesicles were misleading with respect to the diagnosis, which was finally proven by IgG seroconversion and intrathecal synthesis of IgG antibodies to VZV. She developed left parieto-occipital tissue necrosis and recovered only transiently during initial acyclovir/steroid treatment. Eight weeks after onset, progressive white matter demyelination and the occurrence of erythema nodosum in the lower limbs necessitated a second 4-month course of oral steroids. The VZV PCR from cerebrospinal fluid was negative in both children. CONCLUSIONS: Primary VZV infection may cause severe encephalitis that may occur without skin vesicles and lead to a chronic course with systemic vasculitis. The coincidence of vaccination and neurologic diseases offers no proof per se of a causal relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailCustomization of a self-processing polymer for obtaining specific diffractive optical elements
Carre, C.; Saint-Georges, Philippe ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

in Synthetic Metals (2002), 127

Photopolymerizable materials are capable of recording volume holograms via a change in refractivity of the layer. On illumination by an interference pattern around 500 nm, polymerization and diffusion led ... [more ▼]

Photopolymerizable materials are capable of recording volume holograms via a change in refractivity of the layer. On illumination by an interference pattern around 500 nm, polymerization and diffusion led to regions with various segment densities. A modulation of the refractive index took place, thus giving rise to permanent thick phase gratings created in situ in the emulsion. This modulation was estimated at 7 x 10(-3), corresponding to diffraction efficiencies of ca. 80% for transmission holography. Applications for the fabrication of diffractive optical elements can be expected in view of the experimental results and the simplicity of use. For instance, the duplication of computer-generated holograms on a photopolymerizable film led to thick phase holograms with higher diffraction efficiencies. Substrate-mode polarizing elements were also produced, taking advantage of the laminated property since this emulsion was embedded between two glass plates. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSelection of a staggered grid for inertia-gravity waves in shallow water
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids (2002), 38(8), 729-746

The problem of accuracy in propagating inertia-gravity waves on Arakawa grids is investigated. It is shown that the sole analysis of spatial discretization and the recommendation of the B-grid for coarse ... [more ▼]

The problem of accuracy in propagating inertia-gravity waves on Arakawa grids is investigated. It is shown that the sole analysis of spatial discretization and the recommendation of the B-grid for coarse resolution models and C-grid for high resolution models must be re-analysed when time discretization is taken into account as well. For a chosen time discretization, a coarse C-grid is shown for example, to increase precision when using larger time-steps (up to the stability limit) whereas the precision of the B-grid decreases. Here, an analysis of error for different grids in function of the space-time resolutions and computational costs is presented and some recommendations on the choice of the particular staggered grid for a given application are outlined. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis, hydrolysis, biochemical and theoretical evaluation of 1,4-bis(alkoxycarbonyl)azetidin-2-ones as potential elastase inhibitors
Gérard, Stéphane; Dive, Georges ULg; Clamot, Brigitte et al

in Tetrahedron (2002), 58(12), 2423-2433

A series of 1,4-bis(alkoxycarbonyl)azetidin-2-ones, designed as potential suicide-inhibitors of serine proteases, has been synthesized and evaluated against porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE). The most ... [more ▼]

A series of 1,4-bis(alkoxycarbonyl)azetidin-2-ones, designed as potential suicide-inhibitors of serine proteases, has been synthesized and evaluated against porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE). The most active compound (K(i)similar to10 muM; reversible inhibitor) was equipped with phenethyloxycarbonyl and benzyloxycarbonyl side-chains at positions N1 and C4, respectively, with the (S)-configuration. H-1 NMR spectroscopic analysis of the reaction mixtures showed that the ester function is preferentially hydrolyzed, in both chemical and enzyme-catalyzed reactions, with regard to the azetidinone and urethane functions. Considering the three potentially sensitive carbonyl functions and the two stereoisomers, ab initio calculations were performed to determine the energetic barriers required to reach the transition state structures of hydrolysis in a model of the enzyme pocket. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLocal structure of liquid GeTe via neutron scattering and ab initio simulations
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Godlevsky, V. V.; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

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

We examine the local atomic order as well as some dynamic properties of the semiconducting liquid GeTe. We employ hot-neutron two-axis diffraction at three temperatures above the melting point and compare ... [more ▼]

We examine the local atomic order as well as some dynamic properties of the semiconducting liquid GeTe. We employ hot-neutron two-axis diffraction at three temperatures above the melting point and compare these results with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The simulations were based on interatomic forces derived from pseudopotentials constructed within density functional theory. At the melting temperature, the Peierls distortion responsible for the lower-temperature crystal phase is shown to manifest itself within the liquid structure. At higher temperatures in the liquid, increasing disorder in the Ge environment determines the eventual semiconductor-metal transition. The calculated kinematic viscosity of the liquid is found to agree with the experimental value and is shown to arise from the small diffusion coefficient of the Te atoms. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of proliferation, endoreduplication and differentiation by the Arabidopsis E2Fa-DPa transcription factor
De Veylder, L.; Beeckman, T.; Beemster, G. T. S. et al

in EMBO Journal (2002), 21(6), 1360-1368

New plant cells arise at the meristems, where they divide a few times before they leave the cell-cycle program and start to differentiate. Here we show that the E2Fa-DPa transcription factor of ... [more ▼]

New plant cells arise at the meristems, where they divide a few times before they leave the cell-cycle program and start to differentiate. Here we show that the E2Fa-DPa transcription factor of Arabidopsis thaliana is a key regulator determining the proliferative status of plant cells. Ectopic expression of E2Fa induced sustained cell proliferation in normally differentiated cotyledon and hypocotyl cells. The phenotype was enhanced strongly by the co-expression of E2Fa with its dimerization partner, DPa. In endoreduplicating cells, E2Fa-DPa also caused extra DNA replication that was correlated with transcriptional induction of S phase genes. Because E2Fa-DPa transgenic plants arrested early in development, we argue that controlled exit of the cell cycle is a prerequisite for normal plant development. [less ▲]

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See detailDoubly ionized thorium: Laser lifetime measurements and transition probability determination of interest in cosmochronology
Biémont, Emile ULg; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2002), 567(2, Part 1), 1276-1283

The first lifetime measurements have been performed for six levels of doubly ionized thorium, an important cosmochronometer in astrophysics for estimating the age of the Galaxy. The levels, belonging to ... [more ▼]

The first lifetime measurements have been performed for six levels of doubly ionized thorium, an important cosmochronometer in astrophysics for estimating the age of the Galaxy. The levels, belonging to the 5f(2), 5f7p, 7s7p, and 6d7p configurations of Th III, have been measured by the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence method and compared with relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations including configuration interaction and core-polarization effects. Taking advantage of the excellent agreement between theory and experiment, a first set of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest has been deduced for this ion from a combination of the experimental lifetimes and of the theoretical branching fractions. [less ▲]

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