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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailExercice physique et ostéoporose
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Le Monde Médical de la Femme (1996), 309(15), 25-27

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

in Phytotherapy Research (1996), 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailHeparin-binding domain, type 1 and type 2 repeats of thrombospondin mediate its interaction with human breast cancer cells.
Incardona, F.; Lawler, J.; Cataldo, Didier ULg et al

in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (1996), 62(4), 431-42

Thrombospondin is an adhesive glycoprotein that promotes breast cancer cell adhesion to human vascular endothelial cells (Incardona et al., 1995). In this study, we have identified the molecular domains ... [more ▼]

Thrombospondin is an adhesive glycoprotein that promotes breast cancer cell adhesion to human vascular endothelial cells (Incardona et al., 1995). In this study, we have identified the molecular domains of thrombospondin that mediate its binding to specific receptors on the human breast adenocarcinoma cell line, MDA-MB-231. Two recombinant fragments from the amino-terminus (TSPN18 and TSPN28), and the fusion proteins of the type 1 and type 2 repeats of human thrombospondin, inhibited binding of radiolabeled thrombospondin to MDA-MB-231 cells in suspension by 40-60% at 50 micrograms/ml whereas the type 3 repeat, carboxy-terminus and unfused glutathione-S-transferase as well as the synthetic peptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (500 micrograms/ml) had little or no effect. Heparin and various glycosaminoglycans as heparan sulfate, chondroitin sulfates A, B or C, and fucoidan inhibited thrombospondin binding to MDA-MB-231 cells by more than 60% whereas dextran sulfate had only little effect. Treatment of cells with heparitinase, chondroitinase ABC, and hyaluronidase, but not with neuraminidase, induced 30-50% inhibition of thrombospondin binding suggesting the participation of both heparan sulfate and chondroitin sulfate cell surface-associated molecules. Inhibition of proteoglycan sulfation by chlorate or inhibition of glycosaminoglycan chain formation by two beta-D-xylosides also led to a substantial inhibition of thrombospondin binding. Our results indicate that several domains within the thrombospondin molecule, namely the amino-terminus, type 1 and type 2 repeats, participate in its binding to specific receptors bearing sulfated glycosaminoglycans on MDA-MB-231 cells. Biological assays have indicated that, in addition to these domains, the peptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser inhibited MDA-MB-231 cell attachment to thrombospondin suggesting that the last type 3 repeat of the molecule may also contribute to its cell adhesive activity. [less ▲]

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See detailTrends of OCS, HCN, SF6, CHClF2, (HCFC-22) in the lower stratosphere from 1985 and 1994 atmospheric trace molecule spectroscopy experiment measurements near 30 degrees N latitude
Rinsland, C. P.; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Zander, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2349-2352

Volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of OCS, HCN, SF6, and CHClF2 (HCFC-22) have been measured near 30 degrees N latitude by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Fourier transform spectrometer during ... [more ▼]

Volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of OCS, HCN, SF6, and CHClF2 (HCFC-22) have been measured near 30 degrees N latitude by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Fourier transform spectrometer during shuttle flights on 29 April-6 May 1985 and 3-2 November 1994. The change in the concentration of each molecule in the lower stratosphere has been derived for this 9 1/2-year period by comparing measurements between potential temperatures of 395 to 800 K (similar to 17 to 30 km altitude) relative to simultaneously measured values of the long-lived tracer N2O. Exponential rates of increase inferred for 1985-to-1994 from these comparisons are (0.1 +/- 0.4)% yr(-1) for OCS, (1.0 +/- 1.0)% yr(-1) for HCN, (8.0+/-0.7)% yr(-1) for SF6, and (8.0 +/- 1.0)% yr(-1) for CHClF2 (HCFC-22), 1 sigma. The lack of an appreciable trend for OCS suggests the background (i.e., nonvolcanic) source of stratospheric aerosol was the same during the two periods. These results are compared with trends reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailCompte rendu de S. Geroulanos, R. Bridler, Trauma: Wund-Entstehung und Wund-Pflege im antiken Griechenland, Mainz, 1994
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Antiquité Classique : Revue Interuniversitaire d'Etudes Classiques (1996), 65

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe degree/rapidity of the metabolic deterioration following interruption of a continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion is influenced by the prevailing blood glucose Level.
Castillo, M. J.; Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1996), 81(5), 1975-8

This study aims at investigating the influence of the prevailing blood glucose level on the metabolic deterioration that follows a nocturnal interruption of a continuous sc insulin infusion (CSII ... [more ▼]

This study aims at investigating the influence of the prevailing blood glucose level on the metabolic deterioration that follows a nocturnal interruption of a continuous sc insulin infusion (CSII). Fifteen CSII-treated, C-peptide negative, diabetic patients have been studied CSII was interrupted from 2300 h to 0500 h. Blood was collected hourly from 2200 h to 0600 h. According to blood glucose (BG) levels at 2300 h, patients were classified as hypoglycemic (BG between 1.5 and 2.5 mmol/L, n = 5), normoglycemic (BG between 4.0 and 8.0 mmol/L, n = 5), or hyperglycemic (BG between 9.0 and 15.0 mmol/L, n = 5). At 2300 h, BG (mean +/- SEM) was 1.9 +/- 0.1, 6.2 +/- 0.7 and 11.2 +/- 1.0 mmol/L, respectively. After 6 h of CSII interruption, BG increased to 13.5 +/- 1.3, 14.1 +/- 1.2, and 19.4 +/- 1.2 mmol/L, respectively. At 2300 h, plasma 3-OH-butyrate levels were similar in the three groups (around 150 micromol/L). At 0500 h, significantly higher values were obtained for hyperglycemic (1460 +/- 127 micromol/L) than for normoglycemic (868 +/- 150 micromol/L) or hypoglycemic (837 +/- 80 micromol/L) patients. Enhanced lipolysis in initially hyperglycemic patients may contribute to accelerated ketogenesis and metabolic degradation. In conclusion, the metabolic deterioration that follows CSII interruption is influenced by the initial metabolic situation. Hypoglycemic patients deteriorate more rapidly, and hyperglycemic patients suffer a more important degradation. The latter are prone to rapid ketoacidosis if accidental CSII interruption occurs. [less ▲]

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

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 315

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailClinical and angiographic outcome of elective stent implantation in small coronary vessels: an analysis of the BENESTENT trial.
Keane, D.; Azar, A. J.; de Jaegere, P. et al

in Seminars in interventional cardiology : SIIC (1996), 1(4), 255-62

We examined the influence of vessel size using an intention-to-treat approach in 259 patients who underwent stent implantation and in 257 patients who underwent balloon angioplasty alone in the BENESTENT ... [more ▼]

We examined the influence of vessel size using an intention-to-treat approach in 259 patients who underwent stent implantation and in 257 patients who underwent balloon angioplasty alone in the BENESTENT trial. In the stented population, smaller vessel size was associated with a higher stent:vessel ratio, a greater relative gain and a greater subsequent loss index, and a higher risk of adverse cardiac events. In the balloon angioplasty population small vessel size conveyed an increased requirement for revascularization but did not increase the risk of procedural failure or myocardial infarction during follow-up. Logistic regression indicated that decreasing vessel size (as a continous variable) was associated with an increasing risk of a cardiac event for both the stent and balloon angioplasty populations. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs in postoperative pain
Joris, Jean ULg

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1996), 47(3), 115-123

Historically, NSAIDs, used for more than 25 years to treat rheumatologic diseases, were then introduced to relieve pain after tooth extraction, and finally about 10 years ago for postoperative analgesia ... [more ▼]

Historically, NSAIDs, used for more than 25 years to treat rheumatologic diseases, were then introduced to relieve pain after tooth extraction, and finally about 10 years ago for postoperative analgesia. NSAIDs have been increasingly used over the past ten years in the treatment of postoperative pain, such that they now play an important role in the management of postoperative analgesia, either alone or combined with opioids. When used alone, they are effective in relieving minor or moderate pain such as that seen after maxillofacial, minor orthopedic, or some ambulatory surgical procedures, and postpartum pain (episiotomy). In these indications, the main benefit as compared with opioids is the lack of respiratory depression, nausea and vomiting. Since these side effects delay discharge from the hospital after ambulatory surgery, the use of NSAIDs may result in faster recovery and earlier discharge. Because of the ceiling effect of NSAIDs, their efficacy as sole agents is usually insufficient to treat pain after major surgery (orthopedic, abdominal, thoracic). NSAIDs should then be combined with opioids. As part of a balanced analgesia regimen, NSAIDs will allow for opioid-sparing, and might subsequently reduce opioid-mediated side effects. A 20 to 50% reduction in opioid consumption, sometimes with improved quality of analgesia, has been reported using different NSAIDs following various types of surgery. Better respiratory function, improved sleep quality, and faster recovery of gastrointestinal function have been reported with NSAIDs. However, the use of NSAIDs has not been shown to be associated with improved outcome or more rapid recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailRuminal, cardiorespiratory and adrenocortical sequelae of Na2EDTA-induced hypocalcemia in calves
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Veterinary Research Communications (1996), 20

A study was undertaken to provide further information on the ruminal, cardiorespiratory and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPAC) physiological sequelae of hypocalcaemia in dairy calves. The ... [more ▼]

A study was undertaken to provide further information on the ruminal, cardiorespiratory and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPAC) physiological sequelae of hypocalcaemia in dairy calves. The functional picture observed in standing calves experiencing Na2EDTA-induced progressive hypocalcaemia showed a biphasic pattern. During the first phase (Ca2+ varying between 1.20 +/- 0.09 and 0.64 +/- 0.15 mmol/L, mean +/- SD), the animals became dull and lethargic, shifting their weight from one hind limb to the other, with cool extremities and hypersalivation. Their ventilation was slightly increased but their heart rate, thoracoabdominal pressure, pulmonary mechanics, haemoglobin and temperature remained constant. Conversely, their systemic arterial pressure (SAP) and the amplitude of their ruminal contractions (RCA) were severely decreased. During the second phase (Ca2+ < 0.64 +/- 0.15 mmol/L), there was restlessness, tachycardia, hypertension, polycythaemia and, finally, inability to stay upright. It is suggested that the diminished Ca2+ availability caused smooth-muscle and myocardial dysfunctions which could explain the RCA and SAP changes recorded during the first phase, whereas neural and/or humoral sympathetic discharge probably accounted for the reversal in SAP and heart rate when Ca2+ was decreased further. Serum cortisol increased regularly and remained significantly correlated with Ca2+ in each animal. Moreover, regression of delta cortisol/delta Ca2+ on delta Ca2+/delta Na2EDTA was significant (p < or = 0.001). It was concluded that mild asymptomatic hypocalcaemia severely impairs ruminal function, which will progressively worsen the Ca2+ deficit; that the inability to maintain posture in hypocalcaemia is not due to hypotension; and that the higher the HPAC response to hypocalcaemia, the higher the resistance to its effects. An asymptomatic periparturient cow with barely detectable ruminal activity may merit preventive calcium borogluconate therapy. Also, the physiological role of hypotension in explaining the clinical picture may be less important than other processes, such as neuromuscular failure. Finally, the present results imply a possible HPAC exhaustion in cows with periparturient paretic hypocalcaemia [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical seismicity of the Strait of Dover–Pas de Calais
Melville, Charles; Levret, Agnès; Alexandre, Pierre ULg et al

in Terra Nova (1996), 8

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See detailA numerical investigation in the transition zone of the NW African upwelling
Elmoussaoui, A.; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Kostianoy, A. et al

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

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See detailLe Maître et son hypertexte
Vromans, Joseph ULg

in Etudes & Travaux (1996), I

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

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

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

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

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See detailComposition of the essential oil of Piper acutifolium Ruiz. and Pav. from Peru.
Lognay, Georges ULg; Bouxin, P.; Marlier, M. et al

in Journal of Essential Oil Research (1996), 8(6),

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See detailLa communauté des citoyens de D. Schnapper
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in New Community (1996), 22(1), 165-166

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See detailThe efficacy of a phyto-aromatic ear gel against auricular mange in rabbits and carnivores
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1996), 138

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See detailLa place actuelle de l'immunoanalyse en Toxicologie Clinique
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Immuno-Analyse & Biologie Spécialisée [=IBS] (1996), 11

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

in Journal of Education (1996), Octobre

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

in Italian Quarterly (1996), 129-130

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See detailParticle Production in a Hadron Collider Rapidity Gap: The Higgs Case
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Hernandez, Oscar F

in Nucl. Phys. (1996), B471

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See detailNucleic acid detection by in situ molecular immunogold labeling procedures.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Scanning Microscopy. Supplement (1996), 10

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new ... [more ▼]

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new immunocytological approaches involve the incorporation of labeled nucleotides in the nucleic acids present at the surface of ultrathin sections prior to immunogold labeling. The antibodies used recognize a nucleoside analogue (bromodeoxyuridine) or a hapten (biotin) employed to label nucleotides. Examples of high-resolution detection include DNA or RNA present in different substructures of cell nuclei, and in particular, in adenovirus-induced intranuclear regions of HeLa cells. In addition to being highly sensitive and specific, these new methods offer the possibility of studying the spatial distribution of nucleic acids in very well preserved, readily recognizable structures. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Neoproterozoic Pan-African basement from the Alpine Lower Danubian nappe system (South Carpathians, Romania)
Liégeois, Jean-Paul ULg; Berza, Tudor; Tatu, Mihai et al

in Precambrian Research (1996), 80

The South Carpathians, which were thrust to the Moesian platform in the Alpine orogeny (Late Cretaceous to Tertiary), include the Danubian nappe system. The Danubian pre-Alpine basement comprises two ... [more ▼]

The South Carpathians, which were thrust to the Moesian platform in the Alpine orogeny (Late Cretaceous to Tertiary), include the Danubian nappe system. The Danubian pre-Alpine basement comprises two Variscan nappes, each one made up of partially retrogressed amphibolite facies rocks intruded by granitoids and capped by an Ordovician-Devonian volcano-sedimentary cover. No lithological correlation can be established between the pre-Ordovician basements of these two units. The metamorphic basement from the first Variscan nappe, the Drãgºan Group, is composed of banded amphibolites with some augen and aluminous gneisses intruded by granodioritic to tonalitic plutons. The banded structure of the amphibolites, together with their geochemistry, suggests a volcano-sedimentary sequence. Zircon U-Pb data on an intercalated augen gneiss have given an age of 777 ± 3 Ma for the emplacement of the protolith of this gneiss. Nd model ages (TDM) for the amphibolites range from 717 Ma to 817 Ma. At 777 Ma, Nd values cluster is at +8.3 to +9.8 and Sr initial ratios range between 0.7007 and 0.7023, indicating an oceanic origin without continental crust contamination. Major and trace elements from the Drãgºan amphibolites consistently display an island arc signature, with three differentiation trends evolving from an early tholeiitic trend to a more differentiated low-K calc-alkaline one. The Drãgºan terrane is similar to the Early Pan-African juvenile terranes of the Sahara. The basement of the second Variscan nappe, the Lainici-Pãiuº Group, is made up of metasedimentary rocks (mainly quartzites, marbles and graphitic mica gneisses) cut by early leucogranitic dykes, medium-K calc-alkaline and alkali-calcic (mainly granitic) plutons, and late medium-K porphyry diorite dykes. This magmatism can be bracketed between 588 Ma and 567 Ma (U-Pb zircon ages). The best preserved pluton (Tismana, 567 Ma old), displays a composite alkali-calcic (very high-K calc-alkaline) magmatic sequence, ranging from gabbro-diorite to monzogranite, including an ultramafic pod. Ages and geochemical signatures resemble the Saharan Late Pan-African granitoids. The existence of Late Precambrian partly juvenile terrains is thus confirmed within the basement of South Carpathians, which renders then a segment of the European Alpine belt that can be successfully compared to the Pan-African Trans-Saharan belt. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe Potent Angioinhibin Agm-1470 Stimulates Normal but Not Human Tumoral Lymphocytes
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Daukandt, M.; Locigno, R. et al

in Tumori (1996), 82(1, Jan-Feb), 27-30

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects have already led to phase I clinical trials in patients with solid cancers. However, neither the exact mechanisms of action of AGM-1470 nor its effects on the host of normal cells have been extensively studied. Recently, we showed that AGM-1470 enhanced the proliferation of B lymphocytes in the presence of T cells. Since AGM-1470 could potentially be used in patients with lymphoma, it was urgent to test the effect of the molecule on the proliferation of tumor lymphocytes. METHODS: The possible effect of AGM-1470 on the proliferation of normal or tumor lymphocytes was evaluated by thymidine-incorporated assays. Normal T and B lymphocytes were purified from human tonsils. The tumor lymphocytes used in the study were Molt 3, Molt 4 and Jurkatt cell lines for the T lineage and Daudi and Radji cell lines for the B lineage. RESULTS: As shown previously, AGM-1470 stimulates the proliferation of normal B lymphocytes through an action on normal T cells. THe angioinhibin was ineffective ont eh proliferation of both T and B transformed cells. Moreover, in the presence of the drug, tumor T cells co-cultured with normal B lymphocytes did not induce any increase in B cell proliferation, as previously observed with normal T lymphocytes. Inversely, tumor B cells co-cultured with normal T lymphocytes were insensitive to the drug. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that AGM-1470 is ineffective on lymphoid tumor cell proliferation and could potentially be safely administered to lymphoma patients. [less ▲]

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See detailInactivated Bovine Herpesvirus 1 Induces Apoptotic Cell Death of Mitogen-Stimulated Bovine Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells
Hanon, E.; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Lyaku, S. et al

in Journal of Virology (1996), 70(6), 4116-4120

Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) is able to inhibit the proliferation of bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Here, we have demonstrated that live BHV-1 and, interestingly, inactivated BHV-1 can induce ... [more ▼]

Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) is able to inhibit the proliferation of bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Here, we have demonstrated that live BHV-1 and, interestingly, inactivated BHV-1 can induce apoptosis of mitogen-stimulated bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailGuide bibliographique pour l'histoire de la principauté de Liège au 18e siècle : La vie intellectuelle
Droixhe, Daniel ULg; Vanwelkenhuyzen, Nadine ULg

in Annuaire d'Histoire Liégeoise (1996), Numéro spécial

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See detailPapyrologica bilinguia Graeco-latina
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Aegyptus (1996), 76

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See detailPrognostic indices for mortality of hospitalized children in central Africa.
Dramaix, M.; Brasseur, D.; Donnen, P. et al

in American journal of epidemiology (1996), 143(12), 1235-43

A hospital-based follow-up study was conducted between 1986 and 1988 at Lwiro (South Kivu Province, Zaire). Of 1,129 children in the study, three of four were severely malnourished, and 17.4% died. This ... [more ▼]

A hospital-based follow-up study was conducted between 1986 and 1988 at Lwiro (South Kivu Province, Zaire). Of 1,129 children in the study, three of four were severely malnourished, and 17.4% died. This study analyzes the mortality in hospital; its objectives are to evaluate the prognostic power of edema and anthropometric and biologic indicators and to seek indices that perform better. Receiver operating characteristic curves were established for each parameter under study and for each index constructed. Areas under receiver operating characteristic curves were highest for biologic indicators, and simple indices, obtained by counting the number of risk factors present, performed best. In the absence of biologic parameters, the authors suggest classifying children as at risk of dying when they present with edema and/or with arm circumference of less than 115 mm. When biologic measurements are possible, in addition to edema and arm circumference, the authors suggest taking serum albumin and transthyretin into account. For serum albumin and transthyretin, mortality risk is defined in terms of values of less than 16 g/liter and 6.5 mg/dl, respectively. Children will be classified as at risk of dying when they present with at least two of the four risk factors. The resulting diagnostic test has a high sensitivity (91.2%) and positive and negative predictive values of 40.8% and 97.9%, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailSanglante campagne en Tchétchénie
Bachkatov, Nina ULg

in Monde Diplomatique (Le) : Journal des Cercles Diplomatiques et des Grandes Organisations Internationales (1996)

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See detailR. Sacré, « Musiques Cajun, Créole et Zydeco »
Pirenne, Christophe ULg

in Revue de la Société liégeoise de Musicologie (1996), 4

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See detailLa gale psoroptique bovine. Une maladie éradicable ?
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Lonneux, J. F.; Losson, Bertrand ULg

in Sillon Belge (1996), 20.12.1996

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe Use Of N-15-Labeled Dietary Proteins For Determining True Ileal Amino Acid Digestibilities Is Limited By Their Rapid Recycling In The Endogenous Secretions Of Pigs
Leterme, Pascal; Thewis, André ULg; Francois, Etienne et al

in Journal of Nutrition (1996), 126(9), 2188-2198

We assessed the use of 15N-labeled dietary proteins as a possible tool for the determination of the true ileal amino acid (AA) digestibility in pigs. The first experiment was designed to study the dietary ... [more ▼]

We assessed the use of 15N-labeled dietary proteins as a possible tool for the determination of the true ileal amino acid (AA) digestibility in pigs. The first experiment was designed to study the dietary N excretion pattern at the ileum subsequent to the ingestion of a single 15N-labeled meal. In a second experiment, we compared ileal endogenous AA outputs and true AA digestibility estimates obtained in pigs ingesting 15N-labeled dietary proteins in a single meal vs. intravenous infusion of 15N-leucine for 10 d during the ingestion of a pea-based diet and a protein-free starch diet. The proportion of endogenous N found in the ¡leal digesta differed when the label was delivered orally (50%) vs. intravenously (72%) and changed with time. As a consequence, the true ileal AA digestibilities measured with labeled diets were lower. A third experiment demonstrated that this was due to the rapid recycling of labeled dietary N in endogenous moieties, because 15N was found in blood within 10 min of consuming the labeled meal, within 50 min of consumption in pancreatic enzymes, 90 min in bile and 4 h in ¡leal mucins. We conclude that the use of 15N-labeled meals for determination of true ¡leal AA digestibilities is limited by the fast recycling of dietary N in endogenous secretions following a single 15N-labeled meal. The accuracy of results will depend on meaningful estimates of AA flow during a limited period and accurate estimates of 15N in AA. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point relative à l'utilisation de la gonadolibérine en reproduction bovine. 1. Justifications physiologiques de son application au traitement de l'infertilité
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Houtain, Jean Yves; Laurent, Yves

in Médecin Vétérinaire du Québec (1996), 26(1), 7-10

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See detailLes tempêtes (tempêtes extratropicales, cyclones tropicaux et tornades)
Erpicum, Michel ULg; Van Hoof, Th.

in Le point sur le I de Géographie (Soc géogr de Liège) (1996), 4

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

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

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

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

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See detailLe développement local : introduction et bilan et conclusions
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographies. Bulletin de l'Association de Géographes Français (1996), (5), 382-385464-467

Introduction and conclusions of a conference we organized in Liege in order to bring together Francophone researchers in local development

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See detailThe holodisc distance transform and its applications in image analysis
Pirard, Eric ULg

in Microscopy, Microanalysis, Microstructures (1996), 7

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See detailCosmological formation of low-mass objects
Haiman, Z.; Thoul, Anne ULg; Loeb, A.

in Astrophysical Journal (1996), 464(2), 523-538

We investigate the early formation of bound objects with masses comparable to the cosmological Jeans mass (similar to 10(5) M.). We follow the growth of isolated spherically symmetric density peaks ... [more ▼]

We investigate the early formation of bound objects with masses comparable to the cosmological Jeans mass (similar to 10(5) M.). We follow the growth of isolated spherically symmetric density peaks starting from the linear perturbative regime. The initial parameters correspond to density peaks of various widths and heights in a cold dark matter cosmology. We use a one-dimensional spherical Lagrangian hydrodynamics code to follow the dynamical, thermal, and nonequilibrium chemical evolution of the gas. The system includes a collisionless dark matter component and a baryonic component composed of the nine species H, H-, H+, He, He+, He++, H-2, H-2(+), and e(-). All relevant chemical reactions between these species and their cooling mechanisms are included in the calculations. We explore the dependence of the dynamical evolution of the gas on two parameters: the initial mass scale and the initial overdensity of the system. We follow the evolution of the density, temperature, and abundance profiles within the cloud, assuming two types of central boundary conditions for the collisionless component: in one the infalling dark matter virializes through a reflection from a hard sphere, while in the other it accretes onto a central sink. We find that in both cases, radiative cooling by H-2 affects the collapse dynamics of the gas only after it has already virialized and become part of the bound object. Therefore, radiative cooling is unlikely to have triggered the initial collapse of perturbations at redshifts z>10. Nevertheless, baryonic objects with masses well below the linear theory Jeans mass (less than or similar to 10(3) M.) form at high redshifts because of shell crossing by the dark matter. Such objects could be the progenitors of a primordial population of high-mass stars in the intergalactic medium. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une perspective transactionnelle du stress au travail : pistes d'évaluations méthodologiques
De Keyser, Véronique ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

in Cahiers de Médecine du Travail (1996), 33(3), 133-144

L'objectif principal de cet article est d'élaborer des pistes d'évaluations méthodologiques pour les études sur le stress au travail. L'approche se base sur une définition du stress axée sur le contrôle ... [more ▼]

L'objectif principal de cet article est d'élaborer des pistes d'évaluations méthodologiques pour les études sur le stress au travail. L'approche se base sur une définition du stress axée sur le contrôle de la situation et adopte une conception transactionnelle du stress psychologique au travail insistant sur l'importance de l'évaluation de la situation par l'individu et les processus de coping, dans une perspective diachronique (Mackay et Cooper, 1987). Cet article synthétise les indices utilisés généralement dans les recherches sur le stress au travail et discute leurs limites. Les problèmes méthodologiques envisagés sont les suivants: la difficulté d'établir des relations causales, les problèmes de validité discriminante et convergente, la mise en évidence des effets de chronicité, la fidélité des mesures. Des suggestions sont alors proposées, basées principalement sur une démarche combinant comparaisons intra et inter-individuelles, la méthode des «critical job events» ou approche épidémiologique, les stratégies de triangulation, le tout dans une perspective longitudinale. Pour terminer, des exemples en milieu hospitalier illustrent les démarches proposées. [less ▲]

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Lecocq, Pascale ULg

in Actualités du droit (1996)

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See detailGuidelines for authors of medical scientific manuscripts.
Detry, Olivier ULg; Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Van de Stadt, J.

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1996), 96(4), 140-3

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See detailChemotaxis-Promoting and Adhesion Properties of Human Tonsillar Follicular Dendritic Cell Clusters
Bouzahzah, F.; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Simar, Léon ULg et al

in Research in Immunology (1996), 147(3, Mar-Apr), 165-73

Lymph follicles are globular and compact due to aggregation of lymphoid cells on follicular dendritic cells (FDC). To probe the mechanisms underlying this accumulation of cells, we analyse here the role ... [more ▼]

Lymph follicles are globular and compact due to aggregation of lymphoid cells on follicular dendritic cells (FDC). To probe the mechanisms underlying this accumulation of cells, we analyse here the role played by FDCs in attracting and binding cells. FDCs prepared from human tonsils by mild separation techniques appeared in the form of clusters (FDC clusters), where, via cytoplasmic extensions, they enveloped lymphoid cells. Using Boyden's chambers, we demonstrated that these FDC clusters produced one or more chemoattractants capable of inducing chemotaxis of lymphoid cells. Supernatants of FDC cluster cultures also exerted a chemotaxis-promoting effect. FDC clusters induced true chemotaxis, not merely chemokinesis due to cell activation. They secreted a substance or substances that stuck to the substrate (a cellulose filter) and thus induced haptotaxis. B as well as T cells were attracted, but B cells apparently required the presence of T cells to respond fully to the chemoattractant(s). Subtypes of B cells (IgD+ and IgD-) and T cells (CD4+, CD8+, CD57+ AND CD57-) were tested and all were attracted. Since purified lymphoid cells did not induce these phenomena, FDCs were suspected to do so. FDCs have been shown to establish contact with lymphoid cells. Here we have determined that CD4+ T cells adhere in greater number to FDC clusters than do CD8+ T cells. We thus propose that FDCs specifically contribute to construction of lymph follicles by attracting and determining their cell composition. [less ▲]

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See detailA preliminary study of parasites and diseases of perch in an intensive culture system
Grignard, Jean-Claude; Mélard, Charles ULg; Kestemont, Patrick

in Journal of Applied Ichthyology (1996), 12

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See detailCase management voor psychogeriatrishe patiënten: de case manager
Borgermans, L.; Milisen, K.; Dejace, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Hospitalia (1996), 4

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See detailBiogeography and taxonomy of Apodemus sylvaticus (the woodmouse) in the Tyrrhenian region: Enzymatic variations and mitochondrial DNA restriction pattern analysis
Michaux, Johan ULg; Filippucci, M. G.; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Heredity (1996), 76(Part 3), 267-277

In the western Mediterranean area, the taxonomic status of the various forms of Apodemus sylvaticus is quite unclear. Moreover, though anthropogenic, the origins of the island populations remain unknown ... [more ▼]

In the western Mediterranean area, the taxonomic status of the various forms of Apodemus sylvaticus is quite unclear. Moreover, though anthropogenic, the origins of the island populations remain unknown in geographical terms. In order to examine the level of genetic relatedness of insular and continental woodmice, 258 animals were caught in 24 localities distributed in Belgium, France, mainland Italy, Sardinia, Corsica and Elba. Electrophoresis of 33 allozymes and mtDNA restriction fragments were performed and a UPGMA dendrogram built from the indices of genetic divergence. The dendrogram based on restriction patterns shows two main groups: 'Tyrrhenian', comprising all the Italian and Corsican animals and 'North-western', corresponding to all the other mice trapped from the Pyrenees to Belgium. Since all the Tyrrhenian mice are similar and well isolated from their relatives living on the western edge of the Alpine chain, they must share a common origin. The insular populations are consequently derived from peninsular Italian ones. From a taxonomic point of view and taking the priority rules into account, we have to invalidate A. s. clanceyi Harrison, 1948 and to consider the Tyrrhenian woodmice as belonging to A. s. milleri de Beaux, 1926, whereas the North-western ones must be referred to as the nominal subspecies. As far as the Elban woodmouse is concerned, at the moment we prefer to keep its present subspecific status because we only studied one animal. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo rare European Ephemerum species (Bryophita): E. cohaerens rediscovered near Strasbourg (France) and E. stellatum new to Belgium
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Stieperaere, H.; Klein, J.-P.

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1996), 129

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See detailAcrylonitrile on Cu(100): a density functional theoretical study of adsorption and electrochemical grafting
Geskin, V. M.; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Mertens, Marc et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (1996), 105(8), 3278-3289

We present a density functional theoretical study of neutral and negatively charged complexes of acrylonitrile (AN) with several clusters representing the Cu(100) surface. An external electric field is ... [more ▼]

We present a density functional theoretical study of neutral and negatively charged complexes of acrylonitrile (AN) with several clusters representing the Cu(100) surface. An external electric field is used to induce electron transfer onto the adsorbed molecule, in order to model the initial stage of electrochemical polymerization of AN on a copper electrode. We compare different possibilities of AN interaction with the metal and determine the most favorable configurations of the adsorbates in the absence and in the presence of the electric field. We discuss the influence of the electrochemical polarization on the type of AN adsorption, in relation with the experimental data on the adsorption of AN and electrochemical grafting of polyacrylonitrile. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance Of The Hydrophobic Energy: Structural Determination Of A Hypoglycemic Drug Of The Meglitinide Family By Nuclear Magnetic Resonance And Molecular Modeling
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(8), 1155-68

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR ... [more ▼]

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and molecular modeling. The results of the NMR experiments indicated that KAD-1229 existed in solution in the form of two stable conformers of equal population, called KADI and KADII in this paper. Three different molecular modelings were then applied: the classical molecular dynamics using the commercial Biosym and Hyperchem softwares and the Prot+ program, which is not based on a dynamical study but on a systematic conformational analysis of the molecule, which includes a term that allows the estimation of the hydrophobic interaction. The modeling results showed the following points. First, in contrast with classical molecular dynamics, which uses restraints from two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) data, the Prot+ KAD structure provides conformations that support experimental NMR data without any external intervention. In the structures in agreement with NMR data, an important hydrophobic interaction between the phenyl cycle and the perhydroisoindole ring of KAD is observed. This interaction, which seems to play a role in the biological activity of the drug, is lost when no restraints are considered in classical molecular dynamics. Second, the difference between KADI and KADII arises mainly from slight distance geometric differences at the level of the perhydroisoindole and the phenyl rings. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradable and macroporous polylactide implants for cell transplantation : 1. Preparation of macroporous polylactide supports by solid-liquid phase separation
Schugens, Ch; Maquet, Véronique; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

in Polymer (1996), 37(6), 1027-1038

Freeze-drying of polylactide solutions in 1,4-dioxane has been studied as a way to produce microcellular foams. The thermally induced phase separation has been studied in relation to several processing ... [more ▼]

Freeze-drying of polylactide solutions in 1,4-dioxane has been studied as a way to produce microcellular foams. The thermally induced phase separation has been studied in relation to several processing and formulation parameters. The effects of polymer concentration, chain stereoregularity, polymer molecular weight and cooling rate have been investigated in connection with the porous morphology and the physico-mechanical characteristics of the final foams. As a rule, bundles of channels are formed with a diameter of ~100 μ.m. They have a preferential orientation that fits the cooling direction. A porous substructure (~10 μm) is observed in the internal walls of the tubular macropores. Variations in this general porous morphology-and particularly in the porosity, density, solvent residue, mechanical resistance and degree of regularity in the spatial organization of pores-have been observed when polymer concentration in 1,4-dioxane and polylactide stereoregularity are changed. As expected, cooling rate has a strong effect on the foam morphology, which is essentially controlled by the solvent crystallization. Pores are nothing but the fingerprints of 1,4-dioxane crystallites. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulus range effects in temporal bisection by humans.
Wearden, John H; Ferrara, André ULg

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. B, Comparative & Physiological Psychology (1996), 49(1), 24-44

Two experiments with human subjects, using short-duration tones as stimuli to be judged, investigated the effect of the range of the stimulus set on temporal bisection performance. In Experiment 1, six ... [more ▼]

Two experiments with human subjects, using short-duration tones as stimuli to be judged, investigated the effect of the range of the stimulus set on temporal bisection performance. In Experiment 1, six groups of subjects were tested on a temporal bisection task, where each stimulus had to be classified as "short" or "long". For three groups, the difference between the longest (L) and shortest (S) durations in the to-be-bisected stimulus set was kept constant at 400 msec, and the L/S ratio was varied over values of 5:1 and 2:1. For three other groups, the L/S ratio was kept constant at 4:1 but the L-S difference varied from 300 to 600 msec. The bisection point (the stimulus value resulting in 50% "long" responses) was located closer to the arithmetic mean of L and S than the geometric mean for all groups except that for which the L/S ratio was 2:1, in which case geometric mean bisection was found. In Experiment 2, stimuli were spaced between L and S either linearly or logarithmically, and the L/S ratio took values of either 2:1 or 19:1. Geometric mean bisection was found in both cases when the L/S ratio was 2:1, but effects of stimulus spacing were found only when the L/S ratio was 19:1. Overall, the results supported a previous conjecture that the L/S ratio used in a bisection task played a critical role in determining the behaviour obtained. A theoretical model of bisection advanced by Wearden (1991) dealt appropriately with bisection point shifts discussed above but encountered difficulties with stimulus spacing effects. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution of surface water partial CO2 pressure in the English Channel and in the Southern Bight of the North Sea
Frankignoulle, Michel; Bourge, Isabelle; Canon, Christine ULg et al

in Continental Shelf Research (1996), 16

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van den Boom, Pieter; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1996), 129

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See detailL’éducation géographique. Pour une vision citoyenne du monde
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographes Associés (1996), (19), 65-69

Brief reflection on the place of the teaching of geography in education for citizenship

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See detailFibres alimentaires chez le chien : I. Définition et composition chimique
Diez, Marianne ULg; Istasse, Louis ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

The present paper is the first part of a review on dietary fibres. Dietary fibres, frequently used in humans, are at present proposed to be incorporated in feed for pets. Definitions, types of fibres and ... [more ▼]

The present paper is the first part of a review on dietary fibres. Dietary fibres, frequently used in humans, are at present proposed to be incorporated in feed for pets. Definitions, types of fibres and the principal chemical constituents are described along with the potential applications in the agro-industry and therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailOpportunities for using two low-cost methods for treatment of metal bearing aqueous streams
Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg; Hadjihristova, M.; Tichy, R.

in Minerals Engineering (1996), 9

The feasibility of two non-traditional approaches - reedbeds as a natural wetland and adsorption on lignite and its maceral fractions - for their application in metal bearing effluent treatment is ... [more ▼]

The feasibility of two non-traditional approaches - reedbeds as a natural wetland and adsorption on lignite and its maceral fractions - for their application in metal bearing effluent treatment is discussed. The main mechanisms of metals uptake are otulined. The preliminary results from a pilot scale wetland operation for metallurgical effluents purification are analysed. For the second approach - the different maceral fractions derived from coal refining have shown different metal uptake apptitude. Zeta potential studies and adsorption isotherms have explained these findings. [less ▲]

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See detailFault re-activation, stress interaction and rupture propagation of the 1981 Corinth earthquake sequence
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; King, G. C. P.; Armijo, R. et al

in Earth & Planetary Science Letters (1996), 142

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See detailDivorce et annulation du mariage simulé
Paris, Catherine ULg

in Revue Générale de Droit Civil Belge = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Burgerlijk (1996)

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See detailHigh rotational excitation of NO infrared thermospheric airglow: A signature of superthermal nitrogen atoms?
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Shematovich, Valeri I et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23

The reaction between superthermal N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms produced by exothermic processes and O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been proposed to explain observations of highly rotationally excited nitric oxide in the ... [more ▼]

The reaction between superthermal N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms produced by exothermic processes and O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been proposed to explain observations of highly rotationally excited nitric oxide in the sunlit thermosphere. We examine the importance of this mechanism using a detailed calculation of the fast N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms energy distribution. It is shown that the hot thermal N atoms are able to produce rotationally excited NO in the upper thermosphere through the reaction of O[SUB]2[/SUB] with N([SUP]4[/SUP]S). By contrast, near the NO peak at 110 km, the Maxwellian nitrogen atoms produce substantially less rovibrationally excited NO than the superthermal component. Consequently, the non Maxwellian N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms show a clear spectral signature in the (1-0) and (2-1) bandheads at this altitude. The calculated rovibrationally excited NO concentration at 140 km is shown to be consistent with the value derived from the analysis of infrared airglow spectra. [less ▲]

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See detailLes "deux cultures" et la tâche de la philosophie
Bouquiaux, Laurence ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (1996)

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See detailLa santé face aux nouveaux mécanismes de production et de gestion des inégalités sociales
Gavray, Claire ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1996), 11-12

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See detailCase management voor psychogeriatrishe patiënten: gezondheidstoestand van deze ouderen en de zorgbelasting van hun centrale verzorgers
Milisen, K.; Borgermans, L.; Dejace, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Hospitalia (1996), 4

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See detailLa réforme du premier degré : Un défi à relever malgré un contexte difficile
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Stegen, Pierre

in Education-Formation (1996), 244

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See detailRetard neuromoteur et neuropsychologique: critères de recours à une prise en charge spécialisée
Misson, Jean-Paul ULg; Dubru, Jean-Marie ULg; Leroy, Patricia et al

in Percentile (1996), .(3), 103-107

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See detailLes Deux Gredins et l'Ange énonciateur
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Alice (des littératures de jeunesse) (1996), 1

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See detailFalls among the elderly: a community problem
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg; Reginster-Haneuse, G.

in Archives of Public Health (1996), 54

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See detailDetection And Identification Of Sweet Potato Viruses By The Polymerase Chain Reaction
Colinet, D.; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Xia, Fz. et al

in Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech (1996), 7(2),

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

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

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

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

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See detailCloning of choriocarcinoma cells shows that invasion correlates with expression and activation of gelatinase A
Crescimanno, C.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 227

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is ... [more ▼]

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is highly invasive. By cloning BeWo choriocarcinoma cells, we have isolated two distinct clones that share similarities with villous and extravillous cytotrophoblasts. When cultured at the surface of a type I collagen gel, BeWo MC-1 cells were not invasive, whereas BeWo MC-2 cells rapidly invaded this matrix. When injected subcutaneously in nude mice, BeWo MC-1 cells developed a localized tumor and BeWo MC-2 cells developed larger tumors with micrometastases. Gelatinase A expression and minute amounts of gelatinase B were detected in the parental cell line and in both clones. However, the parental and the BeWo MC-2 cells secreted 5- to 10-fold more gelatinase A than the BeWo MC-1 cells. Laminin and matrigel stimulated the production of gelatinase A in BeWo MC-2 cells. Type I collagen promoted the conversion of the 72-kDa progelatinase A in an active enzyme only in parental BeWo and in BeWo MC-2 cells. These clones provide an interesting model for studying the complex mechanisms regulating implantation as well as the controlled invasiveness during implantation compared to tumor invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of pulmonary input impedance in right ventricular failure during experimental septic shock
D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine (1996), 2

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See detailLifetime Measurement by Beam-Foil Spectroscopy
Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Dumont, Paul-Dominique ULg

in Phys. Scr. (1996), T65

The beam-foil source can produce spectra of almost every ion and allows easy measurement of atomic lifetimes of excited levels. Beam-foil spectra have some unique characteristics that made them valuable ... [more ▼]

The beam-foil source can produce spectra of almost every ion and allows easy measurement of atomic lifetimes of excited levels. Beam-foil spectra have some unique characteristics that made them valuable tool for the term analysis of highly charged ions. As an example, we will describe the work undertaken at Liège on Ne IV and Ne V. Beam-foil is still the only general method for measuring the lifetime of atomic levels in highly charged ions. However, the accuracy of the classical beam-foil method is limited by the non-selective broadband excitation in the foil that populates almost all excitation levels up to very high energy and corrupts by cascading phenomena the normal single-exponential decay curves. We will describe some techniques that have been invented to obviate this infamous “cascading effect”, especially the beam-foil-laser spectroscopy method recently developed in our laboratory. We will present an overview of the beam-foil spectroscopy research performed at the University of Liège together with other recent trends in the field of fast-beam spectroscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailCellular Pathways Involved In The Ex Vivo Expression Of Bovine Leukemia Virus
Kerkhofs, P.; Adam, E.; Droogmans, L. et al

in Journal of Virology (1996), 70(4),

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See detailLe diabete non insulinodependant: de la physiopathologie au traitement.
Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1996), 151(7-9), 395-402402-5

Non-insulin-dependent (or type 2) diabetes mellitus is a common, underdiagnosed and growing disease in our society. It is responsible for increased morbidity and mortality and represents an important ... [more ▼]

Non-insulin-dependent (or type 2) diabetes mellitus is a common, underdiagnosed and growing disease in our society. It is responsible for increased morbidity and mortality and represents an important public health problem. This polygenic disease is often expressed late in life and its evolution is accelerated by environmental factors leading to obesity. It combines defects in both insulin secretion and insulin action, and such defects are present in various proportions according to the type of patient and the stage of the disease. Diet and physical activity recommendations are the basis of the treatment. Current pharmacological approaches aim at improving insulin secretion and/or insulin cellular action. After secondary failure to oral drugs, insulin therapy should be initiated, the patient becoming "insulin-requiring". A synergy should be searched in the combination of various therapeutic modalities in order to improve the glycaemic control. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes proliferation status predict radiation response in human tumors?
Coucke, Philippe ULg

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1996), 40(Supp 1), 55

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See detailOccurrence and impact of Heteropolaria (Protozoa: Ciliophora), on intensively cultured perch Perca fluviatilis
Grignard, J. C.; Mélard, Charles ULg; Baras, E. et al

in Annales Zoologici Fennici (1996), 33

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See detailContamination of European otters (Lutra lutra) by PCB congeners and organochlorinated pesticides in the wetlands of western France
Tans, Michael; Hugla, Jean Louis; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Netherlands Journal of Zoology (1996), 46(3-4), 326-336

During the forty years, otter (Lutra lutra) populations have severely declined over much of Europe. One of the main regression factors appears to be pollution by organochlorine xenobiotics, especially ... [more ▼]

During the forty years, otter (Lutra lutra) populations have severely declined over much of Europe. One of the main regression factors appears to be pollution by organochlorine xenobiotics, especially PCBs. The present study took place in France, in the wetlands of the Atlantic border, where otter populations are considered to the stable. Muscle, pericaudal fat, and liver of 33 otters were analysed for 22 PCB congeners and organochlorine pesticides. The mean concentrations of organochlorinated pesticides in samples are relatively low (from 0 to 5.71 mg/kg lipid weight). The PCB concentrations are higher (mean in muscular tissue: 26.19 mg/kg lipid weight), but still remain low compared to similar samples from other countries. The relation between PCB concentration and physiological variables is discussed. Congener specific analysis shows an important contamination due to highly chlorinated congeners and a poor contaminatin due to low chlorinated congeners. Potential hazards due to organochlorinated compounds are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between structural properties and affinity for herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase of bromine substituted 5-heteroaromatic 2'-deoxyuridines
Creuven, Isabelle; Evrard, Christine ULg; Olivier, Anne et al

in Antiviral Research (1996), 30

The crystal structures of 5-(5-furan-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (II), 5-(5-bromofuran-2-yl)-2' deoxyuridine (IV) and 5-(3-bromothien-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (V) have been studied in order to explain the ... [more ▼]

The crystal structures of 5-(5-furan-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (II), 5-(5-bromofuran-2-yl)-2' deoxyuridine (IV) and 5-(3-bromothien-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (V) have been studied in order to explain the different affinity of the compounds for the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) thymidine kinase. These compounds present a variable affinity according to the position of the heteroatom substituting the five-membered ring. An unfavourable substitution in the five-membered ring for interaction with the HSV-1 thymidine kinase has been identified. [less ▲]

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See detailDe wegen van de intellectueel. Paul van Ostaijen en de massa
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Onze Alma Mater (1996), 50(4), 482-501

This article reflects on the way Van Ostaijen constructs his identity as a petty bourgeois intellectual, by forcefuly rejecting the ignorance of the masses.

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See detailFreud, l'individu et le groupe : Hier et aujourd'hui
Carels, N.; Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Belge de Psychanalyse (1996), 29

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

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

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

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

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Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Interbull Bulletin (1996), 12

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See detailCes histoires que l'on construit et que l'on se raconte...
Guillaume, Jean-François ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie (1996), 100

A partir des réflexions de Paul Ricoeur sur la temporalité et la narrativité, l'A. envisage les processus discursifs de construction identitaire chez les jeunes gens en fin de scolarité obligatoire. L ... [more ▼]

A partir des réflexions de Paul Ricoeur sur la temporalité et la narrativité, l'A. envisage les processus discursifs de construction identitaire chez les jeunes gens en fin de scolarité obligatoire. L'identité en construction est appréhendée à travers le récit qu'ils donnent de leurs projets d'avenir et de leur histoire familiale. La présentation de soi, perçue dans cette double dimension, est soumise à un ensemble de schèmes ou de modèles narratifs culturellement ancrés et socialement véhiculés. Elle prend forme et se constitue en une totalité cohérente et intelligible par une « mise en intrigue » de la diversité des péripéties vécues ou imaginées. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of the endocrinological status of growing calves by a glucocorticoid treatment.
Massart, Serge; Bertozzi, Carlo; Prandi, A. et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1996), 74(1), 230

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See detailA. Kastler (1902-1984)
Biémont, Emile ULg; Glansdorff, P.

in Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences. Académie Royale de Belgique (1996), 6e série(VII), 131-149

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de Doyne Dawson : Cities of the Gods : Communist Utopias in Greek Thought
Vanhaegendoren, Koen ULg

in Etudes Classiques (Namur, Belgium) (1996), 64

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See detailClinical pharmacokinetics of metformin.
Scheen, André ULg

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

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

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

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See detailComparison of Neuromuscular Block of Atracurium and Rocuronium in Adults
Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Franzen, A. et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1996), 47(2), 53-8

We studied the time-course of action of atracurium 0.5 mg kg-1 and rocuronium 0.6 mg kg-1 in 24 healthy adult patients. Anesthesia was induced with thiopentone and sufentanil, and maintained with 50 ... [more ▼]

We studied the time-course of action of atracurium 0.5 mg kg-1 and rocuronium 0.6 mg kg-1 in 24 healthy adult patients. Anesthesia was induced with thiopentone and sufentanil, and maintained with 50% nitrous oxide and 1% enflurane in oxygen. Neuromuscular transmission was monitored by stimulating the ulnar nerve at the wrist and measuring the acceleration of the thumb using the TOF-Guard accelerograph monitor. Supramaximal stimuli of 0.2 ms duration were applied in a single twitch stimulation mode at 1 Hz frequency until completion of block, and in train-of four (TOF) sequence at 2 Hz every 15 sec thereafter. Onset time was longer with atracurium (mean +/- SD:90 +/- 18 sec) than with rocuronium (49 +/- 6 sec). Clinical duration of action (Tl25) was longer with atracurium (52.3 +/- 7.2 min) than with rocuronium (40.0 +/- 6.4 min). Recovery index (Tl25-Tl75) and time for TOF ratio to recover to 0.75 were 17.8 +/- 4.2 and 73.9 +/- 8.8 min with atracurium, and 13.8 +/- 4.1 and 70.4 +/- 14.1 min with rocuronium. The differences between both groups were statistically significant except the difference in the time for TOF to return to 0.75. [less ▲]

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