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See detailThe beneficial toxicity paradox of antimicrobials in leg ulcer healing impaired by a polymicrobial flora: a proof-of-concept study.
Fumal, I.; Braham, C.; Paquet, Philippe ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204 Suppl 1

BACKGROUND: Some of the views contrasting the beneficial and toxic effects of antimicrobials upon wound healing remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical relevance of histological findings ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Some of the views contrasting the beneficial and toxic effects of antimicrobials upon wound healing remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical relevance of histological findings following antimicrobial applications on chronic leg ulcers. METHOD: The present study was performed in three parallel groups of 17 patients suffering from at least 2 similar chronic leg ulcers. Clinical planimetric assessments were performed before and after 3 and 6 weeks of treatment using hydrocolloid dressings. In addition, 1 ulcer in each patient received applications of povidone-iodine (PVP-I), silver sulfadiazine or chlorhexidine digluconate. Histological examinations were made at inclusion and after the 6-week therapy. Time to healing was also recorded. RESULTS: At entry in the study, fibroblasts, macrophages, neutrophils and vessels were abundant in the ulcers. In addition, focal necrotizing vasculitis was related to the microbiological load. Compared to the control lesions, both the healing rate and time to healing of the leg ulcers showed a modest improvement at the sites receiving silver sulfadiazine (2-7%) or chlorhexidine digluconate (-1 to 5%). By contrast, PVP-I increased significantly the healing rate (4-18%, p < 0.01), and time to healing was reduced by 2-9 weeks (p < 0.01). The 3 antimicrobials decreased the bacterial density, and the vascular margination and migration of inflammatory cells, thus abating the vasculitic changes. PVP-I applications did not alter the microvessels and did not significantly reduce the density in dendrocytes and fibroblasts. By contrast, both silver sulfadiazine and chorhexidine digluconate appeared to alter the superficial microsvasculature including the dendrocyte population. CONCLUSION: Although topical antimicrobials may apparently achieve almost similar activity on the bacterial load inside chronic leg ulcers, the toxicity upon host cells was different among these agents. PVP-I appeared to be an efficient compound in these respects exhibiting a positive and relevant clinical effect. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... la paralysie faciale par anastomose hypoglosso-faciale.
Courtmans, I; Born, J D; CARLIER, Alain ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(1), 3-6

Thirteen patients underwent a hypoglosso- or a spino-facial nerve anastomosis between 1990 and 1996. Facial palsy was the result of surgery in 12 cases and of radiosurgery in 1 case. The mean interval ... [more ▼]

Thirteen patients underwent a hypoglosso- or a spino-facial nerve anastomosis between 1990 and 1996. Facial palsy was the result of surgery in 12 cases and of radiosurgery in 1 case. The mean interval between facial palsy and anastomosis was 12 months. Facial nerve function is determined on the basis of clinical examination according to the classification of House-Brackmann and our own evaluation. According to House, 10 patients are classified grade III and 3 grade IV. Our evaluation defines in 10 grade III, 7 good results and 3 fair results. As far as the good results are concerned, the mean interval between palsy and anastomosis is short (< 3 months). The permanent eating and swallowing dysfunctions are consecutive to multiple cranial nerve deficits. The post-paralysis hemifacial spasm is facilitated by prolongated electric stimulations. [less ▲]

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See detailAutoimmune sensorineural hearing loss improved by tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockade: a case report.
Staecker, H.; Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg

in Acta Oto-Laryngologica (2002), 122(6), 684-7

Autoimmune inner ear disease is a treatable cause of sensorineural hearing loss and it is important for physicians and hearing health professionals to recognize that early diagnosis and proper management ... [more ▼]

Autoimmune inner ear disease is a treatable cause of sensorineural hearing loss and it is important for physicians and hearing health professionals to recognize that early diagnosis and proper management strategies may result in stabilization and improvement in hearing. The pathogenesis of autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss remains unclear but antibodies directed against the inner ear and/or cellular effectors have been proposed. Therefore, immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids and methotrexate are administered to interfere with the progression of hearing loss and in some cases have been found to improve hearing. We report herein the history of a patient who was treated by systemic administration of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha antibodies for Crohn's disease and who also had associated sensorineural hearing loss. Audiometric follow-up revealed not only the efficacy of tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockade in arresting the hearing loss but also an improvement in hearing of 15 dB on average across all frequencies. Hearing remained stable afterwards. [less ▲]

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See detailIntravascular malignant lymphomatosis: report of 2 neurological cases
Vandenheede, Michel; Dioh, Alioune ULg; Maertens De Noordhout, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2002), 102(2), 76-81

We report two cases of intravascular malignant lymphomatosis (IML) with a clinical expression limited to the central nervous system. The first patient presented with signs of cerebral, cerebellar and ... [more ▼]

We report two cases of intravascular malignant lymphomatosis (IML) with a clinical expression limited to the central nervous system. The first patient presented with signs of cerebral, cerebellar and spinal cord involvement. The second had an isolated involvement of the spinal cord. In both cases the diagnosis was made at post-mortem examination; pre-mortem examination of biopsy tissue from peripheral nerve and muscle in the first case, spleen and liver in the second were unhelpful for the diagnosis of lymphoma. We review the published literature on IML, its ante-mortem diagnosis and treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailVoir les pyramides et en ramener un souvenir.
Fraiture, A. L.; Braham, Catherine; Franchimont, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatologie Actualité (2002), 69

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See detailDifferential sensitivity of two insect GABA-gated chloride channels to dieldrin, fipronil and picrotoxinin
Le Corronch, Hervé; Alix, Philippe ULg; Hue, B

in Journal of Insect Physiology (2002), 48

In the central nervous system of both vertebrates and invertebrates inhibitory neurotransmission is mainly achieved through activation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. Extensive studies have ... [more ▼]

In the central nervous system of both vertebrates and invertebrates inhibitory neurotransmission is mainly achieved through activation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors. Extensive studies have established the structural and pharmacological properties of vertebrate GABA receptors. Although the vast majority of insect GABA-sensitive responses share some properties with vertebrate GABAA receptors, peculiar pharmacological properties of these receptors led us to think that several GABA-gated chloride channels are present in insects. We describe here the pharmacological properties of two GABA receptor subtypes coupled to a chloride channel on dorsal unpaired median (DUM) neurones of the adult male cockroach. Long applications of GABA induce a large biphasic hyperpolarization, consisting of an initial transient hyperpolarization followed by a slow phase of hyperpolarization that is not quickly desensitized. With GABA, the transient hyperpolarization is sensitive to picrotoxinin, fipronil and dieldrin whereas the slow response is insensitive to these insecticides.When GABA is replaced by muscimol and cis-4-aminocrotonic acid (CACA) a biphasic hyperpolarization consisting of an initial transient hyperpolarization followed by a sustained phase is evoked which is blocked by picrotoxinin and fipronil. Exposure to dieldrin decreases only the early phase of the muscimol and CACA-induced biphasic response, suggesting that two GABA-gated chloride channel receptor subtypes are present in DUM neurones. This study describes, for the first time, a dieldrin resistant component different to the dieldrin- and picrotoxinin-resistant receptor found in several insect species. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mélèze, un bois de qualité aux multiples usages
Charron, Stéphane; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), (61), 37-41

Réputé pour son aspect esthétique, sa résistance mécanique et sa durabilité naturelle, le mélèze est une essence polyvalente, apte à de multiples usages tant intérieurs qu’extérieurs. Pourtant ... [more ▼]

Réputé pour son aspect esthétique, sa résistance mécanique et sa durabilité naturelle, le mélèze est une essence polyvalente, apte à de multiples usages tant intérieurs qu’extérieurs. Pourtant, l’industrie de la transformation belge ne s’y est pas beaucoup intéressée. <br />Plusieurs explications peuvent être évoquées : faibles volumes commercialisés, mauvaise réputation en raison de quelques expériences malheureuses, <br />etc. Actuellement, les préjugés s’estompent et la demande en bois de mélèze est croissante. [less ▲]

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See detailForests and landscapes – Linking ecology, sustainability and aesthetics (S.R.J. Sheppard, H.W. Harshaw).
Bogaert, Jan ULg

in Landscape & Urban Planning (2002), 59(2), 125-127

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See detailA double-blind placebo-controlled study of ketoconazole + desonide gel combination in the treatment of facial seborrheic dermatitis.
Pierard, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 344-7

BACKGROUND: The pathobiology of seborrheic dermatitis is rooted in a peculiar inflammatory reaction to Malassezia spp. Both topical corticosteroids and antifungals are routinely used with success, either ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The pathobiology of seborrheic dermatitis is rooted in a peculiar inflammatory reaction to Malassezia spp. Both topical corticosteroids and antifungals are routinely used with success, either singly or in combination. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a new combination therapy in this condition. METHODS: Eighteen patients with facial seborrheic dermatitis were treated in a pilot double-blind trial with an anhydrous gel containing the combination of 2% ketoconazole and 0.05% desonide (n = 9) or the unmedicated gel (n = 9). The products were applied once daily for 3 consecutive weeks. Disease severity was assessed at the start and weekly during treatment, as well as 2, 4 and 8 weeks after the end of treatment or at the time of recurrence. The overall clinical assessments were performed using a visual analogue scale. Objective measurements included squamometry X after harvesting the stratum corneum and the erythema index yielded by narrow-band reflectance spectrophotometry. Data were evaluated in an intent-to-treat analysis. RESULTS: The combination therapy yielded reductions in the overall clinical symptom severity of 49, 84 and 92% after 1, 2 and 3 weeks of treatment, respectively. The corresponding improvements with the placebo gel were significantly smaller (p < 0.01), reaching 23, 29 and 42% at successive 1-week intervals. At the end of the 3-week treatment, the clinical signs had completely subsided in 6/9 patients treated with the medicated gel and in only 1/9 patients using the placebo gel. Thus, the clinical response rate was significantly faster (p < 0.01) with the combination therapy than with the vehicle. Differences between the treatment groups using objective noninvasive assessments were also significantly (p < 0.01) in favor of the combination therapy. The squamometry X measurements showed 47, 67 and 74% improvements with the combination gel after 1, 2 and 3 weeks, respectively. The corresponding values with the placebo gel were 34, 46 and 53%, respectively. The erythema index was almost completely reduced to normal at week 2 of treatment in contrast with about 50% reduction with the unmedicated vehicle. None of the patients reported any side effects. CONCLUSION: The combination of ketoconazole with desonide in an anhydrous gel is well tolerated and proves to be significantly more effective than the vehicle for treating facial seborrheic dermatitis. The fast response to treatment and the limited additional improvement between weeks 2 and 3 of the treatment suggest that this combination product may be efficacious with once daily applications for 2 weeks. These data call for expanded studies comparing each single compound, the vehicle and the combination therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of a Permanent Magnet Generator With Dual Formulations Using Periodicity Conditions and Moving Band
Luz, M V Ferreira da; Dular, Patrick ULg; Sadowski, N. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2002), 38(2), 961--964

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See detailEstimating effects of permanent environment, lactation stage, age, and pregnancy on test-day yield.
Bormann, J.; Wiggans, G. R.; Philpot, J. C. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2002), 85(1), 2631-26321

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See detailAutomatic time stepping algorithms for implicit numerical simulations of non-linear dynamics
Noels, Ludovic ULg; Stainier, Laurent ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

in Advances in Engineering Software (2002), 33(7-10, JUL-OCT), 589-603

When an implicit integration scheme is used, variable step strategies are especially well suited to deal with problems characterized by high non-linearities. Constant step size strategies generally lead ... [more ▼]

When an implicit integration scheme is used, variable step strategies are especially well suited to deal with problems characterized by high non-linearities. Constant step size strategies generally lead to divergence or extremely costly computations. An automatic time stepping algorithm is proposed that is based on estimators of the integration error of the differential dynamic balance equations. Additionally, the proposed algorithm automatically takes decisions regarding the necessity of updating the tangent matrix or stopping the iterations, further reducing the computational cost. As an illustration of the capabilities of this algorithm, several numerical simulations of both academic and industrial problems are presented. (C) 2002 Civil-Comp Ltd and Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSociologie de la littérature. La question de l'illégitime
Bertrand, Jean-Pierre ULg; Denis, Benoît ULg

in Lieux Littéraires / La Revue (2002), (5),

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See detailVictimisation dans les petites et moyennes entreprises
Lemaître, André ULg

in Sécurité privée (2002), N°13

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See detailProteus syndrome of the hand.
Fraiture, Anne Laure; Ihou, E David; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 318-20

Proteus syndrome exhibits an expanded phenotype. We report a case with restricted macrodactyly and cerebriform hypertrophy of one palm. The differential diagnosis with macrodactyly and other hamartomatous ... [more ▼]

Proteus syndrome exhibits an expanded phenotype. We report a case with restricted macrodactyly and cerebriform hypertrophy of one palm. The differential diagnosis with macrodactyly and other hamartomatous overgrowth syndromes is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAdsorption of selenium wires in silicalite-1 zeolite: a first order transition in a microporous system
Bichara, C.; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Pellenq, RJ-M

in Physical Review Letters (2002), 89(1), 016101-1-016101-016101-4016101-016101-4

A tight binding grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation of the adsorption of selenium in silicalite-1 zeolite is presented. The calculated adsorption-desorption isotherms exhibit characteristic features of ... [more ▼]

A tight binding grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation of the adsorption of selenium in silicalite-1 zeolite is presented. The calculated adsorption-desorption isotherms exhibit characteristic features of a first order transition, unexpected for adsorption in a microporous system with pore size of the order of 0.5 to 0.6 nm. We analyze this behavior as a result of the favored twofold coordinated chain structure of selenium that grows inside the complex three-dimensional microchannel network of silicalite. This analysis is confirmed by simpler calculations of a lattice gas-type model [less ▲]

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See detailProlégomènes à l'étude de la Schola du Trajan à Ostie.
Morard, Thomas ULg; Wavelet, David

in Mélanges de l'Ecole Française de Rome. Italie et Méditérranée (2002), 114(2), 759-815

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See detailSymmetry of neurography
WANG, François-Charles ULg; Horward, A.

in Journal of Neurology (2002), 249

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See detailClassical and Bayesian inference in neuroimaging : Theory
Friston, Karl J; Penny, W.; Phillips, Christophe ULg et al

in Neuroimage (2002), 16(2), 465-483

This paper reviews hierarchical observation models, used in functional neuroimaging, in a Bayesian light. It emphasizes the common ground shared by classical and Bayesian methods to show that conventional ... [more ▼]

This paper reviews hierarchical observation models, used in functional neuroimaging, in a Bayesian light. It emphasizes the common ground shared by classical and Bayesian methods to show that conventional analyses of neuroimaging data can be usefully extended within an empirical Bayesian framework. In particular we formulate the procedures used in conventional data analysis in terms of hierarchical linear models and establish a connection between classical inference and parametric empirical Bayes (PEB) through covariance component estimation. This estimation is based on an expectation maximization or EM algorithm. The key point is that hierarchical models not only provide for appropriate inference at the highest level but that one can revisit lower levels suitably equipped to make Bayesian inferences. Bayesian inferences eschew many of the difficulties encountered with classical inference and characterize brain responses in a way that is more directly predicated on what one is interested in. The motivation for Bayesian approaches is reviewed and the theoretical background is presented in a way that relates to conventional methods, in particular restricted maximum likelihood (ReML). This paper is a technical and theoretical prelude to subsequent papers that deal with applications of the theory to a range of important issues in neuroimaging. These issues include; (i) Estimating nonsphericity or variance components in fMRI time-series that can arise from serial correlations within subject, or are induced by multisubject (i.e., hierarchical) studies. (ii) Spatiotemporal Bayesian models for imaging data, in which voxels-specific effects are constrained by responses in other voxels. (iii) Bayesian estimation of nonlinear models of hemodynamic responses and (iv) principled ways of mixing structural and functional priors in EEG source reconstruction. Although diverse, all these estimation problems are accommodated by the PEB framework described in this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailClassical and Bayesian inference in neuroimaging: Applications
Friston, Karl J; Glaser, Daniel E; Henson, Richard NA et al

in Neuroimage (2002), 16(2), 484-512

In Friston et al. ((2002) Neuroimage 16: 465-483) we introduced empirical Bayes as a potentially useful way to estimate and make inferences about effects in hierarchical models. In this paper we present a ... [more ▼]

In Friston et al. ((2002) Neuroimage 16: 465-483) we introduced empirical Bayes as a potentially useful way to estimate and make inferences about effects in hierarchical models. In this paper we present a series of models that exemplify the diversity of problems that can be addressed within this framework. In hierarchical linear observation models, both classical and empirical Bayesian approaches can be framed in terms of covariance component estimation (e.g., variance partitioning). To illustrate the use of the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm in covariance component estimation we focus first on two important problems in fMRI: nonsphericity induced by (i) serial or temporal correlations among errors and (ii) variance components caused by the hierarchical nature of multisubject studies. In hierarchical observation models, variance components at higher levels can be used as constraints on the parameter estimates of lower levels. This enables the use of parametric empirical Bayesian (PEB) estimators, as distinct from classical maximum likelihood (ML) estimates. We develop this distinction to address: (i) The difference between response estimates based on ML and the conditional means from a Bayesian approach and the implications for estimates of intersubject variability. (ii) The relationship between fixed- and random-effect analyses. (iii) The specificity and sensitivity of Bayesian inference and, finally, (iv) the relative importance of the number of scans and subjects. The forgoing is concerned with within- and between-subject variability in multisubject hierarchical fMRI studies. In the second half of this paper we turn to Bayesian inference at the first (within-voxel) level, using PET data to show how priors can be derived from the (between-voxel) distribution of activations over the brain. This application uses exactly the same ideas and formalism but, in this instance, the second level is provided by observations over voxels as opposed to subjects. The ensuing posterior probability maps (PPMs) have enhanced anatomical precision and greater face validity, in relation to underlying anatomy. Furthermore, in comparison to conventional SPMs they are not confounded by the multiple comparison problem that, in a classical context, dictates high thresholds and low sensitivity. We conclude with some general comments on Bayesian approaches to image analysis and on some unresolved issues. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic activity associated with class II HDACs is dependent on a multiprotein complex containing HDAC3 and SMRT/N-CoR.
Fischle, Wolfgang; Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Hendzel, Michael J et al

in Molecular Cell (2002), 9(1), 45-57

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play a key role in regulating eukaryotic gene expression. The HDAC domain, homologous to the yeast repressors RPD3 and HDA1, is considered necessary and sufficient for ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play a key role in regulating eukaryotic gene expression. The HDAC domain, homologous to the yeast repressors RPD3 and HDA1, is considered necessary and sufficient for enzymatic activity. Here, we show that the catalytic domain of HDAC4 interacts with HDAC3 via the transcriptional corepressor N-CoR/SMRT. All experimental conditions leading to the suppression of HDAC4 binding to SMRT/N-CoR and to HDAC3 result in the loss of enzymatic activity associated with HDAC4. In vitro reconstitution experiments indicate that HDAC4 and other class II HDACs are inactive in the context of the SMRT/N-CoR-HDAC3 complex and do not contribute to its enzymatic activity. These observations indicate that class II HDACs regulate transcription by bridging the enzymatically active SMRT/N-CoR-HDAC3 complex and select transcription factors independently of any intrinsic HDAC activity. [less ▲]

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See detailRecension: "Le contrat d'entreprise. Chronique de jurisprudence (1990-2000)"
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2002)

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See detailMembrane Destabilization Induced By Beta-Amyloid Peptide 29-42: Importance Of The Amino-Terminus
Mingeot-Leclercq, Mp.; Lins, Laurence ULg; Bensliman, M. et al

in Chemistry and Physics of Lipids (2002), 120(1-2), 57-74

Increasing evidence implicates interactions between Abeta-peptides and membrane lipids in Alzheimer's disease. To gain insight into the potential role of the free amino group of the N-terminus of Abeta29 ... [more ▼]

Increasing evidence implicates interactions between Abeta-peptides and membrane lipids in Alzheimer's disease. To gain insight into the potential role of the free amino group of the N-terminus of Abeta29-42 fragment in these processes, we have investigated the ability of Abeta29-42 unprotected and Abeta29-42 N-protected to interact with negatively-charged liposomes and have calculated the interaction with membrane lipids by conformational analysis. Using vesicles mimicking the composition of neuronal membranes, we show that both peptides have a similar capacity to induce membrane fusion and permeabilization. The fusogenic effect is related to the appearance of non-bilayer structures where isotropic motions occur as shown by 31P and 2H NMR studies. The molecular modeling calculations confirm the experimental observations and suggest that lipid destabilization could be due to the ability of both peptides to adopt metastable positions in the presence of lipids. In conclusion, the presence of a free or protected (acetylated) amino group in the N-terminus of Abeta29-42 is therefore probably not crucial for destabilizing properties of the C-terminal fragment of Abeta peptides. [less ▲]

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See detailLe traitement de la phraséologie dans DEFI
Michiels, Archibal ULg

in Linguistica Antverpiensia (2002)

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See detailLa science au service de l'apostolat. L'enseignement des Jésuites anglais à Liège aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
Opsomer, Carmélia ULg

in Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences (2002), 52(148), 212-226

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See detailActive insulation in dwellings
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Caule, Patrice; Tamaz, Patrick et al

in NAG journaal (2002), 162

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See detailStaging of regional nodes in AJCC stage I and II melanoma: 18FDG PET imaging versus sentinel node detection.
Belhocine, Tarik; Pierard, Gérald ULg; De Labrassinne, Michel et al

in Oncologist (2002), 7(4), 271-8

PRIMARY PURPOSE: The staging of regional nodes by means of sentinel node detection has been shown to accurately detect subclinical nodal metastases from cutaneous melanoma. On the other hand, the ... [more ▼]

PRIMARY PURPOSE: The staging of regional nodes by means of sentinel node detection has been shown to accurately detect subclinical nodal metastases from cutaneous melanoma. On the other hand, the oncological applications of 18F-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (18FDG PET) are, nowadays, firmly established. However, the sensitivity of such metabolic imaging for staging the regional nodes in primary melanoma remains debatable. We prospectively assessed the actual value of PET for detecting sentinel node metastases in 21 consecutive patients presenting with early-stage melanoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-one melanoma patients scheduled for lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy underwent fully corrected whole-body PET using 18FDG. In all cases, the disease was initially classified as either stage I or II, from the latest version of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system. The sentinel node detection was systematically performed within the week following the PET scan. Serial sections of the sentinel nodes were analyzed by both conventional pathology and immunohistochemical staining. Metastatic sentinel nodes were also assessed for the size of tumor deposits and the degree of nodal involvement (focal, partial, or massive). The median follow-up time was 12 months. RESULTS: Six of the 21 patients (28.5%) had an involved sentinel node. PET was positive in only one case with a sentinel node >1 cm. In the five other cases, the sentinel nodes missed by PET were <1 cm with focal and/or partial involvements. One patient, free of regional nodal metastases in both sentinel node detection and PET imaging, had, however, a same-basin recurrence 3 months later. In another case, PET had one false positive result. Overall, the sentinel detection of subclinical nodal metastases had a sensitivity of 86%. PET detected only 14% of sentinel node metastases. CONCLUSIONS: Sentinel node detection remains the procedure of choice for detecting subclinical lymph node involvement from primary cutaneous melanoma. Owing to its limited spatial resolution, PET appears insufficiently sensitive to identify microscopic nodal metastases. As a practical consequence, metabolic imaging is not recommended as a first-line imaging strategy for staging regional lymph nodes in patients with stage I or II melanoma. [less ▲]

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See detailExistence de karsts en roches cristallines silicatées non carbonatées en Afrique sahélienne et équatoriale, implications hydrogéologiques
Willems, Luc ULg; Pouclet, André; Vicat, Jean-Paul

in Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (2002), 173(4), 337-345

Various cavities studied in western Niger and South Cameroon show the existence of important karstic phenomena into metagabbros and gneisses. These large-sized eaves resulted from generalized dissolution ... [more ▼]

Various cavities studied in western Niger and South Cameroon show the existence of important karstic phenomena into metagabbros and gneisses. These large-sized eaves resulted from generalized dissolution of silicate formations in spite of their low solubility. Karstification is produced by deep hydrous transfer along lithological discontinuities and fracture net works. The existence of such caves has major implications in geomorphology, under either Sahelian and Equatorial climate, and in hydrogeology and water supply, particularly in the Sahel area. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de R. GODDING, Prêtres en Gaule mérovingienne, Bruxelles, 2001
George, Philippe ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2002)

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See detailRepeated intracoronary beta radiation for recurrent in-stent restenosis.
De Benedetti, E; Latchem, D; Roguelov, C et al

in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (2002), 55(2), 233-236

More than 70% of percutaneous coronary interventions are followed by a stent implantation. In-stent restenosis still occurs in 20-30% of patients and remains a therapeutic challenge. At present only ... [more ▼]

More than 70% of percutaneous coronary interventions are followed by a stent implantation. In-stent restenosis still occurs in 20-30% of patients and remains a therapeutic challenge. At present only vascular brachytherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment option. We report here one case of recurrent in-stent restenosis after vascular brachytherapy that was successfully treated by a second beta radiation treatment. Cathet Cardiovasc Intervent 2002;55:233–236. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailBa distribution in surface Southern Ocean sediments and export production estimates
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Dehairs, Frank; André, Luc ULg et al

in Paleoceanography (2002), 17(2, MAR-JUN),

[1] We present excess Ba (Baxs) data (i.e., total Ba corrected for lithogenic Ba) for surface sediments from a north-south transect between the Polar Front Zone and the northern Weddell Gyre in the ... [more ▼]

[1] We present excess Ba (Baxs) data (i.e., total Ba corrected for lithogenic Ba) for surface sediments from a north-south transect between the Polar Front Zone and the northern Weddell Gyre in the Atlantic sector and between the Polar Front Zone and the Antarctic continent in the Indian sector. Focus is on two different processes that affect excess Ba accumulation in the sediments: sediment redistribution and excess Ba dissolution. The effect of these processes needs to be corrected for in order to convert accumulation rate into vertical rain rate, the flux component that can be linked to export production. In the Southern Ocean a major process affecting Ba accumulation rate is sediment focusing, which is corrected for using excess Th-230. This correction, however, may not always be straightforward because of boundary scavenging effects. A further major process affecting excess Ba accumulation is barite dissolution during exposure at the sediment-water column interface. Export production estimates derived from excess Th-230 and barite dissolution corrected Baxs accumulation rates (i.e., excess Ba vertical rain rates) are of the same magnitude but generally larger than export production estimates based on water column proxies (Th-234-deficit in the upper water column; particulate excess Ba enrichment in the mesopelagic water column). We believe export production values based on excess Ba vertical rain rate might be overestimated due to inaccurate assessment of the Baxs preservation rate. Barite dissolution has, in general, been taken into account by relating it to exposure time before burial depending on the rate of sediment accumulation. However, the observed decrease of excess Ba content with increasing water column depth (or increasing hydrostatic pressure) illustrates the dependence of barite preservation on degree of saturation in the deep water column in accordance with available thermodynamic data. Therefore correction for barite dissolution would not be appropriate by considering only exposure time of the barite to some uniformly undersaturated deep water but requires also that regional differences in degree of undersatuation be taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailAcute cardiovascular protective effects of corticosteroids are mediated by non-transcriptional activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase.
Hafezi-Moghadam, Ali; Simoncini, Tommaso; Yang, Zequan et al

in Nature Medicine (2002), 8(5), 473-9

Corticosteroids have been shown to exert beneficial effects in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, but the precise mechanisms underlying their protective effects are unknown. Here we show that ... [more ▼]

Corticosteroids have been shown to exert beneficial effects in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, but the precise mechanisms underlying their protective effects are unknown. Here we show that high-dose corticosteroids exert cardiovascular protection through a novel mechanism involving the rapid, non-transcriptional activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Binding of corticosteroids to the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) stimulated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and protein kinase Akt, leading to eNOS activation and nitric oxide dependent vasorelaxation. Acute administration of pharmacological concentrations of corticosteroids in mice led to decreased vascular inflammation and reduced myocardial infarct size following ischemia and reperfusion injury. These beneficial effects of corticosteroids were abolished by GR antagonists or eNOS inhibitors in wild-type mice and were completely absent in eNOS-deficient (Nos3(-/-)) mice. The rapid activation of eNOS by the non-nuclear actions of GR, therefore, represents an important cardiovascular protective effect of acute high-dose corticosteroid therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailCoalescence of secondary dispersions in fiber beds
Speth, Hauke; Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Chatterjee, Michael et al

in Separation and Purification Technology (2002), 29(2), 113-119

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See detailLong-pulsed ruby laser-assisted hair removal in male-to-female transsexuals.
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Fumal, I.; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2002), 1(1), 8-12

BACKGROUND: Unwanted male-pattern pilosity is a heavy psychological burden and can cause distress for male-to-female transsexuals. Orchidectomy and oestrogen supplementation combined with antiandrogens ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Unwanted male-pattern pilosity is a heavy psychological burden and can cause distress for male-to-female transsexuals. Orchidectomy and oestrogen supplementation combined with antiandrogens fail to make hair disappear. AIMS: To study the effect of long-pulsed ruby laser treatment. RESULTS: Hair density was successfully abated on the beard and chest of three male-to-female transsexuals. A lingering effect over 6 months with a 50-90% hair density reduction was obtained. CONCLUSION: Photothermolysis using the long-pulsed ruby laser is a promising, well-tolerated method of hair removal in male-to-female transsexuals under oestrogen supplementation and antiandrogens. [less ▲]

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See detailJuvenile interphalangeal degenerative joint disease in the ardenner horse: morphometrical evaluation's protocol (part I)
Lejeune, Jean-Philippe ULg; Schneider, Nicole ULg; Duvivier, Dominique Hannia et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(2, APR-MAY), 113-120

The observation of a high incidence of juvenile interphalangeal degenerative joint disease in ardenner horses motivated the constitution of a research project at the "Centre Europeen du Cheval de Mont-le ... [more ▼]

The observation of a high incidence of juvenile interphalangeal degenerative joint disease in ardenner horses motivated the constitution of a research project at the "Centre Europeen du Cheval de Mont-le-Soie" (Belgium). Its aim is to study the morphology of the horse, the conformation of its limbs as well as the potential outbreak and evolution of osteoarthritic lesions. Therefore an investigation method composed of morphometric and radiographic evaluation's protocols has been established. The morphometric evaluation's protocol presented here enables to characterise first the general morphology of the horse and second the foot, his asymmetries and his connections with the ground. This protocol is applied to 32 ardenner foals of 250 21 days of age. This group represents 9.3% of the births registered during the year 2000. For general morphometry, different values of the parameters are observed in this group. Only the higher size of the males makes the difference between the two populations (males and females) at this age. The morphometric study of the foot points out a widening of the external part of the hoof and an angle foot/ground too high in comparison with the established standards. Asymmetrical heights of hoof's quarters are also observed. [less ▲]

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See detailTabagisme, insulinoresistance et diabete de type 2.
Magis, Delphine ULg; Geronooz, I.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(9), 575-81

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is associated with endothelial dysfunction and lipid disorders similar to those found in the insulin resistance syndrome. Studies have thus ... [more ▼]

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is associated with endothelial dysfunction and lipid disorders similar to those found in the insulin resistance syndrome. Studies have thus tried to demonstrate a relationship between smoking and insulin resistance, and between smoking and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even if their results may sometimes differ, smoking does seem to be associated with an impaired insulin sensitivity that is proportional to tobacco consumption. Nicotine replacement therapies seem also to generate a certain, though lower, degree of insulin resistance. If there is no major weight gain after smoking cessation, the latter is accompanied by a progressive return to normal insulin sensitivity. Several large epidemiological studies recently demonstrated that smoking could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, with a relative risk between 1.5 and 3.0. Finally, among type 2 diabetic patients, smoking has a harmful effect on metabolic control and long-term complications of the disease, at least partially by increasing the components of the insulin resistance syndrome. All these observations represent further argument to promote smoking cessation in the general population, and more particularly in individuals at risk to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as in the diabetic population. [less ▲]

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See detailOntología y fenomenología en el pensamiento de Saussure
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Topicos del Seminario (2002), 8

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See detailMechanisms of cell death in the injured auditory system: Otoprotective strategies
Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Lallemend, François et al

in Audiology & Neuro-otology (2002), 7(3, May-Jun), 165-170

Oxidative stress insults such as neurotrophin withdrawal, sound trauma, hypoxia/ischemia, ototoxic antibiotics, and chemotherapeutic agents have been shown to induce apoptosis of both auditory hair cells ... [more ▼]

Oxidative stress insults such as neurotrophin withdrawal, sound trauma, hypoxia/ischemia, ototoxic antibiotics, and chemotherapeutic agents have been shown to induce apoptosis of both auditory hair cells and neurons. In this paper, we review some components of the apoptotic pathways leading to the death of hair cells and auditory induced by growth factor withdrawal or cisplatin intoxication: (1) reactive oxygen species and free radicals are formed as by-products of several metabolic pathways and these molecules can themselves cause cell damage by reacting with cellular proteins; (2) activation of caspases, and (3) activation of calpain. These mechanisms have several different points at which inhibitors could be targeted to protect cells from programmed cell death, including the prevention of oxidative stress-induced apoptosis and the activation of caspases and calpains. Copyright (C) 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel. [less ▲]

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See detailA role for the Clostridium perfringens beta 2 toxin in bovine enterotoxaemia?
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 86(3), 191-202

Non-enterotoxigenic type A Clostridium perfringens are associated with bovine enterotoxaemia, but the alpha toxin is not regarded as responsible for the production of typical lesions of necrotic and ... [more ▼]

Non-enterotoxigenic type A Clostridium perfringens are associated with bovine enterotoxaemia, but the alpha toxin is not regarded as responsible for the production of typical lesions of necrotic and haemorrhagic enteritis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the putative role of the more recently described beta2 toxin. Seven hundred and fourteen non-enterotoxigenic type A C. perfringens isolated from 133 calves with lesions of enterotoxaemia and high clostridial cell counts (study population) and 386 isolated from a control population of 87 calves were tested by a colony hybridisation assay for the beta2 toxin. Two hundred and eighteen (31%) C perfringens isolated from 83 calves (62%) of the study population and 113 (29%) C. perfringens isolated from 51 calves (59%) of the control population tested positive with the beta2 probe. Pure and mixed cultures of four C perfringens (one alpha+beta2+, one alpha+enterotoxin-1 and two alpha+) were tested in the ligated loop assay in one calf. Macroscopic haemorrhages of the intestinal wall, necrosis and haemorrhages of the intestinal content, and microscopic lesions of necrosis and polymorphonuclear and mononuclear cell infiltration of the intestinal villi were more pronounced in loops inoculated with the a and beta2-toxigenic C. perfringens isolate. These results suggest in vivo synergistic role of the alpha and beta2 toxins in the production of necrotic and haemorrhagic lesions of the small intestine in cases of bovine enterotoxaemia. However, isolation of beta2-toxigenic C. perfringens does not confirm the clinical diagnosis of bovine enterotoxaemia and a clostridial cell counts must still be performed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging downward granitic magma transport in the Rogaland Igneous Complex, SW norway
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Trindade, Ricardo I.F.; Bouchez, Jean-Luc et al

in Terra Nova (2002), 14(2), 87-92

Combining geological mapping and petrological, structural and geophysical (gravity and seismic) data already available for the late Proterozoic Rogaland Igneous Complex of Norway allows the 3D shape of ... [more ▼]

Combining geological mapping and petrological, structural and geophysical (gravity and seismic) data already available for the late Proterozoic Rogaland Igneous Complex of Norway allows the 3D shape of the Bjerkreim-Sokndal layered intrusion to be modelled as a thick cumulate series capped by massive granitic rocks. Using the latter data, along with the spectacular convergent linear flow pattern that covers both the cumulates and the felsic rocks of this chamber, evidence is presented to show that the granitic material was down-dragged through the sinking of its high-density mafic floor into lower density anorthosites and granulitic gneisses. This example illustrates that downward gravity-driven flows of rocks were active, in addition to upward flows, in the building of the early crust up to late-Proterozoic times, helping to explain the geochemical and structural complexities of the old crust. [less ▲]

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See detailEchographie de l’appareil podotrochléaire : étude in vitro sur 30 membres isolés de cheval
Busoni, Valeria ULg; Méan, Marie-Noël; Brignone, Luca et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(3), 181-187

Thirty equine isolated limbs have been examined by ultrasonography (7.5 MHz probes) using the frog as acoustic window. The aims of the study were to establish the ultrasonographic anatomy of the distal ... [more ▼]

Thirty equine isolated limbs have been examined by ultrasonography (7.5 MHz probes) using the frog as acoustic window. The aims of the study were to establish the ultrasonographic anatomy of the distal portion of the deep digital flexor tendon, to determine the capability to visualize podotrochlear bursa and flexor surface fibrocartilage by ultrasound and to evaluate the sensitivity of ultrasonography for the assessment of flexor surface abnormalities. Because of the relative orientation of the ultrasound beam and the deep digital flexor tendon fibers, this tendon always appears hypoechogenic on transcuneal ultrasonographic images. The flexor surface fibrocartilage is difficult to see if the podotrochlear bursa is not injected. The thickness of the normal bursa is negligible at the palmar aspect of the distal sesamoid bone. Sensitivity of ultrasonography for the detection of flexor surface irregularities was high (90,91%), sensitivity was 84,21%. Ultrasonography using the transcuneal approach could be an useful adjunct to routine radiographic examination of the foot in the assessment of flexor surface irregularities. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in motor unit numbers in patients with ALS: a longitudinal study using the adapted multiple point stimulation method.
Wang, François-Charles ULg; Bouquiaux, Olivier ULg; De Pasqua, Victor ULg et al

in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis & Other Motor Neuron Disorders (2002), 3(1), 31-8

METHOD: The adapted multiple point stimulation (AMPS) method for calculating motor unit numbers (MUNE) was applied in 12 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) before riluzole therapy (T(0 ... [more ▼]

METHOD: The adapted multiple point stimulation (AMPS) method for calculating motor unit numbers (MUNE) was applied in 12 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) before riluzole therapy (T(0)) and again after 4, 8 and 12 months of treatment. RESULTS: Paired Student's t-test indicated a significant decrease of thenar MUNE and compound muscle action potential (CMAP) size at each 4-monthly interval, while average surface motor unit potential (SMUP) size did not change significantly over time. The rate of motor unit (MU) loss at month 4 was more than 20% in six patients (group 1) and less than 20% in six other patients (group 2). Comparison of groups 1 and 2 by Mann-Whitney U-testing indicated that percent changes in thenar MUNE and CMAP size compared to baseline were significantly different at months 4, 8 and 12, while no difference between the two groups was found for average SMUP size variations. In the group with a slow rate of MU loss, CMAP size remained stable, while in the group with a rapid rate of MU loss, there was a dramatic reduction in size of the CMAP. A positive correlation was found between percent change in thenar MUNE at T(4) and at T(12) (P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: AMPS is a useful technique to document MUNE, SMUP size and CMAP size changes over time in patients with ALS. [less ▲]

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

in Allergy Review series (2002), 3

Three children presented with contact sensitization to decorative skin paintings applied during their summer holidays. Patch testing revealed severe contact hypersensitivity to p-phenylenediamine (PPD) in ... [more ▼]

Three children presented with contact sensitization to decorative skin paintings applied during their summer holidays. Patch testing revealed severe contact hypersensitivity to p-phenylenediamine (PPD) in all patients. The eruptions healed following spontaneous elimination of the dyes and application of topical corticosteroids, but left postinflammatory depigmentation. PPD was the main allergen identified in allergic reactions to decorative skin paintings. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation de la résistance au Sénégal d'Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (Lépidoptère, Noctuidae) par bioessai et méthodes moléculaires
Moreira, Christine; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Parasitica (2002), 58(2-3-4), 89-98

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des ... [more ▼]

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des températures de 30°C et 54°C, 4 pyréthrinoïdes et 2 organophosphorés se dégradent rapidement dans les flacons en verre. Un "kit" est présenté sous forme d'un papier filtre traité enveloppé dans une feuille d'aluminium. Il possède une bien meilleure stabilité au stockage (sur 50 jours). Des tests moléculaires, réalisés sur une souche d'H. armigera issue du Sénégal, révèlent deux mutations (la sérine remplacée par l'acide glutamique et l'acide aspartique par la valine) au niveau du gène codant pour le canal sodium voltage dépendant, cible principale des pyréthrinoïdes. [less ▲]

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See detailSingle step synthesis of metal catalysts supported on porous carbon with controlled texture
Job, Nathalie ULg; Ferauche, fabrice; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2002), 143

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See detailAnalysis of an Anonymity Network for Web Browsing.
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Hutchison, D.; Rennhard, M. et al

in IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Entreprises (2002)

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See detailDevelopment Of A Visual Method To Quantify The Gossypol Content In Cotton Seeds
Benbouza, H.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Palm, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Crop Science (2002), 42(6), 1937-1942

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See detailTreatment of mucocutaneous presentations of herpes simplex virus infections.
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in American Journal of Clinical Dermatology (2002), 3(7), 475-87

Infections by herpes simplex virus (HSV) types I and II are diverse and quite frequent. After primary infection, the virus establishes a life-long latency in the sensory ganglia and recrudescences may ... [more ▼]

Infections by herpes simplex virus (HSV) types I and II are diverse and quite frequent. After primary infection, the virus establishes a life-long latency in the sensory ganglia and recrudescences may occur at an unpredictable rate. Recurrent labial and genital herpes infections represent the majority of clinical manifestations of HSV infections. Their management is currently well established using evidence-based medicine data. Primary labial herpes is generally not treated with antivirals in otherwise healthy children, although intravenous aciclovir may be offered in severe primary infections, particularly in the immunocompromised patient. The decision whether or not to treat recurrent labial herpes should be evaluated individually and depends on the frequency and severity of relapses, the impairment of the quality of life, and the cost of therapy. Patients with mild disease may benefit from topical therapy, and those with severe and frequent recurrences may be considered for intermittent or long-term oral antiviral therapy. Primary genital herpes is treated with oral or intravenous antivirals, depending on the severity of the infection and associated symptoms. Recurrent genital herpes can be managed with episodic short courses of oral antivirals in patients whose recurrences are moderate to severe and rare, and have a clear prodrome. Patients with >5 episodes/year, severe recurrences or unrecognisable prodromes may be best managed with long-term suppressive antiviral prophylaxis. HSV is also responsible for a variety of other clinical manifestations, including herpetic whitlow, neonatal infection, disseminated and atypical cutaneous infections, traumatic herpes, eczema herpeticum, and HSV-associated erythema multiforme. HSV infection may also represent a complication following cosmetic procedures of the oro-facial region, surgical and dental interventions, sun exposure and burns. Precise treatment guidelines for these HSV infections are not firmly established. [less ▲]

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See detailObservational survey of NSAID-related upper gastro-intestinal adverse events in Belgium
Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Burette, A.; De Vos, M. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(2, Apr-Jun), 65-73

Objectives : To evaluate the impact of NSAID use on current routine upper GI endoscopy (UGIE) and to compare the lesions found in NSAID users and non-users. Methods : Participating gastroenterologists ... [more ▼]

Objectives : To evaluate the impact of NSAID use on current routine upper GI endoscopy (UGIE) and to compare the lesions found in NSAID users and non-users. Methods : Participating gastroenterologists; consecutively documented outpatients with and without suspicion of bleeding, referred for upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Patient characteristics, presence of risk factors, NSAID use and endoscopic findings were reported on standard data collection forms. Main results : A total of 2685 non-bleeding and 159 bleeding patients were enrolled within a time period of 2 months. NSAID therapy was present in 20% of the non-bleeding patients and at least 9% of referrals for endoscopy were directly related to suspected NSAID adverse events. Nearly half of acute bleeding patients (42%) were NSAID users, including aspirin for cardioprevention. Warning digestive symptoms prior to acute bleeding were frequently absent (56%). Oesophagitis was the main endoscopic diagnosis (51% of patients). Gastroduodenal (GD) ulcer was significantly more frequent in NSAID users, whereas oesophagitis and bleeding oesophageal varices were more frequent among non-users. Analysis of odds ratio's demonstrated NSAID use to significantly increase the risk for gastric ulcer in the whole patient group (OR = 2.73; 95% confidence interval (CI) : 1.983.77; p < 0.001) and, in addition, for duodenal ulcer in the elderly (>65y) subgroup (OR = 2.91; 95 % CI : 1.52-5.59; p < 0.05). Conclusions : This survey confirms the high incidence of GD ulcers in NSAID users and the risk for serious gastrointestinal complications, often occurring without warning symptoms. It underlines the impact of NSAID use on the routine endoscopy load, the necessity of careful selection of patients for NSAID prescriptions and the need for gastropreventive measures, particularly in elderly patients and patients associating multiple risk factors. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation par ultrasonographie en temps réel de la teneur en gras intramusculaire du porc Piétrain
Youssao, A. K. I.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4), 249-255

Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 ... [more ▼]

Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 equipped with an ASP-18 probe and 3.5 MHz to predict intramuscular fat. Two ribs thickness (12th and 13th ribs) was excised from the longissimus thoracis muscle for subsequent ether extract value (EE) determination. The percentage of white pixels in the ultrasound image were related to EE percentage. The EE percentages were 1.44, 1.37 and 1.15 % respectively for the homozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CC), heterozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CT) and homozygous stress-positive Pietrain (TT) individuals. The percentage of white pixels in the longissimus thoracis images were 9.98, 8.75 and 7.79 % respectively for CC, CT and TT genotypes. The barrows had an higher intramuscular fat and white pixel percentage than the gilts. The determination coefficient (R 2) of the EE prediction model originating from the white pixels percentage was 0.35 with a root mean squared error of 0.26 %. These performance could be potentially improved using the calibration phantom of the ASP-18 probe, before taking images. [less ▲]

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See detailMétabolisme des lipides chez la levure: catabolisme peroxysomal des acides gras et applications biotechnologiques
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Nicaud, J.M. et al

in Regard sur la Biochimie (2002), 4

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See detailL'image du mois. Une tumeur du cuir chevelu révélatrice d'une naevomatose basocellulaire.
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 185-6

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See detailRéduire la taille des classes dans l'enseignement fondamental : pour des discriminations vraiment positives...
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2002), 11-12

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See detailGestion de l’information dans les pratiques de soins intégrés
Prevost, Marianne; Della Giustina, Vanni; Gosselain, Yves et al

in Santé Conjuguée (2002), 19

Gestion de l’information dans les pratiques de soins intégrés, autrement dit, GIPSI : tel était le thème d’un forum organisé le 15 décembre 2001 à Natoye par la Fédération des maisons médicales, lequel a ... [more ▼]

Gestion de l’information dans les pratiques de soins intégrés, autrement dit, GIPSI : tel était le thème d’un forum organisé le 15 décembre 2001 à Natoye par la Fédération des maisons médicales, lequel a rassemblé une bonne soixantaine de participants issus de trente et une maisons médicales. L’information, c’est un élément clé pour tous les soignants, toutes les équipes : les pratiques de soins reposent sur, et génèrent, une foule d’informations de tous ordres, qu’il n’est pas toujours aisé de rassembler, de trier, d’exploiter à bon escient… comment organiser le recueil et l’analyse de toutes les informations utiles pour améliorer le bien-être des patients – et des soignants ? Quels systèmes d’information peuvent-ils faire gagner du temps, s’intégrer de manière souple dans le travail quotidien, sans poser trop de difficultés nouvelles ? Comment mieux communiquer entre soignants, entre soignants et patients ? Clarifier les questions relatives au partage de l’information, la transmission, la confidentialité ? [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal democratic consensus on neuropathological disease criteria.
Achim, Cristian; Auer, Roland; Bergeron, Catherine et al

in Lancet Neurology (2002), 1(6), 340

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See detailL'exclusion de la réassurance des règles européennes de conflits de juridictions en matière de contrats d'assurance
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Bulletin des Assurances = Tijdschrift voor Verzekeringen (2002)

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See detailIn situ dynamic analysis of solid or aqueous solutions undergoing chemical reactions by RBS or PIXE with external beam
Bouquillon, A.; Dran, J*-C; Lagarde, G. et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2002), 188

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See detailPerformance de Acacia Auriculiformis (Cunn. A.) dans le système agroforestier au Sud-Bénin
Fonton, H. N.; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Agbahungba, G.

in Annales des Sciences Agronomiques du Bénin (2002), 3(1), 65-79

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See detailPrediction of carcass lean content by real-time ultrasound in Piétrain and negative stress Piétrain
Youssao, A. K. L.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg

in Animal Science (2002), 75

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See detailNitrosomonas europaea-like bacteria detected as the dominant beta-subclass Proteobacteria ammonia oxidisers in reference and limed acid forest soils
Carnol, Monique ULg; Kowalchuk, G. A.; De Boer, W.

in Soil Biology & Biochemistry (2002), 34

Net nitrification in intact soil cores and the community of ammonia-oxidising bacteria were studied in acid Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst) and sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Matt. Lieb.)) soils ... [more ▼]

Net nitrification in intact soil cores and the community of ammonia-oxidising bacteria were studied in acid Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst) and sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Matt. Lieb.)) soils (Haute Ardenne, east Belgium) 18 months after treatment with 5 t ha(-1) dolomite lime. Liming caused a significant increase in nitrification in the upper soil layers (0.15 m) of both stands. DGGE (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis) profiling after P-subclass ammonia oxidiser-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR), combined with hybridisation and sequencing of excised DGGE bands revealed a dominance of Nitrosomonas europaea-like sequences, independent of soil horizon, tree species and lime treatment. A minority Nitrosospira-like population was detected, which showed affinity to nitrosospiras previously detected in acid soil. These results contrast with several reports suggesting a dominance of Nitrosospira-like organisms among ammonia oxidiser communities in acid soils. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a persistent and extensive greening trend in Eurasia inferred from satellite vegetation index data.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Zhou, L; Tucker, C J et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2002), 107(D11),

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See detailDevelopment of GEQUAC as a new group contribution method for strongly non-ideal mixtures
Ehlker, Gerhard H; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Fluid Phase Equilibria (2002), 203((1-2)), 53-69

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See detailPaedomorphosis in the Alpine newt (Triturus alpestris): decoupling behavioural and morphological change
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2002), 52(5), 394-399

Paedomorphosis is a heterochronic pattern leading to morphological change, i.e. retention of larval characters in the adult phenotype. The aim of this study was to find out whether behaviour and ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis is a heterochronic pattern leading to morphological change, i.e. retention of larval characters in the adult phenotype. The aim of this study was to find out whether behaviour and morphology are decoupled in heterochronic phenotypes. To this end, I compared qualitative and quantitative aspects of courtship behaviour in syntopic metamorphic and paedomorphic Alpine newts, Triturus alpestris. Morphologically, the two morphs differ considerably (e.g. by the presence of gills only in paedomorphs), but their patterns of sexual behaviours are exhibited at similar frequencies and males use the same alternative reproductive tactics to attract unresponsive females. These results show that morphology and behaviour follow different ontogenetic pathways and are thus decoupled. Decoupling of the two traits offers the possibility of morphological evolution without alteration of sexual patterns. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Etat social face aux nouvelles attentes compassionnelles. Le cas de la Belgique
Vrancken, Didier ULg

in Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales (2002), 15(2), 53-65

S’intéressant aux grandes mobilisations émotionnelles de ces dernières années en Europe et plus particulièrement en Belgique, cet article propose d’envisager leurs effets sur la structuration de l’Etat ... [more ▼]

S’intéressant aux grandes mobilisations émotionnelles de ces dernières années en Europe et plus particulièrement en Belgique, cet article propose d’envisager leurs effets sur la structuration de l’Etat social. A partir de l’expérience belge, il montre que celles-ci n’ont pas contribué à un renouvellement des formes de participation politique mais se sont plutôt inscrites dans un profond mouvement de moralisation de l’action publique annonçant de nouveaux modes de prise en charge des citoyens davantage ancrés sur des notions telles que la procéduralisation, le territoire, l’accompagnement, la subjectivation et l’aide aux personnes [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic diversity of the african geocarpic legume kersting's groundnut, Macrotyloma geocarpum (Tribe Phaseoleae : Fabaceae)
Pasquet, R. S.; Mergeai, Guy ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Biochemical Systematics & Ecology (2002), 30(10), 943-952

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See detailLes frais supportés par l'adjudicataire en cas de saisie-exécution immobilière
Georges, Frédéric ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2002)

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See detailComment j'explore ... le syndrome d'Alport par la biopsie cutanée. Quand la peau parle pour le rein.
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Martalo, O. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(10), 670-1

Alport's syndrome is a severe hereditary renal disease. Type IV collagen is abnormal in its molecular composition both in the kidneys and the skin. Immunohistochemistry performed on a conventional skin ... [more ▼]

Alport's syndrome is a severe hereditary renal disease. Type IV collagen is abnormal in its molecular composition both in the kidneys and the skin. Immunohistochemistry performed on a conventional skin biopsy allows to prove the diagnosis in the affected subjects and in healthy women exhibiting the mutation on a single X chromosome. [less ▲]

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See detailErratum to: “Perturbative evolution and Regge behaviour”: [Phys. Lett. B 448 (1999) 281]
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Donnachie, A.; Landshoff, P.

in Physics Letters B (2002), 528

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See detailExamination of Escherichia coli from poultry for selected adhesin genes important in disease caused by mammalian pathogenic E. coli
Stordeur, Philippe; Marlier, Didier ULg; Blanco, J. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 84(3), 231-241

A collection of 1601 extraintestinal and intestinal Escherichia coli isolated from chickens, turkeys and ducks. in Belgium, France and Spain, was hybridised with gene probes specific for fimbrial and ... [more ▼]

A collection of 1601 extraintestinal and intestinal Escherichia coli isolated from chickens, turkeys and ducks. in Belgium, France and Spain, was hybridised with gene probes specific for fimbrial and afimbrial adhesins (F17, F18, S (Sfa/F1C), Bfp, Afa, Cs31A, Intimin (Eae), Aida-1) of intestinal, urinary and invasive E. coli of mammals and with a probe specific for the P (Pap/Prs) fimbrial adhesin of urinary and invasive E. coli of mammals and birds. Three hundred and eighty-three strains (23.9%) were P-positive, 76 strains (4.8%) were Afa-positive, 75 strains (4.7%) were F17-positive, 67 strains (4.2%) were S-positive, 23 (1.4%) were Intimin-positive. and all were F18-, Cs31A-, Aidal- and Bfp-negative. The 75 F17-positive strains harboured different major subunit A-encoding gene variants, but the f17Ac variant was the most frequent (52 strains, 69,3%) and seven strains (9.3%) were not typeable. The f17G gene variant coding for the GII adhesin was the most frequent (56 strains, 75.0%), whereas the f17GI gene variant was present in four strains (5%) and 15 strains (20.0%) were not typeable. All Afa-positive strains harboured the afa-8 variant. The 23 Intimin-positive E. coli tested positive for the beta -variant (16 strains; 69.6%) or for the gamma -variant (seven strains;, 30.4%) of the eae gene. Chicken and turkey E. coli were more frequently probe-positive (43.6 and 43.1 %, respectively) than duck E. coli 31.5%) and extraintestinal E. coli were also more frequently probe-positive (48.4%) than intestinal strains (18.5%). Different combinations of probe positive hybridisation results were observed in 72 of the 540 probe-positive E. coli (13.3%). The most frequent combinations were between AfaE-8 and F17 probes (47 strains; 8.7%) and between P and S probes (13 strains. 2.4%). Although f17- and afa-8-related DNA sequences can be plasmid-located in mammalian E. coli. they were not in avian E. coli. Besides the P fimbrial adhesin, F17 and S fimbrial and Afa-VIII and Intimin afimbrial adhesins may thus represent colonisation factors of avian pathogenic E. coli. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the green fluorescent protein in the oligodendrocyte lineage: a transgenic mouse for developmental and physiological studies.
Yuan, Xiaoqing; Chittajallu, Ramesh; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroscience Research (2002), 70(4), 529-45

We generated a transgenic mouse expressing the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of the 2'-3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase (CNP) promoter. EGFP(+) cells were visualized ... [more ▼]

We generated a transgenic mouse expressing the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) under the control of the 2'-3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase (CNP) promoter. EGFP(+) cells were visualized in live tissue throughout embryonic and postnatal development. Immunohistochemical analysis in brain tissue and in sciatic nerve demonstrated that EGFP expression was restricted to cells of the oligodendrocyte and Schwann cell lineages. EGFP was also strongly expressed in "adult" oligodendrocyte progenitors (OPs) and in gray matter oligodendrocytes. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting allowed high-yield purification of EGFP(+) oligodendrocyte-lineage cells from transgenic brains. Electrophysiological patch clamp recordings of EGFP(+) cells in situ demonstrated that OP cells displayed large outward tetraethylammonium (TEA)-sensitive K(+) currents and very small inward currents, whereas mature oligodendrocytes were characterized by expression of large inward currents and small outward K(+) currents. The proliferation rate of EGFP(+) cells in developing white matter decreased with the age of the animals and was strongly inhibited by TEA. Oligodendrocyte development and physiology can be studied in live tissue of CNP-EGFP transgenic mice, which represent a source of pure EGFP(+) oligodendrocyte-lineage cells throughout development. [less ▲]

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See detailFédéralisme et extrême droite au Royaume-Uni
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

in Fédéralisme - Régionalisme (2002), 2

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See detailLipid-Interacting Properties Of The N-Terminal Domain Of Human Apolipoprotein C-III
Lins, Laurence ULg; Flore, Christelle ULg; Chapelle, L. et al

in Protein Engineering (2002), 15(6), 513-20

The lipid-interacting properties of the N-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein C-III (apo C-III) were investigated. By molecular modeling, we predicted that the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III is obliquely ... [more ▼]

The lipid-interacting properties of the N-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein C-III (apo C-III) were investigated. By molecular modeling, we predicted that the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III is obliquely orientated at the lipid/water interface owing to an asymmetric distribution of the hydrophobic residues when helical. This is characteristic of 'tilted peptides' originally discovered in viral fusion proteins and later in various proteins including some involved in lipoprotein metabolism. Since most tilted peptides were shown to induce liposome fusion in vitro, the fusogenic capacity of the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III was tested on unilamellar liposomes and compared with the well characterized SIV fusion peptide. Mutants were designed by molecular modeling to assess the role of the hydrophobicity gradient in the fusion. FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the predominantly helical conformation of the peptides in TFE solution and also in lipid-peptide complexes. Lipid-mixing experiments showed that the apo C-III (6-20) peptide is able to increase the fluorescence of a lipophilic fluorescent probe. The vesicle fusion was confirmed by core-mixing and leakage assays. The hydrophobicity gradient plays a key role in the fusion process because the mutant with no hydrophobic asymmetry but the same mean hydrophobicity as the wild type does not induce significant lipid fusion. The apo C-III (6-20) fragment is, however, less fusogenic than the SIV peptide, in agreement with their respective mean hydrophobicity. Since lipid fusion should not be the physiological function of the N-terminal domain of apo CIII, we suggest that its peculiar distribution of hydrophobic residues is important for the lipid-binding properties of apo C-III and should be involved in apolipoprotein and lipid exchanges crucial for triglyceride metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailTNF-alpha protects human primary articular chondrocytes from nitric oxide-induced apoptosis via nuclear factor-kappaB
Relic, Biserka ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Ribbens, Clio ULg et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2002), 82(12), 1661-1672

TNF-alpha plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis, but its effect on chondrocyte survival is still conflicting. In the present study, we tested how TNF-alpha influences chondrocyte survival in response ... [more ▼]

TNF-alpha plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis, but its effect on chondrocyte survival is still conflicting. In the present study, we tested how TNF-alpha influences chondrocyte survival in response to nitric oxide (NO)-related apoptotic signals, which are abundant during rheumatoid arthritis. Human primary articular chondrocytes or cartilage explants were pretreated with TNF-alpha for 24 hours and then treated with the proapoptotic NO donor sodium-nitro-prusside (SNP) for an additional 24 hours. TNF-alpha pretreatment markedly protected chondrocytes from SNP-induced cell death. Preincubation of chondrocytes with TNF-alpha inhibited both SNP-induced high-molecular weight DNA fragmentation and annexin V-FITC binding. Of interest, TNF-alpha induced persistent nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB)-DNA binding activity even in the presence of SNP, mirroring apoptosis protection effects. Both the TNF-alpha antiapoptotic effect and NF-kappaB-DNA binding activity were significantly inhibited by NF-kappaB inhibitors, Bay 11-7085, MG-132, and adenovirus-expressing mutated IkappaB-alpha. Phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase inhibitor LY 294002 also markedly inhibited the antiapoptotic effect of TNF-alpha. In primary chondrocytes, TNF-alpha induced expression of the antiapoptotic protein Cox-2, which persisted in the presence of SNP, and a specific Cox-2 inhibitor significantly blocked the TNF-alpha protective effect. We therefore conclude that TNF-alpha-mediated protection of chondrocytes from NO-induced apoptosis acts through NF-kappaB and requires Cox-2 activity. [less ▲]

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See detailRecurrent fatal drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell's syndrome) after putative beta-lactam cross-reactivity: Case report and scrutiny of antibiotic imputability.
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Jacob, Eric; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in Critical Care Medicine (2002), 30(11), 2580-3

OBJECTIVE: A series of antibiotics may be responsible for toxic epidermal necrolysis. We report two successive episodes of toxic epidermal necrolysis in the same patient. Drug imputability criteria ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: A series of antibiotics may be responsible for toxic epidermal necrolysis. We report two successive episodes of toxic epidermal necrolysis in the same patient. Drug imputability criteria designate a cross-reactivity between two antibiotics of different chemical classes but sharing the beta-lactam ring in common. DESIGN: Descriptive case report and review of the literature. SETTING: Medical intensive care unit in a university medical center. PATIENT AND MAIN RESULTS: A 75-yr-old woman developed a first episode of toxic epidermal necrolysis (involving 40% of the body surface) after intake of cefotaxime, a third-generation cephalosporin. Perfusions of high-dose immunoglobulins rapidly improved the lesions, followed by partial reepithelialization in 5 days. Sepsis required the administration of meropenem, which is a carbapenem antibiotic. The epidermal destruction immediately recurred, with extension to previously uninvolved skin areas and fatal consequences. CONCLUSIONS: The beta-lactam ring present in cephalosporins and carbapenems represents the putative chemical structure responsible for the presently reported cross-reactivity to two antibiotics of different classes. Drugs having any chemical similarity to the initial culprit compound should be strictly avoided when possible in the management of toxic epidermal necrolysis. [less ▲]

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See detailFatty Acid Hydroperoxides Biotransformation By Potato Tuber Cell-Free Extracts
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Delcarte, J.; Jaziri, M. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (2002), 159(10),

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See detailExpression of TGF-betas and their receptors is differentially modulated by reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide in human articular chondrocytes.
Ayache, N.; Boumediene, K.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2002), 10(5), 344-52

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, on the expression of the major growth factor involved in cartilage repair, TGF-beta, under the three isoforms beta1, beta2 and beta3, and the receptors I and II of this factor, using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated human chondrocytes in culture. METHODS: Suspension cultures of human chondrocytes derived from the knee of osteoarthritic patients were treated for 48 h with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (10 microg/ml), L-NMMA (0.5 mM) or NAC (1 mM). Nitrite levels were assayed on the culture media using the Griess spectrophotometric method. After total RNA extraction, the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), TGF-beta1, TGF-beta2, TGF-beta3, TGF-beta receptors I and II, was determined by semi-quantitative polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR). RESULTS: LPS induced a dramatic increase of both NO production and iNOS mRNA level. The addition of L-NMMA (0.5 mM) abolished NO production without affecting iNOS mRNA levels. In contrast NAC (1 mM) strongly synergized with LPS to stimulate NO synthesis. LPS treatment did not significantly alter TGF-beta1 expression whereas L-NMMA inhibited its production. TGF-beta2 mRNA level was decreased by LPS and was not changed in the presence of L-NMMA. On the other hand, NAC was capable of counteracting the LPS-induced inhibition of TGF-beta2 expression. TGFbeta3 mRNA level was markedly reduced by LPS alone, or with both L-NMMA and NAC. Finally, the expression of TGF-betaRI was slightly increased in the presence of combined LPS and L-NMMA or NAC whereas that of TGFbeta-RII was reduced in the same conditions. CONCLUSIONS: The modulation of TGF-beta system was found to be differentially controlled by NO and ROS productions. Indeed, the control exerted on TGF-beta expression varied according to the isoform: TGF-beta1 mRNA level depends on NO whereas that of TGF-beta2 is regulated by ROS and TGF-beta3 seems to be unaffected by both of them. The expression of TGF-beta receptors appeared to be modulated by NO and ROS levels. The relevance of the present findings to osteoarthritis (OA) physiopathology and the potential use of antioxidant therapy to treat this disease are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa reconnaissance et le financement de la laïcité organisée (I)
Sägesser, Caroline; Husson, Jean-François ULg

in Courrier Hebdomadaire du CRISP (2002), (1756), 3-43

This publication details the political process having led to the official recognition of the free thinkers organisations on a footing quite silmilar to religious denominations.

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See detailLes facteurs neurotrophiques : un mythe thérapeutique ?
Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Ahead in Neurology (2002), 5(1), 3-20

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See detailMeasurements Of The Horizontal Sprayer Boom Movements By Sensor Data Fusion
Ooms, David ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Ruter, R. et al

in Computers and Electronics In Agriculture (2002), 33(2),

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See detailChemical changes and influences of rapeseed antinutritional factors on gestating and lactating ewes 1. Animal performances and plasma hormones and glucose
Mandiki, S. N. M.; Derycke, G.; Bister, J. L. et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2002), 98(1-2), 25-35

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating ... [more ▼]

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating hormones (progesterone-P4, estradiol-E2,-prolactin-PRL, cortisol, insulin, tri-iodothyronin-T3, thyroxin-T4) and glucose. On the 100th day of gestation, 90 ewes bearing at least two foetuses were divided into 3 groups. Control, Apex and Synergy groups received concentrates with 0, 40 and 40% of LG-rapeseed meal obtained with either Apex (13.77 mumol of glucosinolates/g DM seed) or Synergy (18.19 mumol) variety. Apart from the distribution of pasture hay ad libitum, the ewes received 500 and 1200 g of concentrates/animal per day during gestation and lactation, respectively. Concentrates were offered till the 47th day of lactation, and thereafter, the ewes were fed only with hay during 3 weeks. The lambs received ad libitum concentrates without rapeseed meal from 10 days of age till slaughtering. They were weaned at 65 days of age and were slaughtered when their fattening state was optimal. The performances of ewes (food intake and liveweight profiles) and of lambs (birth liveweight, mortality at birth, weight gains, slaughtering parameters) were not reduced by 40% of LG-rapeseed meal except a decrease in the liveweight for ewes in the Apex group after lambing. The profiles and levels of plasma metabolic (T3, T4, cortisol, insulin) and reproductive (PRL, P4) hormones were not modified by the rapeseed meal. In contrast, the estradiol concentration was lower (P < 0.05) in the two groups of ewes which received rapeseed meal than in the controls as an index of an eventual disturbance in the reproductive functions. In conclusion, large amounts of LG-rapeseed meal may be used as protein supplement in the diet of ewes at the end of gestation and during lactation without negative effects on animal performances and physiology. (c( 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailLésion du nerf interosseux postérieur liée à une randonnée prolongée en vélo-tout-terrain (VTT)
Zeevaert, Bernard; CRIELAARD, Jean-Michel ULg; WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2002)

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See detailIntroduction to the objective arbitrability of corporate disputes in Belgium
Caprasse, Olivier ULg

in I.B.A. of A. Bulletin (2002)

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See detailPositional candidate cloning of a QTL in dairy cattle: Identification of a missense mutation in the bovine DGAT1 gene with major effect on milk yield and composition
Grisart, B.; Coppieters, Wouter ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Genome Research (2002), 12(2), 222-231

We recently mapped a quantitative trait locus (QTL) with a major effect on milk composition-particularly fat content-to the centromeric end of bovine chromosome 14. We subsequently exploited linkage ... [more ▼]

We recently mapped a quantitative trait locus (QTL) with a major effect on milk composition-particularly fat content-to the centromeric end of bovine chromosome 14. We subsequently exploited linkage disequilibrium to refine the map position of this QTL to a 3-cM chromosome interval bounded by microsatellite markers BULGE13 and BULGE09. We herein report the positional candidate cloning of this QTL, involving (I) the construction of a BAC contig spanning the corresponding marker interval, (2) the demonstration that a very strong candidate gene, acylCoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGATf), maps to that contig, and (3) the identification of a nonconservative K232A substitution in the DGAT1 gene with a major effect on milk fat content and other milk characteristics. [less ▲]

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See detailMPEG: Standards for Digital Video MPEG Activities in Belgium
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Revue HF (2002), 2

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See detailPositron emission tomography in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL): relationship between tracer uptake and pathological findings, including preliminary experience in the staging of low-grade NHL.
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Clinical Lymphoma (2002), 3(1), 56-61

Advances in imaging techniques have allowed more precise staging and better evaluation of the effect of new treatment modalities. The limitations of conventional morphologic imaging techniques are well ... [more ▼]

Advances in imaging techniques have allowed more precise staging and better evaluation of the effect of new treatment modalities. The limitations of conventional morphologic imaging techniques are well known. Positron emission tomography (PET) using fluorine-18-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose is now routinely used for initial staging and re-evaluation during or after treatment of Hodgkin's disease and aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), but not in low-grade NHL. In the first part of this review, the relationship between glucose metabolism as measured by PET, pathological findings including histological grade and proliferative activity, and prognosis are analyzed. In the second part, the potential role of PET in the staging and follow-up of low-grade NHL is discussed. Published data indicate that PET may contribute to the management of low-grade follicular NHL. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of inhaled ipratropium bromide on breathing mechanics and gas exchange in exercising horses with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Bayly, W. M.; Duvivier, D. H.; Votion, D. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2002), 34(1), 36-43

Six Warmblood horses suffering an acute exacerbation of COPD were tested to investigate whether inhalation of ipratropium bromide (IB) dry powder (2,400 microg) 30 min preexercise would improve their ... [more ▼]

Six Warmblood horses suffering an acute exacerbation of COPD were tested to investigate whether inhalation of ipratropium bromide (IB) dry powder (2,400 microg) 30 min preexercise would improve their exercise capacity. A cross-over protocol with an inert powder placebo (P) was used. Mechanics of breathing and arterial blood gases were determined before treatment, after treatment but pre-exercise, and during an incremental exercise test. Oxygen consumption (VO2) was also measured before and during exercise, and the time to fatigue recorded. Inhalation of IB reduced total pulmonary resistance (RL) and maximum intrapleural pressure changes (deltaPpl(max)) and increased dynamic compliance before exercise. The onset of exercise was associated with a marked decrease in RL in P-treated horses but not those receiving IB, so that RL during exercise was not affected by treatment. Although deltaPpl(max) was lower at 8,9 and 10 m/s with IB, there were no treatment-related changes in VO2, blood gases, time to fatigue or any other measurement of breathing mechanics. Therefore, although inhalation of IB prior to exercise may have improved deltaPpl(max), it had no apparent impact on the horses' capacity for exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of organochlorine pesticide residues in the blood of healthy individuals
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2002), 40(4), 361-364

Pesticide use is one of several factors that have permitted maintenance of our supply of food in spite of continuing increase of the population. However, the use of biologically active compounds poses ... [more ▼]

Pesticide use is one of several factors that have permitted maintenance of our supply of food in spite of continuing increase of the population. However, the use of biologically active compounds poses potential problems of toxicity. If the compound is used at any stage of food production, residues or derivatives may persist in food and the entire population may be exposed to the trace amounts of the material. The human body burden associated with long-term exposure may or may not be associated with illness. Persistent environmental contaminants such as pesticide residues have long been suspected to be implicated in cancer etiology. Organochlorine chemicals are persistent, lipophilic compounds commonly present in the environment. Some of them demonstrated carcinogenic activity in laboratory animals. Controversy still exists concerning their carcinogenic potential in humans. To answer this question, clinical toxicology laboratories should propose validated methodologies able to identify and quantify pesticide residues in biological samples. An example of chromatographic method dedicated to organochlorine residues is presented here and illustrated by results obtained in a healthy population (104 men, 147 women). Only 17.9% of the samples were free from detectable amounts of pesticides and p,p’-DDE 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl) ethylene was the most frequently detected residue (66.5%). Hexachlorobenzene was found at detectable level in 13.5% of the samples. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacologic treatment of inner ear: from basic science to the patient.
Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg; Staecker, H.; Van de Water, T. et al

in Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica (2002), 56(1), 45-9

Most of the deafness are of sensorineural origin and are characterized by a loss of hair cells and of spiral ganglion neurons. At the present time, hearing aids are the only treatment. However, in some ... [more ▼]

Most of the deafness are of sensorineural origin and are characterized by a loss of hair cells and of spiral ganglion neurons. At the present time, hearing aids are the only treatment. However, in some diseases of the inner ear, pharmacological treatment have been proposed and used successfully. In this paper, we will review some basic science aspects of the biology of the neurosensory structures of the inner ear, in particular of the auditory neurons, that lead to the rationale of some treatments for the inner ear diseases. Developmental studies, neuronal cell culture experiments, and analyses of gene knockout animals reveal a number of growth factors which are important for the rescue and repair of injured auditory neurons in the inner ear. These factors rescue the injured auditory neurons in vivo. Furthermore, perfusion of antioxydant to the cochlea prevented the hearing loss induced by cisplatin. These in vitro and in vivo experiments demonstrate that it is possible to manipulate the neurosensory structures of the inner ear and provide an effective treatment to prevent the degeneration of the neurons. The molecules or drugs can be administered locally to the inner ear through a direct perilymphatic perfusion or through the round window membrane. As an example, we will discuss the treatment of patients suffering from idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss which can be treated successfully by a perfusion through the round window membrane, improving their hearing threshold and their speech discrimination. [less ▲]

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