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See detailComparison of Cardiac Function in Double-Muscled Calves and in Calves with Conventional Muscular Conformation
Amory, Hélène ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1994), 55(4), 561-6

During growth, central venous, right ventricular, pulmonary arterial, pulmonary capillary wedge, and systemic arterial pressures, heart rate, and cardiac output were repeatedly measured in 41 Friesian ... [more ▼]

During growth, central venous, right ventricular, pulmonary arterial, pulmonary capillary wedge, and systemic arterial pressures, heart rate, and cardiac output were repeatedly measured in 41 Friesian calves, considered as having conventional muscular conformation, and in 19 Belgian White and Blue double-muscled calves. A total of 123 and 70 recordings were collected in conventional and double-muscled calves, respectively. These circulatory indices were calculated: stroke volume, cardiac and stroke indices, pulmonary and systemic pulse pressures, pulmonary and systemic vascular resistance indices, and right and left ventricular work indices. Results indicated that systemic arterial and pulse pressures, as well as cardiac output, stroke volume, cardiac and stroke indices, and right and left ventricular work indices were significantly (P < or = 0.05 to 0.001) lower but, in contrast, pulmonary and systemic vascular resistance indices were significantly (P < or = 0.001) higher in double-muscled than in conventional calves. Right-sided vascular pressures and heart rate were similar in the 2 groups. These results indicated that global cardiac performance may be considerably poorer in double-muscled calves. Diminished cardiac performance of double-muscled calves appears to be related neither to relative bradycardia nor to reduced ventricular preload. The potential role of increased ventricular afterload or of reduced myocardial contractility in double-muscled cattle should be determined by direct measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailCrime Prevention in Belgium: Towards "integrated prevention"
Kellens, Georges ULg; Comeron, Manuel ULg

in International Criminal Police Review (1994), (447), 7-15

Tragic events can provide the opportunity for an overall rethink of crime prevention. Recent history in belgium has led to crime prevention being recentred at local level for that is where it can be ... [more ▼]

Tragic events can provide the opportunity for an overall rethink of crime prevention. Recent history in belgium has led to crime prevention being recentred at local level for that is where it can be deployed most effectively. [less ▲]

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See detailLa prévention de l'ostéoporose postménopausique en cas de contre-indications des œstrogènes
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(4), 194-8

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See detailFlow cytometry in prostate cancer: Histological and clinical correlation
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in Acta Urologica Belgica (1994), 62(1), 37-43

DNA histograms were obtained by flow cytometry for 39 human prostate carcinomas (27 total prostatectomy specimens, 5 biopsies and 7 transuretral resections). The study was performed on formalin-fixed and ... [more ▼]

DNA histograms were obtained by flow cytometry for 39 human prostate carcinomas (27 total prostatectomy specimens, 5 biopsies and 7 transuretral resections). The study was performed on formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded material. In this report, ploidy index did not seem to be a good marker of prognosis as no significant variation in ploidy was found neither among the different stages nor among the different Gleason categories. Proliferative index of the tumors seemed to be a more sensitive parameter; a significant relation was observed between proliferative index and stage of the tumor. The authors discuss these results under the light of previously reported observations. [less ▲]

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See detailPossible pathogenic role of IgE in Henoch-Schonlein purpura
Davin, J. C.; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Dechenne, Charles ULg et al

in Pediatric Nephrology : Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (1994), 8(2), 169-171

The incidences of clinical and biological markers of atopy were investigated in 16 children with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) (group A) and in 22 with Henoch-Schonlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) (group B). The ... [more ▼]

The incidences of clinical and biological markers of atopy were investigated in 16 children with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) (group A) and in 22 with Henoch-Schonlein purpura nephritis (HSPN) (group B). The incidence of increased plasma IgE levels according to age-matched normal values was significantly higher in group B (17/22, 77%) than in group A (7/16, 44%) (P < 0.05). Although not significant, the incidences of positive RAST tests and of a history of typical atopic symptoms were also higher in group B [10/22 (45%) and 11/22 (50%), respectively] than in group A [4/16 (25%) and 5/16 (31%), respectively]. Moreover, IgE deposits were demonstrated by a peroxidase/anti-peroxidase method on cutaneous Langerhans and mast cells in 4 of 6 patients with HSPN. Thus immunoallergy might account, in some cases, for the cutaneous, intestinal and pulmonary signs observed in HSPN, but not in IgAN. We postulate stimulation of IgE-sensitized mast cells by specific antigens in the presence of IgA circulating immune complexes (CIC), release of vasoactive substances, increased capillary permeability and perivascular deposition of IgA CIC. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased Parasellar Activity on Gallium Spect Is Not Specific for Active Cluster Headache
Sianard-Gainko, J.; Milet, J.; Ghuysen, V. et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1994), 14(2), 132-3

We have performed Gallium SPECT head scans in 30 successive cluster headache (CH) patients and in 7 migraineurs without aura. Parasellar hyperactivity was judged as present in 81% of chronic CH patients ... [more ▼]

We have performed Gallium SPECT head scans in 30 successive cluster headache (CH) patients and in 7 migraineurs without aura. Parasellar hyperactivity was judged as present in 81% of chronic CH patients, 54% of episodic CH patients in an active period, 56% of episodic CH patients in remission and 71% of migraineurs. No significant correlations were found between the SPECT images and the duration of the disease, of cluster periods or of remissions. Increased parasellar activity on Gallium SPECT is thus not specific for CH, nor for the active period of episodic CH. The method lacks reliability for investigation of putative cavernous sinus inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression and Induction of Drug-Metabolizing Enzymes in Cultured Fetal Rat Hepatocytes
Kremers, Pierre ULg; Roelandt, L.; Stouvenakers, Nadine ULg et al

in Cell Biology and Toxicology (1994), 10(2), 117-25

An in vitro experimental model, fetal rat hepatocytes in culture, was metabolically characterized. Several enzymatic activities were expressed in these hepatocytes, namely, testosterone hydroxylations ... [more ▼]

An in vitro experimental model, fetal rat hepatocytes in culture, was metabolically characterized. Several enzymatic activities were expressed in these hepatocytes, namely, testosterone hydroxylations. Hepatocytes cultured up to 3 weeks in the presence of dexamethasone and phenobarbital still expressed some drug-metabolizing enzyme activities (e.g., ECOD). The enzymatic activities were measured both directly on monolayers during culture and on the corresponding harvested and homogenized cells. The results correlate perfectly with each other. The 'on cell' procedure allows us to repeat the assay or to measure several activities on the same cells at different time intervals. The presence of dexamethasone in the culture medium allows the expression and the induction of several cytochrome P450 isoenzymes, namely, those hydroxylating testosterone. This makes the model particularly attractive for induction experiments as well as for metabolic or toxicological studies needing longer treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailBinding Site-Shaped Repeated Sequences of Bacterial Wall Peptidoglycan Hydrolases
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Lamotte-Brasseur, Josette; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in FEBS Letters (1994), 342(1), 23-28

The non-catalytic C-terminal regions of the N-acetylmuramidase (lysozyme) of Clostridium acetobutylicum and N-acetylmuramoyl(D-lactyl)-L-alanine amidases CwlA of Bacillus subtilis, ORFL3 and CwlL of ... [more ▼]

The non-catalytic C-terminal regions of the N-acetylmuramidase (lysozyme) of Clostridium acetobutylicum and N-acetylmuramoyl(D-lactyl)-L-alanine amidases CwlA of Bacillus subtilis, ORFL3 and CwlL of Bacillus licheniformis were previously reported to have similarities with the amino acid sequence of the non-catalytic N-terminal module of the Streptomyces albus G Zn DD-peptidase. This peptidase is a bipartite protein of known three-dimensional structure. Its non-catalytic N-terminal module possesses, exposed at the surface, an elongated crevice which is defined by a loop-helix-loop-helix motif that consists of two repeats, each 16 amino acid residues long, connected by a heptapeptide and whose design is compatible with its possible functioning as a substrate recognition and binding site. Amino acid alignments suggest that cavities nearly identical in shape to that present in the non-catalytic module of the S. albus peptidase, are borne by the C-terminal regions of the CwlA amidase (in one copy), the lysozyme and the ORFL3 and CwlL amidases (in two copies). Since a common feature of the five enzymes is their substrate, the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan, we interpret the striking similarity of their non-catalytic N- or C-terminal modules to suggest that these modules are involved in the binding of these exocellular enzymes to their insoluble wall substrate. [less ▲]

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See detailSelective localization of carbon black in immiscible polymer blends : a useful tool to design electrical conductive composites
Gubbels, Frédéric; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Teyssié, Philippe et al

in Macromolecules (1994), 27(7), 1972-1974

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See detailAnionic polymerization of acrylic monomers. 13. Carbon-13 NMR characterization of the mixed complexation of methyl α-lithioisobutyrate by lithium tert-butyoxide in tetrahydrofuran
Wang, Jin-Shan; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Warin, Roger et al

in Macromolecules (1994), 27(24), 1691-1696

The mixed complexation of methyl alpha-lithioisobutyrate(MIBLi)(a monomeric model structurally corresponding to the living end of PMMA-Li+) with lithium tert-butoxide (LiOtBu) in THF has been studied for ... [more ▼]

The mixed complexation of methyl alpha-lithioisobutyrate(MIBLi)(a monomeric model structurally corresponding to the living end of PMMA-Li+) with lithium tert-butoxide (LiOtBu) in THF has been studied for the first time by using C-13 NMR spectroscopy. It is shown that LiOtBu, like LiCl, is very effective in coordinating with MIBLi tetramer in THF, incrementally replacing MIBLi with the formation of other tetrameric complexes, MIBxLi4(OtBu)4-x (x = 1-3). Complextion of MIBLi by LiOtBu induces a shielding C-13 shift of the MIBLi C(alpha) resonance, which might suggest that lithium cations associated with the electron-rich ligands, i.e., LiOtBu, can also form weaker bonds with the carbonyl oxygen of MIBLi (i.e., mu-type complexes), thereby decreasing the localization of the negative charge on that latter atom. In comparison with LiCl, one of the most significant features is that only one single type of species results from mixed complexation of MIBLi and LiCl at LiCl/MIBLi = 1, 2, and greater-than-or-equal-to 3, respectively, at low temperature, whereas several LiOtBu-complexed species may coexist, whatever the LiOtBu/MIBLi ratio; furthermore, their exchange is found to be very slow at a temperature as high as 0-degrees-C. Tentatively, this striking feature may explain nicely the large difference in molecular weight distribution of poly(meth)acrylates anionically prepared in the presence of LiOtBu and LiCl, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailLe médecin de famille et l'hôpital de jour: complémentarité de soins
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg; Halkin, Stéphane ULg; Bertrand, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(3), 133-40

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See detailManifestations cutanées des maladies pulmonaires
Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(3), 141-52

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See detailPorc et reduction des rejets azotes.
Leterme, Pascal; Thewis, André ULg

in Agricontact (1994), (259), 3-4

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See detailAromatase-Immunoreactive Cells in the Quail Brain: Effects of Testosterone and Sex Dimorphism
Foidart, Agnès ULg; de Clerck, A.; Harada, N. et al

in Physiology & Behavior (1994), 55(3), 453-64

We previously demonstrated that testosterone (T) increases aromatase activity (AA) and that AA is sexually dimorphic (males > females) in the quail preoptic area (POA). The precise anatomical localization ... [more ▼]

We previously demonstrated that testosterone (T) increases aromatase activity (AA) and that AA is sexually dimorphic (males > females) in the quail preoptic area (POA). The precise anatomical localization of these effects is, however, impossible to obtain by biochemical assays even when samples are dissected by the Palkovits punch technique. We were recently able to set up an immunocytochemical (ICC) procedure that permits visualization of aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) cells in the quail brain. This showed that the ARO-ir cells of the quail POA actually outline the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus (POM). This ICC technique was used here to analyze the sex dimorphism of the quail preoptic aromatase and the localization of T effects on ARO-ir cells. In Experiment 1, the number of ARO-ir cells was counted in one section every 100 microns throughout the rostral to caudal extent of the POM of castrated birds that had been treated with increasing doses of T (5, 10, or 20 mm long Silastic implants). These T-treatments produced a dose-related increase in the sexual behavior of the birds and they increased the number of ARO-ir cells in POM, in the septal regions, and in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST). The effect had a particularly large amplitude in the part of the POM located under the anterior commissure (AC). In Experiment 2, the same procedure was used to reanalyze the sex difference of the preoptic aromatase system. This showed that the POM of adult males contains more stained cells than the POM of females but only in a restricted region located just under and rostral to the AC. No significant sex difference was observed in the septum or in the BNST. In Experiment 3, the number of ARO-ir cells was determined in the POM of males and females that had been gonadectomized and treated with a same dose of T (40 mm implants). No sex difference in the number of ARO-ir cells could be detected in these conditions. This suggests that the sex difference in AA that had been previously observed in T-treated birds results either from a difference in aromatase concentration or activity in a similar number of positive cells or from a difference in the number of ARO-ir cells that is very discrete from the anatomical point of view.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailQuenching of Merocyanine 540 Triplet State by Nitroxyl Radicals in Liposomal Systems: A Laser Flash Photolysis Study
Hoebeke, Maryse ULg; Enescu, M.; Lindqvist, L.

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1994), 22(3), 229-33

Laser flash photolysis experiments were undertaken to investigate the interaction between stearic acid nitroxide spin probes and photoexcited merocyanine 540 (MC540) in dimyristoyl-L-alpha ... [more ▼]

Laser flash photolysis experiments were undertaken to investigate the interaction between stearic acid nitroxide spin probes and photoexcited merocyanine 540 (MC540) in dimyristoyl-L-alpha-phosphatidylcholine liposomes (membrane model). The measurements of the paramagnetic signal decay kinetics of four different spin-labelled stearic acids (n-DSA) show that the direct interaction between the dye and the probe is affected by the position of the nitroxyl group along the carbon chain. Laser flash photolysis results reveal a significant decrease in the MC540 triplet lifetime in the presence of n-DSA, the effect depending on the depth at which the nitroxyl moiety is localized in the bilayer. Previous results on the rate of disappearance of the electron spin resonance (ESR) nitroxide signal on continuous photolysis of the same systems do not show the same dependence on the localization of the nitroxyl moiety in the liposome. Although the MC540 triplet state seems to be implicated in the reaction process, the results suggest that ESR and laser flash experiments demonstrate two different kinds of mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiation of Histamine Release from Human Leucocytes by Paf
Louis, Renaud ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Agents and Actions (1994), 41(1-2), 5-10

Studies on the effects of PAF on histamine release from human leucocytes have yielded conflicting results. We therefore investigated the effects of PAF on leucocytic histamine release (HR) focusing on ... [more ▼]

Studies on the effects of PAF on histamine release from human leucocytes have yielded conflicting results. We therefore investigated the effects of PAF on leucocytic histamine release (HR) focusing on direct as well as on modulating effects. Peripheral blood leucocytes of normal and atopic subjects were incubated with PAF, anti-IgE and FMP for 30 min at 37 degrees C, and histamine was measured fluorometrically. Unlike anti-IgE (1/2000) and FMP (10(-5) M) which caused histamine release (HR) of 34 +/- 7% and 31 +/- 8%, respectively, PAF by itself (10(-11)-10(-5) M) failed to induce any significant HR from human leucocytes (< 3%) in normal (n = 14) and atopic subjects (n = 6). Nevertheless, in normals as well as atopics, PAF, but not lyso-PAF, enhanced anti-IgE (1/2000) and FMP (10(-5) M)-induced HR in a concentration-related manner. Maximal potentiation of histamine release caused by FMP and anti-IgE was achieved with PAF (10(-7)) (mean +/- SEM: 26 +/- 5%, n = 5, p < 0.01) and PAF (10(-5)) (mean +/- SEM: 20 +/- 7%, n = 7, p < 0.05), respectively. This potentiation was suppressed by WEB2086 (10(-5) M), a specific PAF antagonist. The time course of the enhancing effect produced by PAF was dependent on the type of secretagogue. The enhancement was nearly maximal when PAF and FMP were added simultaneously to the leucocytes, whereas a preincubation of 20 min with PAF was required to get maximal enhancement with anti-IgE. The enhancing activity of PAF on HR induced by both anti-IgE and FMP was reversed by washing the cells after preincubation. While PAF enhancement of FMP-induced HR persisted on mononuclear cell fraction containing basophils, that of anti-IgE-induced HR was considerably reduced under these conditions.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailThe Perturbed Proximal Point Algorithm and Some of its Applications
Tossings, Patricia ULg

in Applied Mathematics & Optimization (1994), 29(2), 125-159

Following the works of R.T. Rockafellar, to search for a zero of a maximal monotone operator, and of B. Lemaire, to solve convex optimization problems, we present a perturbed version of the proximal point ... [more ▼]

Following the works of R.T. Rockafellar, to search for a zero of a maximal monotone operator, and of B. Lemaire, to solve convex optimization problems, we present a perturbed version of the proximal point algorithm. We apply this new algorithm to convex optimization and to variational inclusions or, more particularly, to variational inequalities. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vivo 31p Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Skeletal Muscle Energetics in Endotoxemic Rats: A Prospective, Randomized Study
Gilles, R. J.; D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg; Ciancabilla, F. et al

in Critical Care Medicine (1994), 22(3), 499-505

OBJECTIVE: To identify possible alterations in the skeletal muscle high-energy phosphate metabolism at the early phase of endotoxic shock in rats. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized study of skeletal ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To identify possible alterations in the skeletal muscle high-energy phosphate metabolism at the early phase of endotoxic shock in rats. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized study of skeletal muscle energetics in endotoxemic and in control rats, by in vivo 31P nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at rest, under regional ischemia, and during reperfusion. SETTING: Biochemical NMR laboratory equipped for surgery and hemodynamic monitoring. SUBJECTS: Wistar rats were randomized to different groups. Eight rats were injected with Escherichia coli endotoxin (15 mg/kg, survival time 19 +/- 4 hrs) intraperitoneally. Seven other rats served as controls. The additional nine rats were studied for the saturation recovery pulse sequence. INTERVENTIONS: In the treatment group, endotoxin was injected 8 hrs before NMR spectroscopy. The right hind limbs were studied under anaesthesia using a surface coil NMR probe. Their high-energy phosphate contents and intracellular pH were determined by 31P NMR spectroscopy. After baseline measurements, an ischemia-reperfusion challenge was imposed on the muscle by transient clamping of the abdominal aorta. Contralateral femoral artery pressure was constantly monitored. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: During the baseline period, the endotoxin-treated muscles did not show any difference in the distribution of the high-energy phosphate compounds or in intracellular pH, as compared with the controls. Ischemia resulted in a significantly faster decline of the inorganic phosphate/creatine phosphate ratio in the endotoxin-treated rats (1.35 +/- 0.17 vs. 0.51 +/- 0.06 at the end of the 38-min ischemic period). Skeletal muscle acidosis developed earlier and was deeper in the endotoxemic animals (pH: 6.94 +/- 0.02 vs. 7.02 +/- 0.03 at the end of ischemia). During reperfusion, the calculated time constants of recovery of inorganic phosphate to phosphocreatine ratios were identical between groups. CONCLUSIONS: Resting nonischemic muscles of endotoxin-treated rats show no evidence of alterations in high-energy phosphate metabolism. However, under ischemic conditions, high-energy phosphate metabolism deteriorates faster in the skeletal muscles of treated animals. These data support the hypothesis of a greater mismatch during perfusion at very low pressure between residual oxygen availability and oxygen needs in the endotoxin-treated muscle cell. [less ▲]

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See detailL'invasion cancéreuse mammaire: le rôle clé des cellules normales des tissus hôtes
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Polette, M.; Birembaut, P. et al

in Bulletin de l'Académie Nationale de Médecine (1994), 178(3), 533-42542-4

Tumor progression is influenced by extracellular matrices and by soluble factors or cytokines locally produced by host tissue cells (fibroblasts, immune cells ...). Such factors may also accumulate in ... [more ▼]

Tumor progression is influenced by extracellular matrices and by soluble factors or cytokines locally produced by host tissue cells (fibroblasts, immune cells ...). Such factors may also accumulate in close association with some extracellular matrix molecules in the tumor. They may also be unmasked during breaking down of extracellular matrices. The most insidious aspect of tumors is their propensity to locally invade normal tissues of the host and to form secondary foci in organs at distant sites from the primary tumor called metastases. During this process, invasive cells come into contact with host tissue cells such as fibroblasts, endothelial cells, macrophages, lymphocytes. These cells are not the passive witnesses of the metastatic cascade but actively participate to the malignant invasion. Through soluble messages (cytokines) and through insoluble molecules of the extracellular matrix, neoplastic and normal cells mutually modulate their activities. Cancer cells regulate the biosynthetic activities of fibroblasts and alter in this way the scaffold of the tumor. Reciprocally, host cells secrete extracellular matrix proteins and cytokines which influence the growth and activities of tumor cells. They also produce at the periphery of tumor cells proteolytic enzymes which promote host tissue destruction and cancerous cells migration. Among these enzymes, matrix metalloproteinases appear to play a key role during invasion and metastasis. Tumors represent thus a complex ecosystem. Tumor cells interact with several components of the extracellular matrix and with host cells (immune cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells). Such multiple cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions condition angiogenesis, tumor growth, destruction of host tissues, local migration of cancer cells and their metastatic dissemination. It is probable that a precise knowledge of the genes which are selectively activated in tumors under the influence of the host cells or of the tumor cells will allow to define new therapeutic strategies. These treatments will aim not at destroying the metastatic neoplastic cells but at preventing their growth by interfering with their microenvironment. [less ▲]

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See detailL'associatif au carrefour des économies formelle et informelle
Defourny, Jacques ULg

in Recherches Sociologiques et Anthropologiques (1994), (1994/3), 109-127

Depuis toujours, la vie associative s’est exprimée à la fois dans des formes officiellement admises par les gouvernants et dans des cadres informels, souvent même clandestins. La reconnaissance du statut ... [more ▼]

Depuis toujours, la vie associative s’est exprimée à la fois dans des formes officiellement admises par les gouvernants et dans des cadres informels, souvent même clandestins. La reconnaissance du statut juridique d’association sans but lucratif (A.S.B.L.) en 1921 a ouvert la voie à un développement considérable des structures associatives en Belgique, mais une part substantielle du phénomème associatif continue à se manifester en dehors de ce statut. Quant au bénévolat, très important dans de nombreuses associations, il renforce encore l’ancrage de l’associatif dans l’économie informelle. La coexistence de dimensions formelles et informelles ainsi que la pauvreté des statistiques officielles expliquent pour une bonne part le peu d’intérêt des économistes pour les associations. Ces dernières années cependant, l’analyse économique des associations a progressé et quelques enquêtes sont venues compléter les élémentaires recensements officiels. L’inventaire des données actuellement disponibles en Belgique montre toutefois l’ampleur du chemin qui reste à parcourir. [less ▲]

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See detailGonadotropin Releasing Hormone Inhibitory Autofeedback by Subproducts Antagonist at N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptors: A Model of Autocrine Regulation of Peptide Secretion
Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg; Gerard, Arlette ULg et al

in Endocrinology (1994), 134(3), 1589-92

The secretion of Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone (GnRH) involves activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Here, we show that pulsatile GnRH secretion from hypothalamic explants is suppressed by ... [more ▼]

The secretion of Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone (GnRH) involves activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Here, we show that pulsatile GnRH secretion from hypothalamic explants is suppressed by 1-5GnRH, an endogenous breakdown product of GnRH, while 2-10GnRH has no effect. GnRH secretion evoked by NMDA is selectively inhibited by 1-5GnRH and this effect is similar to that of AP-5, a competitive antagonist at NMDA receptors. In addition, 1-5GnRH accounts for a dose-related inhibition of tritiated glutamate binding to hypothalamic membrane preparations. Using GnRH secretion as a model of NMDA-receptor controlled system, the effect of different peptides has been studied. Growth Hormone Releasing Factor (GRF), Insulin-like Growth Factor-I (IGF-I) and Proinsulin result in inhibition of GnRH secretion. Bioactive subproducts of those peptides (1-29GRF, 4-701GF-I and insulin) do not show any effect, suggesting that their classical receptors are not involved. In contrast, GnRH secretion is inhibited by other subproducts (1-37GRF, 1-31GF-I and C-peptide) all terminating in a glutamate residue. These subproducts selectively suppress the NMDA-evoked secretion of GnRH. Protease inhibitors prevent the inhibitory effects of IGF-I on GnRH secretion. This, breakdown products of different peptide hormones are possible endogenous antagonists at NMDA receptors. This effect could account for an autocrine or paracrine limitation of NMDA-receptor-mediated secretion of peptides. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunocytochemical localization of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the bovine ovary
Hulshof, S. C. J.; Dijkstra, G.; Van der Beek, E. M. et al

in Biology of Reproduction (1994), 50(3), 553-560

The distribution of the neuropeptides vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) was studied immunocytochemically in bovine ovaries from 3 mo of gestation up to and including puberty ... [more ▼]

The distribution of the neuropeptides vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) and neuropeptide Y (NPY) was studied immunocytochemically in bovine ovaries from 3 mo of gestation up to and including puberty, and from adult cows at three stages of the estrous cycle. The appearance of VIP and NPY immunoreactivity of 4.5-6 mo of gestation coincided with the onset of follicular development. In contrast to NPY, VIP was first found in the cortex. Both VIP and NPY immunoreactivity increased with age. From 9 mo of gestation onwards, VIP and NPY were found around blood vessels and non-vascular smooth muscle cells, in the stroma near preantral follicles, and in the theca externa of antral follicles. In addition, VIP-positive cells were observed exclusively in the granulosa layer of the preovulatory follicle at the time of the LH surge. The distribution of VIP- and NPY-immunoreactive fibers in the ovary may point to an effect of these neuropeptides on various physiological processes, including follicle development and ovarian blood flow. In addition, the presence of VIP-positive cells in the granulosa layer of the preovulatory follicle is indicative of a role for VIP in ovulation. [less ▲]

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See detailSalt-free polyelectrolyte behavior of polystyrene-based telechelic ionomers in a polar solvent. 1. Viscosity and low-angle light scattering studies
Wu, Jhi-Li; Wang, Yu-Min; Hara, Masanori et al

in Macromolecules (1994), 27(5), 1195-1200

Some characteristic behavior, typically observed for salt-free polyelectrolytes in water, was observed for the first time for polystyrene (PS)-based telechelic ionomers, which have ionic groups located ... [more ▼]

Some characteristic behavior, typically observed for salt-free polyelectrolytes in water, was observed for the first time for polystyrene (PS)-based telechelic ionomers, which have ionic groups located only at the chain ends, when dissolved in a polar solvent, dimethylformamide (DMF). The characteristic behavior observed by both viscosity and low-angle light scattering measurements for the telechelic ionomers, especially that of the monofunctional ionomer, demonstrates an important role of intermolecular electrostatic interactions in causing the characteristic behavior of telechelic ionomers. The behavior observed in our experiments can best be described by the following picture: each ionomer molecule with a coil conformation, very close to that of polystyrene of the same molecular weight, is separated from yet strongly interacts with other ionomer molecules; and these strong intermolecular electrostatic interactions cause a marked upturn in reduced viscosity and a reduction in scattered intensity. [less ▲]

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See detailPyridobenzoxazepine and Pyridobenzothiazepine Derivatives as Potential Central Nervous System Agents: Synthesis and Neurochemical Study
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Rogister, F. A.; Bruhwyler, J. et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (1994), 37(4), 519-25

In order to characterize the pharmacological profile of the different chemical classes of pyridobenzazepine derivatives, a series of N-methylpiperazinopyrido[1,4]- and -[1,5]- benzoxa- and benzothiazepine ... [more ▼]

In order to characterize the pharmacological profile of the different chemical classes of pyridobenzazepine derivatives, a series of N-methylpiperazinopyrido[1,4]- and -[1,5]- benzoxa- and benzothiazepine derivatives were prepared. The affinities for D2, D1, 5-HT2, and cholinergic (M) receptors were measured. In comparison to dibenzazepine reference compounds, a strong decrease of the affinities was observed, less pronounced, however, for the substituted analogues. Oxazepine and thiazepine analogues like clozapine (except 8-chloro-6-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)-pyrido[2,3-b][1,4]benzoxazepin e (9) and 8-chloro-6-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)pyrido[2,3-b][1,4]- benzothiazepine (11)) were found to be inactive against apomorphine stereotypies. In the open-field test in rats, different molecules showed a high disinhibitory activity as observed with anxiolytic drugs. Moreover, 8-chloro-5-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)pyrido[2,3-b][1,5]benzoxazepine (14) presented a clozapine-like profile that was confirmed in the behavioral model in dogs and showed most of the behavioral characteristics described for antipsychotic drugs. Its neurochemical profile, in particular the 5-HT2/D2 ratio, was also compatible with atypical antipsychotic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailEngineering and Overexpression of Periplasmic Forms of the Penicillin-Binding Protein 3 of Escherichia Coli
Fraipont, Claudine ULg; Adam, Maggy; Nguyen-Disteche, Martine et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 298(1), 189-195

Replacement of the 36 and 56 N-terminal amino acid residues of the 588-amino-acid-residue membrane-bound penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) of Escherichia coli by the OmpA signal peptide allows export of ... [more ▼]

Replacement of the 36 and 56 N-terminal amino acid residues of the 588-amino-acid-residue membrane-bound penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) of Escherichia coli by the OmpA signal peptide allows export of F37-V577 PBP3 and G57-V577 PBP3 respectively into the periplasm. The modified ftsI genes were placed under the control of the fused lpp promoter and lac promoter/operator; expression of the truncated PBP3s was optimized by varying the copy number of the recombinant plasmids and the amount of LacI repressor, and export was facilitated by increasing the SecB content of the producing strain. The periplasmic PBP3s (yield 8 mg/l of culture) were purified to 70% protein homogeneity. They require the presence of 0.25 M NaCl to remain soluble. Like the membrane-bound PBP3, they undergo processing by elimination of the C-terminal decapeptide I578-S588, they bind penicillin in a 1:1 molar ratio and they catalyse hydrolysis and aminolysis of acyclic thioesters that are analogues of penicillin. The membrane-anchor-free PBP3s have ragged N-termini. The G57-V577 PBP3, however, is less prone to proteolytic degradation than the F37-V577 PBP3. [less ▲]

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See detailFIELD OBSERVATIONS ON A MATING ATTEMPT OF A SPAWNING GRAYLING, THYMALLUS-THYMALLUS WITH A FEEDING BARBEL, BARBUS-BARBUS
Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Fish Biology (1994), 45(5), 904-906

During the spawning period of the grayling, one male was sexually stimulated by a feeding barbel and consequently exhibited the behavioural pattern of 'approach', 'quivering' and 'dorsal fin clasping'.

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See detailCoordinate Enhancement of Gelatinase a Mrna and Activity Levels in Human Fibroblasts in Response to Breast-Adenocarcinoma Cells
Noël, Agnès ULg; Polette, M.; Lewalle, J. M. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1994), 56(3), 331-6

Gelatinases/type-IV collagenases are metalloproteinases involved in some carcinoma invasion and metastatic processes. The exact cellular source of the 72-kDa gelatinase A is controversial. We have ... [more ▼]

Gelatinases/type-IV collagenases are metalloproteinases involved in some carcinoma invasion and metastatic processes. The exact cellular source of the 72-kDa gelatinase A is controversial. We have analyzed the expression of mRNA coding for gelatinase A in vivo by in situ hybridization on breast-cancer tissues. The mRNA for gelatinase A was present in fibroblasts. We have therefore evaluated the gelatinase-A activity in vitro, in co-cultures of different breast adenocarcinoma cell lines and human fibroblasts. In monoculture, none of the tumor cells tested produced detectable amounts of gelatinase A. The gelatinase-A activity was enhanced in cultures of fibroblasts maintained in the presence of MDA-MB 231 or SKBR3 cells, or their conditioned medium. This increased enzymatic activity was evidenced both in the culture medium and in the membrane fraction and was paralleled by enhancement of the steady-state levels of mRNA. These results are an in vitro demonstration of a regulation of fibroblasts gelatinase-A production by soluble factors secreted by breast-tumor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-Treatment of Acute Migraine with Subcutaneous Sumatriptan Using an Auto-Injector Device: Comparison with Customary Treatment in an Open, Longitudinal Study
Schoenen, Jean ULg; Bulcke, J.; Caekebeke, Jo et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1994), 14(1), 55-63

In a multicenter open longitudinal clinical trial where 479 patients suffering from migraine with or without aura were recruited, patients treated at home one to three migraine attacks with their ... [more ▼]

In a multicenter open longitudinal clinical trial where 479 patients suffering from migraine with or without aura were recruited, patients treated at home one to three migraine attacks with their customary treatment, and subsequently, over a 3-month period, one to three migraine attacks with 6 mg sumatriptan sc using an autoinjector. The headache response to customary treatment was 19% at 1 h and 30.5% at 2 h, and was not significantly different when only attacks treated "adequately" according to accepted treatment recommendations were considered: 16% at 1 h and 35% at 2 h. In contrast, 69% and 82% of patients treated with 6 mg sumatriptan sc had mild headache or no headache at 1 and 2 h respectively, regardless of migraine type or duration of symptoms prior to treatment. Other migraine symptoms (nausea, vomiting, photo- and phonophobia) were effectively treated with sumatriptan. Recurrence of migraine was observed in 31% of patients and was well controlled by a second injection of sumatriptan. It is concluded that 6 mg sumatriptan sc, self-administered using an autoinjector, is well tolerated and more effective than most currently used acute treatments for migraine in a population of severely affected patients consulting a neurologist. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcul de l'équilibre calcocarbonique des eaux sur calculatrice de poche.
Wuidar, A.; Marcoen, Jean Marie ULg

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1994), 47(1), 11-13

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See detailEffects of Alpha-Hederin, a Saponin Extracted from Hedera Helix, on Cells Cultured in Vitro
Danloy, S.; Quetin-Leclercq, J.; Coucke, P. et al

in Planta Medica (1994), 60(1), 45-9

In this work, we have analysed the effects of alpha-hederin, a monodesmosidic triterpenoid saponin isolated from Hedera helix, on mouse B16 melanoma cells and non-cancer mouse 3T3 fibroblasts cultured in ... [more ▼]

In this work, we have analysed the effects of alpha-hederin, a monodesmosidic triterpenoid saponin isolated from Hedera helix, on mouse B16 melanoma cells and non-cancer mouse 3T3 fibroblasts cultured in vitro. Our results indicate that, in a serum-free medium, alpha-hederin is cytotoxic and inhibits proliferation in both cell lines at rather low concentrations (< 5 micrograms/ml) after only 8 hours of treatment. Its cytotoxicity decreases in the presence of serum in which BSA seems to be able to bind the saponin. alpha-Hederin also induces vacuolization of the cytoplasm and membrane alterations leading to cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailLes traitements physiques des eaux dures.
Marcoen, Jean Marie ULg; Lédion, J.

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1994), 47

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See detailThe Nf-Kappa B Transcription Factor and Cancer: High Expression of Nf-Kappa B- and I Kappa B-Related Proteins in Tumor Cell Lines
Bours, Vincent ULg; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Goujon-Letawe, F. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47(1), 145-9

NF-kappa B is a pleiotropic transcription factor which controls the expression of many genes and viruses. To date, there is good evidence, but no definitive proof, for its role in tumor formation and ... [more ▼]

NF-kappa B is a pleiotropic transcription factor which controls the expression of many genes and viruses. To date, there is good evidence, but no definitive proof, for its role in tumor formation and development of metastasis. To investigate the possibility that members of the NF-kappa B family could participate in the molecular control of the transformed and invasive phenotype, we examined the expression of these proteins in a variety of human tumor cell lines. The expression of p50, p65, p52 and I kappa B was quantified at the protein level using western immunoblot and mobility shift assay and at the RNA level by northern blot. We observed high expression of the NF-kappa B inhibitor I kappa B in the ovarian carcinoma cell line OVCAR-3 together with constitutive nuclear NF-kappa B activity. We also studied the colon carcinoma cell line HT-29 and its metastatic counterpart HTM-29 and we observed specific expression of the p52 NF-kappa B-related protein in the metastatic cells. Our data confirm that NF-kappa B could be involved in the genesis of a variety of cancers including solid tumors and provide us with interesting models to explore the exact role of these transcription factors in cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailHomeobox Genes: Potential Candidates for the Transcriptional Control of the Transformed and Invasive Phenotype
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Kusaka, Masami; Chariot, Alain ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1994), 47(1), 137-43

The transformation of a cell and the acquisition of the invasive and metastatic phenotype result from the activation of a group of complex cellular processes rather than from the effect of a single gene ... [more ▼]

The transformation of a cell and the acquisition of the invasive and metastatic phenotype result from the activation of a group of complex cellular processes rather than from the effect of a single gene product. It is likely that the coordination of the multiple genes involved in malignancy is under the control of a few genes that act as master genes or orchestrator genes. The latter probably code for transcription factors that control the genetic program for tumor invasion and metastasis. Homeobox genes are a family of transcription factors that contain a 183 bp highly conserved nucleotide sequence coding for a 61 amino acid domain that binds specifically to DNA. First discovered in Drosophila as genes controlling segmentation and segment identity, homeobox genes have since been identified in many other species including nematodes, frog, mouse and human. There is strong support for the suggestion that homeobox genes play a key role in development and differentiation. In humans, there are 38 homeobox genes organized in four clusters that are localized on chromosomes 2, 7, 12 and 17. The specific functions of each of these genes are generally unknown. Alterations in expression of several homeobox genes have been reported in a variety of malignant lesions, suggesting that they could play a role in the development of cancer. Using reverse transcriptase reaction coupled with polymerase chain reaction and degenerate oligonucleotides corresponding to the 5' and 3' ends of the highly conserved homeodomain, we amplified 130 bp cDNA fragments from the human breast cancer cell line MCF7 that were subsequently cloned into pBluescript vector. Sequencing of the clones, resulted in the identification of the homeodomains of four different human homeobox genes: HOXB6, HOXA1, HOXA10 and HOXC6. Further studies should determine the specific role of these four homeobox genes in the development and progression of human breast cancer and potentially determine if they might be good targets for gene therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for violent ejection of nebulae from massive stars
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 281(Letters), 81-84

We report the results of a systematic search for nebulae around Luminous Blue Variable LBVs) and the discovery of a strong correlation between the mass of the nebulae and the luminosity of the central ... [more ▼]

We report the results of a systematic search for nebulae around Luminous Blue Variable LBVs) and the discovery of a strong correlation between the mass of the nebulae and the luminosity of the central stars. This correlation holds for both the dust and ionized gas masses of the nebulae. The existence of a 'nebular mass-stellar luminosity' relation and the fact that not all LBVs are presently associated with a nebula give evidence against a continuous mass-loss mechanism for the formation of these nebulae. Further, the good agreement found between the observed relation and predictions by Maeder (1989), suggests that all these nebulae may be due to a violent ejection of matter caused by an instability of structural origin. [less ▲]

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See detailTransplantations de tumeurs malignes insoupçonnées lors de greffes d'organes
Detry, Olivier ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg; D'Silva, M. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(1), 23-31

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See detailHypnose, hypnosédation. Conceptions actuelles et leurs applications en chirurgie plastique
Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg; Fissette, Jean ULg; Mambourg, P. H. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(1), 13-22

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See detailLe pied diabétique: etiopathogénie, prévention et traitement
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Paquet, Philippe ULg; Maertens de Noordhout, B. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(1), 1-13

-Le pied diabétique est la conséquence des altérations dégénératives du système vasculonerveux observées dans un diabète de longue durée. La neuropathie diabétique est le facteur essentiel dans la plupart ... [more ▼]

-Le pied diabétique est la conséquence des altérations dégénératives du système vasculonerveux observées dans un diabète de longue durée. La neuropathie diabétique est le facteur essentiel dans la plupart des cas, responsable d'hypoalgésies, microtraumatismes et ulcérations, déformation du pied (amyotrophie), et d'une eutosympethectomie (peau sèche, fissurée). Une macroangiopathie (médiacalcinose, occlusions artérielles périphériques) n'est retrouvée que dans 30 % des cas. Une microangiopathie compromet la trophicité des tissus et ralentit leur cicatrisation. Enfin, tout diabétique présente une susceptibilité élevée aux infections. Cette multitude de facteurs en cause impose des mesures de prévention. Un équilibre du profil glycémique retardera les atteintes vasculo-nerveuses. L'hygiène du pied consistera en bains de pieds, soins d'ongles et d'hyperkératoses, chaussures adaptées. En cas de troubles trophiques, une décharge d'appui sers nécessaire. Une désinfection rigoureuse, associée à une antibiothérapie (après prélèvement, si possible) aidera à éviter l'évolution vers l'abcès profond. La moindre collection sera drainée, après excision large des tissus nécrotiques. Les nécroses sèches (talons, orteils) traduisent souvent une artériopethie, pour laquelle un geste de revascularisation (protondoolestie; pontage distal) pourra être pris en considération. Parfois, l'état septique du patient, ou l'étendue de la gangrène, imposera une amputation. L'approche du pied diabétique doit toujours être multidisciplinaire (diabétologue, dermatologue, orthésiste, orthopédiste, chirurgien vasculaire), et doit commencer par des mesures préventives. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotometric variations of Ap stars
Manfroid, Jean ULg; Renson, Pierre ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 281

The photometric variations of seven Ap stars have been analyzed from observations mainly obtained in the framework of the Long-Term Photometry of Variables project at European Southern Observatory (ESO ... [more ▼]

The photometric variations of seven Ap stars have been analyzed from observations mainly obtained in the framework of the Long-Term Photometry of Variables project at European Southern Observatory (ESO). New values for the periods and detailed light curves in the uvby system are provided. Alpha Scl is shown to display anomalous variations that set it apart from the other stars. [less ▲]

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See detailFurther observational evidence that MG J0414+0534 is a gravitational mirage
Angonin-Willaime, M.-C.; Vanderriest, C.; Hammer, F. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 281

Deep imaging of MG J0414+0534 with R and I filters reveals a faint, fuzzy and red object at the exact location expected for a lensing galaxy in the gravitational mirage hypothesis. Furthermore, the ... [more ▼]

Deep imaging of MG J0414+0534 with R and I filters reveals a faint, fuzzy and red object at the exact location expected for a lensing galaxy in the gravitational mirage hypothesis. Furthermore, the (extremely red and almost featureless) spectra of the 2 brightest components are very similar. These are strong indications that the system results from multiple gravitational imaging of a single source, but the nature of this source is not yet clear. It could be the nucleus of a low metallicity galaxy at a high redshift or a new type of object. Significant differences are observed between the flux ratios of the images at radio and optical wavelenghts. The most likely explanation for this effect is a differential amplification of the image pair A[SUB]1[/SUB]-A[SUB]2[/SUB] because of the large magnification gradient near a caustic. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point sur la production d’embryons in vitro: limitations et perspectives de la recherche
Thonon, Fabienne; Ectors, Fabien ULg; Delval, Alain et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138(1), 33-40

Recent progress in gamete biology and early embryo development was responsible for great evolution of reproduction techniques in farm animals. Among these techniques, in vitro production of bovine embryos ... [more ▼]

Recent progress in gamete biology and early embryo development was responsible for great evolution of reproduction techniques in farm animals. Among these techniques, in vitro production of bovine embryos was developed from slaughterhouse ovaries. This method has been used for individual animals. However, large variations in results were observed, due to several factors, including reproductive state and age of the donor. Inspite of this limitation, in vitro production of bovine embryos may be helpful, when slaughtering of valuable cows is recommended eg for brucellosis disease. Researches are purchased in order to increase the number of oocytes obtained per "elite" cow and to improve the ability of in vitro embryos to support freezing. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Apomorphine on Sexual Behavior in Male Quail
Absil, Philippe ULg; Das, S.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior (1994), 47(1), 77-88

In the rat, dopamine (DA) facilitates male copulatory behavior. Indirect evidence based largely on neuroanatomical data suggest that in quail DA is also implicated in the control of male reproductive ... [more ▼]

In the rat, dopamine (DA) facilitates male copulatory behavior. Indirect evidence based largely on neuroanatomical data suggest that in quail DA is also implicated in the control of male reproductive behavior but there is no pharmacological evidence to support this conclusion. To test this idea, castrated testosterone (T)-treated male quail were injected with various doses of the dopaminergic agonist apomorphine (APO) in the range 1-10,000 micrograms/kg. The sexual behavior of birds was recorded starting 15 min after APO injection for a duration of 30 min. A dose-dependent inhibition of male reproductive behavior that lasted for the entire duration of the test was observed. In a second experiment, gonadectomized T-treated male Japanese quail were injected daily with APO (0, 10, or 1,000 micrograms/kg) during 8 days. Their sexual interactions with a partner were quantified either 24 h or 15 min after the last injection. No influence of the treatment on copulatory behavior was observed 24 h after the last injection, but a strong inhibition was present when the test was performed 15 min after. To research whether the inhibitory effects of APO were due to a preferential action on D2 presynaptic autoreceptors, male quail were pretreated with two different D2 antagonists (spiperone or pimozide; 0.5 or 2 mg/kg) before being injected with APO (100 micrograms or 1 mg/kg). Spiperone facilitated male sexual behavior but did not suppress the inhibitory effect of APO. No significant effect of pimozide was observed. These results support the notion that DA modulates male sexual activity in the Japanese quail. The specific role of the different dopaminergic receptor subtypes remains, however, to be elucidated. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-Term (3 Years) Prevention of Trabecular Postmenopausal Bone Loss with Low-Dose Intermittent Nasal Salmon Calcitonin
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Denis, D.; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research : The Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (1994), 9(1), 69-73

The long-term effect of intermittent low-dose nasal salmon calcitonin on trabecular early postmenopausal bone loss was assessed as follow-up to a previously published study. Randomized controlled group ... [more ▼]

The long-term effect of intermittent low-dose nasal salmon calcitonin on trabecular early postmenopausal bone loss was assessed as follow-up to a previously published study. Randomized controlled group comparison was made of 287 healthy women with 6-36 months of natural menopause and no treatment interfering with calcium metabolism at an outpatient clinic for research in bone and cartilage metabolism. The 287 women were randomly allocated to 3 years of treatment with either 500 mg/day, 5 days/week of calcium or the same amount of calcium plus 50 IU/day, 5 days per week of nasal salmon calcitonin. A total of 186 women complied with the study protocol throughout. The main outcome measures were bone mineral density of the lumbar spine (DPA) and biochemical parameters reflecting bone turnover (serum alkaline phosphatases, urinary calcium/creatinine, and hydroxyproline/creatinine ratio). The average changes in bone mineral density after 36 months showed a positive (p < 0.05) outcome (1.8 +/- 5.7%; mean +/- SD) in the group treated with salmon calcitonin and calcium and a significant (p < 0.01) loss (-5.8 +/- 4.8%) in patients receiving calcium alone. The difference between the evolution of the two groups was significantly (p < 0.01) different after 6 months of treatment and remained so until the end of the study. No significant changes were recorded in biochemical parameters reflecting bone turnover. As previously shown during a 1 year follow-up, nasal salmon calcitonin given at low dose and intermittently, in association with calcium, can counteract trabecular postmenopausal bone loss. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Acute Injection of Methylprednisolone in Man on Immunological and Non-Immunological Histamine Release from Leucocytes and Its Potentiation by Interleukin-3
Louis, Renaud ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (1994), 24(1), 60-5

We investigated the effects of intravenous injection of methylprednisolone (MPR) compared with placebo (saline) on ex vivo leucocytic histamine release in eight healthy volunteers. All subjects received ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effects of intravenous injection of methylprednisolone (MPR) compared with placebo (saline) on ex vivo leucocytic histamine release in eight healthy volunteers. All subjects received in a randomized and a single-blind manner the placebo and MPR, 20 mg and 125 mg, each injection given in 2 week intervals. On each occasion blood samples were taken just before and 24 h after the intravenous injection to determine circulating leucocyte counts and leucocytic histamine release induced by anti-IgE (1/2000) and FMP (Formyl-Methionyl-Phenylalanine) (10(-5) M) and its modulation by IL-3 (2 ng/ml). MPR 20 mg and 125 mg significantly increased circulating leucocyte counts (P < 0.05 and P < 0.001 respectively) but decreased leucocytic histamine content (P < 0.05 and P < 0.001 respectively) by 24 h. Placebo had no effect. As for circulating basophils, after 24 h they were decreased by 125 mg MPR (P < 0.05) but increased by 20 mg (P < 0.05). Anti-IgE-induced HR was significantly inhibited by 125 mg MPR (P < 0.05) but not by 20 mg MPR or by the placebo. In contrast, neither MPR (20 mg and 125 mg) nor placebo significantly reduced FMP-induced HR. The strong potentiation by IL-3 of HR evoked by anti-IgE and FMP at baseline (P < 0.001) persisted 24 h after injection of MPR or placebo (P < 0.001 except P < 0.05 for anti-IgE-induced HR after 125 mg MPR).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Human Papillomaviruses in Paraffin-Embedded Biopsies of Cervical Intraepithelial Lesions: Analysis by Immunohistochemistry, in Situ Hybridization, and the Polymerase Chain Reaction
Delvenne, Philippe ULg; Fontaine, Marie-Anne; Delvenne, Catherine ULg et al

in Modern Pathology : An Official Journal of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc (1994), 7(1), 113-119

One hundred and forty biopsies with an initial diagnosis of cervical intraepithelial lesion (CIL) were tested for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) by immunohistochemistry and in situ ... [more ▼]

One hundred and forty biopsies with an initial diagnosis of cervical intraepithelial lesion (CIL) were tested for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization using commercial biotinylated probes (Vira-Type in situ assay; Digene Diagnostics, Silver Spring, MD) or probes labeled with digoxigenin by the random primer technique. Immunohistochemistry was more inferior to the in situ hybridization method, with a detection rate of 14% (20/140) compared to 61% (86/140) for the in situ assay with the digoxigenin-labeled probes. Biotinylated probes proved to be slightly less sensitive than digoxigenin-labeled probes, with a detection rate of 53% (74/140). Although less sensitive in our series taken as a whole, immunohistochemistry was positive in a few cases of CILs negative by in situ hybridization, so that the association of these techniques gave the highest detection rate (66%; 92/140). The CILs that remained negative with these methods (34%; 48/140) were investigated by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using consensus primers to determine definitively the presence of HPV in these lesions and were reviewed histologically to assess the diagnosis of CILs. The PCR method increased the detection rate of HPV in our series to 76% (107/140). The diagnosis of CILs was confirmed for all the biopsy specimens positive by PCR (15/15; 100%) and for all the HPV negative tissues with histological features of a high-grade lesions (7/7; 100%).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailLa tribologie, une spécialité liégeoise
Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg

in Athena (1994), 97

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See detailAnaphylatoxin C5a Production During Short-Term Submaximal Dynamic Exercise in Man
Camus, G.; Duchateau, J.; Deby, Ginette ULg et al

in International Journal of Sports Medicine (1994), 15(1), 32-5

We studied the effects of short-term submaximal exercise on the plasma levels of myeloperoxidase ([MPO]) and C5a anaphylatoxin ([C5a]), taken as specific markers of polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) and ... [more ▼]

We studied the effects of short-term submaximal exercise on the plasma levels of myeloperoxidase ([MPO]) and C5a anaphylatoxin ([C5a]), taken as specific markers of polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) and complement activation, respectively. Eleven young, healthy male volunteers were subjected to a constant-load concentric exercise on a cycle ergometer (20 min at 80% maximal oxygen uptake). Mean resting MPO and C5a concentrations were 437 +/- 113 and 0.47 +/- 0.21 ng/ml, respectively. During exercise, [MPO] and [C5a] increased significantly (p < 0.001) towards respective peak values of 649 +/- 131 and 1.3 +/- 0.6 ng/ml. A rapid decrease of both [MPO] and [C5a] was observed during recovery. The similar time course of [MPO] and [C5a] changes and the highly significant relationship between these two variables (r = 0.651; p < 0.001) argues for the possible involvement of the complement anaphylatoxin C5a in the process of PMN degranulation. During exercise, the number of circulating PMN increased (+80%; p < 0.001) and remained practically unchanged up to 20 minutes of recovery. As [MPO] and PMN count were not significantly related (r = 0.2; p < 0.1), we concluded that the activation of PMN was independent of their mobilization. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations de coupes dans la terrasse T3 dans la vallée du Niger en aval de Niamey
Willems, Luc ULg; Bergoing, Jean-Pierre

in Revue de Géographie Alpine (1994), 5

Dans la région de Niamey, l'étendue et le nombre d'affleurements du complexe T3, appelé aussi terrasse moyenne, permettent de dresser une chronologie relative des événements climatiques survenus dans la ... [more ▼]

Dans la région de Niamey, l'étendue et le nombre d'affleurements du complexe T3, appelé aussi terrasse moyenne, permettent de dresser une chronologie relative des événements climatiques survenus dans la région durant son édification. Une étude systématique révèle une grande diversité dans les dépôts souvent assimilable aux variations locales de sédimentation. Cependant, cinq épisodes majeurs dans l'édification du complexe peuvent être dégagés et correspondent à autant de fluctuations climatiques durant une période qui s'étendrait de 20 000 à 12 000 BP. La découverte et l'observation de diaclases ainsi que des phénomènes de soutirage dans les dépôts pléistocènes montrent le rôle important qu'a pu jouer la fracturation du socle birrimien sur l'ensemble de la morphologie actuelle de la région de Niamey, en particulier sur le réseau hydrographique. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of the missing 5-end of the encoding region of the bovine leukemia virus cell receptor gene.
Ban, J.; Truong, A. T.; Horion, B. et al

in Archives of Virology (1994), 138(3-4),

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See detailLate Devonian-Early Carboniferous miospores from the Menen borehole, Namur Synclinorium, Belgium
Loboziak, S.; Streel, Maurice ULg; Dusar, M. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1994), 80(1/2), 55-63

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See detailUse of recombinant human erythropoietin after bone marrow transplantation in pediatric patients with acute leukemia: effect on erythroid repopulation in autologous versus allogeneic transplants.
Locatelli, F.; Zecca, M.; Pedrazzoli, P. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (1994), 13(4), 403-10

We carried out a pilot study on the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) in children undergoing allogeneic or mafosfamide-purged autologous BMT for ALL or AML. rHuEPO was administered ... [more ▼]

We carried out a pilot study on the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) in children undergoing allogeneic or mafosfamide-purged autologous BMT for ALL or AML. rHuEPO was administered intravenously at a dose of 75 U/kg/day for 30 days after transplant. Ten rHuEPO-treated patients receiving allogeneic BMT and 10 given autologous BMT were compared with 15 allogeneic and 10 autologous historical controls. Endogenous EPO production was appropriate for the degree of anemia after autologous BMT. In these patients, rHuEPO did not accelerate erythroid repopulation and did not modify transfusion requirements. With allogeneic BMT, erythroid marrow activity increased faster in patients given rHuEPO than in controls and resulted in higher red cell production, the mean reticulocyte count on day +30 being 187 +/- 51 x 10(9)/l in treated patients versus 107 +/- 63 x 10(9)/l in controls (p < 0.01). The total number of RBC units administered was 1.7 +/- 1.3 in the rHuEPO group versus 5.1 +/- 3.0 in the control group (p < 0.001). The total number of platelet transfusions was 4.0 +/- 2.3 for patients given allogeneic BMT and receiving rHuEPO versus 8.4 +/- 6.8 for historical controls (p < 0.05) whereas it was similar in rHuEPO-treated and control autologous BMT patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailAsthme et bêta2-agonistes de longue durée d'action
Bury, Thierry ULg; Kayambe, JM; Radermecker, Maurice ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1994), 52

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See detailLe tamoxifene dans le traitement du cancer du sein
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Colin, Claude ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (1994), 23(7), 751-6

Tamoxifen is the most often prescribed non steroidal antioestrogenic agent in the world for breast cancer. Worldwide collaboration. has centralized the results, of different trials throughout the world on ... [more ▼]

Tamoxifen is the most often prescribed non steroidal antioestrogenic agent in the world for breast cancer. Worldwide collaboration. has centralized the results, of different trials throughout the world on oral adjuvant therapy in the early stages of breast cancer. A significative regression of the tumour was observed in most cases. Moreover, recent epidemiological studies suggest that tamoxifen could prevent new contralateral primary tumours. The risk of the disease should thus be reduced by the prophylactic use of antioestrogens such as tamoxifen. Investigations using a variety of models have evaluated the effect of tamoxifen on tumour promotion and cell growth. Tamoxifen-induced growth inhibition is associated with major changes in biochemical events in cultured human breast cancer cells including cell proliferation or growth factor production. Growth inhibition of oestrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells is associated with an induced secretion of autoinhibitory polypeptides (TGF beta) and an antagonistic effect on the synthesis of proliferative proteins (TGF alpha,...). The first step in the mechanism of action of the drug is binding of tamoxifen to the oestrogen receptors. Development of resistance to tamoxifen treatment is a great problem in treatment of breast cancer patients and the mechanism of resistance will require further study: under the influence of the drug, tumours could become remodelled as selected subpopulations emerge resistant-tamoxifen. The fact that some breast cancers which are oestrogen receptor-negative respond to antioestrogen suggests that parallel but separate pathways for oestrogen and antioestrogen action may exist. This paper summarizes the results of the most recent studies concerning this promising drug. [less ▲]

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See detailLes indices de déformation plio-quaternaire de la bordure occidentale du bassin des Iullemenden dans la région de Niamey (Niger).
Vicat, Jean-Paul; Léger, Jean-Marc; AHMED, Y et al

in Revue de Géographie Alpine (1994), 5

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See detailBovine Growth Hormone-Taqi Rflp And Quantitative Traits Breed Selected For Growth Performances And Meat Production
Sneyers, M.; Renaville, Robert ULg; Falaki, M. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1994), 102(2),

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See detailSerine-Type D-Ala-D-Ala Peptidases and Penicillin-Binding Proteins
Granier, Benoît; Jamin, Marc; Adam, Maggy et al

in Methods in Enzymology (1994), 244

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See detailGreffes de moelle dans les hémoglobinopathies
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Mini Acta (1994), 26

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See detailA case of tracheal fibrolipoma.
Baharloo, F; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg; Hotermans, G et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1994), 49(1), 23-5

We report the case of a tracheal fibrolipoma in a 40-year-old man successfully treated by laser photocoagulation. The clinical and pathological aspects, as well as the therapeutical options of this rare ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a tracheal fibrolipoma in a 40-year-old man successfully treated by laser photocoagulation. The clinical and pathological aspects, as well as the therapeutical options of this rare upper airway benign tumor are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSTRUCTURAL AND KINETIC CHARACTERIZATION OF A BETA-LACTAMASE-INHIBITOR PROTEIN
STRYNADKA, N. C. J.; JENSEN, S. E.; JOHNS, K. et al

in Nature (1994), 368(6472), 657-660

THE past decade has seen an alarming worldwide increase in resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics among many pathogenic bacteria1, which is due mainly to plasmid- or chromosomally encoded beta-lactamases ... [more ▼]

THE past decade has seen an alarming worldwide increase in resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics among many pathogenic bacteria1, which is due mainly to plasmid- or chromosomally encoded beta-lactamases that specifically cleave penicillin and cephalosporins, rendering them inactive. There is therefore a need to develop new strategies in the design of effective inhibitors of beta-lactamase. All the small-molecule inhibitors in clinical use are not very effective and are rapidly degraded2,3. Furthermore, newly characterized mutants of the plasmid-mediated beta-lactamase TEM-1 are highly resistant to these small-molecule inhibitors, including clavulanic acid and tazobactam4. It has been shown that Streptomyces clavuligerus produces an exocellular beta-lactamase inhibitory protein (BLIP; M(r) 17.5 K)5. Here we present data defining BLIP as the most effective known inhibitor of a variety of beta-lactamases, with K(i) values in the subnanomolar to picomolar range. To identify those features in BLIP that make it such a potent inhibitor, we have determined its molecular structure at 2.1 angstrom resolution. BLIP is a relatively flat molecule with a unique fold, comprising a tandem repeat of a 76-amino-acid domain. Each domain consists of a helix-loop-helix motif that packs against a four-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet (Fig. 1a). To our knowledge, BLIP is the first example of a protein inhibitor having two similarly folded domains that interact with and inhibit a single target enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie de Lyme : une nouvelle maladie?
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138

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See detailMutation analysis of coding sequences for type I procollagen in individuals with low bone density.
Spotila, L. D.; Colige, Alain ULg; Sereda, L. et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (1994), 9(6), 923-32

Mutations in one of the two genes encoding type I procollagen (COL1A1 and COL1A2) are frequently the cause of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a disorder characterized by brittle bones. Here we tested ... [more ▼]

Mutations in one of the two genes encoding type I procollagen (COL1A1 and COL1A2) are frequently the cause of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), a disorder characterized by brittle bones. Here we tested whether patients with low bone density also have mutations in these genes. The 26 patients studied had no apparent metabolic bone disease, but most had a positive family history of osteopenia or osteoporosis. Although a diagnosis of OI was considered by the clinician in some cases, the clinical criteria for OI were not satisfied. Our strategy for mutation analysis consisted of PCR amplification of cDNA made to fibroblast mRNA using primers specific for the coding regions of COL1A1 and COL1A2. The PCR products were then sequenced directly with primers located within each PCR product. We found that 3 of 26 patients had mutations that altered the encoded amino acid. One mutation, at position alpha 2(I)-661 has been reported (Spotila et al. 1991 Proc Natl Acad Sci USA PNAS 88:5423). The other 2 patients, who were not related to each other, had a mutation that altered the proline codon at alpha 1(I)-27 to alanine. This mutation was not found in 81 normal individuals or in 37 additional osteopenic individuals. However, its effect on the biologic function of type I collagen, as well as its role in osteopenia, is uncertain. In addition to the two mutations, we found a polymorphism in codon alpha 2(I)-459. Although this polymorphism involved an amino acid substitution, it was present with equal frequency in the patient and the normal population. By analyzing this and previously reported neutral sequence variants in the COL1A2 gene, we determined that all patients expressed both alleles of the COL1A2 gene. The 12 patients who were heterozygous for a COL1A1 neutral sequence variant also expressed both alleles. Here we present all PCR primer and sequencing primer information. The results suggest that surveying a larger group of similarly selected individuals may reveal additional mutations in the COL1A1 or COL1A2 genes. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une théorie générale du signe
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Degrés : Revue de Synthèses à Orientation Sémiologique (1994), 79-80

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See detailQuantitative Assessment of Aerial Ammonia Toxicity to the Nasal Mucosa by Use of the Nasal Lavage Method in Pigs
Urbain, B.; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Prouvost, J. F. et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1994), 55(9), 1335-1340

Effects of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) on the nasal mucosa and somatic growth were investigated in pigs exposed to 4 NH3 concentrations (0; 25; 50; and 100 ppm) for 6 days in a specifically designed air ... [more ▼]

Effects of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) on the nasal mucosa and somatic growth were investigated in pigs exposed to 4 NH3 concentrations (0; 25; 50; and 100 ppm) for 6 days in a specifically designed air-pollutant exposure chamber. Nasal lavage (NAL) was applied to quantify the ammonia-induced inflammatory response by measuring the number of neutrophils and the albumin (porcine serum albumin) concentration in the NAL liquid. In control pigs, these variables remained unchanged throughout the exposure period. In all other groups, an important ammonia concentration-related increase was recorded. The equation of the linear regression line established between the mean values of the number of neutrophils (x 10(3)) per milliliter of NAL liquid (y) recorded at the end of the exposure period and the ammonia concentrations (ppm) was: y = 69.7 + 3.3 [NH3] (r = 0.979; P < 0.020). The increase in the neutrophil count was significant (P < 0.05) at concentrations as low as 25 ppm. For albumin concentration nanograms per milliliter, the corresponding equation was: y = 574 + 14.3 [NH3] (r = 0.953; P < 0.045). However, the first significant change (P < 0.05) in this variable was only obtained for the higher concentration (100 ppm). In exposed pigs, a concentration-related depression of somatic growth was observed. The equation of the regression line plotted relating the individual values of the changes in body weight gain recorded over the exposure period expressed as percentage of the initial body weight (y) and the ammonia concentration was: y = 3.507-0.203 [NH3] + 0.001 [NH3]2 (r = 0.55; P < 0.010).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailcompte rendu de : N. Giovè Marchioli, Alle origini delle abbreviature latine. Una prima ricognizione (I secolo a.C. - IV secolo d.C.)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1994)

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See detailMeaningful Interiors: An Interview with Clark Coolidge
Delville, Michel ULg

in BELL. Belgian Essays on Language and Literature (1994)

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See detailVariations of lyoluminescence with commercial origin of the dosimeters
Galand, Eric; Niezette, Jacques; Vanderschuren, Jacques et al

in Radiation Physics and Chemistry (1994), 43

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See detailModifier les représentations de l'échec à l'école normale
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Recherche en Education. Théorie & Pratique (1994), 18-19

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See detailSpecific DNA probes to detect Escherichia coli strains producing cytotoxic necrotising factor type 1 or type 2
Oswald, E.; Pohl, P.; Jacquemin, E. et al

in Journal of Medical Microbiology (1994), 40

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See detailInsulin secretion, clearance and action before and after gastroplasty in severely obese subjects.
Letiexhe, Michel ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Gerard, Pascale ULg et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (1994), 18(5), 295-300

This study investigated the effects of a drastic weight reduction on insulin secretion rate (ISR), insulin metabolic clearance rate (MCRI) and insulin sensitivity (SI) in severely obese subjects. A ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the effects of a drastic weight reduction on insulin secretion rate (ISR), insulin metabolic clearance rate (MCRI) and insulin sensitivity (SI) in severely obese subjects. A frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test (FSIVGTT, 0.3 g/kg) was performed before and 8 +/- 1 months after a vertical ring gastroplasty in 12 overnight-fasted obese non-diabetic subjects; the results were compared to those obtained in 12 lean controls matched for age and sex. ISR was derived by deconvolution of plasma C-peptide levels; MCRI was obtained by dividing the area under the curve (AUC180 min) of ISR by the corresponding AUC of plasma insulin levels (IRI); the SI and the glucose effectiveness index (SG) were calculated by Bergman's minimal model. Before gastroplasty, obese subjects showed significantly higher ISR (P < 0.02), lower MCRI (P < 0.001), lower SI (P < 0.001) but similar SG when compared to lean controls. After gastroplasty (reduction of body weight from 104.8 +/- 3.8 to 73.4 +/- 3.6 kg and of BMI from 37.9 +/- 0.8 to 26.5 +/- 0.9 kg/m2; P < 0.001), ISR only decreased from 53,125 +/- 7968 to 42,302 +/- 3716 pmol/180 min (not significant) while AUC-IRI dramatically fell from 53,626 +/- 6378 to 21,111 +/- 2584 pmol.min/l; P < 0.001); consequently, MCRI markedly increased from 526 +/- 96 to 1257 +/- 150 ml/min/m2; P < 0.01). SI significantly rose from 3.12 +/- 0.45 to 7.10 +/- 1.20 x 10(-4) l/mU/min (P < 0.005) while SG remained unchanged.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detail2,7-dihydroapogeissoschizine from root bark of strychnos Gossweileri
Quetin-Leclercq, Joëlle; Dive, Georges ULg; Delaude, Clément et al

in Phytochemistry (1994), 35(2), 533-536

In this paper, we describe the isolation and structural determination of 2,7-dihydroxyapogeissoschizine, a new alkaloid from the root bark of Strychnos gossweileri. Elucidation of its structure is based ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we describe the isolation and structural determination of 2,7-dihydroxyapogeissoschizine, a new alkaloid from the root bark of Strychnos gossweileri. Elucidation of its structure is based mainly on 1D and 2D NMR studies; its conformation was optimized by energy minimization. This type of skeleton is related to geissoschizine but with the notable diffrence that the 1 and 17 positions are joined giving an additional fused ring. Such a seven-membered ring has ,to our knowledge, only been observed in apogeissoschizine, obtained after chemical tratment of two alkaloids ( geissospermine and geissoschizine). 2,7-dihydroxyapogeissoschizine is therefore, the first natural product possessing this skeleton. According to a preliminary test, this new alkaloid shows low toxicity to B16 melanoma cells, but not for non-cancer 3T3 fibroblasts cultured in vitro.THese results have to be confirmed by further tests. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of acarbose in the prevention and treatment of hypoglycaemia.
Lefebvre, Pierre ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1994), 24 Suppl 3

This paper reviews the use of acarbose in the prevention and treatment of hypoglycaemia. In diet- or sulfonylurea-treated patients, acarbose may reduce the incidence of late postprandial hypoglycaemia. In ... [more ▼]

This paper reviews the use of acarbose in the prevention and treatment of hypoglycaemia. In diet- or sulfonylurea-treated patients, acarbose may reduce the incidence of late postprandial hypoglycaemia. In insulin-treated patients, acarbose treatment usually requires reduction of the insulin dose; one study has shown that 100 mg acarbose at night significantly reduces the incidence of mid-evening and nocturnal hypoglycaemia. Several studies have suggested acarbose to be a useful adjunct to the management of reactive hypoglycaemia in the non-diabetic patients. Long-term prospective studies are still needed to document this last indication of acarbose or other alpha-glycosidase inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailLa prothèse pénienne dans le traitement de l'impuissance: La décision du patient
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Andrianne, R.; Mormont, Christian ULg

in Cahiers de Sexologie Clinique (1994), 20(124), 31-36

In the population who look advice from our interdisciplinary team, penile prosthesis is estimated been indicated in about 13% of the cases. Among these 13% of patients to whom a penile implant was ... [more ▼]

In the population who look advice from our interdisciplinary team, penile prosthesis is estimated been indicated in about 13% of the cases. Among these 13% of patients to whom a penile implant was proposed, only 32% agreed to undergo the operation. From this statement, we wondered why some men require penile implantation and other ones resign. A follow-up survey allowed to compare the experience of 19 implants recipients to the experience of 17 patients who have refused this solution. The cost of the device appears being a very determinant argument in the decision to reject penile implantation. Our study fails to distinguls clearly the two groups of subjects on the basis of another motivation criterion. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude comparative de six systèmes d'immunodosage de la ferritine sérique au cours de maladies rhumatismales
Revenant, M. C.; Vernet, M.; Rymer, J. C. et al

in Eurobiologiste (L') (1994), XXVIII(2), 35-41

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See detailLa rhétorique, la sémiotique et le comique
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in RSSI : Recherches Sémiotiques = RSSI: Semiotic Inquiry (1994), 14(3), 81-101

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See detailAcute ethanol increases taurine but neither glutamate nor GABA in the nucleus accumbens of male rats: a microdialysis study.
Dahchour, Abdelkhader; Quertemont, Etienne ULg; De Witte, Philippe

in Alcohol & Alcoholism (1994), 29(5), 485-7

The effects of acute intraperitoneal administration of ethanol (1-3 g/kg body wt) on the extracellular concentrations of glutamate (GLU), taurine (TAU) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in rat brain ... [more ▼]

The effects of acute intraperitoneal administration of ethanol (1-3 g/kg body wt) on the extracellular concentrations of glutamate (GLU), taurine (TAU) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in rat brain nucleus accumbens were studied by the microdialysis technique coupled to HPLC-EC detection. Levels of GLU and GABA were not affected by ethanol, whereas those of TAU were increased by doses of the drug of 2-3 g/kg. [less ▲]

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See detailA Partial Approach To Model Checking
Godefroid, Patrice; Wolper, Pierre ULg

in Information & Computation (1994), 110(2), 305--326

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See detailErythropoietic activity and iron metabolism in autologous blood donors during recombinant human erythropoietin therapy.
Biesma, D. H.; Van de Wiel, A.; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1994), 24(6), 426-32

The use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) to intensify the erythropoietic response in autologous donors may reduce homologous blood requirement. We studied the effect of subcutaneous rhEPO (500 ... [more ▼]

The use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) to intensify the erythropoietic response in autologous donors may reduce homologous blood requirement. We studied the effect of subcutaneous rhEPO (500 U kg-1 body weight twice weekly during a 3 week period) on variables of erythropoiesis and iron metabolism in 62 autologous blood donors, of whom 32 received rhEPO (epo group) and 30 did not (control group). Patients donated only 2 units of blood and received oral iron in order to restrict phlebotomy-induced decrease of iron stores. Pre-phlebotomy haemoglobin concentration (14.0 +/- 0.8 g dl-1) was completely regenerated in the epo group at surgery (13.7 +/- 1.3 g dl-1); haemoglobin concentration in the control group fell from 13.5 +/- 1.4 g dl-1 to 11.6 +/- 1.4 g dl-1 after the phlebotomies and did not improve during the pre-operative phase. Total erythropoietic activity expressed as serum transferrin receptor concentration (sTfR) showed a 4-fold increase from 3.8 +/- 0.9 micrograms ml-1 to 14.9 +/- 4.8 micrograms ml-1 in the epo group. Effective erythropoietic activity measured by absolute reticulocyte count, however, declined after the fourth rhEPO injection in the epo group. Serum ferritin was lower in the epo group, but no differences in serum iron, transferrin concentration and transferrin saturation were observed between the groups. A marked increase in free erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP) was observed in the epo group, whereas FEP levels in the controls remained within normal ranges. Despite oral iron supplementation and the limited number of phlebotomies, the effect of rhEPO therapy in autologous donors is restricted by iron depletion. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of balloon-expandable-stent implantation with balloon angioplasty in patients with coronary artery disease. Benestent Study Group.
Serruys, P. W.; de Jaegere, P.; Kiemeneij, F. et al

in The New England journal of medicine (1994), 331(8), 489-95

BACKGROUND: Balloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Balloon-expandable coronary-artery stents were developed to prevent coronary restenosis after coronary angioplasty. These devices hold coronary vessels open at sites that have been dilated. However, it is unknown whether stenting improves long-term angiographic and clinical outcomes as compared with standard balloon angioplasty. METHODS: A total of 520 patients with stable angina and a single coronary-artery lesion were randomly assigned to either stent implantation (262 patients) or standard balloon angioplasty (258 patients). The primary clinical end points were death, the occurrence of a cerebrovascular accident, myocardial infarction, the need for coronary-artery bypass surgery, or a second percutaneous intervention involving the previously treated lesion, either at the time of the initial procedure or during the subsequent seven months. The primary angiographic end point was the minimal luminal diameter at follow-up, as determined by quantitative coronary angiography. RESULTS: After exclusions, 52 patients in the stent group (20 percent) and 76 patients in the angioplasty group (30 percent) reached a primary clinical end point (relative risk, 0.68; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.50 to 0.92; P = 0.02). The difference in clinical-event rates was explained mainly by a reduced need for a second coronary angioplasty in the stent group (relative risk, 0.58; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.40 to 0.85; P = 0.005). The mean (+/- SD) minimal luminal diameters immediately after the procedure were 2.48 +/- 0.39 mm in the stent group and 2.05 +/- 0.33 mm in the angioplasty group; at follow-up, the diameters were 1.82 +/- 0.64 mm in the stent group and 1.73 +/- 0.55 mm in the angioplasty group (P = 0.09), which correspond to rates of restenosis (diameter of stenosis, > or = 50 percent) of 22 and 32 percent, respectively (P = 0.02). Peripheral vascular complications necessitating surgery, blood transfusion, or both were more frequent after stenting than after balloon angioplasty (13.5 vs. 3.1 percent, P < 0.001). The mean hospital stay was significantly longer in the stent group than in the angioplasty group (8.5 vs. 3.1 days, P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: Over seven months of follow-up, the clinical and angiographic outcomes were better in patients who received a stent than in those who received standard coronary angioplasty. However, this benefit was achieved at the cost of a significantly higher risk of vascular complications at the access site and a longer hospital stay. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between metabolic clearance rate of insulin and body mass index in a female population ranging from anorexia nervosa to severe obesity.
Castillo, M. J.; Scheen, André ULg; Jandrain, Bernard ULg et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (1994), 18(1), 47-53

Changes in the metabolic clearance rate of insulin (MCRI) have been described in several pathological conditions. Conflicting data suggest that they may be related to either body mass index (BMI) or body ... [more ▼]

Changes in the metabolic clearance rate of insulin (MCRI) have been described in several pathological conditions. Conflicting data suggest that they may be related to either body mass index (BMI) or body composition. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the MCRI and BMI in an exclusively female population showing a wide range of BMI. For that purpose, hyperinsulinemic normoglycemic glucose clamps were performed in nine anorectic subjects (BMI: 14.5 +/- 0.8 kg/m2), 11 healthy volunteers (BMI: 20.3 +/- 0.5 kg/m2) and 12 obese patients (BMI: 33.0 +/- 0.9 kg/m2). To exclude any influence of the menstrual cycle on the MCRI, five healthy women underwent three tests at different days of the menstrual cycle: menstruation period, late follicular pre-ovulatory phase and luteal phase, in random order. The MCRI, which was quite reproducible in a given subject, was not significantly modified by the menstrual cycle. In the premenopausal female population studied, the mean (+/- s.e.m.) MCRI normalized for body weight (kg) were 35.4 +/- 3.4, 24.7 +/- 1.8 and 14.0 +/- 1.0 ml/kg/min (P < 0.01) for anorectic subjects, healthy volunteers and obese patients, respectively. These differences were maintained when the MCRI was normalized according to corporeal surface (m2) (1018 +/- 75, 859 +/- 67, 638 +/- 40 ml/m2/min, P < 0.01) or lean body mass (kg) (37.1 +/- 3.4, 32.6 +/- 2.7 and 24.1 +/- 0.5 ml/kgLBM/min, P < 0.01), but disappeared when MCRI was expressed per kg of ideal body weight (24.6 +/- 2.2, 24.6 +/- 2.1 and 22.4 +/- 1.4 ml/kgIBW/min, n.s.).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailIndia Song ou le temps tragique
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Cinémas (1994), 5(1-2), 123-133

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See detailLes transplantations de cellules de Schwann syngéniques dans les lésions médullaires: résultats, limitations et perspectives
Martin, Didier ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1994), 149(5-7), 279-89289-91

After a central nervous system (CNS) injury, there is only an "abortive regeneration" of axons, while injured axons regenerate vividly in the peripheral nervous system (PNS). This difference is due, at ... [more ▼]

After a central nervous system (CNS) injury, there is only an "abortive regeneration" of axons, while injured axons regenerate vividly in the peripheral nervous system (PNS). This difference is due, at least in part, to the existence in the periphery of Schwann cells and of growth promoting proteins they synthetize. One strategy to promote regrowth of central axons can be therefore, to modify (i.e. "peripheralize") the microenvironment by transplanting biologically active Schwann cells into the lesion site. In a rat model of traumatic paraplegia by inflation of a subdural microballoon, we performed syngeneic transplants of Schwann cells. These cells are cultured from adult dorsal root ganglia and can be kept in vitro for several months. They are transplanted in the injured spinal cord. The grafted Schwann cells are well integrated in the host tissue without detectable inflammatory reaction. Cystic cavitation and astrogliosis are reduced in grafted animals as compared to injured, non-grafted animals. The transplant is invaded by abundant, mainly unmyelinated axons which are immunoreactive for substance P, VIP or CGRP, i.e. transmitters known to be present in DRG afferents. Supraspinal afferents containing 5HT, TH or CCK accumulate at the rostral margin of the graft. Experimental procedures trying to stimulate the invasion of the graft by descending fibers, i.e. by inducing a chemoattraction are therefore of crucial importance for functional recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailEst-ce ainsi que les jeunes Belges lisent? Résultat d'une enquête internationale
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Lafontaine, Annette ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (1994), 31(7), 31

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See detailLes souches attachantes et effaçantes d'Escherichia coli d'origine bovine
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Pohl, P.

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138

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See detailSubcellular Localization and Compartmentation of Thiamine Derivatives in Rat Brain
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Wins, Pierre; Lesourd, Monique

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1994), 1222(1), 1-6

The subcellular distribution of thiamine derivatives in rat brain was studied. Thiamine diphosphate content was highest in the mitochondrial and synaptosomal fractions, and lowest in microsomal, myelin ... [more ▼]

The subcellular distribution of thiamine derivatives in rat brain was studied. Thiamine diphosphate content was highest in the mitochondrial and synaptosomal fractions, and lowest in microsomal, myelin and cytosolic fractions. Only 3-5% of total thiamine diphosphate was bound to transketolase, a cytosolic enzyme. Thiamine triphosphate was barely detectable in the microsomal and cytosolic fraction, but synaptosomes were slightly enriched in this compound compared to the crude homogenate. Both myelin and mitochondrial fractions contained significant amounts of thiamine triphosphate. In order to estimate the relative turnover rates of these compounds, the animals received an intraperitoneal injection of either [14C]thiamine or [14C]sulbutiamine (isobutyrylthiamine disulfide) 1 h before decapitation. The specific radioactivities of thiamine compounds found in the brain decreased in the order: thiamine > thiamine triphosphate > thiamine monophosphate > thiamine diphosphate. Incorporation of radioactivity into thiamine triphosphate was more marked with [14C]sulbutiamine than with [14C]thiamine. The highest specific radioactivity of thiamine diphosphate was found in the cytosolic fraction of the brain, though this pool represents less than 10% of total thiamine diphosphate. Cytosolic thiamine diphosphate had a twice higher specific radioactivity when [14C]sulbutiamine was used as precursor compared with thiamine though no significant differences were found in the other cellular compartments. Our results suggest the existence of two thiamine diphosphate pools: the bound cofactor pool is essentially mitochondrial and has a low turnover; a much smaller cytosolic pool (6-7% of total TDP) of high turnover is the likely precursor of thiamine triphosphate. [less ▲]

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See detailLa monadologie, une théorie de la communication basée sur l'opacité?
Bouquiaux, Laurence ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (1994)

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See detailCrystal structure of recombinant human triosephosphate isomerase at 2.8 A resolution. Triosephosphate isomerase-related human genetic disorders and comparison with the trypanosomal enzyme
Mande, S. C.; Mainfroid, V.; Kalk, K. H. et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (1994), 3(5), 810-21

The crystal structure of recombinant human triosephosphate isomerase (hTIM) has been determined complexed with the transition-state analogue 2-phosphoglycolate at a resolution of 2.8 A. After refinement ... [more ▼]

The crystal structure of recombinant human triosephosphate isomerase (hTIM) has been determined complexed with the transition-state analogue 2-phosphoglycolate at a resolution of 2.8 A. After refinement, the R-factor is 16.7% with good geometry. The asymmetric unit contains 1 complete dimer of 53,000 Da, with only 1 of the subunits binding the inhibitor. The so-called flexible loop, comprising residues 168-174, is in its "closed" conformation in the subunit that binds the inhibitor, and in the "open" conformation in the other subunit. The tips of the loop in these 2 conformations differ up to 7 A in position. The RMS difference between hTIM and the enzyme of Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of sleeping sickness, is 1.12 A for 487 C alpha positions with 53% sequence identity. Significant sequence differences between the human and parasite enzymes occur at about 13 A from the phosphate binding site. The chicken and human enzymes have an RMS difference of 0.69 A for 484 equivalent residues and about 90% sequence identity. Complementary mutations ensure a great similarity in the packing of side chains in the core of the beta-barrels of these 2 enzymes. Three point mutations in hTIM have been correlated with severe genetic disorders ranging from hemolytic disorder to neuromuscular impairment. Knowledge of the structure of the human enzyme provides insight into the probable effect of 2 of these mutations, Glu 104 to Asp and Phe 240 to Ile, on the enzyme. The third mutation reported to be responsible for a genetic disorder, Gly 122 to Arg, is however difficult to explain. This residue is far away from both catalytic centers in the dimer, as well as from the dimer interface, and seems unlikely to affect stability or activity. Inspection of the 3-dimensional structure of trypanosomal triosephosphate isomerase, which has a methionine at position 122, only increased the mystery of the effects of the Gly to Arg mutation in the human enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailLa pompe musculo-veineuse de la personne âgée
Petermans, Jean ULg; Zicot, M.

in Journal des Maladies Vasculaires (1994), 19(2), 115-8

We study the musculo-venous pump in an elderly population, free of venous disease, by use of a digitized photoplethysmograph. We measure the venous refilling time (To) and the venous drainage (Vo) during ... [more ▼]

We study the musculo-venous pump in an elderly population, free of venous disease, by use of a digitized photoplethysmograph. We measure the venous refilling time (To) and the venous drainage (Vo) during active and passive movement. In the first part, we measure Vo and To during active and passive ankle flexions among 17 patients (34 limbs) aged 82.2 years. These variables are compared to the results of the same measurements obtained among 15 young adults aged 45.1 years (30 limbs). We find that To and Vo are significantly lower in the oldest population (To j 35.9 +/- 4.8 sec, To aged 16.1 +/- 5.2 sec, p < 0.001, Vo j 4.98 +/- 1.1%, Vo ag 2.97 +/- 1%, p < 0.001). In the second part of this work, a passive massage of the calf is substituted to the ankle flexions. This technique is applied to 19 elderly people aged 80.4 years (37 limbs) compared to 6 young adults aged 24 years (12 limbs). In these conditions the comparison is no more in favour of the younger group (To j 37 +/- 7.5 sec, To ag 30.6 +/- 4.1 sec, Vo j 4.03 +/- 1.5%, Vo ag 3.8 +/- 0.06%). The values measured in the elderly group are in the range of normal values. We conclude that senescence does not alter the venous system itself. The present work confirms the influence of extravascular factors as muscles, understanding and coordination of the motions, articular flexibility, on the performance of the musculo venous pomp. As far as possible, the muscular and articular activity has to be encouraged in elderly people in order to reduce the venous stasis. [less ▲]

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See detailLigamentoplasties du genou: l'état musculaire préopératoire conditionne t il le degré d'amyotrophie postopératoire?
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Delcour, J. P.; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Annales de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique (1994), 37

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See detailCauses de mortalité et teneur en métaux lourds de Guillemots de Troïl Uria aalge échoués le long du littoral belge.
Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg; Debacker, Virginie ULg; Antoine, Nathalie et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1994), 63(1-2), 211-217

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See detailT-CELLS SKIN LYMPHOMA IN 3 DOGS
Gilbert, S.; Clercx, Cécile ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138(8), 587-595

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Reginster-Haneuse, G.; Gosset, Christiane ULg

in Bibliotheca Nutritio et Dieta (1994), (51), 108-12

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See detailC'est le bouquet... Histoire d'un ornement typographique liégeois du XVIIIe siècle
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (1994), 69

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See detailPlasma Beta-Endorphin Response of Thoroughbred Horses to Maximal Exercise
Art, Tatiana ULg; Franchimont, P.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1994), 135(21), 499-502

Ten horses underwent a standardised strenuous treadmill exercise test, before, during and after which measurements were made of plasma beta-endorphin and cortisol concentrations, blood lactate, glucose ... [more ▼]

Ten horses underwent a standardised strenuous treadmill exercise test, before, during and after which measurements were made of plasma beta-endorphin and cortisol concentrations, blood lactate, glucose, haemoglobin and pH, the activities of creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase and aspartate amino-transferase, and heart rate, oxygen uptake and expired minute volume. The correlations between the exercise-induced response of beta-endorphin and the changes observed in the other physiological measurements were examined. There was a large variation in the beta-endorphin response of the horses to exercise. The increase in beta-endorphin was correlated significantly and inversely with the treadmill velocity at which maximal oxygen uptake was reached. It was also significantly and directly correlated with the heart rate during recovery, the increase in plasma lactate concentration and the change in blood pH, indicating that the exercise-induced increase in beta-endorphin concentration was smaller in horses with a higher aerobic capacity [less ▲]

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See detailL’expérience pédagogique: «Rénovation de l’enseignement fondamental - Développement corporel des enfants de 21/2 ans à 12 ans».
Piéron, Maurice; Cloes, Marc ULg; Delfosse, Catherine et al

in Informations pédagogiques (1994), 10

Delmelle (1992) a clairement défini la philosophie général de l'expérience pédagogique: "Compte tenu des besoins, des structures administratives en vigueur, des disponibilités matérielles et humaines et ... [more ▼]

Delmelle (1992) a clairement défini la philosophie général de l'expérience pédagogique: "Compte tenu des besoins, des structures administratives en vigueur, des disponibilités matérielles et humaines et des contraintes budgétaires, la commission a défini, de la manière suivante, la philosophie d'une rénovation possible à échéance immédiate. (a) Dans l'enseignement fondamental, tout enfant doit pratiquer l'activité physique à raison d'une séance quotidienne; il est parfaitement possible d'agir en sorte que les activités et les structures générales de l'école ne soient pas bouleversées. ..." ... [less ▲]

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See detailMassive Ketonuria During Sedation with Propofol in a 12 Year Old Girl with Severe Head Trauma
Canivet, Jean-Luc ULg; Gustad, K.; Leclercq, P. et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1994), 45(1), 19-22

Severe ketonuria developed during sedation with propofol in a 12 year old girl with brain injury. Deep sedation with propofol (5.1 mg/kg/h) was required because of agitation and severe intracranial ... [more ▼]

Severe ketonuria developed during sedation with propofol in a 12 year old girl with brain injury. Deep sedation with propofol (5.1 mg/kg/h) was required because of agitation and severe intracranial hypertension; as a part of our management protocol, glucose intake was restricted to 5 Kcal/h. After 18 hours of propofol infusion there was intense ketonuria (8+ by Ketostix) without any evidence of metabolic acidosis (pH, HCO3- and anion gap were within normal values). At this time, indirect calorimetry (Deltatrac) confirmed that energy expenditure was principally based on fat consumption (70% of energy expenditure). Lowering the propofol infusion rate and increasing glucose intake reduced fat consumption to 39% within 8 hours: at this time, Ketostix was negative for ketone bodies. This case illustrates a potential risk of ketonuria during prolonged sedation with propofol (a 10% solution of intralipid), particularly if glucose intake is restricted. Monitoring urinary ketone bodies is recommended under these circumstances. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du reservoir genetique de la legumineuse alimentaire Phaseolus lunatus L. par l'analyse electrophoretique d'isozymes.
Maquet, A.; Wathelet, Bernard ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1994), 29(3),

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