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See detailPrésentation
Badir, Sémir ULg; Arrivé, Michel

in Linx (2001), 44

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See detailLe défi de la diversité linguistique des apprenants pour l’apprentissage de la lecture et de l’écriture
Lucchini, Silvia ULg; Flamini, F.; Campolini, L.

in Langues Modernes (2001), (1), 34-41

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

in Linx (2001), 44

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

in GCIRC Bulletin (2001)

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

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

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

in Functional Ecology (2001)

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

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

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See detailRole Of The Proline-Rich Motif Of Bovine Leukemia Virus Transmembrane Protein Gp30 In Viral Load And Pathogenicity In Sheep
Reichert, M.; Winnicka, A.; Willems, Luc ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (2001), 75(17),

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See detailTime-dependent wave-packet treatment of the Si4+ + He collision
Vaeck, Nathalie; Bacchus-Montabonel, Marie-Christine; Baloïtcha, Ezinvy et al

in Physical Review. A (2001), 63

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See detailHelioseismic Tests of the New Los Alamos LEDCOP Opacities
Neuforge-Verheecke, C.; Guzik, J. A.; Keady, J. J. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2001), 561(1), 450-454

We compare the helioseismic properties of two solar models, one calibrated with the OPAL opacities and the other with the recent Los Alamos LEDCOP (Light Element Detailed Configuration Opacity) opacities ... [more ▼]

We compare the helioseismic properties of two solar models, one calibrated with the OPAL opacities and the other with the recent Los Alamos LEDCOP (Light Element Detailed Configuration Opacity) opacities. We show that, in the radiative interior of the Sun, the small differences between the two sets of opacities (up to 6% near the base of the convection zone) lead to noticeable differences in the solar structure (up to 0.3% in sound speed), with the OPAL model being the closest to the helioseismic data. More than half of the difference between the two opacity sets results from the interpolation scheme and from the relatively widely spaced temperature grids used in the tables. The remaining 3% intrinsic difference between the OPAL and the LEDCOP opacities in the radiative interior of the Sun is well within the error bars on the opacity calculations resulting from the uncertainties on the physics. We conclude that both the OPAL and LEDCOP opacities produce solar models in close agreement with helioseismic inferences, but discrepancies still persist at the level of 0.6% between the calculated and inferred sound speed in the radiative interior of the Sun. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailProcollagen II amino propeptide processing by ADAMTS-3. Insights on dermatosparaxis.
Fernandes, R. J.; Hirohata, S.; Engle, J. M. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(34), 31502-9

The amino and carboxyl propeptides of procollagens I and II are removed by specific enzymes as a prerequisite for fibril assembly. Null mutations in procollagen I N-propeptidase (ADAMTS-2) cause ... [more ▼]

The amino and carboxyl propeptides of procollagens I and II are removed by specific enzymes as a prerequisite for fibril assembly. Null mutations in procollagen I N-propeptidase (ADAMTS-2) cause dermatosparaxis in cattle and the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (dermatosparactic type) in humans by preventing proteolytic excision of the N-propeptide of procollagen I. We have found that procollagen II is processed normally in dermatosparactic nasal cartilage, suggesting the existence of another N-propeptidase(s). We investigated such a role for ADAMTS-3 in Swarm rat chondrosarcoma RCS-LTC cells, which fail to process the procollagen II N-propeptide. Stable transfection of RCS-LTC cells with bovine ADAMTS-2 or human ADAMTS-3 partially rescued the processing defect, suggesting that ADAMTS-3 has procollagen II N-propeptidase activity. Human skin and skin fibroblasts showed 30-fold higher mRNA levels of ADAMTS-2 than ADAMTS-3, whereas ADAMTS-3 mRNA was 5-fold higher than ADAMTS-2 mRNA in human cartilage. We propose that both ADAMTS-2 and ADAMTS-3 process procollagen II, but ADAMTS-3 is physiologically more relevant, given its preferred expression in cartilage. The findings provide an explanation for the sparing of cartilage in dermatosparaxis and, perhaps, for the relative sparing of some procollagen I-containing tissues. [less ▲]

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

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2001)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailPossibili correlazioni tra riscontri neurofisiologici e genetica molecolare nell'emicrania
Ambrosini, A.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Confinia Cephalalgica (2001), 10

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See detailLiquid distribution images on structured packing by X-ray computed tomography
Marchot, Pierre ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg; Pelsser, A. M. et al

in AIChE Journal (2001), 47(6), 1471-1476

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See detailInhibition of protein phosphatase PP1 in GH3B6, but not in GH3 cells, activates the MEK/ERK/c-fos pathway and the human prolactin promoter, involving the coactivator CPB/p300
Manfroid, Isabelle ULg; Martial, Joseph ULg; Muller, Marc ULg

in Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.) (2001), 15(4), 625-37

The human (hPRL) PRL gene proximal promoter (-164/+15) is the target for numerous signal transduction pathways involving protein kinases. The inhibitor of Ser/Thr-protein phosphatases okadaic acid (OA ... [more ▼]

The human (hPRL) PRL gene proximal promoter (-164/+15) is the target for numerous signal transduction pathways involving protein kinases. The inhibitor of Ser/Thr-protein phosphatases okadaic acid (OA) was shown to induce this promoter in rat pituitary GH3B6 through a synergism between increased amounts of the ubiquitous factor AP-1 and the pituitary-specific factor Pit-1. Here we show that this activation results mainly from transcriptional stimulation of the c-fos promoter leading to increased AP-1 activity. We report the surprising absence of the hPRL and c-fos promoter stimulation by OA in GH3 cells, closely related to GH3B6 cells, and we use this discrepancy to dissect the precise mechanism of action. c-fos gene activation involves the mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK)-ternary complex factor (TCF) pathway and can be obtained by expressing active V12ras in both cell lines. We show that OA acts by inhibiting protein phosphatase PP1, thereby protecting MAPK kinase (MEK)1/2 and/or a MEK1/2-kinase from dephosphorylation. PP1 inhibition of MEK activation by V12ras does not occur in GH3 cells, indicating that a distinct, PP1-sensitive phosphorylation site is used in GH3B6 cells to activate the TCF pathway in GH3B6 cells. Finally, we show that the synergistic OA activation of the hPRL promoter by Pit-1 and AP-1 is independent of the Pit-1 transactivation domain and is mediated by the general coactivator (CRE-binding protein)-binding protein (CBP)/p300. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 364

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in Hebdo Vétérinaire (2000), 32

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

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

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

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

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

in Mécanique & Industries (2000), 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailCoordinated monitoring of the eccentric O-star binary Iota Orionis: the X-ray analysis
Pittard, Julian M; Stevens, Ian R; Corcoran, Michael F et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2000), 319

We analyse two ASCA observations of the highly eccentric O9 III+B1 III binary Iota Orionis obtained at periastron and apastron. Based on the assumption of a strong colliding-wind shock between the stellar ... [more ▼]

We analyse two ASCA observations of the highly eccentric O9 III+B1 III binary Iota Orionis obtained at periastron and apastron. Based on the assumption of a strong colliding-wind shock between the stellar components, we expected to see significant variation in the X-ray emission between these phases. The observations proved otherwise: the X-ray luminosities and spectral distributions were remarkably similar. The only noteworthy feature in the X-ray data was the hint of a proximity effect during periastron passage. Although this `flare' is of relatively low significance, it is supported by the notable proximity effects seen in the optical, and the phasing of the X-ray and optical events is in very good agreement. However, other interpretations are also possible. In view of the degradation of the SIS instrument and source contamination in the GIS data we discuss the accuracy of these results, and also analyse archival ROSAT observations. We investigate why we do not see a clear colliding-wind signature. A simple model shows that the wind attenuation to the expected position of the shock apex is negligible throughout the orbit, which poses the puzzling question of why the expected 1/D variation (i.e. a factor of 7.5) in the intrinsic luminosity is not seen in the data. Two scenarios are proposed: either the colliding-wind emission is unexpectedly weak such that intrinsic shocks in the winds dominate the emission, or, alternatively, the emission observed is colliding-wind emission but in a more complex form than we would naively expect. Complex hydrodynamical models are then analysed. Despite strongly phase-variable emission from the models, both are consistent with the observations. We find that if the mass-loss rates of the stars are low then intrinsic wind shocks could dominate the emission. However, when we assume higher mass-loss rates of the stars, we find that the observed emission could also be consistent with a purely colliding-wind origin. A summary of the strengths and weaknesses of each interpretation is presented. To distinguish between the different models X-ray observations with improved phase coverage will be necessary. [less ▲]

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

in Physics of Fluids (2000), 12

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

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

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

in Astrophysical Journal (2000), 544

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 363

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

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

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See detailPropriété intellectuelle : vers une exception à l’épuisement communautaire?
Munoz, Rodolphe ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux Droit Européen (2000), 73

La théorie de l’épuisement empêche une entreprise de s’opposer à la commercialisation d’un produit qui a été écoulé sur un autre marché. L’épuisement est dit "communautaire" ou régional: la protection ne ... [more ▼]

La théorie de l’épuisement empêche une entreprise de s’opposer à la commercialisation d’un produit qui a été écoulé sur un autre marché. L’épuisement est dit "communautaire" ou régional: la protection ne peut être invoquée dans un Etat membre lorsque le produit a déjà été mis sur le marché dans un autre pays de la Communauté. La jurisprudence analysée dans cet article indique que l’épuisement pourrait devenir mondial. Aucune firme ne pourrait alors empêcher l’écoulement d’un produit commercialisé dans un pays tiers. Les vendeurs pourraient écouler dans la Communauté des produits achetés moins cher à l’étranger. Cela serait particulièrement intéressant pour les produits électroniques, qui sont traditionnellement chers en Europe. Le processus entraînerait, à moyen terme, une diminution des prix sur le continent européen. [less ▲]

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See detailMMP-2 and MMP-9-Linked Gelatinolytic Activity in the Sputum from Patients with Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Cataldo, Didier ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in International Archives of Allergy & Immunology (2000), 123(3), 259-67

BACKGROUND: The course of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with bronchial morphological changes. Metalloproteinases are thought to play a role in these structural ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The course of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with bronchial morphological changes. Metalloproteinases are thought to play a role in these structural changes. METHODS: We studied the gelatinolytic activity present in the induced sputum from 20 patients with asthma, 20 with COPD and 19 healthy controls. The assessment of gelatinolytic activity was performed by quantitative zymography, and gelatinolytic species were identified by Western blot analysis. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) was detected by reverse zymography and ELISA. RESULTS: From zymography, we found significantly higher gelatinolytic activity linked to pro-matrix metalloproteinase-9 (pro-MMP-9) in the sputum from asthmatics (p < 0.0001) and COPD patients (p < 0.0001) compared to the control group. Furthermore, the activated form of MMP-9 (85 kD) was found in the sputum from 60% of asthmatics and 85% of COPD patients, but was absent in that of control subjects (p < 0.0001). Importantly, although less frequently detectable than pro-MMP-9, pro- MMP-2 (72 kD) was found more frequently in asthmatics (50%) than in control subjects (5%) (p < 0. 005). We also described two unusual gelatinolytic species of 45 and 120 kD and showed that they derived from MMP-9 according to their ability to bind gelatin and anti-MMP-9 antibody. Levels of TIMP-1 were higher in asthmatics (p < 0.05) and COPD patients (p < 0.05) than in controls. CONCLUSION: Asthmatics and COPD patients display an increased gelatinolytic activity linked to MMP-2 and MMP-9 and higher levels of TIMP-1 in their sputum. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... une bouche brulante
Claessens, N.; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 1011-4

Burning mouth is a symptom typical for the oral mucosa. In contrast, pruritus is absent at this site. The situation which is the reverse on the skin can be explained by microanatomical differences in the ... [more ▼]

Burning mouth is a symptom typical for the oral mucosa. In contrast, pruritus is absent at this site. The situation which is the reverse on the skin can be explained by microanatomical differences in the sensorial innervation and by a different balance between neuromediators. Burning mouth sensation calls for the search of a series of diseases. However, it is most often a monosymptomatic expression of a minimal lichenoid stomatitis. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-adénomes à prolactine : le traitement par cabergoline
Beckers, Albert ULg; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg

in Médecine Thérapeutique Endocrinologie (2000), 2(6), 496-500

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See detailComment je traite ... le myelome multiple refractaire par thalidomide
Scerbo, F.; Matus, G.; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 970-3

Despite the use of high-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, multiple myeloma remains largely uncurable. Indeed complete remission rate is about 50% and median ... [more ▼]

Despite the use of high-dose chemotherapy with autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, multiple myeloma remains largely uncurable. Indeed complete remission rate is about 50% and median survival reaches 5 years without plateau. Recently thalidomide has been identified as a promising agent. We report the clinical story of 2 patients with refractory myeloma that we treated successfully with thalidomide. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Histiocytome fibreux malin
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Heymans, Olivier; Boverie, Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 969

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See detailDifferences in Experimental Virulence of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Viral Strains Isolated from Haemorrhagic Syndromes
Hamers, C.; Couvreur, B.; Dehan, Pierre ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 160(3), 250-8

In the late 1980s, a new hypervirulent and epidemic form of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection appeared in North America. A similar but sporadic syndrome was later reported in Europe. To ... [more ▼]

In the late 1980s, a new hypervirulent and epidemic form of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection appeared in North America. A similar but sporadic syndrome was later reported in Europe. To compare the pathogenic characters of the North American and European hypervirulent strains, we inoculated BVDV naive calves with BVDV strains isolated from haemorrhagic syndromes originating in Belgium, France and the USA. The experimental procedure comprised daily clinical examination and measurement of blood and virological parameters.The American BVD890/256 strain induced severe thrombocytopaenia, profuse diarrhoea and pneumonia in all calves, indicating that hypervirulent BVDV could be the primary infectious agent of pneumonia. Interestingly, a strong correlation was observed between the intense viraemia and a decreased platelet count. None of the European strains tested induced significant pathological signs, although isolated from cases presenting haemorrhagic syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of Bovine Herpesvirus Type 1-Seronegative Latent Carriers by Administration of a Live-Attenuated Vaccine in Passively Immunized Calves
Lemaire, Mylène; Meyer, Gilles; Baranowski, Eric et al

in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2000), 38(11), 4233-8

The consequences of the vaccination of neonatal calves with the widely used live-attenuated temperature-sensitive (ts) bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV-1) were investigated. The ts strain established acute ... [more ▼]

The consequences of the vaccination of neonatal calves with the widely used live-attenuated temperature-sensitive (ts) bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV-1) were investigated. The ts strain established acute and latent infections in all vaccinated calves either with or without passive immunity. Four of seven calves vaccinated under passive immunity became clearly BHV-1 seronegative by different serological tests, as did uninfected control calves after the disappearance of maternal antibodies, and they remained so for long periods. A cell-mediated immune response was detected by a BHV-1 gamma interferon assay, but this test failed to detect the seronegative latent carriers (SNLCs). While they are not detected, SNLCs represent a threat for BHV-1-free herds or countries. This study demonstrates that SNLCs can be easily obtained by inoculation with a live-attenuated BHV-1 under passive immunity and that latent carrier animals without any antibody do exist. Consequently, this situation could represent a good model to experimentally produce SNLCs. [less ▲]

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See detailLa fibromyalgie en l'an 2000
Maquet, Didier ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 991-7

Musculoskeletal pain is common in the population. Several pathologies like fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or spasmophilia are associated with functional myalgia. The etiology of FM ... [more ▼]

Musculoskeletal pain is common in the population. Several pathologies like fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or spasmophilia are associated with functional myalgia. The etiology of FM remains elusive, but the diagnosis is well established. The criteria for the classification are widespread pain combined with tenderness at 11 or more of the 18 specific tender points sites. The prevalence is 2% in the general population. This article reviews recent data on the pathophysiology and treatment of FM. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations
Lecocq, Pascale ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2000), 10-11

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See detailHeavy Metals Contamination and Body Condition of Wintering Guillemots (Uria Aalge) at the Belgian Coast from 1993 to 1998
Debacker, Virginie ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Coignoul, Freddy ULg et al

in Environmental Research (2000), A84(3), 310-317

A sample of 166 common guillemots (Uria aalge) recovered from Belgian beaches during five wintering seasons, from 1993-1994 to 1997-1998, were examined. At necropsy, postmortem examination including body ... [more ▼]

A sample of 166 common guillemots (Uria aalge) recovered from Belgian beaches during five wintering seasons, from 1993-1994 to 1997-1998, were examined. At necropsy, postmortem examination including body mass, fat reserves, presence or not of intestinal contents, eventual status of oiling, and pathological changes (cachexia, acute hemorrhagic gastroenteropathy (GEAH)) was attributed to each individual. Mild to severe cachexia, a pathology characterized by moderate to severe atrophy of the pectoral muscle as well as reduced amounts or absence of subcutaneous and/or abdominal fat, was observed for most specimens (85.8%). Heavy metal analyses (Cu, Zn, Fe, Cd, Ni, Cr, and Pb) of the tissues (typically liver, kidney, and pectoral muscle) were performed, and total lipids were determined (liver and pectoral muscle). The guillemots collected at the Belgian coast exhibited higher Cu and Zn concentrations compared to individuals collected in more preserved areas of the North Sea such as the northern colonies. A general decrease of their total body mass as well as liver, kidney, and pectoral muscle mass was associated to increasing cachexia severity. Moreover, significantly increasing heavy metal levels (Cu and Zn) in the tissues as well as depleted muscle lipid contents were observed parallel to increasing cachexia severity. On the contrary the organs' total metal burden barely correlates to this status. These observations tend to indicate a general redistribution of heavy metals within the organs as a result of prolonged starvation and protein catabolism (cachectic status). Such a redistribution could well be an additional stress to birds already experiencing stressfull conditions (starvation, oiling). [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Fusariose disseminee chez un patient immunodeprime
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Meiers, I.; Arrese, J. E. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 974-6

Fusarium spp are ubiquitous soil saprophytes and occasional plant pathogens. Fusariosis in humans is usually limited to superficial mycoses. We report the case of a disseminated fungal infection due to ... [more ▼]

Fusarium spp are ubiquitous soil saprophytes and occasional plant pathogens. Fusariosis in humans is usually limited to superficial mycoses. We report the case of a disseminated fungal infection due to Fusarium spp in an immunosuppressed patient suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This report and review of the recent literature suggest that Fusarium spp are emerging fungal pathogens in immunosuppressed patients. [less ▲]

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See detailReactive compatibilization of SAN/EPR blends: Effect of rubber content and reactivity of the SAN functional groups
Pagnoulle, Christophe; Martin, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2000), 201(16), 2181-2194

SAN containing 20 wt.-% reactive SAN-X was melt blended with EPDM containing 50 wt.-% maleic anhydride EPR grafted chains (EP-g-MA). The rubber content was changed from 15 to 80 wt.-%, and 2 types of ... [more ▼]

SAN containing 20 wt.-% reactive SAN-X was melt blended with EPDM containing 50 wt.-% maleic anhydride EPR grafted chains (EP-g-MA). The rubber content was changed from 15 to 80 wt.-%, and 2 types of reactive groups (X) were attached to SAN (0.028 mol X/ wt.-%), i. e. primary amines and carbamates which are primary amine precursors at the processing temperature. Phase morphology, tensile properties and impact strength depend not only on the rubber content but also on the relative reactivity of the amine and the carbamate groups towards maleic anhydride, in a strong dependence on the reaction rate and the reaction completeness. The dispersion mechanism has been discussed, including formation of sub-inclusions. Dependence of the impact resistance on the rubber phase content for non-reactive blends (□) and blends modified by SAN-NH2 (;) and SAN-carb (o), respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailLes fibroses pulmonaires idiopathiques: nouvelle classification histopathologique et aspects cliniques
Blaise, Pierre ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg; Bartsch, Pierre ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 986-90

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) comprises different interstitial lung diseases of unknown origin. They are classified into four groups based on pathologic criteria: UIP, DIP, AIP and NSIP. This ... [more ▼]

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) comprises different interstitial lung diseases of unknown origin. They are classified into four groups based on pathologic criteria: UIP, DIP, AIP and NSIP. This classification helps in terms of prognosis and treatment. In addition to history, physical examination and common investigations (chest X ray, pulmonary function testing), a bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), a high-resolution CT scan and ideally a open-lung biopsy are needed to establish a precise diagnosis. The patients are usually treated by immunosuppressive agents, and mainly by corticoids. However, in UIP, lung transplantation is the only way to improve survival. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vitro Study of the Antioxidant Properties of Nimesulide and 4-Oh Nimesulide: Effects on Hrp- and Luminol-Dependent Chemiluminescence Produced by Human Chondrocytes
Zheng, S. X.; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Deby-Dupont, G. P. et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2000), 8(6), 419-25

OBJECTIVES: Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are now recognized to play an important role in the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases and constitute an interesting therapeutic target for drugs. This in vitro ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are now recognized to play an important role in the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases and constitute an interesting therapeutic target for drugs. This in vitro study was designed to evaluate the antioxidant properties of nimesulide (NIM), a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug of the sulfonanilide class, and its main metabolite 4-OH nimesulide (4-OHNIM). METHODS: The scavenging effects of NIM and 4-OH NIM on hydroxyl radical ((.)OH) and superoxide anions (O(minusd)(2)) were investigated by electron spin resonance (ESR), using 5, 5-dimethylpyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as the spin trap agent. The quenching properties of these drugs on hypochlorite anion was studied by luminol enhanced chemiluminescence. Finally, the effects of NIM and 4-OHNIM on the reactive oxygen species production by human articular chondrocytes were recorded by HRP and luminol-enhanced chemiluminescence. RESULTS: By this method it has been demonstrated that NIM and 4-OHNIM, at concentrations ranging from 10 to 100 microM, are potent scavengers of(.)OH whereas only 4-OHNIM was capable to scavenge O(minusd)(2). Chemiluminescence generated by HOCl was also significantly and dose-dependently inhibited by both NIM and 4-OHNIM. Nevertheless, at each concentration tested, the inhibitory effect of 4-OHNIM was significantly more marked, even at the highest concentration (100 microM). Furthermore, when chondrocytes were pre-incubated for 48-96 h with NIM or 4-OHNIM, the luminol- and HRP-dependent CL produced by the cells was significantly inhibited in a dose-dependent manner. CONCLUSIONS: NIM and 4-OHNIM may protect cartilage against oxidative stress, not only by scavenging ROS but also by inhibiting their production by chondrocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailLes hyperparathyroidies primaires: étiologies, diagnostic et traitement.
Janssens, L.; Verbeke, V.; Petrossians, Patrick ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(11), 977-985

L'hyperparathyroïdie primaire est une maladie trop souvent méconnue. Son incidence est estimée à 28/100.000, soit environ 2.800 nouveaux cas par an en Belgique. La fréquence de l'hyperparathyroïdie ... [more ▼]

L'hyperparathyroïdie primaire est une maladie trop souvent méconnue. Son incidence est estimée à 28/100.000, soit environ 2.800 nouveaux cas par an en Belgique. La fréquence de l'hyperparathyroïdie augmente avec l'âge. En effet, 50 % des cas sont rencontrés après l'âge de 70 ans et 3 à 4 % des femmes au-delà de 70 ans sont touchées par l'affection. Cette affection peut être sporadique ou survenir dans un cadre étiologique plus complexe tel que les polyendocrinopathies ou la neurofibromatose. L'attention vers ce diagnostic doit être attirée par une symptomatologie, souvent bâtarde, de fatigue (parfois isolée), de polyurie, de polydipsie, d'hypertension artérielle ou la présence de lithiases rénales. Lorsque le diagnostic d'hyperparathyroïdie est renteu, il convient de localiser la ou les glande(s) pathologique(s) et de définir le contexte étiologique qui pourra déterminer le choix thérapeutique le plus approprié. Une étude biologique simple sera réalisée devant toute suspicion d'hyperparathyroïdie. Dans certains cas, le diagnostic sera aidé par la réalisation d'un test de surcharge calcique qui peut permettre de confirmer l'hyperparathyroïdie et d'apprécier son degré d'autonomisation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Dppa Gene of Bacillus Subtilis Encodes a New D-Aminopeptidase
Cheggour, Abdelatif; Fanuel, Laurence; Duez, Colette ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 38(3), 504-13

Different strains of Bacillus were screened for their ability to hydrolyse D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide. Activity was detected in Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus licheniformis 749I and Bacillus ... [more ▼]

Different strains of Bacillus were screened for their ability to hydrolyse D-alanyl-p-nitroanilide. Activity was detected in Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus licheniformis 749I and Bacillus subtilis 168. The last strain was the best producer and was selected for the production and purification of the enzyme. The determination of the N-terminal sequence identified the enzyme as the product of the dppA gene (previously named dciAA) belonging to the dipeptide ABC transport (dpp) operon expressed early during sporulation. Open reading frames (ORFs) encoding putative related proteins were found in the genomes of a variety of Archaea and both sporulating and non-sporulating bacteria. The enzyme behaves as a D-aminopeptidase and represents the prototype of a new peptidase family. Among the tested substrates, the highest activities were found with D-Ala-D-Ala and D-Ala-Gly-Gly. The active enzyme behaves as an octamer of identical 30 kDa subunits. It exhibits a broad pH optimum, extending between pH 9 and 11. It is reversibly inhibited in the presence of Zn2+ chelators, and the sequence comparisons highlight the conservation of potential Zn-binding residues. As it has been shown by others that null mutations in the dpp operon do not inhibit spore formation, the physiological role of DppA is probably an adaptation to nutrient deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of the Enantiomers of 3-Tert.-Butylamino-1,2-Propanediol by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Using Mass Spectrometric Detection
Toussaint, B.; Streel, B.; Ceccato, Attilio ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2000), 896(1-2), 201-7

The chiral synthesis of beta-blockers such as (S)-timolol requires a sensitive analytical method for the enantioseparation of its intermediate, 3-tert.-butylamino-1,2-propanediol, in the ng/ml range. The ... [more ▼]

The chiral synthesis of beta-blockers such as (S)-timolol requires a sensitive analytical method for the enantioseparation of its intermediate, 3-tert.-butylamino-1,2-propanediol, in the ng/ml range. The method developed is based on on-line normal-phase LC-MS-MS using a chiral stationary phase and an atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) interface. The MS detection of 3-tert.-butylamino-1,2-propanediol was first optimized with a pneumatically-assisted electrospray interface (ionspray). The APCI interface was then selected for LC-MS-MS because of the incompatibility of electrospray with n-hexane. The method was validated for both enantiomers in the 25-500 ng/ml concentration range. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative Analysis of N-Acetylcysteine and Its Pharmacopeial Impurities in a Pharmaceutical Formulation by Liquid Chromatography-Uv Detection-Mass Spectrometry
Toussaint, B.; Pitti, C.; Streel, B. et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2000), 896(1-2), 191-9

A new method for the simultaneous determination of N-acetylcysteine and its pharmacopeial impurities, cysteine, cystine, N,N'-diacetylcystine and N,S-diacetylcysteine in an effervescent tablet has been ... [more ▼]

A new method for the simultaneous determination of N-acetylcysteine and its pharmacopeial impurities, cysteine, cystine, N,N'-diacetylcystine and N,S-diacetylcysteine in an effervescent tablet has been developed. The method is based on on-line LC-UV-MS using a pneumatically-assisted electrospray interface (ionspray). The stability of the thiol moieties of the analytes was ensured by the acidic pH of the LC mobile phase. Quantitation of N-acetylcysteine was performed with UV detection to avoid ion-source overloading effect due to its higher concentration, whereas the impurities could be easily separated and quantified in MS. The method was validated in terms of stability, linearity, precision and accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailGene activation by varicella-zoster virus IE4 protein requires its dimerization and involves both the arginine-rich sequence, the central part, and the carboxyl-terminal cysteine-rich region
Baudoux, Laurence; Defechereux, Patricia; Rentier, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2000), 275(42), 32822-32831

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) open reading frame 4-encoded protein (IE4) possesses transactivating properties for VZV genes as well as for those of heterologous viruses. Since most transcription factors ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) open reading frame 4-encoded protein (IE4) possesses transactivating properties for VZV genes as well as for those of heterologous viruses. Since most transcription factors act as dimers, IE4 dimerization was studied using the mammalian two-hybrid system. Introduction of mutations in the IE4 open reading frame demonstrated that both the central region and the carboxyl-terminal cysteine-rich domain were important for efficient dimerization. Within the carboxyl-terminal domain, substitution of amino acids encompassing residues 443-447 totally abolished dimerization. Gene activation by IE4 was studied by transient transfection with an IE4 expression plasmid and a reporter gene under the control of either the human immunodeficiency virus, type 1, long terminal repeat or the VZV thymidine kinase promoter. Regions of IE4 important for dimerization were also shown to be crucial for transactivation. In addition, the arginine-rich domains Rb and Re of the amino-terminal region were also demonstrated to be important for transactivation, whereas the Ra domain as well as an acidic and bZIP-containing regions were shown to be dispensable for gene transactivation. A nucleocytoplasmic shuttling of IE4 has also been characterized, involving a nuclear localization signal identified within the Rb domain and a nuclear export mechanism partially depending on Crm-1. [less ▲]

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See detailFree tropospheric CO, C2H6, and HCN above central Europe: Recent measurements from the Jungfraujoch station including the detection of elevated columns during 1998
Rinsland, C. P.; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Zander, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (2000), 105(D19), 24235-24249

Time series of free tropospheric carbon monoxide (CO), ethane (C2H6), and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) column abundances have been derived from observations at the International Scientific Station of the ... [more ▼]

Time series of free tropospheric carbon monoxide (CO), ethane (C2H6), and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) column abundances have been derived from observations at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (ISSJ) at 3.58-km altitude in the Swiss Alps (latitude 46.55 degreesN, 7.98 degreesE longitude). The free troposphere was assumed to extend from 3.58 to 11 km altitude, and the related columns were derived for all three molecules from high spectral resolution infrared solar spectra recorded between January 1995 and October 1999. The three molecules show distinct seasonal cycles with maxima during winter for CO and C2H6, and during spring for HCN. These seasonal changes are superimposed on interannual variations. The tropospheric columns of all three molecules were elevated during 1998. Increases were most pronounced for HCN with enhanced values throughout the year, up to a factor of 2 in January 1998 when compared to averages of the other years. The increased tropospheric columns coincide with the period of widespread wildfires during the strong El Nino warm phase of 1997-1998. The emission enhancements above ISSJ are less pronounced, and they peaked after the increases measured above Mauna Loa (19.55 degreesN, 155.6 degreesW). Tropospheric trends for CO, C2H6, and HCN of (2.40 +/- 0.49), (0.47 +/- 0.64), and (7.00 +/- 1.61)% yr(-1)(1 sigma) were derived for January 1995 to October 1999. However, if 1998 measurements are excluded from the fit, CO and HCN trends that are not statistically significant, and a statistically significant decrease in the C2H6 tropospheric column, are inferred. Comparisons of the infrared CO columns with CO in situ surface measurements suggest that the CO free tropospheric vertical Volume mixing ratio profile generally decreases with altitude throughout the year. [less ▲]

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See detailModeled and empirical approaches for retrieving columnar water vapor from solar transmittance measurements in the 0.72, 0.82, and 0.94 μm absorption bands
Ingold, T.; Schmid, B.; Mätzler, C. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2000), 105(D19), 2432724343

A Sun photometer (18 channels between 300 and 1024 nm) has been used for measuring the columnar content of atmospheric water vapor (CWV) by solar transmittance measurements in absorption bands with ... [more ▼]

A Sun photometer (18 channels between 300 and 1024 nm) has been used for measuring the columnar content of atmospheric water vapor (CWV) by solar transmittance measurements in absorption bands with channels centered at 719, 817, and 946 nm. The observable is the band-weighted transmittance function defined by the spectral absorption of water vapor and the spectral features of solar irradiance and system response. The transmittance function is approximated by a three-parameter model. Its parameters are determined from MODTRAN and LBLRTM simulations or empirical approaches using CWV data of a dual-channel microwave radiometer (MWR) or a Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS). Data acquired over a 2-year period during 1996–1998 at two different sites in Switzerland, Bern (560 m above sea level (asl)) and Jungfraujoch (3580 m asl) were compared to MWR, radiosonde (RS), and FTS retrievals. At the low-altitude station with an average CWV amount of 15 mm the LBLRTM approach (based on recently corrected line intensities) leads to negligible biases at 719 and 946 nm if compared to an average of MWR, RS, and GPS retrievals. However, at 817 nm an overestimate of 2.7 to 4.3 mm (18–29%) remains. At the high-altitude station with an average CWV amount of 1.4 mm the LBLRTM approaches overestimate the CWV by 1.0, 1.4, and 0.1 mm (58, 76, and 3%) at 719, 817, and 946 nm, compared to the FTS instrument. At the low-altitude station, CWV estimates, based on empirical approaches, agree with the MWR within 0.4 mm (2.5% of the mean); at the high-altitude site with a factor of 10 less water vapor the agreement of the SPM with the FTS is 0.0 to 0.2 mm (1 to 9% of the mean CWV there). Sensitivity analyses show that for the conditions met at the two stations with CWV ranging from 0.2 to 30 mm, the retrieval errors are smallest if the 946 nm channel is used. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Factor-Kappa B, Cancer, and Apoptosis
Bours, Vincent ULg; Bentires-Alj, M.; Hellin, A. C. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2000), 60(8), 1085-9

The role of nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B in the regulation of apoptosis in normal and cancer cells has been extensively studied in recent years. Constitutive NF-kappa B activity in B lymphocytes as well as ... [more ▼]

The role of nuclear factor (NF)-kappa B in the regulation of apoptosis in normal and cancer cells has been extensively studied in recent years. Constitutive NF-kappa B activity in B lymphocytes as well as in Hodgkin's disease and breast cancer cells protects these cells against apoptosis. It has also been reported that NF-kappa B activation by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, chemotherapeutic drugs, or ionizing radiations can protect several cell types against apoptosis, suggesting that NF-kappa B could participate in resistance to cancer treatment. These observations were explained by the regulation of antiapoptotic gene expression by NF-kappa B. However, in our experience, inhibition of NF-kappa B activity in several cancer cell lines has a very variable effect on cell mortality, depending on the cell type, the stimulus, and the level of NF-kappa B inhibition. Moreover, in some experimental systems, NF-kappa B activation is required for the onset of apoptosis. Therefore, it is likely that the NF-kappa B antiapoptotic role in response to chemotherapy is cell type- and signal-dependent and that the level of NF-kappa B inhibition is important. These issues will have to be carefully investigated before considering NF-kappa B as a target for genetic or pharmacological anticancer therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailL'influence des réglementations d'ordre public sur la validité des contrats
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (2000), 17

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See detailReactivity of functional SAN toward coreactive EPR-g-MA at planar interface
Pagnoulle, Christophe; Moussaif, Noureddine; Riga, Joseph et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (2000), 38(19), 3682-3689

The grafting kinetics of reactive poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) onto EPR-g-MA was studied under isothermal conditions, at the planar interface of an SAN/ethylene-propylene rubber (EPR) bilayer film ... [more ▼]

The grafting kinetics of reactive poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) onto EPR-g-MA was studied under isothermal conditions, at the planar interface of an SAN/ethylene-propylene rubber (EPR) bilayer film in relation to the type of reactive groups, NH2 versus carbamate (which is an amine precursor), attached to SAN. The amount of SAN chemically bound to EPR chains at the interface was estimated by selectively washing off the unreacted SAN chains before X-ray photon spectroscopic analysis of the released surface. It is clear that the mutual reactivity of the reactive groups, i.e., the NH2-MA pair versus the carbamate-MA pair, has a decisive effect on the amount of SAN that reacts with EPR-g-MA at the interface. In case of SAN-carb, the grafting reaction is controlled by the thermolysis of the carbamate groups into primary amines. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-invasive approach of motor unit recording during muscle contractions in humans
Disselhorst-Klug, C.; Bahm, J.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg et al

in European Journal of Applied Physiology (2000), 83(2-3), 144-150

Information about the structural and functional characteristics of the motor unit (MU) is highly relevant for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. Electromyography (EMG) is a suitable method for ... [more ▼]

Information about the structural and functional characteristics of the motor unit (MU) is highly relevant for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. Electromyography (EMG) is a suitable method for obtaining the information needed. The problem is the separation of the activity of one MU from others which are simultaneously active. Such investigations of single MU activity have commonly used invasive methods, e.g. employing a needle or a wire. Conventional surface-EMG methods have limited resolution and detect, at high contraction levels, multiple MU superimposed one on the other. The separation of the activity of a single MU can be achieved in a non-invasive way when highly specialised acquisition techniques are used. One approach, called high spatial resolution EMG (HSR-EMG), is based on the use of multi-electrode arrays in combination with a two-dimensional Laplace filter. The HSR-EMG permits the completely non-invasive detection of single MU activity even during maximal voluntary contractions. First applications have shown that the method provides a deeper insight into the functional and structural characteristics of the MU. In this paper the application of HSR-EMG to the diagnosis of neuro-muscular disorders will be presented, and the latest results will be given of its application in the evaluation of treatment of patients with plexus lesion. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Evaluation of Four Detectors in the High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic Analysis of Chiral Nonaromatic Alcohols
Toussaint, B.; Duchateau, A. L.; van der Wal, S. et al

in Journal of Chromatographic Science (2000), 38(10), 450-7

A comparative evaluation of ultraviolet, polarimetric, refractive index, and evaporative light-scattering detection coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography has been developed for the ... [more ▼]

A comparative evaluation of ultraviolet, polarimetric, refractive index, and evaporative light-scattering detection coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography has been developed for the separation and quantitation of the enantiomers of chiral nonaromatic alcohols, some of which are intermediates in the synthesis of chiral drugs. (R,S)-3-tert-butylamino-1,2-propanediol; (R,S)-glycidol; and (R,S)-1-(4-morpholino)-2-octanol are selected as model compounds in order to compare the detection sensitivity and the linearity of the response with the four detectors. Separation of the enantiomers is performed using chiral stationary phases in normal-phase liquid chromatography. A one-day validation is achieved for (S)-3-tert-butylamino-1,2-propanediol with each detector, and limits of quantitation are determined for the three compounds. Advantages and limitations of the four detectors are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detail2-(2-Oxoimidazolidinyl)Ethyl 2-Methylprop-2-Enoate
Spirlet, Marie-Rose ULg; Desreux, Jean-François ULg; Riondel, A. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (2000), 56((Pt 10)), 1258-9

In the crystal structure of the title compound, C(9)H(14)N(2)O(3), the molecules are linked by N-H.O=C bonds into chains parallel to [001]. Large crystals are readily obtained, presumably because of the ... [more ▼]

In the crystal structure of the title compound, C(9)H(14)N(2)O(3), the molecules are linked by N-H.O=C bonds into chains parallel to [001]. Large crystals are readily obtained, presumably because of the hydrogen bonds and an energetically stable conformation of the molecule. [less ▲]

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See detailLack of Association between Adult Asthma and the Tumour Necrosis Factor Alpha-308 Polymorphism Gene
Louis, Renaud ULg; Leyder, E.; Malaise, Michel ULg et al

in European Respiratory Journal (2000), 16(4), 604-8

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)alpha is a cytokine endowed with potent inflammatory properties that may contribute to airway inflammation in asthma. It has previously been shown that the single base pair ... [more ▼]

Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)alpha is a cytokine endowed with potent inflammatory properties that may contribute to airway inflammation in asthma. It has previously been shown that the single base pair polymorphism-308 (G to A substitution) in the promoter of TNFalpha gene results in enhanced cytokine secretion. Whether this polymorphism is associated with the presence of phenotypic expression of asthma is questioned. In this study the relative frequency of TNF1 and TNF2 alleles in a population of adult healthy subjects (n=98) and adult Caucasian asthmatics (n=95) was compared taking into account their disease severity, atopic status and their smoking habit. For the whole group of asthma the genotype frequency for 1/1, 1/2, 2/2 were 67%, 33% and 0%, respectively, and not significantly different from those found in the control group that reached 70%, 28% and 2% respectively (p>0.05). The allele frequencies in asthma were 86% and 14% for TNF1 and TNF2 respectively while the corresponding figures were 85% and 15% in the control group (p>0.05). Furthermore, subdividing asthmatics into severe forced expiratory volume in one second <60% pred), atopic or smoking patients did not show any significant association with this TNFalpha polymorphism. To conclude the polymorphism -308 in the promoter of the TNFalpha gene does not confer a susceptibility to develop asthma nor to grade its severity. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. A propos d'une presentation inhabituelle de syndrome cave superieur
Monami, Catherine; Martinez, Christophe ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(10), 905-9

We report the case of a 48-year-old man who was admitted to our emergency department because of a superior vena caval syndrome from which the symptoms occurred only during exercise. His past history ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a 48-year-old man who was admitted to our emergency department because of a superior vena caval syndrome from which the symptoms occurred only during exercise. His past history included an episode of lower limb deep venous thrombosis. Because an atrio-ventricular partial block was fortuitously evidenced, the patient was submitted to a pacemaker insertion. A few years later, the patient suffered from rapid dyspnea on exercise, associated with facial cyanosis and systemic hypotension. The exploration by phlebography evidenced that the inferior vena cava was completely obstructed. Therefore the venous return from the lower part of the body to right heart was obtained through hypertrophy of the vena azygos. In addition, the presence of cardiac pacing electrodes induced a stenosis at the level of the superior vena cava, just before its entrance into the right atrium. Such a venous network accounted for the occurrence of a chronic superior vena caval syndrome associated with peripheral arterial hypotension during exercise. Treatment consisted of a superior vena caval percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty followed by a Wallstent insertion. This procedure led to a correction of all hemodynamic abnormalities responsible for reported pathophysiological limitations to stress. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of a Mixed Normal Mixture Model for the Estimation of Mastitis-Related Parameters
Detilleux, Johann ULg; Leroy, P. L.

in Journal of Dairy Science (2000), 83(10), 2341-9

The current methodology for estimating genetic parameters for SCC (SCS) does not account for the difference in SCS between healthy cows and cows with an intramammary infection (IMI). We propose a two ... [more ▼]

The current methodology for estimating genetic parameters for SCC (SCS) does not account for the difference in SCS between healthy cows and cows with an intramammary infection (IMI). We propose a two-component finite mixed normal mixture model to estimate IMI prevalence, separate SCS subpopulation means, individual posterior probabilities of IMI, and SCS variance components. The theory is presented and the expectation-conditional maximization algorithm is utilized to compute maximum likelihood estimates. The methodology is illustrated on two simulated data sets based on the current knowledge of SCS parameters. Maximum likelihood estimates of IMI prevalence and SCS subpopulation means were close to simulated values, except for the estimate of IMI prevalence when both subpopulations were almost confounded. Individual posterior probabilities of IMI were always higher among infected than among healthy cows. Error and additive variance components obtained under the mixture model were closer to simulated values than restricted maximum likelihood estimates obtained assuming a homogeneous SCS distribution, especially when subpopulations were completely separated and when mixing proportion was highest. Convergence was linear and rapid when priors were chosen with caution. The advantages of the methodology are demonstrated, and its feasibility for large data sets is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa chirurgie du thymus, normal, involue ou tumoral
Limet, Raymond ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(10), 940-4

Thymoma is the most frequently resected mediastinal tumor. Its malignancy is related more to macroscopical findings than to microscopical analysis. All thymomas should be resected, in order to prevent ... [more ▼]

Thymoma is the most frequently resected mediastinal tumor. Its malignancy is related more to macroscopical findings than to microscopical analysis. All thymomas should be resected, in order to prevent malignant degeneration. Furthermore, for the treatment of myasthenia, several centers recommend resection of the thymus, either tumoral (thymoma) or atrophied. Although the role of surgery in this regard is controversial, all authors unanimously stress that complete resection of all thymic remnants is essential to achieve adequate results. [less ▲]

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See detailObésité et hypertension artérielle: de la physiopathologie au traitement
Geronooz, Isabelle; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(10), 921-928

Obesity constitutes a problem of major concern in our industrialized countries. Overweight is frequently associated with hypertension (50% of hypertensive subjects are obese and the prevalence of ... [more ▼]

Obesity constitutes a problem of major concern in our industrialized countries. Overweight is frequently associated with hypertension (50% of hypertensive subjects are obese and the prevalence of hypertension in obese patients is twice that of the normal population). Both pathologies are major cardiovascular risk factors. This review aims at a better understanding of the relationship between hypertension and overweight and at giving to the clinicians simple and consistent guidelines to treat these two medical entities. [less ▲]

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See detailCephalees explosives, "en coup de tonnerre": faut-il s'inquieter?
DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; vandenheede, michel; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(10), 910914

"Thunderclap" headaches are explosive, extremely intense and sometimes associated with neurological signs or symptoms. As illustrated by the 3 case histories presented here, they are a heterogenous group ... [more ▼]

"Thunderclap" headaches are explosive, extremely intense and sometimes associated with neurological signs or symptoms. As illustrated by the 3 case histories presented here, they are a heterogenous group as far as etiology and prognosis are concerned. They may be symptomatic of an intracranial disorder (subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral venous thrombosis, pituitary apoplexia) or idiopathic without any known cause and with a benign, though occasionally recurring, course. They can be spontaneous or triggered by Valsalva maneuvers (cough, exertion, coitus, ...). In certain cases of so-called "idiopathic" thunderclap headache, diffuse, multifocal segmental and reversible vasospasm of cerebral arteries has been found on neuroimaging. As headache characteristics are similar in symptomatic and benign cases, angio-MRI is recommended when CT-scan and CSF examination are normal. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface structure of thin film blends of polystyrene and poly(n-butyl methacrylate)
Affrossman, S.; Jérôme, Robert ULg; O'Neill, S. A. et al

in Colloid and Polymer Science (2000), 278(10), 993-999

Thin films of blends of polystyrene (PS) and poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) were prepared by spin-casting onto silicon wafers in order to map the lateral distribution of the two polymers. The surfaces ... [more ▼]

Thin films of blends of polystyrene (PS) and poly(n-butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) were prepared by spin-casting onto silicon wafers in order to map the lateral distribution of the two polymers. The surfaces were examined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) secondary ion mass spectroscopy X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM). Films with PBMA contents of 50% w/w or less were relatively smooth, but further increase in the PBMA content produced, initially, protruding PS ribbons and then, for PBMA ≥80% w/w, isolated PS islands. At all concentrations the topmost surface (0.5-1.0 nm) was covered by PBMA, whilst the PBMA concentration in the near-surface region, measured by XPS, increased with bulk content to eventual saturation. PEEM measurements of a PS-PBMA film at the composition at which ribbon features were observed by AFM also showed a PS-rich ribbon structure surrounded by a sea of mainly PBMA. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Functional Aliphatic Polyesters by Chemical Modification of Copolymers of ε-Caprolactone with γ-(2-Bromo-2-methylpropionate)- ε-caprolactone, γ-Bromo- ε-caprolactone, and a Mixture of β-and γ-Ene- ε-caprolactone
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Mazza, Michaël; Lou, Xudong et al

in Macromolecules (2000), 33(17), 7751-7760

New functional aliphatic polyesters were prepared by chemical modification of brominated copolyesters. Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-co-poly(gamma-(2-bromo-2-methylpropionate)-epsilon-caprolactone) copolymer ... [more ▼]

New functional aliphatic polyesters were prepared by chemical modification of brominated copolyesters. Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-co-poly(gamma-(2-bromo-2-methylpropionate)-epsilon-caprolactone) copolymer was prepared and successfully converted into copolyester bearing methacrylate double bonds by dehydrohalogenation of the pendant tertiary alkyl bromides, thus leading to cross-linkable polyester. The tertiary alkyl bromide groups of the original copolyester were also quaternized by reaction with pyridine, although some side reactions occurred which Limited the reaction yield. Nevertheless, quaternization of the bromide groups of the poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-co-poly(gamma-bromo-epsilon-caprolactone) copolymer proved to be quantitative and to occur without degradation of the polyester chains. This general strategy paves the way to either amphiphilic copolyesters or water-soluble polyesters. The poly(epsilon -caprolactone)-co-poly(gamma -bromo-epsilon-caprolactone) lactone) copolymer was also quantitatively converted into unsaturated copolyester by dehydrohalogenation with formation of double bonds including acrylic-type double bonds. As an alternative, gamma-bromo-epsilon-caprolactone was first dehydrohalogenated, and the unsaturated cyclic monomer was copolymerized with epsilon-caprolactone. Finally, the nonconjugated double bonds of the copolyesters were oxidized into epoxides, except for the acrylic-type unsaturations which remained unchanged. [less ▲]

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See detailAdditive Effect between Nf-Kappab Subunits and P53 Protein for Transcriptional Activation of Human P53 Promoter
Benoit, V.; Hellin, A. C.; Huygen, S. et al

in Oncogene (2000), 19(41), 4787-94

The tumor suppressor p53 plays a pivotal role in the cellular response to DNA damage as it controls DNA repair, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. We studied the autoregulation of human p53 gene ... [more ▼]

The tumor suppressor p53 plays a pivotal role in the cellular response to DNA damage as it controls DNA repair, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. We studied the autoregulation of human p53 gene transcription in colon cancer cell lines. Wild-type p53 has been shown to autoregulate its own transcription either positively or negatively and probably in a cell-type-specific manner. Indeed, a p53 binding site has been described in the human and murine p53 promoters, but a direct binding of wild-type p53 protein to this site has never been reported. In this study, we demonstrated a transactivation of human p53 promoter by wild-type p53 in human colon cancer cells. We identified in the human p53 promoter a novel potential p53-responsive element that binds wild-type p53. Moreover, wild-type p53 protein transactivated a reporter plasmid containing a luciferase gene driven by a minimal promoter harboring this p53 binding site. Finally, as the p53 promoter contains an NF-kappaB binding site, we demonstrated an additive effect when NF-kappaB subunits and p53 protein combined to transactivate the human p53 promoter. [less ▲]

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See detailL'actualité du (futur) permis d'environnement en Région wallonne
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (2000), 16

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See detailCIKS, a connection to Ikappa B kinase and stress-activated protein kinase.
Leonardi, Antonio; Chariot, Alain ULg; Claudio, Estefania et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2000), 97(19), 10494-10499

Pathogens, inflammatory signals, and stress cause acute transcriptional responses in cells. The induced expression of genes in response to these signals invariably involves transcription factors of the NF ... [more ▼]

Pathogens, inflammatory signals, and stress cause acute transcriptional responses in cells. The induced expression of genes in response to these signals invariably involves transcription factors of the NF-kappaB and AP-1/ATF families. Activation of NF-kappaB factors is thought to be mediated primarily via IkappaB kinases (IKK), whereas that of AP-1/ATF can be mediated by stress-activated protein kinases (SAPKs; also named Jun kinases or JNKs). IKKalpha and IKKbeta are two catalytic subunits of a core IKK complex that also contains the regulatory subunit NEMO (NF-kappaB essential modulator)/IKKgamma. The latter protein is essential for activation of the IKKs, but its mechanism of action is not known. Here we describe the molecular cloning of CIKS (connection to IKK and SAPK/JNK), a previously unknown protein that directly interacts with NEMO/IKKgamma in cells. When ectopically expressed, CIKS stimulates IKK and SAPK/JNK kinases and it transactivates an NF-kappaB-dependent reporter. Activation of NF-kappaB is prevented in the presence of kinase-deficient, interfering mutants of the IKKs. CIKS may help to connect upstream signaling events to IKK and SAPK/JNK modules. CIKS could coordinate the activation of two stress-induced signaling pathways, functions reminiscent of those noted for tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor adaptor proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth Regulation of Astrocytes and C6 Cells by Tgfbeta1: Correlation with Gap Junctions
Robe, Pierre ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Neuroreport (2000), 11(13), 2837-41

Transforming growth factor (TGF) beta1 enhanced in vitro [3H]thymidine incorporation into C6 cells and reduced that of astrocytes in the presence of a high serum concentration. It concomitantly raised the ... [more ▼]

Transforming growth factor (TGF) beta1 enhanced in vitro [3H]thymidine incorporation into C6 cells and reduced that of astrocytes in the presence of a high serum concentration. It concomitantly raised the gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) in normal astrocytes but reduced the coupling of C6 cells, and respectively increased or decreased the proportion of P2-phosphorylated connexin (Cx) 43 isoform in these cells. Finally, octanol, which inhibited GJIC in both cell types, increased the thymidine incorporation in C6 cells, but neither altered the proliferation of astrocytes nor their response to TGFbeta1. These data indicate that an inhibition of gap junction intercellular communication, due to an altered phosphorylation of connexin 43, may contribute to the proliferative response of C6 glioblastoma cells to TGFbeta1. [less ▲]

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