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See detailVariations autour de la définition des fonctions convexes
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (1996), 105

Dans le cadre des fonctions réelles, le concept de convexité est présenté dans divers registres sémiotiques, analytiques ou graphiques.

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See detailThe equatorial boundary of the ultraviolet Jovian north aurora observed with multispectral Hubble Space Telescope images
Grodent, Denis ULg; Dols, V.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1996), 101(E1), 2163-2168

Multispectral observations of the far ultraviolet Jovian aurora with the faint object camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope are reported. They are used to describe and compare the morphology ... [more ▼]

Multispectral observations of the far ultraviolet Jovian aurora with the faint object camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope are reported. They are used to describe and compare the morphology and the mean brightness of the H-2 Lyman and Werner bands observed at 153, 125, and 130 nm. It is shown that most of the emissions are confined inside the 6 R(J) O-6-GSFC auroral oval and fill a large fraction of the polar cap. During the similar to 50 hours time span of the observations following a very strong aurora, no bright are was observed along the oval mapping the 30 R(J) O-6 oval. Hydrogen emissions at 125 and 130 nm are observed down to 50 degrees N and somewhat below, a region not accessible to previous FOC observations at longer wavelengths. Temporal variations are also observed on timescales of hours to days. [less ▲]

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See detailRheinische Wortgeographie. Karten des Rheinischen Wörterbuchs und ihre computative Auswertung. Teil I
Lausberg, Helmut; Möller, Robert ULg

in Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter (1996), 60

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See detailStable isotope studies: a remarkable tool in delianating organic matter pathways between pelagic and benthic realms. In memoriam Fiorentina Mosora
Mosora, Fiorentina; Dauby, Patrick ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65

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See detailWound repair-induced expression of a stromelysins is associated with the acquisition of a mesenchymal phenotype in human respiratory epithelial cells
Buisson, A. C.; Gilles, Christine ULg; Polette, M. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (1996), 74(3), 658-69

Wound repair involves many processes including cell migration, provisional matrix deposition, and remodeling. All of these processes are likely to be affected by matrix-modifying enzymes. Members of the ... [more ▼]

Wound repair involves many processes including cell migration, provisional matrix deposition, and remodeling. All of these processes are likely to be affected by matrix-modifying enzymes. Members of the matrix metalloproteinases family are physiologic mediators of the extracellular matrix degradation. Within this matrix metalloproteinases family, stromelysins can degrade many components of the extracellular matrix. We therefore tested the hypothesis that stromelysins could be produced by human surface respiratory epithelial (HSRE) cells repairing a wound. Experimental wounds were created in vitro in HSRE cell cultures and in situ in human bronchial mucosa maintained in organ culture. Stromelysin production was measured by casein-gel zymography in cellular protein extracts derived from repairing migratory and nonrepairing stationary cells of wounded HSRE cell cultures. Stromelysin-producing cells present in cell and tissue cultures were localized and characterized using immunofluorescence techniques. Zymographic and immunofluorescence techniques showed that stromelysins were produced exclusively by the migratory HSRE cells. Zymogram analysis showed that stromelysins were overexpressed and overactivated during the wound repair process, with the maximal production observed at wound closure. Using an anti-cytokeratin 14 antibody, we identified stromelysin-3-producing cells as basal epithelial cells. Moreover, most stromelysin-3-producing cells expressed the mesenchymal marker vimentin. Similar to stromelysins localization, vimentin-positive HSRE cells were exclusively located in the wounded area, and they were also positive to cytokeratin 14. In conclusion, stromelysins are suggested to be involved in HSRE cell migration and extracellular matrix remodeling during wound repair. Furthermore, stromelysin production by repairing HSRE cells is linked to the acquisition of a mesenchymal phenotype. HSRE cell migration may then be associated with the shift from an epithelial to a mesenchymal phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopmental and evolutionary aspects of thymic T-cell education to neuroendocrine self
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Benhida, Abdellah; Kecha, Ouafae et al

in Acta Haematologica (1996), 95

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See detailCompte-rendu de E. Wente, Letters from Ancient Egypt
Winand, Jean ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1996), 71(141), 57-62

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See detailLa titanite de Bastogne (Belgique) et les minéraux associés
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Fransolet, André-Mathieu ULg; Houssa, Michel

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65(6), 387-397

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See detailClinical pharmacokinetics of metformin.
Scheen, André ULg

in Clinical Pharmacokinetics (1996), 30(5), 359-71

The biguanide metformin (dimethylbiguanide) is an oral antihyperglycaemic agent widely used in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Considerable renewal of interest in this ... [more ▼]

The biguanide metformin (dimethylbiguanide) is an oral antihyperglycaemic agent widely used in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Considerable renewal of interest in this drug has been observed in recent years. Metformin can be determined in biological fluids by various methods, mainly using high performance liquid chromatography, which allows pharmacokinetic studies in healthy volunteers and diabetic patients. Metformin disposition is apparently unaffected by the presence of diabetes and only slightly affected by the use of different oral formulations. Metformin has an absolute oral bioavailability of 40 to 60%, and gastrointestinal absorption is apparently complete within 6 hours of ingestion. An inverse relationship was observed between the dose ingested and the relative absorption with therapeutic doses ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 g, suggesting the involvement of an active, saturable absorption process. Metformin is rapidly distributed following absorption and does not bind to plasma proteins. No metabolites or conjugates of metformin have been identified. The absence of liver metabolism clearly differentiates the pharmacokinetics of metformin from that of other biguanides, such as phenformin. Metformin undergoes renal excretion and has a mean plasma elimination half-life after oral administration of between 4.0 and 8.7 hours. This elimination is prolonged in patients with renal impairment and correlates with creatinine clearance. There are only scarce data on the relationship between plasma metformin concentrations and metabolic effects. Therapeutic levels may be 0.5 to 1.0 mg/L in the fasting state and 1 to 2 mg/L after a meal, but monitoring has little clinical value except when lactic acidosis is suspected or present. Indeed, when lactic acidosis occurs in metformin-treated patients, early determination of the metformin plasma concentration appears to be the best criterion for assessing the involvement of the drug in this acute condition. After confirmation of the diagnosis, treatment should rapidly involve forced diuresis or haemodialysis, both of which favour rapid elimination of the drug. Although serious, lactic acidosis due to metformin is rare and may be minimised by strict adherence to prescribing guidelines and contraindications, particularly the presence of renal failure. Finally, only very few drug interactions have been described with metformin in healthy volunteers. Plasma levels may be reduced by guar gum and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors and increased by cimetidine, but no data are yet available in the diabetic population. [less ▲]

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See detailNew isozymes markers for the study of the gene pool Phaseolus lunatus L.
Zoro Bi, Irié; Maquet, Alain; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Annual Report of the Bean Improvment Cooperative (1996), 39

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See detailCO2 atmosphérique et simulation de ses variations d'origine naturelle et anthropique
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

in Revue de la Science et des Techniques (1996), 14

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See detailStrategic directions in concurrency research
Cleaveland, R.; Smolka, S. A.; Alur, R. et al

in ACM Computing Surveys (1996), 28(4), 607-625

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See detailTwo dimensional self-organized transitions for propagation in random media
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Czechoslovak Journal of Physics (1996), 46(Suppl. 4), 2277-2278

A simple so-called dynamic epidemic model, for the evolution of an advancing interface through a two-dimensional medium containing mobile impurities is investigated. A short range repulsion between the ... [more ▼]

A simple so-called dynamic epidemic model, for the evolution of an advancing interface through a two-dimensional medium containing mobile impurities is investigated. A short range repulsion between the front and the impurities leads to an aggregation process along the front, and to trapping of aggregates. The pattern of trapped impurities is found to be self-organized. The critical concentration of impurity for growth blocking on a square lattice is 0..56. The kinetics of this self-organization is analyzed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of serotonergic blockade on calf pulmonary function after the intravenous administration of 3-methylindole
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1996), 114(4), 361-371

This study was designed to investigate whether 3-methylindole (3-Mi), a tryptamine analogue, could cause pulmonary injury in calves other than by cytotoxicity. Injection of 3-Mi resulted in a marked ... [more ▼]

This study was designed to investigate whether 3-methylindole (3-Mi), a tryptamine analogue, could cause pulmonary injury in calves other than by cytotoxicity. Injection of 3-Mi resulted in a marked increase of respiratory rate, decrease of tidal volume and increase in minute ventilation. Pulmonary mechanics values were also profoundly affected, lung dynamic compliance being reduced to approximately one-third of its baseline value and total pulmonary resistance being increased two-fold. Arterial oxygen partial pressure was dramatically reduced. Successive challenges with 3-Mi after physiological saline pretreatment resulted in quantitatively identical alterations of pulmonary function values. Conversely, all these ventilatory, mechanical and gas exchange changes were abolished by pretreatment with serotonergic antagonists. It was concluded that intravenous administration of 3-Mi to healthy calves induced immediate and reversible bronchoconstriction which affected both central and peripheral airways. Because the effect was abolished by pretreatment with antiserotonin drugs, it is suggested that 3-Mi acts either directly by stimulating serotonergic receptors or indirectly through the release of serotonin from platelets. Current concepts of the physiopathological cascade underlying the toxicity of 3-Mi should, therefore, be re-evaluated in the light of this pharmacological mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Concentration of Estradiol Following Transdermal Administration of Systen 50 or Menorest 50
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. Supplement (1996), 103

Circulating levels of 17 beta estradiol (E2) following the administration of fixed doses of E2, show a great variability in kinetics depending upon the product administrated, the routes of administration ... [more ▼]

Circulating levels of 17 beta estradiol (E2) following the administration of fixed doses of E2, show a great variability in kinetics depending upon the product administrated, the routes of administration, and the interindividual variations in absorption and metabolism. This might have important implications both in terms of tolerance and effectiveness. Two new forms of transdermal E2 (SYSTEN Cilag and MENOREST Rhone-Poulenc Rorer) have been recently accepted in Europe for the treatment of climacteric symptoms. The present study was undertaken to compare the pharmacokinetic characteristics of plasma E2 profile under these two drugs. It was carried out in 30 healthy postmenopausal volunteers according to good clinical practice after informed consent, as a single blind, randomised, cross-over study during the classical wearing period of 4 days. Plasma E2 concentration was determined 24 hours before, 1/2 hour before and then 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, 48, 72, 84, 96 hours after the first patch administration. E2 measurement was performed using a specific direct radioimmunoassay developed in the FRH laboratories. The main criteria for this method were an intraassay coefficient of variation (CV) less than 6%, an interassay CV less than 8% in a concentration range of 15-140 pg/ml and a quantitative detection limit (LOQ) of 2.7 pg/ml with a 20% CV. The following kinetic parameters were analysed: C(max), C(mean), C96 and MRT. The bioequivalence was assessed by analysis of variance of C(max), C(mean), C96 and AuC after logarithmic transformation, complemented by Westlake test (95%). Data show that these two products are identical in terms of C(max) but C(mean), C96 and AuC are statistically greater when MENOREST 50(R) is administered; furthermore, E2 levels decrease more rapidly and more deeply with SYSTEN 50 than MENOREST 50. The differences of pharmacokinetic profiles after administration of two different forms of the same dose of 50 micrograms transdermal 17 beta estradiol might have important medical consequences. [less ▲]

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See detailAnaesthesia for cardiac surgery
Larbuisson, Robert ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology (1996), 9

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See detail"Parce que je ne connais pas bien le grec..." (P. Col. Zen. II 66)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1996), 71(142), 311-316

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See detailProduction of sulfur from gypsum as an industrial byproduct
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Deswaef, Sophie; Taillieu, Xavier et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1996), 57-8

Biological sulfate reduction was investigated at the bench and pilot scales in order to determine optimum culture conditions. Efficient strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were selected by ... [more ▼]

Biological sulfate reduction was investigated at the bench and pilot scales in order to determine optimum culture conditions. Efficient strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were selected by classical microbiological methods and by mutagenesis. Improvement factors, including stripping, scale-up, sulfate,and organic substrate concentrations, have been studied in batch bioreactors. Two types of pilot-scale bioreactors have been adopted, the first being completely mixed with free cells and the second having two stages with immobilized cells on a fixed bed. An overall bioconversion capacity of 11 kg/m(3) . d of gypsum and 1.2 kg/m(3) . d of dissolved organic carbon has been achieved in the two-stage bioreactor. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymerization of β-butyrolactone initiated with Al(OiPr)3
Kurcok, Piotr; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Polymer International (1996), 41(4), 479-485

Polymerization of gamma-butyrolactone has been studied in toluene with Al(OiPr)3 as an initiator. The ring-opening polyaddition proceeds through a coordination-insertion mechanism at a very low rate. Well ... [more ▼]

Polymerization of gamma-butyrolactone has been studied in toluene with Al(OiPr)3 as an initiator. The ring-opening polyaddition proceeds through a coordination-insertion mechanism at a very low rate. Well defined -isopropylester, -hydroxy poly(-butyrolactone)s (PBL) are formed with a narrow molecular weight distribution at low monomer-to-initiator molar ratios, When this ratio is higher (ca. 170), a competition occurs between propagation and side reactions, i.e. elimination, inter- and intra-molecular transesterifications and thermal degradation, which is responsible for a loss of control of the PBL molecular charcteristics. The addition of a Lewis base (1 equivalent of nicotine/Al) to the Al-alkoxide initiator has no significant effect on the polymerization rate, although the chain microstructure is deeply affected since predominantly syndiotactic PBL chains are formed (63% syndio-diads) in contrast to a completely atactic polymer in the absence of nicotine. [less ▲]

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See detailFormal Methods: State of the Art and Future Directions
Clarke, Edmund M; Wing, Jeannette M; Alur, Rajeev et al

in ACM Computing Surveys (1996), 28(4), 626--643

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See detail"Le plus subtil ouvrir de monde" Godefroid de Huy,orfèvre mosan
George, Philippe ULg

in Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale (1996), XXXIX

http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/ccmed_0007-9731_1996_num_39_156_2659

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See detailLe vétérinaire et la qualité microbiologique des denrées alimentaires d’origine animale
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Denys, Jacques et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 141

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See detailTwo-Phase Finite Element Comparative Study of a Side Structure of a Middle Size Tanker
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Membres ISSC 94, Comimittee II (Sumi et Al.)

in Marine Structures (1996)

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See detailTwo stage genome-wide search in inflammatory bowel disease provides evidence for susceptibility loci on chromosomes 3, 7 and 12.
Satsangi, J.; Parkes, M.; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Nature Genetics (1996), 14(2), 199-202

Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (CIBD), are common causes of gastro-intestinal disease in the Western world, with a combined prevalence of 100-200 ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (CIBD), are common causes of gastro-intestinal disease in the Western world, with a combined prevalence of 100-200/100,000 (ref. 1). Epidemiological studies, particularly concordance rates in twin pairs and siblings, strongly implicate genetic susceptibility in the pathogenesis of CIBD. In fact, the relative contribution of genetic factors to the pathogenesis of CD may be greater than in schizophrenia, asthma or hypertension, and at least equivalent to that in insulin-dependent diabetes. Systematic screening of the entire human genome now provides a strategy for the identification of susceptibility genes in complex polygenic disorders. We undertook a two-stage genome search for susceptibility genes in inflammatory bowel disease involving 186 affected sibling pairs from 160 nuclear families. We provide strong evidence for the presence of susceptibility loci for both CD and UC on chromosome 3, 7 and 12. We obtained the highest lod score (5.47; P = 2.66 x 10(-7) with the marker D12S83 and lod scores of 3.08 and 2.69 for D7S669 and D3S1573, respectively. Our data suggest that CD and UC are closely related, but distinct, polygenic disorders that share some, but not all, susceptibility genes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) experiment: Deployment on the ATLAS Space Shuttle missions
Gunson, Michael R.; Abbas, M. M.; Abrams, M. C. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2333-2336

The ATMOS Fourier transform spectrometer was flown for a fourth time on the Space Shuttle as part of the ATLAS-3 instrument payload in November 1994. More than 190 sunrise and sunset occultation events ... [more ▼]

The ATMOS Fourier transform spectrometer was flown for a fourth time on the Space Shuttle as part of the ATLAS-3 instrument payload in November 1994. More than 190 sunrise and sunset occultation events provided measurements of more than 30 atmospheric trace gases at latitudes 3-49 degrees N and 65-72 degrees S, including observations both inside and outside the Antarctic polar vortex. The instrument configuration, data retrieval methodology, and mission background are described to place in context analyses of ATMOS data presented in this issue. [less ▲]

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See detailWhere is the Algorithmic Support?
Wolper, Pierre ULg

in ACM Computing Surveys (1996), 28(4es), 58

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See detailAntagonistic properties of human prolactin analogs that show paradoxical agonistic activity in the Nb2 bioassay
Goffin, Vincent; Kinet, Sandrina; Ferrag, Fatima et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(28), 16573-9

Based on the assumption that the prolactin receptor (PRLR) is activated by PRL-induced sequential dimerization, potential human PRL (hPRL) antagonists were designed that sterically interfere with binding ... [more ▼]

Based on the assumption that the prolactin receptor (PRLR) is activated by PRL-induced sequential dimerization, potential human PRL (hPRL) antagonists were designed that sterically interfere with binding site 2. We previously reported the unexpected agonistic properties of these hPRL analogs in the rat Nb2 bioassay (Goffin, V., Struman, I., Mainfroid, V., Kinet, S., and Martial, J. A. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 32598-32606). In order to investigate whether such paradoxical agonistic behavior might result from characteristic features of the Nb2 assay (e.g. species specificity), we transfected in the same cell system the cDNA encoding the PRLR from rat or human species along with reporter genes containing PRL-responsive DNA sequences. We characterized the agonistic, self-antagonistic and/or antagonistic effects of wild type rat PRL, wild type hPRL, and three hPRL analogs, mutated either at binding site 1 or at binding site 2. Our results clearly show that the agonistic/antagonistic properties of PRLs are species-specific. We thus propose different models of receptor activation, depending on the relative affinities of each hormonal binding site, which is directed by species specificity. Finally, this is the first report of hPRL binding site 2 analogs showing antagonistic properties on human and, to a lesser extent, rat receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel three-enzyme reaction cycle for the synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine with in situ regeneration of uridine 5'-diphosphate glucose and uridine 5'-diphosphate galactose
Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Elling, Lothar

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1996), 118(8), 1836-1840

A new three-enzyme reaction cycle consisting of sucrose synthase, UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase, and human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase was established for the synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc) with in ... [more ▼]

A new three-enzyme reaction cycle consisting of sucrose synthase, UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase, and human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase was established for the synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc) with in situ regeneration of UDP galactose. We found that UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase is reductively inactivated in the presence of UMP and acceptor substrates of β-1,4-galactosyltransferase. Reactivation of UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase by the transition state analogues dUDP or dTDP 6-deoxy-d-xylo-4-hexulose in combination with the repetitive batch technique enabled us to use the native enzymes for 11 days in this cycle. With 10 U of sucrose synthase, 5 U of UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase, and 1.25 U of β-1,4-galactosyltransferase, 594 mg of LacNAc could be synthesized. N-Acetyllactosamine was also subsequently converted to Neu5Acα2,6Galβl,4GlcNAc with α-2,6-sialyltransferase and CMP-Neu5Ac. [less ▲]

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See detailThe enhancers of the human placental lactogen B, A, and L genes: progressive activation during in vitro trophoblast differentiation and importance of the DF-3 element in determining their respective activities
Jacquemin, P.; Alsat, E.; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(10), 845-54

The hCS-A and hCS-B genes encoding human chorionic somatomammotropin and the related hCS-L gene are very similar in their coding and flanking sequences. For each of these genes, downstream enhancers ... [more ▼]

The hCS-A and hCS-B genes encoding human chorionic somatomammotropin and the related hCS-L gene are very similar in their coding and flanking sequences. For each of these genes, downstream enhancers, varying in strength, have been identified with the help of cytotrophoblast-derived JEG-3 cells, which do not express the hCS genes. Here we study the activity of the hCS enhancers in human syncytiotrophoblast in primary culture, which naturally expresses the hCS genes. We show that the activity of the hCS-B gene enhancer is mediated by two elements, DF-3 and DF-4, whereas the hCS-L and hCS-A gene enhancers display weaker activity due to mutations in their respective DF-3 sites. Replacement of the hCS-B DF-3 site with the homologous hCS-A sequence causes hCS-B enhancer activity to decrease. Primary cytotrophoblasts differentiate in culture to form the syncytiotrophoblast. We show that during this process the production of hCS progressively increases and that concomitantly all three hCS enhancers are progressively activated. A targeted mutation in the 3' part of the DF-4 element abolishes the binding of a protein present only in syncytiotrophoblast extracts and inactivates the DF-4 element. Thus, a direct correlation exists between the appearance of this syncytiotrophoblast-specific protein and hCS enhancer activity. This primary culture model proves useful in studying the regulation of the hCS genes. [less ▲]

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See detailCombined enzymatic synthesis of nucleotide (deoxy) sugars from sucrose and nucleoside monophosphates
Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Stein, Andreas; Adrian, Holger et al

in Tetrahedron (1996), 52(7), 2395-2404

Abstract: The synthesis of NDP-glucose 3a-d (N= A, C, U, dU) with sucrose synthase B was combined with the enzymatic synthesis of nucleoside diphosphates 2a-d from their corresponding nucleoside ... [more ▼]

Abstract: The synthesis of NDP-glucose 3a-d (N= A, C, U, dU) with sucrose synthase B was combined with the enzymatic synthesis of nucleoside diphosphates 2a-d from their corresponding nucleoside monophosphates la-d by different kinases A. Further combination with recombinant dTDP-glucose 4,6-dehydratase D enabled us to synthesize dUDP-6-deoxy-alpha-D-xylo-4-hexulose 5 from ld on a preparative scale. By using the repetitive batch technique the enzymatic syntheses of nucleotide (deoxy) sugars 3a-d, 5 could be realized on a 0.1 - 0.5 g scale. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of lactogen receptor-binding site 1 of human prolactin
Kinet, Sandrina; Goffin, Vincent; Mainfroid, Véronique et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(24), 14353-60

Prolactin (PRL) binds to two molecules of PRL receptor (PRLR) through two regions referred to as binding sites 1 and 2. Although binding site 1 has been generally assigned to the pocket delimited by helix ... [more ▼]

Prolactin (PRL) binds to two molecules of PRL receptor (PRLR) through two regions referred to as binding sites 1 and 2. Although binding site 1 has been generally assigned to the pocket delimited by helix 1, helix 4, and the second half of loop 1, the residues involved in receptor binding have not yet all been precisely identified. In an earlier alanine-scanning mutational study, we identified three major binding determinants in loop 1 of human PRL (hPRL) (Goffin, V., Norman, M. & Martial, J. A.(1992) Mol. Endocrinol. 6, 1381-1392). Here we focus on the two other regions that form binding site 1, namely helices 1 and 4. Putative binding residues, selected on the basis of a three-dimensional model of hPRL constructed in this laboratory, were mutated to alanine, and recombinant hPRL mutants produced in Escherichia coli were tested for their ability to bind to the PRLR and to stimulate Nb2 cell proliferation. We thus identified nine single mutations (three in helix 1 and six in helix 4) whose effect was to reduce both binding and mitogenic activity by more than half as compared with wild-type hPRL, indicating the functional involvement of the corresponding residues. Adding these to the three binding determinants identified in loop 1, we now propose a complete picture of PRLR-binding site 1 of hPRL. As we earlier hypothesized, the binding site 1 determinants of hPRL differ from those of human growth hormone, a hPRL homolog. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse cinématographique de la marche électro assistée de l'hémiplégique
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Bauval, A.; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Kine Acta-Symposium (1996)

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See detailA promoter element active in run-off transcription controls the expression of two cistrons of nad and rps genes in Nicotiana sylvestris mitochondria
Lelandais, C.; Gutierres, S.; Mathieu, C. et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1996), 24(23), 4798-4804

The expression of two mitochondrial gene clusters (orf87-nad3-nad1/A and orf87-nad3-rps 12) was studied in Nicotiana sylvestris. 5' and 3' termini of transcripts were mapped by primer extension and ... [more ▼]

The expression of two mitochondrial gene clusters (orf87-nad3-nad1/A and orf87-nad3-rps 12) was studied in Nicotiana sylvestris. 5' and 3' termini of transcripts were mapped by primer extension and nuclease S1 protection. Processing and transcription initiation sites were differentiated by in vitro phosphorylation and capping experiments. A transcription initiation site, present in both gene clusters, was found 213 nucleotides upstream of orf87. This promoter element matches the consensus motif for dicotyledonous mitochondrial promoters and initiates run-off transcription in a pea mitochondrial purified protein fraction, Processing sites were identified 5' of nad3, nad1/A and rps12 respectively. These results suggest that (i) the expression of the two cistrons is only controlled by one duplicated promoter element, and (ii) multiple processing events are required to produce monocistronic nad3, nad1/A and rps12 transcripts. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanism of Single-Electron Capture by the Dichlorocarbene Dication.
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hautot, D.

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (1996), 7

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy ... [more ▼]

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy spectroscopy. The experimental data have been interpreted in the framework of a theoretical model that describes the charge exchange process. Exothermic charge exchange is handled within the Landau-Zener model, whereas endothermic charge exchange is described by the Demkov model. The calculated data reproduce qualitatively the essential features of the experimental results: (1) the appearance of a reaction window centered at an exothermicity in the 4-4.5 eV range, (2) the lower SEC cross sections for endothermic charge exchange, (3) the wider internal energy distributions obtained for CCl2+ in the endothermic regime than in the exothermic one, which results in larger dissociation yields, (4) the excitation of molecular targets that accompany their ionization in the SEC process, and (5) the kinetic energy released on the CCl++Cl fragments in dissociative SEC. [less ▲]

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See detailSulfonylurea-sensitive potassium current evoked by sodium-loading in rat midbrain dopamine neurons.
Seutin, Vincent ULg; Shen, K. Z.; North, R. A. et al

in Neuroscience (1996), 71(3), 709-19

In Parkinson's disease, there is evidence of impaired mitochondrial function which reduces the capacity to synthesize ATP in dopamine neurons. This would be expected to reduce the activity of the sodium ... [more ▼]

In Parkinson's disease, there is evidence of impaired mitochondrial function which reduces the capacity to synthesize ATP in dopamine neurons. This would be expected to reduce the activity of the sodium pump (Na+/K+ ATPase), causing increased intracellular levels of Na+. Patch pipettes were used to introduce Na+ (40 mM in pipette solutions) into dopamine neurons in the rat midbrain slice in order to study the electrophysiological effects of increased intracellular Na+. We found that intracellular Na+ loading evoked 100-300 pA of outward current (at -60 mV) and increased whole-cell conductance; these effects developed gradually during the first 10 min after rupture of the membrane patch. Extracellular Ba2+ reduced most of the outward current evoked by Na+ loading; this Ba(2+)-sensitive current reversed direction at the expected reversal potential for K+ (EK), and was also blocked by extracellular tetraethylammonium (30 mM) and intracellular Cs+ (which replaced K+ in pipette solutions). The sulfonylurea drugs glipizide (IC50 = 4.9 nM), tolbutamide (IC50 = 23 microM) and glibenclamide (1 microM) were as effective as 300 microM Ba2+ in reducing the K+ current evoked by Na+ loading. When recording with "control" pipettes containing 15 mM Na+, diazoxide (300 microM) increased chord conductance and evoked outward current at -60 mV, which also reversed direction near EK. Effects of diazoxide were blocked by glibenclamide (1 microM) or glipizide (300 nM). Diazoxide (300 microM) and baclofen (3 microM), which also evoked K(+)-mediated outward currents recorded with control pipettes, caused little additional increases in outward currents during Na+ loading. Raising ATP concentrations to 10 mM in pipette solutions failed to significantly reduce currents evoked by diazoxide or Na+ loading, suggesting that these currents may not be mediated by ATP-sensitive K+ channels. Finally, Na+ loading using pipettes containing Cs+ in place of K+ evoked a relatively small outward current (50-150 pA at -60 mV), which developed gradually over the first 10 min after rupturing the membrane patch. This current was reduced by dihydro-ouabain (3 microM) and a low extracellular concentration of K+ (0.5 mM instead of 2.5 mM), but was not affected by Ba2+. We conclude that intracellular Na+ loading evokes a current generated by Na+/K+ ATPase in addition to sulfonylurea-sensitive K+ current. This Na(+)-dependent K+ current is unusual in its sensitivity to sulfonylureas, and could protect dopamine neurons against toxic effects of intracellular Na+ accumulation. [less ▲]

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Steemans, Philippe ULg; Loboziak, S

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1996), 117

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See detailPostencephalitic stereotyped involuntary movements responsive to L-Dopa
Picard, F.; deSaintMartin, A.; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Movement Disorders (1996), 11(5), 567-570

In 1954, at the age of 5 years, our patient had an encephalitic syndrome associated with a prolonged lethargic state. After this episode, he developed a severe parkinsonian syndrome that, after a few ... [more ▼]

In 1954, at the age of 5 years, our patient had an encephalitic syndrome associated with a prolonged lethargic state. After this episode, he developed a severe parkinsonian syndrome that, after a few years, was associated with axial dystonia and stereotyped abnormal movements of the upper limbs. This complex and progressive extrapyramidal syndrome had many similarities to the encephalitis lethargica as described by von Economo. Results of cerebral computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were normal. Fluorodopa positron emission tomography showed a significant bilateral reduction of tracer accumulation in both putamen, similar to that observed in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. However, in this patient, treatment with L-Dopa suppressed all akinetic, dystonic and dyskinetic symptoms. The effectiveness of L-Dopa was abolished by administration of a D2 antagonist and was fully reproduced by a D2 agonist. In conclusion, this patient presented a complex postencephalitic, extrapyramidal syndrome, with akinetic symptoms and involuntary movements. These symptoms appeared to be related to a limited lesion of the dopaminergic neurons of the zona compacta of the substantia nigra. [less ▲]

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See detailRevascularisation rénale pour sauvetage ou préservation néphronique
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Gillain et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(2), 175-86

La néphropathie ischémique est une entité de plus en plus fréquente, à cause du vieillissement de la population et du contrôle médicamenteux de l'hypertension. Une ischémie de l'ensemble de la masse ... [more ▼]

La néphropathie ischémique est une entité de plus en plus fréquente, à cause du vieillissement de la population et du contrôle médicamenteux de l'hypertension. Une ischémie de l'ensemble de la masse rénale (sténoses serrées concernant les deux reins ou un rein unique) compromet la filtration glomérulaire et constitue une des rares formes d'insuffisance rénale chronique réversible. Actuellement, 30 à 50% des patients sélectionnés pour une revascularisation rénale ont une fonction rénale altérée. L'histoire naturelle des sténoses rénales (surtout les lésions athéroscléreuses) montre une évolutivité vers l'obstruction progressive avec perte de parenchyme fonctionnel. Une revascularisation rénale envisage soit la protection du capital néphronique (intervention prophylactique), soit un sauvetage néphronique (restauration ou stabilisation d'une fonction rénale déjà altérée). Les critères prédictifs de bénéfice à long terme sont analysés. Les rôles respectifs de l'angioplastie transluminale percutanée et de la chirurgie sont discutés. L'intérêt de la revascularisation rénale sur la fonction rénale a été apprécié chez 23 malades réno-vasculaires et azotémiques (créatinine > 20 mg/l) ainsi que chez 8 patients en oligoanurie d'origine ischémique. [less ▲]

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See detailLa géographie au service du développement local. Le bilan du Colloque de Liège (16-18 novembre 1995) de l'Association de Géographes Français
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Cahiers de Géographie du Quebec (1996), 40(111), 479-484

Summary of a symposium held in Liege from 16 to 18 November 1996 on the theme of local development

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See detailCarotid Surgery in Octogenarians: Is It Worthwhile?
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Lacroix; Desiron, Quentin ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1996), 96(2), 71-7

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in ... [more ▼]

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in the aged. To evaluate the presumed detrimental effect of advanced age on the mortality-morbidity of carotid endarterectomy, the authors reviewed their common experience with carotid surgery in patients aged 80 years or more. From 1980 to 1994, 129 octogenarians were operated on for occlusive carotid artery disease in two university hospitals. The data for these patients, 80 years of age and older (group 1) are compared to these for a large middle age group (less than 80 years) (group 2) operated by the same surgeons during that period. The baseline characteristics of both groups were similar, except for smoking, diabetes and previous myocardial revascularization, more prevalent in the younger age group. In the elderly group prophylactic surgery for asymptomatic stenosis was done in 36%, versus 40% of the middle aged patients, and for stroke in evolution in 8% versus 4% (p < 0.05). The perioperative stroke rate was 0.8% in the group older than 80 years, compared to 1.2% for non octogenarians (NS). The operative mortality was similar for both age groups (2.3 and 1.5 respectively). The long-term results gave a similar outlook for both age groups. The 5-year stroke-free rate reached 89% for group 1 versus 91% for group 2. The 5-year survival rate, however, was less for the elderly patients (47% versus 77%, mean follow-up periods of 30 and 49 months). These results suggest that carotid endarterectomy can be safely done in elderly patients, with a similar risk/benefit ratio as for the younger patients. Advanced age, by itself, is not to be considered as contraindication to carotid surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalisation respiratoire d'un lymphosarcome cutané chez un cheval.
Anciaux, Nathalie; Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1996), 28

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See detailSeabirds mortality during the 1992-1993 winter along the Belgian coast
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Brosens, L.; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140(3), 149-

During the 1992-1993 133 seabirds found on Belgian beaches were necropsied. Most frequent species were the guillemot (Uria aalge), the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the kittiwake (Rissa ... [more ▼]

During the 1992-1993 133 seabirds found on Belgian beaches were necropsied. Most frequent species were the guillemot (Uria aalge), the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), the razorbill (Alca torda) and the herring gull (Larus argentatus). The three main observations were, in decreasing order, cachexia, acute and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and oil contamination of plumage and intestinal tract. The pelagic origin of seabirds was associated with all 3 observations; oil contamination was associated with acute gastro-enteritis and cachexia and, finally, the immature character was associated with cachexia. A hypothetical mechanism of death would be oiled pelagic seabirds that become cachectic and die of acute gastroenteritis. It is unlikely that seabirds act as a reservoir for bacteria, that were only occasionally identified in our material. Therefore, it appears that infectious agents play a minor role in seabirds stranding. [less ▲]

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See detailSur le bilinguisme dans l'Egypte gréco-romaine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1996), 71(141), 153-168

Grec et latin dans l'administration civile. Degré de connaissance du latin dans les milieux hellénophones de l'Égypte gréco-romaine. Grec, latin et égyptien (le bilinguisme de l'Égypte gréco-romaine ne ... [more ▼]

Grec et latin dans l'administration civile. Degré de connaissance du latin dans les milieux hellénophones de l'Égypte gréco-romaine. Grec, latin et égyptien (le bilinguisme de l'Égypte gréco-romaine ne concerne pas seulement le grec et le latin). [less ▲]

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See detailMT-MMP Expression and localisation in human lung and breast cancers
Polette, M.; Nawrocki-Raby, B.; Gilles, Christine ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv : An International Journal of Pathology (1996), 428(1), 29-35

Thirteen primary pulmonary squamous cell carcinomas, 4 specimens of normal lung from around tumours, 4 benign proliferations of the mammary gland and 16 breast carcinomas were analysed by in situ ... [more ▼]

Thirteen primary pulmonary squamous cell carcinomas, 4 specimens of normal lung from around tumours, 4 benign proliferations of the mammary gland and 16 breast carcinomas were analysed by in situ hybridisation. Northern blot and immunohistochemistry for the expression of a recently described metalloproteinase (MMP), the MT-MMP (membrane-type matrix metalloproteinase). This MT-MMP can activate gelatinase A, involved in the degradation of basement membranes. In situ hybridisation revealed MT-MMP transcripts distributed in both tumour and stromal cells in squamous cell lung cancers, whereas these mRNAs were principally detected in stromal cells in close contact to tumour clusters in breast carcinomas and in lung adenocarcinomas. Northern blot analysis showed a parallel expression of MT-MMP and gelatinase A transcripts in both lung and breast cancers. Immunohistochemistry displayed a more extensive distribution of MT-MMP in pulmonary and mammary carcinomas with numerous labelled preinvasive and infiltrating cancer cells and stromal cells near the tumour cells. The large degree of expression of MT-MMP in these cancers indicates a potential role of this enzyme in tumour progression. The finding of MT-MMP transcripts in stromal cells in the vicinity of lung and breast tumour cells emphasises the cooperation between these cells and cancer cells for the expression of MT-MMP and in tumour invasion in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailCost effectiveness of treatment in osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Journal of Rheumatology (1996), 23(7), 1312-1313

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See detailIn Vitro Cytotoxic Activity of Two Potential Anticancer Drugs Isolated from Strychnos: Strychnopentamine and Usambarensine
Bonjean, K. A.; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Quetin-Leclercq, J. et al

in Anticancer Research (1996), 16(3A, May-Jun), 1129-37

The cytotoxicity and the selective antiprotozoal activity of some Strychnos alkaloids, namely strychnopentamine (SP) and usambarensine (US) (7) led us to analyze and compare their effects with emetine (EM ... [more ▼]

The cytotoxicity and the selective antiprotozoal activity of some Strychnos alkaloids, namely strychnopentamine (SP) and usambarensine (US) (7) led us to analyze and compare their effects with emetine (EM) by using mouse B16 melanoma cells cultivated in vitro. We observed by cytological analysis and proliferation rate studies that these substances induce analogous cytotoxic effects in B16 cells, but at different concentrations i.e. formation of lamellar bodies in the cytoplasm, the which contain pre-melanosomes in the case of SP and US, vacuoles and blebs. At concentrations near their respective IC50, SP and US, but not EM, decreased colony formation. We showed by incorporation of labelled precursors that SP and US first inhibit RNA synthesis while EM initially acts on protein synthesis. These alkaloids increased melanin synthesis. Furthermore, only EM and SP caused hemolysis of sheep red blood corpuscles. This could explain why the rate of antiplasmodial activity is higher for SP and EM. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals, 1995-1996
Horrent, Jacques ULg; Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Bulletin Bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals (1996), (27), 167

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See detailHybridization of 2,659 Clostridium Perfringens Isolates with Gene Probes for Seven Toxins (Alpha, Beta, Epsilon, Iota, Theta, Mu, and Enterotoxin) and for Sialidase
Daube, Georges ULg; Simon, Patricia ULg; Limbourg, Bernard et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1996), 57(4), 496-501

OBJECTIVE--To genetically characterize Clostridium perfringens isolates for association of pathologic type with various diseases. DESIGN--Prospective study. SAMPLE POPULATION--2,659 C perfringens isolates ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE--To genetically characterize Clostridium perfringens isolates for association of pathologic type with various diseases. DESIGN--Prospective study. SAMPLE POPULATION--2,659 C perfringens isolates from various nonhuman animals species, human beings, and foods. PROCEDURE--Colony hybridization with DNA probes for 7 toxin (alpha, beta, epsilon, iota (subunits a and b), theta, mu, and enterotoxin) genes and 1 sialidase gene were performed to group the isolates by pathologic type. RESULTS--Enterotoxin-negative type-A isolates were the most common (2,575/2,659), were isolated from all sources, and were separated into 5 pathologic types. In cattle and horses with enterotoxemia, essentially only these pathologic types were identified. The enterotoxin-negative isolates of types C or D each had a single pathologic type. Type-C isolates were isolated only from swine with necrotic enteritis and type-D isolates from small ruminants with enterotoxemia, except that 1 type-D isolate was also found from a healthy fish. Type-B or -E isolates were not found. Among the 47 enterotoxin-positive isolates, 5 isolates from sheep or deer were type D and the other 42 were type A. These 42 isolates were grouped into 3 pathologic types: 1 type was isolated from samples of almost all origins, but the other 2 types were found in only 5 fish, 4 human beings, and 1 dog. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE--Genetic characterization of these isolates allowed identification of 11 different pathologic types. This approach may be useful in molecular diagnosis and prophylaxis of clostridial disease. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) in anemia of malignancy.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; Pedrotti, C. et al

in Haematologica (1996), 81(5), 434-41

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very useful. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 58 patients with refractory anemia associated with various malignant disorders who had been treated with subcutaneous rHuEpo. The starting rHuEpo dose was 375 U/kg/week for 4 weeks, and was increased to 750 U/kg/week for another 4 weeks if no response was observed. Response was defined as a Hb increase > or = 2 g/dL with no need for blood transfusion. We examined the value of various laboratory parameters (baseline levels, 2-week and 4-week changes) as predictors of response. Endogenous erythropoietin production was evaluated by its serum level and erythroid activity was assessed through reticulocyte count and circulating transferrin receptor. RESULTS: Forty-eight individuals were evaluable, 58% of whom responded to rHuEpo within 8 weeks. Multiple regression analysis showed that 53% of the variation in the 8-week Hb concentration was explained by variations in baseline serum erythropoietin and the 2-week change in serum transferrin receptor (p < 0.001). Based on these two parameters, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 96%, a specificity of 79% and an overall accuracy of 88%. In addition, 58% of the variation in the 8-week Hb was explained by variations in the 4-week changes in Hb and reticulocyte count (p < 0.001). Utilizing these latter parameters and baseline serum erythropoietin, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 92%, a specificity of 82% and an overall accuracy of 88%. CONCLUSIONS: This retrospective analysis suggests that response to rHuEpo can be reasonably predicted by pretreatment serum erythropoietin together with early changes in simple laboratory parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of PEEP on abdominal aortic input impedance
LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg; FOSSION, A et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (1996), 22

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See detailDefective iron supply for erythropoiesis and adequate endogenous erythropoietin production in the anemia associated with systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; de Benedetti, F. et al

in Blood (1996), 87(11), 4824-30

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear ... [more ▼]

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear. Therefore, we studied 20 consecutive SoJCA patients with hemoglobin (Hb) levels <12 g/dL, evaluating erythroid progenitor proliferation, endogenous erythropoietin production, body iron status, and iron supply for erythropoiesis. Hb concentrations ranged from 6.5 to 11.9 g/dL. Hb level was directly related to mean corpuscular volume (r = .82, P < .001) and inversely related to circulating transferrin receptor (r = -.81, P < .001) suggesting that the severity of anemia was directly proportional to the degree of iron-deficient erythropoiesis. Serum ferritin ranged from 18 to 1,660 microgram/L and was unrelated to Hb level. Bone marrow iron stores wore markedly reduced in the three children investigated, and they also showed increased serum transferrin receptor and normal-to-high serum ferritin. All 20 patients had elevated IL-6 levels and normal in vitro growth of erythroid progenitors. Endogenous erythropoietin (epo) production was appropriate for the degree of anemia as judged by both the observed to predicted log (serum epo) ratio 10.95 +/- 0.12) and a comparison of the serum epo-Hb regression found in these subjects with that of thalassemia patients. Multiple regression analysis showed that serum transferrin receptor was the parameter most closely related to hemoglobin concentration: variation in circulating transferrin receptor explained 61% of the variation in Hb level (P < .001). In 10 severely anemic patients, amelioration of anemia following intravenous iron administration resulted in normalization of serum transferrin receptor. Defective iron supply to the erythron rather than blunted epo production is the major cause of the microcytic anemia associated with SoJCA. A true body-iron deficiency caused by decreased iron absorption likely complicates long-lasting inflammation in the most anemic children, and this can be recognized by high serum transferrin receptor levels. Although oral iron is of no benefit, intravenous iron saccharate is a safe and effective means for improving iron availability for erythropoiesis and correcting this anemia. Thus, while chronically high endogenous IL-6 levels do not appear to blunt epo production, they are probably responsible for the observed abnormalities in iron metabolism. Anemia of chronic disease encompasses a variety of anemic conditions whose peculiar features may specifically correlate with the type of cytokine(s) predominantly released. [less ▲]

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See detailChromosomal location of fifteen unique mouse KRAB-containing zinc finger loci
Marine, J. C.; Gilbert, D. J.; Bellefroid, Eric J. et al

in Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society (1996), 7(6), 413-6

The mammalian genome contains hundreds if not thousands of zinc finger protein (Zfp) genes. While the function of most of these genes remains to be determined, it is clear that a few of them play ... [more ▼]

The mammalian genome contains hundreds if not thousands of zinc finger protein (Zfp) genes. While the function of most of these genes remains to be determined, it is clear that a few of them play important roles in gene regulation and development. In studies described here, we have used an interspecific mouse backcross mapping panel to determine the chromosomal location of 15 KRAB-containing zinc finger loci. These loci map to nine different mouse autosomes and the X Chromosome (Chr). Two Chrs, 7 and 9, contain cosegregating pairs of KRAB-containing Zfp genes, indicating that the KRAB-containing Zfp genes have evolved through processes involving regional as well as genome-wide duplication events. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la patria potestas (puissance paternelle) à l'autorité parentale
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in L'enfant, avenir des droits de l'homme (1996)

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See detailDNA bending by the silencer protein NeP1 is modulated by TR and RXR.
Arnold, R.; Burcin, M.; Kaiser, Bruno ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1996), 24(14), 2640-7

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing ... [more ▼]

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing mechanism acting independently of the relative promoter position. Here we show that NeP1 alone can induce a significant directed bend on DNA. The chicken homologue of human NeP1, CTCF, shows identical binding and bending properties. In contrast, the isolated DNA binding domain of CTCF efficiently binds DNA, but fails to confer bending. Similarly, the TR-RXR hetero- or homodimer, binding adjacent to NeP1 at the F2 sequence, do not show significant DNA bending. The binding of the T3 ligand to TR changes neither the magnitude nor the direction of the NeP1 induced bend. However, when all factors are bound simultaneously as a quaternary complex, the TR-RXR heterodimer changes the location of the bend center, the flexure angle and the bending direction. [less ▲]

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See detailA single editing event is a prerequisite for efficient processing of potato mitochondrial phenylalanine tRNA
MarechalDrouard, L.; Cosset, A.; Remacle, Claire ULg et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (1996), 16(7), 3504-3510

In bean, potato, and Oenothera plants, the C encoded at position 4 (C-4) in the mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) gene is converted into a U in the mature tRNA, This nucleotide change corrects a mismatched C-4 ... [more ▼]

In bean, potato, and Oenothera plants, the C encoded at position 4 (C-4) in the mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) gene is converted into a U in the mature tRNA, This nucleotide change corrects a mismatched C-4-A(69) base pair which appears when the gene sequence is folded into the cloverleaf structure. C-to-U conversions constitute the most common editing events occurring in plant mitochondrial mRNAs. While most of these conversions introduce changes in the amino acids specified by the mRNA and appear to be essential for the synthesis of functional proteins in plant mitochondria, the putative role of mitochondrial tRNA editing has not yet been defined. Since the edited form of the tRNA has the correct secondary and tertiary structures compared with the nonedited form, the two main processes which might be affected by a nucleotide conversion are aminoacylation and maturation. To test these possibilities, we determined the aminoacylation properties of unedited and edited potato mitochondrial tRNA(Phe) in vitro transcripts, as well as the processing efficiency of in vitro-synthesized potato mitochondrial tRNA(Phe) precursors. Reverse transcription-PCR amplification of natural precursors followed by cDNA sequencing was also used to investigate the influence of editing on processing. Our results show that C-to-U conversion at position 4 in the potato mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) is not required for aminoacylation,vith phenylalanine but is likely to be essential for efficient processing of this tRNA. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractéristiques paléontologiques des couches de transition Westphalien A/B dans le bassin de Campine (Sondage de Peer Kb206), Belgique.
Dusar, M.; Loboziak, S; Streel, Maurice ULg et al

in Sciences Géologiques. Bulletin (1996), 48

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See detailAstroglia-released factor with negative allosteric modulatory properties at the GABA A receptor.
Rigo, Jean-Michel; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Coucke, Paul et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(3), 465-473

We have previously shown, using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, that astrocytes release a negative allosteric modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAA receptor) with beta ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown, using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, that astrocytes release a negative allosteric modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAA receptor) with beta-carboline-like properties, thus, likely to act at the benzodiazepine site. Here, using patch-clamp and binding techniques, we confirm that the low-molecular-weight fraction of astroglia-conditioned medium (ACM lmf) contains a factor(s) that negatively modulates GABAA-receptor function. This factor, like beta-carbolines, enhances the specific binding of [35S]t-butyl bicyclophosphorothionate (TBPS) to adult rat cortical membranes in the presence of GABA. However, it fails to interact with various ligands of the benzodiazepine (BZD) site of the GABAA receptor ([3H]flunitrazepam, [3H]Ro 15-1788 and [3H]Ro 15-4513). The question of the actual binding site of the astroglia-derived factor on the GABAA receptor, thus, remains open and can be addressed only after the purification of the active molecule(s) of ACM Imf has been completed, and a labeled form of the endogenous ligand becomes available. Taken together, however, the data suggest that type 1 astrocytes are able to modulate the effects of the main inhibitory neurotransmission in the central nervous system. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiosensitization in vitro by (E)-2′-(fluoromethylene)-deoxy-cytidine (FMdC), pentoxifylline (PTX) or a combination
Li; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Paschoud et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1996), 36(1 (supp1)), 383

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See detailLa surveillance de l'environnement à la F.U.L.
Nicolas, Jacques ULg

in Environnement et Société (1996), (15/16), 17-30

L'article décrit les activités de recherche et d'enseignement en surveillance de l'environnement à la Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise à Arlon. Il présente le contexte historique qui a initié ces ... [more ▼]

L'article décrit les activités de recherche et d'enseignement en surveillance de l'environnement à la Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise à Arlon. Il présente le contexte historique qui a initié ces activités, intégrant plusieurs chercheurs de disciplines diverses. Travailler sur le milieu naturel impose des contraintes, mais celles-ci sont compensées par une exigence modérée en ce qui concerne la précision de certains résultats. L'approche de l'unité de recherche utilise le milieu comme source d'information pour développer des méthodes de mesure, en exploitant notamment les concepts de bio-capteurs et de bio-indicateurs. L'agrégation des variables en indicateurs globaux et l'utilisation de modèles comme outils de surveillance de l'environnement figurent également parmi les originalités de la démarche. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement actuel du concept de l'hygiène en agro-alimentaire et des exigences des normes européennes.
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Hans, J. C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

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See detailMutations structurelles d'emploi et insertion professionnelle
Gavray, Claire ULg

in Lettre d'information TEF (1996), 4

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See detailNew ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, (E)-2′-deoxy-(fluromethylene) cytidine, acts as a radiosensitizer on human colon and cervix cancer cell lines
Coucke, Philippe ULg; LI, XY; Cottin, E et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1996), 40(Supplément 1), 135

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See detailAlpha-MSH stimulates neurite outgrowth of neonatal rat corticospinal neurons in vitro.
Joosten, E. A.; Verhaagh, S.; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Brain Research (1996), 736(1-2), 91-8

Peptides related to melanocortin (alpha MSH) and corticotropin (ACTH), collectively termed melanocortins, exert trophic effects on the outgrowth of neurites from peripheral and central nervous system in ... [more ▼]

Peptides related to melanocortin (alpha MSH) and corticotropin (ACTH), collectively termed melanocortins, exert trophic effects on the outgrowth of neurites from peripheral and central nervous system in vitro. Here we study the neurite outgrowth promoting effect of alpha-MSH on corticospinal (CS) neurons in vitro. Corticospinal neurons were identified in cell culture of neonatal rat cortex by immunostaining of cholera toxin subunit B (CTB), retrogradely transported from the cervical parts of the spinal cord. The CTB-immunoreactive neurons represent a small percentage (3-5%) of the total cell population after 72 h in vitro. The axons or dendrites of cortical and CTB-labelled layer V neurons were visualized using antibodies against axon- or dendrite-specific markers and measured using a semi-automatic quantification device. Here we report that alpha-MSH stimulates axonal as well as dendrite outgrowth from both total and CTB-labelled neurons with a bell-shape response curve. Axonal outgrowth of CTB-labelled neurons was dose-dependently stimulated with a maximal effect of 50% at 10(-10) M alpha-MSH. The maximal effect for stimulation of axon outgrowth for the total cortex population was observed at 10(-8) M alpha-MSH. In addition dendrite outgrowth of both total and CTB-labelled neurons is stimulated in a dose-dependent manner with maximal effects (varying between 46 and 48%) at 10(-8) M alpha-MSH. Explanations in the shift for the optimal alpha-MSH concentration for stimulation of axonal outgrowth of CTB-labelled layer V neurons as compared to total cortex neurons are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSound diffusion by a layout of parallel suspended absorbing baffles
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Acustica united with Acta acustica (1996), 82 Suppl. 1

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See detailEvaluacion isocinetica de las ligamentoplastias de rodilla
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Villanueva, F. J.; Delcour, J. P. et al

in Utilidad de la reeducacion. Inflamación (1996), 7

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See detailLong-term effects of androgen treatment on fear reactions in ewes.
Bouissou, Marie-France; Vandenheede, Marc ULg

in Hormones & Behavior (1996), 30

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See detailSeduzione borghese e cultura dell'artificio. Femmes fatales in Oriani e Chelli
Curreri, Luciano ULg

in Italian Quarterly (1996), 129-130

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See detailEnantioselective syntheses of no-carrier-added (nca) (S)-4-chloro-2 F-18 fluorophenylalanine and (S)-(alpha-methyl)-4-chloro-2 F-18 fluorophenylalanine
Al-Darwich, M. J.; Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in Journal of Fluorine Chemistry (1996), 80(2), 117-124

(S)-4-Chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine and (S)-( a-methyl)-4-chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine were synthesized and labeled with no carrier added (n.c.a.) fluorine-18 through a radiochemical synthesis relying on ... [more ▼]

(S)-4-Chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine and (S)-( a-methyl)-4-chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine were synthesized and labeled with no carrier added (n.c.a.) fluorine-18 through a radiochemical synthesis relying on the highly enantioselective reaction between 4-chloro-2-[18F] fluorobenzyl iodide and the lithium enolate of (2s) -1-( tert-butyloxycarbonyl) -2-( tert-butyl)-3-methyl- 1,3-imidazolidine-4-one for (S) -4-chloro-2- [18F] fluorophenylalanine and (2S,5S)-1-( tert-butyloxycarbonyl) -2-( tert-butyl) -3,5-dimethyl- 1,3-imidazolidine-4-one for (S) -( a-methyl) -4-chloro-2- [18F] fluorophenylalanine. Quantities of about 20-25 mCi were obtained at the end of synthesis, ready for injection after hydrolysis and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) purification, with a radiochemical yield of 17%-20% corrected to the end of bombardment after a total synthesis time of 90-105 min from [18F] fluoride. The enantiomeric excesses were shown to be 97% or more for both molecules without chiral separation and the radiochemical and chemical purities were 98% or better. [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous complete remission and recovery of donor haemopoiesis without GVHD after relapse and apparent marrow graft rejection in poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Collignon, Jacques ULg; Laurent, C. et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1996), 94(3), 507-9

We report a patient with poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after successful treatment of lymphoma, who was given an allogeneic BMT, engrafted and achieved complete remission, but later had a ... [more ▼]

We report a patient with poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after successful treatment of lymphoma, who was given an allogeneic BMT, engrafted and achieved complete remission, but later had a relapse of his MDS with complete disappearance of donor haemopoiesis. After two episodes of CMV pneumonia and continued prophylactic use of ganciclovir thereafter, he experienced a spontaneous complete disappearance of all signs of MDS, including myelofibrosis, and a complete return to donor haemopoiesis. This case is the first one to suggest a graft-versus-leukaemia effect (GVL) in MDS patients. It depicts the complex relationship between GVL, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and graft rejection. It could also constitute a clinical illustration of the possible antileukaemic effect of CMV infection and its treatment with ganciclovir. [less ▲]

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See detailUsefulness of fluoxetine in obese non-insulin-dependent diabetics: a multicenter study.
Daubresse, Jean-Claude; Kolanowski, J.; Krzentowski, G. et al

in Obesity Research (1996), 4(4), 391-6

Weight reduction is essential in the management of most non-insulin-dependent diabetics, but this therapeutical goal is difficult to obtain. In this double-blind parallel study, 82 non-insulin-dependent ... [more ▼]

Weight reduction is essential in the management of most non-insulin-dependent diabetics, but this therapeutical goal is difficult to obtain. In this double-blind parallel study, 82 non-insulin-dependent diabetics, moderately obese (BMI = 30 - 39 kg/m2), were given for an 8-week period either placebo (P) or fluoxetine (F), a specific serotonin reuptake inhibitor, in addition to their usual antidiabetic treatment. Thirty-nine of them received 60 mg fluoxetine a day and 43 were given the placebo. At admission, both groups had similar weight excess, metabolic control and serum lipid values. In comparison with the P-treated subjects, those treated with fluoxetine (F) lost more weight after 3 weeks (-1.9 vs. -0.7 kg, p < -0.0009) and after 8 weeks (-3.1 vs. -0.9 kg, p < 0.0007). Fasting blood glucose decreased in group F after 3 weeks (-1.5 vs -0.4 mmol/L, p < 0.003) and after 8 weeks (-1.7 vs. -0.02 mmol/L, p < 0.0004). HbAlc decreased from 8.5% to 7.7% in group F and from 8.6% to 8.3% in group P (p = 0.057). Mean triglyceride level was also reduced in group F after 8 weeks (p = 0.042). Fasting C-peptide did not change in either group, but fasting insulin values decreased in group F after 3 weeks (p < 0.02) and after 8 weeks (p < 0.05). The insulin/C-peptide molar ratio decreased significantly in group F after 3 weeks (p < 0.04) and after 8 weeks (p < 0.05) in comparison with group P. The drug was generally well tolerated and no major side effects were reported. In conclusion, the addition of fluoxetine to the usual oral hypoglycemic agent therapy might be beneficial in obese non-insulin-dependent diabetics, at least on a short-term basis. [less ▲]

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See detail8-Chloro-5-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)-11H-pyrido[2,3-b][1,5]benzodiazepine
Dupont, L.; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Rogister, F. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (1996), C52

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See detailCodon adjustment to maximise heterologous gene expression in Streptomyces lividans can lead to decreased mRNA stability and protein yield.
Lammertyn, E; Van Mellaert, L; Bijnens, A P et al

in Molecular & General Genetics [=MGG] (1996), 250(2), 223-9

The impact of the codon bias of the mouse tumour necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) gene cloned in Streptomyces lividans on the efficiency of expression and secretion was analysed. Minor codons occurring in the ... [more ▼]

The impact of the codon bias of the mouse tumour necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) gene cloned in Streptomyces lividans on the efficiency of expression and secretion was analysed. Minor codons occurring in the mTNF gene were therefore adapted to the codon bias of Streptomyces by site-directed mutagenesis. No improvement in mTNF yield could be detected. The stability of the transcript derived from the construct was shown to be more important for determining the final level of mTNF production. A strong correlation was observed between the yield of secreted biologically active mTNF and the amount of mTNF mRNA present in the cells. [less ▲]

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See detailStromelysin-3 in the biology of normal and tumoral mammary gland.
Rio, M. C.; Lefebvre, O.; Santavicca, M. et al

in Journal of Mammary Gland Biology & Neoplasia (1996), 1(2), 231-240

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is an extracellular proteinase predominantly expressed in fibroblasts. The particular structural features andin vitro functions of this molecule suggest it could be the first member of ... [more ▼]

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is an extracellular proteinase predominantly expressed in fibroblasts. The particular structural features andin vitro functions of this molecule suggest it could be the first member of a new subgroup of the matrix metalloproteinase family. ST3 is transiently expressed during mammary gland post-weaning involution, embryonic implantation, various organogeneses, and during amphibian metamorphosis. Moreover, ST3 is expressed in a panel of human invasive carcinomas including breast, colon, and head and neck carcinomas. Almost all ST3-expressing tissues show intense extracellular matrix remodeling activities including the loss of basement membrane integrity. Thus, either directly, or indirectly in association with other proteinases, ST3 might be involved in tissue remodeling processes occurring in both physiological and pathological processes.In vitro andin vivo studies using malignant cells stably transfected in such a way as to modulate their ST3 expression levels indicate that ST3 modifies neither cell proliferation nor invasive properties, but rather favors tumor cell survival in host tissues. This hypothesis is consistent with clinical data showing that ST3 expression could be predictive of tumor progression leading to metastases. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing the behavior of steel columns exposed to fire
Talamona, Didier; Kruppa, Joël; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Fire Protection Engineering (1996), 8(1), 31-43

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See detailFinite element modelling of the competition between shear bands in the early stage of thrusting : Strain localisation and constitutive law influence
Barnichon, Jean-Dominique; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (1996), 99

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See detailThe attenuated V60 strain of channel catfish virus possesses a deletion in ORF50 coding for a potentially secreted glycoprotein
Vanderheijden, NATHALIE; Alard, PHILIPPE; Lecomte, CORINE et al

in Virology (1996), 218(2), 422-6

A wild-type strain of channel catfish virus was compared at the genomic level with the attenuated strain V60. In addition to several minor differences, restriction mapping revealed one major deletion ... [more ▼]

A wild-type strain of channel catfish virus was compared at the genomic level with the attenuated strain V60. In addition to several minor differences, restriction mapping revealed one major deletion (approximately 1200 bp) in ORF50 of the V60 strain. Cloning and sequencing of part of this ORF confirmed the presence of a 1164-bp deletion. It should result in a protein of 282 amino acids instead of 670. The predicted truncated protein lacks most of a threonine-rich, highly repetitive region in its central part. Since the protein encoded by ORF50 possesses a hydrophobic N-terminal leader sequence and no membrane anchor sequence, we suggest that it could be a secreted glycoprotein. This protein might be N-glycosylated (35 potential sites) and, given the repetitive arrangement of its residues (mainly threonines), also heavily O-glycosylated like the mucin-type glycoproteins. The deletion observed in ORF50 of the V60 strain implies the loss of 24 potential N-glycosylation sites and should considerably reduce the extent of O-glycosylation. [less ▲]

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See detailLes diurétiques dans l'hypertension artérielle: association spironolactone/altizide et IEC
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Actualité Thérapeutique Internationale (1996), (175), 8

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See detailEx-vivo cytokine production by whole blood cells from cancer patients
De Groote, Donat; Vrindts-Gevaert, Yvonne; Lopez Y Cadenas, Miguel ULg et al

in Cancer Detection & Prevention (1996), 20

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See detailLa greffe de cellules souches hematopoietiques (greffe de moelle osseuse"): indications, modalites et risques."
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(4), 270-5

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See detailApproximation of reliability for multiple-trait animal models with missing data by canonical transformation
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Misztal, I.

in Journal of Dairy Science (1996), 79(2), 317-328

An algorithm for approximation of reliability for multiple traits by multiple diagonalization was modified to support missing data by weighting transformed contributions of records based on the pattern of ... [more ▼]

An algorithm for approximation of reliability for multiple traits by multiple diagonalization was modified to support missing data by weighting transformed contributions of records based on the pattern of missing data. The accuracy of approximation was assessed with simulated and field data by comparing approximate reliabilities with those from direct inversion. Simulated data had several levels of missing data and covariances between traits; correlations were close to those for linear type traits of dairy cattle. Field data were 1) dairy records for milk, fat, and protein yields with 26% of the observations for fat and protein removed and 2) beef records for birth weight, weaning weight, and mean gain after weaning with 43% of observations missing. These files also contained empty fixed effect classes. The algorithm worked best for simulated data, and, when covariances between traits decreased, proportion of missing traits decreased and the number of empty fixed classes decreased. For dairy data, improvement over single-trait reliability occurred only for traits with missing data; for beef data, little or no improvement occurred. The method is useful with multiple diagonalization if the proportion of missing records or number of empty fixed effect classes or covariances between traits is moderate. [less ▲]

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See detailcompte rendu de A. Fraschetti, Rome et le prince. Traduction française par V. Jolivet, Paris, 1994
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Kernos : Revue Internationale et Pluridisciplinaire de Religion Grecque (1996), 9

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See detailTowards concerted river management in Belgium.
Mormont, Marc ULg

in Journal of Environmental Planning & Management (1996), 39(1), 131-141

River basin management is a highly complex issue, involving scientific uncertainties and competing interests between many groups. One approach is to build consensus between different users and to agree a ... [more ▼]

River basin management is a highly complex issue, involving scientific uncertainties and competing interests between many groups. One approach is to build consensus between different users and to agree a common basis for operation. The King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium has supported the idea of 'river contracts' as a way of producing agreed strategies for river management. Examples of early contracts are described and their wider significance reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailCytochemistry of the tergite epicuticle of Glomeris marginata (Villers) (MYRIAPODA, DIPLOPODA): preliminary experimental results
Compère, Philippe ULg; Defise, Stéphane; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg

in Mémoires du Muséum d'Histoire naturelle (Paris) - Acta Myriapodologica (1996), 169

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See detailTheory of the thermal conductivity of metallic localized spin compounds in a magnetic field
Rassili, Ahmed ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1996), 163(1-2), 153-163

We calculated the influence of a de magnetic field on the thermal conductivity of localized spin metallic systems as a function of temperature. A variational method was used. The influence of the joint ... [more ▼]

We calculated the influence of a de magnetic field on the thermal conductivity of localized spin metallic systems as a function of temperature. A variational method was used. The influence of the joint impurity and phonon scattering processes together with the localized spin influence is shown. Remarkable features are found at low temperature and near the critical transition. An increase of conductivity with field near T-C is discussed. It is also argued that a coherent effect due to the field is the cause of the thermal conductivity enhancement at low temperature. The magneto-thermal conductivity is shown at different temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical Evaluation of the DNA-methyl Green Assay: Application to Some Indole Alkaloids
Bonjean, K.; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Bassleer, R. et al

in Phytotherapy Research (1996), 10

A DNA-methyl green colorimetric microassay for the detection of agents that interact with DNA was assessed with reference molecules (doxorubicin, ellipticine, melinonine F, dihydroflavopereirine, cis-Pt ... [more ▼]

A DNA-methyl green colorimetric microassay for the detection of agents that interact with DNA was assessed with reference molecules (doxorubicin, ellipticine, melinonine F, dihydroflavopereirine, cis-Pt, mitomycin C, emetine or colchicine). This test showed some promise as a screening technique for substances that intercalate partly or totally into the DNA helix but it is not suitable for substances that bind covalently to DNA. An application of this test to a number of indole alkaloids was also performed. Cryptolepine, serpentine, alstonine and matadine induced a reduction of the colour of the solution, so indicating an interaction with DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailClay mineral signature of the NW Atlantic Boundary Undercurrent
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Robert, Christian; Hillaire Marcel

in Marine Geology (1996), 130(1-2), 19-28

Surface sediments were sampled along 2 transects, across the Iceland and Irminger basins and in the Labrador Sea. Clay mineral assemblages (deduced from X-ray analyses of the carbonate-free <2 mu m ... [more ▼]

Surface sediments were sampled along 2 transects, across the Iceland and Irminger basins and in the Labrador Sea. Clay mineral assemblages (deduced from X-ray analyses of the carbonate-free <2 mu m fraction) are largely dominated by smectites (about 60%) in the Iceland and Irminger basins. In the Labrador Sea, smectites are present along the Greenland Slope, but absent or rare in sediments from the Labrador Slope. They may, however, represent up to 50% of the clay fraction at depths between 2800 and 3400 m along both margins of the Labrador Sea, i.e., along the axis of the Western Boundary Undercurrent (WBUC). A detrital supply from the adjacent continents is unlikely. The WBUC is thought to be responsible for erosion and transport of fine particles from the smectite-rich Irminger and Iceland Basins, then for their redeposition in the Labrador Sea. These results suggest that clay minerals can be used as paleocurrent indicators in the Northwest Atlantic. [less ▲]

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See detailFusogenic Properties Of The C-Terminal Domain Of The Alzheimer Beta-Amyloid Peptide
Pillot, T.; Goethals, M.; Vanloo, B. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(46), 28757-65

A series of natural peptides and mutants, derived from the Alzheimer beta-amyloid peptide, was synthesized, and the potential of these peptides to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles was ... [more ▼]

A series of natural peptides and mutants, derived from the Alzheimer beta-amyloid peptide, was synthesized, and the potential of these peptides to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles was investigated. These peptide domains were identified by computer modeling and correspond to respectively the C-terminal (e.g. residues 29-40 and 29-42) and a central domain (13-28) of the beta-amyloid peptide. The C-terminal peptides are predicted to insert in an oblique way into a lipid membrane through their N-terminal end, while the mutants are either parallel or perpendicular to the lipid bilayer. Peptide-induced vesicle fusion was demonstrated by several techniques, including lipid-mixing and core-mixing assays using pyrene-labeled vesicles. The effect of peptide elongation toward the N-terminal end of the entire beta-amyloid peptide was also investigated. Peptides corresponding to residues 22-42 and 12-42 were tested using the same techniques. Both the 29-40 and 29-42 beta-amyloid peptides were able to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles and calcein leakage, and the amyloid 29-42 peptide was the most potent fusogenic peptide. Neither the two mutants or the 13-28 beta-amyloid peptide had any fusogenic activity. Circular dichroism measurements showed an increase of the alpha-helical content of the two C-terminal peptides at increasing concentrations of trifluoroethanol, which was accompanied by an increase of the fusogenic potential of the peptides. Our data suggest that the alpha-helical content and the angle of insertion of the peptide into a lipid bilayer are critical for the fusogenic activity of the C-terminal domain of the amyloid peptide. The differences observed between the fusogenic capacity of the amyloid 29-40 and 29-42 peptides might result from differences in the degree of penetration of the peptides into the membrane and the resulting membrane destabilization. The longer peptides, residues 22-42 and 12-42, had decreased, but significant, fusogenic properties associated with perturbation of the membrane permeability. These data suggest that the fusogenic properties of the C-terminal domain of the beta-amyloid peptide might contribute to the cytotoxicity of the peptide by destabilizing the cell membrane. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between sleep quality and glucose regulation in normal humans.
Scheen, André ULg; Byrne, M. M.; Plat, L. et al

in American Journal of Physiology (1996), 271(2 Pt 1), 261-70

To define the effects of sleep on glucose regulation, we analyzed plasma glucose levels, insulin secretion rates (ISR), and plasma growth hormone and cortisol levels in normal subjects receiving a ... [more ▼]

To define the effects of sleep on glucose regulation, we analyzed plasma glucose levels, insulin secretion rates (ISR), and plasma growth hormone and cortisol levels in normal subjects receiving a constant glucose infusion during nocturnal sleep, nocturnal sleep deprivation, and daytime recovery sleep. Plasma glucose and ISR markedly increased during early nocturnal sleep and returned to presleep levels during late sleep. These changes in glucose and ISR appeared to reflect the predominance of slow-wave (SW) stages in early sleep and of rapid-eye-movement and wake stages in late sleep. Major differences in glucose and ISR profiles were observed during sleep deprivation as glucose and ISR remained essentially stable during the first part of the night and then decreased significantly, despite the persistence of bed rest and constant glucose infusion. During daytime recovery sleep, SW stages were increased, glucose levels peaked earlier than during nocturnal sleep, and the decreases of glucose and ISR in late sleep were reduced by one-half. Thus sleep has important effects on brain and tissue glucose utilization, suggesting that sleep disturbances may adversely affect glucose tolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship of Plasma Lactate Production to Cortisol Release Following Completion of Different Types of Sporting Events in Horses
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1996), 20(4), 371-379

Fifty-eight healthy horses were studied during five sporting events of various intensities and durations, namely show-jumping (n = 6), cross-country in a three-day event (n = 30), trotting races (n = 7 ... [more ▼]

Fifty-eight healthy horses were studied during five sporting events of various intensities and durations, namely show-jumping (n = 6), cross-country in a three-day event (n = 30), trotting races (n = 7), galloping races (n = 7) and endurance rides (n = 8). Venous blood samples were collected at rest and immediately after exercise and analysed for plasma cortisol (CORT) and lactate (LA) levels. The experimental procedure was the same throughout the investigation so as to permit a reliable comparison between the five types of exercise. The type of event significantly affected both the resting (p < or = 0.05) and the post-exercise (p < or = 0.01) plasma CORT. The degree of exercise-induced hypercortisolaemia was related to both the intensity and the duration of exercise for all five sporting events, but the endurance ride induced the most and show-jumping the least serious post-exercise CORT changes. LA production was much more closely related to the intensity of the exercise than was CORT. It is concluded that simultaneous measurements of plasma CORT and LA levels may be useful to discriminate between different types of exercise, adjust training programmes, and improve our comprehension of the physiology of sport horses at exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic alignment in 2212 Bi-based superconducting system .1. Magnetic orientation of Bi2Sr2Ca1-x(RE)(x)Cu2O8-y [(RE)=Gd, Dy, Ho, Er] powder dispersed in epoxy resin at room temperature
Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Research (1996), 11(5), 1082-1085

The magnetic anisotropy of rare-earth substituted 2212 materials (Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.8)RE(0.2)Cu(2)O(x) with RE = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er) is put into evidence. Superconducting powder dispersed in epoxy resin is ... [more ▼]

The magnetic anisotropy of rare-earth substituted 2212 materials (Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.8)RE(0.2)Cu(2)O(x) with RE = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er) is put into evidence. Superconducting powder dispersed in epoxy resin is oriented under an external magnetic field (4 T) in a direction that depends on the nature of the rare-earth used in the substitution. Both directions of observation (parallel or perpendicular to the field) were investigated. Splitting of (00l) peaks is neatly observed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-Migration Ethnicity - G. Baumann and T. Sunier
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in New Community (1996), 22(4), 716-717

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See detailL'échec, un problème de culture pédagogique
Crahay, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Education (1996), Octobre

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See detailBetween Peasant and Urban Villagers - M.J. Eula
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Ethnic and Racial Studies (1996), 19(3), 757-759

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See detailCharacterisation of structural determinants and molecular mechanisms involved in Stromelysin-3 activation by 4-aminophenylmercuric acetate and furin-type convertases.
Santavicca, M.; Noël, Agnès ULg; Stoll, I. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 315

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which has been implicated in cancer progression and in a number of conditions involving tissue remodelling. In contrast to other MMPs which are ... [more ▼]

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which has been implicated in cancer progression and in a number of conditions involving tissue remodelling. In contrast to other MMPs which are secreted as zymogens requiring extracellular activation, ST3 is found in the extracellular space as a potentially active mature form, suggesting that the activation of the ST3 proform differs from that of other MMPs. We show in the present study that the ST3 proform is not autocatalytically processed in the presence of 4-aminophenylmercuric acetate (APMA). By using ST3/ST2 chimeras, we demonstrate that resistance to APMA is due to properties associated with both the ST3 pro- and catalytic domains. In agreement with the observation made by Pei and Weiss [Pei and Weiss (1995) Nature (London) 375, 244-247], we find that the requirement for activation of the ST3 proform by the furin convertase is entirely contained within a stretch of 10 amino acids located at the junction between the ST3 pro- and catalytic domains. Furin cleaves human and mouse ST3 equally well. However, PACE-4, a furin-like convertase, is much more efficient on the mouse enzyme, suggesting that ST3 protein determinants other than the conserved Ala-Arg-Asn-Arg-Gln-Lys-Arg sequence preceding the furin cleavage site are implicated in PACE-4 action. Finally, we show that processing of the ST3 proform is inhibited by a furin inhibitor in human MCF7 breast cancer cells stably transfected to constitutively express a full-length human ST3 cDNA. Using brefeldin A, we demonstrate that, in these MCF7 cells, the 56 kDa precursor form of ST3 is post-translationally modified in the cis- or media-Golgi into a 62 kDa proform. Thereafter, its processing into the 47 kDa mature form occurs in the trans-Golgi network and is followed by secretion into the extracellular space. [less ▲]

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