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See detailAllergic reactions to decorative skin paintings.
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Henry, Frédérique ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (2001), 15(2), 140-2

BACKGROUND: Dye mixtures containing henna, P-phenylenediamine (PPD), and indigo are applied to the skin in various parts of the world for religious purposes, social recognition or fun. AIM: To identify ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Dye mixtures containing henna, P-phenylenediamine (PPD), and indigo are applied to the skin in various parts of the world for religious purposes, social recognition or fun. AIM: To identify eventual allergens responsible for contact sensitization to skin decoration in three young children. Lesions remained strictly limited to the site painted during the summer holiday. None of the children had a previous history of contact dermatitis, but two of them suffered from severe seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. FINDINGS: Patch testing revealed severe contact hypersensitivity to PPD in all three patients, and one child presented a positive prick test to 1% henna in water. The eruptions resolved following spontaneous elimination of the dyes and topical applications of corticosteroids, but left residual depigmentation. CONCLUSION: PPD is the main allergen identified in allergic reactions to decorative skin paintings. [less ▲]

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See detailThiazolidinediones and liver toxicity.
Scheen, André ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2001), 27(3), 305-13

Thiazolidinediones or glitazones specifically target insulin resistance. They have proven efficacy for reducing plasma glucose levels of type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulphonylureas ... [more ▼]

Thiazolidinediones or glitazones specifically target insulin resistance. They have proven efficacy for reducing plasma glucose levels of type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulphonylureas, metformin or insulin. In addition, they may be associated to some improvement of cardiovascular risk profile. However, troglitazone, the first compound approved by the FDA in the US, proved to be hepatotoxic and was withdrawn from the market after the report of several dozens of deaths or cases of severe hepatic failure requiring liver transplantation. It remains unclear whether or not hepatotoxicity is a class effect or is related to the unique tocopherol side chain of troglitazone. Rosiglitazone and pioglitazone, two other glitazones, appear to have similar efficacy on blood glucose control of type 2 diabetic patients as compared to troglitazone. In controlled clinical trials, the incidence of significant increases in liver enzyme levels (ALT) was similar with rosiglitazone or pioglitazone as compared to placebo, whereas troglitazone was associated with a threefold greater incidence. In contrast to the numerous case reports of acute liver failure in patients receiving troglitzone, only two cases of severe reversible liver failure have been reported in patients treated with rosiglitazone, with a causal relationship remaining uncertain. Furthermore, no single case of severe hepatotoxicity has been reported yet with pioglitazone. While regular monitoring of liver enzymes is still recommended and more long-term data are desirable, current clinical evidence supports the conclusion that rosiglitazone and pioglitazone do not share the hepatotoxic profile of troglitazone. [less ▲]

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See detailDistance correlations and dynamics of liquid GeSe: An ab initio molecular dynamics study
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Godlevsky, V. V.; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2001), 64

We analyze the structure and dynamics of semiconducting liquid GeSe using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. We show the local order of the liquid to be close to that of the low-temperature ... [more ▼]

We analyze the structure and dynamics of semiconducting liquid GeSe using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. We show the local order of the liquid to be close to that of the low-temperature crystalline phase. alpha -GeSe. In particular, we show that the Peierls distortion, which defines the a phase and vanishes in the high-temperature beta crystalline phase, reenters GeSe in the melt. Examining the distance histograms allows one to analyze the Ge environment as consisting of a Gese(3) unit and having one Ge-Ge defective bond. Evidence is presented that Peierls distortion is directly responsible for the semiconducting behavior of the melt. The calculated viscosity and electrical conductivity are in agreement with the experiment. An additional neutron-diffraction experiment indicates that this liquid structure is unmodified 200 K above the melting point. [less ▲]

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See detailActualites therapeutiques 2001.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(9), 612-24

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

The most important drugs registered and/or launched in Belgium during the last year in the various disciplines of internal medicine will be briefly described. The main characteristics of each molecule as well as its modalities of appropriate use in clinical practice will be pointed out. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Early Devonian flora, including Cooksonia from the Paraná Basin (Brazil)
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Bergamaschi, S.; Pereira, E. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailConstruire des indicateurs internationaux d'équité des systèmes éducatifs
Demeuse, Marc ULg; Baye, Ariane ULg; Straeten, Marie-Hélène et al

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (7-8), 97-100

Les membres du SPE se préoccupent de longue date des problèmes d'équité éducative (Crahay, 2000). Ils contribuent soit à l'évaluation de celle-ci dans le système belge francophone ou au sein d'autres ... [more ▼]

Les membres du SPE se préoccupent de longue date des problèmes d'équité éducative (Crahay, 2000). Ils contribuent soit à l'évaluation de celle-ci dans le système belge francophone ou au sein d'autres systèmes à travers des recherches internationales, telles celles de l'IEA ou de l'OCDE (Demeuse, Crahay [less ▲]

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See detailMultifocal motor and sensory neuropathy following whiplash injury
DIVE, Dominique ULg; NOEZ, Stéphanie ULg; ISERENTANT, Cynthia ULg et al

in Journal of Neurology (2001)

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See detailSpirometric performance in Belgian Blue calves: I. Effects on economic losses due to the bovine respiratory disease complex.
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Dorts, T. et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2001), 79(5), 1301-1304

The aim of this study was to determine whether high spirometric performances in calves are associated with low economic losses due to the bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC). Five spirometric ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine whether high spirometric performances in calves are associated with low economic losses due to the bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC). Five spirometric variables (SV) were measured in 909 double-muscled Belgian Blue calves from 15 to 60 d of age. Afterward, calves were monitored for 6 mo to determine whether they developed BRDC and to determine the costs due to BRDC (i.e., medicine costs and veterinarians' fees, plus estimated financial losses due to mortality in case of death). To analyze the effects of spirometric performances on BRDC cost, a fixed linear model was used for each SV. In addition to SV, each model included the effects of sex, dam's parity, vaccination status, muscular development score, herd-period, and BW. Only herd-period and the maximal ventilation and the vital capacity had significant effects on costs due to BRDC, indicating that these two SV are major physiological determinants of economic losses associated with BRDC. Accordingly, it is assumed that an amelioration of maximal ventilation and vital capacity could result in increased resistance to BRDC in calves. [less ▲]

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See detailL'exercice physique pour prevenir l'obesite, favoriser l'amaigrissement et maintenir la perte ponderale.
Scheen, André ULg; Rorive, Marcelle ULg; Letiexhe, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(4), 244-7

Obesity is a multifactorial disease making difficult the determination of the precise role of one specific factor such as physical activity or sedentary. Nevertheless, numerous arguments, derived from ... [more ▼]

Obesity is a multifactorial disease making difficult the determination of the precise role of one specific factor such as physical activity or sedentary. Nevertheless, numerous arguments, derived from epidemiological observational studies or from randomized controlled interventional trials, support a favourable role of regular physical activity in the control of body weight. Physical activity contributes to prevent the occurrence of weight excess, especially in children or adolescents, to obtain a satisfactory weight loss, in general in combination with reduced-energy diets, and to maintain long-term weight loss. In addition, physical activity improves both the metabolic profile and health of obese subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of defect levels in Mg-doped GaN Schottky structures by thermal admittance spectroscopy
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Germain, Marianne; Schmeits, Marcel et al

in Physica Status Solidi B. Basic Research (2001), 228

Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on sapphire substrate are studied by thermal admittance spectroscopy from 90 K to room temperature ... [more ▼]

Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on sapphire substrate are studied by thermal admittance spectroscopy from 90 K to room temperature. Evidence of two impurity levels results from the analysis of the observed peaks in the conductance curves, whose positions and strengths are temperature dependent. The experimental results are analyzed within a detailed theoretical study of the steady-state and small-signal electrical characteristics of the structure. Numerical simulations are based on the solution of the basic semiconductor equations for the structure consisting of two Schottky diodes connected back-to-back by a conduction channel formed by the GaN layer. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidémiologie moléculaire de la fièvre aphteuse
Thiry, Etienne ULg; Baranowski, Eric; Domingo, E.

in Epidémiologie et Santé Animale (2001), 39(59-67),

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See detailContinued benefit of coronary stenting versus balloon angioplasty: five-year clinical follow-up of Benestent-I trial.
Kiemeneij, F.; Serruys, P. W.; Macaya, C. et al

in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2001), 37(6), 1598-603

OBJECTIVES: This study sought to establish whether the early favorable results in the Benestent-I randomized trial comparing elective Palmaz-Schatz stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in 516 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: This study sought to establish whether the early favorable results in the Benestent-I randomized trial comparing elective Palmaz-Schatz stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in 516 patients with stable angina pectoris are maintained at 5 years. BACKGROUND: The size of the required sample was based on a 40% reduction in clinical events in the stent group. Seven months and one-year follow-up in this trial showed a decreased incidence of restenosis and clinical events in patients randomized to stent implantation. METHODS: Data at five years were collected by outpatient visit, via telephone and via the referring cardiologist. Three patients in the stent group and one in the percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) group were lost to follow-up at five years. Major clinical events, anginal status and use of cardiac medication were recorded according to the intention to treat principle. RESULTS: No significant differences were found in anginal status and use of cardiac medication between the two groups. In the PTCA group, 27.3% of patients underwent target lesion revascularization (TLR) versus 17.2% of patients in the stent group (p = 0.008). No significant differences in mortality (5.9% vs. 3.1%), cerebrovascular accident (0.8% vs. 1.2%), myocardial infarction (9.4% vs. 6.3%) or coronary bypass surgery (11.7% vs. 9.8%) were found between the stent and PTCA groups, respectively. At five years, the event-free survival rate (59.8% vs. 65.6%; p = 0.20) between the stent and PTCA groups no longer achieved statistical significance. CONCLUSIONS: The original 10% absolute difference in TLR in favor of the stent group has remained unchanged at five years, emphasizing the long-term stability of the stented target site. [less ▲]

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See detailInfo-congres. Insulinotherapie pour prevenir le diabete de type 1 chez des sujets apparentes a haut risque: resultats negatifs du "Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1".
Scheen, André ULg; Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(7), 536-8

The results of the American multicentre "Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1" were presented by J. Skyler during the last congress of the American Diabetes Association in Philadelphia on June 23, 2001. The ... [more ▼]

The results of the American multicentre "Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1" were presented by J. Skyler during the last congress of the American Diabetes Association in Philadelphia on June 23, 2001. The prophylactic subcutaneous administration of low-dose insulin was not able to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes nor to preserve residual insulin secretion in young relatives at very high-risk of diabetes (> 50% in the next 5 years), selected upon genetic, immunological and metabolic criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailSecular increase in the incidence of hip fractures in Belgium between 1984 and 1996: need for a concerted public health strategy.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gillet, Pierre ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg

in Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2001), 79(10), 942-6

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of hip fractures (at the proximal end of the femur) in Belgium from 1984 to 1996. METHODS: Use was made of information from the national database on hospital bills ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of hip fractures (at the proximal end of the femur) in Belgium from 1984 to 1996. METHODS: Use was made of information from the national database on hospital bills, which fully covers the annual hospital stays in the whole of the country. FINDINGS: The mean annual incidence of hip fractures increased from 107.8 to 140.5 per 100,000 inhabitants between 1984 and 1996. The incidence of fractures of the femoral shaft (diaphysis), taken as a control, remained stable. The female to male ratio of these hip fractures was 2.3:1. Although the incidence by age group was identical for males and females, the fractures occurred approximately seven years earlier in women than in men. The demographic changes observed in Belgium during this period accounted for only 10% of the observed increase in the number of hip fractures. CONCLUSION: If no comprehensive preventive policy is set up promptly, there will be a sevenfold increase in the incidence of hip fractures between now and the year 2050 in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. L'hypotension orthostatique filmee par le Finapres: neuropathie autonome versus cause iatrogene.
Scheen, André ULg; Descampheleire, M.; Marchand, Monique ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(3), 133-4

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See detailDisputes au village chinois. Formes du juste et recompositions locales des espaces normatifs
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2001), Vol. XVI

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. La sibutramine (Reductil).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(9), 656-9

Sibutramine (Reductil, Abbott-Knoll, 10 mg and 15 mg) is a new appetite regulator recommended in the treatment of obesity. It is a noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine reuptake inhibitor which exerts its ... [more ▼]

Sibutramine (Reductil, Abbott-Knoll, 10 mg and 15 mg) is a new appetite regulator recommended in the treatment of obesity. It is a noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine reuptake inhibitor which exerts its effects in vivo predominantly via its secondary and primary amine metabolites. Sibutramine is indicated as an adjunctive therapy within a weight management programme in patients with obesity (BMI > or = 30 kg/m2) or in overweight subjects (BMI > or = 27 kg/m2) if other eight-related risk factors are present (dyslipidaemias, diabetes mellitus). In those patients with an inadequate response on initial dose of 10 mg per day (suggested as less than 2 kg weight loss in four weeks), the dose may be increased to 15 mg once daily, providing that sibutramine is well tolerated. Several large-scale randomized clinical trials demonstrated the efficacy of long-term (at least one year) treatment with sibutramine in obese subjects with or without type 2 diabetes. Sibutramine was also shown to help in maintaining long-term weight reduction. Most frequent side-effects are dry mouth and constipation, as well as mild increase in heart rate and arterial blood pressure. The impact of sibutramine on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality of obese nondiabetic and diabetic patients will be studied soon in a large international prospective clinical trial. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Insulin-Sensitive Side of SHIP2
Schurmans, Stéphane ULg

in TheScientificWorldJournal (2001), 1

A substantial and increasing proportion of death and disability in the EU (and elsewhere) is attributable to diseases associated with insulin resistance (i.e., decreased insulin sensitivity). Beside type ... [more ▼]

A substantial and increasing proportion of death and disability in the EU (and elsewhere) is attributable to diseases associated with insulin resistance (i.e., decreased insulin sensitivity). Beside type II diabetes, other diseases like obesity, hypertension, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidaemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and acromegaly are indeed associated with insulin resistance [less ▲]

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See detailApprendre à manfiester la compréhension des récits de fiction. Un instrument pour produire des questionnaire qui favorisent le développement de compétences.
Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (2001), 51-52

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See detailNew species of the lichen genus Menegazzia in New Guinea
James, Peter W.; Aptroot, André; Diederich, Paul et al

in Bibiotheca Lichenologica (2001), 78

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See detailPharma clinics. Le medicament du mois. Le clopidogrel (Plavix).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(3), 186-9

Clopidogrel is launched in Belgium by Sanofi-Synthelabo and Bristol-Myers Squibb under the trade name of Plavix. It is a potent and irreversible ADP receptor antagonist that proved to be more effective ... [more ▼]

Clopidogrel is launched in Belgium by Sanofi-Synthelabo and Bristol-Myers Squibb under the trade name of Plavix. It is a potent and irreversible ADP receptor antagonist that proved to be more effective than aspirin as antiplatelet agent in the multicentre, randomised double-blind CAPRIE study. It is indicated, at a dosage of 75 mg/day, for the reduction of atherosclerotic events including myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke and vascular death in patients with atherosclerosis manifested by recent stroke, myocardial infarction or established peripheral vascular disease. Furthermore, recent studies demonstrated that the combination of clopidogrel with aspirin is more effective than aspirin alone and better tolerated than the combination ticlopidine-aspirin for the prevention of atherothrombosis after placement of intravascular stents. Ongoing trials are evaluating the efficacy and safety of such clopidogrel-aspirin combination after acute ischaemic coronary events or in patients at very high risk of stroke. Thus the indications of clopidogrel may become even larger in a next future. [less ▲]

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See detailScytalidium Dimidiatum Melanonychia and Scaly Plantar Skin in Four Patients from the Maghreb: Imported Disease or Outbreak in a Belgian Mosque?
Arrese, J. E.; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(2), 183-5

Scytalidium dimidiatum is a geophilic dematiaceous, non-dermatophyte mould that can become a pathogen for plants and humans particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. We report 4 cases of S ... [more ▼]

Scytalidium dimidiatum is a geophilic dematiaceous, non-dermatophyte mould that can become a pathogen for plants and humans particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. We report 4 cases of S. dimidiatum onychomycosis presenting clinically as thickened and dark toenails. The skin of the soles was scaly. The time and location of the contaminations were uncertain. Indeed, the patients were ancient immigrants from the Maghreb to Belgium. They were also regularly travelling to their countries of origin. They were also often barefoot in the same Belgian mosque. The disease was unresponsive to current oral antifungal treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the antiangiogenic factor 16K hPRL in human HCT116 colon cancer cells inhibits tumor growth in Rag1(-/-) mice
Bentzien, F.; Struman, Ingrid ULg; Martini, J. F. et al

in Cancer Research (2001), 61(19), 7356-62

The M(r) 16,000 NH(2)-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) is a potent antiangiogenic factor inhibiting endothelial cell function in vitro and neovascularization in vivo. The present study was ... [more ▼]

The M(r) 16,000 NH(2)-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) is a potent antiangiogenic factor inhibiting endothelial cell function in vitro and neovascularization in vivo. The present study was undertaken to test the ability of 16K hPRL to inhibit the growth of human HCT116 colon cancer cells transplanted s.c. into Rag1(-/-) mice. For this purpose, HCT116 cells were stably transfected with an expression vector encoding a peptide that included the signal peptide and first 139 amino acid residues of human prolactin (HCT116(16K)). Stable clones of HCT116(16K) cells secreted large amounts of biologically active 16K hPRL into the culture medium. Growth of HCT116(16K) cells in vitro was not different from wild-type HCT116 (HCT116(wt)) or vector-transfected HCT116 (HCT116(vector)) cells. Addition of recombinant 16K hPRL had no effect on the proliferation of HCT116(wt) cells in vitro. Tumor growth of HCT116(16K) cells implanted into Rag1(-/-) mice was inhibited 63% in four separate experiments compared with tumors formed from HCT116(wt) or HCT116(vector) cells. Inhibition of tumor growth of HCT116(16K) cells was correlated with a decrease in microvascular density by 44%. These data demonstrate that biologically active 16K hPRL can be expressed and secreted from human colon cancer cells using a gene transfer approach and that production of 16K hPRL by these cells was capable of inhibiting tumor growth and neovascularization. These findings support the potential of 16K hPRL as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of colorectal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Bergson à Merleau-Ponty : pour une anthropologie de la mémoire
Frère, Bruno ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2001), 18

On l'a dit et redit, la description de la mémoire par H. Bergson renvoie essentiellement, sinon à la mise en scène d'un mécanisme individuel clos et hermétique, en tout cas à l'aperçu d'une élaboration ... [more ▼]

On l'a dit et redit, la description de la mémoire par H. Bergson renvoie essentiellement, sinon à la mise en scène d'un mécanisme individuel clos et hermétique, en tout cas à l'aperçu d'une élaboration strictement "psychologique" de souvenirs que tout au plus "des mots permettent d'exprimer". Il n'est dès lors pas étonnant qu'à cet égard, Bergson n'ait pas vu "que notre mémoire se ressaisit, au fur et à mesure que nous avançons, (...) sous une forme nouvelle" au sein de cadres sociaux dont l'évolution n'a de cesse de restructurer les souvenirs qui la composent. Selon Halbwachs, "il n'est pas de souvenir qui puisse être dit purement intérieur, c'est-à-dire qui ne puisse se conserver que dans la mémoire individuelle". Ce que le sociologue reproche ainsi au philosophe c'est de ne pas tenir compte du fait qu'un "souvenir reproduit avant tout une perception collective". De ce fait, sa pensée ne permettrait nullement de composer avec la dimension sociale des souvenirs puisqu'ils appartiendraient en propre à divers psychismes hétérogènes qui, du point de vue de ceux qui les observent, se trouvent séparés et isolés "comme par une multitude de cloisons étanches". Ce que nous souhaitons suggérer ici n'est pas, à proprement parler, une nouvelle lecture "exhaustive" de Matière et mémoire qui prétendrait sauver Bergson de la critique sociologique dorénavant consacrée d'Halbwachs. L'ambition de ces lignes sera plutôt d'envisager la manière dont le dernier Merleau-Ponty, s'interrogeant sur l'importance décisive de ce qu'il nomme "le monde culturel", nous autorise à envisager une conception de la mémoire qui réserverait une place réelle à l'altérité tout en se réclamant d'une forme de bergsonisme sensiblement renouvelée et tout en inscrivant ses thèses sur un même terrain philosophique. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect and indirect pCO2 measurements in a wide range of pCO2 and salinity values
Frankignoulle, Michel; Borges, Alberto ULg

in Aquatic Geochemistry (2001), 7

Recent improvements in both Infra-red spectroscopy and equilibrator techniques have allowed to determine, for the first time, pCO2 using simultaneously and continuously both the direct and indirect ... [more ▼]

Recent improvements in both Infra-red spectroscopy and equilibrator techniques have allowed to determine, for the first time, pCO2 using simultaneously and continuously both the direct and indirect methods in an estuary where pCO2 values range from 500 to 8500 µatm and salinity from 0 to 30. Our results show that both methods are in excellent agreement in the whole estuary (r2 = 0.999, n = 1075, p < 0.0001). Thus, the NBS (US National Bureau of Standards) scale, although inadequate for seawater samples, is appropriate for estuarine waters and can be applied with confidence to calculate pCO2. [less ▲]

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See detailPiaget e Skinner : opposizioni e convergenze
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Età Evolutiva (2001), 70

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See detailM. Migeotte
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Nouvelle Bibliographie Nationale, Académie Royale de Belgique (2001), 6

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See detailAdding olanzapine to venlafaxine in treatment-refractory non-psychotic chronic depression
PITCHOT, William ULg; ANSSEAU, Marc ULg

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (2001)

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See detailAlternative oxidase and uncoupling protein: thermogenesis versus cell energy balance.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Sluse-Goffart, C.; Vercesi, A. et al

in Bioscience Reports (2001), 21(2), 213-222

The physiological role of an alternative oxidase and an uncoupling protein in plant and protists is discussed in terms of thermogenesis and energy metabolism balance in the cell. It is concluded that ... [more ▼]

The physiological role of an alternative oxidase and an uncoupling protein in plant and protists is discussed in terms of thermogenesis and energy metabolism balance in the cell. It is concluded that thermogenesis is restricted not only by a lower-limit size but also by a kinetically-limited stimulation of the mitochondrial respiratory chain. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l'"Etat social actif" à la politique belge de l'emploi
Matagne, Geoffroy ULg

in Courrier Hebdomadaire du CRISP (2001), 1737-1738

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See detailHollow atoms : a theoretical challenge
Vaeck, N; Hansen, J E; Palmeri, P et al

in Physica Scripta (2001), T95

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See detailInfo-congres. La cochrane collaboration, porte-parole de la medecine factuelle.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(11), 796-8

During the 9th International Cochrane Colloquium (Lyon October 9-13, 2001), around 700 participants discussed about how to make the evidence dissemination process more efficient in order to promote the ... [more ▼]

During the 9th International Cochrane Colloquium (Lyon October 9-13, 2001), around 700 participants discussed about how to make the evidence dissemination process more efficient in order to promote the Evidence-Based Medicine. The best evidence is summarized in systematic reviews of randomised and/or controlled clinical trials within the Cochrane Library which are prepared with a high methodological quality. However, these reviews should be completed to cover all medical domains, be actualized regularly, and, most importantly, be better known and more largely used by physicians in routine practice. All these objectives could not be attained without an official recognition and a financial support by the public health authorities. [less ▲]

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See detailBronchoconstrictive properties of inhaled 8-epi-Pgf2alpha in healthy and heaves-susceptible horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2001), 32(5, Sep-Oct), 397-407

The 8-epi-PGF2α is a marker of oxidative stress which is increased in lungs of asthmatic humans and heaves-susceptible horses. 8-Epi-PGF2α has also been demonstrated to be an in vitro and in vivo ... [more ▼]

The 8-epi-PGF2α is a marker of oxidative stress which is increased in lungs of asthmatic humans and heaves-susceptible horses. 8-Epi-PGF2α has also been demonstrated to be an in vitro and in vivo bronchoconstrictor in humans and rodents. We hypothesised that inhaled 8-epi-PGF2α was a bronchoconstrictor in healthy and heaves-susceptible horses in clinical remission. The effect on ventilatory mechanics of nebulised 8-epi-PGF2α was compared to that of PGF2α and U46619, a thromboxane A2 agonist. Pulmonary resistance (RL) and dynamic compliance (Cdyn) were assessed in six healthy horses and in six heaves-susceptible horses in clinical remission before (baseline) and immediately after a single inhalation challenge of 1 mg 8-epi-PGF2α, PGF2α, or U46619 and placebo. RL and Cdyn were unchanged after inhalation of 8-epi-PGF2α in healthy horses. In heaves-susceptible horses, 8-epi-PGF2α induced a significant increase of RL and a significant decrease of Cdyn when compared to baseline values. Differences between RL and Cdyn values after 8-epi-PGF2α inhalation and those of placebo inhalation were not significant. Differences with healthy horses were not significant. PGF2α and U46619 induced a significant bronchoconstriction in healthy (RL and Cdyn, versus baseline) and heaves-susceptible horses (RL and Cdyn, versus baseline and placebo). The RL increase in heaves-susceptible horses after PGF2α inhalation was significantly higher than that in healthy horses. Our results suggest that 8-epi-PGF2α is not a bronchoconstrictor in healthy horses, and a bronchoconstrictor far less efficient than PGF2α and U46619 at the same dose in heaves-susceptible horses [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Pathogenesis of Acute and Latent Infections of Calves with Bovine Herpesvirus Types 1 and 5
Meyer, Gilles; Lemaire, Mylène; Ros, C. et al

in Archives of Virology (2001), 146(4), 633-52

This study was conducted to compare the pathogenesis of acute and latent infections with closely related bovine herpesvirus types 1 (BHV-1) and 5 (BHV-5) in their natural host. Two groups of eight calves ... [more ▼]

This study was conducted to compare the pathogenesis of acute and latent infections with closely related bovine herpesvirus types 1 (BHV-1) and 5 (BHV-5) in their natural host. Two groups of eight calves were inoculated intranasally with BHV-1 or BHV-5. Although BHV-1 and BHV-5 similarly replicate in the nasal mucosa after inoculation, both viruses differ markedly in their ability to cause disease, BHV-5 being responsible of some fatal encephalitis while BHV-1 inducing rhinotracheitis. Virus isolation and immunohistochemistry demonstrated that BHV-5 replicates extensively in neurons of the central nervous system (CNS) and in respiratory cells of lungs, tracheal and nasal mucosae. Invasion of the CNS likely occurs through the trigeminal and olfactory pathways. Both groups developed cross-neutralising antibodies during this experiment suggesting partial clinical cross-protection afforded by the two infections. Three months after primary infection, experimental reactivation showed that BHV-5 was able to establish latency in the trigeminal ganglia but also the CNS of surviving calves. Moreover, laboratory findings suggested that BHV-5 could also persist in the tracheal and nasal mucosae. These results indicate that, after primary infection, BHV-1 and BHV-5 displayed similar biological features and consequently need to be considered together for the control of BHV-1 infection. [less ▲]

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See detailObesite: aspects therapeutiques.
Scheen, André ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2001), 156(10-12), 471-9480-2

Obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. Its treatment implies a prolonged negative energy balance, by reducing caloric intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. In practice, three therapeutic ... [more ▼]

Obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. Its treatment implies a prolonged negative energy balance, by reducing caloric intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. In practice, three therapeutic approaches can be considered: 1) life-style modifications, combining well-balanced hypocaloric diet and regular physical exercise, the key-issue in obesity management; 2) in case of failure and as adjunct treatment, anti-obesity drugs, especially orlistat, an intestinal lipase inhibitor, and sibutramine, a central appetite regulator; and 3) in patients with extreme refractory obesity, surgical procedures consisting of gastric restriction (gastroplasty) or intestinal bypass. Anti-obesity treatments must be evaluated in the long run, in terms of efficacy/safety ratio, upon criteria of weight loss, reduction in associated risk factors, improvement of quality of life and, if possible, reduction of morbidity and mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailDose-dependent caffeine-induced conditioned locomotion in mice
Pirona, Alexandre; Ferrara, André Onofrio; Tirelli, Ezio ULg

in Behavioural Pharmacology (2001), 12

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See detailIntervalle entre vêlage chez la vache Borgou au Benin
Adamou-N'Diaye, M.; Ogodija, O. J.; Gbangboche, A. B. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(2), 130-136

This retrospective study has been carry out in the Monastery bovine exploitation of Kokoubou (department of Borgou in Benin). Data were collected and analysed from individual cow records of 1967 to 1989 ... [more ▼]

This retrospective study has been carry out in the Monastery bovine exploitation of Kokoubou (department of Borgou in Benin). Data were collected and analysed from individual cow records of 1967 to 1989. It concerned 150 Borgou cows and 838 calving intervals. The following parameters have been determined: monthly frequency of calving and calving interval. Monthly frequencies of calving are not regrouped in rainy season. Calving intervals have decreased with lactation numbers, while the season presents no effect. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of lesions of the medial preoptic nucleus on the testosterone-induced metabolic changes in specific brain areas in male quail
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Stamatakis, A.; Bacola, S. et al

in Neuroscience (2001), 108(3), 447-466

The effects of bilateral lesions of the medial preoptic nucleus in association with testosterone on the metabolic activity in discrete brain regions was studied quantitatively by the in vivo ... [more ▼]

The effects of bilateral lesions of the medial preoptic nucleus in association with testosterone on the metabolic activity in discrete brain regions was studied quantitatively by the in vivo autoradiographic 2-deoxyglucose method. Adult male quail were castrated and then left without hormone replacement therapy or treated with testosterone or treated with testosterone and submitted to a bilateral lesion of the medial preoptic nucleus, a brain region that plays a key role in the activation of male copulatory behavior by testosterone. Treatment for about 10 days with testosterone activated the expression of the full range of male sexual behaviors and these behaviors were completely suppressed by the medial preoptic nucleus lesions. Mapping of 2-deoxyglucose uptake revealed both increases and decreases of metabolic activity in discrete brain regions associated with the systemic treatment with testosterone as well as with the lesion of the medial preoptic nucleus. Testosterone affected the oxidative metabolism in brain areas that are known to contain sex steroid receptors (such as the nucleus taeniae and the paraventricular and ventromedial nuclei of the hypothalamus) but also in nuclei that are believed to be devoid of such receptors. Effects of testosterone in these nuclei may be indirect or reflect changes in terminals of axons originating in steroid-sensitive areas. Bilateral medial preoptic nucleus lesions affected 2-deoxyglucose uptake in a variety of brain regions. Some of these regions are known to be mono-synaptically connected to the medial preoptic nucleus. Metabolic depression in these areas may reflect retrograde changes in the neurons projecting to the damaged field. The metabolic changes identified in the present study confirm the prominent role of the preoptic area in the control of sexual behavior, show that changes in the physiology of the visual system represent one of the ways through which testosterone influences the occurrence of this behavior and demonstrate that the medial preoptic nucleus has marked effects on the metabolic activity in a variety of limbic and telencephalic structures. This study also indicates that the medial preoptic nucleus affects the activity of the area ventralis of Tsai, a dopaminergic area known to send projections to a variety of hypothalamic, thalamic and mesencephalic nuclei that are implicated in the control of male sexual behavior. These data therefore support the notion that the control of the dopaminergic activity in the area ventralis of Tsai by the medial preoptic nucleus represents one of the ways through which the medial preoptic area regulates male reproductive behavior. (C) 2001 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAn improved weighting method with multibounds formulation and convex programming for multicriteria structural optimization
Zhang, W. H.; Domaszewski, M.; Fleury, Claude ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2001), 52(9), 889-902

This paper presents an improved weighting method for multicriteria structural optimization. By introducing artificial design variables, here called as multibounds formulation (MBF), we demonstrate ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an improved weighting method for multicriteria structural optimization. By introducing artificial design variables, here called as multibounds formulation (MBF), we demonstrate mathematically that the weighting combination of criteria can be transformed into a simplified problem with a linear objective function. This is a unified formulation for one criterion and multicriteria problems. Due to the uncoupling of involved criteria after the transformation, the extension and the adaptation of monotonic approximation-based convex programming methods such as the convex linearization (CONLIN) or the method of moving asymptotes (MMA)are made possible to solve multicriteria problems as efficiently as for one criterion problems. In this work, a multicriteria optimization tool is developed by integrating the multibounds formulation with the CONLIN optimizer and the ABAQUS finite element analysis system. Some numerical examples are taken into account to show the efficiency of this approach. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial Intestinal Flora Associated with Enterotoxaemia in Belgian Blue Calves
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Pirson, Vincianne et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2001), 81(1), 21-32

The enterotoxaemia syndrome in Belgian Blue calves is characterised by a high case fatality rate, sudden death, lesions of haemorrhagic enteritis of the small intestine and, quite often an absence of ... [more ▼]

The enterotoxaemia syndrome in Belgian Blue calves is characterised by a high case fatality rate, sudden death, lesions of haemorrhagic enteritis of the small intestine and, quite often an absence of other clinical signs but its cause has not been yet identified. As a first step in this identification, the aerobic and anaerobic intestinal flora of a population of 78 calves, originating from farms located in southern Belgium and that died in circumstances defined as "calf enterotoxaemia" (study population) and of 64 calves that died in other circumstances (control population) were studied qualitatively and quantitatively. The colonies were identified after subcultures with appropriate API sugar sets. Anaerobically Clostridium perfringens was isolated in higher numbers (mean values of 10(7)-10(7.5) colony forming units (CFU) versus 10(4)-10(5) CFU per ml of intestinal content) and from more animals (79 versus 19%) in the study population than in the control population, although individual results from both populations could overlap. Other clostridial species, i.e. mainly urease-negative C. sordellii and C. bifermentans, were isolated in high numbers (>10(6) CFU per ml of intestinal content) from a few animals in the study population only. All but one of the 705 C. perfringens isolates from both populations belonged to the A toxin type and none of the urease-negative C. sordellii was toxigenic. Gram-negative anaerobes were not isolated in high numbers from any of the samples. Aerobically beta-haemolytic E. coli were significantly more frequent among the study population, but were isolated from only 25% of the animals. Salmonella Typhimurium was isolated from only two animals in the study population. Less than 1% of the E. coli isolated were verotoxigenic and one-third were necrotoxigenic. At this stage only non-enterotoxigenic type A C. perfringens are thus statistically associated with the enterotoxaemia syndrome in Belgian Blue calves and fulfil the first of the Koch's postulates. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Ketoconazole 1% and 2% Shampoos on Severe Dandruff and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis: Clinical, Squamometric and Mycological Assessments
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Arrese, J. E. et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(2), 171-6

Ketoconazole (KET) is active to control dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Objective assessments comparing the 1% and 2% shampoo formulations are scant. This open, randomized parallel-group trial was ... [more ▼]

Ketoconazole (KET) is active to control dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Objective assessments comparing the 1% and 2% shampoo formulations are scant. This open, randomized parallel-group trial was carried out to differentiate the effectiveness of KET 1% and 2% in severe dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. A total of 66 patients with severe dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis were randomized to each of the two groups. A 2-week run-in phase was followed by a 4-week treatment phase, in turn followed by a 4-week follow-up. The efficacy of treatments was evaluated by combining squamometry X, Malassezia spp. counts and clinical assessments. After 2 and 4 weeks of treatment, KET 2% was significantly superior over KET 1% (p < 0.001) for decreasing both in flakiness and Malassezia density from baseline. The same trend was observed in the mean change from baseline in the overall dandruff severity score. Only 6 mild adverse events were reported. During follow-up KET 2% showed a trend to fewer relapses than KET 1%. KET 2% had superior efficacy compared to KET 1% in the treatment of severe dandruff and scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis. Biometrological evaluations were correlated with the clinical improvements and therefore useful to incorporate in future dandruff studies. [less ▲]

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See detailCopper And Vegetation At The Kansanshi Hill (Zambia) Copper Mine
Leteinturier, B.; Baker, Ajm.; Bock, Laurent ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Botany (2001), 134(1),

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See detailNote de lecture - 385. Un vers de Cassius de Parme (CRF tg. fr. inc. 4 Ribbeck)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2001), 60(2, APR-JUN), 464-465

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See detailGap Filling Strategies For Long Term Energy Flux Data Sets
Falge, E.; Baldocchi, D.; Olson, R. et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2001), 107(1),

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See detailIrradiation du petit bassin et fonction ano-rectale.
Gervaz, P; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Gillet, M

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (2001), 25

Le traitement adjuvant des cancers du rectum a pour buts de stériliser la maladie résiduelle infra-clinique et d’améliorer le contrôle local. Depuis plus de 20 ans, des milliers de malades ont été inclus ... [more ▼]

Le traitement adjuvant des cancers du rectum a pour buts de stériliser la maladie résiduelle infra-clinique et d’améliorer le contrôle local. Depuis plus de 20 ans, des milliers de malades ont été inclus dans des études randomisées, visant d’abord à mettre en évidence un gain de survie et une réduction des récidives loco-régionales, en relation avec la radiothérapie pré- ou postopératoire, combinée ou non à la chimiothérapie. Les conséquences en termes de qualité de vie de ces traitements ont pourtant été peu étudiées, et la tolérance fonctionnelle du néo-rectum et de l’appareil sphinctérien à la radiothérapie restent mal connues [1]. Les difficultés liées à l’étude des effets de l’irradiation sur les tissus normaux, ainsi que la variabilité inter-individuelle de la réponse à la radiothérapie, s’ajoutent et rendent le sujet plus complexe encore. Les radiothérapeutes adaptent leur technique afin de réduire autant que possible la dose administrée aux tissus normaux avoisinant la tumeur. Dans le cas de l’irradiation du petit bassin, c’est l’intestin grêle qui a longtemps été considéré comme la structure à risque de complications, alors que l’atteinte du sphincter anal était rarement mentionnée [2]. Malgré les répercussions importantes de la dysfonction ano-rectale sur la qualité de vie des malades, l’atteinte du sphincter anal par la radiothérapie est restée un aspect négligé du traitement adjuvant des cancers du petit bassin [3]. Cet article a pour but, à travers une revue de la littérature, de mettre en évidence les effets qualitatifs et quantitatifs de la radiothérapie sur la fonction du sphincter anal, ainsi que de proposer une modification de la technique actuelle d’irradiation des cancers du bas rectum. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Rain in Spain: Report on the Salamanca American Poetry Conference
Delville, Michel ULg; Dworkin

in Jacket (2001)

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See detailRadiation therapy alone or combined surgery and radiation therapy in squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis?
Zouhair, A; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Jeanneret, W et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2001), 37

Abstract To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of ... [more ▼]

Abstract To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the penis, treated between 1962 and 1994, was performed. The median age was 59 years (range: 35±76 years). According to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) 1997 classi®cation, there were 12 (29%) T1, 24 (59%) T2, 4 (10%) T3 and 1 TX (2%) tumours. The N-classi®cation was distributed as follows: 29 (71%) patients with N0, 8 (20%) with N1, 3 (7%) with N2 and 1 (2%) with N3. Forty-four per cent (n=18) of the patients underwent surgery: partial penectomy with (n=4) or without (n=12) lymph node dissection, or total penectomy with (n=1) or without (n=1) lymph node dissection. 23 patients were treated with radiation therapy alone, and all but 4 of the patients who were operated upon received postoperative radiation therapy (n=14). The median follow-up period was 70 months (range 20±331 months). In a median period of 12 months (range 5±139 months), 63% (n=26) of the patients relapsed (local in 18, locoregional in 2, regional in 3 and distant in 3). Local failure (stump in the operated patients, and the tumour bed in those treated with primary radiation therapy) was observed in 4 out of 16 (25%) patients treated with partial penectomy postoperative radiotherapy versus 14 out of 23 (61%) treated with primary radiotherapy (P=0.06). 15 (83%) out of 18 local failures were successfully salvaged with surgery. In all patients, 5- and 10-year survival rates were 57% (95% con®dence interval (CI), 41±73%) and 38% (95% CI, 21± 55%), respectively. The 5-year local and locoregional rates were 57% (95% CI, 41±73%) and 48% (95% CI, 32±64%), respectively. In patients treated with primary radiotherapy, 5- and 10-year probabilities of surviving with penis preservation were 36% (95% CI, 22±50%) and 18% (95% CI, 2±34%), respectively. In multivariate analyses, survival was signi®cantly in¯uenced by the N-classi®- cation, and surgery was the only independent factor predicting the locoregional control. We conclude that, in patients with squa- mous-cell carcinoma of the penis, local control is better in patients treated with surgery. However, there seems to be no di erence in terms of survival between patients treated by surgery and those treated by primary radiotherapy salvage surgery, with 39% having organ preservation. [less ▲]

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See detailCachez cette loi que je ne saurais voir !
Orban, Lionel ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2001)

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See detailEpisphalosomic Syndrome : A Mca Syndrome Ressembling Fanconi Anemia, with Increased Baseline Level of Chromosome Breaks but No Hypersensivity to Clastogens
Verloes, Alain ULg; JAMAR, Mauricette ULg; Dideberg, Vinciane ULg et al

in Annales de Génétique (2001), 44(2, Apr-Jun), 59-62

We describe a child with facial dysmorphism (trigonocephaly, epicanthus, upturned nose, small ears), thumb hypoplasia, micropenis, jejunal atresia and moderate mental retardation with dysphasia ... [more ▼]

We describe a child with facial dysmorphism (trigonocephaly, epicanthus, upturned nose, small ears), thumb hypoplasia, micropenis, jejunal atresia and moderate mental retardation with dysphasia. Cytogenetic workup revealed high spontaneous level of chromosomal aberrations (without specific pattern and no quadriradial figures) and borderline to absent hypersensitivity to mitomycin C, making a diagnosis of Fanconi anemia unlikely. The child described here shares similarities with a small number of previous reports. We suggest to refer to this entity as episphalosomic syndrome. Episphalosomic syndrome shows some clinical overlap with Fanconi anemia, but lacks its cytogenetic hallmark. The hematological complications of Fanconi anemia have not been reported in this entity. [less ▲]

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See detailComputational Study Of Lipid-Destabilizing Protein Fragments: Towards A Comprehensive View Of Tilted Peptides
Lins, Laurence ULg; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg; Thomas, Annick ULg et al

in Proteins-Structure Function and Genetics (2001), 44(4), 435-47

Tilted peptides are short sequence fragments (10-20 residues long) that possess an asymmetric hydrophobicity gradient along their sequence when they are helical. Due to this gradient, they adopt a tilted ... [more ▼]

Tilted peptides are short sequence fragments (10-20 residues long) that possess an asymmetric hydrophobicity gradient along their sequence when they are helical. Due to this gradient, they adopt a tilted orientation towards a single lipid/water interface and destabilize the lipids. We have detected those peptides in many different proteins with various functions. While being all tilted-oriented at a single lipid/water interface, no consensus sequence can be evidenced. In order to better understand the relationships between their lipid-destabilizing activity and their properties, we used IMPALA to classify the tilted peptides. This method allows the study of interactions between a peptide and a modeled lipid bilayer using simple restraint functions designed to mimic some of the membrane properties. We predict that tilted peptides have access to a wide conformational space in membranes, in contrast to transmembrane and amphipathic helices. In agreement with previous studies, we suggest that those metastable configurations could lead to the perturbation of the acyl chains organization and could be a general mechanism for lipid destabilization. Our results further suggest that tilted peptides fall into two classes: those from proteins acting on membrane behave differently than destabilizing fragments from interfacial proteins. While the former have equal access to the two layers of the membrane, the latter are confined within a single lipid layer. This could be in relation with the organization of lipid substrate on which the peptides physiologically act. [less ▲]

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See detailFellhanera gyrophorica, a new European species with conspicuous pycnidia
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Coppins, Brian J.; Diederich, Paul et al

in Lichenologist (2001), 33

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See detailSr, Nd isotopes and geochemistry of the Bayuda Desert high-grade metamorphic basement (Sudan): An early Pan-African oceanic convergent margin, not the edge of the East Saharan ghost craton?
Küster, D.; Liégeois, Jean-Paul ULg

in Precambrian Research (2001), 109(1-2), 1-23

The high-grade metamorphic basement of the Bayuda Desert is situated at the inferred transition between the juvenile Neoproterozoic mainly greenschist facies Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS) and the pre ... [more ▼]

The high-grade metamorphic basement of the Bayuda Desert is situated at the inferred transition between the juvenile Neoproterozoic mainly greenschist facies Arabian-Nubian Shield (ANS) and the pre-Neoproterozoic mainly amphibolite facies domain of the East Saharan Ghost Craton. New geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope data reveal that this basement in Bayuda constituted a Neoproterozoic oceanic convergent margin succession with limited and probably late input of old material. Within this series, garnet amphibolites and epidote-biotite gneisses have geochemical characteristics of HFSE-depleted tholeiitic basalts and low- to medium-K dacites and rhyodacites, indicating magmatism in an oceanic island arc or back-arc basin environment. This magmatism occurred at 806 ± 19 Ma (Sm-Nd 11 WR isochron), similar in age to arc magmatism in the ANS. Leucocratic gneisses, muscovite schists and garnet-biotite schists form the dominant meta-sedimentary rocks of the study area. They were primarily derived from two different sources: volcanogenic sediments from a Neoproterozoic island arc (TDM Nd model ages between 790 and 900 Ma) and terrigeneous sediments from an older continental source (TDM Nd model ages up to 2100 Ma). The volcanosedimentary succession was metamorphosed under amphibolite facies conditions prior to 670 Ma, probably at approximately 700 Ma. The high-grade metamorphism is related to a frontal collisional event that also produced syn-collisional peraluminous granites preserved as muscovite-biotite gneisses. Meta-igneous rocks from eastern Bayuda have εNd values at 806 Ma of + 5.2 ± 0.4, indicating a less depleted mantle source (crustal contamination can be excluded) than the neighbouring Gabgaba-Gebeit terrane (εNd, ca. + 7) from the Arabian-Nubian shield. Less depleted mantle source is also known at Jebel Moya to the south, and inside the Arabian-Nubian Shield to the southeast of Bayuda. Lithological and structural similarities (dominantly northeast striking foliation) with the Bayuda Desert succession occur in many parts of central and western Sudan, suggesting a comparable geodynamic evolution. It is proposed that a Neoproterozoic oceanic convergent margin (Bayuda type succession) collided at approximately 700 Ma to the northwest with the East Saharan ghost craton, whose easternmost limit must lie below or more to the west than previously thought. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow rate quality of new flat fan nozzles
Huyghebaert, Bruno; Debouche, Charles ULg; Mostade, Olivier

in Transactions of the ASAE (2001), 44(4), 769-773

Manufacturers of spraying nozzles have established manufacturing tolerances to guarantee the quality of their products. They control, among other things, the new nozzles’ flow rate by comparison with the ... [more ▼]

Manufacturers of spraying nozzles have established manufacturing tolerances to guarantee the quality of their products. They control, among other things, the new nozzles’ flow rate by comparison with the nominal flow rate. When the deviation exceeds a set limit, the nozzles are rejected. A survey carried out among three manufacturers made it possible to determine the manufacturing tolerances and limits that manufacturers impose upon themselves. The flow rates of 1565 new nozzles collected on the market from these manufacturers were measured on a device developed for this study. Different statistical tests assessed the performances and characteristics of the products. The quality standards announced by the manufacturers were not checked for every nozzle. On average, 20% of the new nozzles exceeded the manufacturing tolerances. The average flow rate of the nozzle sets equalled the nominal flow rate. In practice, the probability distribution of the flow rate of new nozzles should be normal. The dispersion of the new nozzle flow rates was slightly higher than the theoretical one. The quality of the products differed from one manufacturer to another. [less ▲]

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Richelle, Marc ULg

in Intellectica (2001), 32

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See detailTraçabilité dans la filière viande. 2. Les marqueurs génétiques.
China, B.; Evrard, V.; Noirfalise, R. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

Afin d’assurer une transparence tout le long de la chaîne de transformation de la viande, il faut disposer d’un système de traçabilité performant. La traçabilité administative montre des limites que ... [more ▼]

Afin d’assurer une transparence tout le long de la chaîne de transformation de la viande, il faut disposer d’un système de traçabilité performant. La traçabilité administative montre des limites que l’utilisation de marqueurs génétiques pourrait surmonter. Le génome de chaque individu possède des différences de séquences, à la base du polymorphisme génétique, dont les marqueurs génétiques sont les témoins. Parmi ceux-ci, deux classes semblent s’imposer en matière de traçabilité : les microsatellites et les polymorphismes simple nucléotide. Les microsatellites sont caractérisés par un degré de polymorphisme important avec de nombreux allèles pour un même locus. De plus, leur détection se fait directement par amplification itérative. Techniquement, le problème se pose lors de la détection simultanée de plusieurs microsatellites où le patron obtenu est difficile à interpréter. Les polymorphismes simple nucléotide sont répresentés par des mutations ponctuelles dans la séquence nucléotidique. Ils sont fréquents, stables, répartis de façon aléatoire et généralement bialléliques. La détection se fait soit par hybridation sur des biopuces, soit par spectrométrie de masse ou par d’autres techniques facilement automatisables. Cette automatisation est nécessaire pour pouvoir tester un grand nombre de polymorphismes simultanément sur un grand nombre d’échantillons, permettant ainsi de diminuer les coûts. L’avantage majeur des polymophismes simple nucléotide est le signal binaire obtenu, son désavantage est le caractère population- spécifique de ce type de marqueur. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyploid formation in cotton is not accompanied by rapid genomic changes
Liu, B.; Brubaker, Cl.; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Genome (2001), 44(3), 321-330

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See detailEffect of the msb3 msb4 double mutation on the intracellular pool of purine nucleotides in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae: application to the study of the biological activity of the oncogenic human protein oncTre210p.
Bach, Stéphane; Burny, Arsène; Bontemps, Françoise et al

in Yeast (Chichester, England) (2001), 18(S305), 17-7

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See detailNeuropathies canalaires et micro--traumatiques liees a la pratique sportive.
Wang, François-Charles ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(5), 382-90

The more frequent entrapment neuropathies related to sport are described: thoracic outlet syndrome in aquatic athletes and pitchers, long thoracic neuropathy in tennis players, suprascapular neuropathy in ... [more ▼]

The more frequent entrapment neuropathies related to sport are described: thoracic outlet syndrome in aquatic athletes and pitchers, long thoracic neuropathy in tennis players, suprascapular neuropathy in volleyball and tennis players, ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow in pitchers and at the wrist in cyclists, Morton's syndrome in runners and dancers. [less ▲]

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See detailDistinct behavior of mutant triosephosphate isomerase in hemolysate and in isolated form: molecular basis of enzyme deficiency
Orosz, F.; Olah, J.; Alvarez, M. et al

in Blood (2001), 98(10), 3106-12

In a Hungarian family with severe decrease in triosephosphate isomerase (TPI) activity, 2 germ line-identical but phenotypically differing compound heterozygote brothers inherited 2 independent (Phe240Leu ... [more ▼]

In a Hungarian family with severe decrease in triosephosphate isomerase (TPI) activity, 2 germ line-identical but phenotypically differing compound heterozygote brothers inherited 2 independent (Phe240Leu and Glu145stop codon) mutations. The kinetic, thermodynamic, and associative properties of the recombinant human wild-type and Phe240Leu mutant enzymes were compared with those of TPIs in normal and deficient erythrocyte hemolysates. The specific activity of the recombinant mutant enzyme relative to the wild type was much higher (30%) than expected from the activity (3%) measured in hemolysates. Enhanced attachment of mutant TPI to erythrocyte inside-out vesicles and to microtubules of brain cells was found when the binding was measured with TPIs in hemolysate. In contrast, there was no difference between the binding of the recombinant wild-type and Phe240Leu mutant enzymes. These findings suggest that the missense mutation by itself is not enough to explain the low catalytic activity and "stickiness" of mutant TPI observed in hemolysate. The activity of the mutant TPI is further reduced by its attachment to inside-out vesicles or microtubules. Comparative studies of the hemolysate from a British patient with Glu104Asp homozygosity and with the platelet lysates from the Hungarian family suggest that the microcompartmentation of TPI is not unique for the hemolysates from the Hungarian TPI-deficient brothers. The possible role of cellular components, other than the mutant enzymes, in the distinct behavior of TPI in isolated form versus in hemolysates from the compound heterozygotes and the simple heterozygote family members is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa recherche de l'environnement pertinent, contribution à une géographie du sensible
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Espace Géographique (L') (2001), 30(4), 321-332

Which factors heighten sensitivity to environmental changes? The answer to this question is of interest to everyone who acts on the environment. However, methods and concepts still need to be explored ... [more ▼]

Which factors heighten sensitivity to environmental changes? The answer to this question is of interest to everyone who acts on the environment. However, methods and concepts still need to be explored before a geography of sensibility could respond to this deman. This paper presens the methodological contributions and results of an exploratory study of the sensibilities of 65 residents of a Belgian rural municipality. Factors related to the environmental change, to the individual and to the relantionship between the individual and place are analysed. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman viral infections derived from food
Scipioni, Alexandra ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Thiry, Etienne ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2001), 32(218, AUG-SEP),

Several viruses may be transmitted to humans via food including hepatitis A and E virus (VHA and VHE), Norwalk type calicivirus, rotavirus and astrovirus. Enterovirus and enteric adenovirus may also be ... [more ▼]

Several viruses may be transmitted to humans via food including hepatitis A and E virus (VHA and VHE), Norwalk type calicivirus, rotavirus and astrovirus. Enterovirus and enteric adenovirus may also be transmitted. Sick people or healthy carriers excrete these viruses in their stools. Shellfish and water are the most frequently contaminated foodstuffs. Another route of infection is during handling of food. Detection of these viruses in food is complex for several reasons: the interaction of virus and food makes viral concentration and purification difficult, in vitro culture of these viruses is difficult if not impossible, and the quantity of virus present in the sample is low. Molecular technology (PCR) is the most suitable method of detection. Another method is to choose an indicator of viral faecal contamination. [less ▲]

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See detailAdditive and dominance genetic variance of fertility by method R and preconditioned conjugate gradient
Druet, Tom ULg; Solkner, J.; Groen, A. F. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2001), 84(4), 9871-98716

The objectives of this study were threefold: 1) estimation of additive and dominance genetic variances for fertility traits for Austrian Simmental and Brown Swiss dairy cattle; 2) use of method R and the ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were threefold: 1) estimation of additive and dominance genetic variances for fertility traits for Austrian Simmental and Brown Swiss dairy cattle; 2) use of method R and the preconditioned conjugate gradient compared to solving for method R by second-order Jacobi iteration; and 3) study of the impact of inclusion of parental subclass effects on solutions for other random effects. Dominance variances were modeled for the inseminated cow and ranged from 0.32 to 1.36% of total variance. These values were similar to values for additive effects, which were approximately 1% of total variance. Convergence was clearly improved with preconditioned conjugate gradient and number of extrapolations reduced. Variance for permanent environment under a model without dominance could be split into a new estimate of permanent environmental variance and parental subclass variance. Solutions for parental subclass dominance effects were approximately proportional to permanent environment effects, but highly dependent on the number of animals contributing dominance relationships, especially full-sibs and three-quarter-sibs. For animals with a lot of dominance information (full-sibs, three-quarter-sibs, cousins), permanent environment and parental subclass dominance effects were nearly independent. Changes in additive effects were negligible, probably because both variances for parental subclass dominance effects and additive genetic effects were very small compared with residual variance. [less ▲]

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See detailSuppression of matching field effects by splay and pinning energy dispersion in YBa2Cu3O7 with columnar defects
Niebieskikwiat, D.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Civale, L. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2001), 63(14),

We report measurements of the irreversible magnetization M-i of a large number of YBa2Cu3O7 single crystals with columnar defects (CD). Some of them exhibit a maximum in M-i when the density of vortices ... [more ▼]

We report measurements of the irreversible magnetization M-i of a large number of YBa2Cu3O7 single crystals with columnar defects (CD). Some of them exhibit a maximum in M-i when the density of vortices equals the density of tracks, at temperatures above 40 K. We show that the observation of these matching field effects is constrained to those crystals where the orientational and pinning energy dispersion of the CD system lies below a certain threshold. The amount of such dispersion is determined by the mass and energy of the irradiation ions, and by the crystal thickness. Time relaxation measurements show that the matching effects are associated with a reduction of the creep rate, and occur deep into the collective pinning regime. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Uppermost Famennian around the world (Definition, biostratigraphical and sedimentological context)
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Newsletter. Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (2001), 18

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. Apres la tempete sur les anorexigenes centraux, l'etude "STORM" avec la sibutramine.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(1), 56-8

The results of the "Sibutramine Trial of Obesity Reduction and Maintenance" (STORM) published in the last issue of December 2000 of the Lancet are summarized. This clinical trial (open label for the first ... [more ▼]

The results of the "Sibutramine Trial of Obesity Reduction and Maintenance" (STORM) published in the last issue of December 2000 of the Lancet are summarized. This clinical trial (open label for the first 6 months and double blind versus placebo for a further 18 months) demonstrates the positive effect of sibutramine, a new anorectic drug, on long-term weight maintenance after weight loss in obese subjects. The benefit of sibutramine on the cardiovascular risk profile of the obese patient is more particularly discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSecret professionnel, confidentialité et juriste d'entreprise : la nouvelle donne
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Benoit-Moury, Anne

in Journal des Tribunaux (2001)

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See detailDes évaluations externes : pourquoi ?
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Gregoire, J.

in Pédagogies, réformes et innovations dans l'enseignement (2001), 14

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See detailFlow interruption effects on intake rate and rill erosion in two soils
Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Shainberg, Itzhak; Rapp, Ido et al

in Soil Science Society of America Journal (2001), 65

Efficiency of surface irrigation is often low because of poor infiltration uniformity, resulting from relatively long periods of infiltration at the upstream end and short periods of infiltration at the ... [more ▼]

Efficiency of surface irrigation is often low because of poor infiltration uniformity, resulting from relatively long periods of infiltration at the upstream end and short periods of infiltration at the downstream end of the field. Surge irrigation, the intermittent supply of water to furrows, generally reduces soil intake rate (IR) and improves moisture uniformity over the entire field. However, IR reduction varies from one irrigation scheme to another, depends on soil and water properties, and is difficult to predict. A laboratory study using miniflumes was designed to investigate the effect of interrupted flow on IR and soil loss from short rills. Two soils differing in their textures, a silt loam (Calcic Haploxeralf) derived from loess and a clay soil (Typic Haploxerert), were studied. Intake rate in the clay soil was greater than that in the silt loam. Therefore, different inflow rates were applied to the two soils to achieve similar runoff flow rates from the two soils. Cumulative infiltration decreased from 646 mL in continuous flow to 539 mL in interrupted flow for the silt loam and from 1142 to 1068 mL in the clay soil. Interrupted flow also reduced cumulative soil loss by 84% in the clay soil but had only a small effect on soil loss from the silt loam. However, when flow rate was increased from 80 to 320 mL min−1, interrupted flow reduced soil loss in the silt loam as much as in the clay soil. Consolidation of the soil surface and formation of cohesive forces between soil particles of the silt loam with unstable structure during flow interruption was suggested as the explanation for the effect of flow interruption on intake rate and soil detachment. These results need to be verified in field experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailA Plea to Bridge the Gap between Antifungals and the Management of Onychomycosis
ARRESE ESTRADA, Jorge ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in American Journal of Clinical Dermatology (2001), 2(5), 281-4

Onychomycosis represents a stubborn problem for the clinician facing up to the realities of antifungal treatments. There are obvious discrepancies between data given by in vitro antifungal testings ... [more ▼]

Onychomycosis represents a stubborn problem for the clinician facing up to the realities of antifungal treatments. There are obvious discrepancies between data given by in vitro antifungal testings, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and those gathered from clinical experience. This critical review is an attempt at bridging the gap between in vitro and in vivo information about oral antifungals that aim to treat onychomycoses. Common sense shows that the in vitro concept of fungicidy cannot be simply extrapolated into clinical practice. Indeed, chlamidoconidia and arthroconidia present in vivo are much more resistant to antifungals than hyphae. Corneofungimetry may be a realistic bioassay in predicting antifungal activity in human infections. Boosting hyphae growth from conidia while taking antifungals is a new and appealing treatment modality that deserves controlled study. [less ▲]

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See detailDissemination of Catabolic Plasmids among Desiccation-Tolerant Bacteria in Soil Microcosms
Weekers, Frederic; Rodriguez, Christian; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2001), 91-93(Spring), 219-32

The dissemination of catabolic plasmids was compared to bioaugmentation by strain inoculation in microcosm experiments. When Rhodococcus erythropolis strain T902, bearing a plasmid with trichloroethene ... [more ▼]

The dissemination of catabolic plasmids was compared to bioaugmentation by strain inoculation in microcosm experiments. When Rhodococcus erythropolis strain T902, bearing a plasmid with trichloroethene and isopropylbenzene degradation pathways, was used as the inoculum, no transconjugant was isolated but the strain remained in the soil. This plasmid had a narrow host range. Pseudomonas putida strain C8S3 was used as the inoculum in a second approach. It bore a broad host range conjugative plasmid harboring a natural transposon, RP4::Tn4371, responsible for biphenyl and 4-chlorobiphenyl degradation pathways. The inoculating population slowly decreased from its original level (10(6) colony-forming units [CFU]/g of dry soil) to approx 3 x 10(2) CFU/g of dry soil after 3 wk. Transconjugant populations degrading biphenyl appeared in constant humidity soil (up to 2 x 10(3) CFU/g) and desiccating soil (up to 10(4) CFU/g). The feasibility of plasmid dissemination as a bioaugmentation technique was demonstrated in desiccating soils. The ecologic significance of desiccation in bioaugmentation was demonstrated: it upset the microbial ecology and the development of transconjugants. [less ▲]

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See detailProtein adsorption on preadsorbed polyampholytic monolayers
Mahltig, Boris; Werner, Carsten; Müller, Martin et al

in Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition (2001), 12(9), 995-1010

The adsorption behaviour of five different globular proteins on pure silicon substrates and on preadsorbed polyampholytic monolayers has been investigated as a function of protein concentration. The ... [more ▼]

The adsorption behaviour of five different globular proteins on pure silicon substrates and on preadsorbed polyampholytic monolayers has been investigated as a function of protein concentration. The prelayers were prepared by adsorption of the ampholytic diblock copolymer poly(methacrylic acid)-block-poly ((dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PMAA-b-PDMAEMA). This polyampholyte adsorbs in densely packed micelles directly from aqueous solution. Ellipsometry was used to determine the amount of adsorbed polyampholyte and protein. While ATR-IR spectroscopy gives information about the adsorption and desorption behaviour of the preadsorbed polyampholytic layer, the lateral structures of the dried films were investigated by scanning force microscopy (SFM). The amount of protein adsorbed was found to be strongly influenced by the preadsorbed polyampholyte compared to the adsorption on the pure silicon substrates. No displacement of the polyampholyte by the proteins was detected. In most cases the protein adsorption was reduced by the preadsorbed polyampholytic layer. The observed trends are explained by the change in electrostatic and hydrophilic characteristics of the substrates. Furthermore, the entropy of adsorption has to be taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple clinical tool to identify Asian women with osteoporosis
Lou, SQ; Koh, L; Yang, BY et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 26

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See detailExercice physique et sport: du meilleur au pire.
Scheen, André ULg; Kulbertus, Henri ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(4), 193-4

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See detailEtude empirique des estimateurs des taux d'erreur en analyse discriminante
Piraux, François; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Revue de Statistique Appliquée (2001), XLIX(4), 71-85

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare ten parametric and six non parametric estimators of the three error rates (actual, expected and optimal error rate) in discriminant analysis. This ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare ten parametric and six non parametric estimators of the three error rates (actual, expected and optimal error rate) in discriminant analysis. This comparison is restricted to the context of two p-dimensional normal group conditional distributions with the same covariance matrix. The study shows that certain estimators are markedly superior and users should be warned against some estimators available in statistical softwares. [less ▲]

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See detailSupernumerary outer hair cells arise external to the last row of sensory cells in the organ of corti.
Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Acta Oto-Laryngologica (2001), 121(2), 164-8

During the development of the mammalian inner ear, the number of hair cells produced is highly regulated and remains constant throughout life. The mechanism underlying this regulation is beginning to be ... [more ▼]

During the development of the mammalian inner ear, the number of hair cells produced is highly regulated and remains constant throughout life. The mechanism underlying this regulation is beginning to be understood although many aspects still remain obscure. When late embryonic or early postnatal rat organs of Corti were cultured, the production of supernumerary hair cells was observed. This overproduction of sensory cells could be modulated by the addition of several growth factors. In this study, we examined explants of rat organs of Corti that produced supernumerary hair cells. In the supernumerary hair cell region, up to two rows of inner hair cells and five rows of outer hair cells were observed. Morphological evaluation of these specimens revealed that less mature hair cells were located in the most external rows of these sensory cells. When a supernumerary hair cell was produced, a supporting cell (i.e. Deiters' cell) was also produced, strongly suggesting that the conversion of a Deiters' cell into a hair cell was not the mechanism that produced these extra hair cells. Based on these results, we propose that prosensory cells located at the external edge of the organ of Corti retain a capacity to form hair cells and that it is these prosensory cells that differentiate into supernumerary hair cells and Deiters' cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDistinct pathways in the over-expression of matrix metalloproteinases in human fibroblasts by relaxation of mechanical tension.
Lambert, Charles ULg; Colige, Alain ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in Matrix Biology (2001), 20(7), 397-408

The aim of the work was to analyze, on a comparative basis, the signaling pathways operating in the regulation of a panel of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) expressed by human dermal fibroblasts submitted ... [more ▼]

The aim of the work was to analyze, on a comparative basis, the signaling pathways operating in the regulation of a panel of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) expressed by human dermal fibroblasts submitted to mechanical stress relaxation by cytochalasin D (CD) and in a retracting collagen gel (RCG). The mRNA steady-state level of MMPs was measured by a quantitative RT-PCR procedure using a synthetic RNA as internal standard. In monolayer, most MMPs were barely detected, except MMP-2. Disruption of the actin stress fibers by CD induced a moderate increase of MMP-2 mRNA and a much larger stimulation of MMP-3, -9, -13 and -14 mRNAs. In RCG, a significant up-regulation of these MMPs was also observed although to a lower extent than in CD-treated monolayers. Among the investigated MMPs, the MMP-8 and -11 were not reproducibly detected. MMP-2 was processed to its active form both by CD and in RCG. The CD-induced up-regulation of gene expression was largely repressed by blocking protein synthesis by cycloheximide for all the MMPs, by inhibiting the tyrosine-kinases of the src family by herbimycin A for all MMPs, except MMP-2, and by inhibiting the TPA-inducible PKC isoforms by bisindoyl maleimide for all MMPs, except MMP-14. The up-regulation induced by stress relaxation in RCG was protein synthesis-dependent for MMP-2 and MMP-13, tyrosine kinases-dependent for MMP-3 and MMP-13, as previously described for MMP-1. Inhibiting TPA-inducible PKC did not affect any MMP in RCG except MMP-13, which was strongly induced. The processing of MMP-2 was tyrosine kinases-dependent but PKC-independent. Inhibitors of the ERK1,2 and p38 MAP kinases pathways diversely affected the MMPs expression. Inhibiting the Rho-kinase activity by Y-27632 was inactive. These results point to the potent regulation operated by the status of the cytoskeleton on the cell phenotype, and to distinct regulatory pathways involved in the control of different MMPs expression. [less ▲]

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See detailGilbert Boss : la fin de l'ordre économique
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2001), 81-92-93

L'ouvrage propose une transformation radicale des valeurs pour quitter l'ordre marchand. S'il partage des intuitions avec la vision marxiste, il s'en écarte aussi radicalement par son élitisme parfois ... [more ▼]

L'ouvrage propose une transformation radicale des valeurs pour quitter l'ordre marchand. S'il partage des intuitions avec la vision marxiste, il s'en écarte aussi radicalement par son élitisme parfois presque anti-démocratique. On pourrait parler à propos de Gilbert Boss, de socialisme conservateur aristocratique. Une utopie décapante mais pas forcément séduisante. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Bestiaire des philosophes indiens
Verpoorten, Jean-Marie ULg

in Acta Orientalia Belgica (2001)

Compilation de textes (avec leurs traductions) relatifs aux animaux dans les œuvres de deux grammairiens (Patañjali I et Bhartṛhari II) et de cinq courants philosophiques (MīmāṃsāIII, NyāyaIV, VaiśeṣikaV ... [more ▼]

Compilation de textes (avec leurs traductions) relatifs aux animaux dans les œuvres de deux grammairiens (Patañjali I et Bhartṛhari II) et de cinq courants philosophiques (MīmāṃsāIII, NyāyaIV, VaiśeṣikaV, Sāṃkhya VI et YogaVII). L’animal le plus souvent mentionné est le « bovin » dont le nom (go) pose le problème de sa dénotation : est-ce l’animal individuel ou la classe « bovin » ? Il faut qu’il dénote l’individu, car, dans la phrase « il donne la vache au médecin », go ne peut pas s’appliquer à l’espèce «vache » Un second problème (I et II) est celui de la « comparaison » (upamāna) : qu’est-ce qui permet de reconnaître un bovin sauvage à partir de la connaissance d’un bovin domestique ? Quel nom donner à tel animal à partir de similitudes partielles avec tel autre ? Où est le détail caractéristique qui distingue le bovin du gayal (I, III) ? Une trop grande différence entre deux entités (par ex.un bovin et un cheval) rend impossible l’upamāna (IV). Le serpent et ses anneaux sont analogues à un substrat permanent et à ses formes changeantes (IV) Quand on regarde soit un cerf courir, soit un merle ou un cygne voler, c’est l’animal qu’on voit et non l’acte de courir ou voler (II) . En effet un acte comme tel n’est pas comparable à un autre car tous deux sont inachevés. En épistémologie, l’erreur est souvent illustrée par la confusion dans la pénombre entre une corde et un serpent (II) Des problèmes sont soulevés à propos des injonctions et interdictions rituelles. Tel animal à immoler, dont le nom est au singulier, vaut pour un groupe entier ou une espèce ; telle interdiction ne mentionne explicitement que le chien et le chat comme à écarter du gâteau sacrificiel, alors que le corbeau devrait l’être aussi (III). D’autre part, s’il faut immoler un lion ou un bœuf , on se gardera d’immoler soit un homme sous prétexte qu’il est courageux comme un lion ou balourd comme un boeuf. Le problème est parfois d’ordre grammatical. L’adjectif kāpota « de pigeon » qualifie ce qui appartient à l’oiseau vivant ; peut-on dès lors l’employer pour une «soupe de pigeon » où manifestement l’oiseau est mort (I) ? D’autre part, comment le mot go peut-il s’appliquer à des vaches de terre cuite, puisqu’elles ne sont pas vivantes (IV). Et si des gâteaux de farine en forme de lions c’est par ressemblance aux lions vivants. Le métaphorique est fondé sur ce qui ne l’est pas(III) Au plan ontologique, le bouddhiste soutient que les qualités existent sans le support d’une substance L’illustre le fait qu’une cigogne dans la pénombre se limite à une tache de couleur (IV) La logique est abordée en V via la confrontation entre deux raisonnements, le bon : « puisque c’est cornu, c’est un bovin » et le mauvais : « puisque c’est cornu, c’est un cheval » Notons enfin que VI classe animaux et insectes en qualité de résidences pour les humains réincarnés et que VII énumère des postures yogiques qui portent des noms d’animaux. Une liste de ceux-ci clôt cette étude. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetics of solvent addition on electrosprayed ions in an electrospray source and in a quadrupole ion trap
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Lemaire, David; Laprévote, Olivier et al

in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2001), 210/211

Benzylpyridinium cations readily fragment in the electrospray source by loss of pyridine to give benzyl cations (M-79). The full-scan spectra obtained with some instruments also show, in addition, an m/z ... [more ▼]

Benzylpyridinium cations readily fragment in the electrospray source by loss of pyridine to give benzyl cations (M-79). The full-scan spectra obtained with some instruments also show, in addition, an m/z (M-38) peak corresponding to the addition of acetonitrile, being present in the solvent mixture, on the benzyl cations. Here we report that the addition reaction can occur in the source region of electrospray mass spectrometry instruments, and in a quadrupole ion trap. The kinetics of acetonitrile addition was monitored in an ion trap, acetonitrile being provided by leakage from the source, through the heated capillary. For benzyl ions with different substituents, the addition kinetics has been found positively correlated with the Brown parameter sigma+ of the benzyl radical, and therefore with the effective charge density on the alpha-carbon atom of the benzyl ion. This is consistent with the Langevin or average-dipole-orientation (ADO) theory of ion–molecule reaction kinetics. [less ▲]

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See detailShelf-slope exchanges associated with a steep submarine canyon off Calvi (Corsica, NW Mediterranean Sea): A modelling approach
Skliris, Nikos; Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2001), 106(C9), 19883-19901

A three-dimensional, unsteady, nonlinear, high-resolution model is used to investigate the impact of the Calvi Canyon (NW Corsica) steep topography on the shelf-slope exchanges as well as on the ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional, unsteady, nonlinear, high-resolution model is used to investigate the impact of the Calvi Canyon (NW Corsica) steep topography on the shelf-slope exchanges as well as on the circulation in the Calvi Bay in homogeneous winter and early spring conditions. A double σ coordinate system is considered in order to represent adequately the high depth gradients within the canyon. The studied region is under the influence of the West Corsica Current flowing northeastward along the NW Corsican coast (right-bounded flow). Model results show that the circulation in the Calvi Bay is determined by flow modifications in the canyon area. The mean horizontal flow is deviated southwestward upstream of the canyon to form an anticyclonic gyre in the western part of the Calvi Bay. Within the canyon the circulation is cyclonic leading to an offshore flow downstream of the canyon. Around the canyon rim, the cross-shelf currents become important, indicating that this region acts as a transition zone of high exchange between nearshore and offshore areas. Furthermore, the canyon topography generates high downwelling (upwelling) and downsloping (upsloping) velocities responsible for an intense vertical transport of material in the area. Numerical runs are performed for typical prevailing wind conditions. The wind is responsible for a drastic increase of cross-shore transports between the bay and the canyon area (3–4 times larger than in the no-wind case). SW winds induce a further enhancement of cross-shelf exchanges, whereas the effect of N-NE winds is to reduce exchange at the shelf break apart from the canyon head where an intense offshore flow occurs. Within the canyon, high vertical velocities are shown to be associated with high cyclonic vorticity which is enhanced (reduced) by the N-NE (SW) wind event. A comparison between model results and measured distributions of nitrate and chlorophyll a concentrations in the area shows the role played by this specific hydrodynamics as a strong constraint on the coastal pelagic ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of bradykinin and tachykinins in the potentiation by enalapril of coughing induced by citric acid in pigs.
Moreaux, B.; Advenier, C.; Gustin, Pascal ULg

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (2001), 15(1), 23-29

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are among the first-choice drugs for treating hypertension and congestive heart disease. It has been reported, however, that these drugs could induce chronic ... [more ▼]

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are among the first-choice drugs for treating hypertension and congestive heart disease. It has been reported, however, that these drugs could induce chronic cough and airway hyperresponsiveness. The aim of this work was to assess in pigs the effects of bradykinin and tachykinins on citric-acid-induced coughing after ACE inhibitor pretreatment. Coughing was induced by challenging pigs with an aerosol of 0.8 M citric acid over 15 min. Coughs were counted by a trained observer for 30 min. The animals underwent two cough induction tests two days apart (days 1 and 3), the first being taken as a control. All drugs were injected intravenously 30 min before the second challenge. In the control group, no difference was observed between days 1 and 3. The ACE inhibitor enalapril (7.5 and 15 microg/kg) caused the cough frequency to increase significantly. In contrast, a dose-related decrease was observed with Hoe140 (icatibant), a bradykinin B2 receptor antagonist (0.5 and 1 mg/kg). When both drugs were administered simultaneously (15 microg/kg for enalapril and 1 mg/kg for Hoe140), a significant increase was observed as compared with the control value obtained on day 1. When enalapril was combined with the three tachykinin receptor antagonists SR 140333 (NK1 receptor antagonist), SR 48968 (NK2 receptor antagonist) and SR 142801 (NK3 receptor antagonist), a significant decrease was observed as compared with control value obtained on day 1; the percentage of variation was also significantly different as compared with those observed in enalapril groups at both doses. These data suggest that ACE-inhibitor-induced enhancement of the cough reflex is mainly due to tachykinins and not to bradykinin in our pig model. Bradykinin, however, plays a major role in coughing induced by citric acid alone. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités thérapeutiques de la polyarthrite rhumatoïde
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in Revue de la Médecine Générale [=RMG] (2001), 186

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See detailKenneth Koch, New Addresses
Delville, Michel ULg

in Verse (2001)

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See detailLes bois de cerf : revue de littérature scientifique
Crigel, M-H; Balligand, Marc ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailSedimentology of the Bieumont Member : influence of the Lion Member Carbonate mounds (Frasnian, Belgium) on their sedimentary environment
Humblet, M.; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg

in Geologica Belgica (2001), 3(1-2), 97-118

This is a sedimentological study of Middle Frasnian Bieumont Member fore-reef and off-reef carbonate sediments exposed in the Chimay-Couvin region (Belgium). It is based on four stratigraphic sections ... [more ▼]

This is a sedimentological study of Middle Frasnian Bieumont Member fore-reef and off-reef carbonate sediments exposed in the Chimay-Couvin region (Belgium). It is based on four stratigraphic sections: the Lompret quarry, the Frasnes railway section, the Leus quarry and southern parts of the Lion quarry. The Lompret section is here described for the first time and represents the main focus of this work. The Bieumont Member consists of a bedded sequence of argillaceous and bioclastic limestone. At Lompret, the Member is exposed with a thickness of 48 m (the basal contact is not exposed). The Member consists of 6 lithological units (in stratigraphic order) : 1. argillaceous limestone with episodic intercalations of reef debris (distal reef talus), 2. an alternation of marl and argillaceous limestone (basinal background sediment), 3. thickly-bedded bioclastic limestone (channel deposits), 4. a sequence of argillaceous limestone (inter-channel deposits), 5. bioclastic limestone with sporadic occurrence of framestone (proximal fore-reef deposits) and 6. fine-grained, bioclastic limestone interbedded with prominent layers of reef debris (distal fore-reef deposits). Within unit 5, an isolated reef block transported down the paleoslope is present. Microfacies analysis revealed 16 microfacies units which together with the lithological subdivisions were used to reconstruct the dynamic sedimentary history of the Bieumont Member at Lompret. There are two orders of depositional rhythmicity. The reef growth cycle starts with the first significant influx of reef-related facies at the beginning of unit 3 and from thereon is well differentiated from the Bieumont Member stratotype which largely consists of lithologies equivalent to units 1 and 2. Progradation was directed to the South and related shallowing-upward conditions culminated during the deposition of unit 5. On a lower scale, rhythmic bedding within units 2 and 4 could be related to orbitally forced cycling. The vertical and lateral variations of facies within the Bieumont Member were used to reconstruct a depositional model for the Lompret area. In addition, the documentation of facies variation on a regional scale was enhanced by using data from the Focant borehole and geological surveys of Han-sur-Lesse and Barvaux regions. [less ▲]

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See detailL'assurance de qualité et le médecin de famille.
Roland, Michel; Prevost, Marianne; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Archives of Public Health (2001), 59

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See detailLa fin de la vie en médecine intensive
Ferdinande, P.; Berré, J.; Colardyn, F. et al

in Réanimation (2001), 10

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See detailLe XIXe siècle
Duchesne, Jean-Patrick ULg

in Art&fact (2001), 20

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See detailACTH silent adenoma shrinking under cabergoline.
Petrossians, Patrick ULg; Ronci, N.; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2001), 144(1), 51-57

OBJECTIVES: The authors present a case report that proposes the use of cabergoline treatment in silent ACTH adenoma, an unusual member of the heterogeneous group of the so-called clinically non ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The authors present a case report that proposes the use of cabergoline treatment in silent ACTH adenoma, an unusual member of the heterogeneous group of the so-called clinically non-functioning pituitary adenomas. DESIGN: Following the clinical and radiological improvement of a recurrent silent ACTH adenoma in a 77-year-old patient treated with cabergoline (0.5 mg every 2 days for 2 years), in vitro studies of the original tumor were performed. METHODS: The original tumor from the patient was studied by in situ hybridization and dopamine D2 receptor autoradiography. It was compared with four macroprolactinomas and two macroadenomas from patients with Cushing's disease. RESULTS: The D2 receptor mRNA signal of the reported case was intense and of the same order of magnitude as that observed in control prolactinomas. Dopamine D2 receptor autoradiography was twice that of control corticotroph adenomas and was close to that observed in prolactinomas. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first description of an in vivo shrinkage of an ACTH silent adenoma under cabergoline. We demonstrate in vitro, the presence of D2 receptors in the primitive tumor in concentrations similar to those found in control prolactinomas. These results suggest that therapeutic trials with cabergoline might be undertaken in recurring cases of ACTH silent tumors and more generally, non-functioning pituitary adenomas. [less ▲]

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See detailContributions to early land plant research (XIV IBC).
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Berry, Christopher M.

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailPeter Johnson, "Pretty Happy !
Delville, Michel ULg

in Literary Review (2001)

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See detailCentral amplification of somatosensory inputs: an evoked potentials study
DIVE, Dominique ULg; Schmetz, E.; Polis, M. et al

in Journal of Neurology (2001)

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See detailAmputations in Diabetic Patients: A Plea for Footsparing Surgery
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Rorive, Marcelle ULg; Martens De Noorthout, B. M. et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2001), 101(3, May-Jun), 123-9

The authors observed a rather high rate of primary major amputation (above-knee or below-knee) performed for diabetic foot problems as well as an important revision rate for minor amputations (forefoot or ... [more ▼]

The authors observed a rather high rate of primary major amputation (above-knee or below-knee) performed for diabetic foot problems as well as an important revision rate for minor amputations (forefoot or toe) in diabetics. They reviewed their experience in order to compare it with more recent data from the literature, pleading for foot-sparing surgery. From 1993 to 1998, 186 amputations were performed on 146 diabetic patients. The cause of foot ulcers was neuropathy in 43 of them (51 episodes of diabetic foot problems) while in the remaining 103 patients (135 episodes of diabetic foot problems), diabetic macroangiopathy (absent ankle pulses) was on cause. For neuropathic foot problems, amputations were almost minor, resulting in a limb salvage rate of 90%. Only five of these patients (12%) had primary major limb amputation versus 43 of the dysvascular patients (42%). The reasons for major amputation by first intention were extensive tissue loss, intractable infection or non-reconstructible occlusive vessel disease, as judged by the surgeon. A foot-sparing surgery was attempted in 92 dysvascular cases. In only 44 of them, a preliminary vascular repair was performed. Twenty eight percent of the primary toe amputations and 24% of the forefoot amputations required secondary revision to a more proximal level. Minor amputations in case of diabetic neuropathy were characterized by a more favourable outcome: only 14% of the toe and 9% of the forefoot amputations failed. During follow-up, only 63% of the major amputations regained an autonomic walking capability with their prosthesis. Wound healing problems in diabetic foot are mainly due to infection and poor tissue perfusion. An aggressive control of the infection and distal revascularization of calf- or foot arteries, whenever possible, could improve the results of diabetic foot surgery. The poor functional recovery after major amputation (only 63% autonomic gait with limb prosthesis) argues for foot-sparing surgery whenever possible. [less ▲]

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See detailLiège. La cité des Princes-Evêques. Du Musée Curtius au Trésor de la Cathédrale
George, Philippe ULg; Demoulin, Bruno ULg; Kupper, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Feuilllets de la Cathédrale de Liège (2001)

Exposition d'une soixantaine d'oeuvres d'art du Musée Curtius au Trésor de la Cathédrale de Liège dans une scénographie combinée, parcours d'art et d'histoire de la principauté de Liège(2001-2009)

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See detailSkeletal deformities induced by the intraperitoneal administration of deoxynivalenol (vomitoxin) in mice
Debouck, C.; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Bollaerts, P. et al

in International Orthopaedics (2001), 25(3), 194-198

The contamination of drinking water by organic acids, selenium deficiency and the ingestion of fungal mycotoxins are the three main aetiological factors in the development of Kashin-Beck disease. An avian ... [more ▼]

The contamination of drinking water by organic acids, selenium deficiency and the ingestion of fungal mycotoxins are the three main aetiological factors in the development of Kashin-Beck disease. An avian tibial chondrodysplasia induced by mycotoxins has been reported. Deoxynivalenol (DON) is one of many mycotoxins produced by the most common contaminating species of fungi. The pattern of skeletal malformations induced by its administration intraperitoneally to pregnant mice is reported. Costo-vertebral segmentation abnormalities were the main deformities observed. The chondrodysplasia previously described was not seen. [less ▲]

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