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See detailMagnetic fabrics in the Holum granite (Vest-Agder, southernmost Norway): implications for the late evolution of the Sveconorwegian (Grenvillian) orogen of SW Scandinavia
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Trindade, Ricardo I.F.

in Precambrian Research (2003), 121(3-4), 221-249

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See detailApport à la connaisance du genre Rhizophagus Herbst, 1793 (Coleoptera: Clavicornia Monotomidae) en région wallonne (Belgique)
Thieren, Yves; Fagot, Jean ULg; Lhoir, Jonathan et al

in Notes Fauniques de Gembloux (2003), 50

During a trapping year in two hardwood forests of Walloonia, the Rhizophagus reveale to be the most abundant saproxylic beetles. The authors give comments on the different species met, on the relations ... [more ▼]

During a trapping year in two hardwood forests of Walloonia, the Rhizophagus reveale to be the most abundant saproxylic beetles. The authors give comments on the different species met, on the relations between species and trapping methods and on the species activity during the six months trapping. Waiting for an exhaustive revision of the genera, a primary point is made on the Rhizophagus in Belgium and a prime list is given with a lot of ethological considerations. [less ▲]

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See detailIndole alkaloids from Strychnos species and their antiplasmodial and cytotoxic activities
Frederich, Michel ULg; Tits, Monique ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg

in Chemistry of Natural Compounds (2003), 39(6, NOV-DEC), 513-519

Strychnos species (Loganiaceae) have been studied in the laboratory of Pharmacognosy of the University of Liege for more than fifty years. Although investigations into the Strychnos genus have been going ... [more ▼]

Strychnos species (Loganiaceae) have been studied in the laboratory of Pharmacognosy of the University of Liege for more than fifty years. Although investigations into the Strychnos genus have been going on for a long time in the case of Asian tetanizing and American curarizing species, the first chemical and pharmacological screening on African species was undertaken in the early nineteen fifties by the late Prof A. Denoel (University of Liege, Belgium), who examined twenty-five species of Strychnos collected in the Belgian Congo [1]. This research programme was also an offshoot of an inventory of medicinal and toxic plants in Rwanda, carried out during the years 1969-1970. The Belgian scientists were lucky to observe the tribe of Banyambo, living along the Akagera river on the border between Rwanda and Tanzania, where hunters prepared in front of them an arrow poison with Strychnos usambarensis roots and leaves as the main ingredients [2]. Strychnos species have several ethnobotanical uses. A few species are well known for their incorporation into arrow and ordeal poisons, but play more a role in ethnomedicine against fever, rheumatism, worms, ulcers, leprosy, snake-bites, and so forth [3]. In fact, among about one hundred and ninety species, only six would contain strychnine (1) (Strychnos nux-vomica L. [4-7], S. ignatii P. Bergius [8, 9], and S. wallichiana Steud ex DC. [7, 10] from Asia, S. lucida R. Br. [7, 11] from Australia, S. icaja Baillon [1, 12] from Africa, and S. panamensis [13-15] from South America). Strychnos alkaloids are in fact an example of molecular and pharmacological biodiversity. More than 300 different Strychnos alkaloids have been isolated to date and theypresent various biological activities in several fields: parasitology (amoebiasis, paludism, etc.) [ 16-18], cancer [ 19-22], neurology (tetanizing or curarizing effects) [14, 23, 24-26], inflammation [27], and so on. [less ▲]

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See detailUn droit pénal européen : hasard ou nécessité
Flore, Daniel ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2003), 9

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See detailA New Wor(l)d Order: Language in the Fiction of the New Caribbean Diaspora
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses (2003), 16

Language has always been a major issue for post-colonial writers, being at once an instrument used by the colonial power and one of the prime avenues of resistance to this oppression. For displaced West ... [more ▼]

Language has always been a major issue for post-colonial writers, being at once an instrument used by the colonial power and one of the prime avenues of resistance to this oppression. For displaced West Indian writers in particular, English has been a significant tool for self-assertion, all the more ambiguous because it is their "mother tongue" while being the tongue of their ancestors' masters as well. This paper analyses how the younger novelists of the Caribbean diaspora use and transform the English language in their search for a new diasporic, cross-cultural identity. Robert Antoni, Michelle Cliff, Fred D'Aguiar, David Dabydeen, M. Nourbese Philip and Caryl Phillips will be among the writers mentioned in this paper. While some of them resort to non-standard linguistic forms and thereby deal head on with the tension between local languages and the need for international communication, others have had a more oblique approach to linguistic change, one that involves not so much lexis as tone and rhythm and often operates by rehabilitating silenced voices from the past. I will attempt to demonstrate how these writers have turned speech into a site of creolization expressive of what Caryl Phillips has called" A New World Order". [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment failures and relapses in onychomycosis: a stubborn clinical problem.
Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2003), 207(3), 255-60

The therapeutic outcome of onychomycoses is uncertain. Comparative short-term efficacy studies on antifungals abound and report contradictory findings. Few unbiased follow-up studies have scrutinized the ... [more ▼]

The therapeutic outcome of onychomycoses is uncertain. Comparative short-term efficacy studies on antifungals abound and report contradictory findings. Few unbiased follow-up studies have scrutinized the long-term outcome. Basically, none of the current antifungals can guarantee cure in all instances. In addition, relapses are not rare. The causes of therapeutic failure in onychomycoses are multiple. The most important are the lack of diagnostic accuracy, inadequate antifungal choice or delivery modality, and presence of dormant conidia, sequestrated mycelium pockets or resistant fungal species. The concept of fungicidal drug derived from selected in vitro studies appears irrelevant in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailElectronic interface design for an electrically floating micro-disc
Gindila, Mircea V.; Kraft, Michael ULg

in Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (2003), 13(4), 11-16

The design of an electronic interface for an electrically floating micro-disc is presented. The system, based on a second order electromechanical – modulator, can be used as a multi-axis capacitive ... [more ▼]

The design of an electronic interface for an electrically floating micro-disc is presented. The system, based on a second order electromechanical – modulator, can be used as a multi-axis capacitive accelerometer with the proof mass levitated by electrostatic forces. A synchronous detection scheme, used to sense the position of the proof mass, has been designed, simulated in PSpice TM and successfully implemented on a PCB. The interface contains a differential pick-off with no ohmic connection to the proof mass, which distinguishes the circuit from typical sensing circuits for MEMS capacitive accelerometers. A noise analysis of the pick-off circuit was performed, and an electronic equivalent model of the sensing circuit has been developed and used to analyse the linearity of its transfer function. The linearity of the sensing circuit was confirmed experimentally using the PCB implementation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Robinier faux-acacia en Wallonie : utopie ou réalité? Premiers résultats
Fourbisseur, Anne; Devillet, Stéphane; Jourez, Benoît ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2003), (67), 12-23

Malgré son grand potentiel technologique et écologique, le Robinier faux-acacia (Robinia pseudacacia L.) est une essence sinon méconnue, du moins négligée en Région wallonne. Dans le contexte actuel où la ... [more ▼]

Malgré son grand potentiel technologique et écologique, le Robinier faux-acacia (Robinia pseudacacia L.) est une essence sinon méconnue, du moins négligée en Région wallonne. Dans le contexte actuel où la notion de gestion durable s’est imposée, certaines de ses propriétés, notamment écologiques, ouvrent la voie à une plus grande prise en considération de l’espèce. De plus, le robinier présente des caractéristiques remarquables, liées à sa vitesse de croissance et aux propriétés de son bois, et est susceptible, dans une certaine mesure, de trouver des débouchés très valorisants, par exemple dans des emplois réservés jusqu’à présent aux bois tropicaux. Cette essence mérite certainement un intérêt particulier, d’autant plus que la littérature ne présente pas d’argument précis en sa défaveur. La présence d’épines et la nécessité d’améliorer la morphologie de l’arbre ne sont certes pas des raisons suffisantes pour justifier l’absence d’expérimentation sylvicole en Région wallonne, mis à part les dispositifs installés voilà maintenant deux ans par l’Unité de Gestion des Ressources forestières et des Milieux naturels de la Faculté universitaire des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux (FUSAGx) et par le Centre de Recherche de la Nature, des Forêts et du Bois, Direction de Technologie <br />du Bois (CRNFB, DTB). Un programme d’amélioration génétique pourrait en parallèle générer en quelques années un matériel de qualité en s’inspirant des recherches menées en Hongrie, pays à la pointe en matière de gestion du Robinier faux- acacia. Pour répondre à l’attente des estionnaires privés et publics, nous présentons une synthèse des connaissances relatives au robinier. Dans ce but, nous tenterons d’abord de cerner ses exigences stationnelles, et nous en déduirons les potentialités d’implantation de l’essence en Wallonie. Nous décrirons ensuite <br />la sylviculture appliquée au robinier en Hongrie et en France, pays réputés pour leur expérience dans le domaine, et verrons dans quelle mesure il est possible de profiter de cette expérience en Région wallonne. Nous détaillerons enfin les possibilités de valorisation de son bois. Les premiers résultats issus des dispositifs expérimentaux de sylviculture mis en place par la FUSAGx depuis <br />2 ans en Région wallonne seront inclus dans cet état des lieux et comparés aux expériences étrangères. [less ▲]

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See detailUn monde de rejetés
Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Traces (2003), 14

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See detailRegulation of neural markers nestin and GFAP expression by cultivated bone marrow stromal cells.
Wislet-Gendebien, Sabine ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg et al

in Journal of Cell Science (2003), 116(Pt 16), 3295-302

Bone marrow stromal cells can differentiate into many types of mesenchymal cells, i.e. osteocyte, chondrocyte and adipocyte, but can also differentiate into non-mesenchymal cells, i.e. neural cells under ... [more ▼]

Bone marrow stromal cells can differentiate into many types of mesenchymal cells, i.e. osteocyte, chondrocyte and adipocyte, but can also differentiate into non-mesenchymal cells, i.e. neural cells under appropriate in vivo experimental conditions (Kopen et al., 1999; Brazelton et al., 2000; Mezey et al., 2000). This neural phenotypic plasticity allows us to consider the utilization of mesenchymal stem cells as cellular material in regenerative medicine. In this study, we demonstrate that cultured adult rat stromal cells can express nestin, an intermediate filament protein predominantly expressed by neural stem cells. Two factors contribute to the regulation of nestin expression by rat stromal cells: serum in the culture medium inhibits nestin expression and a threshold number of passages must be reached below which nestin expression does not occur. Only nestin-positive rat stromal cells are able to form spheres when they are placed in the culture conditions used for neural stem cells. Likewise, only nestin-positive stromal cells are able to differentiate into GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein)-positive cells when they are co-cultivated with neural stem cells. We thus demonstrated that adult rat stromal cells in culture express nestin in absence of serum after passaging the cells at least ten times, and we suggest that nestin expression by these cells might be a prerequisite for the acquisition of the capacity to progress towards the neural lineage. [less ▲]

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See detailUne évocation pythagoricienne des Enfers chez Tibulle (I, 3, 59-66)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Etudes Classiques (2003), 71(2), 175-180

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See detailRole of Cys221 and Asn116 in the zinc-binding sites of the Aeromonas hydrophila metallo-beta-lactamase.
Vanhove, Marc; Zakhem, M.; Devreese, B. et al

in Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS (2003), 60(11), 2501-9

The CphA metallo-beta-lactamase produced by Aeromonas hydrophila exhibits two zinc-binding sites. Maximum activity is obtained upon binding of one zinc ion, whereas binding of the second zinc ion results ... [more ▼]

The CphA metallo-beta-lactamase produced by Aeromonas hydrophila exhibits two zinc-binding sites. Maximum activity is obtained upon binding of one zinc ion, whereas binding of the second zinc ion results in a drastic decrease in the hydrolytic activity. In this study, we analyzed the role of Asn116 and Cys221, two residues of the active site. These residues were replaced by site-directed mutagenesis and the different mutants were characterized. The C221S and C221A mutants were seriously impaired in their ability to bind the first, catalytic zinc ion and were nearly completely inactive, indicating a major role for Cys221 in the binding of the catalytic metal ion. By contrast, the binding of the second zinc ion was only slightly affected, at least for the C221S mutant. Mutation of Asn116 did not lead to a drastic decrease in the hydrolytic activity, indicating that this residue does not play a key role in the catalytic mechanism. However, the substitution of Asn116 by a Cys or His residue resulted in an approximately fivefold increase in the affinity for the second, inhibitory zinc ion. Together, these data suggested that the first zinc ion is located in the binding site involving the Cys221 and that the second zinc ion binds in the binding site involving Asn116 and, presumably, His118 and His196. [less ▲]

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See detailClassification of Crohn's disease - Vienna and Beyond
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Monitor (2003), 5

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See detailRuthenium catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands in atom transfer radical reactions
Richel, Aurore ULg; Delfosse, Sébastien ULg; Cremasco, Cédric et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2003), 44(32), 6011-6015

The catalytic activity of ruthenium-p-cymene complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands in atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) or polymerisation (ATRP) strongly depends on the substituents of the ... [more ▼]

The catalytic activity of ruthenium-p-cymene complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands in atom transfer radical addition (ATRA) or polymerisation (ATRP) strongly depends on the substituents of the carbene ligand, thereby providing a nice illustration of the importance of organometallic engineering and ligand fine tuning in homogeneous catalysis. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailQu'est-ce qu'un éditeur ? Naissance de la fonction éditoriale
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Texte : Revue de Critique et de Théorie Littéraire (2003), (31-32), 13-55

Cet article, après avoir mis en évidence les transformations du système de production du livre au XVIIIe siècle, envisage les facteurs divers ayant déterminé, en France, l'émergence commune, sous la ... [more ▼]

Cet article, après avoir mis en évidence les transformations du système de production du livre au XVIIIe siècle, envisage les facteurs divers ayant déterminé, en France, l'émergence commune, sous la Monarchie de Juillet, des deux figures à la fois sociales et symboliques de l'Auteur et de l'Editeur : facteurs politico-juridiques, socio-économiques, mais aussi culturels et esthétiques. Il décrit ensuite la morphologie du champ éditorial du XIXe siècle et met en lumière les articulations étroites que celui-ci entretient avec les structures du champ littéraire. [less ▲]

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See detailMéthodologie des plans de gestion piscicole en Région wallonne, application au bassin de la Semois
Conjaerts, C.; Hauptmann, Y.; Waltzing, D. et al

in Pêcheur Belge (Le) (2003), (8), 22-25

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See detailTelomestatin-induced stabilization of the human telomeric DNA quadruplex monitored by electrospray mass spectrometry
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Shin-ya, Kazuo et al

in Chemical Communications (2003), (21), 2702-2703

Electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) was used to monitor the kinetics of duplex formation between the human telomeric DNA quadruplex and its complementary strand; the complexation of telomestatin to ... [more ▼]

Electrospray mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) was used to monitor the kinetics of duplex formation between the human telomeric DNA quadruplex and its complementary strand; the complexation of telomestatin to the G-quadruplex delays the unwinding of the quadruplex structure and formation of the duplex. [less ▲]

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See detail(Ex)communication
Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Lettre de la DLFM (2003), 32

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See detailPièges de la chirurgie coelioscopique: comment faire face aux complications?
Joris, Jean ULg; Kaba, Abdourahmane ULg

in Praticien en Anesthésie Réanimation (Le) (2003), 7(5), 339-345

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See detailPhysical and textural characteristics of hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil and low-erucic acid rapeseed oil blends
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Deroanne, Claude ULg

in Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (2003), 80(2), 109-114

Low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (LERO) and hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (HLERO) were blended in binary systems. The blends were then studied for their physical properties such as solid fat ... [more ▼]

Low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (LERO) and hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (HLERO) were blended in binary systems. The blends were then studied for their physical properties such as solid fat content, melting curves by DSC, textural properties, and polymorphism. Phase behavior diagrams were constructed from the DSC and X-ray results, and isosolid diagrams were constructed from the NMR results. The mixture of HLERO and LERO displayed a monotectic behavior for all the storage time at 15degreesC. The aim of this work was to evaluate physical characteristics of binary blends of HLERO and nonhydrogenated LERO in order to use only LERO and hardened LERO in bakery shortenings. The mixture of 60% HLERO and 40% LERO is suitable to use as a plastic shortening, This blend is beta tending upon storage at 15degreesC. It could be used in pie crust applications. [less ▲]

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See detailLiège-Paris 1848 : Littérature, féminisme et Révolution
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature Françaises (2003), LXXXI(1-2), 41-49

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See detailJean-Marie Graulich, biographie
Delmer, Andre; Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg

in Geologica Belgica (2003), 6(3/4), 73-80

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See detailQuelle formation andragogique pour les enseignants universitaires demain ?
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Actes du Geoforum (2003), 27

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See detailIdentification of heterologous multicopy suppressors of the yeast msb3msb4 double mutation
Delroisse, Jean-Marc; Breban, Martine; Burny, Arsène et al

in Yeast (2003), 20(S291),

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See detailEnfin "Tubambe" devoile son identite! Hadraphe ethiopica (Bethune-Baker) (Limacodidae), une chenille comestible des forets claires zambeziennes.
Malaisse, François ULg; Demesmaecker, Anne; Matera, Joseph et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2003), 7(2), 67-77

La consommation humaine de chenilles de Limacodidae avait été signalée en Afrique centro-australe. L’une de ces espèces, Hadraphe ethiopica, a été déterminée. Des données relatives à sa biologie ont été ... [more ▼]

La consommation humaine de chenilles de Limacodidae avait été signalée en Afrique centro-australe. L’une de ces espèces, Hadraphe ethiopica, a été déterminée. Des données relatives à sa biologie ont été rassemblées. Des analyses d’échantillons séchés ont permis de préciser leur composition chimique et leur valeur nutritionnelle, notamment sur le plan des acides aminés et des acides gras. [less ▲]

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See detailCognitive impairment, dementia and quality of life.
Kurz, Xavier; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Vernooij-Dassen, M. et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2003), 103

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See detailRealization of electroplating molds with thick positive SPR 220-7 photoresist
Kukharenka, Elena; Kraft, Michael ULg

in Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics (2003), 14(5-7), 319--322

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See detailMismatch negativity is not correlated with neuroendocrine indicators of catecholaminergic activity in healthy subjects.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg; Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg et al

in Human Psychopharmacology (2003), 18(3), 201-5

The identification of the brain structures and neurotransmitters responsible for the generation and/or modulation of the mismatch negativity (MMN) may contribute to a clearer understanding of its ... [more ▼]

The identification of the brain structures and neurotransmitters responsible for the generation and/or modulation of the mismatch negativity (MMN) may contribute to a clearer understanding of its functional significance, and may have clinical implications. In this context, some findings suggest that the scalp-recorded MMN reflects activity from multiple neuronal ensembles within or in the immediate vicinity of the primary auditory cortex and with possible contribution from the frontal cortex. However, few data are available concerning the influence of neurotransmitter systems on the MMN. In this study, the relationship between both noradrenergic and dopaminergic systems and the MMN were investigated in 34 healthy volunteers. Noradrenergic and dopaminergic activities were assessed with the apomorphine and clonidine challenge tests. The results showed no significant relationship between either growth hormone (GH) responses to apomorphine or clonidine and the MMN amplitude or latency. Therefore, this study does not demonstrate the implication of dopaminergic and noradrenergic activities as assessed by GH response to apomorphine and clonidine for the generation and/or the modulation of the MMN. However, given the complexity of the central neurotransmitter systems, these results cannot be considered as definitive evidence against a relationship between dopaminergic and noradrenergic activity and the MMN. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels: a new challenge in medicinal chemistry.
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Mercier, Frédéric ULg; Graulich, Amaury et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2003), 10(8), 625-47

Small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are found in many types of neurons as well as in some other cell types. These channels are selective for K(+) and open when intracellular Ca(2 ... [more ▼]

Small conductance calcium-activated potassium (SK) channels are found in many types of neurons as well as in some other cell types. These channels are selective for K(+) and open when intracellular Ca(2+) rises to omega 500 nM. In neurons, this occurs during and after an action potential. Activation of SK channels hyperpolarizes the membrane, thus reducing cell excitability for several tens or hundreds of milliseconds. This phenomenon is called a afterhyperpolarization (AHP). Three subtypes of SK channels (SK1, SK2, SK3) have been cloned and exhibit a differential localization in the brain. SK channels may play a role in physiological and pathological conditions. They may be involved in the control of memory and cognition. Moreover, they are heavily expressed in the basal ganglia (in particular in the substantia nigra, pars compacta) and in the limbic system, suggesting that they may modulate motricity and emotional behaviour. Based on these facts, SK channel subtypes may be a suitable target for developing novel therapeutic agents, but more work is needed to validate these targets. Hence, there is a great need for selective ligands. Moreover, although the risk of peripheral side-effects for SK channel modulators appears to be low, some questions remain to be investigated. Currently, different molecules are known as SK channel modulators. Apamin is a very potent peptidic agent; it produces a strong blockade of these targets which is only very slowly reversible and it has limited selectivity. Dequalinium was found to be an effective blocker. Different chemical modulations on the dequalinium structure led to the discovery of highly potent bis-quinolinium derivatives such as UCL 1684. Other bis-(2-amino-benzimidazole) derivatives are in development. On the other hand, quaternary salts of bicuculline were reported to be effective in inhibiting AHPs. More recent developments on structurally-related molecules revealed that methyl-laudanosine is a new interesting tool for exploring SK channel pharmacology. Finally, a family of compounds has been shown to facilitate SK channel opening. Such compounds may be useful in treating disorders involving neuronal hyperexcitability. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbonate dissolution in the turbid and eutrophic Loire estuary
Abril, Gwenaël; Etcheber, Henri; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2003), 259

We measured particulate and dissolved organic carbon (POC and DOC), chlorophyll, oxygen, partial pressure of Co-2, pH, total alkalinity (TAlk) and particulate inorganic carbon (PIC) during a late summer ... [more ▼]

We measured particulate and dissolved organic carbon (POC and DOC), chlorophyll, oxygen, partial pressure of Co-2, pH, total alkalinity (TAlk) and particulate inorganic carbon (PIC) during a late summer cruise in the eutrophic Loire estuary. These parameters reveal an intense mineralisation of organic matter in the estuarine maximum turbidity zone (MTZ) that results in oxygen deficits (down to 20% of the saturation level) and high CO2 oversaturations (pCO(2) up to 2900 muatm). Several facts revealed the occurrence of carbonate dissolution in the Loire MTZ: large amounts of alkalinity were produced in the upper estuary, increasing its transfer to the ocean by 30%; the calculated saturation index showed a net undersaturation for aragonite and a slight undersaturation for calcite in the MTZ; and PIC decreased from 2.1% (% dry weight) in riverine suspension to 0.4% in the MTZ. A stoichiometric approach is used to assess the coupling between aerobic respiration and carbonate dissolution, where apparent oxygen utilisation, excess CO2, TAlk and dissolved inorganic carbon are compared quantitatively. About 20%, of the CO2 generated by respiration was involved in carbonate dissolution. The loss of PIC at the river-estuary transition quantitatively corresponds to the amount of authigenic calcite precipitated upstream in the highly eutrophic river. This suggests that CO2 exchange with the atmosphere along the eutrophic river-estuary continuum is buffered by carbonate precipitation in the autotrophic river and its dissolution in the heterotrophic estuary. [less ▲]

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See detailThree years of free-air CO2 enrichment (POPFACE) only slightly affects profiles of light and leaf characteristics in closed canopies of Populus.
Gielen, B; Liberloo, M; Bogaert, Jan ULg et al

in Global Change Biology (2003), 9(7), 1022-1037

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See detailMycotoxins in stored Barley (Hordeum vulgare) in Tibet Autonomous Region (People’s Republic of China.
Haubruge, Eric ULg; Chasseur, Camille

in Mountain Research & Development (2003), 23

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See detailInterlaboratory study of a liquid chromatography method for erythromycin: determination of uncertainty.
Dehouck, P.; Vander Heyden, Y.; Smeyers-Verbeke, J. et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2003), 1010(1), 63-74

Erythromycin is a mixture of macrolide antibiotics produced by Saccharopolyspora erythreas during fermentation. A new method for the analysis of erythromycin by liquid chromatography has previously been ... [more ▼]

Erythromycin is a mixture of macrolide antibiotics produced by Saccharopolyspora erythreas during fermentation. A new method for the analysis of erythromycin by liquid chromatography has previously been developed. It makes use of an Astec C18 polymeric column. After validation in one laboratory, the method was now validated in an interlaboratory study. Validation studies are commonly used to test the fitness of the analytical method prior to its use for routine quality testing. The data derived in the interlaboratory study can be used to make an uncertainty statement as well. The relationship between validation and uncertainty statement is not clear for many analysts and there is a need to show how the existing data, derived during validation, can be used in practice. Eight laboratories participated in this interlaboratory study. The set-up allowed the determination of the repeatability variance, s(2)r and the between-laboratory variance, s(2)L. Combination of s(2)r and s(2)L results in the reproducibility variance s(2)R. It has been shown how these data can be used in future by a single laboratory that wants to make an uncertainty statement concerning the same analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailLes effets de la formation professionnelle continue : une enquête auprès des bénéficiaires des actions du Fonds social européen en Wallonie et à Bruxelles
Conter, Bernard; Maroy, Christian; Orianne, Jean-François ULg

in Politiques d'Education et de Formation : Analyses et Comparaisons Internationales (2003), 7

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See detailHaplotype sharing refines the location of an imprinted quantitative trait locus with major effect on muscle mass to a 250-kb chromosome segment containing the porcine IGF2 gene
Nezer, C.; Collette, C.; Moreau, L. et al

in Genetics (2003), 165(1), 277-285

We herein describe the fine mapping of an imprinted QTL with major effect on muscle mass that was previously assigned to distal SSC2p in the pig. The proposed approach exploits linkage disequilibrium in ... [more ▼]

We herein describe the fine mapping of an imprinted QTL with major effect on muscle mass that was previously assigned to distal SSC2p in the pig. The proposed approach exploits linkage disequilibrium in combination with QTL genotyping by marker-assisted segregation analysis. By identifying a haplotype shared by all "Q" chromosomes, we map the QTL to an approximately 250-kb chromosome segment containing INS and IGF2 as the only known paternally expressed genes. This considerably reinforces the candidacy of these genes, justifying their detailed analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailFitting lactation curves of dairy cattle in different types of herds in Tunisia
Rekik, Boulbaba; Ben Gara, Abderrahmen; Ben Hamouda, Mohamed et al

in Livestock Production Science (2003), 83(2-3), 309-315

The incomplete gamma function was used to fit lactation curves of Holstein-Friesian cows in four types of herds in Tunisia. A total of 8640 records were used in the analysis. These included 1269, 637, 239 ... [more ▼]

The incomplete gamma function was used to fit lactation curves of Holstein-Friesian cows in four types of herds in Tunisia. A total of 8640 records were used in the analysis. These included 1269, 637, 239, and 498 first lactation and 2986, 1441, 650, and 920 second and later lactation records in four herd groups namely investors, state, cooperative, and farmers' herds, respectively. The effects of environmental variables, production sector, herd, parity, first test-day date, calving year, and calving season on the main lactation curve traits were analysed. The factors associated with milk yield at the beginning of lactation and the decreasing phase of the curve, persistency, and peak yield varied significantly (P<0.01) with all variables. The ascending phase of the lactation curve was not affected by parity and calving year, while days in milk until peak depended only on the rank of lactation. The state herds had the lowest peak and total yields. The summer season was unfavourable for milk production. In contrast to first lactation cows, third lactation cows had the highest peak and total yields. Milk yield was highly correlated with peak yield (r = 0.79) and was not related to persistency measure. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolising risk: food scares and the un/re-making of Belgian beef
Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Whatmore, Sarah J.

in Environment & Planning A (2003), 35

In this paper we explore the event of foodscares as an example of what Callon calls 'hot situations', in which the landscape of competing knowledge claims is at its most molten, and alternative production ... [more ▼]

In this paper we explore the event of foodscares as an example of what Callon calls 'hot situations', in which the landscape of competing knowledge claims is at its most molten, and alternative production and consumption practices galvanise new modes of sense-making against the market and state-sanctioned rationalities of industrialisation. Through a case study of the Belgian cooperative Coprosain and its meat products, we examine the 'stuff' of food as a ready messenger of connectedness and affectivity in which 'risk' is transacted as a property both of the growing distance between the spaces of production and consumption and of the enduring metabolic intimacies between human and nonhuman bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial phylogeography of the Woodmouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) in the Western Palearctic region.
Michaux, Johan ULg; Magnanou, E.; Paradis, E. et al

in Molecular Ecology (2003), 12(3), 685-97

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

We sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the following questions. (i) Did the Mediterranean peninsulas play a role as refuge for woodmice? (ii) Is genetic variability of A. sylvaticus higher in the Mediterranean region compared with northern Europe? (iii) Are the patterns of the postglacial colonization of Europe by woodmice similar to those presently recognized for other European species? The results provide a clear picture of the impact of the Quaternary glaciations on the genetic and geographical structure of the woodmouse. Our analyses indicate a higher genetic variability of woodmice in the Mediterranean peninsulas compared to northern Europe, suggesting a role of the former as refuge regions for this small mammal. An original pattern of postglacial colonization is proposed where the Iberian and southern France refuge populations colonized almost all European regions. The Sicilian population appears to be very differentiated and highly variable. This emphasizes the importance of this island as a 'hot spot' for the intraspecific genetic diversity of the woodmouse. Finally, woodmice in North Africa originated from southwestern Europe, most probably as a result of a recent anthropogenic introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailMilitantisme pas mort ?
Biquet, Véronique ULg; Jacquemain, Marc ULg; Stangherlin, Gregor

in Politique : Revue de Débats (2003), (29), 12-15

L'article reprend les thèses classiques sur la transformation du militantisme vers un engagement distancié (Ion) en montrant comment ces thèses peuvent s'appuyer sur les théories du postmatérialisme ... [more ▼]

L'article reprend les thèses classiques sur la transformation du militantisme vers un engagement distancié (Ion) en montrant comment ces thèses peuvent s'appuyer sur les théories du postmatérialisme (Inglehart). Il s'interroge aussi sur la capacité de l'altermondialisme, dans ce contexte, à constituer à terme une alternative au militantisme classique. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet des bordures de champs sur les populations de Chrysopes [Neuroptera: Chrysopidae] en cultures maraîchères
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Colignon, Pierre; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Phytoprotection (2003), 84(2), 121-128

Both diversity and density of lacewings depend on prey availability but also on plant composition near crops. The impact of field borders vegetation on abundance and diversity of Syrphidae and ... [more ▼]

Both diversity and density of lacewings depend on prey availability but also on plant composition near crops. The impact of field borders vegetation on abundance and diversity of Syrphidae and Coccinellidae is well known but very few studies have been realised to assess its effect on the abundance and diversity of Chrysopidae. In 2000 and 2001, the impact of adjacent habitats on lacewing populations was investigated in both carrot and broad bean open fields. Three types of field borders were selected: (1) set-asides mainly composed by Lolium perenne and Trifolium spp., (2) crops (wheat, beet or other vegetables) and (3) woody areas (mixture of Acer sp., Populus sp. and Salix sp.). Insects were caught using yellow pan traps. Chrysopidae populations were shown to be significantly lower in carrot and broad bean fields bordered with woodland. Lacewing and other Neuroptera species richness were always low and were discussed in relation with their role of pest predators associated with other aphidophagous insects. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention de la nephropathie diabetique: de la microalbuminurie a l'insuffisance renale terminale.
Weekers, Laurent ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 297-306

Diabetic nephropathy is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal failure in western countries. This disease develops over several years. Early stages, if they are detected in time, can lead to ... [more ▼]

Diabetic nephropathy is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal failure in western countries. This disease develops over several years. Early stages, if they are detected in time, can lead to preventive treatment at a moment when the disease is still reversible. This paper reviews the main primary and secondary preventive measures that have been proven efficacious. Those are essentially the optimal treatment of hyperglycaemia and hypertension, and probably the use of agents that specifically block the renin-angiotensin axis. We briefly discuss the results of the main studies that have led to those conclusions. [less ▲]

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See detailBlending of hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil, low-erucic acid rapeseed oil, and hydrogenated palm oil or palm oil in the preparation of shortenings
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Deroanne, Claude ULg

in Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (2003), 80(11), 1069-1075

Two ternary systems of fats were studied. In the first system, low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (LERO), hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (HLERO), and palm oil (PO) were blended. In the second system ... [more ▼]

Two ternary systems of fats were studied. In the first system, low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (LERO), hydrogenated low-erucic acid rapeseed oil (HLERO), and palm oil (PO) were blended. In the second system, hydrogenated palm oil (HPO) was used instead of PO and was blended with LERO and HLERO. The blends were then studied for their physical properties such as solid fat content (SFC), melting curves by DSC, and polymorphism (X-ray). HPO showed the highest melting enthalpy after 48 h at 15degreesC (141 +/- 1 J/g), followed by HLERO (131 +/- 2 J/g), PO (110 +/- 2 J/g), and LERO (65 +/- 4 J/g). Binary phase behavior diagrams were constructed from the DSC and X-ray results. Iso-line diagrams of partial-melting enthalpies were constructed from the DSC results, and binary and ternary isosolid diagrams were constructed from the NMR results. The isosolid diagrams demonstrated formation of a eutectic along the binary blend of PO/HLERO. However, no eutectic effect was observed along the binary lines of HPO/HLERO, PO/LERO, HPO/LERO, or HLERO/LERO. The same results were found with the iso-line diagrams of partial-melting enthalpies. As expected, addition of PO or HPO increased polymorphic stability in the beta' form of the HLERO/LERO mixture. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Belgique francophone face au référendum sarrois de 1955
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

in Revue d'Allemagne et des Pays de Langue Allemande (2003), 35(4), 525-545

Since 1945, French-speaking Belgians were looking at the « Saar problem », stumbling block of Europe’s build-up, with a mixture of awe and hope. In 1955, as the inhabitants were asked to vote on a ... [more ▼]

Since 1945, French-speaking Belgians were looking at the « Saar problem », stumbling block of Europe’s build-up, with a mixture of awe and hope. In 1955, as the inhabitants were asked to vote on a peculiar status of “Europeanised” autonomous territory (within the WEU but keeping economical union with France), the coming plebiscite was seen as a good bid on Europe’s future. At first, Belgian public opinion was under the influence of optimistic statements made by official French and autonomist propaganda. After the failure of the plebiscite, Belgian journalists and diplomats tried to find some simple and often rather bombastic explanations: intern and extern weakness of France seen as over-cautious or tinted with europhobia, lack of appeal of the European idea, attractiveness of the German economical bloom, Nazi nostalgia or even perennial nationalism of the German man. Then, Saarland, having refused to be an oddity in a nation-based Europe, fell from public interest into oblivion... [less ▲]

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See detailE-service quality expectations: a case study
Van Riel, Allard ULg; Semeijn, Janjaap; Janssen, Wendy

in Total Quality Management & Business Excellence (2003), 14(4), 437-450

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See detailBulletin bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals, 2002-2003
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Bulletin bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals (2003), (34), 1-193

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See detailNitric oxide synthase inhibition lowers activity of neurons with meningeal input in the rat spinal trigeminal nucleus
De Col, R.; Koulchitsky, Stanislav ULg; Messlinger, K. B.

in Neuroreport (2003), 14(2), 229-32

Nitric oxide is thought to control transmitter release and neuronal activity in the spinal dorsal horn and the spinal trigeminal nucleus, where nociceptive information from extra- and intracranial tissues ... [more ▼]

Nitric oxide is thought to control transmitter release and neuronal activity in the spinal dorsal horn and the spinal trigeminal nucleus, where nociceptive information from extra- and intracranial tissues is processed. Extracellular impulse activity was recorded from neurons in the rat spinal trigeminal nucleus with afferent input from the cranial dura mater. In contrast to the inactive isomer D-NAME, infusion of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor L-NAME (20 mg/kg) significantly reduced neuronal activity and increased systemic blood pressure. It is concluded that nitric oxide production contributes to the ongoing activity of sensitized neurons in the spinal trigeminal nucleus. The results suggest that nitric oxide may be involved in the generation and maintenance of primary headaches such as migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of histamine on lung contractile elements in growing cattle
Jolly, Sandra ULg; Robinson, Edward; Desmecht, Daniel ULg

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (2003), 64

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of histamine on the contractile elements of the respiratory tract in neonatal calves and young adult cattle. SAMPLE POPULATION: Samples of trachealis muscle, bronchi ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of histamine on the contractile elements of the respiratory tract in neonatal calves and young adult cattle. SAMPLE POPULATION: Samples of trachealis muscle, bronchi, and intrapulmonary arteries and veins dissected from the respiratory tracts of healthy bovids (2 to 8 days and 16 to 20 months old). PROCEDURE: Histamine cumulative concentration-effect curves (10(-6) to 10(-3) M) were constructed in duplicate smooth muscle samples mounted in organ baths. Contractile responses to histamine were compared with reference contractions elicited by methacholine (10(-5) M) for airways or KCl (127 mM) for vessels. RESULTS: In young adult cattle, trachealis muscle had a substantial contractile response to histamine (84% of methacholine-induced contraction), whereas bronchi reacted slightly (15 and 20% for large and small bronchi, respectively). Although contractile responses to KCl were comparable in arteries and veins, histamine-induced contractions were greater for intrapulmonary veins than for arteries (202 vs 48% of KCl-induced contraction). In neonatal calves, histamine-induced contraction of veins also exceeded that of arteries (230 vs 54% of KCl-induced contraction); however, unlike in young adult cattle, histamine produced notable contraction of large and small bronchi (48 and 60% of methacholine-induced contraction, respectively). CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Compared with intrapulmonary arteries, intrapulmonary veins have greater contractile responses to histamine in neonatal and young adult cattle. Data suggest loss of histamine responsiveness in bronchial smooth muscle as neonatal calves grow to young adults. Venodilation may be useful in treatment of lung edema in cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailLa cartographie et la géomatique
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2003), 43

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See detailRéactions cutanées indésirables aux antidépresseurs.
Braham, C.; Paquet, Philippe ULg; Pitchot, William ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(1), 22-4

Due to the widespread usage of antidepressants by the population, they represent a class of drugs which is at high risk for cutaneous side effects. The diversity in the clinical presentations is large ... [more ▼]

Due to the widespread usage of antidepressants by the population, they represent a class of drugs which is at high risk for cutaneous side effects. The diversity in the clinical presentations is large. The variability in their severity is large as well. Morbidity may be quite severe, but the vital prognosis is rarely affected. [less ▲]

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See detailLe développement de la filière "Poulet d'Ardenne" en Région Wallonne
Leroy, Pascal ULg

in Troupeaux et cultures des tropiques (2003), 2

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See detailThe Zápara Indians : the Consecration of an Endangered People
Bilhaut, Anne-Gaël ULg

in Museum International (2003), 55(2), 25-30

Focuses on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) declaration of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara people of Amazonia as a 'Masterpiece ... [more ▼]

Focuses on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) declaration of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of the Zápara people of Amazonia as a 'Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.' Impact that the UNESCO recognition has had on the Zápara; Details of how the Zápara were able to secure sacred status from the UNESCO. [less ▲]

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See detailEffets fonctionnels respiratoires induits par l'inhalation de glycopyrrolate chez le cheval poussif en crise
Art, Tatiana ULg; De Moffarts, Brieuc; Van Erck, Emmanuelle et al

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2003), 35(139), 23-29

An acute respiratory attack with bronchospasm is associated with excessive stimulation of the parasympathic nervous system. It may be reduced by administration of anticholinergic agents. Atropine and ... [more ▼]

An acute respiratory attack with bronchospasm is associated with excessive stimulation of the parasympathic nervous system. It may be reduced by administration of anticholinergic agents. Atropine and ipratropium bromide have been tested. This study is to evaluate the efficacy of the synthetic antimuscarinic compound glycopyrrolate as a bronchodilator in horses. Respiratory crisis was induced in seven allergic horses by exposure to natural allergens. Prior to the study, it was established that the attack could be stopped using intravenous atropine sulphate. Pulmonary function tests (ventilation and arterial blood gas analysis) were performed on the horses before and then after aerosol administration of 1500 µg of glycopyrrolate (Robinul®). The attack was characterised by an increase in total pulmonary resis¬tance and maximum pleural pressure variation and by decreased compliance. This study demonstrates that glycopyrrolate exhibits affects that are just as rapid and effective as intravenous atropine or aerosol administration of 1200 µg dry powder Ipratropium. In addi¬tion the treatment was well tolerated and no side-effects were observed in contrast to those seen with intravenous administration of atro¬pine. Therefore this drug has an important role to play among the therapeutics available to practitioners for acute respiratory attacks in horses [less ▲]

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See detailBarotrauma-induced tension pneumoperitoneum.
Canivet, Jean-Luc ULg; Yans, Th; Piret, Sonia ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2003), 54(3), 233-6

We report the case of a massive tension-pneumoperitoneum developing immediately after starting mechanical ventilation (barotrauma). Careful analysis of CT-data provided meaningful informations in ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a massive tension-pneumoperitoneum developing immediately after starting mechanical ventilation (barotrauma). Careful analysis of CT-data provided meaningful informations in assessing the non surgical pulmonary source of pneumo peritoneum. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie du hêtre en Région wallonne : état des lieux chiffré de 2001 à 2003
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Huart, O.; Lecomte, H. et al

in Silva Belgica (2003), 110(3), 18-28

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See detailHarm avoidance is related to mismatch negativity (MMN) amplitude in healthy subjects
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg; Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg et al

in Personality & Individual Differences (2003), 34(6), 1039-1048

Event-related potential (ERP) studies evidenced that some personality dimensions induced different controlled cognitive attitudes towards the processing of information. However, few data are available on ... [more ▼]

Event-related potential (ERP) studies evidenced that some personality dimensions induced different controlled cognitive attitudes towards the processing of information. However, few data are available on the possible relationships between personality and automatic attention or early sensory processing. In the present study the relationships between the mismatch negativity (MMN) and personality described by the Cloninger model of personality were investigated. Subjects were 32 healthy volunteers. The MMN was recorded with frequent stimuli tones of 1470 Hz, 70 dB and 40 ms duration, and target (20%) tones of 1470 Hz, 70 dB, 80 ms duration. The subjects completed a French version of the 226-item self-questionnaire TCI within the day following psychophysiological recording. The results showed that the HA dimension was negatively correlated with the MMN amplitude. The association was more present among women than men. No significant relationship existed between the other dimensions of personality and either the MMN amplitude or latency. These findings suggest that the MMN is related to the behavioral inhibition system (BIS), a fact which is consistent with clinical studies conducted on schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. In conclusion, this study suggests that personality dimensions induce different automatic attitudes towards the processing of information. (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailL'intérêt de la cystatine C dans l'évaluation de la fonction rénale
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Gielen, Jacques et al

in Nephrologie (2003), 24(8), 457-68

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best indicator of renal function. GFR is usually estimated by serum creatinine or the creatinine clearance calculated on urine collected over 24 hours or with the ... [more ▼]

Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best indicator of renal function. GFR is usually estimated by serum creatinine or the creatinine clearance calculated on urine collected over 24 hours or with the Cockcroft formula. These methods are however limited. Serum creatinine has a very poor sensitivity and urine collection is difficult. Cystatin C is a protease inhibitor produced in a constant manner by nucleated cells. This molecule is freely filtrated by the glomerule and quite completely catabolized in the proximal tubules. Its plasmatic concentration might thus be used to estimate GFR. Presently available data allow to conclude that plasmatic cystatin C is at least as good as serum creatinine to estimate GFR. It is less sensible to changes in body mass. Its determination appears more sensitive to detect early mild changes in GFR. Reference values are presently available for the different methods of determination. Cystatin C plasma level determination is more expensive than routine creatinine plasma determination. In the absence of very significant advantages, this might explain its limited use in daily clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet de l'intensité d'un stimulus gravitationnel induit artificiellement sur la croissance et la formation du bois de tension dans de jeunes pousses de peuplier (Populus euramericana cv. Ghoy).
Jourez, Benoit; Vaianopoulos, Céline; Hebert, Jacques ULg

in Annals of Forest Science : a Multidisciplinary and International Journal (2003), 60(8), 789-802

The formation of tension wood tissue is artificially induced by means of a gravitational stimulus obtained by inclining young shoots of poplar at different intensities, from 0 to 30°, during a growing ... [more ▼]

The formation of tension wood tissue is artificially induced by means of a gravitational stimulus obtained by inclining young shoots of poplar at different intensities, from 0 to 30°, during a growing season. At the end of the experiment, it appears that shoot elongation as well as the angle of tension wood arc are not affected by the stimulus intensity. In contrast, the upright reorientation of the axis, the amount of gelatinous fibres, the secondary growth over bark, the cross-section area of the stem and of the secondary xylem, the different rays, the diameter under bark and the pith eccentricity, react quantitatively to the lean intensity. The amount of tension wood is correlated with the upright reorientation, the secondary growth over bark and the radial growth under bark. Tension wood formation and eccentricity react to the gravitational stimulus but they are not causally linked. Finally, it exists a natural equilibrium position, different from the vertical, to which moved shoots try to return via the formation of a tension wood tissue. [less ▲]

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See detailMarchés immobiliers résidentiels et étalement urbain contraint. L'accessibilité au logement au sein de la région métropolitaine bruxelloise
Dubois, O.; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Belgeo (2003), (3), 303-327

The release of mobility constraints has facilitated urban sprawl, i.e. the increasing spatial dissociation between urban cores and implantation sites of households and economic activities. The aim of this ... [more ▼]

The release of mobility constraints has facilitated urban sprawl, i.e. the increasing spatial dissociation between urban cores and implantation sites of households and economic activities. The aim of this paper about the Walloon part of the Brussels metropolitan region is to analyse how housing market constraints reinforce the trend towards residential sprawl. Based on an analysis of the financial accessibility to both, the market for new housings and the market for pre-existing housings, it is here the influence of the price level decreasing with the distance from Brussels which is taken into account. Due to their limited financial resources and to this price gradient, many households are obliged to settle on remote sites in order to acquire their property goods. In relation to this phenomenon, it appears that, from a spatial as well as from a social point of view, the Brussels urban system is not able to settle the metropolitan growth on an adapted way. Indeed, new residential locations reinforce the increasing dissociation between work places and living places, which leads to a useless increase in mobility costs as well as a serious accentuation of socio-spatial segregations. [less ▲]

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See detailA model of the seasonal dynamics of biomass and production of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica in the Bay of Calvi (Northwestern Mediterranean)
Elkalay, Khalid; Frangoulis, Constantin; Skliris, Nikolaos ULg et al

in Ecological Modelling (2003), 167(1-2), 1-18

Modelling of seagrasses can be an effective tool to assess factors regulating their growth. Growth and production model of Posidonia oceanica, the dominant submerged aquatic macrophyte occurring in the ... [more ▼]

Modelling of seagrasses can be an effective tool to assess factors regulating their growth. Growth and production model of Posidonia oceanica, the dominant submerged aquatic macrophyte occurring in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica, Ligurian Sea, Northwestern (NW) Mediterranean) was developed. The state variables are the above- and below-ground biomass of P oceanica, the epiphyte biomass, and the internal nitrogen concentration of the whole plant. Light intensity and water temperature are the forcing variables. The model reproduces successfully seasonal growth and production for each variable at various depths (10, 20 and 30 m). The model can simulate also a number of consecutive years. Sensitivity analysis of model's parameters showed that the maximum nitrogen quota n(max) rate is the most sensitive parameter in this model. The results simulations imply that light intensity is one of the most important abiotic factors, the diminution of which can cause an important reduction in seagrass density. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRecognising the usual orientation of one's own face : the role of asymmetrically located details
Brédart, Serge ULg

in Perception (2003), 32(7), 805-811

Our ability to recognise the usual horizontal orientation Of Our own face (mirror orientation) as compared with another very familiar face (normal orientation) was examined in experiment 1. Participants ... [more ▼]

Our ability to recognise the usual horizontal orientation Of Our own face (mirror orientation) as compared with another very familiar face (normal orientation) was examined in experiment 1. Participants did not use the same kind of information in determining the orientation of their own face as in determining the orientation of the other familiar face. The proportion of participants who reported having based their judgment on the location of an asymmetric feature (eg a mole) was higher when determining the orientation of their own face than when determining that of the other familiar face. In experiment 2, participants were presented with pairs of manipulated images of their own face and of another familiar face showing conflicting asymmetric features and configural information. Each pair consisted of one picture showing asymmetric features of a given face in a mirror-reversed position, while the facial configuration was left unchanged; and one picture in which the location of the asymmetric features was left unchanged, while the facial configuration was mirror-reversed. As expected from the hypothesis that asymmetric local features are more frequently used for the judgment of one's own face, participants chose the picture showing mirror-reversed asymmetric features when determining the usual orientation of their own face significantly more often than they chose the picture showing normally oriented asymmetric features when determining the orientation of the other face. These results are explained in terms of competing forward and mirror-reversed representations of one's own face. [less ▲]

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See detailGraulichite-(Ce), a new arsenate mineral from the Stavelot Massif, Belgium
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Pasero, Marco; Fransolet, André-Mathieu ULg et al

in European Journal of Mineralogy (2003), 15(4, JUL-AUG), 733-739

Graulichite-(Ce), ideally CeFe33+(AsO4)(2)(OH)(6), is a new mineral species from Hourt, Stavelot Massif, Belgium. It occurs in the most altered parts of a Devillian quartzite (Lower to Middle Cambrian ... [more ▼]

Graulichite-(Ce), ideally CeFe33+(AsO4)(2)(OH)(6), is a new mineral species from Hourt, Stavelot Massif, Belgium. It occurs in the most altered parts of a Devillian quartzite (Lower to Middle Cambrian), in close association with arsenopyrite, scorodite, mimetite, pharmacosiderite, and goethite. Graulichite-(Ce) forms 80 to 150 mum spherical aggregates of rhombohedral crystals, 50 to 80 mum length, which show the forms {10 (1) over bar2} and {10 (11) over bar}. The mineral is transparent and exhibits a light-green to brownish colour, with a resinous lustre. It is non-fluorescent and shows an irregular fracture, without any perceptible cleavage. The calculated density is 4.42 g/cm(3). Graulichite-(Ce) is uniaxial negative, with a mean refractive index close to 1.97(1) (lambda=590 nm), pleochroic from light green to yellowish. Electron microprobe analyses gave As2O5 31.20, P2O5 0.03, SO3 0.06, SiO2 0.03, Al2O3 3.09, Fe2O3 30.65, SrO 0.24, PbO 0.07, BaO 3.95, CaO 0.03, La2O3 2.26, Ce2O3 15.73, Nd2O3 2.08, H2O (calc.) 8.37, total 97.79 wt. %. The resulting empirical formula, calculated on the basis of 6 cations, is (Ce0.67Ba0.18La0.10Nd0.09Sr0.02)(Sigma1.06) (Fe2.683+Al0.42)(Sigma3.10)[(As(1.89)S(.001)square(0.10))(Sigma2.00)O-8][(OH)(5.57)(H2O)(0.43)](Sigma6.00). The single-crystal unit-cell parameters are a=7.288(2) and c=16.812(9) Angstrom, space group R (3) over barm. The seven strongest lines in the X-ray powder-diffraction pattern [d(in Angstrom)(I)(hkil)] are: 3.052(100)(11 (2) over bar3), 3.636(40)(11 (2) over bar0), 2.239(35)(10 (1) over bar7), 1.817(35)(22 (4) over bar0), 2.792(30)(0006), 5.906(25)(10 (1) over bar1), 1.968(25)(30 (3) over bar3). Graulichite-(Ce) is the iron analogue of arsenoflorencite-(Ce), and belongs to the crandallite mineral group, with the alunite-type structure. The crystal structure of graulichite-(Ce) has been refined, based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, to R=0.048. [less ▲]

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See detailLarval development of Myzostoma cirriferum (Myzostomida)
Eeckhaut, I.; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Muller, M. C.

in Journal of Morphology (2003), 258

The larval development of Myzostoma cirriferum is described by means of SEM, TEM, and cLSM. It is similar to that of other myzostomids and includes three stages: the protrochophore, the trochophore, and ... [more ▼]

The larval development of Myzostoma cirriferum is described by means of SEM, TEM, and cLSM. It is similar to that of other myzostomids and includes three stages: the protrochophore, the trochophore, and the metatrochophore. The protrochophore is a ball-shaped larva present in culture from 18-48 h after egg laying. It has no internal organs and its body is made of three cell types: covering cells and ciliated cells that are external and surrounded by a cuticle, and resting cells that fill the blastocoel. The trochophore is a pear-shaped larva that develops 20-72 h after egg laying; the body includes the same three cell types as the previous stage. The metatrochophore is a pear-shaped larva that develops between 40 h and 14 days and is characterized by the presence of two bundles of four chaetae. When fully developed, the metatrochophore has a digestive system (made of a pharynx, an esophagus, and a blind digestive pouch), two pairs of protonephridia, and a nervous system composed of a supraesophageal ganglion, circumesophageal connectives, and dorsal and ventral nerves. Metamorphosis generally occurs 7 days after egg laying. At that time, the metatrochophore loses its chaetae and becomes pleated ventrally. This ultrastructural analysis suggests that chaetae and the five ventral longitudinal nerve cords of M. cirriferum metatrochophores are homologous structures to those observed in some polychaete trochophores. Coupled with recent phylogenetic analyses, where the Myzostomida are placed outside the Annelida, homologies between myzostomid and polychaete larvae support the view that a trochophore appeared early during the spiralian evolution [less ▲]

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See detailConceptual issues in 3D Urban GIS
Billen, Roland ULg; Zlatanova, Siyka

in GIM International (2003), 17(1), 33-35

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See detailProbing a molecular electronic transition by two-colour sum-frequency generation spectroscopy
Humbert, Christophe; Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Nihonyanagi, S. et al

in Applied Surface Science (2003), 212–213

We demonstrate that a new emerging technique, two-colour sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, can be used to probe the molecular electronic properties of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). In the ... [more ▼]

We demonstrate that a new emerging technique, two-colour sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, can be used to probe the molecular electronic properties of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). In the CH spectral range (2800–3200 cm-1), we show that the sum-frequency generation signal of a porphyrin alkanethiol derivative adsorbed on Pt(1 1 1) reaches a maximum intensity at ~435 nm SFG wavelength. This wavelength corresponds to the porphyrin moiety specific p–p*$ molecular electronic transition which is called the Soret or B band. This resonant behaviour is not observed for 1-dodecanethiol SAMs, which are devoid of molecular electronic transition in the investigated visible spectral range. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet de la durée d’application d’un stimulus gravitationnel sur la formation de bois de tension et de bois opposé dans de jeunes pousses de peuplier (Populus euramericana cv ‘Ghoy’)
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Avella-Shaw, Thomas

in Annals of Forest Science : a Multidisciplinary and International Journal (2003), 60

De jeunes pousses de Peuplier Ghoy ont été maintenues artificiellement inclinées pendant des durées croissantes, afin d’induire la formation de tissus de bois de tension et de bois opposé en réaction au ... [more ▼]

De jeunes pousses de Peuplier Ghoy ont été maintenues artificiellement inclinées pendant des durées croissantes, afin d’induire la formation de tissus de bois de tension et de bois opposé en réaction au stimulus gravitationnel. Il apparaît que ces pousses sont susceptibles de percevoir et de réagir à un stimulus extrêmement bref à l’échelle d’une période de végétation. Après un temps de présentation de 6 heures, l’ensemble des pousses ont formé un arc de bois opposé. Toutefois, sur la face supérieure, un temps compris entre 24 et 48 heures est nécessaire pour qu’elles perçoivent la modification de leur état d’équilibre et se mettent à former du bois de tension. Après un temps de latence de 48 heures, la formation de fibres gélatineuses est déjà observée sur la face supérieure des tiges. L’augmentation de la durée du stimulus a des répercussions sur le nombre de fibres gélatineuses et sur l’angle d’ouverture de l’arc de bois de tension. Sur la face inférieure, les fibres de bois opposé se forment à un rythme moins soutenu, conduisant à une excentricité de la moelle dans la section de la tige. Le redressement des pousses est effectif après une durée de stimulus comprise entre 4 et 8 jours. [less ▲]

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See detailRestart of lignification in micropropagated walnut shoots coincides with rooting induction
Bisbis, Badia; Kevers, Claire ULg; Crèvecoeur, Michèle et al

in Biologia Plantarum (2003), 47(1), 1-5

The lignin content of walnut shoots did not change during in vitro shoot Multiplication. Lignin content started to increase as soon as shoots were passed to a rooting medium with auxin. Exogenous auxin ... [more ▼]

The lignin content of walnut shoots did not change during in vitro shoot Multiplication. Lignin content started to increase as soon as shoots were passed to a rooting medium with auxin. Exogenous auxin (applied for rooting) Caused a transient elevation of the endogenous free indoleacetic acid (IAA) content with a Simultaneous decrease of peroxidase activity. These events typically marked the completion of the rooting inductive phase (before any visible histological event. that is before the cell divisions beginnin- the rootin- initiation phase). This meant that either the given exogenous auxin or the endogenous IAA has served as signal for the stimulation of lignification. Continued increase of lignification in the shoots required completion of root formation; this increase indeed was slown down when root emergence did not occur. It was further shown that lionification varied conversely to the content of the Soluble Phenol Content. itself apparently being related to the activity of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy by the sum-frequency generation spectroscopy of a model biosensor : The biocytin-avidin complex*
Sartenaer, Y.; Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Humbert, Christophe et al

in Physicalia Magazine (2003), 25(3), 221-229

Infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is used to study the recognition of a protein (avidin) by a derivated vitamin (biocytin). No interaction is observed when the measurements are ... [more ▼]

Infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is used to study the recognition of a protein (avidin) by a derivated vitamin (biocytin). No interaction is observed when the measurements are performed on metallic substrates in the normal co-propagative configuration. When the biocytin layer is deposited on a CaF2 substrate and the SFG measurements are performed in the total internal reflection configuration, drastic modifications in the C-H and N-H spectral ranges attest the molecular recognition of avidin by biocytin. The specificity of the recognition process is confirmed by replacing avidin by other proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging concepts in plant hormone action
Gaspar, Thomas ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg; Faivre-Rampant, Odile et al

in In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant (2003), 39(2, MAR-APR), 85-106

A plant hormone is not, in the classic animal sense, a chemical synthesized in one organ, transported to a second organ to exert a chemical action to control a physiological event. Any phytohormone can be ... [more ▼]

A plant hormone is not, in the classic animal sense, a chemical synthesized in one organ, transported to a second organ to exert a chemical action to control a physiological event. Any phytohormone can be synthesized everywhere and can influence different growth and development processes at different places. The concept of physiological activity under hormonal control cannot be dissociated from changes in concentrations at the site of action, from spatial differences and changes in the tissue's sensitivity to the compound, from its transport and its metabolism, from balances and interactions with the other phytohormones, or in their metabolic relationships, and in their signaling pathways as well. Secondary messengers are also involved. Hormonal involvement in physiological processes can appear through several distinct manifestations (as environmental sensors, homeostatic regulators and spatio-temporal synchronizers, resource allocators, biotime adjusters, etc.), dependent on or integrated with the primary biochemical pathways. The time has also passed for the hypothesized 'specific' developmental hormones, rhizocaline, caulocaline, and florigen: root, stem, and flower formation result from a sequential control of specific events at the right places through a coordinated control by electrical signals, the known phytohormones and nonspecific molecules of primary and secondary metabolism, and involve both cytoplasmic and apoplastic compartments. These contemporary views are examined in this review. [less ▲]

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See detailLes groupes d'entraide ou l'émergence de dynamiques citoyennes
Biquet, Véronique ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (2003), 39

L'article montre comment les groupes d'entraide peuvent constituer des lieux d'émergence de dynamiques citoyennes, en permettant qu'un pont soit crée entre l'espace privé des relations interpersonnelles ... [more ▼]

L'article montre comment les groupes d'entraide peuvent constituer des lieux d'émergence de dynamiques citoyennes, en permettant qu'un pont soit crée entre l'espace privé des relations interpersonnelles et l'espace public des questions relatives à la cité. [less ▲]

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See detailNonisotopic substrate for assaying both human zinc and NAD+-dependent histone deacetylases.
Heltweg, Birgit; Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Verdin, Eric et al

in Analytical Biochemistry (2003), 319(1), 42-8

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are involved in the regulation of transcription and their inhibitors are a promising class of new anticancer drugs. We have previously reported Boc(Ac)Lys-AMC, also termed MAL ... [more ▼]

Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are involved in the regulation of transcription and their inhibitors are a promising class of new anticancer drugs. We have previously reported Boc(Ac)Lys-AMC, also termed MAL, as a fluorescent substrate for HDACs. Now we present a modification of MAL called Z-MAL that is characterized by an increased rate of conversion by histone deacetylases of classes I and II and the recently discovered sirtuins (histone deacetylases class III). MAL and Z-MAL are the first nonradioactive substrates for class III enzymes. The new substrate Z-MAL allows for shorter assay times in inhibitor screening and is applicable to diverse sources of deacetylase activity even with completely different catalytic mechanisms. Interestingly, MAL shows some relative preference toward class II, indicating that subtype selectivity in small-molecule HDAC substrates might be obtained. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a Mesoscopic Cell Modeling the Damage Process in Steel at Elevated Temperature
Castagne, Sylvie; Remy, M.; Habraken, Anne ULg

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2003), 233-236

An on going project whose goal is the development and identification of a mathematical model of steel at elevated temperature using a mesoscopic approach is presented. The research aims to study the ... [more ▼]

An on going project whose goal is the development and identification of a mathematical model of steel at elevated temperature using a mesoscopic approach is presented. The research aims to study the damage process at elevated temperature using information from the macroscopic and mesoscopic scales. As a final application our results will be used to study the industrial process of continuous casting of low carbon steel. [less ▲]

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See detailPour améliorer l'apprentissage d'une langue moderne à l'école primaire
Blondin, Christiane ULg; Straeten, M.

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2003), 27

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See detailPhase III randomized study comparing 5 or 10 microg per kg per day of filgrastim for mobilization of peripheral blood progenitor cells with chemotherapy, followed by intensification and autologous transplantation in patients with nonmyeloid malignancies.
Andre, Marc; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Bron, Dominique et al

in Transfusion (2003), 43(1), 50-7

BACKGROUND: It is not known whether increasing the dose of filgrastim after mobilizing chemotherapy improves collection of peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) and leads to faster hematopoietic ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: It is not known whether increasing the dose of filgrastim after mobilizing chemotherapy improves collection of peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) and leads to faster hematopoietic engraftment after autologous transplantation. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A randomized, open-label, multicenter trial was carried out in patients with breast cancer, multiple myeloma, and lymphoma, in which patients were randomized to receive 5 or 10 microg per kg per day of filgrastim after standard chemotherapy to mobilize PBPCs. After high-dose chemotherapy, the components from the first two leukapheresis procedures were returned, and all patients received 5 microg per kg day of filgrastim after transplantation. RESULTS: A total of 131 patients were randomized, of whom 128 were mobilized (Group A, 5 microg/kg, n = 66; Group B, 10 microg/kg, n = 62) and 112 were transplanted. Only six patients were not transplanted because of insufficient CD34+ cell numbers. The median number of CD34+ cells collected in the first two leukapheresis procedures tended to be higher in Group B than in Group A (12.0 vs. 7.2 x 10(6)/kg, NS), but after transplantation there was no significant difference in median times to platelet (9 days in both groups) or neutrophil (8 days in both groups) engraftment or the number of platelet transfusions (three in both groups). A subsequent subgroup analysis separating patients transplanted after first- or second-line chemotherapy also showed no measurable impact of filgrastim dose on the median CD34+ cell yield or on platelet engraftment in either subgroup. CONCLUSION: PBPC mobilization with chemotherapy and 5 microg per kg of filgrastim is very efficient, and 10 microg per kg of filgrastim does not provide additional clinical benefit. [less ▲]

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See detailLe parcours scolaire fait toute la différence
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Demeuse, Marc ULg

in Wallonie (2003), 76

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See detailThe Uses of Poxviruses as Vectors
Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Pastoret, Paul-Pierre ULg

in Current Gene Therapy (2003), 3(6), 583-95

Poxviruses have played an amazing role in the development of virology, immunology and vaccinology. In 1796, deliberate inoculation of cowpox virus to humans was proved by Dr. Edward Jenner to protect ... [more ▼]

Poxviruses have played an amazing role in the development of virology, immunology and vaccinology. In 1796, deliberate inoculation of cowpox virus to humans was proved by Dr. Edward Jenner to protect against the antigenically related smallpox virus (variola). This discovery founded the science of immunology and eventually led to smallpox eradication from the earth in 1980 after a world wide vaccination campaign with vaccinia virus (another poxvirus). Paradoxically, despite the eradication of smallpox, there has been an explosion of interest in vaccinia virus in the eighties. This interest has stemmed in part from the application of molecular genetics to clone and express foreign genes from recombinant vaccinia virus. The use of these recombinant vaccinia viruses as efficacious in vitro expression system and live vaccine has raised concerns about their safety. The work of the scientific community of the last 20 years has contributed to improve drastically the safety of poxvirus derived vectors. Firstly, the safety of vaccinia virus has been enhanced by production of genetically attenuated strains. Secondly, alternative poxvirus vectors, such as avipoxviruses, were proved to be extremely safe and efficacious non-replicating vectors when used in non avian species. In the present chapter, the basic concepts of poxvirus biology required to assess the safety of a poxvirus derived vector are provided. The principal poxvirus vectors available to date are described in regards to their biosafety. [less ▲]

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See detailThe neuroendocrinology of reproductive behavior in Japanese quail
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Baillien, Michelle; Charlier, Thierry ULg et al

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2003), 25

Sex steroid hormones such as testosterone have widespread effects on brain physiology and function but one of their best characterized effects arguably involves the activation of male sexual behavior ... [more ▼]

Sex steroid hormones such as testosterone have widespread effects on brain physiology and function but one of their best characterized effects arguably involves the activation of male sexual behavior. During the past 20 years we have investigated the testosterone control of male sexual behavior in an avian species, the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica).We briefly reviewhere the main features and advantages of this species relating to the investigation of fundamental questions in the field of behavioral neuroendocrinology, a field that studies inter-relationship among hormones, brain and behavior. Special attention is given to the intracellular metabolism of testosterone, in particular its aromatization into an estrogen, which plays a critical limiting role in the mediation of the behavioral effects of testosterone. Brain aromatase activity is controlled by steroids which increase the transcription of the enzyme, but afferent inputs that affect the intraneuronal concentrations of calcium also appear to have a pronounced effect on the enzyme activity through rapid changes in its phosphorylation status. The physiological significance of these slowgenomic and rapid, presumably non-genomic, changes in brain aromatase activity are also briefly discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailL’implication dans la recherche clinique : un chemin vers la psychanalyse
Naziri, Despina ULg

in Revue Belge de Psychanalyse (2003), 40(printemps), 3-24

L'article débute par un bref rappel des liens entre psychologie clinique et modèle psychanalytique et de la spécificité de la recherche clinique. Puis j’illustrerai ce type de recherche à travers mon ... [more ▼]

L'article débute par un bref rappel des liens entre psychologie clinique et modèle psychanalytique et de la spécificité de la recherche clinique. Puis j’illustrerai ce type de recherche à travers mon travail sur le recours répétitif à l’avortement en explicitant mon cheminement, tant au niveau de la pensée que de l’expérience, et en reprenant quelques repères de mon itinéraire personnel. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel surgical technique for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence: transobturator vaginal tape inside-out.
de Leval, Jean ULg

in European Urology (2003), 44(6), 724-30

OBJECTIVES: To describe a new, simple surgical technique for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and to evaluate its feasibility. METHODS: We have developed a novel surgical ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To describe a new, simple surgical technique for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and to evaluate its feasibility. METHODS: We have developed a novel surgical treatment of SUI, the transobturator inside-out tension-free urethral suspension, which uses specifically designed surgical tools, and in which a synthetic tape is passed from underneath the urethra, through the obturator foramens, towards the thigh folds, without entering the pelvic region at any time during the procedure. The tape is positioned without tension under the junction between mid and distal urethra. RESULTS: The procedure was carried out in 107 consecutive patients (mean age: 62 years) using the same operative protocol in all case subjects, independently of the patient's size and weight. Mean operative time was 14 min (range: 7-20) in case of isolated SUI treatment. No bladder or urethral injuries and no vascular (hematoma or bleeding) or neurological complications were encountered. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study indicate that our novel transobturator inside-out surgical technique for treating SUI is feasible, accurate, and quick. This technique avoids damage to the urethra and bladder and, therefore, makes cystoscopy not necessary. Further prospective studies are currently ongoing to determine the efficacy of our new surgical approach for treating SUI. [less ▲]

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See detailA new approach to the qualitative evaluation of functional disability in dementia
Kurz, Xavier; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Rive, B. et al

in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2003), 18

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See detailMuscle relaxants in neurosurgical anaesthesia: a critical appraisal.
Hans, Pol ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology (2003), 20(8), 600-5

The use of muscle relaxants, considered until recently as common practice in current neurosurgical anaesthesia protocols, becomes increasingly more questionable today. The reasons rely on the evolution of ... [more ▼]

The use of muscle relaxants, considered until recently as common practice in current neurosurgical anaesthesia protocols, becomes increasingly more questionable today. The reasons rely on the evolution of neurosurgery including the advent of new surgical techniques, the evolution of anaesthesia having the benefit of new drugs and devices, and the rationale for using muscle relaxants balanced against their potential side-effects and possible pharmacodynamic alterations in neurosurgical patients. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Convention de Bruxelles
Boularbah, Hakim ULg; Nuyts, Arnaud; Watte, N.

in Journal des Tribunaux Droit Européen (2003)

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See detailClearance of a productive lentivirus infection in calves experimentally inoculated with caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus
Morin, T.; Guigen, F.; Bouzar, Amel ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (2003)

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See detailPhotorefractive ZnTe grown by traveling heater method
Verstraeten, David; Launay, Jean-Claude; Delaye, Philippe et al

in Trends in Optics and Photonics (2003), 87

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See detailAssessment of mechanobiological models for the numerical simulation of tissue differentiation around immediately loaded implants.
Geris, Liesbet ULg; Van Oosterwyck, H.; Vander Sloten, J. et al

in Computer Methods in Biomechanics & Biomedical Engineering (2003), 6(5-6), 277-88

Nowadays, there is a growing consensus on the impact of mechanical loading on bone biology. A bone chamber provides a mechanically isolated in vivo environment in which the influence of different ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, there is a growing consensus on the impact of mechanical loading on bone biology. A bone chamber provides a mechanically isolated in vivo environment in which the influence of different parameters on the tissue response around loaded implants can be investigated. This also provides data to assess the feasibility of different mechanobiological models that mathematically describe the mechanoregulation of tissue differentiation. Before comparing numerical results to animal experimental results, it is necessary to investigate the influence of the different model parameters on the outcome of the simulations. A 2D finite element model of the tissue inside the bone chamber was created. The differentiation models developed by Prendergast, et al. ["Biophysical stimuli on cells during tissue differentiation at implant interfaces", Journal of Biomechanics, 30(6), (1997), 539-548], Huiskes et al. ["A biomechanical regulatory model for periprosthetic fibrous-tissue differentiation", Journal of Material Science: Materials in Medicine, 8 (1997) 785-788] and by Claes and Heigele ["Magnitudes of local stress and strain along bony surfaces predict the course and type of fracture healing", Journal of Biomechanics, 32(3), (1999) 255-266] were implemented and integrated in the finite element code. The fluid component in the first model has an important effect on the predicted differentiation patterns. It has a direct effect on the predicted degree of maturation of bone and a substantial indirect effect on the simulated deformations and hence the predicted phenotypes of the tissue in the chamber. Finally, the presence of fluid also causes time-dependent behavior. Both models lead to qualitative and quantitative differences in predicted differentiation patterns. Because of the different nature of the tissue phenotypes used to describe the differentiation processes, it is however hard to compare both models in terms of their validity. [less ▲]

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See detailEvent-related potentials to emotional and neutral stimuli in alcoholism.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Olin, Cecile; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Neuropsychobiology (2003), 48(2), 77-81

Several studies have demonstrated that the emotional value of stimuli affects P300 amplitude. In the present study, the influence of alcohol-related stimuli in alcoholic patients was investigated ... [more ▼]

Several studies have demonstrated that the emotional value of stimuli affects P300 amplitude. In the present study, the influence of alcohol-related stimuli in alcoholic patients was investigated. Subjects were 10 alcoholic inpatients (3 female) and 10 age- and sex-matched controls. Eight alcohol-related and 8 neutral words served as stimuli in a visual oddball paradigm. Acohol-related words were targets (48 stimuli, 33%) and neutral words were standard stimuli (96 stimuli, 66%). Results showed that P300 amplitude for targets did not differ significantly between the two groups. However, P300 latency for targets as well as reaction time were significantly shorter in male alcoholic patients. In contrast, P300 latency was increased in female alcoholic patients but reaction time did not differ. These results suggest that male alcoholics process information linked to alcohol cues more rapidly than neutral cues, probably because a specific semantic network is activated in these patients. The decreased reaction time confirms the impulsive behavior frequently found in male alcoholism, as it has been described in type II alcoholism. Besides, the results imply that information processing was delayed in female alcoholic patients. Therefore this study demonstrates a gender-dependent impact of alcohol-related stimuli on information processing. [less ▲]

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See detailAdherence to various host cell lines of Mycoplasma bovis strains differing in pathogenic and cultural features
Thomas, Anne; Sachse, Konrad; Dizier, Isabelle ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2003), 91(2-3), 101-113

Mycoplasma bovis is known to be responsible for pneumonia and arthritis in calves, as well as mastitis in dairy cows. Despite clear evidence of its pathogenic potential, little is known about mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasma bovis is known to be responsible for pneumonia and arthritis in calves, as well as mastitis in dairy cows. Despite clear evidence of its pathogenic potential, little is known about mechanisms of cytadherence and the molecular factors involved. The purpose of this work was to compare adherence rates of M. bovis field strains to different host cell lines and study the effects of cloning and sub-culturing M. bovis strains on their adherence properties. Eighteen metabolically labeled M. bovis strains isolated from different pathological backgrounds were examined in adherence trials using four different host cell lines, i.e. embryonic bovine lung (EBL), embryonic bovine trachea (EBTr), Madin Darby bovine kidney (MDBK) and rabbit kidney (RK) cells. Although large interstrain variations in adherence rates (3.4-19.1%) were measured they could not be correlated to the pathological background (pneumonia, arthritis or mastitis). Adherence rates to the fibroblast cell line (EBTr) were significantly lower than those to the three epithelial cell lines (EBL, MDBK and RK). The only non-pathogenic strain (221/89) exhibited lower adherence rates than three isolates from clinical mastitis. Interestingly, adherence rates were significantly reduced after in vitro passaging. In contrast, no effect of single cloning of strains on adherence was observed. There was no general correlation between expression of variable surface proteins (Vsps) as monitored by immunoblotting and adherence rates, although alterations in Vsp expression profiles were seen as a consequence of passaging. As there is probably a large number of adhesins, variable and non-variable, on the surface of M. bovis cells the issue is very complex, and the most active components have yet to be identified. [less ▲]

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See detailAutocrine/paracrine activation of the GABA(A) receptor inhibits the proliferation of neurogenic polysialylated neural cell adhesion molecule-positive (PSA-NCAM+) precursor cells from postnatal striatum.
Nguyen, Laurent ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Breuskin, Ingrid ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2003), 23(8), 3278-94

GABA and its type A receptor (GABA(A)R) are present in the immature CNS and may function as growth-regulatory signals during the development of embryonic neural precursor cells. In the present study, on ... [more ▼]

GABA and its type A receptor (GABA(A)R) are present in the immature CNS and may function as growth-regulatory signals during the development of embryonic neural precursor cells. In the present study, on the basis of their isopycnic properties in a buoyant density gradient, we developed an isolation procedure that allowed us to purify proliferative neural precursor cells from early postnatal rat striatum, which expressed the polysialylated form of the neural cell adhesion molecule (PSA-NCAM). These postnatal striatal PSA-NCAM+ cells were shown to proliferate in the presence of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and formed spheres that preferentially generated neurons in vitro. We demonstrated that PSA-NCAM+ neuronal precursors from postnatal striatum expressed GABA(A)R subunits in vitro and in situ. GABA elicited chloride currents in PSA-NCAM+ cells by activation of functional GABA(A)R that displayed a typical pharmacological profile. GABA(A)R activation in PSA-NCAM+ cells triggered a complex intracellular signaling combining a tonic inhibition of the mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade and an increase of intracellular calcium concentration by opening of voltage-gated calcium channels. We observed that the activation of GABA(A)R in PSA-NCAM+ neuronal precursors from postnatal striatum inhibited cell cycle progression both in neurospheres and in organotypic slices. Furthermore, postnatal PSA-NCAM+ striatal cells synthesized and released GABA, thus creating an autocrine/paracrine mechanism that controls their proliferation. We showed that EGF modulated this autocrine/paracrine loop by decreasing GABA production in PSA-NCAM+ cells. This demonstration of GABA synthesis and GABA(A)R function in striatal PSA-NCAM+ cells may shed new light on the understanding of key extrinsic cues that regulate the developmental potential of postnatal neuronal precursors in the CNS. [less ▲]

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See detailArterial embolization as a treatment of chronic edema following free cutaneous flap transfer to the lower limbs.
Tchuisse, Charlemagne Noukoua; Barah, Ali; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg et al

in Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (2003), 26(3), 316-8

Persisting chronic edema following postoperative free flap transfer is a common complication. We report 3 cases of successful treatment by selective arterial embolization of the feeding arterial branches ... [more ▼]

Persisting chronic edema following postoperative free flap transfer is a common complication. We report 3 cases of successful treatment by selective arterial embolization of the feeding arterial branches without side effect. One session embolization is advocated as a first line treatment of this condition. [less ▲]

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See detailLes lignes de force de l'accord interprofessionnel pour 2003-2004
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Journal du Juriste (2003), 23

Plan: Les dispositions relatives aux groupes à risque et aux jeunes auxquels s'applique un parcours d'insertion; La convention de premier emploi; La prépension; Les cotisations et retenues sur les ... [more ▼]

Plan: Les dispositions relatives aux groupes à risque et aux jeunes auxquels s'applique un parcours d'insertion; La convention de premier emploi; La prépension; Les cotisations et retenues sur les avantages complémentaires. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a new high-speed steel with optimized carbide composition for mill rolls
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Pirard, Eric ULg et al

in Stal' (2003), 2

High Speed Steel (HSS) cast rolls are used in front finishing stands of hot strip mills. Good wear resistance and hardness at high temperatures, are defining features of HSS. Many types of carbides are ... [more ▼]

High Speed Steel (HSS) cast rolls are used in front finishing stands of hot strip mills. Good wear resistance and hardness at high temperatures, are defining features of HSS. Many types of carbides are present in these alloys, each having different effect upon their final properties. As a result, nature, morphology and amount of these carbides are factors of important concern. Identification and characterisation of carbides were realised. MC, M2C, M7C3 carbides were found. Some relationships with mechanical properties were obtained especially in the field of the solidification sequence that affects grain size and carbides dispersion. [less ▲]

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See detailClassification des rongeurs
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Hardouin, Jacques

in Bulletin BEDIM (2003), 12(1), 12-13

The note aims at providing the main characteristics of the principal families of rodents relevant to minilivestock.

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See detailThe activation of birdsong by testosterone - Multiple sites of action and role of ascending catecholamine projections
Ball, G. F.; Castelino, C. B.; Maney, D. L. et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2003), 1007

Birdsong is a species-typical stereotypic vocalization produced in the context of reproduction and aggression. Among temperate-zone songbirds, it is produced primarily by males, and its frequency and ... [more ▼]

Birdsong is a species-typical stereotypic vocalization produced in the context of reproduction and aggression. Among temperate-zone songbirds, it is produced primarily by males, and its frequency and quality are enhanced by the presence of the gonadal steroid hormone testosterone in the plasma. In the brain, the effects of testosterone on song behavior involve both estrogenic and androgenic metabolites of testosterone that are locally produced and act via their cognate receptors. Androgen, and in some cases estrogen, receptors are present in many specialized forebrain song control nuclei. Testosterone can regulate catecholamine steady-state levels and turnover in these song control regions. Tracing studies combined with immunocytochemistry for tyrosine hydroxylase (a marker of catecholamine synthesis) reveal several catecholamine cell groups that project to forebrain song control nuclei. These brain areas also express the mRNA for either androgen receptors or estrogen receptor alpha, and androgens enhance the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase. Dopaminergic cell groups that project to song nuclei express the protein product of the immediate early gene fos in association with the production of territorial song. Thus, testosterone may be acting on song behavior via these ascending catecholamine cell groups. Chemical lesioning studies suggest that noradrenergic projections to the song system are involved in the latency to produce song and the ability to discriminate conspecific from heterospecific song. The song control circuit may thus be modulated in significant ways via the androgen regulation of forebrain catecholamine systems. [less ▲]

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See detailL'adiponectine: une nouvelle adipocytokine.
Lebas, Eglantine ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(9), 554-8

Adipose tissue is not simply a store of excess energy, but also secretes a variety of proteins into circulating blood that influence systemic metabolism. These include tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha ... [more ▼]

Adipose tissue is not simply a store of excess energy, but also secretes a variety of proteins into circulating blood that influence systemic metabolism. These include tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha), plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), leptin, resistine and adiponectin. These are collectively known as adipocytokines. Adiponectin (also referred to as AdipoQ, Acrp 30, apM1 or GBP28) is a novel adipose-specific protein. A recent genome study mapped a susceptibility locus for type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome on chromosome 3q27, where the adiponectin gene is located. Adiponectin is a peculiar adipocytokine because in contrast to the markedly increased levels of many others, as leptin or TNF-alpha, its level is reduced in obesity and type 2 diabetes. The administration of thiazolidinediones, which are synthetic PPARs-gamma ligands, significantly increases the plasma adiponectin concentrations, an effect that could improve insulin sensitivity. Thus, the administration of adiponectin may provide a novel treatment modality for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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