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See detailThe concept of age in marine modelling I. Theory and preliminary model results
Deleersnijder, Eric; Campin, Jean-Michel; Delhez, Eric ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2001), 28(3-4), 229-267

The age of a particle of a seawater constituent is defined to be the time elapsed since the particle under consideration left the region, in which its age is prescribed to be zero. An Eulerian theory of ... [more ▼]

The age of a particle of a seawater constituent is defined to be the time elapsed since the particle under consideration left the region, in which its age is prescribed to be zero. An Eulerian theory of the age is presented, in which advection, diffusion, production and destruction phenomena are properly accounted for. The key hypothesis is that the mean age of a set of particles is to be evaluated as the mass-weighted average of the ages of the particles under study. The basic variable is the concentration distribution function, representing, at a given time and location, the distribution over the age of the concentration of the constituent being considered. This function satisfies a partial differential equation, which, upon appropriate integration over the age, yields the equations, in flux form, governing the evolution of the concentration and the age concentration. The ratio of the latter variable to the former is the mean age. Further theoretical developments are presented, including a thought experiment showing that mixing processes cause the ages of various constituents to be different from each other. The potential of the age as a tool for understanding complex marine flows is briefly demonstrated by analysing the results of two numerical models. The ages of a passive tracer, a radioactive tracer and the water are computed, along with a suitably defined radio-age. First, the fate of tracers released into the English Channel at La Hague is simulated. Then, ages are computed in the World Ocean as a measure of the time that has elapsed since leaving the surface layers. A theorem is demonstrated, which specifies that the age of the radioactive tracer must be smaller than the relevant radio-age, the latter being smaller than the age of the passive tracer, which, under appropriate hypotheses, can be seen to be equivalent to the age of the water. These inequalities seem to be remarkably robust, since they are found to hold valid in most of the numerical and analytical results examined in the present study. On the other hand, a dimensionless number is highlighted, which is believed to play an important role in the scaling of the differences between ages. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProthèses péniennes : taille du pénis implanté et dimensions de la virilité
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Andrianne, Robert ULg; Mormont, Christian ULg et al

in Cahiers de Sexologie Clinique (2001), 27(149), 18-27

The implantation of a penile prosthesis frequently results in a reduction of the erectile length compared with natural erections. Some patients complain about this fact and their satisfaction at ... [more ▼]

The implantation of a penile prosthesis frequently results in a reduction of the erectile length compared with natural erections. Some patients complain about this fact and their satisfaction at prosthesis assisted sexuality is significantly diminished. Obviously, the degree of complaint is not proportional to the objective degree of penile reduction. For an objective reality to lead to complaints, subjective criteria of appreciation have to intervene. A survey questionnaire completed by 39 implanted patients and 30 partners shows that complaints about the size of the implanted penis are mostly related to a social representation of sexuality which associates the male erotic value to criteria of erectile length, spontaneity and “naturalness”. This representation also tends to be projected in the partner’s mind, independently of her actual attitudes and feelings. Therefore, the injurious impact of penile reduction on satisfaction at the prosthetic device seems to be inseparable from a global representation of prosthetic sexuality which is experienced as a “parodic”, “reduced” virility. The reduced size of the penis focuses feelings of vexation which cannot be reduced to simple functional considerations, it embodies the painful and complex image of a lost virility. From this point of view, psychosexological counselling would be indicated in order to help some couples to improve their adaptation to penile prosthesis. Moreover, an Attitude scale towards Penile Implant (API) derived from the survey questionnaire might enable the identification of risk-patients. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle biodiversite pour nos lisieres forestieres?
Branquart, E.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Liesse, D. et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2001), 56(1), 26-32

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See detailInsémination artificielle des vaches ‘Azawak’ et taurin ‘Gourunsi’ au Burkina Faso
Zongo, M.; Boly, H.; Sawadogo, L. et al

in Tropicultura (2001), 19(2), 75-78

La synchronisation des chaleurs et la fertilité en insémination artificielle des zébus ‘Azawak’ (Bos indicus, n = 66) et des taurins ‘Gourunsi’ (Bos taurus, n = 20) ont été appréciées en zone périurbaine ... [more ▼]

La synchronisation des chaleurs et la fertilité en insémination artificielle des zébus ‘Azawak’ (Bos indicus, n = 66) et des taurins ‘Gourunsi’ (Bos taurus, n = 20) ont été appréciées en zone périurbaine soudano-sahélienne de Ouagadougou au Burkina Faso. La synchronisation a été effectuée avec des implants sous cutanés de progestagène placés sous la peau de l’oreille pendant 10 jours. Le traitement a été complété par l’injection de prostaglandine F2 et de PMSG, respectivement au 8ième et au 10ième jours de la pose de l’implant. Le taux d’œstrus induits observés par l’éleveur était de 94,2% dans les 48 heures qui suivaient le retrait de l'implant. Il variait significativement (P<0,05) selon les groupes zébus ‘Azawak’ et taurins ‘Gourunsi’ (100% et 75%, respectivement). Les taux de fertilité, déterminés par palpation rectale chez les zébus ‘Azawak’ et les taurins ‘Gourunsi’, ont été respectivement 24,2% et 10%. La fertilité a varié selon le moment de l’insémination: lorsque les femelles étaient inséminées 36 à 48 heures après le retrait de l’implant, les taux de fertilité ont été faibles (0 à 12,5% chez les taurins ‘Gourunsi’ et les zébus ‘Azawak’, respectivement). Par ailleurs, lorsque les inséminations étaient réalisées 24 à 36 heures après le retrait de l’implant, les taux de fertilité ont été respectivement de 50% et 42,3%. [less ▲]

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See detailAb initio simulations of liquid semiconductors using the pseudopotential-density functional method
Chelikowsky, J. R.; Derby, J. J.; Godlevsky, V. V. et al

in Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter (2001), 13(41), 817-854854

One of the most difficult problems in condensed matter physics is describing the microscopic nature of the liquid state. Owing to the dynamical nature of the liquid state, it is not possible to discuss a ... [more ▼]

One of the most difficult problems in condensed matter physics is describing the microscopic nature of the liquid state. Owing to the dynamical nature of the liquid state, it is not possible to discuss a particular microscopic structure; only ensemble averages can be specified. Such averages can be performed via well crafted molecular dynamics simulations: the length of the simulation, the size of the ensemble and the nature of the interatomic forces must all be carefully analysed. Historically, a problematic issue in doing such simulations is that of how to describe the interatomic forces in the liquid state. This matter is especially challenging for the melt of semiconductors, such as silicon or gallium arsenide, where the chemical bond contains a strong covalent component. It is difficult to use pairwise interatomic potentials in such cases. Although many-body potentials can be utilized for simulations of these materials, one must map quantum phenomena such as hybridization onto classical interatomic potentials. This mapping is complex and difficult. In this review, we illustrate how one can avoid this problem by utilizing quantum forces to simulate liquids. Our focus is on the pseudopotential-density functional method. Within the pseudopotential method, only the valence electrons are explicitly treated and within the density functional theory, exchange and correlation terms are mapped onto an effective one-electron potential [less ▲]

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See detailIatrogenic thyrotoxicosis. Causal circumstances, pathophysiology and principles of treatment. Review of the literature
Meurisse, Michel ULg; Preud'Homme, Laurence ULg; Lamberty, Geoffrey ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2001), 101(6), 257-266

Thyrotoxicosis is the clinical syndrome that results when tissues are exposed to high levels of circulating thyroid hormones. In most instances, thyrotoxicosis is due to hyperthyroidism, a term reserved ... [more ▼]

Thyrotoxicosis is the clinical syndrome that results when tissues are exposed to high levels of circulating thyroid hormones. In most instances, thyrotoxicosis is due to hyperthyroidism, a term reserved for disorders characterized by overproduction of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland. Nevertheless, thyrotoxicosis may also result from a variety of conditions other than thyroid hyperfunction. The present report focuses on the etiologies, pathophysiology and treatment of iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis. Iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis may be caused by 1) subacute thyroiditis (a result of lymphocytic infiltration, cellular injury, trauma or radiation) with release of preformed hormones into circulation, 2) excessive ingestion of thyroid hormones ("thyrotoxicosis factitia"), 3) iodine-induced hyperthyroidism (radiological contrast agents, topical antiseptics or other medications). Among these causes of iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis, that induced by the iodine overload and cytotoxicity associated with amiodarone represents a significant challenge. Successful management of amiodarone-induced thyrotoxicosis requires close cooperation between endocrinologists and endocrine Surgeons. Surgical treatment may have a leading yet often underestimated role in view of the potential life-threatening severity of this disease, whereas others kinds of iatrogenic thyrotoxicosis are usually treated conservatively. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite une ascite
Gielen, S.; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 809-815

Ascites is the most common of the major complications of cirrhosis. The initial evaluation of a patient with ascites should include a history, physical evaluation and some investigations. Treatment should ... [more ▼]

Ascites is the most common of the major complications of cirrhosis. The initial evaluation of a patient with ascites should include a history, physical evaluation and some investigations. Treatment should consist of treating the underlying liver disease, sodium restricted diet (2 g of Na+/day) and diuretics. This regimen is effective in 90 % of patients. The treatment options for the diuretic-resistant patients include serial therapeutic paracentesis, peritoneovenous shunting, TIPSand liver transplantation. The treatment and prophylaxis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis which is a frequent and severe complication in cirrhotic patients with ascites is also important. The differential diagnosis with secondary bacterial peritonitisis is essential because the latter usually does not resolve unless patients are surgically treated. [less ▲]

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See detailNicardipine Protocol for Cabg Using the Radial Artery Clinical and Angiographic Data
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Grenade, Thierry ULg; Cao-Thian, S. K. et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2001), 101(4, Jul-Aug), 185-9

The routine use of arterial grafts in coronary surgery is facilitated by peroperative adjunction of antispasmodic drug to reduce the event of spasm. Diltiazem has been favoured in most clinical studies ... [more ▼]

The routine use of arterial grafts in coronary surgery is facilitated by peroperative adjunction of antispasmodic drug to reduce the event of spasm. Diltiazem has been favoured in most clinical studies devoted to the radial artery graft. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a spasm preventing protocol associating hydrostatic dilation of the graft with a diluted solution of papaverine and nicardipine infusion, starting preoperatively and continued postoperatively in i.v. and per os forms. Between September 1996 and March 1997, a consecutive series of 50 patients underwent myocardial revascularization using the radial artery. The radial artery was prepared by hydrostatic dilation with papaverine (1%) and nicardipine was administrated at 0.25 microgram/kg/min and titrated according to the arterial systemic pressure. Operative mortality was 4% (sepsis). There was no evidence of perioperative MI nor hypoperfusion syndrome. Mean CKMB level at 18 hours was 36 micrograms/l. No ischaemic anomalies of the ECG were detected. Angiography performed in the last 20 patients showed a 98% (51/52) permeability rate for all graft; 19/20 radial grafts (95%) were patent. One radial graft presented a 50% stenosis at the proximal anastomosis, and another a moderate spasm (40%) in the middle part of the conduit. This study confirms that the radial artery conduit can be used with satisfactory results for routine coronary artery bypass. The use of nicardipine allows the control the vasoreactivity of the radial graft without totally obviating at least angiographic spasm. This drug is easy to titrate, and well tolerated in association to beta-blockers in the routine perioperative management of the coronary patients. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of JL 13, a pyridobenzoxazepine with potential atypical antipsychotic activity, in animal models for schizophrenia
Ellenbroek, Bart; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, Jacques et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2001), 298

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See detailDoes ovarian surgery for endometriomas impair the ovarian response to gonadotropin?
Donnez, Jacques; Wyns, Christine; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg

in Fertility and Sterility (2001), 76(4), 662-5

Objective: To evaluate the ovarian response to stimulation conducted for IVF treatment in women who have undergone conservative surgery for endometriomas. Design: Retrospective study with prospective ... [more ▼]

Objective: To evaluate the ovarian response to stimulation conducted for IVF treatment in women who have undergone conservative surgery for endometriomas. Design: Retrospective study with prospective selection of participants and controls. Setting: University infertility clinic. Patient(s): A series of 374 women who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). The study group consisted of 85 patients with ovarian endometriomas who had undergone laparoscopic surgery in an attempt to become pregnant, but had failed within a year of surgery. The control group consisted of 289 patients with tubal factor infertility. Intervention(s): IVF-embryo transfer procedures. Main Outcome Measure(s): Stimulation parameters, fertilization, implantation, and pregnancy rates were analyzed in both groups. Result(s): There was no significant difference between the two groups in stimulation parameters or IVF outcome. Conclusion(s): A total of 820 cycles were analyzed. A similar IVF-ET outcome was observed in patients with endometriosis after ablation of endometriomas compared to women with tubal factors. In conclusion, endometrioma surgery by internal wall vaporization does not impair IVF outcome. The clinical pregnancy rate was respectively 37.4% and 34.6% in the endometriosis group and the control group. [less ▲]

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See detailIsokinetic evaluation of hip strength muscle groups in unilateral lower limb amputees
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Maertens De Noordhout, Benoît ULg; Maquet, Didier ULg et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2001), 9(4), 163-169

The objectives of the study were to measure the isokinetic strength of the hip flexor-extensor and adductor-abductor muscle groups in unilateral lower limb amputees and to evaluate abnormalities in order ... [more ▼]

The objectives of the study were to measure the isokinetic strength of the hip flexor-extensor and adductor-abductor muscle groups in unilateral lower limb amputees and to evaluate abnormalities in order to improve the usual rehabilitation programs. Thirty-three patients with unilateral lower limb amputation were included in this study; they served as their own controls, the amputated side being compared to the intact side. Using an isokinetic device, the relative peak torques (N.m by body weight), bilateral asymmetries and agonist/antagonist torque ratios were calculated for the hip flexor, extensor, adductor and abductor muscle groups. A significant reduction of mean concentric relative peak torque measured on the amputated limbs was generally observed when compared to the intact contralateral limb (p < 0.05). The mean percentage of relative peak torque decrease was greater for the extensors than for the flexors (33 +/- 20% and 22 +/- 23%, respectively, at 30degrees/s angular velocity), and for the abductors than for the adductors (23 +/- 22% and 11 +/- 19%, respectively, at 30degrees/s angular velocity). Furthermore, the flexor/extensor torque ratio was significantly increased for the amputated limb (for instance, 1.25 +/- 0.33 versus 1.09 +/- 0.25 for the intact limb at 30degrees/s). The reduction of the abductor/adductor ratio of the operated limb reached the level of statistical significance at 60degrees/s only (1.25 +/- 0.46 versus 1.07 +/- 0.36 for the intact limb). In conclusion, isokinetic testing revealed a significant reduction of the hip stabilizing muscle strength as a consequence of lower limb amputation. The more marked decrease of the strength of the abductor and extensor muscle groups, resulting in imbalances of the agonist/antagonist strength ratios should be taken into account to adapt the conventional rehabilitation programs. [less ▲]

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See detailPerspectives de vaccination anti-dermatophytique chez les carnivores domestiques
Descamps, F.; Brouta, F.; Losson, Bertrand ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailLe contrôle de la constitutionnalité des lois aux Pays-Bas
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Chroniques de Droit Public = Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (2001)

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See detailPropositions relatives à l'enseignement
de Landsheere, Gilbert ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (5-6), 79-84

Comme pour le texte 'L'avenir de l'enseignement' qui est publié dans ces Cahiers, il s'agit d'un texte qui date d'une dizaine d'années. Ces propositions ont été formulées peu de temps après la ... [more ▼]

Comme pour le texte 'L'avenir de l'enseignement' qui est publié dans ces Cahiers, il s'agit d'un texte qui date d'une dizaine d'années. Ces propositions ont été formulées peu de temps après la communautarisation complète de l'enseignement. A présent que 'nous sommes maîtres chez nous', qu'en est-il ? Quel chemin avons-nous parcouru ? S'agissait-il de prémonitions ? De rêves et d'utopies ? Chacun peut s'en faire une idée. Chacun peut aussi apprécier, sur la base d'un texte, ce qui se disait alors et ce que Gilbert de Landsheere envisageait comme souhaitable. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetics of light emission and oxygen consumption by bioluminescent bacteria.
Bourgeois, J. J.; Sluse, Francis ULg; Baguet, F. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2001), 33

Oxygen plays a key role in bacterial bioluminescence. The simultaneous and continuous kinetics of oxygen consumption and light emission during a complete exhaustion of the exogenous oxygen present in a ... [more ▼]

Oxygen plays a key role in bacterial bioluminescence. The simultaneous and continuous kinetics of oxygen consumption and light emission during a complete exhaustion of the exogenous oxygen present in a closed system has been investigated. The kinetics are performed with Vibrio fischeri, V. harveyi, and Photobacterium phosphoreum incubated on respiratory substrates chosen for their different reducing power. The general patterns of the luminescence time courses are different among species but not among substrates. During steady-state conditions, substrates, which are less reduced than glycerol, have, paradoxally, a better luminescence efficiency. Oxygen consumption by luciferase has been evaluated to be approximately 17% of the total respiration. Luciferase is a regulatory enzyme presenting a positive cooperative effect with oxygen and its affinity for this final electron acceptor is about 4-5 times higher than the one of cytochrome oxidase. The apparent Michaelis constant for luciferase has been evaluated to be in the range of 20 to 65 nM O2. When O2 concentrations are as low as 10 nM, luminescence can still be detected; this means that above this concentration, strict anaerobiosis does not exist. By n-butyl malonate titration, it was clearly shown that electrons enter the luciferase pathway only when the cytochrome pathway is saturated. It is suggested that, in bioluminescent bacteria, luciferase acts as a free-energy dissipating valve when anabolic processes (biomass production) are impaired. [less ▲]

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See detailGenesis of clone size heterogeneity in megakaryocytic and other hemopoietic colonies: the stochastic model revisited
Paulus, Jean-Michel ULg; Levin, Jack; Debili, Najet et al

in International Society for Experimental Hematology (2001), 29(nd), 1256-69

OBJECTIVE: We previously showed that the distributions of the numbers of doublings (NbD) undergone by individual megakaryocyte progenitors before commitment to polyploidization are markedly skewed and can ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: We previously showed that the distributions of the numbers of doublings (NbD) undergone by individual megakaryocyte progenitors before commitment to polyploidization are markedly skewed and can consistently be fitted to straight lines when plotted on semilogarithmic coordinates. The slope of such lines, which yields the probability of polyploidization per doubling, is made less steep by stimulators of megakaryocyte colony formation and is less steep in mixed erythroid-megakaryocyte than in pure megakaryocyte colonies. Therefore, megakaryocytopoiesis provides a unique model for the study of clonal heterogeneity in a hemopoietic lineage, which is the subject of this review. DATA SOURCES: Articles relevant to the interpretation of these data were selected from the authors' and public databases. DATA SYNTHESIS: Exponential NbD distributions were first explained by postulating that following the assembly of thrombopoiesis-specific regulators, megakaryocyte progenitors require only a single random event to arrest proliferation and commit to polyploidization. However, this stochastic model was refuted by data indicating that intrinsic properties of individual progenitors affect the NbD they achieve. We suggest that the unequal repartition of critical compounds (including receptors, signaling molecules, and gene regulators) inherent in the stem cell-progenitor transition causes a heritable heterogeneity in megakaryocyte progenitor responsiveness to polyploidization inducers. This model would be compatible with 1) the evidence for intraclonal synchronization in megakaryocyte and other hemopoietic clones generated by committed progenitors; 2) the low probability of polyploidization of the relatively insensitive bipotent megakaryocyte progenitors; and 3) the thesis that stimulators act in part by recruiting megakaryocyte progenitor cells endowed with lesser responsiveness to polyploidization inducers and higher proliferative potential. CONCLUSION: The responsiveness of individual megakaryocyte progenitors to polyploidization inducers may be a major determinant of the exponential shape of NbD distributions. [less ▲]

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See detailA finite element formulation for spectral problems in optical fibers
Guenneau, S.; Nicolet, A.; Zolla, F. et al

in COMPEL (2001), 20(1), 120--131

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See detailBelgique: l'euthanasie pourrait ne pas constituer une infraction
Mormont, Christian ULg

in Courrier de l'éthique médicale (2001), 1(2), 33-34

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See detailCentral self-tolerance by thymic presentation of self-antigens and autoimmunity
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Martens, Henri ULg; Hansenne, Isabelle et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry - Immunology, Endocrine & Metabolic Agents (2001), 1

Before reacting against non-self infectious agents, the immune system is educated to tolerate the host molecular structure (self). The induction of self-tolerance is a multistep process that begins in the ... [more ▼]

Before reacting against non-self infectious agents, the immune system is educated to tolerate the host molecular structure (self). The induction of self-tolerance is a multistep process that begins in the thymus during fetal ontogeny (central tolerance) and also involves inactivating mechanisms outside the thymus (peripheral tolerance). The thymus is the primary lymphoid organ implicated in the development of competent and self-tolerant T cells. During ontogeny, T cell progenitors originating from hemopoietic tissues (yolk sac, fetal liver, and then bone marrow) enter the thymus and undergo a program of proliferation, T cell receptor (TCR) gene rearrangement, maturation and selection. Close interactions between thymocytes (pre-T cells) and the thymic cellular environment are crucial both for T cell development and induction of central self-tolerance. Thymic epithelial and stromal cells synthesize polypeptides belonging to various neuroendocrine families. The thymic repertoire of neuroendocrine-related precursors transposes at the molecular level the dual role of the thymus in T cell negative and positive selection. Thymic precursors not only constitute a source of growth peptides for cryptocrine signaling between thymic stromal cells and pre-T cells, but are also processed in a way that leads to the presentation of self-antigens by thymic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) proteins. Thymic neuroendocrine self-antigens often correspond to peptide sequences highly conserved during the evolution of their corresponding family. The thymic presentation of some neuroendocrine self-antigens is not restricted by MHC alleles. Following the presentation of neuroendocrine self-antigens by thymic MHC proteins, the T cell system might be educated to tolerate main hormone families. Recent experiments argue that a defect in the thymic essential tolerogenic function is implicated as an important factor in the pathophysiology of many autoimmune diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailImage du mois. Abces cerebral et toxoplasmose.
Omazic, A. F.; Welter, P.; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(8), 541-2

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See detailAn equivalence test for comparing DNA sequences.
Thijs, H.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Molenberghs, G. et al

in American Journal of Human Genetics (2001), 69(4), 1576

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See detailAn overlay tree building control protocol
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Canonico, R.; Hutchison, D.

in Networked Group Communication (2001)

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See detailSémiologie cardiaque dans l’espèce équine. 1- L’anamnèse et l’examen clinique.
Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2001), 33

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See detailProgramme international pour le suivi des acquis des élèves (PISA) de l'OCDE
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Baye, Ariane ULg; Matoul, Anne ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), 7-8(7-8), 53-57

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See detailNovel plasma extraction procedure and development of a specific enzyme immunoassay of oxytocin: application to biological and clinical investigations of small-cell carcinoma of the lung
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Hendrick, Jean-Claude; Hagelstein, Marie-Thérèse ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation (2001), 61(5), 407-415

Paraneoplastic secretion of the lactation-inducing hormone oxytocin (OT) has been reported in about 30% of cases of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). In order to investigate the role of OT in the ... [more ▼]

Paraneoplastic secretion of the lactation-inducing hormone oxytocin (OT) has been reported in about 30% of cases of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). In order to investigate the role of OT in the biology of SCCL tumours, a specific enzyme-immunoassay(EIA) for OT, which can be applied to both human plasma <br />and culturemedium, has been developed. OT EIA is performed on 96-well microtiter plates coated with a rabbit polyclonal antibody (Ab) anti-OT (O4). This antibody does not exhibit any significant cross-reactivity either with vasopressin (VP) or with vasotocin (VT). The immunological reaction involving Ab anti-OT is a competition between the tracer (biotinylatedOT) and syntheticOT (standard curve) or OT present in biological samples. In order to limit interference induced by plasma proteins, plasma samples are titrated by a one-step centrifugation on centricon YM-3 (cut-oOE 3000 Da). After plasma filtration, 90.7 ± 5.1 (SD) % (n = 22) immunoreactive ( IR) OT is recovered. The sensitivity of OT EIA is 1 pmol/L, while intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) are around 3.41% and 2.84%, respectively. In healthy volunteers, plasma IR OT is 7.28 ± 4.49 (SD) pmol/L (n = 32) with no gender diOEerence. As shown by the data both from plasma of SCCL patients and from supernatants and cell contents of SCCL cell lines, this EIA procedure offers a novel, reproducible, specific and sensitive method for the measurement of IR OT. [less ▲]

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See detailDégradation de dalles de tablier de ponts en Belgique. Etude d'une pathologie complexe
Demars, Philippe; Gilles, Pierre; Darimont, Anne ULg

in Bulletin des Laboratoires des Ponts et Chaussées (2001), 232

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See detailEquine Third Metacarpal Bone Assessment by Quantitative Ultrasound and Dual-Energy-X-Ray absorptiometry.
Carstanjen, Bianca; Duboeuf, F.; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Veterinary Surgery : The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (2001), 30

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See detailFetal renal hyperechogenicity in intrauterine growth retardation : importance and outcome.
Suranyi, A.; Retz, C.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Pediatric Nephrology : Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (2001), 16(7), 575-580

The object of the study was to investigate the outcome in growth-retarded newborns who were diagnosed with fetal renal hyperechogenicity without anatomical abnormality during any stage of pregnancy ... [more ▼]

The object of the study was to investigate the outcome in growth-retarded newborns who were diagnosed with fetal renal hyperechogenicity without anatomical abnormality during any stage of pregnancy. Depending on the fetal renal ultrasonography result, the cases were divided into two study groups. There was an intrauterine growth-retarded group with fetal renal medullary hyperechogenicity and another group without fetal renal medullary hyperechogenicity. The renal parenchyma was observed after birth, within the first 5 days of life, and several times until the 14th postpartum day in positive cases. Hyperechogenic renal medullae were detected in 25 of 90 cases with intrauterine growth retardation during the 8-month study period. This may be an in utero cause of subsequent intrauterine and neonatal complications, such as cesarean section because of fetal distress (36%), perinatal infection (24%), treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit (52%), or increased perinatal mortality (8%). The results demonstrate that fetuses with hyperechoic medullae had 1.5 times the risk of an abnormal outcome compared with fetuses with normal echoic kidneys and intrauterine growth retardation. Detailed ultrasound examinations of renal parenchyma appear to be useful for the prenatal diagnosis of intrauterine hypoxia, allowing the detection of possible pathological fetal conditions in utero. [less ▲]

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See detailLow TSH requirement and goiter in transgenic mice overexpressing IGF-1 and IGF-1R in the thyroid gland
Clément, S.; Refetoff, S.; Robaye, B. et al

in Endocrinology (2001), 142(12), 5131-5139

Through the cAMP signaling pathway, TSH stimulates thyroid follicular cell proliferation, differentiation, and function. Although the autocrine production of IGF-I in the thyroid gland suggests an ... [more ▼]

Through the cAMP signaling pathway, TSH stimulates thyroid follicular cell proliferation, differentiation, and function. Although the autocrine production of IGF-I in the thyroid gland suggests an important physiological function for this factor in these processes, the exact role of the IGF-I/IGF-I receptor system in vivo remains unclear. Although the mitogenic action of TSH requires the presence of IGF-I or insulin in primary culture of dog and human thyroid cells, IGF-I has an effect equal to and independent of the effect of TSH on cell proliferation in rat thyroid cell lines and may even be the main growth regulator in this case. To investigate the in vivo function of the IGF-I/IGF-I receptor system, transgenic mice overexpressing human IGF-I, IGF-I receptor, or both in the thyroid were generated. Adult transgenic mice did not present external signs of thyroid dysfunction, but mice overexpressing both transgenes had significantly increased gland weight and follicular lumen area. A decreased TSH level together with a slightly increased serum T4 concentration and increased thyroidal iodine uptake were also observed, suggesting that IGF-I and IGF-I receptor stimulate thyroid function to some extent in vivo [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian normative data of the temperament and character inventory
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Le Bon, O.; Gauthier, Audrey ULg et al

in European Journal of Psychological Assessment (2001), 17(1), 56-62

The Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) is a 226-item self-questionnaire developed to assess the seven dimensions of personality described by Cloninger and his colleagues. Normative data from 322 ... [more ▼]

The Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) is a 226-item self-questionnaire developed to assess the seven dimensions of personality described by Cloninger and his colleagues. Normative data from 322 representative French-speaking subjects from Belgium are presented and the psychometric properties are discussed. Mean scores of temperament dimensions were appreciably different from those published by Cloninger. In our sample, novelty seeking and self-transcendence scores were lower and harm avoidance scores were higher compared to US norms. The other dimensions were almost identical. The factorial analysis showed that the hypothesized factor structure of temperament and character dimensions was almost confirmed. The present study also confirmed that the TCI scales were weakly related among themselves. The relationships were consistent with those reported by previous reports. Gender differences were also found for different dimensions. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall Town China. Goverance, Economy, Environment and Lifestyle in Three Zhen
Florence, Eric ULg

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

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See detailLa lecture littéraire : le pour et le contre
Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Education-Formation (2001), 262

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See detailCompte rendu de Frédéric Barbier, Histoire du livre
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin des Bibliothèques de France (2001), 46/4

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See detailErosion of Deccan Traps determined by river geochemistry: impact on the global climate and the Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of seawater
Dessert, C.; Dupre, B.; François, Louis ULg et al

in Earth And Planetary Science Letters (2001), 188(3-4), 459-474

The impact of the Deccan Traps on chemical weathering and atmospheric CO2 consumption on Earth is evaluated based on the study of major elements, strontium and Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratios of the main ... [more ▼]

The impact of the Deccan Traps on chemical weathering and atmospheric CO2 consumption on Earth is evaluated based on the study of major elements, strontium and Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratios of the main rivers flowing through the traps, using a numerical model which describes the coupled evolution of the chemical cycles of carbon. alkalinity and strontium and allows one to compute the variations in atmospheric pCO(2), mean global temperature and the Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratio of seawater, in response to Deccan trap emplacement. The results suggest that the rate of chemical weathering of Deccan Traps (21-63 t/km(2)/yr) and associated atmospheric CO consumption (0.58-2.54 x 10(6) mol C/km(2)/yr) are relatively high compared to those linked to other basaltic regions. Our results on the Deccan and available data from other basaltic regions show that runoff and temperature are the two main parameters which control the rate of CO2 consumption during weathering of basalts, according to the relationship: f = R-f x C(0)exp[-Ea/R(1/T-1/298)] where f is the specific CO2 consumption rate (mol/km(2)/yr), R-f is runoff (mm/yr), C-0 is a constant (= 1764 mu mol/l), Ea represents an apparent activation energy for basalt weathering (with a value of 42.3 kJ/mol determined in the present study), R is the gas constant and T is the absolute temperature (K-o). Modelling results show that emplacement and weathering of Deccan Traps basalts played an important role in the geochemical cycles of carbon and strontium. In particular, the traps led to a change in weathering rate of both carbonates and silicates, in carbonate deposition on seafloor, in Sr isotopic composition of the riverine flux and hence a change in marine Sr isotopic composition. As a result, Deccan Traps emplacement was responsible for a strong increase of atmospheric pCO(2) by 1050 ppmv followed by a new steady-state pCO(2) lower than that in pre-Deccan times by 57 ppmv, implying that pre-industrial atmospheric pCO(2) would have been 20% higher in the absence of Deccan basalts. pCO(2) evolution was accompanied by a rapid warming of 4 degreesC, followed after 1 Myr by a global cooling of 0.55 degreesC. During the warming phase, continental silicate weathering is increased globally. Since weathering of continental silicate rocks provides radiogenic Sr to the ocean, the model predicts a peak in the Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of seawater following the Deccan Traps emplacement. The amplitude and duration of this spike in the Sr isotopic signal are comparable to those observed at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The results of this study demonstrate the important control exerted by the emplacement and weathering of large basaltic provinces on the geochemical and climatic changes on Earth. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailA control strategy for controllable series capacitor in electric power systems
Ghandhari, Mehrdad; Andersson, Goran; Pavella, Mania ULg et al

in Automatica (2001), 37

It has been veri"ed that a controllable series capacitor with a suitable control scheme can improve transient stability and help to damp electromechanical oscillations. A question of great importance is ... [more ▼]

It has been veri"ed that a controllable series capacitor with a suitable control scheme can improve transient stability and help to damp electromechanical oscillations. A question of great importance is the selection of the input signals and a control strategy for this device in order to damp power oscillations in an e!ective and robust manner. Based on Lyapunov theory a control strategy for damping of electromechanical power oscillations in a multi-machine power system is derived. Lyapunov theory deals with dynamical systems without inputs. For this reason, it has traditionally been applied only to closed-loop control systems, that is, systems for which the input has been eliminated through the substitution of a predetermined feedback control. However, in this paper, we use Lyapunov function candidates in feedback design itself by making the Lyapunov derivative negative when choosing the control. This control strategy is called control Lyapunov function for systems with control inputs. Also, two input signals for this control strategy are used. The "rst one is based on local information and the second one on remote information derived by the single machine equivalent method. [less ▲]

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See detailPresentation of a French version ot the Internal, Personal and Situational Attributions Questionnaire
Laroi, Frank ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg

in European Review of Applied Psychology = Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée (2001), 52

In recent years an increasing interest in attributional style in both normal and pathological populations has developed. In that context, the Internal, Personal and Situational Attributions Questionnaire ... [more ▼]

In recent years an increasing interest in attributional style in both normal and pathological populations has developed. In that context, the Internal, Personal and Situational Attributions Questionnaire (IPSAQ) was constructed. We investigated the psychometric properties of a French translation of the IPSAQ in a normal population.The results offer evidence that the present french translation has similarly adequate psychometric porperties as the original english version [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of (co)variance functions for test-day yields during first and second lactations in the United States
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Tijani, A.; Wiggans, G. R. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2001), 82

(Co)variance components for milk, fat, and protein yields during first and second lactations were estimated from test-day data from 23,029 Holstein cows from 37 herds in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin using a ... [more ▼]

(Co)variance components for milk, fat, and protein yields during first and second lactations were estimated from test-day data from 23,029 Holstein cows from 37 herds in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin using a multitrait test-day model. Canonical transformation was used with an expectation-maximization algorithm. To allow description of (co)variances within and across yield traits and parities, four lactation stages of 75 d were defined6 for each parity, and the test day nearest the center of each interval was used. Prior to analysis, data were adjusted for lactation curves within lactation stages using all records from all available cows. Data from cows with missing values were excluded to allow a canonical transformation to be used for estimation of (co)variance matrices. Data from 9110 cows were available for canonical analysis of lactations with test days in all lactation stages. (Co)variance functions were used to describe (co)variance structure within and across yield trait and parity. (Co)variance components of biological functions (305-d yield, persistency defined as difference between yields on d 280 and 60, and maturity rate defined as difference between second- and first-lactation yields) were developed from (co)variance functions. Heritabilities ranged from 0.09 to 0.22 for test-day yields, from 0.21 to 0.23 for 305-d yields, from 0.03 to 0.11 for persistencies, and from 0.05 to 0.07 for maturity rates. Phenotypic correlations between first- and second-lactation persistencies were low, but genetic correlations were high. Genetic correlations with maturity rate ranged from 0.11 to 0.61 for 305-d yields and persistencies. [less ▲]

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See detailInsecticide resistance gene transmission by insecticide-susceptible insects
Arnaud, Ludovic; Callaghan, Amanda; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Functional Ecology (2001)

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See detailResidual circulation and thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo: a 3-D hydrodynamical model
Lopez, S. T.; Varela, R. A.; Delhez, Eric ULg

in Scientia Marina (2001), 65(Suppl. 1), 277-289

A three-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic model is described and tested for the first time to study the residual circulation and the thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain) at short time ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic model is described and tested for the first time to study the residual circulation and the thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain) at short time scales and under different wind stress regimes. Two markedly different realistic scenarios were chosen: northerly upwelling-favourable winds and southerly downwelling-favourable winds. The numerical experiments carried out indicate that the hydrodynamic regime of the Ria de Vigo is mostly a consequence of wind events. As could be expected, moderately strong North winds reinforce the normal (positive) Ria circulation, while winds blowing from the South, when sufficiently strong, reverse the typical circulation pattern and reduce the characteristic outgoing velocities and the flushing time inside the Ria. The temperature and salinity fields generated by the model in both situations were compared with observations and found to be in qualitatively good agreement, supporting the 3D velocity field distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferences in glucosinolate degradation products related to aphid and Brassicaceae host plant myrosinases
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg

in GCIRC Bulletin (2001)

Studies on chemical ecology of host plant selection by herbivores were largely carried out to orplain the diversity of secondary plant chemicals and host specialisation of herbivores. The glucosinolate ... [more ▼]

Studies on chemical ecology of host plant selection by herbivores were largely carried out to orplain the diversity of secondary plant chemicals and host specialisation of herbivores. The glucosinolate - isothiocyanate system in Brassicaceae plants was considered as a plant defence and was known to influence the feeding behaviour of phytophagous insects such as the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryre brassicae. Purified m5nosinases from the latter and from white mustard, Sinqis alba, were used to hydrolyse two glucosinolate compounds. Identification of the degradation products, mainly isothiocyanates, was perficrmed by gas chromatography - mass spectromeûy. While sinigdn hydrolysis gave identical isothiocyanates for insect and plant enzymes, B. brassicae myrosinase showed a particular activity toward sinalbin A lost of an hydrory group was obsen'red for the two latter substrates related products when compared to the S. alba enzymatic specificity. Aphid and plant myrosinases have different properties and specificities which can be discussed in relation to a co-evolution approach. [less ▲]

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See detailSexual compatibility between two heterochronic morphs in the Alpine newt, Triturus alpestris
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg; Ruwet, Jean-Claude

in Animal Behaviour (2001), 62(3), 559-566

Paedomorphosis, in which individuals retain ancestral characteristics in the adult stage, is widespread in newts and salamanders and is suspected to play an important role in evolution. In some species ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis, in which individuals retain ancestral characteristics in the adult stage, is widespread in newts and salamanders and is suspected to play an important role in evolution. In some species, paedomorphosis is facultative with some individuals forgoing metamorphosis. Optimality models have been proposed to explain the maintenance of this polymorphism, but require the integration of reproductive patterns into the models. We investigated the frequencies of inbreeding and outbreeding in two syntopic heterochronic morphs of the Alpine newt. The two morphs are sexually compatible: encounters between and within morphs were equally successful in terms of spermatophore transfer. Behavioural observations were in agreement with the sexual compatibility observed. Nevertheless, paedomorphic males displayed to females less frequently than metamorphic males. The two morphs differ largely on the basis of sexual secondary characteristics, but the majority of these traits did not affect mating success. Because of the large flow of genes between the two heterochronic morphs and because of the absence of spatial and temporal isolation, these results do not support sympatric speciation models, but are in favour of the maintenance of polymorphism in natural populations. (C) 2001 The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailSecondary fabrics revealed by remanence anisotropy: methodological study and examples from plutonic rocks
Trindade, Ricardo I.F.; Bouchez, Jean-Luc; Bolle, Olivier ULg et al

in Geophysical Journal International (2001), 147(2), 310-318

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See detailSmoothed nonparametric maximum likelihood estimation of the risk distribution underlying bonus-malus systems
Denuit, Michel; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Proceedings of the Casualty Actuarial Society (2001), LXXXVIII

Mixed Poisson distributions are widely used for modeling claim counts when the portfolio is thought to be heterogeneous. The risk (or mixing) distribution then represents a measure of this heterogeneity ... [more ▼]

Mixed Poisson distributions are widely used for modeling claim counts when the portfolio is thought to be heterogeneous. The risk (or mixing) distribution then represents a measure of this heterogeneity. The aim of this paper is to use a variant of the Patilea and Rolin [15] smoothed version of the Simar [20] Non-Parametric Maximum Likelihood Estimator of the risk distribution in the mixed Poisson model. Empirical results based on two data sets from automobile third-party liability insurance demonstrate the relevance of this approach. The design of merit-rating schemes is discussed in the second part of the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailLa sémiologie selon L.J. Prieto
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Linx (2001), 44

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See detailModification génétique de la levure Yarrowia lipolytica pour maîtriser la β-oxydation
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; LeDall, M.-T. et al

in Journal de la Société de Biologie (2001), 195(4), 459-459

Les biotechnologies font régulièrement appel à la β-oxydation pour produire des composés à haute valeur ajoutée ou dépolluer des effluents industriels. Cette voie métabolique est difficile à maîtriser car ... [more ▼]

Les biotechnologies font régulièrement appel à la β-oxydation pour produire des composés à haute valeur ajoutée ou dépolluer des effluents industriels. Cette voie métabolique est difficile à maîtriser car elle implique un nombre réduit d'enzymes pour une voie très longue. En particulier, la production d'intermédiaires réactionnels est délicate car les enzymes de la voie de reconsommation sont souvent les mêmes que celles impliquées dans la production. Ainsi, la production de γ-décalactone à partir de ricinoléate de méthyle chez Y. lipolytica implique la β-oxydation (Endrizzi et al., 1996). Cette levure est un bon modèle pour étudier le métabolisme des acides gras car elle possède cinq acyl-CoA oxydases (Aox) catalysant la première étape de la β-oxydation (Wang et al., 1999). L'effet d'une invalidation des gènes codant pour les Aox a été étudié sur la production de γ-décalactones. En fonction des Aox présentes dans les souches, différentes lactones sont produites et leur reconsommation peut être nettement ralentie. Cette étude montre qu'on peut maîtriser la β-oxydation en modifiant le matériel génétique des souches et qu'on peut ainsi améliorer les productions existantes mais aussi produire de nouvelles molécules d'intérêt. [less ▲]

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Badir, Sémir ULg; Arrivé, Michel

in Linx (2001), 44

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See detailLes troubles des fonctions exécutives dans la maladie d'Alzheimer
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Alzheimer Actualités (2001), (155), 6-9

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See detailTransition between anesthesia and post-operative analgesia: relevance of intra-operative administration of analgesics.
Joris, Jean ULg; Kaba, Abdourahmane ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2001), 52(3), 271-9

The rapid awakening without residual analgesic effect seen with the new "fast-in-fast-out" anesthetic agents forces us to anticipate post-operative pain management. More then ever, "balanced analgesia ... [more ▼]

The rapid awakening without residual analgesic effect seen with the new "fast-in-fast-out" anesthetic agents forces us to anticipate post-operative pain management. More then ever, "balanced analgesia" appears the key for successful transition between anesthesia and post-operative analgesia. This review focuses on practical aspects seeking to answer the following questions: which analgesics should be used?; how should they be given?; at what stage of the anesthetic time should they be injected? In the absence of a loco-regional technique, analgesics must be given before the end of surgery to obtain a quiet awakening. The transition in this delicate period may be facilitated by the intra-operative use of various adjuvant therapies such as ketamine, lidocaine infusion, clonidine, and magnesium, that reduce the needs for opioid and/or post-operative pain severity. All non-opioid analgesics (propacetamol, NSAIDs, tramadol) must be given according to their pharmacokinetic characteristics, indications and contraindications to ensure the required analgesic effect is effective at the time of awakening. If tramadol is not used, an initial dose of a long-acting opioid should be given 20-30 minutes before the end of surgery. Insufficient analgesia must be corrected by titrating an opioid intravenously before allowing the patient to control his/her analgesia using a PCA pump. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge pion pole in Z(S)(MOM)/(Z(P)(MOM) from Wilson action data
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Le Yaouanc, A.; Pittori, C.

in Physics Letters B (2001), 516(1-2), 92-102

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See detailPalladium-silver sol-gel catalysts for selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene III. Kinetics and reaction mechanism
Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Schoebrechts, Jean-Paul; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Catalysis (2001), 200(2), 309-320

The kinetics of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloro-ethane into ethylene over a Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalyst is studied. Kinetic data at 573, 596, and 647 K have been obtained by means of experimental ... [more ▼]

The kinetics of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloro-ethane into ethylene over a Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalyst is studied. Kinetic data at 573, 596, and 647 K have been obtained by means of experimental designs in the space of the partial pressures of the four components influencing kinetics, that is, 1,2-dichloroethane, hydrogen, ethylene, and hydrogen chloride. One model among the numerous ones examined allows us to represent correctly the experimental data. Ii: corresponds to the following mechanism: dechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene occurs on silver through dissociative adsorption with successive breaking of the two C-Cl bonds and desorption of C2H4. Thanks to its activation power of hydrogen by dissociative chemisorption, palladium present at the surface of the alloy supplies hydrogen atoms for regeneration of the chlorinated silver surface into metallic silver. The presence of hydrogen adsorbed on Pd also causes the undesired ethylene hydrogenation leading to a loss of olefin selectivity. (C) 2001 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of electrical properties on the evaluation of the surface hydrophobicity of Bacillus subtilis
Ahimou, F.; Paquot, Michel ULg; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Microbiological Methods (2001), 45(2), 119-126

The surface hydrophobicity of nine Bacillus subtilis strains in different states (spores, vegetative cells, and dead cells) was assessed by water contact angle measurements, hydrophobic interaction ... [more ▼]

The surface hydrophobicity of nine Bacillus subtilis strains in different states (spores, vegetative cells, and dead cells) was assessed by water contact angle measurements, hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) and bacterial adhesion to hydrocarbon (BATH). Electrokinetic properties of B, subtilis strains were characterized by zeta potential measurements and found to differ appreciably according to the strain, Correlations between HIC data, BATH data and zeta potential showed that HIC and RATH are influenced by electrostatic interactions. Water contact angle measurements thus provide a better estimate of cell surface hydrophobicity. The water contact angle of B. subtilis varied according to the strain and the state, the spores tending to be more hydrophobic than vegetative cells. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailL'exigence de motivation des décisions ordonnant un repérage ou une écoute téléphonique
Jacobs, Ann ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2001)

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See detailThe use of additives to prepare low-density xerogels
Alié, Christelle ULg; Pirard, René ULg; Lecloux, A. J. et al

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2001), 285

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See detailEtude clinique du mois. Protection secondaire de l'accident vasculaire cerebral par le perindopril: l'etude PROGRESS.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(11), 792-5

PROGRESS ("Perindopril pROtection aGainst REcurrent Stroke Study") demonstrated that blood-pressure lowering treatment with perindopril, an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (combined with the ... [more ▼]

PROGRESS ("Perindopril pROtection aGainst REcurrent Stroke Study") demonstrated that blood-pressure lowering treatment with perindopril, an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (combined with the diuretic agent indapamide when necessary), reduces the risk of stroke by 28% (95% CI: 17-38, p < 0.0001) among patients with a history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack. This protective effect was observed among both hypertensive and non-hypertensive individuals. It was more marked in the patients receiving combined perindopril + indapamide treatment (-43%; 95% CI 30-54) who were those who showed the greatest reduction in arterial blood pressure (-12/5 mm Hg). According to these observations, the authors concluded that treatment with these two agents should now be considered routinely for patients with a history of stroke or transient ischaemic attack, irrespective of their blood pressure. [less ▲]

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See detailL'autonomie fiscale des communautés et des régions après les accords du Lambermont
Bourgeois, Marc ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2001)

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See detailShort-term variations of the partial pressure of CO2 in surface waters of the Galician upwelling system
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Progress in Oceanography (2001), 50(2-4), 283-302

The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved oxygen saturation level (%O2) were monitored continuously during a cruise in August 1998, which sampled surface waters off the Galician coast. Data are ... [more ▼]

The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved oxygen saturation level (%O2) were monitored continuously during a cruise in August 1998, which sampled surface waters off the Galician coast. Data are presented from two Lagrangian experiments carried out in an upwelling on the continental shelf and in the core of an offshore filament. The data show that daily variations in surface pCO2 and oxygen (%O2) were controlled by the diurnal cycle of primary production/respiration, temperature variations and air–sea exchange. Data obtained during various cross-shelf and cross-filament transects are also discussed and give an insight into the processes controlling large scale variations of pCO2 and %O2 in the Galician upwelling system. These data suggest that upwelling filaments are an important feature of the inorganic carbon cycle of upwelling systems. However more field data in the various eastern boundary current systems worldwide are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel inhibitors of the sodium-calcium exchanger: benzene ring analogues of N-guanidino substituted amiloride derivatives
Rogister, F.; Laeckmann, D.; Plasman, P.-O. et al

in European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2001), 36

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See detailIn vitro effects of aceclofenac and its metabolites on the production by chondrocytes of inflammatory mediators.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; de Leval, X.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Inflammation Research (2001), 50(8), 391-9

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory action of aceclofenac in vivo, we studied in vitro the effect of aceclofenac and its main metabolite, 4 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory action of aceclofenac in vivo, we studied in vitro the effect of aceclofenac and its main metabolite, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac, in comparison with diclofenac, another metabolite, on cyclooxygenases activity as well as interleukin-1beta, -6 and -8, nitric oxide, and prostaglandin E2 production by human osteoarthritic and normal articular chondrocytes. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 72 h in the absence or presence of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) or lipopolysacharride (LPS) and with or without increased amounts (1 to 30 microM) of aceclofenac or metabolites. The production of different cytokines was measured by Enzyme Amplified Sensitivity Immunoassays (EASIA). Prostaglandin E2 was quantified by a specific radioimmunoassay. Nitrite and nitrate concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. Cyclooxygenase-2, inducible NO synthase and IL-1beta gene expression were quantified by reverse transcription of mRNA followed by real time and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Finally, cyclooxygenase inhibitory potency of the drugs was also tested in both a cell-free system using purified ovine cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1 and COX-2) and at a cellular level using human whole blood assay. RESULTS: We have demonstrated that aceclofenac, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac and diclofenac significantly decreased interleukin-6 production at concentrations ranged among 1 to 30 microM and fully blocked prostaglandin E2 synthesis by IL-1beta- or LPS-stimulated human chondrocytes. Aceclofenac and diclofenac had no effect on interleukin-8 production while 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac slightly decreased this parameter at the highest dose (30 microM). Aceclofenac was without effect on IL-1beta- or LPS-stimulated nitric oxide production. At 30 microM, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac inhibited both IL-1beta or LPS-stimulated nitric oxide production while diclofenac inhibited only the LPS-stimulated production. Finally, at 30 microM, the three drugs significantly decreased IL-1beta mRNA. In the whole blood test, aceclofenac and 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac weakly inhibited COX-1 with IC50 values superior to 100 microM, but decreased by 50% COX-2 activity at the concentration of 0.77 and 36 microM, respectively. Diclofenac strongly inhibited both COX-1 and COX-2 with IC50 values of 0.6 and 0.04 microM, respectively. On the other hand, aceclofenac and diclofenac weakly inhibited purified ovine cyclooxygenases with IC50 values superior to 100 microM, whereas 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac was without effect. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that aceclofenac actions are multifactorial and that metabolites could contribute to its anti-inflammatory actions. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrophase separation at the surface of block copolymers, as studied with atomic force microscopy
Rasmont, A.; Leclère, Philippe; Doneux, C. et al

in Colloids and Surfaces B : Biointerfaces (2000), 19(4), 381-395

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used to study the phase separation process occurring in block copolymers in the solid state. The simultaneous measurement of the amplitude and the phase of the oscillating ... [more ▼]

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is used to study the phase separation process occurring in block copolymers in the solid state. The simultaneous measurement of the amplitude and the phase of the oscillating cantilever in the tapping mode operation provides the surface topography along with the cartography of the microdomains of different mechanical properties. This technique thus allows to characterize the size and shape of those microdomains and their organization at the surface (e.g. cubic lattice spheres, hexagonal lattice of cylinders, or lamellae). In this study, a series of symmetric triblock copolymers made of a inner elastomeric sequence (poly(butadiene) or poly(alkylacrylate)) and two outer thermoplastic sequences (poly(methylmethacrylate)) is analyzed by AFM in the tapping mode. The microphase separation and their morphology are essential factors for the potential of these materials as a new class of thermoplastic elastomers. Special attention is paid to the control of the surface morphology, as observed by AFM, by the molecular structure of the copolymers (volume ratio of the sequences, molecular weight, length of the alkyl side group) and the experimental conditions used for the sample preparation. The molecular structure of the chains is completely controlled by the synthesis, which relies on the sequential living anionic polymerization of the comonomers. The copolymers are analyzed as solvent-cast films, whose characteristics depend on the solvent used and the annealing conditions. The surface arrangement of the phase-separated elastomeric and thermoplastic microdomains observed on the AFM phase images is discussed on the basis of quantitative information provided by the statistical analysis by Fourier transform and grain size distribution calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of porous polylactide foams by image analysis and impedance spectroscopy
Maquet, Véronique; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16(26), 10463-10470

The texture of highly porous polylactide foams prepared by freeze-drying of poly-L-lactide (L-PLA) and poly-DL-lactide (DL-PLA) solutions of various concentrations was investigated by two novel ... [more ▼]

The texture of highly porous polylactide foams prepared by freeze-drying of poly-L-lactide (L-PLA) and poly-DL-lactide (DL-PLA) solutions of various concentrations was investigated by two novel methodologies, image analysis and impedance spectroscopy. Image analysis of scanning electron micrographs of transverse cross-sections at two different magnifications gave information on both the macroporosity (1 mum < width 10 <mu>m) and ultramacroporosity (width > 10 mum). Impedance spectroscopy was used to investigate the transport properties of the three-dimensional porous matrices by measurement of ionic conduction. Image analysis showed that: (a) the macroporosity, which mainly contributes to porosity, is independent of the sample composition; (b) when the concentration of the polymer solution is increased, the density of the ultramacropores decreases and their average diameter increases; (c) the distribution of the ultramacropores is more homogeneous in the semicrystalline L-PLA. foams than in the amorphous DL-PLA counterparts, in which the ultramacropores tend to make clusters. The dielectric properties changed at low frequency, in relation to modifications in the ultramacroporosity. Ultramacropores of the L-PLA foams were found to be more open and more sensitive to the concentration of the polymer solutions compared with DL-PLA. Expectedly, the mechanical properties of the PLA foams changed with the structure of the ultramacroporous network. These results encourage further investigations on the texture of porous supports, to collect pertinent information on the physical macro- and ultramacroenvironment in which cells will reside. [less ▲]

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See detailPeripheral Nerve Regeneration Using Bioresorbable Macroporous Polylactide Scaffolds
Maquet, Véronique; Martin, Didier ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A (2000), 52(4), 639-51

The ability of DRG-derived neurons to survive and attach onto macroporous polylactide (PLA) foams was assessed in vitro. The foams were fabricated using a thermally induced polymer-solvent phase ... [more ▼]

The ability of DRG-derived neurons to survive and attach onto macroporous polylactide (PLA) foams was assessed in vitro. The foams were fabricated using a thermally induced polymer-solvent phase separation. Two types of pore structures, namely oriented or interconnected pores, can be produced, depending on the mechanism of phase separation, which in turn can be predicted by the thermodynamics of the polymer-solvent pair. Coating of the porous foams with polyvinylalcohol (PVA) considerably improved the wettability of the foams and allowed for cell culture. The in vitro biocompatibility of the PVA-coated supports was demonstrated by measuring cell viability and neuritogenesis. Microscopic observations of the cells seeded onto the polymer foams showed that the interconnected pore networks were more favorable to cell attachment than the anisotropic ones. The capacity of highly oriented foams to support in vivo peripheral nerve regeneration was studied in rats. A sciatic nerve gap of 5-mm length was bridged with a polymer implant showing macrotubes of 100 microm diameter. At 4 weeks postoperatively, the polymer implant was still present. It was well integrated and had restored an anatomic continuity. An abundant cell migration was observed at the outer surface of the polymer implant, but not within the macrotubes. This dense cellular microenvironment was found to be favorable for axogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailType Iv Collagen Induces Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 Activation in Ht1080 Fibrosarcoma Cells
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Frankenne, F.; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2000), 261(2), 348-59

Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activation has been described as a "master switch" which triggers tumor spread and metastatic progression. We show here that type IV collagen, a major component of ... [more ▼]

Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) activation has been described as a "master switch" which triggers tumor spread and metastatic progression. We show here that type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes, promotes MMP-2 activation by HT1080 cells. When plated on plastic, HT1080 cells constitutively processed the 66-kDa pro-MMP-2 into a 62-kDa intermediate activated form, most probably through a membrane type (MT) 1 MMP-dependent mechanism. In the presence of type IV collagen, part of this intermediate form was further processed to fully activated 59-kDa MMP-2. This activation was prevented by tissue inhibitor of MMP (TIMP)-2 and a broad-spectrum hydroxamic acid-based synthetic MMP inhibitor (GI129471). Type IV collagen-mediated pro-MMP-2 activation did not involve either a transcriptional modulation of MMP-2, MT1-MMP, or TIMP-2 expression nor any alteration of MT1-MMP protein synthesis or processing. An inverse relationship between MMP-2 activation and the concentration of secreted TIMP-2 was observed. This is consistent with our previous report that TIMP-2 degradation is probably linked to the MT1-MMP-dependent MMP-2 activation mechanism. Because invasive tumor cells must breach basement membranes at different steps of the metastatic dissemination, the ability of HT1080 cells to activate pro-MMP-2 in the presence of type IV collagen might represent a key regulatory mechanism for the acquisition of an invasive potential. [less ▲]

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See detailWater-soluble complexes formed by sodium poly(4-styrenesulfonate) and a poly(2-vinylpyridinium)-block-poly(ethyleneoxide) copolymer
Gohy, Jean-François; Varshney, Sunil K; Antoun, Said et al

in Macromolecules (2000), 33(25), 9298-9305

Formation of interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPEC) between sodium poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSSO3Na) and a diblock copolymer consisting of a protonated poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) block and a neutral ... [more ▼]

Formation of interpolyelectrolyte complexes (IPEC) between sodium poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PSSO3Na) and a diblock copolymer consisting of a protonated poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) block and a neutral poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) one was investigated in water. The main experimental variables were the molecular weight (MW) of the PSSO3Na polyanion, the molar ratio of the cationic and anionic species (i.e., the stoichiometry of the complex), and the pH of the aqueous solution. It was observed that (i) the interpolyelectrolyte complexes self-assemble at least at low pH into the core of monodisperse spherical micelles surrounded by a corona of PEO blocks and possibly of uncomplexed PSSO3Na segments, (ii) their stability depends on the pH in relation to the degree of protonation of the P2VP block, whatever the MW of the PSSO3Na polyanion and the cation/anion stoichiometry, (iii) the complexes are dissociated above a critical pH and are salt-sensitive, falling apart above a critical salt concentration, and (iv) a cooperative mechanism operates, which is completely reversible. [less ▲]

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See detailAdsorption of Poly(vinylpyrrolidone)/Surfactant(s) mixtures at the silica/water interface: a calorimetric investigation
Thibaut, Anne; Misselyn-Bauduin, Anne-Marie; Broze, Guy ULg et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16(25), 9841-9849

The adsorption of binary mixtures of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and of ternary mixture of PVP, SDS, and pentaethylene glycol monodecyl ether (C10E5) onto silica has been ... [more ▼]

The adsorption of binary mixtures of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and of ternary mixture of PVP, SDS, and pentaethylene glycol monodecyl ether (C10E5) onto silica has been studied by the measurements of the adsorbed amount of PVP and the heat of adsorption. The amount of PVP adsorbed from the binary mixtures decreases as the SDS concentration is increased, whereas the enthalpy change passes through a maximum at SDS concentration of ca. 4 g/L. The chain conformation of PVP adsorbed on silica has been estimated from the adsorption data in relation to the surfactant concentration. It changes from loops and tails to trains upon increasing SDS concentration. At SDS concentrations higher than 4 g/L, a comblike conformation is observed. The adsorption of PVP/SDS/C10E5 ternary mixtures depends on the polymer concentration regime. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecific Passive Immunity Reduces the Excretion of Glycoprotein E-Negative Bovine Herpesvirus Type 1 Vaccine Strain in Calves
Lemaire, Mylène; Hanon, E.; Schynts, Frédéric et al

in Vaccine (2000), 19(9-10), 1013-7

We investigated the excretion of either a glycoprotein E (gE)-negative bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV1) vaccine strain or a conventional modified-live vaccine strain in both naive and passively immunised ... [more ▼]

We investigated the excretion of either a glycoprotein E (gE)-negative bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV1) vaccine strain or a conventional modified-live vaccine strain in both naive and passively immunised calves. The replication of gE-negative strain was considerably reduced in the maternally immunised calves, in comparison with the non-immune calves. On the other hand, the excretion of the gE-positive conventional vaccine strain was not reduced and even seemed to be prolonged in the presence of maternal antibodies. These results suggest that BHV1 gE may play a role in virus survival in the presence of antibodies. [less ▲]

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See detailTemporal differentiation in two strains of small rodents: a wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) and an albino mouse (Mus musculus OF1)
Lejeune, Helga ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Ferrara, André ULg

in Behavioural Processes (2000), 52(2-3), 155-169

Wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and OF1 albino mice (Mus musculus) were compared over durations ranging from 0.5 to 7 s, using the differential reinforcement of response duration schedule (DRRD) and a ... [more ▼]

Wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and OF1 albino mice (Mus musculus) were compared over durations ranging from 0.5 to 7 s, using the differential reinforcement of response duration schedule (DRRD) and a 'platform' response, i.e. staying on a small platform for a specified criterion duration to be reinforced. Species-related differences were found for mean response durations, efficiency and the number of trials needed to reach a preset performance criterion. Coefficients of variation of response durations did not differ. Overall, OF1 mice needed more trials than wood mice to reach a temporal criterion. However, over 3-7 s, data from both strains almost fitted the behavioral assumptions of Scalar Timing theory. Performance of mongolian gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) trained in a similar setting was shown for visual comparison. [less ▲]

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See detailPlacental growth hormone (GH), GH-binding protein, and insulin-like growth factor axis in normal, growth-retarded, and diabetic pregnancies: Correlations with fetal growth
McIntyre, H. D.; Serek, R.; Crane, D. I. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2000), 85(3), 1143-1150

We previously described significant changes in GH-binding protein (GHBP) in pathological human pregnancy. There was a substantial elevation of GHBP in cases of noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and a ... [more ▼]

We previously described significant changes in GH-binding protein (GHBP) in pathological human pregnancy. There was a substantial elevation of GHBP in cases of noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and a reduction in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. GHBP has the potential to modulate the proportion of free placental GH (PGH) and hence the impact on the maternal GH/insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) axis, fetal growth, and maternal glycemic status. The present study was undertaken to investigate the relationship among glycemia, GHBP, and PGH during pregnancy and to assess the impact of GHBP on the concentration of free PGH. We have extended the analysis of specimens to include measurements of GHBP, PGH, IGF-I, IGF-II, IGF-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1), IGFSP-2, and IGFBP-3 and have related these to maternal characteristics, fetal growth, and glycemia. The simultaneous measurement of GHBP and PGH has for the first time allowed calculation of the free component of PGH and correlation of the free component to indexes of fetal growth and other endocrine markers. PGH, free PGH, IGF-I, and IGF-II were substantially decreased in IUGR at 28-30 weeks gestation (K28) and 36-38 weeks gestation (K36). The mean concentration (+/-SEM) of total PGH increased significantly from K28 to K36 (30.0 +/- 2.2 to 50.7 +/- 6.2 ng/mL; n = 40), as did the concentration of free PGH (23.4 +/- 2.3 to 43.7 +/- 6.0 ng/mL; n = 38). The mean percentage of free PGH was significantly less in IUGR than in normal subjects (67% vs. 79%; P < 0.01). Macrosomia was associated with an increase in these parameters that did not reach statistical significance. Multiple regression analysis revealed that PGH/IGF-I and IGFBP-5 account for 40% of the variance in birth weight. IGFBP-3 showed a significant correlation with IGF-I, IGF-II, and free and total PGK at K28 and K36. Noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus patients had a lower mean percentage of free PGH (65%; P < 0.01), and insulin-dependent diabetics had a higher mean percentage of free PGH (87%; P < 0.01) than normal subjects. Mean postprandial glucose at K28 correlated positively with PGH and free PGH (consistent with the hyperglycemic action of GH). GHBP correlated negatively with both postprandial and fasting glucose. Although GHBP correlated negatively with PGH (r = -0.52; P <.001), free PGH and total PGH correlated very closely (r = 0.98). The results are consistent with an inhibitory function for GHBP in vivo and support a critical role for placental GH and IGF-I in driving normal fetal growth. [less ▲]

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See detailVariations of the Ap star HDE 318107
Manfroid, Jean ULg; Mathys, G.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 364

The rotation period of the Ap star HDE 318107 has been determined from magnetic and photometric observations obtained between August 1992 and September 1998.

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See detailGenotypic Characterization of Enteropathogenic Escherichia Coli (Epec) Isolated in Belgium from Dogs and Cats
Goffaux, F.; China, B.; Janssen, L. et al

in Research in Microbiology (2000), 151(10), 865-71

Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) are isolated from man and farm animals but also from dogs and cats. They produce typical histological lesions called 'attaching and effacing' lesions. Both plasmid ... [more ▼]

Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) are isolated from man and farm animals but also from dogs and cats. They produce typical histological lesions called 'attaching and effacing' lesions. Both plasmid and chromosomal elements are involved in the pathogenesis of EPEC infection. The presence of these genetic elements was investigated in 14 dog and three cat EPEC isolates. A bfpA-related gene was detected in five of the 17 isolates in association with high molecular weight plasmids, and a locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE) was present in all isolates. The LEE was inserted in the selC region in only 12% of the isolates. The eae, tir, espA and espB genes were analyzed by multiplex PCR. The results indicated the presence of those genes in the tested isolates with heterogeneity in the gene subtypes present: eae gamma-tir alpha-espA alpha-espB alpha (65%), eae beta-tir beta-espA beta-espB beta (29%), eae alpha-tir alpha-espA alpha-espB alpha (6%). Moreover, the espD gene was also present in dog and cat EPEC. The DEPEC and CEPEC form a heterogeneous group and five of them are closely related to human EPEC. [less ▲]

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See detailTaxonomy of stock market indices
Bonanno, G.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Mantegna, R. N.

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (2000), 62(6),

We investigate sets of financial nonredundant and nonsynchronously recorded time series. The sets are composed by a number of stock market indices located all over the world in five continents. By ... [more ▼]

We investigate sets of financial nonredundant and nonsynchronously recorded time series. The sets are composed by a number of stock market indices located all over the world in five continents. By properly selecting the time horizon of returns and by using a reference currency we find a meaningful taxonomy. The detection of such a taxonomy proves that interpretable information can be stored in a set of nonsynchronously recorded time series. [less ▲]

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See detailEffectiveness of block copolymers as stabilizers for aqueous titanium dioxide dispersions of a high solid content
Creutz, Serge; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Progress in Organic Coatings (2000), 40(1-4), 21-29

Copolymers of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and sodium methacrylate (MANa) have been synthesized and tested as dispersants for the aqueous dispersion of titanium dioxide (80 wt.% solid ... [more ▼]

Copolymers of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) and sodium methacrylate (MANa) have been synthesized and tested as dispersants for the aqueous dispersion of titanium dioxide (80 wt.% solid). The molecular composition of the block copolymers has an effect on the dispersion stability. Triblock copolymers consisting of PMANa outer blocks are unable to stabilize the dispersion. Triblock copolymers of the reverse structure form poorly stable dispersions due to at least partial particle bridging. In the case of non-blocky distribution of the DMAEMA and MANa comonomers in the chains, the stabilization capability is lost. A decrease in the anchoring strength of the diblocks has a deleterious effect on the dispersion stability. Finally, the surface coverage depends on the availability of free copolymer chains (unimers) coexisting with micelles. These trends have been confirmed in a fully formulated paint containing Cu-phthalocyanine pigment. [less ▲]

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See detailL'électronique au service de la détection des chaleurs.
Hanzen, Christian ULg

in Hebdo Vétérinaire (2000), 32

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See detailRegulation of Etioplast Pigment-Protein Complexes, Inner Membrane Architecture, and Protochlorophyllide a Chemical Heterogeneity by Light-Dependent Nadph:Protochlorophyllide Oxidoreductases a and B
Franck, Fabrice ULg; Sperling, U.; Frick, G. et al

in Plant Physiology (2000), 124(4), 1678-96

The etioplast of dark-grown angiosperms is characterized by the prolamellar body (PLB) inner membrane, the absence of chlorophyll, and the accumulation of divinyl and monovinyl derivatives of ... [more ▼]

The etioplast of dark-grown angiosperms is characterized by the prolamellar body (PLB) inner membrane, the absence of chlorophyll, and the accumulation of divinyl and monovinyl derivatives of protochlorophyll(ide) a [Pchl(ide) a]. Either of two structurally related, but differentially expressed light-dependent NADPH:Pchlide oxidoreductases (PORs), PORA and PORB, can assemble the PLB and form dark-stable ternary complexes containing enzymatically photoactive Pchlide-F655. Here we have examined in detail whether these polypeptides play redundant roles in etioplast differentiation by manipulating the total POR content and the PORA-to-PORB ratio of etiolated Arabidopsis seedlings using antisense and overexpression approaches. POR content correlates closely with PLB formation, the amounts, spectroscopic properties, and photoreduction kinetics of photoactive Pchlide, the ratio of photoactive Pchlide-F655 to non-photoactive Pchl(ide)-F632, and the ratio of divinyl- to monovinyl-Pchl(ide). This last result defines POR as the first endogenous protein factor demonstrated to influence the chemical heterogeneity of Pchl(ide) in angiosperms. It is intriguing that excitation energy transfer between different spectroscopic forms of Pchl(ide) in etiolated cotyledons remains largely independent of POR content. We therefore propose that the PLB contains a minimal structural unit with defined pigment stoichiometries, within which a small amount of non-photoactive Pchl(ide) transfers excitation energy to a large excess of photoactive Pchlide-F655. In addition, our data suggests that POR may bind not only stoichiometric amounts of photoactive Pchlide, but also substoichiometric amounts of non-photoactive Pchl(ide). We conclude that the typical characteristics of etioplasts are closely related to total POR content, but not obviously to the specific presence of PORA or PORB. [less ▲]

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See detailA 295-Kda Intermediate Filament-Associated Protein in Radial Glia and Developing Muscle Cells in Vivo and in Vitro
Chanas-Sacre, Grazyna; Thiry, Marc ULg; Pirard, Sandrine et al

in Developmental Dynamics : An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists (2000), 219(4), 514-25

The RC2 antibody is frequently used to label mouse radial glial cells in all parts of the nervous system where neuronal migration occurs during embryonic and early postnatal life. The antigen recognized ... [more ▼]

The RC2 antibody is frequently used to label mouse radial glial cells in all parts of the nervous system where neuronal migration occurs during embryonic and early postnatal life. The antigen recognized by this antibody still needs to be identified. We have characterized further its localization in vivo, its expression and subcellular localization in vitro, as well as its molecular nature. Histologic investigations of whole mouse embryos reveal an equally intense expression of RC2 immunostaining in radial glial cells in brain and spinal cord and in skeletal muscle. In glial cells cultures, the RC2 antibody recognizes an epitope located on the glial cytoskeleton and identified as an intermediate filament associated protein (IFAP) at the ultrastructural level. RC2 immunostaining in those cells is strongly dependent on the presence of a serum-derived activity. Serum-removal causes a decrease of the staining while adding serum back to the cells induces reexpression of RC2 immunoreactivity. By Western blotting, we find that in intermediate filament (IF) preparations obtained from cultured cerebellar glia, the RC2 antibody recognizes a 295-kDa protein whose expression is also dependent on the presence of serum in culture medium. In developing muscle cells, RC2 immunostaining is observed from the myoblast stage and disappears after complete myotube fusion. Both in vivo and in vitro, staining is first seen as a loose capping around myoblasts nuclei and progressively concentrates into Z-disks in association with the muscle IF protein desmin. The RC2 antibody also recognizes a 295-kDa protein band in muscle tissue protein extracts. Thus, the RC2 antibody recognizes a developmentally regulated cytoskeletal protein that is expressed, like other previously identified IFAPs, by cells of the glial and myogenic lineages and whose expression in vitro seems to be controlled by a signaling mechanism known to modulate astroglial morphology. [less ▲]

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See detailBone Sialoprotein Mrna and Protein Expression in Human Multiple Myeloma Cell Lines and Patients
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Van Riet, I.; de Greef, C. et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2000), 111(4), 1118-21

Bone sialoprotein (BSP) is a glycoprotein essentially found in mineralizing connective tissues. We have recently demonstrated that BSP is ectopically expressed by carcinomas that metastasize to bone with ... [more ▼]

Bone sialoprotein (BSP) is a glycoprotein essentially found in mineralizing connective tissues. We have recently demonstrated that BSP is ectopically expressed by carcinomas that metastasize to bone with high frequency. Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by the localization of tumour plasma cells in the bone marrow. In this study, BSP expression was evaluated in human myeloma cell lines and in bone marrow aspirates and one ascites fluid from MM patients. BSP was detectable in conditioned media of MM cell lines. Using FACS analysis and in situ hybridization, we demonstrated that tumour cells from all MM patients and cell lines analysed express BSP at both the protein and the mRNA level. [less ▲]

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See detailStripes Ordering in Self-Stratification Experiments of Binary and Ternary Granular Mixtures
Lecocq, N.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (2000), 62(6, Pt B), 8241-4

The self-stratification of binary and ternary granular mixtures has been experimentally investigated. Ternary mixtures lead to a particular ordering of the strata which was not accounted for in former ... [more ▼]

The self-stratification of binary and ternary granular mixtures has been experimentally investigated. Ternary mixtures lead to a particular ordering of the strata which was not accounted for in former explanations. Bouncing grains are found to have an important effect on stratum formation. A complementary mechanism for self-stratification of binary and ternary granular mixtures is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailIonic end-capping of (semi)telechelic polymers by mesogens
Gohy, Jean-François; Sobry, Roger ULg; Van den Bossche, Guy ULg et al

in Polymer International (2000), 49(11), 1293-1301

Two methods have been used to end-cap linear polymer chains at one end or at both ends by a mesogen through ionic bonding. These polymers are designated as liquid-crystalline halato(semi)telechelic ... [more ▼]

Two methods have been used to end-cap linear polymer chains at one end or at both ends by a mesogen through ionic bonding. These polymers are designated as liquid-crystalline halato(semi)telechelic polymers (LC H(S)TPs). The first method relies on the ion exchange reaction between the metal counterion of halato(semi)telechelic polymers and an ionic mesogen. The second method is based on the proton transfer from a sulfonic or carboxylic acid end-group to a tertiary aliphatic amine, this approach being controlled by the relative pKa values of the acidic and basic groups. If the pKa difference is not large enough, strong hydrogen-bonding is observed by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy rather than proton transfer. The resulting materials have been characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), polarized optical microscopy (POM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). [less ▲]

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See detailThe Contraceptive Profile of a New Oral Contraceptive with Antimineralocorticoid and Antiandrogenic Effects
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care : The Official Journal of the European Society of Contraception (2000), 5(Suppl 3), 25-33

Yasmin (Schering AG, Berlin, Germany), a new oral contraceptive containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol combined with 3 mg drospirenone, effectively inhibits ovulation, as demonstrated by measurement of ... [more ▼]

Yasmin (Schering AG, Berlin, Germany), a new oral contraceptive containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol combined with 3 mg drospirenone, effectively inhibits ovulation, as demonstrated by measurement of plasma hormone levels (follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, estradiol and progesterone), and echographic evaluation of follicular ripening. Like other low-dose oral contraceptives, the combination of ethinylestradiol and drospirenone markedly limits cervical function, spinnbarkeit and degree of crystallization, resulting in a hostile environment for sperm penetration. Two large, randomized, multicenter, open-label clinical studies have compared the contraceptive efficacy of ethinylestradiol/drospirenone with that of Marvelon, a well-established contraceptive containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol plus 150 microg desogestrel. Both preparations provided effective contraception and good cycle control. There were no negative effects on hemostatic parameters, lipids and carbohydrate metabolism. However, in both studies, ethinylestradiol/drospirenone had a more favorable effect on body weight than ethinylestradiol/desogestrel, with mean body weight remaining lower in the ethinylestradiol/ drospirenone group, the difference between the two preparations being statistically significant. Pre-existing acne and seborrhea were improved by ethinylestradiol/ drospirenone and blood pressure was essentially unchanged. These studies show that ethinylestradiol/drospirenone provides effective oral contraception, excellent cycle control and good tolerability, with effects on body weight and skin condition that are likely to confer a significant beneficial effect on compliance, especially in women with a tendency to gain weight under oral contraceptives due to water retention. [less ▲]

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See detailConsiderations on delocalized HbA(1c) assays
Bordas-Fonfrede, M.; Selam, J. L.; Goudable, J. et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2000), 26(6), 508-512

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See detailModélisation des phénomènes thermomécaniques dans une lingotière de coulée continue
Pascon, Frédéric ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg; Bourdouxhe, M. et al

in Mécanique & Industries (2000), 1

Modelling of the thermomechanical phenomena in a mould of continuous casting. The surface and internal quality of continuous cast products depends very much on the behaviour of the strand in the mould ... [more ▼]

Modelling of the thermomechanical phenomena in a mould of continuous casting. The surface and internal quality of continuous cast products depends very much on the behaviour of the strand in the mould during solidification. Among the parameters likely to influence this behaviour, the mould taper takes a prominent part. We developed a thermomechanical 2D model of the strand in the mould using the finite element code LAGAMINE. A slice of the strand is defined perpendicularly to the casting axis with the following boundary conditions: symmetry with principal axes of the section (double symmetry), frictional unilateral contact with the mould surface and imposed mould temperature. The approach uses the generalised plane strain state that allows a variable thickness of the slice in time, and provides one equation for the vertical force equilibrium. The ferrostatic pressure is also taken into account. Due to the mould taper, the geometry of the mould is not constant, but varies as the slice is moving down. The thermal exchange conditions are also modified, depending on contact condition between the strand and the mould. After a two years work, the model is now in checking to predict behaviour of the strand in different cases (shape of the strand cross section, mould taper, etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailVirus Neutralizing Antibodies against a Panel of 18 Bvdv Isolates in Calves Vaccinated with Rispoval Rs-Bvd
Hamers, C.; Di Valentin, Emmanuel ULg; Dumont, Chloé ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Medicine. B, Infectious Diseases & Veterinary Public Health (2000), 47(10), 721-6

Seven of nine colostrum-deprived calves, free from infection with bovine virus diarrhoea virus (BVDV), were vaccinated with Rispoval RS-BVD on two occasions, 21 days apart, while the other two were kept ... [more ▼]

Seven of nine colostrum-deprived calves, free from infection with bovine virus diarrhoea virus (BVDV), were vaccinated with Rispoval RS-BVD on two occasions, 21 days apart, while the other two were kept as BVDV infection controls. The virus neutralizing (VN) serum antibodies induced by vaccination were tested for their ability to neutralize 18 European BVDV isolates, including laboratory reference strains and recent field isolates, both cytopathic and non-cytopathic biotypes as well as genotypes I and II. The strains were isolated in Belgium, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. While there were large variations in the vaccine-induced VN titres of the individual calves against all the strains, e.g. the titres against Osloss NCP, the European reference strain ranged from 1.7 to 6.7 (1:log2), serum from each animal was capable of neutralizing between nine and all 18 of the strains tested. Nevertheless, from the results of this study, it can be concluded that in colostrum-deprived BVDV seronegative calves, Rispoval RS-BVD can stimulate the production of VN antibodies capable of neutralizing a wide range of antigenically diverse European isolates of BVDV, including genotypes I and II. [less ▲]

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See detailRoles of Nuclear Factor-Kappab, P53, and P21/Waf1 in Daunomycin-Induced Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis
Hellin, A. C.; Bentires-Alj, M.; Verlaet, Myriam ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (2000), 295(3), 870-8

Daunomycin is a potent inducer of p53 and NF-kappaB transcription factors. It is also able to increase the amount of the p21 cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor. The human p21 promoter harbors p53 ... [more ▼]

Daunomycin is a potent inducer of p53 and NF-kappaB transcription factors. It is also able to increase the amount of the p21 cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor. The human p21 promoter harbors p53-responsive elements and an NF-kappaB binding site. [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome de Gitelman: une cause rare d'hypokaliemie
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; PHILIPS, Jean-Christophe ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(12), 1037-40

We report a case of hypokaliemia whose origin is a urinary potassium loss associated with syndrome of Gitelman. The syndrome of Gitelman is a rare familiar autosomal recessive nephropathy. We will discuss ... [more ▼]

We report a case of hypokaliemia whose origin is a urinary potassium loss associated with syndrome of Gitelman. The syndrome of Gitelman is a rare familiar autosomal recessive nephropathy. We will discuss the pathophysiology of this syndrome and differential diagnoses. [less ▲]

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See detailCytokine Production from Peripheral Whole Blood in Atopic and Nonatopic Asthmatics: Relationship with Blood and Sputum Eosinophilia and Serum Ige Levels
Bettiol, J.; Bartsch, Pierre ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Allergy (2000), 55(12), 1134-41

BACKGROUND: The cytokine network is thought to be essential in orchestrating airway inflammation in asthma. Although evidence has accumulated to suggest that atopic asthma is a Th2 disease, much less is ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The cytokine network is thought to be essential in orchestrating airway inflammation in asthma. Although evidence has accumulated to suggest that atopic asthma is a Th2 disease, much less is known about nonatopic asthma. METHODS: We have compared the production of IL-4, IL-6, IFN-gamma, and TNF-alpha from peripheral blood leukocytes between atopic (n=21) and nonatopic (n=22) asthmatics and healthy nonatopic subjects (n=20). Peripheral blood was incubated for 24 h either without stimulus or with LPS or PHA. Cytokines were measured by the immunotrapping technique (Dynamic Immunoassay). RESULTS: When compared to healthy nonatopic subjects, both atopic and nonatopic asthmatics showed increased blood and sputum eosinophilia associated with raised total serum IgE levels. Similarly, both asthma groups displayed spontaneous, endotoxin-induced overproduction of IL-6. Enhanced spontaneous, endotoxin-induced release of IL-4 combined with reduced spontaneous IFN-gamma production was seen only in atopic asthma. In this group of patients, the production of IL-4 was related to the extent of blood and sputum eosinophilia. In nonatopic asthmatics, serum levels of IgE were inversely related to the production of IFN-gamma. CONCLUSIONS: Both atopic and intrinsic asthma display raised blood and airway eosinophilia, raised total serum IgE, and overproduction of IL-6 from peripheral blood. Atopic asthma is also characterized by impaired spontaneous release of IFN-gamma and increased production of IL-4 that correlates with the magnitude of eosinophilic inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailProtection fongicide intégrée au mode de conduire de la culture. Exemple du blé en Belgique
Bodson, Bernard ULg; Meeùs, Patrick; Moreau, Jean-Marc et al

in Phytoma : La Défense des Végétaux (2000), 533

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See detailTolerance to the Foeto-Placental 'Graft': Ten Ways to Support a Child for Nine Months
Thellin, Olivier ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Current Opinion in Immunology (2000), 12(6), 731-7

Tolerance to the foetal 'allograft' has been extensively studied in the past few years, providing interesting new insights. In addition to a potential role for HLA-G, which has been widely discussed ... [more ▼]

Tolerance to the foetal 'allograft' has been extensively studied in the past few years, providing interesting new insights. In addition to a potential role for HLA-G, which has been widely discussed, there are hypotheses suggesting roles for several other molecules or cells: leukemia inhibitory factor and its receptor; indoleamine 2. 3-dioxygenase; the Th1/Th2 balance; suppressor macrophages; hormones such as progesterone or the placental growth hormone; CD95 and its ligand; and, as recently proposed, annexin II. Tolerance of the foetal allograft is probably the consequence of a wide panel of mechanisms that may or may not be pregnancy-specific, that are of major or secondary importance and that may be interconnected. [less ▲]

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See detailSma Circuits Reduce Platelet Consumption and Platelet Factor Release During Cardiac Surgery
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg; Dekoster, Guy ULg et al

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2000), 70(6), 2075-81

BACKGROUND: Platelet count and function are particularly damaged by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). This study evaluated the effects of a novel CPB circuit in terms of platelet count and activation, and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Platelet count and function are particularly damaged by cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). This study evaluated the effects of a novel CPB circuit in terms of platelet count and activation, and postoperative need for blood products. METHODS: One hundred patients undergoing coronary grafting were randomized in two groups: control group (n = 50) and test group (n = 50, surface modifying additives circuit, SMA group). Blood samples were taken before, during, and after CPB. Postoperative blood loss, number of transfused blood products, and postoperative variables were recorded. RESULTS: The platelet count decreased less in the SMA group compared to the control group (end of CPB: respectively, 165 +/- 9 x 10(3)/mm3 vs 137 +/- 8 x 10(3)/mm3; p < 0.01). This was paralleled by a reduction in beta-thromboglobulin plasma levels in the SMA group. There was a trend to decreased blood loss in the SMA group, but the difference was significant only in patients taking aspirin preoperatively (p < 0.05). In the SMA group nearly 50% less fresh frozen plasma and platelet units were administered (p < 0.01). No operative deaths were observed. CONCLUSIONS: The use of circuits with surface additives is clinically safe, preserves platelet levels, and attenuates platelet activation. This may lead to a reduced need for blood products. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de l'efficacité de la lutte chimique contre Helicoverpa armigera sur le cotonnier durant la campagne agricole 1996 au Burkina Faso
Toé, A.M.; Héma, S.A.O.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg

in Etudes et Recherches Sahéliennes (2000), 4-5

ln 1996, the cotton subsector in Burkina Faso experienced a great crisis which was drama-like here and there. An exceptionally high infestation of cotton plants by the main pest, Helicoverpa armigera (a ... [more ▼]

ln 1996, the cotton subsector in Burkina Faso experienced a great crisis which was drama-like here and there. An exceptionally high infestation of cotton plants by the main pest, Helicoverpa armigera (a density of 167n500 worms par hectare) on treated plots whereas the theoretical intervention threshold is ranging from 5,000 to 12,500 Army-worms per hectare could not be controlled by the released insecticides. This year, the infestation intensity was at least sirnilar with the one of the year 1991 in which harvest losses had been estimated at 50,000 tons of seed cotton (NIBOUCHE 1994), i.e. a loss of about 20 billion francs CFA. The aftermath was really heavy for the productucers, SOFITEX and the Burkina state. Four years later, well informed and well-advised experts take into consideration the natural factors and hurnan opcrational factors that are the source of this economie drarna : findings from two independent expert reports produced according to Laboratory Good Pratices (GLP) at the request of civil society on sorne pesticides, highlited concordantly their poor quality (low active ingredient. content, poor quality of formulations). This work, whilst restoring truth in a fair and unbiased way, states the reasons for our past and current failures as weil as the reasons for our future successes. By proposing a new approach to studies on the efficacy of cotton insecticides, tbis work contributes to the seeking of a better phytosanitary protection for cotton in the countries of the sub-region. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychrophilic Enzymes: Revisiting the Thermodynamic Parameters of Activation May Explain Local Flexibility
Lonhienne, T.; Gerday, Charles ULg; Feller, Georges ULg

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2000), 1543(1), 1-10

Basic theoretical and practical aspects of activation parameters are briefly reviewed in the context of cold-adaptation. In order to reduce the error impact inherent to the transition state theory on the ... [more ▼]

Basic theoretical and practical aspects of activation parameters are briefly reviewed in the context of cold-adaptation. In order to reduce the error impact inherent to the transition state theory on the absolute values of the free energy (DeltaG(#)), enthalpy (DeltaH(#)) and entropy (DeltaS(#)) of activation, it is proposed to compare the variation of these parameters between psychrophilic and mesophilic enzymes, namely Delta(DeltaG(#))(p-m), Delta(DeltaH(#))(p-m) and Delta(DeltaS(#))(p-m). Calculation of these parameters from the available literature shows that the main adaptation of psychrophilic enzymes lies in a significant decrease of DeltaH(#), therefore leading to a higher k(cat), especially at low temperatures. Moreover, in all cases including cold-blooded animals, DeltaS(#) exerts an opposite and negative effect on the gain in k(cat). It is argued that the magnitude of this counter-effect of DeltaS(#) can be reduced by keeping some stable domains, while increasing the flexibility of the structures required to improve catalysis at low temperature, as demonstrated in several cold-active enzymes. This enthalpic-entropic balance provides a new approach explaining the two types of conformational stability detected by recent microcalorimetric experiments on psychrophilic enzymes. [less ▲]

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See detailAdsorption of an aqueous mixture of surfactants on silica
Thibaut, Anne; Misselyn-Bauduin, Anne-Marie; Grandjean, Jean ULg et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16(24), 9192-9198

The behavior of mixtures of a nonionic surfactant, pentaethylene glycol monodecyl ether (C10E5), and an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), was studied at the water−silica interface. In ... [more ▼]

The behavior of mixtures of a nonionic surfactant, pentaethylene glycol monodecyl ether (C10E5), and an anionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), was studied at the water−silica interface. In contrast to the C10E5 surfactant, which is adsorbed at the silica−water interface at pH 6, the adsorption of the anionic surfactant is not observed. In the presence of SDS, the adsorption of C10E5 is severely restricted as result of the formation of mixed micelles in solution. This behavior is consistent with the adsorption free energy, ΔGads, of C10E5 and the free energy of mixed micellization, ΔGmix.mic, of SDS and C10E5. Flow microcalorimetry (FMC) results showed that the addition of C10E5/SDS mixtures to silica precoated with C10E5 resulted in the release of the preadsorbed nonionic surfactant; the whole phenomenon is exothermic. Combination of calorimetric data (FMC and isothermal titration calorimetry), self-diffusion coefficients, and the regular solution theory led to the conclusion that the main driving force for the C10E5 desorption was the formation of mixed micelles by unimeric SDS and the released nonionic surfactant. [less ▲]

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See detailResistance of Isolated Pulmonary Mitochondria During in Vitro Anoxia/Reoxygenation
Willet, K.; Detry, Olivier ULg; Sluse, Francis ULg

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2000), 1460(2-3), 346-52

The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation on the oxidative phosphorylation of isolated lung mitochondria. Mitochondria were isolated after harvesting from fresh ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation on the oxidative phosphorylation of isolated lung mitochondria. Mitochondria were isolated after harvesting from fresh pig lungs flushed with Euro-Collins solution. Mitochondrial respiratory parameters were determined in isolated mitochondria before anoxia (control), after 5-45 min anoxia followed by 5 min reoxygenation, and after 25 or 40 min of in vitro incubation in order to follow the in vitro aging of mitochondria during respiratory assays. Respiratory parameters measured after anoxia/reoxygenation did not show any oxidative phosphorylation dysfunction, indicating a high resistance of pulmonary mitochondria to in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation (up to 45 min anoxia). These results indicate that mitochondria are not directly responsible of their oxidative phosphorylation damage observed after in vivo ischemia (K. Willet et al., Transplantation 69 (2000) 582) but are a target of others cellular injuries leading to mitochondrial dysfunction in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailNf-Kappab Activation in Response to Toxical and Therapeutical Agents: Role in Inflammation and Cancer Treatment
Bours, Vincent ULg; Bonizzi, Giuseppina; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed et al

in Toxicology (2000), 153(1-3), 27-38

The NF-kappaB transcription factor is ubiquitously expressed and controls the expression of a large number of genes. Experimental data clearly indicate that NF-kappaB is a major regulator of the ... [more ▼]

The NF-kappaB transcription factor is ubiquitously expressed and controls the expression of a large number of genes. Experimental data clearly indicate that NF-kappaB is a major regulator of the inflammatory reaction by controlling the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules in response to cytokines, oxidative stress and infectious agents. We demonstrated that NF-kappaB activation by IL-1beta follows three distinct cell-specific pathways. Moreover, our studies indicated that in one model of inflammatory diseases, horse recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), the extent of NF-kappaB basal activity correlates with pulmonary dysfunction. Another role of NF-kappaB activity protects cancer cells against apoptosis and could participate in the resistance to cancer treatment. However, we did not observe any increased cytotoxicity after treatment with anticancer drugs or TNF-alpha of cells expressing a NF-kappaB inhibitor. Therefore, we can conclude that the inhibition of apoptosis by NF-kappaB is likely to be cell type and stimulus-dependent. Further studies are required to determine whether NF-kappaB could be a target for anticancer treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of Persistent Nf-Kappa B Activity in the Bronchi of an Animal Model of Asthma
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Delhalle, Sylvie; Bonizzi, Giuseppina et al

in Journal of Immunology (2000), 165(10), 5822-5830

In most cells trans-activating NF-kappaB induces many inflammatory proteins as well as its own inhibitor, IkappaB-alpha, thus assuring a transient response upon stimulation. However, NF-kappaB-dependent ... [more ▼]

In most cells trans-activating NF-kappaB induces many inflammatory proteins as well as its own inhibitor, IkappaB-alpha, thus assuring a transient response upon stimulation. However, NF-kappaB-dependent inflammatory gene expression is persistent in asthmatic bronchi, even after allergen eviction. In the present report we used bronchial brushing samples (BBSs) from heaves-affected horses (a spontaneous model of asthma) to elucidate the mechanisms by which NF-kappaB activity is maintained in asthmatic airways. NF-kappaB activity was high in granulocytic and nongranulocytic BBS cells. However, NF-kappaB activity highly correlated to granulocyte percentage and was only abrogated after granulocytic death in cultured BBSs. Before granulocytic death, NF-kappaB activity was suppressed by simultaneous addition of neutralizing anti-IL-1beta and anti-TNF-alpha Abs to the medium of cultured BBSs. Surprisingly, IkappaB-beta, whose expression is not regulated by NF-kappaB, unlike IkappaB-alpha, was the most prominent NF-kappaB inhibitor found in BBSs. The amounts of IkappaB-beta were low in BBSs obtained from diseased horses, but drastically increased after addition of the neutralizing anti-IL-1beta and anti-TNF-alpha Abs. These results indicate that sustained NF-kappaB activation in asthmatic bronchi is driven by granulocytes and is mediated by IL-1beta and TNF-alpha. Moreover, an imbalance between high levels of IL-1beta- and TNF-alpha-mediated IkappaB-beta degradation and low levels of IkappaB-beta synthesis is likely to be the mechanism preventing NF-kappaB deactivation in asthmatic airways before granulocytic death. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization holography reveals the nature of the grating in polymers containing azo-dye
Blanche, Pierre-Alexandre ULg; Lemaire, P. C.; Maertens, Christophe et al

in Optics Communications (2000), 185(1-3), 1-12

To study the origin of reversible holographic recording in three polymers containing the same azo-dye, we have measured the diffraction efficiency and analyzed the gratings characteristics for various ... [more ▼]

To study the origin of reversible holographic recording in three polymers containing the same azo-dye, we have measured the diffraction efficiency and analyzed the gratings characteristics for various writing beams polarizations. The amplitude of the holographic grating, as well as the ratio between index and absorption modulations, have been investigated by gratings shifting. The total amount of diffracted power and the diffraction efficiency versus the reading beam polarization has been measured by non-degenerated four waves mixing. These experiments have revealed that the molecular mechanisms of holographic recording in the studied compounds are different. The photoinduced orientation of the chromophores is predominant for C6-C11-DMNPAA; so, in C11-C6-DMNPAA (DMNPAA: 2,5-dimethyl-4-(p-nitrophenylazo)anisole), the refractive index variation comes from the presence of both trans and cis populations generated by photoisomerization. The behavior of the PVK:DMNPAA is included between these extreme cases since both phenomena act. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear and nonlinear Rayleigh-Bénard-Marangoni instability with surface deformations
Regnier, Vincent; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Lebon, Georgy ULg

in Physics of Fluids (2000), 12

Thermoconvective instabilities in a bilayer liquid-gas system with a deformed interface are investigated. In the first part of the work which is devoted to a linear approach, emphasis is put on the role ... [more ▼]

Thermoconvective instabilities in a bilayer liquid-gas system with a deformed interface are investigated. In the first part of the work which is devoted to a linear approach, emphasis is put on the role of the upper gas layer on the instability phenomenon. The condition to be satisfied by the gas to remain purely conductive is established. The so-called Oberbeck-Boussinesq approximation is discussed and its range of validity is carefully defined. Instead of the classical Rayleigh, Marangoni, crispation, and Galileo numbers, new dimensionless groups are introduced. A critical comparison with several previous works is made. The nonlinear analysis consists in studying the different convective patterns which can appear above the threshold. Particular attention is devoted to the shape of the interface and the so-called ``hybrid'' relief. The amplitude of the deformation is also determined and comparison with experimental data is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Optical Time Delay Estimate for the Double Gravitational Lens System B1600+434
Burud, I.; Hjorth, J.; Jaunsen, A. O. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2000), 544

We present optical I-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed double QSO B1600+434 from observations obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) between 1998 April and 1999 November. The ... [more ▼]

We present optical I-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed double QSO B1600+434 from observations obtained at the Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) between 1998 April and 1999 November. The photometry has been performed by simultaneous deconvolution of all the data frames, involving a numerical lens galaxy model. Four methods have been applied to determine the time delay between the two QSO components, giving a mean estimate of Deltat=51+/-4 days (95% confidence level). This is the fourth optical time delay ever measured. Adopting a Omega=0.3, Lambda=0 universe and using the mass model of Maller et al., this time delay estimate yields a Hubble parameter of H[SUB]0[/SUB]=52[SUP]+14[/SUP][SUB]-8[/SUB] km s[SUP]-1[/SUP] Mpc[SUP]-1[/SUP] (95% confidence level), where the errors include time delay as well as model uncertainties. There are time-dependent offsets between the two (appropriately shifted) light curves that indicate the presence of external variations due to microlensing. Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope, operated on the island of La Palma jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Old Halo metallicity gradient: the trace of a self-enrichment process
Parmentier, Geneviève ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 363

Based on a model of globular cluster self-enrichment published in a previous paper, we present an explanation for the metallicity gradient observed throughout the galactic Old Halo. Our self-enrichment ... [more ▼]

Based on a model of globular cluster self-enrichment published in a previous paper, we present an explanation for the metallicity gradient observed throughout the galactic Old Halo. Our self-enrichment model is based on the ability of globular cluster progenitor clouds to retain the ejecta of a first generation of Type II Supernovae. The key point is that this ability depends on the pressure exerted on the progenitor cloud by the surrounding protogalactic medium and therefore on the location of the cloud in the protoGalaxy. Since there is no significant (if any) metallicity gradient in the whole halo, we also present a review in favour of a galactic halo partly built via accretions and mergers of satellite systems. Some of them bear their own globular clusters and therefore ``contaminate'' the system of globular clusters formed ``in situ'', namely within the original potential well of the Galaxy. Therefore, the comparison between our self-enrichment model and the observational data should be limited to the genuine galactic globular clusters, the so-called Old Halo group. [less ▲]

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