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See detailEnzyme-Histochemical Detection of a Chymase-Like Proteinase within Bovine Mucosal and Connective Tissue Mast Cells
Jolly, Sandra ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Coignoul, Freddy ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (2000), 122(Feb-Apr), 155-162

The presence of chymase-like proteinase in bovine mast cells was investigated by an enzyme-histochemical technique (naphthol-AS-D-chloroacetate as substrate) in normal skin, primary bronchus, lung and ... [more ▼]

The presence of chymase-like proteinase in bovine mast cells was investigated by an enzyme-histochemical technique (naphthol-AS-D-chloroacetate as substrate) in normal skin, primary bronchus, lung and duodenum. The counts and distribution of chymase-positive and toluidine blue-positive mast cells were compared by means of successive staining. Mast cells with chymase-like activity were detected in all areas, but their proportion was greater in connective than mucosal tissues, with the exception of the skin. These results contrast with those obtained in rodents, in which chymase-like proteinases are detected in all tissues and also in all mast cells. Bovine mast cells are closer to those of human beings, in which chymase-containing mast cells predominate in connective tissues, including skin. The results suggest that more than one chymase subset is present, at least in duodenum. The possible occurrence of dual-specific chymase mast cells, as in other ruminants, is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCourbes de croissance de microorganismes : modélisation et linéarisation
Henry, Valérie ULg; Salengros, Paul

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (2000), 127

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See detailSmoking during adolescence
Paulus, Dominique; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; JeanJean, Michel

in European Journal of Public Health (2000), 10(1), 39-44

Background: The objective of the presnt study was firstly to collect data on smoking in adolescents from a high cardiovascular risk population and, secondly, to analyse the association between smoking and ... [more ▼]

Background: The objective of the presnt study was firstly to collect data on smoking in adolescents from a high cardiovascular risk population and, secondly, to analyse the association between smoking and other cardiovascular risk factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 1,526 adolescents (12-17 years) in 24 secondary schools of the Belgian province of Luxembourg. Data collection included smoking,physical activity habits, blood pressure, total cholesterol, anthropometry, diet (e.g. alcohol consumption) and oral contraceptive use. Results: Te prevalences of current and occasional smokers were 14.8 and 5.4% respectively, with similar proportions in both genders. The proportion of smokers was significantly higher in the technical course than in the classical one (35.6 versus 24% in the 15-17 years age goup). In the 15-17 year old group, regular smokers consumed significantly more free sugar, alcohol, coffee and soft drinks and male smokers ate less fruit and vegetble than non-smokers. In the same age group, 32.6% of female smokers were oral contraceptive users versus 17.9% in the non-smokers group. Other cardiovascular risk factors were similar in regular smokers and non-smokers. Conclusion: Adolescent smoking is a cause for concern in this sample from a high cardiovascular risk population. Few links were found between the prior and other cardiovascular risk factors. However, the high prevalence of smoking in the technical course and its combined usage with oral contraceptives in teenagers deserve careful attention. [less ▲]

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See detailManagement perspectives on a deep aquifer system for rural water supply in Olt and Valcea counties - Romania
Dinu, Irina; Albu, Marius; Moldoveanu, Victor et al

in Lakes & Reservoirs : Research & Management (2000), 5

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See detailPharma clinics. Comment je traite ... un trouble de la kaliémie
Neven, Ingrid; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 4-7

The treatment of dyskalemia must be primarily etiological and later symptomatic. When moderate but significant hypokalemia exists (K < 3 mmol/l or 3.5 mmol/l with cardiac disease), oral K supplements must ... [more ▼]

The treatment of dyskalemia must be primarily etiological and later symptomatic. When moderate but significant hypokalemia exists (K < 3 mmol/l or 3.5 mmol/l with cardiac disease), oral K supplements must be given. The intravenous route must be reserved for emergency or impossible oral administration. Acute and severe hyperkalemia (K > 7 mmol/l) must be first corrected by different intravenous measures with secondary oral intervention. In chronic and/or moderate hyperkalemia (K > 5.5 mmol/l), the oral route for treatment is prefered. In any case, the research of the cause (mainly drug induced) is fundamental. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Complex Perineal Fistulas
Bruyninx, Luc ULg; Meunier, Paul ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(3, May-Jun), 115-7

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See detailDes obligations de l’usufruitier et du nu-propriétaire face aux charges de la copropriété forcée d’immeubles bâtis
Lecocq, Pascale ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2000)

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See detailNitrated proteins in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients at risk of ventilator-associated bronchopneumonia.
Mathy, Marianne ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg; Nys, Monique ULg et al

in European Respiratory Journal (2000), 16(2), 296-301

The study was designed to identify markers of oxidative injury, related to the nitric oxide derived cascade, in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from intensive care patients suspected of ventilator ... [more ▼]

The study was designed to identify markers of oxidative injury, related to the nitric oxide derived cascade, in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from intensive care patients suspected of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and/or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Thirty-eight patients developing VAP and/or ARDS (VAP/ARDS group) were compared to 20 ventilated patients without VAP/ARDS (control group). Myeloperoxidase (MPO) and elastase, taken as markers of neutrophil activation were measured by enzymatic techniques, and nitrated proteins (NTPs) by an immunological method. The cytotoxicity of the BAL fluid was tested using cultured human epithelial alveolar cells by the release of pre-incorporated 51Cr. Mean NTP concentration and, MPO and elastase activities were different between the VAP/ARDS and control groups (p<0.05 for NTPs; p<0.005 for MPO; p<0.005 for elastase). NTP concentration correlated with MPO and elastase activity and neutrophil number (r=0.93, 0.91 and 0.87, respectively), but not to protein concentration and arterial oxygen tension/inspiratory oxygen fraction. The cytotoxicity of BAL correlated with NTP concentration (r=0.92) and MPO activity (r=0.89). It was concluded that the concentrations of nitrated proteins in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid correlated with the oxidant activity of neutrophils and that, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cytotoxicity was correlated with the nitrated protein concentration and may be mediated by oxidants. [less ▲]

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See detailIndicateurs de volume et de déplacement d'une structure isostatique : cas de la travée horizontale chargée verticalement
Samyn, Philippe; Latteur, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin n°7/12/2000 de la Classe des sciences de l'Académie royale de Belgique (2000)

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See detailControl of perimenstrual flares of perioral dermatitis by isotretinoin
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Dermatological Treatment (2000), 11

BACKGROUNDS: Some cases of perioral dermatitis (POD) appear in young women after the interruption of oral contraception. Perimenstrual POD flares may also occur. Blue-brown, post-inflammatory macules and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUNDS: Some cases of perioral dermatitis (POD) appear in young women after the interruption of oral contraception. Perimenstrual POD flares may also occur. Blue-brown, post-inflammatory macules and atrophic scarring often persist. Conventional treatment modalities include topical and oral tetracyclines, topical metronidazole and oral contraceptives. However, such therapies mau fail or offer only transient results. Isotretinoin efficacy was reported in a patient with difficult-to-treat POD. METHODS: We studied the outcome of a 6-month course of isotretinoin with a 1-year follow-up in 14 women suffering from chronic or recurrent POD refractory to or dependent on long-term conventional treatments. The isotretinoin dosing regiments were based on acne management guidelines. RESULTS: At 1-year follow-up, 12 of 14 (85,7 %) of the women remained free of POD recurrences, one patient (7,1 %) experienced a significant improvement, and one patient (7,1 %) showed only transient improvement during therapy, and rapidly relapsed after completing two 6-month treatment courses. The muco-cutaneous side effects were similar to those already known for isotretinoin. No other adverse effects occured. CONCLUSION: Isotretinoin represents a valuable therapeutic alternative for women suffering from chronic or recurrent POD refractory to or dependent on conventional treatment options. [less ▲]

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See detailTaurine and ethanol preference : a microdialysis study using Sardinian alcohol-preferring and non-preferring rats
Quertemont, Etienne ULg; Lallemand, Frédéric; Colombo, Giancarlo et al

in European Neuropsychopharmacology (2000), 10

Recent intracerebral microdialysis studies of different rat brain regions have shown that an acute ethanol injection induced a rapid dose-dependent increase in taurine microdialysate content during the ... [more ▼]

Recent intracerebral microdialysis studies of different rat brain regions have shown that an acute ethanol injection induced a rapid dose-dependent increase in taurine microdialysate content during the first 60-min period. In taurine-supplemented rats, a reduced aversion for high ethanol doses was observed in a place conditioning paradigm, suggesting that taurine may be implicated in the regulation of some adverse effects of ethanol. The present study compares the effects of acute ethanol injections (1.0 and 2.0 g/ kg, i.p.) on taurine nucleus accumbens microdialysate content in Sardinian ethanol-preferring (sP) and Sardinian ethanol-non preferring (sNP) rats. While neither saline nor 1.0 g/kg ethanol injections had significant effect on taurine microdialysate concentration, 2.0 g/kg ethanol administration induced a rapid and significant increase in taurine microdialysate content in both sP and sNP rats. However, this ethanol-induced taurine release was significantly reduced in sP rats by comparison to sNP rats. As taurine is suggested to be released by brain cells to modulate different ethanol adverse effects, this lower taurine responsiveness to ethanol in sP rats by comparison to both sNP and Wistar rats may be a relevant indicator of reduced ethanol aversive effects in such animals and therefore be related to their higher alcohol consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneral report - Session on connections
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2000), 55

As a result of a world-wide intensive research activity, a new design concept for structural moment resistant joints has been suggested and implemented in design codes. In the present paper, its ... [more ▼]

As a result of a world-wide intensive research activity, a new design concept for structural moment resistant joints has been suggested and implemented in design codes. In the present paper, its background is first briefly described and the main contributions to its development are presented. As a matter of fact, because of the high number of past and ongoing researches, reports and papers devoted to this topic, an exhaustive list of all these works could not be established in a limited number of pages. The possibilities of extension of the new design concepts, which have been first developed for steel beam-to-column joints under static loading, are particularly pointed out. This aspect appears quite important as in the near future it should provide designers with a unified design approach for structural joints whatever their loading, their configurations and the nature of their constitutive material(s). [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison de l'usage d'huiles d'origine végétale ou minérale pour la lubrification de chaines de tronconneuse.
Bieswal, Marc; Debouche, Charles ULg; van Belle, Laurent

in Silva Belgica (2000), 107(2), 18-21

Des études en laboratoire ont montré que les huiles végétales présentent un pouvoir lubrifiant supérieur aux huiles minérales dans le domaine de la lubrification limite (Kabuya 1995). Par ailleurs, des ... [more ▼]

Des études en laboratoire ont montré que les huiles végétales présentent un pouvoir lubrifiant supérieur aux huiles minérales dans le domaine de la lubrification limite (Kabuya 1995). Par ailleurs, des chiffres avancés dans la littérature ou par des fournisseurs de lubrifiants annoncent la possibilité de réduire la consommation de lubrifiant en passant à un lubrifiant à base d'huile végétale. Des chiffres de réduction d'usure sont aussi avancés par des constructeurs de tronçonneuses. L'essai décrit dans cet article n'a pas permis de confirmer ces réductions de consommation et de frottement. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse vegetation modelling : a tool to reconstruct palaeoclimates under changed CO2 conditions
Guiot, J.; Torre, F.; Jolly, D. et al

in Ecological Modelling (2000), 127

Atmospheric CO2 concentration has greatly fluctuated during the Quaternary. These variations have influenced the vegetation changes. The assumption that the relationship vegetation–climate sensu stricto ... [more ▼]

Atmospheric CO2 concentration has greatly fluctuated during the Quaternary. These variations have influenced the vegetation changes. The assumption that the relationship vegetation–climate sensu stricto was constant through time should be reconsidered taking into account the impact of the atmospheric CO2 content on the plants. Here we propose to use a process-based vegetation model (BIOME3) in an inverse mode to reconstruct from pollen data the most probable climate under precipitation seasonality change and under lowered CO2 concentration in the biosphere. Appropriate tools to match the model outputs with the pollen data are developed to generate a probability distribution associated with the reconstruction (Monte Carlo sampling and neural network techniques). The method is validated with modern pollen samples from Greece and Italy: it proves to be able to reconstruct modern climate with a more or less large error bar from pollen data. The error bar depends in fact on the tolerance of the vegetation to the corresponding climatic variable. The application to six pollen assemblages from Greece and Italy, representing the last glacial maximum (LGM: 18 000 14C-year B.P.), is done into three experiments: (1) modern CO2 concentration; (2) LGM CO2 concentration; (3) LGM CO2 concentration and high winter precipitation. The latter experiment is motivated by evidence of high lake-levels in Greece during the LGM which has been attributed to winter rainfall. These experiments show that winter was ca. 15–20°C colder than the present, in agreement with previous climate reconstruction. The apparent discrepancy between the high lake-levels and the steppe vegetation during the LGM, can be explained by an increase of the winter precipitation (which leads to high lake level) while the summer season is mild and dry (which affects the vegetation). The summer temperature has three stable states (−16°C, −10°C, −2°C), but the warmest one is the most probable if we take into account the lowered CO2 and the high lake-levels. [less ▲]

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See detailHartree-Fock instabilities and electronic properties
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg

in Journal of Computational Chemistry (2000), 21(6), 483-504

Hartree-Fock instabilities are investigated for about 80 compounds, from acetylene to mivazerol (27 atoms) and a cluster of 18 water molecules, within a double zeta basis set. For most conjugated systems ... [more ▼]

Hartree-Fock instabilities are investigated for about 80 compounds, from acetylene to mivazerol (27 atoms) and a cluster of 18 water molecules, within a double zeta basis set. For most conjugated systems, the restricted Hartree-Fock wave function of the singlet fundamental state presents an external or so-called triplet instability. This behavior is studied in relation with the electronic correlation, the vicinity of the triplet and singlet excited states, the electronic delocalization linked with resonance, the nature of eventual heteroatoms, and the size of the systems. The case of antiaromatic systems is different, because they may present a very large internal Hartree-Fock instability. Furthermore, the violation of Hund's rule, observed for these compounds, is put in relation with the fact that the high symmetry structure in its singlet state has no feature of a diradical-like species. It appears that the triplet Hartree-Fock instability is directly related with the spin properties of nonnull orbital angular momentum electronic systems. (C) 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic sex reversal of blue tilapia under constant and fluctuating thermal regimes, and its adaptive and evolutionary implications
Baras, E.; Prignon, Christian ULg; Gohoungo, G. et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2000), 192

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See detailGestire la diversità culturale e identitaria
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Il Mulino (2000), anno XLIX(391), 881-889

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See detailNumerical computation of one-photon mazer resonances for arbitrary field modes
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Solano, E.

in Computer Physics Communications (2000), 124

We present a novel approach for solving numerically one-dimensional scattering problems and apply it for computing the emission probability of an ultracold atom interacting with an arbitrary field mode of ... [more ▼]

We present a novel approach for solving numerically one-dimensional scattering problems and apply it for computing the emission probability of an ultracold atom interacting with an arbitrary field mode of a high-Q cavity. Our method is efficient, stable and succeeds when other numerical integration methods fail. It also replaces and improves advantageously the WKB approximation. The cases of sinusoidal, sech2 and Gaussian field modes are studied and compared. Divergences with previous works, where WKB was used, are found. [less ▲]

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See detailStrong decays of the glueball in a scaled effective Lagrangian
Jaminon, Martine ULg; Mathot, Michel ULg; Van den Bossche, Bruno

in Nuclear Physics A (2000), 662

We calculate the scalar glueball decays into pipi, etaeta, etaeta' and KK within a modified version of the NJL model which implements the QCD trace anomaly. The glueball is assumed to be the f0(1500). It ... [more ▼]

We calculate the scalar glueball decays into pipi, etaeta, etaeta' and KK within a modified version of the NJL model which implements the QCD trace anomaly. The glueball is assumed to be the f0(1500). It is coupled to the quarks due to its mixing with the scalar isoscalar mesons. The decay widths then contain a contribution coming from the triangle Feynman diagram. Moreover, they contain two additional contributions corresponding to the local decay of the glue component of the f0(1500): one comes from the process of regularization of the quark loop, the other from the interaction term a2chi2phgr2. Except for the etaeta' case, this local decay reduces the value of the width. The axial anomaly is introduced via a mass term for the eta'. As far as the lightest scalar glueball is identified with the f0(1500), the model cannot reproduce at the same time the dynamical properties of scalars and pseudoscalars. Since we do not include a model of confinement, we need to use a large quark mass (725 MeV) in our calculations. This leads to unphysical results for the two-pion decay width. A definitive test of our model awaits the introduction of a model of confinement, which we hope to include in a future work. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Efficacy of Two Vaccination Schemes against Experimental Infection with a Virulent Amyxomatous or a Virulent Nodular Myxoma Virus Strain
Marlier, Didier ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Boucraut-Baralon, C. et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (2000), 122(2-3, Feb-Apr), 115-22

Two types of myxomatosis vaccine are available commercially, namely, vaccine prepared from the Shope fibroma virus (SFV) and that prepared from an attenuated myxoma virus (MV) strain, e.gSG33. An ... [more ▼]

Two types of myxomatosis vaccine are available commercially, namely, vaccine prepared from the Shope fibroma virus (SFV) and that prepared from an attenuated myxoma virus (MV) strain, e.gSG33. An experiment was designed to compare two vaccination schemes for their ability to protect rabbits against challenge with either a virulent amyxomatous MV strain or a virulent nodular MV strain. Apart from a difference in the cutaneous expression of the disease, the two challenge strains resembled each other in respect of mortality rate, naso-conjunctival shedding of virus, and tissue infection. Vaccination with SFV alone failed to prevent clinical signs, naso-conjunctival shedding or tissue infection. Vaccination with SFV followed by a booster inoculation with SG33 protected rabbits against the development of clinical signs and significantly reduced both viral shedding in naso-conjunctival exudates and viral infection of eyelids, lungs and testes; virus was, however, isolated from testes of some surviving animals. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal unfolding of an intermediate is associated with non-arrhenius kinetics in the folding of hen lysozyme
Matagne, André ULg; Jamin, M.; Chung, E. W. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2000), 297(1), 193-210

A variety of techniques, including quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and stopped-flow absorbance, fluorescence and circular dichroism ... [more ▼]

A variety of techniques, including quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and stopped-flow absorbance, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy, has been used to investigate the refolding kinetics of hen lysozyme over a temperature range from 2 degrees C to 50 degrees C. Simple Arrhenius behaviour is not observed, and although the overall rate of folding increases from 2 to 40 degrees C, it decreases above 40 degrees C. In addition, the transient intermediate on the major folding pathway at 20 degrees C, in which the alpha-domain is persistently structured in the absence of a stable beta-domain, is thermally unfolded in a sigmoidal transition (T-m approximate to 40 degrees C) indicative of a cooperatively folded state. At all temperatures, however, there is evidence for fast (similar to 25%) and slow (similar to 75%) populations of refolding molecules. By using transition state theory, the kinetic data from various experiments were jointly fitted to a sequential three-state model for the slow folding pathway. Together with previous findings, these results indicate that the alpha-domain intermediate is a productive species on the folding route between the denatured and native states, and which accumulates as a consequence of its intrinsic stability. Our analysis suggests that the temperature dependence of the rate constant for lysozyme folding depends on both the total change in the heat capacity between the ground and transition states (the dominant factor at low temperatures) and the heat-induced destabilization of the alpha-domain intermediate (the dominant factor at high temperatures). Destablization of such kinetically competent intermediate species is Likely to be a determining factor in the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the folding rate of those proteins for which one or more intermediates are populated. (C) 2000 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailAffections musculaires et intolérance à l'effort. 2- Traitement
Art, Tatiana ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32

The muscular condition, rhabdomyolysis, may cause exercise intole¬rance in the sporting horse. When the condition is recurring, it is often difficult for the equine practitioner to establish the clinical ... [more ▼]

The muscular condition, rhabdomyolysis, may cause exercise intole¬rance in the sporting horse. When the condition is recurring, it is often difficult for the equine practitioner to establish the clinical diagnosis (is the horse suffering from rhabdomyolysis or not ?) and the aetiology (what is/are the cause(s) of the condition ?) and also to provide an effective treatment [less ▲]

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See detailD'un symptome à l'autre ou le décours d'une parole difficile à dire et à entendre
Malchair, Alain ULg

in La parole de l'enfant (2000)

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See detailEffect of water extract of Moringa oleifera seeds on the hydrolytic microbial species diversity of a UASB reactor treating domestic wastewater.
Kalogo, Y.; Rosillon, Françis ULg; Hammes, F. et al

in Letters in Applied Microbiology (2000), 31(3), 259-264

The effect of a continuous supply of a water extract of Moringa oleifera seeds (WEMOS) on the hydrolytic microbial population of biomass grown in mesophilic upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors ... [more ▼]

The effect of a continuous supply of a water extract of Moringa oleifera seeds (WEMOS) on the hydrolytic microbial population of biomass grown in mesophilic upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors treating domestic wastewater was investigated. The WEMOS-treated sludge had seemingly a wider diversity, with enterobacter and klebsiella as dominant hydrolytic bacteria, compared with the control sludge. Additional tests indicated that various hydrolytic bacteria could degrade WEMOS. It appeared that a continuous supply of WEMOS to an anaerobic digester, treating domestic wastewater, increased the diversity of hydrolytic bacteria and therefore enhanced the biological start-up of the reactor. [less ▲]

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See detailSerotonergic-1a activity and contingent negative variation.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Biological Psychology (2000), 52(3), 259-65

While cholinergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and gabaergic effects on contingent negative variation (CNV) have been largely described, little is known about serotonergic influence. Therefore, the ... [more ▼]

While cholinergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and gabaergic effects on contingent negative variation (CNV) have been largely described, little is known about serotonergic influence. Therefore, the relationship between CNV and serotonergic activity as reflected by prolactin (PRL) response to flesinoxan, a 5-HT(1A) full agonist, has been investigated in 28 healthy volunteers. To investigate the clinical implications of the relationship between CNV and serotonergic-1a activity, a group of 43 depressed patients was included in the study. Results among healthy volunteers showed a significant negative relationship between PRL response to flesinoxan and CNV amplitude at Fz, but no relationship for the other electrodes (Cz and Pz). In depressed patients, the relationships were not significant. Overall, this study does not support serotonergic effects on CNV. However, this information is indirect (correlations) and is limited to 5-HT(1A) activity. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between gellan gum and other polysaccharides.
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg

in Czech Journal of Food Sciences (2000), 18

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. Le rofecoxib (Vioxx).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(7), 751-3

Rofecoxib (Vioxx, Merck Sharp & Dohme) is a potent and selective inhibitor of the COX-2 isoform of cyclooxygenase which is used as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is indicated in the ... [more ▼]

Rofecoxib (Vioxx, Merck Sharp & Dohme) is a potent and selective inhibitor of the COX-2 isoform of cyclooxygenase which is used as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is indicated in the symptomatic relief of pain due to osteoarthritis. The initial oral dosage of rofecoxib is 12.5 mg once daily in adults, and this dose may be increased up to a maximal dosage of 25 mg once daily if necessary. Its clinical efficacy seems to be similar to that of other NSAIDs at maximal recommended dosages, but its safety profile, especially gastrointestinal tolerance, is much better because of the COX-2 selectivity. Ongoing clinical trials are performed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ la recherche du Candide liégeois
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Australian Journal of French Studies (2000), 37(2), 127-164

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See detailP300 event-related brain potential and personality in depression.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in European Psychiatry (2000), 15(6), 370-7

P300 is an event-related brain potential (ERP) particularly interesting to the study of cognitive processes in normal subjects and in psychopathology. P300 has been applied in depression with ... [more ▼]

P300 is an event-related brain potential (ERP) particularly interesting to the study of cognitive processes in normal subjects and in psychopathology. P300 has been applied in depression with controversial results. A major source for these controversial results could result from the diversity of depressed patients included in the different studies. Supporting this assumption, impulsivity, blunted affect, suicidal behavior and psychotic features significantly influence P300 amplitude. However, no data are available on the possible influences of the personality of depressed patients on P300. Since personality is related to P300 in normal subjects, the aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship between ERPs (P200, N200, and P300) and the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in 54 depressed patients. The main results of the study concern the absence of major correlations between personality dimensions as assessed by the TCI and ERP parameters among depressed patients. Only weak partial positive correlations relate N200 latency with harm avoidance, and P300 amplitude (Pz) with the self-directedness dimension. N200 amplitude is also negatively correlated to persistence. However, the preliminary nature of the presented results with respect to the weak statistical significance should be underlined. [less ▲]

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See detailQue pense l’élève de la leçon qu’il vient de vivre ?
Piéron, Maurice ULg; Delfosse, Catherine; Ledent, Maryse et al

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2000), 40(3), 119-129

S'intéresser aux avis des acteurs de la relation pédagogique sur ce qu'ils vivent en classe représente une démarche particulièrement utile pour mieux apprécier la signification des comportements qu'ils ... [more ▼]

S'intéresser aux avis des acteurs de la relation pédagogique sur ce qu'ils vivent en classe représente une démarche particulièrement utile pour mieux apprécier la signification des comportements qu'ils ont adoptés. Il est clair qu'à l'issue d'une leçon d'éducation physique, il est hautement souhaitable que les élèves éprouvent autant de satisfaction que possible. Une estimation globale de satisfaction doit être complétée de perceptions plus spécifiques relatives à l'intensité de la leçon, aux sentiments de compétence en relation avec ce qui fut réalisé, aux corrections reçues, au progrès réalisé, au sentiment de s'être donné à fond, de s'être amusé et d'avoir prêté attention aux interventions de l'enseignant. [less ▲]

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See detailLa réforme grégorienne et les tentatives de réforme du calendrier grégorien
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Bulletin de liaison du Département d'Etudes grecques, latines et Orientales de l'Université de Louvain (2000), 11

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See detailCrossing a "Human River of Shattered Lives": Caryl Phillips's Diasporic Fiction/Visions
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Literary Criterion (2000), 35(1-2), 157-169

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See detailCore-polarization effects in Cu II
Biémont, Emile ULg; Pinnington, E. H.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Physica Scripta (2000), 61

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See detailDNA-binding mechanism of the Escherichia coli Ada O(6)-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase.
Verdemato, P. E.; Brannigan, J. A.; Damblon, Christian ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2000), 28(19), 3710-8

The C-terminal domain of the Escherichia coli Ada protein (Ada-C) aids in the maintenance of genomic integrity by efficiently repairing pre-mutagenic O:(6)-alkylguanine lesions in DNA. Structural and ... [more ▼]

The C-terminal domain of the Escherichia coli Ada protein (Ada-C) aids in the maintenance of genomic integrity by efficiently repairing pre-mutagenic O:(6)-alkylguanine lesions in DNA. Structural and thermodynamic studies were carried out to obtain a model of the DNA-binding process. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies map the DNA-binding site to helix 5, and a loop region (residues 151-160) which form the recognition helix and the 'wing' of a helix-turn-wing motif, respectively. The NMR data also suggest the absence of a large conformational change in the protein upon binding to DNA. Hence, an O:(6)-methylguanine (O:(6)meG) lesion would be inaccessible to active site nucleophile Cys146 if the modified base remained stacked within the DNA duplex. The experimentally determined DNA-binding face of Ada-C was used in combination with homology modelling, based on the catabolite activator protein, and the accepted base-flipping mechanism, to construct a model of how Ada-C binds to DNA in a productive manner. To complement the structural studies, thermodynamic data were obtained which demonstrate that binding to unmethylated DNA was entropically driven, whilst the demethylation reaction provoked an exothermic heat change. Methylation of Cys146 leads to a loss of structural integrity of the DNA-binding subdomain. [less ▲]

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'apres DCCT, l'etude EDIC.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(3), 187-9

The "Diabetes Control and Complications Trial" (DCCT) demonstrated that intensive insulin therapy, by reducing HbA1c levels by about 2%, delays the onset and slows the progression of microangiopathic ... [more ▼]

The "Diabetes Control and Complications Trial" (DCCT) demonstrated that intensive insulin therapy, by reducing HbA1c levels by about 2%, delays the onset and slows the progression of microangiopathic complications (by at least 50%) in patients with type 1 diabetes. The "Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications" (EDIC) study recently showed that the reduction in the risk of progressive retinopathy and nephropathy resulting from intensive therapy during the DCCT not only persists, but is amplified for at least 4 years (reduction by about 80% when compared to diabetic patients previously treated with conventional therapy during the DCCT). [less ▲]

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See detailDétermination des puissances spécifiques critiques dans des rivières à charge de fond caillouteuse
Petit, François ULg; Perpinien, G.; Deroanne, Claude ULg

in Revue Géographique de l'Est (2000)

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See detailDe la medecine factuelle aux recommandations therapeutiques. Epilogue.
Scheen, André ULg; Kulbertus, Henri ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(5), 476-7

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See detailEpidemiologie, physiopathologie et traitement d'une affection frequente: tinea pedis.
Lambert, Jean-Luc ULg; Richert, Bertrand ULg; Dezfoulian, Bita ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(3), 161-8

Tinea pedis is an infection of the stratum corneum caused by dermatophytes. Nowadays, fitness centers, saunas, subtropical swimming pools and sport-shoes are more and more fashionable and are certainly ... [more ▼]

Tinea pedis is an infection of the stratum corneum caused by dermatophytes. Nowadays, fitness centers, saunas, subtropical swimming pools and sport-shoes are more and more fashionable and are certainly responsible for the increase of cases of tinea pedis as dermatophytes grow preferentially in warm and humid environments. The clinical aspect is affected by several factors such as the host reaction to the infection, the virulence of the infective strain, species, and some local and environmental factors. If a dermatophytosis is suspected, it is mandatory to validate the provisional diagnosis by demonstration of the fungus (by culture or/and microscopic examination) to avoid useless and expensive treatments. The new antifungal molecules are very effective, well tolerated and allow short course of therapy improving the compliance of the patient in clinical practice. Relapse of tinea pedis is very common but could be avoided by several simple preventive measures of hygiene. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Inferior Non Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: A Major Surgical Risk During Thyroidectomy
Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Albert, V.; Alexandre, j et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(2, Mar-Apr), 62-7

It is now widely established that systematic intraoperative location and diligent dissection of the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve during thyroidectomy are the keystones to assure its anatomic and ... [more ▼]

It is now widely established that systematic intraoperative location and diligent dissection of the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve during thyroidectomy are the keystones to assure its anatomic and functional preservation. The possibility of abnormal routes, like a non-recurrent cervical course of the inferior laryngeal nerve is an additional major argument for its systematic identification to avoid surgical damage. In 2517 cervicotomies performed between 1992 and 1997 for at least right thyroid lobe excision or parathyroid glands exploration, 20 cases of non recurrent laryngeal nerve were identified (0.79%). The embryological nature of such a nervous anatomical variation results originally from a vascular disorder, named arteria lusoria in which the fourth right aortic arch is abnormally absorbed, being therefore unable to drag the right recurrent laryngeal nerve down when the heart descends and the neck elongates during embryonic development. The surgeon must be aware of the possibility of a non recurrent laryngeal nerve, which arises directly from the cervical vagus and therefore represents a severe potential pitfall during thyroidectomy. Given the absence of reliable clinical symptoms and signs or investigations indicating preoperatively the possibility of a non recurrent nerve, guidelines are given to prevent intraoperatively this major surgical risk. [less ▲]

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See detailPAM, sediments, and interrupted flow effects on rill erosion and Intake rate
Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Shainberg, Itzhak; Rapp, Iddo et al

in Soil Science Society of America Journal (2000), 64

The reduction in the intake rate (IR) during interrupted irrigation is difficult to predict. Sediments in irrigation water decrease the effect of interrupted irrigation on IR. Polyacrylamide (PAM) reduces ... [more ▼]

The reduction in the intake rate (IR) during interrupted irrigation is difficult to predict. Sediments in irrigation water decrease the effect of interrupted irrigation on IR. Polyacrylamide (PAM) reduces rill erosion, but its effect on IR is controversial. The effects of water quality (tap water, tap water containing sediments, and 10 g m−3 PAM solution) and interrupted flow on IR and rill erosion in an Alfisol (Calcic Haploxeralf) and a Vertisol (Typic Chromoxerert) were studied using laboratory miniflumes. Rill erosion in both soils was eliminated by the PAM treatment in both continuous and interrupted flow. The PAM application reduced IR in the Alfisol and increased it in the Vertisol. In the Alfisol, interrupted flow reduced IR of the PAM solution by 37% compared with only 18% for tap water. In the Vertisol, interrupted flow reduced IR only slightly and the decrease was not affected by the polymer. When the water contained sediments, cumulative infiltration was reduced by 22% for the Vertisol and 59% for the Alfisol in comparison with tap water. These reductions were attributed to depositional seal formation. The IR of the Alfisol was more susceptible to depositional seal formation than the Vertisol. The presence of sediments in water was effective in reducing rill erosion. The effects of interrupted flow with PAM on reducing IR were explained by partial blocking of the conducting pores leading to greater suction and compaction of the soil surface. For sediment-laden irrigation water, interrupted flow had no advantage over continuous flow in reducing IR because of depositional seal formation associated with the sediments in the water. [less ▲]

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude HOPE, un essai clinique bicephale aux resultats contrastes.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(2), 121-4

The results of the HOPE ("Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation") study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated a highly significant cardiovascular protection by an ... [more ▼]

The results of the HOPE ("Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation") study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrated a highly significant cardiovascular protection by an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor, ramipril at a dose of 10 mg/day, after a mean follow-up of 4.5 years, but not of vitamin E supplements at a dose of 400 UI/day in high-risk patients (> 55 years old) who had evidence of vascular disease (secondary prevention) or combined diabetes mellitus and another cardiovascular risk factor (primary prevention). [less ▲]

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See detailReduced Sperm Counts In Guppies (Poecilia Reticulata) Following Exposure To Low Levels Of Tributyltin And Bisphenol A
Haubruge, Eric ULg; Petit, François ULg; Gage, Mjg.

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences (2000), 267(1459),

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See detailGiant lymph node hyperplasia.
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Biquet, J. F.; Rausin, L.

in JBR-BTR : organe de la Societe royale belge de radiologie (SRBR) = orgaan van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Radiologie (KBVR) (2000), 83(1), 19

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See detailStructure-activity relationships on adrenoceptors and imidazoline-preferring binding sites (I(1,2)-PBSs). Part 1: Weak intramolecular H-bond and conformational flexibility in a new I1-PBS-selective imidazoline analogue, trans1-(4',5'-dihydro-1'H-imidazol-2'-yl)methyl-2-hydroxyindane (PMS 952).
Ye, Hai Fen; Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2000), 8(8), 1861-9

The highly selective I1-PBS imidazoline analogue PMS 952 has been selected to study the incidence of intramolecular hydrogen bond and molecular flexibility on its biological activity. On one hand, the ... [more ▼]

The highly selective I1-PBS imidazoline analogue PMS 952 has been selected to study the incidence of intramolecular hydrogen bond and molecular flexibility on its biological activity. On one hand, the weak energy difference between three calculated conformers does not support the stabilization of one conformer by an internal hydrogen bond. The 3-D electrostatic map confirms this feature and the solvent effect does not significantly modify the relative energy of these conformers. On the other hand, the conformational spaces of the neutral and ionized forms present a great number of equilibrium structures, in a short energetic range (20 Kcal). The results are representative of an exceptional conformational flexibility due to a cooperative effect between several parts of the molecule. [less ▲]

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See detailLe dosage des auto-anticorps anti-GAD et anti-IA 2: une aide au diagnostic precoce du diabete de type 1.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Delcourt, Sandrine ULg; Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(3), 169-75

Diabetes mellitus is a frequent metabolic disease characterised by a complex and inconstant phenotypic expression that complicates the classification of patients and sometimes delays their optimal ... [more ▼]

Diabetes mellitus is a frequent metabolic disease characterised by a complex and inconstant phenotypic expression that complicates the classification of patients and sometimes delays their optimal management. In that slowly progressive disease leading to severe and irreversible complications, the use of early and specific genetic, immunological and/or metabolic markers may help in the classification of diabetic patients and in the orientation of therapeutic strategies; furthermore, it is also an essential aid in the early screening of subjects at risk of developing the disease. The assessment of classical immunological markers, such as islet cell antibodies (ICA) or anti-insulin antibodies (IAA) has been recently completed by the screening of new promising markers such as GAD- and IA2-antibodies. The presence of these markers confirms the autoimmune component of the disease and thus supports the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, even if clinical symptoms are absent or inconsistent. In addition, it represents a strong argument in favour of the initiation of specific immunological therapies to preserve B-cell number and function. [less ▲]

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See detailRelative impact of a seagrass bed and its adjacent epilithic algal community in consumer diets
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Nyssen, Fabienne ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg et al

in Marine Biology (2000), 136

The aim of this work was to identify and compare, using nitrogen and carbon stable isotope data, the food sources supporting consumer communities in a Mediterranean seagrass bed (Gulf of Calvi, Corsica ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to identify and compare, using nitrogen and carbon stable isotope data, the food sources supporting consumer communities in a Mediterranean seagrass bed (Gulf of Calvi, Corsica) with those in an adjacent epilithic algal dominated community. Isotopic data for consumers are not significantly different in the two communities. Particulate matter and algal material (seagrass epiflora and dominant epilithic macroalgae) appear to be the main food sources in both communities. Generally, the 13C of animals suggests that the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile represents only a minor component of their diet or of the diet of their prey, but the occurrence of a mixed diet is not excluded. P.oceanica dominates the diet of only of few species, among which holothurians appear as key components in the cycling of seagrass material. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of ciliogenesis in the diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia in a dog
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; Beths, T. et al

in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association [=JAVMA] (2000), 11

Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a congenital condition that may cause chronic rhinitis and bronchopneumonia. Primary ciliary dyskinesia may be diagnosed by induction of ciliogenesis by use of in vitro cell ... [more ▼]

Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a congenital condition that may cause chronic rhinitis and bronchopneumonia. Primary ciliary dyskinesia may be diagnosed by induction of ciliogenesis by use of in vitro cell culture. Induction of ciliogenesis allows for differentiation between primary and secondary ciliary dyskinesia. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance characteristics of mill rolls from graphite chromium cast iron
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Terziev, L.; Breyer, J. P.

in Stal' (2000), 1

The main requirements for the development of a new grade for the later finishing section of the mill are : good oxidation and thermal behaviour, high wear resistance, good resistance to rolling incidents ... [more ▼]

The main requirements for the development of a new grade for the later finishing section of the mill are : good oxidation and thermal behaviour, high wear resistance, good resistance to rolling incidents. The approach of Marichal Ketin to improve the rolling performances in the last finishing stands is presented. The Hi-Cr cast iron possesses excellent wear resistance due to the presence of hard chromium carbides, but its thermal conductivity and sticking properties are fairly low. A graphite precipitation could contribute to an improvement in thermal conductivity and serve as lubricant preventing sticking. The new material, called graphitic chromium iron, shows good oxidation, wear and thermal behaviour allowing its use as work roll in the last stands of the finishing section of a HSM. In the as-cast condition, graphite precipitation in high Ni and Si chromium cast iron occurs at a temperature of 950 degrees C. Moreover, the amount and volume of free graphite may be increased by secondary graphite precipitation during suitable heat treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and characterization of a protozoan uncoupling protein in Acanthamoeba castellanii.
Jarmuszkiwicz, W.; Milani, G.; Fortes, F. et al

in FEBS Letters (2000), 467

An uncoupling protein (UCP) was identified in mitochondria from Candida parapsilosis (CpUCP), a non-fermentative parasitic yeast. CpUCP was immunodetected using polyclonal antibodies raised against plant ... [more ▼]

An uncoupling protein (UCP) was identified in mitochondria from Candida parapsilosis (CpUCP), a non-fermentative parasitic yeast. CpUCP was immunodetected using polyclonal antibodies raised against plant UCP. Activity of CpUCP, investigated in mitochondria depleted of free fatty acids, was stimulated by linoleic acid (LA) and inhibited by GTP. Activity of CpUCP enhanced state 4 respiration by decreasing DeltaPsi and lowered the ADP/O ratio. Thus, it was able to divert energy from oxidative phosphorylation. The voltage dependence of electron flux indicated that LA had a pure protonophoretic effect. The discovery of CpUCP proves that UCP-like proteins occur in the four eukaryotic kingdoms: animals, plants, fungi and protists. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie du hêtre : catastrophe écologique ou accident de la nature.
Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Parcs & Réserves (2000), 55(3-4), 49

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See detailA random matrix model for color superconductivity at zero chemical potential
Vanderheyden, Benoît ULg; Jackson, A. D.

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2000), 61(7), 076004

We discuss random matrix models for the spontaneous breaking of both chiral and color symmetries at zero chemical potential and finite temperature. Exploring different Lorentz and gauge symmetric color ... [more ▼]

We discuss random matrix models for the spontaneous breaking of both chiral and color symmetries at zero chemical potential and finite temperature. Exploring different Lorentz and gauge symmetric color structures of the random matrix interactions, we find that spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking is always thermodynamically preferred over diquark condensation. Stable diquark condensates appear only as SU(2) rotated chiral condensates, which do not represent an independent thermodynamic phase. Our analysis is based on general symmetry arguments and hence suggests that no stable and independent diquark phase can form in QCD with two flavors at zero quark chemical potential. [less ▲]

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See detailInfo-congres. Recherche en diabetologie: rayonnement europeen de l'Ecole de Liege.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(10), 960-7

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See detailSystemic Induction Of Phytoalexins In Cucumber In Response To Treatments With Fluorescent Pseudomonads
Ongena, MARC ULg; Daayf, F.; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Plant Pathology (2000), 49(4),

The Pseudomonas putida isolate BTP1 and its sid2 mutant M3 were recently reported to protect cucumber against Pythium aphanidermatum root rot. This protection was mainly associated with an accumulation of ... [more ▼]

The Pseudomonas putida isolate BTP1 and its sid2 mutant M3 were recently reported to protect cucumber against Pythium aphanidermatum root rot. This protection was mainly associated with an accumulation of antifungal phenolics in the treated roots. In this study, analyses of root extracts from split-root experiments showed that these phytoalexins were produced systemically. Indeed, several antifungal molecules accumulated similarly in both treated and nontreated root parts of plants protected against P. aphanidermatum with BTP1 or M3. In addition, analyses of leaf samples also revealed increased amounts of fungitoxic molecules in PGPR-treated plants, although the nature of these molecules appeared to be different from those detected in roots. The antifungal compounds isolated both from roots and leaves were mainly detected in acid-hydrolyzed extracts containing aglycones. These results suggest that PGPR can elicit phytoalexins systemically in cucumber and that the overall defence response is not based on a single phytoalexin but is chemically complex and organ-specific. [less ▲]

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See detailCyanures et thiocyanates en toxicologie hospitalière
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Gougnard, Th; Lamiable, D. et al

in Annales de Toxicologie Analytique (2000), XII(2), 131-136

Cyanide is a highly toxic poison, able to very rapidly induce the death. Thiocyanate anion (SCN-) is a metabolic product of cyanide and cyano-containing organic substances, produced by two major enzymes ... [more ▼]

Cyanide is a highly toxic poison, able to very rapidly induce the death. Thiocyanate anion (SCN-) is a metabolic product of cyanide and cyano-containing organic substances, produced by two major enzymes : thiosulfate sulfure transferase and β mercaptopyruvate transsulfurase. Determinations of blood cyanide is important to confirm the diagnostic of intoxication. A survey of methods for the quantitative determination of cyanide and thiocyanate in biological matrices is presented. Particular attention is paid to the rapidity and to the sensitivity of the method. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruire l'esprit du dauphin
Servais, Véronique ULg

in Terrain (2000), 34

Comparisons are made of how the dolphin’s “mind” is “constructed” in six interactional contexts distinguished by the degree of participation (in the ethnological sense of the term) by human beings or even ... [more ▼]

Comparisons are made of how the dolphin’s “mind” is “constructed” in six interactional contexts distinguished by the degree of participation (in the ethnological sense of the term) by human beings or even by the dolphins themselves: the study of the brain, the study of sensorial capabilities, research on cognition, naturalistic observations, communication among dolphins, and meetings on the high sea. On the basis of these comparisons, it is argued that whether or not people attribute a “mind” to the dolphin very much depends on the degree of likeness that they recognize with these animals, which, in turn, depends on the person’s capacity to let himself be “affected” by them. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of transforming growth factor-alpha, epidermal growth factor, and epidermal growth factor receptor in follicles of human ovarian tissue before and after cryopreservation.
Qu, Jian Ping; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Fertility and Sterility (2000), 74(1), 113-121

Objective: To study the expression of transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-α), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and EGF receptor in follicles of human ovarian tissue. Design: A retrospective, controlled ... [more ▼]

Objective: To study the expression of transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-α), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and EGF receptor in follicles of human ovarian tissue. Design: A retrospective, controlled comparative study. Setting: In vitro fertilization laboratory of a university hospital. Patient(s): Fifteen women with regular menstrual cycles who underwent laparoscopy and the biopsy of ovarian tissue. Intervention(s): Paraffin sections were prepared from ovarian tissues, followed by immunohistochemical staining of TGF-α, EGF, and EGF receptor. Main Outcome Measure(s): Immunostaining for TGF-α, EGF, and EGF receptor in follicles of fresh and frozen ovarian tissues. Result(s): Immunoreactivities for TGF-α and EGF receptor were observed simultaneously in the oocytes of primordial, primary, preantral, and antral follicles. Strong staining for TGF-α and EGF receptor was present in thecal cells. The TGF-α and EGF receptor was also expressed in some granulosa cells of primary to antral follicles. The EGF only stained weakly in the oocytes of primordial and primary follicles and in thecal cells. There was no difference in staining patterns for TGF-α, EGF, and EGF receptor between fresh and frozen ovarian tissues. Conclusion(s): The TGF-α and EGF receptor was expressed in primordial to antral follicles, indicating a role of TGF-α in regulating follicular development through binding to the EGF receptor. Freeze-thawing did not substantially alter immunoreactivites for TGF-α, EGF, and EGF receptor in frozen ovarian tissue. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between polyamine and ethylene metabolisms in a hormone autonomous sugarbeet callus
Bisbis, Badia; Kevers, Claire ULg; Dommes, Jacques ULg et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (2000), 157(1), 24-30

In a fully habituated non-organogenic sugarbeet callus (HNO) overproducing polyamines and underproducing ethylene (in comparison with its normal hormone-dependent counterpart), the question raised about a ... [more ▼]

In a fully habituated non-organogenic sugarbeet callus (HNO) overproducing polyamines and underproducing ethylene (in comparison with its normal hormone-dependent counterpart), the question raised about a possible competition between these two metabolites for their common precursor, S-adenosyl-methionine (SAM). The experimental strategy consisted in determining the effects of exogenous polyamines and inhibitors of polyamine biosynthetic pathway on growth, polyamine accumulation and ethylene production. Exogenous putrescine or spermidine decreased polyamine contents and ethylene production. Inhibitors of the diamine putrescine biosynthesis, DFMO and DFMA, induced a reduction of both polyamine content and ethylene production with an increase of HNO callus growth. However, when a mixture of the two inhibitors was used, an increase of ethylene production was observed without any effect on growth. The inhibitors of spermidine synthase (CHA) and of SAM decarboxylase (MGBG) also decreased polyamine content and ethylene production with different effects on growth according to the concentrations used. The combination of the two inhibitors (CHA + MGBG) increased ethylene production of the HNO callus. The effect of growth regulators (auxin and cytokinin) on growth and ethylene production of HNO callus is also discussed. These results suggest that polyamines affect directly the ethylene biosynthesis. In the absence of an exogenous hormonal control, the lower ethylene metabolism of HNO callus could not be explained by a competition with polyamines for their common precursor. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification Of Key Residues For Interaction Of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide With Human Vpac(1) And Vpac(2) Receptors And Development Of A Highly Selective Vpac(1) Receptor Agonist - Alanine Scanning And Molecular Modeling Of The Peptide
Nicole, P.; Lins, Laurence ULg; Rouyer-Fessard, C. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2000), 275(31), 24003-12

The widespread neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has two receptors VPAC(1) and VPAC(2). Solid-phase syntheses of VIP analogs in which each amino acid has been changed to alanine (Ala scan ... [more ▼]

The widespread neuropeptide vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) has two receptors VPAC(1) and VPAC(2). Solid-phase syntheses of VIP analogs in which each amino acid has been changed to alanine (Ala scan) or glycine was achieved and each analog was tested for: (i) three-dimensional structure by ab initio molecular modeling; (ii) ability to inhibit (125)I-VIP binding (K(i)) and to stimulate adenylyl cyclase activity (EC(50)) in membranes from cell clones stably expressing human recombinant VPAC(1) or VPAC(2) receptor. The data show that substituting residues at 14 positions out of 28 in VIP resulted in a >10-fold increase of K(i) or EC(50) at the VPAC(1) receptor. Modeling of the three-dimensional structure of native VIP (central alpha-helice from Val(5) to Asn(24) with random coiled N and C terminus) and analogs shows that substitutions of His(1), Val(5), Arg(14), Lys(15), Lys(21), Leu(23), and Ile(26) decreased biological activity without altering the predicted structure, supporting that those residues directly interact with VPAC(1) receptor. The interaction of the analogs with human VPAC(2) receptor is similar to that observed with VPAC(1) receptor, with three remarkable exceptions: substitution of Thr(11) and Asn(28) by alanine increased K(i) for binding to VPAC(2) receptor; substitution of Tyr(22) by alanine increased EC(50) for stimulating adenylyl cyclase activity through interaction with the VPAC(2) receptor. By combining 3 mutations at positions 11, 22, and 28, we developed the [Ala(11,22,28)]VIP analog which constitutes the first highly selective (>1,000-fold) human VPAC(1) receptor agonist derived from VIP ever described. [less ▲]

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See detailA FETD Approach for the Modeling of Antennas
Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Meys, B.; Beauvois, Véronique ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 892--896

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinase-3 serum levels are correlated with disease activity and predict clinical response in rheumatoid arthritis
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Jaspar, J. M. et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2000), 120(1), 888-893

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) is a variable associated with disease activity and with the response to treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Serum MMP-3 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that serum matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) is a variable associated with disease activity and with the response to treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Serum MMP-3 levels were measured and compared to biological and clinical disease activity variables in 20 patients with active RA assessed serially during a one year prospective open label trial with methotrexate or tenidap. RESULTS: MMP-3 levels were significantly correlated with C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin 6 serum levels as well as with the disease activity score (DAS), not only at start in untreated patients but also during the 12 month followup period in both treated groups. Early changes (after 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 months) in MMP-3 levels were significantly associated with change in DAS observed 4 to 6 months later. CONCLUSION: In addition to CRP, a systemic marker of inflammation, serum MMP-3 may serve as a consistent synovial derived marker of RA disease activity, early changes of which predict disease outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailMesure de la pression artérielle en dehors du cabinet médical: intérêts et limites
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg

in Revue Médecine Générale (2000), 176

Standardized blood pressure self measurement with approved devices allows the patient's involvement in the diagnosis and provides information on various parameters.

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See detailHyperthermic induction of the 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) in neuroglia and neurons of the rat central nervous system.
Krueger-Naug, A. M.; Hopkins, D. A.; Armstrong, J. N. et al

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (2000), 428(3), 495-510

The 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) is constitutively expressed in many neurons of the brainstem and spinal cord, is strongly induced in glial cells in response to ischemia, seizures, or spreading ... [more ▼]

The 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) is constitutively expressed in many neurons of the brainstem and spinal cord, is strongly induced in glial cells in response to ischemia, seizures, or spreading depression, and is selectively induced in neurons after axotomy. Here, the expression of Hsp27 was examined in brains of adult rats from 1.5 hours to 6 days after brief hyperthermic stress (core body temperature of 42 degrees C for 15 minutes). Twenty-four hours following hyperthermia, Western blot analysis showed that Hsp27 was elevated in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum, and brainstem. Immunohistochemistry for Hsp27 revealed a time-dependent, but transient, increase in the level of Hsp27 immunoreactivity (Hsp27 IR) in neuroglia and neurons. Hsp27 IR was detected in astrocytes throughout the brain and in Bergmann glia of the cerebellum from 3 hours to 6 days following heat shock. Peak levels were apparent at 24 hours, gradually declining thereafter. In addition, increases in Hsp27 IR were detected in the ependyma and choroid plexus. Hyperthermia induced Hsp27 IR in neurons of the subfornical organ and the area postrema within 3 hours and reached a maximum by 24 hours with a return to control levels 4-6 days after hyperthermia. Specific populations of hypothalamic neurons also showed Hsp27 IR after hyperthermia. These results demonstrate that hyperthermia induces transient expression of Hsp27 in several types of neuroglia and specific populations of neurons. The pattern of induced Hsp27 IR suggests that some of the activated cells are involved in physiological responses related to body fluid homeostasis and temperature regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrodynamical and ecosystem processes in ice-covered seas of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres
Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2000), 27

Preface of the 30th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics Liège, Belgium (May 4–8 1998) : Hydrodynamical and ecosystem processes in ice-covered seas of the Southern and Northern ... [more ▼]

Preface of the 30th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics Liège, Belgium (May 4–8 1998) : Hydrodynamical and ecosystem processes in ice-covered seas of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Issue of JMS edited by Anne Goffart and Jean-Henri Hecq. [less ▲]

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See detailPulmonary perfusion redistribution in exercises horses
Votion, Dominique ULg; Harmegnies, N. F.; Duvivier, D. H. et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 41

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See detailEurojust ou Ministère public européen : Un choix de politique criminelle
Flore, Daniel ULg

in Agon (2000), 28

Les autorités nationales ne sont plus en mesure d'appréhender de façon adéquate les phénomènes criminels qui dépassent les frontières d'un Etat membre.

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See detailInternal and International migration. Chinese Perspectives.
Florence, Eric ULg

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

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See detailExport production in the Bay of Biscay as estimated from barium - barite in settling material: a comparison with new production
Dehairs, F.; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Antia, A. et al

in Deep-Sea Research Part I, Oceanographic Research Papers (2000), 47(4), 583-601

We present barium data for sediment traps deployed in a northeast Atlantic margin environment (Bay of Biscay). Fluxes of excess barium were measured with the objective of calculating carbon export ... [more ▼]

We present barium data for sediment traps deployed in a northeast Atlantic margin environment (Bay of Biscay). Fluxes of excess barium were measured with the objective of calculating carbon export production rates from the surface mixed layer and thus contribute to the understanding of organic carbon transport in a margin environment. Therefore, it was necessary to properly understand the different processes that affected the barium fluxes in this margin environment. Seasonal variability of POC/Ba flux ratios and decrease of barium solubilisation in the trap cups with increasing depth in the water column probably indicate that the efficiency of barite formation in the organic micro-environment varies with season and that the process is relatively slow and not yet completed in the upper 600 m of water column. Thus barite presence in biogenic aggregates will significantly depend on water column transit time of these aggregates. Furthermore, it was observed that significant lateral input of excess-Ba can occur, probably associated with residual currents leaving the margin. This advected excess-Ba affected especially the recorded fluxes in the deeper traps (>1000 m) of the outer slope region. We have attempted to correct for this advected excess-Ba component, using Th (reported by others for the same samples) as an indicator of enhanced lateral flux and assigning a characteristic Ba/Th ratio to advected material, Using transfer functions relating excess-Ba flux with export production characteristic of margin areas, observed Ba fluxes indicate an export production between 7 and 18 g C m(-2) yr(-1). Such values are 3-7 times lower than estimates based on N-nutrient uptake and nutrient mass balances, but larger and more realistic than is obtained when a transfer function characteristic of open ocean systems is applied. The discrepancy between export production estimates based on excess-Ba fluxes and nutrient uptake could be resolved if part of the carbon is exported as dissolved organic matter. Results suggest that margin systems function differently from open ocean systems, and therefore Ba-proxy rationales developed for open ocean sites might not be applicable in margin areas. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [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 detailEating and Body Representations and Practices in Adolescence. Preliminary Results.
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000), 54(4), 9

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Miller, Rebecca ULg; Otte, Marcel ULg

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2000), 8

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See detailThe recalcitrance to rooting of the micropropagated shoots of the rac tobacco mutant: Implications of polyamines and of the polyamine metabolism
Faivre-Rampant, Odile; Kevers, Claire ULg; Dommes, Jacques ULg et al

in Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (2000), 38(6), 441-448

Rooting of wild-type tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi) shoots raised in vitro was promoted by polyamines in the absence of any other growth regulator and was inhibited by two inhibitors of polyamine ... [more ▼]

Rooting of wild-type tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi) shoots raised in vitro was promoted by polyamines in the absence of any other growth regulator and was inhibited by two inhibitors of polyamine metabolism. The auxin insensitive and recalcitrant to rooting rac mutant shoots did not respond to the same treatments. The activities of arginine decarboxylase (ADC), ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), diamine oxidase (DAO), polyamine oxidase (PAO) and transglutaminases (TGases), and the titres of free and conjugated polyamines were estimated in the whole shoots and the basal parts of the stems of both tobaccos in the course of multiplication in vitro. The rac shoots grew at a lower rate. The wild-type rooted from the 7th day without special treatment. During the second week of culture, the shoots of both tobaccos were actively growing and showed an increase in ADC, ODC, DAO, PAO and TGase activities. Afterwards all these activities declined. These changes were concomitant with an increase in the polyamine contents (free and conjugated). Biosynthesis and oxidation of polyamines apparently occurred simultaneously and seemed directly correlated. In the basal part of the mutant stems however, the accumulation of free and conjugated putrescine as well as the transient increase in biosynthetic enzyme activities were delayed compared to the wild-type. These results are discussed in relation to growth behaviour and to root formation. (C) 2000 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. [less ▲]

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See detailEndometrial laser intrauterine thermotherapy: the first series of 100 patients observed for 1 year
Donnez, Jacques; Polet, Roland; Rabinovitz, Rafi et al

in Fertility and Sterility (2000), 74(4), 791-6

Objective: To describe a new instrument (GyneLase®) that offers a new approach (endometrial laser intrauterine thermal therapy [ELITT]) to treatment of menorrhagia and to evaluate the efficacy of ELITT in ... [more ▼]

Objective: To describe a new instrument (GyneLase®) that offers a new approach (endometrial laser intrauterine thermal therapy [ELITT]) to treatment of menorrhagia and to evaluate the efficacy of ELITT in the management of dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Design: Prospective study. Setting: University hospital. Patient(s): 100 premenopausal women with dysfunctional uterine bleeding were observed for 1 year. Intervention(s): Intrauterine laser thermotherapy with a diode laser. Main Outcome Measurement(s): Amenorrhea rate after 1 year. Result(s): The amenorrhea rate after 1 year of follow-up was 71%, and the rate of amenorrhea/severe hypomenorrhea rate was >90%; these rates are much higher than those in the literature after such procedures as electrosurgery or intrauterine thermal balloon therapy. The ELITT procedure is an inherently safe and simple alternative, providing controlled and effective treatment of the entire endometrium. In contrast to traditional endometrial ablation using a neodymium yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser, the ELITT procedure does not require intensive training or hysteroscopic control; it is also far less risky, because the power used per unit area is 1,000 times lower. Conclusion(s): The ELITT procedure is a new nonhysteroscopic technique for endometrial ablation. The technique is very safe and offers the highest amenorrhea rate to date in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailLe désistement d'appel et l'acquiescement sont-ils (encore) prohibés en matière de divorce
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Divorce : Actualité Juridique, Sociale et Fiscale (2000)

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See detailChants populaires flamands (1879) als wetenschappelijke getuigenis van een vroeg individueel repertoire: een voorstudie
Peere, Isabelle ULg

in Volkskunde (2000), (4),

This article is the summary of a lecture given on the 29th conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung in Aberdeen in August 1999. The author tests the existing context literature on the well-known ... [more ▼]

This article is the summary of a lecture given on the 29th conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung in Aberdeen in August 1999. The author tests the existing context literature on the well-known folk song collection 'Chants Populaires Flamands avec les airs notés et poésies populaires diverses recueillis à Bruges' by Ad.-R. Lootens and J.M.E. Feys with novel data and on the basis of these, she sets up some new hypotheses. The writer proves that Lootens and Feys might have been relatives and that Catherine Beyaert, Lootens 's mother was, most likely, the most important source of Lootens's fielswork. Moreover, she casts a new light on the collaboration between Lootens and Feys during the realization of the manuscript. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective study of 206 cases of surgical intestinal pathologies in the horse : incidence, diagnosis, prognosis and complications.
Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Gangl, Monika; Caudron, Isabelle et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

This retrospective study of 206 surgical colic cases shows the incidence of the different types of pathologies. The small intestine is concerned in 106 (51,5 %) cases with 102 (96 %) strangulation ... [more ▼]

This retrospective study of 206 surgical colic cases shows the incidence of the different types of pathologies. The small intestine is concerned in 106 (51,5 %) cases with 102 (96 %) strangulation obstructions. The remaining 100 cases (48,5 %) are large intestine obstructions with 45 (45 %) strangulation obstructions. The global survival rate is of 51,5 %, of 42,2 % for small intestine and of 61 % for large intestine. A gravity and a shock score permit to define the prognosis before the decision for surgery. The incidence of the postoperative complications is higher (55,2 %) and the time for recovery is significantly longer for small intestinal pathologies than for large intestine affections. Shock and paralytic ileus are the most frequent complications accounting for 65 % of post operative mortalities. The survival rates are significantly different according to gravity and shock score. The time of recovery is also significantly different in function of the shock score. These findings show the importance of rapid diagnosis of the acute abdominal disease in order to improve the outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailPersistent tumor 18F-FDG uptake after a few cycles of polychemotherapy is predictive of treatment failure in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Fassotte, Marie-France ULg et al

in Haematologica (2000), 85(6), 613-8

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Early recognition of the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy could result in lower cumulative drug toxicity and tumor burden at the start of salvage therapy, which might improve ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Early recognition of the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy could result in lower cumulative drug toxicity and tumor burden at the start of salvage therapy, which might improve clinical outcome. Therefore, we studied the value of (18)F-FDG PET for early evaluation of response in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied 28 patients by (18)F-FDG PET after a median of 3 cycles of polychemotherapy. The presence or absence of abnormal (18)F-FDG uptake was correlated to clinical outcome (median follow-up: 17.5 months, range 4-47 months). RESULTS: Five of 28 patients still had increased (18)F-FDG uptake in one or more sites previously shown to be involved by lymphoma at baseline evaluation. Only one of these five patients entered complete remission (CR), whereas among the 23 patients with negative (18)F-FDG PET studies, two died of toxicity during chemotherapy and all the others entered clinical CR (p<0.00001). All five patients with and 7/21 patients without residual abnormal (18)F-FDG uptake relapsed or reprogressed (positive predictive value for relapse: 100%, negative predictive value: 67%). By Kaplan-Meier analysis, progression-free survival (PFS) at 1 and 2 years was respectively 20+/-18% and 0% for (18)F-FDG PET positive patients and 81+/-9% and 62+/-12% for (18)F-FDG PET negative patients (p=0.0001). Overall survival (OS) at 1 and 2 years was respectively 20+/-18% and 0% for (18)F-FDG PET positive and 87+/-7% and 68+/-11% for (18)F-FDG PET negative patients (p<0.0001). INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: Persistent tumoral (18)F-FDG uptake after a few cycles of polychemotherapy is predictive of CR, PFS and OS in NHL. Further studies are warranted to determine whether (18)F-FDG PET has a predictive value independent from conventional prognostic factors. However, the sensitivity of qualitative (18)F-FDG PET imaging in identifying patients with a poor outcome was insufficient. Earlier evaluation after only one cycle of chemotherapy and quantitative analysis might increase the sensitivity of 18F-FDG PET is predicting treatment failure. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-phonochirurgie assistée au laser CO2 des lésions bénignes des cordes vocales
Remacle, Marc; Giovanni, Antoine; Lawson, George et al

in Cahiers d'Oto-rhino-laryngologie, de Chirurgie Cervico-faciale et d'Audiophonologie (Les) (2000), 35(6), 293-300

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See detailMechanical properties of Al/Al2O3 nanolaminated films: correlation to microstructure
Ben Daia, M.; Aubert, P.; Labdi, S. et al

in Surface & Coatings Technology (2000), 125(1-3), 196-200

Wear resistance and the hardness of Al/Al2O3 nanolaminated films were investigated in this study. Monolithic films and multilayers were deposited on a silicon substrate with two different substrate ... [more ▼]

Wear resistance and the hardness of Al/Al2O3 nanolaminated films were investigated in this study. Monolithic films and multilayers were deposited on a silicon substrate with two different substrate temperatures: T-s= 25 degrees C and T-s= -90 degrees C. The period thickness of multilayers was lowering from 40 to 2 nm. From nanoindentation measurements, it appears that the hardness of multilayers has an intermediate value between those of metal (Al) and ceramic (Al2O3). The tribological test was conducted by the pin-on-disc method. The T-s=25 degrees C deposited multilayers, as well as single films, demonstrated poor wear resistance. The best wear resistance was obtained for multilayers deposited at the lowest substrate temperature (T-s= -90 degrees C). The results are ill good agreement with structural characterization. X-ray reflectometry demonstrated that the multilayer character of Al/Al2O3 is more pronounced for T-s= -90 degrees C. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes spatiocartes d'occupation du sol
Binard, Marc ULg; Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2000), 38(2000/1), 63-78

Les spatiocartes d'occupation du sol sont dérivées de la classification d'une ou plusieurs images satellite selon une nomenclature conventionnelle des affectations du sol. En importance, elles constituent ... [more ▼]

Les spatiocartes d'occupation du sol sont dérivées de la classification d'une ou plusieurs images satellite selon une nomenclature conventionnelle des affectations du sol. En importance, elles constituent sans doute le second type de spatiocartes le plus couramment produit, après les spatiocartes en composition colorée. Vis-à-vis de ces dernières, les spatiocartes d'occupation du sol relèvent cependant d'une toute autre logique et procèdent d'une méthodologie très différente. La composition colorée est conçue pour laisser au lecteur le soin d'interpréter l'image en fonction de ses propres centres d'intérêt, et les techniques sélectionnées pour son élaboration doivent précisément favoriser la reconnaissance et l'identification visuelle d'un maximum de détails. La spatiocarte d'occupation du sol, par contre, répond à un objectif précis et déterminé a priori. Tout, depuis la sélection des images sources jusqu'à la sélection des couleurs, en passant par le choix de l'échelle et la fixation de la nomenclature, est dicté par une thématique unique. Les méthodes de classification, elles-mêmes, ne sont pas indépendantes de l'objectif poursuivi. Le but de ce chapitre n'est pourtant pas de discourir sur les multiples algorithmes de classification des images. Une très volumineuse littérature, en constante évolution, y est consacrée (Atkinson & Lewis, 2000, Chin-Teng et al., 2000, Simpson et al., 2000). Les méthodes les plus traditionnelles, relevant de l'interprétation d'images assistée par ordinateur, co-existent avec les méthodes les plus récentes, telles les classifications par réseaux de neurones ou les classifications bayesiennes. L'utilisation de l'une ou l'autre méthode, voire de plusieurs en chaîne, se justifie à l'occasion de tel ou tel cas de figure mais elles n'interfèrent guère sur la préoccupation présente qui consiste à transformer une image classée en une carte. On conçoit dès lors que les traitements dont il sera question se situent en aval du processus de classification proprement dit. Quelques considérations seront pourtant émises sur les préalables de la classification et sur la nature et la qualité de l'image classée, dans la mesure où elles peuvent orienter l'élaboration de la spatiocarte. Par contre, les divers traitements relevant de l'habillage ou de l'impression, communs à toute spatiocarte quelle qu'en soit la facture, sont réservés à des chapitres ultérieurs. De même, quelques opérations complexes, susceptibles d'intervenir dans la réalisation de certaines spatiocartes de l'occupation du sol, mais exigeant un bagage méthodologique important, sont développées dans des chapitres spécifiques auxquels nous renverrons le moment venu. [less ▲]

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See detailL'antibiothérapie en néonatalogie: mise-au-point
Langhendries, JP; Kalenga, Masendu ULg; Battisti, Oreste ULg et al

in Journal du Pédiatre Belge (2000), 2

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See detailChronic hepatitis B therapy with lamivudine in clinical practice - Summary of the discussion
Dixon, J.; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Horsmans, Y. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2000), 63(4), 357-358

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See detailL'analyse de la variance multivariée et l'analyse canonique discriminante : principes et applications
Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (2000), (1), 40

This note describes the principles of multivariate analysis of variance and of canonical discriminant analysis. The methods are illustrated by two examples.

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See detailCancer in Transplant Recipients
Detry, Olivier ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg; Meurisse, Michel ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (2000), 32(1), 127

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See detailConvergentie en divergentie in de Nederlandse standaardtaal. Het stripverhaal Suske en Wiske als casus.
Meesters, Gert ULg

in Nederlandse Taalkunde (2000), 5(2), 164-176

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See detailMicropore size distributions of activated carbons
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Sahouli, Bendida; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16(16), 6754-6756

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See detailExperimental gerontology in Belgium: from model organisms to age-related pathologies
Toussaint, Olivier; Baret, P. V.; Brion, J.-P. et al

in Experimental Gerontology (2000), 35(8), 901-916

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See detailLes orfèvres mosans devant l'histoire (XIe-XIIIe siècle)
George, Philippe ULg; Stiennon, Jacques ULg; Kupper, Jean-Louis ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (2000)

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See detailLes brulis, un outil de gestion de la faune en region Afrique inter-tropicale.
Cornelis, D.; Lungren, C.; Ouedraogo, Mohamar moussa ULg et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2000), 55(3-4),

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See detailRecension: "Théorie critique du principe général de bonne foi en droit privé"
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2000)

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See detailConception actuelle du traitement de l’arthrose
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Henrotin, Yves ULg

in Revue de la Médecine Générale [=RMG] (2000), 177

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