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See detailEvolution récente du statut de la loutre dans le Parc National des Cévennes
Fonderflick, Jocelyn; De Kermabon, Jean; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1995), 15(2-3-4), 233-238

In the south east of the Massif central, the Cevennes National Park covers the area along the dividing line between the Atlantic and Mediterranean catchment areas. The climatic conditions of these medium ... [more ▼]

In the south east of the Massif central, the Cevennes National Park covers the area along the dividing line between the Atlantic and Mediterranean catchment areas. The climatic conditions of these medium-sized mountains are very varied, with a high degree of seasonnality affecting the hydrologic regime of the rivers. The otter seems to have disappeared from that region around the 1960's. Some years ago, evidence was found again ona regular basis in some of these rivers. From 1990, the evolution of this otter population has been monitored by systematic observation of their signe in the principal watercourses covering an area of about 3000 km². At the same time, a preliminary study of the diet (spraint analysis) has been undertaken. Otter signs have been first evidenced on the upper reaches of the rivers Tarn and Lot. In subsequent years, signs have been disovered on some tributaries and on a watercourse flowing to the Mediterranean side: the river Luech. In the river Tarn (upper barbel zone), the most frequent prey is the gudgeon, reaching more than 50% of the total number of prey. However, when the biomass intake is considered, the barbel appears to play the major role, accounting for 46 % of the total food intake. The occurrence of the brown trout (11 %) and its relative biomass (18 %) are weak when compared with the composition of the river fish fauna (25 to 43 % of the estimated fish biomass). [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la densité osseuse généralisée en implantologie orale
PTAK, Jean ULg; Legrand, Roman; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Actualités Odonto-Stomatologiques (1995), 189

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See detailNF-kappaB transcription factor and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) are activated by methylene blue photosensitization
Piret, Bernard; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Sappey, Christine et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1995)

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See detailLogica en esthetica. Notities bij ‘Het bordeel van Ika Loch’ van Paul van Ostaijen
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Spiegel der Letteren (1995), 37(2-3), 89-128

This article is an innovative rereading of Van Ostaijen's grotesque story 'Ikla Loch's Brothel', in light of the author's late philosophical views.

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See detailLe risque familial de l'anévrisme de l'aorte abdominale et ses conséquences pour l'organisation d'un dépistage sélectif
Limet, Raymond ULg

in Journal des Maladies Vasculaires (1995), 20(4), 285-7

Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta (AAA) is multifactorial disease related to acquired factors (arteriosclerosis) and genetic factors (collagen anomalies) with, in some cases, a familial component. The ... [more ▼]

Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta (AAA) is multifactorial disease related to acquired factors (arteriosclerosis) and genetic factors (collagen anomalies) with, in some cases, a familial component. The incidence of familial AAA was evaluated in 324 patients in 313 families who underwent surgery for AAA. A family survey was used to determine whether members of the operated patients had AAA or had died due to ruptured aneurysms. There were 276 cases (including 12 females) with sporadic AAA and 81 cases (including 5 females) who were members of families with at least one other member having AAA. Comparison between sporadic AAA (SAAA) and familial AAA (FAAA) demonstrated the following differences: 1) diagnosis was made earlier in FAAA (p < 0.05) than in SAAA (64.1 versus 66 years of age respectively), 2) patients with FAAA were younger at the time of rupture (65.4 versus 75.1 years, p < 0.001), 3) the incidence of rupture was greater in FAAA than in SAAA (32.4% versus 8.7% p < 0.001), and finally 4) the relative risk of developing AAA was 18 times greater in members of a family with AAA than in the reference population. Early screening with ultrasonic examinations in at least patient's brother's over 50 years would not be an unjustified expense. The frequency of later examinations would depend on the size of the aorta initially observed. If FAAA is evidenced, under normal conditions, corrective surgery should be proposed earlier than for sporadic AAA. [less ▲]

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See detailRecherche expérimentale sur le comportement au feu des colonnes en béton armé
Dotreppe, Jean-Claude ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Baus, Raymond et al

in Annales de l'Institut Technique du Bâtiment et des Travaux Publics [=AIBTP] (1995), 539(254), 25-41

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See detailDéveloppement du tissu adipeux chez le porc
Claes, Victor; Chaput, Mariella; Nicolas, Nathalie et al

in Agricontact (1995), 279

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See detailTemperature dependence of chlorophyll(ide) spectral shifts and photoactive protochlorophyllide regeneration after flash in etiolated barley leaves
Eullaffroy; Salvetat; Franck, Fabrice ULg et al

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (1995), 62(4), 751-756

Absorbance spectroscopy at 77 K was used to investigate the effect of temperature on in vivo chlorophyllide shifts and photoactive protochlorophyllide regeneration after a saturating flash, which ... [more ▼]

Absorbance spectroscopy at 77 K was used to investigate the effect of temperature on in vivo chlorophyllide shifts and photoactive protochlorophyllide regeneration after a saturating flash, which transformed all protochlorophyllide to chorophyllide. Photoactive protochlorophyllide present in darkness was stable up to 40 degrees C. The rate of Shibata shift and protochlorophyllide regeneration after flash were strongly temperature dependent in the range 0-25 degrees C. At 0 degrees C, the shift was still observed but no regeneration occurred. Only slight effects were observed in the range 25-40 degrees C. At all temperatures, the process of protochlorophyllide regeneration was significantly slower than the Shibata shift. The final chlorophyll shift from 672 to 674 nm was observed up to 40 degrees C. The implication of these results concerning the pigment-protein interactions during the Shibata shift are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus gene regulation
Piette, Jacques ULg; Defechereux, Patricia; Baudoux, Laurence et al

in Neurology (1995), 45(12, suppl. 8), 23-27

The varicella-zoster virus genome contains 71 open reading frames (ORFs), five of which (ORF62, ORF4, ORF63, ORF61, and ORF10) encode regulatory proteins. ORF62 codes for the major immediate early protein ... [more ▼]

The varicella-zoster virus genome contains 71 open reading frames (ORFs), five of which (ORF62, ORF4, ORF63, ORF61, and ORF10) encode regulatory proteins. ORF62 codes for the major immediate early protein of the virus exhibiting DNA-binding and regulatory functions. This protein, localized in the cell nucleus, is a functional homologue to ICP4 of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). It trans-activates several varicella-zoster virus promoters of the various gene classes and autoregulates its own expression. ORF4 protein activates gene promoters provided they have basal activities, but it is not a functional homologue of HSV-1 ICP27. Gene regulation activity appears to be linked to its cysteine-rich C-terminal region. ORF63 codes for an immediate early protein mainly located in the cell nucleus. The regulatory functions it performs are still unclear. ORF61 protein is the functional homologue of HSV-1 ICPO. Its N-terminal region exhibits a RING domain responsible for trans-activating and trans-repressing activities. ORF10 protein exhibits similarities with HSV-1 VP16 and activates the ORF62 promoter. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of risedronate on collagen cross-links in postmenopausal osteoporosis
Zegels, Brigitte ULg; Balena, R; Eastell, R et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (1995), 10(s1), 455

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See detailMapping quantitative trait loci controlling milk production by exploiting progeny testing
Georges, Michel ULg; Nielsen, D.; Mackinnon, M. et al

in Genetics (1995), 139

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny ... [more ▼]

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny tests based on the milking performances of > 150,000 daughters jointly, was genotyped for 159 autosomal microsatellites bracketing 1645 centimorgan or approximately two thirds of the bovine genome. Using a maximum likelihood multilocus linkage analysis accounting for variance heterogeneity of the phenotypes, we identified five chromosomes giving very strong evidence (LOD score > or = 3) for the presence of a QTL controlling milk production: chromosomes 1, 6, 9, 10 and 20. These findings demonstrate that loci with considerable effects on milk production are still segregating in highly selected populations and pave the way toward marker-assisted selection in dairy cattle breeding. [less ▲]

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See detailHIV-1 and NF-kappaB activation by photo-oxidative stress
Piette, Jacques ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Piret, Bernard

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (1995)

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See detailRobert Feulgen Prize Lecture 1995. New approaches to in situ detection of nucleic acids.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (1995), 104(2), 81-95

The present paper reviews recent results obtained by different molecular biology-based, immunocytological approaches to the localization and identification of nucleic acids in sections of biological ... [more ▼]

The present paper reviews recent results obtained by different molecular biology-based, immunocytological approaches to the localization and identification of nucleic acids in sections of biological material. Examples of sensitive, high-resolution detection methods for RNA, DNA or specialized DNA regions are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the potential values and limitations of these new methods. [less ▲]

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See detailPlace de l'érythropoiétine recombinante en période périopératoire
Janssens, Marc ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation (1995), 14(Suppl 1), 98-106

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See detailErythropoiesis and erythropoietin in multiple myeloma.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Leukemia & Lymphoma (1995), 18(5-6), 413-21

In this review, the pathophysiology and treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma will be examined. While the anemia of cancer has multiple causes, an important component is labeled the "anemia of ... [more ▼]

In this review, the pathophysiology and treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma will be examined. While the anemia of cancer has multiple causes, an important component is labeled the "anemia of chronic disease" which is characterized by the combination of a shortened erythrocyte survival with failure of the bone marrow to increase red cell production in compensation. Depressed erythropoiesis is itself related to a combination of factors, including impaired availability of storage iron, inadequate erythropoietin response to anemia, and overproduction of cytokines which are capable of inhibiting erythropoiesis. These cytokines are involved in the retention of iron in the reticuloendothelial system, gastrointestinal tract and hepatocytes, may interfere with erythropoietin production by the kidney, and may exert direct inhibitory effects on erythroid precursors. While overproduction of several such cytokines, including IL-6, IL-1 and TNF-alpha, has been definitely demonstrated in multiple myeloma patients, it is still unclear whether they are directly involved in the pathogenesis of the anemia which develops. Although several mechanisms, such as hemodilution, bleeding, and decreased red cell survival operate, the anemia is mostly caused by defective erythropoietic activity. This in turn is partly explained by inadequate erythropoietin (Epo) production even in some patients without renal impairment. Based on measurements of serum erythropoietin and transferrin receptor, the distinction between marrow unresponsiveness to normal Epo stimulation and deficient Epo production is important for the treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma with recombinant human Epo. Higher doses would probably be necessary if adequate Epo production is present, whereas only replacement therapy with lower doses may be sufficient when Epo production has been shown to be inappropriate. [less ▲]

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See detailMigraine and cluster headache--their management with sumatriptan: a critical review of the current clinical experience.
Wilkinson, M.; Pfaffenrath, V.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1995), 15(5), 337-57

Sumatriptan is a potent and selective agonist at the vascular 5HT1 receptor which mediates constriction of certain large cranial blood vessels and/or inhibits the release of vasoactive neuropeptides from ... [more ▼]

Sumatriptan is a potent and selective agonist at the vascular 5HT1 receptor which mediates constriction of certain large cranial blood vessels and/or inhibits the release of vasoactive neuropeptides from perivascular trigeminal axons in the dura mater following activation of the trigeminovascular system. The mode of action of this drug in migraine and cluster headache is discussed. On the basis of a detailed review of all published trials and available data from post-marketing studies, the efficacy, safety, tolerability and the place of oral and subcutaneous sumatriptan in the treatment of both conditions are assessed. A number of double-blind clinical trials have demonstrated that sumatriptan 100 mg administered orally is clearly superior to placebo in the acute treatment of migraine headache and achieves significantly greater response rates than ergotamine or aspirin. In other studies, 70 to 80% of patients receiving sumatriptan 6 mg sc experienced relief of migraine headaches by 1 or 2 h after administration, and patients consistently required less rescue medication for unresolved symptoms. Sumatriptan was also effective in relieving associated migraine symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Sumatriptan was equally effective regardless of migraine type or duration of migraine symptoms. Overall, approximately 40% of patients who initially responded to oral or subcutaneous sumatriptan experienced recurrence of their headache usually within 24 h, effectively treated by a further dose of this drug. In 75% of patients with cluster headache treated with sumatriptan 6 mg sc, relief was achieved within 15 min. Based on pooled study data, sumatriptan is generally well tolerated and most adverse events are transient. Adverse events following oral administration include nausea, vomiting, malaise, fatigue and dizziness. With the subcutaneous injection, injection site reactions occur in approximately 30%. Chest syumptoms are reported in 3 to 5% but have been associated with myocardial ischaemia only in rare isolated cases. The recommended dosage of sumatriptan at the onset of migraine symptoms is 100 mg orally or 6 mg subcutaneously. The recommended dosage for cluster headache is 6 mg sumatriptan sc. Sumatriptan must not be given together with vasoconstrictive substances, e.g., ergotamines, or with migraine prophylactics with similar properties, e.g., methysergide. Sumatriptan should not be given during the migraine aura. It is contraindicated in patients with ischaemic heart disease, previous myocardial infarction, Prinzmetal (variant) angina and uncontrolled hypertension. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of infused sodium lactate on glucose and energy metabolism in healthy humans.
Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Schneiter, P.; Cayeux, M. C. et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (1995), 21(5), 345-52

To assess the effects of lactate on glucose metabolism, sodium lactate (20 mumol.kg-1.min-1) was infused into healthy subjects in basal conditions and during application of a hyperinsulinaemic (6 pmol.kg ... [more ▼]

To assess the effects of lactate on glucose metabolism, sodium lactate (20 mumol.kg-1.min-1) was infused into healthy subjects in basal conditions and during application of a hyperinsulinaemic (6 pmol.kg-1.min-1) euglycaemic clamp. Glucose rate of appearance (GRa) and disappearance (GRd) were measured from plasma dilution of infused U- 13C glucose, and glucose oxidation (G(ox)) from breath 13CO2 and plasma 13C glucose. In basal conditions, lactate infusion did not alter G(ox) (8.8 +/- 0.9 vs 9.2 +/- 1.1 mumol.kg-1.min-1), while GRa slightly decreased from 15.2 +/- 0.8 basal to 13.9 +/- 0.9 mumol.kg-1.min-1 after lactate (p < 0.05). During a hyperinsulinaemic clamp, hepatic glucose production was completely suppressed with or without lactate. Lactate decreased G(ox) from 17.1 +/- 0.4 to 13.4 +/- 1.2 mumol.kg-1.min-1 (p < 0.05), whereas GRd was unchanged (39.7 +/- 3.6 vs 45.6 +/- 2.6 mumol.kg-1.min-1. It is concluded that infusion of lactate in basal conditions does not increase GRa or interfere with peripheral glucose oxidation, and that during hyperinsulinaemia lactate decreases glucose oxidation but does not alter hepatic or peripheral insulin sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Hormones and Metabolites in Cattle in Relation to Breed (Belgian Blue Vs Holstein) and Conformation (Double-Muscled Vs Dual-Purpose Type)
Clinquart, Antoine ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Mayombo, A. P. et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1995), 19(3), 185-94

Four Belgian Blue double-muscled type (BBDM) bulls, four Belgian Blue dual-purpose type (BBDP) bulls and four Holstein bulls were used in a fattening trial in order to relate differences in the extent of ... [more ▼]

Four Belgian Blue double-muscled type (BBDM) bulls, four Belgian Blue dual-purpose type (BBDP) bulls and four Holstein bulls were used in a fattening trial in order to relate differences in the extent of muscle development and adiposity to differences in digestibility, endocrine status, protein and lipid metabolism. The larger muscle development in BBDM animals was associated with a trend to higher nitrogen retention, higher food conversion efficiency (p < 0.05) and lower apparent digestibility (p < 0.05). No difference was found between the groups for plasma glucose concentration. Higher creatinine, lower alpha-amino nitrogen, lower triglycerides and higher non-esterified fatty acid plasma levels were observed in BBDM as compared to Holstein bulls (p < 0.05), the BBDP group being intermediate. A trend to a higher cholesterol plasma level was found in BBDM animals. There was no difference between the three groups in plasma fatty acid composition, except for the C14:0 content. Some of the differences in plasma metabolites were related to carcass composition and endocrine regulation, a decrease in muscle development and an increase in adiposity being associated with lower growth hormone production (p < 0.05) and higher insulin (p < 0.05) and IGF secretions. The insulin/growth hormone ratio at the end of the fattening period was 0.0011, 0.0018 and 0.0069 in BBDM, BBDP and Holstein bulls, respectively, and was directly associated with fat deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth hormone-binding protein (GHBP) binds prolactine in cattle plasma
Massart, Serge; Ban, Anna-Maria; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1995), 103

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See detailAmibiase intestinale sévère d'origine européenne?
Carme, Bernard; Viot, J.; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses (1995), 25(5),

A case of severe amebic colitis in a 21 year-old french patient is described. It raises the problems of modality and place of contamination, Entamoeba histolytica levels of virulence and differenciation ... [more ▼]

A case of severe amebic colitis in a 21 year-old french patient is described. It raises the problems of modality and place of contamination, Entamoeba histolytica levels of virulence and differenciation between E. histolytica and E. dispar. [less ▲]

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See detailVariational Calculationof the Dynamic Third-Order Susceptibility of Water
Gabryl, Jean-René; Barbier, Christian ULg; Lemaire, Philippe et al

in Journal of Molecular Structure : Theochem (1995), 357

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See detailBases biologiques du comportement suicidaire: approche neuroendocrinienne et psychophysiologique du role des catecholamines.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (1995), 95(4-5), 210-33

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior principally involve the serotonergic system. Few data are available about the possible role of the ... [more ▼]

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior principally involve the serotonergic system. Few data are available about the possible role of the catecholaminergic (noradrenergic and dopaminergic) function. In the present study, in a first part, we assessed the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine, a selective alpha 2-adrenergic agonist, and to apomorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, in 22 DSM-III-R major depressive male inpatients with a history of suicide attempts compared to 22 age-matched major depressive inpatients without history of suicidal behavior. Hormonal responses to clonidine and apomorphine were also compared with 4.00 PM postdexamethasone cortisol levels. The two groups differed significantly in the GH peak response after apomorphine: 6.27 +/- 3.18 ng/ml in suicide attempters vs 17.40 +/- 14.87 ng/ml in nonattempters (F = 11.78, p = 0.001). There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups for GH peak responses after clonidine. Moreover, mean postdexamethasone cortisol levels did not exhibit any significant difference between suicide attempters and nonattempters. Violent and nonviolent attempters did not differ on any of the biological measures. In a second part, P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in 20 depressive inpatients subgrouped into suicide attempters (n = 10) and nonattempters (n = 10). The results showed a significant reduction of both P300 and CNV amplitudes in patients who attempted suicide compared to patients without history of suicide attempts. Moreover, a significant correlation was found between the Suicidal Risk scale and CNV amplitude. In conclusion, these results suggest that a dopaminergic hypoactivity as assessed by a blunted GH response to apomorphine and by a reduction of both P300 and CNV amplitudes, could be considered as a biological correlate of suicidal behavior. In contrast, noradrenergic disturbances, particularly at the level of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors, seem to play a more minor role. Moreover, DST nonsuppression cannot be considered as a biological marker of suicidal behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailCD4+ T cells determine the ability of spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmunity in parental mice
Gonzales, M.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Ramos, A. et al

in European Journal of Immunology (1995), 25

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune ... [more ▼]

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune syndrome characterized by the production of multiple autoantibodies and glomerulonephritis. Previous reports indicated that the depletion of F1 donor T cells, shortly prior the injection into parental mice, does not interfere with any of these events. Here, we have explored whether the continuous absence of T cells in F1 mice influences the ability of their spleen cells to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and the associated autoimmune manifestations. Our results revealed that spleen cells from athymic (BALB/c x C57BL/6) F1 hybrid (CB6F1) nu/nu mice or from euthymic CB6F1 mice depleted from birth of CD4+ T cells, but not of CD8+ T cells, are unable to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmune manifestations. By contrast, the partial reconstitution of T cells in CB6F1 nu/nu mice, after the neonatal graft of a syngeneic thymus, restored the capacity of spleen cells from these mice to induce tolerance and autoimmunity when injected into newborn BALB/c mice. These results demonstrate that the functional defect of spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens is directly related to the long-term absence of mature CD4+ T cells. Interestingly, a new increase in the titers of anti-DNA Ab was observed when spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice were injected into adult BALB/c mice that had been tolerized at birth with normal CB6F1 spleen cells. This finding indicates that B cells from CB6F1 nu/nu mice recover their capacity to interact with alloreactive Th2 cells when they are placed into mice having functional CD4+ T cells. These data indicate that the continuous absence of CD4+ T cells causes a reversible functional defect in F1 spleen cells that determines their inability to induce neonatal tolerance and autoimmunity [less ▲]

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See detail3-Methyl-4H-pyrido[3,2-e][1,2,4]thiadiazine 1,1-dioxide
Dupont, L.; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica (1995), C51

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See detailVictor Hugo, "Comme dans les étangs..." : Correction d'un exercice d'analyse textuelle
Tilkin, Françoise ULg; Mathonet, Anne

in Espace pour un humanisme européen (1995), 27

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See detailAn Atypical Anion Transporter Functioning at Acid pH in Neuroblastoma Cells
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Margineanu, Ilca; Wins, Pierre et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (1995), 207(1), 375-381

At pH 7.4, 36Cl- uptake by neuroblastoma cells was Na(+)-independent, saturable and blocked by submicromolar concentrations of DIDS. This suggests that at this pH, Cl- transport is mediated by an ... [more ▼]

At pH 7.4, 36Cl- uptake by neuroblastoma cells was Na(+)-independent, saturable and blocked by submicromolar concentrations of DIDS. This suggests that at this pH, Cl- transport is mediated by an exchanger analogous to erythroid band 3. At pH 6. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the open reading frames of the main capsid proteins of actinophage VWB.
Anne, J; Fiten, P; Van Mellaert, L et al

in Archives of Virology (1995), 140(6), 1033-47

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases ... [more ▼]

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases indicated that the phage VWB main late proteins were all novel. A search for special motifs revealed that p14 (13.3 kDa) has a P-loop sequence commonly found in ATP- and GTP-binding proteins. This observation might indicate that p14 is important for ATP-driven DNA translocation during encapsidation of VWB phage DNA into the phage head. Furthermore, the polypeptide ORF2 (26.9 kDa) has an unusual primary structure consisting of 3 stretches of acidic amino acid residues and a glycine/arginine rich C-terminal end. From comparison with other proteins including the bacteriophage T4 prohead core component and from the data of special motif analysis the ORF2 gene product is probably involved in prohead core formation. [less ▲]

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See detailIron chelation decreases NF-kappaB and HIV-1 activation due to oxidative stress
Sappey, Christine; Boelaert, J. R.; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg et al

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (1995)

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See detailSecond-generation octarellins: two new de novo (beta/alpha)8 polypeptides designed for investigating the influence of beta-residue packing on the alpha/beta-barrel structure stability
Houbrechts, Annick ULg; Moreau, Benoît; Abagyan, Ruben et al

in Protein Engineering (1995), 8(3), 249-59

The sequence of octarellin I, the first de novo (beta/alpha)8 polypeptide, was revised according to several criteria, among others the symmetry of the sequence, beta-residue volume and hydrophobicity, and ... [more ▼]

The sequence of octarellin I, the first de novo (beta/alpha)8 polypeptide, was revised according to several criteria, among others the symmetry of the sequence, beta-residue volume and hydrophobicity, and charge distribution. These considerations and the overall conclusions drawn from the first design led to two new sequences, corresponding to octarellins II and III. Octarellin II retains perfect 8-fold symmetry. Octarellin III has the same sequence as octarellin II, except for the beta-strands which exhibit a 4-fold symmetry. The two proteins were produced in Escherichia coli. Infrared and CD spectral analyses of octarellins II and III reveal a high secondary structure content. Non-denaturing gel electrophoresis, molecular sieve chromatography and analytical ultracentrifugation suggest that both of these second-generation artificial polypeptides exist as a mixture of a monomer and a dimer form. Octarellins II and III are at least 10 times more soluble than octarellin I. Urea-induced unfolding followed by fluorescence emission suggests that the tryptophan residues, designed to be buried in the (beta/alpha)8, are indeed packed in the hydrophobic core of both proteins. However, octarellin III displays a higher stability towards urea denaturation, indicating that introducing 4-fold symmetry into the beta-barrel might be important for stability of the overall folding. [less ▲]

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See detailneuroendocrinology in the perinatal period
Battisti, Oreste ULg

in mini acta of belgian society of pediatrics (1995), 27

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See detailComparative double-blind multicenter study of the efficacy of tiludronate and etidronate in Paget's disease of bone
Roux, C; Gennari, C; Farrerons, J et al

in BONE (1995), 16(S1), 503

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See detailFeed restriction and IGFBP in bulls: effects of increasing starving period lengths.
Massart, Serge; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1995), 73(suppl 1), 225

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See detailNimesulide
Dupont, L.; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; Masereel, B. et al

in Acta Crystallographica (1995), C51

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See detailGlageon: une coupe du Givetien en Avesnois (France). Sédimentologie, Coraux, géologie régionale, diagenèse
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Coen-Aubert, M.; Mansy, J. L. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Belge de Géologie (1995), 103(1-2), 171-203

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See detailL'articulation des réglementations en matière de crédit hypothécaire
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Revue de Droit Commercial Belge [= RDC] = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht [=TBH] (1995), Dossier n° 2

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See detailGlucose metabolism in obese subjects: lessons from OGTT, IVGTT and clamp studies.
Scheen, André ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Letiexhe, Michel ULg et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (1995), 19 Suppl 3

Impaired glucose tolerance and overt diabetes are more frequent in presence than in absence of obesity. In obese subjects, glucose tolerance can be maintained within the normal range by compensating for ... [more ▼]

Impaired glucose tolerance and overt diabetes are more frequent in presence than in absence of obesity. In obese subjects, glucose tolerance can be maintained within the normal range by compensating for insulin resistance by peripheral hyperinsulinism, the latter resulting from both increased insulin secretion and reduced insulin clearance. Impaired glucose tolerance is observed when insulin resistance is associated to impaired first-phase insulin response, which results in a significant increase in plasma glucose levels and a late insulin hyperresponsiveness. Both hyperinsulinaemia and hyperglycaemia are then able to overcome peripheral insulin resistance and impaired glucose disposal. When a more marked defect in insulin secretion is present, hyperglycaemia progresses, probably due to an additional participation of impaired suppression of hepatic glucose output. Overt diabetes then occurs with persistent post-absorptive hyperglycaemia. All these abnormalities can be reversed after a marked weight loss and recovery of ideal body weight, arguing for acquired rather than inherited metabolic defects in presence of morbid obesity. If a sufficient weight reduction can not be obtained, pharmacological approaches may be considered to improve insulin resistance of obese subjects, especially those with impaired glucose tolerance or overt diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential distribution of single-stranded DNA, double-stranded DNA, and RNA in adenovirus-induced intranuclear regions of HeLa cells.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Puvion-Dutilleul, F.

in Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society (1995), 43(8), 749-59

We investigated in great detail the fine spatial distribution of nucleic acids within adenovirus-infected HeLa cells by various immunogold labeling procedures. To detect DNA, we used the in situ terminal ... [more ▼]

We investigated in great detail the fine spatial distribution of nucleic acids within adenovirus-infected HeLa cells by various immunogold labeling procedures. To detect DNA, we used the in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-immunogold technique. In addition to the expected evident label over the condensed host chromatin and the structures containing viral double- and single-stranded DNA, label was consistently revealed over round fibrillar spots. By contrast, other virus-induced substructures, such as compact rings, crystalloids, clear amorphous inclusions, and electron-dense amorphous inclusions, displayed no significant label. Except for the viral single-stranded DNA accumulation sites, identical labeling pattern was obtained with the in situ nick-translation-immunogold method. We further labeled the sections with anti-RNA antibodies. Label was present not only over the cytoplasm and the intranuclear fibrillogranular network but also quite obviously over the compact rings and interchromatin granule clusters. None was seen over the other nuclear structures of infected cells, notably over the fibrillar spots. We suggest that these fibrillar spots might be involved in the formation of the viral, non-encapsidated, double-stranded DNA storage site. [less ▲]

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See detailProtective Effect of Various Antagonists of Inflammatory Mediators against Paraoxon-Induced Pulmonary Edema in the Rabbit
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Vargas, M. et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1995), 132(2), 343-345

The protective effect of some antagonists of various inflammatory mediators against paraoxon-induced increases in endothelial permeability has been investigated in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. The ... [more ▼]

The protective effect of some antagonists of various inflammatory mediators against paraoxon-induced increases in endothelial permeability has been investigated in isolated perfused rabbit lungs. The edema induced by paraoxon has been previously related to a chain reaction mediated by acetylcholine. Lungs were ventilated and blood-free perfused with a constant flow. Arterial and venous pressures and lung weight were continuously recorded. Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). Paraoxon (4 x 10(-4) M) was injected in the perfusion circuit, in lungs with or without pretreatment with atropine, ketanserin, clonidine, morphine, indomethacin, and terfenadine plus cimetidine. Paraoxon induced a time-dependent increase in the Kf,c, a maximal effect being recorded 60 min after the injection. All the antagonists used as pretreatment significantly reduced the maximal effect recorded after paraoxon. These results show that muscarinic receptor antagonists, inhibitors of neuropeptides release, cyclooxygenase inhibitors, and 5-hydroxytryptamine and histamine receptor antagonists can protect the lung against the edema induced by paraoxon. This protective effect is due to inhibition of the chain reaction triggered by acetylcholine. [less ▲]

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See detailApport des données RSO de ERS1 dans l’étude bathymétrique et pour la cartographie des zones intertidales
Cornet, Yves ULg; Ozer, André ULg; Ferrari, M.

in Documents de travail du Centre National de Recherches Géomorphologiques (1995), 30

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See detailInfluence du risque suicidaire et du desespoir sur l'amplitude de l'onde P300 dans la depression majeure.
Urcelay-Zaldua, I.; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 25(5), 291-6

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an ... [more ▼]

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an increase of its latency. However, functional significance of the P300 modifications remain unclear. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of suicidal risk and hopelessness on P300 amplitude among 40 depressive inpatients. The results showed significant relationships between P300 amplitude and suicidal risk (r = -0.68, p < 0.001) and with hopelessness (r = -0.76, p < 0.001). From a clinical point of view, P300 amplitude should be considered as a psychophysiological index of suicidal risk in major depressive disorder. [less ▲]

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See detailDu grec au latin et du latin au grec. Les problèmes de la traduction dans l'antiquité gréco-latine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (1995), 54

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See detailHelix Helix Interactions In Reconstituted High-Density-Lipoproteins
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; De Pauw, Mc. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Lipids and Lipid Metabolism (1995), 1258(1), 10-8

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged ... [more ▼]

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged residues susceptible to form salt bridges between adjacent helices. An estimation of the stability of the different pairs of helices is derived from the calculation of the energy of interaction between contiguous helices at a water/lipid interface after energy minimization. The most stable energetic conformation corresponds to the 17-residue helices oriented anti-parallel and separated by a stretch of 5 residues in an extended beta-strand conformation, as calculated through the 'stereo alphabet' calculation procedure. In a pair of helices, the hydrophobic faces are directed towards the lipid core of the discoidal phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex and the hydrophobic lipid-protein interactions are major determinants for the stability of the complex. Interactions between polar residues located on the opposite face of the helix and water molecules can also contribute to the overall energy of the system. Finally, salt bridge formation between residues of opposite charge along the edge of the helical segments contribute to the cooperativity of the phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex formation. The mode of assembly of the amphipathic helical repeats of the apolipoproteins around the edge of a discoidal complex is therefore determined both by the hydrophobic character of the residues and by the charge complementarity along the edge of the helices which increases the structural stability and determines the relative orientation of the helices. [less ▲]

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See detailDe réels progrès ont-ils été faits dans le traitement de l'ostéoporose ?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; DEROISY, Rita ULg; Franchimont, P

in Medi-Sphere (1995), 39

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See detailLa thrombose veineuse profonde des membres supérieurs. Revue de la littérature. A propos d'un cas de syndrome de Paget-Schrotter
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Remy, D.; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(8), 336-46

Un cas de thrombose veineuse profonde (TVP) du membre supérieur survenue dans le contexte d'un effort chez un sujet jeune (syndrome de Paget-Schrötter) est présenté. La TVP des membres supérieurs présente ... [more ▼]

Un cas de thrombose veineuse profonde (TVP) du membre supérieur survenue dans le contexte d'un effort chez un sujet jeune (syndrome de Paget-Schrötter) est présenté. La TVP des membres supérieurs présente des caractéristiques étiologiques et physiopathologiques différentes de celles de la TVP des membres inférieurs. On distingue des phlébites primaires et secondaires. La phlébite primaire survient généralement chez des sujets plus jeunes, et une notion d'effort est fréquemment retrouvée. Les phlébites secondaires s'observent dans différentes circonstances: mise en place de cathéters ou de sonde de pacemaker, affections néoplasiques, troubles de l'hémostase... Certaines controverses thérapeutiques existent, et, notamment, sur la nécessité de recourir ou non à la fibrinolyse et, dans les phlébites d'effort qui rentrent dans un contexte de syndrome du défilé costo-claviculaire, sur l'utilité de proposer un traitement chirurgical, en vue de lever la compression extrinsèque et/ou de reperméabiliser la veine. [less ▲]

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See detail'Overlapping Territories, Intertwined Histories': Cross-Culturality in Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Journal of Commonwealth Literature (1995), 30(1), 55-62

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See detailLe rôle du plissement disharmonique dans la tectogenèse de l'allochtone ardennais
Mansy, J. L.; Meilliez, F.; Mercier, E. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (1995), 3

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See detailMémoire et imagerie mentale
Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Coyette, Françoise; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Questions de Logopédie (1995), 31

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See detailL'étude de la langue russe à l'Université de Liège de 1899 à nos jours: historique, problématique et perspectives
Mouton, Charles ULg

in Actes du Colloque du Sart Tilman des 14 et 15 octobre 1994 (1995)

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See detailR-HuEPO hyporesponsiveness - who and why ?
Danielson, B.; Beguin, Yves ULg; Bommer, J. et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (1995), 10

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See detailAminoglycoside Antibiotics Induce Aggregation But Not Fusion Of Negatively-Charged Liposomes
Vanbambeke, F.; Tulkens, Pm.; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology-Molecular Pharmacology Section (1995), 289(2), 321-33

The binding of aminoglycoside antibiotics to acidic phospholipids of membranes is an essential step in the development of both their renal and auditory toxicities, which could be associated with critical ... [more ▼]

The binding of aminoglycoside antibiotics to acidic phospholipids of membranes is an essential step in the development of both their renal and auditory toxicities, which could be associated with critical modifications of the membrane properties. This work examines the capacity of aminoglycosides to induce membrane aggregation and fusion. Three techniques were used in parallel: (i) measurement of the dequenching rate of a lipid-soluble fluorescent probe (octadecylrhodamine B) incorporated at self-quenched concentration in membranes; (ii) measurement of the increase in the energy transfer between two fluorescent derivatives of phospholipids; and (iii) electron microscopy of negatively-stained replicas. The results were compared with those obtained with spermine (an aggregating polycation) and melittin (a fusogenic peptide). The three approaches indicate that aminoglycosides induce liposomes aggregation, but not fusion. Aggregation is related to the capacity of each drug studied to bind phosphatidylinositol, as evaluated by its energy of interaction with this acidic phospholipid, and to its toxic potential. Membrane aggregation occurring in vivo could therefore contribute to, or be a determinant of this toxicity, which could rationally be screened for new derivatives by the methods applied here. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterotransplantation of Primary and Established Human Tumour Cells in Nude Mice
Noël, Agnès ULg; Borcy, V.; Bracke, M. et al

in Anticancer Research (1995), 15(1, Jan-Feb), 1-7

Previous successful transplantations of human tumour cells into athymic nude mice have been described when cells were injected with a reconstituted basement membrane (matrigel). We have compared the ... [more ▼]

Previous successful transplantations of human tumour cells into athymic nude mice have been described when cells were injected with a reconstituted basement membrane (matrigel). We have compared the development and the histology of tumours following injection with matrigel or with culture medium of a panel of tumour cells exhibiting different degrees of tumorigenicity. Two cell lines (MCF7 and MCF7/6) required matrigel in order to form tumours. When inoculated with matrigel, all the other cell lines tested [MCF7 gpt, MCF7ras, MCF7(AZ), MCF7(AZ)TD5, MDA-MB 231, HT1080] showed increased tumour take and reduced latency period. Human primary tumours (melanoma, breast and colon cancers) were transplanted successfully into nude mice, in the presence of matrigel. Breast primary tumours or cell lines gave rise to poorly differentiated carcinomas. The other tumours presented histopathological patterns typical of differentiated human cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of the Clozapine Structure Increases Its Selectivity for the Dopamine D4 Receptor
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, J.; Damas, Jacques ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 273(3), 1-3

Clozapine has a more marked affinity for the recently cloned dopamine D4 receptor than for the dopamine D2 receptor. In the search for a selective ligand for the dopamine D4 receptor, useful as a ... [more ▼]

Clozapine has a more marked affinity for the recently cloned dopamine D4 receptor than for the dopamine D2 receptor. In the search for a selective ligand for the dopamine D4 receptor, useful as a pharmacological tool or as a potent atypical antipsychotic, a pyridobenzodiazepine derivative bioisoster of clozapine, JL 18, 8-methyl-6-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-11H-pyrido [2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepine, was found to be the most dopamine D4-selective ligand belonging to the diarylazepine class. Indeed, JL 18 binds to the dopamine D4 receptor with affinity up to 25 times superior to that for the dopamine D2 receptor and presents reduced affinities for other receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of bisphosphonates in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Clinical Rheumatology (1995), 14(3), 22-25

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See detailContrôle du phytoplancton du bassin ligure par le front liguro-provençal (secteur corse)
Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg; Prieur, Louis

in Oceanologica Acta (1995), 18

The evolution of the phytoplankton distribution was followed along the Calvi - Nice axis, from Calvi to 30 miles offshore, in relation with the hydrological features of the Liguro-Provençal front ... [more ▼]

The evolution of the phytoplankton distribution was followed along the Calvi - Nice axis, from Calvi to 30 miles offshore, in relation with the hydrological features of the Liguro-Provençal front (Corsican sector) and the nutrients disponibility. Oceanographic cruises repeated between 1982 and 1991 have emphasized the permanence of the front and the interannual stability of its hydrological characteristics. Moreover, the front and the associated vertical circulation influenced highly, and in a reproducible way, the algal distribution within distances of few kilometres. In March, within the Ligurian current (on the coastal side), the front and the central zone (on the open sea side), stabilization of upper layers of water column, induced by a beginning of vertical stratification, is the main factor controlling the starting of the bloom. As soon as phytoplankton development is initiated, highest values of chlorophyll a and primary production are observed in the frontal area. During spring, a significant amount of the phytoplankton produced in the surface layer was carried down along the isopycnals in relation with the frontal convergence. As a consequence, the chlorophyll a distribution was typically like a plume, extending from the surface to at least 100 m deep. In all zones, during the stratified period, the position of the chlorophyll a maximum in the water column is determined by the opposing gradients of light and nitrate. In May, the maximum of phytoplankton was permanently observed in the frontal area where it was strictly correlated with the nitracline. A sharp core of high chlorophyll a concentrations was also observed in the central zone while the Ligurian current was characterized by very low pigment levels. During that period, the ecological role of the front seems to be particularly important because it delimits the unique area of enhanced phytoplanktonic biomass in an oligotrophic or very oligotrophic environment. In June, a well-developed deep chlorophyll a maximum was observed everywhere, from the central zone to the coast. The contribution of the front to the enhancement of the biomass appears to be less important than during spring. [less ▲]

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See detailThermohydrodynamical modelling of a power plant implementation in the Zeebrugge harbour
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Vanormelingen, J.-J.

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (1995), 33(2), 163-180

A mathematical model and numerical simulation has been used to test the validity of a water and thermal circulation scheme induced by the implementation of a new power plant in the Zeebrugge harbour. The ... [more ▼]

A mathematical model and numerical simulation has been used to test the validity of a water and thermal circulation scheme induced by the implementation of a new power plant in the Zeebrugge harbour. The aim of the study was to: a) verify that in the interior basin of the inner harbour, a sufficient stratification is present to allow for the capture of cold bottom waters, whereas the ejected heated water remains at the surface and is evacuated to the main harbour, b) study the way the water cools in the main harbour and to quantify the amount of thermal energy which is pumped back into the inner harbour, c) determine if the global heat excess is evacuated and if the resulting temperature increase remains within reasonable limits at the power plant pump inlet. The study, accomplished in three steps, determined the parameters that control the recirculation (e.g. atmospheric conditions) and what their relative importance is. It was shown that a stratification is created in the interior basin. In the main harbour the heat evacuation is done primarily by evaporation in the harbour and only for 20% by the outflow to the open sea. Extreme temperature increases at the pump inlet are expected to be 1.6 degrees C and 6.6 degrees C,but generally the temperature increase lies between 3-4 degrees C. The actual value was found to be most sensitive to the atmospheric conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLa classification fonctionnelle des dysfonctions de la valvule mitrale selon Carpentier
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(7), 292-4

Pour aborder le traitement chirurgical de la valvule mitrale autrement, c'est-à-dire par une réparation valvulaire comme alternative raisonnable au remplacement sytématique, il faut recourir à une ... [more ▼]

Pour aborder le traitement chirurgical de la valvule mitrale autrement, c'est-à-dire par une réparation valvulaire comme alternative raisonnable au remplacement sytématique, il faut recourir à une classfication fonctionnelle des dysfonctions mitrales. Cette classification, établie par Carpentier (1, 2) regroupe les dysfonctions valvulaire mitrales en trois rubriques : a) le type caractérisé par des mouvements valvulaires normaux, b) le type 2, équivalent au prolapsus valvulaire, c) le type 3, correspondant à la restriction des mouvements valvulaires. Cette approche nouvelle postule, en outre, qu'une affection valvulaire n'est parfaitement définie que lorsqu'on en connaît l'étiologie, les lésions et les dysfonctions. L'utilisation de cette méthode analytique (qui a l'avantage de la simplicité et de la clarté) permet au chirurgien de réparer la valvule mitrale en adaptant à chaque dysfonction une correction appropriée et, par l'application de règles, d'obtenir des résultats reproductibles (3-6). [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy levels of High l - States in Neutral and Singly Ionized Argon
Palmeri, P.; Biémont, Emile ULg

in Physica Scripta (1995), 51

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See detailLes Coléoptères Carabidae (Coleoptera) de la Réserve Naturelle du Pré des Forges à Mirwart
Waeyenbergh, M.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Lebrun, Philippe

in Bulletin en Annalen van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (1995), 131

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See detailLa climatologie comme facteur modifiant du projet urbain
Dupagne, Albert ULg; Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in Publications de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (1995), 8

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See detailNotice sur Marcel Migeotte
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Annuaire de l'Académie Royale de Belgique (1995)

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See detailRemote Sensing and Urban Change
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Barnsley, Mike

in GISDATA Newsletter (1995), 6

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See detailAvoided overlap between two resonance energies or frequencies. Formation of fast and slow decay modes
Desouter, Michèle ULg; Jacques, Vincent

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (1995), 28

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See detailCloning of an SNF2/SWI2-related protein that binds specifically to the SPH motifs of the SV40 enhancer and to the HIV-1 promoter.
Sheridan, P. L.; Schorpp, M.; Voz, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1995), 270(9), 4575-87

We have isolated a human cDNA clone encoding HIP116, a protein that binds to the SPH repeats of the SV40 enhancer and to the TATA/inhibitor region of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 promoter. The ... [more ▼]

We have isolated a human cDNA clone encoding HIP116, a protein that binds to the SPH repeats of the SV40 enhancer and to the TATA/inhibitor region of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 promoter. The predicted HIP116 protein is related to the yeast SNF2/SWI2 transcription factor and to other members of this extended family and contains seven domains similar to those found in the vaccinia NTP1 ATPase. Interestingly, HIP116 also contains a C3HC4 zinc-binding motif (RING finger) interspersed between the ATPase motifs in an arrangement similar to that found in the yeast RAD5 and RAD16 proteins. The HIP116 amino terminus is unique among the members of this family, and houses a specific DNA-binding domain. Antiserum raised against HIP116 recognizes a 116-kDa nuclear protein in Western blots and specifically supershifts SV40 and HIV-1 protein-DNA complexes in gel shift experiments. The binding site for HIP116 on the SV40 enhancer directly overlaps the site for TEF-1, and like TEF-1, binding of HIP116 to the SV40 enhancer is destroyed by mutations that inhibit SPH enhancer activity in vivo. Purified fractions of HIP116 display strong ATPase activity that is preferentially stimulated by SPH DNA and can be inhibited specifically by antibodies to HIP116. These findings suggest that HIP116 might affect transcription, directly or indirectly, by acting as a DNA binding site-specific ATPase. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of high osmolarity acclimation on tolerance to hyperosmotic shocks in L929 cultured cells.
Gilles, Raymond ULg; Belkhir, M.; Compère, Philippe ULg et al

in Tissue & Cell (1995), 27(6), 679-687

Application of abrupt, large hyperosmotic shocks induces in L929 cultured cells changes similar to those previously described in other cell types, notably a hypercondensation of the nuclear chromatin ... [more ▼]

Application of abrupt, large hyperosmotic shocks induces in L929 cultured cells changes similar to those previously described in other cell types, notably a hypercondensation of the nuclear chromatin. This paper shows that; 1) this phenomenon is concomitant with a complete disappearance of deoxyribonucleic acid, as visualized by immunogold labelling, from the nucleoplasmic spaces; 2) acclimation to high osmolarities (600 mOsm) by addition to the culture medium of NaCl, sorbitol or proline protects the cells from these effects, which appear to be largely attenuated-acclimated cells also survive much better to the osmotic shock than do control cells and; 3) the best protection seems to be provided by sorbitol and NaCl. Proline acclimation is less effective. These effects are discussed in terms of increased tolerance to NaCl load induced at the level of different macromolecules by so-called 'compensatory' organic compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailThe hydrophobic effect in protein folding.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in FASEB Journal (1995), 9(7), 535-40

In this review of protein folding we consider the noncovalent interactions existing between atoms or molecules at the molecular level. The electrostatic, Van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic ... [more ▼]

In this review of protein folding we consider the noncovalent interactions existing between atoms or molecules at the molecular level. The electrostatic, Van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic interactions are described and their contribution to protein conformation is discussed. The growing interest in the hydrophobic effect arises from its importance in the protein folding process, and a semiempirical simulation of the free energy of solvation is proposed. In most proteins, the different forces we describe contribute to the stability of the protein conformation in a complex way. However, in the case of the apolipoproteins and cytochrome C551, the energetic contributions are easily distinguished. For this reason, these proteins are used to illustrate the importance of the different energy fields. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple two species ecological model exhibiting chaotic behaviour
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Nihoul, Jacques ULg

in Mathematical & Computer Modelling (1995), 21(6), 3-11

The classical prey-predator model of Lotka-Volterra is revisited. Instead of constant growth rates, a modulated growth rate for the prey is used. It is shown that in this very simple case, the resulting ... [more ▼]

The classical prey-predator model of Lotka-Volterra is revisited. Instead of constant growth rates, a modulated growth rate for the prey is used. It is shown that in this very simple case, the resulting system's evolution may become nonlinearly resonant. This shows that complex behaviour is not necessarily related to complex systems. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation Of Synthetic Peptide-Fragments Of Human Apolipoprotein-A-I With Phospholipids
Vanloo, B.; Demoor, L.; Boutillon, C. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (1995), 36(8), 1686-96

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and ... [more ▼]

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and functional units of this class of proteins. We proposed that the 22-mer repeats of the plasma apolipoproteins consist of 17-mer helical segments separated by extended beta-strands comprising five amino acid residues with a proline in the center of this segment. These beta-strand segments help reverse the orientation of the consecutive helices of apoA-I, A-IV, and E in a discoidal apolipoprotein-phospholipid complex. In order to support this hypothesis, we synthesized apoA-I fragments consisting of, respectively, one putative helix (residues 166-183), one helix plus a beta-strand (residues 161-183), and a pair of helices separated by a beta-strand (residues 145-183). The structural and lipid-binding properties of these peptides were investigated by turbidity, fluorescence, binding studies with unilamellar phospholipid vesicles, electron microscopy, and circular dichroism measurements. Our data show that one single putative helical segment or one helical segment plus one extended beta-strand do not form stable complexes with phospholipids. The addition of a second adjacent helix has no influence on the lipid affinity of the apoA-I 145-183 peptide compared to the shorter segments but substantially improves the stability of the complexes. The helical content of the peptide increases upon lipid association as observed with apoA-I. The complexes generated with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide appear as discoidal particles by negative staining electron microscopy, with heterogeneous sizes ranging between 250 and 450 A. The relative orientation of the peptide and the phospholipid is the same as in a DMPC/apoA-I complex as the helices are oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipid. However, the stability of these complexes is significantly lower than that of the corresponding DMPC/apoA-I complexes. The transition temperature, fluidity, and cooperativity of the phospholipid bilayer are only weakly affected by the association with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide. These data suggest that a pair of helical peptides linked through a beta-strand associates more tightly with lipids and can form discoidal lipid-peptide complexes, than a single helix. A comparison with the properties of native apoA-I suggests, however, that the cooperativity between pairs of helices in native apoA-I further contributes to strengthen the lipid-protein association. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of growth of normal and human papillomavirus-transformed keratinocytes in monolayer and organotypic cultures by interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha.
Delvenne, Philippe ULg; al-Saleh, W.; Gilles, Christine ULg et al

in American Journal of Pathology (1995), 146(3), 589-98

The growth response of normal and human papillomavirus (HPV)-transformed cervical keratinocytes to interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha was investigated in monolayer and ... [more ▼]

The growth response of normal and human papillomavirus (HPV)-transformed cervical keratinocytes to interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha was investigated in monolayer and organotypic raft cultures. The proliferation rates of monolayer cultures were assessed by [3H]TdR incorporation and fluorimetric DNA titration. The growth of keratinocytes in organotypic cultures was estimated by their ability to stratify on collagen rafts and by immunohistochemistry for Ki67 antigen expression. IFN-gamma reduced the DNA synthesis of normal and HPV-transformed keratinocytes in monolayer cultures and exerted a marked growth inhibitory effect in organotypic raft cultures. In control raft cultures, normal keratinocytes produced an epithelial sheet of approximately 10 cells in thickness that closely resembled normal cervical epithelium and was characterized by sparse Ki67 antigen-positive cells whereas HPV-transformed keratinocytes produced up to 15 poorly differentiated epithelial layers that were reminiscent of high grade cervical lesions seen in vivo and exhibited a full thickness Ki67 antigen expression. When normal and HPV-transformed keratinocytes were maintained in the presence of IFN-gamma, the epithelial sheet was reduced to a few cells in thickness and the density of Ki67 antigen-positive cells was decreased. A more pronounced growth inhibitory effect in monolayer and organotypic cultures was observed when IFN-gamma was associated with tumor necrosis factor-alpha Tumor necrosis factor-alpha alone reduced the DNA synthesis of normal keratinocytes but was significantly less effective than IFN-gamma to inhibit the growth of HPV-transformed keratinocytes. These results suggest that similar responses in vivo to regulatory molecules may play a role in the development of HPV-related lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of acetylcholine, capsaicin and substance P effects by histamine H3 receptors in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Garbarg, M. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 277(2-3), 243-50

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). Acetylcholine (10(-8) to 10(-4) M), substance P (10(-10) to 10(-6) M), capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) induced an increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide, a novel histamine H3 receptor antagonist, induced a significant leftward shift of the concentration-response curve to acetylcholine and also enhanced the effect of capsaicin on the Kf,c, while it had no significant effect on the response to substance P and 5-HT. Imetit, a new histamine H3 receptor agonist, strongly inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin. Imetit also strongly protected the lung against substance P effects but did not prevent the 5-HT-induced increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide completely blocked the inhibitory effect of Imetit on the acetylcholine response. (R)-alpha-Methylhistamine, an other histamine H3 receptor agonist, had the same protective effect against acetylcholine response as Imetit. We conclude that histamine H3 receptors could protect the lung against acetylcholine- and capsaicin-induced oedema via a prejunctional modulatory effect on the C-fibres. However, since the response to exogenous substance P was also inhibited by histamine H3 receptor stimulation, the presence of such receptors at a postsynaptic level, probably on mast cells, was also suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailExtraction d'une canine chez un ours polaire
DUFOUR, Pascale ULg; Balligand, Marc ULg; Pypendop, B. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1995)

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See detailKarel Tchapek : humaniste et visionnaire
Mouton, Charles ULg

in Revue Générale (1995), (6/7), 71-80

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Troubles electrolytiques severes dans l'anorexie mentale.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(1), 16-7

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See detailApplication Of The Quasi-Static Mode Of The Drop Volume Technique To The Determination Of Fundamental Surfactant Properties
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Delhaye, Sylvie et al

in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (1995), 174(2), 373-377

The quasi-static mode of the drop volume technique has been applied for determining the equilibrium surface tension-concentration (σe-c) curves of ionic (SDS, CTAB) zwitterionic (CHAPS), and nonionic ... [more ▼]

The quasi-static mode of the drop volume technique has been applied for determining the equilibrium surface tension-concentration (σe-c) curves of ionic (SDS, CTAB) zwitterionic (CHAPS), and nonionic (Triton X-100) surfactants. The experimental values have been fitted in two parts by the best polynomial and straight-line equations. Determination coefficients (R2) higher than 0.98 were achieved for all σe-c curves. The critical micelle concentration (CMC) and surface tension at the CMC have been calculated at the intersection point of the two fitted curves. The results conform with those found in the literature. The polynomial equation derivative at the CMC was used in the Gibbs equation to calculate the maximum surface excess concentration and the corresponding molecular area. The space required per molecule under saturation conditions is in agreement with the surfactant structures. A comparison with the Wilhelmy-plate method was also made. It is concluded that the quasi-static drop volume method provides accurate results and presents many practical advantages. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacité du piège à fosse pour la collecte d' Hypnoidus riparius (Fabricius) (Coleoptera, Elateridae)
Jeuniaux, C.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg

in Bulletin et Annales de la Société Royale Belge d’Entomologie = Bulletin en Annalen van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (1995), 131

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See detailSpores et pollens, témoins remarquables de la végétation des continents depuis un demi-milliard d'années.
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences. Académie Royale de Belgique (1995), 6e Série

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See detailLa traduction de textes religieux dans l'Egypte gréco-romaine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Kernos : Revue Internationale et Pluridisciplinaire de Religion Grecque (1995), 8

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See detailDNA polymorphism detection in Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae): potential use in stored product pest management
Braet, Yves; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in DNA Sequence : The Journal of DNA Sequencing & Mapping (1995), 6

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See detailUnaudited clinical experience.
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Fertility and Sterility (1995), 63(4), 934-5

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See detailDebate. Personal Experience and Research Experience : A Reflexive Account
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Ouali, Nouria; Choenni, C.

in Merger (1995), 3(2), 4-7

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See detailModélisation des Écoulements Hydrologiques Quasi-Tridimensionnels : Problèmes Théoriques et Numériques
Pirotton, Michel ULg

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1995), 48(573), 19-26

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See detailAspects hémodynamiques de l'insulinorésistance: des concepts théoriques à la thérapeutique.
Paquot, Nicolas ULg; SCHEEN, André ULg; Lefebvre, P.

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53

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See detailAnatomie chirurgicale de la valvule aortique. Relations avec le corps fibreux central et le tissu de conduction
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(7), 286-8

L'anatomie intrinsèque de la valvule aortique est plus simple que celle des valvules auriculo-ventriculaires ; toutefois, de par sa situation anatomique centrale entre les valvules mitrale et tricuspide ... [more ▼]

L'anatomie intrinsèque de la valvule aortique est plus simple que celle des valvules auriculo-ventriculaires ; toutefois, de par sa situation anatomique centrale entre les valvules mitrale et tricuspide en arrière, les sigmoïdes pulmonaires en avant, la valvule aortique présente de multiples rapports qu'il convient de connaître. C'est l'ambition de cette revue que d'illustrer les relations de la valvule aortique avec les structures avoisinantes, de montrer la complexité de son attache à la jontion ventriculo-artérielle, et de rappeler comment sa géométrie très précise permet, en synergie avec les sinus de Valsalva, d'en optimaliser le fonctionnement hémodynamique. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of Liquid Flow Distribution in Trickling Flow Reactor Using Computer-Assisted X-Ray Tomography
Toye, Dominique ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg; Crine, Michel ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Research & Design : Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Part A (1995), 73(A3), 258-262

In this paper, we propose a new experimental technique, based on X-ray tomography, allowing the analysis of the gas-liquid-solid phase distribution in trickling flow reactors. Tomography refers to the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we propose a new experimental technique, based on X-ray tomography, allowing the analysis of the gas-liquid-solid phase distribution in trickling flow reactors. Tomography refers to the cross-sectional imaging of an object from data collected by illuminating this object from many directions. The experimental set-up allows the scanning of transverse sections of rather large columns: up to 0.8 m diameter and 2 m height can be irradiated. Experiments were carried out both without and with liquid flow. In the absence of liquid, the reconstructed images give a view of the non-uniformity of the solid phase distribution. The images obtained are very complex because they result from the superposition of several distributions with different Spatial scales. We show the existence of a first spatial scale which allows us to separate properties belonging to the individual packing elements from those belonging to the bed scale. When liquid is flowing through the packed bed X-ray scans give a clear picture of the distribution of the liquid phase saturation, despite the very low liquid film thickness. Average values of this liquid phase saturation are determined and confronted with a partial wetting model. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose handling, diabetes and ageing.
Paolisso, G.; Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Hormone Research (1995), 43(1-3), 52-7

The relationship between ageing and glucose homeostasis is still an open debate. In fact, the mechanisms by which glucose metabolism is progressively impaired with increasing age are not completely ... [more ▼]

The relationship between ageing and glucose homeostasis is still an open debate. In fact, the mechanisms by which glucose metabolism is progressively impaired with increasing age are not completely understood. In the present report we have reviewed the possible mechanisms (impaired insulin secretion and action, role of the environmental factors) which may lead to the impairment in glucose handling associated with ageing. We also point out that not all aged subjects are glucose intolerant; in fact, it has been suggested that only those aged subjects who present more than one pathological finding do in fact develop impaired glucose handling. [less ▲]

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See detailEmergence of the ZNF91 Kruppel-associated box-containing zinc finger gene family in the last common ancestor of anthropoidea
Bellefroid, Eric J.; Marine, Jean-Christophe; Matera, A Gregory et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1995), 92(23), 10757-61

The ZNF91 gene family, a subset of the Kruppel-associated box (KRAB)-containing group of zinc finger genes, comprises more than 40 loci; most reside on human chromosome 19p12-p13.1. We have examined the ... [more ▼]

The ZNF91 gene family, a subset of the Kruppel-associated box (KRAB)-containing group of zinc finger genes, comprises more than 40 loci; most reside on human chromosome 19p12-p13.1. We have examined the emergence and evolutionary conservation of the ZNF91 family. ZNF91 family members were detected in all species of great apes, gibbons, Old World monkeys, and New World monkeys examined but were not found in prosimians or rodents. In each species containing the ZNF91 family, the genes were clustered at one major site, on the chromosome(s) syntenic to human chromosome 19. To identify a putative "founder" gene, > 20 murine KRAB-containing zinc finger protein (ZFP) cDNAs were randomly cloned, but none showed sequence similarity to the ZNF91 genes. These observations suggest that the ZNF91 gene cluster is a derived character specific to Anthropoidea, resulting from a duplication and amplification event some 55 million years ago in the common ancestor of simians. Although the ZNF91 gene cluster is present in all simian species, the sequences of the human ZNF91 gene that confer DNA-binding specificity were conserved only in great apes, suggesting that there is not a high selective pressure to maintain the DNA targets of these proteins during evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailA new analysis of the OH radical spectrum from solar infrared observations.
Mélen, F.; Sauval, A. J.; Grevesse, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (1995), 174

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See detailAcquis de la recherche en matière d'évaluation génétique des ovins et des caprins en Tunisie
D'Jemali, M'naouer; Jamal, Sofiene; Ben-Dhiaf, Sonia et al

in Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes (1995), 11

Work carried out on performance recording for growth and milk yield in sheep and goats for use in genetic evaluation is briefly summarized, and preliminary data on the growth and reproductive traits of 9 ... [more ▼]

Work carried out on performance recording for growth and milk yield in sheep and goats for use in genetic evaluation is briefly summarized, and preliminary data on the growth and reproductive traits of 9 flocks of Barbary sheep in 1987-92 are presented in 14 tables and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus gene 63 encodes an immediate-early protein that is abundantly expressed during latency
Debrus, Serge; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (1995), 69(5), 3240-3245

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex virus type 1. In order to study the expression of this protein during lytic and latent infection, gene 63 was cloned in frame and downstream from the glutathione-S-transferase gene, expressed as a fusion protein, and purified. In VZV-infected Vero cells, antibodies directed against this protein detect two polypeptides of 45 and 38 kDa which are localized both in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus. Using a sequential combination of transcription and protein synthesis inhibitors (actinomycin D and cycloheximide, respectively), we demonstrated the immediate-early nature of this protein, which can thus be named IE63. Using a rat model of VZV latency, we showed that IE63 is heavily expressed, essentially in neurons, during latency. IE63 can also be detected in the skin of patients showing early herpes zoster symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailGuianensine, a zwitterionic alkaloid from Strychnos guianensis
Quetin-Leclercq, Joëlle; Llabres, Gabriel ULg; Warin, Roger et al

in Phytochemistry (1995), 40(5), 1557-1560

The isolation and structure determination of an alkaloid isolated from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis is described. Elucidation of its structure is based mainly on 1D and 2D NMR studies. The new ... [more ▼]

The isolation and structure determination of an alkaloid isolated from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis is described. Elucidation of its structure is based mainly on 1D and 2D NMR studies. The new alkaloid has a zwitterionic asymmetrical bis-indole structure and is named guianensine. [less ▲]

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See detailAzidothymidine as a potential modifier of radiation-reponse
Copaceanu, M-L; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Cottin, E et al

in Acta Oncologica (1995)

Abstract The potential effect of AZT as a thymidine analogue on radiation response in vitro was investigated. Two human cell lines (WiDr and HeLa) were used. The effect of 10 μM AZT on exponentially ... [more ▼]

Abstract The potential effect of AZT as a thymidine analogue on radiation response in vitro was investigated. Two human cell lines (WiDr and HeLa) were used. The effect of 10 μM AZT on exponentially growing cells was studied after different exposure times (24, 48 and 72 h). The surviving fraction (clonogenic assay) or metabolic activity (MTT assay) after irradiation of AZT-exposed cells, was compared to unexposed irradiated controls. Flow cytometry was used to assess the cell-cycle effect of pre-exposure of exponentially growing cells to AZT. AZT had a radioprotective effect for all experimental time points as far as WiDr was concerned. For HeLa the effect was significant at 24 h. Cell-cycle analysis showed a significant accumulation in S-phase at 72 h for WiDr. For HeLa there was a significant accumulation in S-phase at 48 h. We conclude that under the reported experimental conditions, AZT as a thymidine analogue seems to reduce the cytotoxic effect of irradiation. [less ▲]

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