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See detailLa preuve du contrat conclu par voie électronique – clap 2ème
Lecocq, Pascale ULg; Vanbrabant, Bernard ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2002), 3

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See detailLésions dentaires cervicales non carieuses - Première partie
Gueders, Audrey ULg

in Actualités Dentaires de l'Université de Liège (2002), 31

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

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 45

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See detailInfluence of a water purification unit on the contamination level of salmonella in outcoming water and sludge
Jacob, Benoit; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Grooven, Bénédicte et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5), 303-310

Foodborne pathogens occasionally harboured in the gastro-intestinal tract of some domestic animals may be retrieved in slaughterhouses waste water and in sludge of water purification units. Salmonella ... [more ▼]

Foodborne pathogens occasionally harboured in the gastro-intestinal tract of some domestic animals may be retrieved in slaughterhouses waste water and in sludge of water purification units. Salmonella, athogen common to man and Animals, is often used as a biological risk indicator. The aim of the present study was to assess effectiveness of a recent water purification unit by rapid and semi-quantitative detection of this micro-organism. The water purification unit collects waste water of seven food-processing industries, including a pig slaughterhouse. This latest was the main source of Salmonella contamination with a level of more 103 colony forming unit (CFU) per ml, that was very close to the average level of contamination of total incoming waste water. The unit, whose principle of action is based on biological purification, has permitted a 4 log10 reduction of Salmonella contamination, with a final contamination level of less than 1 CFU/ml. It was observed only a little decrease of contamination levels during the biological treatment steps, in contrast with the one observed during the clarification step. This was due to adsorption of bacteria by material in suspension. Fresh sludge were harboured an average of 102 CFU of Salmonella per gram. In the beginning of December 1999, two sludge piles were let on the ground along a field and sampled microbiologically every month. Seven month later, no Salmonella were recovered from the piles. 309 [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic T cell receptor clonotype changes in synovial tissue of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis: effects of treatment with cyclosporin A (Neoral)
VanderBorght, Ann; De Keyser, Filip; Geusens, Piet et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2002), 29(3), 416-426

OBJECTIVE: To study T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire changes in synovial membrane over a 16 week period in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to study the influence of cyclosporin A (CSA ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire changes in synovial membrane over a 16 week period in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to study the influence of cyclosporin A (CSA) on TCR repertoire in a subgroup of these patients. METHODS: Synovial tissue biopsies and paired blood samples were obtained from 12 patients with early RA at 2 time points. Seven patients were treated with CSA (Neoral-Sandimmun, 3 mg/kg/day) and 5 patients with placebo for 16 weeks. TCR V gene repertoires were analyzed by semiquantitative PCR-ELISA. CDR3 spectratyping and sequence analysis was used to compare TCR clonotype distributions. RESULTS: TCR-specific mRNA was detected in all synovial tissue biopsies at the first sampling, but in only 8/12 biopsies 16 weeks later (4/7 CSA group, 4/5 placebo group). Overrepresented TCR BV genes were found in biopsies of 10/12 patients at the first time point, and in 7/12 patients after 16 weeks (3/7 CSA, 4/5 placebo). CDR3 sequence analysis revealed dynamic repertoire changes with only a few persisting clonotypes in the synovial tissue of placebo controls. Persisting T cell clonotypes were more frequently found in the synovial tissue of CSA treated patients compared to the placebo group. CONCLUSION: These data suggest a dynamic process of T cell recruitment in the joints of RA patients. This process, possibly due to activation and subsequent infiltration of new T cell clones, apparently is influenced by CSA treatment. Synovial tissue T cells were no longer detected after 16 weeks' CSA treatment in 3 patients. In the other CSA treated patients, new T cell clones infiltrated, while other clones were persistently represented in the joints. These data may have important consequences for the design of T cell targeted therapies for RA. [less ▲]

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See detailLe langage des personnes âgées porteuses d'une trisomie 21
Rondal, Jean-Adolphe ULg; Comblain, Annick ULg

in Orthophonie et Logopédie (2002), 1

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See detailLa colibacillose aviaire
Stordeur, Philippe; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1, FEB-MAR), 11-18

The avian pathogenic E. coli strains, although considered by almost like opportunist pathogen, represent actually one of the most important cause of economic losses in the poultry sector and is one of the ... [more ▼]

The avian pathogenic E. coli strains, although considered by almost like opportunist pathogen, represent actually one of the most important cause of economic losses in the poultry sector and is one of the most frequent cause of carcase rejection in the slaughter house. Colibacillosis, which the major way of penetration is the respiratory tract, affect essentially broilers and give variable lesions and manifestations in function of the age of the animals. Actually, some virulence factors have been studied and associated with avian pathogenic E. coli strains : P and F1 fimbriae, hemagglutination, serum resistance, aerobactin system. Recent studies have also showed that other virulence factors (F17 and Afa adhesins) were also present in the avian pathogenic E. coli, but their rule in the pathogenicity must to be established. Because of the diversity of virulence factors and the little of knowledge about us, no vaccine is actually available to protect efficacely poultries against colibacillosis. Thus, the antibiotherapy based on a good diagnostic and a good prevention remained the only things to do in order to overcome the disease, despite the augmentation of antibiotics resistance and the risk of transferring to humans. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic evaluation of chronic hepatitis C treatment by interferon-ribavirin combination therapy in Belgium
Delwaide, Jean ULg

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(4), 233-236

With present treatments for chronic hepatitis C by the combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, it is possible to obtain a sustained viral response in a large number of patients. This viral response ... [more ▼]

With present treatments for chronic hepatitis C by the combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, it is possible to obtain a sustained viral response in a large number of patients. This viral response is associated with long-term disappearance of the C virus, improvement of histology, improvement in quality of life and, most than likely, a reduction in the risk of premature death or infection-linked complications. This therapy is, however, expensive and the number of potentially treatable patients is high in view of the relatively high prevalence of the disease in the population. An economic evaluation is thus indispensable in order, on the one hand, to assess the cost-effectiveness ratio of the treatment (i.e. the extra cost to be paid for obtaining the greater effectiveness provided by the therapeutic combination in comparison with absence of treatment or treatment by interferon alone), and, on the other hand, to estimate practically the global cost of treatment for Belgium (i.e. the annual expense for society according to the number of patients treated per year). [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction of odorous lactones with phospholipids: Implications in toxicity towards producing yeast cells
Aguedo, Mario ULg; Beney, L.; Waché, Y. et al

in Biotechnology Letters (2002), 24(23), 1975-1979

Some lactonic aroma compounds, that can be produced industrially by microorganisms, become toxic towards the producing cells as these compounds reach high concentrations in the culture medium. To ... [more ▼]

Some lactonic aroma compounds, that can be produced industrially by microorganisms, become toxic towards the producing cells as these compounds reach high concentrations in the culture medium. To determine the manner by which these metabolites may influence yeast physiology, the effects of four lactones (concentration range of 100 to 300 mg l-1) on the growth of Yarrowia lipolytica and on the phase behaviour of deuterated dimyristoylphos-phatidylcholine (DMPC-d27) were studied. The results showed that the hydrophobic lactones decrease the phase transition temperature (Tm) of DMPC-d27 bilayers and that Tm decrease (ΔTm) was related to the inhibitory action of the lactones on yeast growth (evaluated by the lag time). These results suggest that whatever the lactone, a ΔTm of at least 2.5°C resulted in a total growth inhibition: this implicates the lactone-phospholipids interaction in the mechanism of yeast growth inhibition. The test used in the present study may be a predicting method to assess the in vivo action of potential membrane active compounds. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailCaractérisation de la résistance au Sénégal d'Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (Lépidoptère, Noctuidae) par bioessai et méthodes moléculaires
Moreira, Christine; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Parasitica (2002), 58(2-3-4), 89-98

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des ... [more ▼]

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des températures de 30°C et 54°C, 4 pyréthrinoïdes et 2 organophosphorés se dégradent rapidement dans les flacons en verre. Un "kit" est présenté sous forme d'un papier filtre traité enveloppé dans une feuille d'aluminium. Il possède une bien meilleure stabilité au stockage (sur 50 jours). Des tests moléculaires, réalisés sur une souche d'H. armigera issue du Sénégal, révèlent deux mutations (la sérine remplacée par l'acide glutamique et l'acide aspartique par la valine) au niveau du gène codant pour le canal sodium voltage dépendant, cible principale des pyréthrinoïdes. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe concept of age in marine modelling II. Concentration distribution function in the English Channel and the North Sea
Delhez, Eric ULg; Deleersnijder, Eric

in Journal of Marine Systems (2002), 31(4), 279-297

The age of seawater and the age of real or idealized tracers are often used as diagnostic tools to better understand complex hydrodynamic flows. In most studies, the focus is on some averages of the ages ... [more ▼]

The age of seawater and the age of real or idealized tracers are often used as diagnostic tools to better understand complex hydrodynamic flows. In most studies, the focus is on some averages of the ages of the different particles making up a water parcel. The theory developed in Delhez et al. [Ocean Modell. I (1999) 17] and Deleersnijder et al. [J. Mar. Syst. 28 (2001) 229] provides, however, a more detailed description of the distribution of the ages of these particles through the so-called concentration distribution function. In this paper, the numerical aspects of the resolution of the evolution equation for the concentration distribution function in a five-dimensional space (time x 3D space x age dimension) are developed. Evolution equations for the moments of the concentration distribution function up to any order are also derived. A real case application of this theory to the simulation of the advection-dispersion of tracers (technetium-99) discharged at the nuclear fuel reprocessing plant of Cap de La Hague is described. The comparison of the results with those from previous studies demonstrates the advantages of the new method for the computation of the mean age. In particular, the method provides a detailed description of the temporal variations of the mean age only. The analysis of the full concentration distribution function and of its basic statistics shows that the standard deviation of the age of the different particles is far from negligible and should never be overlooked when analyzing age fields. A simplified analytical example suggests that the standard deviation of the age distribution is a measure of the integrated diffusion undergone by the tracer along its path from the source to the observation point. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes privatisations d'entreprises publiques en économie de marché: quelques observations juridiques
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Chroniques de Droit Public = Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (2002), 2

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

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

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See detailLa mesure de la pression artérielle : écueils et chausse-trapes
Rorive, Georges ULg; Dubois, Bernard ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 250-252

La mesure de la pression artérielle est probablement l'acte médical le plus souvent réalisé et certainement un des moins fiables. L'introduction de la mesure ambulatoire de la pression artérielle a permis ... [more ▼]

La mesure de la pression artérielle est probablement l'acte médical le plus souvent réalisé et certainement un des moins fiables. L'introduction de la mesure ambulatoire de la pression artérielle a permis d'identifier l'importance de l'effet consultatio et, par là, de définir l'hypertension de "la blouse blanche". Celle-ci se définit comme une pression artérielle pathologique à la consultation et strictement normale en dehors. Si on la définit de cette manière, cette pathologie ne s'accompagne pas d'une augmentation de la fréqunce des affections cardiovasculaires. Chez un tiers des patients, cependant, elle évolue vers des formes plus sévères de l'hypertension. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of neuronal survival and excitability by an astroglia-derived factor.
HANS, Grégory ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg; Rigo, Jean-Michel

in Journal of physiology, Paris (2002), 96(3-4), 323-8

We summarize here currently available data related to an astroglia-secreted factor that induces neuronal apoptosis and behaves as an inhibitor of ionotropic inhibitory GABA(A) and glycine receptors.

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See detailMagnetic properties of Ga-doped lanthanum manganite with controlled oxygen stoichometry
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Hebert, Sylvie; Maignan, Antoine et al

in Crystal Engineering (2002), 5

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic ... [more ▼]

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic d(10) Ga3+ ions on the manganese site disrupts the orbital and spin orderings of the manganese ions and has a strong influence on the physical properties. The antiferromagnetic order is progressively destroyed while the ferromagnetic component increases. At the same time, the distortion of the orthorhombic cell decreases and the high temperature structural Jahn-Teller transition disappears. Such studies on manganese site substitutions give insight into the physics of the Mn-O three-dimensional network, which is supposed to be the key feature in the CMR manganites. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated atmospheric CO2 in open top chambers increases net nitrification and potential denitrification
Carnol, Monique ULg; Hogenboom, L.; Jach, M. E. et al

in Global Change Biology (2002), 8

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on ... [more ▼]

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on belowground processes have so far attracted limited research and they are assumed to be controlled by indirect effects through changes in plant physiology and chemistry. In this study, we investigated the effects of a 4-year exposure to elevated CO2 (ambient + 400 mumol mol(-1) ) in open top chambers under Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) seedlings on soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification. Potential denitrification (DP) and potential N-2 O emissions were significantly higher in soils from the elevated CO2 treatment, probably regulated indirectly by the changes in soil conditions (increased pH, C availability and NO3 (-) production). Net N mineralization was mainly accounted for by nitrate production. Nitrate production was significantly larger for soil from the elevated CO2 treatment in the field when incubated in the laboratory under elevated CO2 (increase of 100%), but there was no effect when incubated under ambient CO2 . Net nitrate production of the soil originating from the ambient CO2 treatment in the field was not influenced by laboratory incubation conditions. These results indicate that a direct effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbial processes might take place. We hypothesize that physiological adaptation or selection of nitrifiers could occur under elevated CO2 through higher soil CO2 concentrations. Alternatively, lower microbial NH4 assimilation under elevated CO2 might explain the higher net nitrification. We conclude that elevated atmospheric CO2 has a major direct effect on the soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification despite generally higher soil CO2 concentrations compared to atmospheric concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of prolactin deficiency on myelopoiesis and splenic T lymphocyte proliferation in thermally injured mice.
Dugan, Amy L.; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Buckley, Donna J. et al

in Endocrinology (2002), 143(10), 4147-4151

The importance of prolactin (PRL) in mammopoiesis and milk production is undisputed. However, previous studies investigating the role of PRL in immune function have yielded inconsistencies. These ... [more ▼]

The importance of prolactin (PRL) in mammopoiesis and milk production is undisputed. However, previous studies investigating the role of PRL in immune function have yielded inconsistencies. These inconsistencies have led to our hypothesis that the immunomodulatory effects of PRL are only manifest under conditions in which the organism is subjected to stress. Thermal injury is a well-known stressor. The goal of this study was to determine whether the lack of PRL enhanced the negative effects of thermal injury-induced immune alterations utilizing a mouse model in which the PRL gene had been disrupted. Mice received either sham or burn treatment, and were sacrificed 4 days later. The immune parameters studied were the capacity of bone marrow cells to form granulocyte-macrophage colony forming units (GM-CFU) in the presence of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor, and the ability of the splenic T lymphocytes to proliferate in response to phytohemagglutin (PHA). As shown by others, our results reveal that burn increased the number of GM-CFU compared to sham controls; however, this elevation was only significant in the PRL-/- mice. Thermal injury increased PHA-stimulated proliferation of splenic T lymphocytes, however this increase was only significant in the PRL+/- group. We conclude that under conditions of a controlled stress event (thermal injury) [a] the increase in the GM-CFU is exaggerated in the absence of PRL, and [b] the enhancement of PHA-induced proliferation of splenic lymphocytes required PRL. This study supports the hypothesis that the immunomodulatory effects of PRL are manifest when the organism is subjected to stress. [less ▲]

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See detailClonal diversity and metallo-beta-lactamase production in clinical isolates of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia
Mercuri, Paola ULg; Ishii, Y.; Ma, L. et al

in Microbial Drug Resistance : Mechanism, Epidemiology, & Disease (2002), 8(3), 193-200

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a nosocomial pathogen with an intrinsic broad-spectrum resistance to beta-lactam compounds and other antibacterial agents. It produces two chromosomal beta-lactamases: a ... [more ▼]

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a nosocomial pathogen with an intrinsic broad-spectrum resistance to beta-lactam compounds and other antibacterial agents. It produces two chromosomal beta-lactamases: a clavulanic acid-sensitive class A (L2) and a tetrameric carbapenemase (L1 or BlaS). We screened 40 S. maltophilia multidrug-resistant clinical isolates recovered between 1995 and 1998 in the Varese Hospital (Italy) for the presence of the metallo-beta-lactamase. The isolates were investigated by phenotypic profiling (enzymatic activity and antibiotic resistance pattern) and molecular methods such as PCR and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) to reveal intraspecies diversity. For the tested S. maltophilia strains, we showed that the beta-lactamase production could be induced by the presence of imipenem (50 mug/ml) in the culture media. Addition of 1 mM dipicolinic acid completely inhibited the hydrolysis of imipenem but decreased that nitrocefin in a strain-dependent manner. Full activity of crude extract towards imipenem could be restored by addition of 1 mM ZnCl2. Finally, the gene encoding the carbapenem-hydrolyzing beta-lactamase from S. maltophilia ULA-511 and 39/95, a clinical strain, were isolated and sequenced. These two strains have a different profile of multidrug resistance. The two metallo-beta-lactamases were found to be isologous. The difference of sensitivity of these two strains was associated to the level of production of the metallo-beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailMétabolisme des lipides chez la levure: catabolisme peroxysomal des acides gras et applications biotechnologiques
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Nicaud, J.M. et al

in Regard sur la Biochimie (2002), 4

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

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

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See detailThe Euler number as an index of spatial integrity of landscapes: evaluation and proposed improvement.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Van Hecke, P; Ceulemans, R

in Environmental Management (2002), 29(5), 673-682

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See detailUse of specific bioluminescent cell lines for the detection of steroid hormone (ant)agonists in meat producing animals
Willemsen, Philippe; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2002), 473(1-2), 119-126

We present stable transformed human mammary cell lines displaying highly inducible steroid receptor-mediated luciferase reporter gene expression. The utilization of a cell-based assay for detection of ... [more ▼]

We present stable transformed human mammary cell lines displaying highly inducible steroid receptor-mediated luciferase reporter gene expression. The utilization of a cell-based assay for detection of steroid agonists and antagonists down to 0.3 ng g(-1) is described and its application to the analysis of bovine samples is discussed. In particular, the use of the assays to detect illegal progesterone or androgen treatment has to take into account the presence of natural endogenous hormones. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLa certification des modes de production de la viande sous label
De Longueville, Bertrand; Peeters, Alain; Stassart, Pierre M ULg

in Wallonie : Revue du Conseil Economique et Social de la Région Wallonne (2002)

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See detailPhase And Amplitude Of Ecosystem Carbon Release And Uptake Potentials As Derived From Fluxnet Measurements
Falge, Eva; Tenhunen, John; Baldocchi, Dennis et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 113(1-4),

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See detailA performance study of RSVP with proposed extensions
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Hutchison, D.; Schmid, S. et al

in Computer Communications (2002), 25(18), 1782--1798

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See detailLe Pr J.-M. Krzesinski (CHU sart Tilman, ULg) a sélectionné pour vous...
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Tempo Médical (2002), 240

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See detailExpression of TGF-betas and their receptors is differentially modulated by reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide in human articular chondrocytes.
Ayache, N.; Boumediene, K.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2002), 10(5), 344-52

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, on the expression of the major growth factor involved in cartilage repair, TGF-beta, under the three isoforms beta1, beta2 and beta3, and the receptors I and II of this factor, using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated human chondrocytes in culture. METHODS: Suspension cultures of human chondrocytes derived from the knee of osteoarthritic patients were treated for 48 h with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (10 microg/ml), L-NMMA (0.5 mM) or NAC (1 mM). Nitrite levels were assayed on the culture media using the Griess spectrophotometric method. After total RNA extraction, the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), TGF-beta1, TGF-beta2, TGF-beta3, TGF-beta receptors I and II, was determined by semi-quantitative polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR). RESULTS: LPS induced a dramatic increase of both NO production and iNOS mRNA level. The addition of L-NMMA (0.5 mM) abolished NO production without affecting iNOS mRNA levels. In contrast NAC (1 mM) strongly synergized with LPS to stimulate NO synthesis. LPS treatment did not significantly alter TGF-beta1 expression whereas L-NMMA inhibited its production. TGF-beta2 mRNA level was decreased by LPS and was not changed in the presence of L-NMMA. On the other hand, NAC was capable of counteracting the LPS-induced inhibition of TGF-beta2 expression. TGFbeta3 mRNA level was markedly reduced by LPS alone, or with both L-NMMA and NAC. Finally, the expression of TGF-betaRI was slightly increased in the presence of combined LPS and L-NMMA or NAC whereas that of TGFbeta-RII was reduced in the same conditions. CONCLUSIONS: The modulation of TGF-beta system was found to be differentially controlled by NO and ROS productions. Indeed, the control exerted on TGF-beta expression varied according to the isoform: TGF-beta1 mRNA level depends on NO whereas that of TGF-beta2 is regulated by ROS and TGF-beta3 seems to be unaffected by both of them. The expression of TGF-beta receptors appeared to be modulated by NO and ROS levels. The relevance of the present findings to osteoarthritis (OA) physiopathology and the potential use of antioxidant therapy to treat this disease are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOncoviral bovine leukemia virus G4 and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 p13(II) accessory proteins interact with farnesyl pyrophosphate synthetase
Lefebvre, Laurent; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Ciminale, Vincenzo et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(3), 1400-1414

G4 and p13(II) are accessory proteins encoded by the X region of bovine leukemia virus and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), respectively. Disruption of the G4 and p13(II) open reading frames ... [more ▼]

G4 and p13(II) are accessory proteins encoded by the X region of bovine leukemia virus and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), respectively. Disruption of the G4 and p13(II) open reading frames interferes with viral spread in animal model systems, indicating that the corresponding proteins play a key role in viral replication. In addition, G4 is oncogenic in primary cell cultures and is absolutely required for efficient onset of leukemogenesis in sheep. To gain insight into the function of these proteins, we utilized the yeast two-hybrid system to identify protein partners of G4. Results revealed that G4 interacts with farnesyl pyrophosphate synthetase (FPPS), a protein involved in the mevalonate/squalene pathway and in synthesis of FPP, a substrate required for prenylation of Ras. The specificity of the interaction was verified by glutathione S-transferase (GST) pull-down assays and by coimmunoprecipitation experiments. Furthermore, confocal microscopy showed that the subcellular localization of G4 was profoundly affected by FPPS. The G4 protein itself was not prenylated, at least in rabbit reticulocyte lysate-based assays. The domain of G4 required for binding to FPPS was restricted to an amphipathic alpha-helix rich in arginine residues. Subtle mutation of this alpha-helix abrogated G4 oncogenic potential in vitro, providing a biological relevance for FPPS-G4 complex formation in cells. Finally, HTLV-1 p13(II) was also found to specifically interact with FPPS (in yeast as well as in GST pull-down assays) and to colocalize with G4 in mitochondria, suggesting a functional analogy between these oncoviral accessory proteins. Identification of FPPS as a molecular partner for p13(II) and G4 accessory proteins opens retrovirus-induced leukemia. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a quantification of ecological theory: the importance of multivariate analysis and of an accurate diversity measurement
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Ceulemans, R; Impens, I et al

in Acta Biotheoretica (2002), 50(1), 57-61

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See detailBelgian peer review experience on the Achille's heel in haemodialysis care: vascular access
Theelen, Bernadette ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in EDTNA/ERCA Journal (2002), 28(4, Oct-Dec), 164-166

AIMS: In order to improve the supervision and to evaluate the quality of care in dialysis units, a national project was promoted as a Peer Review. It consisted of systematic, continuous and critical ... [more ▼]

AIMS: In order to improve the supervision and to evaluate the quality of care in dialysis units, a national project was promoted as a Peer Review. It consisted of systematic, continuous and critical evaluation of the care and the application of international guidelines and compared the reality of care with standards. METHOD: The first chart consisted of the evaluation of infectious episodes of vascular access. This point is particularly relevant since infection represents the second cause of mortality in haemodialysis. A questionnaire concerning each patient was designed. Questions concerned the description of vascular access and the related infectious events. Each questionnaire included 21 items. The project involved 29 dialysis centres, 1,644 patients and 1,775 vascular accesses. The database included 90,525 data. RESULTS: Among the 29 centres, the native arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the first choice (67.5%) in vascular access, but the proportion of AVF decreases with age contrary to the catheter, which is more frequently chosen, in older patients. Independent of age, 20% of hospitalisations are among patients with catheters and only 7% among patients with AVF. The RR (relative risk) of being hospitalised (any complication of vascular access) is 1.68 for patients with catheters compared to patients with AVF. The rate of infections does not increase with age but is higher for patients with catheters (RR = 2.26). The number of infections appears to be dependent on the staphylococcus aureus carriage in the year. CONCLUSIONS: This first step allows each centre to compare itself to others in an anonymous way. This approach should lead to specific recommendations to improve the quality of care in dialysis units. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de R. GODDING, Prêtres en Gaule mérovingienne, Bruxelles, 2001
George, Philippe ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2002)

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See detailAdhesion of synchronized human hematopoietic progenitor cells to fibronectin and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 fluctuates reversibly during cell cycle transit in ex vivo culture.
Huygen, Sandra; Giet, Olivier ULg; Artisien, Vincent et al

in Blood (2002), 100(8), 2744-52

Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells may result in defective engraftment. Human cord blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were synchronized and assayed for adhesion and migration onto ... [more ▼]

Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells may result in defective engraftment. Human cord blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were synchronized and assayed for adhesion and migration onto fibronectin (Fn) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) at different stages of a first cell cycle executed ex vivo. During S phase transit, adhesion to Fn was transiently increased while binding to VCAM-1 was reversibly decreased, after which adhesion to both ligands returned to baseline levels with cell cycle completion. Transmigration across Fn and VCAM-1 decreased irreversibly during S phase progression. The function of alpha4 and alpha5 integrins was assessed with specific neutralizing antibodies. In uncultured CD34(+) cells and long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-ICs), both adhesion and migration on Fn were inhibited by anti-alpha4 but not by anti-alpha5 antibodies. In mitotically activated CD34(+) cells and LTC-ICs, adhesion and migration on Fn were mainly dependent on alpha5 integrin and to a lesser extent on alpha4 integrin. Changes in integrin function were not dependent on parallel modulation of integrin expression. In conclusion, Fn and VCAM-1 binding of progenitor cells fluctuates reversibly during cell cycle transit ex vivo. In addition, our data show that mitogenic activation induces a shift from a dominant alpha4 to a preferential alpha5 integrin-dependent interaction with Fn. [less ▲]

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See detailAssesment of the situation, three years later, on 'the Belgian Dioxin Crisis'. Probable impact on the health of the Belgian population
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Pirard, Catherine ULg; Douny, Caroline ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(6, DEC-JAN), 321-327

In January 1999, Belgium encounters an accidental contamination of the food chain, which was named "the Belgian Dioxin Crisis". The aim of the present review is to estimate the impact of this crisis on ... [more ▼]

In January 1999, Belgium encounters an accidental contamination of the food chain, which was named "the Belgian Dioxin Crisis". The aim of the present review is to estimate the impact of this crisis on public health. Currently, it does not really exist any exhaustive epidemiological study. Various scientific studies actually report somewhat conflicting results. As an example, concerning the population living in Wallonia, recorded dioxin levels are not higher than background levels reported for other industrialized countries, despite the 1999 "dioxin crisis". Conversely, based on levels measured in foodstuffs collected by the end of the crisis period, the dioxin body burden of potential consumers would have increased in the range of 40 to 75 %. The real impact of this crisis on consumers' health could thus only be estimated through well structured epidemiological campaigns. [less ▲]

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Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2002), 11-12

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See detailOptimal timing of elective caesarean section in Belgian White and Blue breed of cattle: The calf's point of view
Uystepruyst, Christophe; Coghe, Joost; Dorts, Thierry et al

in Veterinary Journal (2002), 163(3), 267-282

The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the timing of elective caesarean section (ECS) during parturition affects pulmonary and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in healthy Belgian ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the timing of elective caesarean section (ECS) during parturition affects pulmonary and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in healthy Belgian White and Blue (BWB) calves delivered at term. Vaginal palpation was performed and deliveries divided into six categories of timing for ECS: cervix closed (TECS 1) passive and active cervical dilatation (TECS 2 and TECS 3); full cervical dilatation (TECS 4); spontaneous rupture of allantoic (TECS 5) and amniotic (TECS 6) membranes. One hundred and eighteen BWB calves were examined at birth, 5, 15, 30, 45 and 60 min and 2, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h after birth using the following measurements: physical examination (time between birth and sternal recumbency [T-SR]) heart rate (mHR); arterial blood gas analyses (arterial partial pressure in oxygen [PaO2], in carbon dioxide [PaCO2], arterial haemoglobin oxygen saturation [SaO(2)], alveolo-arterial difference in oxygen [AaDO(2)]); pulmonary function tests using the oesophageal balloon catheter technique (respiratory rate [RR], total pulmonary resistance [R-I], dynamic lung compliance [C-Ldyn], tidal volume [V-T] and minute Volume [V-E]; arterial and venous blood acid-base balance analyses (arterial and venous pH [pHa and pHv], bicarbonate concentration [HCO(3)a and HCO(3)v], base excess [BEa and BEv]); rectal temperature (RT); jugular venous blood sampling for, determination of metabolic variables (blood glucose [G], plasma lactate [L], serum cortisol [C], plasma noradrenaline [NA] and adrenaline [A] concentrations); haematological variables (red blood cell count [RBC], total haemoglobin concentration [Hb], Packed Cell Volume [PCV]) and passive immune transfer variables (total serum protein [TP] and beta(2)gammaglobulin [beta(2)gamma] concentrations). TECS significantly (Pless than or equal to0.05) influenced PaO2, SaO(2), AaDO(2), RR, V-T, V-E, C-Ldyn, RT, G, NA, A, RBC, Hb and TP: compared to TECSgreater than or equal to4 calves, TECSless than or equal to3 calves showed lower PaO2, SaO(2), V-T, C-Ldyn, RT, G, NA, A, RBC, Hb and TP and higher AaDO(2), RR, V-E. TECS differences progressively decreased and disappeared between 6 and 12 h after birth in TECS 2 and 3 calves but remained tip to 24 h in TECS 1 calves. Improved postnatal respiratory and metabolic adaptation in TECSgreater than or equal to4 calves were mainly related to differences in exposure to labour and subsequent hormonal surge: catecholamines, particularly A, enabled more effective removal of lung liquid and/or release of surfactant which contribute to better gas exchanges and induced greater energy mobilization to maintain adequate body temperature. It was concluded waiting for full cervical dilatation before performing CS should be encouraged because it promotes postnatal respiratory and metabolic adaptation in full-term BWB calves. [less ▲]

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See detailL’entomophagie : une question de culture ?
Mignon, Jacques ULg

in Tropicultura (2002), 20(3), 151-155

Entomophagy: How to Overcome our European Aversion? Entomophagy, the eating of insects, is not a curiosity but is practiced throughout the world, except in Europe and in North-America. For many Europeans ... [more ▼]

Entomophagy: How to Overcome our European Aversion? Entomophagy, the eating of insects, is not a curiosity but is practiced throughout the world, except in Europe and in North-America. For many Europeans, the consumption of insects is considered as a primitive and a repugnant comportment. An experiment, conducted in Belgium (Gembloux) has shown that, informed about the cultural, the nutritional and the ecological aspects of entomophagy, Westerners are able to surmount their aversion. Could insects become common dish in European and American restaurants? [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical characterization of InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well structures by thermal admittance spectroscopy
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Schmeits, Marcel; Germain, Marianne et al

in Physica Status Solidi C. Current Topics in Solid State Physics (2002)

Experimental results of electrical characterization of InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well electrolu- minescence test structures obtained by thermal admittance spectroscopy are presented. The stu- died GaN ... [more ▼]

Experimental results of electrical characterization of InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum-well electrolu- minescence test structures obtained by thermal admittance spectroscopy are presented. The stu- died GaN : Mg/5 × (InGaN/GaN)/GaN:Si structures were grown on c-plane sapphire substrate by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy. Admittance measurements were conducted from room tem- perature down to 125 K for a wide frequency range and for different applied bias voltages. Analy- sis of the capacitance versus frequency curves shows the presence of several cutoff frequencies which originate from the response of equivalent RC series circuits and give peaks in the conduc- tance divided by angular frequency. The dependence of the position and the amplitude of these peaks on temperature is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévention et traitement des nausées et vomissements après chimiothérapie anticancéreuse
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; Silvestre, Rose-Marie; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2002), 60

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See detailCompte rendu des actes du colloque : Unanimité et diversité cisterciennes
Delfosse, Annick ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2002), 108(2), 380-382

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See detailLa mémoire des morts à Stavelot-Malmedy. Des origines au XIIe siècle
George, Philippe ULg

in Malmedy Folklore (2002)

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See detailLittérature dialectale à Farciennes et Atlas linguistique de la Wallonie. De la géographie à la généricité
Droixhe, Daniel ULg; Vanwelkenhuyzen, Nadine ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(3), 875-904

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See detailPhylogéographie mitochondriale du mulot sylvestre (Apodemus sylvaticus) dans la région paléarctique occidentale
Michaux, Johan ULg; Magnanou, Elodie; Nieberding, Caroline et al

in Biosystema, Systématique et biogéographie (2002), 20

We have sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) samples collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the ... [more ▼]

We have sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) samples collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the following questions: i) Did the Mediterranean peninsulas play a role as a refuge for small mammals? ii) Is the genetic variability of a small mammal like A. sylvaticus higher in the Mediterranean regions as compared with northern Europe? iii)Is it possible to find patterns of postglacial colonisation of Europe other than those presently recognised ? Sequence data were analysed using Distance and Maximum Parsimony phylogenetic reconstruction methods. A minimum spanning network was also calculated. Population genetic structure was determined by analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA). A "mismatch distribution" analysis was also performed to estimate the patterns of expansion. The results provide a clear picture of the impact of Quaternary glaciations on the genetic and geographic structure of the woodmouse. Analyses indicate a higher genetic variability for the woodmouse in the Mediterranean peninsulas as compared to northern Europe and the role of these peninsulas as refuge regions for small mammals. A new pattern of postglacial colonisation is also proposed where the Iberian and southern France refuge populations colonised almost all the European regions. The Sicilian population appears to be highly differentiated and highly variable. This result emphasises the importance of this island as a "hot spot" for the intraspecific genetic diversity of the woodmouse. Finally, populations of this species in North Africa originated from south-western Europe and are probably the result of a recent anthropogenic introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailEuro- en zijn concurrenten
Meesters, Gert ULg

in Leuvense Bijdragen (2002), 91(1-2), 79-96

This article deals with the Dutch bound morpheme euro-, meaning ‘European’ or ‘Europe’ in relatively young word formations. The morpheme in question is not to be confounded with the word euro for the ... [more ▼]

This article deals with the Dutch bound morpheme euro-, meaning ‘European’ or ‘Europe’ in relatively young word formations. The morpheme in question is not to be confounded with the word euro for the European currency. The article especially deals with the relationship between word formation with euro- and three other means of expressing more or less the same meaning: word formation with EG- (abbreviation of Europese Gemeenschap, i.e. European Union) as a first component, word formation with Europa- (Europe) as a first component and word groups with the adjective Europees (European). This relationship is explored in two comparative studies. First the token frequency in a corpus is investigated. It turns out that euro- is more frequent than Europa-, but less frequent than EG- and Europees. In a second comparison the semantic-functional domains of the four alternatives are considered in detail. Euro- apparently can be used as an alternative for Europees and EG- when the referents are related to the European Union, and as an alternative for Europees in ‘bilateral’ adjectives such als Euro-Russisch. It also has a few domains of its own: commercial proper names and words expressing an attitude towards the European Union. An additional analysis of individual words and word groups with different alternatives from this paradigm as a first component but the same second component reveals that even in individual cases of competition with other alternatives, the variant with euro- is sometimes the most frequent or the institutionalized form. It is concluded that within the linguistic potential of naming referents that relate to Europe, euro- has its own specific value as a productive means of word formation. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating effects of permanent environment, lactation stage, age, and pregnancy on test-day yield.
Bormann, J.; Wiggans, G. R.; Philpot, J. C. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2002), 85(1), 2631-26321

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See detailEffect of some insecticides on acetylcholinesterase from beneficial insects: Coccinella septempunctata, Chrysoperla carnea and Forficula auricularia
Boszic, Andras; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Gaspar, Charles et al

in Med. Fac. Landbouw. Univ. Gent (2002), 67(3), 671-677

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See detailChemical changes and influences of rapeseed antinutritional factors on gestating and lactating ewes 1. Animal performances and plasma hormones and glucose
Mandiki, S. N. M.; Derycke, G.; Bister, J. L. et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2002), 98(1-2), 25-35

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating ... [more ▼]

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating hormones (progesterone-P4, estradiol-E2,-prolactin-PRL, cortisol, insulin, tri-iodothyronin-T3, thyroxin-T4) and glucose. On the 100th day of gestation, 90 ewes bearing at least two foetuses were divided into 3 groups. Control, Apex and Synergy groups received concentrates with 0, 40 and 40% of LG-rapeseed meal obtained with either Apex (13.77 mumol of glucosinolates/g DM seed) or Synergy (18.19 mumol) variety. Apart from the distribution of pasture hay ad libitum, the ewes received 500 and 1200 g of concentrates/animal per day during gestation and lactation, respectively. Concentrates were offered till the 47th day of lactation, and thereafter, the ewes were fed only with hay during 3 weeks. The lambs received ad libitum concentrates without rapeseed meal from 10 days of age till slaughtering. They were weaned at 65 days of age and were slaughtered when their fattening state was optimal. The performances of ewes (food intake and liveweight profiles) and of lambs (birth liveweight, mortality at birth, weight gains, slaughtering parameters) were not reduced by 40% of LG-rapeseed meal except a decrease in the liveweight for ewes in the Apex group after lambing. The profiles and levels of plasma metabolic (T3, T4, cortisol, insulin) and reproductive (PRL, P4) hormones were not modified by the rapeseed meal. In contrast, the estradiol concentration was lower (P < 0.05) in the two groups of ewes which received rapeseed meal than in the controls as an index of an eventual disturbance in the reproductive functions. In conclusion, large amounts of LG-rapeseed meal may be used as protein supplement in the diet of ewes at the end of gestation and during lactation without negative effects on animal performances and physiology. (c( 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphology, displacement and slip rates along the North Antolian Fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Armijo, R.; Meyer, B. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2002), 107(10.1029/2001JB000393),

Geological and geomorphological offsets at different scales are used to constrain the localization of deformation, total displacement, and slip rates over various timescales along the central and eastern ... [more ▼]

Geological and geomorphological offsets at different scales are used to constrain the localization of deformation, total displacement, and slip rates over various timescales along the central and eastern North Anatolian Fault (NAF) in Turkey. The NAF total displacement is reevaluated using large rivers valleys (80 ± 15 km) and structural markers (Pontide Suture, 85 ± 25 km; Tosya-Vezirko ̈pru ̈ basins, 80 ± 10 km). These suggest a Neogene slip rate of 6.5 mm/yr over 13 Myr. The river network morphology shows offsets at a range of scales (20 m to 14 km) across the main fault trace and is also used to estimate the degree to which deformation is localized. At a smaller scale the morphology associated with small rivers is offset by 200 m along the NAF. The age of these features can be correlated with the Holocene deglaciation and a slip rate of 18 ± 3.5 mm/yr is determined. This is consistent with a rate of 18 ± 5 mm/yr deduced independently from the 14C dating of stream terrace offsets. Over the short term, GPS data gives a similar rate of 22 ± 3 mm/yr. All our results tend to show that most of the deformation between the Anatolian and Eurasian lithospheric plates has been accommodated along, or very close to, the active trace of the NAF. The difference between the Neogene and the Holocene slip rate may be due to the recent establishment of the current plate geometry after the creation of the NAF. INDEX TERMS: 8107 Tectonophysics: Continental neotectonics; 8158 Tectonophysics: Plate motions—present and recent (3040); 7230 Seismology: Seismicity and seismotectonics; KEYWORDS: North Anatolian Fault, slip rate, total offset, strain localization [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de WATIN, Michel (sous la direction de), Communication et espace public, Univers créoles I, Paris, Anthropos, 2001
Strivay, Lucienne ULg

in Quaderni, La revue de la communication (2002), 48(automne), 131-133

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See detailApproches pharmacologiques de prévention du diabète de type 2.
SCHEEN, André ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg; LETIEXHE, Michel ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2002), 60

L’augmentation rapide de la prévalence du diabète de type 2 impose la mise en place de stratégies de prévention. Outre les mesures hygiéno-diététiques, essentielles, diverses approches pharmacologiques ... [more ▼]

L’augmentation rapide de la prévalence du diabète de type 2 impose la mise en place de stratégies de prévention. Outre les mesures hygiéno-diététiques, essentielles, diverses approches pharmacologiques ont apporté récemment la preuve d’une certaine efficacité chez les sujets à risque de par la présence d’un excès pondéral et/ou d’une diminution de la tolérance au glucose. C’est le cas de plusieurs antidiabétiques oraux comme la metformine, l’acarbose ou encore la troglitazone. C’est également le cas de médicaments anti-obésité comme l’orlistat et, peut-être aussi, la sibutramine. L’inhibition du système rénine-angiotensine par un inhibiteur de l’enzyme de conversion ou par un antagoniste sélectif des récepteurs AT1 peut aussi, outre protéger contre les complications cardiovasculaires, prévenir l’apparition d’un diabète de type 2. Enfin, le rôle des médicaments hypolipidémiants reste controversé. De nouvelles études prospectives sont en cours pour confirmer ces résultats. [less ▲]

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

in Clinical Evidence (2002), 8

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See detailGeneralized Fourier equations and thermoconvective instabilities
Dauby, Pierre ULg; Nelis, M.; Lebon, Georgy ULg

in Revista Mexicana De Fisica (2002), 48(Suppl. 1), 57-62

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See detailLa périurbanisation résidentielle en Belgique à la lumière des contextes suisse et danois: enracinement, dynamiques centrifuges et régulations collectives
Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg; Bruck, L.; Mairy, N.

in Belgeo (2002), (4), 333-354

Par rapport à ses voisins européens, la Belgique apparaît marquée par une périurbanisation à la fois plus importante et plus éclatée, ce dont résultent sans conteste de nombreux accrochages par rapport ... [more ▼]

Par rapport à ses voisins européens, la Belgique apparaît marquée par une périurbanisation à la fois plus importante et plus éclatée, ce dont résultent sans conteste de nombreux accrochages par rapport aux principes stratégiques du développement durable. Le présent article se propose d’étudier les causes de l’éclatement urbain qui affecte le territoire belge à la lumière d’une comparaison avec la Suisse et le Danemark, deux pays réputés pour avoir mis sur pied des politiques relativement efficaces de lutte contre l’étalement urbain. De cette comparaison appréhendée via les trois thématiques de la politique foncière, de la production immobilière résidentielle et du choix clair de la Belgique en faveur de la mobilité voiture, c’est l’enracinement profond de la périurbanisation belge qui apparaît. L’éclatement urbain qui y affecte le territoire s’intègre, en effet, dans une grappe de facteurs explicatifs où s’entremêlent l’influence du milieu naturel, des réticences séculaires pour les modes de vie urbains, une faible conscientisation aux enjeux de la planification physique et des choix politiques rémanents ayant fortement contribué au renforcement des dynamiques centrifuges. [less ▲]

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See detailPerspectives de dialogue entre des neuromédiateurs et les kératinocytes.
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Faska, N.; Nikkels, Arjen ULg et al

in Dermatologie Actualité (2002), 65

Les neuromédiateurs contrôlant l’activité de l’axe hypothalamo-hypophysaire sont aussi exprimés dans la peau. D’autres neuromédiateurs liés au stress le sont également. En fait, près d’une vingtaine de ... [more ▼]

Les neuromédiateurs contrôlant l’activité de l’axe hypothalamo-hypophysaire sont aussi exprimés dans la peau. D’autres neuromédiateurs liés au stress le sont également. En fait, près d’une vingtaine de ces molécules sont synthétisées in situ et sont connues pour avoir des récepteurs spécifiques et exprimer une activité biologique dans cet organe. Certaines exercent un impact fonctionnel sur les kératinocytes. Il s’agit en fait de systèmes paracrines neuro-kératinocytaires et autocrines par lesquels les kératinocytes expriment de nombreux récepteurs pour les neuromédiateurs qu’ils libèrent eux-mêmes. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... une polyarthrite rhumatoïde. L'avènement d'une nouvelle ère thérapeutique: les anticorps anti-TNF-alpha
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Malaise, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 486-492

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities ... [more ▼]

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities with impaired physical function. These consequences are more or less delayed by standard disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A better knowledge of the basic mechanisms of the disease and new biomolecular tools led to the development of novel biological agents including TNF alpha blockers. TNF alpha is a key inflammatory cytokine that plays a critically important role in the pathogenesis of RA. TNF alpha blockers brought dramatic improvements in efficacy of RA treatment. Here we will review the pathophysiological elements of RA wich explain the therapeutic efficacy of these TNF alpha blockers and we will describe in details the molecules, Remicade (Infliximab) and Enbrel (Etanercept), wich will be very soon used in daily practice in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailSaussure entre deux épistémologies
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Le français moderne (2002), 70(2), 231-238

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See detailRapid nontranscriptional activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase mediates increased cerebral blood flow and stroke protection by corticosteroids.
Limbourg, Florian P; Huang, Zhihong; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2002), 110(11), 1729-38

Many cellular responses to corticosteroids involve the transcriptional modulation of target genes by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). A rapid, non-nuclear effect of GR was found to mediate ... [more ▼]

Many cellular responses to corticosteroids involve the transcriptional modulation of target genes by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). A rapid, non-nuclear effect of GR was found to mediate neuroprotection. High-dose corticosteroids (20 mg/kg intraperitoneally), given within 2 hours of transient cerebral ischemia, acutely increased endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity, augmented regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) by 40% to 50%, and reduced cerebral infarct size by 32%. These neuroprotective effects of corticosteroids were abolished by the GR antagonist RU486 and by inhibition of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), and were absent in eNOS(-/-) mice. To determine the mechanism by which GR activated eNOS, we measured the effect of corticosteroids on PI3K and the protein kinase Akt. In a ligand-dependent manner, GR activated PI3K and Akt in vitro and in vivo caused NO-dependent vasodilation, which was blocked by cotreatment with RU486 or the PI3K inhibitor LY294002 but not by transcriptional inhibitors. Indeed, a mutant GR, which cannot dimerize and bind to DNA, still activated PI3K and Akt in response to corticosteroids. These findings indicate that non-nuclear GR rapidly activates eNOS through the PI3K/Akt pathway and suggest that this mechanism mediates the acute neuroprotective effects of corticosteroids through augmentation of CBF. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative estimation of bacteria in foodstuffs by genetic amplification
China, Bernard; Ghafir, Yasmine; Daube, Georges ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(2, APR-MAY),

Food quality is a major concern of our modern society. The sudden awareness that food is not sterile underlines the need of a rigorous microbiological analysis of foodstuffs. The techniques developed ... [more ▼]

Food quality is a major concern of our modern society. The sudden awareness that food is not sterile underlines the need of a rigorous microbiological analysis of foodstuffs. The techniques developed until now require the growth of the microorganism on a selective medium allowing to differentiate it from other bacteria. This procedure could be long and difficult for the analysis. To improve these classical methods, molecular biology techniques based on the specific amplification of a DNA sequence are in development. Moreover, the apparition of real time PCR allows new future prospects since it allows to quantify the number of bacteria present in a sample. This quantitative aspect is very important in food microbiology. In this way, the molecular biology tools should allow to develop fast, sensitive, specific and quantitative diagnosis tests to confirm the results obtained by classical methods but also to allow the diagnosis of fastidious bacteria. [less ▲]

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See detailCréation d'un site Internet d'Evidence-Based Medicine.
Delvenne, Catherine ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg

in Médi-Sphère (2002), (67), 41-43

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See detailDéveloppement d'une ligne de transport fluvial sur le Rio Napo
Marchal, Jean ULg; Ndiaye, Alassane-Ballé ULg; JAYA, Salomon

in Bulletin des Séances de l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer = Mededelingen der Zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen (2002), 48

Un défi principal de la région amazonnienne de l'Equateur, qui constitue aussi un objectif politique, est de s'inscrire dans la dynamique d'un développement durable lui permettant d'éléver la qualité de ... [more ▼]

Un défi principal de la région amazonnienne de l'Equateur, qui constitue aussi un objectif politique, est de s'inscrire dans la dynamique d'un développement durable lui permettant d'éléver la qualité de vie de ses habitants et d'accéder à l'éducation, à la santé, aux emplois, de développer l'écotourisme, etc., tout en préservant la qualité de l'environnement. Cependant, cette région souffre d'un manque de transport organisé qui constitue pourtant un pré-requis indispensable à un développement durable. En effet, les seules routes existantes ne couvrent qu'une infime partie du territoire et relient uniquement les grandes villes entre elles, laissant à l'écart une grande partie de la population. Mais, la richesse de l'écosystème et la nécessité de le préserver limitent les possibilités d'extension ou de construction d'axes routiers. D'autre part, des axes tout à fait navigables existent (par exemple le rio Napo) mais leur utilisation pour le transport de personnes et de marchandises n'est ni structurée ni organisée, ce qui ne permet pas d'exploiter pleinement les opportunités offertes par le transport fluvial dans une perspective de développement durable. Le projet TransAmazone, développé par le Service ANAST (Analyse des Systèmes de Transport) de l'Université de Liège en collaboration avec le CETIF (Centre d'Excellence en Transport Intermodal et Fluvial) de l'Université Centrale d'Equateur, a pour but d'étudier la faisabilité d'un transport organisé et bien structuré utilisant les voies navigables de la région du haut Napo afin de lui permettre de relever le défi de développement durable et d'amélioration de la qualité de vie de ses habitants. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian-style Human Resource Management: A Case of Mistaken Identity
Claus, Lisbeth; Vloeberghs, Daniel; Pichault, François ULg

in European Management Journal (2002), 20(4), 438-446

Discusses various forces that affect the future of human resource management (HRM) in Belgium. Development of HRM in the country; Specific forces that have shaped the development and character of HRM ... [more ▼]

Discusses various forces that affect the future of human resource management (HRM) in Belgium. Development of HRM in the country; Specific forces that have shaped the development and character of HRM; Details of the condition of HRM in the country. [less ▲]

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et les chats : IV) Discussion générale
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4, AUG-SEP), 219

This manuscript reviews the current knowledge on the main classes of pathogenic Escherichia coli in dogs and cats: type 1 necrotoxigenic strains (NTEC1), adhesin-positive strains (AdEC), enteropathogenic ... [more ▼]

This manuscript reviews the current knowledge on the main classes of pathogenic Escherichia coli in dogs and cats: type 1 necrotoxigenic strains (NTEC1), adhesin-positive strains (AdEC), enteropathogenic strains (EPEC) and enterotoxigenic strains (ETEC). They represent primary or secondary (to other bacterial, parasitic and/or viral infections) infectious agents. NTEC1 and AdEC are the most frequent and are responsible for intestinal, urinary tract and invasive infections, while EPEC and ETEC limit their infections to the intestinal tract. ETEC are the less frequent but EPEC are more and more often observed. The specific virulence factors and other properties of these pathogenic E. coli strains are similar to those of their bovine, human and porcine counterparts, for their identity and their genetic determinism. This similarity allows the use of an identical approach in their diagnosis and typing. But for some NTEC1, AdEC and EPEC strains the similarity is so close that it also raises the question of their zoonotic potential, though there is up to now no epidemiological evidence of such cross contamination of man by canine or feline pathogenic E. coli (or vice versa). [less ▲]

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See detailStratégies de prévention des avortements provoqués par les herpèsvirus et les pestivirus de ruminants
Thiry, Etienne ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(3, JUN-JUL), 161

Bovine herpesviruses 1 and 4 (BoHV-1 and BoHV-4) and caprine herpesvirus (CpHV-1) are responsible of abortion. Abortions caused by BoHV-1 happen during outbreaks of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis ... [more ▼]

Bovine herpesviruses 1 and 4 (BoHV-1 and BoHV-4) and caprine herpesvirus (CpHV-1) are responsible of abortion. Abortions caused by BoHV-1 happen during outbreaks of infectious bovine rhinotracheitis whereas BoHV-4 is associated with abortion but is not a very high risk factor. CpHV-1 infection is not yet identified in Belgium and in France. Bovine and ovine pestiviruses, bovine viral diarrhea and Border disease viruses, respectively, provoke abortions mainly during the first half of gestation. At the herd level, the prevention of abortion caused by these viruses can be achieved by the control of virus circulation with the help of vaccination or the elimination of persistently infected animals. At the individual level, immunisation with inactivated vaccines induces a high humoral response with high levels of neutralising antibodies, able to prevent the viremia and foetus infection. [less ▲]

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See detailBright Spots and the Question of Hafting
Rots, Veerle ULg

in Anthropologica et Praehistorica : Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Anthropologie et de Préhistoire (2002), 113

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

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

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

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

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See detailEntre analyse historiciste et interdisciplinarité : Pet Sounds des Beach Boys
Pirenne, Christophe ULg

in Musurgia (2002), IX(2), 9-22

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See detailL’authenticité iconographique des portails occidentaux de la cathédrale de Strasbourg
Van den Bossche, Benoît ULg

in Bulletin de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg (2002), 15

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See detailVegetative and generative behaviour of Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants raised from in vitro regeneration of axillary or stipular buds
Jemmali, Ahmed; Elloumi, Nedra; Kevers, Claire ULg

in Acta Botanica Gallica : Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France (2002), 149(4), 395-404

In vitro regeneration of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants from adventitious stipular buds allowed us to obtain a new clone differing from the axillary originated clone by its vegetative and ... [more ▼]

In vitro regeneration of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants from adventitious stipular buds allowed us to obtain a new clone differing from the axillary originated clone by its vegetative and reproductive behavior. Besides of its clear and rounded leaves, this clone is characterized by a slower plastochronal rythm corresponding to the production of a greater number of axillary shoots (runners). Furthermore, its flowers have shorter receptacle that does not overstep stamens. At the contrary, receptacle of the axillary clone largely overstep stamens and then, they are not well pollinated and resulted in malformed fruits especially in cold season or in absence of pollen vectors. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe plant pathogenesis-related PR-10 proteins
Elbez, Mounira; Kevers, Claire ULg; Hamdi, Saïd et al

in Acta Botanica Gallica : Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France (2002), 149(4), 415-444

The PR-10 protein family contains proteins related to pathogenesis and allergenic proteins. They are acidic proteins, with an intracellular localization, usually members of a multigene family and ... [more ▼]

The PR-10 protein family contains proteins related to pathogenesis and allergenic proteins. They are acidic proteins, with an intracellular localization, usually members of a multigene family and ubiquitous among plant kingdom. They contain a highly conserved motif, identified as a phosphate binding site. Even if the biological function of these proteins is still unknown, many indicators seem to favour the hypothesis of an RNAse activity. Moreover, one of them seems to be a cytokinin specific binding protein. Besides, PR-10 protein expression induction under cytokinin treatment was observed with the Catharanthus roseus CrPR-10a protein. Here, we present the evidence of a significative increase of endogenous cytokinin contents in leaves of transgenic Tobacco plants over-expressing the CrPR-10a protein. [less ▲]

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See detailPollution chimique de l'environnement et risque toxique pour l'homme. Le rôle particulier des dérivés pesticides organochlorés
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (2002), 60(1, Jan-Feb), 37-46

There is an increasing concern about environmental exposure to multiple chemicals and adverse changes in reproductive development, function, or behaviour in wildlife. The major group of environmental ... [more ▼]

There is an increasing concern about environmental exposure to multiple chemicals and adverse changes in reproductive development, function, or behaviour in wildlife. The major group of environmental chemicals, such as organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other xenoestrogens are currently known to have estrogenic effects in vertebrates or fishes. Recent studies suggest that past exposure to such estrogenic compounds may affects the risk of developing breast cancer, precocious puberty, or impaired fertility in man. [less ▲]

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See detailAromatic Side-Chain Interactions In Proteins. I. Main Structural Features
Thomas, Annick ULg; Meurisse, R.; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg et al

in Proteins-Structure Function and Genetics (2002), 48(4), 628-34

In a data set of 593 nonhomologous proteins from the PDB, we have analyzed the pairing of phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, and histidine residues with their closest aromatic partner. The frequency ... [more ▼]

In a data set of 593 nonhomologous proteins from the PDB, we have analyzed the pairing of phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan, and histidine residues with their closest aromatic partner. The frequency distribution of the shortest interatomic distance of partners is bimodal with a sharp peak at approximately 3.8 A and a wider one at a longer distance. Only the 3.8 A peak corresponds to direct ring-ring interactions thus aromatic pairs. The aromatic pairs were separated into two classes, near-sequence pairs and far-sequence pairs. Near sequence pairs stabilize local structure, and far-sequence pairs stabilize tertiary structure. Far-sequence pairs (74% of all pairs) mainly bridge two beta-strands, followed by pairs that bridge a beta-strand and a helix, and pairs that bridge a beta-strand and a random coil structure. Pairs that bridge helices are rare. The secondary structure of the near-sequence pairs depends on the partner distance in the sequence. When the partners are 1, 3, or 4 residues apart in the sequence, pairs are mostly found in helical structures. When the partners are two apart, pairs are mostly found in the same beta-strand. Analysis of the frequency of near sequence pairs supports the hypothesis that aromatic pairing occurs after, rather than before, the formation of secondary structures. [less ▲]

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

in Alternatives Théâtrales (2002), (75),

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See detailBiocontrol Of Listeria Monocytogenes In A Model Cultured Milk (Lben) By In Situ Bacteriocin Production From Lactococcus Lactis Ssp Lactis
Benkerroum, N.; Ghouati, Y.; Ghalfi, H. et al

in International Journal of Dairy Technology (2002), 55(3),

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory ... [more ▼]

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory activity against Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644. Production of bacteriocin (arbitrary units, AU) in MRS broth fortified with yeast extract (MRSY) in a fermentor under controlled and uncontrolled pH conditions was also investigated. This Bac+ strain yielded about 35 times more bacteriocin when the pH was maintained constant at 6.5 than under varying pH conditions. To test the effect of in situ bacteriocin production against L. monocytogenes, lben was made from cow's milk artificially contaminated with approximately 107 cfu/mL and fermented with a mixed mesophilic starter culture consisting of the lactococcal Bac+ organism and Lc. lactis ssp. lactis biovar diacetylactis 66, a diacetyl-producing strain, in a ratio of 1 : 1. Numbers of L. monocytogenes were monitored during fermentation and storage of lben at refrigeration temperature (c. 7°C) for up to 6 days. Performances of the Bac+ starter were compared to those of an isogenic Bac- derivative strain obtained from the Bac+ starter by curing with ethidium bromide. The results showed that the amount of L. monocytogenes decreased to below the detectable level in a 1-mL sample within 24 h of storage at 7°C in lben fermented with the Bac+ starter culture. On the contrary, L. monocytogenes survived for 6 days of storage at 7°C in lben made with the Bac- starter. The Bac+ wild strain of the starter studied could be adequately used to produce lben or similar indigenous fermented milks of improved hygienic quality on an industrial scale. Alternatively, it could be used as an adjunct in minimally processed products or in products obtained from raw milk to add a safety factor. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat shock proteins. I : Classification and roles in pathological processes
Wirth, Delphine; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4), 201-216

All living systems have evolved mechanisms to maintain homeostasis in the face of rapid environmental changes. When exposed to elevated temperatures, most of the cells activate the synthesis of a specific ... [more ▼]

All living systems have evolved mechanisms to maintain homeostasis in the face of rapid environmental changes. When exposed to elevated temperatures, most of the cells activate the synthesis of a specific group of proteins called Heat Shock Proteins (Hsps). This heat shock response, under control of specific transcription factors, the Heat Shock factors (HSF), is an evolutionarily conserved mechanism, from bacteria to humans. Heat Shock Proteins are classified into families according to their molecular weight (Hsp 25, 40, 70, 90, 105). They play the role of molecular chaperones by binding and protecting other molecules (proteins, RNAs). The function of Hsp is to prevent accumulation of non-native proteins either by assisting proper folding of polypeptides or by driving them to proteosome pathway for degradation. Hsps are involved in various pathological processes that are accompanied by protein alterations such as chronic or degenerative diseases. This review describes structural and functional characteristics of the six main Hsps classes. It also focuses on their respective role in highly studied pathologies. The diversity of Hsps implications in these diseases explains that they became recently a strategic target in development of new therapeutic strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailYBa2Cu3O7 tapes prepared by sol-gel deposition techniques: microstructure and structural characterizations
Marguillier, David ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 715-718

We report on the preparation conditions of YBa2Cu3O7 polycrystalline superconducting tapes by a sol-gel deposition technique. We present some discussion on the compatibility between the nature of the ... [more ▼]

We report on the preparation conditions of YBa2Cu3O7 polycrystalline superconducting tapes by a sol-gel deposition technique. We present some discussion on the compatibility between the nature of the substrate, the use of a buffer layer, and the conditions used to prepare appropriate superconducting YBa2Cu3O7,, materials. We report also on the microstructural characterizations performed in order to evaluate the crystallites size, degree of orientation and connectivity. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstruction of healthcare in Afghanistan.
Porignon, Denis ULg; Hennart, Philippe

in Lancet (2002), 359(9311), 1071-2

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See detailDesign of structural joints in building frames
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Progress in Structural Engineering and Materials (2002), 4(1), 18-34

A single and unified concept for the design of structural joints in building frames made of any material has been developed in recent years, and is now widely implemented in European design codes. In the ... [more ▼]

A single and unified concept for the design of structural joints in building frames made of any material has been developed in recent years, and is now widely implemented in European design codes. In the present paper, this concept is presented, its merits as far as the economy of a project are demonstrated, and practical design tools for its application in daily practice are briefly described. The paper also contains references to user's manuals and design handbooks. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche diagnostique de la dissection carotidienne. A propos de deux cas.
Deflandre, E.; Tshibanda, L.; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(2), 85-90

Two cases of acute internal carotid dissection are presented. Typical symptoms, pathogeny and imaging features are reviewed. Magnetic Resonance is actually the best technique for the diagnosis of internal ... [more ▼]

Two cases of acute internal carotid dissection are presented. Typical symptoms, pathogeny and imaging features are reviewed. Magnetic Resonance is actually the best technique for the diagnosis of internal carotid artery dissection, which should be searched in young patients presenting neurologic and cervico-facial symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailL'accroissement des compétences régionales en matière de fiscalité immobilière. Quelques pistes nouvelles pour la Région wallonne
Jurion, Bernard ULg

in Les Cahiers de l'Urbanisme, Ministère de la Région wallonne (2002)

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See detailEffect of omp10 or omp19 deletion on Brucella abortus outer membrane properties and virulence in mice.
Tibor, Anne; Wansard, Valerie; Bielartz, Valery et al

in Infection and Immunity (2002), 70(10), 5540-6

The distinctive properties of Brucella outer membrane have been considered to be critical for Brucella sp. virulence. Among the outer membrane molecules possibly related to these properties, Omp10 and ... [more ▼]

The distinctive properties of Brucella outer membrane have been considered to be critical for Brucella sp. virulence. Among the outer membrane molecules possibly related to these properties, Omp10 and Omp19 are immunoreactive outer membrane lipoproteins. Moreover, these proteins of Brucella could constitute a new family of outer membrane proteins specifically encountered in the family RHIZOBIACEAE: We evaluated the impact of omp10 or omp19 deletion on Brucella abortus outer membrane properties and virulence in mice. The omp10 mutant was dramatically attenuated for survival in mice and was defective for growth in minimal medium but was not impaired in intracellular growth in vitro, nor does it display clear modification of the outer membrane properties. Significantly fewer brucellae were recovered from the spleens of mice infected with the omp19 mutant than from those of mice infected with the parent strain at 4 and 8 weeks postinfection. The omp19 mutant exhibited an increase in sensitivity to the polycation polymyxin B and to sodium deoxycholate. These results indicate that inactivation of the omp19 gene alters the outer membrane properties of B. abortus. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of bioindicator species among Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera in a survey of streams belonging to the rhithral classification in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Dohet, A.; Dolisy, D.; Hoffmann, L. et al

in Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie = Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (2002), 28

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See detailCultural characteristics, pathogenicity and vegetative compatibility of Fusarium udum isolates from pigeonpea (Cajanus Cajan (L.) Millsp.) in Kenya
Kiprop, E. K.; Mwang'Ombe, A. W.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in European Journal of Plant Pathology (2002), 108(2), 147-154

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See detailUse of X-ray microtomography to follow the convective heat drying of wastewater sludges
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2002), 20(4-5), 1053-1069

X-ray microtomography is proposed as a new tool to investigate the evolution of size, shape and texture of soft materials during a drying operation. This study is focused on the drying of mechanically ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography is proposed as a new tool to investigate the evolution of size, shape and texture of soft materials during a drying operation. This study is focused on the drying of mechanically dewatered sludges from a secondary wastewater treatment. The shrinkage phenomenon is shown to play a crucial role in the control of the drying process. The shrinkage curves are determined by analysing the shape and size of cross sectional microtomographic images of sludge extrudates at different levels of drying. The observation of drying and shrinkage curves allows us to determine 3 critical water content values, which define different drying zones where extragranular, intragranular or mixed limitations prevail. When drying is externally controlled. the decrease of the drying rate observed during experiments can be related to the reduction of the external area of the sample, i.e., to shrinkage. When drying is internally controlled, resistances inside the solid govern the process. Between these two extreme situations, the drying rate reduction is the result of both the external area decrease and the development of internal resistances limiting drying. A multizone model is proposed to describe quantitatively these observations. The analysis of the internal texture of the Sludge extrudates reveal, crack formation at the end of the drying process. The onset of crack formation is clearly related to the appearance of internal transfer limitations. i.e., humidity and temperature gradients inside the material. [less ▲]

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See detailLa traducción, otra de las plenitudes de Borges
Willson, Patricia ULg

in Variaciones Borges (2002), (14), 103-112

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See detailA Set Of Primers For Amplification Of Mitochondrial Dna In Picea Abies And Other Conifer Species
Jeandroz, S.; Bastien, D.; Chandelier, A. et al

in Molecular Ecology Notes (2002), 2(4),

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See detailMPEG: Standards for Digital Video MPEG Activities in Belgium
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Revue HF (2002), 2

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See detailAxillary artery injury secondary to anterior shoulder dislocation: report of two cases.
MAWEJA, Sylvie ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(3), 187-91

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed ... [more ▼]

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed diagnosis. The authors describe two cases that presented with an anterior shoulder dislocation, complicated by a disruption of the axillary artery with subsequent thrombosis. The various pathogenic mechanisms are discussed. The pathognomic triad consists of anterior shoulder dislocation, absent or diminished distal pulse and an axillary protruding hematoma. Prompt surgical arterial repair is mandatory. [less ▲]

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See detailMyopathies atypiques chez les chevaux au pré: une série de cas en Belgique
Delguste, Catherine ULg; Cassart, Dominique ULg; Baise, Etienne ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4, AUG-SEP), 235-247

Atypical myoglobinuria in grazing horses was described in United Kingdom and Germany between 1984 and 1996. Fourteen horses were presented at the University of Liege between November 2000 and April 2001 ... [more ▼]

Atypical myoglobinuria in grazing horses was described in United Kingdom and Germany between 1984 and 1996. Fourteen horses were presented at the University of Liege between November 2000 and April 2001, with a clinical history suggesting atypical myoglobinuria. Lesions were similar to those previously described. All horses were at rest and grazing when they developed clinical signs. Three times, the syndrome killed several horses grazing together. Horses were generally found recumbent, nearly or totally unable to stand up. They were presenting tachycardia, polypnoea, myoglobinuria and died rapidly. When performed, blood analysis revealed severe muscular enzymatic activity rises. Histopathology revealed pulmonary congestion and oedema, and squeletal muscular fibers degeneration, mostly in respiratory and postural muscles. These observations are in accordance with cases of atypical myoglobinuria previously described in UK and Germany. The aetiology of this pathology is still unknown, despite of research attempts. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect effect of ice sheets on terrestrial bicarbonate, sulphate and base cation fluxes during the last glacial cycle: minimal impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations
Tranter, Martyn; Huybrechts, Philippe; Munhoven, Guy ULg et al

in Chemical Geology (2002), 190(1-4), 33-44

Chemical erosion in glacial environments is normally a consequence of chemical weathering reactions dominated by sulphide oxidation linked to carbonate dissolution and the carbonation of carbonates and ... [more ▼]

Chemical erosion in glacial environments is normally a consequence of chemical weathering reactions dominated by sulphide oxidation linked to carbonate dissolution and the carbonation of carbonates and silicates. Solute fluxes from small valley glaciers are usually a linear function of discharge. Representative glacial solute concentrations can be derived from the linear association of solute flux with discharge. These representative glacial concentrations of the major ions are similar to 25% of those in global river water. A 3-D thermomechanically coupled model of the growth and decay of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets was used to simulate glacial runoff at 100-year time steps during the last glacial cycle (130 ka to the present). The glacially derived fluxes of major cations, anions and Si over the glaciation were estimated from the product of the glacial runoff and the representative glacial concentration. A second estimate was obtained from the product of the glacial runoff and a realistic upper limit for glacial solute concentrations derived from theoretical considerations. The fluxes over the last glacial cycle are usually less than a few percent of current riverine solute fluxes to the oceans. The glacial fluxes were used to provide input to an oceanic carbon cycling model that also calculates changes in atmospheric CO2. The potential change in atmospheric CO2 concentrations over the last glacial cycle that arise from perturbations in glacial solute fluxes are insignificant, being < 1 ppm. [less ▲]

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See detailInsecticide resistance enhances male reproductive success in a beetle
Arnaud, Ludovic; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Evolution (2002), 56(12), 2435-2444

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