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See detailL'évaluation des compétences terminales. Synthèse de l'atelier langues modernes.
Delcomminette, Bernadette; Simons, Germain ULg

in Puzzle (2000), (9), 30-33

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See detailOsteoporose bij de bejaarde
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Taquet, AN; Fraikin, G

in Medi-Sfeer (2000), 103

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See detailClinical Usefulness of the Mini Nutritional Assessment (Mna) Scale in Geriatric Medicine
Gazzotti, C.; Albert, Adelin ULg; Pepinster, A. et al

in Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (The) (2000), 4(3), 176-81

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition in elderly patients hospitalized with an acute illness, as well as to assess the clinical usefulness of standardized ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition in elderly patients hospitalized with an acute illness, as well as to assess the clinical usefulness of standardized nutritional assessment upon admission by means of the MNA scale. Design: A prospective study. Setting: A large size regional university hospital. Subjects: There were 175 patients (113 women and 62 men) with a mean age of 79.7 + 8.5 years admitted for an acute problem. Death occurred in 11 patients (6.3%). METHODS: Upon admission, demographic (age, gender, origin) and medical (disease, drugs) data were recorded for each patient; the MNA questionnaire (score: 0-30) was administered and Katz score (7-28) calculated. At hospital discharge, data included Katz score, outcome (death/survival), and destination. RESULTS: The mean MNA score was 20.5 + 5.1 and the prevalence of severe malnutrition (MNA <17) was 21.7%. Further, 48.6% of elderly were at risk of malnutrition (MNA between 17 and 24). There was no association between MNA and age or gender, but underweight was a sign of low MNA values (P <.001). MNA scores were inversely related to Katz scores at both admission and hospital discharge (P <.001). Patients originating from nursing homes had a poorer nutritional status than those living at home (MNA: 18.4 against 22.3, P <.001). The number of drugs taken per patient (5.2 + 2.8) was found to be correlated with MNA (P =.049). MNA scores were on average significantly higher (P <.001) in survivors (20.9) than in nonsurvivors (14.1). CONCLUSIONS: The study clearly demonstrates the high prevalence of malnutrition and the clinical usefulness of the MNA scale in geriatric medicine. The MNA score upon admission reflects the patient's nutritional condition, degree of autonomy (Katz score), living conditions and current treatment. It is also predictive of patient's outcome (death or survival). [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of recombinant wild type and site-directed mutations of apolipoprotein C-III: lipid binding, displacement of ApoE, and inhibition of lipoprotein lipase.
Liu, H.; Talmud, P. J.; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2000), 39(31), 9201-12

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated ... [more ▼]

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated in lipid binding (L9T/T20L, F64A/W65A) or LPL inhibition (K21A), were compared. Relative lipid binding efficiencies to dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) were L9T/T20L > WT >K21A > F64A/W65A with an inverse correlation with size of the discoidal complexes formed. Physicochemical analysis (Trp fluorescence, circular dichroism, and GdnHCl denaturation) suggests that L9T/T20L forms tighter and more stable lipid complexes with phospholipids, while F64A/W65A associates less tightly. Lipid displacement properties were tested by gel-filtrating apoE:dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) discoidal complexes mixed with the various apoC-III variants. All apoC-III proteins bound to the apoE:DPPC complexes; the amount of apoE displaced from the complex was dependent on the apoC-III lipid binding affinity. All apoC-III proteins inhibited LPL in the presence or absence of apoC-II, with F64A/W65A displaying the most inhibition, suggesting that apoC-III inhibition of LPL is independent of lipid binding and therefore of apoC-II displacement. Taken together. these data suggest that the hydrophobic residues F64 and W65 are crucial for the lipid binding properties of apoC-III and that redistribution of the N-terminal helix of apoC-III (L9T/T20L) enhances the stability of the lipid-bound protein, while LPL inhibition by apoC-III is likely to be due to protein:protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailICPC-2-E: the electronic version of ICPC-2. Differences from the printed version and the consequences.
Okkes, I.; Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Lamberts, H. et al

in Family practice (2000), 17(2), 101-7

BACKGROUND: In 1998, ICPC-2 was published as a book. In the process of translating the book, and preparing an electronic version of chapter 10 (the actual classification), ICPC-2 proved to contain many ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In 1998, ICPC-2 was published as a book. In the process of translating the book, and preparing an electronic version of chapter 10 (the actual classification), ICPC-2 proved to contain many errors and inconsistencies. Particularly, major problems were identified in the conversion between ICPC-2 and ICD-10, which could lead to major errors when used in electronic patient records. OBJECTIVES: We prepared an electronic version of chapter 10 of ICPC-2, ICPC-2-E, with all necessary corrections, to be published on the Oxford University Press web site as a part of this article. METHODS: Errors and inconsistencies were redressed, including particularly those in the con-version structure with all consequences on the level of inclusion and exclusion criteria, through a process of careful checking. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: ICPC-2-E, the electronic version of chapter 10 of ICPC-2, is specifically to be used in an electronic patient record and for research purposes. It is to be used together with the first nine chapters of ICPC-2, since the book is indispensable to make a correct use of ICPC. [less ▲]

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See detailMultimedia education in headache: the European Neurological Network.
Russell, M. B.; Dremstrup Nielsen, K.; Rasmussen, C. et al

in European Journal of Neurology (2000), 7(3), 355-62

The European Neurological Network is a European Economic Community supported project. The purpose of the project was to develop a multimedia educational tool for general practitioners in order to improve ... [more ▼]

The European Neurological Network is a European Economic Community supported project. The purpose of the project was to develop a multimedia educational tool for general practitioners in order to improve their management of sleep disorders, epilepsy and headache. The project involves approximately one hundred engineers and physicians from Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. This paper concerns the multimedia educational tool on headache. The system consists of five different modules, i.e. classification, clinical data, headache tutorial, diagnostic headache diary and nomenclature. It is possible to move between the modules both vertically and horizontally. The headache classification of the International Headache Society is provided in full text as a work of reference. This classification is used world wide and has been adopted by International Classification of Diseases 10 Neurological Adaptation (ICD-10 NA) and the World Health Organisation. The clinical data concentrate on migraine and tension-type headache, the two most common headache disorders, but data on familial hemiplegic migraine, cluster headache, drug-induced headache and secondary headaches are also available. The headache tutorial consists of case records that the user can test their diagnostic abilities on. The diagnostic headache diary is an expert system on headache diagnostics. It can be filled in during a consultation in order to provide the headache diagnosis or it can be printed and used by the headache patient to record headache attacks and medicine consumption. The nomenclature module provides an explanation of words and expressions used in the system. [less ▲]

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See detailMedium-size droplets of methyl ricinoleate are reduced by cell-surface activity in the γ-decalactone production by Yarrowia lipolytica
Waché, Y.; Bergmark, K.; Courthaudon, J.-L. et al

in Letters in Applied Microbiology (2000), 30(3), 183-187

Size of methyl ricinoleate droplets during biotransformation into γ-decalactone by Yarrowia lipolytica was measured in both homogenized and non-homogenized media. In non-homogenized but shaken medium ... [more ▼]

Size of methyl ricinoleate droplets during biotransformation into γ-decalactone by Yarrowia lipolytica was measured in both homogenized and non-homogenized media. In non-homogenized but shaken medium, droplets had an average volume surface diameter d 32 of 2.5 μm whereas it was 0.7 μm in homogenized and shaken medium. But as soon as yeast cells were inoculated, both diameters became similar at about 0.7 μm and did not vary significantly until the end of the culture. The growth of Y. lipolytica in both media was very similar except for the lag phase which was lowered in homogenized medium conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailEpithelial and endothelial expression of the green fluorescent protein reporter gene under the control of bovine prion protein (PrP) gene regulatory sequences in transgenic mice.
Lemaire-Vieille, C.; Schulze, T.; Podevin-Dimster, V. et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2000), 97(10), 5422-7

The expression of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrP(c)) gene is required for prion replication and neuroinvasion in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The identification of the cell ... [more ▼]

The expression of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrP(c)) gene is required for prion replication and neuroinvasion in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The identification of the cell types expressing PrP(c) is necessary to understanding how the agent replicates and spreads from peripheral sites to the central nervous system. To determine the nature of the cell types expressing PrP(c), a green fluorescent protein reporter gene was expressed in transgenic mice under the control of 6.9 kb of the bovine PrP gene regulatory sequences. It was shown that the bovine PrP gene is expressed as two populations of mRNA differing by alternative splicing of one 115-bp 5' untranslated exon in 17 different bovine tissues. The analysis of transgenic mice showed reporter gene expression in some cells that have been identified as expressing PrP, such as cerebellar Purkinje cells, lymphocytes, and keratinocytes. In addition, expression of green fluorescent protein was observed in the plexus of the enteric nervous system and in a restricted subset of cells not yet clearly identified as expressing PrP: the epithelial cells of the thymic medullary and the endothelial cells of both the mucosal capillaries of the intestine and the renal capillaries. These data provide valuable information on the distribution of PrP(c) at the cellular level and argue for roles of the epithelial and endothelial cells in the spread of infection from the periphery to the brain. Moreover, the transgenic mice described in this paper provide a model that will allow for the study of the transcriptional activity of the PrP gene promoter in response to scrapie infection. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of intestinal cnf1+ Escherichia coli from weaned pigs
Toth, I.; Oswald, E.; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Medical Microbiology (2000), 290

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See detailMetallothioneins in Marine Mammals
Das, Krishna ULg; Debacker, Virginie ULg; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg

in Cellular and Molecular Biology (2000), 46(2),

Metallothioneins (MTs) have been detected in livers and kidneys of 10 marine mammals species (Pinnipeds and Odontocetes). Characterization of renal MTs of striped dolphin has shown that the protein has ... [more ▼]

Metallothioneins (MTs) have been detected in livers and kidneys of 10 marine mammals species (Pinnipeds and Odontocetes). Characterization of renal MTs of striped dolphin has shown that the protein has two isoforms (MT-1 and MT-2) with a molecular weight estimated around 6,800. MT concentrations also vary widely in marine mammals tissues (from 58 to 1,200 microg x g(-1) ww) underlying the numerous parameters involved: physiological status, pregnancy, age, diet. The participation of this protein in metal detoxification has been investigated since high levels of cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg) have been measured in livers and kidneys of marine mammals. It has been suggested that those animals can mitigate at least in part, the toxic effects of Cd and Hg through binding to MTs. The percentage of the cytosolic Cd bound to MTs can reach almost 100%. On the contrary, the percentage of hepatic and renal Hg bound to MT is very low (generally less than 10%) and this metal is mainly associated with selenium (HgSe) under a detoxified form in the insoluble fraction of the tissues. MTs appear to play a minor role in the binding and detoxification of Hg by marine mammals. On the contrary, close and dynamic interactions occur between Cd and MTs. Cytosolic MTs appear as a potential short term way of detoxification of Cd accumulated from diet. Long-term detoxification would imply a sequestration of the metal under a precipitated form (e.g. in lysosomes). [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular diversity of Microcystis strains (Cyanophyceae, Chroococcales) based on 16S rDNA sequences
LEPERE, Claire ULg; Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Meyer, Barbara

in Systematics and Geography of Plants (2000), 70

Partial 16S rDNA sequences were determined for six Microcystis strains from lakes in the region of Plön (Northern Germany) assigned to four different species on the basis of their morphology. These ... [more ▼]

Partial 16S rDNA sequences were determined for six Microcystis strains from lakes in the region of Plön (Northern Germany) assigned to four different species on the basis of their morphology. These sequences appear very similar to each other and to those of 71 Microcystis strains from four continents available in the databases. This great genotypic homogeneity, as measured by 16S rDNA sequence similarity (334 characters), is contrasting with the conspicuous morphological differences observed for the studied strains. [less ▲]

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See detailConvenient Genotyping of Six Myostatin Mutations Causing Double-Muscling in Cattle Using a Multiplex Oligonucleotide Ligation Assay
Karim, Latifa ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg; Grobet, Luc ULg et al

in Animal Genetics (2000), 31(6), 396-9

We herein describe a procedure that allows for simultaneous genotyping of six loss-of-function mutations in the bovine myostatin gene associated with the double-muscling phenotype. The proposed method ... [more ▼]

We herein describe a procedure that allows for simultaneous genotyping of six loss-of-function mutations in the bovine myostatin gene associated with the double-muscling phenotype. The proposed method relies on a multiplex oligonucleotide ligation assay and detection of the fluorescently labelled products using automatic sequencers. [less ▲]

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See detailA new variant of the Ntn hydrolase fold revealed by the crystal structure of L-aminopeptidase D-ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi.
Bompard-Gilles, C; Villeret, V; Davies, G J et al

in Structure (2000), 8(2), 153-62

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate N-terminal amino acids with both D and L stereospecificity. The DmpA active form is an alphabeta heterodimer, which results from a putative autocatalytic cleavage of an inactive precursor polypeptide. RESULTS: The crystal structure of the enzyme has been determined to 1.82 A resolution using the multiple isomorphous replacement method. The heterodimer folds into a single domain organised as an alphabetabetaalpha sandwich in which two mixed beta sheets are flanked on both sides by two alpha helices. CONCLUSIONS: DmpA shows no similarity to other known aminopeptidases in either fold or catalytic mechanism, and thus represents the first example of a novel family of aminopeptidases. The protein fold of DmpA does, however, show structural homology to members of the N-terminal nucleophile (Ntn) hydrolase superfamily. DmpA presents functionally equivalent residues in the catalytic centre when compared with other Ntn hydrolases, and is therefore likely to use the same catalytic mechanism. In spite of this homology, the direction and connectivity of the secondary structure elements differ significantly from the consensus Ntn hydrolase topology. The DmpA structure thus characterises a new subfamily, but supports the common catalytic mechanism for these enzymes suggesting an evolutionary relationship. [less ▲]

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See detail“Cross-Cultural Dialogues with Greek Classics: Walcott’s The Odyssey and Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides.”
Bada, Valérie ULg

in Ariel : A Review of International English Literature (2000)

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See detailSystematic study and stratigraphic correlation of the Grandispora complex in the Famennian of Northwest and Eastern Europe
Higgs, K.T.; Avkhimovitch, V.I.; Loboziak, S. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2000), 112

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See detailRandomized comparison of intranasal and transdermal estradiol.
Lopes, P.; Merkus, H. M.; Nauman, J. et al

in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2000), 96(6), 906-12

To compare the efficacy and patient acceptability of intranasal versus transdermal 17 beta-estradiol (E2) delivery systems for postmenopausal symptoms. METHODS: Postmenopausal women were randomly assigned ... [more ▼]

To compare the efficacy and patient acceptability of intranasal versus transdermal 17 beta-estradiol (E2) delivery systems for postmenopausal symptoms. METHODS: Postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to intranasal 17 beta-E2, 300 microg daily (n = 176) or transdermal 17 beta-E2 (delivering 50 microg/day), two patches per week (n = 185) for 12 weeks, followed by a 4-week period with the alternate treatment. Efficacy was compared between groups using the Kupperman Index and vasomotor symptoms at week 12. Patient acceptability was compared by patient choice of administration route and by questionnaire at week 16. RESULTS: Intranasal and transdermal therapy produced significant reductions in the Kupperman Index and in the occurrence of hot flushes and night sweats at week 12. Alleviation of climacteric symptoms was statistically equivalent in the two treatment groups (P <.001). The difference between groups in the Kupperman Index score of -0.5 +/- 0.9 (95% confidence interval -2.3, 1.3) was within the predetermined interval of equivalence. Both therapies were well tolerated with similar adverse event rates, except for moderate and severe mastalgia which was significantly less frequent with intranasal E2 (7.2%) than with the patch (15.5%, P =.02). Sixty-six percent of patients chose to continue the intranasal therapy and 34% the transdermal therapy (P <.001). Satisfaction was greater with intranasal therapy at week 16 (P <.001). CONCLUSION: Intranasal and transdermal estrogen delivery systems had equivalent efficacy and similar safety profiles. Intranasal therapy was the patients' choice for long-term treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of gonadal steroids on pituitary LH secretion and mediobasal hypothalamic GnRH mRNA in ferrets.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, M. J.

in Journal of Reproduction and Fertility (2000), 119(2), 315-21

In vitro release and content of GnRH in mediobasal hypothalamic slices are reduced by ovariectomy of female ferrets but are not affected by castration of male ferrets in breeding condition. The aim of the ... [more ▼]

In vitro release and content of GnRH in mediobasal hypothalamic slices are reduced by ovariectomy of female ferrets but are not affected by castration of male ferrets in breeding condition. The aim of the present study was to determine whether this sex difference reflects a sexually dimorphic effect of gonadal steroids on mediobasal hypothalamic GnRH mRNA content of male and female ferrets killed 4 weeks after gonadectomy, either with or without steroid hormone replacement. This time interval exceeds the 6-10 days needed for increments in plasma LH concentrations to stabilize after gonadectomy of ferrets of both sexes. In situ hybridization using an (35)S-labelled oligoprobe complementary to the human GnRH coding region showed that the number of mediobasal hypothalamic neurones and the cellular content of GnRH mRNA did not differ significantly among groups of male and female ferrets that were either in breeding condition or that had been gonadectomized and treated with sex steroids or oil vehicle. These results indicate that gonadal hormones regulate mediobasal hypothalamic GnRH biosynthesis and release in both sexes via post-transcriptional events that may include GnRH mRNA translation or the conversion of pre-pro GnRH precursor into mature GnRH. [less ▲]

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See detailLatest Devonian and early Carboniferous palynostratigraphy of northern Brazil and north Africa - a proposed integration of Western European and Gondwanan miospore biozonations.
Loboziak, S; Melo, J.H.G.; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin du Centre de Recherches Elf Exploration Production (2000), 22(2), 241-259

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See detailAuditory steady-state response and bispectral index for assessing level of consciousness during propofol sedation and hypnosis.
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Plourde, Gilles; Meuret, Pascal et al

in Anesthesia and analgesia (2000), 91(6), 1398-403

We assessed the effect of propofol on the auditory steady-state response (ASSR), bispectral (BIS) index, and level of consciousness in two experiments. In Experiment 1, propofol was infused in 11 subjects ... [more ▼]

We assessed the effect of propofol on the auditory steady-state response (ASSR), bispectral (BIS) index, and level of consciousness in two experiments. In Experiment 1, propofol was infused in 11 subjects to obtain effect-site concentrations of 1, 2, 3, and 4 microg/mL. The ASSR and BIS index were recorded during baseline and at each concentration. The ASSR was evoked by monaural stimuli. Propofol caused a concentration-dependent decrease of the ASSR and BIS index values (r(2) = 0.76 and 0.93, respectively; P<0.0001). The prediction probability for loss of consciousness was 0.89, 0.96, and 0.94 for ASSR, BIS, and arterial blood concentration of propofol, respectively. In Experiment 2, we compared the effects of binaural versus monaural stimulus delivery on the ASSR in six subjects during awake baseline and propofol-induced unconsciousness. During baseline, the ASSR amplitude with binaural stimulation (0.47+/-0.13 microV, mean +/- SD) was significantly (P<0.002) larger than with monaural stimulation (0.35+/-0.11 microV). During unconsciousness, the amplitude was 0.09+/-0.09 microV with monaural and 0.06+/-0.04 microV with binaural stimulation (NS). The prediction probability for loss of consciousness was 0.97 (0.04 SE) for monaural and 1.00 (0.00 SE) for binaural delivery. We conclude that the ASSR and BIS index are attenuated in a concentration-dependent manner by propofol and provide a useful measure of its sedative and hypnotic effect. BIS was easier to use and slightly more sensitive. The ASSR should be recorded with binaural stimulation. The ASSR and BIS index are both useful for assessing the level of consciousness during sedation and hypnosis with propofol. However, the BIS index was simpler to use and provided a more sensitive measure of sedation. IMPLICATIONS: We have compared two methods for predicting whether the amount of propofol given to a human subject is sufficient to cause unconsciousness, defined as failure to respond to a simple verbal command. The two methods studied are the auditory steady-state response, which measures the electrical response of the brain to sound, and the bispectral index, which is a number derived from the electroencephalogram. The results showed that both methods are very good predictors of the level of consciousness; however, bispectral was easier to use. [less ▲]

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See detailL'écriture en actes.
Baye, Ariane ULg; Denooz, Régine; Vanhulle, Sabine

in Lettre de la DFLM (La) (2000), 26

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See detailEvidence of a reentrant Peierls distortion in liquid GeTe
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Godlevsky, V.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2000), 85(9), 1950-1953

The local atomic order of semiconducting liquid GeTe is studied using first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations. Our work points out a high degree of alternating chemical order in the liquid and ... [more ▼]

The local atomic order of semiconducting liquid GeTe is studied using first-principles molecular-dynamics simulations. Our work points out a high degree of alternating chemical order in the liquid and demonstrates the presence of a Peierls distortion close above the melting temperature. This distortion, absent in the high temperature crystalline structure of NaCl type, is a remnant of the atomic arrangement in the A7 low temperature crystalline phase. It disappears slowly with temperature, as the liquid evolves from a semiconducting to a metallic state. [less ▲]

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See detailWandeinfluss auf die Sedimentationsgeschwindigkeit von Kugeln
Henschke, M; Waheed, A; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (2000), 72(11), 1376-1380

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See detailSyntaxe et sens de la tournure védique prathamam jayamânah
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in A.I.O.N. Annali dell'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli. Sezione filologico-letteraria (2000), 60-61

The Vedic locution prathamam jâjyamânah is a syntagm, where the first word, used as an adverb, means that the action expressed by the participle happens just before the action of the main verb of the ... [more ▼]

The Vedic locution prathamam jâjyamânah is a syntagm, where the first word, used as an adverb, means that the action expressed by the participle happens just before the action of the main verb of the sentence. Once this rule is established, other examples of this use of prathamam can be identified. This turn, very rare in the texts, was archaic and finally disappeared. [less ▲]

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See detailFracture prevention. New topic
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Clinical Evidence (2000), 4

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See detailL'osteoporose involutive de la femme: strategie therapeutique. Un point de vue actualise du Belgian Bone Club.
Kaufman, J M; Body, J J; Boonen, S et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(5), 443-8

Osteoporosis is now considered as a major public health issue and a serious threat for the quality of life of elderly women. Several new compounds are currently marketed for the prevention and treatment ... [more ▼]

Osteoporosis is now considered as a major public health issue and a serious threat for the quality of life of elderly women. Several new compounds are currently marketed for the prevention and treatment of involutional osteoporosis in women. Therefore, it is important to offer to the practitioners pragmatic solutions to be used for the rational management of this disorder. This article is the result of a national consensus offering practical guidelines for the management of osteoporotic patients, based on the current published data. [less ▲]

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See detailVapor-Liquid Equilibria in Quaternary Mixtures of Dimethyl Ether + n-Butane + Etha-nol + Water
Dahlhoff, Gerd; Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Hammer, Hartmut et al

in Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data (2000), 45(5), 887-892

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See detail5-HT2A receptor polymorphism gene in Bipolar Patients and Harm Avoidance personality trait
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Massat, I; Staner, L et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B-Neuropsychiatric Genetics (2000), 96(3), 360-364

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See detailPreliminary survey of the palynological content of the Lower Devonian in the Oesling, Luxembourg
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Debbaut, Vincent ULg; Faber, A.

in Bulletin de la Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois (2000), 100

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See detailAquatic bryophyte assemblages along a gradient of regulation in the river Rhine
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Klein, J. P.

in Hydrobiologia (2000), 410

A study of the zonation of the aquatic bryophyte assemblages from the Anterior Rhine to the Middle Rhine is presented. The typology obtained differs from the hydrogeoinorphological classification because ... [more ▼]

A study of the zonation of the aquatic bryophyte assemblages from the Anterior Rhine to the Middle Rhine is presented. The typology obtained differs from the hydrogeoinorphological classification because the correction of the river has led to the homogenization of habitats. Since the straightening of the river in the course of the 19th century, the embankments have created more stable habitats on which mountain species formerly characteristic of the rapids of the High Rhine appeared. During the 20th century, regulation, the construction of hydroelectric powerstations even the canalization of the river in Alsace. have caused a great change in water level. On the Upper Rhine, the rcgularisation of the water level .'allowed the appearance and the spread of strict hydrophytes such as Octodiceras fontanum which is now common between Rastatt and Bonn. Conversely, species characteristic of variable water levels decreased or disappeared. The industrial development along the river has caused water quality to severely decrease downstream of the industrial areas, hence the decrease or the disappearance of their primary flora in favour of pollution-tolerant assemblages. The former side channels of the Upper Rhine in France that have been disconnected from the main river and fed by groundwater since canalization, possess a bryophyte flora very similar to that of good quality waters in the upstream part of the High Rhine or in the Alpine Rhine. This flora is the last regional relic of a flora that has disappeared from the main channel due to water pollution. These refugia should consequently be preserved from the flooding of alluvial forests, part of the flood management program. [less ▲]

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See detailReseña de Los caminos de Borges. La Kábala, los mitos y los símbolos, de Beatriz Borovich
Willson, Patricia ULg

in Variaciones Borges (2000), (9), 261-263

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See detailRenal Artery Occlusion Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma
Elen, Philippe ULg; Ozlu, E.; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(3, May-Jun), 107-10

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See detailIdentification and characterization of in vivo attenuated mutants of Brucella melitensis.
Lestrate, P.; Delrue, R. M.; DANESE, Isabelle ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 38(3), 543-51

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within ... [more ▼]

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within both professional and non-professional phagocytes. Signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) was used to identify genes required for the in vivo pathogenesis of Brucella. A library of transposon mutants was screened in a murine infection model. Out of 672 mutants screened, 20 were not recovered after a 5 day passage in BALB/c mice. The attenuation of 18 mutants was confirmed using an in vivo competition assay against the wild-type strain. The 18 mutants were characterized further for their ability to replicate in murine macrophages and in HeLa cells. The sequences disrupted by the transposon in the mutants have homology to genes coding for proteins of different functional classes: transport, amino acid and DNA metabolism, transcriptional regulation, peptidoglycan synthesis, a chaperone-like protein and proteins of unknown function. The mutants selected in this study provide new insights into the molecular basis of Brucella virulence. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation et validation française du Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ) de McCormick et Jordan
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Louwette, Séverine ULg; Mormont, Christian ULg et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2000), 5(3), 5-18

Mc Cormick and Jordan's Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ), elaborated in 1986, has been adapted to the French language and tested on a sample of 165 subjects. The organisation of the sexual ... [more ▼]

Mc Cormick and Jordan's Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ), elaborated in 1986, has been adapted to the French language and tested on a sample of 165 subjects. The organisation of the sexual rationality-irrationality dimension depends on the gender of the subjects. Among female subjects, it appears mostly as a one-factor variable. Its optimal measure is supplied by the SIQ-R-F scale, a reduced version of the SIQ presenting a better internal consistency. Among male subjects, it rather appears structured in several independent factors. Factor analysis thus allows to distinguish four different patterns of sexual irrationality. Among female subjects, the decisive impact of sexual irrationality lies in an inhibition of sexual interest. Among male subjects, the sexual communication seems to be a vulnerable area of first importance. The external validity test of the SIQ is not very probant. This surely underlines a probable problem in the choice of the criteria as well as the compexity of the relationship between irrational cognitions and clinical data. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of EMIT tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays on the Vitalab Viva analyser and FPIA on the Abbott ADx analyser
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2000), 38(7), 615-618

We evaluated the performance of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays (Dade Behring) and fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) (Abbott) for use with serum determinations in ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the performance of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays (Dade Behring) and fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) (Abbott) for use with serum determinations in preliminary therapeutic drug monitoring or acute drug intoxication detection. Performance, as indicated by CVs, of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays and FPIA showed that both immunochemical techniques are precise and have good reproducibility. For within-run studies, results from benzodiazepine determinations showed maximum CV values of 1.91% for the Emit® method and 2.65% for FPIA; results from barbiturate determinations showed maximum CV values of 2.01% for the Emit® method and 1.89% for FPIA. For between-run studies, results from benzodiazepine determinations showed maximum CV values of 1.79% for the Emit® method and 1.12% for FPIA; results from barbiturate determinations showed maximum CV values of 2.09% for the Emit® method and 2.02% for FPIA. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Frasnian - Famennian climates based on palynomorph analyses and the question of the late Devonian glaciations.
Streel, Maurice ULg; Caputo, MV; Loboziak, S et al

in Earth-Science Reviews (2000), 52(1-3), 121-173

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See detailL'ouvrier, l'usine et le syndicalisme wallons. Involutions et enjeux (1960-2000). Le crépuscule des industrieux
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2000), (2-3), 254-255

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See detailEffects of glucocorticoids on hepatic sensitivity to insulin and glucagon in man.
Dirlewanger, M.; Schneiter, P. H.; Paquot, Nicolas ULg et al

in Clinical Nutrition (2000), 19(1), 29-34

AIMS: This study was undertaken to determine the effects of a short-term dexamethasone treatment on hepatic sensitivities to insulin and glucagon. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were studied during one ... [more ▼]

AIMS: This study was undertaken to determine the effects of a short-term dexamethasone treatment on hepatic sensitivities to insulin and glucagon. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were studied during one or several of four protocols. In all protocols, somatostatin was infused continuously to inhibit pancreatic hormone secretion. In protocol 1, basal insulin was infused over 300 min while glucagon was infused at a rate of 0.5 mg/kg(-1)/min(-1)during 180 min, then at a rate of 1.5 ng/kg(-1)/min(-1)during 150 min. In protocol 2, the same experiment was performed after a 2 day treatment with 8 mg/day dexamethasone. In protocol 3, the two-step glucagon infusion was performed during insulin infusion at a rate aimed to reproduce the hyperinsulinemia observed during protocol 2. In protocol 4, continuous basal insulin and low glucagon (0.5 mg/kg(-1)/min(-1)) were infused over 330 min. RESULTS: In protocol 1, plasma glucose rose transiently by 2.0 +/- 0.3 mmol/l when the glucagon rate was increased and glucose production increased by 1.4 +/- 0.5 micromol/kg(-1)/min(-1). In protocol 2, the insulin infusion rate (1.85 +/- 0.36 nmol/kg(-1)/min(-1)) required to maintain glycemia was 3.3-fold higher than during protocol 1. Glucagon-induced stimulation of glycemia (by 1.47 +/- 0.5 mmol/l) and endogenous glucose production (by 0.8 +/- 0.3 micromol/kg(-1)/min(-1)) were blunted, but not abolished. In protocol 3, endogenous glucose production was suppressed by 75% by hyperinsulinemia and was not stimulated when the glucagon infusion rate was increased. In protocol 4, endogenous glucose production did not change significantly with time. CONCLUSION: These results indicate that high dose glucocorticoids induce a marked hepatic insulin resistance. Stimulation of glucose production by hyperglucagonemia was maintained in spite of hyperinsulinemia which can be attributed to either hepatic insulin resistance and/or increased hepatic glucagon sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailCoumarinic derivatives as mechanism-based inhibitors of α-chymotrypsin and human leukocyte elastase
Pochet, Lionel; Doucet, Caroline; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2000), 8(6), 1489-1501

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See detailGenetic Knowledge and Social Marginalization in the People's Republic of China
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2000), Vol. XVII

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See detailBase Plate in Bending and Anchor Bolts in Tension
Wald, Frantisek; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; sokol, Z et al

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2000)

The paper describes behaviour of the base plate in bending and the anchor bolts in tension, which is the major component of the base plate connection. The analytical model predicts the component ... [more ▼]

The paper describes behaviour of the base plate in bending and the anchor bolts in tension, which is the major component of the base plate connection. The analytical model predicts the component characteristics — the resistance and the stiffness. It is described how the quality of the behaviour is guided by the contact between the base plate and the concrete surface. The presented analytical prediction model is verified on tests and FE simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and para-clinical tests in the routine examination of headache patients.
Friberg, L.; Sandrini, G.; Janig, W. et al

in Functional Neurology (2000), 15 Suppl 3

Para-clinical examinations in the diagnosis and treatment control of headache patients vary considerably between clinics and headache centers. Among the neurological societies in Europe there has been a ... [more ▼]

Para-clinical examinations in the diagnosis and treatment control of headache patients vary considerably between clinics and headache centers. Among the neurological societies in Europe there has been a consensus that some common procedures and recommendations should be created. In the Fall of 1998, the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) commissioned a Task Force on Neurophysiological Tests and Imaging Procedures in Headache Patients. Members of the Task Force are the present authors and we have reviewed the literature on 1) neurophysiological tests (EEG and evoked potentials), 2) autonomic nervous system and clinical tests and 3) imaging and cerebrovascular tests (X-ray, CT, MR, fMRI, PET, SPECT and transcranial Doppler). The literature was carefully evaluated with respect to validity and strength of the data. The task was to reach conclusions about each technique in the form of guidelines for clinical use. Finally, selected areas for future research will be outlined. The extensive review and the guidelines will be published by the EFNS during 2000. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Temperature on Growth of Psychrophilic and Psychrotrophic Members of Rhodotorula Aurantiaca
Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Jacques, Philippe ULg; Weekers, Frederic et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2000), 84-86(Spring), 391-9

The thermo-dependence of growth kinetic parameters was investigated for the Antarctic psychrophilic strain Rhodotorula aurantiaca and a psychrotrophic strain of the same species isolated in Belgium ... [more ▼]

The thermo-dependence of growth kinetic parameters was investigated for the Antarctic psychrophilic strain Rhodotorula aurantiaca and a psychrotrophic strain of the same species isolated in Belgium (Ardennes area). Cell production, maximum growth rate (mu max), and half-saturation constant for glucose uptake (Ks) of both yeasts were temperature dependent. For the two yeasts, a maximum cell production was observed at about 0 degree C, and cell production decreased when temperature increased. The mu max values for both strains increased with temperature up to a maximum of 10 degrees C for the psychrophilic strain and 17 degrees C for the psychrotrophic strain. For both yeasts, Ks for glucose was relatively constant at low temperatures. It increased at temperatures above 10 degrees C for the psychrophilic strain and 17 degrees C for the psychrotrophic strain. Although its glucose affinity was lower, the psychrotrophic strain grew more rapidly than the psychrophilic one. The difference in growth rate and substrate affinity was related to the origin of the strain and the adaptation strategy of R. aurantiaca to environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLandscape fragmentation assessment using a single measure.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Van Hecke, P; Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D et al

in Wildlife Society Bulletin (2000), 28(4), 875-881

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See detailcompte rendu de : K. Vössing, Schule und Bildung im Nordafrika der römischen Kaiserzeit
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2000), 78(1), 256-258

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See detailLaparascopic management of a unicornuate uterus with two cavitated, non-communicating rudimentary horns
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Human Reproduction (2000), 15(8), 1873-4

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See detailEffet du couvert forestier sur la précison d'un système de positionnement global différentiel (dGPS)
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Hellemans, Philippe

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(1), 41-49

Effect of forest canopy on the accuracy of a differential global positioning system (dGPS). The possibilities to use dGPS for forest mapping are analysed. The efficiency of dGPS in forest condition is ... [more ▼]

Effect of forest canopy on the accuracy of a differential global positioning system (dGPS). The possibilities to use dGPS for forest mapping are analysed. The efficiency of dGPS in forest condition is linked to canopy interference, which intercepts signals sent by some of the satellites or reflect them (multipathing). Two types of equipment have been tested : a TrimbleTM Svee Six coupled with a RDS differential receiver and a Trimble SK8 coupled with an OMNISTAR differential receiver. Recordings have been achieved according to two modes : static (recording on one spot during one minute) and cinematic (moving continuously along the stand limits). Two types of forest canopy were compared : light canopy made of young poplar plantation with few obstacles in the vicinity, and closed canopy of mature spruce stand edged with other mature stand. Cinematic mode efficiency is higher than static one (mean errors are respectively 3.1 m and 9.1 m). In the same way positioning is more accurate for the stand with light canopy than for the other one (mean errors are respectively 2.9 m and 9.4 m). Difference between recording modes are probably due to multipathing effect that filtering algorithm integrated in the GPS receivers are not able to remove in static mode. The efficiency of differential signal reception is also different for the two stands : 1.3 % and 20.5 % of missing differential signal respectively in the light and dense canopy conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLes xeno-oestrogènes et leur impact sur l’environnement
Meurens, F.; Delaunois, A.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 145

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See detailFerroelectricity in PbTiO3 thin films: A first principles approach
Rabe, K. M.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Electroceramics (2000), 4(2-3), 379-383

The ground-state ferroelectric distortion of PbTiO3 thin films is studied using a first-principles effective Hamiltonian to describe the structural energetics at a microscopic level. Under short-circuit ... [more ▼]

The ground-state ferroelectric distortion of PbTiO3 thin films is studied using a first-principles effective Hamiltonian to describe the structural energetics at a microscopic level. Under short-circuit electrical and zero-stress mechanical boundary conditions, (0 0 1) films as thin as one unit cell are found to support a stable perpendicular polarization. Size effects in the layer-by-layer ferroelectric distortion are discussed. The continuum limit of the first-principles effective Hamiltonian has the same form as the widely-used Landau-Ginzburg expression for the free energy near T-c, so that the present results can be directly related to those of previous phenomenological studies. In particular, a microscopic interpretation of the extrapolation length delta is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailHabituation of visual and intensity dependence of auditory evoked cortical potentials tends to normalize just before and during the migraine attack.
Judit, A.; Sandor, P. S.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2000), 20(8), 714-9

Between attacks, migraine with (MO) or without aura (MA) patients show deficient habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) and a strong intensity dependence of auditory evoked ... [more ▼]

Between attacks, migraine with (MO) or without aura (MA) patients show deficient habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) and a strong intensity dependence of auditory evoked cortical potentials (IDAP). Clinical observations of migraine prodromes and previously published electrophysiological studies suggest that cortical information processing may vary in close temporal relationship to the attack. We studied PR-VEP and IDAP just before (11 MO pts), during (23 MO, 3 MA), 1 day following (27 MO, 1 MA) and 2 days following (14 MO) a migraine attack. The results were compared with a large group of MO patients recorded at a distance of at least 3 days from an attack (n = 66 for IDAP; n = 39 for VEP). Patients recorded the day before the attack had on average an habituation of -13.6+/-20.5% (mean +/- SD) between the 5th and 1st block of 100 averaged VEP responses and a flat (0.38+/-1.06 microV/10 dB) amplitude-stimulus intensity function (ASF) slope of the auditory evoked cortical potential. Both values were significantly different from those obtained in the attack interval (P=0.003; P=0.020). During the attack, VEP habituation was less pronounced (-0.17+/-26.2%) and ASF slopes remained flat (0.32+/-1.44 microV/10 dB; P=0.002 compared to interval). During the 2 days following the attack, VEP habituation was replaced by potentiation (+0.09+/-29.1% the 1st day; 19.5+/-45.7% the 2nd day) and ASF slopes increased markedly (0.87+/-1.39 and 1.14+/-1.12 microV/10 dB). The normalization of evoked cortical responses just before and during the attack, might reflect an increase in the cortical preactivation level due to enhanced activity in raphe-cortical serotonergic pathways. [less ▲]

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See detailÉric Benoît, Les Poésies de Mallarmé et Mallarmé et le Mystère du « Livre »
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Littératures Classiques (2000), 43(automne), 173-180

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See detailNeural mechanisms of antinociceptive effects of hypnosis.
Faymonville, Marie ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Anesthesiology (2000), 92(5), 1257-67

BACKGROUND: The neural mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain perception by hypnosis remain obscure. In this study, we used positron emission tomography in 11 healthy volunteers to identify the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The neural mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain perception by hypnosis remain obscure. In this study, we used positron emission tomography in 11 healthy volunteers to identify the brain areas in which hypnosis modulates cerebral responses to a noxious stimulus. METHODS: The protocol used a factorial design with two factors: state (hypnotic state, resting state, mental imagery) and stimulation (warm non-noxious vs. hot noxious stimuli applied to right thenar eminence). Two cerebral blood flow scans were obtained with the 15O-water technique during each condition. After each scan, the subject was asked to rate pain sensation and unpleasantness. Statistical parametric mapping was used to determine the main effects of noxious stimulation and hypnotic state as well as state-by-stimulation interactions (i.e., brain areas that would be more or less activated in hypnosis than in control conditions, under noxious stimulation). RESULTS: Hypnosis decreased both pain sensation and the unpleasantness of noxious stimuli. Noxious stimulation caused an increase in regional cerebral blood flow in the thalamic nuclei and anterior cingulate and insular cortices. The hypnotic state induced a significant activation of a right-sided extrastriate area and the anterior cingulate cortex. The interaction analysis showed that the activity in the anterior (mid-)cingulate cortex was related to pain perception and unpleasantness differently in the hypnotic state than in control situations. CONCLUSIONS: Both intensity and unpleasantness of the noxious stimuli are reduced during the hypnotic state. In addition, hypnotic modulation of pain is mediated by the anterior cingulate cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic Determinants Of Bovine Leukemia Virus Pathogenesis
Willems, Luc ULg; Burny, A.; Collete, Delphine et al

in Aids Research and Human Retroviruses (2000), 16(16), 1787-95

The understanding of HTLV-induced disease is hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model allowing the study of both viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Although valuable information has been ... [more ▼]

The understanding of HTLV-induced disease is hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model allowing the study of both viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Although valuable information has been obtained in different species, such as rabbits, mice, rats, and monkeys, none of these systems was able to conciliate topics as different as viral infectivity, propagation within the host, and generation of leukemic cells. An alternate strategy is based on the understanding of diseases induced by viruses closely related to HTLV-1, like bovine leukemia virus (BLV). Both viruses indeed belong to the same subfamily of retroviruses, harbor a similar genomic organization, and infect and transform cells of the hematopoietic system. The main advantage of the BLV system is that it allows direct experimentation in two different species, cattle and sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in the moss layer after liming in a Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) stand of Eastern Belgium
Dulière, J.-F.; De Bruyn, R.; Malaisse, François ULg

in Forest Ecology & Management (2000), 136(1-3), 97-105

The impact of dolomite lime (5 t ha -1) on the moss layer was investigated in a Belgian Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) forest. Bryophytes reacted rapidly, showing a decrease in frequency, cover ... [more ▼]

The impact of dolomite lime (5 t ha -1) on the moss layer was investigated in a Belgian Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) forest. Bryophytes reacted rapidly, showing a decrease in frequency, cover and biomass of acidophilous dominant Dicranaceae species. Some neutrophilous competitive or stress tolerant species were spreading out and some ruderals appeared. The reaction of the dominant species coverage to different liming rates was also considered. Results showed that the negative effect was more pronounced than higher dolomite doses were. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence-based medicine. Apport des etudes epidemiologiques.
REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg; BETZ, Romain ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(4), 211-5

Epidemiological studies, more specifically those related to analytical epidemiology are a major determinant of evidence-based medicine. When classifying the value of the different epidemiological studies ... [more ▼]

Epidemiological studies, more specifically those related to analytical epidemiology are a major determinant of evidence-based medicine. When classifying the value of the different epidemiological studies, based on their level of causality, cohort studies are ranked higher than case-control studies, mainly due to the fact that they allow direct collection of information on exposition to risk factors and health consequences. However, case-control studies can also provide an important information, if a specific effort is dedicated to the analyses of the circumstances of the exposition. Meta-analysis increases, by pooling them, the statistical power of individual studies of limited size. Meta-analysis can also be considered as an important source of evidence in the perspective of evidence-based medicine. [less ▲]

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See detailTectonic vs. shallow origin of geodetically inferred ground movements: an NE Ardenne (Belgium) case
Demoulin, Alain ULg; Vliegen, Bernard; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2000), 181(1-2), 217-228

In order to get a better insight into the temporal pattern of height change variations in a moderately seismic intraplate area, a 1 km long section has been weekly leveled from April, 21, 1997 to January ... [more ▼]

In order to get a better insight into the temporal pattern of height change variations in a moderately seismic intraplate area, a 1 km long section has been weekly leveled from April, 21, 1997 to January, 12, 1998 in NE Ardenne (Belgium). As this section is located very close to a small reservoir of 25 X 10(6) m(3), it also allowed the influence of lake level variations on the nearby ground motion to be studied. The measured height difference variations show a maximum amplitude of 3.45 mm, with weekly values not exceeding 1 mm. A two-dimensional (2D) finite element modeling confirms that waterload variations in the lake are the primary cause of movement of the section, inducing maximum ground subsidence of about 2 cm and seasonal tilting of 3-4 mu rads within a range of 2-3 km. We also show that a fault passively alters the spatial distribution of the waterload-dependent movements. The removal of this component from the observed ground motion leaves oscillating residual displacements characterized by an amplitude of 1-1.5 mm and a 'period' of about 2 months. We demonstrate that these displacements are independent of rainfall and probably of groundwater fluctuation too. Although most of the residual motions take place on the fault straddled by the leveling section, no credible mechanism can be found to ascribe these motions to a tectonic process. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B,V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDu chêne au tonneau
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Quin, Jean-Philippe

in Courrier du Bois (2000), 129

La tonnellerie, activité à la fois artisanale et industrielle, tire profit des plus beaux chênes. Si le mode de fabrication traditionnel du tonneau n'a pratiquement pas changé depuis son invention par les ... [more ▼]

La tonnellerie, activité à la fois artisanale et industrielle, tire profit des plus beaux chênes. Si le mode de fabrication traditionnel du tonneau n'a pratiquement pas changé depuis son invention par les Celtes il y a plus de 2000 ans, certains développements technologiques sont venus aider les artisans dans leur travail quotidien. Parallèlement, le progrès des connaissances dans les sciences du bois, de la chimie et de la microbiologie nous ont appris à quel point l'élevage du vin en fûts de chêne reste une étape essentielle dans la maturation de ce liquide sacré. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of postoperative nausea using a visual analogue scale.
Boogaerts, J G; Vanacker, E; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica (2000), 44(4), 470-4

BACKGROUND: Assessment of postoperative nausea intensity is difficult because nausea is a subjective and unpleasant sensation. We propose using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) device to increase the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Assessment of postoperative nausea intensity is difficult because nausea is a subjective and unpleasant sensation. We propose using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) device to increase the efficiency and precision in the assessment of nausea. We carried out a pilot study on postoperative patients suffering from nausea to measure the degree of agreement between the VAS scores and those given on a 4-point verbal descriptive scale (VDS). METHODS: Postoperative nausea was evaluated by means of a classical VAS (0-10 cm) device and a 4-point VDS (0=no nausea, 1=mild, 2=moderate, 3=severe) in 128 surgical spontaneously complaining patients. Evaluation was repeated 45 min after rescue medication given if nausea was intractable, lasted more than 10 min or at the request of the patient. Ordinal logistic regression was used to measure the association between VAS and VDS and to determine cut-off points on the VAS. RESULTS: The VAS device was easily understood and used by patients. VAS scores decreased significantly from 5.5+/-2.3 to 1.4+/-1.8 after rescue medication (P=0.002). Application of ordinal logistic regression to pre- and post-medication data combined yielded an agreement of 86% between VAS and VDS and the cut-off points on the VAS were estimated as follows: 0-1 (no nausea), 1+/-4 (mild), 4+/-7 (moderate) and 7+/-10 (severe). CONCLUSION: The VAS method proved to be useful for assessing quantitative nausea intensity and for testing the efficacy of rescue medication. It was found that a cut-off value of 4 on the VAS may be considered as a critical threshold triggering anaesthesiologists or nurses to administer rescue medication. [less ▲]

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See detailProduire de l'écrit en cycle ... : de la maternelle au degré inférieur de l'enseignement primaire
Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg; Nyssen, Marie-Claire ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (1-2), 18-31

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See detailRe-entrant Peierls distortion in IV-VI compounds
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg; Bichara, C. et al

in Physica B: Condensed Matter (2000), 276-278

At room temperature, the local structure of crystalline group V elements (As, Sb,middotmiddotmiddot) and their IV-VI isoelectronic compounds (GeSe,middotmiddotmiddot) is governed by a Peierls distortion ... [more ▼]

At room temperature, the local structure of crystalline group V elements (As, Sb,middotmiddotmiddot) and their IV-VI isoelectronic compounds (GeSe,middotmiddotmiddot) is governed by a Peierls distortion of the simple cubic or NaCl structure which is a symmetry breaking electronic instability. The morphology of the distortion is determined by the filling ratio of the p-band; for a half-filled p-band, the sixfold coordination becomes 3 (short, covalent) +3 (long, van der Waals). In general, at high temperature, the structure recovers its higher coordination number. Neutron diffraction experiments have been made in the liquid state at lambda=0.7 Aring. It is observed that the Peierls distortion is still present in the liquid for most IV-VI compounds. This behavior is observed and discussed for a series of Sn and Ge chalcogenides: SnS, SnSe, GeS, GeSe and GeTe and their temperature evolution is discussed. GeSe and GeTe show an interesting re-entrant phase behavior. The heaviest IV-VI compound SnTe does not show a distorted state. We demonstrate that the hardness of the repulsive potential is a key parameter in this mechanism [less ▲]

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See detailL'artériopathie des membres inférieurs chez la personne âgée
Petermans, Jean ULg; Zicot, M.

in Angéiologie (2000), 52(1), 13-17

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See detailL’internationalisation des entreprises de distribution. Quelques observations au départ du cas européen
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographies. Bulletin de l'Association de Géographes Français (2000), (2000-1), 66-73

To understand the internationalization of retailing, we must understand the internationalization of its entreprises. With this aim in view, one first case is chosen - Europa - and the processus is learned ... [more ▼]

To understand the internationalization of retailing, we must understand the internationalization of its entreprises. With this aim in view, one first case is chosen - Europa - and the processus is learned through the main questions of geography : what where ? which evolution ? who ? how ? why and why there and not elsewhere ? The lead of territory in the strategies and the choices of the firms is clearly showed; this fact confirms the geographical relevance of the thema « Globalization of Retailing ». [less ▲]

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See detailRural Labor Flows in China
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2000), Vol. XVIII

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See detailCrucial role of the amino-terminal tyrosine residue 42 and the carboxy-terminal PEST domain of IkappaBalpha in NF-kappaB activation by an oxidative stress
Schoonbroodt, Sonia; Ferreira, V.; Best-Belpomme, Martin et al

in Journal of Immunology (2000)

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See detailA clinical comparison of sumatriptan nasal spray and dihydroergotamine nasal spray in the acute treatment of migraine.
Boureau, F.; Kappos, L.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in International Journal of Clinical Practice (2000), 54(5), 281-6

A multinational, multicentre, randomised, double-blind, double-dummy, crossover study (368 patients treating two attacks) was conducted to compare the efficacy and tolerability of sumatriptan nasal spray ... [more ▼]

A multinational, multicentre, randomised, double-blind, double-dummy, crossover study (368 patients treating two attacks) was conducted to compare the efficacy and tolerability of sumatriptan nasal spray (20 mg) with dihydroergotamine (DHE) nasal spray (1 mg plus optional 1 mg). At the primary efficacy time point of 60 minutes after dosing, significantly more patients obtained headache relief (change from moderate or severe to none or mild) after treatment with sumatriptan than with DHE (53% sumatriptan, 41% DHE, p < 0.001). Significantly more patients reported relief of nausea after sumatriptan than after DHE at 60 minutes (64% sumatriptan, 49% DHE, p = 0.006). A significant difference between the two treatments was first observed at 45 minutes with respect to both headache relief (38% sumatriptan, 31% DHE, p = 0.037) and relief of nausea (55% sumatriptan, 40% DHE, p = 0.014). There were no significant differences between the two treatments for other measures of efficacy. Both treatments were well tolerated, with only 10% of patients in each group reporting one or more adverse events. The most frequently reported adverse event after sumatriptan was a bad or bitter taste, which was reported by 5% of patients. After DHE, 4% of patients reported symptoms of the nasal cavity/sinuses and 3% reported nausea and/or vomiting as adverse events. It is concluded that sumatriptan nasal spray is superior to DHE nasal spray in the relief of pain and nausea associated with acute migraine headache. [less ▲]

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See detailSurfactin and iturin A effects on Bacillus subtilis surface hydrophobicity.
Ahimou, F.; Jacques, P.; Deleu, Magali ULg

in Enzyme & Microbial Technology (2000), 27(10), 749-754

The synthesis of extracellular molecules such as biosurfactants should have major consequences on bacterial adhesion. These molecules may be adsorbed on surfaces and modify their hydrophobicities. Certain ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of extracellular molecules such as biosurfactants should have major consequences on bacterial adhesion. These molecules may be adsorbed on surfaces and modify their hydrophobicities. Certain strains of Bacillus subtilis synthesize the lipopeptides, which exhibit antibiotic and surface active properties. In this study the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the culture supernatants of the seven B. subtilis strains, showed that the lipopeptide profile varied greatly according to the strain. Among the three lipopeptide types, only iturin A was produced by all B. subtilis strains. Bacterial hydrophobicity, evaluated by the water contact angle measurements and the hydrophobic interaction chromatography, varied according to the strain. Two strains (ATCC 15476 and ATCC 15811) showing extreme behaviors in term of hydrophobicity were selected to study surfactin and iturin A effects on bacterial hydrophobicity. The two lipopeptides modified the B. subtilis surface hydrophobicity. Their effects varied according to the bacterial surface hydrophobic character, the lipopeptide type and the concentration. Lipopeptide adsorption increased the hydrophobicity of the hydrophilic strain but decreased that of the hydrophobic. Comparison of lipopeptide effects on B. subtilis surface hydrophobicity showed that surfactin was more effective than iturin A for the two strains tested. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive value of ovarian endometriosis?
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Fertility and Sterility (2000), 73(2), 419-20

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See detailIntestinal maturation induced by spermine in young animals
Peulen, Olivier ULg; Deloyer, P; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

in Livestock Production Science (2000), 66

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See detailMarkers of tumor invasion are major predictive factors for the long-term outcome of corticotroph microadenomas treated by transsphenoidal adenomectomy.
Vallette-Kasic, S.; Dufour, H.; Mugnier, M. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2000), 143(6), 761-8

OBJECTIVE: To assess the postsurgical outcome of patients with corticotroph microadenomas and to define predictors of the long-term outcome, with special emphasis on markers of tumor extension. DESIGN ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the postsurgical outcome of patients with corticotroph microadenomas and to define predictors of the long-term outcome, with special emphasis on markers of tumor extension. DESIGN: Prospective study of 53 corticotroph microadenomas treated by enlarged adenomectomy. Patients followed for at least 2 years were classified into two groups: those in long-term remission and uncured patients (immediate failures and recurrences). Pre-, per- and postoperative parameters were analyzed as predictors of the long-term outcome. METHODS: Baseline hormone assessments were performed preoperatively, 8 days after surgery and every 6-12 months thereafter. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allowed analysis of possible tumor extension to adjacent structures. Apparent completeness of the surgical removal was determined, and fragments labeled either 'tumor' or 'surrounding pituitary tissue' were submitted to serial sectioning. RESULTS: Immediate control of hypercortisolism was achieved in 43/53 patients (81%). However, later recurrences were observed in five patients (9%). Preoperative MRI showed tumor extension into adjacent structures with good specificity (91%) for prediction of surgical failure. Evidence of local invasion at surgery was also significantly predictive of the long-term outcome. A corticotroph adenoma was found at histological examination in 96% of the patients, and 26% had irregular limits, a feature significantly correlated with a poor outcome. Immediate postoperative plasma cortisol did not allow discrimination between long-term remissions and recurrences. CONCLUSION: Surgical failure was best predicted by signs of tumor 'invasiveness' at MRI, confirmed by peroperative examination and histology. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiation therapy alone or combined surgery and radiation therapy in squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis?
Zouhair, A; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Jeanneret, W et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2000), 37(2), 198203

To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the ... [more ▼]

To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the penis, treated between 1962 and 1994, was performed. The median age was 59 years (range: 35–76 years). According to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) 1997 classification, there were 12 (29%) T1, 24 (59%) T2, 4 (10%) T3 and 1 TX (2%) tumours. The N-classification was distributed as follows: 29 (71%) patients with N0, 8 (20%) with N1, 3 (7%) with N2 and 1 (2%) with N3. Forty-four per cent (n=18) of the patients underwent surgery: partial penectomy with (n=4) or without (n=12) lymph node dissection, or total penectomy with (n=1) or without (n=1) lymph node dissection. 23 patients were treated with radiation therapy alone, and all but 4 of the patients who were operated upon received postoperative radiation therapy (n=14). The median follow-up period was 70 months (range 20–331 months). In a median period of 12 months (range 5–139 months), 63% (n=26) of the patients relapsed (local in 18, locoregional in 2, regional in 3 and distant in 3). Local failure (stump in the operated patients, and the tumour bed in those treated with primary radiation therapy) was observed in 4 out of 16 (25%) patients treated with partial penectomy ±postoperative radiotherapy versus 14 out of 23 (61%) treated with primary radiotherapy (P=0.06). 15 (83%) out of 18 local failures were successfully salvaged with surgery. In all patients, 5- and 10-year survival rates were 57% (95% confidence interval (CI), 41–73%) and 38% (95% CI, 21–55%), respectively. The 5-year local and locoregional rates were 57% (95% CI, 41–73%) and 48% (95% CI, 32–64%), respectively. In patients treated with primary radiotherapy, 5- and 10-year probabilities of surviving with penis preservation were 36% (95% CI, 22–50%) and 18% (95% CI, 2–34%), respectively. In multivariate analyses, survival was significantly influenced by the N-classification, and surgery was the only independent factor predicting the locoregional control. We conclude that, in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, local control is better in patients treated with surgery. However, there seems to be no difference in terms of survival between patients treated by surgery and those treated by primary radiotherapy ±salvage surgery, with 39% having organ preservation. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuroendocrine regulation of GnRH release in induced ovulators.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, M. J.

in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (2000), 21(3), 220-62

GnRH is the key neuropeptide controlling reproductive function in all vertebrate species. Two different neuroendocrine mechanisms have evolved among female mammals to regulate the mediobasal hypothalamic ... [more ▼]

GnRH is the key neuropeptide controlling reproductive function in all vertebrate species. Two different neuroendocrine mechanisms have evolved among female mammals to regulate the mediobasal hypothalamic (MBH) release of GnRH leading to the preovulatory secretion of LH by the anterior pituitary gland. In females of spontaneously ovulating species, including rats, mice, guinea pigs, sheep, monkeys, and women, ovarian steroids secreted by maturing ovarian follicles induce a pulsatile pattern of GnRH release in the median eminence that, in turn, stimulates a preovulatory LH surge. In females of induced ovulating species, including rabbits, ferrets, cats, and camels, the preovulatory release of GnRH, and the resultant preovulatory LH surge, is induced by the receipt of genital somatosensory stimuli during mating. Induced ovulators generally do not show "spontaneous" steroid-induced LH surges during their reproductive cycles, suggesting that the positive feedback actions of steroid hormones on GnRH release are reduced or absent in these species. By contrast, mating-induced preovulatory surges occasionally occur in some spontaneously ovulating species. Most research in the field of GnRH neurobiology has been performed using spontaneous ovulators including rat, guinea pig, sheep, and rhesus monkey. This review summarizes the literature concerning the neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling GnRH biosynthesis and release in females of several induced ovulating species, and whenever possible it contrasts the results with those obtained for spontaneously ovulating species. It also considers the adaptive, evolutionary benefits and disadvantages of each type of ovulatory control mechanism. In females of induced ovulating species estradiol acts in the brain to induce aspects of proceptive and receptive sexual behavior. The primary mechanism involved in the preovulatory release of GnRH among induced ovulators involves the activation of midbrain and brainstem noradrenergic neurons in response to genital-somatosensory signals generated by receipt of an intromission from a male during mating. These noradrenergic neurons project to the MBH and, when activated, promote the release of GnRH from nerve terminals in the median eminence. In contrast to spontaneous ovulators, there is little evidence that endogenous opioid peptides normally inhibit MBH GnRH release among induced ovulators. Instead, the neural signals that induce a preovulatory LH surge in these species seem to be primarily excitatory. A complete understanding of the neuroendocrine control of ovulation will only be achieved in the future by comparative studies of several animal model systems in which mating-induced as well as spontaneous, hormonally stimulated activation of GnRH neurons drives the preovulatory LH surge. [less ▲]

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See detailLexique des termes de physiologie et de pathologie et performances de reproduction chez les bovins
Badinand, F.; Bedouet, J.; Cosson, J. L. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailDes indicateurs européens de qualité de l'éducation : les langues étrangères : un premier exercice
Blondin, Christiane ULg; Demeuse, Marc ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 161-169

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See detailComparative Effects Of Deltamethrin And Neem Kernel Solution Treatments On Diamondback Moth And Cotesia Plutellae (Hym., Braconidae) Parasitoid Populations In The Cotonou Peri-Urban Area In Benin
Goudegnon, Ae.; Kirk, Aa.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Entomology-Zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Entomologie (2000), 124(3-4), 141-144

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See detailRandomized trial of the effects of risedronate on vertebral fractures in women with established postmenopausal osteoporosis. Vertebral Efficacy with Risedronate Therapy (VERT) Study Group.
REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg; Minne, H. W.; Sorensen, O. H. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2000), 11(1), 83-91

The purpose of this randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study was to determine the efficacy and safety of risedronate in the prevention of vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study was to determine the efficacy and safety of risedronate in the prevention of vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with established osteoporosis. The study was conducted at 80 study centers in Europe and Australia. Postmenopausal women (n = 1226) with two or more prevalent vertebral fractures received risedronate 2.5 or 5 mg/day or placebo; all subjects also received elemental calcium 1000 mg/day, and up to 500 IU/day vitamin D if baseline levels were low. The study duration was 3 years; however, the 2.5 mg group was discontinued by protocol amendment after 2 years. Lateral spinal radiographs were taken annually for assessment of vertebral fractures, and bone mineral density was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at 6-month intervals. Risedronate 5 mg reduced the risk of new vertebral fractures by 49% over 3 years compared with control (p<0.001). A significant reduction of 61% was seen within the first year (p = 0.001). The fracture reduction with risedronate 2.5 mg was similar to that in the 5 mg group over 2 years. The risk of nonvertebral fractures was reduced by 33% compared with control over 3 years (p = 0.06). Risedronate significantly increased bone mineral density at the spine and hip within 6 months. The adverse-event profile of risedronate, including gastrointestinal adverse events, was similar to that of control. Risedronate 5 mg provides effective and well-tolerated therapy for severe postmenopausal osteoporosis, reducing the incidence of vertebral fractures and improving bone density in women with established disease. [less ▲]

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See detailOn a q-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling
Micu, M.; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Journal of Physics : A Mathematical & General (2000), A33

Based on the tensor method, a $q$-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling is introduced in a $q$-deformed Schr\" odinger equation, previously derived for a central potential. Analytic expressions for the ... [more ▼]

Based on the tensor method, a $q$-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling is introduced in a $q$-deformed Schr\" odinger equation, previously derived for a central potential. Analytic expressions for the matrix elements of the representations $j = \ell \pm 1/2$ are derived. The spectra of the harmonic oscillator and the Coulomb potential are calculated numerically as a function of the deformation parameter, without and with the spin-orbit coupling. The harmonic oscillator spectrum presents strong analogies with the bound spectrum of an Woods-Saxon potential customarily used in nuclear physics. The Coulomb spectrum simulates relativistic effects. The addition of the spin-orbit coupling reinforces this picture. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of a nurse-directed weight-based heparin nomogram with a standard doctor-based regimen
FRAIPONT, V; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg; MOONEN, M et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2000), 26(4), 218

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See detailPour une démarche de qualité dans la formation continuée des enseignants : rôle de l'évaluation
Giot, Bernadette ULg

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2000), 21

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See detailL'appareil aptychial chez les ammonoïdes.
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Association des Géologues Amateurs de Belgique Minibul (2000), 33

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See detailComparison of rectal and infrared ear temperatures in older hospital inpatients.
Smitz, Simon ULg; Giagoultsis, T; Dewé, Walthère ULg et al

in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2000), 48(1), 63-6

OBJECTIVES: To assess the agreement between infrared emission detection (IRED) ear and rectal temperatures and to determine the validity of IRED ear thermometry in detecting rectal fever. DESIGN ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To assess the agreement between infrared emission detection (IRED) ear and rectal temperatures and to determine the validity of IRED ear thermometry in detecting rectal fever. DESIGN: Prospective, convenience sample, unblinded study. SETTING: An acute geriatric unit (teaching hospital) and a multidisciplinary intensive care unit. PARTICIPANTS: The study included 45 inpatients (26 women and 19 men), aged 78.3+/-6.9 years, admitted over a 4-month period. Twelve of the patients were definitely infected. MEASUREMENTS: Sequential rectal (RT) and ear temperature (ET) measurements were performed using mercury-in-glass and IRED ear thermometers, respectively. IRED ear temperatures were measured at both ears (unadjusted mode), with the highest of six ear temperatures considered the true value. RESULTS: Mean RT (37.39 degrees C +/- 0.52 degrees C) was significantly (P<.001) higher than mean ET (36.89 degrees C +/-0.59 degrees C). A highly significant positive correlation was found between RT and ET (slope = 0.69; 95% CI, 0.52-0.86; P<.001; r = 0.78). The mean bias (mean of the differences) between RT and ET was 0.50 degrees C +/-0.37 degrees C (95% CI, 0.41 degrees C-0.59 degrees C), and the 95% limits of agreement -0.22 degrees C and 1.23 degrees C (95% CI, -0.38 degrees C to 1.39 degrees C). According to the standard criterion (RT > or =37.6 degrees C), 14 patients were febrile. Using an optimum IRED ear fever threshold (37.2 degrees C), the sensitivity and specificity of IRED ear thermometry for predicting rectal fever were 86% and 89%, respectively (positive predictive value, 80%; negative predictive value, 93%). CONCLUSIONS: The degree of agreement between rectal temperature and the highest of six IRED ear temperatures was acceptable. Using an optimal IRED ear fever threshold of 37.2 degrees C (99 degrees F), IRED ear thermometry had acceptable sensitivity and specificity for predicting rectal fever. [less ▲]

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See detailBases scientifiques du traitement physique de la gonarthrose
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in KINE 2000 (2000), 11(4), 86-94

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See detailPost-stroke reorganization of hand motor area: a 1 year longitudinal study with focal transcranial magnetic stimulation.
DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; ALAGONA G.; DE PASQUA, Victor ULg et al

in Clinical Neurophysiology (2000), 111(Suppl. 1), 12517-06

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See detailEffects of cold and warm ischemia on the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation of swine lung.
Willet, Katty; Detry, Olivier ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg et al

in Transplantation (2000), 69(4), 582-588

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate the consequence of warm and cold ischemia on lung mitochondria in order to define bioenergetic limits within lung could be suitable for pulmonary ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate the consequence of warm and cold ischemia on lung mitochondria in order to define bioenergetic limits within lung could be suitable for pulmonary transplantation. METHODS: Twenty-two pigs underwent lung harvesting after lung flush with Euro-Collins solution. Mitochondria were isolated from fresh lungs, from lungs submitted to 24 or 48 hr of cold ischemia, to 30 or 45 min of warm ischemia, and to 30 min of warm ischemia followed by 24 or 48 hr of cold ischemia. Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation parameters were determined in isolated mitochondria by in vitro measurement of oxygen consumption. RESULTS: Relative to controls, mitochondria submitted to cold ischemia showed an alteration in the oxidoreductase activities of the respiratory chain but no membrane permeability alteration. After 48 hr of cold ischemia, there was a decrease in the yield of the oxidative phosphorylation. Thirty minutes of warm ischemia did not alter the mitochondrial respiratory parameters. However, lung submitted to 45 min of warm ischemia showed mitochondrial damage as a decrease in the oxidative phosphorylation efficiency and ADP availability but no change in the oxidoreductase activities. Relative to cold ischemia alone, 30 min of warm ischemia preceding cold ischemia promoted no significant change in the respiratory parameters. CONCLUSIONS: On bioenergetic basis, lung submitted to warm ischemia could be suitable for transplantation if the warm ischemia duration does not exceed 30 min. This could be a major concern in lung procurement from non-heart beating donors. [less ▲]

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See detailTuna and dolphin associations in the Northeast Atlantic: Evidence of different ecological niches from stable isotope and heavy metal measurements
Das, Krishna ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Loizeau, Véronique et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2000), 40

Associations of tunas and dolphins in the wild are quite frequent events and the question arises how predators requiring similar diet in the same habitat share their environmental resources. As isotopic ... [more ▼]

Associations of tunas and dolphins in the wild are quite frequent events and the question arises how predators requiring similar diet in the same habitat share their environmental resources. As isotopic composition of an animal is related to that of its preys, stable isotopes (13C/12C and 15N/14N) analyses were performed in three predator species from the Northeast Atlantic: the striped dolphin, Stenella coeruleoalba, the common dolphin Delphinus delphis, and the albacore tuna, Thunnus alalunga, and compared to their previously described stomach content. Heavy metals (Cd, Zn, Cu and Fe) are mainly transferred through the diet and so, have been determined in the tissues of the animals. Tunas muscles display higher delta15N than in common and striped dolphins (mean: 11.4 0/00 vs. 10.3 0/00 and 10.4 0/00, respectively) which reflects its higher trophic level nutrition. Higher delta13C are found in common (-18.4 0/00) and striped dolphin (-18.10/00) muscles than in albacore tuna (-19.3 0/00) likely in relation with its migratory pattern. The most striking feature is the presence of two levels of cadmium concentrations in the livers of the tunas (32 mg kg-1 dry weight vs. 5 mg kg-1 dry weight). These two groups also differ by their iron concentrations and their delta15N and delta 13C liver values. These results suggest that in the Biscay Bay, tunas occupy two different ecological niches likely based on different squid input in their diet. [less ▲]

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See detailA homologous radioimmunoassay for quantification of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-2 in blood from cattle.
Vleurick, Lieve; Renaville, Robert ULg; VandeHaar, M. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2000), 83(3), 452-8

Insulin-like growth factor-I and -II (IGF-I, IGF-II) circulate in biological fluids bound to six different IGF-binding proteins that regulate IGF bioactivity. The IGF-binding protein-2 is regulated by ... [more ▼]

Insulin-like growth factor-I and -II (IGF-I, IGF-II) circulate in biological fluids bound to six different IGF-binding proteins that regulate IGF bioactivity. The IGF-binding protein-2 is regulated by growth hormones, and its concentration depends on nutrition and physiological state. Specific antibodies directed against bovine IGF-binding protein-2 were produced, and IGF-binding protein-2 levels in bovine blood samples were quantified by radioimmunoassay. Parallel displacement curves showed strong cross-reactivity with bovine and ovine plasma, were low with porcine plasma, and no cross-reactivity with rat or chicken plasma. Addition of IGF-I or -II to a control pool of bovine plasma did not significantly alter control IGF-binding protein-2 values in a radioimmunoassay. Six nycthemeral periods, determined for three young bulls bled on two occasions, showed that IGF-binding protein-2 plasma levels were stable throughout the day; two or three samples were sufficient to characterize the animal. Cows treated with recombinant bovine somatotropin (bST) had significantly lower serum levels of IGF-binding protein-2 than did control cows. Furthermore, IGF-binding protein-2 levels were dramatically increased at the onset of lactation. This radioimmunoassay for bovine IGF-binding protein-2, which enables quantitative assessment of IGF-binding protein-2 concentration in cattle, confirmed that IGF-binding protein-2 concentrations are depressed by administration of bST, enhanced after calving, and showed absence of diurnal variation. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Open and Closed Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Word of Caution
Limet, Raymond ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(1), 12-5

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See detailGenetic organisation of the lipopolysaccharide O-antigen biosynthesis region of brucella melitensis 16M (wbk).
Godfroid, F.; Cloeckaert, A.; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in Research in Microbiology (2000), 151(8), 655-68

Brucella spp. are Gram-negative, facultative intracellular bacteria that cause a zoonotic world-wide disease. As in other Gram-negative bacteria, its S-LPS (smooth lipopolysaccharide) is a major ... [more ▼]

Brucella spp. are Gram-negative, facultative intracellular bacteria that cause a zoonotic world-wide disease. As in other Gram-negative bacteria, its S-LPS (smooth lipopolysaccharide) is a major determinant of virulence. The Brucella melitensis 16M LPS O-antigen is a homopolymer of 4-formamido-4,6, dideoxymannose. In this study, the previously cloned 14-kb wbk gene cluster was sequenced, and seven open reading frames (ORFs) as well as four insertion sequences were identified. Six of the seven ORFs are homologous to LPS biosynthesis genes from other organisms. The gmd, per and wbkC gene products are predicted to be involved in 4-formamido-4,6,dideoxymannose synthesis. By deletion experiments, we demonstrated that the putative formyltransferase WbkC is absolutely required for the O-side-chain production. The wbkA gene product is similar to several mannosyltransferases and is probably involved in the polymerisation of the B. melitensis O-side-chain. We also identified two genes (wzm and wzt) encoding proteins with high similarity to several two-component ABC (ATP-binding cassette) transporters. Their implication in O-antigen translocation across the inner membrane was confirmed by gene replacement. Finally, no function has been assigned to the wbkB gene either by homology search or functionally, because deletion of wbkB did not interfere with the O-antigen structure. The seven ORFs have a low G + C content, indicating that they might have been acquired by lateral transfer from a progenitor with more A + T rich DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailExtensions des techniques de reparation valvulaire mitrale: chirurgie de l'endocardite et des tumeurs valvulaires
Radermecker, M. A.; Gach, Olivier ULg; Henrottaux, G. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(10), 950-3

Mitral valve repair has demonstrated its superiority over valve replacement. Mitral valve repair constitutes the optimal therapeutic option in case of degenerative dystrophic, rheumatic, congenital or ... [more ▼]

Mitral valve repair has demonstrated its superiority over valve replacement. Mitral valve repair constitutes the optimal therapeutic option in case of degenerative dystrophic, rheumatic, congenital or ischemic mitral valve disease. These surgical techniques can also be successfully and advantageously applied in case of bacterial endocarditis or tumoral valvular disease. We report a case of staphylococcal endocarditis and another case of posterior leaflet fibroelastoma to show the place of conservative mitral surgery in these unusual indications. [less ▲]

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See detailBiocompatibility of polyethylene glycols (PEG): An approach using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a protein model.
Loret, S; Gilson, P; Barakat, I et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (2000), 440

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See detailRepeatability of Doppler ultrasound measurements of hindlimb blood flow in halothane anaesthetised horses
Raisis, Anthea L; Young, L. E.; Meire, H. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2000), 32(3), 239-246

The purpose of this study was to determine the repeatability of femoral blood flow recorded using Doppler ultrasound in anaesthetised horses. Doppler ultrasound of the femoral artery and vein was ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to determine the repeatability of femoral blood flow recorded using Doppler ultrasound in anaesthetised horses. Doppler ultrasound of the femoral artery and vein was performed in 6 horses anaesthetised with halothane and positioned in left lateral recumbency. Velocity spectra, recorded using low pulse repetition frequency, were used to calculate time-averaged mean velocity (TAV), velocity of component a (TaVa), velocity of component b (TaVb), volumetric flow, early diastolic deceleration slope (EDDS) and pulsatility index (PI). Within-patient variability was determined for sequential Doppler measurements recorded during a single standardised anaesthetic episode. Within-patient variability was also determined for Doppler and cardiovascular measurements recorded during 4 separate standardised anaesthetic episodes performed at intervals of at least one month. Within-patient variation during a single anaesthetic episode was small. Coefficients of variation (cv) were <12.5% for arterial measurements and <17% for venous measurements. Intraclass correlation coefficient was >0.75 for all measurements. No significant change was observed in measurements of cardiovascular function suggesting that within-patient variation observed during a single anaesthetic episode was due to measurement error. In contrast, within-patient variation during 4 separate anaesthetic episodes was marked (cv>17%) for most Doppler measurements obtained from arteries and veins. Variation in measurements of cardiovascular function were marked (cv>20%), suggesting that there is marked biological variation in central and peripheral observed. Further studies are warranted to determine the ability of this technique to detect differences in blood flow during administration of different anaesthetic agents [less ▲]

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