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See detailPrediction of response and other improvements on the limitations of recombinant human erythropoietin therapy in anemic cancer patients.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Haematologica (2002), 87(11), 1209-21

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of cancer patients suffer from chronic anemia. While recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) offers many of the advantages of blood transfusions, response rates ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of cancer patients suffer from chronic anemia. While recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) offers many of the advantages of blood transfusions, response rates to this treatment are variable and in some trials a large proportion of patients (30 50%) did not respond. This failure may be due to factors related to the underlying disease, the chemotherapy given or functional iron deficiency. An accurate means of predicting response to rHuEPO would be beneficial to both healthcare providers and patients. EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION SOURCES: Data were identified by searches of the published literature, including PubMed, references from relevant reviews, and abstracts presented at recent international oncology and hematology meetings. Only papers in English published between 1990 and 2002 were included. References were selected according to direct relevance to the topic discussed and availability. STATE OF THE ART: The best algorithms for predicting response appear to be those combining an assessment of the adequacy of endogenous erythropoietin production together with some early indicators of erythropoietic marrow response. Further characterization of the dose-response relationship of erythropoietic agents may allow better understanding of ways in which response may be enhanced. Adequate iron availability could also contribute to better response rates. PERSPECTIVES: Further characterization of the predictors of response for current and upcoming erythropoietic agents may enhance the management of anemia associated with cancer, and provide more convenient, effective, and flexible therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of a coalescence parameter from batch-settling experiments
Henschke, M; Schlieper, L; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2002), 85((2-3)), 369-378

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See detailMaladie de Horton et atteintes arterielles extratemporales: utilite de la tomographie par emission de positons au 18FDG. A propos de trois observations et d'une revue de la litterature
Belhocine, Tarik; Kaye, Olivier; Delanaye, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue de Médecine Interne (2002), 23(7), 584-91

PURPOSE: We report three cases of Horton's disease, in which F18-Fluorine-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (18FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) demonstrated a clinically unsuspected extra-cranial vessels ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: We report three cases of Horton's disease, in which F18-Fluorine-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (18FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) demonstrated a clinically unsuspected extra-cranial vessels hypermetabolism. METHODS: Fully corrected whole-body PET was performed in three patients (two women, one man) for exploring a marked inflammatory syndrome. Scanning was acquired 60 min after i.v. injection of 222 MBq of 18FDG in average. RESULTS: In two patients with histologically proven Horton's disease, PET alone showed increased glucose metabolism involving the carotid and sub-clavian arteries as well as the ascending aorta, aortic arch, thoracic and abdominal aorta, and the iliac and femoral arteries. In the third patient, by detecting cervical, thoracic and abdominal vessel hypermetabolism, PET non-invasively contributed to the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. All patients had complete clinical and biological response to corticoids. PET controls performed 3- to 6-months post-treatment, confirmed the disappearance of the metabolic stigma. CONCLUSION: 18FDG PET may show an increased glucose metabolism in asymptomatic extracranial vessels locations of Horton's arterities. If these observations are confirmed on controlled trials, PET could be particularly useful for non-invasive diagnosing, staging and monitoring atypical clinical forms of Horton's disease. The metabolic imaging could also contribute to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of GCA. [less ▲]

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See detailSteroid perfusion of the inner ear for sudden sensorineural hearing loss after failure of conventional therapy: a pilot study.
Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg; Staecker, Hinrich

in Acta Oto-Laryngologica (2002), 122(7), 698-702

The aim of this study was to determine if high-dose delivery of methylprednisolone to the round window can improve hearing after the failure of conventional treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine if high-dose delivery of methylprednisolone to the round window can improve hearing after the failure of conventional treatment for sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). In 6 patients with SSHL an Intraear microcatheter was placed in the round window niche and methylprednisolone (62.5 mg/ml) was infused at a rate of 10 microl/h for 8-10 days. Audiometric assessments (including measurement of speech discrimination) were made at presentation, either every day or every other day during treatment and 5 days after the completion of perfusion. Perfusion of methylprednisolone was beneficial for all 6 patients, with a 16.25-25 dB improvement in hearing threshold. A dramatic improvement in speech discrimination was also noted in all patients. In conclusion, methylprednisolone perfused at the level of the round window membrane resulted in significant recovery of hearing function after the failure of standard treatment of SSHL. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of topical hypopigmenting agents on solar lentigines of Asian women.
Hermanns, Jean-François ULg; Petit, Ludivine; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 281-6

BACKGROUND: So-called darkened age spots encompass distinct pathological processes. The efficacy of topical depigmenting agents is difficult to objectivate. OBJECTIVE: To assess the hypopigmenting effect ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: So-called darkened age spots encompass distinct pathological processes. The efficacy of topical depigmenting agents is difficult to objectivate. OBJECTIVE: To assess the hypopigmenting effect of three cosmetic formulations using objective biometrological methods. METHODS: 50 women of South-East Asian ancestry were enrolled in this pilot study. They had solar lentigines according to dermoscopic criteria. The lesions were treated by topical hypopigmenting formulations. Products were applied twice daily for 2 or 3 months. Assessments at 1-month intervals were made using narrow-band reflectance spectrophotometry, image analysis of video-recorded ultraviolet light reflection and photodensitometry- and image-analysis-assisted corneomelametry. RESULTS: A 20% azelaic acid formulation and another one containing 5% ascorbyl glucosamine, 1% kojic acid and alpha-hydroxyacid esters appeared inefficacious on solar lentigines. A stabilized soy extract showed a better although modest lightening effect when assessed by corneomelametry. The subclinical or faint mottled skin revealed by ultraviolet light examination better responded (p < 0.05) to treatments. CONCLUSION: Focal epidermal hyperpigmentation is better controlled by topical whitening agents when the increase in melanin content reflects a modest functional hyperactivity of melanocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailA randomized comparison of the value of additional stenting after optimal balloon angioplasty for long coronary lesions: final results of the additional value of NIR stents for treatment of long coronary lesions (ADVANCE) study.
Serruys, Patrick W.; Foley, David P.; Suttorp, Martin Jan et al

in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2002), 39(3), 393-9

OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the clinical benefit of additional stent implantation after achieving an optimal result of balloon angioplasty (BA) in long coronary lesions (>20 mm). BACKGROUND: Long ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: We sought to investigate the clinical benefit of additional stent implantation after achieving an optimal result of balloon angioplasty (BA) in long coronary lesions (>20 mm). BACKGROUND: Long coronary lesions are associated with increased early complications and late restenosis after BA. Stenting improves the early outcome, but stent restenosis is also related to both lesion length and stent length. METHODS: A total of 437 patients with a single native lesion 20 to 50 mm in length were included and underwent BA, using long balloons matched to lesion length and vessel diameter (balloon/artery ratio 1.1) to achieve a diameter stenosis (DS) <30% by on-line quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). "Bail-out stenting" was performed for flow-limiting dissections or >50% DS. Patients in whom an optimal BA result was achieved were randomized to additional stenting (using NIR stents) or no stenting. The primary end point was freedom from major adverse cardiac events (MACE) at nine months, and core laboratory QCA was performed on serial angiograms. RESULTS: Bailout stenting was necessary in 149 patients (34%) and was associated with a significantly increased risk of peri-procedural infarction (p < 0.02). Among the 288 randomized patients, the mean lesion length was 27+/-9 mm, and the vessel diameter was 2.78+/-0.52 mm. The procedural success rate was 90% for the 143 patients assigned to BA alone (control group), as compared with 93% in the 145 patients assigned to additional stenting (stent group), which resulted in a superior early minimal lumen diameter (0.54 mm, p < 0.001) and led to reduced angiographic restenosis (27% vs. 42%, p = 0.022). Freedom from MACE at nine months was 77% in both groups. CONCLUSIONS: A strategy of provisional stenting for long coronary lesions led to bailout stenting in one-third of patients, with a threefold increase in peri-procedural infarction. Additional stenting yielded a lower angiographic restenosis rate, but no reduction in MACE at nine months. [less ▲]

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See detailAnxiety and hyperventilation in mild to moderate asthmatics
Delvaux, Muriel ULg; Fontaine, Ovide ULg; Bartsch, Pierre ULg

in European Review of Applied Psychology = Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée (2002), 52(2), 149-160

Studied breathing patterns and hyperventilation symptoms in 80 adolescents and adults (aged 16-60 yrs) with mild to moderate asthma and 40 adolescents and adults (aged 16-60 yrs) with no asthma symptoms ... [more ▼]

Studied breathing patterns and hyperventilation symptoms in 80 adolescents and adults (aged 16-60 yrs) with mild to moderate asthma and 40 adolescents and adults (aged 16-60 yrs) with no asthma symptoms (healthy controls). Data on pulmonary function, ventilation and breathing pattern, and psychological symptoms were obtained by clinical observation and questionnaire. Asthmatic Ss were requested not to take bronchodilatation medications for 24-48 hrs prior to testing. The Anxiety Sensitivity Index-Revised (S. Taylor and Cox, 1998), the Self-Consciousness Scale-Revised (A. Fenigwstein et al, 1975), the State-Train Anxiety Inventory, the Nijmegen Questionnaire (P. van Doorn et al, 1982), the Sense of Coherence Scale (A. Antonovsky, 1987), the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (D. Watson et al, 1988), the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Asthma Symptoms Checklist (R. A. Kinsman et al, 1973, revision by Brooks et al, 1989) were used. The results show that the asthmatic subjects have lower PetCO2 than normal subjects and that variables associated with lower PetCO2 include total volume, female gender, and negative affectivity. The results also show that female subjects and asthmatics have similar breathing patterns and compared to male subjects [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of soft X-ray emission from Io, Europa, and the Io Plasma Torus
Elsner, Ronald F.; Gladstone, G. Randall; Waite, J. Hunter et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2002), 572(2), 1077-1082

We report the discovery of soft (0.25-2 keV) X-ray emission from the Galilean satellites Io and Europa, probably Ganymede, and from the Io Plasma Torus (IPT). Bombardment by energetic (greater than 10 keV ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of soft (0.25-2 keV) X-ray emission from the Galilean satellites Io and Europa, probably Ganymede, and from the Io Plasma Torus (IPT). Bombardment by energetic (greater than 10 keV) H, O, and S ions from the region of the IPT seems to be the likely source of the X-ray emission from the Galilean satellites. According to our estimates, fluorescent X-ray emission excited by solar X-rays, even during flares from the active Sun, charge-exchange processes, previously invoked to explain Jupiter's X-ray aurora and cometary X-ray emission, and ion stripping by dust grains fail to account for the observed emission. On the other hand, bremsstrahlung emission of soft X-rays from nonthermal electrons in the few hundred to few thousand eV range may account for a substantial fraction of the observed X-ray flux from the IPT. [less ▲]

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See detailDes risques modernes à la société réflexive : pour une autre approche du (bio)terrorisme
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Brunet, Sébastien ULg; Rogister, Yves

in Ethique Publique, Revue internationale d’éthique sociétale et gouvernementale (2002), 4(n°2), 115-136

Au départ de quelques normes de portée nationale et internationale dont l'examen souligne la difficulté de parvenir à une définition opératoire du terrorisme, cet article propose un cadrage alternatif du ... [more ▼]

Au départ de quelques normes de portée nationale et internationale dont l'examen souligne la difficulté de parvenir à une définition opératoire du terrorisme, cet article propose un cadrage alternatif du phénomène terroriste fondé sur le paradigme des "risques réflexifs". Sous cet éclairage, le risque terroriste agit comme un véritable révélateur du rapport à notre environnement politique, social et technique: il est l'occasion de mettre en évidence des rapports de force, des relations politiques de domination et de dépendance qui constituent le contexte structurel de conflits locaux, régionaux ou internationaux; mais aussi, plus indirectement, en venant nous rappeler la vulnérabilité de nos collectifs, de plus en plus basés sur le fonctionnement en réseaux, l'interdépendance et le développement de macro-systèmes techniques. Il plaide pour une meilleure prise en compte de la dimension proprement politique du terrorisme et, plus largement, pour un basculement global vers un modèle de société ouverte plus sensible à des facteurs de risque trouvant leur origine dans nos propres pratiques et notre rapport au monde. Comme fil conducteur, des exemples empruntés au bioterrorisme, en ce que le phénomène paraît emblématique de la réflexivité des risques modernes. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms controlling the oxygen consumption in experimentally induced hypochloremic alkalosis in calves
Cambier, Carole ULg; Clerbaux, Thierry; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2002), 33

The study was carried out on healthy Friesian calves (n = 10) aged between 10 and 30 days. Hypochloremia and alkalosis were induced by intravenous administration of furosemide and isotonic sodium ... [more ▼]

The study was carried out on healthy Friesian calves (n = 10) aged between 10 and 30 days. Hypochloremia and alkalosis were induced by intravenous administration of furosemide and isotonic sodium bicarbonate. The venous and arterial blood samples were collected repeatedly. 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (2,3-DPG), hemoglobin and plasmatic chloride concentrations were determined. The red blood cell chloride concentration was also calculated. pH, PCO2 and PO2 were measured in arterial and mixed venous blood. The oxygen equilibrium curve (OEC) was measured in standard conditions. The correspondence of the OEC to the arterial and mixed venous compartments was calculated, taking blood temperature, pH and PCO2 values into account. The oxygen exchange fraction (OEF%), corresponding to the degree of blood desaturation between the arterial and mixed venous compartments and the amount of oxygen released at the tissue level by 100 mL of blood (OEF Vol%) were calculated from the arterial and mixed venous OEC, combined with PO2 and hemoglobin concentration. Oxygen delivery (DO2) was calculated using the arterial oxygen content, the cardiac output measured by thermodilution, and the body weight of the animal. The oxygen consumption (VO2) was derived from the cardiac output, OEF Vol% and body weight values. Despite the plasma hypochloremia, the erythrocyte chloride concentration was not influenced by furosemide and sodium bicarbonate infusion. Due to the alkalosis-induced increase in the 2,3-DPG, the standard OEC was shifted to the right, allowing oxygen to dissociate from hemoglobin more rapidly. These changes opposed the increased affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen induced by alkalosis. Moreover, respiratory acidosis, hemoconcentration, and the slight decrease in the partial oxygen pressure in mixed venous blood (Pvo(2)) tended to improve the OEF Vol% and maintain the oxygen consumption in a physiological range while the cardiac output, and the oxygen delivery were significantly decreased. It may be concluded that, despite reduced oxygen delivery, oxygen consumption is maintained during experimentally induced hypochloremic alkalosis in healthy 10-30 day old calves [less ▲]

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See detailQuelques Névroptères d’un site de la région liégeoise (ru de Targnon, Theux, Belgique)
Mignon, Jacques ULg

in Notes Fauniques de Gembloux (2002), 47

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See detailBudesonide in Collagenous colitis: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial With Histologic Follow-Up
Baert, Filip; Schmit, Alain; D'Haens, Geert et al

in Gastroenterology (2002), 122

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See detailPolyester layered silicate nanohybrids by controlled grafting polymerization
Lepoittevin, Bénédicte; Pantoustier, Nadège; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2002), 12(12), 3528-3535

Poly( epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) layered silicate nanohybrids were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone according to a well-controlled coordination-insertion mechanism ... [more ▼]

Poly( epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) layered silicate nanohybrids were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone according to a well-controlled coordination-insertion mechanism. Montmorillonites were surface-modified by non functional (trimethylhexadecylammonium) and hydroxy functional alkylammonium cations, i.e., (2-hydroxyethyl) dimethylhexadecylammonium. The hydroxy functions available at the clay surface were activated into tin( II or IV) or Al(III) alkoxide initiators for lactone polymerization, thus yielding surface-grafted PCL chains. The surface-grafted PCL chains were recovered by an ionic exchange reaction with lithium chloride and they were analyzed by size exclusion chromatography. The PCL molar mass was measured as a function of the hydroxy content of the clay that was modulated by exchanging the Na cations with mixtures of non-functional and hydroxy functional ammonium cations of different compositions. Nanohybrids were also characterized by small-angle X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and thermogravimetry. The PCL molar mass and the nanocomposite morphology (i.e., exfoliation and/or intercalation) were readily tuned by the content of the hydroxy groups available at the clay surface. Surface-grafted aluminium trialkoxide species proved highly efficient in initiating polymerization that leads to PCL chains of controlled molar mass and narrow molecular weight distribution with polydispersity indices as low as 1.2. [less ▲]

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See detailPrélèvement de l’isthme encéphalique pour la recherche de l’encéphalopathie spongiforme transmissible chez le mouton
Gabriel, Annick ULg; Jacobs, Christine ULg; Simoens, P.

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5), 295-300

Depuis le premier avril 2002, une directive de l'Union Européenne contraint la Belgique à tester les chèvres et les moutons, en plus des bovins, dans le cadre de la recherche d'encéphalopathie spongiforme ... [more ▼]

Depuis le premier avril 2002, une directive de l'Union Européenne contraint la Belgique à tester les chèvres et les moutons, en plus des bovins, dans le cadre de la recherche d'encéphalopathie spongiforme transmissible. Comme chez les bovins, le diagnostic est réalisé à partir d'un prélèvement de l'isthme encéphalique au niveau de l'obex. Des différences morphologiques entre l'isthme encéphalique des moutons et chèvres et celui des bovins ont nécessité quelques ajustements de la méthode de prélèvement. Dans cette étude, les particularités techniques du prélèvement et certaines caractéristiques morphologiques du cerveau ovin sont décrites. Les différences majeures, par rapport aux bovins, sont d'une part les dimensions plus petites, et d'autre part le rétrécissement caudal très marqué de l'isthme encéphalique. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation by reactive oxygen species of interleukin-1beta, nitric oxide and prostaglandin E(2) production by human chondrocytes.
Mathy, Marianne ULg; Deby, Ginette ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2002), 10(7), 547-55

OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of two drugs, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), on interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of two drugs, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), on interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) production by human chondrocytes. The effect of aceclofenac (ACECLO), a non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID), was also examined. METHODS: Human chondrocytes were enzymatically isolated from osteoarthritic knee cartilage and then maintained in culture in suspension for 48h in the absence or in the presence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (10 microg/ml), L-NMMA (0.5mM), NAC (1mM) or ACECLO (6.10(-6)M). IL-1beta and PGE(2) productions were quantified by specific immunoassays. Nitrite was measured in the culture supernatants by a spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and IL-1beta gene expressions were quantified by transcription of mRNA followed by real time and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. COX-2 protein expression was analysed by Western blot. RESULTS: LPS markedly increased the expression of IL-1beta, iNOS and COX-2 genes. In parallel, NO(2) and PGE(2) amounts found in the culture supernatants were significantly enhanced whereas IL-1beta was immunologically undetectable. The addition of L-NMMA (0.5mM) fully blocked LPS-induced NO production but greatly increased PGE(2) production, suggesting a negative effect of NO on PGE(2) synthesis. Inversely, NO production was stimulated by NAC while PGE(2) production was not affected. Interestingly, NAC increased the IL-1beta and iNOS mRNA levels but did not significantly modify COX-2 mRNA expression. L-NMMA did not significantly affect the expression of IL-1beta, iNOS and COX-2. The amount of COX-2 protein did not change in the presence of the antioxidants. Finally, ACECLO fully blocked the production of PGE(2) by chondrocytes without affecting the levels of COX-2 mRNA. CONCLUSIONS: The stimulation of IL-1beta, NO and PGE(2) production by LPS is differentially controlled by reactive oxygen species (ROS). In fact, L-NMMA and NAC have different mechanisms of action on the regulation of NO and PGE(2) productions. L-NMMA fully inhibits NO but increases PGE(2) production whereas NAC up-regulates NO but does not modify PGE(2) synthesis. The stimulating effect of L-NMMA on PGE(2) production is not controlled at the transcriptional level. These findings suggest that antioxidant therapy could have different effects according to the oxygen radical species targeted. [less ▲]

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See detailL'entrée en vigueur du permis d'environnement et du permis unique
Pâques, Michel ULg

in Actualité législative en droit immobilier (2002)

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See detailComment j'explore.... Une sclérodermie cutanée d'une manière non invasive.
Fraiture, A. L.; Henry, Frédérique ULg; Goffin, Véronique ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(3), 179-82

There exists several clinical types of scleroderma. Most of them show cutaneous manifestations. Skin involvement may be isolated (morphea) or be part of a multi-organ systemic disease. Objective non ... [more ▼]

There exists several clinical types of scleroderma. Most of them show cutaneous manifestations. Skin involvement may be isolated (morphea) or be part of a multi-organ systemic disease. Objective non-invasive functional methods are useful in order to better assess the severity and evolution of the disease and the effects of treatments. Measurements of the thickness and mechanical properties of the skin as well as the visualization of the cutaneous blood flow prove to be informative. [less ▲]

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See detailLa réalité morale du sociologue : le cognitivisme de Raymond Boudon
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2002), 94-95-96

Raymond Boudon defends that the social actor holds overall rational beliefs : we have "good reasons" for most of our beliefs. But he also defends the idea that those "good reasons" can lead to "moral ... [more ▼]

Raymond Boudon defends that the social actor holds overall rational beliefs : we have "good reasons" for most of our beliefs. But he also defends the idea that those "good reasons" can lead to "moral truths". How then can he avoid pure platonism (the idea that "values" exist objectively in a world of their own) ? When confronting to to the task of defending through concrete examples how we can differentiate "good reasons" from bad ones, he says that good reasons are widely shared. But then the idea of objectivity of values dissolves in a loose theory of opinion, that's to say "doxa", which is the very contrary of platonic ideas. So the intent to point to "objective" values seems to lead either to pure dogmatism or to pure relativism. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat shock transcription factor 2 is not essential for embryonic development, fertility, or adult cognitive and psychomotor function in mice.
McMillan, D Randy; Christians, Elisabeth; Forster, Michael et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (2002), 22(22), 8005-14

Members of the heat shock factor (HSF) family are evolutionarily conserved regulators that share a highly homologous DNA-binding domain. In mammals, HSF1 is the main factor controlling the stress ... [more ▼]

Members of the heat shock factor (HSF) family are evolutionarily conserved regulators that share a highly homologous DNA-binding domain. In mammals, HSF1 is the main factor controlling the stress-inducible expression of Hsp genes while the functions of HSF2 and HSF4 are less clear. Based on its developmental profile of expression, it was hypothesized that HSF2 may play an essential role in brain and heart development, spermatogenesis, and erythroid differentiation. To directly assess this hypothesis and better understand the underlying mechanisms that require HSF2, we generated Hsf2 knockout mice. Here, we report that Hsf2(-/-) mice are viable and fertile and exhibit normal life span and behavioral functions. We conclude that HSF2, most probably because its physiological roles are integrated into a redundant network of gene regulation and function, is dispensable for normal development, fertility, and postnatal psychomotor function. [less ▲]

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See detailEveil des sociétés civiles en milieu urbain et organisations non gouvernementales: les exemples de Cotonou et de Lubumbashi
Pirotte, Gautier ULg; Poncelet, Marc ULg

in Autrepart : Revue de Sciences Sociales au Sud (2002), (23), 73-88

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See detailThe novel diazoxide analog 3-isopropylamino-7-methoxy-4H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxide is a selective Kir6.2/SUR1 channel opener
Dabrowski, M.; Ashcroft, F. M.; Ashfield, R. et al

in Diabetes (2002), 51

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See detailThe flowering process: On the track of controlling factors in Sinapis alba
Bernier, Georges ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Russian Journal of Plant Physiology (2002), 49(4, JUL-AUG), 445-450

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of ... [more ▼]

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana are also summarized with a brief overview of the several pathways, each including several genes, identified. Clearly, both the experimental data of physiological experiments and the multiplicity of interacting genetic pathways best support the theory of the multifactorial control of flowering. This is further shown by the fact that a critical gene expressed in the shoot meristem at floral transition in S. alba, MADS A (orthologous to A. thaliana SOC1), can be upregulated by a single dose of a cytokinin or a gibberellin, without leading to flowering. This indicates that the floral shift requires upregulation of other genes by other factors. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversité génétique: du diagnostic à la conservation. Le cas du vison d'Europe
Libois, Roland ULg; Michaux, J.; Rosoux, René et al

in Annales de la Société des Sciences Naturelles de la Charente-Maritime (2002), 9(2), 219-223

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See detailUtilisation de la ropivacaine par voie peridurale pour l'analgesie postoperatoire.
Senard, Marc ULg; Joris, Jean ULg

in Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation (2002), 21(9), 713-24

OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacology and toxicology of ropivacaine. To assess the clinical efficacy of ropivacaine when used for postoperative epidural analgesia and to provide recommendations for ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacology and toxicology of ropivacaine. To assess the clinical efficacy of ropivacaine when used for postoperative epidural analgesia and to provide recommendations for clinical practice. DATA SOURCES: Search in the Medline data base of original articles in French and English published since 1995, using the following key words: ropivacaine, postoperative analgesia, epidural, caudal block. STUDY SELECTION: Prospective randomised studies in adults and children were selected. Letters to editors and editorials were excluded. DATA EXTRACTION: Articles have been analyzed: to determine the dose of ropivacaine required for postoperative epidural analgesia, to assess the benefits of combination of epidural ropivacaine and additives (opioids or other), to compare epidural ropivacaine and bupivacaine and to assess the use of ropivacaine via caudal route for paediatric postoperative analgesia. DATA SYNTHESIS: 20 mg h-1 of ropivacaine is required to provide effective analgesia. This dose produces a motor block in a significant number of patients. Combination with an opioid allows for a reduction in ropivacaine requirement and subsequently in the incidence of motor blockade. In adults, equipotency ratio of ropivacaine and bupivacaine varies between 1.5/1 and 1/1 depending upon the concentration used. At equipotent doses, early postoperative mobilisation is facilitated with ropivacaine. In case of paediatric caudal analgesia, this ratio is close to 1. CONCLUSIONS: Epidural ropivacaine combined with opioid provide good postoperative pain relief. Reduction in the incidence of motor blockade and safe toxicological profile make this local anaesthetic a suitable alternative of bupivacaine for postoperative epidural analgesia. [less ▲]

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See detailProblèmes, situations-problèmes en mathématique : un regard pluraliste.
Schneider, Marguerite ULg

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (2002), 137

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See detailLe parquet fédéral est arrivé : plus-value pour le ministère public ?
Masset, Adrien ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2002), 6043(2002), 121-129

La loi du 21 juin 2001 modifiant certaines dispositions en ce qui concerne le parquet fédéral rend celui-ci effectif à partir du 21 mai 2002. Cette nouvelle institution au sein du ministère public a ... [more ▼]

La loi du 21 juin 2001 modifiant certaines dispositions en ce qui concerne le parquet fédéral rend celui-ci effectif à partir du 21 mai 2002. Cette nouvelle institution au sein du ministère public a suscité de vives critiques de la part du Conseil d’Etat, du collège des procureurs généraux, du conseil des procureurs du Roi et du Conseil supérieur de la justice. Est spécialement critiquée l’imprécision avec laquelle le procureur fédéral et les magistrats fédéraux pourront exercer l’action publique dans une série de dossiers aux contours incertains, en lieu et place des procureurs du Roi locaux; les risques de conflits et de ponctions systématiques dans les forces vives des parquets locaux inquiètent, de même que l’indépendance du procureur fédéral. [less ▲]

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See detailPistes de réflexion pour développer, à l’école, les compétences de tous les élèves
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in L’École valdôtaine (2002), 55

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See detailL’arrêt n°41/2002 de la Cour d’arbitrage : de la notion constitutionnelle de droit politique à la notion de "droit civil" au sens de la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2002)

The article analyzes the impact of the conventional concept of "civil right" (art. 6 E.C.H.R.) on the constitutional distinction between civil and political rights (art. 144-145 Const.).

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See detailRegulation of gene expression by oxygen: NF-kappaB and HIF-1, two extremes.
Michiels, Carine; Minet, Emmanuel; Mottet, Denis ULg et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2002), 33(9), 1231-42

Aerobic life is dependent on molecular oxygen for ATP regeneration, but only possible in a narrow range of oxygen concentrations. Increased oxygen tension is toxic through the generation of reactive ... [more ▼]

Aerobic life is dependent on molecular oxygen for ATP regeneration, but only possible in a narrow range of oxygen concentrations. Increased oxygen tension is toxic through the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), while a decrease in oxygen concentration impairs energy availability and, hence, cell viability. Cells have developed strategies to respond to changes in oxygen tension: specific systems detect excessive ROS and hypoxia, leading to the activation of specific transcription factors and expression of appropriate target genes. The aim of this review is to describe how hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) are regulated and what could be the sensors to the changes in oxygen levels. Some of the physiological responses initiated by these transcription factors are also mentioned. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des donnees maternelles et perinatales recueillies en routine entre 1980 et 1998 a la maternite de reference de Rutshuru en Republique democratique du Congo. II. Deces du nouveau-ne et naissances de faible poids.
Mugisho, Etienne; Dramaix, Michele; Porignon, Denis ULg et al

in Sante (Montrouge, France) (2002), 12(2), 252-5

This second paper aims at deriving useful information allowing to improve the strategy applied for maternal health care. MATERIAL AND METHODOLOGY: Between 1980 and 1998, data on 13,042 deliveries were ... [more ▼]

This second paper aims at deriving useful information allowing to improve the strategy applied for maternal health care. MATERIAL AND METHODOLOGY: Between 1980 and 1998, data on 13,042 deliveries were collected. Characteristics, mortality, morbidity of mothers and new-born and obstetrical interventions were recorded. The present work describes the evolution of low birth weight (LBW), new-born deaths, and associated risk factors. The statistical analyses applied included khi2, t-test, and multiple logistic regression. RESULTS: Eighteen percent of new-born weights below 2.5 kg and 7.9% died. The proportion of low birth weights remains globally constant. Low proportions of new-born deaths were observed in 1981, 1982, 1988 and 1998. At admission, 35% of the women presented at least one of the four risks defined by the factors used for reference; this proportion went up from 26.1 to 39.2%. The four reference factors were associated with low birth weight. Baudelocque diameter and age were not associated with new-born death. Education and BMI were associated with an increased risk of new-born death. Marital status was not associated with any of the two outcomes. CONCLUSION: This analysis shows small variation of LBWs and perinatal deaths. It confirms the association between these two outcomes and most of the risk factors studied. The efficacy of the strategies implemented for improving perinatal health is questioned. The authors recommend that they be reassessed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes contes de Grimm: présentation de quelques inconnus en français qui témoignent de l'entrée des Contes de l'Enfance et du Foyer dans la littérature de jeunesse
Delbrassine, Daniel ULg

in Cahiers du CLPCF (2002), 2

Présentation et traduction de contes retranchés dans le recueil des Grimm

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See detailCarbon cycling and burial in the glacially influenced polar North Atlantic
Taylor, Justin; Tranter, Martyn; Munhoven, Guy ULg

in Paleoceanography (2002), 17(1), 1001

We have collated published records of carbon storage (wt% calcium carbonate and organic carbon) in polar North Atlantic sediments in order to assess the role that the glacial history of Greenland and ... [more ▼]

We have collated published records of carbon storage (wt% calcium carbonate and organic carbon) in polar North Atlantic sediments in order to assess the role that the glacial history of Greenland and Fennoscandia may have had on carbon cycling in this oceanographically important region. The proportion of carbonate in sediment varies between 0 and similar to 50%, while that of organic carbon varies between 0 and similar to 2.0%. The spatial variation of the concentration and accumulation of both constituents is markedly different. Bulk accumulation shows a strong relationship with depth, distance offshore, and the location of major glacial outlets on neighboring landmasses. Therefore, ice sheet dynamics and erosion influence carbon (especially organic carbon) storage strongly during the late Weichselian (27-12 C-14 ka) via their impact on sedimentation rates and constituents. In contrast, water mass characteristics are important in determining the pattern of carbon storage during the Holocene. Carbonate fluxes to the polar North Atlantic sediment Column fall by similar to50% during glacials to similar to 1.1 x 10(13) kg kyr(-1), but organic carbon storage is maintained at or greater than interglacial levels (similar to 4.6 x 10(11) kg kyr(-1)). This represents a 100% change in the ratio of preserved inorganic to organic carbon. When combined with reduced deep water ventilation, respiration of this relatively greater organic carbon flux in both the water and sediment columns provides a good explanation for the observed periodic enhanced dissolution of carbonate in polar North Atlantic late Weichselian sections. perhaps enhancing CO2 storage in deep waters. [less ▲]

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See detailFlexihealth : une méthodologie d'évaluation du stress en situation de changement
De Zanet, Fabrice ULg; Vandenberghe, C.; Bossut, Muriel ULg et al

in Médecine du Travail & Ergonomie= Arbeidsgezondheidszorg & Ergonomie (2002), 39(2), 82-83

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See detailPrediction of selectivity for enantiomeric separations of uncharged compounds by capillary electrophoresis involving dual cyclodextrin systems
Abushoffa, Adel M.; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2002), 948(1-2), 321-9

The single-isomer polyanionic cyclodextrin (CD) derivative heptakis-6-sulfato-beta-cyclodextrin (HSbetaCD) has been tested as chiral additive for the enantioseparation of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ... [more ▼]

The single-isomer polyanionic cyclodextrin (CD) derivative heptakis-6-sulfato-beta-cyclodextrin (HSbetaCD) has been tested as chiral additive for the enantioseparation of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as fenoprofen, flurbiprofen, ibuprofen and ketoprofen, in capillary electrophoresis, using a pH 2.5 phosphoric acid-triethanolamine buffer in the reversed polarity mode. In most cases, the enantiomers of these acidic compounds, present in uncharged form at that pH, were only poorly resolved with HSbetaCD alone. However, the use of HSbetaCD in combination with the neutral CD derivative, heptakis-(2,3,6-tri-O-methyl)-beta-cyclodextrin (TMbetaCD), which has a particularly high enantioselectivity towards these compounds, has led to complete enantioresolution in reasonably low migration times in most cases. Affinity constants for the enantiomers with the two cyclodextrins were determined, using linear regression in a two-step approach. Affinity constants with the charged HSbetaCD were first calculated in single systems while those with the neutral TMbetaCD were determined in dual systems. Selectivity for the enantiomeric separation of these compounds in dual CD systems could be predicted using recently developed mathematical models. [less ▲]

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See detailHIV resistance to antiretroviral drugs: Mechanisms, genotypic and phenotypic resistance testing in clinical practice
Blaise, Pierre ULg; Clevenbergh, P.; Vaira, Dolorès ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2002), 57(4, Jul-Aug), 191-201

HIV resistance to antiretroviral agents is a major contributory cause of treatment failure. The dynamics of HIV replication, together with patient-, physician-, and drug-related factors, lead to emergence ... [more ▼]

HIV resistance to antiretroviral agents is a major contributory cause of treatment failure. The dynamics of HIV replication, together with patient-, physician-, and drug-related factors, lead to emergence of HIV resistant strains in most of the patients. Phenotypic assays look for an increase in the antiretroviral drug (ARV) concentration that inhibits 50% of the growth of the tested HIV strain (IC50), comparatively with a reference strain cultivated in parallel. Genotypic tests detect resistance mutations in the reverse transcriptase and protease genes by comparing the gene sequences of a resistant virus to those of a wildtype strain that has previously been described. The efficacy of each ARV class and each individual ARV is threatened by specific mutations and resistance mechanisms. In retrospective studies of genotypic or phenotypic resistance testing, baseline resistance tests results were correlated with virological outcomes. There is some evidence from prospective studies that resistance testing may have some benefits when used to choose salvage regimens. However, problems in the areas of test interpretation, patient compliance, availability of active drugs, and technical test performance limit the usefulness of resistance testing in clinical practice. This article reviews the mechanisms underlying HIV resistance, the principles of phenotypic and genotypic tests, and the use of these tests in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailBELL, regular 2002 issue
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Belgian Essays on Language and Literature (2002)

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See detailEffect of prenatal androgen receptor antagonist or aromatase inhibitor on the differentiation of neuronal Fos responses to estrous female pheromones in the rat accessory olfactory system
Dominguez, Emilio; Portillo, Wendy; Baum, Michael J et al

in Physiology & Behavior (2002), 75

Many socially relevant odors are detected in rodent species by the vomeronasal organ and subsequently processed by the accessory olfactory system (AOS). We previously found that gonadectomized male and ... [more ▼]

Many socially relevant odors are detected in rodent species by the vomeronasal organ and subsequently processed by the accessory olfactory system (AOS). We previously found that gonadectomized male and female rats treated in adulthood with testosterone propionate (TP) showed equivalent Fos responses in the AOS to odors derived from estrous females. Likewise, in contrast with numerous other mammalian species, gonadectomized female rats show surprisingly high levels of male-typical mounting behavior in response to adult TP. We tested the hypothesis that prenatal testosterone (T) exposure, acting via androgen receptors (ARs) or via estrogen receptors, masculinizes the AOS in rats of both sexes. Pregnant dams were treated with either the AR blocker, Flutamide, the aromatase inhibitor, 1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione (ATD), or nothing (control) to assess the role of prenatal androgen and estradiol receptor activation, respectively, in this masculinization. Beginning at birth, male and female offspring were injected subcutaneously (sc) every other day with either ATD (pre- and neonatal ATD group) or oil vehicle (Flutamide and control groups) until postnatal Day 12. Subjects were gonadectomized as adults, hormonally treated and tested for different behaviors before having their AOS Fos responses to estrous female odors assessed. Prenatal treatment with Flutamide (but not ATD) significantly decreased anogenital distance and severely impaired intromissive and ejaculatory behaviors in males tested after TP replacement without disrupting mounting capacity in either sex. Pre- and neonatal treatment with ATD (but not Flutamide) enhanced lordosis responsiveness in males tested after sc injections of estradiol and progesterone, whereas these perinatal treatments had no effect on any aspect of masculine coital performance in either sex. After TP treatment, male and female control subjects preferred to approach a tethered stimulus female as opposed to a male, and prenatal Flutamide or perinatal ATD treatments did not modify this pattern of partner preference. Neuronal Fos responses to estrous odors were (as in previous studies) identical in the AOS of gonadectomized TP-treated control males and females. Prenatal Flutamide or perinatal ATD treatments failed to disrupt consistently this profile of Fos responses to estrous odors in the AOS of rats of either sex. These behavioral and neuroanatomical findings raise the possibility that the similar level of male-typical responsiveness to social odors that occurs in male and female rats after adult TP treatment results from nonsteroid-hormone-dependent, species-specific factors that act perinatally in the brains of rats of both sexes. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a serum-free medium to produce in vitro Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii tachyzoites on Vero cells
De Meerschman, F.; Rettigner, C.; Focant, Charles ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2002), 33(2, Mar-Apr), 159-168

Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii are cyst-forming coccidian parasites of human and veterinary clinical relevance. In vitro cultivation of the protozoans using Vero cells is usually performed in ... [more ▼]

Neospora caninum and Toxoplasma gondii are cyst-forming coccidian parasites of human and veterinary clinical relevance. In vitro cultivation of the protozoans using Vero cells is usually performed in order to produce antigenic materials. Quantitative and qualitative comparisons of Vero cells grown in RPMI medium supplemented either with foetal calf serum (FCS), horse serum (HS) or a specific serum-free additive (DefCell) were performed. A serum-free cell culture system used to propagate N. caninum (NC-1 isolate) and T. gondii tachyzoites (Rh stain) were compared with the other two cell culture systems. FCS supplemented media was found to be more effective than the others in promoting Vero cells and N. caninum tachyzoites. However, it was found unable to support adequate T. gondii tachyzoite proliferation. Vero cells, T. gondii and N. caninum tachyzoite production gave similar growth patterns with either HS or DefCell supplemented media. Defcell was considered as a good alternative to supplement culture medium. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins extracted from zebu (Bos indicus) placentas removed at different gestational periods
Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Remy, Benoit; El Amiri, Bouchra et al

in Reproduction Nutrition Development (2002), 42(3), 1-15

In the present work, two biochemical approaches were used to characterize PAGs isolated from Bos indicus fetal cotyledons removed at different gestational ages. The first procedure included acidic and ... [more ▼]

In the present work, two biochemical approaches were used to characterize PAGs isolated from Bos indicus fetal cotyledons removed at different gestational ages. The first procedure included acidic and ammonium sulfate precipitations, anion and cation exchange chromatographies and the second included pepstatin-agarose affinity chromatography. A bovine PAG radioimmunoassay was used to monitor the immunoreactivity throughout the isolation procedures. The most immunoreactive fractions issued from cation exchange and affinity chromatographies were analyzed by SDS-PAGE and Western blotting, before transfer to a polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) membrane for NH2-microsequence determination. Use SDS-PAGE and Western blotting, different isoforms of PAG with apparent molecular masses of 51 to 69 kDa and isoelectric points varying from 4.4 to 6.7 were identified in the placentas from different gestational ages. N-terminal microsequencing (10 to 25 aa long) indicates the expression of one single terminal amino acid sequence in the Bos indicus placenta, which is 100% identical to the bovine PAG-1. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the representation of real numbers using regular languages
Lecomte, Pierre ULg; Rigo, Michel ULg

in Theory of Computing Systems (2002), 35(1, JAN-FEB), 13-38

Using a lexicographically ordered regular language, we show how to represent an interval of R. We determine exactly the possible representations of any element in this interval and study the function ... [more ▼]

Using a lexicographically ordered regular language, we show how to represent an interval of R. We determine exactly the possible representations of any element in this interval and study the function which maps a representation onto its numerical value. We make explicit the relationship between the convergence of finite words to an infinite word and the convergence of the corresponding approximations to a real number. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la composition de la carcasse et de la qualité de la viande par ultrasonographie chez le porc
Youssao, A. K. L.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1), 19-29

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See detailLa lecture littéraire avec les faibles lecteurs
De Croix, Séverine ULg; Ledur, Dominique

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (2002), 55

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See detailJuvenile acanthosis nigricans and insulin resistance.
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Hermanns, Jean-François ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Pediatric Dermatology (2002), 19(1), 12-4

Acanthosis nigricans in obese adolescents is frequently associated with hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. We report three cases of this condition. In the early stage the skin lesions appeared to be ... [more ▼]

Acanthosis nigricans in obese adolescents is frequently associated with hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. We report three cases of this condition. In the early stage the skin lesions appeared to be erythematous and pruritic, mimicking an inflammatory dermatitis. Dietary control and oral metformin hydrochloride markedly improved the lesions. Topical calcipotriol may also help to control the skin condition. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluer des compétences en classe d’histoire : "élaborer une problématique" et "communiquer"
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg; Dambroise, Catherine; Bouhon, Mathieu

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2002), n°23

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See detailWhite-sided dolphin metallothioneins: purification, characterisation and potential role
Das, Krishna ULg; Jacob, Valérie; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg

in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part C : Toxicology & Pharmacology (2002), 131(3),

Metallothioneins (MTs) were characterised in the kidneys of a white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus stranded along the Belgian coast, displaying high levels of cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg) in liver ... [more ▼]

Metallothioneins (MTs) were characterised in the kidneys of a white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus stranded along the Belgian coast, displaying high levels of cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg) in liver and kidney. The protein has two isoforms: MT-1 and MT-2. MT-1 binds Cu, Zn, Hg and Cd, while MT-2 only binds Zn, Hg and Cd. This suggests different metabolic functions for the two isoforms: MT-1 is mainly involved in Cu homeostasis; MT-2, which was fourfold more abundant than MT-1, detoxifies most of the accumulated cadmium. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailVegetation composition of a threatened hypersaline lake (Lake Bardawil), North Sinai
El-Bana, M I; Khedr, A-H A; Van Hecke, P et al

in Plant Ecology (2002), 163(1), 63-75

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See detailC.R. de P.T. Ricketts et al., Concordance de l’occitan médiéval (COM)
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2002), CVIII(2), 384-386

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See detailOn-line fruit grading according to their external quality using machine vision
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Magein, Hugo ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Biosystems Engineering (2002), 83(4), 397-404

This paper presents apple grading into four classes according to European standards. Two varieties were tested: Golden Delicious and Jonagold. The image database included more than a 1000 images of fruits ... [more ▼]

This paper presents apple grading into four classes according to European standards. Two varieties were tested: Golden Delicious and Jonagold. The image database included more than a 1000 images of fruits (528 Golden Delicious, 642 Jonagold) belonging to the three acceptable categories-Extra, I and II-and the reject (each class represents, respectively, about 60, 10 and 20% of the sample size). The image grading was achieved in six steps: image acquisition; ground colour classification; defect segmentation; calyx and stem recognition; defects characterisation and finally the fruit classification into quality classes. The proposed method for apple external quality grading showed correct classification rates of 78 and 72%, for Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples, respectively. Taking into account that the healthy fruit were far better graded and considering that this class was under represented in the sample compared with the fruit population, the results of the proposed method (an error rate which drops to 5 and 10%, respectively) are compatible with the requirements of European standards. (C) 2002 Silsoe Research Institute. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailChoice of probing site for estimation of carcass lean percentage in Piétrain pig using the real-time ultrasound
Youssao, A. K. L.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(4), 195-200

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See detailQuintic deficient spline wavelets
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Laubin, Pascal

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2002), 71(3), 121-144

We show explicitely how to construct scaling functions and wavelets using quintic deficient splines with compact support and symmetry properties.

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See detailL'école médicale d'Alexandrie et son influence sur la médecine de l'Egypte gréco-romaine
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Medicina nei Secoli : Arte e Scienza (2002), 14(2), 359-82

The paper provides new information on the most famous centre of rational medicine in the Graeco-Roman world and its influence in Egypt. It uses at its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently ... [more ▼]

The paper provides new information on the most famous centre of rational medicine in the Graeco-Roman world and its influence in Egypt. It uses at its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently known documentation: Greek literary papyri (from IV/III B.C. to A.D. VI/VII), which often are unique witnesses to lost medical works, bearing testimony to original theories, practices and vocabulary. [less ▲]

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See detailIconographies de saints mosans : Liège, ULG Wittert 82
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (2002)

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See detailStatut et tendances des effectifs d’éléphants dans les aires protégées de l’Est du Burkina Faso
Bouché, Philippe ULg; Lungren, Clark; Ouédraogo, Léonard

in Pachyderm (2002), 32

Le Burkina Faso abrite l’effectif d’éléphants de savane le plus important de toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest, là où cette espèce jouit d’une protection intégrale. Un recensement aérien par échantillon a été ... [more ▼]

Le Burkina Faso abrite l’effectif d’éléphants de savane le plus important de toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest, là où cette espèce jouit d’une protection intégrale. Un recensement aérien par échantillon a été mené dans le sud-est du Burkina Faso en avril et mai 2000. L’effectif total moyen atteignait 1.743 ± 648 éléphants, ce qui constitue la plus grande population d’éléphants de savane en Afrique de l’Ouest. La moyenne des groupes observés était de: 5,42 (Erreur standard = 11,68 animaux) (1 à 32 individus / groupe). La distribution des éléphants enregistrée confirme largement la distribution enregistrée les années précédentes. [less ▲]

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See detail5-HT1A dysfunction in borderline personality disorder.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Psychological Medicine (2002), 32(5), 935-41

BACKGROUND: A number of challenge studies have reported abnormalities of serotonergic function in borderline personality disorder (BPD). There are, however, problems with the pharmacological probes used ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: A number of challenge studies have reported abnormalities of serotonergic function in borderline personality disorder (BPD). There are, however, problems with the pharmacological probes used in these studies since fenfluramine and m-CPP are not only serotonergic agents but also induce release of catecholamines, particularly dopamine. Therefore, we tested whether subjects with BPD showed a blunted prolactin (PRL) response to flesinoxan, a highly potent and selective 5-HT1A agonist. METHODS: Flesinoxan challenge test was carried out in 20 BPD in-patients and 20 healthy controls matched for gender but not for age. Since 16 BPD in-patients exhibited major depressive co-morbidity, a group of 20 depressed in-patients matched for gender but not for age was also included. RESULTS: BPD in-patients exhibited blunted PRL responses as compared to controls, whereas depressed in-patients did not differ from controls. Moreover, PRL responses were lower among BPD in-patients than among depressed in-patients. Among the BPD in-patients, PRL responses to flesinoxan were lower in patients with past history of suicide attempts (N = 8) than in those with a negative history. CONCLUSIONS: The results show major involvement of serotonergic function in BPD and are consistent with previous studies linking lower serotonergic activity with impulsivity. More particularly, our data suggest that BPD is characterized by lower 5-HT1A receptor sensitivity. Moreover, the data support the involvement of 5-HT1A activity in suicidal behaviour. However, this conclusion is limited because other hormonal responses such as ACTH and cortisol were not assessed, and because BPD was assessed by a self-report questionnaire and not a structured clinical interview. [less ▲]

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See detailGene transcript quantitation by real-time RT-PCR in cells selected by immunohistochemistry-laser capture microdissection.
Lindeman, Neal; Waltregny, David ULg; Signoretti, Sabina et al

in Diagnostic Molecular Pathology : The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Part B (2002), 11(4), 187-92

Studying tissue-based gene expression in different cell populations often requires immunohistochemistry-guided microdissection. However, mRNA degradation occurs during long staining procedures. We ... [more ▼]

Studying tissue-based gene expression in different cell populations often requires immunohistochemistry-guided microdissection. However, mRNA degradation occurs during long staining procedures. We combined a novel rapid immunoperoxidase technique with laser capture microdissection (LCM) and real-time quantitative RT-PCR to compare p27 mRNA expression in prostatic basal/secretory cells. Eight frozen prostate sections were immunostained with antibody 34betaE12 (high-molecular-weight keratin). Secretory and basal cells were separately collected by LCM. p27 transcripts from each cell group were quantitated by real-time RT-PCR, with GAPDH as standard. Immunostaining took 22 minutes, with RNA extraction from approximately 40 dissected cells from each compartment initiated within 40 minutes. Qualitative RT-PCR gave a product of the expected size from each sample. Quantitative RT-PCR gave basal/secretory p27/GAPDH ratios of 0.99-16.24 (mean 5.53 +/- 0.643). Immunostaining for keratin 34betaE12 can be done on frozen sections in approximately 20 minutes, and mRNA from pure cell populations can be quantitated by RT-PCR. We used this technique to show that p27 transcript levels are greater in basal than in secretory prostate cells, suggesting, when combined with prior studies, that regulation of p27 occurs at the protein level in normal cells. This technique may have wide applicability to studies of gene expression in distinct cell populations in heterogeneous tissues. [less ▲]

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See detailPhytoremediation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, anilines and phenols
Harvey, P. J.; Campanella, Bruno ULg; Castro, P. et al

in Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2002), 9

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See detailLa conformation bouchère des agneaux. Etude d'après la variabilité génétique entre races
Laville, E.; Bouix, J.; Sayd, T. et al

in INRA Productions Animales (2002), 15(1), 53-66

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See detailBlanche-Neige était-elle transsexuelle ?
Michel, Aude; Mormont, Christian ULg

in Encéphale (L') (2002), 28(1), 59-64

The Rorschach Ink Blot test is considered to be an essential analytical instrument when studying the personalities of individuals presenting gender identity disorders, in particular, in the context of a ... [more ▼]

The Rorschach Ink Blot test is considered to be an essential analytical instrument when studying the personalities of individuals presenting gender identity disorders, in particular, in the context of a sex change request. Nevertheless, there exist less than 20 studies of transsexualism utilising the Rorschach since the creation of this diagnostic category in 1953. This research has mostly concerned itself with relations between psychopathology and transsexualism. Practically non-existent are studies investigating the psychological conditions that permit, shape or induce sex change requests in individuals. Transsexuals request the removal of their genitals through mutilation surgery, which can be seen as subjects literally crying out to be castrated. This request is all the more surprising given that castration, in psychoanalytic terms, is considered to be the most severe punishment that an individual (woman or man) can be threatened with. Therefore, we asked ourselves which psychic conditions could motivate such as request. Based on any earlier study where answers (some explicit, others symbolic) given by sex-change applicants tested on the Rorschach were analysed, results seemed to suggest a counter-phobic attitude underlying sex-reassignment requests (28). According to these hypotheses, the fear of castration (banal as such) can only be overcome through the active search for castration itself. In opting for castration, the transsexual puts an end to the states of anxious waiting that are dominated by feelings of the incertitude and unpredictability of an eventual castration. Once obtained, the threat it constituted disappears, and with it so does the fear. Thus, by taking this active and voluntary step, the subject is no longer exposed to an imminent danger in a passive manner. This in itself creates a great feeling of relief, if not of actual pleasure in the subject (28). In this article, we postulated in a purely speculative manner, the existence of one or several modalities in the transsexual dynamics. Nevertheless, one can ask oneself about the possibility of a request based on a desire rather than on a defense, or even on the existence of a defensive process diametrically opposed to the counter-phobic attitude and which, instead of actively provoking the dreaded reality, would privilege its avoidance and the search of passivity. This latter hypothesis has the advantage of being rather easy to explore with the Rorschach because, according to Exner, the predominance of passive compared to active human movement responses (which he terms the Snow White Syndrome) indicates the propensity to escape into passive fantasies and the tendency to avoid the initiative for behaviour or decision-making, if other people can do it in the subject's place (12). Our results largely confirmed the hypothesis of the existence of an opposite mechanism, as a third of subjects (n = 26) presented Snow White Syndrome. According to Exner, these transsexuals are typically characterized by hiding into a world of make believe, avoiding all responsibility, as well as any decision-making. This passivity in our Snow White Syndrome group was all the more remarkable in that, on the whole, it infiltrated into all the movement responses and seemed to define a rigid style of thinking and mental elaboration, in addition to a suggestive content of passivity. However, this condition cannot be associated with a general lack of dynamism or energy. In fact, the treatment of information, which provides data concerning the motivation to treat a stimulus field of the stimulus--whether this concerns the capture (L) of the stimulus or the elaboration (DQ+) of the response--displayed a sufficient amount of motivation. Furthermore, internal resources (EA) were considerable and were brought into play whenever it was necessary to adopt a behaviour or make a decision. Furthermore, based on these Rorschach findings, we note that in transsexuals with Snow White Syndrome, there is a stereotyped tendency to shy away from difficulties by seeking refuge in realistic representations (but that lack in variety), which could be materialized by actions, but where the initiative is delegated to others. These transsexuals appear to shy away from the difficulties of life by seeking refuge into a world of fantasy, which they fill with the representations borrowed from reality (rather than fantasy) and consequently that are liable to be transposed, if necessary, back into reality. Therefore, one can better understand why they shun away from the deceiving reality that their physical sex represents, into the satisfying dream where they possess the genitals of the opposite sex, that is, a perfectly real organ, no longer the result of the subject's fantasy world. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelques résultats d'une épreuve externe en éveil : initiation scientifique soumise aux élèves de cinquième année primaire en octobre 2001
Demonty, Isabelle ULg; Fagnant, Annick ULg; Straeten, Marie-Hélène

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2002), 9-10

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See detailLa rente et la galette : à propos du remboursement anticipé d’un crédit
Vanbrabant, Bernard ULg

in Revue du Notariat Belge (2002)

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See detailEtalonnage de l’épreuve grapho-perceptive de Bender sur une population d’enfants de six à dix ans
Garcet, Serge ULg; Deltour, Jean-Jacques

in Revue Scientifique de l'AIGS (2002), 1

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See detailVers un nouveau Droixhe
Frankignoulle, Pierre ULg; Stevens, Barbara

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2002), 39

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See detailThe Disulphide Mapping, Folding and Characterisation of Recombinant Ber e 1, an Allergenic Protein, and SFA8, Two Sulphur-rich 2 S Plant Albumins
Alcocer, Marcos; Murtagh, G. J.; Bailey, Kevin et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2002), 324

We have cloned and expressed genes encoding the allergenic brazil nut 2 S albumin (Ber e 1) and the sunflower albumin 8 (SFA8) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. We show that both proteins were ... [more ▼]

We have cloned and expressed genes encoding the allergenic brazil nut 2 S albumin (Ber e 1) and the sunflower albumin 8 (SFA8) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. We show that both proteins were secreted at high levels and that the purified proteins were properly folded. We also showed that Ber e 1 is glycosylated during secretion and that the glycan does not interfere with the folding or immunoreactivity. The disulphide map of the Ber e 1 protein was experimentally established and is in agreement with the conserved disulphide structure of other members of the 2 S albumin family. A model three-dimensional structure of the allergen was generated. During the expression studies and through mutation we have also shown that alteration of the sequences around the Kex2 endoproteolytic processing site in the expressed fusion protein can compromise the secretion by targeting part of the protein for possible degradation. The secreted production of these properly folded sulphurrich plant albumins presents an opportunity to delineate the attributes that make an allergen and to facilitate the diagnosis and therapy of type I allergy. [less ▲]

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See detailSulle "mostre" d'organo bergamasche di una grande dinastia di organari del Rinascimento padano: appunti di uno storico dell'arte
Bugini, Mariaelena ULg

in Atti dell'Ateneo di Scienze, Lettere et Arti di Bergamo (2002), a.a 2001/2002

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See detailEffets perturbateurs endocriniens des pesticides organochlorés
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica. Supplementum (2002), (1), 2-7

Xenoestrogens such organochlorine pesticides are known to induce changes in reproductive development, function or behaviour in wildlife. Because these compounds are able to modify the estrogens metabolism ... [more ▼]

Xenoestrogens such organochlorine pesticides are known to induce changes in reproductive development, function or behaviour in wildlife. Because these compounds are able to modify the estrogens metabolism, or to compete with estradiol for binding to the estrogen receptor, it may be possible that these products affect the risk of developing impaired fertility, precocious puberty or some kinds of cancer in man. Le plus ancien récit de lutte contre la pollution remonte à une légende indienne racontant que la divinité Sing-bonga était incommodée par les émanations des fours dans lesquels les Asuras fondaient leurs métaux (1). Evidemment depuis, la problématique n–a cessé de s–accroître et la contamination de la Terre par de nombreux polluants est devenue aujourd–hui un problème majeur de notre Société. La protection de notre environnement est une question capitale qui doit être respectée malgré la pression économique actuelle et qui ne cessera de croître au cours des prochaines années même si l–identification objective et indiscutable de ce qui est essentiel – donc devant être prioritairement garanti sur la planète – est difficile à cerner (2). « Un oiseau en mauvais état ne pond pas de bons oeufs » disait un proverbe grec. Mais ce n–est qu–à partir de la seconde moitié du XXème siècle que les toxicologues ont commencé à identifier les effets qu–avaient entraînés à l–échelle mondiale les pollutions émises aux XIXème siècle sur la faune sauvage et sur le cheptel (3). L–histoire contemporaine des pesticides industriels commence vers 1874 (synthèse des organochlorés) et se poursuit tout au long de ces 2 siècles en passant par la synthèse des organophosphorés (1950), des carbamates (1970) et des pyréthroïdes (1975) (4). Le dichlorodiphényltrichloroéthane (DDT) a été synthétisé pour la première fois par un étudiant en cours de préparation de sa thèse de doctorat : Othmer Zeidler. La production, reprise par les entreprises F.Mayo puis par la Geigy Co. a d–abord intéressé l–armée, puis l–agriculture. Dès la fin de la 2ème guerre mondiale, des mises en garde furent lancées à propos des effets nocifs du produit (4). Un déclin des populations de grives, d–aigles chauves, d–orfaies et de mammifères consommateurs de poissons fut constaté à partir des années 50 et dénoncé par Rachel Carson dans son célèbre appel du « Silent Spring » de 1962. Bien qu–il soit interdit en Occident depuis les années 70, ce produit a été tellement utilisé et présente une rémanence si longue qu–une contamination ubiquitaire existe aujourd–hui encore. De plus, ce produit continue à être produit aux USA pour être utilisé à des fins de démoustification dans les pays en voie de développement. Il en va de même de l–Hexachlorobenzène (HCB), un autre organochloré dont l–usage est interdit sous nos latitudes, mais reste fréquent dans d–autres pays. Ces deux exemples indiquent que le problème de la contamination continue à nous concerner, même pour des produits dont l–usage est aujourd–hui strictement réglementé ou interdit. Des effets sur la faune semblent encore actuellement devoir être attribués à ces produits. La diminution de la population des phoques dans la mer de Wadden pourrait être due à la forte contamination en composants organochlorés des poissons dont ces phoques se nourrissent (5). Exposé au DDT et à son métabolite dichlorodiphenyldichloroéthylène (DDE), le Seratherodon mossambicus présente une réduction de la sécrétion de cortisol par une action toxique cytospécifique sur l–axe hypothalamo-hypophysaire (6). Des travaux récents ont montré que le DDT et le DDE se lient chez les oiseaux et les mammifères au moyen de liaisons covalentes aux cellules de la zona fasciculata - homologue du tissu interrénal du poisson - induisant des microhémorragies. Cette « défaillance » cortisolique peut s–accompagner d–une perturbation du métabolisme glucidique et notamment d–un taux élevé de glycogène hépatique (7). Les pesticides organochlorés (DDT, DDE) entraînent également des perturbations d–ordre métabolique chez certaines espèces d–oiseaux, notamment le faucon pèlerin en Grande Bretagne et les oiseaux piscivores des grands lacs nord américains où l–on a constaté au cours des années 1960 que leur reproduction était menacée et qu–une des manifestations les plus évidentes des perturbations observées était le taux élevé de malformations (8). Des mortalités élevées de poissons ou de coquillages ont été rapportées dans des élevages situés à proximité des zones d–épandage de pesticides organophosphorés et de carbamates. En 1991, la dispersion aérienne de fenitrothion dans le but de provoquer la démoustication en Languedoc a été à l–origine de la perte de plusieurs tonnes de crevettes japonaises. L–utilisation de trichlorfon et de dichlorvos comme antiparasitaires dans des fermes d–élevages de saumons a provoqué des épisodes de mortalité importante (9). [less ▲]

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See detailSugli strumenti musicali intagliati ed intarsiati del Rinascimento bresciano: note a margine di uno storico dell'arte
Bugini, Mariaelena ULg

in Saggi e memorie di storia dell'arte. Rivista della Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia (2002)

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See detailA multicenter randomized trial of ketoconazole 2% and zinc pyrithione 1% shampoos in severe dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Pierard, Claudine ULg; Goffin, Véronique ULg; Decroix, Jacques et al

in Skin Pharmacology & Applied Skin Physiology (2002), 15(6), 434-41

Ketoconazole (KET) and zinc pyrithione (ZPT) are compounds active against the Malassezia spp. yeasts, which are believed to play a major role in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. We compared the ... [more ▼]

Ketoconazole (KET) and zinc pyrithione (ZPT) are compounds active against the Malassezia spp. yeasts, which are believed to play a major role in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. We compared the efficacy and safety of KET 2% and ZPT 1% in shampoo formulations for the alleviation of severe dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. This open randomized, parallel-group trial began with a 2-week run-in phase during which subjects applied a neutral non-antidandruff shampoo. It was followed by a 4-week randomized treatment phase and a subsequent 4-week follow-up phase without treatment. Shampooing during the treatment period was carried out twice weekly for the KET group and at least twice weekly for the ZPT group in accordance with the label instructions. A total of 343 subjects were recruited to enter the trial. Of the 331 eligible volunteers, 171 were randomized to KET 2% and 160 to ZPT 1%. Clinical assessments were performed. Beneficial effects were evidenced for both medicated shampoos, but the effect was significantly better for KET 2%, which achieved a 73% improvement in the total dandruff severity score compared with 67% for ZPT 1% at week 4 (p < 0.02). The recurrence rate of the disease was also significantly lower following KET 2% treatment than following ZPT 1% treatment. As a consequence, the overall clearing of the skin condition at the end of treatment and follow-up phase was in favor of the KET 2% formulation (p = 0.004). Side effects were minimal. It is concluded that after a 4-week treatment, KET 2% shampoo was significantly superior to ZPT 1% shampoo in the treatment of subjects with severe dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. It is our assumption that this difference is noticeable for the patient and as a consequence relevant. Both formulations were well tolerated. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mutualités professionnelles, un axe majeur de la politique sociale patronale pendant l'Entre-deux-guerres en Belgique ?»,
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(4), 1275-1349

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See detailControl of the Radical Polymerization by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl and its Sodium Salt
Olive, Gilles ULg; Rozanska, Xavier; Smulders, Wilfred et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2002), 203(12), 1790-1796

The control of the radical polymerization of styrene by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl is reported here in bulk at 90 °C, 120 °C and in miniemulsion. Similarly, the ... [more ▼]

The control of the radical polymerization of styrene by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl is reported here in bulk at 90 °C, 120 °C and in miniemulsion. Similarly, the control by its sodium complex is reported in bulk at 90 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailLes conséquences des abus sexuels: le poids des préjugés ou "Il faut brûler Galilée"
Mormont, Christian ULg

in Forensic (2002), 10

Tous les mineurs exposés à des comportements sexuels inappropriés ne présentent pas des séquelles significatives à l'âge adulte. Le fait d'avoir vécu ces expériences sexuelles de façon négative ou de ... [more ▼]

Tous les mineurs exposés à des comportements sexuels inappropriés ne présentent pas des séquelles significatives à l'âge adulte. Le fait d'avoir vécu ces expériences sexuelles de façon négative ou de façon neutre ou positive semble avoir beaucoup d'importance et devrait être pris en compte dans les recherches [less ▲]

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See detailAromatic Side-Chain Interactions In Proteins. II. Near- And Far-Sequence Phe-X Pairs
Thomas, Annick ULg; Meurisse, R.; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in Proteins-Structure Function and Genetics (2002), 48(4), 635-44

We have collected all aromatic pairs (3152) involving an N-phenyl partner in a dataset of 593 proteins of the PDB: 728 of these pairs involve a partner residue less than 6 apart in the sequence. These ... [more ▼]

We have collected all aromatic pairs (3152) involving an N-phenyl partner in a dataset of 593 proteins of the PDB: 728 of these pairs involve a partner residue less than 6 apart in the sequence. These near-sequence Phe-X pairs correspond to specific conformations that stabilize secondary structures, mainly alpha-helices when the residues are 1, 3, and 4 apart, and beta-strands when they are 2 apart in the sequence. These conformations are not spatially random and have been examined in detail. The remaining phenylalanine pairs (2424) are between partners more than 5 apart in the sequence. Of these far-sequence pairs, 34% of occurrences are in sheets. Next in frequencies are pairs that bridge a beta-strand to a helix (24%), followed by pairs that bridge a beta-strand to a random coiled structure (15%). Helix to helix pairs only constitute 12% of these far-sequence pairs. Analysis of the pairing frequency supports the hypothesis that aromatic interactions are late events of protein folding. [less ▲]

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See detailMedical imaging and MRI in nail disorders: report of 119 cases and review of the literature
Richert, Bertrand ULg; Baghaie, Mahmoud

in Dermatologic Therapy (2002), 15

Radiographs remain the golden standard for exploration of the bony structures located beneath the nail plate, but they provide no information on the perionychium. Until a few years ago the nail apparatus ... [more ▼]

Radiographs remain the golden standard for exploration of the bony structures located beneath the nail plate, but they provide no information on the perionychium. Until a few years ago the nail apparatus was deprived of investigative medical imaging. Glomus tumor was the only condition that was explored using invasive techniques such as angiography or scintigraphy. High-frequency ultrasound rapidly came up against technical limits. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a superior alternative in detection of distal lesions as well as their relationship with the adjacent structures. MRI provides an accurate analysis of the nail apparatus with detection of lesions as small as 1 mm. This noninvasive technique will allow us to better understand, diagnose, and treat pathologies of the distal phalanx. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the zinc finger Egr1 gene during zebrafish embryonic development
Close, Renaud; Toro, Sabrina; Martial, Joseph ULg et al

in Mechanisms of Development (2002), 118(1-2), 269-72

Egr1 is a highly conserved zinc finger protein which plays important roles in many aspects of vertebrate development and in the adult. The cDNA coding for zebrafish Egr1 was obtained and its expression ... [more ▼]

Egr1 is a highly conserved zinc finger protein which plays important roles in many aspects of vertebrate development and in the adult. The cDNA coding for zebrafish Egr1 was obtained and its expression pattern was examined during zebrafish embryogenesis using whole-mount in situ hybridization. Egr1 mRNA is first detected in adaxial cells in the presomitic mesoderm between 11 and 20 h post-fertilization (hpf), spanning the 4-24 somite stages. Later, Egr1 expression is observed only in specific brain areas, starting at 21 hpf and subsequently increasing in distinct domains of the central nervous system, e.g. in the telencephalon, diencephalon and hypothalamus. Between 24 and 48 hpf, Egr1 is expressed in specific domains of the hypothalamus, mesencephalon, tegmentum, pharynx, retina, otic vesicle and heart. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation of a new c-Cbl related protein with the very first stages of apoptosis induction
Corsois, L.; Quatannens, B.; Dumont, P. et al

in Cancer Detection and Prevention (2002), 26(2), 93-104

This study investigates the involvement of the c-cbl proto-oncogene during the first stages of the apoptotic process. We have already shown that a c-Cbl aptotosis-related protein of 90 kDa (CARP 90) is ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the involvement of the c-cbl proto-oncogene during the first stages of the apoptotic process. We have already shown that a c-Cbl aptotosis-related protein of 90 kDa (CARP 90) is detected very rapidly in the cytoplasm as well as in the nucleus of murine thymocytes after hydrocortisone (HC) treatment. We report here that this protein appeared as well after in vivo treatment of mice by gamma-irradiation or injection of anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody, two potent thymic apoptosis inductors, providing a close relationship between the occurrence of apoptosis and the appearance of CARP 90. We showed that CARP 90 and p120(cbl) share numerous epitopes strikingly suggesting that CARP 90 is coded by c-cbl. In addition, KO mice do not sustain CARP 90 appearance. We finally showed that CARP 90 contains N- and C-terminal end epitopes of p120(cbl) which suggests that CARP 90 is an alternative spliced form of c-cbl. This protein was also observed under gamma-irradiation in tissues of different origin, which enlarges the physiological significance of this phenomenon. The very rapid CARP 90 appearance under apoptotic conditions in the nucleus of cells originating in different tissues makes this protein if not a possible new actor of the apoptotic process, at least an interesting marker of this process. (C) 2002 International Society for Preventive Oncology. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSaberes e instrumentos para ler os territórios próximos e distantes
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Educação Geográfica (2002), (15), 43-54

Cet article rend compte de l'expérience de la Fédération des Professeurs de Géographie de la Communauté française de Belgique pour aider à la mise en place d'une pédagogie par compétences et plus ... [more ▼]

Cet article rend compte de l'expérience de la Fédération des Professeurs de Géographie de la Communauté française de Belgique pour aider à la mise en place d'une pédagogie par compétences et plus spécifiquement du guide conceptuel que nous avons rédigé pour apprendre aux élèves à lire les territoires du monde [less ▲]

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See detailThe energy-conserving and energy-dissipating processes in mitochondria isolated from wild type and nonripening tomato fruits during development on the plant.
Almeida, A.; Navet, R.; Jarmuszkiewicz, W. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2002), 34(6), 487-498

Bioenergetics of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) development on the plant was followed from the early growing stage to senescence in wild type (climacteric) and nonripening mutant (nor, non-climacteric ... [more ▼]

Bioenergetics of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) development on the plant was followed from the early growing stage to senescence in wild type (climacteric) and nonripening mutant (nor, non-climacteric) fruits. Fruit development was expressed in terms of evolution of chlorophyll a content allowing the assessment of a continuous time-course in both cultivars. Measured parameters: the cytochrome pathway-dependent respiration, i.e., the ATP synthesis-sustained respiration (energy-conserving), the uncoupling protein (UCP) activity-sustained respiration (energy-dissipating), the alternative oxidase(AOX)-mediated respiration (energy-dissipating), as well as the protein expression of UCP and AOX, and free fatty acid content exhibited different evolution patterns in the wild type and nor mutant that can be attributed to their climacteric/nonclimacteric properties, respectively. In the wild type, the climacteric respiratory burst observed in vitro depended totally on an increse in the cytochrome pathway activity sustained by ATP synthesis, while the second respiratory rise during the ripening stage was linked to a strong increase in AOX activity accompanied by an overexpression of AOX protein. In wild type mitochondria, the 10-microM linoleic acid-stimulated UCP-activity-dependent respiration remained constant during the whole fruit development except in senescence where general respiratory decay was observed. [less ▲]

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See detailFracture prevention in postmenopausal women.
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Edwards, John; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Clinical Evidence (2002), 8

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See detailPeritoneal Tuberculosis in an African Immigrant
Milicevic, Mladen ULg; Boverie, J. H.; Dondelinger, R. F.

in JBR-BTR : Journal Belge de Radiologie - Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie (2002), 85(3, Jun-Jul), 140-1

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See detailCloning and characterization of ADAMTS-14, a novel ADAMTS displaying high homology with ADAMTS-2 and ADAMTS-3.
Colige, Alain ULg; Vandenberghe, Isabel; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(8), 5756-66

The processing of amino- and carboxyl-propeptides of fibrillar collagens is required to generate collagen monomers that correctly assemble into fibrils. Mutations in the ADAMTS2 gene, the ... [more ▼]

The processing of amino- and carboxyl-propeptides of fibrillar collagens is required to generate collagen monomers that correctly assemble into fibrils. Mutations in the ADAMTS2 gene, the aminopropeptidase of procollagen I and II, result in the accumulation of non-fully processed type I procollagen, causing human Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type VIIC and animal dermatosparaxis. In this study, we show that the aminopropeptide of type I procollagen can be cleaved in vivo in absence of ADAMTS-2 activity and that this processing is performed at the cleavage site for ADAMTS-2. In an attempt to identify the enzyme responsible for this alternative aminoprocollagen peptidase activity, we have cloned the cDNA and determined the primary structure of human and mouse ADAMTS-14, a novel ADAMTS displaying striking homologies with ADAMTS-2 and -3. The structure of the human gene, which maps to 10q21.3, and the mechanisms of generation of the various transcripts are described. The existence of two sites of initiation of transcription, in two different promoter contexts, suggests that transcripts resulting from these two sites can be differently regulated. The tissue distribution of ADAMTS-14, the regulation of the gene expression by various cytokines and the activity of the recombinant enzyme are evaluated. The potential function of ADAMTS-14 as a physiological aminoprocollagen peptidase in vivo is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of RAP-PCR and cDNA-AFLP to isolate genes of Candida oleophila (strain O) induced by the presence of galacturonic acid.
Massart, Sébastien ULg; Sens-Espel, Roser; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg et al

in Bulletin OILB/SROP = IOBC/WPRS Bulletin (2002), 25(10), 399-402

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See detailLes figures féminines dans le théâtre de Jean-Marie Piemme
Delhalle, Nancy ULg

in Alternatives Théâtrales (2002), (75),

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See detailCyclin-dependent kinase-2 controls oligodendrocyte progenitor cell cycle progression and is downregulated in adult oligodendrocyte progenitors.
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Aguirre, Adan A.; Wang, Hang et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 22(19), 8553-62

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E ... [more ▼]

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E/cyclin-dependent kinase-2 (cdk2) activity. To establish a causal link between cyclin E/cdk2 activity and OP proliferation, we selectively modulated cdk2 activity in vitro by transfection of cultured OP cells. Dominant-negative (Dn)-cdk2 overexpression inhibited mitogen-induced OP cell proliferation, whereas wild-type (wt)-cdk2 prevented cell cycle arrest caused by anti-mitotic signals. Dn-cdk2- or wt-cdk2-mediated regulation of G(1)/S transition, per se, did not influence initiation of OP differentiation. To study the function of cyclin E/cdk2 in OP cells during development in vivo, we analyzed cdk2 and cyclin E expression in cells acutely isolated from transgenic mice expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of the 2'-3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase gene promoter. Both cyclin E/cdk2 protein levels and activity were decreased in GFP(+) oligodendrocyte lineage cells between postnatal days 4 and 30. Immunostaining of NG2(+)/GFP(+) OP cells in brain tissue sections showed a 90% decrease in overall cell proliferation and cdk2 expression between perinatal and adult cells. However, cdk2 expression within the proliferating (i.e., expressing the proliferating cell nuclear antigen) OP cell population was maintained throughout development. Our data indicate that: (1) cyclin E/cdk2 activity plays a pivotal function in OP cell cycle decisions occurring at G(1)/S checkpoint; (2) initiation of OP differentiation is independent of cyclinE/cdk2 checkpoint, and (3) intrinsic differences in cyclin E/cdk2 expression and activity may underlie the slowly proliferative state that characterizes so-called "quiescent" adult OP cells in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailShunt cardiaque droite-gauche : étiologie possible de migraine avec aura ?
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Migraine Contact (2002), 2

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See detailPreemptive cellular immunotherapy after T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2002), 8(7), 351-9

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor ... [more ▼]

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor lymphocytes are primed by histocompatibility differences between donors and recipients and activated by a cytokine storm caused by the conditioning regimen. The most efficient method for prevention of GVHD consists of T-cell depletion (TCD) of the graft. However, TCD usually leads to an increased risk of leukemia relapse because of the loss of the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Several groups have studied the feasibility of preemptive donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) to lessen the impact of TCD on leukemia relapse. Preemptive DLI is given several weeks to months after the transplantation, ie, after the cytokine storm and after the patient has recovered from conditioning-regimen-related toxicities. After briefly discussing various techniques of TCD of the graft and the efficacy of DLI, this article reviews the first clinical studies evaluating a strategy of TCD of the graft followed by preemptive DLI. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral and crystallographic study of pyridinic analogues of nimesulide : determination of the active form of methanesulfonamides as COX-2 selective inhibitors
Julémont, F.; de Leval, X.; Michaux, C. et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 45

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See detailL'image du mois. Malacoplasie pulmonaire a Rhodococcus equi chez un patient atteint du SIDA.
Delbecque, Katty ULg; Radermecker, Maurice ULg; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 685-7

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See detailUncoupling protein and alternative oxidase of Dictyostelium discoideum: occurrence, properties and protein expression during vegetative life and starvation-induced early development.
Jarmusszkiewicz, W.; Behrendt, M.; Navet, R. et al

in FEBS Letters (2002), 532

In this study we show that mitochondria of Dictyostelium discoideum contain both alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP). AOX was stimulated by purine mononucleoside and was monomeric. UCP ... [more ▼]

In this study we show that mitochondria of Dictyostelium discoideum contain both alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP). AOX was stimulated by purine mononucleoside and was monomeric. UCP was stimulated by free fatty acids and was poorly sensitive to GTP. Both proteins collaborated in energy dissipation when activated together. AOX expression in free-living ameboid cells decreased strongly from exponential to stationary phase of growth but much less during starvation-induced aggregation. In contrast, UCP expression was constant in all conditions indicating permanent need. Our results suggest that AOX could play a role in cell differentiation, mainly by protecting prespore cells from programmed cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of methalothionein in irradiated human rectal carcinoma.
Bouzourene, H; Chabert, P; Gebhardt, S et al

in Cancer (2002), 95(5), 1003-1008

BACKGROUND. Metallothioneins (MT) are low-molecular weight, metal-binding proteins that play a role in cellular proliferation and differentiation, as well as in cellular defense mechanisms. They act as ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Metallothioneins (MT) are low-molecular weight, metal-binding proteins that play a role in cellular proliferation and differentiation, as well as in cellular defense mechanisms. They act as scavengers of free radicals produced by irradiation. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies have linked overexpression of cellular MT with tumor cell resistance to radiation. This is the first study that investigates whether MT expression is involved in the radioresistance of rectal carcinoma. METHODS. Using a mouse monoclonal antibody, MT expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry on surgical samples (n 85) from 85 patients with locally advanced rectal carcinoma who were treated preoperatively with a hyperfractionated and accelerated radiotherapy schedule and on tumor biopsies (n 13) obtained before treatment. The potential correlations between MT expression and pathologic variables and survival were examined. RESULTS. MT were expressed strongly in both the cytoplasm and nucleus of tumor cells in 7 biopsy and 42 surgical samples. A comparison of MT expression in biopsy and surgical specimens showed that MT expression did not change after irradiation in most cases. Against all expectations, MT were expressed more frequently in tumors from responders than in those from the nonresponders (P 0.02). There was no correlation between MT expression and tumor stage, histology after radiotherapy, or survival. CONCLUSION. These findings do not support the hypothesis that MT overexpression at the end of radiotherapy is a marker for radiation resistance. Cancer 2002;95: 1003–8. © 2002 American Cancer Society. DOI 10.1002/cncr.10780 [less ▲]

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See detailOxygen consumption and electron spin resonance studies of free radical production by alveolar cells exposed to anoxia: inhibiting effects of the antibiotic ceftazidime.
Mouithys-mickalad, A.; Mathy-hartert, M.; Du, G. et al

in Redox Report : Communications in Free Radical Research (2002), 7(2), 85-94

By EPR spectroscopy, we investigated free radical production by cultured human alveolar cells subjected to anoxia/re-oxygenation (A/R), and tested the effects of ceftazidime, an antibiotic previously ... [more ▼]

By EPR spectroscopy, we investigated free radical production by cultured human alveolar cells subjected to anoxia/re-oxygenation (A/R), and tested the effects of ceftazidime, an antibiotic previously demonstrated to possess antioxidant properties. Two A/R models were performed on type II pneumocytes (A549 cell line), either on cells attached to culture dishes (monolayer A/R model; 3.5 h of anoxia, 30 min of re-oxygenation) or after cell detachment (suspension A/R model; 1 h of anoxia, 10 min of re-oxygenation). Ceftazidime and selective inhibitors (SOD, Tiron, L-NMMA) were added before anoxia. Free radical production was assessed by the EPR spin trapping technique. Oxygen consumption was monitored, in parallel with EPR studies, in the suspension A/R model. The production of free radical species was demonstrated by the generation of PBN-radical adducts: (a(N) = 15.2 G) in the monolayer A/R model and a six-line EPR spectrum (a(N) = 15.7 G and a(H) = 2.7 G) in the suspension A/R model. A kinetic study performed by oximetry, in parallel with EPR spectroscopy, demonstrated marked alterations of the cell respiratory function and that the free radical production started during anoxia and increased during re-oxygenation. In the suspension A/R model, the amplitude of EPR spectra were decreased upon the addition of 200 U/ml SOD (37% inhibition), 0.1 mM Tiron (67% inhibition) and 1 mM L-NMMA (43% inhibition). Addition of 1 mM ceftazidime decreased the amplitude of EPR spectra (37% inhibition) in both A/R models. Complementary in vitro EPR studies demonstrated that CAZ scavenged the hydroxyl radical (produced by the Fenton reaction). The protective effect of ceftazidime in the cell model could thus be linked to its ability to scavenge superoxide anions, nitrogen-derived species and hydroxyl radicals. [less ▲]

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See detailThe multivariate Dale model and genetic associations
Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Molenberghs, G.; Tahri, N.

in American Journal of Human Genetics (2002), 71

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See detailMultidisciplinary study of the Wealden deposits in the Mons Basin (Belgium): a progress report.
Yans, J; Spagna, P; Foucher, JC et al

in Aardkungigen Mededelingen (2002), 12

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See detailPositron emission tomography (PET) evaluation of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Gomez, P. et al

in European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (2002), 23(5), 431-436

Background: aneurysmal disease is associated with all inflammatory Cell infiltrate and enzymatic degradation of the vessel wall. Aim of the study: to detect increased metabolic activity in abdominal ... [more ▼]

Background: aneurysmal disease is associated with all inflammatory Cell infiltrate and enzymatic degradation of the vessel wall. Aim of the study: to detect increased metabolic activity in abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) by means of positron emission tomography (PET-imaging). Study design: twenty-six patients with AAA underwent PET-imaging Results: in tell patients, PET-imaging revealed increased, fluoro-deoxy-glucose (18-FDG) uptake at the level of the aneurysm. Patients with positive PET-imaging had one or more of the following elements in their clinical history: history Of recent non-aortic surgery (n = 4) a painful inflammatory aortic aneurysm (n = 2). moderate low back pain (n = 2), rapid (>5 mm in 6 months) expansion (n = 4), discovery by PET-scan of a previously undiagnosed lung cancer (n = 3) or parotid tumour (n = 1). Five patients with a positive PET scan required urgent surgery within two to 30 days. Among the 16 patients with negative PET-imaging of their aneurysm, only one had recent non-aortic surgery, none of them required urgent surgery, only two had a rapidly expanding AAA, and in only one patient, PET-imaging revealed an unknown lung cancer. Conclusion: these data suggest a possible association between increased 18-FDG uptake and AAA expansion and rupture. [less ▲]

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See detailGamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy in primary cutaneous melanoma.
Belhocine, T.; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Gielen, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 355-61

BACKGROUND: Radiotracer and blue-dye lymphatic mapping is a recommended combined method to guide sentinel lymphadenectomy and full regional lymph node dissection in selected patients with cutaneous ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Radiotracer and blue-dye lymphatic mapping is a recommended combined method to guide sentinel lymphadenectomy and full regional lymph node dissection in selected patients with cutaneous melanoma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy and the prognostic value of gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping in cutaneous melanomas. METHODS: Sixty-five stage I and II melanoma patients underwent gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping. Sentinel lymph nodes were studied by both conventional and immunohistochemical stainings. The median follow-up was 11 months. RESULTS: Sensitivities of preoperative and intraoperative sentinel lymph node detection were 100 and 98%, respectively. Only 1 failure of detection and 1 missed same-basin metastasis were experienced in the axillary and cervical areas, respectively. Eleven patients (16.9%) had sentinel node metastases leading to adjuvant therapy. CONCLUSION: Gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping is useful for staging melanoma. However, in the expectation of a more specific identification of the sentinel lymph node, the standard protocol remains recommended for exploring the axillary and cervical areas. The histological examination supported in some cases by immunohistochemistry remains mandatory in all cases. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonic-Balance Finite-Element Modelling of Electromagnetic Devices: A Novel Approach
Gyselinck, J.; Dular, Patrick ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2002), 38(2), 521--524

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude PROSPER (PROspective study of pravastatin in the elderly at risk).
Kulbertus, Henri ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 809-13

Statins reduce coronary and cerebrovascular mortality and morbidity in middle-aged individuals. Until recently, their efficacy and safety in elderly people had not yet been firmly established. PROSPER was ... [more ▼]

Statins reduce coronary and cerebrovascular mortality and morbidity in middle-aged individuals. Until recently, their efficacy and safety in elderly people had not yet been firmly established. PROSPER was a controlled, randomised study involving 2,804 men and 3,000 women aged 70-82, with a history of, or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Their baseline cholesterol level was 135-350 mg/dl; they were randomised to either 40 mg pravastatin per day, or matching placebo. Average follow-up was 3.2 years. The primary endpoint was a composite of coronary death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and fatal or non-fatal stroke. Pravastatin lowered LDL-cholesterol (-34%), and reduced the incidence of the primary endpoint (-15%; CI 95%: 3-26%; p = 0.014). Coronary death and non-fatal myocardial infarction risk was also reduced (-19%; p = 0.006), and mortality from coronary disease fell by 24% (p = 0.043). The risk for stroke, however, was unaffected (p = 0.8), whereas the incidence of transient ischemic attacks was reduced by 25%, which was (marginally) insignificant (p = 0.051). Pravastatin had no effect on cognitive functions or incapacity. New cancers were more frequent amongst pravastatin-treated individuals (+25%; p = 0.020). However incorporation of this new data in a meta-analysis of all pravastatin and all statin trials revealed no overall increase of cancer risk. [less ▲]

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See detailLa régulation des services publics: les enseignements du droit comparé
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Chroniques de Droit Public = Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (2002), 4

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